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Title: Weston
Post by: wookie on November 30, 2018, 02:00:04 PM
Hello chaps
Progress on Wookery has ground to a halt recently as I have had a major project underway building a new summerhouse. We had one in our last house, almost brand new, and had to leave it when we sold, and we loved it so much. So, we now have a new one here, slightly smaller, but still lovely. Five years down the road I found building it much tougher work!

Anyway, the subject of this thread.....
Now that we have retired from selling at the shows, I need a layout to be taken out on the road. Wookery, even when finished, will be too big to go in my car, and it has too much fragile detail anyway, I would be terrified of it getting damaged.

My boxed shunting layout has been to quite a few shows but doesnít attract a lot of interest - most show visitors seem to just enjoy watching long trains run round.

So, I need a layout. I donít have the time to build one from scratch, so I have bought a retired exhibition layout and we are going on a five hour round trip tomorrow to collect it. It is 9í x 3í and has tremendous operational scope. It was originally built by a club to what looks to be an exceptionally good standard.
It is somewhat tired though, with many buildings and scenic items looking a bit shabby, so it will get a pretty complete scenic makeover- Iím hoping to have it ready for our club show next June. I hope this qualifies it for this section of the forum!
Now then, it needs a name! It will be BR WR 1965ish again, bordering SR as well this time as I have been picking up green coaches 😋
It has a twin mainline plus branch and goods, with a station at one end on the curve.
The original name incorporates ď......ENDĒ and I would quite like to keep that in view of the station location. I thought of Bagley End, but Google tells me there is place of that name in Peterborough. Iíd like something with a West Country ring to it.

Suggestions please guys.

Photos in a couple of days 😋
Title: Re: New layout
Post by: class37025 on November 30, 2018, 02:03:51 PM
'TOR END'
Title: Re: New layout
Post by: Newportnobby on November 30, 2018, 03:47:39 PM
CULLHAMPTON END?
Mix of Okehampton and Cullompton, both in Devon
Title: Re: New layout
Post by: Innovationgame on November 30, 2018, 05:45:47 PM
Names such as Wood End and West End are fairly widespread throughout England.  It usually means that when the name was given, probably around the time of the Domesday Book, they were at the end of a road, but most will have grown and connected to other places in the centuries since then.  There is certainly plenty of scope for you to use your imagination.  How about Oak End or Moor End?
Title: Re: New layout
Post by: Philip. on November 30, 2018, 05:48:54 PM
Lands End, you can't get much more West Country than that  :smiley-laughing: I'll get me coat :laugh3:
Title: Re: New layout
Post by: wookie on November 30, 2018, 05:50:37 PM
 ::)
Title: Re: New layout
Post by: The Q on November 30, 2018, 06:03:48 PM
Uoo  arrh  end,     I  be say that cos I be born in zummerzet

Zummerzend

Cyder end

Wessex west end.

King Arthurs end

The End...  Well I need to get ready to Go to the MRC

Title: Re: New layout
Post by: dannyboy on November 30, 2018, 06:14:05 PM
Going on how this hobby of ours works, how about 'Overspend' ?  Seriously, rather than something 'end', why not 'somethingend'?  ???
Title: Re: New layout
Post by: wookie on November 30, 2018, 08:30:28 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I really like the simplicity of West End but feel it may be just a little too generic.
However, a progression of it to WESTON END really strikes an appealing note.
Iíve checked and there are no places called this, and I like the implied possible connection to Weston Super Mare.
What do you reckon?
Title: Re: New layout
Post by: Innovationgame on November 30, 2018, 08:51:59 PM
Sounds good to me. :thumbsup:
Title: Re: New layout
Post by: The Q on November 30, 2018, 11:02:11 PM
I do like that, not just because it sounds right.  But because I used to live just outside Weston super mud
Title: Re: New layout
Post by: Train Waiting on December 01, 2018, 09:23:32 AM
Sounds like D1074 and I believe you are partial to these locomotives!

But an ideal name for a layout set in the West Country.
Title: Weston End
Post by: wookie on December 02, 2018, 08:52:23 PM
Well, thanks for your suggestions guys. As you can see, I have settled on WESTON END.
As promised, here are some photos taken today in the new summerhouse, one half on the table at a time.
Tomorrow some friends from the club are coming round and we will set it up properly in our lounge and try to make some sense of the controls. There seem to be extensive isolated sections, but I don't understand the switches  :o More pictures tomorrow  :D

This will be 1965 themed, but I want to be able to model 1955 in the near future, with possibly pre-war long term.

LEFT SIDE

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston1.jpg)
Control box

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston2.jpg)
Fiddle Yard

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston3.jpg)
Those backscene factories will definitely have to go, too modern.

The building with the silos is curiously signed up as a freight forwarding company! My feeling is that it is too modern. What do you think? Could it perhaps be converted to a Dairy? It MUST be too modern for 1955?

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston5.jpg)
A close up

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston4.jpg)
The diesel depot, two Ratio kits I believe? I like it, and it is fine for now as 1965, and would scrape through for 1955 I think as a new build. Later I may have to change it to a steam depot pressed into diesel service.
The signal box has lost its roof and will either be re-roofed or replaced.

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston6.jpg)
That corner hill lifts off for access. Both tunnel mouths are loose and clearly need work.
That stupid flat house will be replaced with a low profile one or perhaps the road junction used as a building plot for a full house.

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston7.jpg)

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston8.jpg)

RIGHT SIDE

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston9.jpg)
Right control panel is for the goods sidings. The halves of the fiddle yard appear to be separately controlled. I hope that this doesn't mean a dash from end to end!

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston10.jpg)
Fiddle yard view. I love the way the upper line comes out over the lower fiddle, in order to keep a reasonable radius to the curve.

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston11.jpg)

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston12.jpg)
I quite like the low profile Metcalfe station building on the right, with the platforms on the lower level, but don't like the flat profile roofing - I will re-cover it with Scalescenes tiles.
All the buildings to the left on the sidescene will be demolished and a grand hotel built, with possibly a cinema next door if space permits.
I like the plastic kit church at the back, I haven't seen it before anywhere. Everything else will go, and be replaced with some High Street shops.

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston13.jpg)
Most of those back scene houses will be replaced.
The Royal Mail building is another uncertainty. My initial response was to demolish it and build a goods shed, but the track/road combination doesn't fit with that idea. I may just re-skin it, re-roof it and reallocate it to goods.

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston14.jpg)

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston15.jpg)

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston16.jpg)
That factory to the left is absolute cr rubbish and will be replaced. I rather like the resin Art Deco signal box  :D

The general idea is to get it all running, then make repairs to existing structures/scenics so that it is showable, then replace things section by section.

It has taken me ages to prepare this post, I hope you enjoy it  :D
Title: Re: Weston End
Post by: port perran on December 02, 2018, 08:57:50 PM
Looks really quite nice to me.
With a bit of sprucing up itíll look top notch I think.
Keep the updates coming as you progress.
Title: Re: Weston End
Post by: Train Waiting on December 02, 2018, 09:05:34 PM
Great pictures and a very interesting post; thank you.


This will be 1965 themed, but I want to be able to model 1955 in the near future, with possibly pre-war long term.

Yes, please, to the pre-war era!  The GWR roundel looks fantastic on everything ... except locomotives (in my opinion).

Thanks again.

John
Title: Re: Weston End
Post by: Skyline2uk on December 02, 2018, 10:04:57 PM
I saw this layout for sale and I must say it really tempted me even without the money or space!

I would do much as you are proposing (get it running and then rework the scenics heavily), but would bring it forward in time to 87 -97. Plenty of NSE red on that station and Swallow HSTs on the main line  :D

Ref the control panels:

Quote
RIGHT SIDE


Right control panel is for the goods sidings. The halves of the fiddle yard appear to be separately controlled. I hope that this doesn't mean a dash from end to end!

I could be wrong, but I believe the far right (top of the picture) panel is for the triple loops on the UPPER fiddle yard, the panel on the left hand end being for the 2x double loops on the LOWER fiddle yard?

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Weston End
Post by: wookie on December 02, 2018, 10:25:59 PM
I could be wrong, but I believe the far right (top of the picture) panel is for the triple loops on the UPPER fiddle yard, the panel on the left hand end being for the 2x double loops on the LOWER fiddle yard?

Ah right,  I hadn't thought about controls for that bit! hahahaha

I'll ignore the NSE twaddle  :D
Title: Re: Weston End
Post by: Skyline2uk on December 03, 2018, 08:03:17 AM
I could be wrong, but I believe the far right (top of the picture) panel is for the triple loops on the UPPER fiddle yard, the panel on the left hand end being for the 2x double loops on the LOWER fiddle yard?

Ah right,  I hadn't thought about controls for that bit! hahahaha

I'll ignore the NSE twaddle  :D

Hmph!

Honestly, you help a Wookie out and he responds by insulting the sacred toothpaste! How rude  :P  ;)

Skyline2uk
Title: Re: Weston End
Post by: Bob Tidbury on December 03, 2018, 09:19:39 AM
 :greatpicturessign: I agree with your idea of getting it runing  first and changing the buildings gradually except the silos ,the idea of a dairy would fit in nicely with a west county layout so that is a top priority .One thing I personaly would do is a small plaque saying who the original builder was and what the layout was called .I have been to so many shows over the last 40 years and one of my pet hates is to see someone standing behind a layout and listening to them telling the public that they built this and that when I know who actually built it .
My own layout was originally the HIGH WYCOMBE CLUBs  layout which was a very large but basic layout  but now itís so heavily modified that even Ron North who scratch built the station didnít recognise the rest of the layout , the first thing I tell visitors is that it was the old club layout and I have printed a sign to that effect .Im actually proud that I rescued it from being smashed and put in the skip .
Well done for giving this layout a new lease of life and good luck with your ideas .
Bob Tidbury
Title: Re: Weston End
Post by: wookie on December 03, 2018, 09:28:06 AM
I quite agree Bob, I wouldnít dream of claiming it for my own. Unfortunately I donít know which club built it, as it has been through at least two private ownerships since leaving the club.
Title: Re: Weston End
Post by: Newportnobby on December 03, 2018, 11:09:03 AM
I think you have something with great operating potential there, Mike. I agree about the dairy but think even the current building is somewhat modern for mid 60s or earlier. I beg to differ about the Royal Mail building as a dedicated parcels siding just appeals to me so I would keep that albeit, as you say, with some alterations.
Please don't go overdoing things! :worried:
Title: Re: Weston End
Post by: MinZaPint on December 03, 2018, 11:44:56 AM
This looks a really nice project and the eras proposed are right up my street, I look forward to following progress on Weston End  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Weston End
Post by: wookie on December 03, 2018, 12:23:43 PM
I agree about the dairy but think even the current building is somewhat modern for mid 60s or earlier.

It will have to stay for now, there is far too much to do before sorting that out. Iíll just put a dairy sign on it for now.

Parcels would actually be quite good as I have a very acceptable train of parcels wagons now.
Title: Re: Weston End
Post by: Bob Tidbury on December 03, 2018, 12:30:40 PM
Wookiee you could allways turn the Royal Mail dept into a B R S parcels dept
Thatís what I did with the Argos dept  that I put on my layout when I worked there , B R S would fit in with the era you are thinking of ,well I think it would I might be wrong .
Those big silos could be modified a bit to be milk storage tanks and as you said just put up a Dairy and bottling plant  sign .
Bob Tidbury
Title: Re: Weston End
Post by: wookie on December 03, 2018, 08:58:04 PM
As promised, a couple of photos of the whole layout set up in my lounge:

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston20.jpg)

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston21.jpg)

By and large it wasn't too bad a session. The trackwork was filthy and needed a damn good clean to start with, then a couple of points needs a really thorough clean.
The outer mainline wouldn't work on one half of the layout, but that was soon pinpointed as a broken piece of track, I'm hoping a quick dab of solder will sort that out.
Three other places are dodgy where soldered joints have dried out or joiners are making poor contact. A bit of fettling should do it.
I've decided to take the road section off the front - it bulges out over the the baseboard edge, and makes it impossible to fit perspex along the front. It also means the bolt joining the two halves together has to come up through the road (!) and makes building a transportation case difficult - it has to go!  :D
Three of the four yard lights work, plus the two lamps at the bus stop and two of the three platform lamps - not bad :)
Both double slips work nicely, which is good - I've never experienced those before.
Overall I'm pleased, and my friends were impressed.
It's already booked in for our club Open Day next October so I'd better get my finger out.........
Title: Re: Weston End
Post by: cornish yorkie on December 04, 2018, 01:09:05 AM
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:  Good luck with this project Mike, look forward to more progress updates
      regards Derek.
Title: Re: Weston End
Post by: Bealman on December 04, 2018, 02:34:30 AM
Wookiee you could allways turn the Royal Mail dept into a B R S parcels dept
Thatís what I did with the Argos dept  that I put on my layout when I worked there , B R S would fit in with the era you are thinking of ,well I think it would I might be wrong .
Those big silos could be modified a bit to be milk storage tanks and as you said just put up a Dairy and bottling plant  sign .
Bob Tidbury

If the period 1955-65 is chosen, then a BRS depot would be perfectly valid. My father used to drive for BRS during that time.
Title: Re: Weston End
Post by: wookie on December 04, 2018, 08:00:24 PM
The town planning committee have given planning consent to the developers proposals for the new Weston shopping centre. Today the demolition company moved in with their crane and wrecking ball and knocked down all the slum buildings to clear the site.
We understand that the Weston Daily Press cameraman has visited the area and that there will be photos in tomorrow's edition.
Title: Re: Weston End
Post by: wookie on December 05, 2018, 03:41:53 PM
WESTERN DAILY PRESS
Wednesday 5th December 2018

FURIOUS ROW BREAKS OUT OVER NEW TOWN CENTRE DEVELOPMENT

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston22.jpg)

A furious row has erupted between the Weston Town Council planning department and the demolition company Bodgitt and Skarper.
The Council are claiming that B&S should have erected fencing around the cleared sites, whilst B&S are insisting that this responsibility falls to the developers Bent and Krooked, and say that in any case the whole site is now very level and represents no danger to the public. Meanwhile the church elders are incensed that B&S have dug the hedging on the church boundary. B&K have assured them that a new wall will be built in its place once building work commences.

Coincidentally, the new train operators have realised that the previous company missed a trick by not using the long brick wall above the station as advertising space, and have promptly applied to the council for consent to erect advertising hoardings along the wall. Our intrepid reporter has already spoken the the council, and they have indicated that nothing will be allowed to protrude above the top of the wall.

Title: Re: Weston
Post by: wookie on December 07, 2018, 07:23:19 PM
Quite a bit of progress on the new layout.
First of all I decided to drop "End" off the name - I quite like it as just Weston.
Yesterday I built two sets of legs for one half of the layout:

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston23.jpg)

Today I built one pair for the other end, Then I dismantled Wookery and stored it at one end of the railway room. It will be quite some time before I get back to working on it I think.
Then Weston was installed in its place:

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston24.jpg)

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston25.jpg)

And finally, of course, I had to run some trains:

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston26.jpg)

What better than a Western on Weston?

Annoyingly, all the point motors on the mainline have stopped working. All the others work okay.
I'm hoping that it is just one of the 21 pin connectors not in properly - it's not a good fit, and it's tricky to do under the layout - or I could be looking for a broken wire somewhere!



Title: Re: Weston
Post by: wookie on December 10, 2018, 11:05:09 AM
The mainline points are now fully operational. As I thought, it was a bent pin in the 21 pin connector taking power across the boards.

The track crew are now hard at work replacing a damaged section of track so that the up line can be reopened 😋
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: wookie on December 10, 2018, 04:06:31 PM
British Rail (WR) are pleased to announce that normal services have been restored on the mainline at Weston.



Class 42 Dragon passes light engine over the newly laid track on the "up" line, whilst a class 33 with a newly acquired set of four SR mk1s (a recent bargain for just £25 on eBay) passes on the "down". Shortly afterwards a 22 passes overhead on the branch line with a short train of Collett coaches on a local.
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: cornish yorkie on December 15, 2018, 01:48:19 PM
 :hellosign: Thanks for the superb video Mike &
 :greatpicturessign:. Always good to see trains running
     regards Derek. 
 
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: wookie on December 20, 2018, 11:49:34 AM
Doing a bit of setting up and test running ahead of grandson visiting tomorrow.
He always says "choo choo trains grandad" and I've had to disappoint him for the last two visits as things were in pieces.
He hasn't seen the new layout yet. I thoughts I'd take advantage to make a couple more short videos......



Expresses going a bit too fast, sorry, but brief glimpses of my new Thompson and Collett full brakes, bought from the N gauge stand at the Peterborough show.



Slowed them down a bit this time. Can you spot the deliberate mistake?
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: port perran on December 20, 2018, 01:19:07 PM
Really excellent Mike.
Not sure of the mistake, is it to do with the red stuff in those last two wagons?
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: wookie on December 20, 2018, 04:41:22 PM
Nope, that's just iron ore  :D
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: Mito on December 20, 2018, 06:27:37 PM
The red coach with the GWR coaches?
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: port perran on December 20, 2018, 07:00:45 PM
Should that milk tank be at the rear of the train?
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: wookie on December 20, 2018, 07:14:51 PM
Should that milk tank be at the rear of the train?

Iím not sure about itís positioning within the train, but I understand that milk tankers were often tacked onto passenger trains due to their perishable nature.
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: wookie on December 20, 2018, 07:19:06 PM
The red coach with the GWR coaches?

Well, possibly 😋
I know that later whole postal trains were put together. I donít know about the 50s/60s. Farish only do the one type, although there is a b version now with a different running number. I just tack mine onto express trains until somebody tells me different  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: wookie on December 24, 2018, 07:11:36 PM
The Weston Development Council

would like to wish all their friends and followers

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS
Title: Re: Weston End
Post by: wookie on January 06, 2019, 12:22:38 PM
I've started on the complete refurbishment of Weston.
The first building that had to go was this Ratio diesel shed, much too modern for my era!

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/oldshed.jpg)

Four days of pretty much continuous all day modelling has seen the emergence of this much more suitable shed....

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/newshed.jpg)

It is four Scalescenes kits put together. The beauty of Scalescenes is you pay once, and print as many as you like  :D
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: port perran on January 06, 2019, 12:30:03 PM
That looksreally good.
Great work.
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: Innovationgame on January 06, 2019, 12:51:47 PM
I think Dreams will have to go as well!
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: wookie on January 06, 2019, 12:56:44 PM
I think Dreams will have to go as well!

Oh yes, but unfortunately I only have one pair of hands  :D
There is another horrible modern building next to the engine shed that has to go first.
At least the low profile backscene buildings are free standing and can just be taken off.
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: wookie on January 21, 2019, 07:44:48 PM
I ran my Midland Pullman on Weston for the first time today. It is far and away my favourite train, but I haven't run it for ages, so I thought it was worthy of a short video  :D
At the end I home in on the two tunnels. These were just black plastic when I bought the layout, were loose, with extensive damage to the scenery around them. They have now been painted to look like stone and I have been slowly building them up and again. I have also added an experimental 3D backscene to that end, and am very pleased with the result so far but I have a bit more to do to it yet.
The horrible modern building has now been removed, and I am currently building something much nicer to fill the space.
I worked out what I am going to to do for backscenes today as well, so lots of projects under way at the moment!

Oh and we now have music in the railway room too, which I can play as loud as I like without getting shouted at to TURN IT DOWN!  :claphappy:

Title: Re: Weston
Post by: Newportnobby on January 21, 2019, 09:30:45 PM
That will get @Bealman (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=255) all unnecessary ;D

As for that Deep Purple - TURN IT DOWN!
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: Bealman on January 21, 2019, 10:44:27 PM
Cool video! BP! BP!!  :drool:
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: cornish yorkie on January 22, 2019, 08:18:18 PM
 :hellosign:.  Very very nice Mike, looking good
         regards Derek
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: wookie on January 23, 2019, 04:11:11 PM

As for that Deep Purple - TURN IT DOWN!

No  :P
I'll treat you to some Uriah Heep next time  :D

I must admit that I am "playing trains" much more with this layout. I love just sitting at the front watching three trains go round  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: joe cassidy on January 23, 2019, 05:26:23 PM
Those baseboards look bomb-proof :)

Heavy metal music for heavy wood baseboards?

Best regards,


Joe
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: wookie on January 23, 2019, 05:36:36 PM
Those baseboards look bomb-proof :)

Yeah they weigh a ton Joe.
The two halves will have to be boxed up separately to take to shows as my missus canít lift them with me when they are coffined together.
That strip along the front is going to become a canal with lock gates, and a wharf beside the station platform.
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: Newportnobby on January 23, 2019, 09:16:01 PM

As for that Deep Purple - TURN IT DOWN!

No  :P
I'll treat you to some Uriah Heep next time  :D


Demons & Wizards, please :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: wookie on January 30, 2019, 04:55:59 PM
Demons & Wizards, please :thumbsup:
I'll see what can be arranged.
I finally managed to buy a King in BR express blue to pull my crimson and cream Collets last night, after about six months of trying.
Hopefully I'll put another little video together when it arrives.

Work on the new creamery building has ground to a bit of a halt at the moment as we are having a lot of work done in the house.
We sold our conservatory a week ago, ten quid buy it now on ebay, buyer dismantles and collects - it sold in less than an hour and went the next day!
New French doors going in any day.
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: wookie on January 31, 2019, 06:14:19 PM
Damn! I dropped one of my Collett coaches and the pin holding one of the bogies has snapped  :veryangry:
Does anybody know where I can get spares please?
I looked on DCC Supplies but nothing  :(
Title: Re: Weston End
Post by: wookie on February 06, 2019, 06:33:48 PM
No ideas then anybody?
I have another (much worse) problem now....
My new express blue King has arrived, and it is immaculate.....apart that is, from the fact that the screw which secures the front bogey in place but lets it float has sheered off, and somebody has glued the bogey back on!
Result is that the wheels ride high and don't sit on the rails!

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/bogey1.jpg)

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/bogey2.jpg)

It looks to me like the screw needs to be drilled out, and then a new thread recut.
Anybody got any ideas who could do it? I have emailed BR Lines as my first port of call, but I know that they usually have a long waiting list.
The seller has agreed to pay. He had no idea, he just got it from a house clearance.
I'm reluctant to bung it back for a refund as I waited so long to find one. It does actually run fine, and looks ok until you look really close or take photos - and no derailing front bogey  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Weston End
Post by: wookie on March 03, 2019, 04:47:56 PM
No posts for nearly a month but I have been busy busy busy!
The bodged blue King went back to the seller and I have since picked up another one in lovely condition.
I have made leaps and bounds on Weston, with lots of new buildings and scenery, plus more stock to be able to run it in 1950 era, so first a quick video overview.....



....complete with Uriah Heep as promised. Sadly I can't find my Demons & Wizards CD - I've just changed my car, hope I didn't leave it in the old one   :(
As you can see, I have picked up a railcar in crimson & cream, and a nice Manor in lined black, which I understand is a mixed traffic loco.

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston31.jpg)

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston32.jpg)

On the subject of liveries I have a query - I have also bought a B set in BR crimson, but I can't see much difference between this and the Collett in BR maroon. Are they in the wrong box, or is it correct?

On the layout, I have stripped off the old damaged and faded backscene and bodg fitted a new one. At the left end the scenery is home made, blending into Peco backscenes. I scanned them first, then printed some extras and cut them up to be able to fit in what I wanted where I wanted it.
The modern building on the siding has gone, and been replaced with a big old warehouse which is now a Creamery. I scaled down the Scalescenes Creamery kit given free as a OO model in the last Hornby magazine and bodg expertly fitted it into the front of the warehouse. I'm pleased with the result.

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston33.jpg)

It looks good with one of the warehouses from Wookery stood next to it. I might build a new one and work it into the side of the creamery as an extension.
Two low profile warehouses have been built to sit behind it, together with one of Nick Dale's excellent low profile buildings.
The rest of the buildings along the back have just been placed there for effect, they will either be reworked or scrapped.
The creation that I am REALLY proud of is the depot building. Remember it on the layout when I bought it?

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston48.jpg)

Badly damaged, and incorrectly built, with no entrance from the platform.
Well, I cut it apart, made new templates from the walls, recovered them in red brick paper, fitted stone lintels and sills, coyne stones on the corners, and retiled the roofs:

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston49.jpg)

It is the nearest that I have got to a scratch build. I'm delighted with it, but what to use it for now?
My original idea was a BRS rail depot, but I'm not sure that they existed - it was British ROAD Services after all.  :D
Plus there aren't really any suitable RTR BRS vehicles for parcels traffic.
It doesn't really lend itself to a goods yard as no outside storage space and not much ground floor warehousing.
Ideas anybody?

Down at the town end, I have decided to use a couple of buildings originally built for Wookery to save time, namely the three storey terraced houses and the low relief terraced house backs. I need to get as much done as quickly as possible as I can, bearing in mind the layout is booked for it's first show in October.

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston35.jpg)

I am currently building a row of High Street shops, which as you can see are nearly finished - complete with products inside the stores.
The station at the end is going to be my next project as I intend to give it the full revamp treatment. Hopefully it will turn out as good as the depot did.
I'm hoping to fit a six storey hotel in between the station and the shops, with more houses and corner shops in front.

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/weston38.jpg)

That's about it, I think!
Constructive comments and advice welcome

Title: Re: Weston
Post by: sp1 on July 13, 2019, 06:18:44 PM
That refurbished building looks like a suitable candidate for the ĎWeston Widget Companyí - doesnít every layout need a widget factory?
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: crewearpley40 on July 13, 2019, 06:24:56 PM
Thanks for the video. Scenics and structures look good too. Somebody will give comments on br maroon 50s ex gw livery. Karhedron, mick newport nobby maybe best bet. Hailstone. Thanks again
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: tunneroner61 on July 13, 2019, 07:39:24 PM
If the B set coach were in crimson it probably wouldn't be lined out, so it looks like a wrong box job to me.

Norman
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: Newportnobby on July 13, 2019, 08:43:54 PM
The top one isn't from a B set as it has a corridor. I suspect a Collett brake
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: crewearpley40 on July 13, 2019, 08:47:20 PM
would this be from the 1930s / 50s ?
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: wookie on July 15, 2019, 03:47:25 PM
Curiously, I haven't posted on here in four months and suddenly the thread explodes on its own  :smiley-laughing:
I rather like "WESTON WIDGET WORKS" as a name for the refurbished building  :D
Regarding the B set Nobby, the top one IS a Collett, shown for colour comparison with the B set coach below.
I came to the conclusion that it IS a maroon B set, so I'm on the lookout now for a crimson set.

I haven't posted for a while as we have had a lot going on - my mother suddenly fell seriously ill in March, and passed away peacefully at the end of June.
I have a whole load of updated photos to put on here eventually. We are still in limbo at the moment, waiting for the funeral later this week.
Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible....
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: dannyboy on July 15, 2019, 03:50:33 PM
Sorry to hear about your Mother, but at least she is at peace now.  Looking forward to 'normal service'.
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 15, 2019, 10:24:48 PM
 :hellosign: My condolences Wooky,
       regards Derek.
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: crewearpley40 on July 15, 2019, 10:58:00 PM
please accept our thoughts and condolences to you and your family from all on the forum. thinking of you
Title: Re: Weston End
Post by: wookie on July 20, 2019, 02:30:22 PM
Thanks for all your kind wishes.
I hadn't realised that the B sets are a current Dapol model, so a quick visit to our friends in Liverpool's website and we have:

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/bets.jpg)

Having now seen the crimson version, there is absolutely no way of mistaking it for maroon!  :smiley-laughing:

Title: Re: Weston
Post by: crewearpley40 on July 20, 2019, 02:41:48 PM
Looks lot better
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: Bealman on July 21, 2019, 12:57:16 AM
Condolences on the passing of your mother.

I too look forward to normal service!  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Weston End
Post by: wookie on July 21, 2019, 11:17:25 AM
Okay, you asked for it  :D
I haven't done much for the last couple of months, but this is what I built earlier in the year:

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/july1.jpg)

A Metcalfe low relief station building that was on the layout when I bought it. I have taken it apart, then rebuilt it using Scalescenes papers and signage.

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/july2.jpg)

A Scalescenes low relief hotel - I LOVE this building, it is beautiful! I was determined to fit it in somewhere  :D

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/july3.jpg)

Scalescenes low relief High Street buildings.

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/july4.jpg)

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/july5.jpg)

These were all Metcalfe buildings that were on the layout already, but in very bashed about damaged condition.
The whole lot have been taken apart and rebuilt/modified using Scalescenes papers.

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/july6.jpg)

Scalescenes three storey houses with two shops on the end.

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/july7.jpg)

Terrace turned round so that you can see the other side.

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/july8.jpg)

The terrace that I am currently working on, when I can find my mojo again. They have no backs at the moment.
There will be more shops on the end, and shops converted to a house on the other end.
A service alley will pass between the two terraces.

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/july9.jpg)

A scalescenes kitbashed factory. The basic factory is a standard kit, albeit built larger.
The creamery was a Scalescenes OO model given away free in Hornby magazine.
I have reduced it to N gauge, and then bashed it to fit into the front of the factory.
I am rather pleased with the result.

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/july10.jpg)

Close up Creamery detail.

I am struggling to find the motivation to get on with the layout at the moment.
I need to do something, as it is booked into my club's Open Day in October!
It doesn't have to be finished, as we show our works in progress, but I certainly need to make transportation cases for the layout, and I would like to get the town end as finished as possible.....

Title: Re: Weston
Post by: crewearpley40 on July 21, 2019, 11:25:16 AM
Carry on the good work. Those scalescenes pieces look stunning. Really admire the low relief townscape. Keep going, the hotel and the warehouses stand out. Must be pleased. Chris
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: Newportnobby on July 21, 2019, 12:56:30 PM
Tremendous set of buildings, Mike. Great work
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: GreyWolf on July 21, 2019, 12:58:15 PM
Excellent stuff, and you are giving me "low relief" ideas for the town side of my layout!

Cheers  :beers:
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: crewearpley40 on July 21, 2019, 01:01:23 PM
Can i agree the station low relief and the terrace are stunning. Keep up the gÝod work
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: cornish yorkie on July 21, 2019, 10:00:07 PM
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
     Thanks for posting Mike superb looking buildings   :thumbsup:
          regards Derek.
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: port perran on July 22, 2019, 08:10:02 AM
Really excellent work Wookie.
Title: Re: Weston
Post by: Bealman on July 22, 2019, 08:22:07 AM
I am very impressed with taking the freebie from the mag and reducing it.  :thumbsup:

I just discovered a plastic kit freebie (from RM, if I recall) today. Once again, OO, but I'm sure it can kitbashed and incorporated in an N scale structure.

Great set of photos of a great set of buildings.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Weston End
Post by: wookie on July 30, 2019, 02:50:54 PM
@Train Waiting (https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?action=profile;u=6222)
John, you have a lot to answer for, posting those pictures of your Dean goods!!
As suggested, I requested the Union Mills catalogue......and found that he currently has three locos that I like for running Weston in 1950 mode :hmmm:

Decisions

Decisions

Decisions.

Couldn't make my mind up.

There's only one solution:

(http://www.thewoolnoughs.com/trains/unions.jpg)

 :bounce:

And the same day, the A4 in BR express blue that I've been searching for turned up on evilbay at a reasonable cost  :o
It's just as well that I have a supportive wife  :smiley-laughing:
Title: Re: Weston End
Post by: Train Waiting on July 30, 2019, 09:22:45 PM

There's only one solution:


Most wonderful!  That would have been my solution as well.

The trio looks totally tickety-boo.

Best wishes.

John
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