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Author Topic: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)  (Read 47249 times)

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #495 on: January 25, 2019, 03:29:16 PM »
I'd be very interested to know where your branch joins the main line before I finalise the layout for Morpeth! If you are running through services to Newcastle I'll need to provide a crossover onto the up main platform; if not you can share the Rothbury branch platform on the north side of the station.
Thanks for the tip about wine corks as cleaners. I have an adequate supply -- as the name suggests!

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #496 on: February 06, 2019, 10:01:06 PM »
I had a rummage through my various boxes of rubbish and decided to finish off a few things that have been languishing unloved for a while.



The J39 has been hanging around for about two years awaiting renumbering and weathering.  64895 was a long-time Carlisle Canal resident and would not have been seen so far East: yet another loco intended for my next layout.

The "Warwell" is an old Parkwood kit which has also been sitting around unfinished, in this case for some fifteen years.  It now has bogie-mounted couplers and a Bedford RL for a load.  This is a resin model from GRA Models, supposedly 1:150 but looks a bit overscale to me.  I replaced the standard body with a flat load bed to reduce the height.  (That reminds me, I must get hold of a loading gauge for the goods siding.) Still needs some ropes and blocks to secure it to the wagon, and the whole lot weathering.  I have always liked these old Bedfords and can imagine the Army sending one up to the Otterburn training area by rail.

Finally the signal, one of Dapol's finest: one of my less successful Ebay purchases, it was advertised as needing slight repairs, and turned up in three pieces.  The LED light expired in a cloud of smoke when I connected it up, and I junked all the internal switchgear in an attempt to preserve my sanity.  It is now operated via a centre-off DPDT switch and satisfies the desire of my inner child to have a working signal on my train set. 

Finally to answer Frenchie's question: I imagine the Longframlington branch sharing the Wansbeck Valley / Rothbury platform, diverging from the "Wannie" at Meldon and striking north across the moors.

Richard

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #497 on: February 07, 2019, 10:02:02 AM »
Fantastic layout!

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #498 on: February 09, 2019, 08:13:49 PM »
I spent a bit of time today making up another cassette for the fiddle yard.  I now have four which should be plenty for a small branch terminus.  The new cassette needed testing: what better excuse to clean the track and run some trains?



Typical Borders branch scene as an Ivatt 2MT (well overdue for attention from the cleaning gang) uncouples from its single coach train and prepares to run round.



After shunting the goods yard, one of Blyth's ageing J27s wheezes away towards Morpeth with the daily goods.

Richard

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #499 on: February 09, 2019, 08:17:48 PM »
Many thanks, Richard, for another pair of superb photos. of your excellent little layout.

I also like the Bedford RL lorry. I had several early Matchbox models of them as a child.

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #500 on: February 25, 2019, 11:13:19 PM »
A bit more fiddling over the last couple of weeks:



I have been trying to work out what to do with the area at the front of the layout which looked a bit bare and unfinished.  The result is this yard office and weighbridge, still needing a fair bit of work to finish off and blend into the scenery.  Scratchbuilt with a couple of photos off Google for inspiration.



The yards behind the houses are looking a bit more cluttered. Spot the cat!





Floral displays at stations were a big thing in the North-East: in the summer BR ran "Garden Special" excursions which toured the branch lines.  Longframlington might not win any prizes for its flowers, but at least it now has some.



Another inappropriate locomotive for the branch. This is a North British J35, which were fairly common on branch lines north of the Border but seldom seen in England.  This will be Carlisle's 64499, one of the last survivors and yet another loco intended for my next layout.  The model started life as a Farish 4F: I just need to do a bit more work to get the body sitting level, then it's off to the paintshop.  Confession: this was supposed to be a J37, but I realised at a very late stage that the boiler sat too low and the front end looked wrong.  It's still not quite right for a J35 but close enough for my tired old eyes anyway.

Richard

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #501 on: February 26, 2019, 07:00:17 AM »
Many thanks, Richard, for another set of excellent photos. of your layout and models.

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #502 on: February 26, 2019, 08:23:46 AM »
Great photographs, thank you, Richard.

The 'J35' looks very nice indeed.

Yes, I saw him; a very impressive cat.

By the way, the ladder against the wall but no-one to be seen is a clever touch.  That tea won't drink itself!

Best wishes.

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #503 on: February 26, 2019, 10:06:57 AM »
I wondered where Hookey (my avatar) got to yesterday :)
Can I please ask what the van is in the 4th pic of that post - far right?

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #504 on: February 26, 2019, 11:02:02 AM »
I wondered where Hookey (my avatar) got to yesterday :)
Can I please ask what the van is in the 4th pic of that post - far right?

It's a Dapol "Fruit D" long four-wheeler of Great Western origin, many of which ended up on general parcels traffic and turned up all over the country. 

https://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/fruitd

Richard

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #505 on: February 26, 2019, 01:15:26 PM »
Thanks, Richard. Struck me as a good 'un for a parcels rake :hmmm:

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #506 on: March 03, 2019, 10:19:47 AM »






The J35 is now painted, numbered, weathered, coaled up and earning its keep.  With tender pickups it is a dependable runner although like all my creations it does not really stand up to close inspection.  But I've never seen another J35 in N gauge.

Richard


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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #507 on: March 03, 2019, 10:59:52 AM »
Nice. Very nice, and it looks like it fits in extremely well.

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #508 on: March 03, 2019, 11:25:45 AM »
Many thanks for another excellent set of photos. The J35 and its goods train look very good to me.

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #509 on: March 03, 2019, 07:34:42 PM »


The goods yard office and weighbridge are just about finished now.  The decorative ridge tiles and finials were a last minute addition when I decided the building looked a bit dull.  They are just the kind of pointless ornaments that the Victorians would have put on a humble brick shed.  The ridge strip was cut from Plastikard with a sharp knife: the finials are OO gauge track pins.





The layout has acquired a few more cats and dogs: it now has fifteen which is probably too many. 

Next job is to add a bit more stuff to the station garden - a shed, some chickens, that kind of thing.  Six months ago I thought this layout was just about finished: but no layout is ever finished.  There is always something to add or improve.

Richard

 

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