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Author Topic: Meldon West Quarry - 3x1 Layout - BR Blue to Modern Day  (Read 296 times)

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Meldon West Quarry - 3x1 Layout - BR Blue to Modern Day
« on: September 16, 2019, 04:12:18 PM »
Hello and welcome to Meldon West Quarry.




This is my first N gauge layout since I dabbled with the scale in my teens (around 16 years ago).  The layout idea started with the inglenook style format in a minimum space, giving me three sidings long enough to incorporate up to six short wheelbase wagons.  The layout originally measured 3x1 but I've recently added another 3x1 fiddle yard board, making it 6x1 in total.  To make the layout slightly more interesting to operate, I added another track at the front of the layout, thinking this would be a useful space for storing locos in the facility. 

I've always been interested in the BR Blue and Railfreight period of the railways, so I thought a small facility layout of some sort would be ideal for shunting a few wagons around.  The idea being I could try out some new techniques and reacquaint myself with what I'd done many years ago.  So Meldon West Quarry was born - it's not a real location, but I like to think if the railways had been allowed to expand, then the area West of Okehampton would have opened itself up to more smaller quarry facilities with a variety of haulage.  This thought process should allow me a bit of artistic license to run anything from the BR blue period right through to the naughties with some Class 66's.  I've got a few loco's spanning those era's so I didn't want to be too specific when it came to the model, to me it's about running the model's I enjoy running.



So far the layout has taken around 9 months to build and there's still plenty to do.  The track is all built from the excellent British Finescale N Gauge Finetrax kits, I think it really adds to the scale and makes it look far more realistic to the eye.  The buildings are also beginning to take shape - they need a bit more weathering and detail before they can be set down permanently and then the vegetation needs a lot of detail adding.  The layout is DCC operated but points and signals are operated via a small control panel at the rear of the layout.  The points are all operated by the slow-throw Cobolt motors and the signals are all working (except for the ground signals in the yard - who knows, maybe one day!)

















It's been great fun so far to create this little layout, but there is still plenty to do.  I recon in another 9 months it should be nearing completion  :no:

Tom



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Re: Meldon West Quarry - 3x1 Layout - BR Blue to Modern Day
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2019, 05:39:32 PM »
Welcome aboard. A superb layout idea the first of a working quarry. Looking forward to ideas photos. Thank you for posting

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Re: Meldon West Quarry - 3x1 Layout - BR Blue to Modern Day
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2019, 07:43:43 PM »
Welcome aboard.
That is certainly a lovely little layout.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Meldon West Quarry - 3x1 Layout - BR Blue to Modern Day
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2019, 08:20:01 PM »
Hi Tom :wave: and welcome aboard! :wave:

Thanks for the introduction and pics of your stunning little layout.

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 there is still plenty to do.  I recon in another 9 months it should be nearing completion
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That's not finished(!)? You had me fooled. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Meldon West Quarry - 3x1 Layout - BR Blue to Modern Day
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2019, 08:42:21 PM »
Hello Tom, and welcome to the forum :wave:
What a stonking little layout. Great job.

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Re: Meldon West Quarry - 3x1 Layout - BR Blue to Modern Day
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2019, 09:48:02 PM »
Excellent looking layout!

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Re: Meldon West Quarry - 3x1 Layout - BR Blue to Modern Day
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2019, 11:00:31 PM »
That really is superb, every picture just draws me in.

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Re: Meldon West Quarry - 3x1 Layout - BR Blue to Modern Day
« Reply #7 on: September 17, 2019, 02:13:51 AM »
G'day from Australia, Tom, and welcome to the NGF!  :thumbsup:

What a cracking little layout. Just goes to prove you don't need heaps of space in N!

Scenic skills like yours obviously come in handy, though!

Welcome on board.  :beers:
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Re: Meldon West Quarry - 3x1 Layout - BR Blue to Modern Day
« Reply #8 on: September 17, 2019, 07:08:58 AM »
Excellent looking layout!

I very much agree!  :thumbsup:

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Re: Meldon West Quarry - 3x1 Layout - BR Blue to Modern Day
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2019, 07:40:07 AM »
Thanks for the very warm welcomes and the kind comments about the layout :)  It's taken a few coats of various shades of paint to get it to what you see now, it's been incredibly frustrating at times, but worth it :)

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Re: Meldon West Quarry - 3x1 Layout - BR Blue to Modern Day
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2019, 09:01:58 AM »
Thought I'd also add a picture of the new board extension.  This board was originally going to be a 3x1 fiddle yard to supply the facility but I thought I could add some interest by modeling a small loco stabling/repair point.  What's resulted is the front 6 inches of the board will be modeled, which hides the rear 3-track sector-plate fiddle yard.  This has made the layout a bit more interesting to operate, as any loco that is sat idle in the quarry can now be run up the line to the stabling point.  To the right-hand side of the stabling point is another hidden shorter 3-track sector plate, just long enough for a 2-car DMU, or a short freight train.  I had a Class 108 as a present earlier this year and needed somewhere to run it so this short section of branch line proves ideal :)

You can see the beginnings of the small loco shed and fuel point, all built from sheet plasticard.  The retaining walls are my next project - I'd thought I might use scalescenes printed walls but after testing their patches I'm going to go back to plasticard and painting them up myself so I can match it to the quarry section of the layout.




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Re: Meldon West Quarry - 3x1 Layout - BR Blue to Modern Day
« Reply #11 on: September 17, 2019, 09:07:19 AM »
Brilliant layout , love the track- it fooled some at work until N forum header read !   

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Re: Meldon West Quarry - 3x1 Layout - BR Blue to Modern Day
« Reply #12 on: September 17, 2019, 09:37:36 AM »
Hi Tom,

Lovely looking layout. Was going to ask about the extension but you've just done it.

Looking forward to more pics of the original and your progress with the extension.

Great stuff.

Cheers weave  :beers:

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Re: Meldon West Quarry - 3x1 Layout - BR Blue to Modern Day
« Reply #13 on: Yesterday at 12:32:44 PM »
 :greatpicturessign:

Impressive

 

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