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Author Topic: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge  (Read 60432 times)

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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #1470 on: April 14, 2019, 11:31:24 PM »
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   Many thanks John (& Poppy) all looking very nice
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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #1471 on: April 15, 2019, 03:28:34 PM »
A Busy Scene

Hello Chums

I hope you are tickety-boo.  Isn't 'N' gauge such fun?  I had a while last evening, after the ironing was done, simply sitting and happily watching the trains go by.  Here's a busy little scene from that 'session':



The new 'T9' 4-4-0, No. 312, passes the sidings with an Up passenger train.  '0345' 0-6-0 No. 3441 has been shunted into the Down goods siding to clear the line for a passenger train, which can be seen in the background about to depart Poppingham station.  This train is also 'T9'-hauled; No. 304 this time.  And, in the Up goods siding, a S&DJR 0-6-0, No. 66 of 1896 and later rebuilt to the condition seen here, waits to continue its journey.

We have a shortage of Southern locomotives, so the S&DJR helps out as and when required.  There is actually a '700' Class 0-6-0 'Black Motor' in one of the locomotive drawers but, unfortunately, she is in BR livery and not suitable for pre-1939 running.

Many thanks for looking and best wishes.

Cheerio

John
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...you raise a good point about positioning of buildings and so on. There are certain "views" around my developing layout that I enjoy and am minded not to spoil as and when various structures are added. In addition there are a few lines of sight that cannot be blocked for judging exactly where to stop trains to avoid running into buffers or overshooting a station etc. I tend to be fairly sedentary when running my trains...

Many thanks, Alec.  After years of 'walk-around' layouts, the Table-Top Railway is designed to be operated sitting down.  I have taken careful note of Iain Rice's ideas on 'controlled sight lines' and intend (hope?) to incorporate these in Poppingham.

Have you got the prial of sevens, or just a nameplate?
Just the nameplate, I'm afraid.  If another manufacturer decides to make Union Mills-ish locomotives* with outside cylinders, then a 'King Arthur' would be high on my 'hope-for list'.  Incidentally, I read an article in a magazine recently which referred to No. 777 as 'The Pile of Sevens'.  Presumably, the Southern enginemen's reference was lost on this modern author.

* Maybe Dapol will pull this off with the metal-bodied Bulleid 'Light Pacific' - I certainly hope so.

Thank you, chaps
J
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The Table-Top Railway is an attempt to create, in British 'N' gauge,  a 'semi-scenic' railway in the old-fashioned style, reminiscent of the layouts of the 1920s to the 1950s.

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« Reply #1472 on: April 15, 2019, 03:31:33 PM »
Yet another lovely photo John.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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« Reply #1473 on: Yesterday at 07:29:08 PM »
A Wee Black Yin

Anglice: A little black one

Hello Chums

It was in the summer of 1928 that the 'Wee Black Yins', officially the LMS '2P' class, came to the old G&SWR district of the Northern Division.  Good engines they were too; economical both to run and to maintain.  They were needed though; the old G&SWR locomotives were getting worn out and those rebuilt by Mr Whitelegg were very weak.  The '2P' class remained, particularly in Ayrshire, until the terrible twins of dieselisation and line closures sent them for scrap.

But one of the great pleasures of model railways is that one can stop or even reverse time.  If you are agreeable, we are about to go back to 1932 when the late David L Smith photographed a sparkling No. 647 at his local station, Dalmellington.  Now, through the magic of model railways, No. 647 has emerged from Mr Smith's photograph and is seen working an Up passenger train past the Sidings:



Yes, you've probably seen her before.  She featured on @Ozymandias ' workbench thread.  And hasn't Gideon made the most absolutely wonderful job of her?  She's finished in the condition shown in Mr Smith's photograph and the efforts of these Ayrshire enginemen of so long ago can, once more, be appreciated.  She's a Union Mills locomotive and was in British Railways livery before her transformation.

Perhaps I may be forgiven just one more photograph. Here she is, a few seconds before the first photograph was taken, coming off the curve over the level crossing:



My thanks to Gideon and to Union Mills for enabling me to have this 'Wee Black Yin' on the Table-Top Railway.

I should like to dedicate this post to the memory of David L Smith, whose writings lit a flame in the heart of a little boy who arrived just too late to appreciate steam at first hand.  That flame burns still.

Many thanks for looking.

With the very best of good wishes.

John
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« Reply #1474 on: Yesterday at 07:35:13 PM »
Thanks John
Lovely pictures.
Lovely work.
Lovely story.
Lovely sentiments.
Lovely.

Martin

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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #1475 on: Yesterday at 07:53:46 PM »
Thanks John
Lovely pictures.
Lovely work.
Lovely story.
Lovely sentiments.
Lovely.

Martin

Seconded, in every respect. It's well worth waiting for Gideon to work his magic on a Union Mills loco.

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« Reply #1476 on: Yesterday at 09:05:39 PM »
I have to confess that I'm very taken with that engine no. 647. How very smart it looks.

I know you love your steam trains John and I can appreciate that one in particular would give you much pleasure in whizzing her around Poppingham. Very grand indeed.

Alec.

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« Reply #1477 on: Today at 10:32:48 AM »


She looks fabulous in situ! I'm so glad you're pleased with her. :)
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« Reply #1478 on: Today at 01:26:16 PM »
Must admit I thought the silver ring round the smokebox door of the 2P looked a bit odd at first, but google found a couple of images. Obviously I'm not used to seeing that feature. Maybe it's just a shade too thick? Nice loco though, and superb work as always @Ozymandias   :D

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« Reply #1479 on: Today at 03:13:51 PM »
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« Reply #1480 on: Today at 07:40:54 PM »
Semi-Scenic

Hello Chums

Thank you for the wonderfully kind reception that you gave to my post about No. 647.  I wish you could see her yourself, rather than through my dodgy photographic efforts.  Maybe one day...

Thank you, Nick, for that lovely picture of No. 505.

I'm using the term 'semi-scenic' to describe the Table-Top Railway.  I don't think that I have seen the term used before, but it almost certainly has been.  I use the term in full recognition of the wonderful tradition of fully-scenic modelling started by the likes of WS Norris and JH Ahern.  On our Forum, you'll see fantastic inheritors of this tradition, such as Wrenton and Port Perran/Trepol Bay.  But back in the period (roughly) from the 'twenties to the 'fifties, many wonderful layouts were a little less developed in matters of scenery.  That's the look that I'm struggling to achieve on Poppingham.  But I endeavour to persevere!

Please may I show you what I mean?  I'm minded to think about copyright here, so a 'link' is probably best:
http://www.binnsroad.co.uk/railways/sherwood/index.html

The layout is the late Norman Eagles' Sherwood Section and this is 'Rufford Market' station.  Sherwood was '0' gauge clockwork and was in existence in one form or another from the 'twenties to the 'eighties.  What a layout!  This is the sort of thing I have in mind as I build my layout in British 'N' gauge. 

If you have the Railway Modeller of October 2017 (Vol 68, No. 804) to hand, there is an excellent article on the Sherwood Section on pages 852-855.

Many thanks for looking.

Best wishes.

Toodle-pip.

John
   
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(Acknowledgement: John Goodall Esq, Architectural Editor, 'Country Life'.)

The Table-Top Railway is an attempt to create, in British 'N' gauge,  a 'semi-scenic' railway in the old-fashioned style, reminiscent of the layouts of the 1920s to the 1950s.

 

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