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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #1455 on: April 08, 2019, 09:17:03 PM »
Many thanks for your comments, Chaps.  It's always a pleasure to hear from you.

For 'wire in tube' read 'stick in void'. Very novel approach John and Poppy.  :thumbsup:

What a brilliant name for this, David.  Thank you.

I hope you've used lolly sticks of the highest quality.  :)

Got them from Mrs Train Waiting, Alec, so I'm assuming premium quality!  Thank you for your kind comments and, as you say, scary scenery next.  By the way, the coffee stirrers are from McDonald's!  These are very good: straight, smooth and with nicely-shaped ends.  Very useful for model railway enthusiasts.

No doubt the local signaller whose name I have forgotten, will be undergoing full training?
Down South in West Cornwall, the track gang have been out with bottles of a strange alchohol based product cleaning the track. Rumour has it that it’ll help the trains run better.   :D

Signalman John Saxby in the Sidings signal box and signalman John Farmer at Poppingham 'box, which exists only in my imagination at present, were both passed out on the new apparatus by Inspector Japp.  The three of them ate a copious amount of Mrs Saxby's buns during the process, so I'm told.  Being old-fashioned here at Poppingham, we use meths as the liquid track cleaning stuff on cork one.  Three other corks and the Lakeland brush-thingy then follow.  A benefit of a four by two-and-a-'alf layout is being able to indulge in a complicated track cleaning process.  The locomotives like it, though, and wheel and axle cleaning is now much reduced compared to what it was for the now-dismantled 2m x 1m Table-Top Railway Mk III.

Thanks again.

John
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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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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #1456 on: April 09, 2019, 08:54:29 PM »
Normal for Poppingham

Hello Chums

A bit more progress today with the 'front-left' area of the layout...



The 'stick and void' point operating apparatus has had its cover painted and some scary scenery work has commenced, with flocking number one on the gentle slope.  It normally takes three or four flockings before the grass looks half-decent.  Although, given my semi-scenic approach, perhaps that means the scenery work is only semi-scary.  Perfik - I'm feeling more confident already.

Meanwhile, over on the Down side, by the goods wharf, Bert has parked the tractor unit of his 'mechanical horse'.



Then Bert reverses slightly...



Ö and the points change!

One would not usually find such lunacy on a model railway, but it's normal for Poppingham.

Many thanks for looking and all good wishes.

Toodle-pip.

John

PS The black pin was to provide a datum to observe Bert's reversing in case Flossie wandered away during the manoeuvre. 
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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #1457 on: April 11, 2019, 08:27:31 PM »
An Ingenious method of point manipulation John.
I have every confidence in Bertís reversing ability so fear not. And, of course, Flossie is impeccably trained , she will not wander off.

I believe that a new locomotive has today been catapulted across the Irish Sea towards Poppingham.

Have fun

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« Reply #1458 on: April 12, 2019, 09:38:20 AM »
Very many thanks, Martin.  Over the years I have used various electrical point-switching arrangements.  Often to operate a set of points right in front of me!  For Poppingham, I decided to change direction completely and have manual point operation.  All the points are easily within reach (yet another advantage of a 'four by two-and-a-half' layout).

What all this Poppingham silliness demonstrates, to me at least, is that some close-to-prehistoric techniques actually work rather well.  As another example, the Peco Setrack 'dead frog' points on the layout give every satisfaction, although many modellers would consider them completely out of date.

I believe that a new locomotive has today been catapulted across the Irish Sea towards Poppingham.

'New locomotive' - how jolly singular, Martin!  The parcel made a safe landing yesterday.  Its contents are in the plural, though.  A new Union Mills list is too tempting for the likes of me.  Hopefully, the new arrivals will be seen pottering through Poppingham over the next day or two.

Best wishes.

John
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« Reply #1459 on: April 12, 2019, 04:16:35 PM »
A Brace of '3F's

Hello Chums

I can resist anything except temptation, particularly in the form of new locomotives from Union Mills.  The Union Mills '3F' is a very fine locomotive, just like the big ones were.  I've read that many drivers preferred them to a '4F', unless all-out power was required.  Therefore, when a new version of the '3F' appeared in the latest list, a cheque was soon heading towards the Isle of Man.



Here we see two '3F's passing the sidings.  On the Up line is an old-stager, No. 3214 and, on the Down line, is a locomotive new to the Table-Top Railway, No. 3777.  No. 3214 has the '1936 style' numbering, but is the older locomotive, being one of the original '3F' class, dating back to 1885.  No. 3777, in the '1927-1935' numbering style, is one of the 1906 variants with an addition half-inch on the cylinder bore.  No. 3777 benefits, in my view, from having the latest Union Mills motor introduced in 2014.  This makes for much more controllable slow-speed running; ideal for a '3F'.  Or maybe it's the bigger cylinders!

There's a bit of a story to the traction engine, just arrived from Devonshire; Bideford to be precise.  It's Bertie Poppingham's latest craze, but Lady Poppingham was against him spending money on it.  Lord Poppingham, of course, loves traction engines and called Janey into his library to discuss how Mama might be won over.  Janey suggested that if it was a joint purchase with me, that would do the trick.  It did!  And I now own half of a traction engine.  Couldn't say no to Janey, could I?  And best to stay in Lord P's good books...

Many thanks for looking and all best wishes.

Tickety-tonk.

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'Why does the Disney Castle work so well?  Because it borrows from reality without ever slipping into it.'

(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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« Reply #1460 on: April 12, 2019, 05:50:33 PM »
Nice one, John.

I've just waved my new Cauliflower in front of your pic and the 3F's different enough that I think I know what I'll be doing Monday morning  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #1461 on: April 12, 2019, 09:36:27 PM »
 :hellosign: Thanks for sharing John, looking rather spiffing
      regards Derek.

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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #1462 on: April 13, 2019, 11:02:30 AM »
The Headland Brewery van had conveyed crates of Trawlerman Ale to Poppingham.
Trawler Ale being a hearty ale brewed expecially for the Winter months and at 5.8% by volume was very popular.
Several cases of Saffron Buns were also conveyed in bakerís totes courtesy of the Cornish Pasty Company who, as well as traditional pasties, also make a variety of cakes and pastries.
No doubt everyone will enjoy the hospitality provided by Lord Poppingham.
Iím glad to hear that your motor vehicle is parked up John. It means you can enjoy a pint or three.
Have fun and take care.
Martin

My apologies for not keeping up with events, John. The Lima GW "Toad" brake van was an inspiration from Martin who had one, so I bought one for 'through' running then, another came with some other models so I thought of Poppingham when it is placed in the land of God's Wonderful Railway. I'm very glad that you're keeping your Dapol 48xx. It will look good with a short goods train, too. The Dapol 14xx fleet is a very variable one so if you have one that runs well, keep it. I have had to discard one as unsuitable for DCC conversion and send one BR Lined Green back to Swindon Works [Tony in Spain]. Some have the boiler top feed and some don't. That is my excuse for having three working ones plus one away. If the one 'in works' comes back fully restored one BR Lined Green one will become surplus.

Cornwall's Headland Brewery is justly famous for its extensive range of seasonal ales, including Trawlerman Ale, a hearty ale brewed especially for the Winter months and with an ABV of 5.8% guaranteed to provide the drinker with a feeling of inner warmth.

The flourishing North Cornwall Pasty Co., Penmayne, has a subsidiary, Cornish Fancies, which produces a popular selection of traditional cakes and pastries, including Saffron Buns. Cornish Fancies was founded by Lucy Kennally (who will feature in a coming story).
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« Reply #1463 on: April 13, 2019, 09:07:46 PM »
Many thanks @Chris in Prague

Good to hear from you.

My Dapol 'Forty-Eight' is a very sweet-running little locomotive, just like the 'big ones'.  No difficulty with 'Setrack' points, either.  From your helpful comments it looks like I've been lucky.

Best wishes.

John
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« Reply #1464 on: April 13, 2019, 09:23:52 PM »
My pleasure. I missed all the goings on, at Poppingham.

Yes, according to Douglas, at Wickness, there were good batches and bad ones of the Dapol 0-4-2Ts; some really poor performers. I'm very pleased that you have a good 'un. They have always been among my favourite locos. ever since seeing the GWS autotrain at Didcot in the late 1960s.

My three are / will be models of 14xx locos. used on the Fowey branch, the only line they were actually used on in Cornwall. In reality, the North Cornwall lines would be too steep for an 0-4-2T with any substantial load behind it. So, I will have an auto-fitted 4575, as also used on the Fowey branch.

I hope my two black liveried SR UM locos. will be here, soon. Perhaps, "City of Truro", early summer. A Dean Goods is still under long term consideration and, perhaps, a Collett 2251.

All the best

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« Reply #1465 on: April 14, 2019, 03:53:53 PM »
Southern Style

Hello Chums

Over on the Saxon Street thread, there has been admiration of a train in 'Southern' livery.  Much deserved, too.  Here on the Table-Top Railway, it was time for some Southern running.  But it's the Southern of about ninety years earlier than Alec's.



Just behind my house, two 'T9'-hauled passenger trains are about to pass.  On the Down line is No. 304 and on the Up line is No. 312.  We are a bit short of Southern motive power, so the appearance of No. 312 in the latest Union Mills list was fortunate.  We also have No. 301 on the railway, but she's in Mr Bulleid's vivid livery and is only suitable for the end of our period.
You might note that one of my chimney pots is distinctly skew-whiff.  No, there was no a gale blowing in the Train Set Room; Poppy decided to try her paw at modifying a Metcalfe kit.  Outside the house, opposite my motor car, is Lord Poppingham's Brough Superior 'SS100'.  And what a motor-bicycle it is!
(It's actually a slightly modified '1936 Knucklehead' from Messrs Osborns Models.  I painted it to resemble a Brough; the plated petrol tank is a distinctive feature.  In the very unlikely event that you are unfamiliar with the term 'Knucklehead', it signifies an overhead valve Harley-Davidson.  The side valve machines are called 'Shovelheads'.)

All this mention of infernal confusion vehicles reminds me that there has been some limited progress on the front-left corner of the layout since you last saw it:   



I think that the Metcalfe garage will fit the site - only just.  It needs to be angled so that it won't block my sight-line through the overbridge.  I like watching Down trains emerge from the bridge!  The petrol pumps supplied with the kit are modern.  These old ones, about to be used to fill up Bertie Poppingham's Jaguar, are again from Osborns Models.  This is a new supplier to me and I'm impressed with their quality of service.

Many thanks for looking and all best wishes.

Toodle-oo.

John and Poppy.
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'Why does the Disney Castle work so well?  Because it borrows from reality without ever slipping into it.'

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

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« Reply #1466 on: April 14, 2019, 04:12:55 PM »
Have you got the prial of sevens, or just a nameplate?

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« Reply #1467 on: April 14, 2019, 04:52:16 PM »
I know the sun shines a lot at Poppingham, so I like the idea of the outside chess board.  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #1468 on: April 14, 2019, 06:07:31 PM »
John, thank you for continuing the "Southern" dalliance within your excellent thread. I enjoyed zooming in on the photograph showing nos. 304 and 312 T9s passing by each other. Splendid!

With your keen eye for detail 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.  :D Maybe I should get a dog?

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« Reply #1469 on: April 14, 2019, 06:43:13 PM »
Ooh! Two similarly liveried T9s. Very nice. I had not realised that there was a new one in the latest Union Mills list. Still, I think two (only one present and correct, though) is enough, for now. 8-) There are not many suitable numbers for that type of T9 with that type of tender.
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