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Author Topic: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)  (Read 6068 times)

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #150 on: May 27, 2019, 12:43:30 AM »
Thank you Chris (IP), Martin and Derek,

Martin, due to other chores that cropped up the 'Great Weave Shed Mouse Hunt' had to be postponed until tomorrow but will keep you posted. Mrs Weave has agreed to help me then. I anticipate lots of jumping and screaming but she's promised to calm me down  :D.

Thanks again Chris (IP). I was pretty sure Sofia was/is mates with Sylvia and Eli but not 100% about Catala so hope I haven't mucked that up.

Regarding the four girl's trip, I'll give it a go but won't have pics of the UK loading gauge Touropa couchette just yet. Regarding other travellers, they might meet a guy from Dortmund, further north in Germany on their trip,  who works for the Wickueler Brewery where possible future business ventures may be discussed. (I bought 4 old style brewery wagons of theirs on a whim  :)).

Anyway, back to Sant Pau de Mar. While Sofia and Catala were arriving in Munich the following morning things were pretty much as normal with the arrival of the TER (tren espanyol rápido) from Barcelona (on the correct tracks this time  ;)).....

20190526_212655 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

At the same time a goods train arrives from Vila Sant Pau with boxes of liqueurs from the monastery there who, like many monasteries produce alcoholic beverages to fund their existence. The boxes are due for export to Spain, Morocco (via Algeciras) and Portugal but will have to wait to be brought over to the Spanish line platform until the morning trains have finished and there's a gap in the timetable......

20190526_213146 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

Unfortunately, today was the day that work was supposed to begin on replacing the palm trees in the station car park that had blown down in a March storm but the contractors couldn't begin as, although signs had been put up about NO PARKING, three cars had been left there  :D. Railway staff set about finding the owners.....

20190526_213333 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr

The TER has headed off to Estepera closely followed by the arrival of the Madrid Talgo. The line from Sant Cristofol to Estepera hasn't been electrified (yet  ;)) so a RENFE class 307 (Spanish version of the SNCF BB63000 on the other track) normally hauls the train with the RENFE 276 electric leaving the train at the capital. However, due to a coupling failure the diesel will have to pull the whole train to Estepera where the problem will be sorted....

20190526_214203 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


20190526_214345 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


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20190526_214510 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


After the Talgo train had departed the Station Master was informed by the local Police that the owners of the three cars left in the car park had been located asleep at the aftermath of an all night beach party further along the coast. The three young ladies, according to the Police, were still not sober enough to drive but that they had their keys and would move the cars ASAP so that the palm tree contractors could proceed.

Cheers weave  :beers:


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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #151 on: May 27, 2019, 07:59:24 AM »
Thank you for those pictures Chris.
The railway staff and police were most tolerant in not towing those three cars away. No doubt the girls thoroughly enjoyed the beach party though.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #152 on: May 27, 2019, 08:25:19 AM »
Hi Martin,

This is practically Spain remember. I think the only guy in town with a tow truck was at the party as well  ;)  :).

Not sure whether to do a line of palm trees along the platform/ car park edge or two clusters of 3 trees, one in the middle roughly where the cars are now and one to the right of the car park which would separate the cars from the bus stop area. Or something else, not sure, any ideas?

20190526_214510 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


Cheers weave  :beers:
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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #153 on: May 27, 2019, 08:45:44 AM »
Intial thoughts were lineside  fencing but then I reasoned that this is not Britain (we love fencing things off).
Maybe two clusters of trees separated by a couple of largish flower boxes  with flowering plants. Easy to make with a rectangle made of coffee stirrers filled with scenic soil. The plants can be green tree foliage dotted with paint to represent flowers.
And, a couple of concrete seats ?
What about a small fountain or other water feature?

Or am I getting too carried away now ?

I’m sure that whatever you do it’ll look just fine.
Martin
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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #154 on: May 27, 2019, 09:08:16 AM »
Thanks Martin,

Am making a mock up as we speak with planters so I can move them about to see what's best. Pics to come later this morn.

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #155 on: May 27, 2019, 11:40:15 AM »
Hi all,

Have done the mock up of the car park scenery. Am thinking that there wouldn't be too many cars parked there during the day as it's not a commuter town and most locals would be dropped off at the station or walk there.

I think a reasonably ample taxi rank in front of the station building is needed for tourists and locals as well as the bus stop area.

I'll cut the bottom off the planters either side of the station building so that they're planting areas with a small wall around. The palm tree areas in the car park have had the bottoms cut off so are to a similar plan. The trees are just bluetacked in but will have small flowering shrubs around the bottom.

The platform will have benches eventually in front of the planted areas with the trees providing some shade.

By the way the blue BMW represents a taxi as can't find the two taxis that I have......

20190527_102249 by Christopher Weaver, on Flickr


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Any thoughts good or bad very welcome.

Cheers weave  :beers:





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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #156 on: May 27, 2019, 12:04:46 PM »
Looking good in my opinion.
Maybe some climbing plants with flowers on the walls of the station building eventually ?
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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #157 on: May 28, 2019, 07:29:14 AM »
The tree arrangement is looking good. I agree that some flowering plants in the Lego planters is a good plan.  :thumbsup:

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #158 on: May 28, 2019, 08:54:40 AM »
Thanks Keith although what do you mean lego?

They are made from balsa wood, painstakingly cut to exact lengths to make perfect rectangles. They are then stuck to a balsa base, sanded and painted white with three coats of matt enamel. Circular holders are added to the base to hold the bottom of the trees when glued and not blue tacked and uniform holes are carefully drilled to allow the PVA glue mix to flow freely through the ornamental gravel mulch.

If only they were lego it would have been so much easier  ;)  :D.

Cheers weave  :beers:

PS For Martin (PP), the mice have been evicted. Seven live ones who fled and one already dead, hence the smell that alerted us. Found the food source. Although Mrs Weave swore blind that there wasn't any bird seed in there, there was, loads in a cardboard, semi eaten for bedding, box. Hopefully they wont come back and I've got lots of brownie points for taking everything out and cleaning up the mess. Also if I muck up I can play my bird seed/mouse card  :D


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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #159 on: May 28, 2019, 09:33:23 AM »
I really like that last set of pic with the palm trees, Chris.

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #160 on: May 28, 2019, 11:20:29 AM »
Just caught this thread, and wonderful story

Keep up the good work; very reminiscent of summers in Catalonia  :beers:

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #161 on: May 28, 2019, 01:35:40 PM »
Thanks Mick (NPN),

The trees are a bit uniform and the green's not quite right but I quite like the effect.

Hi Steve,

Glad you like it so far. Any compliments always appreciated.

Salud weave  :beers:


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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #162 on: May 29, 2019, 09:43:02 PM »
 :hellosign:   :greatpicturessign:
    Many thanks Chris all looking really splendid, defintley the flavour of Spain
         regards Derek.

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Re: Principat d'Izaro (French/Spanish layout)
« Reply #163 on: June 02, 2019, 10:48:07 AM »
Good morning, Chris (Weave)

I like both the planters either side of the station building and the way that the palm trees are arranged. Small flowering shrubs around the bottom of the palm trees will be an excellent addition. I agree that appropriate painting of plastic scenic items, like the trees, always is an improvement. Otherwise, they can look too shiny.

The station building looks suitably Mediterranean. Concrete or other material seats are an excellent idea plus some continental posters? A small fountain would be a cooling and attractive addition. A refreshment stand selling chilled drinks (citron pressé*) and ices, too.

There is a great variety of trains passing through.

*Citron pressé means “squeezed lemon” and is really just deconstructed lemonade. I prefer it to lemonade because each person is able to adjust the sweetness and tartness to their own taste (I make mine really really sour). This is possible because each component is served separately. You get a jug of iced water, a container of freshly squeezed lemon juice (local fresh lemons are best), a container of simple syrup (sugar dissolved in water), and a glass with ice.
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