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Author Topic: The Tora Bora Line  (Read 11493 times)

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Offline port perran

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #210 on: March 01, 2019, 08:41:34 PM »
That van looks good Pete. Excellent work (even if it is upside down again).
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #211 on: March 01, 2019, 08:59:02 PM »
The picture is showing correctly for me.  :hmmm:
David.
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #212 on: March 01, 2019, 09:34:30 PM »
No requirement for a handstand for me, either.
Nicely grubby van without being filthy :thumbsup:

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #213 on: March 01, 2019, 10:11:53 PM »
Thank you all for the feed-back, just another 13 do do when I get chance  ::)

Here we see 4554 entering Churston on a very short down goods from Exeter for Brixham with a returning empty Fish Van and shock van full of bottles for the Red Spinnaker distillery. 

The fish van will be  thoroughly cleaned and wait with other empty fish vans in the loading dock at the station where it will be loaded on Sunday afternoon.
It will be used in the 8.30pm weekdays and Sunday fish special that leaves Brixham for Exeter, Bristol and London. 
The fish special is a fast express, but it carries no passengers. 100 tons of fresh fish is carried overnight for the morning fish markets.
« Last Edit: March 02, 2019, 08:08:33 PM by Dizz »

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #214 on: March 02, 2019, 12:51:17 PM »
Great work on that oil loading terminal ... I have something similar in mind for my layout, but am planning to modify a Walthers Ice Factory kit rather than scratch build..... I haven't got my head around how I will do the loading arms though - your work has motivated me to get moving on it

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #215 on: March 02, 2019, 08:44:10 PM »
D6313 is being kept busy!
After a specials trip to Cant Cove yesterday, late this afternoon it was booked to bring two CIWL Pullman coaches up from West Quay to Brixham for winter refurbishment.
Sharkham Wagon works bid for the work as part of their strategy to move into maintaining passenger stock to supplement the established goods wagon manufacture.
Here we see 6313 pulling into the Churston Up platform where the driver will obtain the token for the branch before crossing the down line for Brixham.

Tomorrow I will try to catch the Kingswear to London Fish Special whilst the Vans from Brixham are added at Churston.

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #216 on: March 02, 2019, 08:47:08 PM »
Great work on that oil loading terminal ... I have something similar in mind for my layout, but am planning to modify a Walthers Ice Factory kit rather than scratch build..... I haven't got my head around how I will do the loading arms though - your work has motivated me to get moving on it
I'm pleased you like it thanks. I saw you managed to bag a decent haul of Plastruct material on e-bay, but if there is anything I can help with (eg the ply brackets) just give me a shout  :thumbsup:

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #217 on: March 03, 2019, 07:55:20 PM »
Very good to see D6313 on the two CIWL "Pullman" train ferry coaches. They suffered frost damage in the extreme winter. Fortunately, temporary replacements have been supplied from the CIWL Workshop at Ostende, Belgium, for the weekly Winter service.

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #218 on: March 03, 2019, 10:43:05 PM »
Dog show yesterday with Brian (second in his class this time) and then it was his KC Gold Good Citizen assessment today, we didn't get back until 17.30  but I still managed to get some cave-time in.
Second rig is now assembled and 128 rail posts have been glued to the cat walks.  Test fit again:

Parts count now 796 with 32 to go!
Will fire up the airbrush tomorrow evening and get the plastic painted matt black.
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #219 on: March 03, 2019, 11:16:01 PM »
The Kingswear to London Fish Special departs Kingswear (where the engine has been turned on the turntable) usually only pulling a brake van.  At Churston the loaded fish vans that have come up from Brixham during the day are added and then a hopefully non-stop run to London starts.
With the loads and speeds required Halls have been the preferred motive power, but Western Diesel-hydraulics are starting to make appearances.  However today Pendeford Hall was in charge and was seen passing Parson's Tunnel Signal Box and entering the tunnel:

And on 16mm film:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dozIvlOahb4
into the tunnel:

With all due regard and respect to W H Audenís masterpiece ďNight MailĒ...................

NIGHT FISH
This is the Night Fish passing the border,
Bringing the fish, all in good order.

Lobster for the rich, Dabs for the poor
The shop at the corner, the cook next door.

Pulling up Wellington, a steady climb
The gradientís against her, but sheís on time.

Past estuary and heathland border
Shovelling white steam over her shoulder,

Snorting noisily as she passes
Silent miles of ripening grasses.

People turn their heads as she approaches,
Stare from pavements at her white sided coaches.

A38 road works cannot slow her speed;
She steams past, taking no heed.

In the town she passes, no one wakes,
But bread in the oven gently bakes.

Dawn approaches, her run is done.
Down towards London she descends,
Towards the city and tall sky scrapers
Towards the fields of people, bustling, hustling.
Towards the swarming masses, always jostling.
All Billingsgate waits for her:
In dark places, beside the noisy pub,
Men everywhere wait for the grub.

Thousands are still asleep,
Dreaming of battered fish and chips
Or a friendly pint beside the band in the Brixton Jamm

Asleep in working Barking, asleep in well-set Kensington,
Asleep in sporting Stratford
They continue their dreams,
But shall wake soon and long for kippers
And no one will hear the mongerís cry
Without a quickening of the heart,
For who can resist a fish based breakfast?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGqX0TVaEDY
« Last Edit: March 04, 2019, 10:39:01 AM by Dizz »

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #220 on: March 04, 2019, 08:05:38 AM »
Lovely photos Pete and,...the correct way up for me this time.
Those white fish vans do look good behind the immaculate Hall.
And what a fitting adaptation of Mr Audenís work.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #221 on: March 04, 2019, 08:23:02 AM »
Lovely photos Pete and,...the correct way up for me this time.
Those white fish vans do look good behind the immaculate Hall.
And what a fitting adaptation of Mr Audenís work.

Seconded!

I think this is a very good example of a medium weathered fish van.

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/HKIAAOSwjMtcQa4J/s-l1600.jpg

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #222 on: March 04, 2019, 09:45:56 AM »
Lovely photos Pete and,...the correct way up for me this time.
Those white fish vans do look good behind the immaculate Hall.
And what a fitting adaptation of Mr Audenís work.
Thank you Martin.  The upside down ones (for you) a post or two ago went through "post production" on my laptop instead of the netbook, so I thought I had found the culprit.  Unfortunately these 2 stills were also resized and uploaded from the laptop, so that theory is now in the bin! :(
I'm a big fan of the Night Mail film and probably have it on twice a month (there are a couple good quality uploads on You Tube) whilst I'm working in the man-cave: it was a different world then.  It's a bit cheeky and I hope nobody takes offence at my destruction of the verse.
Today at work is dragging along very slowly..........am itching to get home and do some airbrushing!!
« Last Edit: March 04, 2019, 09:47:23 AM by Dizz »

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #223 on: March 04, 2019, 07:26:34 PM »
I hope you were able to get on with some airbrushing, Pete. 8-)

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #224 on: March 04, 2019, 11:06:14 PM »
Taa-Dahh!
Matt black applied: it dried very quickly on one set whilst I airbrushed the second.  Catwalks fitted and glued in place by wicking thin cyano along the underside joints.
With the catwalks attached the structures were more rigid and easier to handle.  Bottom balsa jigs removed and the uprights glued to the MDF bases, then the now-exposed uprights were airbrushed and the catwalks dirtied-up a bit.

Last operation this evening was to thread 0.3mm diameter beading wire through the rail posts.
Just the hoses to fit now  :thumbsup:

 

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