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Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« on: January 01, 2019, 07:18:18 PM »
I haven't had the chance to do much modelling lately due to house move and work commitments, but I have finally decided to embark on my "big layout" - trying to recreate a small slice of the Edinburgh - Carlisle "Waverley Route".  Stobs was the first station south of Hawick on the ten mile climb to Whitrope summit, and one of the smallest and simplest on the line, with a single goods siding on the Down side.  Immediately north of the station was a stone four-arch viaduct: the area was heavily wooded and altogether very attractive.  By 1961 large numbers of LNER Pacifics and V2s were being displaced from the East Coast Main Line by diesels, and for a short time they found a new home on the Waverley Route. This is the period I have decided to model.

Stobs will be all about watching the trains go by.  The aim is to run a sequence of trains corresponding as closely as possible to the Working Timetable.  The track plan is essentially a "squashed dogbone", three baseboards in a U shape, with four storage loops at each end, the shortest capable of taking a Pacific and nine coaches.  Trains will run through the station in one direction, and return after a decent interval in the other, rather than just going round in circles.

It will be a while before I can start construction.  The intention is to make the whole thing light and portable with exhibitions in mind.  The scenic section will be around nine feet long.  For now I have made a start with a couple of structures.  Stobs was only a small wayside station and had few buildings, for which I have not found any scale drawings. So I am working from photographs, preparing my own scale drawings as I go along. The main structures are station house, ticket office, down platform waiting room, signal box, footbridge and viaduct. I started with the smallest and simplest of these, the ticket office.



All-card construction using Metcalf printed walls.The roof slates are an experiment using paper adhesive labels slotted, cut into strips and overlapped to give the correct relief effect.  They look overscale but I think another coat of paint will improve matters. Still some detailing to finish it off, but I got sidetracked by the arrival of some new solder paste and spent the holidays tackling a rather trickier structure...





The footbridge at Stobs was made from lengths of rail bent and bolted together and still survives although in a very poor state.  My model is made from Code 40 bullhead rail, nickel silver and phosphor bronze wire all soldered together using a resistance soldering unit, with the stairs fabricated from 0.8mm balsa cut into strips.  I wouldn't like to have to do this again.

Once my eyesight has recovered I will start work on the signalbox for which I have one decent photo.  More to follow...

Richard



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Re: Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2019, 06:45:01 AM »
That's an excellent start, Richard.  Unfortunately all the buttons have disappeared from the bottom, but you have my thanks for a very good post.
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Re: Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2019, 07:36:54 AM »
That's an excellent start, Richard.  Unfortunately all the buttons have disappeared from the bottom, but you have my thanks for a very good post.

I was going to click "Thank you" but now I see what you mean.  I wondered why my post wasn't getting any response  :'(

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Re: Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2019, 08:54:38 AM »
What an excellent project!

You have indeed made a great start with excellent planning and modelling.  :thumbsup:

Thank you's are a work in progress!  :beers:
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Re: Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2019, 11:36:22 AM »
I always like to see small stations in a large scenic section (Dentdale springs to mind) so look forward to seeing this develop. As for your footbridge - that is a work of art :goggleeyes:

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Re: Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« Reply #5 on: January 02, 2019, 12:32:26 PM »
I always like to see small stations in a large scenic section (Dentdale springs to mind) so look forward to seeing this develop. As for your footbridge - that is a work of art :goggleeyes:

For a long time I wanted to recreate Kirkby Stephen on the S&C, but that line has been modelled by so many people now that it would be hard to bring anything new to the subject. The Waverley has had far less attention so far, especially in N gauge.  I hear rumours that someone has already done Stobs in OO gauge but I haven't seen any photos.

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Re: Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2019, 06:23:07 PM »
That sounds a very good project, Richard.  Lots of interesting freight working at that period.

Are you planning continuing with your '1970s products' layout?

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Re: Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2019, 07:50:29 AM »
That sounds a very good project, Richard.  Lots of interesting freight working at that period.

Are you planning continuing with your '1970s products' layout?

With best wishes.

John

I have had to shelve the retro modelling project for various reasons, mainly realising that I can actually make a start now on the layout I have always wanted to build.  There isn't enough time to do both.

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Re: Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2019, 08:32:41 AM »
I have had to shelve the retro modelling project for various reasons, mainly realising that I can actually make a start now on the layout I have always wanted to build.  There isn't enough time to do both.

Richard
I thoroughly approve.  Make a start ASAP and see how you get on.  That's what I did, although it may be several years before I finish!  Don't worry about the setbacks, which will inevitably occur, it's all part of the learning process and the enjoyment comes from overcoming them.
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Re: Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2019, 07:50:17 AM »
A little more work on what is likely to be a long, slow project:



Signal box was drawn up on CAD software from old photographs, printed onto self adhesive paper and stuck over a crude foamboard shell, so I could check the size and proportions.  It looks about right to me.  The signal box at Stobs was quite small compared to most others on the route.

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Re: Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2019, 07:56:50 AM »
The footbridge is fantastic.  :thankyousign:

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Re: Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2019, 08:59:29 AM »
Signal box was drawn up on CAD software from old photographs, printed onto self adhesive paper and stuck over a crude foamboard shell, so I could check the size and proportions.  It looks about right to me.  The signal box at Stobs was quite small compared to most others on the route.


Looks the right proportions to me. Have you seen the images on Disused stations , there's a good shot of the box with the bridge in the background caption 1955.

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Re: Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2019, 09:20:54 AM »
Great stuff.  :thumbsup:

My first impression was your signalbox mock-up looked a bit small, but you've obviously done your homework.

Following with interest!  :beers:
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Re: Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2019, 09:24:10 AM »

Looks the right proportions to me. Have you seen the images on Disused stations , there's a good shot of the box with the bridge in the background caption 1955.

Cheers
Dave


Yes, I used that to put together the end drawings, with a bit of guesswork.  I have no idea what the entrance door looks like.  Someone very kindly sent me a photo I haven't seen published of the front of the box, with the signalman leaning out of the left hand window and a porter standing in front of the box.  I have based all my dimensions on my assumption that the porter is around 5'6" tall including his hat. If he was a midget or a giant then I'm in trouble.

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Re: Stobs (Waverley Route, 1961)
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2019, 07:26:58 AM »
Possibly the smallest layout that will ever appear on this forum:





I was having trouble picturing the contours and sightlines, especially around the station which sits in a deep cutting with woods on either side.  So I knocked up this 1/12 scale model out of bits of material I had lying around.  I have aerial photographs of the station site (from 1945 and recent) and although not an accurate model this isn't a million miles off. The storage loops at each end (drawn with SCARM) are printed slightly underscale but you get the idea.

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