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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #60 on: December 19, 2018, 06:30:52 PM »
As I understand it Kato rolling stock is very reliable. Its a pity they don't do British outline (apart from the Eurostar) as I'm sure I'd be buying it if they did.

Alec.
They did an A4 Mallard with teak coaches at one time, but I haven't seen it on the KATO website lately....

You sure that wasn't Dapol stock with Kato track?  I think Gaugemaster have marketed a few such combination sets



Osbournes do a couple of sets, but it IS only Dapol stock with Kato Unitrack and controller boxed up together.

https://www.osbornsmodels.com/osborns-set-7-46745-p.asp

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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #61 on: January 06, 2019, 11:56:32 PM »
I've been trying to update my thread for about a week but have been frustrated by problems of uploading new pictures to my gallery. Problem solved now, so here goes......

Christmas kind of got in the way and I treated myself to a couple of new locos and of course in testing (read, playing with) them, scenery plans got put on the back burner as usual.
 

I bought a new Dapol class 22. What a gem! Looks great and I've spent far too long watching her trundle round the layout hauling the only three freight wagons that I possess.



Saxon Street station is nearing completion and I'm having a bit more success with the camera. Trouble is it does show up mistakes rather harshly. Too my mind I built the Metcalfe kit rather well, but look at those ridge tiles, ouch!



Farningham Central has its first few passengers waiting for something to stop!



A picture here of part of my four storage lanes. There is much evidence here of rule 1.


A general view of Farningham Central where a Class 156 is waiting to depart.


The third station on the layout is Cotton Hill. Its a little used end of branch line station with a platform that can only accommodate a Class 121 rail car. Only 4 trains a day stop here.



A Class 350/2 on Saxon Street platform 2 will depart as soon as new Class 22 clears platform 3. These two prototypes have only ever appeared together on MY layout  :)



A general view of Saxon Street. I'm planning to have the church atop an embankment and this gives me an excuse to make a tunnel that leads directly to the through platform.



I've also treated myself to a great looking Dapol Class 153 in London Midland livery. It runs like a noisy dog, binds its way around 315mm radius curves and even after careful lubricating, much messing about with CV values and several hours of running in the jury is still out as to whether I'll be sending it back to the retailer. It seems to have settled down a bit in the last half hour.  :)

Happy new year all.

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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #62 on: January 07, 2019, 09:19:58 AM »
Thank you very much for these fascinating pictures, Alec.

Your station buildings look splendid.

With regard to the Dapol DMU, if in any doubt please send it back in it is not running properly after the manufacturer's stated running-in period.  I have done this with three new Graham Farish locomotives.  The replacements for all three ran perfectly from the start and left me in no doubt that I made the correct decision and that it wasn't simply me being too impatient to run them in for an extended period.

Best wishes.

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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #63 on: January 07, 2019, 11:09:13 AM »
Thank you for your kind and wise words John.

I won't hang around too long before making a decision on the 153.


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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #64 on: January 23, 2019, 04:00:23 PM »

I just wonder if maybe it would be better dropped a couple of inches so the background houses and green fields don't look so high above the layout and stock?


Nick,

Now that's its up, I totally agree with you. No way I can modify it now, however I'm planning a bit of a raised bank along the front and with a few fences it'll maybe not look quite so obvious.

Alec.


The more I looked at it the more it annoyed me. @ntpntpntp was absolutely right of course it had to be altered, I knew that!
It was a lot of work but I've trimmed 40mm off the bottom edge and lowered the whole thing. The houses in the distance no longer look as if they are flying through blue skies.



I might point out to others this potential trap with backscenes. I had purchased the ID Backscenes "In to the town" double set that comprises 4 pieces of 1500mm (5 ft) wide strips. I bought the "premium" polypropelene version on self adhesive backing. The strips are 225mm (9inches) high and the quality of the actual photographs is excellent. What I hadn't properly considered was the bottom 100mm or so was all one long continuous uniform coloured field. It wasn't until I stood back to admire my finished work that it immediately dawned on me that distant buildings were all too high up the picture. Have a look at reply #50 on this thread and you will see what I mean. Now its trimmed down it looks fine.

On a lighter note, here's a picture of my second new loco that formed my "Christmas present to self" this year. Its a Dapol 153 in London Midland livery.



Its looks great. To begin with though it ran like a dog. After restrained and careful oiling and ages running it in in both directions its now performing well enough for me not to have to send it back to Colletts, which I feared I'd have to do initially. Its a very low slung chassis and it will not put up with any piece of track that is less than perfectly laid. On the underside there are two switches to operate the lights. I found an old YouTube video where the owner had actually taken a scalpel to the switches and carved half a mm off to cure the problem of grounding, particularly over the check rail/frogs on points. 

NOW at LAST I can start doing some scenery.

Cheers chaps!

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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #65 on: January 23, 2019, 06:21:18 PM »
Much better!   

Nice to see your latest wagons getting a run.  I spy the french wagon, this could be the start of your conversion to the dark side of continental N  :D
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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #66 on: January 23, 2019, 06:55:00 PM »
Great advice regarding the backscene -  :thankyousign:
If it looks right and it works then I'm happy.

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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #67 on: January 23, 2019, 07:36:19 PM »
That's looking absolutely fabulous, Alec.

And I'm very glad that your careful running-in has sorted out the diesel railcar.

Best wishes.

John
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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #68 on: January 23, 2019, 08:11:52 PM »


Nice to see your latest wagons getting a run.  I spy the french wagon, this could be the start of your conversion to the dark side of continental N  :D

I can't see me ever buying continental locos Nick, but I have to say I'm very pleased with the Fleischmann open truck. Its weathered appearance is quite convincing!

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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #69 on: February 12, 2019, 01:51:28 PM »
At long last the first bit of progress on the scenery for Saxon Street.

The northern end of the layout is just a conventional 180 degree curve and I decided to make a raised area with a retaining wall and a tunnel entrance/exit which leads directly to platform 3 at Saxon Street. The whole thing is made simply from 3mm foam board, strengthened here and there with cardboard and a couple of bits of balsa. It all lifts off for cleaning the track underneath.

I managed to unglue the church from the old layout and make good. The retaining wall, roads, pavements and the wall around the church all made out of the pile of bits left over from old Metcalfe kits. Needs some more work yet to cover up the joins and possibly a few more trees. I'm looking for ideas for something to plonk in the corner field. Over to you chaps!








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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #70 on: February 12, 2019, 03:45:02 PM »
You'd need to create access to it, but how about a war memorial for the corner? It might fit in with the church being next door and you can make it as elaborate as you want e.g. with fencing etc

Here's one example.............

http://www.smartmodels.co.uk/misc01---war-memorial.html

Langley Models do one as well but this pic looks terrible!......

http://www.langleymodels.co.uk/shop/sh000001.pl?REFPAGE=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2elangleymodels%2eco%2euk%2facatalog%2fOnline_Catalogue_N_Scale__1_148th__Kits_58%2ehtml&WD=memorial%20war&PN=Online_Catalogue_N_Scale_Ready_Made_and_Painted_1_148th_Langley__Artitec_Models_5%2ehtml%23aA50p#aA50p

P & D Marsh do a pack of headstones if you wanted to go the full 'cemetery' look.

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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #71 on: February 12, 2019, 06:27:14 PM »

You'd need to create access to it, but how about a war memorial for the corner?


Interesting idea sir! Thanks for that. I'm thinking memorial garden surrounding it maybe. I have to say I'm not a fan of the graveyard scene for the church but I do like the war memorial idea.

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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #72 on: February 12, 2019, 07:25:58 PM »
You'd need to create access to it, but how about a war memorial for the corner? It might fit in with the church being next door and you can make it as elaborate as you want e.g. with fencing etc
 :hellosign: Seconded, my first thought
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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #73 on: February 12, 2019, 08:10:35 PM »
Hi Alec - you've got the wall completely surrounding the church; I just completed the same model and the lych gate comes only with two short wall sections either side. Did you scratch-build the rest of the wall or use some other cunning trick to make a continuous run of wall?

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Re: Saxon Street : (R.O.A. layout)
« Reply #74 on: February 12, 2019, 10:11:48 PM »
Hi Alec - you've got the wall completely surrounding the church; I just completed the same model and the lych gate comes only with two short wall sections either side. Did you scratch-build the rest of the wall or use some other cunning trick to make a continuous run of wall?

Hi Steve,

I used one of the Metcalfe building sheets (PN115 I think) for the walls. It isn't an exact match for the lychgate but its very close. If you look closely at the third photo (and knowing how long the supplied lychgate wall in the kit is) zoom in you can just about make out where the pattern changes slightly!

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