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Re: Coniston
« Reply #165 on: April 29, 2019, 10:35:13 AM »
Wonderful photos Chris and a most accomplished creation. :thumbsup:

As already asked, I too would be interested in how you built those excellent platforms.

I shall be in Coniston in less than two weeks for a holiday, but sadly steam locos will be absent from my photos, though I do hope to once again travel on the steam launch Gondola.
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« Reply #166 on: April 29, 2019, 12:21:03 PM »
What materials did you use please to construct your platforms? More realistic than the tacky ones in the shops.
As already asked, I too would be interested in how you built those excellent platforms.

I started off trying to cut 9mm plywood to the right shape but soon gave up with that idea after failing with just the single-sided platform 1.

Pan B, however, worked;

Still using 9mm ply, I cut strips around 5-6mm wide and made a gauge to set how far outside a rail the platform faces needed to be, allowing for covering the faces with thin card later and for having a slight overhang for the top surface edging slabs.

Then I started at one end of a platform face and superglued a ply strip down on the back of the strip, just at that end, at the gauged distance. Once that was set (not very long with the glue I use) I moved along a couple of inches, pulled the ply strip round to fit the gauge and glued it, then repeated every couple of inches until I'd reached the end. Finally, I ran a fillet of glue along the whole  back edge of the ply strip and repeated the exercise for all the other faces.

Once it was all set and tested with all my stock, I filled in between the two faces for each platform/island - initially with any suitable wood offcuts and finally with filler to give me a flattish top surface. I made the end ramps from plastikard.

When it came to decorating them, I covered the platform faces with some of my "walls" scenic card. For the top surfaces I started out by cutting strips of 80 grit sandpaper to be 3mm back from the now faced platform edges on both sides and glued those down - if you've ever wanted to know the best way to blunt a scalpel blade that is it, use it to cut sandpaper. I went through a blade per cut, good job my last supply replenishment was a box of 100.

For the edging slabs I selected a suitable stone from the photos I took at the real Coniston and resized it to print out at 4mm square, then copied/pasted/aligned the copies to give me entire A4 sheets and printed those out. I then glued each sheet to a blank sheet because the 160gsm card I use in my printer is only about half as thick as the sandpaper and cut strips of the "slabs" one wide before gluing those into place, bending them around as needed.

Finally I ran all my stock through again to check for fouling - the only offender being the Fairburn tank whereby the combination lever of the valve gear stuck out enough to foul in a couple of places so I trimmed the edge of the "slabs" back to get clearance all the way along.

Wonderful photos Chris and a most accomplished creation. :thumbsup:

Cheers, mate.

I shall be in Coniston in less than two weeks for a holiday, but sadly steam locos will be absent from my photos, though I do hope to once again travel on the steam launch Gondola.

If you fancy it, and have the time, it's surprising how much of the old station site is still there and recognisable, when you know what to look for. The site itself was demolished and replaced with light industrial units at the station end, housing at the southern end. However, the entire eastern retaining wall is still present and, as far as I can see, the cliffs above the goods yard are also largely unchanged with the exception of heavy duty debris netting added. The overbridge at the south end is still there but the underbridge for Station Road is long gone. The slate wharf is pretty well all still in situ, half of it now being the public pay & display car park, while the slate office building itself is both still in place and in pretty good condition.

BTW, if you do go on Gondola, I can strongly recommend the Bluebird Cafe (by the pier from which Gondola sails at Coniston) for light or heavier refreshment before or after your trip :)
The cafe was originally housed in the crew quarters building that the Furness Railway built but, unfortunately, was badly damaged in the floods of 2009 so was demolished and a new purpose-built building replaced it.



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Re: Coniston
« Reply #167 on: April 29, 2019, 12:41:20 PM »
Thanks for the tutorial. All remains is the surface top to describe, platform furniture, loco water crane, porters, train crew, passengers
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« Reply #168 on: May 03, 2019, 06:53:50 AM »
Thanks for the tutorial. All remains is the surface top to describe, platform furniture, loco water crane, porters, train crew, passengers

All that requires is a bench on platform 1, another in the middle of the platforms 2/3 island, the footbridge and the starting signal for platform 2. People, luggage, junk, etc. can wait for now since most of the platforms will be covered by the train shed so that needs to be done first.

The water column (not a crane in this instance) sits off the northern end of the platform 2/3 island and is done, so will feature in the next update photos. That needed some modification of the kit parts.

I'm currently working on the signals, also for the next update. The starters are already done, as is the tall home for the goods yard entry (*) and the "clear to enter the single line section" home. I'm now working on the  tall 3-doll home indicating clear to enter the station and on which platform the train will be arriving. All bar two of the starters needed modification too, the tall ones quite a lot of it, actually.

(*) I'm not sure that that signal is actually for the goods yard entry, as my book describes, since there is a ground signal for that purpose and, anyway, the post is on the wrong side of the track. I think it's actually for the loops either side of the signal box and the runround loop. It may be that those routes were where freight trains were put on arrival before being shunted into the yard or up to the copper/slate wharf up the valley and that is to what the book is referring.

The next job will be the footbridge, or at least starting it, because I need that in place to be able to guesstimate the dimensions for the train shed - I have photos showing the two nicely lined up so when I know the height above the rails for the footbridge I can work out how high the clearance under the end of the train shed will be. Again, the footbridge kit needs quite significant modification from the supplied version.

I plan on making a rudimentary frame for the train shed first, which will plug either onto posts sticking up from the platforms or into holes in them because it has to be removable - firstly, it spans a baseboard join, and secondly, the building will be too tall for the boards to stack and still fit in the car. When the frame is done and proven to fit (and to survive the boards being taken apart) I can clad it with the actual building parts.

Actually, I will be making two rudimentary frames, the second to be the framework for the train shed and buildings and the first to be a shelf - now I've done all the scenic areas I no longer have anywhere to put tools, etc. so that's where they can go ;)


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Re: Coniston
« Reply #169 on: May 03, 2019, 07:16:27 AM »
Chris. Impressed with the  speed and development on coniston. Be good to hear progress on those signals and structure. . . Sounds like you have a well thumbed and used reference book. .

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« Reply #170 on: May 03, 2019, 08:20:56 AM »
Chris. Impressed with the  speed and development on coniston. Be good to hear progress on those signals and structure. . . Sounds like you have a well thumbed and used reference book. .

The spine is getting rather weak, I think it may end up going in a ring binder  :D

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Re: Coniston
« Reply #171 on: May 03, 2019, 08:30:39 AM »
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do you use kits for the signals please ?

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Re: Coniston
« Reply #172 on: May 03, 2019, 09:54:49 AM »
do you use kits for the signals please ?

Yep, what I'm making are based on the Langley Models square post lower quadrant range with, for a start, the GWR finials hacked off  :D
I'll give the details of what I've had to do for each when I post some pics, so the modifications have visual relevance.

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Re: Coniston
« Reply #173 on: May 03, 2019, 10:05:42 AM »
Thank you. Chris. Happy modelling

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Re: Coniston
« Reply #174 on: May 03, 2019, 03:09:11 PM »
Hi Chris, and sorry for the tardy reply as Iíve been busy decorating the kitchen.

Thanks for the details descriptions f your progress, which are most informative and instructional. :hmmm: Fast progress being made - a lot faster than my kitchen works! :-[

I shall certainly visit the Station Road location to get a feel of what was once there during our stay from next Friday, probably on one of those dull wet days the Lakes are known for, keeping me off the mountains. :D
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« Reply #175 on: May 03, 2019, 03:36:21 PM »
I shall certainly visit the Station Road location to get a feel of what was once there during our stay from next Friday, probably on one of those dull wet days the Lakes are known for, keeping me off the mountains. :D

If you fancy meeting up there, it's only half an hour or so away for me.

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« Reply #176 on: May 04, 2019, 01:24:49 PM »
Thanks Chris, that would be good to have someone on hand who knows precisely whatís what.
Iíll PM you with contact details next week, but arrangements will be a little last minute as I never plan exactly what weíll do on holidays, especially in the UK.
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« Reply #177 on: May 04, 2019, 01:31:06 PM »
If like windermere grasmere ambleside. Lakeside and haverthwaite railway b potter museum. So much to do

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« Reply #178 on: May 04, 2019, 01:41:45 PM »
If like windermere grasmere ambleside. Lakeside and haverthwaite railway b potter museum. So much to do


The L&HR will probably get a visit, but itís the hills that call me, while my wife visits the towns and places weíve known over many years of visits. I might join her for one day of grockelling. ;)
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« Reply #179 on: May 04, 2019, 02:08:49 PM »
Thanks Chris, that would be good to have someone on hand who knows precisely whatís what.
Iíll PM you with contact details next week, but arrangements will be a little last minute as I never plan exactly what weíll do on holidays, especially in the UK.

Bit tricky planning too far in advance up here, the weather almost always interferes  :D

I'm a volunteer driver for our community transport scheme so I'll have to work around any bookings I have/get - at present I can say that I'm definitely unavailable on Mondays before around 14:30 and Wednesdays & Thursdays before around 12:30, both those times being the likely earliest that I could get to Coniston.
I currently have no other bookings but that could change.



 

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