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Re: Leefield & Ashpeth (my loft railway)
« Reply #225 on: March 17, 2019, 11:56:09 AM »
Hi Graham
I have managed, at last, to find the remaining track plans that I have worked from. The first one is the layout that I started with 45 years ago. It originally lived under the bed in my son's room and I modelled the 60s with steam and green diesels.





The second diagram shows how the layout developed after I moved it into the loft. We had the house extended and the builder boarded out the new section of the loft. By this time the real railways, and my layout, had progressed to the BR Blue Era.
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Re: Leefield & Ashpeth (my loft railway)
« Reply #226 on: March 17, 2019, 09:45:40 PM »
Thanks very much @rusticged it is interesting to see the progression from where you started to where the layout is today. Given over 40yrs of development it shows something we can all aspire to, and not get too overambitious on day 1 of building.
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Re: Leefield & Ashpeth (my loft railway)
« Reply #227 on: March 18, 2019, 07:39:42 AM »
Several years later, I was still eyeing up all of the space in the original part of the loft but what had been the outside wall (before building the extension) was in the way. I had a discussion with the builder and we were able to remove a good number of the bricks. I was able to extend the layout, south of Ashpeth Station and this is the plan that I worked to.



As you can imagine, this all took a good number of years!
Cheers,
Ged.

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Re: Leefield & Ashpeth (my loft railway)
« Reply #228 on: March 19, 2019, 07:36:50 AM »
The far end of the loft was still being used for storage. Eventually as the children grew up, left home and established places of their own, I was able to clear that area. This provided the opportunity for the final development of the layout.
I was able to extend the tracks beyond Leefield West Depot and this is the way it worked out.



Once the track was down, many, many enjoyable years followed developing the scenery.
Cheers,
Ged.
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Re: Leefield & Ashpeth (my loft railway)
« Reply #229 on: March 24, 2019, 07:41:03 AM »
The 4 images above were put together into a beautiful track diagram by Ian Wilson of Pacific Studios, when BRM did an article on my layout in November 2016. Unfortunately, I am not able to post its here for copyright reasons.

So, on with the next job - relaying track in Wansbeck Yard to improve access and running.
Cheers,
Ged.
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Re: Leefield & Ashpeth (my loft railway)
« Reply #230 on: March 24, 2019, 12:39:13 PM »
40 years on & stil working on & enjoying the layout. What a hobby this is!

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« Reply #231 on: March 24, 2019, 03:11:04 PM »
You are dead right Dickydcc. I still find it totally absorbing and there is plenty more to do. Another Kato turntable to instal and colour light signals for Guideford Station.
Plus, of course, operating sessions that are a real joy!
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Re: Leefield & Ashpeth (my loft railway)
« Reply #232 on: March 31, 2019, 11:31:00 AM »
I have been relaying the track in Wansbeck Yard to improve the running qualities and access from both main lines. then I have put together another video trying out the yard before it all gets weathered.
Here is the link:

https://youtu.be/3IQrAtk3d3A

Cheers,
Ged.
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Re: Leefield & Ashpeth (my loft railway)
« Reply #233 on: March 31, 2019, 04:34:31 PM »
Thank you for that super film, Ged.

And...if I ever fancy making a film of Poppingham, I'll be asking you, ever so nicely, to record the commentary!

Best wishes.

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'Why does the Disney Castle work so well?  Because it borrows from reality without ever slipping into it.'

(Acknowledgement: John Goodall Esq, Architectural Editor, 'Country Life'.)

The Table-Top Railway is an attempt to create, in British 'N' gauge,  a 'semi-scenic' railway in the old-fashioned style, reminiscent of the layouts of the 1920s to the 1950s.

For the made-up background to the railway and list of characters, please see here: https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=38281.msg607991#msg607991

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Re: Leefield & Ashpeth (my loft railway)
« Reply #234 on: March 31, 2019, 07:39:52 PM »
Interesting suggestion John.
I might have to get a performance licence!?
Cheers,
Ged.
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Re: Leefield & Ashpeth (my loft railway)
« Reply #235 on: March 31, 2019, 09:43:23 PM »
Yet another great video.  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Leefield & Ashpeth (my loft railway)
« Reply #236 on: April 01, 2019, 07:28:13 AM »
 :wave:
Thanks Bealman
It is good to count on your support.
Cheers,
Ged.
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« Reply #237 on: April 01, 2019, 07:42:44 AM »
another stunning episode, just love all the re-liveried locos.

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Re: Leefield & Ashpeth (my loft railway)
« Reply #238 on: April 01, 2019, 09:41:10 PM »
Yes Graham
Several of the resprays have been done by Pauline McKenna of Millfield Models. She does a superb job!
Cheers,
Ged.
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Re: Leefield & Ashpeth (my loft railway)
« Reply #239 on: April 03, 2019, 07:23:39 AM »
Hi Graham
I forgot to mention that the Colas liveried Class 67 in the video is a CJM loco. One of the last locos that Chris Marchant produced before his retirement.
The Class 350s have been reliveried with Electrarail vinyls from Adam Warr.

I have just ordered vinyls for the Scotrail HST, so that will be the next job.
Cheers,
Ged.
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