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Parkerston Valley Heritage Steam Railway (My first layout!)
« on: August 28, 2013, 10:26:08 PM »
Hey all!  :hellosign:
I've been lurking for a while, and having cracked on with my first attempt at a layout I thought I'd share my progress so far!
As a quick introduction, I'm a student studying Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Sheffield, so my progress from this point is likely to slow down a fair bit once semester starts again and I need to start buying non n gauge things such as food!

The layout is a freelance model of a preservation railway somewhere in the countryside. I plan on nailing down an area as it expands. I've chosen a preservation railway as it's my only experience of steam rail, and gives me a little bit of leeway with rolling stock and the like. I also like the idea of having carriages stuffed up a siding covered in tarpaulin and some rusty wagons slowly falling apart.

The board so far is 10"x48", and is acting as a test board to see if, after years of saying I'm going to produce a model, I actually enjoy the model making process! (which I currently am!) It features a station, engine shed, signal box and the like, and is hopefully going to be detailed in as the main depot of the line. The layout also fits on my bookshelf, which is an unexpected plus!

The master plan such as there is is to produce a series of boards the same size that can link together to form a fairly long terminus to fiddle yard layout. 
The track is fleischmann that I've had stashed in my room for years, and is powered by an equally old fleischmann dc controller. I'm currently battling with a couple of points I've managed to completely gum up due to a kack handed attempt at ballasting  :doh: , and the buildings are all metcalfe.

But anyway, here are some pictures: Comments and criticisms welcome. The detailing has hardly started, the tarmac area is currently only black acrylic paint, and the cars and rolling stock were added in for photographic purposes, and some serious "track testing"



a view across the very unfinished station yard.



slightly embarrassingly showing off my wonky chimneys on the engine shed

 

These two locos were picked up for >70 combined, and I think they're beautiful. Especially compared with the german outlines I've had for years!



overhead view shows the trackplan



another view facing towards the signal box and station approach





the 45xx pulls a single carriage service past the parkerston signal box.



the two locos have a well deserved rest in the shed.


The next task I have is getting some trees, hedges, fences and a few cows and things to crack on with the scenery detailing. Trying to put off working on the station area!

Thanks for reading guys and gals, hope to have an update soon (ish!)

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Re: Parkerston Valley Heritage Steam Railway (My first layout!)
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2013, 10:35:31 PM »
I'm a student studying Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Sheffield
:goggleeyes:

Nice layout, by the way. I really like the signal box. I did the Kestrel kit but never really liked it much; yours is much better! Is it card or plastic?

Cheers, NeMo
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Re: Parkerston Valley Heritage Steam Railway (My first layout!)
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2013, 10:36:03 PM »
 :welcomesign:

Good start as I'm about to start my Heritage railway I'll be keeping an eye on yours (to pinch ideas) :D

To be serious looks good so far.
I keep forgetting to add Cheers Mike on the end of my posts....

So.....  Cheers Mike

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Re: Parkerston Valley Heritage Steam Railway (My first layout!)
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2013, 10:37:40 PM »
Hi Starmanfish, and welcome aboard :wave:
Cracking idea you have there and the work looks pretty good already.
However, in the penultimate pic you describe a Pannier tank as a 45xx (which is a 2-6-2T) - sorry to be pedantic :-[

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Re: Parkerston Valley Heritage Steam Railway (My first layout!)
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2013, 10:44:45 PM »
What a great start you have made there  :thumbsup:

As for the wonky chimneys - blame it on the architect  :D

You are going to have a great length of track to photograph your stock on  :camera:

Your tiger poster is one of my favourite pictures of that magnificent beast  ;)

cheers John.

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Re: Parkerston Valley Heritage Steam Railway (My first layout!)
« Reply #5 on: August 28, 2013, 10:49:35 PM »
Haha thanks Nemo, I often get that reaction, just never really understood why...
The signal box came from the Metcalfe kit, which also came with a couple of outbuildings that are scattered across the board somewhere and a lovely smaller signal box that I'm saving for the planned extension!

Cheers Mereman, I've stolen a fair few ideas from other layouts on various forums. at some point I hope to get a low loader lorry delivering a new loco or carriage!

 :-[ newportnobby. it's actually a 94xx. Couldn't remember exactly what it was and didn't go and check the loco. I've been meaning to buy a 45xx and an autocar, had them on the brain!  :-[

Thanks scotsoft, I hadn't realised quite how much of my room was showing. Haven't really changed it since I was 7, though now I've sort of left home  :worried: my parents are threatening a dramatic remodelling! :confused1:

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Re: Parkerston Valley Heritage Steam Railway (My first layout!)
« Reply #6 on: August 28, 2013, 11:18:34 PM »
d'oh I don't even mean a 45xx and an autocar, I mean an 64xx and an autotrailer!   :-[
I do like trains, honest!

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Re: Parkerston Valley Heritage Steam Railway (My first layout!)
« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2013, 11:20:00 PM »
d'oh I don't even mean a 45xx and an autocar, I mean an 64xx and an autotrailer!   :-[
I do like trains, honest!

I think you'll fit in here well  :laugh3:
I keep forgetting to add Cheers Mike on the end of my posts....

So.....  Cheers Mike

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Re: Parkerston Valley Heritage Steam Railway (My first layout!)
« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2013, 11:37:14 PM »
Hi there,

Very nice looking layout. It appears i'm not the only member on here based in Sheffield with a layout of a Preserved Railway :P (Be sure to say hello if you ever pop into Rails :) )

Ollie (Formerly of Sheffield Hallam :P )

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Hi I'm Ollie, and I'm a addicted to buying MK1s......

My Previous Exhibition Layout - The Sheaf Valley Railway
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=24.0

My Current Exhibition Layout - Wenlock
http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=23228.0

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Re: Parkerston Valley Heritage Steam Railway (My first layout!)
« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2013, 11:46:49 PM »
Hey Ollie,
yeah I read through your layout construction thread with great interest, hope mine can turn out looking half as good!

Rails is a place I've been meaning to visit for a while, I'm going to have to pay a visit once my student loan comes in! 

I'm not even going to comment on Hallam  :P , though most of the Hallam-ers I've encountered seem pretty sound. As long as it's not when varsity's happening! :confused1:

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Re: Parkerston Valley Heritage Steam Railway (My first layout!)
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2013, 03:39:06 AM »
Very natural looking scenery and that curved point gives the layout a distinct character. I also like the concept of a preserved railway - it gives you license to be a bit adventurous! Keep the photos coming :camera:

And all on a student's finances - good luck with that!

Mike (University of Sheffield, biochemistry; graduated in 1985 - OMG that's almost 30 years ago :'( )


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Re: Parkerston Valley Heritage Steam Railway (My first layout!)
« Reply #11 on: September 03, 2013, 06:50:57 PM »
 :greatpicturessign:

The layout looks great, looking forward to more.
Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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Re: Parkerston Valley Heritage Steam Railway (My first layout!)
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2013, 08:59:22 PM »
Wonderful good looking pics  :thumbsup:

 

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