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Author Topic: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Underway!  (Read 17782 times)

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Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
« Reply #105 on: August 16, 2018, 10:20:12 AM »
I must admit Mick did a good job on Belchford Bletchford.

Looking forward to developments!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus
« Reply #106 on: August 21, 2018, 06:41:35 AM »
The Wenlock issue of RM just arrived on these shores! Just picked it up from the newsagents. Looking forward to it!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus..... An Extension on the way!
« Reply #107 on: August 24, 2018, 11:52:58 AM »
Morning all,

The showguide for TINGs has been released and so has the floor plan. Wenlock has been allocated stand 'T' and is below on the map. Hopefully see you all there!


Oh and thanks to Tank for incorporating Wenlock in to one of the new Forum headers.


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Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus..... TINGs 2018
« Reply #108 on: September 11, 2018, 10:47:00 AM »
Morning all,

Well what a thoroughly enjoyable weekend TINGs was!

This was my third time exhibiting at TINGs following my two previous trips with Sheaf. Yes there are issues with the show (No lunches/drinks, stingy with expenses etc) but I don’t feel too bothered by this. As meal would be nice but I just take some stuff with me and put a little extra on my expenses to which I’ve always received what I’ve asked for. As always they provided excellent accommodation and I would recommend Witsend in Harbury to anyone. Great to chat to so many members throughout the weekend too.

Saturday was heaving until around 3PM where as Sunday was quieter as expected. Considering Wenlock was one of the smallest layouts in attendance we always seemed to have an audience and often a bigger audience than many of our larger neighbours! Aside from some dirty track here and there we ran pretty faultlessly. We got so many comments about our use of the Dapol Easi-shunt couplings, many seemed shocked that we were able to use them so successfully.

I do feel like Wenlock really did look the part this weekend, makes me feel like the effort I’ve put in has been worthwhile. The lights really do their job well. Here is a picture of the layout just before opening on Sunday.


As always here is a selection of pics from the weekend including some featuring Daniel and Leigh, thanks for the help btw. You may notice Leigh had a touch of concentration face!










You may notice that in those pics there is a chimney missing off the station. I accidentally knocked it off during transportation and somehow lost it during transit/set up......Then Leigh became the hero of the day finding said chimney as we were packing the layout up!


Once again thanks to Daniel and Leigh for their assistance over the weekend. And thanks to Adam for being the photographer for our team photo!


Of course I did make a few additions to the stock box. A Farish ex-PO wagon and Green PMV were purchased from Cheltenham Models, the PMV certainly adds a bit of colour. Dapol got some of my money for a Collett Corridor Second in Crimson/Cream. And Finally Tim got some money out of me for a other of the NGS Collett BGs, this time in Crimson/Cream.




So that wraps up Wenlock's 6th exhibition. By far the biggest and busiest so far and the fact it flew by shows just how busy it was. Another badge added to the collection too!




Next stop is the Shrewsbury Model Railway Show on October 20th. Then work on the extension can begin!

Cheers

Ollie Reading

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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: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus..... TINGs 2018
« Reply #109 on: September 11, 2018, 10:53:36 AM »
Cool!  :thumbsup: :beers:
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Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus..... TINGs 2018
« Reply #110 on: September 11, 2018, 10:54:08 AM »
Thanks Ollie. Good to see the forum placard arrived in time.
I wonder why the TINGS badge reads

The 12th N' gauge show :confused2:

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Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus..... TINGs 2018
« Reply #111 on: September 11, 2018, 12:57:18 PM »
You are very welcome for the photo, glad to help out  :thumbsup:

You should be very proud, Wenlock looks very smart indeed and is a credit to you.

I can only hope to emulate you one day, I do love operating layouts at shows so should get mine there one day.

Re Tim getting money out of you; I was on the stand all weekend and he only got a Shark’s worth of cash from me.... ;)

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Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus..... Extension Update
« Reply #112 on: September 24, 2018, 09:27:31 PM »
Evening all,

A small update on the extension for you. I was recently contacted by someone who saw the layout at TINGs and they offered some constructive tips regarding the signalling. Below is a slightly modified plan with the new signalling layout. So the new board will now feature 3 signals in total (Ideally one would be a bracket but I'm in Dapol's hands as i still want to keep this layout built from ready to obtain items)


I've also made a decision regarding the buildings on the layout. Board 1 was centred around the Ratio Plastic kits, board 2 will be based around Scenecraft Resin ready built buildings. The main Signal box will be the model based on Highley, The crossing will be manned from the currently available ground frame box, situated close will be the crossing keepers cottage. The farm will depend on space but current thoughts are for a farmhouse, barn and some pigstys.

I've just finished a small shop with Rails for some of the items to get me started (Essentially most items needed minus the farm and the trees!). Some of which was supported by a voucher courtesy of my photo of the PCF Coaches was awarded second place in the recent competition, very humbled by this.

Finally I've been giving some thought to the operation of the layout. I'm toying with the idea of taking the layout on a trip through time..... The plan in my head is essentially the layout would start the day in the early 1940s with locos with 'G W R' on the tanks, this would slowly phase into the early BR Days 1950s which in turn would go into later BR days 1960s and the arrival of some early diesels (Class 22 and maybe a Bubble car?). It's a thought at present but it's a thought that is growing on me!

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Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus..... Extension Update
« Reply #113 on: October 01, 2018, 10:00:34 AM »
Many thanks for the update, Ollie. I really like your thinking, especially re: which trains you plan to run. How about an ex-GWR diesel railcar, too?

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Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus..... Extension Update
« Reply #114 on: October 01, 2018, 06:52:17 PM »
Many thanks for the update, Ollie. I really like your thinking, especially re: which trains you plan to run. How about an ex-GWR diesel railcar, too?

Hi Chris.

It had crossed my mind about a Railcar but it's not a class that has really appealed to me. But then if I spot one at a cheap enough price I could be convinced!

Cheers

Ollie

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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: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus..... Extension Update
« Reply #115 on: October 01, 2018, 07:12:14 PM »
Evening all,

I'm really itching to start the new board for Wenlock so I've had a few parcels arrive containing some little pieces. Arriving over the past week has been 3 signals, two buildings, some fencing and the new backscenes.

So below is the current plan. Signal either side of the crossing controlled by the small ground frame box. Also a cottage for the crossing keeper, final position of this has yet to be decided.



I've also added the signal on the approach to the station. This is also where the signal box will sit (the one based on Highley).


An overall shot of how the extension is currently looking.


So that's about all we have for now. Just under three weeks until the Shrewsbury show and then the proper work can begin!

Cheers

Ollie

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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: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus..... Extension Update
« Reply #116 on: October 01, 2018, 07:59:47 PM »
Many thanks for the update, Ollie. I really like your thinking, especially re: which trains you plan to run. How about an ex-GWR diesel railcar, too?

Hi Chris.

It had crossed my mind about a Railcar but it's not a class that has really appealed to me. But then if I spot one at a cheap enough price I could be convinced!

Cheers

Ollie

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The older ones do, often, come up on eBay at reasonable prices including in BR Crimson & Cream. As you know, they were used a lot on groups of GWR branchlines, Ollie, in the 1950s.

I like the extension mockups. I look forward to watching the rapid progress.

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Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus.....Shrewsbury Show Report
« Reply #117 on: October 21, 2018, 08:07:51 PM »
Evening all.

Well that was certainly unexpected! Wenlock's outing yesterday at the Shrewsbury Model Railway Show was a thoroughly enjoyable day but my god it was busy! With it being the inaugural show you can never be sure of how it was going to go but it was heaving from opening at 10AM until around 3:30PM with the first two hours often causing that being little room to move in the halls. I think the number I heard was over 750 through the gate, fair play to the organizers for a cracking show.

I had one major positive from the day and that was the number of younger guests who attended the show. Whenever I'm out with Wenlock I always bring Thomas and Percy out for the kids and often let them drive Thomas into the station and back out..... there were times we had 5 or 6 children queuing up to have a go!

A slight down was that my 64XX decided it didn't want to play. It decided it did not want to run smoothly at all so was placed on shed for the duration of the show. However this meant the 45XX has to come out to play and to my surprise ran better than it ever has done.

Set up and ready for open.....


As always here are a collection of pictures from the day (I struggled to get many as it was that busy!), a certain green Mini was spotted on the layout too!





Pannier behaving badly!


So that is badge number 7! Good job I'm extending as I'm rubbing low on rig display space!


So that's Wenlock's outing to the Shrewsbury Model Railway Show and it's last in its current form. The next date in the calendar is N Gauge South East in April 6th so that gives me around 5 1/2 months to get this extension built!

Oh and talking of extensions........ It has begun!


More to come soon!

Cheers

Ollie

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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: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus.....Shrewsbury Show Report
« Reply #118 on: October 22, 2018, 07:46:30 AM »
Thanks for the update and excellent phootos., Ollie. Glad that the show was such a success.

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Re: Wenlock - A WR Branch Terminus...Extension Underway!
« Reply #119 on: October 23, 2018, 09:08:43 PM »
Evening all,

As per the last picture in my post above the extension has begun! The first job has been to link the new board in between the existing two so that meant some surgery was required. Some hefty force was necessary to remove the end backscenes of the station board but it's allowed a new view of the station and yard.


After a little bit of very long the first step to a new Wenlock is complete! We now have a 9ft 6in layout.


I will have a whole day on Sunday to work on the layout so my priority will be trackwork and electrics!

Cheers

Ollie

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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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