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Author Topic: Teignbridge, Langstone & Holcombe, BR steam era in south Devon (Updated 2019)  (Read 16319 times)

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Re: Teignbridge, Langstone & Holcombe v2 - My new layout
« Reply #75 on: April 04, 2019, 04:20:06 PM »
Many apologies for not posting any updates for literally years  :sorrysign: I last did any major work on the layout about a year ago, but I'm really bad at updating "build threads" for layouts or models which is the reason I don't tend to post them nowadays. Most of my railway modelling work in the last few years has been focused on O16.5/7mm narrow gauge, currently I'm building a layout based on the Glyn Valley Tramway.
I did consider abandoning N gauge at one point but have persevered with it as, with the limited space I have, I'll never be able to build the layout I want in OO! Finding a Dapol 28xx 2-8-0 and Union Mills T9 4-4-0 on eBay (two locos I've always wanted for my layout) has inspired me to get on with the layout and finish at least a section of it.

But I'll get some new photos of the layout up soon - within a few weeks hopefully (well, that's soon compared to 4 years  :-[ ). The junction station side is now 90% complete, including the sea wall and tunnel portals. The goods yard in the last update is also painted and weathered, though I haven't made any other additions to this side, and the high-level branch is still devoid of scenery.

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Re: Teignbridge, Langstone & Holcombe v2 - My new layout
« Reply #76 on: April 04, 2019, 04:31:37 PM »
Good to 'hear' from you! I'm really looking forward to an update with photos. of what you've done since the last pictures were posted, particularly the sea wall section. The Dapol 28xx 2-8-0 and Union Mills T9 are both fine models 4-4-0. I have both.

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Re: Teignbridge, Langstone & Holcombe v2 - My new layout
« Reply #77 on: April 04, 2019, 07:05:43 PM »
Welcome back,

Glad you stuck with N and have some of your mojo back  :claphappy:. I'm sure a few pics will ensure all is forgiven and very much looking forward to them.

Cheers weave  :beers:




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Re: Teignbridge, Langstone & Holcombe v2 - My new layout
« Reply #78 on: May 01, 2019, 05:48:21 PM »
Finally, here are a few photos of the layout in its current state. As mentioned in my previous post I've been focusing my efforts on completing the Langstone Junction section. The rest of the layout hasn't progressed much since 2015, as you'll notice in the first photo!





Over the last month I've been adding the smaller details like fences, signals, telegraph poles, lamps and signs. Many of these were "recycled" from my original layout started in 2012, but I've also been busy making new ones.
Also new is the sea wall (front edge of the layout) and the three tunnel portals, which I made last year, scratchbuilt from Slaters and SE Finecast textured styrene.



There's still quite a few things to add,  you might notice the holes in the island platform for the lamps, currently on my painting workbench! There are also some bare patches on the scenery + ballast that need filling in, the ballast also needs weathering (I've experimented on a few patches which might be noticeable in the photos), the tunnel portals need blending into the cliff face, and some areas need a bit more in the way of vegetation/undergrowth/weeds, particularly the wooded cliffs on the right of the scene.



9F (Dapol) with an express/all-fitted freight train. All the wagons are weathered but the loco is still untouched, though this isn't very obvious from the blurry photo! Now I've got it running smoothly, it will get a full renumber, detail painting + weathering job soon.



A closeup of the station. The signs are laser-cut wood ones from Arch Laser, I'm really pleased with how they turned out after painting, and have a set for the other two stations on the layout (Holcombe and Teignbridge), along with their kit for Exeter Central signal box.



The top right of the scene is still bare unfinished scenery, but will eventually be modelled as a corner of a small seaside town/village, with closely packed houses (some low-relief, others modelled in full) perched on the cliffs. The terraced houses (also recycled from the old layout) are a "placeholder" but they'll probably get incorporated into the finished scene (they're just basic Dornaplas kits but I quite like how they turned out)

I'll post more (and better) photos in two or three weeks time when I've made more progress on the layout. Hopefully by then all the scenery and ballast will be complete and the village scene will be under construction!

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Re: Teignbridge, Langstone & Holcombe v2 - My new layout
« Reply #79 on: May 01, 2019, 06:07:54 PM »
thank you

brings back memories of family holidays in the area

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Re: Teignbridge, Langstone & Holcombe v2 - My new layout
« Reply #80 on: May 01, 2019, 06:48:36 PM »
Many thanks for this update with all the photos. of one of my favourite layouts which is coming along really well.

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Re: Teignbridge, Langstone & Holcombe v2 - My new layout
« Reply #81 on: May 01, 2019, 08:16:20 PM »
Thanks for the update EP, looking really good.  The "air" under the footbridge on the island platform could do with seeing to, spoils an otherwise good scene.  :thumbsup:

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Re: Teignbridge, Langstone & Holcombe v2 - My new layout
« Reply #82 on: May 01, 2019, 08:18:37 PM »
This is certainly looking very good EP.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Teignbridge, Langstone & Holcombe v2 - My new layout
« Reply #83 on: May 03, 2019, 05:46:55 PM »
The "air" under the footbridge on the island platform could do with seeing to, spoils an otherwise good scene.  :thumbsup:

I was wondering if anyone would spot that! I only noticed it after taking the photo, even though the footbridge has been on the layout for several years  :-[ It should be an easy fix, just a bit of styrene strip between the step and the platform, painted grey - I've already done this fix on the other end of the footbridge (visible in the station building closeup photo). The platforms need a paint touchup anyway, to cover the glue marks left from installing the various details.

thank you

brings back memories of family holidays in the area

Thanks! Evoking the atmosphere of the South Devon railways was one of my main aims with this layout and I'm glad others like it. None of the layout is a scale model of a real location, but the geography of this section is loosely based on the section of the GWR line between Dawlish and Dawlish Warren.

I'm currently working on marking out the village scene "street plan" and have made a start on the buildings (mostly kitbashed Kestrel and Dornaplas terraces, not very original but they are really just a background feature), once this has made more progress I'll take some photos.

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Re: Teignbridge, Langstone & Holcombe v2 - My new layout
« Reply #84 on: May 03, 2019, 06:15:43 PM »
the beautiful sea wall and above parsons and langstone. remember heading down with late Grandad on the st austell motorail and trips to geat aunt and uncle, sadly all 3 no longer with us, copping a Western at Dawlish warren, a 47 , 50,local services. thanks again for the memories and one beautiful layout

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Re: Teignbridge, Langstone & Holcombe v2 - My new layout
« Reply #85 on: May 04, 2019, 08:58:57 AM »
I second all the compliments about your lovely West Country layout. I also like the basic Dornaplas kits and think your terrace of houses looks fine. I will be building a similar short terrace of railwaymen's cottages, inspired by a much longer terrace behind Wadebridge station for Cant Cove, this summer. I see that you've also added to your loco. fleet? The 9F will look very impressive suitably weathered and renumbered to a WR example.

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Re: Teignbridge, Langstone & Holcombe v2 - My new layout
« Reply #86 on: May 05, 2019, 07:55:12 PM »
I see that you've also added to your loco. fleet? The 9F will look very impressive suitably weathered and renumbered to a WR example.

I actually bought the 9F back in 2015, though it took a while to fix the motion + pickups and get it running smoothly! I now have a fairly decent small collection of newer steam locomotive models, all picked up on eBay - along with the 9F I have a Dapol Hall + 28xx and an Ixion Manor, along with a Dapol 14xx 45xx, M7 and Ivatt tank, though to be honest the latter four aren't much better than Poole Farish models as regards smoothness and reliability at low speeds! (and low running speeds are generally what you want from tank engines, especially on a small layout)

I'm going to weather and renumber the 9F at some point but haven't decided whether to convert it to a WR example (possibly with double chimney) or simply leave it as is to represent a loco running through from another region. My current loco paint/weather project is the Dapol 28xx which is a very straightforward job other than replacing the broken cab/tender handrails, followed by the Manor which will be lined green, providing a bit more of a challenge.

I've also been working on weathering + repainting rolling stock, and now have about 12 weathered Mk1 coaches in various liveries, along with 4 GWR Collett coaches and an autocoach. Currently working on painting some "NPCS" stock like CCTs and Siphons, I have a fairly good selection of box vans and open wagons now (the 9F train in the last photo has about 75% of the fitted ones) so want to do some specialised stock for a change!

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Re: Teignbridge, Langstone & Holcombe v2 - My new layout
« Reply #87 on: May 05, 2019, 08:14:32 PM »
weathering locos is  a  project,weathering wagons takes time, but good luck and those terraced houses /improved weather beaten station platforms look super
« Last Edit: May 16, 2019, 06:09:04 PM by crewearpley40 »

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Re: Teignbridge, Langstone & Holcombe v2 - My new layout
« Reply #88 on: May 16, 2019, 06:02:37 PM »



Here's a mockup of the village scene. All of the buildings are in the right positions but, other than the three re-used from Layout Mk.1, they're all unfinished and unpainted. The scene represents the back streets of a seaside village/small town with narrow streets and closely-packed small houses, mostly quite simple architecturally (and varying quite a bit in roof height/profile) but all painted in a variety of off-white and pastel shades. The buildings are a mixture of kitbashed Kestrel and Dornaplas kits, some recycled from second-hand purchases.



The "mineral tramway" branch runs across the street in the background, there will be a level crossing and some very low-relief warehouse/shed buildings behind it. The streets will be painted card, the paper under the buildings now will be used to make a template for cutting the streets.



The overall scene is now nearly complete - all the bare scenic areas are filled in, the track is weathered, and weeds/undergrowth have been added (notably in the disused far end of the goods yard). Only the final scenic details (mostly bushes, shrubs etc.), and some retouching of paintwork on the platforms and buildings, are left to do.
The tunnels also really need lining to conceal the (currently very visible) insulating foam + plywood inside! Really I ought to have modelled brick/stone tunnel linings when I built them, but some matt black card should do the trick.



I quite like this track-level photo, although it was taken in less than perfect lighting conditions with the standard depth-of-field (F-stop) setting on the camera. Once the scenics are complete I'll take some better closeup photos.
This photo makes it very obvious that there's no actual sea/beach modelled along the "sea wall" (there's a bit of sand at the base of the cliffs in the corners of the scene, but still no water). Also the complete absence of any people, other than occasional loco crew! Getting some figures painted and installed will be one of my next projects. I already have a good selection of road vehicles (a few can be seen in recent photos)

I also updated the thread title to be more descriptive + accurate, at nearly 5 years the layout really isn't "new" any more!

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i too like the track level photo and the capturing of the feel for the local area is really good, typical of devon back streets, which i noticed on my many journies down there for child hood holidays. the houses look good.the station blends in well to the backscene.


which in turn gives a good depthof what you are achieving.the station itself is impressive but agree the tunnel exits / entrances need work.impressive

 

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