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Author Topic: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society  (Read 247676 times)

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1815 on: September 25, 2017, 06:53:32 PM »
A party from Perthshire once travelled to Cornwall in a surplus ex-GWR autocoach.

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1816 on: September 25, 2017, 06:55:04 PM »
I suppose they could have taken a Porta Potti  :-[

I was just thinking of names for other places/stations in Izaro but although tempted it sounds a bit too Italian  :D

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1817 on: September 25, 2017, 07:17:59 PM »
I too rather like that iron bridge
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1818 on: September 25, 2017, 08:17:32 PM »
Eat your heart out, Thomas Telford ;D

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1819 on: September 25, 2017, 09:32:55 PM »
Coming along nicely Andrew, I too like that bridge. I had a nice scratch built bridge ( called the monkey bridge )on my old layout, unfortunately no where to put it on this layout.
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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1820 on: September 25, 2017, 10:05:38 PM »
Thanks folks for the kind comments - here is the backstory (part fact, part fiction) on how such a bridge came to be represented in rural Perthshire:

The 1st Earl of Camperdown was a celebrated Naval Admiral (Adam Duncan), achieving a notable naval victory over the Dutch at the Battle of Camperdown in 1797.  During his travels he had marvelled at the Iron bridge that had been built at Coalbrookdale and had regaled his sons and grandsonís with stories about it and its importance to the industrial revolution ever since.

By the 1880's, Randolph Wemyss was managing a hugely successful business in West Fife and was also making a name for himself as a local politician and philanthropist, the Wemyss Private Railway being built from Thornton to Buckhaven between 1879 & 1881.

The 3rd Earl, (Robert Adam Philips Haldane Haldane-Duncan) was also a politician, serving William Gladsstoneís government in the Admiralty between 1870 and 1874.  In the 1895 General Election, Randolph Wemyss came a distant second in the race for West Fife and it all caught the eye of an envious 3rd Earl of Camperdown who was eager to prove he was as every bit the successful businessman as Wemyss Ė his chosen commodity was oil rather than coal.

The third Earl of Camperdown had taken a keen interest in the 1858 oil discoveries at Oil Creek, Titusville, Pennsylvania by Edwin Drake, convinced as he was that his extensive estates around Strathearn could yield similar discoveries.  Early exploration efforts were quite successful and prompted Haldane-Duncan in 1898 to drive a new branch line from the Crieff Junction railway to serve his fledgling oil fields in Strathearn.   

It was at this point that he hit upon the idea to mark his fatherís military achievements with a lasting memorial and decided to recreate the iconic bridge from Ironbridge gorge to cross the River Osc+.  However, his lavish plan almost ruined him, as the early successes with the drill bit were not so repeatable and with barely the funds to complete the railway to the railhead, he was never able to fully exploit the reserves of oil he was sitting on.

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1821 on: September 26, 2017, 06:39:33 AM »
A very intriguing and convincing story, Andrew.
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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1822 on: September 26, 2017, 07:11:30 AM »
Great looking bridge Andrew.

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1823 on: September 26, 2017, 07:22:45 AM »
Another fan of the iron bridge here in Oz.  :thumbsup:

As to the plonk, all white wine tastes like vinegar to me, although Mrs Bealman is a bit of an expert....

Chardonnay or Sav?  :beers:
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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1824 on: September 26, 2017, 07:45:51 AM »
Now that I have a better idea of how things are shaping up (literally), I decided this former was too high



Cut it down with a dremmel tool as it is fixed in place, there is something very pleasant about the smell of ply cut this way (which probably means it is harmful!) - hot wire cutter can be seen hanging on the next former along



Fitted the top struts to the bridge, was a very nice kit to build, though suddenly thinking as I type this, maybe should have painted the component parts first...  It is a Modelux kit.



I have decided to fit the bridge from underneath, so for a while the track will be unsupported, final clamping of the trackbed going ahead here



With this being how it will look, not just to work out the river bank!  I think you can say a bit of stone and cliff around here will be the order of the day, I am thinking Hermitage nr Dunkeld, for those who are familiar with the area (or fancy a google search over a coffee)



With some decent weather, finally managed to start work on the external painting of the van



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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1825 on: September 26, 2017, 08:28:33 AM »
Hi,

All looking good. Love the bridge too.

Hermitage looks nice. Just one of many varying scenery pics for others.....

https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5329/30909464782_376a11a001_b.jpg

Wasn't sure how rapidy (made up word) your river will be but looking forward to that all 4 bridges.

Cheers weave  :beers:

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1826 on: September 26, 2017, 08:52:47 AM »
As the river will be downstream of a hydro scheme, like many Scottish rivers, it will be a shadow of it's former self (though the River Garry has been transformed in the last few weeks by recent changes to SSE abstraction practices driven by SEPA) so will follow the same style of river bed I have used so far on the layout, i.e. mostly dry stone riverbed with a small flow of water, but will show the extent of the river at greater flows (when the spillway on the dam is in operation for instance)

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1827 on: September 27, 2017, 07:16:24 AM »
Took advantage of the good weather to continue work on the outside of the van









And a milestone is reached!  After a year of building this layout, I finally have a continuous loop again - the Up line is completed



With the profiles cut to the right height, started to build up the hillside profile






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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1828 on: September 27, 2017, 07:32:04 AM »
The van is looking very smart and well done re the loop. Real progress.

Not sure why you've written such a rude word on that bit of cardboard - I thought it all looked very nice!  ;)  ;D

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1829 on: September 27, 2017, 08:09:53 AM »
Very good work inside and out, Andrew. Now you can run an inaugural special train!

 

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