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Author Topic: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)  (Read 42334 times)

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Offline Frenchie

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #495 on: January 25, 2019, 03:29:16 PM »
I'd be very interested to know where your branch joins the main line before I finalise the layout for Morpeth! If you are running through services to Newcastle I'll need to provide a crossover onto the up main platform; if not you can share the Rothbury branch platform on the north side of the station.
Thanks for the tip about wine corks as cleaners. I have an adequate supply -- as the name suggests!

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #496 on: February 06, 2019, 10:01:06 PM »
I had a rummage through my various boxes of rubbish and decided to finish off a few things that have been languishing unloved for a while.



The J39 has been hanging around for about two years awaiting renumbering and weathering.  64895 was a long-time Carlisle Canal resident and would not have been seen so far East: yet another loco intended for my next layout.

The "Warwell" is an old Parkwood kit which has also been sitting around unfinished, in this case for some fifteen years.  It now has bogie-mounted couplers and a Bedford RL for a load.  This is a resin model from GRA Models, supposedly 1:150 but looks a bit overscale to me.  I replaced the standard body with a flat load bed to reduce the height.  (That reminds me, I must get hold of a loading gauge for the goods siding.) Still needs some ropes and blocks to secure it to the wagon, and the whole lot weathering.  I have always liked these old Bedfords and can imagine the Army sending one up to the Otterburn training area by rail.

Finally the signal, one of Dapol's finest: one of my less successful Ebay purchases, it was advertised as needing slight repairs, and turned up in three pieces.  The LED light expired in a cloud of smoke when I connected it up, and I junked all the internal switchgear in an attempt to preserve my sanity.  It is now operated via a centre-off DPDT switch and satisfies the desire of my inner child to have a working signal on my train set. 

Finally to answer Frenchie's question: I imagine the Longframlington branch sharing the Wansbeck Valley / Rothbury platform, diverging from the "Wannie" at Meldon and striking north across the moors.

Richard

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #497 on: February 07, 2019, 10:02:02 AM »
Fantastic layout!

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #498 on: February 09, 2019, 08:13:49 PM »
I spent a bit of time today making up another cassette for the fiddle yard.  I now have four which should be plenty for a small branch terminus.  The new cassette needed testing: what better excuse to clean the track and run some trains?



Typical Borders branch scene as an Ivatt 2MT (well overdue for attention from the cleaning gang) uncouples from its single coach train and prepares to run round.



After shunting the goods yard, one of Blyth's ageing J27s wheezes away towards Morpeth with the daily goods.

Richard

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Re: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)
« Reply #499 on: February 09, 2019, 08:17:48 PM »
Many thanks, Richard, for another pair of superb photos. of your excellent little layout.

I also like the Bedford RL lorry. I had several early Matchbox models of them as a child.

 

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