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Author Topic: Longframlington (Northumbrian branch line)  (Read 54994 times)

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Re: Longframlington (and this time I mean it) - Border country, 1963
« Reply #225 on: September 23, 2016, 06:00:39 PM »
A couple more details.  The stationmaster now has an Austin A30 which should fit comfortably in the garage. I must get on with the fence and gate in front of the garden.





And the local coal merchant has a Ford 7V flatbed, probably war surplus and getting on a bit by 1962, but coal lorries tended to have a fairly long life.  So Longframlington has temporarily relocated to Ayrshire, allowing me to recreate on of my favourite photos, taken by Derek Cross in 1958 on the Heads of Ayr branch.  My Ford seems to have survived better than the Scottish one which was being used as a platform for coal bagging.






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Re: Longframlington (and this time I mean it) - Border country, 1963
« Reply #226 on: September 23, 2016, 06:20:24 PM »
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Hi Richard. Nice work. I see you've gone north of the border.. the only place to be for steam layouts in my opinion... not that I know anything about steam railways.
Is that a 4P? Is it an old Farish one with pizza cutter wheels? If it is, does it run on the code 40 track work?

Remind me again, is that garage a kit? Its not a Metcalf kit is it?

Cheers
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Re: Longframlington (and this time I mean it) - Border country, 1963
« Reply #227 on: September 23, 2016, 06:29:50 PM »

Hi Richard. Nice work. I see you've gone north of the border.. the only place to be for steam layouts in my opinion... not that I know anything about steam railways.
Is that a 4P? Is it an old Farish one with pizza cutter wheels? If it is, does it run on the code 40 track work?

Remind me again, is that garage a kit? Its not a Metcalf kit is it?

Cheers
Kirky


Long story behind the loco: http://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=33038.0

It developed severe stage fright at the Bressingham show and stopped dead in a shower of sparks. I can't be bothered to investigate at the moment but it might run again one day.

The garage is a Kestrel kit and yes, I am getting lazy, buying something that simple instead of building it from Plastikard like I should have done. But it's nice.

Richard

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Re: Longframlington (and this time I mean it) - Border country, 1963
« Reply #228 on: September 23, 2016, 07:02:09 PM »
@belstone
Ah thanks Richard. A 2P. Told you I new nothing about steam railways.
Very interesting read - much more intertesting that watching the Mr Men DVDs that the twins are insisting I put on the telly.
Really ingenious stuff, it would be a shame to not have that running on Longframlington. You'll have to change those bogie wheels anyway, and that might have been the cause of your sparks shower? Worth a look surely?

Yes, I like that garage. Nothing wrong woith using kits, and scratch building is only necessary if you cant get what you need imho.

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Re: Longframlington (and this time I mean it) - Border country, 1963
« Reply #229 on: September 24, 2016, 04:30:46 PM »
Very nice work. Thanks for the updates.

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Re: Longframlington (and this time I mean it) - Border country, 1963
« Reply #230 on: September 24, 2016, 04:48:26 PM »
Love the A30 as my parents used to have one. We had 8 people and a Labrador in it and my Dad had to drive with the windows open so we could all breathe at the same time!

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Re: Longframlington (and this time I mean it) - Border country, 1963
« Reply #231 on: September 24, 2016, 10:20:42 PM »
Love the A30 as my parents used to have one. We had 8 people and a Labrador in it and my Dad had to drive with the windows open so we could all breathe at the same time!

Mostly children I presume.  An A30 wasn't a very wide car. We managed seven (driver and six eight year old boys) in a Mk1 Escort Mexico. The driver was the older brother of one of my schoolfriends.  He hadn't long passed his test and was showing off.  Scariest ride of my life.

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Re: Longframlington (and this time I mean it) - Border country, 1963
« Reply #232 on: September 25, 2016, 08:11:08 AM »
I had and loved my A30. It was a 4 door version - the rear doors were tiny!

Sorry, back to railways; the garage looks good and I'd be happy to know where you got the A30 model.

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Re: Longframlington (and this time I mean it) - Border country, 1963
« Reply #233 on: September 25, 2016, 09:04:19 AM »
I had and loved my A30. It was a 4 door version - the rear doors were tiny!

Sorry, back to railways; the garage looks good and I'd be happy to know where you got the A30 model.

Dave G


It came from an Austin enthusiast on Ebay.  He has a couple more for sale.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AUSTIN-A30-N-GAUGE-PAINTED-MODEL-COURT-GREY-CREAM-/191968205145?hash=item2cb2325959:g:xfIAAOSwi0RX1TJm

Good 1950s/60s N gauge road vehicles seem hard to find, especially with glazing.  A lot of them are just solid lumps of resin or whitemetal. Commercial vehicles are especially difficult, at least I struggled but perhaps I have been looking in the wrong places.

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Re: Longframlington (and this time I mean it) - Border country, 1963
« Reply #234 on: September 25, 2016, 09:22:40 AM »
Take a look at BT Models who offer a range of commercial vehicles and a few buses in N.

http://www.ayrey.co.uk/reframe.asp?items.asp?id=308

Scroll to page 2.

Hopefully you can find a few there that suit.

Dave G

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Re: Longframlington (and this time I mean it) - Border country, 1963
« Reply #235 on: September 25, 2016, 09:38:52 AM »
Love the A30 as my parents used to have one. We had 8 people and a Labrador in it and my Dad had to drive with the windows open so we could all breathe at the same time!

Mostly children I presume.  An A30 wasn't a very wide car.

In those days of no seat belts it wasn't an issue for kids to sit on adults laps ;)

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Re: Longframlington (and this time I mean it) - Border country, 1963
« Reply #236 on: September 25, 2016, 09:47:10 AM »

In those days of no seat belts it wasn't an issue for kids to sit on adults laps ;)

Amazing we all lived into adulthood.  I used to sit in the front passenger seat of my Dad's Anglia and change gear for him, aged six.

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Re: Longframlington (and this time I mean it) - Border country, 1963
« Reply #237 on: September 25, 2016, 07:30:06 PM »
The two halves of the layout are now reunited on temporary trestles so that I can sort out the remaining profile boards.





The stepped sections at the back are to provide support for the half relief terrace houses, the backscene boards will bolt directly onto them and hopefully not leave an unsightly gap.



Buildings temporarily in position so I can start marking out the roads.  The pavements will need narrowing.



This last photo bothers me.  Station at one end, houses at the other and a big gap in between.  I'm going to spend the evening staring at that gap and wondering how to fill it.  At the moment it doesn't look right to me.  The layout is a bit unbalanced if you see what I mean.  Or maybe I'm unbalanced. There is room for another pair of cottages like the two in the middle which I think will help, and maybe some kind of low relief building opposite them.



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Re: Longframlington (and this time I mean it) - Border country, 1963
« Reply #238 on: September 25, 2016, 08:25:24 PM »
Thanks for an update. How about allotments or a pasture with a couple of horses to fill the gap?

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Re: Longframlington (and this time I mean it) - Border country, 1963
« Reply #239 on: September 25, 2016, 08:39:46 PM »
This last photo bothers me.  Station at one end, houses at the other and a big gap in between.  I'm going to spend the evening staring at that gap and wondering how to fill it.  At the moment it doesn't look right to me.  The layout is a bit unbalanced if you see what I mean.  Or maybe I'm unbalanced. There is room for another pair of cottages like the two in the middle which I think will help, and maybe some kind of low relief building opposite them.

'Station Road' perhaps. Typically with an Inn (pub downstairs, B & B accommodation upstairs), butchers, bakers, chippy...and perhaps a church with graveyard (it will be the dead centre of the layout :) ) or a village green?

Cheers
Dave

 

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