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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #225 on: June 14, 2019, 07:37:56 PM »
looking good  chris

obviously laira were kind tsend an hst to you !!!

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #226 on: July 11, 2019, 08:46:54 AM »
Just want to get feedback for an idea. I'm thinking of putting this QR code on the layout next time out so visitors can get a bit more info about the layout. Do you think it is a good idea? Is the video too long? What do you folks think?



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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #227 on: July 11, 2019, 08:52:37 AM »
Innovative idea' saves lots of leaflets, paper and interesting. Please keep us posted

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #228 on: July 11, 2019, 05:54:04 PM »
Quote from: Chris Morris
Just want to get feedback for an idea. I'm thinking of putting this QR code on the layout ... Do you think it is a good idea?

I think it is a great idea, much more interactive for visitors ...

Quote from: Chris Morris
Is the video too long? What do you folks think?

Erm ... video? What video?

Cheers  :beers:

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #229 on: July 11, 2019, 06:06:42 PM »
Look forward to hearing results of your idea

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #230 on: July 11, 2019, 06:17:33 PM »
Erm ... video? What video?

Cheers  :beers:
The video should come up when you use a QR reader on the QR symbol. This may be difficult if you are reading this on your smartphone.
My idea is to put the QR code on the front of the layout so visitors can use their smartphone to hear more about the layout while watching it run. Although the link is a YouTube video and there are photos to go with the commentary it's really meant to be more of an audio guide to use at an exhibition.
I will almost certainly have the QR code on the layout at TINGS this year. I don't know whether anyone will try it.

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #231 on: October 09, 2019, 06:52:15 AM »
The Ridgacre branch has hit hard times. First the parcels depot was closed. It quickly became overgrown.

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #232 on: October 09, 2019, 06:55:36 AM »
Then the local brewery was sold to a big corporation. Within a year it was closed and demolished. Nature soon took over.



The brewery was the only source of freight revenue on the branch which did not auger well for the future...

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #233 on: October 09, 2019, 06:58:56 AM »
The inevitable happened.


Here are a few photos of the last train ever to run on the branch.












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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #234 on: October 09, 2019, 07:00:24 AM »
And a film of the last train


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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #235 on: October 09, 2019, 07:03:52 AM »
A few weeks later and the track has been removed.



So that's the end of the Ridgacre branch. I really liked the layout and it was very succesful. It had to go to provide space and components for new projects. The fate of Little Aller Junction hangs in the balance. That too will probably be dismantled next summer.

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #236 on: October 09, 2019, 07:28:49 AM »
no please do not dismantle little aller - i loved seeing this at TINGS


sure others will love the layout and comment chris

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #237 on: October 09, 2019, 07:40:40 AM »
Well end of an era , at least the branch missed the mad Doctor phase even if it only got into the 1970s Castle era, so near to Regional railways and sprinters - albeit it would have been just a single siding, perhaps a ground frame for sidings when brewery ground again reused for a rail connected tuit factory/warehouse.
I look forward to news of the new project - HS2 perhaps Chris?

Robert     

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #238 on: October 09, 2019, 07:55:24 AM »
no please do not dismantle little aller - i loved seeing this at TINGS


sure others will love the layout and comment chris

I'm glad you loved it but nothing lasts forever. The Great Electric train Show this weekend will be the penultimate show for Little Aller Junction. The last show will be 15th August 2020 at Ludlow. I have turned down all recent invitations because of plans for new projects and there simply isn't enough room for everything. Also the components I can rescue will save me hundreds of pounds when building a new layout. I reckon I will have over 300 worth of stuff (at new cost) that I can use again just from the Ridgacre branch.

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #239 on: October 09, 2019, 07:56:37 AM »
Well end of an era , at least the branch missed the mad Doctor phase even if it only got into the 1970s Castle era, so near to Regional railways and sprinters - albeit it would have been just a single siding, perhaps a ground frame for sidings when brewery ground again reused for a rail connected tuit factory/warehouse.
I look forward to news of the new project - HS2 perhaps Chris?

Robert     

I'm pretty sure I've told you about my next project Robert, and it isn't HS2!

 

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