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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #60 on: December 28, 2017, 07:20:44 PM »
Many thanks, Chris, for these photographs of your lovely layout.

I think a preserved railway is a splendid subject for a model.  Why think otherwise; I wonder?

Thanks again and best wishes.

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #61 on: January 11, 2018, 05:36:19 PM »
Afternoon.

Having seen this layout 'in the flesh at Ellesmere a couple of years ago I can only give a couple of thumbs up for the preserved idea. It really suits the layout.

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #62 on: January 11, 2018, 07:14:34 PM »
The Ridgacre Branch is only going out once this year (in November) as I have a lot of commitments with Little Aller Junction and club layouts. I might just make some changes to make it look more like a preserved railway.

The brewery would go and be replaced by a loco area and car park. This would give a better view of Ridgacre station which would be a good thing. The old buses would also go. In order reflect the move from early 1960s to current day I would have to fit conservatorys to half the houses behind Worlds End station.




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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #63 on: February 16, 2018, 05:15:29 PM »
For the first time ever a Jubilee was spotted working south through Aller Junction on a van train.






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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #64 on: February 16, 2018, 05:23:07 PM »
Thanks, Chris, for these two excellent photos. I also really like the "Jubilee" class locos. in BR Lined Green and will have a model of "Alberta" working an enthusiasts' special from Leeds on a rake of BR Lined Maroon Stanier design coaches.

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #65 on: February 16, 2018, 05:24:21 PM »
It seems the powers that be at Plymouth soon had her turned and on her way back to the Midlands with the clayliner train.




It is unlikely to be seen again as it was a club loco under test following repair. It will be soon be in the hands of a fellow club member for weathering.

Meanwhile more usual traction has returned to Aller Junction. I can just about run 1968 now although this loco is not quite correct for 1968. The original blue scheme for Warships had a BR arrow on each cab side and the single emblem in the middle didnít appear until at least 1969.

 



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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #66 on: February 25, 2018, 11:12:44 PM »
Added a feature to The Ridgacre Branch today. I bought a simple timer kit , a couple of switches and a couple of diodes from Maplin. This has enabled me to add the most simple form of shuttle service. It isnít sophisticated but it works and at under £10 for the lot it was cheap.



There are no extra wires to the layout, just flick these two switches up for normal control and down for automatic.




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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #67 on: March 02, 2018, 12:57:16 PM »
I try to run at exhibitions with stock that fits my location and time frame. Itís amazing how much locos changed over a short period during the transition era. I am building up stock for 1959, 1963 and 1968.

Locos for 1968. Maroon, green and blue diesels with large and small yellow panels makes for a nice mix. Coaches are a mixture of maroon and blue & grey mark ones. Iím tempted by a blue Hymek with small yellow panel but probably wonít get one.



1963. This allows desert sand and golden ochre Westerns. Nearly all locos have yellow warning panels. The steam locos are used to double head would would probably have been a special excursion as steam hauled scheduled trains were pretty much gone by 1963. No maroon Warships as they didnít appear until 1965. A Brush type 4 is just about possible but would have been very rare until a couple of years later. I could do with a D600 to complete the picture although, even by 1963, they were not allowed out of Cornwall very often.



1959. Although I have enough locos to pull the trains I am not happy with this collection. I have subscribed to a DJM King. I could do with another Castle and a Hall to have a viable roster for 1959.



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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #68 on: March 02, 2018, 03:24:48 PM »
Smashing collection :drool:
I might be prepared to give a body part for a Golden Ochre Western :hmmm:

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #69 on: March 02, 2018, 03:27:14 PM »
Smashing collection :drool:
I might be prepared to give a body part for a Golden Ochre Western :hmmm:

That's going a bit far. I bought a spare unpainted body from dcc supplies to practice on. Getting the cab windows out of the donor body without breaking them is the tricky bit. I failed.
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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #70 on: March 02, 2018, 03:34:10 PM »
Smashing collection :drool:
I might be prepared to give a body part for a Golden Ochre Western :hmmm:

That's going a bit far.

I know my body. The whole thing is not worth any N gauge loco :no: :-[

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #71 on: March 02, 2018, 08:50:59 PM »
Great collection of locomotives!  :thumbsup:
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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #72 on: March 02, 2018, 08:57:37 PM »
Certainly a superb collection of locos.
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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #73 on: March 02, 2018, 09:00:50 PM »
An enviably fine collection, Chris. Do you have a "Grange"? A "County" would be good, too.

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Re: The Ridgacre Branch & Little Aller
« Reply #74 on: March 02, 2018, 10:35:09 PM »
I have a Dapol Grange which performs very well but no County.

 

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