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Author Topic: Tempsford - a BR Eastern Region Mainline Country Station  (Read 6006 times)

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Offline Bob(K)

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Tempsford - a BR Eastern Region Mainline Country Station
« on: September 29, 2016, 03:41:07 PM »
Some may remember an earlier effort of mine on this forum called Watton Erith; which I built while working overseas about three years ago. That layout has long gone and when I returned to the UK I built and ran a 00 layout for a while. Well, it has always been my ambition to have a steam era mainline layout, and so I have been slowly putting together Tempsford, which bears no resemblance to the real Tempsford in Bedfordshire, but is a small imaginary market town somewhere in East Anglia. The layout is a twin track DC oval 12 x 9 feet, with a large fiddle yard on one side, with the town of Tempsford, its station and a river bridge on the scenic side. I am using Kato track, with Union Mills, Dapol and Farish stock.

Progress so far has seen most of the track laid, a start has been made on Tempsford station, the fiddle yard has been installed and all the points (about 30) are in and wired. A small amount of ballasting has been completed. I will post some pictures in due course.

Bob

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Re: Tempsford - a BR Eastern Region Mainline Country Station
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2016, 06:22:43 PM »
Welcome back Bob.

Looking forward to seeing the pictures as they follow.

Best

Scott

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Re: Tempsford - a BR Eastern Region Mainline Country Station
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2016, 08:29:18 PM »
Could we have some pics of how you have ballasted the Kato track please, Bob? :thumbsup:

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Re: Tempsford - a BR Eastern Region Mainline Country Station
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2016, 09:53:30 PM »
 :photospleasesign:

.....all the points (about 30) are in and wired.

 :censored: I thought my 9 sets of point was going to be tedious, but 30....

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Re: Tempsford - a BR Eastern Region Mainline Country Station
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2016, 06:56:58 AM »
Here is a picture of the Kato track that has been ballasted so far:






Hope this works as it is a long time since I posted some pictures!

Bob

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Re: Tempsford - a BR Eastern Region Mainline Country Station
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2016, 08:36:04 AM »
That's a very good job. I thought it was Peco at first!  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Tempsford - a BR Eastern Region Mainline Country Station
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2016, 11:13:21 AM »
That looks so good I've bookmarked it to show folks considering using Kato track just what can be done.
Hope you don't mind?

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Re: Tempsford - a BR Eastern Region Mainline Country Station
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2016, 11:22:17 AM »
It looks seriously good.
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Tempsford - a BR Eastern Region Mainline Country Station
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2016, 12:41:37 PM »
Excellent work
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Tempsford - a BR Eastern Region Mainline Country Station
« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2016, 08:16:14 PM »
Some more views showing the general layout of the station and mainline track, taken before ballasting. This is Tempsford station with the platforms in place:




The above picture was taken before the station (A Kestrel product) was painted and weathered. This is what it looks like now:








Another view of the station area and mainline before ballasting - in fact I have extended these sidings at the rear of the station considerably and relocated the signal box.



More pictures in due course.

Bob

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Re: Tempsford - a BR Eastern Region Mainline Country Station
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2016, 10:25:10 AM »
 :hellosign: Nice work so far, taking shape nicely, thanks for posting
  regards Derek.

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Re: Tempsford - a BR Eastern Region Mainline Country Station
« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2016, 10:33:54 AM »
Love your stationbuilding  :thumbsup: :drool:
Gerard  :wave:

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Re: Tempsford - a BR Eastern Region Mainline Country Station
« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2016, 03:42:18 PM »
Just to round off the scene setting, on the other side of the layout there is a fiddle yard that can take full length trains. This has been adjusted slightly since the picture was taken:




As mentioned I have wired up around 30 points, that are all large radius. In fact they are grouped in three zones.  Kato points are so easy to install, as the motors are built into the track and pre wired. It is just a case of placing the point, drilling a hole, plug in the point wires to the switch, then plug the switch into the controller. This all makes for a serious bank of switches:



Bob

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Re: Tempsford - a BR Eastern Region Mainline Country Station
« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2016, 08:35:21 PM »
Looking very good indeed.

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Re: Tempsford - a BR Eastern Region Mainline Country Station
« Reply #14 on: October 02, 2016, 12:15:25 AM »
Watton Erith was one of my fave layouts on here and i was sorry to see it's demise.
Great to see you back working in N Gauge,Bob........... :NGaugersRule:

 

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