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Author Topic: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge  (Read 151748 times)

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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #2895 on: June 30, 2020, 10:13:49 AM »
Restore or dismantle?

Shades of the B&CE!  :(

Did the Challenger negotiate the curves on Poppingham?
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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« Reply #2896 on: June 30, 2020, 11:42:32 AM »
Hi John,

Thanks for the photo of 'The Challenger' at Poppingham. It reminded me of a book I had as a child. I couldn't remember what is was called but American visitor/guest or the like was in the depths of my brain.

Bit of Googling and I found it. It was called 'Telford and the American Visitor' by Ray Pope, a series of books about little people who came alive on a boy's model railway layout. I think that book was the only one I had but I remember loving it and reading it over and over again so thank you for the memory  :thumbsup:.

Always enjoying your usual runnings so keep up the good work  :)

Cheers weave  :beers:

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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #2897 on: June 30, 2020, 12:09:07 PM »
Bit of Googling and I found it. It was called 'Telford and the American Visitor' by Ray Pope, a series of books about little people who came alive on a boy's model railway layout. I think that book was the only one I had but I remember loving it and reading it over and over again so thank you for the memory  :thumbsup:.

Yours for only £1.99 on Kindle:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Telford-American-Visitor-Model-Railway-ebook/dp/B01H52GXZQ/

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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #2898 on: July 01, 2020, 02:39:57 PM »
From Marton Hinmarche to Poppingham via Trepol Bay

Hello Chums

That lovely train that we saw recently at Marton Hinmarche and Trepol Bay made an appearance at Poppingham today.




You might recall that the fabulous Lone Star footbridge came courtesy of @Chris in Prague .  I was most impressed by the train settiness of it.  Hornby Dubloesque perhaps.  I sat down with a glass of fine, foaming ale (Black Sheep) and found out a bit about the '000' products of Lone Star.  One thing led to another and a signal box has now arrived.  Like the footbridge, it is cast aluminium.  Given its age, it might be a recycled 'Spitfire' - the flying kind.  I'll gladly recycle the bottled kind.



Signalman Farmer has a new signal box today.  I think it has a slight hint of the North Eastern Railway about it, which was a good excuse to diagram 'J25' 0-6-0 No. 1988 for the train.  A couple of very nice colour light signals came with the signal box and these are temporarily in place.

Such fun!

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Restore or dismantle?

Shades of the B&CE!  :(

Did the Challenger negotiate the curves on Poppingham?


Yes, it did!  Although clearances prevented a full circuit of the layout.  Poppingham's up line is Peco 'Setrack' No. 3 radius, which is 11 3/4" or a lot of mm.  Although not a true 'Mallet', the 'Challenger' is articulated on the same principle and coped with our curvaceous British permanent way.  It's not like that in Wyoming!
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Many thanks for looking and all good wishes.

Tickety-tonk.

John
'Why does the Disney Castle work so well?  Because it borrows from reality without ever slipping into it.'

(Acknowledgement: John Goodall Esq, Architectural Editor, 'Country Life'.)

The Table-Top Railway is an attempt to create, in British 'N' gauge,  a 'semi-scenic' railway in the old-fashioned style, reminiscent of the layouts of the 1930s to the 1950s.

For the made-up background to the railway and list of characters, please see here: https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=38281.msg607991#msg607991

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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #2899 on: July 01, 2020, 02:45:46 PM »
Awesome signal box. Definitely a NE character to it.  :thumbsup:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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« Reply #2900 on: July 01, 2020, 04:02:29 PM »
Simply spiffing.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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« Reply #2901 on: July 01, 2020, 04:21:18 PM »
Simply spiffing.

Seconded! I remember the Lone Star colour light signals being painted black. I think I repainted mine silver to match the then current BR ones. They are quite rare. That is one of the late model signalboxes as sold in Woolworths, I think. I have an older one in its cardboard box.
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« Reply #2902 on: July 01, 2020, 07:59:50 PM »

 I sat down with a glass of fine, foaming ale (Black Sheep)

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« Reply #2903 on: July 02, 2020, 03:41:21 PM »
Macbeth shall never vanquished be until
Great Birnam Wood to high Dunsinane Hill
Shall come against him.


Hello Chums

Poppingham Wood has done an impression of Birnam Wood today!  Hopefully, it's not concealing an army.  The wood was one of the first semi-scenic features that I attempted on the layout.  Over time, I have come to accept that it is a menace when it comes to track cleaning.  Most of the trees were stuck to the baseboard and made a nuisance of themselves whenever I attempted to get past them with the 'four corks'.  My new approach is that the trees will be quickly-detachable, like the signals, and there is a lot of drilling up their trunks going on.  I have stuck down some unrealistically vivid flock powder to hide the bald patches caused by my tree uprooting activities.  If necessary to maintain consistency of unrealistic vividness, I'll give the whole area a final flocking tomorrow.  One advantage of the deforestation is that it has opened up the view of the trains.  I'll remember this when replanting.



The new 'T9' 4-4-0, No. 301, approaches Poppingham station with a down passenger.  The engine's running in is going well and she is proving to be a typically superb Union Mills locomotive.




'700' Class 'Black Motor' No. 306 has got the road with an up goods train.  Driver Dick Trevithick is about to put the blower on for the entry to 'Tea Cosy' tunnel and Passed Fireman Neville Hill has the firedoor firmly shut.

Many thanks for looking and all good wishes.

Cheerie-bye.

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'Why does the Disney Castle work so well?  Because it borrows from reality without ever slipping into it.'

(Acknowledgement: John Goodall Esq, Architectural Editor, 'Country Life'.)

The Table-Top Railway is an attempt to create, in British 'N' gauge,  a 'semi-scenic' railway in the old-fashioned style, reminiscent of the layouts of the 1930s to the 1950s.

For the made-up background to the railway and list of characters, please see here: https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=38281.msg607991#msg607991

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« Reply #2904 on: July 02, 2020, 05:29:31 PM »

One advantage of the deforestation is that it has opened up the view of the trains.  I'll remember this when replanting.


An important point I think. The occasional "visual break" will add realism to a layout but care needs to be taken its not overdone.

No.306 looking smart as she trundles past the clear signal.

Alec.
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« Reply #2905 on: July 03, 2020, 04:56:57 PM »
Something Special for the Weekend!

Hello Chums

What a wizard wheeze!  Young Bonzo Poppingham's Varsity Railway Club is having its Annual Summer Outing tomorrow.  Bonzo spoke to his Papa, who pulled a few strings and the Railway Club will visit the Table-Top Railway.  Old Bill Dean took the empty coaching stock (ECS) for the club's special train down to Toppington today.  Here's a couple of photographs of the ECS passing through Poppingham station behind '0395' 0-6-0 No. 3441.





In the first snap you might notice that the Poppingham Estate chaps have sorted out Poppingham Wood.  All the trees are now quickly-detachable for track cleaning or to improve the sightline for photographs.  Totally tickety-boo!

The locomotive for the special train is being prepared on Bobbington shed and will work through to Toppington light engine tomorrow morning.  There are two special treats in store for the lucky people on the special tomorrow - I did mention that Lord Poppingham had pulled strings.

I hope you will join us tomorrow.

In the meantime, thank you for looking and all best wishes.

Toodle-oo.

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« Last Edit: July 03, 2020, 04:58:39 PM by Train Waiting »
'Why does the Disney Castle work so well?  Because it borrows from reality without ever slipping into it.'

(Acknowledgement: John Goodall Esq, Architectural Editor, 'Country Life'.)

The Table-Top Railway is an attempt to create, in British 'N' gauge,  a 'semi-scenic' railway in the old-fashioned style, reminiscent of the layouts of the 1930s to the 1950s.

For the made-up background to the railway and list of characters, please see here: https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=38281.msg607991#msg607991

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« Reply #2906 on: July 03, 2020, 05:06:24 PM »
Another early start tomorrow then!
Iíll be on to 06.07 from Redruth changing at Exeter.
Hope I make it on time

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« Reply #2907 on: July 03, 2020, 05:29:57 PM »
Another early start tomorrow then!
Iíll be on to 06.07 from Redruth changing at Exeter.
Hope I make it on time

Splendid Martin; Inspector Japp has arranged that the Varsity Special will be held at Toppington until you arrive and will be on hand to escort you to your reserved First Class compartment.  I suggest that you bring a dustcoat as I don't want your sports jacket and flannels getting dirty during the day.  Janey Poppingham has arranged with Mr Butler, butler at Poppingham Hall, that there will be a wicker hamper in your compartment in case you are need of refreshments.  All jolly-dee!

Pip-pip.

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'Why does the Disney Castle work so well?  Because it borrows from reality without ever slipping into it.'

(Acknowledgement: John Goodall Esq, Architectural Editor, 'Country Life'.)

The Table-Top Railway is an attempt to create, in British 'N' gauge,  a 'semi-scenic' railway in the old-fashioned style, reminiscent of the layouts of the 1930s to the 1950s.

For the made-up background to the railway and list of characters, please see here: https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=38281.msg607991#msg607991

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« Reply #2908 on: July 03, 2020, 06:10:18 PM »
Apologies John, I unfortunately will not be able to make it, the reason being that the early train I would need to catch from Hillsden does not run on a Saturday, it is a wretched Monday to Friday service only. If I had known a little earlier I could have caught a mid afternoon train today and stayed over at that lovely little hotel in Toppington, you know the one, the one that has black sheep on draught.

Again apologies and hope you all have a absolute splendid day.

I will nevertheless look forward to your report on the day

Stay safe

Mike H  8)

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« Reply #2909 on: July 03, 2020, 11:30:32 PM »
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
     All looking really spiffing John, so it's the 0549 from Hayle in the morning
   stay safe regards Derek.
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