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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #3195 on: September 16, 2020, 09:32:01 AM »
An LNER Morning

Hello Chums

It's a dreich morning here and that's an excellent excuse to indulge in some more SuperScary semi-scenic mess-making.  To distract myself whilst watching the glue dry, I played with some trains.

Firstly, 'J27' 0-6-0 No. 1229 passed with a down mineral train:-



And, soon after, 'B12/3' 4-6-0 No. 8577 appeared with an up passenger:-



Harry, the local AA Patrol, perhaps unadvisedly, allowed Bertie Poppingham to have a test ride round the goods yard on his BSA 'M20' outfit.  The outcome was predictable; I narrowly escaped a similar result when I attempted to ride a combination. 

I beg your indulgence in the matter of the inelegant weights.  These are holding down a piece of grass mat whist the glue dries!

Many thanks for looking and best wishes.

Pip-pip.

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 #3196 on: September 16, 2020, 09:53:14 AM »
Much better than the mag about the LNER I recently reviewed!  :thumbsup:
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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #3197 on: September 16, 2020, 07:40:56 PM »
The outcome was predictable; I narrowly escaped a similar result when I attempted to ride a combination
In Motocycle Moonshine (one of Geof Davidson's publications) it was always regarded as beyond the pail to refer to sidecar outfits as 'cominations'.  The recommended terminology was 'The Job'.
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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #3198 on: September 18, 2020, 02:00:19 PM »
Platform 2 is Complete!

Hello Chums

A little admission; I was taking photographs of the station with care as I had only three of the required four 'Lone Star 000' platform sections.  The secondhand market finally supplied what I required; not exactly but close enough.  The Lone Star platform sections, although of two casting types, all have the same pin arrangement which fit into holes on the ramps.



A longer platform requires the Platform Extension which has a nifty cast aluminium joining piece...



... that fits over the pins:



Attempting to join two platform sections without the joining piece results in this unfortunate state of affairs ...



The Platform Extension appears to be particularly difficult to obtain.  Collectors will know why, but I'm not a collector; I'm a coarse modeller.  I gave up waiting for one to appear and obtained a job lot of three platform sections and decided it was time for me to attempt to manufacture a joining piece.  Unfortunately, producing an aluminium casting is beyond the resources of the Table-Top Railway's works.  Time, then, to take a leaf out of Mr Bulleid's book and replace a casting with a fabrication.  Here's my coarse attempt at a joining piece fabricated from 40 thou plastikard:



As Platform 2 will be closest to viewers and the front of the baseboard will be finished-off with a strip of something-or-other, the coarse joiner will be sort of hidden in plain sight.  Here's what it looks like, without, of course, the finishing-off strip:



Of course, I'll keep looking for the genuine article.

Now that's the platforms complete, you can expect a series of dodgy layout photographs featuring the station!

Many thanks for looking and for your continuing patience.

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 #3199 on: September 18, 2020, 02:51:33 PM »
John and Poppy,

Nothing to admit too, the camera never lies, just the photographer  :no:
Look forward to more photographs including the platforms

Mike H  8)

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« Reply #3200 on: September 18, 2020, 03:36:20 PM »
 :hellosign:  :greatpicturessign:
  A great solution John, platforms looking splendid & yes love your photos.
     stay safe regards Derek.
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« Reply #3201 on: September 18, 2020, 04:57:01 PM »
Nice bit of fabrication, (and ingenuity), John.  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #3202 on: September 18, 2020, 05:38:08 PM »
John, your ingenuity is always amazing.

I love the station lamp.

Martin
Iíll get round to fixing it drekkly me Ďansome.

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« Reply #3203 on: September 18, 2020, 07:45:54 PM »
Totally impressed by this ...............



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« Reply #3204 on: September 19, 2020, 07:35:33 AM »
Nice bit of fabrication, (and ingenuity), John.  :thumbsup:

ďFabricationĒ - do you mean sir that none of this is real?  :telloff:

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« Reply #3205 on: September 19, 2020, 09:47:48 AM »
Coal for Ripponden

Hello Chums

Lots to do to-day but that's no reason not to play trains after breakfast!



On the down line, between Box Tunnel and Ellis End signal box. is '3F' 0-6-0 No 3777 and a coal train destined for Ripponden Industrial Society.  Ripponden was on the L&Y's Rishworth branch, south of Sowerby Bridge (In Hillsden country!), in the West Riding.

The '3F' is by Union Mills and the wagons and brake van are by Peco.  This is the first time you've seen the wagons as they are from the collection I inherited from the late Prof.

Thank you very much for the jolly kind comments about the completed 'Lone Star 000' platform.  As I was making the joining piece I wondered what I was doing.  I decided that I was making a 1:1 scale model of a 1:148 scale model - this type of silliness is typical of Poppingham.


Many thanks for looking and all good wishes.

Toodle-oo.

John and Poppy (waiting patiently in the garden)
« Last Edit: September 19, 2020, 11:29:05 AM 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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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #3206 on: September 19, 2020, 10:27:18 AM »
Good Morning John and Poppy

Thank you for your post and photographs, splendid to see the Union Mills 3F, I really do need to purchase one.

It is a pity that an Aspinal 3F is not available in N, as it could have been one of Sowerby Bridges own. The Rishworth branch closed to passenger traffic in 1929 and finally to goods traffic in 1952.

I understand passenger trains had to reverse out of Sowerby Bridge to gain access to the branch as the junction faced the Normanton direction, but please correct me if I am wrong.

Please follow link below for a potted history of the branch

https://ryburnvalleygreenway.com/ryburn-valley-greenway/history/

Mike H  8)
« Last Edit: September 19, 2020, 10:30:54 AM by Nbodger, Reason: History link added »

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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #3207 on: September 19, 2020, 10:48:38 AM »
John

Now Iím worried.
Something is missing, or is it my eyes not seeing clearly?


Martin
Iíll get round to fixing it drekkly me Ďansome.

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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #3208 on: September 19, 2020, 12:43:19 PM »
John, your ingenuity is always amazing.

I love the station lamp.

Martin

Both the above points seconded! I've never seen those station lamps elsewhere.

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Re: Poppingham - a Table-Top Railway in British 'N' Gauge
« Reply #3209 on: September 19, 2020, 12:49:04 PM »
John

Now Iím worried.
Something is missing, or is it my eyes not seeing clearly?


Martin

I share your concern. Doesn't seem to be in the picture.
PW

 

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