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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #135 on: December 03, 2018, 10:58:08 PM »
Laser cut 1/32" ply profile to tidy up the front edge and blend in with the remainder then wacked on some undercoat.

Cut balsa block and glued together to make the higher ground the White Horse Hotel stands on.  I need to check the map and do some scaling so I can mark out the building foot print then I can carve/sand the land.......but that will have to wait until Thursday evening.


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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #136 on: December 06, 2018, 09:30:15 PM »
Have messed around with the station plan in Auto Cad and printed the relevant area to see the relationship between the various buildings and a ground plan for the White Horse Hotel.  Am happy it is all going to fit ok.  Although the Ratio station building is probably too small (as the signal box, shelter and foot bridge all line up pretty well with the scaled plan)..........it will have to do! 

Have carved some more balsa block to deepen the up storage loop cutting to the rear of the up platform.  I want to be able "hide" a full length express passenger train or 2+8 HST in there.  Coaches obvious............

Coaches not so obvious with the balsa banking :)

I will get a little more height on the embankment with some bushes and small trees in due course.  High ground for the hotel makes a positive difference to the overall impression too.
Got the bit between my teeth now I am seeing progress again :bounce:
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #137 on: December 07, 2018, 02:41:36 PM »
I am about to complete the basic scenic work on the main line sections of my man-cave layout.  All sections are based on real locations in South Devon and Cornwall with an appropriate dose of artistic licence and fictional development.  Full back ground information is on the first couple of pages of this thread.

As a follower of the “Alternative Cornwall” threads it occurred to me that when their usual line north of Dartmoor to Exeter was not available some of the Cornish traffic would be seen crossing the Tamar and then moving through South Devon (definite Tora Bora territory) whilst making it’s way up the line. 
In my fictional world, Churston Station lies on the main line from Newton Abbot to Plymouth via a South Hams route (as was briefly proposed at one point in the very early days), so the Cornish traffic would also interact with that to/from the Brixham branch.  Earlier this week I approached Martin (and Chris through Martin) to ask if it would be possible for me to join in and occasionally add posts from my “Alternative South Devon”.   I’m very pleased to say that I have had the thumbs up to that! :claphappy:
I’m expecting to finish the basic scenic work on Churston Station and get trains running again by 20 December.  Today I have ordered several NGS wagon kits to build and finish in appropriate liveries over the Christmas period, so hopefully there will be through-workings from Cornwall to show in the New Year.
As they say…………………watch this space!!
« Last Edit: December 07, 2018, 02:42:51 PM by Dizz »

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #138 on: December 14, 2018, 09:57:17 PM »
Have cracked on in the last week whilst the forum was being upgraded.....
I have made my own N gauge version of the White Horse Hotel.
Started with a couple of photos:


I don't have views of the other 2 sides so they are only a best guess.  I have taken a few liberties in general which I’m sure people will notice, but it speeded up the the drawing process and simplified construction.  After saving the .dxf there is a second stage to lay out the parts for the laser cutter and set the laser power/speed combinations.  This software then sends the code direct to the laser to do it’s stuff.

I need to do some levelling work on the top of the hill.  Windows are glazed with Humbrol Clearfix which is still drying: it will go clear by the morning. 


Happy so far........


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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #139 on: December 14, 2018, 10:09:27 PM »
Have made some station fencing using the laser as well.  Plywood railed fence and palisade support. Card uprights.  Haven't found the best way of gluing the card to the ply wood yet.




I have learnt and practised a few more techniques whilst making the Churston Station area (eg use of ash for the platform surfaces) which will help as I move onto the next section proper, however there is a bit more work to do on the other side of the road bridge first.

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #140 on: December 15, 2018, 01:24:00 PM »

I have learnt and practised a few more techniques whilst making the Churston Station area (eg use of ash for the platform surfaces)

How many ciggies do you smoke per platform please? ;)

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #141 on: December 15, 2018, 05:05:39 PM »
 :D ..... ash from the log and smokeless fuel fire place run through a tea strainer sieve twice to get the finest stuff.
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #142 on: December 19, 2018, 01:32:37 PM »
Took a while to clear the general clutter that had accumulated on the branch line boards so I could remove them to work on this area:

The baseboard join had to be fettled, made secure/repeatable and the track ends packed/fixed.  I ended up using quite a few track pins on each side of the join to make sure everything really solid; hopefully I will be able to remove at least 50% of them once the ballast is down and set.

After I took that photo I slid some card under the refuge siding track where it crosses the corner and glued down some balsa sheet in the corner of the fuel depot board (to make a start on land-forming the spur of high ground that is going to hide the opening in the back scene).

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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #143 on: January 01, 2019, 01:49:39 PM »
Unfortunately we suffered a family bereavement last week so I have been up in Brixham for the last 10 days and won’t be back to Portreath until the weekend: I haven’t done any work on finishing the Churston Station board.  Sharkham Wagon Works hasn’t been operational either, so I haven’t been able to get stuck into this lot of kits (destined for the Alternative Cornwall tie-in)…..

However, I have had opportunity to draw up a better station building based on the reference photos I took the other day.  I tried to get square-on shots to make lining things up easier when they are imported into ACAD.  I took some reference dimensions and then scaled the photos to match. 

Then it was simply a case of taking measurements from the photo and drawing the detail.  The end results are arranged ready to import to the laser control software for cutting next week.

I have also had time to think about  my Alternative Devon tie-in and get some thoughts typed-up………this is still a work in progress at the moment, but I hope to be able to “go public” with it by tomorrow.
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Alternative South Devon and the Tora Bora Line
« Reply #144 on: January 01, 2019, 11:03:39 PM »
So here we go........ the back story so far: businesses and characters I intend to make appearances in due course supporting the Brixham Branch line traffic in my alternative South Devon tie-in.  My companies/facilities/historical events are all loosely based on what either exists/existed or what was proposed as a project at some point in the past.   
Disclaimer:   All names, characters, and incidents in the storylines to follow are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased) and products is intended or should be inferred.  No animals were harmed in the making of this model railway. ;)

LAYOUT
Tora Bora (Pete(me) in Portreath).......sections of Mainline from Redruth to Teignmouth including the Churston to Brixham branch (not necessarily in the correct geographical order.

WAGON LIVERIES
Martin has sent me photographs of current liveries to replicate from that pile of kits shown in the last post.  In due course I will generate a few of my own designs to reflect the local Brixham Businesses below. 

FICTIONAL BUSINESSES
Castor and Furzeham Fish Ltd:  The premier wet and shell fish merchants in Brixham, buy and process 80% of the catch landed at Brixham.  Daily rail shipments from Brixham Station.
South Sharkham Mine:  Ochre and high grade Iron Ore from the Brixham area: iron almost mined out.  The section that maintained the mining equipment is diversifying into general engineering manufacture (eg the Sharkham Wagon Works).
Jenks United Mining: China clay, Tungsten ore from South and West Cornwall.  (Through Clay and Mineral trains to midlands and NE, empty returns).
Wheal Jayne: disused tin mine (laser cut item) to come on my Cornish section.
Brixham Paint Company: founded in 1843 using local ochre to produce paint and sail canvas treatments for the fishing industry (hence the red sailed Brixham trawlers). Products distributed by rail from Brixham goods depot using GWR/BR vans.
Red Spinnaker spiced Rum: Buy-in industrial quantities of cooking rum and then add additional ingredients and re-finish to produce the final high-end product.  One or two PO vans dispatched a week to London or the North plus occasional shipments to North Cornwall.
Torbay Gas Company:  Situated on the line between Paignton and Torquay.  Regular coal trains direct from Wales or the north, through trains continue to power stations in Plymouth and Hayle.  Also bring assorted PO coal wagons to the SW including supplies for Andy Passmore in Brixham.

FICTIONAL CHARACTERS
Will take years to introduce this lot!!!  Just have to wait for the right moment to come along…..
Lord and Lady Churston (Neil and Cherie Nicholls) – own the Churston Manor and the estate.  Family major shareholders in the original building of the main line through Churston before being absorbed into the GWR.  Renowned Gundog breeders and trainers, have bred numerous Show Champions, Field Champions and recently one dog was made up to achieve their first Full Champion title.
Brian Wills – Estate manager
Lionel Douglas  - Estate Gamekeeper and gun dog trainer.

Sam Gibson – proprietor of the White Horse Hotel and several other Guest Houses in the area.
Dame Anthia Crystal – Romantic fiction author and philanthropist lives near Churston.

Henry Woolston – Station Master Churston
Bob Cooper aka “Mini” – Booking Clerk Churston
John Walker aka “Whisky” – Signalman Churston
Peter Williams – Driver Brixham Branch (14xx, 45xx, 57xx, 64xx)
Paul Fraser – Fireman Brixham Branch

Harry Frampton – Red Spinnaker Rum Distillery owner
Pat Blunt – Local wheeler-dealer, finger in lots of pies, activities on the limit of legality but he has never been caught out.
Stuart Young – Owns a fleet of 5 Trawlers.  Maintained by own in-house Marine Engineering department which takes on second party work. Rail delivery of supplies and materials to Brixham.
Andrew Passmore – Coal Merchant, PO siding Brixham Goods yard
Paul Caunter – Station Master Brixham
Roger Green – Booking Clerk Brixham
Fred Bell aka “Dinger” - Signal man Brixham
Mick Hatten – Town bakery and catering franchises Brixham and Churston Stations
Jim Goodall – Taxi/Bus proprietor
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #145 on: January 02, 2019, 07:07:20 AM »
That looks like a pretty comprehensive specification!  :beers:
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #146 on: January 02, 2019, 08:36:22 AM »
That sounds pretty good Pete.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #147 on: January 02, 2019, 10:29:10 PM »
For only occasional posts it should take months, if not years, to introduce that lot.
Personally am rather looking forward to testing the Spicey rum
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #148 on: January 03, 2019, 09:38:54 PM »

Personally am rather looking forward to testing the Spicey rum
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:hellosign: I'll second that.
  The list sounds interesting, looking forward to more
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Re: The Tora Bora Line
« Reply #149 on: January 06, 2019, 09:49:50 PM »
Got back to Portreath on Friday evening.  I noticed in some older photos (shown pre 1938, not in photos post 1954) that there used to be a canopy along the road side of the building.  I quite liked the look so added that feature. I fired up the frickin lazer yesterday and cut out the bits, glued it together today whilst at the field with B&B.  One of my photos from last week:

Test fit view from the road side:

Slapped some different greys on the roof.  View from the platform side:

Have to glaze the skylights and then I can glue the roof on and fit a valance around the canopies.

 

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