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Re: Ashburton and Totnes
« Reply #15 on: July 05, 2018, 10:18:04 PM »
Absolutely awesome layout(s) John.  They have been a real source of inspiration.  Thank you for sharing with us.

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Re: Ashburton and Totnes
« Reply #16 on: July 06, 2018, 02:09:13 PM »
Caz,
Thank you for your comment. I've been following your posts with great interest -  a lovely layout. I don't have the electronics skills to emulate your work and, at this time of my life, I can't cope with the prospect of. retrofitting 35 locos and two operational layouts with DCC. However, if I were starting from scratch . . .
Best wishes,
John
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Re: Ashburton and Totnes
« Reply #17 on: July 06, 2018, 09:07:45 PM »
ASHBURTON

Chapter 2

Some more Ashburton photos.
These were taken by Ian Manderson in August 2010 and are therefore his copyright. They cover similar ground to the previous ones but are better in quality than my pedestrian efforts, so here goes.



517 class No.1435 with a train of four-wheelers exits the bridge at the end of the rock cutting and approaches the home signal. The Red Devon cattle are fairly indifferent.



No. 1435 approaches the station. The branch pick-up goods engine, small Prairie No. 4536, sizzles quietly 'on shed'.



Later, the fire has been built-up and, with a bit more steam, the injector can top-up the boiler so No. 4536 is filling up the tanks at the water crane. Meanwhile bagging coal continues in Robertson's yard.



No. 1435 has run around the coaches and dropped them back to the platform to await departure. The fireman is looking out for the starter signal and listening for the guard's whistle. The seeds store in the grounded coach body is in the foreground.



Pannier No. 8731 arrives with the morning milk train. Usually, it will drop the small Siphon C (next to the engine) in the platform road, where it will be loaded with churns from the local farms. Then it will be attached to the mid-morning auto-train to return to Daws Diary in Totnes.



Saddle tank No. 1506 leaves with a livestock train.


A couple of buildings with not a train in sight.



Tuckers Fertilizers and Maltings store with its octagonal chimney and the coal heap.



And the Maltings building.



All Ian Manderson, 2010

That's enough of Ashburton for now.

John
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Re: Ashburton and Totnes
« Reply #18 on: July 06, 2018, 09:15:48 PM »
John can i ask please how you make the stone effect on the buildings please



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Re: Ashburton and Totnes
« Reply #19 on: July 06, 2018, 09:31:57 PM »
Not my era or area of interest at all, but stunning modelling.

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Re: Ashburton and Totnes
« Reply #20 on: July 06, 2018, 09:36:35 PM »
Just wonderful modelling (sigh)

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« Reply #21 on: July 06, 2018, 09:45:34 PM »
Only Me,
I still have a small quantity of the old BuilderPlus stone (and brick) papers, which are a good representation of South Devon random rubble masonry. I think that colour is more important than texture (relief) in 2mm scale, though for heavy engineering works - retaining walls, bridge abutments - a texture surface is often appropriate.
I think that firms such as ScaleScenes will do something suitable for most circumstances.
As you can see, I generally lightly weather the stone paper, using dilute enamel paints.
Hope that this helps,
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Re: Ashburton and Totnes
« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2018, 04:27:25 PM »
Beautiful modelling, this forum just gets better and better.   :thumbsup:

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Re: Ashburton and Totnes
« Reply #23 on: July 08, 2018, 12:38:34 AM »
Awesome stuff. Did you do the backscene yourself? It really compliments the excellent modelling.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Ashburton and Totnes
« Reply #24 on: July 08, 2018, 07:34:29 PM »
Hi Bealman,
Thank you for your kind comment. Yes, backscenes were painted by yours truly. Perhaps I may open a thread on the subject in due course.
Best wishes,
John
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« Reply #25 on: July 08, 2018, 11:33:31 PM »
That would be great.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Ashburton and Totnes
« Reply #26 on: July 09, 2018, 09:56:20 PM »
TOTNES change for the Ashburton Branch


Plan of the layout

The original Totnes layout, despite its massive size, survived our move to Somerset. However, after desultory progress towards completing the layout, I came to the conclusion that I was unlikely to generate enough enthusiasm to finish the work. So, about ten years ago, I decided to remake it, concentrating on the station, town and river, on new baseboards. At least the result would be transportable and the pressure of getting things into a suitable state for exhibition would perhaps generate sufficient incentive to complete the tasks.



A general view of the layout. The River Dart weir in the right foreground represents the tidal limit of  the river. In the right middle distance is the chimney of Daws Dairy and Totnes station beyond. To the left, the Ashburton branch diverges from the main line, which enters Dainton Tunnel.

The result was a layout about 3m by 1.7m. This is basically a simple double-track oval plan, with platform loops, up and down sidings, the Quay branch and the entry to the Ashburton branch. There are six new track boards, a Quay Branch board and two scenic boards to fill-in the centre. Although I had to take some substantial liberties with geography, I hope that the result retains the character of the locality. The main lines from Newton Abbot appear from the souther portal of a much relocated Dainton Tunnel to cross the River Dart and enter Totnes station. The route then continues towards Plymouth through (an entirely mythical) Totnes Castle Tunnel. The Quay branch runs from a facing junction on the down line, between the River Dart bridge and the station and terminates at The Plains (Totnes quayside). The Ashburton branch has a double junction on the other side of the River Dart bridge (modified in the 1930s) with cross-overs in the station to allow the branch trains to transfer from down to up platforms.


This photograph John Birkett-Smith 2015
Daws Dairy with its prominent chimney and Totnes station and the town beyond. The dairy buildings were originally constructed as a pumping house for Brunel's ill-fated atmospheric railway project

Everything is controlled from a plug-in 'probe and stud' panel for point operation, with separate Gaugemaster controllers for the up and down lines. As yet, signals remain largely absent there are over a dozen within the Totnes station limits and I need to make most of them operating. So far, only two are in place.



This photograph Barry Norman 2009
Bulldog No. 3373, 'River Plym' crosses the Dart bridge with an up milk train.

In the foreground, the River Dart was formed from tinted casting resin, 5-10mm deep, on a base textured with sand and boulders (in reality, small pebbles) and painted. In the middle distance, beyond the rail bridge, the river estuary was simply painted and varnished MDF board. Streams were multiple layers of varnish on a textured and painted base. The weir was made with multiple layers of varnish on painted embossed plastic card with foam made from strings of polystyrene cement, painted off-white.

More photos to follow,

John
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Re: Ashburton and Totnes
« Reply #27 on: July 09, 2018, 09:59:38 PM »
Simply superb

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Re: Ashburton and Totnes
« Reply #28 on: July 09, 2018, 11:09:27 PM »
Gorgeous. :superblayout: :wonderfulmodelling: :thankyousign:
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Re: Ashburton and Totnes
« Reply #29 on: July 10, 2018, 08:49:27 PM »
Another fabulous layout on this 'er forum and some cracking pictures too, thanks for posting.
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