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Weston
« on: November 30, 2018, 02:00:04 PM »
Hello chaps
Progress on Wookery has ground to a halt recently as I have had a major project underway building a new summerhouse. We had one in our last house, almost brand new, and had to leave it when we sold, and we loved it so much. So, we now have a new one here, slightly smaller, but still lovely. Five years down the road I found building it much tougher work!

Anyway, the subject of this thread.....
Now that we have retired from selling at the shows, I need a layout to be taken out on the road. Wookery, even when finished, will be too big to go in my car, and it has too much fragile detail anyway, I would be terrified of it getting damaged.

My boxed shunting layout has been to quite a few shows but doesnít attract a lot of interest - most show visitors seem to just enjoy watching long trains run round.

So, I need a layout. I donít have the time to build one from scratch, so I have bought a retired exhibition layout and we are going on a five hour round trip tomorrow to collect it. It is 9í x 3í and has tremendous operational scope. It was originally built by a club to what looks to be an exceptionally good standard.
It is somewhat tired though, with many buildings and scenic items looking a bit shabby, so it will get a pretty complete scenic makeover- Iím hoping to have it ready for our club show next June. I hope this qualifies it for this section of the forum!
Now then, it needs a name! It will be BR WR 1965ish again, bordering SR as well this time as I have been picking up green coaches 😋
It has a twin mainline plus branch and goods, with a station at one end on the curve.
The original name incorporates ď......ENDĒ and I would quite like to keep that in view of the station location. I thought of Bagley End, but Google tells me there is place of that name in Peterborough. Iíd like something with a West Country ring to it.

Suggestions please guys.

Photos in a couple of days 😋
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Re: New layout
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2018, 02:03:51 PM »
'TOR END'
typed by fur box mechanic - dictated by brain on a chain

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Re: New layout
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2018, 03:47:39 PM »
CULLHAMPTON END?
Mix of Okehampton and Cullompton, both in Devon

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Re: New layout
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2018, 05:45:47 PM »
Names such as Wood End and West End are fairly widespread throughout England.  It usually means that when the name was given, probably around the time of the Domesday Book, they were at the end of a road, but most will have grown and connected to other places in the centuries since then.  There is certainly plenty of scope for you to use your imagination.  How about Oak End or Moor End?
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Re: New layout
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2018, 05:48:54 PM »
Lands End, you can't get much more West Country than that  :smiley-laughing: I'll get me coat :laugh3:
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Re: New layout
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2018, 05:50:37 PM »
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Re: New layout
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2018, 06:03:48 PM »
Uoo  arrh  end,     I  be say that cos I be born in zummerzet

Zummerzend

Cyder end

Wessex west end.

King Arthurs end

The End...  Well I need to get ready to Go to the MRC


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Re: New layout
« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2018, 06:14:05 PM »
Going on how this hobby of ours works, how about 'Overspend' ?  Seriously, rather than something 'end', why not 'somethingend'?  ???
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Re: New layout
« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2018, 08:30:28 PM »
Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I really like the simplicity of West End but feel it may be just a little too generic.
However, a progression of it to WESTON END really strikes an appealing note.
Iíve checked and there are no places called this, and I like the implied possible connection to Weston Super Mare.
What do you reckon?

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Re: New layout
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2018, 08:51:59 PM »
Sounds good to me. :thumbsup:
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Re: New layout
« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2018, 11:02:11 PM »
I do like that, not just because it sounds right.  But because I used to live just outside Weston super mud

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Re: New layout
« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2018, 09:23:32 AM »
Sounds like D1074 and I believe you are partial to these locomotives!

But an ideal name for a layout set in the West Country.
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Weston End
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2018, 08:52:23 PM »
Well, thanks for your suggestions guys. As you can see, I have settled on WESTON END.
As promised, here are some photos taken today in the new summerhouse, one half on the table at a time.
Tomorrow some friends from the club are coming round and we will set it up properly in our lounge and try to make some sense of the controls. There seem to be extensive isolated sections, but I don't understand the switches  :o More pictures tomorrow  :D

This will be 1965 themed, but I want to be able to model 1955 in the near future, with possibly pre-war long term.

LEFT SIDE


Control box


Fiddle Yard


Those backscene factories will definitely have to go, too modern.

The building with the silos is curiously signed up as a freight forwarding company! My feeling is that it is too modern. What do you think? Could it perhaps be converted to a Dairy? It MUST be too modern for 1955?


A close up


The diesel depot, two Ratio kits I believe? I like it, and it is fine for now as 1965, and would scrape through for 1955 I think as a new build. Later I may have to change it to a steam depot pressed into diesel service.
The signal box has lost its roof and will either be re-roofed or replaced.


That corner hill lifts off for access. Both tunnel mouths are loose and clearly need work.
That stupid flat house will be replaced with a low profile one or perhaps the road junction used as a building plot for a full house.





RIGHT SIDE


Right control panel is for the goods sidings. The halves of the fiddle yard appear to be separately controlled. I hope that this doesn't mean a dash from end to end!


Fiddle yard view. I love the way the upper line comes out over the lower fiddle, in order to keep a reasonable radius to the curve.




I quite like the low profile Metcalfe station building on the right, with the platforms on the lower level, but don't like the flat profile roofing - I will re-cover it with Scalescenes tiles.
All the buildings to the left on the sidescene will be demolished and a grand hotel built, with possibly a cinema next door if space permits.
I like the plastic kit church at the back, I haven't seen it before anywhere. Everything else will go, and be replaced with some High Street shops.


Most of those back scene houses will be replaced.
The Royal Mail building is another uncertainty. My initial response was to demolish it and build a goods shed, but the track/road combination doesn't fit with that idea. I may just re-skin it, re-roof it and reallocate it to goods.






That factory to the left is absolute cr rubbish and will be replaced. I rather like the resin Art Deco signal box  :D

The general idea is to get it all running, then make repairs to existing structures/scenics so that it is showable, then replace things section by section.

It has taken me ages to prepare this post, I hope you enjoy it  :D
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Re: Weston End
« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2018, 08:57:50 PM »
Looks really quite nice to me.
With a bit of sprucing up itíll look top notch I think.
Keep the updates coming as you progress.
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Re: Weston End
« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2018, 09:05:34 PM »
Great pictures and a very interesting post; thank you.


This will be 1965 themed, but I want to be able to model 1955 in the near future, with possibly pre-war long term.

Yes, please, to the pre-war era!  The GWR roundel looks fantastic on everything ... except locomotives (in my opinion).

Thanks again.

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