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Hillsden
« on: April 28, 2020, 02:25:33 PM »
As a new member to the group, I thought I would introduce my layout of a lifetime Hillsden, Started some 27 years ago and still not anywhere near finished. The layout is some 15' x 2' on the viewing side with a 15' x 2'6" fiddle yard with 15 storage roads, which in the near future will be enlarged to 17 allowing an extra two for the branch line, which only has one at present. Hillsden is a small town situated somewhere around Yorkshire in the late 1950's / early 60's during the transition period of British Rail, accommodating both steam and diesel.

All of the buildings are scratch built utilising plastikard with the exception of a Ratio Midland signal box.










I have also a very short video of trains running on the layout on YouTube, if interested please see link below

https://youtu.be/5KkxihW6IvI

it is my intention to add more content to YouTube in the future.

Hope you enjoy and hopefully more future contributions
Mike H (Nbodger)




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Re: Hillsden
« Reply #1 on: April 28, 2020, 02:34:36 PM »
Welcome to the forum Mike.
There are certainly some impressive buildings on that layout of yours and a lovely video. Really smooth running and trains travelling at sensible speeds.
Just one thing I’d add.............more photographs please  :thumbsup:
Martin
I’ll get round to fixing it drekkly me ‘ansome.

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Re: Hillsden
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2020, 04:49:41 PM »
Hello Mike, and welcome aboard :wave:
Lots of transition era modellers on the forum.
Agree with P-P - more pics of the layout please!

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Re: Hillsden
« Reply #3 on: April 28, 2020, 05:01:49 PM »
Hi there I have to agree those buildings look good especially the mill buildings. Nice video too.
« Last Edit: April 28, 2020, 05:06:47 PM by lil chris »
Lil Chris
My new layout here, Irwell Valley Railway. https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=47127.0

my old layout was East Lancashire Lines.

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Re: Hillsden
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2020, 07:38:59 PM »
Welcome to the forum Mike.
There are certainly some impressive buildings on that layout of yours and a lovely video. Really smooth running and trains travelling at sensible speeds.
Just one thing I’d add.............more photographs please  :thumbsup:
Martin


Hello Mike, and welcome aboard :wave:
Lots of transition era modellers on the forum.
Agree with P-P - more pics of the layout please!
Hi there I have to agree those buildings look good especially the mill buildings. Nice video too.

Thank you all for your kind comments, certainly more photo's to follow in due course, similarly I am looking at doing a couple of video's on YouTube, one an aerial view with trains running and a collection of still photo's taken around the layout to give a tour including views you will never see from the front.

I am presently constructing the paved areas around the mill, plus a million of other things, so will post more pictures of this area when near complete.

Lots of detail scenes to do and it all is keeping me busy whilst in lockdown.

Take Care and Keep Safe

Mike H  8)


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Re: Hillsden
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2020, 07:57:20 PM »
Impressive recreation of a mill town. Captures the town and atmosphere. Did you work from drawings and photos with those buildings please ?

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Re: Hillsden
« Reply #6 on: April 28, 2020, 08:24:15 PM »
Impressive recreation of a mill town. Captures the town and atmosphere. Did you work from drawings and photos with those buildings please ?


Before construction all of the buildings have had scale drawings undertaken by myself however, the buildings vary in origin as follows:-

a) all houses are a freelance design, sized from assumptions of typical internal layout and room sizes
b) the large mill is developed from a thumb sized picture of one elevation in a railway book, with dimensions and proportions drawn until they looked a reasonable interpretation
c) the red brick factory and office block central in layout is freelance, however office block is based on a photograph, this was all designed to fit in a specific space
d) the mill building behind the main mill structure with north light roof is totally freelance
e) the bus garage is from a series of photographs taken by me, similarly the cinema next door.
f) all other buildings including the station are freelance

To be fair I have worked throughout my career in the construction industry

Hope this answers your question, happy to provide any further information

Take Care and Keep Safe
Mike H 8)



 

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Re: Hillsden
« Reply #7 on: April 28, 2020, 08:29:52 PM »
Thanks mike. I remember seeing a larger scale model , tetley mills. Look forward to more.... you certainly answered my questions. Chris

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Re: Hillsden
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2020, 10:07:04 PM »
Hillsden Viaduct



The above picture is a view of the viaduct from Station Road

The viaduct is built solely of plastikard, both embossed and plain, it is a scale model in elevation of a viaduct that was demolished and replaced with a two span bridge in Sheffield. I was lucky that I had access to the drawings both the original and new structure at work.
The model is actually the second attempt at building it, unfortunately the first incarnation was too narrow, however, a lot was learnt from the mistakes in the first attempt.

This was the first bridge structure completed for the layout of which their are a total of five, no doubt these will appear in future posts





The above view is taken from the redundant canal looking towards Station Road





Aerial picture of the viaduct showing its relationship to adjacent roads and buildings

AS you can see there is still plenty of work to do around the viaduct including completion of landscaping (grass, trees and shrubbery), redundant canal construction and road surfacing to name a few items.

You no doubt will also notice that the trackwork is Peco code 80, the layout was commenced either prior or a the introduction of code 50 and to my mind I prefer it as it has the chairs to the rails, but everyone has their respected opinion

Take Care and Keep Safe
Mike H  8)

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Re: Hillsden
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2020, 11:34:15 PM »
You have most certainly captured the atmosphere and character of that part of the world.  :thumbsup:

As the owner of an old layout myself, I'm interested in your trackwork.... may I ask what code yours is, please?

Superb modelling, and like other folk have said, let's see more!  :beers:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Hillsden
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2020, 02:03:49 AM »
looking good, it may have taken you a while but it is definitely worth it. Lovely video.

Cheers
Graham

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Re: Hillsden
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2020, 02:49:29 AM »
Having just looked at the video, I'd say that not only are our layouts of around the same age, @Nbodger , but I have the same stock!

Yours run a lot smoother than mine, though!

Are they Poole Mk1 coaches? Just wondering if the roof pops off as easily as it does on my collection? I only have to turn some of mine upside down and it falls off!

One thing about the video - the view as the train goes off-scene beneath the bridge would be so much better if the white background under the bridge had the backscene painted on it there as well.

Great stuff, though. looking forward to more on this layout.  :beers:
Vision over visibility. Bono, U2.

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Re: Hillsden
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2020, 04:20:53 AM »
Hi Mike,

Great stuff and looking forward to more pics and vids.

Cheers weave  :beers:


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Re: Hillsden
« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2020, 07:58:54 AM »
You have most certainly captured the atmosphere and character of that part of the world.  :thumbsup:

As the owner of an old layout myself, I'm interested in your trackwork.... may I ask what code yours is, please?

Superb modelling, and like other folk have said, let's see more!  :beers:

Hi Bealman

Thank you for your kind comments

The track is all Peco Code 80, ballasted with dry builders sand and then track and ballast painted with RailMatch “Sleeper Grime”

Mike H 8)

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Re: Hillsden
« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2020, 08:02:58 AM »
Hi Mike,

Great stuff and looking forward to more pics and vids.

Cheers weave  :beers:



Hi Weave

Thanks for your kind comments, there will be more to come, watch this thread

Mike H  8)

 

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