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Trackwork down -Station area begins

Armed with another roll of Gaugemaster’s ballasted underlay and a Dremmel, I managed to finish laying the last of the track section for this board – the sidings. I need to have a few more running sessions in here before I can say I am satisfied with the layout and finish. There are still a couple of areas where the running is not quite good enough but this will come with fettling and time. Here is a shot with the existing station,  platform and loco shed temporarily placed to give an overview of the layout.

Track work in place and buildings temporarily located.

Track work in place and buildings temporarily located.

So now to move onto some structures in and around the station. First on the list were the platforms. For some strange reason, I decided not to build them solely from the Metcalfe stone platform kits. As the picture below shows, I have use foamboard glued down with Rocket glue to build the base form & structure. This is a quick method and once completed is extremely rigid. The elevation of the rail due to the added depth of the underlay, meant I needed to aim for 14mm platform height.

Foamboard platform formers glued into place.

Foamboard platform formers glued into place.

The track and ballast was given a quick blast over with the airbrush using Railmatch’s Sleeper Grime. (I need to add some further loose ballast and weathering here).

The trackside platform faces are from a sheet of 2mm/4mm stone embossed plastic sheet painted with a mix of approximately 60% Flint and 40% light stone acrylics. This was then given a wash and some dry brushing before being cut into 14mm stripes and glued to the foamboard structure.

Platform faces clad in stone embossed plastic sheet.

Platform faces clad in stone embossed plastic sheet.

For the platform tops, I looked at various methods but finally settled for using the asphalt sheets in the Metcalfe platform kits. They look reasonable and after a bit more weathering should look ok (if you squint a bit). The station building I’m using here is one I’d built for my previous layout attempt. Its the Metcalfe country station which I modified by covering in their dressed stone paper.

Platforms with station temporarily located.

Platforms with station temporarily located.

Next, I turned my attention to the station building. The platform side was fitted with some spare flagstones and the bargeboards and canopy posts were painted GW cream. I was debating what finish to use for the front of the station and have now settled on paving the area. It’s raised up to the same height as the platform and therefore needs some steps down to road level. These had been planned in when I built the foamcard platform structure. Once I have decided on the fencing, walling and gate arrangement for this area, I can proceed.

The furthest end from the platform throat is going to butt up against the tunnel mouth leading under the town so the Peco bridge mouth was next to recieve the hairy brush treatment. I used a mixture of greys and stone colours, washes and dry brushing to get a mixed, grimyish feel. A touch of weathering should see this finished off nicely. Heres a before and after type shot.

Before and after shot of the unpainted and painted bridge mouth.

Before and after shot of the unpainted and painted bridge mouth.

Next I feel some kit building coming on but I’ll finsh up this post with a pic of SR 2579 pulling a rake of Western coaches.

SR 2579 pulling a short rake of Western coaches

SR 2579 pulling a short rake of Western coaches

See you next time.

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2013 in DCC Layout

 

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Kempton Toy & Railway Fair

Today I went to a toy and model railway fair at Kempton Park race course. At £3.50 entry and lots of stalls it promised much but sadly failed to deliver (for an N gauger like me at any rate). Whilst its true there was a large selection in OO, there were only 3 stalls with anything in N and even then we were only talking not much bigger than a tea tray size selection. However, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t find something to spend my money on. I picked up 3 DVDs (Southern Lines, Great Western Lines and South West railway journeys) and 4 Peco wagons (2 SR cattle wagons, a GWR box van and SR brake van).

SR cattle wagons

SR cattle wagons

GW box wagon and SR brake van

GW box wagon and SR brake van

I did leave feeling a little frustrated so ending up popping into Addlestone models where I got another pack of Gaugemaster ballasted underlay so I can finish of the sidings on the new layout, some light loco lubricating oil, a pack of milk churns and some platform accessories in the form of a pack of mixed luggage and trolleys. A final stop at my local Hobby Craft to pick up some foam board rounding the day off nicely. So a day of buying bits and not getting any modelling done. Never mind, there’s always tomorrow.

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Purchases

 

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Spending Christmas Cash – 2 new locos

I was very fortune to receive £50 cash from both my father and my mother in law this year so a trip to one of my favorite models shops was in order – Alton Model Centre. I needed to pick up a few bits and bobs for the new layout and took the chance to have a look in their superb second hand section. I had seen a Graham Farish Garth Hall in there on my previous visit and it was still there this time. A 49xx Hall class was an obvious admission from my loco lineline and this one would fit the bill nicely I thought. A quick run on their test track showed that other than a light oiling and a decent running in session, this hardly used specimen was well worth the £45 asking price.

Graham Farish 49xx Garth Hall 5955 BR late crest

Graham Farish 49xx Garth Hall 5955 BR late crest

But how to spend the remaining money? Well I had two likely candidates to choose between – a SR Q1 class or a A1X Terrier. I just love the look of the Terrier “Waddon” in its very pretty livery and at £60rrp it was within budget and was therefore duly purchased.

Dapol A1X Terrier 'Waddon'

Dapol A1X Terrier ‘Waddon’

Garth Hall has now had its first running session and is quietening down a treat but I am yet to let the Terrier have a run. Once the new board is a bit further progessed and I have a proper running session, it will be let off the leash.

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2013 in Purchases

 

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Track down

Track down

Progress to date – both outer loops laid and tested and everything seems to be running ok. I’m using Gaugemaster’s (Noch’s) ballast underlay which is a doodle to use and makes running so much quieter. You’re not meant to use it as it is for points but I’ve manage to get it looking, and more importantly working, okay but it does take some adjusting as due to the sleeper configuration, they don’t sit in the precut sleeper grooves and if you are not careful you can end up with lumpy points.  Anyhow, bar some fettling to make good a few areas with traditional ballasting, I think I’m there or thereabouts. It will need some weathering methinks and I shall have to get the airbrush out and have a session to blend both it and the track in but I’m quite happy with it thus far.I did have to move the crossover points from the station throat to the back of the board due to board size constraints but they will get moved back when I am able to get going on the right hand board sometime after the house move (whenever that turns out to be).I also made a start on the sidings. I did have a last minute change of configuration here but as I ran out of underlay, I couldn’t finish them so I’ll have to wait before I can test this new arrangement. Basically, and going clockwise, as you pass into the sidings you have a bay platform on the left, then two goods sidings, the nearest one to the station with a goods shed, then a service siding which will house staithes, water tower etc, at the end of the siding line, a y point into a twin road loco shed, to the right of which is a private siding to the industry (a brewery and either a dairy or something similar) and finally on the right, back near the main track, a headshunt which will probably be lengthened a bit. I hope that makes sense. Any feedback on this arrangement is welcomed. (I realise it may not be prototypical but as long as its workable and looks good I’ll be happy with it).

Both outer loops laid and sidinds started.

Both outer loops laid and sidings started.

I’m hoping to get some more underlay at a collectors fair at Kempton on Sunday to enable me to finish this bout of tracklaying. Other upcoming jobs include getting the wood to create the backboard and frame for the raised town section, starting the enbankment along the back, making a LOT of trees  and starting on creating the platforms. Plus I might even get some piccies of some locos sorted for you good people.

 
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Posted by on January 5, 2013 in DCC Layout

 

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