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Track Down, Station Starts

I have settled on the name Podbury for this layout. It just seemed to fit. The track has now all been laid, some of the terrain has been glued down and the platforms and cattle dock/goods siding started (and currently being worked on).

Track down, landscaping started

Track down, landscaping started

Platform and terrain started

Platform and terrain started.

Platform started. I’m kit bashing some Ratio kits I bought secondhand for this.

Even some ballasting started.

Even some ballasting started.

And I’ve already used it to run in some of my recent acquisitions.

Dapol Weathered Southern M7

Dapol Weathered Southern M7

Dapol weathered Southern M7 – Been waiting for this one for a while and it finally came in, in November.

Dapol Weathered 45xx

Dapol Weathered 45xx

Dapol weathered 45xx – I tried buying one earlier in the year, but typically it was faulty and last one left in stock. This came in December.

Dapol Class 22 Baby Warship

Dapol Class 22 Baby Warship

Dapol Class 22 Baby Warship. Got this last weekend. Its stablemate, A4 Bittern needs larger radii (I think) so will need a run on the larger DCC layout. Along with…

Dapol Chipped Southern Terrier

Dapol Chipped Southern Terrier

Dapol Southern Terrier. Purchased in April from Osbournes who chipped it for me. Tiny, ain’t she. Poor bugger has been waiting since July to be run in. Not long now.

I also spent a couple of evenings getting my head around the best way to do the electrics. “But its only one siding for goodness sake” – I hear you cry. Electrics are not my strong point – I can’t even rewire a bulb.  😉  Don’t forget, as well as being a DC layout to run in new locos, this is also about trying out new things and micro-switches, signals and panel lights are definitely new for me.

Anyway, I now have my one point test wired up with a colour signal via a micro-switch and a second micro-switch feeding panel lights all ready to be fitted.

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Posted by on January 8, 2015 in Podbury small DC layout, Purchases

 

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Update Pictures and New Purchase

Well I did promise some pictures so here they are. I’ve now demolished the original town scene. It was constructed using 6mm WBP ply for the base with Metcalfe tarmac road sheets, paving sheets and shops & houses. The problem to my eye was it just looked like too much printed card. I have saved the buildings and may use some of them or just rebuild them from scratch using balsa, plasti-card and Das air dry clay. For the revised version, I kept the same layout but the town board and formers for the three roads down to the main board level were constructed from foam board. Using paving tape, I marked out the roads (although cut strips of foam board or similar would work just as well and been cheaper). Modelling plaster was then mixed up with some grey acrylic paint added into the mixture. This was then pour onto the roadways and spread about using a wide spatula which bridged across the paving tape to give a uniform height.Town Layout

Town Layout

After drying overnight I noticed a few imperfections. These were sanded down and another skim added over any pits or depressions. Finally it was given a coat of dark grey which I will be sanding down again to enable any further unevenness to be quickly spotted and dealt with before being given a blow over with a suitable grey colour from the airbrush.

Laying the Roads

Laying the Roads

Then I shall be building up the areas where the buildings will be going and adding the pavement and kerb stones. I also fancy scribing in some drains and manhole covers and painting them black.

So today I popped out to Buffers to get some more plastic paving sheets but ending up succumbing to this little set which has been catching my eye in the second hand section for the last couple of months. A Graham Farish SR EMU. I’ve got to fit a couple of 6 pin chips and fancy trying a sound chip install to complement the interior lighting. It may not be exactly what I was going to run on this board but I’ll just call in an investment for when the main town terminus board is built. All good fun.

Graham Farish SR 4CEP 4 Car EMU

Graham Farish SR 4CEP 4 Car EMU

Graham Farish SR 4CEP 4 Car EMU

Graham Farish SR 4CEP 4 Car EMU

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2013 in DCC Layout, Purchases

 

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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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Early pressie and new model shop

Early pressie and new model shop

Christmas came early for me today with a trip out to Alton. My neighbour and fellow N gauger, Ray, his wife Jean, my wife Georgia and I took a drive over to Alton Model Centre, somewhere I’d never been to before. Its a great model shop predominantly laid over to model railway gear. I had heard they have a second hand ‘catacomb’ and wanted some more GWR coaching stock. I also had an inkling to get another loco. (Not that I am suspicious, but I had 13 locos and was keen to get to 14).

Whilst browsing through their display, the very friendly and helpful assistant pointed out a box of newly arrived stock and gave me a sneak preview, a dcc fitted Peco Collett, Br black late crest. The last two Colletts I’d been following on ebay went for £130 and £170, way more than I was prepared to pay. This beauty needed a bit of a clean and service, which the shop did there and then before we parted with £105, my wife buying it as an early christmas present for me.

Peco Collett 3216 BR black, late crest. DCC fitted.

Peco Collett 3216 BR black, late crest. DCC fitted.

I also bought three 2nd hand GWR coaches, a SR pillbox brake van, a scale ruler to use for scratch building and a sheet of 2mm stone plastic card. All in all a very worthwhile trip and a model shop I will definitely be visiting again and can thoroughly recommend to anyone in the Surrey / Hampshire area. And as an added bonus, its right next to the Watercress Line.

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2012 in Purchases

 

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