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Black Country Blues - November Update

Posted by Mark Forrest , 04 November 2012 - - - - - - · 367 views
Black Country, em, rmweb project and 1 more...
Last Wednesday (Hallowe'en), with scarily 100 days to go before BCB sets off for it’s first show at Doncaster, it seemed like a good idea for us to hold one of our ‘irregular’ meetings and indeed time for another blog update.

The five scenic baseboards are completed to first fix scenery stage.  Several members of the team are engaged in...


Black Country Blues - history of the BCB steelworks

Posted by Mark Forrest , 09 September 2012 - * * * * * · 722 views
BCB, steelworks, black country
Although the steelworks is off scene the exchange sidings are a key feature of Black Country Blues and will generate much of the traffic and operational interest on the layout.

Part 2 of this timeline covers the history of our works and the traffic which it generates (thanks again Arthur):

1805 The works opens with blast furnaces and wrought iron...


Black Country Blues - Iron & Steel Industry

Posted by Mark Forrest , 09 September 2012 - - - - - - · 1,978 views
black country, BCB, iron, steel
The BCB team have recently received some excellent information from Arthur, which outlines the history of the iron/steel industry in the Black Country and suggests a history of our works. It's great that the project is able to include input from the RMweb community and we are...


Black Country Blues - July/August Update

Posted by Mark Forrest , 19 August 2012 - * * * * * · 466 views
BCB, Black Country, BRM and 2 more...
What have we been doing since you last saw us at Member's Day? As you can see in the threads, Chris (2ManySpams) returned from holiday and begun covering John's "surveyor's scribbles" with sheets of...


Black Country Blues - the viaduct pt1

Posted by Mark Forrest , 30 July 2012 - - - - - - · 1,227 views
This blog entry is a summary of content by wagonbasher and AndyY in the Black Country Blues The viaduct and other structures

The viaduct is a shortened version of the one at Penkridge. Although it is not in the black country it's design is the same principle as a number that were
built by the Grand Junction railway through the Black Country and into Bi...


Black Country Blues - project update

Posted by Mark Forrest , 21 July 2012 - - - - - - · 472 views
BCB, Black Country
Moving on from our proposal the next step for the group was to consider a track plan in a little more detail. Criteria which we considered included:
  • Would fit the space we had available
  • Reflected prototype practice
  • Would keep us (and the viewing public) entertained over an exhibition weekend
Geoff came up with a track plan for...


Black Country Blues - developing the project proposal

Posted by Mark Forrest , 29 May 2012 - * * * * * · 1,227 views
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The following notes describe the process which the group followed to determine the outline plan for the layout and the steps taken to turn the concept into a project proposal.

Black Country Blues – An...

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