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The Long Drag to Garsdale - Forward with the Planning Update

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 22 May 2018 - * * * - - · 121 views

I’ve been involved with our club (the Greater Waikato Railway Modellers) building a loop extention/fiddle yard to compliment our existing one at the opposite side of our exhibition layout. Briefly our DC layout consists of interchangeable and controllable modules that are set to suit the available exhibition space. Primarily it was intended to give more m...


The Long Drag to Garsdale - Forward with the Planning

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 13 April 2018 - - - - - - · 287 views

The need to focus on what control system to run my layout has been evolving as I have been constructing the Garsdale buildings. Rather than having a continuous dual loop I may attempt to use twin tranversers, one at each end of the layout to enable consist/engine interchange. I am also working towards a dual DC/DCC system that will initially use a DC trac...


The Long Drag to Garsdale – Landscaping Baseboard Module One Pt 2

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 18 February 2018 - - - - - - · 807 views

The railway cottages block retaining wall to the Carlisle down line platform above has been an interesting undertaking due to correlating the Google earth image with the few others taken at ground level. It also affected the position of the rail side cottages to include the access road and enable a better baseboard/diorama joint for the next adjoining mod...


The Long Drag to Garsdale –Landscaping Baseboard Module One

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 03 February 2018 - - - - - - · 610 views

I have flat surfaces that need some character and I’m using 50mm thick polystyrene off cuts of flooring insulation that are glued down with exterior PVA to create it.
The outline of the access path to Platform one and road to the terrace railway cottages were drawn in with a permanent marker pen after studying many photos and determining a plan view. Then...


The Long Drag to Garsdale – South End Baseboard Module One

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 20 January 2018 - - - - - - · 706 views

Having built bridge 115 and before contemplating undertaking the construction of Dandy Mire viaduct, a start on the baseboard modules needs to be started. This is so I can prefit the bridge for the station approach and the stepped railway cottages to suit the diorama needed for future development. Having read horror stories about baseboard warping an...


The Long Drag to Garsdale – Coal Road SAC Bridge 115 pt6 Completion Pt2

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 19 January 2018 - - - - - - · 717 views

Well now the railings have been revisited. I am now using a brand new 0.71mm 60/40 solder and a Rosin soldering flux paste to see if the previous result can be improved. The styrene solution for the rails is an option of last resort for me. The reason why I am persisting with this is because I really do need to sharpen my soldering skills as I contem...


The Long Drag to Garsdale – Coal Road SAC Bridge 115 pt6 Completing It

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 01 January 2018 - - - - - - · 631 views

Well welcome to 2018. Much of my time has been family orientated with time spent at our clubs museum layout and meeting visitors from Rugby and Dorset in the UK along with many other nationalities.
My need to build as close to the prototype as possible meant the scalpel came out yet again and suitable adjustments were made to the plate girder bridge sides...


The Long Drag to Garsdale – Coal Road SAC Bridge 115 pt5 Wing walls

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 15 December 2017 - * * * * * · 786 views

With the abutment built, the next challenge is getting the wing wall lengths measured.
Using Google maps, the approximate length was ascertained reasonably well at the10m scale and by comparing this with the bridge dimensions I obtained earlier. Both the Eastern wing wall lengths being shorter due to the rise in the road/terrain appear as a nearly id...


The Long Drag to Garsdale – Coal Road SAC Bridge 115 pt4 Abutments

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 07 December 2017 - - - - - - · 815 views

It's a busy time of year. Someone mad in a red suit is rushing around, or rather in this hot weather going red in 30°C rushing around!
Just time for some progress pics.


The Long Drag to Garsdale – Coal Road SAC Bridge 115 pt3.

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 01 December 2017 - * * * * * · 718 views

Inspiration is a wonderful tonic! Progressing well now as modifying the bridge sides is a relatively easy task. The four outside plates are complete with the inner plates cut in half and glued. The end plates that are directly under the stonework abutments were cut from the original end pieces and end riveted detail cut from the same now spare panels.


The Long Drag to Garsdale – Coal Road SAC Bridge 115 pt2.

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 28 November 2017 - - - - - - · 553 views

Well items ordered sometime go astray! While waiting patiently for the Wills SS57 plate girder panel bridge to not arrive, I’ve had time to help improve the old layout and rolling stock down at our local clubroom and go over my original thoughts and plans for my own layout baseboard construction.
With having the advantage of the newly constructed Railway...


The Long Drag to Garsdale – Coal Road SAC Bridge 115.

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 05 November 2017 - * * * * * · 707 views

With the Workers Railway Cottages virtually completed some of you may have noticed that the porch bargeboards are arranged differently from the previous trackside terrace cottages in as much as they are recessed under the roof tiles. I may return to make the remaining four cottages. This will depend on a possible diorama width decision and how well the la...


The Long Drag to Garsdale – Completing the Railway Workers Cottages

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 30 October 2017 - * * * * * · 771 views

The stepped cottages chimney stacks and pots are now completed. I checked for older images of the cottages on the Internet and came across my own, which was disconcerting, as I hadn’t placed them there! Then I resorted to look for video images using You Tube. These old videos at the time were taken using film and VHS technology; most reveal the loss of th...


Garsdale Railway Stepped Workers Cottages: Windows and Slate Tiles

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 19 October 2017 - * * * * * · 431 views

As before these are pre cut using Evergreen#103/122 styrene strips for the window sides and rails. Working through all 47 windows takes time and certainly patience, so to break the repetition another one was started! Same thing but different.
The window assemblies did take time but I thought it was worth it as these workers cottages at Garsdale Head are,...


Garsdale Railway Stepped Workers Cottages: Pre painting and assembly

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 25 September 2017 - - - - - - · 383 views

Now for a slightly different approach for assembly than my last effort. Ease of assembly is my excuse, particularly for window detailing such as curtains. Although this was a relatively easy exercise for me before, it only required the pre painting all the external walls with a grey wash. The glazing panels were fitted along with the flooring support stri...


Weekend Work or Just Taking A Break

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 13 September 2017 - * * * * - · 374 views

The weekend GWRM Exhibition at Cambridge was well supported and all members contributed to its success. I've included photos showing our ever evolving Layout. Being a work in progress there is of course a lot more to be done modifying and improving it, but visitors are always interested in how our modellers scratch build and make our module dioramas.We en...


Garsdale Railway Stepped Workers Cottages: Sides & Slate Tiles

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 07 September 2017 - - - - - - · 405 views

No one slacking off here! The opposite would be true with involvement with the GWR Modellers forthcoming Cambridge Exhibition here in the Waikato and family visitors.
Aside from those, I have managed to progress on the above and now have some progress photos to share.


3.0mm Foam Board: Large Piece Paper Removal Technique Revisited.

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 30 August 2017 - - - - - - · 390 views

Many soggy days here have meant plenty of time to refine methods for easier paper removal from foam board. I found that my fingers didn’t appreciate rubbing the paper off when dealing with large pieces. When the foam board is made, I understand the paper backing is part of the manufacturing process. Removing the bond between the two should be the answer....


Garsdale Railway Workers Cottages: ‘Up on the roof’

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 17 August 2017 - * * * * * · 809 views

With the windows completed and the roof in place a ‘topping off’ ceremony has been held by yours truly by way of a brown ale or two before tackling the chimney stacks and painting them.
I have previously used balsa wood for each of the station waiting room chimneys with moderate success, but I found detailing the stonework awkward, as the wood was too sof...


Garsdale Railway Workers Cottages: ‘Look Through Any Window’.

Posted by Southern Fabricator , 10 August 2017 - - - - - - · 682 views

The Hollies of course sang my title for this post.
Now at last the glazing can be fitted to the windows. I had already cut these out at 25mm and 35mm square 0.4mm clear styrene sheet when I made the entrance lobby/porch windows.
The immediate concern is window dressing as once the tile roof goes on the access to the inside of the building will no longer b...

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