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Progress: Track and a control panel!

Posted by IanLister , 17 May 2018 - * * * * * · 319 views

Time for a long overdue update on the progress on the south bank of the Tweed estuary….I know it’s been a while, but I’ve kept looking at it and thinking, “Not just yet, I’ll just get this bit finished first.” I keep going home and leaving bits and pieces all over the place and then coming back and picking up where I left off and truth to tell it’s not...


A good day...despite the door!

Posted by IanLister , 22 February 2018 - - - - - - · 348 views

So, you wait 3 months for a blog entry and then 2 come at once……..I seem to remember buses like that. Yesterday was such a lovely day up here in North Northumberland; so calm it was almost windless and a clear blue sky. Just the day for a long dog walk on the beach or a walk up into the Cheviots? Actually it was perfect for going to the workshop, get...


Further progress update

Posted by IanLister , 19 February 2018 - * * * * * · 312 views

It’s been 3 months since I last updated this blog, so please bear with me if it’s a little longer than usual as I believe I’ve made some progress in several areas.
Before Christmas I decided to conduct various tests and trials to establish the coupling system for the layout. Much as I like the look of 3 links, the width of baseboards needed to accommo...


Getting sidetracked........

Posted by IanLister , 27 October 2017 - - - - - - · 409 views

Talk about being sidetracked…………….. In my last entry I mentioned getting corners finished, backscenes fitted, boards aligned against back walls etc. Well…………………………………. A couple of weeks ago I was invited to demo my techniques for making stone buildings at the EMGS North East Area Group ‘Workshopwise’ day event; a really good day and met lots...


First finished corner

Posted by IanLister , 10 October 2017 - * * * * * · 600 views

The corner board I've been working on is now finished. Tomorrow it will have a plain sky coloured backscene added and will take up permanent residence in one corner of the layout. How to do the backdrop has been a bit of a challenge; it's such an iconic location with the ECML and Royal Border Bridge in the background I've either got to do it very reali...


Spittal......Progress Update

Posted by IanLister , 28 September 2017 - - - - - - · 516 views

Hi In an earlier entry in this blog I raised the dilemma caused by having boards of a width that makes the back unreachable when they are in place in the layout’s permanent location, particularly in corners. Make them narrower? All well and good, but when you’re modelling a real location, and two tracks diverge from each other as they progress round...


Sunny day in Spittal...forge finished

Posted by IanLister , 15 August 2017 - - - - - - · 510 views

It’s lunchtime, June 21st, 1960. Eric Sparrow and Alan Cole, proprietors of Sparrow and Cole, Iron Founders, Blacksmiths, Toolmakers and Boilermakers Ltd, have gone for lunch to the Harrow, a local pub on Dock Road in Tweedmouth.
Their yard, at the Upper Forge overlooking the Berwick – Spittal ex NER branchline, is quiet for the first time in a few hours...


Forging Ahead......?

Posted by IanLister , 10 August 2017 - - - - - - · 369 views

In order to develop and try out construction techniques to be used for the large number of stone buildings which will populate Tweed South Bank, I’ve concentrated over the last couple of weeks on making progress with the small industrial complex overlooking the Berwick line; this will be set back in one corner of the layout and needs to be in place be...


Back To Front?

Posted by IanLister , 01 August 2017 - * * * * * · 518 views

It seems to me there's a standard basic way of building a layout in stages: Plan
Build baseboards
Lay track
Wiring and testing
Buildings and scenery. It became clear to me that I cannot sensibly follow that approach, which is a shame as it seems to work for a lot of people. My 3 end boards, which carry the Berwick line uphill from Spittal an...



Posted by IanLister , 02 June 2017 - * * * * - · 374 views

Here's a pretty basic trackplan to give an idea of the project. The 2 tracks leaving Spittal Town diverge in the vertical plane; the Berwick branch climbs to the ECML (fiddleyard) whereas the dock branch descends to riverbank level. The track to Spittal Point and the fish quay also descends after leaving the goods yard. 
To date I have the ba...


Getting Started

Posted by IanLister , 02 June 2017 - * * * * * · 253 views

Background We've moved back to the North Northumberland coast after living around here for a while a few years ago, during which time I fell in love with the minor railways in the area. Researching for my first layout made me realise that the weakness of the local railway infrastructure due to poor planning decisions when the lines were developed was...


3rd time lucky.........

Posted by IanLister , 01 June 2017 - - - - - - · 352 views

3rd Time Lucky? Let's Hope So........... This blog will document my third attempt to successfully complete a model railway project. If I may explain........... 1st go...The Berwick, Spittal and Tweed Dock Railway. I made good progress with this in 2011/12, documented in a layout thread on here. This was my first attempt at building a layout an...

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