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State of Play

Posted by Mikkel , in The Bay, Construction, The Depot 18 March 2011 · 1,789 views

Bay Design Depot Sidings GWR

Here's a brief overview of the current state of play on the Farthing layouts. Just to recap: The layouts consist of a suite of micros that each show a different section of the same overall station. The fact that all the layouts are part of the same station helps to define and limit the scope of my modelling (and my purchases!), while still providing scope for variation as there are so many interesting aspects of a station to model.


Three layouts have been conceived so far. The individual trackplans for each layout are simple affairs, but all contain a certain operational scope in the form of shunting puzzles. This is important to me, as I would not get full satisfaction from static dioramas. The three layouts are in various stages of progress:


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1. The Branch Bay (above) was the first of the layouts, and is complete. It shows the bay platform at Farthing ca. 1904-1908, and draws on selected features from the bays at Newbury station.



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2. The Goods Depot (above) is also complete. It shows part of a large goods depot, seen from the inside and looking out. The period is ca. 1900-1908. It mixes features from the old goods depots at Windsor, Reading and Hockley.



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3. The Old Yard (above) is under construction. The layout focuses on the remains of the old North & South Junction Railway station at Farthing, long since swallowed up by the GWR and now converted to a secondary good yard. The layout was inspired by arrangements at Stratford on Avon, Witney Goods and Gloucester Old Yard.

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Just read then Mikkel... very good.
Hi Jon, thanks. I hope we'll see some of your fantastic work over there soon!

"The sidings" was prompted by reading an article in the GWR Journal about Gloucester Old Yard, which had some notes about shunting loco coal wagons - a type of wagon that I have a "thing" for. (Not sure why some particular styles of wagon tend to capture our imagination?). Must remember to finish "The depot" first though :D.

Welcome to Farthing!

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This blog chronicles the building of "The Farthing layouts", a series of small OO layouts that portray different sections of a GWR junction station in Edwardian days.

Intro and concept
How to eat an elephant
Design principles
State of play

Gallery (1900-1904)
Four o'clock blues, ca. 1902
What really happened in the Cuban...
The honourable slipper boy (Part 1)
The honourable slipper boy (Part 2)
The honourable slipper boy (Part 3)

Gallery (1904-08)
The trials of Mr Bull
A most implausible arrival
A parcel for Mr Ahern
Blue skies and horse traffic
The Remains of the Day
Motley crew

Edwardian daydreams

Gallery (1914)
All in a day's work, Part 1
All in a day's work, Part 2
All in a day's work, Part 3
All in a day's work, Part 4

Out of period
Undecided sky (1867)
The sleeping giant (1887)
Bunker first (1927)
Fitted fish and piles (1947)

Once Upon a Time in the West
Summer silliness
The unbearable lightness...
Across the years
The Sidelight Job
Painting coach panels

Traverser testing

Low-tech pre-grouping stock

Short trains for short layouts
Short trains with a twist
Hand-me-down coaches
Low-tech coach restoration (1)
Low-tech coach restoration (2)
Low-tech coach restoration (3)
Low-tech coach restoration (4)
Low-tech coach restoration (5)

Sprat & Winkle couplings
3 plank Open in GWR red
Outside Framed 8 Ton Van

In the red: GWR 1900s wagon liveries
In loving memory...
Scratchbuilt one-planker (1)
Scratchbuilt one-planker (2)
MSWJR 3-plank dropside
LSWR 10 ton sliding door van
SDJR Road Van
LSWR stone wagon
Fake news and wagon sheets
Same but different: 1900s wagons

GWR 1854 Saddle Tank (1)
GWR 1854 Saddle Tank (2)
Shiny domes and safety valve covers
Backdating the Oxford Dean Goods (1)

GWR large flat dray
Ratkin & Son horse-drawn wagon
Kit-bashed GWR light dray
GWR horse-drawn trolley
GWR 5-ton horse-drawn wagon
Parcels van and coal trolley

Fun with crates
Barrels, baskets, bales
Small crates and tea chests

Porters and Barrows
Andrew Stadden 4mm figures
Backdated Monty's figures
Footplate crew
HO figures for an OO layout
Lesser known whitemetal figures

C+L underlay and Carr's ballast
Experiments with C+L track
Comparing track
Messing about with track panels
Laying track on "The depot"

Constructing the Branch Bay
First bite: "The bay"
Simple structures for "The bay"
Platform trolleys and barrows
Signs, posters and adverts
Six lessons learnt

Constructing the Goods Depot
Second bite: "The depot"
Shunting Puzzle
Sketches of The depot
Soft body, hard shell
Kit-bashed roof structure
Dry Run
Dusting off the cobwebs
Playing with mirrors
Mezzanine floor
Progress on "The depot"
4mm slate roofing
The treachery of images

A roof for "The depot"

A tall bird from Paddington
Cranes for the depot
Shoulders of giants
Flight of the bumblebee

Constructing the Old Yard
Third bite: "The sidings"
Wagon propulsion
Progress on "The sidings"
Rising from slumber
The Biscuit Shed
A shed and a lock-up
Agricultural merchant's warehouse
Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall
Stops, levers, plates, gauge, wall
Lamps and Lamplighters

Constructing the Stables
GWR Park Royal stable block
GWR stables - an overview

Railway modelling and Art
Moving Pictures
Season's greetings

Layout ideas
A flexible layout
Kicking back in Gloucester

Pre-grouping livery clippings
Journey to Didcot
Detail hunting at Didcot
Here's looking at you
The mists of time (and all that)
My friend the operating chair
Ready-to-plonk freight
GWR Modelling website

RMweb Workbench
Flickr photostream

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