So what is the project?
The astute (or just literate) will have gathered that the layout will be called Nampara for Hendrawna. It will be Cornish, GWR and mixed gauge. Those priding themselves on their intimate knowledge of BBC costume drama may conceive of a link to the recent Poldark series . This would be incorrect (I'm too young to have seen the first rendition and too skeptical of TV adaptations of books I've enjoyed to watch the second). Those priding themselves on a knowledge of Winston Graham's Poldark novels to see a link would, however, be correct.
Being an admirer of the wonderful flights of fancy that formed the basis of Iain Rice's descriptions of his North Cornwall Mineral Railway (concept modelling I believe is the correct term) here comes what, in a kind light and with eyes half closed against the glare of brazen falsehoods, might pass for the history stuff.
In the early 1850s, inspired by the onrushing (sic) progress of the Cornwall Railway, Sir Henry Poldark, son of the late Sir Ross, decided that his mining and associated ventures in the vicinity of the family seat at Nampara would benefit from connection to the national rail network, especially as hopes in the area that the Treffry tramways might reach the area had been dashed. Poldark agitated and pestered until he had sufficient interest in a scheme for a branch line from the Cornwall Railway at Burngallow to reach his land at Nampara, where he undertook to develop more suitable quays for the exporting of tin, copper and china clay that across an open beach. Work started on the line in 1858 and by 1868 was open for goods and passengers, with the Cornwall Railway undertaking to work the line.
The line was, much to its promoters' relief a moderate success,and in the 1870s the line was extended a short distance to serve an additional new quay. The date is now 1891 and within a year the line will be converted to the Stephenson's narrower gauge.
Back to harsh reality....
The layout's modeled area will be 6'6" (2 x 3'3"x 24" baseboards) with a cassette fiddle yards at the left hand end and a sector plate (probably) at the right, with the cassette FY at the operating end representing the rest of the GWR network and the sector plate at the right hand end representing the 1879 new quay and its associated three sidings.
[NB viewing side is from the bottom of the above trackplan]
Alongside the quay will be 3 sailing vessels, all 2 or 3 masted ketches or schooners, so the viewer will be looking through or round masts and rigging to see the layout. Control will be DCC for locos with conventional 12 volts dc operating servo driven points/signals. The layout will be constructed from 50mm extruded polystyrene sheets
Back to the even harsher reality of stock for the layout....
I reckon I'll need as a minimum :
1 preferably 2 SG locos.
1 preferably 2 BG locos.
3 'narrow' 4 or 6 wheel coaches: Brake 3rd, Composite, Brake 3rd (T20, U4, T38/T49) or Brake third, third, brake composite (T20/T38, S9, U22)
3 board gauge 4 or 6 wheel coaches: Brake 3rd, Composite, Brake 3rd (T51 ng body on bg frame, U20 bg body, T64 ng body on bg frames)
4 BG open wagons
1 BG closed van
2 BG china clay wagons
1 BG brake van
4-6 SG open wagons
2 SG closed vans
3-4 SG china clay wagons
1 SG brake van
2 BG 6 wheel fish trucks
2 SG fish trucks.
So not a lot. Currently none of the above has been completed (although T29, U4, S9, T49 have been started and I've the etches for the T38 and T51). I'm also learning Inkscape to produce the U20 and T64 coach sides either by laser cutting or silhouette type cutter, but as yet I have access to neither.
As to locos, an Alan Gibson 1076 ST buffalo is well advanced, and I've also started a Cotswold 2021ST. Board gauge will have to be a convertible 1076 (if I can find drawings) or the BGS 3501 2-4-0T kit, neither of which I have yet.
Wagons: BG probably mostly scratch built (I've started on my first BG open wagon) with the addition of the BGS mink kit and David Geen 3 plank open. SG, a coupe of backdated (and corrected see Railway Modeller Nov 2016) coopercraft 4 plank opens, a couple of David Geen 3 plank wagons, Ratio iron mink (backdated of course), a David Geen wooden mink, and an ABS outside framed brake van.
As to the scenery, I originally imagined it to be typical Cornish fishing village rising up from the retaining wall behind the station. However, given the amount of architectural modelling this will require I'm starting to get cold feet and instead I'm thinking along the lines of a scale compressed (perhaps to 1:87) Nampara house in the rear left corner, cliffs in the centre with mining spoil on top and a disused beam engine house (perhaps to 3 or even 2mm) peaking over the spoil. To the right as the land falls toward the sea the start of Nampara village atop the retaining wall - perhaps 3 or 4 terraced cottages in the vernacular style. This will mean I'll have more time for...
This is likely to be the hardest part. 1 ketch (c 75ft) and 2 schooners/brigs (@ c100ft-200ft each). I've got drawings, and lots of photos thanks to two excellent books, B. Greenhill's The Merchant Schooners and W. Slade & B. Greenhill's Westcountry Coasting Ketches. I've started marking out the frames on Inkspace to produce a cutting file. At least I'll only have to do from the waterline up as it will be high tide on the model! I'm also wondering about whether any 1:150 model ship kits might be able to provide a suitable hull for modification.
And I'm both time and cash poor, just to make things easier. But Gareth has rashly promised to make a BG loco, however, I think that means I've still got to buy the bits.
So how can you help? (if you want to...)
If you have turned an SG 1076 into a BG one I'd love to know who you did it.
If you have any BG coaches drawn up as cutting files for a laser/silhouette cutter and are prepared to share, I'd love to talk to you.
If you have any ideas on how to speed up the ship construction, or on possible (low cost) donor hulls, please let me know.
If you know where I can get sheets of 50mm extruded polystyrene cheaply (I was shocked at the cost in the local DIY shop), I'll be extremely grateful.
Edited by drduncan, 21 July 2017 - 08:29 .