The late Neil Ballantine had started a large 2FS layout in his garage loft based on an amalgam of Dunblane and Callander called 'Dunallander'. Following his untimely death his partner contacted the 2MM Scale Association to see what could be done with it as she did not want it to be lost. The layout has been taken on by the Grampian Area Group of the Association with those of us in the Forth & Clyde Group offering whatever support we could provide. Early in 2018 I was asked if I would draw up an etch for building the footbridge which was to be a model of that at Dunblane as it was in the late 1950's/early '60's. I agreed to not only design the etch, but also build it.
The footbridge in question has recently been removed and rebuilt at Bridge of Dun, on the Brechin based preserved 'Caledonian Railway'. Two members of the Grampian group carried out a survey of it in its new location and I was provided with both scale drawings and their survey notes and measurements.
In its original location with its modern replacement in the background
And at its new site
Several aspects posed something of a challenge, the first of these being how to reproduce the pillars supporting the landings, with their ornate bases and capitals, including those supporting the arches. In the end we agreed that 3D printing was the best option and Chris Higgs agreed to convert my 2D drawing for the purpose, making each set of 4 pillars and the associated brackets/arches as one piece. The results would have been difficult to produce by any other means.
These have still to be tidied up to remove the slight layering.
I finally got the design worked out and the artwork sent off to PPD in mid-July and the etch duly arrived last week.
The sheet had several other things on it which were removed before taking the photo
I took it along to our Area Group meeting last Saturday and started work on it there. It went together very well and i was able to complete assembling the outer side of one stairway at the meeting. Since then the other three have been assembled.
As originally built the area behind the lattice sections was infilled with boarding
Next step will be to take the deck sides to the same stage.
(Edited to correct spelling of Neil's name)
Edited by Caley Jim, 02 September 2018 - 13:43 .