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#1 bridgiesimon

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 14:00

I thought it was about time I added my N gauge layout to the realms of RM web, the layout is called Polpendra and is based in Mid/North Cornwall around 1958-62.

The layout consists of 2 boards, a scenic board 4’ long by around 18” wide and a cassette storage board which bolts on to one end.

The first four pictures are the decent ones courtesy of Model Rail and taken by Craig Tilley for a Model Rail article a couple of years ago.
Polpendra - photo Craig Tiley Model Rail - 004.jpg
Br green Prairie shunts in the small goods yard.

Polpendra - photo Craig Tiley Model Rail - 008.jpg
Hymek runs around its train, a Western region B set.

Polpendra - photo Craig Tiley Model Rail - 010.jpg
14xx still in GWR livery preapres to depart from Polpendra station.

Polpendra - photo Craig Tiley Model Rail - 015.jpg
A second view across the gypsy camp of the 14xx ready to depart.

Anybody who has seen this layout will be surprised to see the front farm scene ripped up, a mega issue I have made for myself. The original scene showing 2 buildings and a small yard was made onto a sheet of plasticard which was then modelled, sceniced and added to the layout – big mistake plaster and plastic do not work together and the yard has come adrift. I am now working through rebuilding the area without the plastic sheet.
Before the issues it looked like this -
the farmyard.jpg

Then this happened -
farmyard trashed.jpg


I have taken this opportunity to change a couple of things about the scene, replacing the stable block roof and adding a small rock face and rough stone steps to the field. The buildings need finishing with guttering on the stable block, toning down and blending on the roof but thinks are now progressing -
farm on the way.jpg



By the way I am exhibiting at the follows shows, please say hello if you are there –

Swindon, GWS museum 10th 11th Sept
http://www.steam-mus...estival2011.htm
Yeah I know, Polpendra is not on their list yet!!
Reading, Southcote Primary School 17-18th Sept
Fareham, Wickham Community Centre, 1st 2nd Oct
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nyway I hope you like what you are seeing

Thanks for taking the time to look


Simon
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 14:37

Looks like you have yourself a lovely little layout there.

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 14:50

Good to see another South west layout on here. I do remember it MR I think.

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 17:45

Excellent Simon! A very nice layout; I really like your Hymek. Do you have any more photos and a track plan?

Cheers
Simon

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 18:24

Thank you Simon and others, I appreciate the comments, The track plan is based on one in a book by Iain Rice I have a sketched out one -

Polpendra track plan.jpg

This is an overall piccie taken by a mate of mine, cheers Rus!

Layout overview.JPG

As for more piccies, only the ones I have taken, not top quality but here are a couple -

14xx shunts in the yard.JPG
The 14xx shunts the yard

45xx and b set in station.jpg
45xx and B set in the station

Hymek draws into the station on a rake of blood and custard stock.JPG
The hymek again

Ivatt tank 41234 shunts parcels stock in the platform road (N Gauge Society Gresley full brake)..JPG
An Ivatt on a parcels train including a Gresley full brake built from a N Gauge Society kit

Z class 0-8-0.JPG
A kit built Z class rests during a running in turn.


Also here are a few detailed piccies -

village garage.jpg
The village garage

Station row which can be found above the tunnel..JPG
Station Row


I will add some newer ones after a tidy up etc showing some of the newer stock.

Best wishes
Simon
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Posted 16 August 2011 - 19:07

Hello Simon.

I spent quite a bit of time watching this layout at the N Gauge Show last year. In my opinion it was by far the best layout there.

Its a fantastic little layout and I am looking forward to seeing it again soon...

Missy :)

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 22:18

Thank you I appreciate you kind words Missy, I really enjoyed that show, would love to be invited back one day!!

Simon

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 22:27

Very nice modelling.
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 09:11

What a great layout. I like the overall view picture as it gives you a perspective on the actual size of the layout and the detail.

Colin

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 09:52

Hello All

Just to say that "Polpendra" is one of the loveliest 'N' gauge layouts on the circuit today. We were lucky enough to have it attend our club's EXMOOR RAIL a week or so back and not only does it look good but Simon runs it beautifully as well. So if you get the chance to see it, I would advise anyone to make the effort.

So thanks again Simon & all the best

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 13:12

Thank you all, thanks for the invite Dave, it was a great little show, very friendly, in a great venue and just down the road - ideal!
Colin I have to admit that when operating it, you forget that it is only 4' long! A clever track plan, cheers Mr Rice, does allow for interesting operation rather important for a whole weekend's operating without going loopy wioth boredom.

I have been adding guttering to the main buildings and cleaning the trees today, amazing how the dust had toned them down, looking much better.

Simon

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 13:43

Just noticed that the piccies show the old buildings - shortened Ration station building and Ratio kit engine shed and goods shed. These were replaced last winter with scratchbuilt ones , photos to follow!

Simon

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 13:47

Just noticed that the piccies show the old buildings - shortened Ration station building and Ratio kit engine shed and goods shed. These were replaced last winter with scratchbuilt ones , photos to follow!

I look forward to seeing them. This is a superb little layout and if my own BLT turns out half as good as this I will be very pleased. I particularly the milk tank trundling along behind the 1400, puts me in mind of Hemyock and Saltash.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 19:40

More piccies, please note that there are lots of updates etc cos I'm on holiday!!! A week to concentrate on the layout, oh and helping my son make a new clock, Apache helicopter, cooking, cleaning...

Anyway, the farm area is looking a lot better with the buildings bedding down again and the area sceniced. Bloomin new green is showing up how much the fields have faded!! aaaaargh!!

Latest farm piccie.jpg

This is the new goods shed, based on one in a piccie I found online - http://www.martin.lo....uk/Bampton.htm. Just needs the new down pipes painting to finish.

new goods shed.jpg

The replacement station building is based on the building at Crowcombe Heathfield on the West Somerset Railway but painted in greys to match a Cornish theme.

New station building.jpg

This engine shed does need a couple of changes, just had a thought that there is no ventilation for all the smoke, oops!! Time to research and add something, possibly roof vents like the ratio kit? It also need a little toning and weathering on the roof, it is a little too clean and plain grey.

new engine shed.jpg

The goods shed and engine shed are kept loose so that I can access the track to clean it, the goods shed fits into a shallow slot in the yard surface to align t and to help hide the joint, I hate gaps at the base on buildings on a model.

Anyway, cheers for now


Simon
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Posted 18 August 2011 - 18:56

I have spent a couple of hours today revamping parts from the old engine shed to add a ventilator type thingy to it, I think it looks better than before.

revamped engine shed.jpg

Best wishes
Simon
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Posted 18 August 2011 - 21:36

hi Simon,
This is one the best N gauge layouts I've seen for a long time and was good to see it again at Minehead a couple of weeks ago.

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 09:08

I have spent a couple of hours today revamping parts from the old engine shed to add a ventilator type thingy to it, I think it looks better than before.

revamped engine shed.jpg

Best wishes
Simon


Hi Simon,

The engine shed looks better now with the vents on the roof.

Colin

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Posted 19 August 2011 - 11:24

Cheers Colin, Have got mega motivation to work on the layout because the photographer from Railway Modeller is visiting on Friday for a photoshot, the article has already been accepted and hopefully, will be in the mag later this year - WAHAY!!!


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Posted 20 August 2011 - 09:44

Cheers Colin, Have got mega motivation to work on the layout because the photographer from Railway Modeller is visiting on Friday for a photoshot, the article has already been accepted and hopefully, will be in the mag later this year - WAHAY!!!


Simon


Will look forward to seeing it in the Modeller Simon, the layout looks very photogenic so should be some good pics to go with the article.

Colin

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 11:50

Hi great layout,ive seen this little layout in the flesh and it runs has good as it looks especially the little class 22 you had running.

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Posted 30 August 2011 - 14:54

Thank you to all of you for your very kind comments, the photographer from the Railway Modeller visited on friday for a few hors and looks like a great set of piccies were taken, mega thanks to you if you are reading this Craig Tilley!!!

Swindon show on 10-11 Sept, reading show the week later and Fareham first week of Oct.

I now have a couple of new jobs -
93xx to re chassis, it is sitting on an old Farish chassis and I now have a brand new 61xx to swap under it for much better running and I have a detailed 94xx body awaiting a new chassis. This body now has separate handrails all round, several drill bits trashed as well!

Piccies to follow

Simon

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 08:52

Lovely stuff Simon, the scenery looks and feels just right

Russell H told me to look here, and it was certainly worth the jump over. I take it all your locos are good runners then ;-)

Good luck with the railway modeller as well, will need to look out specially for that issue.

cheers
CJ

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 21:07

Nice little layout, Simon. And nice modelling too.

Werner

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Posted 05 September 2011 - 22:33

Lovely stuff Simon, the scenery looks and feels just right

Russell H told me to look here, and it was certainly worth the jump over. I take it all your locos are good runners then ;-)

Good luck with the railway modeller as well, will need to look out specially for that issue.

cheers
CJ


Cheers, would love to say all my locos run like a dream but got hit with a reality check, 'steam locos in N' hehehe, Russel has sorted some troubles out for me though, really knows his stuff!!

Off to Swindon next weekend, clashed with N gauge show - aaaaaargh!! bad planning but cheaper !!

Simon

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 21:49

Polpendra will be appearing in the December issue of Railway Modeller, confirmed now! I am really looking forward to this.

Simon