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Last pics of the year!

Here are a few more shots of the layout to close-out the year:   Bursley station by night   Loop Line Steam line-up (4F from Santa on the right)   The pot-bank is taking shape   Overall view   I'm happy with the progress we've made in 12 months, plans are afoot to finish the layout quickly in the new year, we will then start thinking about our next project. Cheers for all the support, help and advice.   Happy New Year to all!

Steve with the Hat

Steve with the Hat

New buildings and Fiddleyard removed

The lad had been less interested in the layout of late, I couldn't work it out until I realised that he couldn't see further than the fiddleyard!! . So we have removed the whole thing and now the lad can see right over to the station - Success!   I had really wanted a fiddleyard to make a 'proper' layout but with our configuration it just would not work - at least we can see the trains running round now.   Elsewhere on the model we have installed our new platform, building and yard lights

Steve with the Hat

Steve with the Hat

Pot bank underway

We have decided to develop our wooded area by adding a pot bank and maybe some terrace houses, this will add to the Potteries atmosphere and better identify the urban setting of the layout.   I've formed a papier-mache shell around a suitable bottle, then coated this with DAS clay rolled out to 4mm thickness. Once dry I sanded the finish to reduce the lumps and slid the model off the bottle.   Back on the bottle for marking out the horizontals which was achieved by using an elastic band wh

Steve with the Hat

Steve with the Hat

fence posts and a bottle kiln

A small entry today showing our latest projects,   Originally budget had meant as much of the layout as possible needed to be scratchbuilt from freely available materials. While progressing with my modelling I now realise this approach is part of the hobby I enjoy immensely and I will try to finish the whole thing without buying one sheet of embossed plasticard!   We are getting on towards adding small details and tidying everything up to a higher standard. With that in mind I decided to see

Steve with the Hat

Steve with the Hat

Recap

Hi all,   As a first post, a recap of where me and my lad got to after ten months working on the layout.   Starting at Xmas 2009 we embarked on creating our son his first model railway. He had acquired an interest in trains when visiting his 'grandma by the seaside' for holidays where grandad had an exhibition standard n gauge setup in the spare room.   Using a starter set from the Argos sale and a few trackpacks we got a basic trackplan going with a double loop and a siding. This was en

Steve with the Hat

Steve with the Hat

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