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Weathered Blue Pullman coaches

Some photos of my Blue Pullman with added passengers. The internal lights add to the effect. The coaches have also had some light weathering added including frame dirt to the underside and bogies and roof/ exhaust dirt on the power cars. I have tried to replicate the Midland Blue Pullman service which passed through Bakewell between London St Pancras and Manchester Central in the 1960's 

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Bakewell photos

Just featuring a  couple more photos of my Bakewell layout which were published in the May 2020 issue of Model Rail magazine. The feedback from the article has been amazing.   Am currently adding a few more features to the layout such as ground signals and the odd repair to soldered copper clad points caused by the summer heat in my cabin. The points are now over 6 years old so wear and tear is inevitable

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Bakewell layout in April Model Rail magazine

Just had confirmation that my "Bakewell" layout is due to be published in the April edition of Model Rail magazine. It is due out on the 16th April and will also be on the Model Rail Facebook page. I am not sure of the availability in newsagents due to the current Corona virus emergency but hopefully some stores will be open to purchase the magazine.   Meanwhile I am on my lunch break with the NHS; I would like to wish everyone in lockdown to stay safe with their families and to stay h

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Bakewell Professional Photos

I had some professional photos of my Bakewell layout shot by Chris Nevard of Model Rail magazine a couple of weeks ago. These will hopefully be published in due course.  Needless to say, the quality is amazing  and I will be uploading some more photos in due course. The layout is coming along nicely with small cosmetic changes now being made. Next will be the DDC  concepts Mimic ground signals, signal box interior lighting and upgraded lineside fencing from Scale Model Scenery.  

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Bakewell signal box

I have been making some small cosmetic changes to the Bakewell project recently including the construction of the Midland style signal box . I have used the excellent laser cut kit made by L Cut creative. The kit has excellent details for both the exteriors and interiors to make a generic model at a brilliant price of £8.99 for the exterior- I purchased mine at the Warley Show in November and have nearly completed the model. It was painted in LMS buildings cream and Midland maroon then suitably

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Bachmann Blue Pullman - Driver

Just in the process of upgrading my Bachmann 00 guage "Blue Pullman". I am adding 2 21 pin sound decoders + speakers into the driving cabs; I purchased these from You Choos at the Warley Show last weekend. I took the loco bodies off to access the chips and put some passengers in. I had also obtained a set of Pullman stewards from the London Festival of Modelling show in March this year. Some of these have been added to the interiors to serve the passengers. Alas there seems to be one missing

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Bakewell station signage

Spring has finally sprung in Bakewell. This month, I have been adding some customised signs made by Sankey Scenics namely the Booking Hall with hand arrow, the Bakewell station sign on the front of the station with BR logo on a BR Midland red background and some travel posters downloaded from the Scalescenes web site. The booking hall sign was suspended by 2 wires from the station canopy as it was in BR days before the canopy was removed on closure of the station in 1968.   One of the travel

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Latest pictures of the Bakewell project- backgrounds

I took some new photos of the Bakewell project yesterday partly to showcase my new sound enhanced 9F which has joined my fleet of locos. I now have 3 9F's including a Crosti variant, The new 9F sounds superb with enhanced speakers added and twin working lights.On checking the records it was based at Barrow Hill shed at one time so could easily have worked the Peak line at some point in its life   Some backgrounds have been added particularly by the viaduct. I plan to add some next to the coal

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Bakewell interior lights

As the nights are drawing in, I have been adding the interior lights supplied in the same pack with the DCC concepts swan neck platform lights. These are connected to the same 12V power supply and have a choice of resistors supplied. I was able to connect all 6 LED's in a line and marked out the alignment corresponding to each room division.   The effect of the lights is to create a soft glow in the rooms, very different from the brightness of the platform lights. The flickering fireplace lig

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Bakewell station lights

I have had a bit of spare time recently to add some extra touches to the Bakewell station project, Having purchased some LMS style swan neck lamps from DCC concepts, I decided to make a start fitting them to the layout. The lamps are extremely high quality and come in a bulk pack of 6 free standing platform lights and 2 wall lights. Each is supplied with a mini resister which 2 micro wires are soldered onto, then the 9-12V DC power supply is fed to each resistor in turn. I used a Guagemaster WM

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Bakewell goods and coal yard

The Bakewell coal and goods yard has neared completion so I took some wagons to shunt around. I also added some figures and vehicles to good effect and then added the backgrounds for the final touch.

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Bakewell station soffit brackets

I finally got round to adding the soffit brackets to the entrance of the station. These were laser cut from toughened plastic resin and cut from a plastic sprue. So far 20 have been produced and stuck in place. The side ones will follow later. I used photos of the station as a guide and the positions seem to be OK so I stuck them only to the walls to allow for roof removal.   They were all painted Midland cream as per the colour scheme in the 1960's. You can hardly notice them as they merge i

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Photos of the coal stathes Bakewell goods yard

I finally located the photos of the coal stathes which were built last weekend. There is still a fair amount to do as I ran out of Wills cobblestones for the moment. The area will covered up to the corner of the track with cosmetic weathering to be added. Finally a mixture of das clay will be added to the track to complete the industrial look.   The coal yard is adjacent to my Monsall Viaduct and I have compressed 5 miles of track into the short space. Modelling licence again

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Bakewell station Goods yard

I have finally made a start on the goods shed area. Although not quite as in the real prototype, a bit of modelling licence has come in. Essentially Bakewell coal yard has moved nearer the goods shed rather than adjacent to the station due to space restrictions and width of the baseboards. My friend Ron from the High Wycombe club has been helping out with construction and painting the area. The area now has a weighbridge so that vehicles.can enter the yard in one area before proceeding to load u

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Bakewell station footbridge

For the past few weeks I have been adding the footbridge to the Bakewell project. I had originally decided to use the etched brass Churchwood models kit supplied by Phoenix paints but on visiting the Great Central model railway event in June 2017, came across the excellent range of laser cut kits made by L Cut Creative. The price of £14.99 for the kit seemed very reasonable.   On opening the box the components were very easy to put together using PVA glue and in a couple of evenings had fini

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Bakewell station canopy progress

It has been a busy week finally finishing the canopies on the Bakewell station project. The supporting struts have now been put together and add strength to the structure. What I like now is the reflections and patterns on the wall and platform surface as in the real building. This shows up well in the latest photos Next stage are the roof supporting struts under the soffits as well as a certain amount of weathering on the canopy roof itself to replicate the steam age. I enclose some more phot

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Bakewell station canopy issues

Having spent many hours over the Bank Holiday weekend constructing the canopy of Bakewell station, I was not happy with the way the glue had dried on the perspex. It caused marks which I could not get rid of . This was due to the fact that I had used Deluxe "Rocket" super glue rather than the Deluxe "Glue and Glaze" product, Although the super glue does a strong instantaneous bond, it does not dry clear like the glue and glaze. So I took the decision to re-cut the canopies and support them with

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Bakewell canopies- First stage of construction

It's been a long Bank Holiday weekend so it gave me a chance to make a start on the next stage of the Bakewell station project- the canopies. This would take the model building back to the condition prior to the line closure in 1968 rather than the smooth lines of the present day building. 4 glass canopies were needed supported by 5 LMS style columns and detailed brackets. These were assembled from laser cut components supplied by York Model Making. The columns needed a substantial amount of c

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Bakewell station - Interiors and roof details

It has been a busy few weeks on the Bakewell station project. I decided that I needed to detail the interiors of the station so have been adding walls to create the booking hall, 1st class waiting room, station master's office, ladies room and porter's office. I decided that the booking hall needed a ticket booth. Next, posters and timetables were added to create the required atmosphere, Finally fire places were stuck to the walls with working LED lamps. These will be connected up to create a wa

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Bakewell station- it's finally beginning to look like a real station building

I had been waiting a long time but today finally got the windows and doors added to the building. I had painted these in Midland Maroon some time ago and assembled the sash windows. These have now all been put into place around the building. I used Deluxe materials "glue and glaze" for the assembly as it bonds plastic and wood drying clear in the process. It is also less messy than impact adhesive. Next stage will be the guttering and interior details; my wooden floor is to be painted then the d

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Bakewell station painting progress

On my last blog I had started to add a base coat of Humbrol sand no.63 to the building. However, I felt that it didn't look quite right especially for a station based in the steam age pre 1968 per closure. I had asked my friend Ron from the High Wycombe club to help me out as he is an expert in painting effects. The solution seemed to be to cover the stonework with a light grey colour and then add another dirty wash to the area. The stones were then picked out in contrasting colours including sa

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Bakewell station stonework details, chimneys and painting

I have made significant progress on my Bakewell station project over the weekend and last few days. All four chimneys are now installed in the building roof. These included 3 double chimneys and 1 single which all match the correct height. One has been painted.   Stonework details have been added including a representation of the Duke of Rutland's coat of arms carved out into the stonework above 2 of the window voids. Stone buttress details have been added by drilling random holes into the st

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Latest progress- adding stonework details

Having had a re appraisal of the stonework on the platform side of Bakewell station building, I decided to add more semi circular smooth sandstone details above the windows. Ultimately Duke of Rutland Coats of Arms needs to be added above the centre windows too and I may model these using das clay. The doors have been temporarily added (not glued in place) but no windows yet. I find that it is best to get all the details right before the painting can begin   The first chimney is now in place

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Bakewell station stonework progress

I have finally got round to adding the stonework to the model of Bakewell station which I have been building for the past few weeks. After much deliberation I chose Slaters Plasticard Dressed Stone 0424 for the stonework as this has the closest resemblance to the real life building, I started with the road side area which was fairly straightforward before proceeding with the platform side. This has proved challenging so I overcame this by using a plastic overlay template for the raised areas of

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