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The Long Drag to Garsdale

Well hello to my first attempt to post my scratch built Version of Garsdale Junction Station and its associated buildings. I have been inspired by the many RM Web contributors and offer an insight into my 3.0mm foam board efforts. From this To this   It has taken me a while to regain some of the skills in modelling that I had when I was 16 or so, but now old age only affects one's physical abilities to accomplish what seems a challenge to model in OO Scale. I had started planning for this pro

The Long Drag to Garsdale – Coal Road SAC Bridge 115.

With the Workers Railway Cottages virtually completed some of you may have noticed that the porch bargeboards are arranged differently from the previous trackside terrace cottages in as much as they are recessed under the roof tiles. I may return to make the remaining four cottages. This will depend on a possible diorama width decision and how well the landscape back scene can be devised to blend with the physical buildings. A 3D composite may have to be devised somehow, but that would be someti

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Garsdale Railway Workers Cottages: ‘Up on the roof’

With the windows completed and the roof in place a ‘topping off’ ceremony has been held by yours truly by way of a brown ale or two before tackling the chimney stacks and painting them. I have previously used balsa wood for each of the station waiting room chimneys with moderate success, but I found detailing the stonework awkward, as the wood was too soft to maintain any close definition.   Now however using a foamboard core and then overlaying it with clear styrene detailed pieces with the s

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The Long Drag to Garsdale - Garsdale Signal Box Pt2

After the initial assembly of the box, it was obvious to me that from the operator/visitor view point that the interior would need to be furnished. The current lever and frame at the box is 33 levers in a forty frame, and I believe the Northallerton line through Hawes in Wensleydale will be achievable one day. Therefore on my layout of Garsdale Junction this is reflected and gives me more operational value.   I came across Steve Hewitt’s fine Semaphore signal work here on RM Web (before I join

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The Long Drag to Garsdale – Commencing to address the diorama.

A lot of tasks to complete with the above under way. The idea if successful will provide a texture once sanded with a suitable 120 grit or other, to the roads on this 1st module. I will also try a timber matt grey acrylic paint to cover over the shaped graphite polystyrene after a trial test. This may help to avoid disaster and make the rest of the diorama construction less involved as opposed to using other methods. Its worth a try in my view. Speaking of which there’s a few photos for you foll

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Garsdale Railway Workers Cottages: ‘Sixteen Tons’ of slate tiles.

Tennessee Ernie Ford might have been a handy help for roofing the original prototype building, but 16 tons is just my guess anyway. Now for a different approach than the way I used to fabricate the roofs on the smaller station buildings I made earlier. Because of the slight bow that occurred with them, (the roofs had to be massaged gently back straight), so this time I kept both roof halves separate whilst I glued the cut cardboard slate tile strips to the vanilla (paper still on) foam board.  

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The Long Drag to Garsdale #8 Garsdale Revisited 2021

OK not quite but getting on with it. Been involved with looking after my wife after her hospital operation that was supposed to be a fortnight ordeal unfortunately turned into a years recovery saga for her and is still ongoing.   Have had some spare time to myself lately and have got my enthusiasm for modelling back. Garsdale station workers Cottages have had their back yards mostly completed as much as one can go. Matching the walls to the adjacent cottages was a mission (about 3

The Long Drag to Garsdale – Out In The Country 2

So far so good! As you see the formed terrain plus the use of Contract Filler (spack) in filling up most of the holes in the poly due some of my over exuberance with the rasp and hacksaw blade. Finally the diorama has been given two coats of ordinary acrylic house paint to seal the polystyrene and provide for a stronger top surface and edging. I may have some more fettling to do at the module joint to ensure the diorama is a good match.   Firstly I needed to assemble the 1 &a

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Garsdale Railway Stepped Workers Cottages: Windows and Slate Tiles

As before these are pre cut using Evergreen#103/122 styrene strips for the window sides and rails. Working through all 47 windows takes time and certainly patience, so to break the repetition another one was started! Same thing but different. The window assemblies did take time but I thought it was worth it as these workers cottages at Garsdale Head are, apart from scenery are some of the outstanding features as you approach the station from the South. My quandary is … should I extend the dioram

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The Long Drag To Garsdale - Garsdale Signal Box pt1

At the start of this blog I posted some of the pictures of my version of the Midland type 4c signal box that took some time to construct. The first problem for me was to check and recheck the window height (as it didn’t look right) against the prototype pictures and a pic of ‘Signalman Owen’ standing in the signal box entrance. The building dimensions also gave me a length to width problem. I scaled my width at 55mm then after a few days of deliberation arrived at a length of 125mm less the acce

The Long Drag to Garsdale – A Fir Tree?

Well spring has sprung here down under and with the weather and winter colds fading away hopefully, I now get to catch up on gardening chores after a 4 month break. So while trimming down the hedges I found that an asparagus fern had grown through and being an observant ######, I remembered having seen an article by Bill McClanahan in a Kalmbach book I bought back in the early 70’s called ‘scenery for model railroads’ in which fir trees were made using wooden dowels that had finely drilled holes

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The Long Drag to Garsdale – I Talk to the Trees

Well not exactly but very close! A while back, (well ages ago) I started to test out Luke Towan’s method of making wire trees. That was until I was 3 way point obsessed, but now having reviewed where I was up to I needed finish the trees so that they are ready to complete the Garsdale diorama. I started with a rough sketch to map the aerial view of their positions and sizes and found I really needed quite a few! Before I decided to use the wire method, I had thought that the use of natural eve

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The Long Drag to Garsdale 6 - Dry Stone Walls

As you might appreciate, there are other things going on with this project around the same time such as track work painting, platform mods and wiring etc., etc. Too many to write about just yet, so I’ll do my best to keep information coming.   While the two station modules are joined I have commenced building the stone walls with a little help from my GWRM club member. Harry was one of our clubs’ founding members and by sheer coincidence built similar dry stone walls numerous years ear

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Garsdale Railway Workers Cottages: Drawing in the detail 2.

Alright, here goes the marking out the front details of the railway side terrace houses. The entrance lobbies have a higher roof apex than those on the 3° slope stepped houses; otherwise all other details are similar. The gable roofs of the lobbies took a bit of fiddling around as I found out due to extra allowances needed for the 3.0mm foam board to line up correctly to the terrace house wall/lobby detail and their roof tiles.   All to do now is a spray coat of acrylic primer on each exterior

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The Long Drag to Garsdale – Out In The Country (1)

Three Dog Night sang the title and also Cliff Richard sang a a similar song ‘In the country’, so here I am up to my ears as it were in country diorama modelling. Having laid off cut polystyrene as a foundation base, I’m now going to enjoy myself sculpturing in the foreground for the next few blogs. Incidentally the photos in my last blog were a disaster as I tried to reduce their size to comply with the 10 MB limit, and as a consequence the text shrunk as well. Fewer photos needed or more progra

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The Long Drag to Garsdale – Module One Pt 3 A Stackable Baseboard

Progress has slowed down mainly due illness and to my other commitments, but that doesn’t mean I’ve been slacking on the Garsdale project. It has always been my intention to have stackable modules for storage and transport and so to this end I have been working through different ideas to achieve this. Having gained experience working on the GWRM exchange yard and return loop for our exhibition layout and the need for it to be transportable in a limited allocated space, we developed a removable

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Garsdale Railway Workers Cottages: ‘Fade to Grey’ or Yorkshire Stone Block Painting.

Before I can fit the glazing to all the windows, I need to paint the building exterior. Being new to scratch building I have found painting with acrylics a challenge, in as much the matching of the paint colour to the images in photographs is always a compromise depending on the photographers use of filters, time of day, decade and of course the weather.   So with that in mind I started with a light grey wash, then I mixed a light grey along with yellow oxide, burnt umber, plus a touch of crim

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The Long Drag to Garsdale – Coal Road SAC Bridge 115 pt5 Wing walls

With the abutment built, the next challenge is getting the wing wall lengths measured. Using Google maps, the approximate length was ascertained reasonably well at the10m scale and by comparing this with the bridge dimensions I obtained earlier.   Both the Eastern wing wall lengths being shorter due to the rise in the road/terrain appear as a nearly identical mirror image on either side along with the end height. On the opposite West wing, both walls are the same in length but wall end heights

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The Long Drag to Garsdale - Forward with the Planning

The need to focus on what control system to run my layout has been evolving as I have been constructing the Garsdale buildings. Rather than having a continuous dual loop I may attempt to use twin tranversers, one at each end of the layout to enable consist/engine interchange. I am also working towards a dual DC/DCC system that will initially use a DC track controller along with servo turnout and signalling MegaPoint control system. Having constructed my first module, there are some further ba

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The Long Drag to Garsdale

Well as you can see I'm still getting my head around this Blog thing. I Just used the Edit button to continue instead of this. As you can see by the photos they show up my warts and all efforts on the Carlisle Waiting Room. The last pic shows my attempt of Yorkshire Stone colouring using acrylic paints, with the Up Line Leeds Waiting Room in the background. Presently I'm tackling the window details of both buildings. The 3.0mm foam board has been scribed using a 0.5mm HB propelling pencil after

The Long Drag to Garsdale – Landscaping Baseboard Module One Pt 2

The railway cottages block retaining wall to the Carlisle down line platform above has been an interesting undertaking due to correlating the Google earth image with the few others taken at ground level. It also affected the position of the rail side cottages to include the access road and enable a better baseboard/diorama joint for the next adjoining module two. The extra 50 mm for the above had resulted in revising SAC Bridge 115 being positioned closer to the South end of module one than o

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Garsdale Junction Building the Station

Carlisle Waiting Room has progressed along to the point of detailing the window frames. Of course I apply the 3 feet viewing rule at the moment. Hopefully as I up skill it may get shorter!   Now for the Leeds Up line Waiting Room. As this is my second attempt to model these buildings you will probably notice that the quoins detail has been scribed on rather than using a card quoin glued to the foam board. This was because the quoins appear to be flush with the stonework, not proud. Also I cha

The Long Drag to Garsdale # 9 Semaphore signal progress

Called in at my Tauranga Hobby shop here in NZ for supplies and came across ‘Just Plug’ LED nano lights to my delight! I’ve been looking out for Pico LED’s sold locally until I spotted them thanks to the shop owner. Some time back I got and made a Ratio 470 LMS home signal in the hopes of using a servo for its operation and of course it needed to be lit as well. Although the Nano is a size up from the Pico it was as close as I could obtain. The signal lamp needed modifying which proved

The Long Drag to Garsdale – Electric Avenue 2

Despite my GWRM involvement then getting the 60 day coughing flu I have been busy building up my control mimic panel box and servo switching arrangement units for my own layout requirements. The control panel features an acrylic fascia with 3mm embedded LEDs and DPDT point switches. The control box size is 625 x 240 x 80 mm constructed from 12 mm thick ply and two 40 x 18 mm dressed timber that is piano hinged between at the front for internal access.   The layout mimic panel consists

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