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The Long Drag to Garsdale – Completing the Railway Workers Cottages

The stepped cottages chimney stacks and pots are now completed. I checked for older images of the cottages on the Internet and came across my own, which was disconcerting, as I hadn’t placed them there! Then I resorted to look for video images using You Tube. These old videos at the time were taken using film and VHS technology; most reveal the loss of the number and types of pots since the 1950’s.They do however reveal the grime around the chimney stack roof tiles and the barge boards when comp

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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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Garsdale Railway Stepped Workers Cottages: Pre painting and assembly

Now for a slightly different approach for assembly than my last effort. Ease of assembly is my excuse, particularly for window detailing such as curtains. Although this was a relatively easy exercise for me before, it only required the pre painting all the external walls with a grey wash. The glazing panels were fitted along with the flooring support strips along the internal walls, which also helped to keep the walls straight.   The intermediate walls were also fitted with support strips for

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Weekend Work or Just Taking A Break

The weekend GWRM Exhibition at Cambridge was well supported and all members contributed to its success. I've included photos showing our ever evolving Layout. Being a work in progress there is of course a lot more to be done modifying and improving it, but visitors are always interested in how our modellers scratch build and make our module dioramas.We encourage many to have a go at one of the five controllers of the DC layout and gain new members as a consequence.   Back to building next time

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3.0mm Foam Board: Large Piece Paper Removal Technique Revisited.

Many soggy days here have meant plenty of time to refine methods for easier paper removal from foam board. I found that my fingers didn’t appreciate rubbing the paper off when dealing with large pieces. When the foam board is made, I understand the paper backing is part of the manufacturing process. Removing the bond between the two should be the answer. I tried adding white vinegar at a quarter to one-cup water ratio, but this added to material cost and only had a minimal effect on softening th

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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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Garsdale Railway Workers Cottages: ‘Look Through Any Window’.

The Hollies of course sang my title for this post. Now at last the glazing can be fitted to the windows. I had already cut these out at 25mm and 35mm square 0.4mm clear styrene sheet when I made the entrance lobby/porch windows. The immediate concern is window dressing as once the tile roof goes on the access to the inside of the building will no longer be possible.   Because there will be no internal lighting, I decided to apply the three-foot viewing rule to my building here and use 1.5mm th

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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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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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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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Garsdale Railway Workers Cottages: Drawing in the detail 1.

Now this is where we all might learn something, as this is a test of my observation! I tend to start with the quoins on my replica of the Georgian era buildings, because they provide the basis of the Yorkshire stone courses and how they fit with the doors and window openings, but I’m getting ahead of myself here. My earlier buildings of the Garsdale Junction Railway Station were a lot smaller in height and width. These Railway Workers Cottages are considerably longer and will take me into the n
 

Garsdale Railway Workers Cottages - Preparing the Foam Board.

Measure twice and cut once. I first learnt this when I fabricated steel that it was not appreciated if you wasted any material. Using a 1.0 x 0.76 x 3.0mm Foamboard sheet (they come in all thickness and sizes, 10,5 and 3mm and in sizes A2, A3 and A4), I lightly draw out the sides and ends using a 0.5 HB mechanical pencil. Ensure you start from a square corner, most are. Then for cutting out use a new sharp edge angle blade. This is because you need a clean cut through the paper both sides of the

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Garsdale Railway Workers Cottages

These will certainly be a challenge! When I used the AnyRail program as a guide to get an idea of all the buildings positions and their sizes on the layout, I also drew out a section through view of them on a spare piece of 3.0mm thick MDF to get their relationship to the baseboard’s structure i.e. support joists and risers. My reasoning at the time (2015) was that because the Dandy Mire Viaduct needed the diorama depth to accommodate it and I intended to have a lower return tracks/fiddle yard b

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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 - 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
 

Building Garsdale Junction

The Restroom   Just finished off both the waiting rooms glazing details, as far as I can go at the moment. May need to come back to those later on. Getting to the second structure on the Garsdale/Hawes platform that should have been an easy build but for one thing, I made the top window lintels the same as the Waiting Rooms. This was an oversight, as I didn’t check my original drawing against a photo of the prototype that shows a squared lintel instead of the rounded top corners.   So after
 

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

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

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
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