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Follow the progress of Addleford Green, a fictional station on the now lost Hawkhurst Branch Line in Kent.

 

Addleford Green measures 5ft by 16 inches, is modelled in 4mm and utilises standard analogue controls.

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Mucking about with track and ballast

Mucking about with track and ballast

I'd started the process of weathering my track in the last entry. I prefer to do this before laying ballast to avoid spoiling the ballast itself and to avoid a uniform colour across the entire trackwork. I start with a good coating of Halfords grey primer, my go-to for any painting project now. In the past I have applied paint direct to the track but it never quite adheres right and looks ugly.     Next up is a coat of Railmatch sleeper grime. I mask/cover any areas I wish t

JRamsden

JRamsden

Track and wiring

Track and wiring

When I laid the track for the previous version of Addleford Green I learned a few lessons. I had elected to mount the point motors directly beneath the track, therefore having to cut holes in the baseboard. I had never done this before but felt it might help with the dreaded point motor alignment. Despite my drilling and cutting being somewhat gung-ho, everything worked well. That was until it came to ballasting.   I'm not sure if it was due to the over-large holes beneath the track or

JRamsden

JRamsden

Addleford Green - A History

Addleford Green - A History

Growing up with trains Thanks to my dad’s interests, I was raised on a healthy diet of trains, canals and anything powered by steam. It was therefore inevitable - after receiving a Hornby GWR Mixed Traffic train set for Christmas - that I would develop an interest in modelling for many years after.   My first layout was an extension of my first train set, with various different pieces added over time. It was safe to say it kept me busy until my teenage years, when I craved somethi

JRamsden

JRamsden

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