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00 gauge model railway in the early stages of build and regularly updated on the RR ANWP youtube channel.

 

Based on a lot of poetic licence in the Edinburgh area of Leith from the Late 80s to privatisation but with its rundown nature can be back dated to 1965 at a push.

 

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Update 35

In this Leith Central Update we take a time lapse look through the start of scenic work on the industrial area. Backscene is from ID Backscenes self adhesive range simply stock down on the back board. ROAD AND HARD STANDING Road surfaces are sand paper sprayed dark grey then mounted onto 3mm card. The Hard Standing is the same 3mm card base but this time topped with 1mm plasticard scored every 6cm to represent panels and occasionally chipped with a knife before being dibbled with vario

Leith Centrl

Leith Centrl

New Baseboards and Station Progress

Well its been a busy month at Leith Central as the rest of the baseboards finally arrived.   BASEBOARDS   Equipment: Tape Measure Drill and Bits Screwdriver Wood Glue Hammer Scissor Clamps Saw   Well they finally arrived. My flat pack baseboards.   These were from White Rose Model Works and included the Legs for the original board.   1. (Not in video) First job was to fit legs to the original board. For this i s

A start on the station building

Well with the baseboards ordered and a pile of plasticard to play with i decided to bite the bullet and start on the station building and rear support wall.    I will cover this over multiple videos as i slowly build it up. But this is simply a list of what i use within my builds   0.5mm plasticard 1mm plasticard Slaters Brick sheets Wills arch frames MM laser cut large industrial windows wills doors and window surrounds 3.2mm plastic square rod

Weathering end of life 24.5t opens

Well the plan is in place for the rest of the baseboards for leith central so most work has been on kits on the workbench.   This week i finished off the first 3 24.5t MEO coal hoppers in 1980 condition.   For this project i used photos from Paul Bartletts great site. Plenty of interesting paint variation and levels of weathering.   The video gives an order of coats but the colours used are: Railmatch: BR Crimson (mixed with brauxite to create red oxide pr

Making Long Body Buses for Edinburgh LRT

Something slightly different this month and another kit bash/scratch build ive been working on.   This build involves using the peco modelscene Leyland Olympian bus kit to make a long bodied Lothian Regional Transport example which at the time i am modelling were one of the most common and new buses on Edinburgh and Leiths roads.   The Base kit i use as a donor is the Blackpool transport example but any in the range should do the job.   Equipment: Craft knife

Converting a Pipe Wagon to an ODA and Finishing the Roads

So i got the roads finished on Leith Central and the works outshopped 2 more wagons.   First of all the road surfaces.   Equipment: Fine Sandpaper, Wood Glue & Dark Grey Primer.   I simply spray sandpaper dark grey and stick it down not much else to say than that. I then use Metcalfe paving for pavements. Details are slowly being added to the streets using scale model scenery bits and i can really recommend giving their 70s bus stops a go. Great kit that ca

Building the Elevated Signal Box

Trying this a new way this time putting the steps in the video.   Really happy at 2 weeks work taking this from a blank piece of paper and some measurements to a building almost ready to go on the layout permanently can strongly recommend giving this sort of thing a go.   Sizes for drawings based of a standard wills door and Scale Model Scenery signal box windows and girders.   Notes of Advice: 1, Keep you pencil sharp 2, look a photos to make sure the bui

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Leith Centrl

Finishing Jane Street Bridge and What to do Next

So I spent the weekend doing the finishing work on the Jane Street Bridge scene for Leith Central.   The Bridge is all hand painted and although time consuming and turning my eyes square the results have been really rewarding.    Process First order of business was to paint the main base colours of brickwork and cream on the the bridge. The brickwork painting follows the same method as the platform edging and retaining walls with a desert sand base followed by washes of

Building Jane Street Bridge and Wagon Arrival

So I spent the weekend putting together the second KS Laser Design Bridge Kit and getting the bridge fully joined together and ready for paint.   KS Laser Designs Oxford Street Bridge Verdict: Great simple kit that comes well packed and with some well done fine detail on the spans and the underside is a work of art structurally. Goes together really easily in a common sense way with a good little guide included in the kit. I used Javis Rapid set Wood glue to stick it together. Wel

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Leith Centrl

Bridge Corner Work 2

So with all the lockdown hubbub im getting alot of modelling done.   Really am enjoying seeing the progress on this little corner. The ground cover is now in place and some green added to the concrete jungle.    Take a look at the video for the retaining wall build and the ground cover going down.   Equipment Used: Woodland Scenic Clump Foliage TP Wild Flower Bushes Gaugemaster small trees Peco Static Grass self adhesive Clumps Javis Brown E

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Leith Centrl

Work on the Board 1 Corner begins

Over the past week i have been working on the back corner of board one getting the backscene prep done between the end of the board and the start of the station roof.   Jobs Done/Process: 1, Fit blue sky background: Printed on ink jet and glued to Backscene board with PVA using a card off cut to smooth out any air bubbles and ridges. 2, Mounted ID Backscenes BM110 parts on 2mm card to give some relief off the backscene. These are self adhesive and go on really well if you tak

Leith Centrl

Leith Centrl

March 11th Update, Building Platforms

The past few weeks have seen work to finish off platforms 2 and 3 as far as possible completed as well as the finishing of an Alvis Stolwart and fitting of the last Point motor into place on board 1.   The latest video is basically a complete run through of how i build my platforms.    Equipment: Dremmel with disc file knife PVA Rular Plastic Weld Any form of weight Paint (water based). Desert Sand, Weathered Stone, Grey, white and Slee

Leith Centrl

Leith Centrl

February 2020 Update and Model Rail Scotland

February proved to be a busy month a Leith Central as I got the retaining wall foot finished along the rear of platform 5. To build this i layered 4 pieces of card encased is plasticard and fitted brick sheet faces as can be seen in the video. I painted this with the safe effect ive been using on the platform side. Mixing Xtracrylix Desert Sand and Railmatch weathered stone to give a good base, the washing over with more weather stone before apply a patchy weathered effect with a mix of sleeper

Leith Centrl

Leith Centrl

Disused Railway Visits 1 The Innocent Railway

I recently took a visit to the Innocent Railway in Edinburgh.     Opened in the 1800s it was known as the innocent railway because it was originally horse worked through out. The information board near to Duddingston explains the history better than i could but in all its a nice way to spend a few hours doing something less well known in the Edinburgh area.   Here is the details of the walk   Location: Edinburgh, Duddingston Old Station to Common

Leith Centrl

Leith Centrl

Bit Slow but on the verge of big progress

Its been one of those months at Leith Central. Work and Family commitments all over the place and not a lot of time for modelling.   Got round to ordering the parts I need to get the board ready for starting ballasting. Point motors to fit, dummy point motors to go on, piano wire surface mounted motors and accurascale buffers for platforms 3 and 4 are on their way as are some more peco platform edging. Currently finalising the design for the Roof support wall footing and aim to start b

Leith Centrl

Leith Centrl

The Grand 2020 Plan

Having given it some thought as to how I would like to progress the layout over 2020 I have come up with a list of 10 things I intend to get done on the layout this year. Also a list of projects id like to start and hopefully finish this year.   So Leith Central Plans 1, Order, install and track work down for the second scenic board and assess the best route forward for the fiddleyard board and maybe even get this ordered as well, 2, Build the main station building and roof s

Leith Centrl

Leith Centrl

Leith Central Bachmann 45t Crane Review

Bachmann 38-803 Crane RS1097 BR Breakdown Red   RRP: £249.95 Paid: £224,95 Length: 33cm Box: Card/Blister Plastic Scale: 00   So I finally braved getting one of these and first reaction is WOW!!!   Getting it out of the box and just placing it on the bench was impressive. At over 30cm long and around 15cm with the jib up it does have a great sense of size to it. Moving in closer you realise the level of detail we have come to expect is

Leith Centrl

Leith Centrl

A christmas reflection on Leith so far and whats planned for 2020

So with christmas upon us let me first wish everyone well with the festivities.   Its been a fun and changeable first year with Leith Central. Going from some drawings and photos to having the first board progressing nicely and also an expansion of the fleet in both Steam era and for Leith Central.    Highlights of the year have been having my first exhibitor experience with the Edinburgh Miniture Railway Club at Model Rail Scotland, which i especially enjoyed the engagement

Leith Centrl

Leith Centrl

The background, what im on with, whats next

Hello and welcome to my first blog around Leith Central and my modelling projects.   The Background. In a parallel universe somewhere the Waverley Route is still open in 1991 and Leith Central Station is located 90 degrees round from its current position on the other side of Leith Walk and retained to relieve traffic pressures on Edinburgh Waverley and handle the East side of Scotlands parcels traffic. Forming the point of a triangle from Abbeyhill and Powderhall (curve closed and

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Leith Centrl

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