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Helston and Praze Stations

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Laying out Helston

Need to work on making my images smaller! Last item for this update is that I have now received the track for Helston and have started laying it out.  Having been working with modern OS maps available on-line and good old Google maps and street view, earlier this week I was faced with a challenge.  Looking at pictures of the station building from the road and looking towards Praze, it did not appear that Station Road continued as it does now, there was a wall that appeared to be in the way

MullionPeter

MullionPeter

 

In Praise of Praze

Having received my first order from Britannia Models, now having N-gauge track to go with the points I had left from my younger days, I set about laying the track for Praze station.  As both my points were left‑handed this dictated modelling a later time period when the passing loop was converted to just a siding.  With the track laid and glued in place, it was time to reacquaint myself with ballasting.  Having viewed a number of various “tutorials” on‑line, time to get started.  I am reasonably

MullionPeter

MullionPeter

 

Rule Britannia

So what is the plan with two models at different scales? To start with it’s a bit like our early years of marriage, having graduated and found a job, we found ourselves in the position of having time to travel but no money to do it.  Well now thirty years later with retirement on the horizon it is the reverse, more money but less free time.  So now is the time to buy the stock (rolling and otherwise) while I can afford it and tinker at modelling, while anticipating retirement. As menti

MullionPeter

MullionPeter

 

A fresh start after 30+ years

At last, after over 30 years’ absence from model railways I have begun to model the Helston Branch line.  In my late teens I chose to model the Helston Branch Line because I grew up in Mullion and attended Helston Comprehensive School.  Every day for many years I would pass the former site of the station to and from school, in a “routemaster” bus just like the one in some of the archived photos of the station.  It is probable that it was the very same bus.  In addition, when I endured the agony

MullionPeter

MullionPeter

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