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Partington Sidings - S7 from the armchair


Pugsley

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Sometimes I wonder why I don't seem to achieve very much, other times it becomes painfully apparent! :rolleyes:

 

There is the normal distraction - a quick bit of web surfing becomes a marathon research session into something or other, which transforms into You Tube surfing for class 37 thrash, which turns into, well, you get the idea. It's almost as if my subconscious doesn't really want to achieve anything relevant to what I'm supposed to be doing!

 

Where is all this leading? Well, one of my pet distractions has been finding a suitable location and idea for my forthcoming S7 foray. In most respects this is useful, but the timing is way out as I already have another layout on the go, and insufficient space for another in the house. TFMP is pretty easy going, but I think that filling the spare room with multiple layouts would be a bridge too far!

 

So, introducing Partington Sidings. The basic concept is that the line between Glazebrook and Timperley remained open to traffic between Liverpool and Stockport into the '90's, but singled. Off this line, the other side of the ship canal from Cadishead, is a set of exchange sidings for a chemical plant at Carrington, alongside the one that is now operated by Nova Chemicals (although I think it may have been mothballed recently)

 

Traffic will mostly be tanks, with some vans carrying bagged product. The wagons are moved from the sidings to the plant by the Allied Chemical Sentinel, but have to be moved in the right order, as there is a lack of siding space within the plant - so plenty of shunting required! Wagons are brought to the siding as an extension of the Trafford Park Sidings Speedlink feeder - normally an RfD 37 or 47.

 

Given that this is going to be built in S7, so I have yet to build any any of the stock, it is a very long way off. Yet, I still waste my time working all this stuff out, and last night even spent time designing logos for the company shunter(s) which have yet to be built! The worst part is I didn't just do one, I ended up doing three showing the progression of the corporate image from the 60's to today! All very silly really....

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I will soon be opening the large white box of joy though, despite all my protestations that I wouldn't before significant progress on Bisley had been made - the 7mm attraction is growing stronger every day :blink: :O

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7mm is very tempting - especially when you see Brian's lovely blue diesels!

Your prototype location is fairly close to me too!!

 

It's also nice to know I'm not the only one who has un-productive evenings sometimes too... However a PNA or two needs finishing tonight so must crack on :)

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you may well find that once you have opened the box, 4mm will go out of the window! there is something about genies and bottles....

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Ohh dangerous Pugsley, dangerous. :lol:

 

I'd love to play with the size, texture and finishes of 7mm buildings and scenery. But I'd never admit to it. :unsure:

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Slippery slope you know - Gordon Gravett built just the one Slater's coal wagon and that led on to Ditchling Green. Once you've built a 7mm scale model you'll know what the attraction is.

 

BTW what is in your 'white box'?

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Thanks everyone B)

 

James - Yes, something very like one of those. In fact so much so, that, yes, it is one :D

 

PoA - It is a JLTRT 37, which will be built as 37415 in Mainline livery

 

Jamie - I think you just did admit it ;) :lol:

 

28ten & PoA - Yes, it seems to be a very slippery slope indeed. It started off as a display model, but has morphed into a full blown layout!

 

I think having the concept is kinda good at this stage though, as it allows me to plan what I'm going to build, so I don't end up buying things that end up surplus to requirements. I made the mistake of changing my plans in 4mm a few times, moving from Cornwall to the Exeter-Waterloo line and now to Surrey, so have quite a few things that no longer fit with current plans. With the greater investment in both time and money in 7mm, it's something I'm keen to avoid!

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Yeah, sorry about that Pugs, but you'll thank me one day. icon_biggrin.gif

 

Are you still going to Reading in December to, ahem, buy some wheels?

 

I like the logos, by the way. icon_thumbsup2.gif

 

 

Regards

 

Dan

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OOOOHHHHH I'll be watching this with interest... I really fancy a 37/7 in Mainline freight blue - and a 7mm model would tip me over the edge I think!! Garden layout though!

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When you mentioned 37s , I thought of 37068 "Grainflow" in either Railfreight Red Stripe or RFD diamonds :icon_drool:

 

If this idea progresses to the standard of Chittle then it certainly will be something worth seeing.

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Yeah, sorry about that Pugs, but you'll thank me one day. icon_biggrin.gif

 

Are you still going to Reading in December to, ahem, buy some wheels?

 

I like the logos, by the way. icon_thumbsup2.gif

Yes still going to Reading for the 'wheels' :lol: Will thank you on the day - I think I'm going to rather enjoy this 7mm malarkey! Glad you like the logos - I think one of the first two would look good on a Sentinel :D

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Oh dear! :rolleyes: My own view of 7mm was that it would be very nice once done but going to take far too long and be too difficult to achieve anything.

 

Mind you I'm sure you have much more interest in the rolling stock and enjoy that part of the hobby its in own right! Good luck with it anyway!

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Cheers Russ - I've come to the conclusion that I enjoy building the models more than actually operating them, so I think 7mm scale will suit me perfectly in that respect :)

 

This is a very long term plan, which is why I shouldn't be doing anything on this, and should be concentrating more on the task in hand, so to speak.. :lol:

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When you mentioned 37s , I thought of 37068 "Grainflow" in either Railfreight Red Stripe or RFD diamonds :icon_drool:

 

If this idea progresses to the standard of Chittle then it certainly will be something worth seeing.

Thanks Supaned - I'm hoping it will be. I do try and make each project better than the first, so the intention will be there! I don't think there'll be any progress for a long time on this particular idea though, beyond research.

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This is a very long term plan, which is why I shouldn't be doing anything on this, and should be concentrating more on the task in hand, so to speak.. :lol:

which is the large white box!!!

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Heh, not yet - I have a feeling that you were spot on with your earlier comment about what'll happen if I do start it. I think that particular genie had probably better stay in its bottle for a little while longer :D

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