Jump to content
  • entries
    23
  • comments
    40
  • views
    10,332

West Coast in N

anroar53

3,843 views

Have just about finished a 10 year project, although a few minor things need completing, the layout is now in its fully functioning state.

 

blogentry-31978-0-16541200-1496423788_thumb.jpg
A length of about thirty feet in N Gauge has allowed me to attempt full size stations. Hopefully the station frontage is recognisable (without reading the station name).
A class 310 calls on a local from Bletchley to Euston.

 

blogentry-31978-0-02623300-1496424025_thumb.jpg
To the south of the station the actual area has had to be modified from reality, as with only 30 inches of width I had to scale back what could be done.
A class 40 whistles through on the Down Slow line with a northbound freight from Willesden. An 86 hauled Express about to overtake on the Down Fast Line, while a 1938 tube set heads south for Elephant and Castle.

 

blogentry-31978-0-55037000-1496424573_thumb.jpg
In a small space at the end of the layout is a representation of canal and railway near Linslade. The canal is at a slightly lower level than the railway. An 85 hauled Freightliner heads north on the Down Slow Line, when Freightliner trains were less colourful..

 

blogentry-31978-0-95962100-1496424813_thumb.jpg
To the south of Watford a 304 prepares to call at the Junction with a Euston to Birmingham (via Northampton) semi-fast. A 310 accelerates away on the Up Slow Line, next stop Euston. The DC 'New Line' swings away to the left for its loop via Watford High Street.

 

blogentry-31978-0-99888500-1496425114_thumb.jpg
At the North end of Watford an 84 hauls a long van train (16 on) on the Down Fast Line. On the far left the Depot has managed to survive not being turned into a Car Park.

 


Just a few images to get started with, hopefully a few more to come.

 

Andy.

  • Like 16


11 Comments


Recommended Comments

Guest Midland Mole

Posted

Very, VERY, impressive! I would say that was 10 years well spent. :)

Alex

Share this comment


Link to comment

The class 84 was built around a Minitrix Class 27 chassis, but with Minitrix Class 42 Warship bogies. This example was built with 1mm plasticard for the sides and ends, although the cab front windows and side windows were made in slightly thinner plasticard  recessed into the body and front. The windows were drilled out with a small drill and needle filed to finish, as was the route indicator box. The body side windows had a piece of single core wire positioned across them as the divider. The bodyside grills in the other side were made by drilling out the openings, then using some P &D Marsh whitemetal corrugated sheeting inserted into the hole, The cab roof was made with some off cuts of carriage roof with a lot of body putty at the front end sanded to shape. The pantograph was a Sommerfeldt one, the air tanks were some bits of plastic tube, and various odds and ends of plasticard and balsa cut down for the other roof clutter, plus some Sommerfeldt insulators..

I found an easier way to build the body later on. I had used a lot of Farish 87s where I used the chassis to power a number of DMU/EMUs. Taking the leftover bodyshell I shortened them to the right length, replaced the nose ends in plasticard so they could be better profiled (filed and sanded), filled in the side details, then drilled out the various windows and grills as before.

I will have to dig out some of the work in progress photos.

Andy.

Share this comment


Link to comment

Absolutely superb modelling Andy. I have been following your photos of the layout on Flickr and really enjoyed the youtube videos too. Excellent work!

 

Best regards,

 

Jeremy

Share this comment


Link to comment

Thank you Jeremy,

 

Just as an aside I saw your question on weed killing trains at Euston. Although it's a bit out of your time slot I used to work at Euston PSB 1973-77 and can remember 6Z07 appearing one night. It came up the DC Line to the station, propelled onto the Backing out Roads, ran round (Top n tail wasn't widespread then), then went direct to Camden and back down the DC Line. The view from the Box windows were a bit impaired by the Parcel Dock canopy, but it was hauled by a 25 and the train, if I remember, was made up of several tank wagons sandwiched between a couple of converted Southern PMVs and a staff accommodation coach, possibly Mark 1. I don't know if it was spraying at the time, I suspect it was only covering the DC Lines from South Hampstead.

Moving on I do have a few, not too good pictures, of the Weedkilling train around 1989. At this time it was top n tailed by a pair of 20s 20901 and 20904, both in grey with Hunslet-Barclay branding. The pictures of the train were not so good as I only had an ancient 'wind on' camera and missed bits! In this case there were four tank wagons at one end with the converted PMVs and a couple of accommodation vehicles at the other. This train roamed all over the different regions, so it might have turned up at Euston?

 

Andy.

Share this comment


Link to comment

Thank you Jeremy,

 

Just as an aside I saw your question on weed killing trains at Euston. Although it's a bit out of your time slot I used to work at Euston PSB 1973-77 and can remember 6Z07 appearing one night. It came up the DC Line to the station, propelled onto the Backing out Roads, ran round (Top n tail wasn't widespread then), then went direct to Camden and back down the DC Line. The view from the Box windows were a bit impaired by the Parcel Dock canopy, but it was hauled by a 25 and the train, if I remember, was made up of several tank wagons sandwiched between a couple of converted Southern PMVs and a staff accommodation coach, possibly Mark 1. I don't know if it was spraying at the time, I suspect it was only covering the DC Lines from South Hampstead.

Moving on I do have a few, not too good pictures, of the Weedkilling train around 1989. At this time it was top n tailed by a pair of 20s 20901 and 20904, both in grey with Hunslet-Barclay branding. The pictures of the train were not so good as I only had an ancient 'wind on' camera and missed bits! In this case there were four tank wagons at one end with the converted PMVs and a couple of accommodation vehicles at the other. This train roamed all over the different regions, so it might have turned up at Euston?

 

Andy.

 

Hi Andy, many thanks for the info. Maybe I'll do an early 70's style weedkiiler train for interest.

Share this comment


Link to comment

Wow! This is very good. I particularly like the depth you achieve with the backscene, especially in the second picture. Your tube stock intrigues - along with most of your multiple units! How did you go about these? 

Share this comment


Link to comment

I'm just sorting out some images of the construction of the EMUs. I'll post these up soon. The pictures have had to be scanned again as the original image/photos have been misplaced. Hopefully they will be good enough to show how the stock was made.

 

Andy.

Share this comment


Link to comment

Absolutely excellent work.  You have to be congratulated for sticking with this to the finish.  Well planned and brilliantly executed.  Puts my efforts to shame.  Well done and thanks for sharing.  Could you give me a link to your YouTube videos please.  Mike.

  • Like 1

Share this comment


Link to comment

YouTube videos available at 

The others can be found in the same grouping.

Share this comment


Link to comment

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.