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This weekend was a chance to finish off painting the asphalt and to make a start on getting all the road lining and decals down. Ferry terminals seem to be covered with white yellow and red lining of different sorts so out with the acrylic pens and bendy ruler to start marking it all on. 

 

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(marking on the top road lines first using the bendy ruler for the corners.)

 

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(I then marked out a chevron where the two routes split before marking the lines down the ramp.)

 

The ramp road crosses the railway at the bottom. Due to the dockside industrial nature I decided to make this an open crossing with give way decals rather than full barriers. The first thing to do was to mark on the box junction. I decided to go with a hybrid design using the diamond pattern courtesy of my daughters set square but spread over the whole box as when vehicles are running they use both lanes in one direction on the ramp. Not quite to DfT diagram standard but as this is a private road I didn't think that mattered. 

 

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(box junction marked on) 

 

I really like these acrylic pens. They make line painting really easy. 

 

I then lined the rest of the junction

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Having completed this it was out with the scale model scenery self-adhesive decals again to put the finishing touches to the road markings. The tiny writing proved quite tricky to get off the sheet, but everything else came off and onto the layout relatively painlessly. 

 

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(arrows where the traffic flows meet)

 

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(decals applied to Junction) 

 

Having completed the approach roads I turned my attention to the dockside. Having looked at images of Dover the mooring points are marked with red paint and a yellow border whilst on the train ferry Dock there were numbers marked on the dockside I assume as a count down for the ships crew to know when they were about to butt up to the Linkspan. I wanted to mark out the area of the tramway in a similar way to how it was done at Weymouth with a single 45 degree line and dashed outer edge. Unfortunately my yellow pen started running out when I got to that part. Here is the state of play when I finished this evening. 

 

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(marking the mooring points) 

 

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(additional parking bays marked in with yellow lining progressed. Lots of no parking paint slapped down) 

 

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(scaled count down to Linkspan in metres along Dock edge) 

 

I need to order a new yellow pen to finish off the yellow lining. 

 

Thanks for reading

 

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Hi Paul, its looking good. Impressive progress! Modern roads are hard to model IMHO, I think you have done a great job. I shall borrow your tips for lining out and road markings. Hope you don't mind me saying, but the cliffs seem quite close to the railway and road? I wonder if the cliff bases would look better with a concrete skirt and metal crash barriers? I am sure I have seen that somewhere. Or they could be covered with netting to prevent rock fall, as per Clifton Gorge in Bristol. Anyways, you have inspired me to put some track down on a board and start doing some modelling too!

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9 hours ago, crompton said:

Hi Paul, its looking good. Impressive progress! Modern roads are hard to model IMHO, I think you have done a great job. I shall borrow your tips for lining out and road markings. Hope you don't mind me saying, but the cliffs seem quite close to the railway and road? I wonder if the cliff bases would look better with a concrete skirt and metal crash barriers? I am sure I have seen that somewhere. Or they could be covered with netting to prevent rock fall, as per Clifton Gorge in Bristol. Anyways, you have inspired me to put some track down on a board and start doing some modelling too!

Many thanks - The cliffs are a little close to the road and railway and a bit too shear an angle compared to prototype but that's the compromise with a 1ft wide layout. You are obviously a mind reader as I am thinking of placing a a rockfall prevention fence on the cliff similar to this:

 

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This barrier at Dover has since been replaced with a galvanised steel H beam and galvanised mesh. Just trying to think of a mesh that will look good at n gauge. You can see the more realistic cliff angle and road setback in the image above. 

 

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(More modern catch fencing (should be an interesting modelling project!))

 

 

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