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Yard and Goods Shed


devondynosoar118

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I am amazingly a little bit ahead of schedule. I am sure this won't last!

A few hectic hours work and another dent in my credit card completed the trackwork in the yard. I also did a temporary goods shed from the metcalfe one. Here's the track, which has all its droppers soldered on and is ready to paint and wire.

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It always looks so blocky and clumsy before painting but having seen the work involved I am glad i didn't have to build all those sets of points!

The goods shed is a compromise, I am not going to have time to measure the original and do a proper scale model this year if I want to do the station building properly, so I ordered the Metcalfe one which is too narrow really and clad it in plasticard to get the stonework right. A few chops to the (too short again!) office and its getting there. There is still detail work to do such as guttering, barge boards etc.

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There is also the small lean to hut to put on this end that is visible in some of the immediately post war shots which I will assume was there in 1943-44 unless someone out there knows otherwise.

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Here is a view from the station throat. Overall I am moderately happy with the results, there are a few gentle dips in places on the board joints but I have run plenty of wagons through these without de-railment so hopefully they should be ok.

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I have also got a proper Dapol 55xx to be 5525, which will get a re-paint in wartime black, having discovered my bloody farish Prairie was of the large variety. This should solve the loco shortage. Next I am going to scrub and paint the track and the base colour for the yard, then fix it temporarily and test the wiring.

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The layout is looking really good. I can't wait to see it in the flesh. It will be great to see the completed station buildings and goods shed when you can complete them. Not sure but were you aware that they have recently demolished the station buildings due to their 'unsafe' :lol: state. What ever happend to preservation. I think the goods shed is now the only remaining railway building on the site, but I couold be wrong.

 

All the best for the future, Andy

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Good progress being made I see. Am right in thinking that the pictures show the track placed in position but not glued down yet?

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The layout is looking really good. I can't wait to see it in the flesh. It will be great to see the completed station buildings and goods shed when you can complete them. Not sure but were you aware that they have recently demolished the station buildings due to their 'unsafe' :lol: state. What ever happend to preservation. I think the goods shed is now the only remaining railway building on the site, but I couold be wrong.All the best for the future, Andy

 

 

Absolutely scandalous knocking the station building down.They might need it again one day.Heartbreaking.

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Yes Kris, not fixed as haven't tested it all yet.

I have some hush hush stuff on the station demolition that a friend gave me which I cannot publish (I promised him) I can show interested people at shows however! The station was demolished over a weekend so the Planning dept were out, its first stay of execution depended on further action by local people to ensure its listing. This didn't happen so the developers got their way. The cast iron supports for the canopy were auctioned off and the rest reduced to a sad pile of rubble. If you look at it on Google earth you can see the bstrds taking the roof off. I only became aware of its demolition once it was too late. It would have made a great greasy spoon cafe for all the lads on the industrial estate but now it is gone forever. A truly criminal act.

Thats why I want to spend the time on the model of it. Hopefully a full set of drawings will be made available to other modellers in both 4mm and 2mm scale from the set my dad has been working on with information from Kris and photos and maps.

Goods shed and under pass are now the only original buildings left as you said. I have 1 blue engineering brick from the signal box. The platform edges are still visible in places. If anyone wants a stone or brick or wants enough to build a wall from they were selling materials from the demolition.

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Nic progress, and a shame about the prototype location. Unfortunately, it is a common problem - those who are passionate about preserving something (about 0.5% of any population) cannot understand when the other 99.5% are not so enthused.... Something that happens regularly in archaeology...

 

Regs

 

Ian

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Thanks for feedback all. Ian, if you are involved with archaeology you will know all about builders and developers attitudes to our nations history!

We should start a Kingsbridge branch preservation group to protest and conserve whats left.

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My friends an archaelogist...his career's in ruins :lol:

 

Sorry...old schoolboy joke that I have been waiting 35 years to use again! On a serious note, its a great shame that buildings of character and quality design cannot be reused today, and given a new function. It probably came down to money...as most things are driven by these days :(

 

On a plus note, the layout looks good - nice progress.

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Thanks pete- That jokes so old I expect you had to dig it up...

Please note that the final goods shed model will have proper doors and windows as well! I wish I could get some of the buildings up to the standard of P4 New Street or Highclere but I think I might haver to be content with this sort of standard for its early outing. Really want to start Gara Bridge or Brent but must stay focussed...

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