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    • James Makin's Workbench
      Hi Guys!
      Although I've retired my exhibition layout 'Wells Green TMD', I've been working on several new projects for our club layout by Worthing MRC - 'Loftus Road'.
      We needed third rail EMU's, so I've gone and built a Southern Class 377 dual-voltage EMU using shortened Bachmann Turbostar components and my own scratchbuilt cab ends, pantograph wells and underframe parts.
      If anyone's interested, there's a bit more info about my Electrostar 377207 on my old website http://www.wellsgree....uk/index.shtml ('On My Workbench' page), please find a few photographs below for anyone else who likes these units as much as I do!
      Scratchbuilt Electrostar by James Makin by jamesmakin2002, on Flickr
      Scratchbuilt Electrostar by James Makin by jamesmakin2002, on Flickr
      Scratchbuilt Electrostar by James Makin by jamesmakin2002, on Flickr
      It turned out OK I think, hope you like it!
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    • Copper Wort
      Alexander Copper and James Wort were merchant brewers in Burton-on-Trent before 1835.  But within 10 to 15 years both the partners had passed away. Their descendants formed a public limited liability company in the late 1880's. Copper Wort & Co. Ltd.  The company was later bought out and was amalgamated in 1910 with a larger company.  Our period modelled of the early Edwardian 1900’s is perfect as that was the high point of the brewing industry in Burton on Trent, extremely busy with the bigger breweries establishing their potential with the Midland Railway network with the smaller breweries muscling in between them.
       
      To add substance to what is essentially a little known small brewery company and make it work for a round and round layout I have given it a few of its own 0-4-0 locomotives to support the larger Midland Railway locomotives running through the town and includes a track plan based on Worthington’s arrangement to accommodate the numerous Midland Railway and Great Northern open wagons and outside framed Midland Railway vans. The buildings are based on the those of Bass, Ind Coope, Trumans and others, all based in and around Burton on Trent, some of which is still there today even though the railways have long gone.
       
      It is being built to 4mm scale OO gauge on a hexagon shaped 6 board arrangement (4 feet length per hex outside edge) and is about 1/3 size of my previous layouts. The track plan is a continuous round and round run with lots of shunting and sidings. 4 of the boards contain the complete brewery process. The 5th board is the High Street crossing with shops and houses with the track running between buildings, and the 6th is a small fiddle yard.  Most of the stock will therefore be out front.
       
      Assistance and advice has been gleaned so far from various people including Joe Stamper from Burton and the National Brewing Centre also at Burton. Boards constructed by Col Stark and we are currently under way with construction of the buildings together with the DCC electrics designs.
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    • Some shots in the dark.
      It was gloomy yesterday so I turned the layout lights on and tried running a few trains in the dark. Daft, but oddly fun.
       
      Anyway, a few random pics of variable quality. The station in general, I need to lightproof the roof more next time it is off.
       

       
       

       

       
       

       
      This is a lucky pic. I cant really see the from of the station building so its just done by point the camera at the mirror on the end of the layout and hoping. The resultant image is then reversed in preview.
       
       

       
      Through a window. Atmospheric, a bit.... 
       
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