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  1. Flashbacks to an emmet asking my dad for directions to the "Fowi Fairy", which it turned out is apparently Scouse for "Fowey Ferry". Once the gears had turned and the penny had dropped, "tiz over yonder" (with a pointed finger) "also eez pronounced Foy me 'ansum".
  2. Andrew, you might want to join the facebook group Western Excavating (ECC) Ltd if you haven't already.
  3. That turned out cracking David! What a difference google maps measuring tool and a few reference photos make, eh? Wasn't so long ago that none of that was possible for the average chap, 3D printing included.
  4. Came across another photo you might find interesting, which shows the powerhouse quite clearly, with less foliage so that it's more obvious how it was built into an excavation in the hillside.
  5. The one time I lived in a place that had carpet in the bathroom I actually loved it. I find carpet is much easier to maintain than hard floors (just vacuum it, with the occasional go over with a rug doctor), it gets rid of that horrible short-delay echo, and it's warmer to the foot. I find that now that hard floors have become the norm, everyone has bloody cold houses and I have to keep a pair of slippers in the car!
  6. Weathering powders will get diluted by a matt coat, yes, so it's best to build up the effect in layers. The way most people approach this is they "go heavy" on the powder application and then tone it down with the matt coat, rinse and repeat until you're happy with the end result. Personally since I've gotten into airbrushing I've stopped using weathering powders altogether. I find that they're just too expensive for what they are because you use up so much of them on each project with doing the multiple layers. If you skip the matt coat you will use less weathering powder, but then handl
  7. Goodness what a tremendous loss this is. I think I must've been about 10 years old when I first saw an ad in Railway Modeller for his Ruston LBT, which at the time just about blew my mind! I went running off to show my father, as I'd never seen anything like that before and had no idea that people actually modelled narrow gauge! (Back then the model railway press was staunchly standard gauge) I've followed his works enthusiastically ever since. His advocacy for the characterful, gritty, and charming British INGR back in the dark days of model railway publications that were myopically obse
  8. This is a topic that makes me wish I'd taken photos of the Cornish cottage models I'd built over the years rather than just giving them away to people! There's two types of cement renders common in Cornwall, one is spray render which produces a very textured finish, the other is a flat render that's been applied with a trowel. The row of houses at Burngullow have a flat render, which is just a mixture of sand, cement, and water, so your "texture" in 4mm scale would be builders sand shrunk 76 times! That'd be so fine that in 4mm scale (about 13 microns) it'd be basically invisible. If you
  9. The construction photos are from the early 70s when Keir had the contract to build the new Jetty and a storage linhay. At some point one of the cranes in the photo overbalanced and fell in the river. I'm not sure how they numbered the new Jetty, I think maybe no.5, but I know it wasn't no.8, as that was the designation given to the GWR loader. Jetties 3 thru 7 were originally a mixture of conveyor belts and cranes, with the electricity obviously coming from the powerhouse. When No.8 was built the powerhouse was substantially expanded to increase output. I think I'm right in saying there was mo
  10. Yeah "play fair and safe" is a good mantra. As far as I know, no case precedent exists for prosecuting a lack of attribution on an otherwise fair use of a copyrighted work, but it's no skin off anyone's nose to give credit where it's due. In reality, I don't think any "violation" on this forum would ever get past the takedown-notice stage since we have quite proactive moderators. The boilers were in the building, and a flue ran underground to the base of the chimney. The building was split into two rooms, boilers in the room closest to the chimney, steam engines in the other. If
  11. So far as I'm aware the old powerhouse didn't have turbines, it had conventional steam engines. Maurice Dart gave me a lot of information on the powerhouse during our visit in 2004, most of which I promptly forgot! But IIRC the steam rising from behind is from the condenser, and the water tower in front of the building contains condensate to feed the boilers of which I think there were two of the Lancashire variety. Also just FYI copyright doesn't prevent photographs being used in ways that conform to "fair use", such as educational and research purposes. You do not need permission or
  12. They were mostly gone by the time the diesels came along but the few that lingered were Nanpean Wharf, Meledor Mill, and Rostowrack/Slip. The first two were used to bring clay from drys that were not rail connected, a dying breed by that time! I'd say the practice ended in the very early 70s, after which Nanpean Wharf was used to take delivery of pipework and equipment for use in the industry, and Meledor Mill was relegated to a shunting loop for the nearby Collins dryer. The latter, Rostowrack, was a loading point for china stone - it had a mass concrete ramp for trucks to back onto, with a l
  13. I had not heard of the Lincolnshire potato railways until you brought it up. What a great prototype. Lots of potential there. I especially like the timber cabs, very agricultural!
  14. No sadly not, Neil. Personal circumstances have meant that, once again, I've been prevented from building any kind of layout. It's been quite frustrating as I've been itching to do something beyond just planning for many years now, and each time I get close to exchanging dollars for rails life intervenes. The upshot of this is that all my layout plans and CAD designs have been revised and honed many times over and have become quite refined. Once designs are finalised I should in theory be able to do a sort of "quantity surveying" where I can figure out roughly how much of everything I'll
  15. Tidmeric is another one that I was already familiar with, and in fact had downloaded photos to use as inspiration. Being a Cornishman I recognised the ore hoppers immediately (Camborne and Redruth Tramway I think). This is exactly the kind of modelling that I really enjoy, so bravo.
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