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  1. There are plenty of "sheds" on the Western these days.
  2. That's a very nice model of a fabulous aircraft. It will be fascinating to watch the resurrection of the type at 1:1scale over the next few years with the restoration of TT193.
  3. Time to puzzle out the point rodding runs - thanks to Tony Wright’s thread, I think I have all the resources I need...
  4. Given that a Grange is a rebuild of a 5'8" Churchward loco and is a farm attached to a large ecclesiastical property, I reckon that the West Somerset Railway's 9351, a rebuild of a 5'8" Collett loco should also be named after a farm attached to a large secular property. I give you 9351 "Bradford Barton!"
  5. These look like large prairies to me. It could be a positioning move for one of the locomotives - there were limited paths over the single line section to Kingswear. Load is very heavy for a branch portion and of mainline stock with a full brake at the front, so maybe a holiday relief? Nice picture though, not seen it before.
  6. I'm currently building a layout based on Torre Station on the Kingswear branch - see link below for details. The next structure I need to assemble is the canopy in front of the goods shed Torre goods shed canopy, just before it was demolished. I have enough information to make the model externally correct, but don't know what pattern of steelwork was used. Does anyone have photos of the underside of this or a similar canopy, or know what pattern of trussing would have been employed? I have enough for the actual shed itself - I saw the contractors dismantle the original roof! Last days of Torre goods shed before it was rebuilt as a Howdens depot. Roof in course of demolition. View of the interior during remodelling. Thanks! Martin
  7. Apart from university, I have always lived in Torbay and knew Torre in the 1980s when I was at school close by. I've always been interested in the branch, starting with books like "Summer Saturdays in the West" and the Bradford Barton books, Peter Gray's photos in the Herald Express and later in colour albums & more recently "The Day of the Holiday Express" and "Operation Torbay." Growing up in the early 1980's there was also still enough of the remnants of the late steam-era railway around in terms of track, signalling, buildings (and rolling stock) for me to be keenly aware of how recently it had all ended. The photos I have posted show only a couple of completed locomotives, but I have acquired kits to cover most of the types regularly seen from the 1940s to 1960s. There is a quotation in "Operation Torbay" to the effect that to see any Great Western locomotive, all you had to do was go to Paignton and wait! - so I'm not there yet and will fill further gaps later! I did look very carefully at Churston as a prototype, but in the end decided that it would be difficult to design a visually satisfactory layout within the very limited space constraints I had set myself. I have also followed Trevor Pott's super layout in articles in MRJ and elsewhere http://www.gwr.org.uk/layoutschurston1.html and didn't want to make a pale copy of it! To - "Diesel Do Nicely" Please post photos of your layout - it is always good to see interpretations of this most varied of Great Western lines.
  8. Thanks for the information, Tony. I've just ordered a copy. Usually, I only find out about this sort of thing after I have finished building!!
  9. To add to the sources I quoted above. Cranks, signal wheels etc are also made by Brassmasters. http://www.brassmasters.co.uk/track_details.htm
  10. Hi Rich, Tim, the wire was supplied by Wizard Models LS006/2 for square wire LS006/3for round wire They also have point rodding cranks and pulleys (LS006/1) and stools (LS005) listed. The Modelu components can be found at https://www.modelu3d.co.uk/product-category/detailing-components/infrastructure-detailing/ I did think about a Silhouette cutter for these parts, but I had already bought and fitted the Churchward windows for front and back and wanted consistency with them. For the next building, I may well try that out! Best Wishes Martin
  11. Hi Tony I’m so glad to hear someone else say this! I’ve just spent a week trying to puzzle out the rodding runs for Torre to no great effect, despite good photographic coverage of 90% of the area modelled. I am certain that next time I visit a mechanically signalled preserved railway I will be mostly looking down, not up! More than ever, I am convinced that modelling is less dependent on technical skill than it is on developing an ability to really see what is in front of you in reality or in a photograph. With just eight feet of plank to populate, I chose the Modelu 3D printed parts, which certainly looked impressive and assembled cleanly. The photograph below shows a short trial sample - once it was in place, I knew that I would have to complete the whole installation. The concrete bases are not yet made or fitted, these will be styrene section rather than the parts Modelu offer. They are mostly buried, so I do not expect this simplification will be visible. I have now committed to a plan, placed an order for the remainder of the parts and will busy myself singeing my fingers on Brassmasters angle cranks until they arrive! Best Wishes and thanks for the inspiration! Martin
  12. On the subject of the Vasa... https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/stories-47791179/finding-the-ship-lost-for-more-than-300-years
  13. I recommend going to see the Vasa if you ever visit Stockholm - it is unbelievably impressive, an almost complete ship.. The Mary Rose is basically half a Tudor warship, enough to see how it would have looked, but sectioned like "Ellerman Lines", The Vasa is the real deal. When it was recovered, it was shifted to a dry dock, still more or less submerged and dug out by the archaeologists layer by layer as the water level was lowered. When the excavation was complete, the Vasa was floated across to its new home.
  14. I've been trying out some of the scenic materials I'm planning to use. First up is the grass - there is a very small strip of scrubby grass at the front of the layout. Noch puffer bottle, PECO 2mm grass onto Resin W and burnt umber base colour. I'll mix it up a bit with the shades and add in some 4mm next time. Also laid onto a bed of PVA, Attwood Aggregates scenic dust - this will be used to add texture and base colour for the non-ballasted areas within the yard and between the main lines. Turning to the signal box, this has now gone off for etching - here is the drawing for the parts , before the tabbing was added and the front and rear separated. These were printed out actual size and tried out in place before I submitted the artwork. lastly for this week, a start has been made on the point rodding, with a trial length of Modelu 4-roller parts, with 0.4mm square nickel-silver wire. I have some Brassmasters angle cranks to assemble next, they will be placed adjacent to the leading wheel set of 2785.
  15. Not a huge amount to show for my modelling efforts over the last couple of weeks so far - but that is about to change. I decided to make a determined effort to complete the signal box. Torre box in 2014, in a rather sad state Current state of the model, not much better, certainly less water-tight. The main tasks are: 1) Obtain 5-pane windows to the same standard as the existing Churchward Models etched brass windows on front and rear elevations for the side elevations (they are slightly narrower) 2) Obtain 6 pane lock room windows 3) Make the decorative eave supports 4) Reduce the width of the ridge tiles 5) Shape and fit the wall tie-rod end plates 6) Paint and fit the Narrow Planet-supplied custom-etched nameplate. 7) Complete the interior fit (lock room floors, block instrument shelf and layout diagram) 8) Fit the chimneys, guttering, down pipes and window bars. 9) Paint and weather the roof. 10) Complete and fit Churchward doors. I've started by drawing up the artwork for the windows and eaves - this was a first time for me and took some time to bring to an acceptable state. Once again, I used Draftsight to create the drawing - the top layer was done first (mostly full thickness) this was then copied and pasted next to the original for the half-etched tabs to be added. Lastly, the fill command was used on all areas planned not to be etched and any residual errors and double lines corrected. i added three signs to the artwork - a station nameboard, the sign commanding down goods trains to stop and finally a "passengers must use the footbridge sign." These have been accepted for etching and I am looking forward to delivery! Thanks for the responses and feedback - I'll update this thread when the etch arrives!
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