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    Railways - American 1990s - N gauge. UK Southern 1923 - 1948, Blue diesels 1973 - 1981, EWS and modern.
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  1. Further to my last post some pictures of early stages of construction. The first baseboard in my garage. The joint between baseboards showing the end of the platform and the rail ends. Rails are soldered to brass pins and sleepers glued in afterwards. A picture showing the platform and some of the track. The platform is a piece of timber planed to size and the front covered with brick paper. I cut a very slight rebate on the top front edge and inlaid brick paper so that it lies flush with a layer of 1200 grade wet and dry paper to represent the tarmac surface. The bricks are a little too red for my liking so I will eventually tone them down with a wash of diluted Indian ink.
  2. Adrian, thanks for the pictures and references. I have seen one of the pictures of the Crown and I'm aiming to pose a pony and trap on the road outside on my layout. I set off building part off the station in the 2011 diorama challenge to refresh my modelling skills in OO. I have been modelling American N gauge for nearly 20 years. I have built card mock ups of most of the buildings mainly to get an idea of the space and scale area required but I have been forced into 9 feet by about 23 inches excluding the fiddle yard by the household authorities. I have got all the features of the track layout except I put a kink around the position of the water tower to ensure I could fit the back siding. Like you I view from the goods yard side. I have also used electrical switches for my point operating system, positioned at the front of the board in line with the points they are linked with 2mm dia aircraft control rods, fed through electric terminal blocks for support and linked to the point with fine rod. I use the DPDT switch to change the frog polarity on my electrofrog points. I use some insulfrog points but wired specially for DCC use and apart from one locomotive that shorts on the Y point occasionally I have no problems with stalling at low speed. On the subject of track I am using Peco Code 100 because it is what I was given 3 years ago with a Hornby Schools class. I know the track isn’t “Finescale” but I will have to live with it. I have been made redundant since starting this layout and I now seem to be too old to get a job but I am too young to retire so I am penny pinching anywhere that I can in my construction. To this end I will be using card for a lot of my buildings. The granary is being constructed with brick paper that I have printed myself and mounted on layers of cereal packet. I started the water tower with a Dapol/Airfix kit, cutting it down to size and shape and making girders from Plastruct. I will add some pictures when I can get my camera to function in the macro mode . I am using the signal box that I made as an experiment for the diorama challenge but I will be rebuilding some of it particularly the steps. You can see it on the 2011 challenge pages: A Twig off a Southern Branch. I also built a working model of the Prescott Railmobile for the challenge. More to follow when I can get my pictures downloaded. Having trouble posting them on here. Regards Andrew
  3. Hi, This is my first visit to your layout pages and first time on this forum for a while. I am really impressed with your model but it has given me a bit of a shock. I am building a model of Westerham as well, although mine is set in the 1930s. I lived in Knockholt as a child and have some vague memories of the station just as it was being closed. I started my research back in 2011 and entered the diorama competition with a small section with the signal box. I have continued the research and built my baseboards and laid some of the track but space for the layout has been a problem. I have just moved house and now have a room solely for my railway use so I am now making some progress. I am particularly interested in your depiction of the Crown and the other surrounding buildings. I have been unable to find many decent pictures apart from the David Gould book and a couple of others and they show very little of the area. I have less space to show the Crown and the school so they are being shown on the backscene. I took some real pictures of the old school and altered them on my computer and printed a piece to put on the backscene. I have been desperately searching for pictures of the Crown and got one showing it in the 1930s before it was painted. I hope to model it in low relief but will only have about 10mm of space to fit it in. I am currently working on the granary that you have built extremely well. I haven't a clue as to what the non railway side looked like. Is yours from memory or pictures? I will try to get some pictures of my layout efforts and some details of the locomotives I am building / converting to suit the 1930s timetable. Green with admiration Andrew in East Yorkshire
  4. Thanks for your quick response. It is interesting to see your colour code as well. My Gaugemaster is wired similar to your drawing but the red and black track outputs are reversed. The Modelex has blue and yellow connected to the DPDT switch inside the unit obviously to power the track but connected to one pin either side of the centre.
  5. Can anyone please tell me if there is a convention diagram for wiring a 5 pin DIN plug connection to a controller. I have several handheld controllers, Modelex, Gaugemaster and H&M. The first Modelex and the Gaugemaster I purchased came fitted with 5 pin DIN plugs but they are wired in different ways. I know it is only a matter of resoldering them but before i do does anybody know if there is a correct way. I seem to remember Roger Amos had drawn a diagram in his Electronics for Model Railways book many years ago but I haven't got a copy now.
  6. I don't think it matters how low the temperature goes as long as you bring the items back to a normal temperature carefully. The big difficulty that I have had is with a layout in a poorly insulated loft. The stock in boxes didn't suffer any obvious effects but items I took down to work on were covered in a fine layer of condensation. The track showed the worst effects, it shrank so much that rails popped out of the joiners and strained solder connections. Of course the loft also produced the opposite effect in the summer when the track expanded and buckled. I gave up on using the loft after that. If I ever have to use a loft or a shed again I will ensure that it has at least 4" of insulation but not under the layout. A loft needs the insulation on the roof itself. Wooden sheds with a layer of insulation and an inner skin offer reasonable protection and a small tubular oil filled electric heater can keep the frost off at a low cost. While on about condensation I have recently got some models out of a cupboard under the stairs to find them covered in condensation. I didn't realise that there was poor ventilation and the boxes were tightly packed. I have got the boxes out and warmed them up very slowly. I try to put some silicon dessicant bags into each box to reduce the potential moisture as well.
  7. Congratulations to the winners in each category, the overall winner and to all those who took part. Some amazing modelling and some unusual twists for originality. Apart from the levels of skill and knowledge exhibited here I would like to to say that working to a deadline with a diorama or any model is a big part of the challenge and this is the first time that I have ever considered a model of mine anywhere near completed. Thanks to Andy for organising it and roll on next year. Happy 2012 to all.
  8. I was lucky enough to get a copy of this book for Christmas and A Pictorial Record of Southern Steam Locomotives, both of which have good drawings of the railcar however there appears to be some differences in the drawings. One drawing in the second book shows the rear (guards) compartment to have double opening doors and cosequently smaller windows in the doors. It is feasible that the guards doors were split to allow faster loading of large luggage or parcels. Can anyone verify this. Also does anybody know what livery would have been applied to this railcar.
  9. I'm not sure if this is the correct place to enter my query or if I should start a new thread. I am researching the Southern Railway Sentinel Railcar for information to build a 4mm scale model to run on OO track. I started looking through the RMweb pages and found this thread. I have got a copy of David Gould's book by the Oakwood Press and it has one side view drawing and a photograph. I have also got a couple of photographs of it on the Westerham Valley Branch and a couple on the Devil's Dyke line. Is anybody aware of any proper drawings for it or any further information on it. In the David Gould book it shows that it had completely different bogies, streamlined curved ends and lighter construction than the other versions. I intend using a OO tram motor to power it as I think I can hide it reasonably well. If anyone has any further suggestions I would be very grateful.
  10. A great model Pete and one that I shall keep referring to for details. I am building a 9' long model of Westerham in the 1930s and I've just started on the station building. I'm not sure this is the right place to ask but where did you obtain the railings from and is the canopy fascia a moulding or did you cut it from Evergreen sheet? Well done, it certainly looks like the way I recall Southern wooden built stations in the 60s and early 70s.
  11. My entry is confirmed the summary topic is at: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/45739-a-twig-off-a-southern-branch/ Regards Andrew
  12. I started my diorama to get some practice modelling in OO after a long period working in American N gauge. I am building a model of the station that was at Westerham in Kent closed in October 1961. I have done a fair bit of research and came across the film clips of the Prescott railmobile and decided this would make a different piece of motive power to run on a 20" x 11" diorama. After obtaining a couple of plans of Westerham from the National Railway Museum for my main layout I I chose a piece of the station by the signal box with just one turnout for the diorama. I hope I have captured the look of the signal box with its unusual vertical planking. I scratchbuilt the signal box even down as far as cutting some Wills windows apart and removing the vertical glazing bars and glueing the frames back together. I had a problem with the size of it working from David Gould's book and counting the number of planks I thought I had got a perfect scale model. Then I discovered that the Wills sheeting I used was not quite to scale and the box is slightly wider than it should be. When I put the verandah on it looked a little better and I am now reasonably pleased with it. I was unable to form the brackets to support the verandah in the time that I had so these are missing along with the signalman. I put a note in the original topic that the Westerham name board is missing as it must have been removed when the Railmobile film was taken. I chose to include a small piece of the platform to see how I could make the platform for my layout. I described scratchbuilding the station lamp and I'm very pleased with the way it looks although want to build working lamps for my layout. I believe the lamps for the 1930 era were different but that's research for the future. I also tried to scratchbuild the station fence but ran out of time to complete it, a small length is in place. I hope I have captured the rather overgrown look of 1962. The railmobile was also a challenge but it does work and with the shuttle unit it can be left to amuse my stepsons who wonder how it works without a hand on the controller. I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and have gained confidence from the work that I have done. Good luck to everyone who has taken part there are some magnificent entries. Finally a piece of toilet humour seeing as several others have had a go! I built this although it can't be seen in its assembled position.
  13. I recall travelling past Woodhams every fortnight on my way for a weekend leave from the RAF. The atmosphere even to a 17 year old, was quite upsetting. At the end of my posting there were many gaps in the sidings and I was never sure whether they had been cut up or taken for preservation. I do remember some had details chalked on them suggesting a reprieve but I was a novice spotter and unable to work out types or classes. This is a beautiful reminder of the sadness and I think on a par with a David Shepherd picture of Woodham's yard in three dimensions.
  14. Finally able to post the next pictures and a final view. I there is something missing as there always is something that you can add to the detail. I know there is no rubbish lying around, the Volunteers made a good job of clearing the station area for real. Following on from the scratchbuilt lamp post I added some point rodding made from sections of microstrip. Not perfect by any means but it does convey the appearance of the side of the track: I took a few shots to show the overal view against a blue sheet. I haven't made a backscene as I intend viewing from all sides People who knew the line or those that have studied it since, will notice the name plate is missing from the signal box. It is missing in the films so I assume it had been removed for safe keeping. I have tried to convey a small image of a part of the staion and include a unique but ill fated mode of transport on an ill fated line. 27 days from now will be the 50th anniversay of its closure.
  15. Thanks for that Andy. With luck I'll post my final pictures tomorrow evening but a seperate area seems a good idea having seen the length of some of the entries.
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