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  1. Hi Most of the freight traffic south of Leicester on the MML was stone traffic with some cement trains, with a mix of 4 wheel and bogie tanks as well. Regards Nick
  2. Cambridge and Peterborough Combined Authority has issued a video showing the work currently being done at both March and Manea stations. It includes some drone footage, plus images of the proposed station and new car park. Regards Nick
  3. This option has also been mentioned in connection with the rail re-opening to Haverhill with respect to tram-train. It is not clear if this is a serious option, as it has been considered in the past or just something that has to be looked at when making an application to the government for funding that all the options have been considered. Previous studies have indicated that a through service to Cambridge gives the best results for the project. Greater Anglia has a few spare class 755 units that could be used if the heavy rail option gets the green light. Nick
  4. Thanks for the 2nd part of the track plan - when I saw the first part, I imagined you were planning a massive sector plate to link all the tracks together!. Are the sidings on the 2nd part being used as an engine shed or is that intending to be just outside the station? Would such a terminal include a turntable? There is a thread in this forum on a layout based around the real station at Stranraer Harbour. Operationally it could be very similar to your layout if you are looking for ideas and it does include sleeper trains! Nick
  5. Thanks for the correction - I have re-read the entry in Wikipedia although it says in the introduction that stock was allocated to the Central Line, later on it says that none actually ran on those lines. My bad for not reading the entire article. Nick
  6. Some more work on the scenery today. The church yard now has some gravestones. I had a few packs of gravestones from Peedie Models, but there were not enough. I decided to make some of my own. Some bits of microstrip stuck to some 1 x 1mm section to provide a base and help with the painting. The church is a Petite Properties card kit which does make up into a really nice building. The only addition was some microstrip to create the roof seams. The gardeners have also been busy at the big house next door. The building was scratchbuilt from plastic sheet. The windows came from an American supplier. The next task is to add some flowers around the front of the building. I will need to sort out some gates for both buildings. Nick
  7. It is a shame that the video did not include any captions or commentary to explain why this shunting move was so complicated. My first thought was that the yard crew had messed up when creating the train. Then I saw the second engine on the back of the train, which I assume was used to switch trailing spurs if there was no run round loop. With this in mind, could the train have picked up some more cars at another interchange and used the siding on the right to help re-marshall the train? Anybody got any thoughts on this? The drone shots were really good and very helpful for anything thinking about american scenery or detailing towns or industrial plants. Nick
  8. Hi Andy Have been doing a quick zoom along the coast to find a town similar to your model. Think I may have found something. Polruan in Cornwall, opposite Fowey could be a mirror image of your layout. A railway line could cross a branch of the River Fowey before running in front of some trees/fields on a slope to the station. Beyond the station, the railway crosses the main road through town to reach a small square shaped port area. The area between the station and the sea looks like boatyards and related industry. There is even a small ferry across the river that you could model. Very simple sketch enclosed showing how the railway might fit into the landscape. I hope this is of use, but feel free to ignore and do your own thing. Nick
  9. Hi Andy Thinking about the lane to the cattle dock, if you assume that it was there before the railway arrived, even if just a simple track, it would have extended into your town area. When the railway arrived, it may have been diverted a bit to allow for the railway and the railway company may have improved it to give better access to the cattle dock. Something to think about, or ignore completely, Up to you. Regards Nick
  10. Hi The fork lift truck looks great. I assume there will be a bit more structure at the lower edge of the shelter roof as looks a bit flimsy at present and that the loading working area is at the higher end ? If not, any water will be dripping on staff whilst they are working - not a good move. Regards Nick
  11. Some Tree planting this morning. My previous layout had around 100 trees so I have spent some time sorting these out. Around 20 have been selected to place around the vicarage and the church. I need to sort out the grounds of the big house and perhaps a few more trees will be added either side of house just in front of the backscene to break up the interface between backscene and the ground. The trees are not stuck down yet, so may move a bit. Will also a bit more ground cover. Work in progress photos enclosed. Contrast with photos in recent posts. Regards Nick
  12. Hi Andy I like the idea of the removable backscene - in position it will help frame and tidy up any photos in that direction whilst still allowing you to view and take photos the other way when it is removed. The backscene on Porthallow at the town end is removable. Looking at some of the photos I have taken , it is not always in position and even though the town is not the main focus of the shot it does make a difference when the backscene is there. One issue to think about is how to deal with the interface between the backscene and the mud on your low tide inlet. You could extend the dockside around the end of the layout and have more ware house buildings. That would be effective but could be too dominant. You could even extend the track around a very tight curve as an old horse worked tramway! An alternative would be to have a barge or similar on the mud. That would help disguise the interface without being too imposing. Hope this helps Nick
  13. Hi The preserved railway main station is most impressive. Just a thought, does the rest of the preserved railway allow you to use the main station to it's full extent? Regards Nick
  14. For people thinking about layout ideas to use this rolling stock, here are a couple of suggestions: 1. Central line between Action North and West Ruislip. This line has the former Western Region line from Paddington which joins the Marylebone line at Northolt. Although the main line has little traffic today, in the past there would have been regular passenger trains and a fair amount of freight. This section had until recently freight sidings for cement, stone and the Guinness brewery. Greenford station itself would be a challenge with the triangular junction on the main line towards West Ealing and the steep climb from the junction up to the platform. Not sure if the Dapol bubble car would cope with that. 2. A more modest idea towards the eastern end of the Central Line. At Leyton, just east of Stratford station where the Central Line emerges from a tunnel, the southern end of Temple Mills yard had some PW sidings on the original Eastern Region line to Leytonstone. My Bakers Rail Atlas from 1984 shows the sidings in use at that time. You could have an Inglenook style BR sidings (or more) next to the underground line as it emerged from the tunnel. Regards Nick
  15. Hi Andy I am not a geography expert in any sense, but I am not sure a small hill would feel right. If there was a headland, then I think it would have a more rocky edge to match the rocky edge of the town that you are thinking about. As I think I suggested before, your best bet is to look at some aerial photos around the coast to find something that you would like to model. Regards Nick
  16. Hi The depot/engineer's area looks great. Not so sure about the tunnel entrance, the steel girder says bridge but the landscaping says tunnel. Perhaps a simple cutting with a footbridge to hide the entrance to the storage sidings would look better. Regards Nick
  17. The September edition of Modern Railways has an interesting article about the potential for modal shift between lorries and moving stuff by rail. It notes that there has been an increase in companies expressing an interest in moving goods by rail and a number of trails have taken place and some new flows started. It also notes some new fairly short flows for container traffic such as Tees Port to Doncaster and London (Barking) to Daventry. Overall it suggests that around 38% of existing lorry tonne/km could be suitable to move by rail. This of course depends on having suitable terminals, amount of traffic and train paths available. Regards Nick
  18. The track inspection team were out early this morning. Points checked and working and bits of stray ballast removed from the inside of the tracks with a pointy stick. One thing I noticed is that the ballast is the same colour as the track has been sprayed, so the sleepers not always obvious I will touch up the sleepers to make them slightly darker. Anyway - track cleared and OK to allow the bank holiday excursion to arrive. 4 Collett corridor coaches hauled by a 56XX. With no space at the station, the loco once serviced took the coaches back to the junction station to stable during the day. Regards Nick
  19. Hi Nicholas Have you thought about ow you might use the 3 sidings on the layout or will these be disused and overgrown? If there is still freight traffic on your branch line, then it will likely need a run round loop. The easiest way to do this would be to install a point in one of the straight sections of track that you have to the sidings. Is there going to be any storage tracks beyond the baseboards that we see? If yes, I would take the run round track straight into the storage area. The tracks could go under a bridge or footbridge to act as a scenic break. The track plan suggests that the line might have continued beyond the station at some stage and this section is already closed. A bit of disused track beyond the station could make an interesting feature. Hope this helps Nick.
  20. The track has been ballasted today. Legacy Ballast light grey on the main tracks and Carr's ash ballast in the goods yard. The Carr's ballast has turned much darker when wet and soaked in PVA glue. Photos show the ballast whilst still drying. Hopefully will dry overnight and we will see tomorrow what the effect is and how much as actually stuck down. Wetting the ballast with a hand spray hasn't done the card based shed in the goods yard much good, further inspection tomorrow to see how it turns out. May have to replace or touch up with some paint. Regards Nick
  21. Dave Great layout and video, thank you. What is the overall size of the layout please. Nick
  22. Hi Koala Creek Like your layout ideas. The idea of a disused plot to increase the view of the layout would be a great feature. You could also have the buildings at the front just single story to create the same effect. Looking at the photos and maps again, I agree there would be space to put a run round track in if required. There is another thread in this forum on street running, and there are pictures of locos puling and pushing cars along streets. I think this could add the the shunting "fun" by including operating rules that say you can't leave cars blocking the main streets. One feature that I picked up from the maps, was that the building line was constant along the street. There will no doubt be examples where companies have set their buildings back to allow for a track to be included. Looking forward to see how this will develop. My N gauge version has joined the list of many layouts that I could build when I retire, win the lottery etc. Nick
  23. Those pictures are great and cry out to be recreated in model form. As a N gauge modeller, the image below shows how it might fit onto a 1200mm board. In addition to this there are staging tracks at each end. The larger one on the right would take a loco and 3 wagons on the green track. The other track represents another industry as the original plan. Not sure how the line would have been operated, but could the loco been in the middle of the train to enable it to switch spurs in either direction? Each siding could take 1 car so not great. The staging track on the left could be omitted if space was tight but it does provide another location to shunt cars. It would be possible to model the street car tracks on the left hand side, although they would not be operational. Looking at google maps, the street grid is typical of an American city with the main streets spaced 100 yards apart (building edge to building edge). To copy that exactly you would need a bit more space in N, say a 1500mm scenic section. This would allow some of the tracks to take more than one car that would increase operational interest. Hope this is of use. Nick
  24. New wagons spotted in the fiddle yard; some Dapol dogfish and a EFE Shark. It can only mean one thing- track ballasting is about to start! Nick
  25. I have 3 of these locos. All excellent runners straight out of the box and easy to fit the Dapol automatic uncouplers. Great stuff. Nick
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