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  1. Andrew; ive also seen a recent video of your new build and the first running. I can’t believe how fast you are in building layouts- I’m in awe. My Hawkinsfield junction is 10 plus years and only half way!!! It’s tortoise like! Anyway, I have a question arising from watching your video; in it you mentioned the NEM pockets and using Kadee’s in them. What I would like to know is which number Kadee you use for your goods stock and locos? many thanks for your layout motivation regards Andy R NZ
  2. Keep safe- aussie hasn't had it easy. Andy R
  3. Update Part 7; Ive been working on the river estuary/ viaduct scene in the last few days and getting to grips with the construction of a viaduct on a curve. My research online suggests a range of ways people have built curved viaducts; some I think would not stay up if engineering principles were applied. I therefore searched engineering design applied to viaducts on a curve. It is clear that the first principle is that the arches should be parallel. This leads to series of straight bridge bits that gradually step around the curve ( hard to explain but easier to see). I saw a couple of photos of the famous Landweisser viaduct in Switzerland ( which I have traveled over in a tourist train) and it’s sharp curve is in fact a series of short straights! Meanwhile pillars can be tappered with the outer curve pillar width wider than the inner curve. Using these principles I have started my model which is three arches, so three ‘straight’ bits, combining to form the viaduct. I am currently detailing the front facia with foam board covered with embossed plasticard. The photos show this start. im now working on the pillars and using the ‘insitu’ measurements to guide my construction as I go. cheers Andy R
  4. Hi - thought i would have a look at your progress as you were kind enough to look at my Hawkinsfield Junction progress reports. Hope the Covid thingy hasnt attacked you? Progress? Andy R New Zealand
  5. Update on Hawkinsfield Junction Part 6: Start on the river/viaduct scene Following the work on the dairy scene and junction loco shed environs I have turned attention to the far end of the layout, where the double track leaves Hawkinsfield Junction station past the signal box and merges into a single track junction, with track separating to the new (future) train turntable in the room centre, and the small single track link back to the terminus single slip for the continuous run. It has always been my aim to have a three arch viaduct over a river valley scene here. The baseboard was made to allow greater depth in this location. I've now made a start on this, as some preliminary photos below show. My usual approach of using cheap cardboard strips lattice, hot glued together to get basic contours of the landform is now being done. This will be covered with thin cereal packet card and then paper machie' glued with cheap PVA to form a hard shell. Then paint, scenic scatter/static grass etc etc. The river scene is to be of a sandy river estuary with the tide half out and an old river stone quayside and warehouse which have seen better days. Some photos of the old river Dart quay around Totnes have been downloaded as a reference for this (as I live in NZ I cant visit it!) Anyway, first things first; in order to get the landform reference about right I have carved out some of the baseboard girders and also put in a country lane and stone bridge over the single junction spot. The stone bridge will be disguised/softened with trees and shrubs and wing walls. This approach allows me to make the landform sloping down from this high point to the river estuary below. The river estuary will have the new viaduct (yet to be built) as its backdrop. The viaduct also needs to disguise a tortoise point motor at its left hand end, hence the rather narrow arches as shown in my sketch hanging from the track bed. You get the general idea; at least this approach is how I see things in my poor old brain anyway! Some initial photos to illustrate below. Cheers Andy R
  6. Love that description Tony- that’s a real model railway! regards Andy R
  7. Update of Hawkinsfield Junction: Part 5; Reconstructed junction loco facilities; The new terminus Melcombe Regis needed a new loco servicing facility as befits its terminus status at the seaside end of a joint Southern/ GWR line from other parts of UK (in my story anyway). Hence the turntable and larger engine shed that was sited at the junction originally had to be moved over. As discussed/illustrated above this made way for the new Hawkinsfield dairy company. But also as the junction has a resident shunter to be housed a smaller loco shed has been constructed in place of the former larger one. For this I had an old Airfix engine shed kit, which I have finished and weathered and sited on the foundations of the former shed. I also dug out a small loco inspection pit and the usual water crane, coal, tools, equipment etc scattered around it. The only thing I need to finish this new scene is a small water tower and a coal lifting crane. These will come shortly I hope. Having basically completed the dairy and junction loco scenic areas at Hawkinsfield Junction I can again turn my attention to the terminus area and get town backscene, foreground scenic treatment and turntable, loco shed etc developed further. I also need to get the turntable motorised; with the help of my mates if and when we emerge from NZ lockdown. The photo shows off the new loco facility at the junction. The private dairy siding running off to the left. Cheers, Andy R
  8. Thanks for the likes and comments Andy R
  9. Hawkinsfield Junction Update, Part 4: Construction of Hawkinsfield Dairy Co; I've always wanted to have a small local dairy factory to generate traffic, so the old turntable site at the junction has been filled in and converted to a local dairy/creamery. (the turntable and engine shed shifted to the new terminus (another project!) The backstory here is that local farmers from the surrounding valleys bring in their milk churns and the milk is processed and pumped into the 4 wheeled tankers and transported out. Old Hornby tankers purchased from Janes Trains in Tooting, London during a past visit and now need weathering etc to service this industry. The dairy photo shows one in pristine condition! Eagle-eyed will note the dairy constructed from an old Airfix engine shed, an old brick building cobbled together and reroofed, reclad in parts, a loading platform added and old Ratio station canopy kit-bashed at the front. The water tower is kit-bashed from an american mineral hopper structure. Yard and approach road suitably plastered and subtly coloured to reflect local chalk soil conditions, and rough vegetation planted about using my usual scenic approach of paper machie, carpet felt, static grass and flock/scatter. The accompanying photos hopefully tell the story. Cheers Andy R
  10. Cheers Paul -that sorts that out then. Photos to be staged as best as possible. Cheers Andy R
  11. And another from this afternoon for fun..........
  12. Afternoon lockdown in NZ! A couple of ‘playing trains’ shots. I made videos but the files are too big ( over 10 mb. anyone know how to reduce the video file size for placement in this site? cheers Andy R
  13. Hawkinsfield Junction Update Part 3; Having got the trains going again and fine tuning the points as we go, and finding and fixing several electrical faults with friends ( I’m no electrical whizz) I felt I needed a break from this serious stuff, so I turned my mind back to things I like doing- the scenery department! I decided to focus on installation of the embankment and river scene I had in my head from the beginning, at one end of the layout between the new terminus and the junction. This area has been bare boards and frame since the start ( except for the nicely curved track). My preference is to keep the scenery cheap and cheerful; using card strips lattice work as a base, hot glued, then paper machie over the top with a 50/50 mix of cheap PVA and water. Yoo Okinawa can contour the landscape as you wish with this method and if you don’t like simply pull apart and redo. Once dry this forms a strong but light scenery base. Then I built in the bridge, green painted the paper machie, then scenic layering, using my preferred mix of cheap PVA, carpet felt, woodlands scatter types, string, and lots of mixed static grass. Next various home made trees of different sizes and shapes. The riverbed is painted but water still to be poured in ( I’m trying Mod Podge first and if no good will buy some Woodlands Scenic water mix. the next series of photos show the approach and current outcome. cheers Andy R
  14. Hey Les - great to hear you are alive and kicking in the Waikato. Hope we might catch up in Hamilton show or ours in January ( assuming not in lockdown). Yes have been slowly beavering away and lots more to do yet. Cheers Andy
  15. Thanks Graham T. The station is a work in progress, with fencing, passengers etc to be done later after I get the town street backscene is in place. I do think the roof ended up ok, but slightly too wide which is my poor measurement Andy
  16. Hawkinsfield Junction Update, Part 2: So, with terminus track basically laid my next step was to install new tortoise motors under the baseboard to activate all new points there. I decided to bite the bullet and order direct from a supplier in the USA, and while I nearly had to mortgage the house to cover the exchange rate and freight costs, they have been worth it. Once installed correctly, these are great slow- mo motors and I'm very happy with them. I decided early on I wanted to have a mimic panel approach to operating the terminus points rather than using my DCC handset and so I set about wiring in the tortoise motors into a new control panel. One of the photos shows the panel with its DPDT switches and LEDs to show point direction. Under the baseboard is a lot of wiring spaghettis! A 'slave' NCE controller has been wired up to the terminus side (the main PowerCab unit being on the junction station side). Trains began to run after about two years and numerous 'tight' spots and minor soldering adjustments have then occurred to get the stock running smoothly through my hand-made points. Lets just say I continue to 'fine-tune' as more stock gets run. Yes hand-made points are fun (if you like that sort of thing)..... but unless well made they can be challenging to get smooth running. I have had a mix of good and poor experiences with my points, but I'm pleased I have done them as it allowed me to make a bespoke track layout. If I count both junction and terminus areas I've made around 40 points/slips etc. (the approach described in earlier posts on this topic). Melcombe Regis station buildings are made by cutting down an old Ratio station kit I had, adding it to an old Hornby station building I found at the club, recladding with suitable Slaters embossed stone and various embellishments. The station roof is based on photos of a roof at Tavistock GW (in Great Western Echo magazine summer 2019), made using 3D printed trusses, brass, plasticard and embossed stone again. In addition, my lovely wife has painted a backscene for me which is inserted behind the terminus boards. I just need to print out some townscene building photos which a friend has photoshopped for me, and paste them into the rear of the terminus area as backdrop. The second series of photos show the terminus track work and buildings, the backscene and the mimic panel. Sorry about the upside down photo but I cant seem to get it the right way up??
  17. Hello RM webbers...my first post on upgrades to my Hawkinsfield Junction layout since Nov 2017, and the world has so changed! For those interested I thought I would share the last few years progress in a new series of posts over the next wee while. Here in NZ we had a major Covid lockdown for 10 weeks from April 2020, which if nothing else, helped with significant modelling progress on the new terminus side of my layout; the new terminus I have named Melcombe Regis (which happens to be the old english name for the original Weymouth). And as my layout is generically set in Dorset, this is the idea behind this. But unfortunately the extensive station at Weymouth cannot be reproduced in the layout room space I have. During the 10 weeks national lockdown I got stuck into track laying and point making in-situ for Melcombe Regis. I recall I got to the point where the track work and basic wiring was completed. The first few photos of this new series of posts endeavours to show the basic construction techniques as I worked along the new terminus track work, from the platform ends toward the loco shed end and connecting out to the Hawkinsfield Junction boards. I hope people find this series of interest.
  18. Hi Les- I’m finally catching up on your thread again and again what great modelling. You just have this knack of getting colour, materials, and textures just right to my eyes. i have made contact via PM after January show but don’t know whether that actually worked. It was nice to see you at show and for you to see Katikati and Stourbridge- two years hard work and still needing details. back to my own Hawkinsfield at last in lockdown and finishing track building at new terminus and now wiring / installing tortoise motors- 24 plus!!! Regards Andy R
  19. Hi Tony -as a RMweb fan and cricket fan from New Zealand I watched the whole match through the night; what a game. No modelling was undertaken during that period, or the next day due to sleep deprivation! My (kiwi) perspective is that neither team won the game or the superover, so we are 'co champions' (...but sadly no trophy...!) Thats sport as they say. I love your thread Tony which just zooms along, and always enjoy the regular catch up of the posts. Thanks for the inspiration (of modelling) but very sad for the cricket outcome. regards Andy R (NZ).
  20. Tony- thats amazing, where do you store all these layouts? Ive only seen the iconic Buckingham of course, and look forward to seeing it again on the 8th of next month. Andy R
  21. I like the evolution of your static grass scenery. May I ask what brand of static grass used and in particular what type of glue do you use between layer aspplications to secure the next round of static grass on the last layer? Many thanks, Andy R
  22. Tony Having just read this account of your recent shopping experience, I dont know whether we should laugh or cry! This mirrors so many 'modern' shopping experiences us slightly older persons (....'aged persons'... here in NZ) have these days. Is it the school production line that gets some of our youth to this point or is it us aged persons not keeping up with the changing nature of english communication??? Fortunately, in my view, for every such youth(s) serving in a shop we are likely to find a very articulate, well educated and well-rounded young person working hard in one of our many professions, so I havent given up all hope just yet! Not a topic to be pursued through your wonderful modelling thread I feel sure, but your post is a very nice illistration of an emerging gap between how young and old view things. Now, back to reading posts in the wonderful world of RMweb on a wet, wintery day in NZ. regards Andy R
  23. Many thanks to the various photographers who have posted their pictures on this topic thread. For those of us far from Pendon (other side of the world in NZ) having these photos for reference or just looking in shear awe, it is appreciated. I have had the fortunate of visiting Pendon twice- once in 1980 and once in 2010 and the difference in progress of the Vale scene, but also the whole museum presentation was, as was expected, amazing. On the second visit I was very priviledged to be allowed inside the Madder Valley scene as they ran some trains as a test run for a forthcoming open day. That was very special. Also being invited behind the Vale scene into the storage yard area. Different perspective from there! A wonderful and unique museum which deserves the support of all thinking modellers... I hope to go back there again, but hopefully not with a 30 year gap!
  24. Andy P Ive blinked and missed a whole new evolution of another layout! Nice work and enjoyed the video. Theres something special about 0 guage ...... Here in NZ Im working with a couple of co owners on expanding and upgrading our little southern 0 guage layout based on Lymbridge pier. But Andy you are a lot faster than we are in building layouts. regards Andy R
  25. Hi Les -still alive and kicking over here in Tauranga with lots of things going on. Three projects on the go, although poor old Hawkinsfield Junction is stalled as I put energies into coordinating our new TMRC club layout (this is the NZR based on Katikati station on one circuit with the english junction and branch line stations etc on the other circuit)- its an interesting design approach. That plus working on 0 guage buildings for the Lymbridge layout dock extension is eating up my time. Love this picture of the goods yard and I wanted to ask you how you approached doing the cobble setts within the yard? They look brilliant. Whats your secret on this work? On the new english club layout I have a canal quay section to be produced and so would value your method od producing the setts so I might use for the canal scene. Many thanks and regards Andy R
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