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  1. k22009

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    There has always been a lot of conjecture about why the area is called the Black Country, but probably named from the "Thick Black" the coal seams that were the basis of most of the industry, i'm sure the colour and ambience caused by pollution etc had a part in it too though. From my memory in the 60's it was much much cleaner than it must've been in late Victorian up to the mid 1900's time. I do remember you could taste the air and the smell on some days was something else. Probably from rotting rubbish and the general filth that was pumped into the canals, the sulphur from the myriad foundrys and the general smog from burning coal. I recently bought an excellent book by the local artist Arthur Lockwood (with some work by his father Frank too) which shows the general dilapidation and gives a real flavour of the area during it's recent industrial decline. I will need to get a few test pieces made to hone my non existent weathering skills before i let loose on the layout. Any tips would be appreciated. Dave
  2. k22009

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    Quick update with the forge building in situ (roof still not secured though). I'll add a small low level lean to shed to the end of the building to break up the wall. As i mentioned in the previous post the walls are now positioned, i need to add a few items to the foundry and boiler house before they get secured in place, ie cupola chimney. The small chimney and water tank are not painted yet.
  3. k22009

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    I got the ballasting around the gates tidied up with the walls fixed into place so i turned my attention to the area between the foundry building and the engine sheds. I had wanted to include another building with a steam hammer, oven and a stationary boiler providing steam so i traced a small plan of the area using a couple of sheets of A4 and set to making a building to fit within the parameters. I was fortunate to pick up an Auhagen Steam Hammer kit from Ebay which came with all the necessary piping, work benches, oven etc. The building i've made is half open with a runway beam down the middle of the interior which will have a chain hoist attached at some point. The pipework was a bit tricky but got it fitted along with the pipe brackets. I've just primed the stationary boiler which was a GEM kit and the pipework to connect up to it needs painting. With the roof on you'll not see much i guess. Steam Hammer building without the roof. With the roof and louvred vent just positioned on top, i'll fix it once the assembly gets positioned on the layout. Dave
  4. k22009

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    Bracings reversed, gates and posts primed and positioned to make sure there's enough clearance. Closed Open I'll finish off the ballasting now and position the walls before fixing the gates in position. Dave
  5. k22009

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    Doh i'll swap those around. Cheers
  6. k22009

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    I made up a couple of walls, fitted the one next to the goods platform but just temporarily positioned the others. I added a gate to the access to the foundry but the gap across the 2 lines leading to the transhipment area was too small for the gates i had hoped to fit. so i decided to make a drawing to suit the measurements and make a pair up from brass strip After a couple of hours of cutting and soldering i ended up with a reasonable pair of gates with posts on working hinges. Dave
  7. k22009

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    Back at the layout after my brief visit down to the Midlands. The 009 track has been ballasted and while i await various small bags of grass tufts i thought i'd make up the main station access footbridge. It's a LCUT kit which i shortened considerably, omitted the one flight of stairs and doctored what was left into making the access from retaining wall. Here it is in an approximate position, the retaining wall, will need a little modification to raise the parapet up a little and create a gangway, it's not fixed in position yet so that won't be a problem. It'll look better when i get it primed and painted up (once this new dump of snow has disappeared and it's a little warmer) Dave
  8. k22009

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    A couple more hours at it lat night saw the canal walls and edging done along with some of the cobbles and blue brick drive. I can ballast the areas not inlaid now. A small respite of a few days now while i go to visit a rather sick friend. This can wait.
  9. k22009

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    Thanks for the complimentary comments, it is the Wills point rodding, its not too bad to lay i jointed the lengths with thin pieces of micro strip otherwise i don't think you'd have a chance to get a decent joint. The cranked corners are are a right faff though, i built everything up on my workbench in lengths of 5 or 6 bays it seemed to hold together ok and then just do the final mating joints in situ. Its not cheap at £10 ish a pack but in my view does add quite a lot to the scene. I'm going to add some of the brick paved areas either side of the canal now so i can then get the canal walls and edging slabs down once that's positioned.
  10. k22009

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    Check rails in place before adding the infill to the middle and up to the rail edges. Dave
  11. k22009

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    All of the 009 industrial track is down and fixed, wired up and wire in tubes added. So next up was to get the canal looking something like. I've used Scalescenes paper from the narrow boat and lock download, i can add the canal brick edges and then start on the top surfaces. I want the 009 track adjacent to the canal and in the foundry/workshop area to be flush to the surface so i may try Das clay or use some plasticard cobblestones. I've just positioned the basic buildings to give a flavour of how its taking shape. The red switches and banana plug sockets are for the EM gauge and the green switches and banana plug sockets for the 009. I will add a small strip of plasticard about 25-50mm high between the main board and all of the sector switches and DPDT slide switches so i have an edge for the scenery to terminate up to. Dave
  12. k22009

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    Over the weekend i've managed to get the ballasting tidied up at the platform edges the platforms are fixed in position and platform top surfaces have been cut and positioned. Checking with a coach and trimming to suit before adding the top surfaces and edging (all scalescenes papers). The buildings are just approximately positioned in the photo, it was dark in the shed as we were in the middle of a snow storm so better ones will follow at some point. Next up is to lay the industrial 009 trackwork. I had decided rightly or wrongly on a lattice bracket signal with 2 tubular dolls which will act as starter for the bay and main platform, it may have a shunt arm on the bay too. There will be 2 ground signals for the run around and goods siding too. The nearest kit i could find arrived Saturday, an Alan Gibson one which i'll look at for some light layout relief if i can fathom how it's assembled. Dave
  13. k22009

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    I managed to get all of the wiring done to the rails and turnouts and tested with my sole EM gauge loco a GWR 44xx with Comet chassis, and to my amazement everything worked pretty good first time. so with that encouraging news i cracked on and got the rails painted with the rail heads cleaned. I've been busy building the platform bases and a blue brick retaining wall behind where the station will sit. However before i glue them down into position i need to paint the buffer stops as it'll be tricky later. Once the platforms are down and fixed into position i can add more ballast around the back of the point rodding up to the brickwork edge and then i'll probably make a template for the platform tops from some tracing paper. Dave
  14. k22009

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    Well finally got all of the chairs and rails down, droppers soldered and buffer stops added. Next job is to wire up everything to make sure its all hunky dory, then i'll add basic platforms from foam board. I'll probably edge them as it may be tricky getting at them with the point rodding being so close but i'll leave the top surfaces for now, i can then paint the rails and tidy up the ballasting at the platform edges to finish that off. One thing i have to think about is signalling, as i'm not too familiar with this side of things i'll give it some thought as to what i think i'll need. Dave
  15. k22009

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    Droppers added but will be soldered to the rails later and the first few rails laid, had to stop as my fingers are a tad sore after threading a few hundred chairs on. Starting to look more like it now, i somehow remembered to put a set into the rails for the turnouts too. I've omitted all the special chairs for the turnouts at present as they don't need need threading on so i'll do them all in one go at the end when i do the closure rails. Dave
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