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HeatonLodge40 last won the day on April 13 2019

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    Wakefield, West Yorkshire
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    British Rail, Italian classic supercars, running & the outdoors in general.

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  1. In a couple of months I’ll be starting to dismantle the whole layout before adjusting the catches & dowels and reassembling it all. I just hope there’s no bang and a lot of smoke once it’s switched back on
  2. Not much to report at the minute.. the focus is now off scenery and onto finishing the automation. A new mobile steel control cabinet will carry all the boosters and hardware so I’ve been busy fitting it out ready for the software chaps to connect it all up. Also been assembling the lighting gantries and wiring them. These are steel too and throw the light from the front and at a height of 7ft. Onwards & upwards ..
  3. It was hit by a Greater Crested Tern at approximately 68mph
  4. Since the Daily Mail article ITV news have asked to do a piece about HLJ for their ‘and finally’ bulletin at the end of the news. Anyone think it’s a good idea?
  5. Yes Andrew the hamlet is actually Heaton Lodge itself not Mirfield. Here’s a link to the article in the Daily Mail today. I was very dubious about speaking to them but I guess it’s decent PR for the hobby. Where they got the numbers they quote as in costs etc is beyond me. Least it’s not described as a giant train set etc https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9251581/And-stop-200ft-Man-recreates-rail-junction-Britains-biggest-model-railway.html
  6. Been a couple of weeks of doing mundane frustrating jobs, mainly involving the backscene at the very far west end. Problem is that everything on HLJ has to be dismantled and reassembled so there’s a lot more work in allowing for this. However the backscene is coming on well at the far end and I’ve slowly started working all the way down. Had a disaster with another river pour last week. Unfortunately I added too much activator and right in front of cameras (who are making the episode on HLJ for BBC2) the resin started billowing smoke and set rock hard in seconds. I tried
  7. Me too Dave I used to sit on the embankment near the signal gantry. I remember seeing a 37/0 pulling in a set of brand new Class 314 emu’s, still don’t know why to this day. They were new in ‘79 so must have been around then. Good days eh
  8. Last shot of this triangular section. I’m glad I included it, it wasn’t in the original plan but the vast area makes a huge difference. You can just see the tunnel mouth of the overground Huddersfield lines in the distance..
  9. a view through the tunnel mouth looking towards the junction along the above ground Huddersfield lines. Ironically the retaining wall and most of what you can see can’t be seen from the viewing area!A view of the completed huge triangular scenic section with backscenes still to be completed and fitted
  10. As of today (20-1-21) the scenery on phase 1 of Heaton Lodge Junction i.e. the 200ft scenic side is finally complete. (I think the first static grass laying began in 2014)! I can’t remember how many bin liners of grass the scenery swallowed but it’s into double figures. The last smaller shipment from Mini Natur in Germany landed yesterday.. All that remains to do scenery wise now is another epoxy resin pour, as too much matt varnish in the air has dulled the shine of the river a bit too much. I’ve constructed the first of the two river weir barriers to hide the frame join
  11. Back to the triangle today and although I’ve almost static grassed the whole area of about 60sq ft I’ve never been happy with the visible joins between the sections mounted on the trolleys. So today I decided to use a spare box of 50ft of ‘stone’ walling to disguise these joins. I’d asked ‘Ten Commandments’ about five years ago to run me off 300ft of their excellent plaster cast walling that runs almost the full length each side of the main lines on HLJ. It’s the most realistic walling I’ve come across although it’s quite brittle but takes watercolours really well. Ha
  12. First post of the year, hopefully a better year for us all. I’m cracking on during January finishing the triangular section of scenery. Basically I make a list of all the details to add (once I’ve completed the static grass) which is what I’ve been doing today. I’ve allowed two weeks to get all this done after which I’m going to start assembling all the lighting gantries, which provide light from the front and above.
  13. If I could redirect you to my thread in Heaton Lodge Junction see the video I did on static grass in the last 10 posts or so. Basically matt varnish and fine sieved dirt transform the look of static grass..
  14. Thank you you too and may I once again also thank all those who have frequently posted support on here and PM’d me. Really made a huge difference, especially when it’s been a day of massive frustration and a sledgehammer looks tempting.
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