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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 my defence what I wanted to create with Heaton Lodge Junction was the sheer anticipation of being able to see a train approaching from well over a scale mile away. This can only be done on a huge scale by its very nature. In O gauge (like the real thing) it’s pretty mesmerising. As such there will be 10 pairs of binoculars at each end of the model for visitors use. Yep, it may not have siding or a station but it does have steep and shallow gradients, tunnels, a viaduct & bridges, superelevated curves, complicated handbuilt pointwork and a 150ft fiddle yard with lots of long heavy trains. Above the layout are 4 platform type timetables which show the time of all the trains inc the next steam charter. Pete Waterman’s Chester cathedral layout had 44,000 visitors over a month. If I get half that over 2 weeks I’ll be very happy. I guess we’ll see soon enough!
  2. It was a disaster! I did say ‘oh balls’ which the camera picked up. The resin stayed sticky for months till I redid it. Oh well
  3. Yes of course turn up anytime from 4th December- 19th December. The e-tickets are just an option.
  4. Ah thanks it was very nerve wracking have to say! Thanks also to all who’ve bought tickets!
  5. You’re correct Kev it should be 101 I’ll get it corrected. On another note I believe the layout is on the ITV news.. last item later on
  6. Although where £250k comes from I’ve no idea.
  7. Yes someone sent me a copy. No p*ss taking which was nice.
  8. Yes from tomorrow when the website goes live you should be able to buy an eTicket on britainsbiggestmodelrailway.com
  9. I know what you mean about flight cases they are brilliant! I’ll probably put dividers in them and use them for the freight stock. Locos will be going in the flight cases with drawers. Other drawers will be for a full set of spares/track repair/scenic repair/track cleaning etc
  10. So this is where the the reassembly starts. Fortunately I’ve a friend with me whose a mathematical genius.. This first board has to be an exact distance from two walls and aligned to an angle that is also pre calculated..(see second pic with laser measure on a jig). The big issue is if this isn’t done meticulously, then if all the 50 frames down one side (as they are being joined) are as much as 1mm out then the curves joining both the scenic and fiddle yard won’t meet up. And you can’t shift 6 tons of layout easily ..
  11. It’s taken a few days longer than expected but bingo! Heaton Lodge has disappeared! Actually it hasn’t, it’s just a dress rehearsal - it’s now down & all the frames are on their carts. I’ve invested in a chess timer to time the reassembly..this begins on Tuesday. 16 hours is the target..
  12. Yes I chose the HST logo for the reasons Rob & MGRxtreme said above - even the public know what it is. Steam loco no good cos there is far more diesel on HLJ. Personally I’d have had a screaming 56!
  13. Thanks, I don’t really want to charge at all but there again there is a lot of expense with the rent of the venue, exhibition insurance and a million other things. Heres a pic of two thirds of the fiddle yard like you’ve never seen before!
  14. Here is a copy of the advert appearing in most of the modelling press in November..
  15. Lots of radio silence lately I know. All positive update wise though, the automation works superbly - in fact the sight of seeing two ‘40’s on a 20 van Redbank parcels slowing down for a red, then accelerating as the points change a single yellow plus feather light up is super to watch. It’s been a huge amount of work to get the system to perform - mainly because it involves getting one 10amp system to talk to another system that works the automation & won’t run on 10amps! At the end of the day there isn’t a manufacturer whose designed a system for O gauge either, so you see the issues. So the last few days the job has begun to completely dismantle Heaton Lodge, load all the boards onto the steel handcarts & at the same time tidy up the wiring and fix other bits and bats. The150ft fiddle yard is now mostly down, next week down comes the scenic side. It’s a mess in the dungeon at the moment so please excuse that! After that it’ll all be reassembled for more testing, getting the overhead ‘platform’ type timetables to work and weathering a load of rolling stock that hasn’t been done yet. For those who are interested the layout will be displayed in Wakefield City Centre from Sat 4th - Sunday 19th December in the Market Hall, Union Street WF13AE. Official sponsors Heljan will also be there with additional OO layouts by Peco. It’ll be in the modelling press soon enough together with more details.. Thank you to all of you that have followed this thread for the last 7 years, plus Andy York & Phil Parker for a kind and complimentary write up last month in BRM. I will keep updating here every few weeks but it’ll be more on the logistics of shifting 100+ boards weighing about 5 tons.! Hopefully see some of you in December
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