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  1. The Cattewater Branch looks very interesting as a modelling project. Surely someone has modelled part of it or based a model on it. Thanks for sharing, Cheers Duncan
  2. Good Evening, I have today positioned the three turnouts marking the position of the tiebars accurately so I can form holes/slots for the drive pins. I have cut the track pieces to approximate length, final trimming will be made as the track is pinned/glued down. The track will be laid on 3mm cork (not shown in the photograph) which will enable me to locate uncoupling magnets within the cork layer and be invisible after ballasting. On this small layout shunting will effectively take place continuously therefore it will be essential that coupling/uncoupling is fully automatic. I will use either DG or Sprat and Winkle... have you any recommendations? I have also marked the position of the road tunnel to be cut through the backscene for access to the power station. I am also undecided about the shaping of the board dividing the layout from he hidden sidings, currently as shown above it is a rectangle therefore the finished land surface will run across it , but should I reshape the topedge to match the land surface, oh decisions decisions! Cheers Duncan
  3. Hi, Well I haven't posted here for a very long time. I have at last found some time to do some more on this little layout. The baseboards are nearly completed.
  4. Hi I have started work on Hobbs Bridge Goods recently, just a break from wagons and locos and wagons and locos. Please check my Hobb's Bridge Goods page for future updates, I like to think of Hobb's Bridge as being very different to Shirebrook,-only 76 cm long. Here's a taste.
  5. Oh Phil, you're very kind. I am delighted that the locos are in good order, I still take commissions and perhaps your comment is the best recommendation so thank you. Cheers Duncan
  6. I think we need a scale specific N scale section like 2mm
  7. Morning Mark, Good to hear from you, yes I am guilty as charged! I worked closely with CJM, Chris taught me how to air brush amongst many other things. I still have OHLE structures for sale so if you need extras for 'Bridgetown'. I never had the time to fully develop the range which I regret. I doubt if I will be building Any Place Junction, but I would be delighted if someone else made a model of it or a model based upon it. The idea behind the plans was to build a model in the later formats where the railway has shrunk although the 'vacant' land around the remaining p-way is also modelled, a feature mostly ignored, have you ever seen, for instance, a yard scene where only one or two sidings remain the other 4, 8 or 10 lifted, a disused loco shed, platform faces without tracks alongside? I'll have to get this thread back to the subject of Shirebrook! Great to hear from you Mark Here's a photo to start.
  8. Indeed a sad but very realistic way of bringing a layout to a conclusion.
  9. I really like the filthy loco John.
  10. Looking really good Cheers Duncan
  11. Hi Mike, I hope you're keeping well. Your questions aren't silly. After stripping the bodies I found it impossible to remove some of the fittings so reluctantly proceeded with them in place. Far from ideal although later on I did manage to remove all the cab side handrails, it would have been impossible to mask up for the 3T grey livery without removing them. The snapped part remained in the aperture in the body and has made no difference when reassembled. I do have various spares that I can use if the need arises. I used Precision stripper 2. Recently the formulation has changed and it now labelled as Precision Stripper 2. I think that you should leave the body immersed in the stripper for the least possible time. As soon as the paint begins to lift/loosen take it out rinse and scrub with a used toothbrush. If paint remains apply stripper locally to those areas, rinse, scrub and repeat. I finish off by placing the body in an ultrasound cleaning tank. If you spray correctly you will see raised detail where one paint applied on top of another on the previously livery . A good spray job will show all the blemishes present on the body, if it doesn't, i.e. it is obliterated such as when using a car primer/undercoat that undercoat will also obliterate any fine detail present on the model, I am aware that some advocate use of car primers but they are wrong for this reason. It is essential that the body being sprayed in in perfect condition. I use badger 150 air brushes, normally medium head but fine when the enamel paint is very thinned when doing subtle weathering. My basic tool kit and below my paints, well I have over 250 pots in total Transfers- I use Fox as a 1st choice and other makes if not available in the Fox range. Weathering 40 HAAs is a big job. Use prototype photos and gat a general 'feel' for the wagons before commencing, or I could do them for you. PM me. Cheers Duncan
  12. Wednesday Wanderings. My apologies to readers who are solely interested in Shirebrook. Perhaps this post should be under a separate subject. This post is about N scale layout plans but from a different perspective. This will be a journey through time. It features the same place but in different years. Any Place Junction from 1950 I can almost guarantee that the railway facilities near you have changed hugely over the past 70 years. In most cases this will be observed as a great reduction in the permanent way and railway infrastructure, if indeed the railway exists at all. The plans below show an imagined junction location on any mainline. The first plan describes the location as it may have looked during the days of steam when the railway was at its maximum extent, while the next four plans show the various ‘rationalisations’ up to the present with the branch line and most of the previous locomotive and freight facilities just memories. I think each plan will make an interesting and exciting model when operated with rolling stock from the correct period in almost any scale. Certainly relevant rtr rolling stock is available for all time periods in N and OO/HO scales. 1950 Plan This plans depicts the track work at its’ maximum extent. The branch line carries passenger and freight services. A colliery, quarry may be located along the branch. There is a general goods yard and a dedicated coal distribution depot as well as a small loco servicing depot and stabling point. At one end of the station area a railway company built terrace was built, while at the other some brand new ‘semis’ have been built on higher ground overlooking the junction. 1970 Plan The Beeching Cuts have largely missed Any Place Junction, but the modernization plan has had an effect. The loco depot has been demolished and replaced with a cement terminal. The coal sidings are lifted and replaced with a car park. MAS signaling has replaced the semaphores, the station building has been replaced with a modern concrete structure, built across the now lifted slow line. Part of the slow line now forms a parcels bay. The former signal cabins have been demolished and replaced by one new one located at the junction. I have shown OHLE structures on the plan but this would limit Any Place junction to the WCML or Anglia main line. 1990 Plan In this plan we see the lifting of the short lived parcels bay and the junction has been modernized to a single lead type. Small industrial units have sprung up on the last remaining part of the former coal yard and the goods shed and yard has been redeveloped as a rail connected warehouse/distribution depot along the lines of Gilbraiths at Blackburn or a steel terminal common to the West Midlands. The cement terminal could remain or become a stone terminal perhaps. 2000 Plan Further significant reductions in the rail infrastructure have taken place since our last look at Any Place Junction. Along with the reduction in sidings, the closure of the cement (or stone) terminal and singling of the branch after withdrawal of the passenger service, the road under bridge by the station has been replaced and lengthened to accommodate the widened road. Sadly the railway cottages of railway terrace have also been demolished and replaced with sheltered OAP housing. 2010 Plan The last remaining signal box has gone, the branch has closed with the closure of the colliery/quarry and is now no more than a head shunt for the sole remaining freight interest, the rail connected freight warehouse. A supermarket development has been built on the former cement terminal. Connections from the down main line to the freight facility have been removed. The last remaining long siding used lately for just withdrawn stock or engineers trains has been lifted. 2020 Plan Well this one is for all the younger modellers to imagine and draw up yourselves, perhaps an elevated HS2 will be under construction? Cheers Duncan
  13. Well David, The station was imagined to be at one end of a triangular junction, so on the original post you arrive into the station from the left (Manchester) and then you can go straight on to Leeds or turn 'left' up the branch in the direction of the Settle Carlisle line (non electrified) the third part of the triangular junction is disused and partially lifted, see images below ( sorry this was done on my work computer and when I print screen I'm getting both screens)- the idea that it is possible for the viewer to watch trains pass by on the non electrified branch from within the disused tunnel- novel?
  14. Or perhaps you could scan in your hand drawn sketch and upload that as an image? Cheers
  15. Nice work Nick, I am not familar with the area, a track and layout plan would be helpful. Cheers Duncan
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