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Theheretic

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    Pre-grouping British and colonial railways. Railway history.
  1. Hello Jack, Have a look here: https://grahammuz.com/2013/10/11/kernow-models-announce-boscarne-junction-lswr-ground-frame-hut/ looks very similar. Best regards, Pierre
  2. Here in Australia we don't seem to have the Halfords spray cans ( a quick search of google.au found no strong links). However we do have the Rust-Oleum product and their spray cans includes a range of flat camouflage colours. From reading the Rust-Oleum website information they seem to recommend the use of a primer for best results, if you are trying to cover a plastic material, perhaps overkill for our track painting needs. They also do a flat grey primer which I had considered using as a track colour base by itself. Does any one have experience with this product? Certainly their camouflage colour range looks comprehensive. Best regards, Pierre
  3. This was posted on another thread a few weeks ago but for those that missed it: The period of this film (1898) is a little before your chosen time (early 1900's) but it shows the layout of both the Barnstaple town and quay stations. I have read that around the turn of the 19/20th century fully 25% of the workforce in Great Britain was engaged in railway service. When I look at this short film I can really get the feel for the number of people (men) needed at that time to run the railways. Best regards, Pierre
  4. Hello Brian, A track plan would be useful to see what you are planning and how the two turnouts are situated in the overall scheme of things. PS: I had a look at your registration page and noted your comment the you are "planning to build a layout when life stops getting in the way" I think John Lennon's comment is apt here: "life is what happens while we are busy making plans" I think the message is "just get on with it in spit of ........." Best regards, Pierre
  5. A favorite of mine is the LNWR/LMS Delph branch 1851 - 1955 with the adjacent Bailey Mill.
  6. I have before me my copy of “60 plans for small railways” 3rd edition. Looking at your pictures it seems that your model railway is not the same as Cyrill's “rabbit layout” which is plan S33 in the booklet. The rabbit layout is more complex in its trackplan, it is a continuous run (roundy-roundy) and is planned for a 6' x 3' baseboard. Your railway looks more like the next plan in the booklet, plan S34 which was designed to be one half of a pair of baseboards mounted on either side of a fireplace. Note that only one baseboard and trackplan for S34 is represented in the booklet. I guess Cyrill left it up to the builder to design the other half of the system. S34 as designed is an out and back plan using a reverse loop to return trains to the terminal station with a spur provided for the extension to the other side of the fireplace. The layout plan posted by Foxfield2012 “Winter Layout002.pdf” is a copy of Cyrill's S34 plan. Your railway looks like a continuous run, is that correct? If so then maybe it is a modification of the S34 plan to give a continuous run. Best regards, Pierre
  7. Have a look at/for a copy of Ian Allan's "British Railways Pre-Grouping Atlas and Gazetteer" if you can find a copy, this will give you a good idea of the rail network around the time of the Grouping, bearing in mind that it does not show all of the private/industrial lines. For more detailed maps of all lines in a particular area at a given time (mid 19th - mid 20th century) you can look at the 25" Ordinance Survey maps on the National Library of Scotland (Maps) web-site. Pierre
  8. If you mean by favourite "the railway book I most reach for, the one that lies on the floor next my bed or on top of the pile of all the other railway books " then it's hands down for Ian Allan's "Pre-Grouping Atlas and Gazetteer", it's the book I keep referring to when I am reading all the other railway books. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I am not a pom and live here downunder. regards, Pierre
  9. Go to the Nation Library of Scotland Maps website http://maps.nls.uk/geo/find/#zoom=5&lat=56.0000&lon=-4.0000&layers=64&b=1&point=0,0 Then type in a place name in the Forest of Dean and have a look at their 25" to the mile OS maps (England and Wales) for the Forest of Dean either the turn of o the century 1900 series or the 1920's series and you can find all the railways and tramways. Its free. I spend hours looking at these maps and the history they revel. Then look online for photos of the same areas in the Forest of Dean. Merry Christmas. Best regards, Pierre
  10. All true, but wait there's more.........: you also get access to support via the Templot Club. http://85a.co.uk/forum/ I am often amazed at the comprenhesive level of support available from Martin and the other members of the Templot Club group, all available for free. Pierre
  11. Hello Whizzo, I don’t see your question raised on the forum very often but I think it’s a very important part of the process of developing and building a model railway that probably needs a higher profile. If you have not seen it already I can thoroughly recommend the little book by Barry Norman, “Designing a layout” (ISBN 1874103 39 9) it’s a few years old now but it covers many points in the design philosophy and can open your eyes to different ways of thinking about the model railway design process. In the past making a scale drawing on graph paper was one way to see if/how your design might fit into your space, now that we have computers, using one of the track layout design programs is probably the way to go (if you have some basic skill with a PC). Some of the rural termini were quiet spread out and would need a good deal of compression to be accommodated in model form. If its railway operation that is your aim in building your layout, then perhaps you need to look at prototype examples that had good levels of traffic. You might like to look at a terminus like Bodmin General, small and relatively busy. Best regards, Pierre
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