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  1. This is from Nicholas Flann, John Flann's son. It with sadness that I have to inform you that John died on Sunday. It was sudden, and I don't believe Dad suffered at all. He was on his way to Church with his jacket and badge on, locking the front door on his way to the garage when he must have collapsed. He was working on Hintock St Loe that morning because I saw the changes he had made from the night before. Dad would often run ideas on his layouts by me, where to put a tree or getting the line of sight right when placing the buildings. I remember the insight Dad had when trying to fit a bridge across the middle of Port Bredy---put in a level crossing. Some of my first memories of growing up where helping Dad with his model railways. I was his assistant at many an exhibition in Manchester each year and then sometimes in London. I cannot express the thanks I have for everyone on the forum who corresponded with Dad over the years. His railway and his friends and fans he had on the forum gave him so much vitality and enthusiasm for life. He often shared your stories with me and kept me up to date with how many likes he was getting on his posts. Here are a few photos of Hintock St Loe as he left it.
  2. The Southern Railway was always economically minded and I am equally so. These station name boards are an example.
  3. Having created in imaginary terms the back story now to the reality of the first practical step. The all important base board. Here I wanted strength, a resistance to twisting (the back scene screwed to the frame will help do this) and light weight. I used 1/4" birch plywood, a frame of 3/4" x 3/4" hardwood, with braces of the 1/4" ply, glued together and clamped together for 24 hours. This is the underside. Braces. Glued and clamped. After the 24 hours I could turn it right side up and do some initial track planning. It was most satisfying.
  4. Martyn, you mentioned the possibility of building a model of Easton; the above as you will recognize is of the old station building and shows its general character and of the station itself. My station building at HRX is based on it and that I built before Jackson's book was published with plans. It is, or was, a very attractive station and approached from Victoria Square (?) by a curving tree lined approach. Below is a map, courtesy of the OSS, showing it's compact nature. The engine shed was added about 1905. For anyone wanting a small BLT this would be ideal.I hope too you could get the basics into 6' x 2'. There are other photos; some in my March 2018, Back Track article "The Isle of Portland-its stone and five railways," and others available through Lens of Sutton, as now is.
  5. Hi Colin, Like so many questions, the answer is it all depends. Here, what kind of wall is it and what purpose does it serve? Is it in the nature of a civil engineering work, or in a domestic, commercial or industrial building? What materials are to be used, stone, brick, timber? Alright, I've gone the long way round but these aspects need to be considered; however, I assume you are thinking of stone as at HRx and PB. There I used the Wills product for the quay wall because it better represents what would generally be used and it is an engineering work. Elsewhere for everyday structures I've used a variety of Slater's products. The former I find very hard to work with and to look "right" in my eyes need a sanding down to reduce the depth of the joints. The latter come in different guises with coursed and random stone on offer and are readily cut. I've done a quick search of my images and a close examination of these two will reveal (faults in my workmanship) and the different Slater's products used. Regarding the track I used Code 75 on PB as a trial. I couldn't get on with it, it's appearance didn't appeal nor did I think it very robust. so I switched to Code 100. For HSL as you know I'm using the Atlas Code 100. Looks OK to me and is robust.
  6. Hi John, Thank you for persisting and your complimentary remarks as well as the inquiry about my welfare, thanks too for members for their likes of that last post. You were inquiring about the track used; its American Atlas HO code 100. I use it because, with an 80 mile or so round drive I can purchase it readily at a reasonable cost. To import Peco Streamline is exceedingly expensive and I'm content with the Atlas. Alright it's not prototypical in terms of sleeper size and spacing but looks near enough for me and I have no problems with running. The points are Peco and those I can get at a reasonable cost from a well known establishment in the NW of the UK. As to the red dots they are the heads of drawing pins I use to secure the track prior to gluing down and ballasting. I think also these two images present the track in a good light. It's interesting too that you are the first individual in all my years of using Atlas, it who has remarked upon it. All good wishes,
  7. Generous words Anthony, thank you and welcome to RMweb and the Hintock Branch. I hope you will be a regular visitor and always feel free to "borrow" any ideas that inspire you. I have never necessarily, as you recognize,felt constrained by the conventional rectangular basement for with some contrivance and crude carpentry it's boundaries can be beneficially broadened. As these images demonstrate. An improved LH end to Hintock Redux but cramped and not very original. Bodgery at work adding to the LH end. A very pleasing result. That in turn, with some reduction to the baseboard in the immediate foreground leads to this-and a work in progress.
  8. Kevin, thanks. You are quite right with the analogy. Yes, I do look on it as something akin to a stage presentation with promoter. story line and plot, script, actors, sets, performance and audience. Follow along and enjoy the show!
  9. Steve, thanks for those kind words. I had noticed your apparent absence and am glad you are back in touch. In building any layout I always locate it somewhere and remember that was there first. Dorset is my favoured location and in and around Bridport (Hintock Redux) . The other thing is that the early railways and particularly branch lines, were largely financed by local money, had local engineers, employed local contractors and used local materials. Hence there is a "family look" of the structures and buildings. One can see that with my Port Bredy layout (On my Hintock thread). And where they all hang together as it were. That too is illustrated by this image. Initially the Signal Box was shown as built with L&SWR brick and stood out like a sore thumb, Now re-sheathed in local stone like the Station buildings and Victory Mill, it fits right in.
  10. Scott, thank you, Yes, i have built one or two layouts in my time. But each I like to think has a different character yet within the same theme. The particular aspect here is the challenge of random and systematic shunting that the Inglenook design lends itself to. Add in Kadee couplings and one can fun. That's ever my aim.
  11. Glad you like it Peter. It shows promise. Yes, that is a valid point but your fears are unfounded. Actually, the baseboard has been built, track laid and trains run all to my satisfaction. I found too I can manage the board myself. But obviously it would be easier with another pair of hands. My next post will show the form of lightweight construction of the board; added back scenes will add some little extra weight and that of the buildings is negligible. Granted they all add up but nothing untoward.. The baseboard is reasonably conventional but nowhere near the recommended monumental methods commonly advocated.
  12. Andy, thanks and happy you approve. Present intentions are that it will stand alone and be used as an Inglenook. I'll get that built first. Nice idea though. A bit depends on space but it would be readily possible to add small staging yards (sector plates perhaps,) at either end, and make it into an attractive through station. I'll see what length of wall there is available.
  13. Let me introduce my new layout, Hintock St Loe, a cameo Inglenook and here tell you how I am setting about its building. It is another standalone layout (like Port Bredy) and yet part of my Hintock Branch story. It's virtue is that is a handy size of 6'0 a 1'4, of light weight construction, is readily portable, will sit on a table, can be stored upright in a cupboard or similar, be available for operating-playing with-in an ordered manner at home or exhibition and will provide hours of entertainment. As well as intellectual exercise. What more could one ask? In my imagination the village of Hintock St Loe lies a mile or so to the north of Hintock Redux across the River Brede. Ancient in origin it is set among the verdant and attractive SW Dorset countryside and with the opening of the Hintock Branch became an increasingly pleasant place to live; for the railway gave ready access for business and pleasure to Hintock Redux itself (this was before the introduction of the motor car) and to Hintock Junction and from there to Dorchester, Weymouth and Yeovil (each with its main line connection). All my modelling sets out to do is to create an impression, the overall effect is that which i seek. Exactitude is not so important, what I want is that it shall "look right." The period is the 1930's, the GWR and SR operate the branch Jointly, and as ever in Hintock country it's a lovely English summers day. And, on a personal note the name is taken from the pretty and small village of Newton St Loe a few miles distant from Bath. There, sent by my parents I spent the summer school holidays in 1944 away from the worst of the German V1 and V2 bombardment of London. Holidays over I returned to it. While I knew full well what I wanted to create I needed to see how things would work out and this mock up broadly resembles it. The trick is to pull it off in all respects. That is for subsequent posts.
  14. Martyn, yes, wrong loco but you wouldn't be wrong with Easton in 6'0 x 2'0 for it's handy size. In the last years Panniers did get to Easton with goods trains and after the passenger service was withdrawn. The loco at least is another step forward with the project.
  15. Thanks, I didn't know that. Sad, he was one of my favourites and a Scouse through and through. He just could not stop. One of a kind. He typified the Merseyside that was a revelation to me as I was born, brought up and schooled up in Surrey, a far cry from the realities of life as lived and experienced there. The first time i saw it was in January 1950 and only a passing glimpse of Lime Street from a green Liverpool Corporation bus as it dived into the Mersey Tunnel that took me and my fellow squaddies to a grimy ship in grimy Seacombe en route to Hong Kong. Little did I know then I would return, meet my future wife and lay the foundation for a happy family life and a rewarding professional career.
  16. Sorry John, it's beyond my limited computer abilities to get these links established in any form. But google will work for them.
  17. John, I'll send the links direct as it looks as if those above won't work.
  18. John, Back Track is published by www.pendragonpublishing.co.uk/ but it appears they have no 2005 back numbers. They do however refer inquiries for such to [email protected] Should they not have what you seek there are in the UK several railway related book shops that carry large numbers of back numbers. I've used them with success through the years bu unfortunately cannot now be specific. I hope you can locate a copy. Back Track is renowned for the quality of its "amateur-scholarly" articles and its illustrations. There you will not be disappointed of those in Liverpool itself and one in particular of a street scene featuring the Overhead Railway that you recalled so vividly. Regards,
  19. John, I hope your recovery is complete, and your nostalgic re-collections brought many a pleasant memory back to me. Thank you. I won't add mine here but should members be interested they might care to look out an article "Reminiscences of a BR Surveyor" in Back Track, Vol 19, No8 August 2005. It tells of my time at Euston and in the Liverpool District Estate Office that I found quite fascinating as well as professionally rewarding, and the work of the Estate Department in general. My regards,
  20. Thanks Andy, yes and perhaps I should have made matters more clear; the first image in post 2262 is of the new works at Hintock Redux with the vacant space to the L of the Brewery, the second and third of Carr's Mill in its original form at the old location. The new Jubilee Mill will go to the vacant space.
  21. The alterations at Hintock Redux left me with this vacant space next the Brewery. They also made this building surplus to requirements. Not believing in wasting anything I cut it in half and removed those several bits attached leaving me with this that required the adding of false fronts. And I got this. The final result. New premises for the Carr Brothers to carry on their business of manufacturing among other things their famed corduroy trousers and the motto known throughout the West Country of- "never go to work without them." All that now remains to be done is to put it in place, which is another story.
  22. Andy/John. a little OT but the GCR had a terminal at Seacombe, just above the Ferry. It was still functioning in the middle 1950's. I too, as John knows, have an awareness of the byzantine railway ownership's in and around the Wirral and Liverpool from my (happy) years in the LMR Estate Office through 1952-59. I found it all quite fascinating. And equally fascinating today is John's cleverness with his Granby Empire.
  23. Good Evening Gavin, Those are very kind and generous comments. Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit to Hintock and I shall be pleased if you visit again. Please feel free to borrow any of my ideas and if you have questions, as might others, I'm always happy to answer. You raise a valid point and it is one that particular photo shows so well and where the camera is a useful, and cruel modelling tool for it reveals all the faults. The question is what I should do about it and your post has made me take action. I must admit at the time I did not consider properly the run of the telephone wires and the difficulty raised by your keen eye requires a solution. My first thought was to put the signal in the 6'0 and bring the telephone pole forward and the line would then run freely toward the pole outside of the Signal Box. This is possible, as these working images photos show, but the signal then is prone to damage. It also is a rather clumsy composition. So, I thought again and below is how I intend to deal with the matter. The disc on the signal post refers to entry to the goods yard and the disc on the ground entry to the private siding. And this, subject to any comments from Mike, The Stationmaster (should he see this post) I shall implement. I hope you approve too. It's been a useful exercise and the result, a practical and with that a neater composition. Every good wish for success with your PhD.
  24. While Frederick and William ready the full milk churns for loading, Charles and Norman wait with their wives (somewhat distant) Mary and Jane, for the arrival of mutual friends off the 10.37 am from Charford.
  25. From time to time there is discussion about what makes a good club exhibition layout. And this post is prompted by my recently seeing one in modular form at Union Station, Ogden, Utah put on by the local Hostler's Club. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=5&v=UMFMeiW4S-4 It comprised about thirty 5'0 long modules that made a rough circle about 30' in diameter. Each was different in presentation but hung together reasonably well. It made a good and entertaining exhibit and ran very well. Is this an idea that could be developed? Perhaps by a club with modules by members and/or or with modules by invitation from other clubs/RM members? Obviously there would need be common standards and some central management. But not I suggest beyond the bounds of the capabilities of a properly run and established club. I consider too it would be a welcome change from the stereotypes I see on YouTube.
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