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  1. It looks great. Well done. Are you going to dirty the ballast with some dirt browns and oily black? Or is the depot/yard to have been built 'recently', so having clean (relatively) ballast? Just as a matter of curiosity, how long did it take you to lay all the ballast? I hated the job on the bit I have done with air-dry clay.
  2. Just a quick 'Hulloo!' for Lewes - Uckfield. A lost cause if ever there were one, despite umpteen studies proving how good it would be to re-open, alternative to Brighton Main Line, etc., etc.
  3. Looking at my homage on a monitor at work (in my lunch hour!), it looks rather darker than at home. Perhaps it is dusk. Sorry about this. Will try another photo-shoot when I have time to un-box all the wagon-load stock again.
  4. One reason why I hold this photograph so dear is that I had no idea Guildford Yard stayed open so long. To my shame I was quite ignorant of it till I bought Hymans's book. Thanks for the links, Paul. I would dearly love models of those two ferry-vans you illustrate. I remember the huge 'VTG's at Crawley New Yard as a child when we whizzed past 'up to Town', and struggled to start scrap-building a model of the Interfrigo IWA to fix to a Hornby VIX chassis as a crude representation. Then I realised the roof would be a 'challenge'... Which manufacturer must we bribe for models of these?!?
  5. It looks like a 2-door (from the two 'strips' along the cantrail) but wooden design. I thought they usually moved 'en bloc', so it is good to see one alone in a yard in traffic.
  6. Dear Mr Kazmierczak, Thank you for your kind comments and continued interest. You raise some apposite points, of which I have only now started to experience the results. The idea was for me to reach into the hidden yard 'head shunt' under the viaduct station to feed in wagons from a side table, and even have a parallel track beside it (not connected) to store a second train on. Sadly, the house's waste down-pipe, against which the layout end abuts, makes this less accessable than hoped, and I am considering constructing a couple of four-foot 'cassettes' to store on a rack underneath.
  7. I quite agree; the Shunter hanging off the side of the '73', silhouetted by the dark background, is just one such lovely detail. I remember as a child watching a similar operation in Hove coal yard, with the Shunter 'riding side-saddle' on the 73's steps, as they propelled the HEAs into the sidings. As usual, neither my father nor I had a camera with us...
  8. Taking time off from theoretical musings, I have reverted to the 'wagon-load' aesthetic in the general merchandise sidings, to try a homage to one of my favourite photographs around of goods yards, by Mr Kevin Lane : [73 005, Guildford Yard, February 1980.] I first came across it in Michael Hymans's 'Southern region through the 1970s year by year', Stroud : Amberley Publishing, 2018, and then discovered it on Flickr. When I have time, I must browse the rest of this gentleman's pictures. Having taken delivery last week of several Bachman
  9. Certainly. Hope this link works: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2020_11/PICT2209.JPG.bb428003901aab64d5a69f25d5320736.JPG The lower (East Yard) is laid and a start made on the scenery, the upper part on the viaduct - Atherington Victoria station - awaits the re-opening of the shops and more pay-days. Do say if you have any questions/suggestions. Best wishes.
  10. I am much obliged for the commendation from one I esteem highly, and thanks for the trap point tip. I had not thought of this. Thank you for taking the time to give this your consideration, and so promptly. Just need the shops to open to get laying the track... Best wishes.
  11. Rather a dry subject, but I hope it will caution others from making this mistake. Before cutting a single piece of wood, having designed and refined my layout to 'perfection' over the years, the passenger station throat looked like this : Perfect! I believed. The junction was only 'two points long', so allowing the maximum length of train either side. Trains could depart to the left, and be un-coupled by the 'Hand of God' un-seen behind a tall warehouse. However, in February I wondered again how a locomotive would run round its train. Having had the pleasure o
  12. Sound advice, but being quite weak willed, I have not signed up to E-Bay, knowing if I do I will buy even more stuff to clutter the home and which I can not afford, starting with childhood Space Lego... I will keep an eye out on RMWeb's 'For Sale's section when the time comes. Thanks for the suggestion though!
  13. Disappointing, I admit, but many thanks for replying so quickly. I will be getting a 3-pack of MDVs though. Best wishes.
  14. Please forgive me coming late to this party - and I might have missed the answer in my quick scrolling - but will there be an option of single wagons? Three will take up a lot of room in a little goods yard... Many thanks.
  15. For anyone interested in the book, the details are: Walking the High Line / Joel Sternfeld ; with essays by Adam Gopnik and John Stilgoe. : Göttingen : Steidl; London Thames & Hudson, 2002. I.S.B.N.: 388243726x. I see a new ed. is to be published in June: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Joel-Sternfeld-Walking-High-Revised/dp/3958297641/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Walking+the+High+Line&qid=1617804357&s=books&sr=1-1
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