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  1. Please accept my apologies for taking so long to reply. Clearly, I have something wrong with my 'settings' and 'Notifications', as I was not informed of your kind comment. It was the Newhaven traffic (and seeing writings of Eastbourne's Crumbles shingle extraction many years ago) of which I was thinking, when building the aggregates yard. I did not know the modern Newhaven depots held quarried stone as well. I admit I avoided their designs as being 'too new', rather than the declining 1970's aesthetic I am after. However, I should use them as the basis for the minerals' colours if nothing
  2. Waiting for the paint to dry on my wagon-loads, I knocked up a little shelter for the aggregate merchant's J.C.B. yester-day. The area on the right will be filled by the office building and a couple of motor-cars. Now I am playing with modelling clay again, ballasting the right hand - general merchandise sidings - side of the yard.
  3. Weary of paint and modelling clay, as the coal/minerals yard starts to look presentable, I thought I would try posing some stock. Herewith my efforts. Sorry about the backgrounds. A 71 pretending to be a 74 pops into the minerals siding with a special delivery of tar. Said tar wagon is taken off by the yard shunter, releasing the 71. Now we return to Speedlink air-braked services... The aggregates merchant sets about filling and emptying wagons. The 'old school' Lima 33 w
  4. Killing time waiting for the modelling clay ballast to dry on the left of the yard, I made myself a few wagon-loads of various minerals for my POA wagons. Cut an oblong of card or plasticard to fit the Open, mould a lump from floral foam and glue it to the former. Paint, or cover with glue and chippings: The wagon on the outer left has two, incorrectly shaped, 'heaps' glued to a base, unpainted. My first attempt, this will be re-done. The inner left is an experiment of coating the foam heaps with modelling clay and painting with acrylic for sand (three coats plus t
  5. Having waited a week for the modelling clay to dry, on closer examination I see my method of squashing and scraping with my thumb a large lump of modelling clay across and into the track has caused the sleepers to move and distort: My how I laughed! Thankfully, this was done for only one-third of the layout. For the right hand sidings (general merchandise) I will make little 'sausages' and cut them off to push down into the sleeper gaps. For the passenger station viaduct, I will be using granite chippings and P.V.A. glue, so the problems will differ, no doubt. 'Let
  6. Spent Wednesday covering everything with what looked like Cornish china clay, but was far less romantic: Hobbycraft air-drying modelling clay. It gets everywhere. However, I filled the 'four foot' almost to my satisfaction, and must now pluck up courage to attempt not to glue up a point. Thankfully, it takes about a fort-night to dry, and it is freezing cold and snowing outside, so a good reason to find something else to do, or at least start wondering whether the cracks will show under a couple of layers of acrylic paint. Such a shame I had to dismantl
  7. It has been added to my procurement list for Easter, along with Andy Gibbs's offerings and a few others from Amberley (the Hereford trains title looks very useful as well). Looking forward to reading it very much, and hope it does well.
  8. I was concerned not everyone would know the location if I wrote just "Broad Street" - the years are passing so fast, would the youngsters here know of it? My father used to take me on an annual tour of the London termini when I was at an impressionable age, and this station's atmosphere of melancholy neglect has been something I have wanted to convey in a model ever since, quite apart from the architectural style (although I have no space to construct a full building). I am pleased to say there are several photographs on the internet of the station in its last days, better able than mine to
  9. Snow is falling, which is reason enough to assume air-dried modelling clay will not cure properly in a freezing cold garage as ballast, so I have put the viaduct passenger station frame in situ, and come indoors for a cup of tea and an early brandy paanee. The station, of which one will see little of the building, is to be my homage to Mr William Baker's 1865 London Broad Street, the memory of whose derelict, un-loved, Renaissance atmosphere still haunts me. Quite whether it will be worthy, only time will tell. The frame was a case of 'one step forward, three back', as I glued an
  10. An A.B.S./Speedlink day to-day. The coal bins have been painted, and thanks to Oasis bought before the latest confinement, some mounds of minerals have been put into them: three piles of 'coal' painted an undercoat of black, and various mounds of 'aggregates', one coated in Woodland Scenics medium buff ballast. Two more 'green mounds' await painting. The coal merchant's top-loader is fitted with a bodged, larger, shovel from Plasticard, with a 'weights' box added to the rear after the digger was removed. The blue 'sack hopper' (?) was improvised from more Plasticard
  11. I can only echo the approbation in the previous comments posted here. Came across this via You-tube, and an excellent layout. I look forward to seeing it at an exhibition one day. One silly question: where did you get the 'VTG' non-telescopic-hood ferry-wagon model, please? Is it the Roco HO? I would like my own, as I remember them as the only thing seen at the Crawley New Yard 'Dor-to-Dor' warehouse on the rare occasion I rumbled past on a train, but thought they were only available in the 'Cargowaggon' livery, or forthcoming 'plain'. Thought them rather romantic, being 'fore
  12. Having tried scoring 2mm. plasticard to make coal yard bins, and been disappointed with the results, I spent the weekend making up something better looking with balsa-wood OO 'sleepers' (30x3x2mm.) instead. Slapped some paint down to delineate the areas on the mineral siding (coal, aggregates, chalk and china clay), and knocked up the start of a hopper for the coal merchant to fill his sacks. Also managed to remove the back 'grabs' off the JCB models. All in all, I am pleased with the progress. Alas, I still can not get the hang of the focussing, so the photos are not wonderful,
  13. Alas, preparations for Christmas have interrupted progress, but I attempted a 'photo-shoot' to-day, and have tried to add header pictures. The main picture is a view across the mineral yard, with 73 113 departing with a train from the agricultural warehouses (one needs to use much imagination to see the cardboard boxes thus!), and I hope I have added a view in the general goods yard-to-be. This weekend I hope to start building coal- and aggregate-yard pens. Scoring squares of 2mm. plasticard to look like horizontal sleepers did not look good (and proved my eye-sight is not as goo
  14. Many thanks for this; I did not know the sizes varied so much. I had thought of seeds - I am a curry-holic - but could not find any so small. I scrounged a lump of Phurnacite from my parents' coal bunker, and a OO scale ovoid works out at 0.5 mm. The only way I can think of modelling a heap so far is making a 'dome' of modelling clay, carving the end out of a pencil point into a hollow oval, and then going slowly doolally trying to 'imprint' the oval 'cobble' shape over the clay 'heap' before it all dries out. I think mustard and cummin seeds appear far too large. My partner, a keen garde
  15. Thanks for the photograph. I am still bracing myself to try and build a coal-elevator. Did you include the pens in your model, and if so, how many, please?
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