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    Many - but in railway terms, all pre-BR buggeration, and preferably pre-Grouping...! GWR primarily, but shades of LNWR/Midland/LMS. (I'm modelling a Joint' line.). The best model railways represent a real place at a specific period. The location has to fit the space available - but the period...? So much choice.... :-). 1890's - to about 1920 is my favourite.

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  1. What are you laying the track onto...?
  2. What is the gradient of the helix - and what is capable of climbing it? I'm currently mulling - over the idea of using helixes, but I'm concerned that the extra drag added to the gradient will severely limit what can climb up it. ....
  3. My recollection was that the main lines, which were on the east side, remained, whilst most of the goods/relief lines on the west side were removed, and all the remaining trackwork simplified. I think a few stretches of the old slow lines survive in the weeds.
  4. Thanks for all that info'. It seems that today there is quite a mixture everywhere. Actually - I hadn't even considered the safety of gangs on he line - a good point - but it all seems to have great potential to confuse drivers. Logically, you'd have expected there to be some sort of national standard - especially after two hundred years..... :-). I wonder if the issue has ever caused any accidents...? There certainly seems a balance of logic for UUDD on the face of it, as the fast traffic is away from the margins, and the slow lines can access sidings etc more easily.
  5. Yes - this is why I asked, as it seems a rather odd approach, as it could potentially cause confusion for drivers - it was bad enough with drivers on the right and signals on the left..... I wonder what the GWR's rationale was......
  6. Years ago, the main GWR line both north and south of Snow Hill was quadroupled, and most, but not all of the intermediate stations had at least four platforms. There was a main Up and Down, and next to that, seperate slow/goods/refief Up & Down lines.Did the GWR always follow that pattern, or did they sometimes run both Up lines next to each other and both Down lines next to each other....? Did the other 'Big Four' have a set approach/policy to how they laid-out quadroupled lines with regard to the traffic directions....? Have modern practices changed in regards to this issue...?
  7. CCGWR;- Movable sections are always a bit of a liability. Use good quality hinges which are slop-free, and ensure you have positive stops where the flap shuts - metal to metal is best - and use a couple of decent over-centre latches to hold it firmly against the stops. You can also use some sort of locating pin(s). A bit of a gap in the rails won't normally derail, but if the lines don't align properly in both axises, you need to address that before thinking of altering any locos.... :-)
  8. This image, of the internal GW driveway ;- - is taken from here, looking North West. 52°29'20.70"N 1°54'50.44"W This is the south eastern end of the whole site, SW of the Ickneild Street road tunnel. If you look at google Earth, the masonry/revetments there are original GW, and there is a short tunnel under still in-situ I believe. Flip into the older 1945 imagery, and you can see the curved revetment in both 1945 and modern images. The canopied loading-dock and driveway/road, between the building in this image can also be seen from the opposite direction here, both looking south-east. That's Pitsford Street to the right with all the parked cars, with Vyse Street crossing at the top of the hill;- The gable-ended building behind the now demolished arc-roofed sheds can still b seen in Google Street View;-
  9. .....and the Police were also still using Teleprinters up until 1981 or even a bit later.
  10. https://www.warwickshirerailways.com/gwr/gwrhd719.htm The Top Shed being rebuilt, showing the entrances to the Wagon Hoist up to Hockley Port canal wharf. The structure for the hoist mechanism sat over the shafts;- https://www.warwickshirerailways.com/gwr/gwrhd720.htm .....the building is still there on the left with a white roof, as it that wall next to the road.
  11. Wow - his stuff is amazing..... Love the way he used the table. Oddly enough....I had a vague theory swilling around in my head that, my main outside section of track, with falling ground behind, would, when correctly photographed with a small aperture for depth of field, seem seamless. Here is the view behind where it will run - the immediate foreground would be hidden....;-
  12. Mikkel, I don't think I'd be satisfied only with the railway in the garden - but it's a whole different game. You can run scale length trains..and have scale curves - and there are no 'rules'.... I can run any companies train out there, most of which wouldn't look 'correct' on my indoor diorama - when it's done. I'll also be able to sit-out alfresco and enjoy watching them too. The other thing is the light.....no matter how good indoor lighting is - or the models, nothing really compares with natural light - it's a funny thing. The 'mangle' was in the old brew-house when I bought the farmhouse, but sadly, the old copper for brewing the beer had long been sprited-away...! I couldn't quite find the heart to ditch the mangle - maybe I'll grow some flowers around it in the end.... :-) I have the original water-pump too, and it's stone basin. I'll make that into a water-feature. The old cider mill used to have a stone mill in it to crush the apples. It would have been powered by a donkey or mule, again - missing when I bought the place. It would have looked like this;- So much work - sooo little time..... :-P
  13. This is round the back again - these photos were taken last season, after all the main groundworks were back-filled. Most of the repairs and replacements to the timber frame at the rear are nearing completion now. Here we can see an awkward area right in the corner that had to be tackled off the scaffold tower. The horizontal member is new, the diagonal brace is reclaimed. Here Terran is laid to stop the ground disturbed by groundworks from working it's way up through the new stone I'm about to put down. As you can see, most of the timber frame is complete, the remaining bit of nasty masonry is actually an original doorway that was later blocked-in. Where I am standing will actually be inside the model railway room when complete. I had to reduce the rear yard back down to it's original level - many tons were removed. The stone will help it drain - there is a new land-drain under it anyway - and I will lay stone flags or sets for the paths. The big plastic tank is going up into the loft of the cider mill that you can see behind as a header-tank for the water system. The yard buildings on the left will be rebuilt and extended past the camera to house the railway etc. The part in the corner is the brew-house and will be the utility, the woodshed nearest is too far gone so will be rebuilt. The main roof is pretty good as you can see - the projects saving-grace, as everything has stayed nice and dry inside. My new gutters have also helped to stop most of the wetting of the walls when it rains.
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