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  1. That's right, I guess. There was never any waterside industry up in Wharfedale so there was no navigation. I found an exellent document about the bridge including its history. I never realised that it is one of the oldest bridges in England - built in 1228 and then widened in 1776. If you look underneath it, you can clearly make out the two halves. The 18th century half has a ribbed underside. The walkway was added in the 1950s, cantilevered into the main structure. Fascinating stuff - I've driven over it so many times and never given it a thought.
  2. Hahah! It does flood a lot! It’s a really low bridge. It made modelling it a real challenge as it looks waaaaay too small. But I’ve double checked the measurements and it’s right. Maybe I should model the water up to the parapets!
  3. I have finished the road and I think it has worked really well... I am pleasantly surprised because I just made it up as I went along. The overall effect looks great to the naked eye. It even works from different angles, albeit to a lesser extent... You can see the technique when looked at from above: As part of this build, I also made a start on the backscene itself, which I made from layers of buildings: I made a video of the build as usual, and it is here.
  4. I hope I am not jumping the gun, but I think this just might work... ”Real” building on the left (Scalescenes) followed by a 50mm deep montage of three pieces of folded card with photos wrapped around them. Road is just a straight piece which curves round to a point and goes up hill by 2cm to give the impression of distance.
  5. This week I had intended to carry on building the road bridge, but it dawned on me that before I can add the road surface to the bridge, I would need to know how I would get the road off scene into the backscene. And to work that out, I would need to know what I was doing with the backscene! I did a lot of reading around here, and watched a few YouTube videos, and eventually settled on something that I think may work. A draft mock up certainly looks the business through the arch: Moving through the arch and from side to side, a true 3D effect can be seen. It’s not perfect but it looks as though it will work... On the other side of the tracks, the street maintains a feel of 3D when the camera is placed into it: So how I have decided to do it is to have 5cm of baseboard dedicated to the transition to backscene. I am using a kind of forced perspective to ease the transition. The road is curved to a point and will curve upwards too by a centimetre. The backscene will comprise 3 layers of 2D prints, each one progressively desaturated towards the rear to give the impression of distance. The street will comprise photos of receding buildings, but arranged at an angle to the road so that the road goes into the street and maintains a kind of 3D visual. All of the angles are “wrong”, but the effect works when seen in the flesh. The effect breaks down when seen from above, but in time, there will be other buildings and roofs in place to lessen the weird impact. Hopefully next week will show the end result.
  6. Just had a read through of this - the layout looks wonderful - a perfect capture of the part of the world in which it is set. Can we have a closer look at the river, and how you did it, please?
  7. So after finishing the viaduct build last week, my attention has turned to the next project. I want to get the river finished this year, so it makes sense to move onto the next bridge. This one will be an old road bridge that will carry the road that passes under the skew arch in the viaduct, here: I am going to base the bridge on one in a town near me, Otley. It was built in the 11th century and has a lot of character. It is a very low bridge which will suit my layout well as I want the road to be lower than the bases of the arch workshops to the right, and to ascend towards the back of the baseboard. I have a small challenge though as the road leaves the baseboard at 45 degrees to the front, and I only have space to model a quarter of the length of the bridge. This means it will be chopped off at 45 degrees in the middle of one of the arches. I have worked out how to build it so that this will be ok. Here’s a mock up I made: The design of the bridge is progressing. I use the application Inkscape to do my builds. Here is progress so far. I found an excellent PDF document online from a survey of the bridge done for Leeds City Council who is responsible for the maintenance of the bridge, so I have the exact measurements of the parts that I need. There are also loads of pictures of the real thing online, so I should be able to make a good go of it. I made a video this week of how I use Inkscape in my scratch builds to show some of the absolute basics of the application. It’s below if it is of any interest.
  8. Thank you Simon! I'm pleased the feel is of the area I was aiming for. Up to now I've just been using old locos and stock that have survived the 25-30 years since my layout as a teenager, but my thoughts are starting to turn to updating things a little. I remember travelling the Settle-Carlisle in blue & grey coaches hauled by a class 31, so I've got one of those and a rake of Mk 1's on order, as a start. I have an ancient large logo Class 47 so a rake of mk 2s would look great behind that.
  9. Thanks for the good comments, everyone! It keeps me going. The station end is a bit up in the air at the moment. But broad plans include a lot of tall warehousing/industry behind the station. I am torn between one long mill/works-type building like you see behind the station at Doncaster, or more individual buildings all crammed together in layers to give the impression of a large complex that may have grown up over time, or then again... something akin to the faded grandeur of the Little Germany quarter in Bradford. Then... the station building itself will be ultra low-relief on the right. In front of the tracks will be more station buildings, parcel office etc. and then the high street descending the hill towards the first wide arch. This will have a large hotel, probably based on the Scalescenes kit, but built around a 90 degree curve - a crescent hotel like you see near the station in Leeds, and on the main street of Illkley. The backs of these buildings will back onto the already-laid cobbled backstreet below the station. I'm starting on the station area next year probably, and expect it to take all year - I don't get much modelling time, and this layout is going to be about 85% scratch-built buildings. I am starting the road bridge that will go over the river this week, and next month, probably the river itself.
  10. Another week has gone past and I have finally finished the building of the viaduct... It has taken me seven months, but I am really pleased with how it turned out. Here is a couple of pictures of the completed last three arches: I had a bit of a disaster with the varnish this week. I use enamel brush-on varnish. I always give it a coat of gloss followed by matt, as I find that adding matt first leaves the matting agent as a dusty covering. Anyway, this time I must have had some smudged PVA on the surface of something as it left a light blob clearly visible on the surface of one of the piers... This has never happened before, so I don’t really know what was up. Anyway, I dabbed on some various shades of brown paint and to the naked eye, especially at normal viewing distances, it is no longer noticeable. I also had to replace a point this week as one of the blades came disconnected from the tie bar and I could not work out how to reconnect it, eventually destroying it further with my ham-fisted attempts to get it clipped back in. Thankfully it was a point where I have not yet ballasted, and it was connected with the plastic insulating rail joiners. So I could cut it out with a craft knife and carefully glue another one in place after re-soldering the wires to it. Not sure how it came unclipped. Perhaps some over-zealous track cleaning or something. I need to be more careful. I am really pleased with how the viaduct has turned out but there are still a lot of things I wish I had done better. I am going to make a video of these things to help others avoid my mistakes. It does look quite nice though, if you don’t look too closely! As usual, I have made a video that details how I made the last three arches. It’s below if you’re interested. Are you interested? I am never sure if it’s good practice to link to videos from here... don’t want to annoy folks.
  11. Like most people, I love the Minories plan. You have some neat components there. Looking forward to seeing more!
  12. I’ve not had much time on the layout this week, but I have made some progress on the last three arches. For the first time, the viaduct now spans all the way from the station to the hillside. The cores are in and the face is on. Just the inner walls, buttresses, sills, ledge, and walls to go. I always think it looks scruffy at this stage, but it usually works out in the end. I’m not happy with the way the tops of the arches look, but I am hoping that once the finishing bits are on it won’t look too bad. I have also downloaded a new app for editing videos. Called LumaFusion, it is quite a complicated piece of work. To try to learn my way around it, I made a short ‘trailer’ for my YouTube channel. I may have overdone it a little, but it was great fun to make. My ten-year-old son did the filming.
  13. Definitely - you can get a lot into a small place!
  14. Hi Ben, I was inspired by Horseley Fields many years ago and had your layout topic in my bookmark for years. So thank you very much indeed for that! Chandwell’s fiddle yard is a metre long - just enough space to squeeze a loco with five coaches. I have made cassettes from cable trunking and incorporated a power cut off on the section leading to them. Power simply travels from an exposed wire and round some copper tape. It is quite a basic and rudimentary setup. The cassettes were featured in my very first, very unconfident, YouTube video, so you can see them under construction.
  15. I have spent this weekend working on the last three arches of the viaduct that I have been working on all year. I’m using the same technique as the rest of the viaduct. I make a simple box with an arch and then place this under the track bed. I place the boxes in the curve and then fit the front and rear of the viaduct once they are in place, the piers being wider on the back face obviously. This allows me to slide them under before lifting them up to the correct height. Here are the last three arches in situ under the track, before being lifted up 5mm to the base of the track. These three arches are slightly different to the rest as they are on the start of the junction, so they widen towards the fiddleyard: I don’t think that this is very prototypical but I really wanted to have these three arches rather than just an embankment. The arches at Brixton seem to have this pattern but I have not been able to find and photos of the interior of them, so I don’t know how they would have been constructed. I’ve therefore built these three arches out of six boxes. There will be an angle change in the middle of each arch, which I assume would have some kind of vaulted ceiling in the arch. I have no idea if this was ever a thing, but it will be hardly noticeable once finished. That is as far as I have got. Here are some pictures of the other arches which I built using the same method. The larger arch in the middle is a skew arch and will have a road running through it. I made a video about this, here:
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