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Andy Keane

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  1. I have been working on the track plan for the fiddle yard and have decided to put a bit of a gap between it and the entrance bridge. The aim is to be able to accomodate six coache trains in the yard when needed. I would aprreciate any comments on this layout - its all done in peco code 75. The four three way points at the end are to allow engines to run around but also permit longer trains to simply sit over the points if needed. The yard is eight feet overall by 15 inches wide. Andy
  2. Tony, can I ask another question? How wide have you made the gap in the bridge at the entrance throat? It looks quite narrow in photos but I don want it to extreme and my curve there will be a little tighter than the real think as well. Do you run long coaches into your station - it may not be realistic but it would be good to be able to get a 70' coach under the bridge. regards Andy
  3. Slow work but I am getting there. I think I may need to darken down the yellow bricks somewhat though:
  4. I have today downloaded the aerial photo of Helston from 1941 held by http://ncap.org.uk as NCAP_NARA_GX_11969_SD_0095 which they have as a high res image. Its not good enough to see the track but it does show all the buildings there at the time and all of the town as well. I am not allowed to put it up on the web however.
  5. I think I will get Marcway to build the station throat, so I have spent some time trying to get a layout to match the mid 1930's track plan: I think I will get him to build this whole chunk complete with the two catch points, the main three-way and three adjoining points and then buy their standard points for the three at the other end of the station. They also sell a flexi-track to match with injection moulded sleepers. The alternative is to use the peco code 75 bullhead flexi-track. I will use Peco code 75 flat-bottom in the fiddle yard. Marc wants a paper drawing to work to, so g
  6. My plan is to give all the bricks a base coat of yellow sand colour and the stones a grey. Then revisit the pointing before the painstaking business of a stone by stone over-paint in mixed colours. I guess patience is the answer. When I get too stressed by the brush I will switch to other things!
  7. Tony, I am struggling with the goods shed drawings. Pat English shows the lorry entrance to the good shed with a seni-circular brick arch (and the 7mm kit of the shed follows this too). However the only photo I have of the shed on that side showing the brickwork shows the arch as being elliptical: Do you have any better pictures / have you been and looked? I think the elliptical shape looks nicer but wondered why Pat had drawn it as a semi-circle.
  8. Also what about the woodedn vents on a GWR engine shed roof. Obviously they would tend to be pretty grubby but what colour would they have been painted originally? Dark stone?
  9. First coat of paint and also a window tried for size.
  10. Dry assembly of the kit of parts from LCUT. Very pleased with how this is going. I need to bevel some edges and then start the painting before assembly.
  11. Have now started on the CAD of the goods shed. Does anyone know when the extra flat roofed extension was added to the office? I think I may omit this as a too recent change.
  12. For those interested I am slowly turning Pat's drawings of the main Helston buildings into CAD models and then on to laser cutting diagrams which LCUT are turning into parts - see
  13. Tony, perhaps you can help on a Helston puzzle. There are a number of photos of trains with six coaches using Helston. But the platform was only 271 feet long according to the book, and the map bears this out. So how did they operate the carriages? I reckon only four at a time could be fitted alongside the platform. Any thoughts? regards Andy
  14. Using a single finescale point as suggested by Keith Macdonald I now have a trackplan that just needs that one point that is not standard Peco streamline code 100: In reality looking at photos the entrance point is almost a three-way point - two curved points that are almost laid on top of each other - it would be an interesting scratchbuild to acheive that! My fiddle yard is designed to deal with the typical 1930's trafic which would normally only need a single rake of coaches not more than six long plus 20-30 wagons and two engines at most at Helston and one shunter permanently in
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