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  1. Thank you Jonathan. Since the 1990s all my layouts have been designed following Iain Rice’s s recommendations on presentation, at eye level, which aalows the use off stage design. features, such as scenic backgrounds, flighting, wings and proscenium arch. Enhanced depth can be suggested using perspective and low relief or flat buildings. Tracks can disappear off the edges of baseboards by using buildings or wings as view-blockers. No need for improbable bridges or tunnels. This means that only the interesting parts of stations et cetera need to be built, the rest being suggested by making the
  2. It doesn’t show but the BNW branch has. seen a lot of work on track, electrics and basic scenery but the most obvious change has been to the lighting valance for Clecklewyke. When this was extended above.the new station and MPD it was too heavy and long to be self-supporting, so I fitted a temporary strut tnus: This was obviously unsightly and could not remain so my friend Rob Selby has made a cantilevered bracket to support It from the back. In Sir Humphrey’s words this was a “brave “decision as it depended on the integrity of the 300 year old masonry and plaster wall to
  3. I’m very sorry that Tom has decided not to take on Humber dock. He already has a lot of projects in hand and I believe Humber dock would have been a bridge too far. I have stopped exhibiting Humber Dock mainly because I have become seriously sigh impaired and have moved from P4 to OO - see my thread on the Bradford North Western branch. Here is a tasterso, I am still wanting to dispose of Humber Dock to someone who will cherish it and exhibit it and maybe develop it. It’s a great little layout to exhibit, fulfilling most of the criteria for Iain Rice’s “Cameo” proposal. It was bui
  4. I’m really glad to have passed the baton to Tom. She’s in the good hands. Ian Everett (builder of Humber Dock)
  5. Well, well, well. I can report to success and Humber Dock will re-materialise in a few months as Arlesburgh. I’ll not say any more as I am sure the new owner will want to make an announcement when he’s ready. ian
  6. Some more pictures of the new Clecklewyke.This of course is work in progress and buildings are not yet properly embedded. Here is an empty coaching stock train passing through Clecklewyke on the way to Scargill sidings I particularly like this view of a black five at the coaling stage and now a couple of shots to make P4 modelers weep. Employing the subterfuge of using 24 inch curves hidden behind buildings is really only possible with OO gauge. This, of course, is strictly off stage. Most of my trains happily go around these curves but
  7. Hi Pete, thanks for the very kind words. You probably know that I’ve been inspired by your marvellous photography of Halifax Powell Street. I think our slightly different interpretations of a LNWR terminus in the West Riding are fascinating. I do hope you’ve built into your timetable a stopping train service between Halifax and Bradford Northwestern fire click awake (I E iPads spelling of Clecklewyke .) and maybe a through coach to be attached to a London express from Bradford. We could also arrange for the two coach Bradford Portion to be reversed at Bradford and go on to Halifx. That
  8. This newly found photo suggests thar Colin Gifford visited Clecklewyke in 1958.
  9. Humber Dock is still ounold. Sales have fallen through, I’ve moved house and I’ve lost most of my site so it’s gone on the back burner until now. However I’d like to release the space it occupies, so Humber Dock is still available for someone who would like to exhibit it. It is an excellent exhibition layout, easily transported and full of interestt, especially I for people from the East riding of Yorkshire who often spend long times trying to identify all the buildings. It would be ideal for somebody who likes building North Eastern Railway engines and would like to exhibit them o
  10. D sorry to have been the bearer of bad news. Let’s hope they can do 4mm as well. Best wishes Ian
  11. These are really lovely but as far as I can see the back scenes are only made in 7mm scale. Note also that they seem to be based on photographs taken from street level and so the roofs will look wrong on a layout at table level. Did you find his Birmingham diorama – absolutely fabulous! I wonder what he would have charged to make your Derwent spa buildings? Ian
  12. Slow progress but progress, nevertheless. I have been sitting up the lighting rig, or proscenium arch as Iain Rice would have it, above the new section of Clecklewyke, using a fluorescent tube bought years ago for this very purpose. It creates quite a I long scenic diorama but I have yet to resolve how to support the centre of the lighting rig. Maybe I could cantilever asupport from the wall behind the scene but this is 300-year-old stone and I’m not sure how secure the support would be. Here are some photos: The track is still to be laid and then it will be on to the enjoyable jobs -
  13. Just lovely, Jonathan. Do you mind me asking how you attachéd the signs (ladies, Gents etc) so neatly? Super glue, wire? Look after yourself. Maybe you should take a trip to take the waters at a convenient spa? Ian
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