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  1. Okay it has been a long time to quiote this post but I managed to get another picture of the car and passenger ferry at Kingswear
  2. Yes that's the one....to me the cardboard cutouts looked pretty convincing...from a distance, close up yes you could tell they weren't real. I have got it recorded on my freesat hard drive but I don't have any blank DVD's to transfer it so I can get screen shots of the scenes. Not sure of the loco classes, I think the scenery people just did generic victorian steam engines. The rest of the film is rather unfunny despite all that comedy talent of Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Peter Sellers, Michael Caine, Ralph Richardson, Tony Hancock and John Mills.
  3. Just been watching a bit of The Wrong Box with Peter Cook & Dudley Moore and there is a railway crash scene in it which looks like it has been made up of LSWR salmon liveried stock. Sorry no pics at the moment I'll have to record it and do some screen shots when I see it on again
  4. I think it was just called The South East...or The South East of England
  5. Taking advantage of the lockdown and the sunny weather I decided to get Ball Spond erected in the garden, just about enough room for it, and get some work down on it. First job was to fix down the line for platform 2 and the freight/parcels siding along with the dis-used head shunt, I'll remove the rails at a later date. With the 2 baseboards clamped together I was also able to start laying the first pieces of track on the second baseboard. Most important was fitting a double slip on the other side of the baseboard joint. However I didn't have a second double slip so I've used a single slip I had from another abandoned layout so I could get the geometry right. I cut the rails at the baseboard joint with my Xuron cutters and nailed the sleeper at the very edge down. Probably not the best way of securing the rails but the only one I could do at this moment. Also fitted the rebuilt bridge to check all the clearances and I'm glad now I did rebuild the bridge.
  6. Another project started on Ball Spond Road. Platform now done and glued down. Used 2/16th thick card...scrap from work for the base and the side walls, along with cross bracing for the insides and a thin card for the topping. Once it was all dry it did have a bit of a bend and a warp in it but I cured that with gallons of PVA glue and numerous books from the collection to weigh it all down while the glue dried and it seems to remain stuck to the baseboard. Once that was glued down I could make a start on fixing the track down properly on platform 1 and the stabling siding. I used one of Mainline 43xx 2-6-0's with it's wide cylinders so there should be plenty of room...although I have noticed coaches are a smidgen tight but still clear the platform edge. Also came up with a modification to the parcels/freight siding, I plan to put in a small siding coming off but one that has had the rails lifted but the sleepers left in place and also a few rails on the pair of points. This means I can use up an old pair of Peco Setrack points that I had knocking about.
  7. Thanks for that...from all the pictures I had seen of the PL-11 it looked like they also clipped under the rail as well and I had noticed on my pair of points slots under the rail that looked like they were there for that purpose....at least that is a bit of relief and I can use them throughout.
  8. Now I have come finally to laying some track on Ball Spond Road I need to think about motorizing the points. To avoid the drilling holes in the baseboard to fit under baseboard mounted motors I had planned to use Peco's PL-11 surface mounted motor. But having a look at the Streamline code 100 double slip I have there doesn't seem to be any mounting holes underneath the rails like there are on the points. Is it possible to mount one of these onto Peco's double slip or does that have to be under baseboard mounted motors?
  9. Another short film on Talking Pics TV...this one was about the South East of England...my neck of the woods. A few railway bits, some of steam at Chislet colliery and some of southern EMU's. Sadly the film isn't of great quality, I think it was one of those that got shown in cinemas back in the 60's (and probably in the 70's without realising how out of date it was)
  10. While working on the bridge the station building has got a bit neglected while I figure out how to sort out the windows. But I have now got the chimney pots done. Just thin strips of thick paper 118gsm in this case from work stuff that was going to be thrown out. Cut into thin and thinner strips, curled up and glued into tubes. A coat of matt black for the insides and Railmatch light brick for the outside. I decided to do a fancy looking one and the rest plain terracotta replacement pots and one of those longer ones with a sort of roof thingy on it...presumably they are suppose to keep the rain out.
  11. Well the past few days of isolation have given me the chance to get a job finished off and now the bridge that hides the baseboard joint is now complete. Gave the girders a coat of dark blue mixed with a light grey. Then it was dry brushing white over that to give a faded look. The box girder section the plate sides were fixed too was given a coat of dark green and then also dry brushed with white to give a faded look. Some blobs of dark and also light rust in a few areas and then some areas were patch painted in slightly different shades or just a dark grey and that was it. Quite a reasonable job considering it's been so many years since I've done anything like this and I'm limited to the number of paints I have at the moment.
  12. Some track down at last. Just temporarily pinned in place for the moment so I can work out the width and length of the station platform. And I couldn't resist getting a few trains out to see how they looked.
  13. Well it is now time to fix a mistake. I had originally thought that the archway on the Metcalfe bridge kit would be wide enough for the double slip and the pair of points to pass through but now I had some of the track pieces arrive I discovered an error in my design and the archway wasn't wide enough. So it was out with the chopping up tools and cut out the archway and keep the bridge abutments and go for an idea that I had had when first planing the layout and build a plate girder bridge and make the gap wider so there was enough room for the track work. Once it was cut out I tidied and squared up the cut ends with some thick card. This would also act as s support for the new road decking area and make a top section to a cosmetic box section bridge deck for the side girder pieces. The plate girder sides made up from thin-ish card and will be glued to the top of that new decking section installed and held in place by the new road way made as the bridge is now longer. Still some detailing work to do and clean up odd corners and the plate girder sides and the box section deck need a proper coat of paint on top of the coat of grey they have already had but I need some more paints for that which will have to wait until after all this isolation is done with. Still got some work to do on the station building but the roof is nearly finished.
  14. Trackwork finally arrived...now I can make a start on some laying
  15. Taken a break from construction on the station building to do my self isolation Sunday project. The retaining wall kit for the front part of the backscene. I could only get one kit and I'll need another one for this baseboard and several others for the second baseboard. Bar some painting and a bit of dirtying up it's all now in place. I have some track turning up next week, a double slip and right hand medium point (Peco code 100 Streamline) so I can start laying some track soon...at least on this baseboard.
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