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Nick Gough

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  1. Also this one: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Gerrards-Cross-Railway-Station-Photo-Denham-Beaconsfield-6-/252692820874?redirect=mobile
  2. I agree, A9 would seem the most likely candidate, but they weren't built until November and December of 1908. I think the date could be wrong. There is a photo in "The Great Western & Great Central Joint Railway" (Oakwood Press) - the caption states "shortly after opening". However, the light coloured, tin(?) shed on stilts, next to the main building (prominent in your photo) doesn't appear to be there.
  3. Both relief lines are now laid to just past Silly Bridge: Silly Bridge is just beyond the buffer stops of both Down refuge sidings and, therefore, marks the Reading end of the station layout. The goods wagons are sitting on the position of the Down Relief refuge. Looking back towards the station from the bridge parapet: the station platform ramps are approximately fifteen feet away on my model. The nearby points, on the right, will form the trailing entry from the Up Relief into the goods yard and will be attached to a double slip, once they are available, starting two sidings (including the goods shed road) and a kickback to the headshunt:
  4. Just as I remember them, in my youth, running past the back of my house. Although that was the Piccadilly line, with pannier tanks at night.
  5. Oh dear! I now fear there will be a barrage of posts arguing either, "All Fives matter," or, "You don't understand the problem with Black Fives."
  6. A little bit of inspiration from last Sunday:
  7. I have finished laying both relief lines through the station: and have installed the platform sides for the Up Relief/Branch Bay: The first section of the Wallingford branch line has been laid in the bay platform: It's probably going to be a while before I lay any more track on the branch line - mainly due to the lack of bullhead points. However, it is, as they say, a statement of intent. Also, now I have track here, I can confirm the edge of the trackbed so I can put in the embankment sides and finish the edge of this baseboard. On the Reading side of the station I have used some recycled lengths of Peco code 100 to plot out the route of Down Relief line: The Relief lines gradually converge with the Main lines here, from the width of the island platform. (There will also be a refuge siding, for the Down Relief, eventually, between the two pairs of running lines)
  8. The first yard of track into the Down Relief platform: With the glued sleepers, for the Up Relief joint, sitting on the platform ramp, before placing into position. The facing points for the Up Relief to Up Main crossover in place:
  9. Thanks Paul The only trouble with having this much space is the need to have enough track, points, etc., to do it properly (and, of course, the time to lay it all)!
  10. The first section of the Down Relief line has been laid: These points will eventually form the trailing end of a crossover from the Down Main line: The problem, at the moment, is that I still don't have the Peco bullhead diamond crossing which should be in the Up Main line. So the rest of this crossover will have to wait for now. At the real Cholsey there was a second crossover here, from Up Relief to Up Main: Again, this will need a diamond, in the Down Relief. Incidentally, the hole in the baseboard here: is where the railway crosses over a road on two adjacent bridges, both on a skew.
  11. Just used up some offcuts to do the section in the last photo, hence the odd shapes!
  12. In the last couple of days I have been laying underlay next to the island platform and for part of the way in each direction:
  13. A change of direction for today. Moving to the station area I installed the sides, and ramps, for the island platform (between the Up Main and Down Relief lines: These are 18mm MDF strip. Take away 3mm for the underlay and 4mm for the depth of the track, from sleeper bottom to rail top, leaves a difference in height of 11mm. Add a platform top surface of 1mm and I should end up with a scale 3 feet above rail level. The space between the strips will allow me to 'bury' the island platform building in place. Unfortunately the platforms have to cross onto the lifting flap for the doorway: The flap hinges are inset into the top surface of the Down Main and, what will be, the up relief platforms. I plan to have short, removable platform top sections to cover the hinges, when in use. These will be taken off when the flap is raised to prevent fouling on the fixed baseboard section. The gap in the island platform is to accommodate the signal box and cutouts for the point rodding, signal wires, etc: Finally the hole in the baseboard, in the middle of the platform: is for the staircase leading down to the station subway. In steam days this staircase was directly accessed via a large open archway at the end of the platform building - so an obvious feature of the station.
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