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    Teignmouth, Devon
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    4mm P4 and French H0; DRAG and KAG; the Central Section of BR(S); jazz as long as it's not trad, indie and most other music; books; food and wine; the great British landscape; with enough wine almost anything else.

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  1. I recently acquired some extracts from a 1950 station plan, very kindly provided by Glen Woods, which includes a wealth of information on platforms, footbridges and buildings, signal and crossing positions etc. I've had the station area bit photo-enlarged (about x4.5) to get it to 4mm scale. This morning John helped me to set some of the boards up to try it out for size You can't tell from this but it is pleasingly very close to my Templot plan. Next time I can add the station junction board and finally finalise (for the final time) platforms and plain track alignments.
  2. Hi Philip, good to hear from you. The foam is 50mm thick. Points will be operated on the surface, possibly via one or more lever frames depending on the geometry, possibly by simple wire and tube. The maxim will be simplicity and convenience.
  3. https://www.scaleforum.org/
  4. Not my Eridge, although I retain an interest. It should be 'appearing' at the virtual Scaleforum on 26 September.
  5. The hiatus has extended a bit, partly because of But I have bought a new Roco shunter for the back siding to replace a Jouef 61000
  6. Between May and the end of July I started on my long-held ambition to build Lewes in P4, to go between (!) Balcombe/Ouse Viaduct and Eridge. Here's a series of progress photos which should be largely self-explanatory, but feel free to ask if you need more clarification. In summary: Time period 1950s/early 60s Baseboards of pink insulation board with 6mm ply trackbed, augmented with 3mm cork, and 4mm ply sides Thin ply sleeper and rivet construction, plus plastic chairs, and steel rail, initially using components from P4Track Company turnout kits for speed. DCC and Tam Valley frog juicers for crossing polarity change. At this point I gave the track work a powered loco test: That's going to be it for now because for medical reasons it's unlikely I will get any more real modelling done this side of Christmas.
  7. Work will recommence on this in a couple of weeks - I've been 'distracted' by another project, tba. Good news today is that the two remaining ogive kits are on their way from France, having been ordered in March - I'm guessing the etchers have been on lockdown until recently.
  8. Oddly enough, I've now received a computer-generated update to say my order is ready to be sent Which is great, although a reply to one of my emails would have been nice too.
  9. Has anyone received anything lately from AtelierCJ models? I successfully received one order in early March, but a subsequent order placed on 17 March was acknowledged but is so far unrealised. The delay may well be Covid related, either with AtelierCJ or their etchers (although the item was shown as in stock at the time of order), but several emails requesting information have gone unanswered.
  10. First test train on the back siding today. This was powered, from droppers on the ‘track’ bit only and propagated for now via the rail joiners (and the absence of the rail being cut at the board joins). The copperclad bit will be buried in the road, so there will be checkrails to add and double droppers on each rail length. The loco is not the one that will normally use the siding (to an off-scene agricultural facility of some kind), although it could. That will be an 0-6-0 ‘locotracteur’ which is currently in the post after some fettling by CK.
  11. Could well be Stu, worth a try. I can appreciate that might give a smoother movement.
  12. Ah, OK. Some experimentation might be possible, although I'd be concerned about the fragility of the gates.
  13. My conceptual plan is to use the below basic components: Straight section of toothed plastic and associated cog wheel (these were meant for a cog railway application, thanks John! Brass tube drive shaft, onto which the cog will be glued (well, one slightly bigger that fits). This will be supported inside another length of tube. Small crosshead screw that can be turned or soldered into the end of the drive shaft, flush with the edge of the baseboard. Jewellers screwdriver to turn the drive shaft and move the gates. Imagine something like this below the board: The tricky bit is connecting the gate to the 'cog strip'. Current thinking is small brass tubes (two probably) drilled and glued into the cog strip and poking up through a slot in the board to ground level. Then thin wires glued to the gates will enable the gate to be 'dropped' into the tubes. Even trickier will be supporting everything securely but gently underneath. Chances of under board bracing and wires getting in the way of the gubbins are undoubtedly high ...
  14. Today I’ve been playing around with card mockup buildings and trees represented by paint cans for planes and other ‘round’ trees, and glue tubes for Mediterranean cypresses. You have to use your imagination a bit, but the real location shows how big some of them are. (I measured one of the plane trees on a Google Earth view and it came out at 8 inches diameter in H0.) One fundamental change has been to move the level crossing from the left board to the middle one to avoid an unlikely very skewed crossing. Here it crosses the two running lines and the entrance to the yard, but avoiding any point blades or crossings. Moving the crossing keeper’s house to the front of the layout also enables a relationship to the épicerie and auberge similar to what actually exists in Mons La Trivalle. At the right end, the industrial siding exits behind the ‘flatiron’ building. The industrial siding winds along within the trees and buildings. In the town the track is embedded in the road – the road turns off where the white car is. The Cuprinol can will be a large plane tree. The SNCF wanted it to come down, but M le Maire (someone you don’t tangle with) refused, so the railway has to trim it periodically to keep the branches clear of the catenary. The trees also help to mask the ‘buttresses’ where the Tim Horn boards join.
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