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  1. Hi Stephen I had a look to see if I had anything to answer your question but sadly not. The best set of photos I have is about 1959 after the Princetown line was lifted. Might I be cheeky though and ask from your knowledge whether my belief that in the 1950's the Up starter was a GWR wooden post with a metal arm is correct? Alex
  2. I put the boards back together this afternoon. Pleased to report that on the first reassembly after gapping the sections went together without any problems, with everything lining up. I hope to get the whole thing, including the cassette deck and sector plate running by the end of the month. Alex
  3. Pannier shunts van in the refuge siding at Yelverton. Next jobs are to get the three scenic boards back together, and finish to two end boards. Alex
  4. The etched mesh arrived so I have been able to complete the sides of the accommodation bridge. Alex
  5. More progress on the accommodation bridge. I didn't like the stonework, so I replaced it. At the same time I changed the angle the bridge crosses the line at slightly, and this allowed me to rework the profile of the scenery. I think the end result is an improvement. I've done a bit more painting of the bridge, and am just waiting for some more etched mesh so I can finish the far side. Alex
  6. Accommodation bridge at the north end of the station under construction. Alex
  7. Lanarkshire models do GE buffer stops. Have a .look at Upwell Drove. Alex
  8. Not at all Graham. They look rather good. I must investigate his website to see if he does ones for Mig.
  9. Thanks Rich. I had a look. There's some photos there I hadn't seen before, and some I had, but better versions.
  10. Separation of the three scenic boards for Yelverton has taken place, and the sections are currently in the workshop so i can work on the wiring underneath the boards in comfort. Prior to the take down I completed the installation of the proscenium. The sign was made for me from my sketches by Colin Farrant of Charlie Foxtrot Models at Trehunist near Liskeard. Colin usually makes buildings for wargames, but he is doing some commission work for me. The font is Clarendon, tweaked slightly to match the font used by the Great Western on the original sign, for which there is no exact match. Alex
  11. For the last couple of weeks I’ve been working on the backdrop for Yelverton. The prototype was surrounded by trees, particularly at the northern end of the station. At the southern end, the trees thin out a bit, and there are views of Plymouth and the English Channel in the distance. I’ve tried to replicate this with the backscene on the model. At the northern (Tavistock) end of the layout, the landscape will be heavily wooded, less so at the southern end. At the northern end there a vies of the distant moor behind the trees. The main part of the backscene is made from 6mm ply, and forms a spine for the layout. At the ends of the layout, this section has been left full height, as it has a secondary function of protecting the scenery when the layout is being transported. In the visible section, the top of the backdrop has been sculpted to match the scenery. The curved end sections are from artists mounting board. When it is finished, the backdrop will comprise 3 parts, each one slightly behind each other, to give an impression of depth. At the front are trees, behind these are the distant tors, and behind that will be a roll up backcloth for the sky. The trees are from ID backscenes. I also used their “Hills and Dales” sheet for the distant hills and the more open land at the southern end. As printed, the sections didn’t quite do what I wanted, so I cut out sections an rearranged them to give the effect I wanted. The tors behind the trees are from a photo I took of Cox Tor and Staple Tor last summer. They are on a separate piece of ply, which will clip in place behind the main backscene. Finally there will be a plain backdrop behind these. This will roll up as a single piece, and will be suspended from the rear lighting gantry which runs the length of the layout. This will probably be made from two thicknesses of Buckram, and sprayed with white and blue aerosols, as on my Upwell Drove layout. Alex
  12. Thanks again Nick. The pony wheels look good. Where did you source the whistles? Alex
  13. Thank you Nick. That is all very useful. I've done 4555 in unlined black with the large crest. Here is a picture. The model is repainted Bachmann. I didn't do a lot to it, just changed the smoke box door dart for a Markits one, removed the moulded coal, and added the two grab rails on top of the boiler which not all 45's seem to have had. In the family archives there is a photo of me standing on the footplate of 4555 at Buckfastleigh in 1967, so I had to have a model! The current 4574 will be renumbered as one in your list in lined BR green with a small crest. I'll do a new 4574 in plain green. as she was when running on the branch. She was outshopped in lined green, and there is a photo of her with lining earlier in this thread, but she seems to have lost it before coming to Laira. There is a colour picture of 4549 with the GWR style bufferbeam number on p95 of Michael Welch's "Western Steam in Devon and Cornwall". Is that the one you mean? Once I've done the 45's and 4575's, I'll need to do a 14xx, so I'm following your thread for building the Comet chassis with interest. I've got an old Airfix body, which I hope to make into 1434 in plain black. Alex
  14. You are not alone. One of the fun bits of modelling for me is building wagons using old rtr models as donors. Some of it is remarkably good, and the addition of better buffers and brake gear works wonders. One of my current projects is a bogie bolster C from a 55 year old Triang toy. Alex
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