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  1. A bit of a virtual workbench update from me. A few weeks ago, I visited Hadley Wood station with my father to measure up what remained of the original station. The amounted to the bridge piers and stairways, the original station building and waiting rooms having long been demolished. However some very useful things were discovered during the visit, the most surprising of which were the remains of the original canopy supports still being in place along the stairwells. From these, I could work out the original length of the waiting rooms. I've still got several things to identify and work out, along with a couple of revisions to make. However, I'm pleased with just how much I've been able to piece together for the visit and several photographs taken prior to the rebuilding works (not by me, I wasn't about then!). Hopefully, I'll be able to think about building the model in the not to distant future.
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    Hadley Wood

    I feel that the old station is finally revealing its details to me, although I'm not sure about my positions of some those details. Below is my interpretation of the platform waiting rooms and their relationship with the stairwells. The canopy supports are next to be designed and I'm getting excited that the time when I'll be able to start constructing the model is getting nearer.
  3. Hi Tony, Wasn't Sandy a shared station site with the LMS? Could the 'head shunt' actually be a protective measure for the mainlines in the event of an incident during a shunting move with the buffer stop providing a level of protection for the signal box?
  4. I think that education is ultimately what the student makes of it. Good teachers and course content is always very helpful, but the student must be engaged and willing to both learn and put the work in. Having given up with A Level Biology, Chemistry and Geography at school in the late 1990's, I returned to education at my local college in the early 2000's and undertook a condensed AS and A2 evening course (two hours a week) in Business Studies. One of the first questions the other students asked the tutor was what grade they could expect. His reply was most students on this particular course gained a D grade while the highest grade he'd experienced was a C. Instantly there were shouts about how this must because of the quality of teaching (not helped that the tutor was from another country) and two people left there and then. Over the next 32 weeks of the course, at least 50% of the class failed to show up to 25% or more of the lessons (most didn't do the homework) and only myself and one other maintained a 100% attendance record. The two of us were also the most engaged students during lesson time and we happily lapped up everything the tutor could give us. In the end I achieved maximum marks in my AS exam and nearly equaled it in my A2 exam - my friend walked away with Bs in both exams. It was then the two of us discovered that our tutor was also a professor at the local university where his classes were some of the most popular and 'his' batting average in student results was much higher than in the course I attended. Surely evidence that the student must do the work to achieve the grades? Considering I was working two jobs at the time (and spending every free hour studying), I was over the moon and got accepted to do a degree equivalent at another college (with a great endorsement from my tutor), which I accepted and completed. With regard to your comments above, I think that, regardless of political ideology, people will generally (there are always exceptions) grab opportunities of privilege (whether financial, position, education, etc) that their position allows (all animals are equal...). Does such snobbery and hypocritical behaviour exist in railway modelling? I suspect that, as with the hobby itself, the answer would generally depend on the individuals own values, beliefs and objectives regarding the hobby and how they judges (too strong a word?) others by the standards they (claim to?) uphold - after all, we all view the word through the prism of our individual identities.
  5. Thank you Tony. The original platform buildings were demolished during the widening works but I do have one or two usable photos. Sadly there is little recorded of what the arrangement of the backs of these buildings were so some educated guesses will likely be required. The main station building remained, slightly altered and minus the chimneys, until (I think) electrification and additional height was required for the wires - I understand that the original tunnels were dug out to lower the track bed at the same time.
  6. Lovely photos Tony, only surpassed by seeing them in the flesh. As you know I've been working on Hadley Wood's signal box recently. I'm still not finished as I'd like to revise the stairs and windows. However, I'm pretty pleased with it other than those issues. Not a build yet, but I've been working on some scale drawings for the main station building and road bridge. These have been produced using measurements taken of the surviving bits and using this information to extrapolate the dimensions of the station building itself (long gone) and a few other bits. I've still got to work out the platform waiting rooms (and the main station building's chimneys!) but the surviving canopy supports on the stairway have given me essential dimensions to work out the rest.
  7. Not bad for a (then) fourteen year old with no CAD skills and no idea what 3D printing was!
  8. I've been doing some work on Hadley Wood recently but have returned my attention to the J6s. Two locomotives of the same class but representing a c. 25 year gap in terms of details.
  9. Thanks very much Jerry, I'm always on the lookout for ex-GN Fish vans!
  10. That was my understanding as well Jonathan and using the spare set is going to be my dodge to be able to represent both the West Riding and Coronation services without needing two fiddle yard slots. I've not heard of teaks being used in the streamliner sets before; is this a publicly available photograph?
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    Hadley Wood

    Thanks Manna! Those aren't the coins sold by the 2mm Association. I think I've seen them before on either the P4 or S7 sites...
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    Hadley Wood

    Thank you Richard. As an interesting comparison, below is a photo of the real tunnel mouth as it is today. In the foreground is the buttress for the second tunnel which was bored during the 1953-59 quadrupling work. Despite appearances in the photo, the majority of the brick is brown/red. You can see the areas where I simplified the construction of my version.
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    Hadley Wood

    A return to the northern tunnel mouth this morning saw some more weathering work undertaken. I've tried to represent the water staining evident in photos of the real thing as well as adding some soot staining. This has been done using a dark grey wash, oil paints (for the water staining/streaking) and powders. I leave this for a few days before sealing everything in using a slightly dirty matt varnish to tie everything together.
  14. I agree that Kathy's Youtube videos are an excellent source of techniques and inspiration. I think that there is a lot to be said about print articles as well - especially the older ones. As for education, I've found that Tony, the Grantham team and many others are very informative on that front. From their encouragement, I decided that the reason why I was always dissatisfied with my layout attempts was because they were freelance. My first visit to Tony's to operate Little Bytham clinched the deal and I began researching Hadley Wood. With the shift to modelling a prototype came an interest in working timetables, carriage books, spotters books/notes and a more disciplined approach to my locomotive choices. I can honestly say that I've learnt more about the LNER in the last three years than I had in the previous twenty! I don't think I would have become interested in these things had it not be for the likes of Tony, but I think I also had to have reached a point where I was ready, and willing, to take the next step (in this particular direction).
  15. Good afternoon Tony, I understand (and to an extent agree with) your point of view. However, Channel Five's focus is to create a programme that will drive viewing figures upward. Therefore, I think that they have focused on showing the hobby as something 'fun' to the masses. If they focused on educating folk on 'actual railway modelling', I think that the viewing figures would be lower and we'd likely lose a great resource for encouraging future generations into the hobby. I think that the (unpalatable to some) starting point that the programme promotes is irrelevant; if the newcomer becomes enthused, they will likely expand their knowledge base and may turn to more prototypical layouts in the future. I say this because of my experience of Dancing on Ice while I was a coach and (later) Assistant Manager of a rink. As a programme, I hate it; it doesn't portray competitive figure skating, makes up its own terminology, it pushes the celebrity participants at a far faster pace than I would ever be comfortable with. However, it brought people through the doors in droves and filled out the beginner group learn to skate courses to capacity. From that point, I (and other coaches) could gently work on changing the preconceptions of the new skaters and guide them towards safer and more realistic goals. Many were happy to simply learn to skate and had no interest in tests or competitions, but the show, in my experience, ultimately generated more people interested in pursuing a competitive career than was being generated without it. I ended up viewing the programme as a necessary evil which created much needed regular footfall to potentially develop into more knowledgeable 'proper skaters' later.
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