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  1. The few examples I can think of were all located on lines to Newquay! On the Par line Bugle and Luxulyan were island platforms - I think developed from single platforms as the traffic grew. At Bugle the access was by stairs from a road bridge. At Luxulyan it was a foot crossing, and the actual station building wasn’t on the platform! On the Chacewater line, which was built by the GWR, St Agnes had an island platform - it was originally built as a single platform but became an island when it became a passing place. As a result the canopy on the building was reversed (to road side) and the platform side blocked off. Access to the platform was by footbridge. Further along the line Perranporth was built as an island platform, with subway access.
  2. To me it was the mixture of some clay facilities in what appeared to be the middle of nowhere that appealed to me. So not so much the huge settings like Rocks at Goonbarrow or Burngullow but Ponts Mill, Moorswater and Wenford Bridge. The industrial trains squeezing past cottages or through dense woodland. And that's what I've tried to capture a little bit in my layouts. Even in N it requires huge compression - but so does the whole layout with curves that are far too tight, short loops and sidings. To me its about capturing the atmosphere and essence of a place. My clay works may be very under scale but it still towers over the passenger line and dominates the scene. The OP talks about loading wharfs where clay was brought in by lorry from other works. Were there any examples of these into the blue diesel era? Would be an interesting feature to add Great to see more photos of Wheal Elizabeth. It was a real inspiration of mine, especially the multi era aspect of it
  3. Once they’ve added platform ‘0’s then where next? When will we see the first ‘Platform -1’?
  4. Thanks. I’ll have a play. Or perhaps we can set up a barter system! I’ll swap you a load of brick courses for some arches!
  5. Is there a way of printing just segments of a page of Scalescenes without affecting the size and scaling? Being a tight Yorkshireman I’d like to save printer ink when I’ve just damaged one bit or when I need just four more brink arches! i usually print the downloads direct from my phone or iPad but I do have a MacBook I could use as well Thanks
  6. Most importantly it means that on a quiet branch that’ll never see more than one train at a time I can still justify a signal box and a semaphore or two!
  7. My old maths teacher tried to explain to us why zero wasn't a real number. I always think of that when I see a platform 0 And of course Kings Cross has a platform 9 3/4
  8. Thanks Stationmaster and everyone else. So it confirms that what looks like a signal box on a lot of GWR termini isn't really one! And more importantly I can justify a small 'box' and a signal or two on my layout that'll never see more than one engine at a time.
  9. I think its copyright, and its only the low resolution one. But its easily found on Google Images search of Wallingford Signal Box Here's the link https://www.s-r-s.org.uk/html/gwa/S174.htm
  10. Thanks everyone. I'm looking at the Wallingford branch because its a good example of the sort of line I'm interested in recreating - short feeder with no intermediate stations. The signal box diagram clearly shows a home and a starter signal, and as it was worked one engine in steam I wondered why? If only one train can be on the branch then couldn't you achieve the same with a ground frame (covered or not) and no signals It seems that almost every GWR branchline terminus had a signal box, yet many hardly (if ever) saw more than one loco at a time so I wondered why go to the expense?
  11. As someone who doesn’t always get signalling this may be a daft question - but it’s something I’ve noticed about a few Great Western Branchlines. A lot of the short ones were worked on the One Engine in Steam basis. Yet they still had a signal box and signalling at the terminus. Wallingford is one example I’ve notice, but there are many others. If the branch only had one engine then why the signalling at the terminus? What was the point and would it have been cheaper to do without? Thanks
  12. Has anyone also noticed that the wheels are approx 0.42mm too close to each other?
  13. Im sure it’s the Glyncorrwyg miners train. They weren’t true autocoaches with control gear in the cab. Instead it was a window cut with a bell and a brake. All driving still being done from the engine
  14. Crying into his Prime Minister’s cup whilst quarantined on the Galápagos Islands
  15. Far to hot to think about any heavy engineering so I’ve been working on the platforms and buildings - based on Crediton. The waiting shelters were rescued from the old layout and the station was a rebuild The aim of this project has been to use up left overs and scraps wherever possible. So the platforms are a mix of half used Metcalfe kits and Scalescenes printing with Ratio concrete fencing for that Southern feel. I need to stick the canopy on before the passengers complain about the liquid Devon sunshine!
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