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  1. If you have been following my inane ramblings thus far, you may have been curious as to where this diorama (I confess a disliking of the term 'layout'.) is set, but before I launch into all that, I'd just like to recap how I 'accidentally' got to this juncture - after not having been a railway modeller for over forty years..... It started with a simple desire to put a few items on the mantle to represent a railway in my area. Having then collected far too much for my mantle, this developed into a plan to build a 4mm replica of a local station in P4. So far so - ahem..... At this point I realised that I'd soon get bored with only an end-to end with more fiddle-yard than layout, just as I did forty-plus years ago. Added to that, I could only envisage ever managing to get together a very limited stable of P4 locos - and all smaller branch locos at that. At that point....I decided to model a local junction where my P4 branch joined, but to do it, still in 4mm scale, and in OO gauge. There were some very hard-headed and practical reasons for this. OO locos are available in infinite variety - and cheaply too. This would enable me to run mainline 'heavies' and rapidly get together a stable of locos and stock to catch-up after that forty year absence. Yet another reason was that you can get away with OO in the garden, but P4 outside is simply not practical. The garden allows one to run anything at all, in my case, so long as it's pre-BR buggeration. Mixing P4 and OO is a bit unusual to say the least, but if you will bear with me, you will see that in this instance, it will work pretty well. Of course they will be really two 'layouts' within one diorama. However, the junction end of the P4 branch would only have been wasted as a fiddle-yard in any case. See - it makes sense really.... The room will basically have the P4 down one side, and the OO down the other with a centre-space for access, and viewing etc. All operations will be based in an integral Signal-Cabin with a view inside for the diorama - and outside for the garden line. The OO is a racetrack (Roundy-Roundy), but about half of it will be hidden under the P4 branch. All of the visible track, P4 & OO will follow the original curves and lengths. Only where the lines dive into the scenery will they diverge. To add a bit of atmosphere, trains arriving at the foot of the garden incline back-up to the shed will activate the bells in some old block-apparatus I have, each line having it's own ring. This may be useful in case they are struggling. This will also be triggered by trains leaving the lower gyrus to climb up to the scenic level. There will be no attempt to actually link these old lumps of junk to actually reflect any prototypical block-working etc. It's just for fun. The branch itself will represent the original section of the Tenbury Branch, that is the Joint section. Tenbury eastwards will be into a fiddle. Westwards it'll dive into the scenery and reappear at Easton Court, a tiny station with only a small SB, one platform and a single point and siding. It then dives back into the scenery to arrive at Woofferton Junction, where it crosses the OO mainline into it's own separate west bay on the north-south Shrewsbury & Hereford mainline. Each element - all three stations - will be undistorted and uncompressed, however, naturally, the longer lengths between the branch stations are compressed within the scenic-breaks - well, you have to draw a line somewhere...... Thankfully, the buildings are few - and of a relatively simple, undecorated design. There is a plethora of information available about the real location and the history of the line easily available online. Suffice it to say that the main North-South line was the Shrewsbury & Hereford Railway, later to become a Joint LNWR/LMS - GWR line. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrewsbury_and_Hereford_Railway The architecture and signalling on this line was very much originally LNWR, but later, the signalling was updated to GWR practices and equipment, much of which remains today. Although the scenery was superb, the stations were not really the usual chocolate-box pretty of many GWR lines. The real interest is that this set-up offers running of a great variety of trains, in several liveries. The remaining refuge siding is still in use today. In the old days, they would often have been occupied by heavy mineral trains. Added to that, overall changes were minimal, so that by a change of wagons for car and the period dress of the human figures, one can run trains representing a remarkably wide window of time, although the infrastructure will be pinned at just before Grouping to facilitate maximum flexibility. The Branch was originally operated by the LNWR in it's very early days, then, with the branch being extended to Kidderminster, as an end-on junction betwixt the LNWR & GWR at Tenbury, the GWR took-over the operational running of the whole Branch. The LNWR/LMS always retained Running-Rights into Tenbury, but I have found no evidence of them exercising this after the GWR took-over the running of the whole branch. Any evidence /photos of such usage would be gratefully received....as would any photos or drawings of the small loco turntable at Tenbury that interestingly, originated from Bewdley of all places. Like the mainline - the branch as far as Tenbury was strongly along LNWR practices. The quite large signal cabin at Woofferton was of LNWR design, as were the slightly oddball SC at Tenbury, where there were originally two, the smaller eventually being demolished in the 1940's. Between Wooferton and Tenbury was the aforementioned small station/halt at Easton Court. Although my starting-point in the adventure was Tenbury - and it's still the core of this project - it's easier to present, starting with Woofferton Junction. I'll move-on to Easton Court and Tenbury in my next missive. Woofferton Junction was on the main line, and if the Shrewsbury & Hereford Railway had not existed, then the branch into Tenbury would have been a non-starter. Below are a number of basic maps attached to this Blog. For ease of presentation, I have tipped them onto their side, so the north-south mainline runs L-R. North is, of course on the LHS. Map A; 1913 OS. Map B; Current SatPic. Map C; Blend of A&B. There is a caveat with regard to the Woofferton 1913 OS map, as I am pretty sure that some minor details had already changed by 1913 which are not reflected in the map (Not unusual.) - however, these really only relate to the sidings for the sawmill and the wagon-turntable in front of the goods shed. Changes were also made to the loops/refuges just north of the station. In the 1913 OS version, the lines into the gravel-pits remain, but the refuges is single. later, there were refuges both northbound and southbound, which lasted until the late 1980's. Today, only the northbound refuge loop remains. The Ballast Pit Sidings were removed between the wars. Today, as well as the main line, three of the four bridges remain (One, the most northerly on the A49, is a recent replacement though.) and as well as the SC, the GS and SC remain. The loop, it's signalling, as well as a pair of crossovers between the SC & GS still remain, along with manual semaphore signals, controlled from the old LNWR SC. Todays semaphores are basically tubular metal GWR, with some of the usual added 'Elf& Safety' excrescences. The poor old LNWR SC has been re-windowed in ghastly UPVC and the wooden stairs replaced by galvanised steel. Sadly, unless it's protected, it's go when the semaphores go - and that can't be too far off. (If we get any decent MSE's [Mass Solar Ejections.] then the preserved lines may be the only ones left usable...!). The GS remains, in commercial use as part of a builders-merchants, and the SB is a private dwelling. Gone are the platforms, northbound buildings, FB, and the nearby Engine Shed, built in about 1862 and closed in about 1900. It remained in use as the west-end of the branches only water-supply. The next water, eastbound was at Cleobury Mortimer. On the branch, all of the buildings and most of the bridges remain, apart from, ironically, at Tenbury itself, where all that remains in the original road-bridge on the Clee Hill Road. I've set-out to make as few compromises as possible in the planning of this diorama. Whether I can follow-through in the detail delivery of the project only time will tell, but I feel happy with the basic plan now. Next time I will describe a little about the branch line, and show some scale sketches of the upper scenic 1,000mm level. At the hidden 500mm level will be the main gyrus that allows trains to be stored and routed. All the fiddles, such as they are, will be there too, with the P4 branch of course having it's own separate fiddle with a TT. Long gentle inclines will link the two levels, and the access to the garden lines will be from this lower level too, via a closable, weatherproof hatch.
  2. It's taking me a while to get my plans detailed. I'd put up my drawings, but they have been changing/evolving with embarrassing regularity. I've laid down some pretty hard qualifiers - and they are proving very difficult to meet. Of course, I realise that I'm being too idealistic. For the most part, real railways don't have a lot in the way of sharp curves, and my chosen locations reflect that. This is good because my building is long and straight....! So far so good. The rub is, that as I got greedier, I added more real-estate, and now I'm right at the limit of the real-world real-eastate I can utilise... However - to keep the existing bridges in the correct locations as scenic-breaks means that I've really gone 'a bridge too far'. One less bridge leaves me with a wide four-track, three-span brick bridge - hard to disguise as a tunnel or scenic-break. One more gets me back to two tracks, really but I'm overshooting length-wise - which is the planning juncture that I'm at. I''d laid-down a 'rule' that I'd (Ideally.) neither foreshorten nor 'bend' reality just to get it to fit - and now I'm faced with exactly that. I am modelling .63 miles, or about 1 kilometre of mainline - at 1/76 that's just over 13 metres...and I have 14m max..... Everything else fits fine, as the P4 branch-line sections are well within the limits of the available space. Obviously, the OO mainline can turn tightly past the scenic-breaks out of view, but I'm still struggling. It's very frustrating after already opting for quite a long extension to the building. If I go for what would be, in RTR terms, a 3rd & 4th radius respectively to the hidden ends of the layout, my outer track would have a centre-line radius of 572, call it 600, or approx' 1,200mm of space needed beyond the bridges. I'll find a way to wangle the last 200mm or so, as it's sooooo close. There is a utility at one end of the woodshed that I may be able to penetrate locally just to wangle the last bit - or might just be able to add it onto the other end. I'll find a way. One of my last 'tweaks' has been to turn the whole layout basically through 180 degrees. One might think this was little help, but this has used the slant across the room to give me a few more inches. This up-ending of the whole set-up has also made access to the inside of the layout a bit less problematic too. Now that things seem to have settled, I'll use the next Blog to introduce the location being modelled - but below is what the location looks like in modern times.
  3. I suppose this is something a lot of us have probably discussed, interiors for buildings. I am currently working on a set of arches from scalescenes, for a diorama and have two shops and two workshops under one set of arches. One shop is an appliance shop with the usual washers and ovens on display in the window with a satellite dish on display and on the front whilst the other is a standard news agent. I've got the outside elements done for them and have the interior walls made for them. Because the workshops and shops are open, I've not got anything in them. Anyone know what would be good for interiors for workshops? Or what would be good for them? I know garages are one thing, but personally I'm looking for something different than this. Any advice or ideas would be much appreciated.
  4. Hello all, I have having a go at making a copy of one the sheds that was at the Chester TMD I decided on the middle shed as it had been around since at least 1911 and have come up with this so far this: Most of the views that I have are from this side,now I'm trying to work out what is happening on the back ... Here is an overhead view, it's the blue bit I'm not sure on (this will be facing the rear of the layout so I'm not too precious on it being identical as long as its the right shape): From these two photos it doesn't look like it's got a sloping roof, but it was there at least since 1911 according to os maps, would a flat roof have been used then? From left hand side of the top view Right hand side of top view This is with the same height wall as the edge of front and does look at bit like the picture above. Thoughts? Rob
  5. Thread title altered as it made even me cringe... ...or "101 things to do with a scalpel" or "Scratchbuilding for Dummies" or "Here's one I messed up earlier". Other naff thread titles are available. So, why this thread? Well, if I'm honest, it annoys me a little when (a very few) RMWeb members verbally and rudely turn their virtual noses up at folk who populate their layouts with RTP buildings. "You're not a proper modeller if all you can do is open a box" being a typical comment. Me? I don't much care if someone's spent 200 hours tiling a roof with individually cut and weathered paper slates or if someone's just hyper-delighted with their latest Skaledale building. The hobby known as railway modelling has a myriad of different interests and skill levels and that's exactly as it should be. Everyone is a learner when first starting out and sometimes harsh comment can cause people to give up there and then. I happen to possess a skin about three inches thick but I do sympathise with those that take criticism to heart. So, up until recently, I've been one of those skill-limited modellers quite content to buy a resin-made ready-painted building and with perhaps a little weathering, plonk it in place and declare "job done". Out of nowhere that all changed a few weeks ago... The older I get, I find myself enjoying the research side of railway modelling as much (if not more) than the actual "construction". I found myself trying to build a small end-to-end layout set far from these shores. I wanted the trackplan and the "feel" of the layout to be based on an actual place, but I wanted the freedom to "freelance" everything to fit the available space and mainly not to have to try and make an exact copy of real life, as I knew my skills in that department would be... erm... wanting, shall we say. The ideal layout to be populated with kit-built and resin buildings. Or so I thought. There was nothing (and I mean NOTHING) readily available that was suitable. I tried converting a kit of a cement factory into a station building. That went in the bin as no matter what I did, it still looked like a cement factory! Then it occurred to me... the few buildings I needed were relatively modern, almost totally lacking in any character, and so how hard could it be to scratchbuild them? Well, quite hard, actually, for a novice like me. RMWeb to the rescue, and armed with a bucketful of good advice, I'm up to building number three and it's a complete revelation. I'm getting IMMENSE satisfaction from creating a bespoke building to fit an odd space. A big dollop of that satisfaction comes from knowing that it's unique and won't be seen anywhere else. To date, we have building number 1... a very simple box-like windowless relay room. Building number 2... the replacement for the binned cement factory. This is actually loosely based on the existing building at Benidorm station on the metre gauge line between Alicante and Denia. Building number 3 is a typical Spanish 3 storey apartment block. Retail on ground floor, residential above. An odd shape to fit a corner. Work in progress, 75% complete, so bear with me on this one. I really think I may have discovered a new (to me) aspect to this hobby that I thoroughly enjoy. Mistakes to be made and disasters to be swept under the carpet, no doubt. Now, I've read much on the use of foam board, laser-cutting for brickwork and details etc etc etc and have turned my back on it, preferring to use what I happen to have lying around. It might be 2mm MDF offcuts, leftover Lego bricks as corner stiffeners or even whole building shells. In other words, I'm going to muddle along and make lots of mistakes. I'll update the thread from time to time with any progress as it may prove useful for anyone that wants to scratchbuild but, like me, doesn't really know where to start. I can also ask questions and I'm 100% sure that someone will know the answer!
  6. I thought about updating my blog but I don't like the way blogs stifle discussion by breaking up content, so I have decided to just do a thread. Any way, as I'm starting the thread I should probably add some content: First up, an N Scale Class 143. This is a 3D Print I produced the 3D model for, the material is FUD from Shapeways and the primer is Halfords Red Oxide. The chassis will be a couple of Kato 2 axle chassis under each vehicle. I tried to devise a method of extending a single chassis but it's only really practical to have two chassis cut into two thirds and put back to back. I also want to have all wheel drive. Next up is an N Scale BIA covered steel wagon, these were converted from BBAs (which I have also done a model of). Again this is a FUD 3D Print I produced the 3D model for. This will run on a small layout I'm building (ASW - Tidal Works, soon to appear in the Layout section.) I hope this is of some interest! I'll try and update the thread with progress every couple of days. All the best, Jack
  7. Hello RMweb! This thread is going to be all about my 3/4 built first layout - the Midland Valley Railway For my first update/post thingy I thought I'd just Show some photos of the layout and explain a bit about it... This layout has two small loops and an inner branch line ( originating from the Hornby trackmatt ), it also has extensive sidings to one end of the two loops. The layout has two towns/villages - Millington and Ruton - these are modelled in modern day as the line is a preserved railway giving me an excuse to run anything I like! More to come soon...
  8. Hi Everone. Yesterday I was operating a layout at the Southampton show at Barton Peverell college. While there I bought the following kit from Rural Railways, it is a relatively new product to them and they asked if I would let them know what I thought of it, yes I do know them, so there is my association declared. I have to say I have no association with the manufacturer of the kit though. In the process of recording said info I thought I would share it here as well, quite simply because I was very impressed with the quality. I would also like to say thanks to the Southampton club, a very good show with something for pretty much everyone. Lunch was very nice too. I built the B00-19 Coal Merchant office last night and here's how I got on. I have only built the the office but it is really good, I probably won't do the staithes as I would personally use strip wood but in the kit you get some sheets of card with the plank divisions cut in, looks fine if you wanted to use them. The instruction sheet is clear and the relief of the brick work is crisp, as you would expect with laser cutting. I didn't fit the door and windows into the recesses as per the instructions but left them on the mount and fitted them inside to give more relief, that was just personal preference though. It looks as though the fit would have been good if I had fitted them as per the instructions. The walls fitted together perfectly, if you can put Lego bricks together you can build the main structure, it really was that simple. The roof comes as a single sheet which you have to measure yourself so requires a degree of care but certainly no great skill. The windows are fantastic, very fine and look very good. My only criticism is the roof, in my opinion it is far to thick to look good on this building so I think I would use embossed sheet or some other method of creating the slates. I'm going to remove it and possibly use some corrugated iron sheets but that's just a personal effect I want to create. All in all really good and even with my minimal modelling ability, a piece of cake. As far as painting goes I think I will give it a sealing coat with car primer first to stop the card going soggy, I use acrylic paints (water based paint and card, not a great combo). In this case I think it would get into the laser cuts and blow the brick detail. Here are a few pics so you can see what I have been waffling on about. Here's what you get. Shows the windows and doors fixed inside instead of in the actual cut outs. Nearly there. Still a bit drafty. Aaaah, bless. A cute little building. Don't need many tools, No needle files, sand paper etc. NO DUST (I normally make a right mess). The website looks good as well, clear pictures show the kits. There is also a demo vid of the Country station on Youtube so you can watch the build process. Also there is a vid of him painting a kit as well. Once I have get round to painting mine I will post a picture. It would be good to hear if anyone else has built any of the kits from this supplier and what they thought of them, or laser cut kits from any other manufacturers. It would also be helpful to learn if this manufacturing method is good across the different suppliers. All the best Martin
  9. I have been giving this some thought and as one of the first scratch built buildings I made in the 70's was an Allan Downes inspired Cottage and Blacksmiths Forge, I thought it would be nice to re-visit something similar. My model back then was 4mm scale and "thatched" with wool and flock powder! The new version will be 7mm scale and probably not thatched - I will post some pics when (and if) I get started Alan.
  10. Hi there I'm hoping to start building the signal box at Wainfleet station soon. I have the dimensions sorted an views of all sides. I've seen some fantastic signal boxes on rmweb, and while their standard is going to be out of my grasp, I really would like to do my best at scratch building one rather than do a "close enough" kit. I'm just wondering how to put together the structure of the building in the first place. I was going to use card for the lower section, but I'm worried that as the upper section is mostly windows it won't be very strong (there only seems to be about 4" above the front windows. Also, the windows are sliding ones, so i'll have some in front and some behind. Are here any obvious techniques I should think about? Or a preferred way of doing things? I'm sorry this is such an open ended question, i have a bit of an idea, but not much. Any help would be gratefully received! Cheers Jason Edited the link, the original photo was removed from Flickr so replaced it with a similar photo that I took.
  11. Hi folks, While clearing through old magazine articles and some digital video footage, I came across a few things on the now EWS depot at Peterborough; can anyone tell me when it was built? Thanks in advance for any help. Regards, Alex.
  12. After reviewing my ten plus year old models for the buildings at Middleton-In-Teesdale I will tentatively announce my intention to build a model of the box at Middleton-In-Teesdale. My only plan at the moment is from the Ken Hoole book NER Branchline Termini so there's some digging to be done. But, encouragingly it looks as though there may be some identical (or nearly so) survivors, though derelict. A quick google found this picture online http://www.disused-s...le/index8.shtml This derelict box at Broomilaw (picture from the RMWeb Archived site) appears to be a mirror image Though perhaps a little shorter? Worth a site visit I hope. Watch this space (patiently!)
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