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  1. IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST VISIT TO THIS LAYOUT THREAD, WELCOME, AND THANKS FOR LOOKING. MY ADVICE WOULD BE TO FAST FORWARD TO THE LAST PAGE AND THEN BROWSE BACKWARDS, AS THE LAYOUT HAS SEEN A NUMBER OF IMPROVEMENTS SINCE THIS FIRST POST, ESPECIALLY IN REGARD TO THE APPEARANCE OF THE TRAINS THEMSELVES. STOKE COURTENAY FEATURED IN THE APRIL 2019 ISSUE OF BRM. After 4 years I've just (almost) finished my layout, a loft-based affair in 4mm scale using 00-SF standards. So time to take a breather and post a few pics. . Stoke Courtenay represents a small GW junction station in the 1930s, the track layout being based on Brent, south Devon, with a few variations. If there's any interest, once I return from holiday in a couple of weeks I'll post a bit more info and some more pics. Unlike many retired returnee modellers I have no lifetime's collection of stock, just a rag bag of new and second-hand items, and unbuilt kits, gathered together over the last four years. I've been exercising a self-denying ordinance on these pending completion of a layout to run them on, so at present they're all more or less as I bought them. So I look forward to spending the next four years detailing, weathering, kit-building, repainting and general tarting up. I can see I'll also have to investigate some better lighting for layout photography. A lot to learn there, and indeed in all other areas, having been out of this game for 40+ years until 2012. John C.
  2. Now that the design work is finished, Its time to revise this first post to better set the scene of the layout. The plan: A 4mm scale (OO) layout based around South Brent station as it was in June 1947. The layout is to be constructed in an insulated single garage with a semi-permanent structure, only designed to be broken down and moved in the event of a house move. The Track: Track is a combination of Exactoscale Fastrack flex track, and homemade points on Exactoscale sleepers / chairs. Rail throughout is the C&L Finescale “HiNi”. All points will be controlled by Tortoise slow action motors, with traditional DC control. The layout its self is DCC, with control by a ZTC511 (which at some point through the construction process will be upgraded to the 611 spec.) The first step with the track plan was to edit a large scale map from the National Library of Scotland to remove the equivalent of circa 18 inches from the length. This was then imported into Templot, along with a large rectangle with the available space in the garage. The Templot drawing then traced the prototype outline, modifying where necessary to fit the available space. Final Track Plan The Buildings: Will include the station, bridges, goods shed, station masters house and water tower etc, all of which aim to be accurate models of the prototype. The intention is that all structures can be reused on my long term plan to rebuild the layout closer to scale once we finally manage to find some land and build something to our own design. (Although the planed timeframe for this is still 5 – 10 years in the future!) The Compromises The track plan did need to be compressed in the region of 18inches in order to provide room for the end curves. Likewise the approach pointwork has required realignment in order to maximise the area on the straight boards for modelling the station. At the Exeter end the layout includes a rough approximation of the branch track and pointwork between the Down Main and branch, but omits the Down Loop due to space restrictions. This section is planned in a semi scenic state to allow better photos taken through the bridge. At the Plymouth end the Up Loop (including the bridge over the Avon) have been compressed to fit around the curve to the fiddle-yard.) Coach lengths will also be reduced in order to look better within the available space. I am working on 7 for an express, 6 for less important workings and 3/4 for local services. The Fiddle-yard: Is a major compromise, the ideal situation would be to have at least 10 roads in each direction (I will have 5). This will mean that stock will have to be taken off and cycled in order to run a full service. The yard will hold 1 local, a local goods, 2 express and a long goods in each direction. Stock: Thanks to the internet I have found carriage working documents for 1946-June47, along with a 1952 document for local services (all on the BR Carriage yahoo group). I have also managed to find the working timetable for the same period (which helped fill in the freight workings). The long term aim is that I want enough stock to run every train which ran in 24 hours (all be it reusing coaches and locos on multiple services). Why June 1947: It was a tough call, but there were a few reasons why I decided on for 1947 (and June in particular). First of all the Hawksworth livery is by far my favourite to have graced the GWR. The choice of the late 40s means that you can run pretty much everything from a coaching stock perspective (particularly as the restaurant services were starting to reappear post war). The fact that it allows the use of Hornby Hawksworth stock on the Cornish Riviera Express makes this even more tempting. This date is also (just) before the knocked down the original truss bridge at the Exeter end (but is before they rebuilt the signal box in brick). The final benefit was finding the aforementioned documents for carriage workings and time tables allowing me to accurate detail the services which worked through Brent at that time. I now have an Excel file which details the time every working should pass through Brent, excluding of course anything which would only run as required.Now that the design work is finished, Its time to revise this first post to better set the scene of the layout. The plan: A 4mm scale (OO) layout based around South Brent station as it was in June 1947. The layout is to be constructed in an insulated single garage with a semi-permanent structure, only designed to be broken down and moved in the event of a house move. The Track: Track is a combination of Exactoscale Fastrack flex track, and homemade points on Exactoscale sleepers / chairs. Rail throughout is the C&L Finescale “HiNi”. All points will be controlled by Tortoise slow action motors, with traditional DC control. The layout its self is DCC, with control by a ZTC511 (which at some point through the construction process will be upgraded to the 611 spec.) The first step with the track plan was to edit a large scale map from the National Library of Scotland to remove the equivalent of circa 18 inches from the length. This was then imported into Templot, along with a large rectangle with the available space in the garage. The Templot drawing then traced the prototype outline, modifying where necessary to fit the available space. Final Track Plan The Buildings: Will include the station, bridges, goods shed, station masters house and water tower etc, all of which aim to be accurate models of the prototype. The intention is that all structures can be reused on my long term plan to rebuild the layout closer to scale once we finally manage to find some land and build something to our own design. (Although the planed timeframe for this is still 5 – 10 years in the future!) The Compromises The track plan did need to be compressed in the region of 18inches in order to provide room for the end curves. Likewise the approach pointwork has required realignment in order to maximise the area on the straight boards for modelling the station. At the Exeter end the layout includes a rough approximation of the branch track and pointwork between the Down Main and branch, but omits the Down Loop due to space restrictions. This section is planned in a semi scenic state to allow better photos taken through the bridge. At the Plymouth end the Up Loop (including the bridge over the Avon) have been compressed to fit around the curve to the fiddle-yard.) Coach lengths will also be reduced in order to look better within the available space. I am working on 7 for an express, 6 for less important workings and 3/4 for local services. The Fiddle-yard: Is a major compromise, the ideal situation would be to have at least 10 roads in each direction (I will have 5). This will mean that stock will have to be taken off and cycled in order to run a full service. The yard will hold 1 local, a local goods, 2 express and a long goods in each direction. Stock: Thanks to the internet I have found carriage working documents for 1946-June47, along with a 1952 document for local services (all on the BR Carriage yahoo group). I have also managed to find the working timetable for the same period (which helped fill in the freight workings). The long term aim is that I want enough stock to run every train which ran in 24 hours (all be it reusing coaches and locos on multiple services). Why June 1947: It was a tough call, but there were a few reasons why I decided on for 1947 (and June in particular). First of all the Hawksworth livery is by far my favourite to have graced the GWR. The choice of the late 40s means that you can run pretty much everything from a coaching stock perspective (particularly as the restaurant services were starting to reappear post war). The fact that it allows the use of Hornby Hawksworth stock on the Cornish Riviera Express makes this even more tempting. This date is also (just) before the knocked down the original truss bridge at the Exeter end (but is before they rebuilt the signal box in brick). The final benefit was finding the aforementioned documents for carriage workings and time tables allowing me to accurate detail the services which worked through Brent at that time. I now have an Excel file which details the time every working should pass through Brent, excluding of course anything which would only run as required. signal plan Contents: Page 1-2: The Design Phase Page 3: Baseboard Construction Page 2: Goods Shed Design Page 3: Start of Track Building Water tower Banking instructions
  3. http://www.gaugemaster.com/item_details.asp?code=GM403&style=&strType= Its been brought to my attention that a 'new' range of kits are available from Gaugemaster.They come in new boxes but appear to be the old in the tooth Hornby kits rebranded.I'm interested in the footbridge but has anyone bought from the range and therefore comment on their quality particularly the plastic used.
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