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  1. 2 Years ago I sold my 4mm shunting layout Peafore Yard having had some good years of fun operating it at various shows. The trackplan was great fun to operate but I am somebody who enjoys building layouts rather than operating them so sold the layout to allow me to build my current 4mm project Parsons Vale Carriage sidings (PVCS). As PCVS is nearly complete, my thoughts are turning to the next project, the plan being to build the next layout while still exhibiting the previous one. Over the last few years my eye sight has deteriorated, partly due to age but also due to a minor underlying issue affecting the surface of my eyes, which is making the use of 3 link couplings in 4mm difficult so I have decided that PVCS will probably be my final 00 layout prior to go up to 0 gauge. Having enjoyed operating Peafore Yard I thought it would be a good start to replicate it in a smaller form in 7mm. Peafore Yard was 4' x 2' which if replicated exactly would be 7' x 3.5' in 0 gauge: This size wouldn't be practical especially from a width point of view so not building the upper level would bring the width to just under 2ft, while I was keen to keep the scenic board down to 5ft, giving me a track plan like this: . One advantage of modelling a model is I have already have a 3d image of what I am trying to create: A Dapol Class 08 is on order to get me going, will be a while before progress proper on the layout though...
  2. Following on from the sale of Peafore Yard, my thoughts have turned to the next layout. I have quite an extensive collection of BR MK1, MK2 and NPCCS stock which saw very limited use on my previous layouts so I fancied building a carriage sidings. The minor problem with this type of layout being the length required to properly depict a carriage sidings and one only has to look at the fantastic Aberdeen Kirkhill to see what I mean. As a dyed in the wool small layout person with no space this would always be a problem that I had mused over and never resolved. Through building Peafore Yard I found a way to model the end of a mainline station effectively enough in 4ft so reasoned with an extra foot to play with that I could do the same and with the help of a scenic break of some description. I used to work close to the site of the old Malago Vale carriage sidings in Bristol (although they were long gone when I worked there) and have always thought it would make a good layout especially as it had a footbridge across the sidings, an ideal scenic break. Effectively the pictures linked below shows what I will model, less the mainline element. https://www.flickr.com/photos/richard_davies_collection/10627579214/in/photolist-hc883o-gSRHKP-cRFuvU-nV5Ev8-gJmJQ2-pamULQ-8hzC8n-gJmgUu-bGvTrZ-eaGuHK-gGVhr7-gGVgXm-aYFuDK-nMr8zJ-yfnau4/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/47500cdb/8411127843/in/photolist-dPgegz-dPgdee-9Fzf1V-o2BB1R-aL4c9Z-CPZQo3-dswuwa-dPmQPq-NM6vbN-znypuE-dPgcrp-aYFudz-cbFzfW-qXu3pU-aykPRL-U4ywMo-7f7RJX-dPmPnJ-bHtjjc-oPTqvN-oxtXTU-jvXvts-EtDE4K-ERDoTW-Auy5Z3-dPmRyb-2nqj6-nKqBsQ-HmMJBD-pYvpSG-znynzs-2nqj9-tawNhc-EA2L39-GNnJw7-CYHFXG-AfiqHe-BFYGGu-FXxGrs-R8WnkU-qqDNfP-Ncfo36-PgrgS1-P298F3-nemipu-NM5CzY-rDnQz7-rFyQnz-qCAuLq-ri15c3 Potentially a ladder of 4 sidings could be quite boring to operate, but there were a few quirks at Malago vale to help with operational interest: - There was no road access so waste was taken away by rail in industrial bins on 2 old Lowmacs, one of which I have already built. - The pictures I have seen show defective carriages shunted out of rakes, this is again planned to form part of the operation. From my experiences of Pallet Lane, I made some significant improvements in how I built Peafore Yard, most of which have worked as planned and will be incorporated into Parsons Vale: - Operated from the front - I will never go back to rear operation as I like being able to see the public view of the layout and interacting with the public at shows - Single box board - Peafore Yard can be packed up and on the road in just under 10 minutes at the end of the show, I aim to improve on that with this layout - Cassettes for the fiddle yard - Use height to hide the narrow width of the layout. I built my own track on Peafore Yard which I really enjoyed but a couple of things are steering me down a different route: - The availability of improved Peco track - I want to give the new Peco track a go to see what it is like, and with some careful weathering I think it could look good - Time - I am even more time poor than when I built Peafore Yard and it took me around 5 evenings to build each point for Peafore Yard, that would be nearly a years worth of work on my current progress. I can't wait to get cracking...
  3. Afternoon all my second scenario in my series of railworks creations is called corporate colours. Set in 1992 when NSE and Intercity were in power your in charge of a semi fast NSE loco hauled train from Exeter st Davids to Bridgwater stopping at taunton only the scenario starts with a 3 minute wait at Exeter to let An HST get some space ahead of you - there are two arrivals into the station in front of you, another HST and a 166 unit also as the HST set slides past you a 166 set sneaks up behind you in the next platform. When you do get going your chasing yellows for a while, ive deliberately put lots of AI coming in the opposite direction to keeps things interesting mostly its made up of 166 units but there are also a few HST's another loco hauled NSE service and a short freight. A fair bit longer than my first scenario but still good fun Corporate Colours Vehicle: NSE 47 + 5 NSe MK"'s Route: Bristol-Exeter Add On Packs Used: Class 31 + NSE Class 47 + HST set + Bristol Exeter the scenario starts with a 3 minute wait at Exeter to let An HST get some space ahead of you - there are two arrivals into the station in front of you, another HST and a 166 unit also as the HST set slides past you a 166 set sneaks up behind you in the next platform. When you do get going your chasing yellows for a while, ive deliberately put lots of AI coming in the opposite direction to keeps things interesting mostly its made up of 166 units but there are also a few HST's another loco hauled NSE service and a short freight. A fair bit longer than my first scenario but still good fun at exeter with a 166 sneaking up in the next platform passing an intercity on route to Taunton next up should be there and back again
  4. Driving through east Bristol this morning, across the road viaduct that crosses North Somerset Jn, I could have sworn I briefly saw a Class 03 or 04 shunter sitting at the east end of St Phillips Marsh depot. Definitely some sort of shunter with a wasp-striped cab end, and it looked to have the low, narrow 03-style bonnet rather than just being an 08. Is there really an 03 there, or was I just not properly awake and getting confused with an 08?
  5. Welcome to the story of the creation of Peafore Yard. The story starts below in March 2014 but below are some shots of the finished layout: A small step but work started on my new layout today, a day I have been looking forward too for some time but had deliberately delayed due to needing to finish an extension to our house. The layout has its first show booked for Cheltenham in April 2015 so despite there being some work still to do on the house, there is starting to be some urgency to make progress on the layout, I hasten to add the Cheltenham date has been in my diary since 2011! My current layout Pallet Lane has been on the exhibition circuit since 2007 and I have had a lot of fun over the years. Over that time my modelling skills have improved a lot and now want to try something new. On the list for this layout are: - Hand built points with manual rather than electric control - Front rather than rear operated - Cassette fiddle yard - Two levels of track - The opportunity to utilise some of my mainline passenger and NPCCS stock which wasn't suitable for Pallet Lane The inspiration for the layout came from browsing the Bristol Rail website and in particular this page on Avon Street: http://bristol-rail.co.uk/wiki/Avon_Street There were a number of things from the set of photos that attracted my attention; the part of Temple Meads in the background giving the opportunity of 2 levels of track, the Level crossing with the man with the flag (not sure if I can squeeze this in sadly) and the 03/Presflos, which I have to hand from Pallet Lane. I will be sticking with 1977 so I can reuse the stock from Pallet Lane. After a mildly heated debate with an (ex)club member one night as to whether it was right to go to the hassle of building your own points in 00 when you could go P4 I have elected to stick with 00 simply because all my stock is 00 and the cost/time of conversion circa 100 items of stock is too daunting. The conversation did get me thinking though and the name came to being for 2 reasons: - All of my layout names start with "P" - Somebody maybe convinced it's P4 not 00! Anyway enough preamble, here are some photos of the basic track plan for the lower level. The base board (4' x 2') is second hand bought from the club, the track is SMP and a freebie from an RMWeb member (thanks Gordon!): The photo above show the basic track plan. The siding on the left of the photo will be part of the cement terminal which will occupy the area from the point to the edge of the board. The siding on the far right will be a coal siding (I think). The area where the glass/spare length of track will be the high level mainlines. Looking the other way, I have deliberately curved the tracks to help lengthen the sidings and I prefer the look of curved track I am building a Leyland Cement lorry to go with my existing Scammell, the yard on this cement terminal will be much larger and more realistic than Pallet Lane. Behind the tanker will be a culvert cut into the board The stock is to test the length of the run round loop, the 37 will be the longest loco likely to be used in the yard, all of my type 4's will be used on the mainline
  6. A couple of pictures from en excellent evening in Bristol last Saturday.
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