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  1. Ilfracombe After coming back into the hobby around 3 years ago I joined my local club the Farnham and District MRC and learned many tips skills and tricks to building a model railway. Previously I had a layout in both my bedroom and in a loft conversion as a child however as I got older my interest waned and I sold everything off keeping a few precious items in storage. I began to build a model railway that could be stored in a cupboard in the flat I was living in at the time and practised all of the skills I had acquired with this new model railway. Over the last 3 years I had built the baseboards, laid track, wired the layout and began to work on the scenery. One constant however was that I had to keep fixing and adjusting things due to me using cheap materials and trying to cut corners where possible. At the end of 2018 I decided that enough was enough and that it was time to put my previous layout down to experience and to build something new and more robust. The previous layout had been set in a fictional extension of the North Cornwall railway therefore my stock is of a Southern Region BR flavour. This new model railway was to be a little further back up the line and based on Ilfracombe as after having a look through track plans I discovered that it was possible to build much of the track plan in my 12ft long space. Ilfracombe also has the benefit of carriage sidings so I can put my over abundance of coaches in them.... The Devon belle also operated with the observation cars and I thought that this would create some operational interest when reading up about the subject. The track plan does have compression in length which has resulted in a reduction of the carriage sidings, the loco shed and coaling stage being off of the turntable and the platforms being shorter than in reality. I hope that even with these compromises that the track plan and buildings will still make it obvious where it is based on. The one thing I have definitely chosen to leave out is the incline on the way out of the station but with the compression this probably makes sense. The layout will be DCC controlled which I am new to as the previous model railway was DC. So far I have fitted a number of locos with decoders and have installed sound into one of my Bulleid light Pacifics. This has been a lot of fun however can be tricky therefore lots of playing around has been needed. I will be using Code 75 peco points and flexi track however I will be spacing the sleepers out to the correct scale , a time consuming task but I think that it looks well worth it once done. Once I had settled on the track plan which I had designed in SCARM I printed it out 1:1 onto paper and joined the sheets together to give me a full size idea of how it would look. A little tweaking here and there was still needed to ensure that stock fitted within certain parts of the track plan but mostly I was happy with everything. I next went to my local timber merchant with a list of all the lengths of wood that I would need cut from 9mm ply and by the end of the afternoon I had a phone call from the shop asking me to come and pick my pile of wood up. Surprisingly this actually came to a reasonable price compared to when I was having a look at getting laser cut boards which are now readily available. Alignment dowels and catches were purchased from modelrailwaybaseboards.com and T nuts and bolts from my local hardware store. Boards were glued and screwed together clamped and then left to dry. Braces were added across the boards to ensure that they stay square. This left me with something like this: Holes were cut into the baseboards where embankments were to be formed this also meant that I had to amend some of the cross braces to achieve this . I was able to reuse the legs from my previous model railway however this time I used the piggyback method therefore only one board has 4 legs. Each of these legs are attached via T nuts and bolts are screwed through. All of the legs also have adjustable feet to contend with and undulations in the floor. Toggle catches and alignment dowels also ensured that all the boards lined up correctly. Once I was happy that everything was level and correct I disassembled everything and began to paint the boards to seal them. Once they had dried everything was put back together and I attached the track plan onto the baseboards and I have began to create a mood board of pictures that I can find of Ilfracombe on the back scene boards. The Current state of play. Next up will be to build the fiddle yard which goes round the corner to create and L shape and lay the cork base onto the boards. I have also decided to build a lever frame to operate the signals and points on the layout as I am a signalman and deal with levers on a daily basis so thought it would be novel to control my model railway by them too. I will also soon order the extra points that I do not have yet. Thanks for reading Pete
  2. Looking through my collection many of the price labels are still on the boxes and I can vaguely remember buying each item. I started buying track and rolling stock with my pocket money from toy shops like the Childrens' Shop in Orpington and later on I was a frequent visitor to Hobbytime of West Wickham. In London I bought a few items from Hamblings and Beatties. When I moved to Worthing I often bought models from the Engine Shed which later moved to Ford, from Hobbyhorse and Beatties at Brighton. I used to call in and buy models from places I visited like Pecorama at Beer, the Monkbar at York and the Cheltenham Model Centre. Now I am at Swanage I buy models from the Swanage Station shop or the Swanage Model Centre. I also buy a lot of items by mail order from Hattons, Kernow and Rails. I wonder if other members have any interesting memories of these and other shops.
  3. So here is my latest project. I seem to have turned into a serial micro layout builder and have got hooked on building them. I only have one other micro layout on the go at the moment and that is waiting for me to work out what static grass I should use on it. In the meantime I've gone all industrial again but with more of a focus that with Pastry Lane whish was my previous micro layout. This time I'm turning my attention to the collieries which fueled the north. They've always appealed to me due to their resilience to dieselise so there was the odd steam loco working in the 80s (I do believe so but I could be wrong) . For Christmas this year I got a DJ models j94 and a sentinel - 2 industrial shunters that could have found themselves on a colliery railway (j94s definitely did!) and I've already got a few other locos that would fit in with the colliery theme. I dont have much room or time (most of my time is spent revising for my exams in the summer) or money as I'm saving up to start a new home layout. This said I've decided to model a small loco shed and servicing facility of a fictitious colliery set in the north of England, not too far from the Scottish border. To add more operational and viewer interest I have come up with 2 plans. The first one is to allow locos that would be seen in an exchange siding into the loco sheds for coaling and watering. This would massively increase the amount of stock that could be seen on the layout. My second plan is to build a working coaling tower that loads empty loco tenders and a moving water crane so the turns to fill the locos up with water (not gonna try and use real water though. ) I hope this sounds interesting and I will be back tomorrow to show you a proper drawn out plan and some progress on the baseboards. Thanks for looking and all comments welcome.
  4. Another Timber Track building, but this time a conversion from a two to a four track Engine Shed. I started this when I was finishing off the Coaling Stage and then it went on a bit of a back-burner while my client finalised his track plans.. Basically I built the first shed as per the instructions, to get it to a certain point. Again construction was very straight-forward and quick - aided by a quick drying pva wood glue (Javis Velo-set). Shed 1 sat idle till late November and the track plans were finally signed off. Then I could begin conversion work, first up I removed most of one wall, using a jig-saw.. Then cut-away the corresponding area's of shed two's wall and glued that to shed one and began building the shed out from there. At this point I realised, I would have to remove the roof frames from shed one to allow better access for painting & internal working - fortunately I was able to unglue them easily. Both sets of roof framing dry-fitted and one of the ash/ inspection pits made up for the client. At this point I added some girders and columns to the openings. These were made from styrene H sections and rod. Once everything had cured for a few days, I braved the cold and gave the whole shed (apart from the roof framing) a couple of coats of Halfords Grey Primer. That's it for this build for now. TBG
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    I was having dinner with the in-laws last night and the subject moved onto my railway modelling. I have quite a large collection of LMS engines ranging from Streamlined Princess Coronations to Jintys. I have just bought a Thomas the Tank Engine and ordered Edward for my 8month old son (it is for him honestly!!) The question came round to the inevitable: "You have been planning your latest layout for ages...you need to build it before he gets too big." As I want him to enjoy modelling railways I will have to make a start before computers and mobile devices try to take over. First challenge clear the garage and then build the 9ft by 2ft engine shed. The plan is that it will be on the LMS in the late 1930s, but could double up as an engine shed for Thomas and his friends. It is my 7th layout so hopefully I know what I am doing! Anyway back to the in-law conversation: "We know you are busy with academic qualifications thorugh work but you should be able to find time for this shouldn't you?" Challenge accepted, clearing starts today. Wonder if I can order the Super D as well?
  6. The best place for this might be the 2013 challenge section but it hasn't been started yet. im bursting to get modelling so I've just got my self a 6 foot x 2 foot piece of ply to have a go at a little project. I always prefer to model somewhere based on a real location so I've chosen Cardiff Canton, Now this isn't a scale model by any stretch and will only include a small section of the main shed area and the tracks in front where locos where prepared for the days work. the main purpose of the diorama is some where to photograph my locos and to practise my modelling for Ranelagh Bridge. I was intending to do the entrance to Severn tunnel but I don't have the room for a 20 foot layout in the house but this one is manageable. My Dad is going to scratch build the buildings I have some peco points and track and I'm going to get a few lengths of C and L. The good thing about canton is the track is so filthy you can barely make out the chairs. A friend is having a model show in Newport in May so I would like to get some thing presentable by then. I do intend on making it as an exhibition layout with a fascia and lighting. The track plan is very simple but does follow the prototype. My locos for Ranelagh are all going to be used as there Cardiff engines. The shopping list is 4 lengths of C&L , 4 Water cranes, 3 timber track laser cut inspection pits & ballasting and weathering materials. I will post a track plan up soon.
  7. Hi All Here's my latest build. Its a bashed kit of small engine shed ,a Scalescene freebee which came in last three issues of Hornby magazine. I wanted a small shed in stone with out water tank as i already have one for the layout.So what i did was copy the pitched end, re cover walls in randon ashlar from a scalescene sheet and use roof from small terrace house kit.also added extra roof truss and altered one of the smoke hoods. All in all think it came out ok. Pehaps John could offer the option of with / without water tank when kit is released further down the line.I was sorely tempted to build it with the tank but like i mentioned earlier already have one on this layout.Got it for future use though Tel Overall view Roof printed onto gray card before cutting into strips.The windows printed onto self adhesive address lable the cut stright through panes vertically and horizontally.The panes pulled out with tweezers( another of Doug's tips ) Inside view,sorry a poor photo
  8. So I've finally got around to updating my blog, I'm slowly getting there. I debated about the size of board I was going to mount the shed to, and decided to keep it small so it could be adapted to the future layout easily. I wanted the office interior to be detailed and spent a fair bit of time doing so. I was pleased with some of the results, and less so with others but soon realised that none of it can be seen once the roof is on! A glimpse of the inside: A general view of the main office: I printed some 1950's posters and notice boards. Note the Leeds United FA Cup poster in the corridor just visible from the outside (oh if only they knew what the future would hold!), and the British Railway posters hung up with a human hair. I think I had started to go crazy at this point! Each room is lit with a 3mm LED in the ceiling and there is also a red LED behind the fireplace. I will get some illuminated photos for the next blog. I decided not to use the Wills drain pipes and went for copper tube with wire wrapped around twice and soldered for brackets. I think this was the correct choice. I also made a chimney for the office and cut a section out of the roof to mount it. After looking at various images (the book 'Great Northern Engine Sheds' has been very useful) I wanted to recreate a brick shed floor with a slight camber. For this I used some 3mm foam board and rolled the edges. I then glued some slaters brick sheet to it and attached it between the inspection pits. It is very rough as I'm going to coat it in dirt and hide a lot of it: As the forecourt area is fairly short I cut down lengths of PECO code 75 track and removed the sleepers from about half of the lengths and threaded it into the inspection pit chairs. I painted the rail sides with a mix of humbrol 'leather' and matt black. I want to make the whole area look bedded in ash and dirt so have just started to build up the area between the rails with mounting card, and have just started experimenting in coating the surface in DAS clay: I have stippled (is that a word?!) the surface with a stiff brush and will decide on which texture looks best when it dries. I am really unsure about how to make the main shed roof. I have plenty of Wills slate sheet (which I have used on the office roof) but don't want an obvious join down the middle of the building. I think i'll try laying my own slates with some quality drawing paper (as per the excellent Sandside's Bacup) but wish I'd done this on the office roof aghh! I wonder if I could get away with overlaying paper slates onto the existing roof? Or perhaps it might not look as bad as I am imagining after weathering, please advise!! Anyways, enough for now, thanks for reading!
  9. Got home from work today to find Hornby magazine on the doormat, complete with the first free Scalescenes model for a while; a beautiful little single-road engine shed with integral water tower. This one's spread over the next three issues because of the size (or to make you buy more mags) and I have to say John, looks a fantastic model which should fit the bill for anyone modelling a branch line or who wants a shed but is a little pressed for space. It's going to be a bit frustrating waiting for another two months to start building though! If you don't usually buy HM, this one is well worth a browse in the newsagents IMHO. Cheers Phil
  10. EDIT to say: A lot of the early posts on this thread are no longer relevant but the essence remains the same. If you read on please understand that this is a work in progress and is subject to all the whims and changes of someone who doesn't always know what he is doing. Additional Edit - The current build project starts on Page 10. After only a week or so of research, and with the blessing of the "chief of household", I have decided that a reasonably accurate model of Penmaenpool Station as it was in the late 1950s, can be constructed using modules. Ideally, the layout will eventually be housed in a garage or shed with tracks leading to an extensive garden run. The basic problem with the word "eventually" is that I currently don't have a garage, a shed, or a garden! But my aim is to make a real layout in a relatively short space of time (I am retired) using kits I build but also RTR trains and track. Legge Lane Shed will remain as my indoor apartment test bed for locos, etc. in France. The modules will be constructed there as well but may be transported to the UK at some future date. The initial work on Penmaenpool (research and planning) can be found on my workbench topic, and I will incorporate much of that into this topic in the days ahead. But as an introduction, here is a quick sketch map of the potential layout using old maps and Google Earth:
  11. Hi Everyone. After a time away from modelling due to illness and other life problems I'm happy to report I'm back and feeling much better. I'm going to build a small micro layout but its still in the ideas stage. More to follow....... A Happy new year to all. Jerry.
  12. Hi all Just finished my first card kit - Metcalfe PO213 engine shed. Pretty close to a GWR pattern apart from the rectangular vents at the end. Went together easily and produces a reasonably good model (as long as you excuse flat brickwork!) Front: Rear : Overhead: Since taking these shots I have painted in some of the exposed corners which improves the look somewhat. Well satisfied, so have purchased a few more kits to start filling up the layout. Keith
  13. Dear all I have expanded my collection of photographs on Midland lines of BR at http://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/midlandrailway Many of these were taken in the later 1960s, using not very good cameras and from moving trains, so the quality is not good, and then some are very dirty. However, I hope some of you find of interest. There is quite a lot of modelling inspiration amongst them. If you can identify the many localities I don't know, or rather generalised about I would be pleased if you could add a comment to the photograph. Regards Paul Bartlett
  14. Please visit our website at engineshedsociety.co.uk. The site includes access to our photographic archive. Thanks.
  15. I need a new narrow gauge engine shed in stone and slate finish, and was about to start work on a scratchbuilt version. But I noticed that Dapol still make the small stone finish village Church, and it set thoughts in motion about a simple conversion of the building. The shot shows the idea, the porch is recessed back to the side wall, and the tower end is removed, and converted to the main doors for the small loco shed. The Chapel end can be left as a workshop area. The windows need conversion or fitting with glazing bars etc, and a new round window in the end. A chimney could also be added to the workshop, and vents to the roof. I have ordered in one of the kits for assessment, it may need two to give enough spares, but the kits are under £6 each, great value these days The old Airfix station building can be used almost as is, again a good cheap kit from Dapol. The picture is only the planned idea, it may turn out a bit different after the build. I also need a goods shed and the second church kit may again be the basis for a simple conversion and will match the stone finish of the engine shed. The buildings are for a new narrow gauge shelf layout for the Bachmann Skarloey locos, and the 262 WW1 Baldwin when it arrives from China.
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