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Having just looked at my first post I think it might be worth adding a bit of a proper introduction to it after nearly ten years. When I built Goathland I had no idea at the time that it would morph into what it has and think despite my enthusiasm recon it might take another ten years to finish Grim-Up –North.(GUN for short). GUN is my attempt to amalgamate 4 Yorkshire based layouts into one super layout. Goathland has been extended by 5feet, had a repaint, new tress and signals installed since we moved. When we looked at this house I had a vision of the spider infested double garage becoming the ultimate modelers man cave. It has now been dubbed “The Warehouse” by Andy P. Rewired, insulated and dry-walled it is now home to Goathland, Queensbury and a loop that incorporates part of Bradford Exchange. I’m aware that I’m seen by some as a butterfly modeler but at the end of the day it’s all the same project. The idea is to be able to run trains from one place to another or if the mood takes’ just sit and watch the trains go round. Sometimes mojos can wane and although retired at an early age there are times when time simply doesn’t allow or energy fades. Modeling is my passion and I like a challenge, some models involve an enormous amount of work and when it all finally comes to fruition should form a very enjoyable layout. This first post needs some pictures on it so enough with the waffling on and here are some of the models and some of the layouts. Below I have retained my original post. So the shopping is now almost over. The only things of much use from the local model shop are basic materials such as scenic`s, plasticard and paint. A full scale plan has been drawn up and a new blade waits in the jigsaw. The scenery around Goathland lends itself to open plan base boards and having purchased two thick insulation sheets months ago there`s no turning back! As with Dunster (my last layout) all the structures have been completed over the winter months including a curved viaduct. I should mention at this point that half this layout will be fictitious and that it is scheduled to appear at the model railroad show in Medford Oregon during November. The design will include; Continuous running The fiddle yard from Dunster, with modifications Reversibility, 180 degrees to be viewed at home from the operating well or the front at exhibitions Plug and play base board connections Infra red remote control of points Gradients Code 100 track, with electrofrog pointwork. Working signals Full lighting Comments more than welcome. Regards Shaun
One of England’s finest corners The West Riding of Yorkshire with its blackened millstone grit architecture and hilly country makes for great settings for steam trains and layouts. Sasquatch usually starts layouts with structure modeling and his next project is no exception and having perfected a technique on some smaller buildings has embarked on the piece-de-la-resistance. A full size textile mill. Sourcing of materials started with a search on eBay for suitable windows (that wouldn’t upset the bank manager). Titchy Train, a name new to me and no doubt most of you, make dozens of windows at very nice prices about $3 for 12 in injection molded styrene. Although for HO the scale of windows really doesn’t matter if they fit the bill. The chosen type come out at 7’x4’ in 4mm scale and can be cut-n-shut to make shorter or narrower types and even the odd open one here and there which adds life to structures. Construction starts by marking out the styrene stonework sheets, in this case O gauge dressed stone by Plastruct, and cutting out all window openings. The main skeleton is then cut from 5mm black foam board and pinned together with peco track pins to be sure all the parts fit before gluing on the stonework with cyanoacrylate. To be done outside with the fan on!! All window openings are then trimmed out with my mate Stanley and the stone courses filed out at the edges. Further file work may be required to ensure that windows fit. Details, ledges and lintels are fixed with liquid styrene glue. The walls go together with PVA held in place until set with masking tape. Northdean Mill, the prototype on which my model is based can be found on Stainland Rd in West Vale, Greetland. Cut down windows closed with microstrip. All the windows bfore spraying with white primer Main wall The tower sides. Assembled and detailed warehouse walls. And here's one I made earlier!