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Well I do seem to be finding some of my memory seems a bit blurry at times. I can remember when young the who singing 'Hope I die before I get old' doesn't sound such a good idea now. Although it made me ponder about growing old. I think the body is growing old but my mind.. I dont think I have an old mind set. I do not keep on about ' That sound last me out.... I wont leave here unless its in a box.......' No planting about 50 trees and lots of shrubs, building a large shed down where the garden railway will be going, designing and building DCC controls, planning an autofiddleyard/block instrument/control do not seem to me to be a mind resting on its laurels. 

So if I forget things its because I am too busy with new ideas

If the body plays up its because I am driving it do hard

If I seem out of step with the world it is because the world has taken a wrong turn

 

right thats sorted time for a cuppa and then a dog walk.

 

Don

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2 hours ago, Compound2632 said:

 

Or, as the cool Roman youth had it: Quidcum'.

 

Like what I said – whatever!

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9 hours ago, Edwardian said:

How about some modelling?

 

 

Huzzah! Always a delight to see progress :)

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1 hour ago, wagonman said:

 

Like what I said – whatever!

 

Whatev'!

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Good to see the narrow gauge coming to the fore.

 

The station building has the feel of a US Depot or something from the CF du Calvados with that little bay at the front.

 

 

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D'you think the two gents on the bikes (I bet one's a Sirius*...) are going to try to tease the train?  :jester:

 

 

* Sadly no naked lady riders, swathed in gauzy chiffon...

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5 minutes ago, Nearholmer said:

Good to see the narrow gauge coming to the fore.

 

The station building has the feel of a US Depot or something from the CF du Calvados with that little bay at the front.

 

 

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Précisément.

 

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Now the ace move in the game:

 

Ward Kimball’s ‘Grizzly Flats depot.


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This was copies from a pattern-book design, which was in turn taken from a depot, which was designed by an emigre Alsacienne architect, who may well have designed the early CFduC stations.
 

Cycle racing against trains was clearly the popular alternative to boules at Benouville.
 

Here we see competitors discussing the result at the finish.
 

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@Lecorbusier has drawn attention to the general similarity of this "Swiss Chalet" style with the early work of the architect in honour of whom he takes his nom-de-web. There was some discussion of this re. Matlock Bath station, which also branched out into North American wayside station design. Blowed if I can find it.

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The style is very pretty.

 

Midsomer Brevis was only going to get a late Victorian brick shed for the station building, I may well have a shot at one of those Chalets!  It'll fit in nicely as the putative originator of the Midsomer Light Railway, or MLR was rather Francophone, and imported a French narrow gauge railbus for off-peak services!

 

http://smallbrookstudio.co.uk/kits-parts/4569521214/rail-motor-car/3771605

 

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Matlock Bath really is “Swiss Chalet“, Low-pitched roof, overhanging, and gabled, but the Calvados ones were inspired by local vernacular, which is confusingly similar to Alsacienne vernacular, And Wealden come to that, steeper pitch, hips and, very importantly, half-hips.

 

The Lynton & Barnstaple stations manage to include all sorts - Swiss roof pitch, hips and half-hips. I guess that’s what you got when you specified “picturesque” in the 1890s.

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5 minutes ago, Nearholmer said:

Matlock Bath really is “Swiss Chalet“

 

What makes it exceptional in this context is that it was built about half a century earlier than all these fin de siècle light/narrow gauge railway "picturesque" buildings.

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I think Swiss Chalet style was revived, with added not-Swiss bits in the 1890s, having been very popular in the 1840/50s - I’ve got a vague idea that the pay-huts at the Great Exhibition might have looked like mini versions of Matlock Bath station. I do get confused by it all though, because the Victorians went through so many revivals and picturesque styles in such a short time that they make current fashion-fads seem slow-paced.

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Well, for that fin de siècle picturesque look it was either derive the NG station from the Clever Models HO US rural dépôt kit, or base it on the public convenience in March! 

 

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(since sadly b8ggered about)

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Great minds, and all that ......

 

This naturally weathered station from my former garden railway began life as a kit for an American public toilet.

 

(there used to be a sign on the roof, but it, and one of the supports, fell off long ago)

 

 

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5 hours ago, Hroth said:

 

Midsomer Brevis was only going to get a late Victorian brick shed for the station building, I may well have a shot at one of those Chalets! 

 

 

 

Midsomer Brevis isn't that the motto of Midsomer where three murders per visit are mandatory? :jester:

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24 minutes ago, Malcolm 0-6-0 said:

 

 

Midsomer Brevis isn't that the motto of Midsomer where three murders per visit are mandatory? :jester:

could be worse it might be 

 

St. Mary Mead which in retrospect I always imaging a Great Western  station 

 

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9 hours ago, Nearholmer said:

This naturally weathered station from my former garden railway began life as a kit for an American public toilet.

 

(there used to be a sign on the roof, but it, and one of the supports, fell off long ago)

 

Very realistic. The solitary bracket adds to the air of authenticity!

 

6 hours ago, Malcolm 0-6-0 said:

Midsomer Brevis isn't that the motto of Midsomer where three murders per visit are mandatory?

 

Funny you should mention that, there is going to be an ongoing murder investigation at the Agricultural Engineers premises opposite the station...

 

5 hours ago, nick_bastable said:

St. Mary Mead which in retrospect I always imaging a Great Western  station 

 

In the essentially rural Midsomer, it'd probably be St. Mary Mead ROAD.  2 miles from the village perhaps?

 

 

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I know of 16mm scale and 7mm scale models, but not any 4mm scale models.

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Apparently they have rebuilt some full sized bits   http://lartiguemonorail.com/   

I think Maurice from Bristol ( his surname is one of those fuzzy bits)  built a 4mm one back in the sixties  ah Dean that was it MAurice Dean

 

Don 

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Im often tempted to try a brennan monorail in 7mm. I know it's been done in 1:22, I rather suspect the physics gets quite a lot harder as you go down scales.

 

I'm pretty sure I've seen models of both lartigue systems in o scale, and I think don boreham built one (probably 16mm).

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DB’s was 16mm/ft, and IIRC he built the  vertical boiler loco demonstrator that was Exhibited at a RASE ‘do’, as well as the L&B one. I saw them at a NG show where he was demonstrating card coach building donkey’s years ago.

 

The replica L&B is great fun and the project leader guy is very friendly - he took me on a tour of the genuine remains, which are on private land at land at Ballybunion. One of the original curved-roof corrugated iron station buildings and a turntable-point base.

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More on-topic, we are on the long drive home from a day at the West Norfolk seaside, which was looking very fine today.

 

 

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37 minutes ago, Nearholmer said:

DB’s was 16mm/ft, and IIRC he built the  vertical boiler loco demonstrator that was Exhibited at a RASE ‘do’, as well as the L&B one. I saw them at a NG show where he was demonstrating card coach building donkey’s years ago.

 

The replica L&B is great fun and the project leader guy is very friendly - he took me on a tour of the genuine remains, which are on private land at land at Ballybunion. One of the original curved-roof corrugated iron station buildings and a turntable-point base.

I have the 'A' frames for the track in 1/16 scale in my tiny Shapeways shop.

 

https://www.shapeways.com/shops/annie-s-lartigue-monorail-shop

 

This was a project I was working on when I got ill with narcolepsy.  I've never sold any and it's something I've long ago consigned to the 'complete waste of time' basket.

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