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Fingers welded together as one with superglue. Bleeding profusely from piano wire stab wounds and plaster coated cornflakes  for tea. Bin there, done that, got the T shirt. So what's new ? - welcome to the world of railway modelling mate !

 

Cheers.

Allan.

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As it has kindly been mentioned earlier in this thread, BRM's May issue (on-sale now) includes the first of a new series of articles all about this amazing layout project. 

 

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Wow, can't wait to see the whole performance as opposed to individual acts.

 

Great attention to detail, love the overgrown cable ducts, it's the little things that count.......

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Hi Simon & Allan

 

It's looking fine, with really good scenic observation.  I have done some street views and mapping to look at the further environment, and here's a partial contour panorama from the right hand end.  The line from Mirfield to Brighouse runs across in the foreground and the middle distance surface behind shows the Colne Valley approaching our viewpoint at the river confluence at the bottom of the Calder Valley.  The southbound lines rejoin after the burrowing junction, to follow the gentle wooded river valley south west in the direction of Huddersfield (see pic).

 

As luck would have it, to the left of this point, a nearly parallel disused line also appears below the ridge to the south (see pic), branching off at Mirfield to cross the Huddersfield lines further down the Colne valley between Bradley and Deighton stations, eventually reaching Newtown goods depot.

 

Looking forward to seeing more of this epic!

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I don't think the landscape behind Heaton Lodge has changed in the last 70 years let alone 30 Paul!

Makes life easier for us of course

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Bit of an update..

I'm working on 5 boards now which together with what's already been completed takes us to 40ft and the beginning of the first double junction.

It's taken me 3 weeks from picking up the following 2 boards (complete with track and wired) to entirely finish them.

Sort of got a checklist now before 'signing a board off' which includes :

 

1) 2 layers of grass to different lengths

2) postiche brambles laid

3) postiche with 'burnt flock' to simulate undergrowth laid

4) small sapling trees planted (these made by Paul Bambrick)

5) large trees planted (these now by Anthony Reeves)

6) detail wooden fence (in other words break half of it and replace with sections of wire fence (as on the prototype)

7) occasional shrubs with brown leaves (these are seamoss heavily sprayed with Matt varnish then real ground dead leaves sprinkled on)

 

It's much of the same right now with 40ft of similar scenics and plain 4 track main line.

However things are about to get a whole lot more interesting.

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Probably the best modelling ive ever seen,and ive seen a lot!!

 

Cheers

 

Ben

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Hi Allan and Simon,

 

Stunning, amazing, this has to be the best modelling I have ever seen, can't wait to see Double headed 37's on MGR's.

 

Please more pictures.

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This is simply incredible. Thank you for being so open and honest with your techniques. The static grass is first class, as is the whole layout. You must have 1000s of feet of wiring?

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This is simply incredible. Thank you for being so open and honest with your techniques. The static grass is first class, as is the whole layout. You must have 1000s of feet of wiring?

 

Thank you Grob,

 

Time for a bit of an update..I have been busy working on boards 10/11/12 which when finished later this month will be almost 50ft of 4 track mainline totally completed. This has taken me about 5 months of 2/3 evening and a Sunday a week to complete. (As previously mentioned I get each 4ftx4ft'6'' board with track laid by Norman Saunders and fully wired by White Rose modelworks.

 

Board 13 is where it gets much more interesting with the start of the first double junction - which in itself is 12ft long (over 3 boards). Thereafter begins another 40ft of 6 track mainline - 2 of which begin a 40ft descending gradient. 

These two tracks descend to a 'dive under' twin bore tunnel which cuts under the 4 track (ex L&Y & LNWR) mainlines and head towards Huddersfield. The track for the junction is being constructed right now.

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Another view from North looking to the South bank. First two tracks are the ex L&Y far two the ex LNWR

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Walking along the path..

Looking at this I've not touched in the end of the broken fence posts oops

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Brilliant - just brilliant......

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Amazing work!

 

Do you mind me asking what scatter you used for the dirt track?

Looks very realistic

 

Cheers

 

Ben

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Thanks.

I use a product called Earth Powder made by Treemendus. It's a fiver for a smallish bag but goes a long way.

Sieved real earth is also good but the earth powder for some reason nails it for me

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Hi Simon,

 

Enjoyed reading your article in this months BRM, Thanks for sharing so many tips and techniques.

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Your track and ballasting is absolutely superb, look forward to many more pics of this great scheme.

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Thanks for that.

The track and ballasting is way beyond my capabilities though and is the work of expert track builder Norman Saunders. His attention to detail is awesome :)

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Simply stunning is all I can say and will be looking forward to seeing pictures of the complete layout. Is there a proposed first show for this yet?

 

Cheers

 

Simon

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