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Here's a video of the first train to run round the "lower line" through Quoile Bridge Junction station via Kilmore Junction (incomplete) as yet.

Work is nearly done on the upper line over the river.

 

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A view of the recently named "Quoile Bridge Junction" station; the directors hired an NCC class "X" and GNR coaches as they wished to encourage the two bigger companies to co-work their railway.  But just as in real life their compromise pleased neither company. And the NCC were definitely not amused to see their loco with SDJR on the tank sides.....!  The GNR insisted that their coaches were NOT "re-branded...oh dear....

 

 

https://youtu.be/hpqt-idkrlQ

 

 

 

Colm

 

PS Hope the video  link works, there's something funny going on with my computer today.

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Here's a video of the first train to run round the "lower line" through Quoile Bridge Junction station via Kilmore Junction (incomplete) as yet.

Work is nearly done on the upper line over the river.

 

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A view of the recently named "Quoile Bridge Junction" station; the directors hired an NCC class "X" and GNR coaches as they wished to encourage the two bigger companies to co-work their railway.  But just as in real life their compromise pleased neither company. And the NCC were definitely not amused to see their loco with SDJR on the tank sides.....!  The GNR insisted that their coaches were NOT "re-branded...oh dear....

 

 

https://youtu.be/hpqt-idkrlQ

 

 

 

Colm

 

PS Hope the video  link works, there's something funny going on with my computer today.

Surely you mean an NCC "Y" Class Colm. The "X" Class was an H&W diesel. Nice video though.

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Here's a video of the first train to run round the "lower line" through Quoile Bridge Junction station via Kilmore Junction (incomplete) as yet.

Work is nearly done on the upper line over the river.

 

attachicon.gifsdjr july 2017 005.jpg

 

A view of the recently named "Quoile Bridge Junction" station; the directors hired an NCC class "X" and GNR coaches as they wished to encourage the two bigger companies to co-work their railway.  But just as in real life their compromise pleased neither company. And the NCC were definitely not amused to see their loco with SDJR on the tank sides.....!  The GNR insisted that their coaches were NOT "re-branded...oh dear....

 

 

https://youtu.be/hpqt-idkrlQ

 

 

 

Colm

 

PS Hope the video  link works, there's something funny going on with my computer today.

 

Hi Colm,

 

Great to see that the "Directors" have been for a tour of inspection.  The layout is developing very quickly and already looking like the "mutts nuts".  Ken has a great eye for detail and is bringing his plan to life in a most convincing way.  I'm only sorry that this layout won't be going "on tour"..... :no:  :O  :)   Looks like we are going to have to rely on YouTube....

 

Tom

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Some more pictures of the Quoile estuary area, and Strangford junction signal cabin.

 

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The pier will be constructed in due course.  A waterline kit of a small estuary paddle steamer would look well here.

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Further Progress on the SDJR

 

Needless to say, Ken has been  beavering away at the layout since the last posts; scenery has progressed from Quoile Bridge Junction (and there's more from there) - towards Strangford Junction and Strangford (check the plan if you need to at this point); these pictures were taken within the last couple of weeks and show progress pretty well to date. In the meantime, and out of sight, work has progressed on the storage sidings area and these should be operational soon. The big job will of course be Kilmore Junction, track work all laid and energized but no scenery - yet.

 

So, the pictures: Quoile Bridge Junction station and surrounding lines: first, an aerial view

 

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The view of  passengers disembarking from the ferry.  The ferry berths in a dredged channel on the seaward side of the pier (see below); as Kieran points out the water round the bridges themselves  is shallow and has sandbanks for the unwary mariner...

 

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At one time, boat trains were run (though there's no ferry on the layout yet!)

 

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And finally a view along the line towards Strangford Junction

 

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Above Strangford junction signal box is an interesting area where Ken has used a cunning perspective approach as seen below. The upper level storage sidings run behind the house.

 

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Strangford Junction itself is merely a signal cabin and one point; here the track splits (it is to the left of this picture) and goes into a short tunnel (centre) under the upper main line storage sidings on a rising I in 40 ish  gradient to Kilmore Junction,and a bridge leading to  Strangford Station itself.

 

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Following round to Strangford station the goods yard area is mainly complete, Strangford Junction cabin can be seen in this shot, it is largely obscured from many angles by the trees and other foliage!  All this adds to the sense of space; this is really quite a small area.

 

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But there's still much work to be done on the platform/station buildings side and also at t'mill.

 

However, a pier has been constructed at Quoile Bridge Junction. Dredging is continuing in the hope that a  ferry can operate in due course, but despite an offer, Ken feels that the TSS "Caledonian Princess" might be a tad large and likely to run aground or demolish the pier; furthermore there would be nowhere for the cars to disembark...ah well.

 

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To be continued

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Following a recent spurt of activity by Ken, here are some pictures showing further progress on the railway.

 

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An overview of the Strangford Station area; it was originally conceived to have had a quay and a more lough side setting but it has gone inland a wee bit now...

 

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There's been quite a bit of work done on the station buildings here.

 

 

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Looking across the as yet undetailed platforms to the other side of the layout, (Quoile Bridge station)   From this angle it you cant; see the operating well.  There's been a short excursion train of ancient GNRI stock to the town (village??

 

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The "mill" is now in place.

 

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A shot of the line's resident 2-4-2 tank with train.

 

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Loco servicing facilities exist and an NCC Class "Y" is in the shed today. It may have worked the GNR coaches in.

 

Lots to do  still, the main station, Kilmore Junction, is next....

 

 

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Colm,

Since Ken is using all his time to build his railway, I wonder would it be possible for your to “interview” him and write up some posts on how he does his magic in creating scenery. I do realise that this is an artistic talent rather that a set of rules, however it would be good to hear his opinion.

Some initial pointers might include:-

·       Making a realistic mix and progression of grass to briers, to bushes then trees.

·       Blending this lot into the permanent way and other man-made constructions.

·       Perspective devices.

·       The application of colour. Maybe the idea that one scene is drawn from a palate of tones on one predominant colour.  How to tone everything down.

·       The use of photographs (both of prototypes and the model) to help guide realism.

Please?

Can anyone suggest some good books on the subject?

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It's been rather a long time since we posted any news of this SDJR. I have been pretty preoccupied with a major house move sequence (and other things which friends will know about!) and ken has also had a busy spell with other occupations, so although there was some work being done on the line, its only now I am getting down to sharing it.

 

As I was about to post the pictures it occurred to me that I had to think twice about where they actually were on the layout, which has a number of levels and junctions, so I am attaching below an updated plan with names on it  so those who wish, may geta  more complete picture of the different sections of the line.  BTW  "Quoile Bridge" has both a station and a junction, and has been referred to in the past as "Quoile Bridge Junction station"!!  Just to keep your brains active......  The "Quarry Junction" signal box is more to the right of where it is shown -  see the pictures which are on the next post.

 

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New pictures will follow soon.

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First of all, some pictures of the signal cabin at Quarry Junction, on the high level lines.  The quarry itself has already featured.

 

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The quarry is off to the right behind the cabin ; the two lines running under the girder bridge are the line to the lower storage loops (on the right) and that to kilmore Junction on the left; this latter is climbing as Kilmore is at the higher level. It will b e quite a pull up for longer trains.

 

 

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Fantastic scenic modelling, can you tell me what materials were used on the Goods Shed next the cattle dock, looks so authentic.

I think it is from a firm called "townstreet" - it's a plaster moulding -heavy!  Ken uses this firm's products for many of his structures including bridges and the big mill complex.

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And some more pictures  taken more recently. The scenery is encroaching from both sides towards Kilmore.

 

first of all, the Kilmore area showing the developments; the station will be to the left hand bottom of the picture; this area is still bare board.

 

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a view of the two sheds - goods and loco - the latter the building which was formerly at Cookstown Junction.

 

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the goods yard and shed; the first picture is an old building formerly  stables

 

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and some other areas: the minor road crossing behind the engine shed.

 

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UTA No 58 2-6-4 tank on shed; a very elusive loco which has not featured previously.;

 

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looking towards the yet to be developed area of Kilmore

 

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Two more pictures; I mentioned that scenery was closing in on Kilmore from both directions, the pervious pics are of the loco/goods shed end of the station.

 

The two below show the recently developed area on the other side of the station, approaching from the high level storage loops  and where the line from Strangford Junction climbs up, passing the small control panel for the loops.

 

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And finally (for now) the wagon seen below was captured on film passing through the outskirts of Kilmore.   Could there be a 3' gauge line  being constructed in the area?  Or is it just a loco "passing through" en route to Douglas, IOM?   We shall see

 

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More anon.

 

Colm

 

 

 

 

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