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1 hour ago, Stephenwolsten said:

John Gahan's book portrays the railways along and over Liverpool's 'dock road' in a very evocative style.   I was fortunate to record an extensive video interview with him in Liverpool before he died.   His memory was as sharp as ever and his passion for the Overhead Railway very obvious.

 

 

Lovely bloke John - I knew him through the railway connection as he also photographed the Bootle Branch (Edge Hill - Bootle Junction) including the old Tuebrook signal box and used to tell the story of it's demolition - a G2 with a stout rope tied around the box supports (it was on an embankment) and reverse gear

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Just north of that area abutting Regent Road and Grove Street was a timber yard in the 1960s.  I worked for the company that operated from there, Hunter Fowles, during 3 Summer holidays in my student days.  It was strenuous stuff but did wonders for my physique and visits from Jinties on shunting duty maintained the railway interest.

 

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Remains of signal at Princes Dock.   I read that the cable was run along at a height, to avoid getting caught up in dock movements and storage.   The weight was therefore up there too.

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Typical quayside fixtures at Herculaneum Dock.   I have been looking at maritime modelling suppliers too, but there is the usual problem of different modelling scales (as with road vehicles too).

 

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Inspiration from Goole Docks, 1961.

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Crates awaiting loading in 1965 (not Liverpool).   Colour views are always so useful for modelling purposes.

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East Princes Half Tide Dock - transit shed, grain warehouse and Bibby's oil seed works.

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Copyright Stephen Wolstenholme/LUPTS.   Not for reproduction without written permission please.

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2 hours ago, Stephenwolsten said:

Typical quayside fixtures at Herculaneum Dock.   I have been looking at maritime modelling suppliers too, but there is the usual problem of different modelling scales (as with road vehicles too).

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_06/fix.jpg.e9ef7cac5144a19a0e230bb6e7319214.jpg

I think you need to reverse this one, slide must have been scanned the wrong way round!

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Are you going to model the legendary sign "Mersey Docks and Harbour Board" to which someone had added "And little lamsy tivey" ?

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2 hours ago, Michael Edge said:

 

Thanks, Mike.  It's obvious when you look at it again!  My eye was focussing on the steps and bollard for modelling detail.   If I had looked at the LOR entrance to Dingle tunnel and CLC line I would have spotted the error - old age creeping up!

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12 hours ago, Stephenwolsten said:

Copyright Stephen Wolstenholme/LUPTS.   Not for reproduction without written permission please.

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Just completed first 4mm model of one of these HC locos - this is one from the second batch with an additional battery box, will be No.45. Buffers and lifting brackets not fitted yet, I'll do the wasp stripes first.WP_20190607_09_58_10_Pro.jpg.00a247d8c96cfda3afaa4237359b18e8.jpg

 

 

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Track shadows from the EL.  Atmospheric modelling and photography in O Scale, USA.   Just needs a Pug underneath!

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18 minutes ago, Michael Edge said:

Just completed first 4mm model of one of these HC locos - this is one from the second batch with an additional battery box, will be No.45. Buffers and lifting brackets not fitted yet, I'll do the wasp stripes first.https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/monthly_2019_06/WP_20190607_09_58_10_Pro.jpg.00a247d8c96cfda3afaa4237359b18e8.jpg

 

 

 

 

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B5C6DF85-6449-4C91-99D9-07DBB29F3075.jpeg.f3a69cc9ca8a09bbd07995cbca9c5d62.jpeg

6B9C3F0C-7992-427F-BDA6-47E1C2EEE5BE.jpeg.ddbd6f4d846acb55e41e37d81ea35345.jpeg22C435E1-8A78-4289-8FE8-29DB2EE8AD08.jpeg.52338d03e00c1fbad080756e40c5cad9.jpegA218A0B5-0BD9-4CB7-98F1-07F1A1B3F59D.jpeg.16fd6d444853ce75fa2e4f698628651c.jpegId steer away from the foam baseboards for a number of reasons. Come down to the Liverpool model railway club and talk to Chris Hewitt about his DAS modelling clay cobble sets which would look good in 7mm. His Sandon Dock goods yard in progress at the Liverpool club...

 

 

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54 minutes ago, Michael Delamar said:

 

Thanks, Mike.  I've been hoping to see some pictures of Chris's 'new' layout for some time.  These are great photographs of a brilliant model.   I hadn't realised it was this advanced.  It's almost a 500 mile round trip to Liverpool but I must make sure that I choose a club night when I next visit.   I'm still dreaming of promoting a "Festival of Liverpool/Mersey Railways' with layouts, talks, films, Society stalls etc.   It would be great to get the Walton on the Hill, Sandon Dock, Herculaneum Dock and Lime Street layouts all together in Liverpool in, say, 2020 or early 2021.

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The North Liverpool dock area I hope to model as a diorama was characterised, firstly, by massive port and railway related structures such as warehouses, walls, docks, transit sheds and the elevated structure of the Overhead Railway (LOR).   Secondly, it was characterised by smaller features such as bridges, bollards, capstans, and signals.  The ground surfaces were also distinctive, including natural materials such as granite setts and stone flags, often dissected by railway lines.   These characteristics embody the qualities of the functional tradition of industrial architecture of the nineteenth century.

 

The area had strong linear features consisting of the dock boundary wall, the route of the Overhead/MDHB lines and the 'dock road'.   This flat, linear, and narrow aspect suits a model baseboard.    The 5.5m high dock boundary wall was (and still is) a striking feature because of its grand length and height.   Together with the monumental gateways with their heavy, sliding gates, the dock wall made a fortress-like stronghold.  Incorporated into the wall were/are interesting details such as drinking fountains, police huts, the pillars of the LOR and panels with the names of docks.

 

Accurate modelling of the dock boundary wall will be essential, not least because of its length and fact that it will almost be the back scene (together with the elevated structure of the LOR).   As I lack modelling skills I have been looking at 'short-cuts' to avoid hours of hand-painting of brickwork.   I am not keen on card modelling but have been impressed with the results achieved by Modelrailwayscenery.   Please see the Card Kits and Card Modelling thread for more details.  Their O gauge wall could, if heightened, be used for the boundary wall (which was in brick, not stone at this location).   The picture below also shows the realistic effect achieved with industrial buildings.   The card kits consist of high resolution, pre-weathered texture wraps over a series of 500gsm card layers which leaves no unsightly cut card edges visible when construction is complete.

 

As with all aspects of the diorama, I would welcome suggestions, tips etc.

 

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