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Dear All,

 

Entry form has been submitted so here are the details for those interested.

 

 

Scale: 4mm to 1 foot

Gauge: EM

Size: Scenic section 6 ft x 1 ft (fiddle yard extra)

DCC control with sound (in moderation)

Sprat and Winkle auto couplings

Hand built pointwork using C&L components

 

The layout will depict the early 1930’s GWR in Herefordshire and will be based on the Golden Valley Railway which ran from Pontrilas to Hay on Wye. In the model the line from Pontrilas never made it to join the Midland Railway at Hay on Wye so will terminate a few miles after Dorstone station in the fictitious location of Hembourne.

 

The station building will be based on that at Vowchurch, with only other buildings being a ground frame cabin and a yard hut.

 

 

Motive power will be a GWR 517 or 48xx/58xx tank and the line ran a number of mixed goods and passenger trains so plenty of shunting opportunity and something a little different.

  

Work so far consists of building the excellent baseboards kits from Tim Horn, just the blank canvas you need.

 

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So far I have built a pair of the excellent baseboard kits from Tim Horn. I had planned the layout already but will now adapt for this competition. Looking forward to it.

 

Next up paint the baseboards and then onto the track work

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I've always really liked the Golden Valley line and indeed my own cameo entry will have just a vague reference in the description to my previous interests.

 

This is my interpretation of the Eassie building at Dorstone, if you would be interested in a copy of my (somewhat basic) 4mm scale drawing, please PM me (it was done from photos of Dorstone, in books that you probably already have).

 

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Edit - I can see from your photo that the building at Vowchurch was bigger than that at Dorstone (somewhat inextricably), so my drawing may not be of any use to you after all.

 

 

 

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I do have a drawing of the building from Lyndney Junction which was bigger again so will need some adjustment. Plan is to build in card as I did with my model of Stanton.

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This all looks very nice.

 

As an aside, I had no idea that the Midland got to Hay on Wye.

 

Rob.

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This all looks very nice.

As an aside, I had no idea that the Midland got to Hay on Wye.

Rob.

It was the Hereford, Hay and Brecon Railway.

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It was the Hereford, Hay and Brecon Railway.

Well, that answers that question. A classic John Wiltshire image of an obviously Midland station....Well I never..

 

Rob.

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Well, that answers that question. A classic John Wiltshire image of an obviously Midland station....Well I never..

Rob.

There's a jolly good book available on the history of that line, too.

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Dare I say it, I am rather taken by one if those there Ivatt 2MT moguls.......Oh dear....

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Dare I say it, I am rather taken by one if those there Ivatt 2MT moguls.......Oh dear....

This is the book you might like then, Rob, written by WH Smith (not of Ealing):

 

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I do have a drawing of the building from Lydney Junction which was bigger again so will need some adjustment.

I assume you've got the Wild Swan book on the Golden Valley Railway, by W.H. Smith? Excellent source of information.

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I assume you've got the Wild Swan book on the Golden Valley Railway, by W.H. Smith? Excellent source of information.

Yes I have. Having sseen a photo of Dorstone station in another book I was inspired to buy the book, and then to build a layout based on the branch. Looking forward to starting on the scenery.

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I thought Clifford was interesting, in that it had a very modellable water tank. It was the last stop on the line before the GVR joined the Midland, and I suppose the thinking was to save being billed by the MR for water.https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=clifford+railway+station&client=safari&hl=en-gb&prmd=minv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi5ypiT5cLTAhWqDsAKHc0qCnoQ_AUICigC&biw=1024&bih=704#imgrc=BejZSlHFc4__6M:

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I thought Clifford was interesting, in that it had a very modellable water tank. It was the last stop on the line before the GVR joined the Midland, and I suppose the thinking was to save being billed by the MR for water.https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=clifford+railway+station&client=safari&hl=en-gb&prmd=minv&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi5ypiT5cLTAhWqDsAKHc0qCnoQ_AUICigC&biw=1024&bih=704#imgrc=BejZSlHFc4__6M:

Yes, both Clifford and Westbrook had stone station buildings more in keeping with those of the Kington to New Radnor line, rather than the wooden Eassie pattern structures on most of the other stations. I haven't really looked the reasons for this up, but I do wonder why that was.

Yes I have. Having sseen a photo of Dorstone station in another book I was inspired to buy the book, and then to build a layout based on the branch. Looking forward to starting on the scenery.

Out of interest, would the 1930s period have seen any of the old flat bottom track remaining, and if so, are you planning on modelling some?

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Out of interest, would the 1930s period have seen any of the old flat bottom track remaining, and if so, are you planning on modelling some?

From what I can make out the line was the traditional bullhead rail by then although some sidings may have still been flat bottom rail. As I already have a couple of suitable points in bullhead rail that's what I will go with and as the main siding will be mostly hidden behind the platform it should be fine as well.

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First piece of pointwork completed, a B6 right hand turnout from C&L components, plastic chairs and plywood sleepering. The point was built a while back but I have just finished it and painted it now ready for the entry to the passing loop. Only another 3 left hand turnouts and 2 catch/trap points to go.

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First small scenic steps on the layout. This is the front of the bridge near Dorestone that will act as the scenic break to the fiddle yard. The bridge will be of card construction with embossed plasticard stonework.

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Completed road bridge ready for painting, the result of one evenings work. The basic structure is made from card with stone plasticard for the decoration. The capping stones still need to be added to the tops of the side walls.

 

As the bridge is at a slight angle to the back scene I shall use a small bush or tree as a view blocker so you cannot see the exit to the fiddle yard. I want to get the basic landform and road placement decided before I start on the backscene.

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Painted the bridge tonight. Mortar was a wash oh Humbrol Matt 28 off white whilst the stonework was painted with acrylics a mix of brown, grey, white and green all dry brushed. Finally some careful work with white and black weathering powders. I did manage a colour photo of a similar bridge on the same line which helped with colour matching.

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A taste of things to come in the motive power department. A 517 tank built from a Models & Leisure kit a few years back.

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Having finished the bridge, decided to start work on the small signal box. This will be based on that from Watlington as I have a drawing of the box from the excellent Great Western Branch Line Termini book by Paul Karau. The only change will be the horizontal planking as opposed to the vertical on the original, as this will be in the same style as the station building so there's some logic.

 

The box is first drawn onto thin card then the brickwork on the plinth and the planking is scribed on, followed by cutting the windows and door. I used Humbrol Matt 28 for the mortar, before painting in the individual bricks with acrylics. The main box has had a coat of GWR light stone.

 

Next up will be to cut the building out and start assembling.

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