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6 hours ago, NHY 581 said:

 

 

How nice. Will there be flowers? We like flowers.....

 

 

 

Flowers was the Stratford upon Avon brewery and used an outline of Bill Shakespeare as their logo. Bought up by Whitbread's and ruined,  the site was sold off and is an industrial estate and retail park.

 

 

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I have now started to go green.

 

Not very impressed by the new small Peco static grass applicator, my old Noch puffer bottle is more effective for small spaces.

 

But then I got the Mk 2 Grassmaster out and that did a proper job.

 

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44 minutes ago, Captain Kernow said:

Not very impressed by the new small Peco static grass applicator, my old Noch puffer bottle is more effective for small spaces.

 

 

Now that's interesting, I had a glancing look at one a week or so ago, rather pricy in my opinion although it does come with its own power source therefore I suppose its the main reason for its price.

 

That said I have adapted my own WWS unit in the past by adding a temporary plasticard cone to reduce the end and was successful in administering smaller quantities of static grass where I wanted them.

 

Pleased to hear you did get a proper job !

 

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Just done a base covering of 2mm fibres only to certain areas at the moment, more to follow.

 

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Experimental covering of a couple of areas with an initial, base application of 2mm fibres. Longer fibres will be added, although at the moment I am experimenting with other hues on a 'swatch' basis.

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Very nice work so far matey.

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Utterly splendid. 

 

I think it's time to go back to one's drawing board. 

 

Rob. 

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17 minutes ago, NHY 581 said:

Utterly splendid. 

 

I think it's time to go back to one's drawing board. 

 

Rob. 

It's a forum. We learn from each other - or, at least, I learn from you all!

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17 minutes ago, NHY 581 said:

Utterly splendid. 

 

I think it's time to go back to one's drawing board.  

That's very kind, Rob, but ewe do know that Sheep Lane was a major source of inspiration in the first place? ;)

 

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18 minutes ago, Captain Kernow said:

That's very kind, Rob, but ewe do know that Sheep Lane was a major source of inspiration in the first place? https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_wink.png

 

 

 

And thank you but the standard of Bethesda is such that one cannot fail but to re-evaluate one's own efforts. 

This is a very nice layout indeed. 

 

Rob. 

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Great photo's Captain, your layout really looks good. I like the diesel sitting in the yard waiting for something to do and everything blends together giving the layout a nice spacious feel. 

All very inspirational :)

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If you were loitering in the yard at Capel Bethesda in the 1950s and early 1960s, you would probably see two types of goods workings.

 

The first would be the normal BR goods services, worked as far as Bethesda Sidings from Leominster Yard, via Kington and New Radnor. Such workings usually included the Presteign services as well.

 

Apart from a relatively small amount of local goods traffic by the early 1960s, most of the traffic to and from Bethesda Sidings was that which was exchanged with the Vale of Radnor Light Railway, which ran from Capel Bethesda up to Llanddewi, where a military depot was to be found.

 

The Vale of Radnor Light Railway was still nominally independent, but was heavily reliant on the military traffic for it's survival. It was also a member of the Association of Independent Light Railways. Membership of this body resulted in the various railway organisations that belonged to it, being able to help each other out in the event of a motive power shortage.

 

Whilst the VoRLR had it's own resident motive power, in addition to a couple of resident military locos, it did from time to time, resort to borrowing locos from other concerns.

 

Here we see an 'Austerity' tank waiting in the yard at Engine Wood, in Somerset, for a path northwards to Leominster, via Bristol, Gloucester and Hereford. This loco was actually owned by the South Polden Light Railway on the Somerset Levels, but ended up being a bit of a nomad, being hired out to the local NCB collieries for much of it's life:

 

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The Austerity tank did arrive at Capel Bethesda yard a few days later, having travelled under it's own steam via Bristol TM, Gloucester, Ross-on-Wye, Hereford and Leominster:

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As there were no further workings up the Vale of Radnor Light Railway that day, it was still in the yard the following day, when 2291 arrived, light engine from Leominster, to await some traffic from the military depot at Llanddewi, at the top end of the VoRLR:

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I've been doing a bit of scenic work at the back of the layout, for which I have removed the backscene and it's supporting boards. Once this work is done, I shall replace the backscene, hopefully with the intention of then being able to leave it it place.

 

The temporary absence of the backscene does allow some photographs from that side of the layout:

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I've now replaced the backscene, so the layout is once again viewed from the normal viewing side. A little bit more scenic work was done yesterday as well:

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Farmer Thomas's Landrover wheezes up the lane leading to the overbridge. Further scenic development will take place here, with trees at the rear of the bridge parapets and down the bank at the rear, further masking the 'join' between the scenery and the backscene.

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That's just simply splendid. 

 

 

Rob. 

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