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Waddlemarsh - somewhere southwest of London sometime before today


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18 minutes ago, brushman47544 said:

What's the "third" coach behind the 2-EPB, or is it a MLV or a 73?

The train is formed of an SR GUV, the 2EPB and a BR GUV with the two vans acting as barrier vehicles.  

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12 hours ago, Gwiwer said:

Oooh look. A new 2EPB unit on delivery!  
 

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I see they've already put the shoegear back on now it's in the electrified area.

 

11 hours ago, Gwiwer said:

The train is formed of an SR GUV, the 2EPB and a BR GUV with the two vans acting as barrier vehicles.  

Van B for the guard rather than a GUV?

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11 hours ago, St Enodoc said:

I see they've already put the shoegear back on now it's in the electrified area.  

 

Van B for the guard rather than a GUV?

Shoegear?  Yes ;)  A tad early as it should have gone on at the depot and not before.  No guard's brake in a GUV so the Van B it is.  I always regarded those as SR-style GUVs but strictly they were a special build, I believe, for the Restriction 0 Hastings line.  Always happy to be corrected if that's wrong.  

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1 hour ago, Gwiwer said:

 I always regarded those as SR-style GUVs but strictly they were a special build, I believe, for the Restriction 0 Hastings line.  Always happy to be corrected if that's wrong.  

There were a few (relatively speaking) SR bogie GUVs, looking slightly chunkier than the more numerous 'B' bogie brakes, and lasting nearly as long. GUVs had 4-digit numbers beginning 45xx or 46xx, and Bs with a 3-digit number beginning with 2xx or 3xx.

(what a load of useless info one retains!)

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6-car trains are marginally longer than I can comfortably run on the passenger line. Only one siding at one end will accommodate them; the other hidden turnback holds five but six tuck in clear of the points (though foul of the other line) so can be run out and straight back. 

 

Here a Bachmann 2-EPB unit leads one of their 4-Cep units and proves that two motored units plus a mix of power-bar and loop couplers can cope with the sharp curve just off-scene around the corner of the room. 

 

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Waddlemarsh will not feature a shed though it will have a “shed road”.  Water cranes are already installed but the need to disguise a surface point motor has given the opportunity to create an “informal” coal heap on the departure roads

 

E4 32494 looks to be in need of a bunker top-up 

 

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Today being a bad-weather Bank Holiday it felt appropriate to engage in engineering works. 
 

It may not look much but all ten sidings have been pinned down where previously they were loosely placed. So that’s about 20 yards of track. All roads have had uncouplers fitted to aid the removal of locos and a low retaining wall of black card has been installed to prevent anything falling onto the office desk below. 
 

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Sunday special traffic. A class 52 “Western” arrives with condemned coaching stock. 

The chocolate / cream coach is a Hornby Railroad item bought for demonstrating weathering. It is not intended to be a runner and its plastic wheels object to code 75 point frogs. 
 

 

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The grotty potty in place. Not mated with its kit-built office but with the resin “Shillingstone” one which sits better here. The kit one will find a home elsewhere. 
 

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It hasn't gone quiet.  It's gone a bit cutty-sticky!  

I have been building the girder bridge sidewalls from Wills Vari-girder kits.  This involves sticking a lot of small pieces together to form one whole.  The completed spans will also be double-sided in order to accommodate a road scene which therefore doubles the amount of kits and preparation required.

The kits include parts to accurately represent the top flange and splice plates as well.  I found them easy to prepare and - with the aid of a stout metal ruler - easy to align and glue.  

These will sit inside the main girder span and prevent train-spotters being able to cop numbers passing below objects being thrown onto the railway.  The prototype* image shows the general arrangement.  

 

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1 hour ago, brushman47544 said:

Is that a book on Dating Australians I spy under the sidings?

Accommodating Australians ;) 

 

Meanwhile all four inner beams have now been constructed and await final fixing to the main girders.  They'll get a coat of "girder grey" paint first which is Woodland Scenics "Slate Grey" with a drop or two of dark rust weathering powder roughly mixed through it.  

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