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Grampound Road. Salad Days on the Cornish Main Line

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An envelope bearing goodies from Railtec transfers arrived today. There were items for my third and fourth D8XX Warships (I need help!), some wagon chalk markings and a sheet of 3d brickwork.

 

I've used embossed plasticard for the platform walls and I'm happy with the way this has turned out but I just couldn't make a success of the retaining wall behind the signal box. I tried embossed plasticard and brick paper to no avail. This area will be one of the parts that visitors will see first and I can see it featuring in many of my photos as well so I wanted it to be right.

The Railtec brickwork is far from cheap and most likely far to expensive for example, a city layout but for this area I think it's well worth it. Photo of a section on my desk below. The architects among us will probably find something wrong (! :) ) and yes, I know it should be flemish bond but I'm very happy.  

 

My only (personal) reservation is matching the walls of the signal box which as far as I can see should be the same type. Unless a manufacturer produces a kit for the 1890ish pattern box before I need it I think I'll end up 'bashing' one from two Ratio (?) kits. All kinds of issues to deal with there but I'll get it done somehow!

 

So, happy with the brickwork and very happy with Railtec. Brilliant, fast, personal service from Steve with great products. - No connection just a very satisfied customer.

 

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57 minutes ago, richbrummitt said:

At least it's not stretcher bond. 

Or Basildon Bond (other brands are available).

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Hi Trevor, great thread and I will watch with particular interest as the current owner of what is now Old Station Warehouse, the tallest building in the photo, just ahead of 6911. I'm planning on starting an N gauge layout this winter that will certainly feature some Grampound Road, era 5 action. Like you, I'll be in a garden building which will need a bit of fitting out first and I know from previous experience how long these things can take. 

 

Cheers,

 

Mark

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13 hours ago, Mark Cornwall said:

Hi Trevor, great thread and I will watch with particular interest as the current owner of what is now Old Station Warehouse, the tallest building in the photo, just ahead of 6911. I'm planning on starting an N gauge layout this winter that will certainly feature some Grampound Road, era 5 action. Like you, I'll be in a garden building which will need a bit of fitting out first and I know from previous experience how long these things can take. 

 

Cheers,

 

Mark

 

Hi Mark. Interesting to hear from you. It must be an odd feeling knowing that someone will be making a model of your house, albeit as it was 60 years ago! A few months ago I had some correspondence with the owner of the old station masters house - he was interested in it's history. I think his name was Richard.

 

Good luck with your project. Anything to do with model railways is time consuming! It's interesting you are using N gauge, you can really do justice to the rolling farmland etc. 

 

If you haven't seen it already you might be interested in the 'St Enodoc' thread on here.

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On 05/10/2019 at 21:10, TrevorP1 said:

 

Hi Mark. Interesting to hear from you. It must be an odd feeling knowing that someone will be making a model of your house, albeit as it was 60 years ago! A few months ago I had some correspondence with the owner of the old station masters house - he was interested in it's history. I think his name was Richard.

 

Good luck with your project. Anything to do with model railways is time consuming! It's interesting you are using N gauge, you can really do justice to the rolling farmland etc. 

 

If you haven't seen it already you might be interested in the 'St Enodoc' thread on here.

Thanks for the plug Trevor!

 

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Time goes by at an alarming rate these days and a progress update on Grampound/Ladock/St Stephen/TBA Road is long overdue. I've spent most of my modelling time working on the embankment behind the station and getting to grips with the station forecourt which is largely imaginary due to space restrictions. Most of the work should be obvious but I'm trying to get some false perspective going on behind the station  building using photos and anything I can think of!. The barn is from the holiday accommodation we use at Crugwallins. The photo was taken before the building was restored and has been flipped 180 degrees on the computer. Behind it 'across the road' is a house from Ladock taken from Google Street View. This still needs adjusting plus the saturation reducing as this much further into the background. Further right I'm still messing about but there will be a camping coach in this area.

 

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Next up, the down Royal Duchy is hurried along by NBL Warship Panther.

 

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As can be seen, I like Warships! Below, Caradoc heads the 16:40 Fridays only Penzance - Manchester relief. The engine began life at a blue Kelly but I've long hankered after a loco without the 4 character head code panel. There are several items still not quite right on the engine but it does me for the time being and is something a bit different.

 

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Finally Dumbleton Hall draws to a stop with local train. The engine is the Bachmann loco of that name but reliveried to BR plus the addition of a Hawksworth tender which the loco ran with at this time. I'm no loco painter so the lining is from Fox sheets. The siphon behind is a heavily weathered (Mainline?) version and the southern van is a many years old Tri-ang Hornby version (I think) with Bachmann bogies and an underframe from spare Ratio bits - far from accurate but it's nice to keep the old stuff going. 

 

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Dealing with these photos on the computer dramatically showed the difference between 'pristine' and weathered items. Black, particularly, just disappears into a dark mass on unweathered stock. I'm not brave or skilled enough to do an engine so this will be farmed out but I must try some light weathering on coaches.

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Nice to see photos of the station set out, its going to look great when everything has been built.

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Great work.  This is really coming to life. Love the wide sweeping curve cutting through the landscape.  Beautiful!

 

John C.

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That cluster of buildings on the outside curve has so many interesting shapes, angles and rooflines leading every which way. I can see that area being highly photogenic as the scenery side makes progress.

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5 hours ago, Martin S-C said:

That cluster of buildings on the outside curve has so many interesting shapes, angles and rooflines leading every which way. I can see that area being highly photogenic as the scenery side makes progress.


Yes, I’m looking forward to working on that area. I don’t have room to make it exactly as it was (even if I could find out) but I can certainly create something in character.

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