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This morning we cross to the Diesel Depot and see D9011 The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers being prepared for duty with the Scotsman.

 

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Now we see D9011 as emerges from High Fell Tunnel with the Scotsman.

 

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The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers races through the station with The Flying Scotsman

 

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This model was a limited edition so up to now I have been reluctant to alter it by weathering but looking at the photos I think it would benefit from a spot of light weathering

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For those of you who like your Deltics dirty here is one...........

 

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This is D9004 Queens Own Highlander crossing the viaduct with The Yorkshire Pullman

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And here is a video of D9004 fitted with sound

 

 

   

 

 

 

Every enthusiast who has heard a Deltic at full bore will probably have abiding memories of it so getting an acceptable  sound is quite difficult.

 

In my case I didn't have the tools or the confidence to start hacking chunks out of the chassis to fit bass speakers in  so it has a Zimo decoder coupled to two of the largest Flame Speakers that I could fit in the roofspace.

 

 

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And here is the latest video showing progress to date plus all the work still to do, must remember to move that paint tin!

 

 

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Scenic Progress

 

  Were the line exits the south end of the Station it runs into the country section, originally I placed the lines too close to the backscene which meant that the embankment was unnaturally steep and it left little room for scenery as can be seen from the accompanying photo.

 

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A re-design of the scenic section enabled me to fit an extra 12cm piece onto it.

 

With this space available I first made a limestone cutting using Woodland Scenics  moulds and cheap Plaster of Paris, I  only  needed a couple of moulds as they are quite easy to break up and then mix and match to get the desired effect.

 

The resulting rock faces where then painted and weathered with washes of various grey colours using watered down oil paints

 

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Then as the space available increased I was able to include a field using a mixture of static grasses and trees from Seafoam and Sage Bush armatures.

 

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The next section had the same problem (railway lines too near the backscene) and also this was the entry point to the layout where you ducked under to get access, so it was decided to try and solve both problems together.

 

A bit of forward planning really as each year it was getting a bit more difficult to crawl under the boards to gain entry to the layout.

 

 

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So an extra deeper section representing a second field, was inserted.

 

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This was made to hinge down and secured in the running position by locating bolts and safety latches

 

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The backscene was also made to swing around the back for clearance but secured when in use  by catches

 

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It might not be the ideal solution but it works for me as long as I don't put any tall structures on the flap and it avoids the unsightly hinges necessary if it had been made to swing upwards.

 

And now no more crawling in!

 

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Returning to the Station we are just in time to see class A1 Archibald Sturrock ready to depart with the Up White Rose.

 

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Now we can follow its progress as it heads south through the countryside.

 

 

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Carrying on with our tour of the countryside the next section we come to is High Fell Tunnel.

 

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  This was made by using an old tunnel mouth which was repainted and weathered, the shape of the hillside was then built up using styrene and foam off-cuts. Once a satisfactory outline had been achieved it was coated in bandages soaked in plaster.

  It was then painted a dark brown and covered in a base mix of 2mm static grass

 

 

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I had to create another Limestone Cutting on one side as there was not enough space have a natural slope.

 

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To build up the scenic elements flexible dry stone walling which follows the contours of the landscape was added plus assorted rocks and vegetation.

The walling is sold as dark Cotswold Stone but a quick misting of light grey spray plus a dry brushing with matt white paint achieves the effect wanted.

 

 

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           Then finally Trees and more shrubbery were added and while the grass in the sheep grazing fields was kept short at 2mm the embankment was gradually built up by layering 4 then 6mm static grass mixtures on it.

 

 

 

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The next countryside section to be built was the viaduct using the Wills Kit plus extensions.
 
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A section of the baseboard was cut away and a new lower floor was installed at a suitable height to carry the viaduct across the gap.
 
 
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Once the position of the pillars had been accurately marked out, wooden formers were made to create a stream bed to run under the centre span.

The pillars and arches of the viaduct were spray painted a light sand colour then dry brushed over with three increasingly darker brown shades and a final wash of a watery black mix.

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      The embankments on either side were then made using bandages soaked in plaster built up on a frame of wood formers and compressed paper.

    

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                        The roadway was added made by wetting and preshaping a piece of 4mm hardboard

 

 

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  Once formed the embankments were painted a dark brown base colour and then covered in a static grass mixture to create a variegated effect

 

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      Further work was done on the stream bed by slowly adding more layers of varnish with some vegetation sealed in between the layers.    

      Clumps of stalks with their ends dipped in glue then a brown powder were added to represent rushes.

 

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     As the stream had been built up from layers of varnish it was too smooth to represent flowing water so Woodland Scenics water ripple effect was stippled on top of the varnish to give the effect of moving turbulent water.

 

 

       Finally the top of the viaduct was then glued in place.

 

 

                 Further work on the scenic section is awaiting the release of Peco Bullhead Single Slip so I am keeping my fingers crossed that it won't be much longer

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This is one fantastic railway Richard, I just love what you have achieved.

 

Rgds......Mike

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This is one fantastic railway Richard, I just love what you have achieved.

 

Rgds......Mike

Thanks that's very kind of you to say so, I'm still learning as the layout develops which I find quite rewarding.

There's always something new in this hobby, new materials, new techniques and forums like this have been a big help.

 

Richard

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Some rare colour pictures recently came to light showing Gresleys P2 Cock O The North running trials on the ECML with The Queen of Scots Pullman

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In reality of course it's just the Hornby version but it was such a nice model of a magnificent machine that I just couldn't resist buying one even though it is not from the era for the layout.

It will be nice in the future to hopefully see one in real life when the P2 project is completed.

 

 

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Today we see A2 Irish Elegance approaching town with The Northumbrian

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She later departs and heads out towards the Old Town

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Then crosses the viaduct where we see Mr Dibnah surveying his latest completed restoration project being prepared for departure.

 

Not many people will be aware that he had a second workshop in Yorkshire dedicated to Traction Engines

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