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B17 Gilwell Park calls in with the early morning stopping train plus a milk tanker collected on the way down.1958733043_IMG_1087(4).JPG.cb93d93b466fcccd6cba6e6ab4c7de82.JPG

 

 

The J11 is waiting and moves around to detach the tanker.

 

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Gilwell Park pulls away to continue its journey.

 

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Leaving the road clear to bring the tanker down to the goods yard.

 

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The tanker is shunted through the station.

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And into the goods yard where it will be added on to the next delivery for the Dairy.

 

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The J15 emerges from High Fell Tunnel with an engineers train.

 

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And trundles on towards Byford.

 

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Where it pulls in at the Station, maybe to collect the workforce!

 

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I recently completed the Tunnel Mouth at the other end of the scenic section although this wasn't as straightforward as the first tunnel as the line here butts right up against the baseboard edge.

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The basic outline of the hill was built up using styrene pieces sold for putting flower arrangements in.

 

Once a reasonable shape had been achieved it was painted a base brown colour and then covered with differing layers of static grass.

 

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The next step was to add the dry-stone walling and fencing.

 

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Finally a plastikard  retaining wall was added which was made to match as close as possible with the stonework of the tunnel.

Capping stones were made individually from balsa so that they could be fitted on the wall top and follow the contours of the wall and more grass and foliage was added.

 

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One of the advantages of taking lots of photos is that they highlight the faults that the eye doesn't see so a bit of vegetation will now be added to disguise where the retaining wall has sprung away from the tunnel mouth.

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Here is a Stanier Mogul entering the country section with a Fish Train.

 

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Shortly afterwards it runs through the station.

 

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Finally we see it approaching and the crossing the viaduct.

 

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The Road to Nowhere

 

The next stage on the country section was to try and create a road which appeared to go round past the station and then carried on out into the country. As usual I didn't have the space to do what I wanted properly so compromises were needed plus a bit of deception  (is this common to all railway modellers or is it just me)?

 

The first step was to build up a road surface using plaster on a foam bed.

 

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A crossing, path and gatekeepers hut were added, plus a temporary backscene was added to help planning until the correct section arrived

 

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In the corner of this area there was room for a country cottage.

 

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With  manicured front lawns.

 

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And behind the cottage a vegetable garden.

 

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Plus all the associated outbuildings.

 

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Now further work has been carried out we return to the road to nowhere.

 

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With the addition of a slightly higher station wall and a large overhanging tree.

 

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Plus the ever useful double decker bus as disguise hopefully the road now looks as though it heads off into the distance.

 

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Here is a video of two hard working locos going about their daily duties and delivering the goods.

 

 

 

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This afternoon the ex L&Y 2-4-2 simmers in the bay platform with the inspection saloon while waiting for the heads of department to board.

 

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And then makes a leisurely departure.

 

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Later on we see it further down the line as it continues its tour.

 

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Quite a lot of work was done internally to the saloon, painting detailing and adding figures which I thought would show better with the amount of windows but much of it is lost at a normal viewing distance.

 

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A couple of areas not seen on the layout before are the local Morris Garage (made from an anglicized american kit).

 

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Plus the large warehouse down on the canal bank.

 

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The inspiration for the warehouse scene came from The Tetley's Mills layout which I greatly admired and still refer back to today for modelling tips.

For me the iconic photo on that layout was of the canal with its warehouses and bridges and while I don't pretend that my model is in the same league it certainly provided me with the motivation to attempt this.

 

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I don't normally put lighting inside buildings but with something this size I wanted to portray the atmosphere you got with the dull yellowish lighting and blackened windows they all seem to have.

 

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