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Harriton - Present day WCML Model Railway

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Looking great! The 90 looks fantastic. 

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Tell you what, that 90 looks fantastic! Really good (Y)

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Not much to report on the layout over the summer months, but some key changes and decisions have been made alongside some side projects taking part on the workbench:

 

Point Motors - the last six months have seen me struggling with electrics involving seep point motors and trying but failing to sort out faults. Other modelers have also told me that this type of motor is very aggressive on the point mechanism itself and noisy when compared to other more expensive slow action point motors. Another thing I've noticed is that some have seized up and become very stiff even to move by hand, this could be due to the recent weather. For me this is the last straw, I have now lost all patience with them, being somebody who doesn't really like doing electrics just short of having no point motors at all I am now going to opt for Cobolt Motors instead and in order to save time and money I will only be adding these to the scenic section of the layout  as I'm sick and tired of all the time spent messing about with electrics when I could be doing other things. Whilst I accept that other people have probably had more success with Seep Point Motors than I have had they have been one big headache that I could do without

 

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Trackwork/ scenery around the station area - for the third and hopefully the final time I have decided to alter the track work approaching the station, the main reason being that as demonstrated in the pictures below a back scene will eventually be added on the righthand side with a retaining wall and a raised section that will carry the town/street scenes above track level and it didn't make sense from a scenic point of view to have the bay platform, which is the shortest platform tucked away and mostly hidden from view in the background with longest platform in the foreground. The final result is that the station layout is mostly the same just the opposite way around.

 

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In order to accommodate the bay platform on the lefthand side, a small extension will be built on at a later date.  A thunderbird siding is now also present to add in a bit more operational interest  by having somewhere to store a loco or rolling stock

 

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Scenic area on the righthand corner of the Layout - This has been one of those awkward 'I don't know what to do with this' area's of the layout for quite some time, I didn't just want to put a tunnel underneath a hill there to provide the scenic break where the fiddle yard begins and instead really wanted to do something original with the space, by chance when I was browsing through some images on google I found the perfect inspiration: the iconic section of railway line in north wales were the line is carried over the river by a bridge made to look similar in appearance to the nearby 13th century Conwy Castle. 

 

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The plan is to scratch build two tunnel mouths with turrets, together with an integrated bridge that should connect this scene, the canal/river scene and the other corner scene on the other side rather nicely. Fun fact: believe it or not the castle ruins are not from skaledale, but rather a very skilled trader on Ebay who I purchased them from for probably half the price!

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Workbench: Meanwhile I just finished one of a few projects I have undertaken away from home. Various Wills SS78 waiting room kits that are going to become the platform level waiting rooms, shop/cafe, and toilets have successfully kitbashed with grooves added to represent stonework along with weathering effects. Really is amazing would you can do with a few plastic kits when you use your imagination.

 

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All buildings in their finished state with the exception one that still needs windows and doors painted. The idea is that two will be joined together in their original configuration on bay platform 1 and platform 2 to create one island building with the other separate with space in between them, whilst the rest have been adapted to make one long run low relief building built into the retaining wall on platform 5 along the back when it is installed.

 

 

 

 

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