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Wolverhampton West Park - A run down city terminus

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Happy Christmas everyone!

 

Due to a new addition to the family born 8 weeks ago, modelling time has most definitely taken a back seat. I did manage to get a couple of shots today of small progress.

 

A standard class 5 waits to depart with an all stations stopper to Shrewsbury whilst a Hall waits for the signal to return to shed after bringing in a cross country service from Banbury.

 

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Ive started work on the high retaining platform wall in the background, which will hopefully give the impression of a terminus built into a steep urban/industrial cutting.

 

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I’ve got a couple of weeks off over Christmas and hope to squeeze in an afternoon of modelling whilst the little one is napping. We’ll see though...:P

 

 

 

 

 

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A few pics from a running session this evening.

 

A busy morning at Wolverhampton West Park

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6965 Thirlestaine Hall is ready for departure with a semi fast to Shrewsbuy, whilst an 8F awaits a clear road with a short engineers train stabled overnight in the old warehouse sidings at West Park.

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Llanfair Grange enters platform 2 with a cross country service from Oxford. A 122 waits in the centre road before it’s next trip along the branch to Wombourn.

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Another Hall class draws into platform 3 with the 2.12pm semi-fast from Hereford.

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This time a standard class 5 is at the head of a Shrewsbury service, whilst the class 122 waits in platform 2 with the Wombourn branch service for Brettell Lane. The parcel vans are stored in the centre road ready for the evening parcels to Snow Hill.

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Other station shots

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Llanfair Grange with the cross-country service from Oxford via Worcester. The fiddle yard bridge supports are being erected (rather slowly).

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I really must try and do some modelling rather than just playing trains :P

 

 

 

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With the afternoon sun streaming into the modelling room i couldn’t resist a quick photo op!

 

Llanfair Grange heads off with a local service to Leamington via Snow Hill, whilst a Black 5 brings in the late afternoon stopper from Stafford.

 

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An interloper, Elder Dempster Lines, waits in the centre road at Wolverhampton - West Park having just been turned and serviced after bringing in a football special from the south coast (Wolves -v- Southampton).

 

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In the centre road a class 22 is awaiting further instruction regarding it’s next duty as a hall class brings in a parcels train.

 

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Jubilee Class 45659, Drake, is ready to leave with a train for Shrewsbury.

 

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A sign of the changing times with a hall class demoted to an all stations stopper for Kidderminster with a rake of non-corridor stock.

 

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Yet more playing trains rather than modelling! :( I did manage to finally tidy and sort the train room so I’m kind of prepared to crack on with the next phase. I’ve also started to install the lovely signals made by Mark Seward, which hopefully I’ll have fully working in the next couple of weeks.

 

In the meantime here’s my latest attempt messing around with video software.

 

 

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Very Nice, but the loco should stop about 6ft (around an inch) short of the stock and be called back onto the train. This is to avoid a rough shunt when buffering up and possible injury to passengers boarding or standing in the train.

 

Sorry for being a bit pedantic.

 

 

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21 minutes ago, Siberian Snooper said:

Very Nice, but the loco should stop about 6ft (around an inch) short of the stock and be called back onto the train. This is to avoid a rough shunt when buffering up and possible injury to passengers boarding or standing in the train.

 

Sorry for being a bit pedantic.

 

 


the driver obviously wasn’t concentrating for this particular movement.

 

Rest assured he’s been suitably reprimanded for not following procedure.

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50 minutes ago, Siberian Snooper said:

I don't know if you've noticed but the 9F tender seems to wobble a bit on turnout noses.

 

 


That would be my shoddy point construction! :D First time id ever built my own turnouts so we had a few teething problems, particularly with the crossover.

 

Maybe one day I’ll replace it...one day :sorry: 

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We all had to start somewhere with track building, I binned my first couple of efforts, those built afterwards were usually ok after a bit of tweaking.

 

It might be worth checking that the back to backs are ok on the tender, sometimes it's the wheels and not the track.

 

 

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38 minutes ago, Siberian Snooper said:

We all had to start somewhere with track building, I binned my first couple of efforts, those built afterwards were usually ok after a bit of tweaking.

 

It might be worth checking that the back to backs are ok on the tender, sometimes it's the wheels and not the track.

 

 


I to binned my first couple of efforts. I think the issue is the point has risen up and is slightly higher than the track afterwards, which causes a bit of a wobble. Also the crossover nose gauging is a little tight. The particular point in question was the first half decent one I managed to get down, subsequent points are of much better quality.

 

I knew at the time I should redo it, but wanted to crack on with other aspects of the layout. :wacko:

 

Thanks for the tender wheel tip though - It may well be adding to the problem. I’ve added a bit of extra weight to some tenders of other locomotives, which seems to help with negotiating the fine scale track and turnouts, especially the Hornby locos.

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Firstly, i hope everyone who might stumble across this thread is fit and healthy and managing to cope ok with social distancing during these crazy times. I think at moments like this our hobby (and RM Web) can be a very welcome distraction for many, providing some much needed relief from the news and outside world. We all need an escape and that is never more applicable than now.

 

Unfortunately for me, the combination of working from home and having a 5 month old daughter means that it’s difficult to sneak in a couple of hours of modelling (i must try harder here). With a couple of ‘days off’ next week i hope to address that.

 

Whilst progress on Wolverhampton West Park has been slow, it hasn’t stopped me playing trains from time to time so please see the latest video below.

 

Enjoy.

 

 

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Two nights in a row of playing trains! Unprecedented scenes.

 

An hour in the train room seemed like a good time to celebrate the midland services that had running rights into West Park.

 

I swear i will do some actual modelling at some point over the next week or two. But hey, some projects are a life’s work...:blink:

 

 

 

 

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A lovely set of station signs for West Park curtesy of Sankey Scenics :D

 

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A very odd site for passengers waiting at West Park this evening.

 

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After Monday’s running in session, the Hall was ready for a return to service. Still a little jerky, but hopefully some fiddling with the decoder settings will help.

 

 

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Finally got the Platform 2 & 3 starter signal in place. Massive thanks to Mark Seward for the amazing signal work and well worth every penny - the calling-on arms look great. Still got to get them wired up, but the signal wiring is a job for another day.

 

With lockdown allowing for more model railway evenings I’m hoping to get all the scenery and buildings mocked up in styrofoam over the Easter Weekend.

 

 

No.6965, Thirlestaine Hall, waits for the road in Platform 2.

 

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I’ve started to make good progress on mocking up the structures in foam.  The overall aim is firstly to check the measurements before getting the basic shells laser cut in MDF and then finally adding details and plasticard for texture.

 

A mock up of the imposing Waterloo Road bridge set into the retaining wall (that will be complete with arches).  A very basic structure just to get the measurements sorted.

 

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The Great Western Hotel on Platform 1.  Still a bit of work to do to get the measurements correct.  The detail will be loosely based on Wolverhampton Low Level i.e. blue brick with cornerstone and stone lintels.

 

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