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On the old RMWeb, we had a thread on my layout.

It doesn't get much attention nowadays due to other interests and work commitments. However, I have spent several days over the past week on modelling things. The layout will go back to steam and early diesel c1960 in a few months' time. Last time it was in 'steam' was 2007. Since then, a significant portion of my steam fleet has been rendered obsolete by new RTR models. 20 new steam models have joined the fleet since 2006. It also means it's back to square one in terms of detailing and weathering. I haven't even started on the latter and am unlikely to do so for quite a while, though all the new locos are now in running order.

At present, the layout is still c1980. I haven't taken any photos for a while - here is one from last year:

35732203626_d7f076ac6b_b.jpgP1040842s by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

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It's great to see this layout again Robert, I'd almost forgotten how good it is, and I look forward to seeing more of it as and when your time permits. I will be sorry to see the blue corporate image phased out though!

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Good to see the layout on the new rmweb, Robert. I liked it in the transition from green to blue with the various mixes of liveries.

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Here are some photos from today.
 

35776170705_67bf0a8282_b.jpgP1050227as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

34935187954_bcf18c3bf9_b.jpgP1050228as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

 

35387929670_3e16b279cb_b.jpgP1050229as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

I used to have three nicely dirtied Mainline 56s, then along came the Hornby one - here on iron ore bogie tipplers - Lima models massively improved many years ago by Graham Broad, better known today as the creator of Harton Gill:
35606410442_ccf0a16a14_b.jpgP1050230as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

Cement:
35735351756_0d9611871e_b.jpgP1050231as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

Very clean 31 and far too clean new(ish) Bachmann GUVs:
35388038380_f2ea2d9e60_b.jpgP1050232as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

A rarely seen angle - the goods yard end of the through station and goods loops:
35644086851_8ab16e4a0e_b.jpgP1050233as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

A couple of views of the through platforms looking towards the main terminus - this is meant to be the ex-GWR incursion into the town:
35735400706_211bf5f1a6_b.jpgP1050234as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

 

35735430906_02b21cf0c3_b.jpgP1050236as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

I finally got fed up with my old Lima blue 47s and acquired some Bachmann ones:
35644150971_1d1ba47303_b.jpgP1050237as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

35388125570_fd1fe3dcfa_b.jpgP1050238as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

Fiddleyard throat - not often seen and rather against the light:
35606539852_c888d4f305_b.jpgP1050239as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

DMU depot:
35776411635_ef425664b8_b.jpgP1050240as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

Another rarely seen angle - part of the goods yard with a 31 on the through main line in the background:
35776422335_aa78fb7620_b.jpgP1050241as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

Coal empties - Mainline HBAs improved by Graham Broad many years ago - the second 20 is a dummy, having yielded its chassis to a Class 22, itself soon to become obsolete (I hope):
35388181410_0ee5e3415c_b.jpgP1050242as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

The leaning signal had just been clouted by a coach that took exception to a camera being pointed at it:
35388199200_2941ed1da7_b.jpgP1050243as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

50 on Mark 2 air-brake stock - second and third vehicles are Mark IIb conversions by Brian Kirby:
35776455605_4bfe3ba8b2_b.jpgP1050244as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

Diesel depot - that new split-box Peak is one of the many locos needing some dirtying:
35644269131_fd4ec130ef_b.jpgP1050245as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

Another one on the weathering waiting list:
35644287811_ee144a11b5_b.jpgP1050246as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

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hi just wanted to say what a great looking modern image layout i will watch with interest for more updates and pics on it

 

jon

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hi just wanted to say what a great looking modern image layout i will watch with interest for more updates and pics on it

 

jon

Thanks. What you see is as modern as the layout gets but even that reflects the scene nearly 30 years ago. My cut-off is immediately prior to the appearance of 'Sector' liveries.

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ah yes it seems strange to call it modern era doesnt it when its about 30 years old mine goes upto intercity and network southeast that as new as mine will get and that about 20 years old now

 

love your layout anyway

 

jon

 

 

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I'm pleased this has reappeared as I used to enjoy it on the old forum. Takes me back to my youth when it's in this guise.

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Where have all the trains gone?

 

Time to change back to steam and early diesel era. All the track needs a clean first though. Only around 175 yards of it.

Great excuse for a lot more new photos then, Robert! Just do it!

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I like the BR blue TOPS number era, but I definately prefer the layout with the mixture of blue, green and maroon liveries and diesel hydraulics.;)

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Wow! Outstanding layout there Robert. What facilities do you have for your DMU Depot? As I want to try and have one on my layout.

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Wow! Outstanding layout there Robert. What facilities do you have for your DMU Depot? As I want to try and have one on my layout.

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Wow! Outstanding layout there Robert. What facilities do you have for your DMU Depot? As I want to try and have one on my layout.

The DMU shed is two Peco diesel shed kits end to end. Fuelling points are the Knightwing kits. The rather SR looking concrete walkway is Ratio.

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I like the BR blue TOPS number era, but I definately prefer the layout with the mixture of blue, green and maroon liveries and diesel hydraulics.;)

Given the recent rate of progress, or lack of it, blue will not be appearing again for a year or two, other than DELTIC and a Blue Pullman. Tomorrow is track cleaning day followed by putting out the stock and testing all the new stock, of which there is lots since the layout last ran in c1960 period.

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Layout is now restocked. Here are a few images.

At last an outing for the Diagram 16 kitchen first.
35773420885_b73ea4cb61_b.jpgP1050327as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

Ince Castle. The stock is in the winter formation of the Cambrian Coast Express c1959.
35385007350_1ff0ffc243_b.jpgP1050340as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

Early diesels.
34962979703_3f1e119829_b.jpgP1050329as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

Hopefully the last outing for this Class 22 as it will be replaced by a Dapol one.
35385007070_6b216e74d6_b.jpgP1050332as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

Bachmann 9F.
35641134221_5ea6458011_b.jpgP1050335as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

Push-pull train passing the loco depot.
34962978643_29f0500b51_b.jpgP1050336as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

Blue Pullman.
34962977273_5e547e9e00_b.jpgP1050337as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

Busy scene at the station.
34962978333_334f66d50a_b.jpgP1050339as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

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I somehow missed this layout on the old site so it is great to see it on here! I hope you are finding the time to dedicate on working on the layout?

You made a very valid point in the link to the old thread regarding the time and effort needed on such a large layout.

 

A fantastic layout thank you for sharing the photos. Can I be really cheeky and (A) Come and play with it biggrin.gif or (B) can you post a video up of it please rolleyes.gif

 

regards Andrew

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A few more photos from today.

Bachmann/NRM DELTIC. No bufferbeam detail as I found that the bogies would not pivot if any of the detail were put on.
34962980293_c19c735476_b.jpgP1050343as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

Bachmann G2a having its first outing on a train. Very smooth runner and no problems handling almost 9' of coal wagons. Needs some dirtying though, like all the new stock.
35773428545_ecb383a818_b.jpgP1050344as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

First train hauled by my Bachmann Patriot - a good runner.
35773422885_39a3b8cc46_b.jpgP1050345as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

Station.
35773423875_362e092e9a_b.jpgP1050342as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

How long will it be before we see RTR 10201/2/3? This is a Silver Fox one with Lima Class 40 bogies. It runs well enough. Those lampposts need straightening though.
35603395212_cd899590bc_b.jpgP1050348as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr
35603395292_7ee9be318a_b.jpgP1050350as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

Austerity 2-8-0.
34962977473_c154dc7d43_b.jpgP1050347as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

Britannia. I don't like the new Hornby loco-tender coupling arrangement. The plug is very fiddly and it's easy to accidentally uncouple loco and tender when putting them on the track, as I discovered when I noticed all that was holding the two together was the wire!
35773423345_e3081682f6_b.jpgP1050346as by Robert Carroll, on Flickr

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Looks good like idea of layout which can cover large span of time so can run everything you want as long as no sector logos.

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Hi Dude

 

Wow... I love this layout, with full Length trains.

 

Love the DELTIC Prototype...

 

Keep the Photos comming, they are excellent.

 

Regards Jamie

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Thanks for the comments.

 

I would like to get back to doing more to the layout, like building the overbridge and road behind the carriage washer that I started about four or five years ago. Then work, new conservatory, house redecoration, new kitchen, more work, scanning five zillion carriage working books, running two Yahoo Groups and lots more got in the way.

 

Plus I must put the full-size MARTON CENTRAL station sign I had made back on the wall in its proper place.

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This looks like a lot of fun! The BR blue era stuff is especially evocative. Somehow my eye looks past the stuff you say needs weathering, it looks great.

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I like the blue era stuff best (probably because that's what brings back the strongest memories) but the 60s pics definitely evoke the "Modernisation Plan" quite effectively. The pristine new station built of concrete and glass with steam hauled expresses rushing through is equally good.

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