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I hope everyone is well at the moment. one bonus of more time at home is more time for modelling.

 

We’re finally prepping for the track to go down. One of the Jobs that needs to be done first is the hard standing/catch pit for the cattle dock.

 

We have chosen to do a brick one very similar to the one at Shirley (Solihull)

 

This is is now ready to go down although the rails are just temporary and need to be slid out. it will eventually have the full length rails slid through and sleepers either side

 

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Progressing well on the engine shed. 
 

All of the brick detail work around the top of the building is now in place, the window Cills and lintels have been added which makes a massive difference to it’s appearance.
 

The roof trusses with the smoke gutter are done, a bit of guess work on this as there are no pictures and at least it will hardly ever be seen. 
 

finally, Plastikard roof has been made with barge boards attached, the office chimney has been attached to this. I now need to make up the 4 chimneys for the main building

 

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John, the craftsmanship here is outstanding. A real inspiration in the art of scratch building.

 

Now an avid follower and really looking forward to seeing how this one progresses.

 

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Nicos

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Further progress on the shed and surrounding area.

 

on the shed.

All of the brick has been painted (white washed on the inside).
Not keen to keep the white plastic, the underside of the roof has been added.

We’ve gone for Battens and then vertical planking which we’ve seen used on several goods sheds. 
we’ve started assembly of the main chimneys which has suddenly given a lot more character to the building.

The basic assembly of the doors is now complete, We need to score in the line of a ‘man door’ on the one side and add some fittings like hinges

 

Having an hour to spare yesterday a simple coaling stage has been put together, it still needs steps to the one side and to be painted but this nicely completes the shed area. (Although we still need a water crane)

 

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The first section of track officially stuck down on the layout! This is the catch pit which was seen in some recent posts, Ideally I would have left this until track laying has started in earnest. However that is a fair way off at the moment! 


The catch pit, being flat and unsupported it has started to curl, so it was worth getting it stuck down to stabilise it.

 

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22 hours ago, Johndc120 said:

Further progress on the shed and surrounding area.

 

on the shed.

All of the brick has been painted (white washed on the inside).
Not keen to keep the white plastic, the underside of the roof has been added.

We’ve gone for Battens and then vertical planking which we’ve seen used on several goods sheds. 
we’ve started assembly of the main chimneys which has suddenly given a lot more character to the building.

The basic assembly of the doors is now complete, We need to score in the line of a ‘man door’ on the one side and add some fittings like hinges

 

Having an hour to spare yesterday a simple coaling stage has been put together, it still needs steps to the one side and to be painted but this nicely completes the shed area. (Although we still need a water crane)

 

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Coming along treat this build Johndc...

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Amazing the difference just adding the roof to the building has done to the look of it, the end is now very much in site as all I need to do is add some detailing bits and fit the windows

 

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it’s also made a massive difference to the light level inside the shed

 

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Hi John, I'd seen bits and pieces of this before but just had a proper read through from the start. The originality and the quality of the structures and all your design work are really excellent. I like how you combine 3D printing for basic forms with traditional methods for finishing, it seems to be working a treat. Will look forward to seeing more taking shape.

 

Adam

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17 minutes ago, Calidore said:

Hi John, I'd seen bits and pieces of this before but just had a proper read through from the start. The originality and the quality of the structures and all your design work are really excellent. I like how you combine 3D printing for basic forms with traditional methods for finishing, it seems to be working a treat. Will look forward to seeing more taking shape.

 

Adam


Thank you very much Adam, I’m a massive advocate of 3D printing but it definitely has it’s limitations. 
 

the main one of course is unless your using a resin printer (which have their own limitations), the surface quality isn’t good enough. However I find it perfect for making the shells of buildings, it’s ABS plastic so plastic weld can stick styrene to it and it takes a fraction of the tame to design and make

 

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Some more work on interior detailing of the shed, trying to resemble what was at Wallingford shed. 
 

next job is to fit some side cabinets and some fire buckets

 

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(image flipped as we’re modelling the opposite hand)

 

We’ve also added the water tank roof which we can now start to detail

 

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As a bit of a break from the engine shed, we’ve done a bit of work on the culvert. 
 

We’ve managed to get it painted, it was in 2 separate parts which have now been stuck together with a strip of 60 thou plasticard to support.


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for what will be quite a simple structure once on the layout, it was a complicated piece to design as it passes under 2 separate lines one of which has a point above. 

 

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it fits in this hole under the train

 

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Although we can’t do work on the layout at the moment, things are still progressing in the background, tonight we’ve been assembling the buffer stops ready for when track laying starts. These are Lanarkshire models kits which have been glued together with a piece of tissue paper in the joints to electrically isolate them.

 

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Buffer stops roughly placed into location, that’s something else off the list ready for track laying

 

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This week I’ve also assembled a Mike’s models light yard crane. As supplied it comes with a rear counterweight, this was removed to make it correct for our use

 

seen here next to it’s bigger cousin, the 6T heavy yard crane, the small crane will be situated in our goods shed.

 

usually a goods shed would be fitted with gibbet style crane but as the design we have is not a through shed, it required the greater reach of the light crane

 

a good example of this is the one at Princetown 


the lifting capacity of this crane was only 1T so anything over that would have to be unloaded on the outside heavy crane

 

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First bit of work on the layout in a couple of months. Last night we started the track work in ernest. We have fixed down all of the point timbers for the station end (just the 2 points at the junction left to do, hopefully we’ll get some rail down soon

 

we also cut away the cork around the kadee magnets and they are now in place

 

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First 3 sections of flexi track on the layout, we are using fast track by Exactoscale. The bit going up the gradient is the outgoing track, we have also laid the bay platform (with buffer) and most of the main platform along side it

 

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We really like the way the track sweep round the corner and up the gradient to the bridge

 

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Couldn’t resist Putting the inspection saloon on to see how it ran on the track

 

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also an auto train in the bay and what will be something like out branch freight 

 

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Lots more progress on track work yesterday, the second line (arrival line) down from the bridge has be laid and the head shunt which stays level up to the river is now in including the buffer stop

 

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The 3 way point and the Y point that goes into the bay are progressing nicely 

 

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The last section of the main platform has now been laid including the buffer stop, this meant I could work back towards the crossover on the loop line as well connecting in the catch pit for the cattle dock and the first section of block and beam track has gone in as a test for the loop

 

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Bridge deck attempt 28!!! Maybe not but it feels like it, pretty Confident with this version, it fits nicely into the slots on the girder section without being too loose or tight. It now has recesses in the top which helps to reduce the stress built up in the curing process causing some of the warping. So fingers crossed!!!

 

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Yesterday we also got quite a bit more done on the trackwork, all of the plain track on the station end is now in, including the buffer stops, the concrete pots for the loop line and the section across the ash pit in the shed

 

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It’s really nice to see it now all in place, and we can work out if all the stock fits where we hoped it would

 

With track laying into the shed it also means we’ve now stuck down the ash pit and shed floor, so this is now it’s final location. we really like the shed scene, it’s nice and compact but full of character

 

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Couldn’t resist digging out the signal posts and making sure they are still At the right distance from the track

 

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After the success of Monday’s efforts on the bridge, the second half of the printing was done today. This meant the bridge could finally now be assembled and glued together.

 

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the corrugated section on the top is to relieve some of the printing stresses which caused warping previously. Once ballasted over it won’t be seen.

 

of course we couldn’t resist putting it in situ and trialling some track across it!

 

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next job is to paint it and the abutments ready to be fixed on the layout

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Looking good.

In fact, looking very good!

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A quick paint job on the abutments and they are now ready to be attached to the layout. 
 

I always paint my bricks by firstly covering the whole area in a stone grey and then dry brush on the brick colour after. It’s a slightly longer process but I’m really happy with the finish it gives

 

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Yesterday we managed to have another good day on the layout. 
 

Track work continues, mainly adding closure rails including the first bits of the 3 way. Also the crossover in the platform has progressed to the same state as the others

 

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After painting the abutments of the main bridge during the week we’ve now attached these to the layout. The bridge section has had a first coat of paint, the final colour will be a lot lighter.

We also attached the culvert to the layout, when compared to the main bridge this is quite a small structure but with all of it’s angles it’s just as interesting. Glad we did it as 2 separate spans rather than 1 long culvert

 

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lastly we’ve been playing with some 3D printed bits, some for point rodding bits but also some Western region apparatus cases which will be dotted round the layout in the appropriate places

 

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This week we have ticked off one of the major jobs on the layout, this is getting the main bridge stuck in place, this has meant we could continue with track laying over the bridge and run the plain track up towards the F/Y. This completes the maint track work on the layout and just leaves finishing off the points now!

 

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the curves in this line is to try and deceive people that the 2 tracks are going away from each other as it enters the tunnel, of course it had to come back straight to go onto the F/Y

 

as seen in the other shots, a plinth for the signal box has now been added, this brings it up to the correct height against the track and at the correct distance, it now has a much more commanding stance over the track

 

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finally work is still progressing slowly experimenting with point rodding, being made up of my own 3D printing and parts from modelu

 

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I was asked on another forum why not use the Wills kit over making your own, this photo shows the answer

 

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Some interesting bits of point rodding going in today. This is the section across the bridge and the first compensator, it’s a bit of a tight squeeze through the bridge but It’s the same as the prototype. The other option would be to have rollers attached to supports welded to the bridge sides.

 

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There is a slight rise to get up to sleeper level through the bridge so some custom made stools were required for this rising 0.2mm on each stool

 

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