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Today we connected all the boards together and powered up the layout for the first time. Couldn't resist running a bit of borrowed stock on the layout (the stock is from the layout Shwt, Elmore is based early crest western steam)


The video shows a basic sequence which is designed to keep at least 1 train on the layout at any one time. (we've all been sat watching a layout waiting for a train to appear!)



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A few bits of progress to report over the past couple of weeks, firstly the Decks on the F/Y have been screwed on. They are mostly level but we will be putting aluminium runners across it and we’ll pack these up to ensure they are exactly level too each other.





After getting the tunnel assembled we felt it was finally time to get the last bit of landscaping done. This is the section above the tunnel mouth which for the moment will remain as a separate piece. Once the track is painted and ballasted we’ll stick this bit down


This is a great example of how the styrofoam is worked, it is added I. Blocks and then slowest sculpted into shape










As we’ve finished the assembly of the branch bridge and tunnel we have now moved on to the arch bridge, the main structure (again 3D printed) has been assembled and the the first bits of brick cladding added onto it. This has allowed us to just confirm it’s final position







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A bit of progress with the stock this week, here we have one of the more unusual ‘freight’ services on Elmore, this is the delivery of a Camping coach to one of the more attractive stations along the branchline. The camping coach being one of a couple of items which still bears resemblance to the GWR livery. 

the coach is a slaters kit of an all 3rd diagram C28. There’s been a fair bit of modification to the ends and underframe as all non essential parts were removed. Also bits like the end steps were removed to prevent easy access to the roof


it’s still WIP, glazing and transfers to be added and some more interior bits





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It seems like ages since we last did anything on the engine shed, finally we’ve got back onto it and apart from weathering we can now call it finished!


one of the jobs we were avoiding was the glazing which I always believe in doing with real glass, we use microscope cover slips which are 0.13mm (can’t be far off scale thickness!) but I always think nothing looks like glass apart from real glass






we were also waiting for some guttering and a chimney pot from modelu so these bits have been added and painted plus the main doors have finally been fixed in place










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Having finished the engine shed, this is it in location. 






We can now turn or attention onto the water tower, first job has been to complete the painting of the tank which I had just sprayed into cream and a grey roof








We now need to sort out doors, windows and an access ladder to fix onto the wire sticking out from the side of the tank


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