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As a side project to my main layout: Buckingham West, a group of us have decided to build an 0-16.5 (7mm scale) narrow gauge exhibition layout.

 

Whilst each to his own (Rule 1 applies) we see many layouts of this scale and gauge which are very small roundy-roundy layouts with tight curves and do not represent either prototypes or even fictional lines with a purpose. We aim to create a scenic layout, run at prototypical speeds, but with a fictional location etc.

 

There are some 0-16.5 layouts like this and there are many great 009 layouts out there.

 

Its a project for us to enjoy ourselves and to use and learn techniques and systems we have not used before. None of us have made an exhibition layout before, but I have been a member of the High Wycombe club (HWDMRS) and have learned much from the great chaps there.

 

We are using DCC with sound and will have many operating features on the layout to keep the public entertained - but this is not going to be a toy.

 

The narrative behind the model is a narrow gauge line in Yorkshire linking a stone quarry with a canal wharf on the edge of a large northern town. The line prospered (I did say fiction!) and a passenger service and general goods service came about. It is set in the 1930's

 

As a first stage we are building the wharf scene and a fiddle yard, which we hope to have up and running and suitable for exhibiting in just over a year. Woodwork and procuring is well underway. The scenic area is 7'6" x 1'8". Once this is done, we will build additional modules with the aim of producing a flexible modular layout that can be erected in a number of different configurations to suit Exhibition Manager's requirements. It will be able to be erected in a straight line or an L or even a U shape and could extend towards 30' in length. The end game is ambitious, hence doing it in stages.

 

We will post updates and photos as soon as there is something to see.

 

Rich

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23 minutes ago, Richard Mawer said:

As a side project to my main layout: Buckingham West, a group of us have decided to build an 0-16.5 (7mm scale) narrow gauge exhibition layout.

 

Whilst each to his own (Rule 1 applies) we see many layouts of this scale and gauge which are very small roundy-roundy layouts with tight curves and do not represent either prototypes or even fictional lines with a purpose. We aim to create a scenic layout, run at prototypical speeds, but with a fictional location etc.

 

There are some 0-16.5 layouts like this and there are many great 009 layouts out there.

 

Its a project for us to enjoy ourselves and to use and learn techniques and systems we have not used before. None of us have made an exhibition layout before, but I have been a member of the High Wycombe club (HWDMRS) and have learned much from the great chaps there.

 

We are using DCC with sound and will have many operating features on the layout to keep the public entertained - but this is not going to be a toy.

 

The narrative behind the model is a narrow gauge line in Yorkshire linking a stone quarry with a canal wharf on the edge of a large northern town. The line prospered (I did say fiction!) and a passenger service and general goods service came about. It is set in the 1930's

 

As a first stage we are building the wharf scene and a fiddle yard, which we hope to have up and running and suitable for exhibiting in just over a year. Woodwork and procuring is well underway. The scenic area is 7'6" x 1'8". Once this is done, we will build additional modules with the aim of producing a flexible modular layout that can be erected in a number of different configurations to suit Exhibition Manager's requirements. It will be able to be erected in a straight line or an L or even a U shape and could extend towards 30' in length. The end game is ambitious, hence doing it in stages.

 

We will post updates and photos as soon as there is something to see.

 

Rich

Hi Rich

 

I shall look forward to seeing the updates and news of the development of The Stonethwaite and Bainrigg. Knowing your enthusiasm I'm sure it will not be long before we are seeing things starting to happen.

 

Best Wishes

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Look forward to following this....

Don't forget scenery design first then run the railway through it!!

Always works for me.

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I run a show in Reading and would be interested in having it (at least in its smaller form) when it's ready for exhibition.

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On 11/09/2019 at 23:51, RJS1977 said:

I run a show in Reading and would be interested in having it (at least in its smaller form) when it's ready for exhibition.

 

Hi, thats excellent news and very kind of you to offer. I think we will be there in about a year. When is your show?

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STONETHWAITE BASEBOARDS

 

The baseboards for the wharf have been made. Track has arrived and stock is arriving almost daily. Soooo many kits.

 

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Next step is laying out the track, marking up and then drilling and cutting the holes for points etc. 

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2 hours ago, Richard Mawer said:

 

Hi, thats excellent news and very kind of you to offer. I think we will be there in about a year. When is your show?

 

Usually the second Saturday of the February half term.

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Looking forward to seeing this Richard - I'd like to say I will see you at the first exhibition, but unless its in Spain..... now there's an idea :-)

 

All the best with the project, but importantly, have fun.

 

Regards, Neal.

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3 hours ago, Neal Ball said:

Looking forward to seeing this Richard - I'd like to say I will see you at the first exhibition, but unless its in Spain..... now there's an idea :-)

 

All the best with the project, but importantly, have fun.

 

Regards, Neal.

Are you living out there full time?

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8 hours ago, Richard Mawer said:

Are you living out there full time?

 

Yes Richard, moved over in February this year.

 

We are currently in France, having been travelling across the UK for the last month. In total we will have been away for something like 6 weeks.

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No.1

 

I’ve spent a pleasant week building my first ever loco. Its a Smallbrook Studios Clio with a Hornby 0-4-0 chassis. In addition I have shoehorned a DCC sound chip, speaker, headlamps and firebox. I’ve just painted her and am waiting for the mini LEDs to arrive so I can glue the cab on and finish her.

 

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RUSTY TIPPERS AND MARKING OUT STONETHWAITE WHARF

 

One of the features of the Wharf will be the stone tipper fed by ....... Tippers!

 

As well as some Hudson Rugga tipper kits we have some larger tippers. They are actually HO, but suit the scale. However three were bright red and green and one had a logo, so I though it was time to try out some weathering using the salt chip method. For those who don’t know, you paint the wagons in rust, let it dry, spray with hairspray, sprinkle on copious sea salt crystals, let it dry, paint top coat, let it dry, rub and wash off the salt and hey presto - rusty wagons.

 

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I forgot to remove the buffers beforehand, so thats still to be done, and the Kadees fitted.

 

Meanwhile, in a different garage in the village Dave has been hard at work on the Stonethwaite Wharf scenic boards. They have been marked out and the holes for servos, frogs, uncouplers and canal have been drilled and cut. 

 

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The points have modified in the normal way so that the switch rails are permanently electrically connected to the stock rails. The over-centre springs have been removed as well, ready for servo operation.

 

Next step is track laying.

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MEANWHILE, IN THE LOCO WORKS......

 

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The camera is a bit cruel. Its my first attempt, but I can see lots of room for improvement.

 

I still have to test her again on the program track and if all ok then paint out the clear block part under the lamps. Next time I’ll set the lamps lower. She also needs the handrails and toolbox straps painting black, handrails added to the tanks, name and numbers adding. The crew also needs to be painted and added, as well as couplings and coal in the bunker. BUT its a milestone for me. 

 

Getting the chip, lights and speaker in, was fun too!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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Luggage racks? (plus end steps & handrail).

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MEANWHILE, IN THE PAINT SHOP.........

 

All the goods stock so far made has been painted.

 

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There are plenty more being built.

 

I recently bought 2 Fleischmann narrow gauge coaches. They were dark green and emblazoned with German words and Eagles. Today they were stripped and painted into S&B maroon.

 

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This is the start of a second passenger rake.

 

Some more salt weathering of the last 3 tippers is in progress. They’ll get the top coat of grey in the morning and then the salt will be washed off in the evening so the rust shows through where the salt was.

 

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Cheers,

 

Rich

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We haven't given up!

 

A lot of time has gone into planning how everything will fit and work.

 

All the track on the scenic boards (phase 1) is laid and I am just about to start wiring up.

 

Loco No. 2 is taking shape.

 

Work continues on coaching and freight stock. Michael is getting to grips with Kadees!

 

Sound files have been recorded and edited

 

Purchasing has continued at a pace with all the parts for the 6 locos and a number of wagon kits, buildings, electronics and all manner of stuff bought.

 

More photos to follow.

 

We also have an invitation to an exhibition next year, so we need to keep up the pace.

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THE LOCO WORKS.....

 

Loco No2 is nearing completion. I am waiting for change of weather to prime her to see what extra filling and sanding is needed.

 

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She is a kit bash: Fleischmann 4010 0-6-0 chassis (because of small wheels and nice valve gear), homemade frames, Smallbrook Iris body stretched by putting the firebox and safety valve outside the cab, adding small coal bunkers in front of the cab and making a semi open cab. The cylinders are just black plastic tube glued over the originals.

 

The body is not yet sitting straight on the chassis because its not yet fixed. Filler is needed around the chimney and dome.

 

The decoder fits easily in the boiler because the small motor is in the original firebox and the extension made of card. The speaker is in the latter. Sunningwell Controls have done a good job on the sound again.

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THE WAGON WORKS....Otherwise known as Kadee city

 

Refitting new couplings is going a pace, but Michael is finding time for some kit building and sorting other stock.

 

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This pair of bolsters are Lima HO now permanently coupled.

 

 

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DIRECTORS’ SALOON

 

The Coaching works (aka Michael) is producing a Director’ saloon in keeping with the Victorian pomp of such an entrepreneurial line. By the 1930’s it might well be pressed into general service. We’ll have to see.

 

There is a panoramic ducket at one end with the boardroom table and a large balcony at the other.

 

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