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As a first foray into exhibition layouts and being a regular house mover I was studying small layout track plans. During my musings, I stumbled a small Cambrian terminus, known as Holywell Town, at the end of a small branch from Holywell Junction. Having visited the West Somerset Railway numerous times in my childhood I have always been a fan of Western Region locomotives, there is just a charm about funny-looking Pannier tanks trundling through green valleys.

 

Therefore Holywell Town was up-rooted from North Wales and moved to Somerset, renamed Coombe Town.

The track plan is identical, with a goods yard accessed via the station headshunt.

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Trackwork will be Peco Code 100, as I had some around already and am working will limited funds.  Variety will be provided using a 7-road Fiddle yard, with an Autotrain, small passenger/milk train, a couple of local freights and possibly some others in the future.

 

So far, the baseboards are up and I'm waiting for a delivery of track for the scenic area. In the meantime, the focus is upon producing PCB sleepers for the baseboard joints and the ends of sidings, and getting the traverser roads laid.

 

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Finally feel like enough progress has been made for an update! Track laying is mostly complete with some of the traverser and one goods yard siding to go. Currently giving this: 20191027_094448.jpg.962176fd8fc3764c648ed5a82540fd1d.jpg

The track has been layed on varying levels of cork to gain the ballast profile. I will probably raise the ground level in the cess as 6mm is a little excessive. Despite this from the side it creates a very nice terracing effect.20191027_094316.jpg.c013ac001e671296e7b80ec65cd9c980.jpg

I've also had an inspirational trip to GETS, Bournemouth West had some amazing detail and oozed atmosphere that I can only dream of achieving. A 2nd hand also got the better of my wallet so I have a new addition to the fleet. 20191027_094655.jpg.e619b97edb48713ed6990435022f5314.jpg

This 56xx will join the 64xx on freight duty with the aim of having two rakes available for variety and some exchanging with the goods yard.

Hopefully I'll have a video of some action in the next week or so, when I work out how to share them on here.

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..Been a while since an update, but not totally devoid of productivity... 20191217_204052.jpg.5dae17ea03f2234dd4d1cc0ffd75783b.jpg

Track laying is now complete ready for a coat of sleeper grime.

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I've built up a Wills road bridge for the scenic break, which now awaits painting after Christmas.

 

20191215_211943.jpg.ea35076cb50601d5bdae3cd872c36ed7.jpg there is also quite literally a light at the end of the tunnel, with the buffer stop at the end of the branch line which will provide a nice bit of detail at the end of the cutting.

 

Next on the to-do list is painting the track, building the platform and station buildings with Windows and doors now made in CAD and ordered from Shapeways, and adding the pointing rodding to the layout. 

 

Being one engine in steam this rodding will go to at least a ground frame, however I'm leaning towards having two. One controlling the point and FPL at the bridge end. The other controlling the opposite end of the loop and the two points into the goods yard sidings. Thoughts on this would be much appreciated as I am really getting myself into quite a muddle over it!

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Windows and doors for the station building have now arrived and have had a coat of primer. Really pleased with how these have turned out, some good motivation to get going with station building construction.20200102_152235.jpg.a1a62387860ccfbbda82ecbc31367c35.jpg20200102_152153.jpg.497b415e787668ba73e487bb42d7001c.jpg

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Work has begun on the platform for Coombe Town. With the station based on a combination of Crowcombe and Stogumber stations on the West Somerset. These use a combination of roughly dressed stone on the platform face and stone blocks for the buildings themselves. 

So far...

The first stage, screwing 2 softwood batons to form the base of the platform.20200109_225609.jpg.6408c8677f106dd5dfa978a3a9c0777e.jpg

 

Then attaching the 6mm ply top giving a bit more definition to the shape.

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And finally, starting to add detail. The edging stones and the top stones on the platform face have each joint lightly filed into the surface, the depth will hopefully reduce when painted to give a nice effect.

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Hi Muddy Water,

The platform is 700mm in length including the ramps, realistically this will never all be used with the current longest being planned as a Fruit 'D' and composite brake to give some variation to the autocoach.

 

I've had some more progress over the weekend with the platform now primed and fixed in place on the layout.

 

So here is 82020 entering Coombe Town20200119_212604.jpg.c70d23127716cb492f1942f646f2edbc.jpg

 

And then standing at the platform.

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Apologies for the poor quality images, maybe it's time to bring the proper camera back out!

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A long on radio silence again, the layout moved half the length of the country and then most of the way back again!

 

I've now completed the woodwork for the light rig and the backscene is just awaiting some flexible plywood due to the curve of the corners.

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I've also produced card mockups of the station buildings. The signal box is the original at Crowcombe Heathfield station as appearing in a Hard Day's Night. The locking room is set into the platform so it is less dominating than those found elsewhere on the line. 

 

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The station building and goods lockup are both based on those at Stogumber. My plan is to model the Booking Hall door open and show the inside, if I can't find images I'll base it off the one installed at Broadway on the GWSR, just to give something mildly accurate.

 

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This final image shows what I'm hoping to achieve overall, 5621 arriving into Coombe Town with a short freight.

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Some more progress on the electrics with the layout with 3/4 points operational and the electromagnet now allowing hands-free shunting.

 

I've started the goods lockup with the structure now complete in the pictures below.20200528_121939.jpg.54aa00b81b4ed8b0b132c2283ef0fad4.jpg20200528_121959.jpg.d6644671679f2d274beaed50a18f13f5.jpg

 

Next up is some paint trails on some scrap stonework before painting the lockup itself

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Further progress the last couple of nights has led to a roof structure, gutters and drainpipes. 20200529_230128.jpg.8e528249e6646c2cf980f01409594a64.jpg

 

As my first proper attempt at scratchbuilding from a prototype, I'm pretty pleased with how it's turning out. Hopefully my painting will do it justice.

 

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More process again. The materials for the backscene have finally arrived and have been fitted to the layout, what a difference it makes. The track was also given a liberal coating of railmatch track dirt at the same time.20200609_180334.jpg.80ac349787e105bc8857428ca15a96e2.jpg

 

Fully assembled with the backscene added:

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One final image showing the view from the end of the line with an autotrain arriving at Coombe Town.

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Goods Lookup now complete and plonked on the layout for a photo op.

 

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The backscene joint is a little obvious but the worst of it will be covered from this angle by the signal box and possibly the terrain, the latter is tbd.

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I've had an attempt at getting a feel for the layout with some proper photography. Due to the yellowness of the room lighting there's been some editing, although I hope this will reduce when I install the layout lighting.

 

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5621 awaiting the arrival of the autotrain from the junction.

 

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Autotrain having arrived, 5621 departs the loop at Coombe Town with a short local goods.

 

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Hope all are safe and well.

It's been a busy few months since coming off Furlough. I've been working on a small diorama to practice my scenic skills before trying things on Coombe Town.

 

I'm making good progress on that so starting to plan my next steps on the layout, focusing on getting the smaller scenic board completed, including detailing the yard.

 

I've mocked up a shed based on Washford on the WSR. The issue I have is that it looks a tad large, what do others think?20201012_073310.jpg.2b6b9326e505088189772f66cc572f2f.jpg

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On the other hand, it does frame a train appearing from under the bridge quite nicely.

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Before working on the layout I wanted to get some more experience of structure building and painting/ weathering techniques.

To that extent, I've built a small diorama.

 

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There will be more work on this in future, mainly a country scene on the other side to practice embankment & static grass.

 

But for now, on with the Goods Shed:

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On 20/01/2020 at 22:49, DRoe96 said:

Hi Muddy Water,

The platform is 700mm in length including the ramps, realistically this will never all be used with the current longest being planned as a Fruit 'D' and composite brake to give some variation to the autocoach.

 

I've had some more progress over the weekend with the platform now primed and fixed in place on the layout.

 

So here is 82020 entering Coombe Town20200119_212604.jpg.c70d23127716cb492f1942f646f2edbc.jpg

 

And then standing at the platform.

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Apologies for the poor quality images, maybe it's time to bring the proper camera back out!

Nice stonework 

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On 20/02/2021 at 09:15, 9C85 said:

Nice stonework 

Thanks, I wish I could take credit but it is the product of South Eastern Finecast.

The same sheet will be used to clad the Goods Shed and face the cattle dock

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