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stop blocks on sidings generally didn’t require lamps but on running lines lenses were red and where provided next to running lines lenses were white . This was in order to avoid confusion so that engine men did not mistake the lights and stop by mistake . 
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"The article suggested that a blend of diorama and a working layout could provide the answer..."

 

<Putting on the tin hat of naivety>

 

But is this not the definition of a model railway?

 

No-one gets on or off, nothing is actually manufactured and the only movement is on the railway. It never rains and there is perpetual daylight.

 

Southern have of course turned this on its head the trains stand still and everything else moves...eyethangyew.

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Work on the layout has been a bit slow of late.  However, a start has been made on the goods shed.  Mount board with Scalescenes' papers.  This is the work so far.  The upper part has not yet been attached to the base.  It has been varnished with Testors' Dullcoat in readiness for a coat of appropriate colour.20200419_212038.jpg.7ce50ab3569f0c96c6bafec3a9036902.jpg

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Like many others have acknowledged over the years, Roy Link’s Oct ‘78 RM article has remained a favourite of mine too, and one I still wonder about having a go at (excellent use of the Scalescenes small station - it does look perfect in this setting).  
From memory, the original plan was just 12” wide: the photos across the platform end show the benefit of the extra 2” width, especially as it’s been added at the back to give depth.  Having a 30” fiddle yard rather than squeezing the layout into 8’ (2 x 4’ boards) looks wise.

Having just read through the Halstead thread, this will be a treat when finished - I’m looking forwards to seeing more.

Could I ask one question: how long is the runround loop on the layout? I think it was recognised in the original article that it was too short for a GWR 2 coach B set (I think the plan was aimed at the ‘new’ Airfix 14xx and Autocoach).  Most of the comments I’ve read about the impracticality of the original design centre on the overly short head end beyond the loop, but that looks to have been fixed in this model, leaving the loop as the operational constraint.  Just wondered, Keith.

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Hello Keith. Thank you for your kind comments.  The section of track in the loop where a coach would stand is 21" between fouling points.  I figured that it would be possible to park a two-coach set and still allow the loco to run round.

 

Regards,

 

Terry

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Quick update on the rather slow construction of the goods shed.

 

The upper part has been fixed to the brick base and all doors have been fitted...

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There are six doors on the front (railside) and this next photo shows how I cheated with the four centre doors, making each pair from one piece of card...

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Interior roof detail has been added.  The roof trusses were printed from Scalescenes' Single Road Engine Shed, modified to fit the goods shed...

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Windows were made by the drawing them onto self-adhesive labels and sticking them to clear acetic sheet, saved from discarded packaging.  Each window pane is cut on all four sides with a sharp blade and then gently peeled away to reveal the clear window beneath.

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The roof has been fitted and this is where we are currently...

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The next job is to add slates to the roof.

 

Terry

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loving everything about this layout so far, great posts too, thank you! 

I dip in and out of RMWeb so tend to miss gems like this.. will follow (albeit intermittently) with interest!

 

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Some progress with the goods shed.  The roof slates have been applied and the two awnings fitted.  Re the brackets supporting the rail side awning, I was a bit perplexed as to how I was going to make them from card without it delaminating.  In the end, using a tip passed on by Doug Dickson, I cut thin strips of card, assembled them into the brackets and then ran superglue over them.  This had the effect of hardening the card, making it very stiff. A wooden platform (made of card, of course) requires fitting beneath the rail side doors.  Barge boards and downpipes will probably finish the model.  This is the model at present...

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22 hours ago, col.stephens said:

I wanted to give the impression that the scenery continued on the fiddle-yard side of the overbridge, when viewed from the front of the layout.

Doesn't look too bad, does it?

 

Terry

 

Terry, I think that's an understatement. It looks great!

 

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I’ve long been a huge fan of RCL’s original article, having kept one, and only one, RM from the 1970s: the one with it in.

 

So, every time I see a model inspired by it, I smile, and this layout is making me smile a very great deal.

 

Brilliant!

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Thank you so much for your kind comments.  The original article was one of a small number published by the Railway Modeller over that period which were particularly attractive, due to the accompanying coloured artwork.  Another, which I particularly liked, was a plan of a Southern Railway terminal station, entitled something like 'Southern Railway in the bedroom'. I can feel another layout coming on!

 

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Was that the plan where the layout went around the walls of a single bedroom?  I seem to remember it was designed for 0-gauge; doing it the same size, but in 00, would be wonderful.

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Hello Alex.  The plan which I had in mind was for OO, as far as I can remember.  It was 'L' shaped.  I must dig it out at some stage.

 

Back to the goods shed. The wooden platform on the rail side was fabricated from a strip of 1mm greyboard covered in Scalescenes' clapboard to match the floor of the shed.  The supporting wooden posts were cut from mountboard and coated with superglue to harden them before painting.  They were glued in place and aligned by eye.

 

Problem requiring a solution:  how to represent the open wooden steps at each end of the wooden platform?  I required some thin (but not too thin) card.  A discarded tissue box was ideal.  Firstly, I took some measurements from the model to work out the length and width and to establish the correct angle of the stairs.  The measurements were transferred to the card and a simple diagram was drawn.  A strip of the card was cut off and from this two sides and five steps were cut.  The sides were offered up to the diagram and the angle of the steps marked thereon.  The procedure was repeated for the second set of steps.

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One end of each step was glued to one side on each pencil line and levelled-up by eye.  When dry, the other side was glued in place.  Once the second side was firmly attached the whole staircase was given a light covering of superglue, using a cocktail stick.  This was to harden the card and to firm-up all joints.

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Both staircases were given a couple of coats of paint and glued in position on the model.  Job done!

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More soon.

 

Terry

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Excellent work! The whole layout, but especially this shed, really shows what can be achieved with card and care. I can't wait to see it on the layout, it should look perfect with track and rolling stock. 

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The grass on the embankment has been extended onto the fiddle-yard board to visually bring the two baseboards together.

The surface of the goods yard has been bugging me for some time.  I had simply painted the baseboard surface and every time I looked at it, I could see the grain of the plywood clearly showing.  This afternoon I decided to do something about it.  I dug out an old tub of pre-mixed plaster filler and applied it to the baseboard, scraping it over the surface to leave a thin coat.  Once dry a quick rub over with sandpaper smoothed out any high spots.  I mixed together some grey and brown acrylic paint and it was a quick job to paint the whole area.  The shade of paint is a tad more brown than the previous coat so it was necessary to touch-up all the grey areas on the whole layout, which actually didn't take very long.  The advantage of a small layout!  The plywood grain has now disappeared and I feel much happier to press on and detail the goods yard end of the layout.  The small areas between the tracks need to be re-grassed to re-establish the colour after receiving a dab of paint.  A quick job for tomorrow.

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I really need to finish the goods shed and get it into position in the goods yard.

 

Terry

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The goods shed is finally finished and ready to take its place on the layout.

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Barrels  (rear left) by base Toys, sacks (left) made from modelling clay, milk churns by Peco, packing cases made from mount board.

 

Some detail added to the buffer stop area.

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Hi Terry

 

I was really looking forward to your next post and its worth the wait, that a fine looking Goods Shed and will look fantastic when placed on the layout.

I am now looking forward to the next post.

 

Regards

Mark

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