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Hi everybody,

 

Some of you may know me from Facebook as I run the Will Hay Appreciation Society and have posted in several Facebook modelling groups my progress on Buggleskelly, the fictional Northern Irish railway halt from the 1937 Will Hay film 'Oh, Mr. Porter!'.  I thought it was about time I had a dedicated place for the layout online so I can share updates etc, and this seems like a friendly forum so I hope you don't mind.

 

Firstly, a bit about Buggleskelly.  In the film 'Oh, Mr. Porter!', William Porter (a wheeltapper who once coupled a coal train to the Scotch Express) is sent to a be Station Master at a backwater in Northern Ireland where he can't cause any trouble.  Of course he can, and does, in one of the finest British comedy films ever made.  I highly recommend watching the film on YouTube here and if you're a fan please join us in the Will Hay Appreciation Society here.  the filming location for Buggleskelly was in fact Cliddesden, near Basingstoke in Hampshire, so the film looks very little like Northern Ireland.  I have taken a more generic British approach to scenery to allow for both the fiction and reality, and I am aiming for a 1930s setting, with a lot of older vehicles etc as would have been more common in rural parts.

 

My layout for Buggleskelly is 2ft x 8ft with a single loop of track with the rear of the loop hidden behind a treeline.  There is a scratch built station and signal box, and currently not much else apart from trees and scenery which I've been working on for the past few weeks.  As you can see there is still a lot to do!

 

I hope you find this interesting and let me know if you would like to see more, thanks, Tom.

 

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Brilliant.

 

I could say: Yer wastin' yer time!

 

But clearly you're not, so

 

"You waste your time and I'll waste mine..."

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2 hours ago, Kylestrome said:

Are you going to include the windmill?

 

David

I'm in two minds, I have a windmill but I'm trying to just model the station area so realistically it wouldn't be seen in this area. Adding it makes it feel like a train set - not sure if that makes sense? I also have a Thomas the Tank layout under construction so might save the windmill for that. Not sure...

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This is brilliant! What a great subject for a layout and you've absolutely nailed those structures.

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1 hour ago, Corbs said:

This is brilliant! What a great subject for a layout and you've absolutely nailed those structures.

Thanks Corbs, I built the buildings a few years ago for my first attempt at Buggleskelly but a house move meant I had to start again- thankfully I had not glued them down!

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I've been quiet for a while because I've been trying out some 3D modelling and 3D printing to create Gladstone, the decrepit old engine from Oh, Mr. Porter!  

 

This 1:76 scale model was designed on Tinkercad and printed with the Anycubic Photon resin 3D printer. The chassis is not prototypical so as soon as I'm able to easily source a 2-4-0 basis I will redesign to fit, but I'm happy with the Electortren basis for now.

 

If you'd like to see Gladstone in action I've uploaded a video to YouTube here.  Thanks, Tom

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The farmers come for his pigs, Where are they ?

 

Roxey mouldings does a kit for Gladstone. It was one of a pair used on the Kent and East Sussex Light Railway.

 

But you probably already know that and I expect that yours costs a considerably lot less.

 

Keep up the good work. You're definitely not wastin' your time.

 

All the best

Ray

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On 10/07/2020 at 16:06, wainwright1 said:

The farmers come for his pigs, Where are they ?

 

Roxey mouldings does a kit for Gladstone. It was one of a pair used on the Kent and East Sussex Light Railway.

 

But you probably already know that and I expect that yours costs a considerably lot less.

 

Keep up the good work. You're definitely not wastin' your time.

 

All the best

Ray

 

Thanks Ray, I looked at the Roxey kit but the chassis is no longer produced for it, and she was altered so much for the film (cab cut down, new chimney) it made more sense to design the loco from scratch (following the plans from the KESR).  In the end I had to buy a 3D printer which wasn't cheap, but I enjoyed learning 3D design so I will definitely make use of it in future projects.

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