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Brading, Isle of Wight 1926-1931 (workbench and layout)


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Hi All,

 

Ive just returned from an 8 month stint of work and now find myself in a very different uk with three months leave, so like many others I decided now was the perfect time to jump back in with railway modelling, my previous experiences being of the fairly trainset like roundy roundy layout with an eclectic mix of LNER stock. As the title suggests I am going to be building an 00 layout of Brading during early southern steam days. Im going to set out a few of my goals/ aims in this first post as well as the limited progress to date.

 

I decided on this layout for few reasons, chiefly I like the look of glossy maunsell olive and the Isle of Wight allows me to run fairly well looked after stock and the location of Brading adds operational interest as it allows for 'mainline' working from Ryde to Ventnor aswell as the Bembridge branchline. Additionally, I would like to try my hand at making something of an exhibition style layout and my first choice for this (Wroxall) has already been done by a very nice layout indeed. Finally, the timeframe allows the railway in transition from pregrouping to Southern to be captured; both with some of the Islands existing stock living out the last of its years, but also with the new allocations from the mainland being comprised of refurbished pre grouping stock.

 

My chief goal is to try and recreate this transitional period as faithfully as possible, and I have spent many an hour with my nose in books to draw up a prototypical loco/ rolling stock roster to represent this (this will be covered in later posts as I build/ redetail said stock). I will also try for scenic accuracy, although this will be my weaker side,  for now I am content that I have cut boards to the scale size of the Brading passing loop and that with much playing around with peco flexi track I will be able to largely capture the lengths and curveture of the prototypical station/ sidings (if enough peco turnouts can be sourced in a timely manner).

 

So the progress to date; I have already built the business end of the baseboards out of 9mm ply and some pallet offcuts for bracing, the fiddle yards will follow in due course after the main track has been laid and Im happy with where the entrances to the fiddle yards will be. As can be seen I am partway through painting 3 ex LBSCR coal wagons newly transferred from the mainland and 1 ex IWCR, former Midland 8T van. I am also partway through a smallbrook studios stroudley coach and am messing around with transfers for the 02s and Terriers to providing the lining around the etched brass nameplates which will be applied in due course.

 

I hope someone enjoys following this as much as I will enjoy creating this layout.

 

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13 minutes ago, TeakDB said:

Hi All,

 

Ive just returned from an 8 month stint of work and now find myself in a very different uk with three months leave, so like many others I decided now was the perfect time to jump back in with railway modelling, my previous experiences being of the fairly trainset like roundy roundy layout with an eclectic mix of LNER stock. As the title suggests I am going to be building an 00 layout of Brading during early southern steam days. Im going to set out a few of my goals/ aims in this first post as well as the limited progress to date.

 

I decided on this layout for few reasons, chiefly I like the look of glossy maunsell olive and the Isle of Wight allows me to run fairly well looked after stock and the location of Brading adds operational interest as it allows for 'mainline' working from Ryde to Ventnor aswell as the Bembridge branchline. Additionally, I would like to try my hand at making something of an exhibition style layout and my first choice for this (Wroxall) has already been done by a very nice layout indeed. Finally, the timeframe allows the railway in transition from pregrouping to Southern to be captured; both with some of the Islands existing stock living out the last of its years, but also with the new allocations from the mainland being comprised of refurbished pre grouping stock.

 

My chief goal is to try and recreate this transitional period as faithfully as possible, and I have spent many an hour with my nose in books to draw up a prototypical loco/ rolling stock roster to represent this (this will be covered in later posts as I build/ redetail said stock). I will also try for scenic accuracy, although this will be my weaker side,  for now I am content that I have cut boards to the scale size of the Brading passing loop and that with much playing around with peco flexi track I will be able to largely capture the lengths and curveture of the prototypical station/ sidings (if enough peco turnouts can be sourced in a timely manner).

 

So the progress to date; I have already built the business end of the baseboards out of 9mm ply and some pallet offcuts for bracing, the fiddle yards will follow in due course after the main track has been laid and Im happy with where the entrances to the fiddle yards will be. As can be seen I am partway through painting 3 ex LBSCR coal wagons newly transferred from the mainland and 1 ex IWCR, former Midland 8T van. I am also partway through a smallbrook studios stroudley coach and am messing around with transfers for the 02s and Terriers to providing the lining around the etched brass nameplates which will be applied in due course.

 

I hope someone enjoys following this as much as I will enjoy creating this layout.

 

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Hi....Will certainly follow your progress will great interest....

Regards always,

Bob

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Short update today. I always knew building this all from scratch would be slow and I was not wrong about that. Considering that almost every piece of rolling stock on this layout will be kit built I am switching between kitbuilding and the layout to keep the variety. I have nearly finished 3 10T opens but the tare weight transfers are a massive time consumer due to none of the numbers being appropriate. As can be seen behind those I have an iwcr brake van awaiting brass handrails, a lbscr bolster awaiting brass fixing loops, an iwcr goods van needing a lick more paint and a stroudley third awaiting lining. 

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Hi.

 

A good choice, as the prototype is still fairly intact and nicely restored by a local group. I don't know if you have visited the site, but you can go inside the signal box, frame room and locking room as well as the station buildings where there is a small café and shop. You can also measure up and photograph everything in detail.

 

I was over on the island last weekend, but did not visit Brading this year. I will be interested in following your progress.

 

All the best

Ray

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Update on a few bits today- im now about 20 days into this project and am dangerously close to having a short goods train ready, even if it would look more at home on the merstone branch due to the two pieces of IWCR rolling stock.

 

Ex IWCR, Ex Midland, Brake van and 8 Ton van. The Brake van has been what has occuped the most time due to fitting brass handrails, brass lamp irons and handcut glazing (all to varying degrees of success as the closeup will show)- it is just waiting for some sidelamps to be fitted and it will be finished although I imagine when I have a few Brake vans in future this will have few outings. The 8 Ton van has one issue which is that the tare weight is about a ton out at the moment but i'll change that next time im messing around with transfers. Finally a Hornby terrier slowly starting to transform into W12 Ventnor.

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So next up is finishing Ventnors tranformation with some transfers and etched brass plates. One piece of advice I could use is how I could achieve a slightly rougher look on the chimmney as Ventnor retained its locally cast one during my time period and at 4mm the only difference I think would be seen is the noticably rougher cast.

 

After that its time to start lining, glazing and fitting handrails to the first stroudley coach which is otherwise finished and to actually finish setting up the baseboards to start running trains.

 

 

 

 

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On 15/10/2020 at 19:22, wainwright1 said:

Hi.

 

A good choice, as the prototype is still fairly intact and nicely restored by a local group. I don't know if you have visited the site, but you can go inside the signal box, frame room and locking room as well as the station buildings where there is a small café and shop. You can also measure up and photograph everything in detail.

 

I was over on the island last weekend, but did not visit Brading this year. I will be interested in following your progress.

 

All the best

Ray

 

Thanks Ray, I haven't been recently before starting this project- for now im relying on maps and pictures, however I will look to visit before the finalising of platform positions ect because I agree I am a bit spoilt with having a lot of the infrastructure intact and measurable.

 

On 18/10/2020 at 22:11, LBSC123 said:

Looking good, will follow with interest!

 

Thank you very much- I am watching your layout grow at a much faster rate of knots than mine with a lot of interest aswell- hopefully you'll be able to spot any of the rolling stock mistakes that I miss!

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Well after 25 days I finally have a 90% complete train running, W12 Ventnor with a short goods train for Bembridge. Brake lamps, headcodes and connecting hoses to follow as well as the coal loads waiting to dry.20201028_174048.jpg.5428d9ccd22949c0b5fbcb8067994db1.jpg

 

After my previous post I decided to give Ventnor a more appropriate chimney. I had a spare beyer peacock chimney to hand which after reducing the height, sanding smooth and turning the top looks enough of the part for me to be happy. Below is a comparison with a non mutilated cowes. I am also debating painting the white name plate lining thinner from the inside to a more realistic width.

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Looking good!  I am very envious of the stock you're already building up, it's a job I know I've got to tackle on my layout eventually but am focussing on the scenic side of things first. What books are you using as a reference point for the numbering of your wagons?

What size is the layout by the way? 

 

Keep up the good work!

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3 hours ago, LBSC123 said:

Looking good!  I am very envious of the stock you're already building up, it's a job I know I've got to tackle on my layout eventually but am focussing on the scenic side of things first. What books are you using as a reference point for the numbering of your wagons?

What size is the layout by the way? 

 

Keep up the good work!

 

Thanks for that, I on the other hand wish I was working on the layout more. The display part is roughly 2.8m with two boards but it will need a 1m fiddleyard board either side which I will fit when needed for running. 

 

For the wagon numbering im using photos from a few books; ilustrated history of southern wagons vol 2 being the main aswell as rails in the isle of wight by macleod, the oakwood books on the IWR and IWCR and the two drummond books 'southern rails on the isle of wight. I have a few more but southern wagons gives you the running number series and im using the others for photos and piecing together dates ect. If you message me im happy to share what ive found out about any specific wagon type.

 

Regards,

David

 

 

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