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I have just finished the next scenery module, which includes the tunnel mouth at the Whitrope SB end. Another small module is now being constructed to link the tunnel module and signal box module, which will be a huge step towards the completion of the scenery in this corner of the layout. I will post some new photos soon.

 

The next tasks will be to ballast the track and then to connect up the semaphore signals. Currently, Whitrope siding Up starting signal is a 3-aspect colour light at the entrance to the tunnel . This is because (in my world), it also acts as Whinburgh North Up distant signal and a semaphore signal would be difficult to work mechanically through the tunnel. I may eventually decide to replace it with a semaphore stop and 'motor-worked' distant signal, which would look better

 

I have also relaid the cross-over at Whitrope siding and rewired the panel so that southbound heavy freight and passenger trains can be banked as far as the tunnel mouth. The party-piece on this analogue layout is to drop the banker off at the tunnel mouth and then reverse it over the crossover onto the down line, whilst the rest of the train continues on its journey. I have done this by splitting the up line so that it may be controlled using two different controllers. As soon as the leading engine enters the tunnel, it is on a different controller to the banker, which means that the two can be controlled independently.

 

The banking engine can either be stabled in the siding at Whitrope until there is a clear path, or it can return immediately to the bottom of the bank. It is good fun to do but when the layout is operated on my own, it involves a lot of running about between panels!!!!!

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Then and now(1). A very early layout photo September 2006. Note the end of the line!

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Nice to get a progress update, I for one will never tire of seeing pictures of any progress you make.

 

Feel free to post as many pictures as you can be bothered, as a fellow Waverley Route modeller I find this layout hugely inspirational, albeit in the wrong scale!!

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And now (2) J39 64812 waits for a clear path down the bank

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Clayton type 1 reaches the summit at Whitrope tunnel

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A3 Pacific St Gatien runs onto the viaduct whilst passing Whitrope Up Starting signal

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And a few moments earlier at the SB

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Clayton type 1 climbs past grazing sheep with a fully fitted freight

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A couple of 12T vans wait the shunter at Slitrigg

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St Gatien struggles up the final few yards of the climb into Whinburgh station with a semi fast train for Edinburgh Waverley

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An Ivatt 4MT and Jubilee climb the bank towards Whitrope with an up TPO

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Tweedmouth 2MT shunts an Officer's special at Whitrope Siding

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And a while later, in the yard at Slitrigg

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This shows one of the new scenery modules installed on the layout. As I mentioned before, it is much more comfortable (and sociable) to build the scenery downstairs using a strong cardboard base as a template. The completed modules are then fitted to the layout.

 

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Obviously, there is a gap between each module (shown here), which will be filled and detailed on a warm evening!

 

My current method of building scenery is to use cardboard formers covered with a lattice of card from cereal packets. This allows some flexibility in shape and is strong. The surface is then built up from kitchen towel soaked in plaster (a bit like plaster of paris), which is worked and shaped into the required contours. When dry, the solid surface is painted brown and sprinkled with scatter, foliage etc. Finally, I drip diluted PVA glue into the foliage to 'fix' it and add further material to build up some depth. I am pleased with the result. One of the benefits of modelling the Waverley route in the 1960a is the distinct absence of trees. Ironically, these days, much of the route is surrounded by Coniferous forest!

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Great to see your progress, I'm sure the hordes from the Waverley Route sub-forum will be round drooling in due course

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The Clayton approaches the camera over the viaduct at the same time passing a passenger train heading for Edinburgh Waverley

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The coach nearest the camera is one half of a Mailcoach Gresley Tourist Stock articulated pair

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Excellent progress, I'm jealous that my own rendition of Whitrope is nowhere near as advanced

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Excellent progress, I'm jealous that my own rendition of Whitrope is nowhere near as advanced

Thanks for your interest Kevin. It is interesting to find that someone else is modelling the same location and I was interested to see your blog items.

 

I am working on more scenery at the moment, the objective being to capture the open moorland and wilderness that was Whitrope before the forestry commission planted all the trees!!. I hope to reach a point soon where it will be worthwhile posting some more up to date photos.

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Look forward to more pictures as and when, this is one of my favourites.

 

<heads off to look at Kevins blogs as well> :locomotive:

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Reballasting and relaying completed at Whitrope Siding SB

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And a few passing trains

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The Up 'Queen of Scots' Pullman is diverted via Whinburgh and Slitrigg, hauled by a Haymarket EE Type 4 (but ignore the headcode!):

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A few coal wagons:

The Down refuge siding at Whinburgh

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Slitrigg coal yard

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And finally, an Ivatt 2MT has arrived at Whinburgh on a local train from Hawick

 

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I feel I should comment on this, having appreciated your work for some time and not having broken cover.

Your work is top notch, the scenic modules are an interesting way of building up a loft layout without spending hours in the loft, and blend together amazingly well, to create an atmosphere that is, both in colour and texture, signature Waverley Route. You could look at any section of the layout without a train present and it would be immediately identifiable!

 

Keep up the good work, I look forward to your next update.

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I feel I should comment on this, having appreciated your work for some time and not having broken cover.

Your work is top notch, the scenic modules are an interesting way of building up a loft layout without spending hours in the loft, and blend together amazingly well, to create an atmosphere that is, both in colour and texture, signature Waverley Route. You could look at any section of the layout without a train present and it would be immediately identifiable!

 

Keep up the good work, I look forward to your next update.

Thank you Chris. I am pleased with the 'emerging' landscape. I'm determined not to rush things and just let it happen! Effort this Spring is focussed on the Whitrope corner of the layout - however I am really bad at finishing things. Hopefully the progress I have made, and now the incentive of publishing pictures on RMWeb, will encourage me to properly complete Whitrope and then either move on to the Viaduct area or complete the scenery at the other end of the tunnel, including the river bridge.

 

I had a look at your layout page. The layout concept is very interesting and the weathered blue diesels etc look really good. I look forward to seeing more.

 

Richard

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K3 on a Millerhill bound freight at Whitrope.

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A long view of the partially completed viaduct and surrounding clutter.

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Looking forward to following this one, loved the Waverley route together with the motive power found on it.

 

Thanks for sharing

Mike

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Just discovered this thread. Excellent stuff! Particularly like the landscaping. Some lovely photos, coronach - keep them coming!

 

Jeff

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Here the Down Waverley approaches the bridge over the B6399 at Whitrope siding. Hopefully the bus will stop before it reaches the flock of sheep!

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Standard class 4 2-6-0 76109 approaches Whitrope Siding SB hauling a local stopping service.

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How long have you been building the layout? You have all the basics in place and the potential to produce a sensational landscape. The view of the viaduct, hillside and passing 2-6-0 should be inspiration enough.

 

Very enjoyable and something I can relate to as my last effort - about to be scrapped - took 8 years!

 

Jeff

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Excellent layout Coronach. Can I ask whether your loft has had any "special treatment" (insulation between the rafters, etc) to help with climatic variations? Keep up the great work.

Regards,

Brian.

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Excellent layout Coronach. Can I ask whether your loft has had any "special treatment" (insulation between the rafters, etc) to help with climatic variations? Keep up the great work.

Regards,

Brian.

I strengthened the joists when I floored the loft and have put some hardboard in the roof to prevent dirt from dropping through but otherwise nothing. Temperature does vary but it isnt a serious problem.

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