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Roads A-C is an accurate representation of part of maintenance roads A, B and C at Chiltern Railway’s Aylesbury Depot in Buckinghamshire. The Area of the Diorama is indicated on the diagram of the Depot track plan above (The red outline). The diorama features both the outside of the shed and inside of the depot and features four levels: A raised platform level inspection platform; rail level; bogie / door step inspection level and under frame / inspection pit level. I decided to model the front portion of the Depot for two reasons, one is that I have different places to photograph models and two; the front of the depot is uncluttered in terms of detail but I will be still able to model the main parts of the Depot. The Name of the layout stems from the Depots Road numbering / naming system. Here are some pictures I found to demonstrate what the inside of the depot looks like:

 

This is a view of the inside of the depot from the front looking back with A-Road nearest the camera:

 

http://www.flickr.co...ger/4772914673/

 

The part modeled extends to approximately where the exhaust extractors are. The Wall to the right of the picture will be left out, leaving a viewing window to see into the Depot, here's another looking from C-road over to B-road:

 

http://www.flickr.co...157607227268188

 

Aylesbury has a special significance for myself as I spent 2 weeks as a trainee engineer on a Work Experience placement just over a year ago and loved every minute of it. Most of the detail (and measurements) have been done from memory.

 

The model is based on a 6mm MDF surface with the usual 2x1 bracing, the back and side scenes are a mixture of 6mm MDF and Plywood. The concrete hard standing is made up of Strip wood with a cork floor tile base painted in Railmatch Concrete colour, which is almost an exact match for the colour of the surface at Aylesbury. The Track is PECO Induvidulay Code 82 rail with Padrol type track clips, held up by Plastic ‘H’ girder; all 66 are cut by hand. The walkway between B and C-roads (the 2 nearest the back) is scratch built out of plasticard with wire handrails and the fuel pumps are from an old Knightwing kit. The figures you see are all from the Bachmann Scenecraft range with their overalls painted orange. A brief photo summary of the building process:

 

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You can also see the whole building process on this thread (This thread also includes dimension photos):

 

http://www.rmweb.co....7312-roads-a-c/

 

The diorama is set at night to give the best effect of the lights and is seen to best effect with the surrounding lights off, but here’s an overview:

 

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With Just the Depot lights:

 

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Now some detail shots:

 

Class 168/1 No. 168110 stands on A-road while a Class 165/0 stands on B-road on a warm summer’s night:

 

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Class 168/1 No. 168110 runs into A-road ready for its B exam during the evening:

 

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An Unidentified Class 165/0, still in NSE livery gets ready to leave B-road after some TLC:

 

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Mike, The Depot Supervisor, stands by the door control as the Class 165/0 leaves B-road:

 

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One of the Apprentices refreshes his memory from one of the maintenance manuals before the next unit arrives:

 

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This building is the Stores collection building, in reality; it sits further down the Depot, but I wanted to model it, so I used some modeller’s license to bring it further forward. It is scratch built with a full interior which is lit by a single white LED:

 

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Plus Roads A-C will be appearing at Wycrail '11 on 5th November 2011 at John Hampden Grammer School in High Wycombe!

 

Thank you all for viewing this topic, and vote for me!

 

Simon Paley

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Very impressive to see it 'in the flesh' so to speak Simon. I particularly liked the way you had done the track over the pits which really caught the atmosphere and appearance (and I thought the 'How to vote in the challenge' slips were a great idea, just instructions folks - not which way to vote - and something which would open RMWeb to a wider audience and more participants).

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Hi,

 

Thank you very much Mike!

 

Yes, the voting slips, they were not to boost my votes, just simply a way of getting people of vote in the challenge as a whole, but I started off with 60 of them, finished with 58! Mike and another member of the club were the only ones to pick on up!

 

Simon

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Hi,

 

Thank you very much Mike!

 

Yes, the voting slips, they were not to boost my votes, just simply a way of getting people of vote in the challenge as a whole, but I started off with 60 of them, finished with 58! Mike and another member of the club were the only ones to pick on up!

Simon

Well at least, and very usefully, it reminded me to vote - but I'm not saying how I voted as I didn't bother to mentally total the points for many of the entries.

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