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Well, Bishpscombe is shutting down for a couple if weeks to enable me and the wife to escape to warmer climbs, and to get some well earned relief from our presently very stressful jobs.

 

So I expect the PW dept to have the track perfect when I return, and that the Western National replacement bus service runs OK.

 

In the meantime the branch's excessive amount of motive power - including a stray Std4 in the shed - takes a well earned rest too!

Thanks to everyone for thier encouraging comments, and we'll be back in two weeks.

 

Regards, Les

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I'll echo that. I especially like your sense of including just the right kind of details to make it look real, and the way you get the light looking so real every time. Keep it coming, please :declare:

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Many of us older modellers would swear that in the old days the Railway Modeller was always full of GWR BLTs. Analysis proves that this memory is simply false - but if they'd all been as good as this, would anyone really have minded?

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Thanks to evryone for thier comments while we've been away - 2 weeks in India. So now refreshed - and with more daylight at home too, it's time to get back to the layout, hopefully with some new ideas!

Regaeds , Les

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Well, I should have been doing some work on the basebord today, but the weather has meant doing some work in the garden! But I did have some time to play trains, and in between train movements I took some shots of Bishopscombe, including some 'nooks and crannies'.

 

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The milk churns go to the station

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Down the track to the canal

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They're comming to take me away!

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A couple of shots of Bishopscombe's pet Mink, used as ad-hoc storage

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It's the "nooks and crannies" that add the character to your layout, Les. I particularly like the vegetation growing on the rooves and the natural feel of the scenics. Very nice.

 

And, as I've said in a previous post, those black and white shots are so appropriate and full of character. Excellent!

 

Jeff

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Firstly your modelling is just great and my question is not trying to pick any fault.

But this photograph reminded me of a question I have been meaning to ask for years but keep forgetting to do so. Why are the loading gauges shaped like an inverted W. I can understand the purpose of the central U but the only purpose for the other two Us to the side to my mind is for oversize loads that stick out the side. However I'm not convinced.

Please put me out of my misery.

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But this photograph reminded me of a question I have been meaning to ask for years but keep forgetting to do so. Why are the loading gauges shaped like an inverted W. I can understand the purpose of the central U but the only purpose for the other two Us to the side to my mind is for oversize loads that stick out the side. However I'm not convinced.

Please put me out of my misery.

The two pieces at the side are shown in their 'secured' position - they were hinged and could be lowered to check gauging further round the loading gauge and below, I think, cantrail height. They were kept like that went out of use for safety reasons as far as I can trace and according to an Instruction issued in March 1937 9which might possibly have been a repeat of something issued in 1914 but that is not clear from the references I have).

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The two pieces at the side are shown in their 'secured' position - they were hinged and could be lowered to check gauging further round the loading gauge and below, I think, cantrail height. They were kept like that went out of use for safety reasons as far as I can trace and according to an Instruction issued in March 1937 9which might possibly have been a repeat of something issued in 1914 but that is not clear from the references I have).

 

Well there's you answer - I must confess I wasn't entirely sure either! Thanks Mike.

 

A couple of shots at Bishopscombe Junction Shed with a more typical level of activity!

 

2277 and loco coal

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2277 again, awaiting attention to the front coupling!

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Regards, Les

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Les,

The inside of your shed is superb! I can see that you have taken a lot of time to add the small details. The Collett Goods looks great posed in there. As a fellow WR modeller it's great to read about your layout.

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This really is terrific modelling, I note your reference to hols in India I went for 5 weeks based in Goa (my 11th year) and had a week in the Madras to Pondicherry area, brilliant!

 

Thanks for the comments about the layout. We've done India a few times - once by train for three weeks! We were very lucky this year to get right down to the south of Goa, no electricity - no TV - no mobile phone signal - sensational beaches!

 

Anyway, a picture taken at Bishopscombe Jnc Shed, can't remember the year, but I think it was taken in early April ;)

 

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A couple more images from Bishopscombe, and some new developments!

 

5660 shunts the minerals

 

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Grange departs with siphon

 

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And a view of the baseboard extention for the quarry. I didn't need as much exta board as I first thought. It means losing the 'paint / kit bash' part of the board - but that can be got round somehow. The four road fiddle yard is to the right, this will be partially 'hidden', but still accessable by the Hand of God when needed! The quarry will have a release road for the loco, and the quarry will be worked by the private shunter. Cork sheet is next to do, and then track laying.

 

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Regards, Les

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Some pictures taken over the weekend from 'hard to get at' angles. These were all taken using a small (roughly A4 size) mirror balanced on the layout.

 

A newcommer to the branch heads the down empty minerals for Bishopscombe Quarry.

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2259 arrives with a pick-up goods. (oops, looks like there's something on the lens!)

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After running round and putting away the brake van 2259 gets stuck into the shunting

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Regards, Les

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A very impressive layout, some excellent photos, I particularly like the images taken in black and white. I also like the fact you have a good selection of stock ranging from the GWR era through to the Western Region.

 

I shall definitely be following with great interest.

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Thanks for the positive comments, the post - howver - seems to have dissaperered after being somehow posted twice! I will endevour to post the photos again here..................................................

 

Some rural scenes............

 

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The down pick up goods ambles over the canal

 

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A little while later 9736 passes with a down passenger service

 

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And the quarry project is under way: The track has been laid and wired up,point motors in place. The drawing pins are a temporary measure! There is a release road for the train loco, and enough room to shunt seven 16t minerals and brake van. The boards for the backscene are ready to go in next. Should be more progress this week!

 

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This weekend I was able to get some work done on the Quarry extention. The 'movable' boards for the backscene have been test fitted, and the backscene attached (just with blue-tac for now).

 

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The tunnel portal which will form the entrance to the quarry is tested for clearance

 

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Looking the other way......

 

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Bachmann junior - which will be detailed in due course........

 

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Next it's making the quarry relief scenes, at the moment I'm still favouring the expanded polystyrene approach, now where's the vacuum cleaner............

 

Whilst looking for the pictures for this post I came across this shot of 5358 outside Bishopscombe Jnc Shed which I meant to post some time ago.

 

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Regards, Les

 

 

 

Regards, Les

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