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Thanks very much for the kind comments Nick.

 

Re the photos, I probably do spend too much time in the railway room with the camera, and not enough time modelling!

 

Les

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Re the photos, I probably do spend too much time in the railway room with the camera, and not enough time modelling!

 

Les

 

 

Like wise until the last week.

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Branch regular 2259 arrives from Bishopscombe Jnc Shed to collect wagons for the up pick-up goods, including an empty Royal Daylight tank from the fuel depot.

 

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The train takes shape

 

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An empty mineral wagon need to be returned with this train, but of course a full one needs to be moved first!

 

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Eventually we're on our way

 

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The train passes a quiet Bishopscombe Jnc Shed

 

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Pictures looking good as usual. Not sure if this has been answered already but what make is the engine shed in the 1st pic?

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Pictures looking good as usual. Not sure if this has been answered already but what make is the engine shed in the 1st pic?

 

Hello ginger

 

Thanks. The shed is the Bachmann Scenecraft stone one, it was one of the first things I bought for the layout and has been 'plonked' there ever since the track was laid, with nothing further done to it - although I still have plans to enhance it's apeareance at some stage!

 

Les

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Hi Les,

 

The Quarry siding has come on great and the remote mineral loader looks fantastic. I built a loader very similar, although not as a conveyer style. They make great little cameo scenes in a confined space. Also gives a good reason to model mineral trains !

 

Please keep the black & white pics coming...!

 

Cheers, Gary.

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Please keep the black & white pics coming...!

 

Cheers, Gary.

 

Thanks Gary, here are some more b&w pictures, and a couple in colour.

 

It would appear that Bishopscombe's population is starting to emerge!

 

Mogul and Collet Goods in the yard.

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Shunting the mineral wagons. The quarry loader is now just waiting for some steps, these are under construction!

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The Goldup brothers pose for a photo in the brewery yard.

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The local gentry.

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Ready to depart from the quarry. More trees needed!

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The regular pick-up goods

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Time for a chat during shunting

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You can see that figure painting is not my forte - however I'm gradually improving, and I have lots of figures still to do!

Also looking at the preview I can see it's time for a bit of 1:1 scale house keeping on the layout!

 

Les

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Great pics Les. I too find painting people a bit of a pain, and I also have a box of them to do! Perhaps I might find some time now the dark evenings are here...

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The quarry loader has at last got some steps. These were made from Wills plastic 'wood' sheet, each step cut out individually - yesterday I came across some ready made steps in my local art shop!!!!!!! Still they're done now, but not yet fixed as the background scenery is still receiving attention.

 

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The Quarry shunter has come back from repairs at nearby Bishopscombe Jnc Shed, and is back at work. A Bachmann Junior, with some handrails, new buffers and some other odds and ends.

 

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Some more weathering required on the chassis, and windows. The chimney is a temporary measure - it's the end of a paintbrush! And in reality looks straighter than it does in these photos!

 

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I find it amazing that the 'cheap and cheerful' Bachmann junior diesel can be massivly improved with only a few changes/additions. I agree with devendynosoar118-the backsene makes it look like it is the real countryside. Truly briliant

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Branch regular 5358 brings the midday down train past Bishopscombe Jnc Shed with an unusual vehicle in the train - a Mk 1 horsebox from the Southern Region. Must be a very special horse!

 

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The train draws into Bishopscombe Station

 

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For some reason I just couldn't resit a green one of these - perhaps someone in the town is now running an exclusive racing stud!

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Fantastic layout. Really enjoy reading the updates and seeing the new pictures you upload. Keep up the fantastic work. Look forward to seeing more pictures

 

Scott

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Thanks to ginger, Alan, Scott and others for their kind comments, they are very much appreciated.

 

A couple from today -

 

A last chance to snap the horsebox before the shunting gets in the way!

 

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And a view behind the goods shed. The cattle wagon is rarely used at this time of year, and is stabled one road away from the dock. In Station Road the Seed Merchants / Iron Mongers has their wares on display.

 

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A couple of slightly different angles not normally seen.

 

The Quarry empties run down the bank beyond the Brewery and canal.

 

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The Quarry empties run into Bishopscombe to reverse. There is a bit of rather poor photo-shopping in the corner of the backscene ........I must get the hang of layers and the like, and do some sky things...

 

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A few more 'different' angles on Bishopscombe, and one fairly standard one!

 

'Bryan' is seen bringing some mineral wagons into the quarry, normally there would be a loco in the way of this shot - but I cheated here!

 

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"are you alright down there?" Loading operator looks down on proceedings. I think Bryan needs a tool box - but this one may be too modern...

 

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Waiting for the off

 

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Having a rest. 2259 has the shed all to itself between branch goods duties.

 

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Hi Les,

 

I've been away from RMWeb for some months now and just come back to have a very enjoyable browse through all the layout topics I've missed. I have to say, Bishopscombe is one of the highlights. I love the detail and the atmosphere - really great stuff there. Very inspirational - it makes me itch to get back on with my own modelling!

 

Keep up the great work

 

Mike

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Hi Les,

 

You have a engendered a great sense of time and place in your layout and there are dozens of little cameos there to be enjoyed without being contrived - a very hard balance to meet. It all feels quite 'natural'. I particularly like the scenes around the loco shed - as a volunteer at Didcot, I can relate to a great deal of it so you must be doing it right! Brilliant stuff - keep posting!

 

All the best,

 

Castle

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Hi Mike & Castle. Many thanks for the comments, they are much appreciated. I sometimes think I over do the cliches cameos, but then the layout is meant to be taken reasonably seriously by me - but still needs to keep the occasional visitor interested too. There is still more to do, and I look at the 'early' parts of the layout and think 'I must get on and re-do that' - so there is always a new challenge!

 

Les

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I am new to RMWeb but found this very quickly from my interest in GW stuff. The quality in this layout is amazing. It would not be amiss to have John Betchamin narrating a commentary over it - search out the clips of his Bridgwater Branch to see what I mean. As I plan my grandchildren's layout (obviously not true, its mine, all mine) the inspiration I take from your work is immense. I am planning something between the Penzance layout and CJF's Track Plan 10 (very similar) but I can see this taking many months (if ever) to get anywhere near your work. Thanks!

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Hi Gruffalo, and welcome to RMWeb!

 

Thanks for the comments, I'm glad you find the layout inspiring - and you will find many others on RMweb which will give you ideas and motivation to try things out.

 

And if you need to know something - about any aspect of the hobby - there are many here willing to freely give advice and encouragement! (Including on things totally un-railway related!)

 

So, time to think about your layout! Planning is important - I didn't do enough! (But really - do seek peoples opinion during the planning stage - I wish I had - especially from the track layout and operational side).

 

Regards, Les

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Hi Les, Just found this one, what a cracker very inspirational, you keep taking the pictures, you can never have enough pictures,

 

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