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Belfast Great Victoria Street Station and Adelaide-lookalike tribute

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Enjoy.  Your layout has rekindled many memories and I'm sure your new one will do the same.

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How did I miss this Breaking News, so you finally got access to a room below the roof space.....

 

Looking forward to the new layout, with I hope, some of the old GVSt treasures been incorporated into the new one.

Expecting first pictures before the end of this month....

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If only Kieran! Still in the loft unfortunately! Heating system packed in and once renewed the immersion and storage tanks from the old system could be removed, giving me a lot more space. 
The layout will be a slow process, I have rushed into building in the past, but my most important thing is that it works for me as a one man operation, looking forward to it though 

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As per the prototype back in 1976, track lifting at Great Victoria Street has commenced! 
It was 20 years before tracks were relaid and Great Victoria Street returned.

Hopefully I won’t be as long!

 

 

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After the track lifting in the station, the plan of trying to move the whole station and baseboard in one failed!

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Undeterred, the new baseboards have been constructed and a mock-up of how the new extended station area will look like. Hope to be able to add the other station roof shed to incorporate UTA buses and post office vans.

 

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Looks like a wee bomb outside Europa again. :o

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12 hours ago, pat141 said:

Looks like a wee bomb outside Europa again. :o


Yep Pat, but hopefully the station will be restored to it’s former glories soon!

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So on the back of the above photos, GVST station has been moved to its new home! The main roof shed has been repaired and the platforms lengthened, but more work is needed to restore it to it’s former glories! Track in the station has been laid and the station throat track has been laid out. The extra space will allow me to model the signal box, water tower, turntable and pond along with a 5 track Grosvenor freight yard.

Many thanks to Kieran (Kirley) who gave me a big box of track and points, most of which are in the photos below!

 

 

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Good to see them going to good use.

 

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Some more boards have been laid and the track plan is starting to take shape. Other than a BR Class 108 I got for Christmas (to be used for a BUT), all stock is still boxed, so the 108 is the test locomotive for electrics. A couple of photos of some progress.

 

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The layout will now operate from terminus to fiddle yard and hopefully operated to a working timetable, which I have started working on in the photo below, with thanks to Lambegman who sent me copies of an original timetable for the era.

 

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Compared to the last few years Andy this is speedy progress indeed so keep the pressure on those PW squads.

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9 hours ago, kirley said:

Compared to the last few years Andy this is speedy progress indeed so keep the pressure on those PW squads.


Thanks Kieran, as of tonight, all of the old layout has finally been  dismantled with little destruction apart from the RUC station ironically!

One more new baseboard to be built and then the rest of the track can be laid and the good news is all the track that you gave me will be enough to complete the whole layout so happy days 

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So the layout continues to develop, with all the track now laid, apart from the siding to the turntable. All electrics have been tested and been ok, so it was time to get some of the stock back out from their boxes!

Below are a couple of photos.


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Above is the new 6 road Grosvenor freight yard, with a CIE goods waiting to depart for Dundalk.

 

Below is GVST throat, with Belfast North signal box and water tower with a DH, a couple of Hunslets, a BUT and a 141 departing with the CIE Enterprise 

 

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Well done Andy, it must have give you great pleasure so see your rolling stock out on the rails again.

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Thanks Kieran, yes great to run an Irish train again!

 

A couple more photos below, one showing where the freight yard is in conjunction with GVST station and the second looking across from Platform 4 towards  Murray’s tobacco factory, the iconic building that dwarfed the station 

 

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