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Nice to see an update, Jules. The water tank looks good, like detail of the water level gauge. The last photo is really nice. More soon, please.

 

Jon

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Hi Jules,

 

A lovely update here. The water tank looks great as well as the brazier underneath. This is a touch very often missed on layouts with water tanks.

Super! Keep up the great work.

 

Chris :)

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Hi Jules

 

Nice to see the subtle changes at Mayshill . You're right about not noticing where the time goes between posts!

 

The water tower looks great, much better than mine! That last picture of the Prairie is a cracker too.

 

Regards

 

Les

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Thanks for the likes and comments.  I had hoped the railway room would still get the morning sun, but it seems it just misses it! Probably reduces the glare a bit though.

 

I will try and add some more photos soon.

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Hi Jules.

 

The Ratio water tower/crane is a good complete kit. I decided on the flat top style for Ffrwd Locks, as it seemed to be a bit tall for the surroundings with the cone on top!

 

Possibly the narrow baseboard effect caused the illusion?

 

My example....

 

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There was an example at a station now part of the Bala Lake Narrow Gauge Railway that was very well weathered, according to a photo in a book. The fire devil was under the tank, and the tank was covered in black soot!

 

 

 

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Nice pictures of your tank Sarah. 

 

I had meant to apply a bit of weathering to mine before fitting it in place, but got a bit carried away and installed it in place without it!  I know what you mean about the conical top making it look rather tall for the surroundings, but thought it would be a bit different to a flat topped one.

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Jules and Sarah,

 

Your water towers are splendid! Seeing the two different types in use in different contexts is great! I actually examined the one at Buckfastleigh station last week and the brazier there is pointing underneath the tank rather than the arm, along with lashings of black soot too.

I must pull out the weathering powders to add a bit more to the one here on Berry Pomeroy.

 

Chris :)

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Ratio did really make a good kit with this one. It contains two tops, so giving the option of a "typical" GWR style (Coned Top) or a more "generic" flat-topped design, all in the one kit.

 

The etched parts, ladder, operating "chains", level indicator, and legs, etc. for the Fire Devil are far better than platic parts could be, whilst remaining strong enough.

 

I dare say that the kit-bashers have possibly made some interesting models using the parts too! ;)

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Hi Jules, and a happy xmas to you too! Nice re-livery job, the fully spelled out lettering does suit the tanks well, I think. Nice sandwich with the 64xx!

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Thanks for the 'likes' and comments.

 

A few more pics of some activity at Mayshill.

 

The autotrain departs (both of these coaches need to be updated with separate handrails etc)

 

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The next train to arrive is the morning goods, hauled by pannier 3715

 

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Running round the train

 

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Waiting to enter the yard

 

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where the open wagons are removed from the goods shed road

 

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and placed in the long siding

 

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allowing the box vans to be removed and then placed at the front of the open wagons

 

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The departing wagons are coupled to the brake van

 

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and then...(see the next post!)

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Hi Jules,

 

Hello again,

Lovely photos here in your updates today. Did you receive some new wagons for Christmas too? :)

 

Best wishes for the new year,

Chris

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Hi Jules, some superb pics of a superb Layout, thanks for sharing them with us.

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It is possible to cut down the Ratio tank - this is what I did on Woodstowe. post-4159-0-73761500-1451410890.jpg

 

Its a while since I did this, but I think I cut sections off the support pillar and the tank itself which allowed me to keep the conical top without the whole structure being too overpowering. There is a drawing in Stephen Williams' "Modelling Great Western Branchlines"  series (volume 2, I think) which shows the Ratio tank is either considerably overscale or a model of a larger version. Did the prototypes come in different sizes?

 

I've been enjoying your thread for some years now - its a nice model. There is a Mays Hill Road about 1/2 a mile away from where Woodstowe is located - its ex London Chatham and Dover territory, though!

 

Regards

 

David C

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Thanks for the likes and comments!

 

Chris - for once there were no new wagons, or anything model related for Christmas. The first time in many years!

 

David, that is a lovely picture and I agree it does make the tank look a lot less over-powering.  I think it might be quite difficult to modify the existing tank, but it could be a candidate for replacing if I run out of other things to do!

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...continued

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Hope they are of interest :)

 

Of course your pictures are of interest, Jules !

 

Thanks again for sharing them.

 

   Armin

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Great stuff - really enjoyed the new pics.

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Lovely set of pictures Jules.

 

I do like the operational details. The layout is looking better than ever.

 

Les

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A little New Year update.

 

A long time ago, the goods yard weigh bridge was put in place, but the one thing that was missing was a barrier along the edge of the weigh table. This has now finally be rectified! The main reason it has been done is that I had a spare bit of rail left over from the new fiddle yard.

 

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The other minor update is to finally create some permanent coal bins and coal heaps.  The previously loosely placed bins were the Peco plastic bins, one dating back to one of my childhood layouts! The replacement is from Wills, as are the coal sacks.  The coal is from lumps picked up from Alnmouth beach.

 

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