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One day I might post photos of Abbotsbridge, the EM layout I started 40 years ago. The only photos I've scanned so far don't give even a hint that it was supposed to be set in the early 1900s, as I had to resort to running 1930s/40s Airfix stock as I didn't have enough of the right period, and borrowed 1930s Kent & East Sussex! I may have later ones when I'd added people and horse drawn vehicles somewhere.

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Pity it never got finished under your hand, because it looks like a very good little layout - I like the way you've used the whole frontage, and tucked the fiddle-zones behind.

 

As someone who witters on endlessly, I'd better admit that I've never finished a pre-grouping layout. My one essay in that direction was an EM replication of The Dyke, which staggered to a stop at the "track down and working" stage, because I made each baseboard (very carefully!) too big for sensible handling. It only ever had three items of rolling stock (brake van, and two opens), so no loss on that front.

 

I then repeated precisely the same bulky-baseboard mistake (you now have some measure of how stupid I am) with an H0 layout, which did get finished and exhibited several times, but quickly became really annoying, and was junked along with about seven trillion hours-worth of scratch-built structures.

 

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Here's a little taste of Abbotsbridge, taken from so far away you can't see the modern stock clearly! This was before I added the backscene to the river bridge board, and the signal box and train in the background is on another layout behind it. The river bridge was a later addition that fitted in between the station and the road overbridge on the fiddle yard board. The original was 10'6" x 1'9", and the addition was 4'. The two station boards were bolted together to form a box for transport, and were heavy, but I always had an assistant to help carry it. It did a lot of exhibitions, and I got really well organised with it.

 

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Here are a few more shots

 

First up is a low relief hotel I have made to go at the end of the line overlooking the turntable.

 

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Here is the turntable deck. Waiting for the well and then be fitted to the layout.

This was a '45 cowans turntable fitted as Barton Wright didn't like locos running Tender/bunker first.

 

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Since older layouts seem to be flavour of the month on this thread at the moment, here are a few photos of my first layout 'Connerburn' which was started in 1970 as a test bed for techniques in 2FS, but grew a life of its own.  It was exhibited on several occasions, mostly up this end of the UK, but did appear at Warley in 2002 and last appeared at Aylesbury in 2009.  It is a fictional CR branch terminus set somewhere on the Lanarkshire/Peeblesshire border c1885-1910.  the track plan is loosely based on a mirror image of Moffat, with the station building, goods shed etc taken from a variety of places.  The backscene was painted by a good friend and fellow 2mm member who was an art teacher.

 

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This last photo was taken after a new tandem turnout had been installed to provide a further siding.

 

A link to my current project is in my signature.

 

Jim

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Since Christmas I have been building a website dedicated to my Modbury layout (2FS GWR c. 1906).  The layout (and it's associated website) is very much "still under construction", but I felt that a dedicated website could be a nice thing to have so that I could document it's construction in a slightly more structured way - Whilst threads and blogs are fine I find that my somewhat butterfly approach to modelling means that information relating to just one of the things on my workbench is interspersed with all sorts of other things as well.

 

My new website can be found here : www.modbury2fs.co.uk

 

I will continue to add entries to my RMweb blog, and the thread in the 2mm Finescale section as I find the feedback provided by fellow modellers on my projects is often very useful and informative, but hopefully the website will provide more structure to my projects.

 

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Thanks for the link, Ian, I very much enjoyed viewing your progress.  Those 4-wheelers are stunning. Circa 1906 is a great choice for the GWR because you get both the old and new liveries and a world of Dean elegance rubbing shoulders with the contrasting and startling modern designs of the Churchward revolution.

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At Thirsk today, where the highlight for me was the 7mm Scale 'might have been' portrait of Seahouses.  The Northumbrian coast is given a wonderfully bleak atmosphere.  I think this is a superb layout, and I enjoyed talking to its owner. 

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I have neglected my duties in order to go gadding about once more.  Yesterday I went to Cleveland MRC's exhibition at Redcar.  This had the great idea of only presenting layout set in the North East.  Among these were 2 set in NER days.  I make no apology for posting more pictures of Marske, it is a superb layout and I think I managed pictures that were a little less gloomy this time. This is O Gauge and set in 1915.  The layout is operated end to end as the line is blocked by a derailment.  I noticed that the locomotive on the breakdown train had changed!

 

A new layout to me was another NER prototype location, this time modelled in P4; Danby, which was exquisitely modelled.

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That is a wonderful piece of work. All one man?

 

K

 

So I gather.  Ron Rising seems to have built everything.  The track - soldered to PCB - the locomotives and rolling stock, and, of course, the buildings and landscape.

 

When it came to Ormesby c.1995, it had to be re-configured for viewing from the outside.  This appears to have involved an extension that allowed the incorporation of a hitherto-standalone model of a farm.   The additional permanent way sections blend in perfectly, and can only really be detected by close study, which reveals Peco lineside fencing and SMP chaired track.  The buildings either side of the line are all original, so I think the only structure built after the reconfiguration is the handsome stone viaduct.

 

It is recorded that Ron Rising visited the newly installed layout and expressed himself satisfied with the changes.

 

Makes me just want to chuck Castle Aching in the bin!

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