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South Pelaw Junction

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Many thanks for that-weathering sounds easy, but making a mess of it is easier.  I only saw the Tyne Dock hoppers once, and your example evokes them very well.  I will use your techniques on my own wagons.

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Superb, I could be sitting on the embankment at Boldon Colliery station and watching it go past.

 

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Tom

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Thanks Tom, that's what I'm hoping to evoke.  With a bit of luck I'll have a full train done in the next couple of months.  Just need a layout to run it on :)

 

John

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Some progress on the layout, if only in a digital form for now...

 

The last time I visited the guys building South Pelaw in EM, I was able to take a photo of one of their drawings for the footbridge at the Washington end of the junction and, from that, I've started to do my own CAD drawing.  I've never used a CAD program before but I downloaded LibreCAD tonight and made a start.  There is still some tweaking to be done but it is getting there...

 

First, the real thing:

 

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And my first draft CAD drawing:

 

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John
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There are some local markings on the bridge. I can see "DOB" and "MICK". 

 

Will the CAD program be able to deal with these?  :derisive:

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I have, finally, made a start on the bridge that I did the CAD drawing for last year and have got the basic stonework on one pier completed all with individually cut stones.  The thin end of the pier is as close to the real thing as I've been able to get but the long side is just made up.

 

 

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Next up is a coat of primer to get a better idea of which joints need fettling.

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Hello John,

 

Ive thoroughly enjoyed reading your thread, and in particular like your weathering on the HTO's/HTV's etc.

 

Have you tried using hairspray to seal your powders? 

 

I use hairspray on my wagons and it has the benefits of being cost effective and quick drying.

 

Nice work on the bridge too. I wish I could use CAD, but I still do all my drawings by hand!

 

Trev :)

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Cheers Trev, I hadn't thought of hairspray so thanks for that.

 

John

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Core of another pier built and a start made on one of the spans.  The right hand pier is just in primer for now, lots more work needed to texture the stones before the actual colours go on.

 

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The perfectionist in me is starting to question the size of the joints between the stones and I'm wondering if I should be taking less off the edges of each stone...

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I've just textured the stones on the pier with a ball cutter in a Dremel, slapped a very quick coat of paint on and I'm now much happier with the way the stonework looks:

 

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Lots of progress tonight and the pier is getting close to completion.  The capping stone has been added and the stones have been painted and weathered.  Paint is Vallejo Acrylics with a wash of Mig Brown for Dark Green.  After each application of the wash, individual stones have been picked out in the original colour then washed over again to provide some variety.

 

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Its beginning to look a lot like a bridge...

 

I've completed the main girder structures (details still to add) and positions on the piers still need some slight adjustment.  

 

Unfortunately, everything I've posted already had to be scrapped when I realised that I'd made the bridge 6mm too narrow and, on such a narrow bridge, I decided I couldn't live with the difference.

 

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Looking great John! Just down the road from me so will be following with interest!

 

The weathering of your stock is superb!

 

David

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Thanks David, the junction is just 5 minutes from where I live and I'm just old enough to remember the double headed Class 37s on the iron ore trains.

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Detailing of the bridge girders, 'bolts' (50 of them on this one section) cut from 1mm round styrene strip.

 

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Really cracking on today.  All the girder spans have been completed and give a first coat of paint...

 

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After a very pleasurable weekend operating the EM gauge version of South Pelaw Junction (http://southpelawem.blogspot.com) at RailexNE, it gave me a lot of food for thought about my version.  My original plan was to keep the track plan as it was in around 1965 even though that would be inappropriate for the vast majority of the timescale that the layout is set in.  I really don't want my layout to be a copy of the EM version so I've decided on a pretty fundamental change and to model the track layout as it was in 1971 which means that the Pelton end of the junction goes from this:

 

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to this:

 

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resulting in a lot less point work to build as it has lost a single slip, a three way turnout and a four other turnouts.  It also means that, at this end, there will be only two tracks in to the fiddle yard massively simplifying things.  You also get to see the 'ghost' of the old point work which, visually, will be interesting.  The signalling also becomes a lot simpler...

 

This is how it looked in real life:

 

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Managed to get the left hand pier and associated wing wall finished, painted and weathered today.  

 

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Modelling, of a sort tonight...

 

Whilst I've had a Templot plan of the junction for some time, it was based on a 1:2500 scale map and, as such, it was never likely to be a perfect match to the location, allowing for the scale of the map and it being blown up in to Templot to draw over the top of. 
 
One thing I do know, however, is that the bridge I've been building is accurate as it is based on measurements taken from the real thing so I figured it was about time to see how accurate the Templot drawing I have is and this is the result:
 
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Close but not close enough so the layout is going to need some tweaking...
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The bridge looks great and to be fair for something you scaled using guesstimates it wasn't to far out

 

David

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Superb Modelling. I really like the finish you have achieved on the coal wagons. Look forward to seeing the layout progress forward.

Scott

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Basic stonework on the last two piers is now complete.  Just the wing wall to build for the right hand pier (the diagonal strip on the front of the right hand pier is to support the wing wall) then it'll be on to texturing each stone with the dremel then painting...

 

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John

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