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Vale of Oxbury BR Western Region N Gauge

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My wife and i visited the N Gauge Exhibition yesterday - your layout was the highlight. We were very impressed, it has a real sense of space, and you can loose yourself in the scenery. It just shows what is possible with thought, planning and some modelling skill. 

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Thank you for the positive feedback on the layout,  the team of operators  ( Mike Berman, Nick Moon, Ged Lee & Dave Jones ) and I had a great weekend and we had decent crowds right up until close of play at 4 on sunday. 

 

The layout behaved very well, with only a few problems;operator error on the slips causing teh odd short; 2 sticky points in the fiddle yard and 2 Dapol signal failures. We had more issues with some of the DCC loco's failing but thankfully I had a large enough stock to not to affect the presentation of different trains.

 

3 trains seemed to get the most comment

- The You choos sound 37 on the Limestone train

-  38xx pulling 26 coal wagons, I have been challenged to make the later a proper train and increase the rake to 45+. 

-  Hall on the milk train with a collect full brake from a TPM etch.

 

I overheard a comment form one viewer who thought a Passenger train was a bit short ( Western Enterprise with 3 Collets ) he was absolutely right as I forgot my stock box of coaches for the weekend. I mustered a few pennies to buy a few new coaches from CMC and Dapol! Later Bachman loaned me a Blue pullman and the chaps from Billingham loaned a rake of Maroon Mark 1's . Next exhibition I must do a checklist and re-read the Exhibition tips thread!!

 

The post show surgery has firmed up a list of improvements to make operation more comfortable and straightforward, for example numbering the fiddle yard lines on the control panel , having just one operator control the points and signals and the 3 drivers call the trains on, more Ports for the DCC controllers and another line in the fiddle yard is a must to squeeze in as well.

 

The scenic side still has a fair bit of work to do, to answer qu's from Steve, the hedges in part come from  Hedgerow scenic products, These I feel are more suitable for oo gauge so they were adapted but chopped in half width  and enhanced by myself on the chopped side! I have then replicated Rob's technique across about 70% of the hedges using Rubberised horsehair , scrubbing pad, woodland scenic foliage and scatter. The roads are in need of decent painting and weathering to blend in; as you surmise its on the list of jobs.

 

The weathered stock is done by Tom Hardwick  of CF loco's, he also came to the show to see the layout for the first time. I am a very satisfied customer of his; he can be contacted at [email protected]

 

Next outing for the layout is Train West  Chippenham in April and hopefully Ab Rail, Abingdon in March 2014.

 

Fingers crossed there will be a couple more sound loco's including a Hymek and the scenics will be even further progressed.

 

I had some great chats with Exhibition managers scouting layouts at the show and was stunned  to get 10 invites to other shows over the coming years. When they are confirmed and  prioritised I will publish a list.

 

Again it was a pleasure to meet many fellow RM webbers.

 

 

 

Carl

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Thanks for the reply. I tracked Rob down and it turns out he lives 5 mins walk from my house, so will be sending him a few pictures and hopefully talking getting some hedgerow from him, along with some tips I can use myself.

 

Hope to see this again some time.

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Thank you for the positive feedback on the layout,  the team of operators  ( Mike Berman, Nick Moon, Ged Lee & Dave Jones ) and I had a great weekend and we had decent crowds right up until close of play at 4 on sunday. 

 

The layout behaved very well, with only a few problems;operator error on the slips causing teh odd short; 2 sticky points in the fiddle yard and 2 Dapol signal failures. We had more issues with some of the DCC loco's failing but thankfully I had a large enough stock to not to affect the presentation of different trains.

 

3 trains seemed to get the most comment

- The You choos sound 37 on the Limestone train

-  38xx pulling 26 coal wagons, I have been challenged to make the later a proper train and increase the rake to 45+. 

-  Hall on the milk train with a collect full brake from a TPM etch.

 

I overheard a comment form one viewer who thought a Passenger train was a bit short ( Western Enterprise with 3 Collets ) he was absolutely right as I forgot my stock box of coaches for the weekend. I mustered a few pennies to buy a few new coaches from CMC and Dapol! Later Bachman loaned me a Blue pullman and the chaps from Billingham loaned a rake of Maroon Mark 1's . Next exhibition I must do a checklist and re-read the Exhibition tips thread!!

 

The post show surgery has firmed up a list of improvements to make operation more comfortable and straightforward, for example numbering the fiddle yard lines on the control panel , having just one operator control the points and signals and the 3 drivers call the trains on, more Ports for the DCC controllers and another line in the fiddle yard is a must to squeeze in as well.

 

The scenic side still has a fair bit of work to do, to answer qu's from Steve, the hedges in part come from  Hedgerow scenic products, These I feel are more suitable for oo gauge so they were adapted but chopped in half width  and enhanced by myself on the chopped side! I have then replicated Rob's technique across about 70% of the hedges using Rubberised horsehair , scrubbing pad, woodland scenic foliage and scatter. The roads are in need of decent painting and weathering to blend in; as you surmise its on the list of jobs.

 

The weathered stock is done by Tom Hardwick  of CF loco's, he also came to the show to see the layout for the first time. I am a very satisfied customer of his; he can be contacted at [email protected]

 

Next outing for the layout is the Hornby Show at Gaydon on 12th Oct. Fingers crossed there will be a couple more sound loco's including a Hymek.

 

I had some great chats with Exhibition managers scouting layouts at the show and was stunned  to get 10 invites to other shows over the coming years. When they are confirmed and  prioritised I will publish a list.

 

Again it was a pleasure to meet many fellow RM webbers.

 

 

 

Carl

Was really good to see the layout through my own eyes rather than pictures. Can I ask. What wood did you use to lay the track on as I am building an n gauge layout which will be raised from the baseboard, andi am unsure what wood to use?

 

Thanks

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Photos of the layout at the N Gauge Show at leamington not taken by me, I was too busy operating!

 

Shared with with kind permission of Simon Edmunds,  who has copyright. Links to about 10 great photos on his Flickr site http://www.flickr.com/photos/simage61/sets/72157635436464405/with/9702158209/

 

Here's a taster of all the Warships.

 

Unfortunately the layout had to be withdrawn from the Hornby show so its next outing will be Chippenham April 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A week off taking it easy after a Hernia Op has given me the opportunity to take a few pics of progress on the layout.

 

Its a good job the first exhibition deadline is September 2013 ( The N Gauge Show ) as, working on the layout as an individual enterprise means progress is somewhat slower than desired. I am amazed at the progress others on the forum achieve in the time available.

 

Over the last week I have been painting some buildings and doing a bit on base scenery. Most importantly I have been taking it easy and playing trains to relax. Thankfully no running faults to get worked up about.

 

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The Warship and Presflo Cement train was weathered by CF loco's. A favourite train of mine as I have a pic of a similar cement train at Exeter being haulled by a green Warship.

 

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The Standard pattern good shed still needs glazing, gutters and downpipes plus a little more weathering / tidying. It will sit across a baseboard join so will be removable.

 

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Loco Shed ( Based on kingham ) also needs glazing, gutters etc.

 

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Dairy is the Mark 2 building with now just a single siding ( the first was too big ). Its based on Wallingford Creamery, in the paint shop the weekend.

 

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The Dapol Hall has been renamed to Blakesley Hall and weathered. Another favourite as I have a trasured photo of my Grandfather driving this loco in 1962!

 

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Last up a view of the scenery on the left end board, the ripe wheat field at the back was done using a mix of 2mm fibres and Greenscene fine ground scatter. I have been searching for the right colour tones for a few years and am finally happy with the outcome.

Regards

Carl.

Can I ask, where did you get the coach from in the first photo? Is it kit made? Where can I get it?

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I do like the photo of Western Enterprise , very nice subtle weathering. It's what I will aim for when weathering mine.

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Can I ask, where did you get the coach from in the first photo? Is it kit made? Where can I get it?

 

It is a conversion kit made by TPM for converting a Dapol B-set coach into a K40 full-brake. TPM is is still on hold I think as some of Bernard's masters got damaged in a house move. It might be worth dropping him a line though in case he has one he can sell you.

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The layout has come out of Hibernation from the garage.  

Over the winter main focus has been on new stock and servicing loco’s. One of the completed items is a Warship D602 Bulldog. A resin body, detailed with etch roof grills, modified white metal bogies and running nicely on a Farish 50 Chassis. It sits slightly too high following the DCC Decoder being fitted so, the chassis will have to be cut down a tad, to improve the appearance. She was professionally painted and weathered by Tom Hardwick from CF Loco’s.

 

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A few projects will be worked on a section at a time from the comfort of a warm room in the house to get the layout ready for its first show of 2014  -  Abingdon show on Saturday 1st March.  Really looking forward to it as there are a good number of Oxfordshire inspired layouts alongside Vale of Oxbury. 

Carl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I am very sorry that I could not get to the show at the weekend as I do like this layout of yours!!  

 

Piccies are looking great, I agree about the easishunt couplers, I trialed them for my narrow gauge layout and get very frustrated with them I was able to get simple coupling and uncoupling sorted easily but the delayed action uncoupling was always very unreliable so I took them all off and now use Greenwich couplers instead. I decided to also stick with MBD couplings for my N gauge after that trial as well although I am aware sweveral people do use them successfully.

 

Best wishes and thanks for the piccies

Simon

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Having seen the layout in the flesh, the back scene is superb and blends very well.

 

Carl

 

Hope theSPROG is working OK.

 

Ian

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I always look forward to seeing and reading more about this layout.

 

I was a bit disconcerted to read about the failure of two of your Dapol signals. For something that has to be built in to the landscape and which cannot be removed easily, it is essential for the mechanism to be reliable.

 

Douglas

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Saw this last year at TINGS and again at RAILEX, Aylesbury.  Great looking layout, beautifully detailed and lovely to see full-length trains running through the countryside.

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Looking forward to seeing the layout again, do you have any more shows booked?

 

Best wishes

Simon

Hello Simon

I am sure that Carl will be on here shortly with some more pics that he took yesterday.  I am one of the helpers / operators at the shows - the next show will be Coventry 13th - 14th September 2014, with many more planned for 2015.

Look forward to seeing there maybe - do pop by for a chat

 

Nick M

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I was very impressed with the layout at Railex, it was very entertaining and kept me enthralled for quite some time. I made a short video on the Sunday

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I don’t think I’ve visited this thread before I saw the “reviews" of the weekend’s outing to the RICOH Centre. Lovely piece! Thank you.

 

Best, Pete.

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Would you ever consider selling this?

Never mind selling it! - any chance of more updates?

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