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Board no. 7 completed, that's all the B&Q door panels dealt with - no more shiny white on view!

 

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Next stage is lay out the modules on my living room floor, clean the track and test for any running or electrical issues.

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At long last ... the seven decorated B&Q boards laid out and testing begun ...

 

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Some of my track hadn't been used very much, so my hybrid Lima 31/4 body/Hornby Railroad chassis was assigned for testing.

 

The testing went well except that the loco ground to a halt on the siding and it took me some time to isolate the problem - a 10mm section of track had too much paint preventing electrical continuity.

Once identified, the defective section was promptly replaced.

 

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I also found the 31's lower bodyside fouled the platform edge so lifted up the track and moved it 2mm further away from the platform and painted the resulting white gap.

 

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Little work has been done, but I finally got hold of a spare cardboard box to house the 900mm long station/stadium entrance.

 

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The 715 x 147mm station terminus (below) will be the next recipient of a storage box if I can locate a similar-sized spare cardboard container to modify.

 

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As you can see by my numerous "likes", I have just discovered your thread. Great progress and a very refreshing approach.  I would only add one concern - many of the photos show your various layout boards on the floor. I do hope that you intend to fit legs to get everything away from carpet/floor dust etc

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Brian.

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Due to my home situation, I won't be able to have all the boards set up at once. When not in use, I have to put the sections away in my spare room. The boxes protect the boards in storage and for transportation should I have to move (I'm renting on renewable 12-month terms)

 

I had to lay them out on the floor to see how the whole configuration worked out.

 

However, in practice, for each running session, individual boards will be placed on top of tables. Two - possibly more - coffee tables bought from B&M store will initially be assigned for this purpose.

 

 

 

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These B&M coffee tables (90 x 45 cm approx.) will support the layout boards.

 

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Each of these corner boards (ex-B&Q fridge/freezer doors) weighs nearly a stone, and unless I'm very clumsy, will stay put on the coffee tables during a running session.

Obviously I'll watch trains running round like a hawk so they don't derail and fall onto the floor.

 

 

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I've reached another milestone ...

 

The basic oval mounted on three B&M coffee tables. Most of my running sessions will be based around this arrangement, there's quite a lot of running-in of my newer purchases that's been waiting for this chance to happen.

 

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My weathered and modified 4VEP is one of the early test runners.

 

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Tonight I completed a custom card box for my 715 x 147mm SLT.

 

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It'll be harder to get larger sheets of card to similarly box up my 1200 x 230mm station as not much of that size is around here where I live.

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I realised by cutting up some unwanted boxes, that I could box up my 1200 x 230mm station module after all.

 

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This means all my Horniman Park V2.0 modules are boxed, should I ever need to keep them in long-term storage, or have to move.

 

 

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Something wasn't quite right with the last box I fabricated - the sides were too low so I couldn't fix down anything taller than platform height on the station board.

 

Fortunately I rescued a large box which I cut up sections to raise the storage box's height so that I can now place fixtures such as buildings and lamp posts permanently on the board.

 

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This shows the sides high enough providing ample clearance for the station building's chimneys. I kept the box's ends at their original height so that I could easily lift the board out of its box without damage.

 

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This shows the completed storage box.

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My next priorities are to complete - to a basic level of detail - the stations mounted on Wickes shelves.

 

The first to be dealt with is the station serving Priory FC.

 

Station as seen from trackside:

 

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Station as seen from sports ground:

 

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The platform is only lightly tacked down, pending clearance tests with various steam locos.

 

 

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Work's proceeding on the other, longer, station to be mounted on one of my Wickes shelves (1200mm long)

 

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I used Hornby concrete platform fencing, minus the clip-on attachments to the platform sections and Ratio wooden fencing, painted in an approximation of bare wood finish, The disabled access ramp is still to be completed.

 

The Triang-Hornby station building will be decorated to reduce the "plasticness" of the structure.

 

 

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The station board featuring Priory FC's main home fans' entrance will be firmly set in the steam era. I'm imagining this halt is on a loop line that also serves a nearby loco shed, so I can justify lots of light engine movements.

 

However the station to be mounted on the longer 1200mm board will be modelled based on a "typical" Silverlink station in NW London during its 1997-2007 franchise, with non-working catenary so I can run light engine moves to/from Willesden, also chartered steam (or diesel) loco + support coach moves.

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I'm prioritising completion of the football ground halt and have erected appropriate old-style timber fencing and made the back street look more unkempt, including grass patches.

 

All I need to do is to erect signs and lamps.

 

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Work's nearly completed on my football station module, called "Priory Ground".

 

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It's intended to represent an ex-LNWR station in post-1938 LMS era with hawkseye logo (custom names from Sankey Scenics)

 

A pair of LNWR lamps (Langley) adorn the platform. Some weathering and dereliction still needs to be done but otherwise it's ready for business.

 

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Work's proceeding on the other, longer, station to be mounted on one of my Wickes shelves (1200mm long)

 

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I used Hornby concrete platform fencing, minus the clip-on attachments to the platform sections and Ratio wooden fencing, painted in an approximation of bare wood finish, The disabled access ramp is still to be completed.

 

The Triang-Hornby station building will be decorated to reduce the "plasticness" of the structure.

 

"Priory Ground" will very shortly be finished so I'm turning to my next project for completion, as above.

 

It's taken unusually long to choose a station name but I've just come up with "Old Oak and Brent".

Willesden Junction station falls just within the London Borough of Brent and the main entrance is located on Station Approach, off Old Oak Lane.

 

I wanted to represent somewhere in the Willesden Junction area, 1997-2007, Silverlink's franchise period, to cater for my collection of privatisation era stock, but there was no way I could have called it "Willesden Junction".

 

The Doncaster event is fast approaching and I'll draw up a list of accessories I'll need to complete this project - including catenary, LT bus stops, station signs and possibly station lamps depending on what I have in stock.

 

It'll be a single track through layout, mounted on a Wickes shelf, 1200 x 230mm.

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Looked through my spares boxes and it's likely I'll need to source these from the upcoming Doncaster event, or subsequently online:

 

Station lamps (Scenecraft)

Catenary masts - I'm going for Dapol's dummy single-mast version

Modern style bus shelter

 

"Bus Stop" road markings if I don't fancy hand-painting them

 

PS - today ordered a set of EFE London Transport style bus stops

I'll arrange for station signs, and possibly an appropriate bus to park at the bus stop if available, at a later date.

 

 

 

 

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Just arrived back from the Doncaster event - good quality exhibits, but very busy.

 

I've bought virtually all the accessories I wanted except for dummy catenary masts, a bus shelter and road markings, which I'll attempt to hand-paint.

 

Moreover, after assessing my current stocks, there were parts I found I was short of, so bought a pack of Peco Wills Modern palisade fencing to supplement my limited selection of Scenecraft's version (44-505) - I'll need a lot to cater for an authentic 21st century inner London feel!

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I glued down the "Old Oak and Brent" platform, but won't fix any structures until I paint the obligatory yellow line warning trains pass at high speed.

 

However, a few hours work saw the Tri-ang Hornby station building fit for use ...

 

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... with 21st century alterations including bars over the windows (modified Ratio fencing)

 

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and a semblance of the roller shutter door frame over the station entrance in blue for when the station's locked up at end of service.

 

Blank white poster display boards have been added, but I don't yet own any appropriate posters to display, neither are station signs added yet.

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I masked off and painted the yellow line on the platform.

 

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However, before erecting fencing and other structures, I'll finish painting all outstanding road markings including the bus stop and car park.

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This morning I completed all the road markings - they were hand-painted and needed a fair amount of concentration.

 

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I've glued down the station building and shelter ... the next things to complete are the access ramp, erection of station and street lamps, and fencing.

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This, in a nutshell, why I wanted to represent NW London in late 90s and the noughties:

 

I own a small collection of locos with personal and family connections, because during the privatisation era, Willesden was (or is) the only area of the rail network where they could realistically be seen side by side.

 

Late 90s: 86213 Lancashire Witch and 86215 Norfolk and Norwich Festival

 

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Post-2006: 86213 Lancashire Witch and 73206 Lisa (one of my cousins is named Lisa)

 

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Little has been done lately, because last week I was on holiday in Mallorca - my best highlight was travelling on the Ferrocarril de Soller railway between Palma and the town of Soller with a separate tram ride by the same operator linking Soller with the port, Puerto de Soller.

 

This weekend, I may attend the Sheffield model train show, and possibly visit the city's other shops, in order to buy catenary masts and any other outstanding accessories.

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I've started erecting Scenecraft's palisade fencing around the station building.

It'll soon look like Fort Knox!

 

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However the Wills Modern version isn't as tall, compared with Scenecraft's version, so will be deployed on the rail side.

 

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