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C371B8E5-03AA-43B7-90A2-781DC4398003.jpeg.1e6101e7aa1f1df2d2015eeff3742633.jpeg swanage has been receiving some work. The second version is currently in full swing. The first photo show swanage before it went back into the shed and the other two show what progress is being made. Still a bit to do but it’s a big step forward.

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Unfortunately due to work commitments work has slowed on Ropley but with my biggest task complete work on the layout can resume once more. 70000 has finally had its cress Added to the tender as it was in the gala when it attended in this livery. 
 

I have been looking recently at how I can improve the building site on the layout as it looks a little incomplete to me? 
 

I am hoping to push on with the layout in all the tiny details that need adding and hopefully get some invites sorted to get the layout out on show soon! 

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Swanage version 2 almost complete now! Just needs weathering, a few more paint colours added and couplings. The tender is so delicate I hope it transports ok. Plenty more projects to follow on more stock to be built and parts of the layout need looking at. Who said building a preservation railway would be easy? The stock is just as hard as building the layout 

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how about a t-gauge loop to model the miniature railway?!

i know it would be really small but that would be a nice addition

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t-gauge.com have an EMD GP8 in green which would really resemble this loco

photocredit = MHR website

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On 11/12/2019 at 14:44, Stan68 said:

how about a t-gauge loop to model the miniature railway?!

i know it would be really small but that would be a nice addition

It’s something I have thought about. In the time frame it would have been in the car park but unfortunately it’s off the baseboard scene otherwise I would have had one on there for definate!

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On 11/12/2019 at 15:23, Stan68 said:

I really like the way you have done the shed frame and the cannibalised steam locos!

Thank you there not easy to get them to how they were in that time period. Got quite a few more loco projects to do and some changes to the layout coming up

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Hi Chris, brilliant layout which brought back some great childhood memories. Swanage was one of my favorites as a kid, just flicked through an old photo album and found these from 20 odd years ago.

 

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Keep up the great work. 

All the best

Dave

 

 

 

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On 19/12/2019 at 21:02, DavidMcKenzie said:

Hi Chris, brilliant layout which brought back some great childhood memories. Swanage was one of my favorites as a kid, just flicked through an old photo album and found these from 20 odd years ago.

 

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Keep up the great work. 

All the best

Dave

 

 

 

Thank you Dave

the layout has been a very challenging build. Capturing the preservation feel is a lot harder than I thought. Will be nice to see Swanage running again soon. 
 

Chris

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Merry Christmas everyone 

 

Some new goodies for Ropley 

I wonder what the plans are for the new additions 

Ropley is being put up for a week so plenty to be doing

 

hope everyone has had a great Christmas 

plenty more is going to happen to Ropley 

 

cheers

chris

 

 

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Morning all

 

hope everyone had a good Christmas 

 

after some help for an upcoming project

 

some other projects I’m looking into I can’t seem to find photos for 

 

mk1 griddle coach and mk1 real ale bar coach 

 

 anyone has any it would be much appreciated. 
plenty of new upcoming projects to start soon as I push to get the layout ready for the exhibition circuit 

 

chris 

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Today is the last day of Ropley being up in full 

lots of work has mainly focused around the electronics to make the layout running performance much greater. 

 

plenty still to get on with however but it’s been nice to see some trains running

 

chris  

 

 

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With Ropley having returned back work has started on another part of the layout that is long overdue! 
 

I have finally started work in the car park as cars need to be moved and some added which will help towards phase 2 of this project which will be revamping the construction site of the new workshop on the back of the main loco shed. I have removed 6 cars so far as I secure them to the layout to save having to take up more tasks on setting up the layout and most importantly more bits to forget  which I’m good at!!

 

with the cars up and being moved about will allow more room to really help make the scene for the construction of the new extension as I felt it could do with looking more like a construction site. 
 

hopefully before I know it I would have finished this area and can look at many other areas that need improving 

 

 

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After having the layout up for the past few weeks work hasn’t stopped since. The car park improvements are advancing well with all vehicles now attached to the layout. 
 

I have had some time to look over the fiddle yards and how they operate. The completed traverser operate so much better now but we still have some finishing touches to add. 
 

another issue I spotted with the layout isn’t a big one but the main idea was to reduce the amount of handling we have to do to the locos and other rolling stock hence the traverser at end of each fiddle yard.
I have decided to trial some new siding space on alresford fiddle yard to help with stock rotation and stop manual handling. The sidings will be used for visiting locos, the dmu’s, and restoration projects like the coaches, diesels etc. 


I guess ropley’s next outing will determine if it was worth doing? Still a bit to do before we can use this section as I’ve only laid it out currently.

 

 

 


 

 
 

 

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Lots still going on recently with Ropley! 

Im hoping to really push the layout this year! 

The jobs list is in the making and plenty of progress being made

 

I have finally completed the outer look of all my coaches for restoration. I made great use of them as you can see from the photos. I have used both sides of every coach to give me 8 different looks rather than just the 4. just the floors left to add in 2 of the coaches. 49DF687B-DD6F-4899-8722-B05A74933E68.jpeg.673612630537c67af21cdaf737710059.jpeg

 


 

 

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On 31/01/2020 at 15:58, chriscleveland said:

Been looking at improving my control panels how do others do their track diagrams?

 

An example of simple and sturdy, but possibly not what you seek. Made from 3mm plywood primed and then painted with white oil-based gloss paint. Track plan laid out using jammydog lining tape:  http://www.jammydog.com/

Holes were then cut for switches and 12v LEDs that came from the Alton model Centre (!). A nice aspect of using the jammydog tape is that it is pretty strong and will stand being taken up and put down again if you get it wrong. Guess how I know.

 

This was part of a layout built for children, so had to be quite robust. You might not need yours to be quite so hefty!

 

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Just found and read through this thread after a conversation at the weekend. Impressive work, Chris. Keep it up.

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On 03/02/2020 at 09:20, Mick Bonwick said:

 

An example of simple and sturdy, but possibly not what you seek. Made from 3mm plywood primed and then painted with white oil-based gloss paint. Track plan laid out using jammydog lining tape:  http://www.jammydog.com/

Holes were then cut for switches and 12v LEDs that came from the Alton model Centre (!). A nice aspect of using the jammydog tape is that it is pretty strong and will stand being taken up and put down again if you get it wrong. Guess how I know.

 

This was part of a layout built for children, so had to be quite robust. You might not need yours to be quite so hefty!

 

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Thanks Mick 

I have been playing around with the boards I made on the weekend and come up with this idea? 
the toggle switch operates the traverser. Think it’s a lot simpler to what we originally had in place and easier for others to follow 

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On 03/02/2020 at 09:23, Mick Bonwick said:

Just found and read through this thread after a conversation at the weekend. Impressive work, Chris. Keep it up.

Thank you buddy

was good catching up 

still lots to do and plenty more visits to Alton! 

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