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It would be nice to hear what you think of Ropley? Please comment thoughts and ways in I can focus and improve, and make this blog motivated re interesting for everyone. This layout has been a very big project for myself and would love to hear what people think of the layout and get some inspiration. It hasn’t been easy modelling a real location for sure!!!

 

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Hi Chris

 

All looks good to, as some one who regularly spends the day there to me you’ve captured the Ropley shed area perfectly! Although it would be nice to see Lion in the pic!

 

When will you have the layout set up again it would be good to come and play and have a catch up?

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Thanks Ian 

I am hoping to find that soon on when it can go up again but had a 2 week slot in September I believe but will let you know when else it goes up as I know frank was going to give me a slot sooner 

 

as for photos of lion that can be done. Thank you for doing lion for me gives me something to aim towards in the future!! On loco detailing etc! Do you still fancy doing the 37? 37324 clydebridge at some point? I’m still on the hunt for 37901 mirress to be as those 379 models are really hard to find 

 

 

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43 minutes ago, rob D2 said:

Unusual idea, nicely done !

 

Thank you. I thought I would try a new idea of trying to capture what happens in preservation with loco restorations etc. Hopefully have captured this look even with the restoration sheds too. 

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Very impressed. I pass Ropley regularly as a guard on the Mid Hants and your photos show just what I see albeit from a different angle. 

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12 hours ago, Chris116 said:

Very impressed. I pass Ropley regularly as a guard on the Mid Hants and your photos show just what I see albeit from a different angle. 

Thank you it has been a very big challenge to say the least 

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Im hoping it won’t be too long till Ropley can go back up again for more work on a larger scale to be carried out as well as a good running session! Here we have a photo of the loco yard. There is more detail ready to be added mainly to the fencing where tools are hung up etc those photos will follow soon.

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29 minutes ago, chriscleveland said:

Im hoping it won’t be too long till Ropley can go back up again for more work on a larger scale to be carried out as well as a good running session! Here we have a photo of the loco yard. There is more detail ready to be added mainly to the fencing where tools are hung up etc those photos will follow soon.

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I hate to say this but the fencing in the bottom right corner of the photo was changed on the original some time ago. Is the layout set at a point in the past or do you update it as time passes? 

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32 minutes ago, Chris116 said:

I hate to say this but the fencing in the bottom right corner of the photo was changed on the original some time ago. Is the layout set at a point in the past or do you update it as time passes? 

Very well spotted. The time period set is 2010 time. This fencing was there then. I have added the new fencing down the line a little as that fencing was not changed until the kings cross footbridge went in

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More work has been done on the headshunt board scenic wise. The photos show before and after with hedging now added and other details. I am also in the process of making up some bits of clutter to go on the line of the headshunt so when trains are moved out you will see bits of locos, ladders, and other parts tucked under the locos.

 

 

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Looks good - I especially like the photo at the top of this page of the back of the loco yard, it definitely captures the atmosphere of that area.

 

I don't see any signals in the photos though? All upper quadrant at the Alton end, lower quadrant at the Alresford end. 

 

 

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14 hours ago, Nick C said:

Looks good - I especially like the photo at the top of this page of the back of the loco yard, it definitely captures the atmosphere of that area.

 

I don't see any signals in the photos though? All upper quadrant at the Alton end, lower quadrant at the Alresford end. 

 

 

 

Thank you for your comment. Signals are one of the last parts to go in as we are still deciding weather or not to have them working or not. One of the boards will need special protection for the signals on the alresford end of the layout. Ground disks are already on the layout though for the yard.

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On 19/06/2019 at 08:35, chriscleveland said:

Thanks Ian 

I am hoping to find that soon on when it can go up again but had a 2 week slot in September I believe but will let you know when else it goes up as I know frank was going to give me a slot sooner 

 

as for photos of lion that can be done. Thank you for doing lion for me gives me something to aim towards in the future!! On loco detailing etc! Do you still fancy doing the 37? 37324 clydebridge at some point? I’m still on the hunt for 37901 mirress to be as those 379 models are really hard to find 

 

 

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Hi

 

I know this railway so well, I once held a lineside photographic permit, I must say you have got your modelling absolutely spot on a great job.

 

Regards

 

David

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16 hours ago, landscapes said:

Hi

 

I know this railway so well, I once held a lineside photographic permit, I must say you have got your modelling absolutely spot on a great job.

 

Regards

 

David

 

Thank you David 

 

i have been going there there since I was little what makes this project hard is how quickly everything seems to change.

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Some shots of other work carried out 

the main shed since this photo has had some more work done to it so I will update this soon! 

 

The coaling digger has has finally been made and completes the coaling area nicely. I am happy with how it has come out as it wasn’t easy to make. 

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Some photos of mine:

 

From 2013 - coal loader in the distance:

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And a little earlier, 2000:

 

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And earlier still:

 

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Hopefully some more inspiration for you,

 

Keep up the good work.

 

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Ropley main shed has had a bit of a change around moving tools benches and adding the mezzanine floor. Looks good when the locos are added into the workshops too. 

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After a few months out of modelling due to a serious illness  I finally have done some rather than just posting what I did before hand. 

 

a job that needed doing was ensuring safe transport for the loco stock to exhibitions. I started this a long time ago and never finished. Some photos to show them packed in the new boxes. The next stock box will be that for coaches and wagons. I still have to add the polystyrene to the ends to protect the couplings. 

 

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The next job under way 

coaching boxes having fabric added to them to protect the stock when being stored and transported 

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1 hour ago, chriscleveland said:

Some work has been done to adding a scene to one of the bulleid coaches under restoration 

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That Sir, is absolutely excellent. A scene not often modelled but an almost daily occurrence at preserved railways. Very well executed. Great stuff indeed. 

 

John

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20 minutes ago, 380John said:

 

That Sir, is absolutely excellent. A scene not often modelled but an almost daily occurrence at preserved railways. Very well executed. Great stuff indeed. 

 

John

 

Thank you John

 

i really wanted to capture the goings on in preservation and for this reason have found this layout to be a mega project but I’m glad you like it the coach looks well suited in the carriage restoration shed I will post a photo of this when I flip the boards 

 

chris 

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Having a play this morning with the station building and added some details the buckets are now properly fitted and benches checked so once I finish painting them this is where they will be fitted. The roof of the station will need some weathering too

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