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Thanks Simon. 

 

Designs for the ex Kings Cross footbridge are making some progress. Here is the part of the stairs at the Southern end of the bridge. It's quite intricate and will only be around 6mm high in reality!

 

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And the real thing for comparison:

 

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Tom. 

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Hi all.

 

A little more work on the coal staithes over the last couple of days. A little more blending in to be done around the base of the sleeper built walls but it's more or less there now. 

 

The area at the opening always seems to be flooded at the real location, so i've attempted to replicate this on the model. Some clear plastic was sprayed grey on one side, then fixed down unpainted side up. I'm not sure if it's been 100% successful, but if it catches the light in the right way it looks ok.

 

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The coal has been fixed in place using Kleer, and is drying out at the moment so it looks a little shiny right now. Hopefully once dry it will flatten down a little. 

 

Now the staithe is out of the way, some landscaping can take place along the front of the layout. The ground gently rises from left to right so not much of the front of the staithe will remain visible. 

 

Cheers, 

 

Tom. 

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Hi tom

 

Your standard of modelling is excellent, the coal staithes look real and the track and ballasting is very nice

 

I'll look forward to your updates and progress

 

Brian

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Hi Phil. 

 

I've sort of drawn a line at 'around now' in terms of time frame. When I chose Ropley as a location to model I thought that being a preserved line, things wouldn't change very often at all..................

 

That does mean all of the signals will be modelled though, and I've just finished the up/down home signals at the Eastern end of the station and they just need the shunt signals added once I've come up with a suitable mechanism for them. I have a small problem in that the shunt signal down by the water tower sits on top of the point motor for the yard exit turnout, so some further pondering is required on how to make that one work. The short signal just before the bridge has been done, but I think will be re-built as my initial version has a few weak spots that probably won't survive exhibition use. 

 

All of the signals are servo operated and illuminated. 

 

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Cheers, 

 

Tom. 

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Very nice Tom. As you undoubtedly know the latest addition is a banner repeater for that signal on the London side of Bighton Road bridge. We obviously couldn't sight it until we were under the bridge in the down directionso the repeater is a very useful addition.

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The layout doesn't quite go as far as Bighton Bridge. When I first drew up the design and started work on the layout it was just pre mark.1 carriage & boiler shop, so the London end of the layout is about where the old structure ended. Actually this has turned out not to be a bad thing, otherwise a much larger part of the layout would be dominated by the C&B building! 

 

The ultimate intention is to have a second board which has the station area on it, and I have been giving consideration to having a separate section with part of the line Eastward from Rookwood Lane, including a few photographers in the naughty field! 

 

Tom. 

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Hi Tom,

 

Thanks for starting a layout thread here - I for one am the perfect example of someone who does not closely follow the blogs so misses a lot of excellent content in that section of the forum. I am going to have a proper look through your blog posts now but, from this tantalising little glimpse here, there is some stunning work on display, what a cracking layout! 

 

David

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Hello Tom,

 

I presume that you will be photo etching your footbridge. I ask because I have to build a similar (but smaller) bridge for my Welwyn North project and am on the early stages of figuring out how best to do it.

 

The bridge at Welwyn North is partly demolished and has electric lights in place of the original gas lamps at the head of the stairs. Currently it spans two tracks , but originally it extended over a siding to a third flight of steps down to the goods yard.

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Hi Tom

 

coaling stage looks great and the artwork is coming along nicely for your bridge too really jealous :0 are you going right up to date on Ropley or capping at a time frame 

 

keep up the amazing work 

 

Chris

 

 

Hi Chris. Time frame will be capped at around now I think. In fact they have removed the old diesel pump by the water tower recently, so that will provide a cutoff point!

 

Hello Tom,

I presume that you will be photo etching your footbridge. I ask because I have to build a similar (but smaller) bridge for my Welwyn North project and am on the early stages of figuring out how best to do it.

The bridge at Welwyn North is partly demolished and has electric lights in place of the original gas lamps at the head of the stairs. Currently it spans two tracks , but originally it extended over a siding to a third flight of steps down to the goods yard.

Once I've finished the designs for the bridge, which I was hoping to do over the weekend but is now likely to be later this week,, PHD designs will be etching it for me. I did flirt with the idea of scratchbuilding it, but some elements are just too complex to be done well enough in this scale!

 

Cheers all,

 

Tom.

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News of the bridge came as a surprise to me, as I haven't been to Ropley for a couple of years. While looking for info I came across this enlightening video (if you excuse the rather eccentric commentary), which might be new to some:

 

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Hello all. 

 

A bit more work done at Ropley over the past couple of days. I've started on the landscaping at the front of the layout, which involves the ground gently rising from the corner of the coal staithe up to the point it meets the footbridge.

 

This was created using a plasticard former on either side of the raised section, then polyfiller mixed with PVA created the infill. I've also started the scenery in this area, with some finer teddy bear fabric being used than that on the line embankment. This was some that I bought a little while back but then sidelined in favour of the Treemendous fur, however I decided to re-visit it as it has a much finer backing and can withstand being cut down to very short lengths. Hopefully the effect looks ok, but I'll let you judge from the photos. 

 

At the real location, some of this area was cleared for use as a wheel store using a few old sleepers and some rail, so this has been duly recreated with some spare bits of easitrac. Some 2mm scale association wheels will be suitably weathered for display here, making this small section the only genuine 2mm scale part of the layout. 

 

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The pathway needs to be weathered down with some black weathering powder once the Kleer has dried, and then fencing plus a rather bedraggled looking little tree will be added later once work at the rear of the layout is complete. 

 

Cheers

 

Tom. 

 

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Super detail there on your layout I only wish I could model has good as that on my n-gauge layout, What track are you using ?, is it hand built it looks very realistic, I am using code 55.

 

Hi Chris. 

 

All of the trackwork on the layout is 2mm Scale Association Easitrac. The points are built with components from the range, but to templates I drew up to match the real location. 

 

Since I started Ropley, British Finescale have released a range of N Gauge trackwork which works in a similar way, but has more ready made components, such as common crossings and ready milled switch blades for paintwork:

 

http://www.britishfinescale.com

 

Hope this helps!

 

Tom. 

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