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Any video of that Class 14 Rod/Howard.

 

I have taken the decision to try and restore the photos to my own thread. Fortuneately I have them all saved in case this sort of thing happened

 

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As a break from painting fenceposts I have been thinking about what will be served by the new front siding and we are leaning back to the original idea of a small brewery. I have been knocking up a rough cardboard mock-up of what it might look like. There would be an unloading platform in front of the wagons and a boilerhouse at the other end.

 

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The design for the brewery is slowly developing with the tower now 4 storeys and the rest reduced to just one.

 

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18 hours ago, Ray H said:

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I thought that addition was a bird box 😀

 

 

No its the outside loo but mounted high up so the staff don't have to come down to the ground floor when they need to go!

 

The boss is a bit of a hard taskmaster!

 

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Hopefully Howard and 1 are off to see "Heaton Lodge Junction" which is on show at the Bath and West show ground this weekend. We were planning to make a day of it as my friend Tony was due to pick me up early on Sunday morning and them pick up Howard before driving to Honiton to collect another friend David and going off to the showground. However Tony phoned this morning to say his car would not start and it had to be towed to Newton Abbot for inspection. So it looks like plan B with Howard providing the transport unless Tony's car can be sorted out in time - fingers crossed.

 

Sorry Paul we did not take a video of Peter's Class 14 but it did look superb. Next time Peter drops in I will ask him to do one.

 

Simon I think your Management/Employees illustration is really good and it made me laugh!!

 

More anon.

 

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I've developed the brewery mock-up a bit further. I have added another floor although the distance between floors is now slightly less. I have also changed the pitch of the roof to give more headroom for an attic cooling area. Rod has been looking at his Class 47 which some time ago developed a clicking noise when running in one direction. This has now been tracked down to the usual Heljan problem of a split nylon gear. This loco is still DC as the 47s were introduced slightly late for the period the layout is set,

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On 10/04/2022 at 20:53, HSB said:

Ramchester is going to look very compact after seeing Heaton Lodge Junction in the flesh!

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I had planed to get up to see this but knee replacement operation put paid to that

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10 hours ago, Brian Harrap said:

I had planed to get up to see this but knee replacement operation put paid to that

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You missed a good show, Brian.

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I think the brewery has now reached it's final configuration with a single storey boilerhouse on the right of the tower and a two storey office and laboratory on the left. A tall chimney will go on the end of the boilerhouse.

Rod now has the 47 back together with a new gearwheel in place (he found a packet of spare gears which he had bought some time ago and forgotten about!) and the clicking appears to have been eliminated.

 

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Good morning . I do like the brewery configuration it will bring a whole new prospective to the layout plus more traffic requirements. 
Any thoughts as to the name of the alcoholic refreshments that will be produced in this new enterprise 

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10 hours ago, gismorail said:

Good morning . I do like the brewery configuration it will bring a whole new prospective to the layout plus more traffic requirements. 
Any thoughts as to the name of the alcoholic refreshments that will be produced in this new enterprise 

Possibly 'Ramchester Ales'.

 

Today I stuck the roof on and gave it a quick spray with grey undercoat to blend it all together.

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While round at Rod's I spotted this little bat (probably a pipistrelle) hanging onto the back of his shed.

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13 hours ago, HSB said:

Possibly 'Ramchester Ales'.

 

Today I stuck the roof on and gave it a quick spray with grey undercoat to blend it all together.

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While round at Rod's I spotted this little bat (probably a pipistrelle) hanging onto the back of his shed.

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As on the real railway I’d keep quite about there being bats around Ramchester otherwise all work sites will have to be stopped 😬

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Yesterday Rod and I spent an enjoyable day at the Thornbury exhibition where we were able to pick up a few modelling bits. Once upon a time travelling up to the Bristol exhibition was one of the highlights of our railway modelling calendar, especially back before the M5 was built and Bristol and back was about as far as we could reasonably drive in a day for an exhibition. This is only the second time we've been since it moved to Thornbury, the first time was quite a long time ago but we will seriously consider going again next year.

 

After making a few of tweaks to the design of the brewery I have been cutting out the sides from cardboard while Rod has been working on a loading gauge. Unfortunately progress on this and the fencing has been held up as we have encountered problems with some 3D printed parts warping!

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After a nearly two week gap with Rod on holiday last week and other things getting in the way the week before we got back to work on the layout on Monday. Rod has started work on a small building for the oil depot while I  have made a bit more progress on the brewery. The boilerhouse is coming together and will now go on the left-hand end of the tower with the chimney going behind it. I have modified the mock-up to show the new configuration.

 

 

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As Howard indicated in his last post I have been working on a hut which will eventually go into the oil yard. I have used plasticard this time and a window and a door frame from a commercial source. These have not been fitted in place yet but just pushed into their respective slots for the photos.

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This is meant to be a concrete building and will be finished with a textured surface to represent this finish.

 

While I have been busy getting this far Howard has made considerable progress on cutting out the window holes for the brewery. He has the  boiler house glued up (again windows pushed in) and today he has nearly completed the window holes in the large wall of the tower. This wall is just propped up against the mock up for illustration purposed.

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That is progress to date but more soon.

 

Rod

 

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Howard and I ha a further session this afternoon to make a bit more progress on the layout He continued to cut out windows in the brewery while I finished off the roof of the oil yard hut. Here are a couple of pictures of his work to date.

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What you see here is the card walls with the window openings cut out and propped up against the mock up model that was pictures previously. There have been one or two alterations from the original mock up all for the better I am sure.and I hope you agree.

 

I have been experimenting with tissue paper on my hut roof which seems to be OK. The tissue paper was cut roughly to size placed over the roof and flooded with Butinone. I will have to wait until tomorrow to see what it looks like but first impressions appear favorable.

 

More anon.

 

Rod

 

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I should perhaps explain that the two doorways in the second picture will open onto rail- and road-served platforms on different levels.

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The Brewery is looking very promising and sited at the front of the layout will give a new perspective to the whole scene .Keep up the good work gentlemen 

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Another session this afternoon and Howard has finished cutting out the windows in the bewery walls and has made a start on thickening the area around the windows so that they will appear recessed. With many windows in the building to do this will take him quite a while yet.

 

In the meantime I have finished the roof of the oil yard shed and covered it with tissue paper soaked through with solvent. Once dry I carefully folded it over the boards surrounding the she roof and gave them the same treatment. It was then sprayed with acrylic primer and left to dry. In the meantime I sprayed the building with the same primer ready to undertake painting. The pictures below show the roof laid on top  of the hut but not fixed. It has shown signs of warping but when the hut is finished it will be permanently attached which I hope will minimize this effect. At present it is under a weight to help flatted it out.

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As mentioned previously the window and door frame will not be fitted until the painting has been completed.

 

More soon.

 

Rod

 

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