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Hello,
this layout started a year or two ago and though its nearly finished, it started as a four foot by one foot layout that was to be stored and erected with fiddle yards to be operated, this was to save space.
the initial idea was to show the ends of the last few platforms of a much larger station, the location hadn't been decided and being the locos I had at the time included two 08's, one 31, two 33's, two 35's and a 55 deltic as well as a few GWR steam locos, i wanted a location that could be anywhere.
being inspired by the front cover of a 'modern railways' magazine dating form February 1977 which i had acquired at an exhibition with a few others for 50p each a track plan was devised. v

the scenic break on the left hand side was to be a gothic station going over the platforms, and on the right hand side was to be a road bridge, the key builds that were to go along the back scene were to be a post office sorting office and an art deco railway hotel. other buildings hadn't been decided.

here are a few photos from the start of the project. in a GWR 1930s 

 
^ When the first photos had been taken the track had been laid and ballast had been laid, the points were operated from behind by brazing rod in channels which had been routed in the layout top, once the rod and junction had been glued in position, the grove was covered over with masking tape



^ the first structure on the layout was an island platform building kit from metcalfe with the small piece of platform which came in the kit. this was detailed with bits and bobs I had.


^ The kit was weathered using a crayon, the people are from hornby, the posters are from scalescenes and came free in a hornby magazine, the pipe along the platform was a piece of wire, the ballast is sorted clean cat litter bought cheaply from tescos years ago


^ this shows the track plan from the bridge end, the bridge was made from parts from a foot bridge kit and plastic I beams, the mail vans shows the location of where the post office is to be build


^ another view along the layout


^ A view at the station showing Bath Abbey, a castle class loco I converted from Hogwarts castle, unluckly the loco is a non runner
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The next batch of photos i have were taken some time later. by this point a number of structures had been built.

^ At the station end the gothic station had been built by using a parish church metcalfe kit, also the art deco railway hotel, the Edenbridge had been built by using a cinema metcalfe kit. This photo shows a class 35 hymek waiting to leave platform 5 while sleeper coach stock is being stored in platform 6

^ The railway hotels height had to be raised so that it didn't look out of place so it was placed on top of two small stacks of dominoes which i found laying around, additionally on the it can be seen that a signal bow has found its way on top of the retaining wall, this was to added to act as a boiler house to an old industry that had been converted in to apartments. as can be seen class 55 'the fife and forfar yeomanry' is preparing to leave while a class 31 shunts vent vans in the parcel platform.

^ this photo shows the low relief pub at the road bridge end, this was placed next to the low relief terrace house back, this pub was to represent the back of a pub with its own car park and beer patio , the tables were made from plastic pipe and cardboard, as can be seen the car park for the mail sorting office has been made, this was done using close mesh and the fence posts were made from the remains of the bomb bay a large 1:72 scale USA post war super bomber

^ just to give an over all view of the station end of the layout, not many more photos from this batch of any use so
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Looking good Aaron, is your ballast glued down, I see you have some on top of the sleepers, I once had some loose and it got jammed in a motor and caused lots of problems.

I like the bits of growth by the track.

The Ford Anglia brings back memories of one my dad had, probably the most unreliable car he ever had the misfortune to have owned !



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Hi there
Thanks for the kind comments
ballast is all glued down using one of the two methods depending on the time of year i'm working on the railway.
during the summer a mix of varnish and thinners, this glues solidly in place but gets fumes everywhere so best done outside
during the winter the 50:50 pva and water with a bit of soap, i've had problems with this method before so i favor the other,
the ballast is a bit over sized so it was difficult to get it down between the sleepers, hopefully it hasn't ruined the look, i model to an odd standard, i model to make it look right, but not 100% accurate which dose make some odd looking stuff
The greeny is green foam which is mixed with pva and then stuck down in place
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Hello,
the next batch of photos I have found only includes one photo


^ this shows Western Renown, a Class 52 Western, its a Lima model which at this point I had recently purchased, I had just completed weathering it when compared to the last batch of photos,
Furthermore, from this photo you can see the progress on the bridge end of this broad, showing the pub rear and the terrace house rear. 
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Hello,
By this point it had been realized that with some sorting out, I could get the layout put up on the wall, this would give a total length of 8 feet, meaning that there was the possibility of extending the existing 4 by 1 foot station layout.

It was decided that I wanted the whole layout to be visual as the space was limited so the fiddle yard would have to be seen,
being the two boards would be separated if I ever came across more space, to make a much large layout, I wanted something i would defiantly need, would look good, and still allow me to operate.
additionally the station layout had been made as a through station with platform 5 and 6 being a coach and a half long with platform 3 being two coach lengths long, the original idea for the station was to operate 3 coach trains which would enter the station and then depart though the station using the erect-able fiddle yards. this had to be scratched, the station would become a terminus station for 2 coach trains, but keep the ability to run trains through if the layout was moved and extended.
a layout plan was drawn up

also the location of the station had been chosen, this was to be London, this was because of the large variate of the locomotives i had and that i visit London at last once a year to see bands, which meant i could use the time that i waste while waiting for the off peak travel to research, furthermore there was a police box already on the layout and i had been inspired to model a tube station and 3 story housing.

The name Kingsmead was chosen as i had named a few stations this in past layouts, a location was chosen of a likely place in the city of London for this fictitious layout.

the station (red circle) would have been an interdependent company before grouping, the company would have ran a kind of overground style service from south London to kings cross via paddington, with the main station (Kingsmead) in knightsbridge, after grouping it was shared by GWR and southern, but used mostly by GWR to get to Westminster, the GWR built a new railway hotel to attract more passengers to this small terminus of 6 platforms, under beaching the station lost its goods yard and the line from paddington to kingscross was singled, the station is now used mostly by the western region running DMU's and shuttles to Kingsmead from paddington, keeping a few locos at the loco stabling area, the southern region use Kingsmead as an overflow station diverting trains destine for Victoria there, addition the eastern region sometimes starts short trains from Kingsmead, which then back on to the main train leaving from kingscross, or the North eastern sometimes sends short shuttles to Kingsmead when demand is high enough
the next load of photos I have found don't show much apart from the weathering of a GUV in platform 6 and that th railway hotel has had its domino foundations hidden. v


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Hello,
Not much more until updated to existing progress
^ A very western view of the station throat, the introduction of the road bridge was to limit the view of the station, by not being able to see the whole train at any point allows the view to imply the train is longer than it really is.
^ looking down from the second broad, the ballast pile and speed sign hide the two hornby power clips, can you spot the mirror at the end?
 
^ a view down platform 4, the mirror really adds more depth to the station. 
^ a view down on to the parcels platform
^ the mirrors a bit more obvious here.

^ out of the station to wards the depot broad, where the coaches are is the fiddle siding for the station
^ an over all view of the layout
I'll finish this post another time as there is a wealth of photos from this point in the layouts construction
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Lots of action there, Aaron.  :thumbs  Do you spend much time running trains - or is it mostly building?



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MaxSouthOz wrote: Lots of action there, Aaron.  :thumbs  Do you spend much time running trains - or is it mostly building?
Hello, 
I enjoy both, but this layout is more aimed at building, I do like to adjust metcalfe kits to create more unique buildings, this will be shown more when I gt round to showing the buildings on broad two.
As promised I'll continue this update so following on from the previous post
^ The view down towards the station from the depot, the class 31 is a very old hornby model I got at a very low cost at a show, I really like the look of it but it runs like a pig, so I place it in the show siding, which isn't connected to the lines, but is used to show stuff off that doesn't run like this class 31 or Bath Abbey Castle Class. or a few wagons.
^ The back of the pub, With a little RAF scene taking place
^ A view across the platforms.
^ Western Renown at the head of platform 4, the building directly behind is the royal mail sorting office, an ex signal box, this building has since been replaced.
^ Coaches await there loco in platform 4, 
^ along the bridge over Kingsmead station, looking to what would be Kingsmead high street, this bridge was bashed together in a day, didn't turn out as bad as I thought it would.
^ and a view from the bridge, those damn air blisters in the retaining wall, any one got some ideas on how to get rid of them? or hide them....I'm thinking of vines or pipes and wires like you see on the retaining walls on the London underground.
Might be able to do one more update from past photos then I'll have to find the tripod for the camera, theses photos are from July 2012 and progress has really advanced since.
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hi Aaron.you might get away with pricking the paper with a pin or perhaps a small cut and soak it with some pva.it might leave a small blemish but you can then use plant life or model drain holes at the top of the wall and have water stains coming down the wall.



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spurno wrote: hi Aaron.you might get away with pricking the paper with a pin or perhaps a small cut and soak it with some pva.it might leave a small blemish but you can then use plant life or model drain holes at the top of the wall and have water stains coming down the wall.

Thanks, seemed to be the most logical approach, so by first cutting open the blisters, then opening them with a cocktail stick end, I then fed some prit-stick glue in to the blisters with another cocktail stick, then press the paper back and squeeze the excess glue out, and this is how it looks now


probably will disguise what left with some pipes running down the wall from the gantry
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Hello,

the last history update and then I'm going to be showing the layout in it's current situation

^ work started on the second board by developing the other side of the road at the bridge end of board 1, this was done with another terrace house to mirror the existing one on Board 1

^ the reason why there is a gap down the center of the side of the building is because i cut it in half while constructing this building as i was thinking of placing the rear to mirror the existing terrace hose and then use the front some where else, but as usual I changed my mind
That's all folks, next update will be of existing progress there will be alot of changes as theses photos are from around early august 2012
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Hello,
And now an update on the layouts current state

^ An overall view of the layout in its current state and the railway wall, showing work table and model railway cabinet. This cabinet was built as a 6th form project and is made from oak, with sliding perspex fronts.

^ an overall view of board 2 showing the 3 story terrace housing, the depot, Addison Street tube station and Addison Park

^ Addison Tube station is made from a kingsway kit, A very interesting kit and not for much cost, I decided to build the park because there wasn't much 'greenery' on the layout. the bus is a cheap gift from a tourist shop, i got it on one of my many visits to London, I didn't know what scale the buses where so I took my best guess, this one is a bit too large but can be hidden at the back of the layout.

^ Addison station 

^ the loco stabling and depot, the water tower still needs to be weathered to show it hasn't been used in a long time and a water crane added.

^ The loco fueling point, this was built using left overs from the spares box, the roof is from a footbridge, the supports are from a bridge I think, the boxes are covers that you get on plugs on new appliances, the tubes a paper clip and the ladders from a single gantry kit.

^ my new class 42 dragon enters the station with a two coach shuttle

^ I never liked the small single box that came free with a magazine, so with the left overs from the tube station kit was used to make a second station, , this is kingmeads tube station surface entrance, there would be a second entrance to the tube station from the rail station but this is presumed to be off scene. that walls a bit blank, any ideas anyone?

^ The postal sorting office has been rebuilt, th plastic single box didn't blend in with the other card kits, the building is waiting on a Royal Mail sign and some plant life or path with fencing.

^ and how it all blends in.


^ Dragon has entered platform 4, some parcel vans stand idle in platform 5 while a 2 car DMU waits for the signal to leave for paddington, the lamp hut is a wills kit lamp hut, which was build to replace the horrid looking hornby one.
^ Well that's Kingsmead up to data, new update's will trickle in as time spent on the railway will be restricted as I complete my Civil Engineering degree this year and the final year project requires alot of time to be spent on it.
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Sol wrote: Does the Tardis move much quest:


Only when the hand of god moves it between layouts, but its recently stayed in the same location for some time, the doctor must like 1971, the police box was one of the reasons why i chose London as the location of Kingsmead.
One thing that always bugs me is the model cars, at normal viewing distance there fine, but when you get up close you notice there's something missing, the driver, so I thought it would make a nice project when i got back in from uni. 
Out of the 28 vehicles on the layout, 2 already have drivers, 9 are screwed together meaning putting drivers in is quite easy, and the rest are riveted :oops:
so I converted the remaining 9 screwed together cars today

^ so nine cars and nine people including Hornby people, An RAF office, and a German pilot


^ off with there legs! 

^Put back together with a little weathering waiting to be put on the layout
Can anyone point me in the direction information or give advise on how to take apart the oxford die-cast cars and EFE trucks which are riveted, all i can think of is drilling out the rivets, but i'm not too keen on doing so.



^ one for the road, I noticed this a few nights ago and thought it looked pretty good, Addison street tube station, the light coming out from inside the building is reflected off the wall by the lamp, gives the sense the buildings got interior lighting
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Hello, 
found some time in the week, so I thought I'd hide the gap down the side of the terrace house on board 2, i had covered it with a wire tree but this didn't hid it well enough, then I saw a method on Much Murkle  for greenery and bushes and this reminded me I had some Poly Fiber that I had given to me years back, I had never used it as i was always skeptical of what the results would be like, but seeing how effective it was, I gave it ago


^I'm very pleased with the results and will be tempted to do this method more often  

Now for you photo lovers a few more pic of the layout as it is

^ The book shop on the three story terrace housing, the housing is made from a metcalfe warehouse kit, I really like how it turned out so when the possibility of extending the layout comes about i will defiantly build more of theses

^ The depot and stabling area

^and Kingsmead station overall, still lots left todo



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Hi Aaron,

Great project, it is coming along quite nicely.

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Gary wrote: Hi Aaron,

Great project, it is coming along quite nicely.

Cheers, Gary.

Thanks Gary for the kind comments.

Purchased a number of little items over the weekend including Transfers and motor brushes.

Now, After four years since the loco was purchased second hand, Hogwarts castle has completed its transformation to Bath Abbey, and it now runs, for the first time since god now's, as it was purchased as a non runner. here are a few pics



^ I know the tender lettering isn't correct, it should be just G W with a white shield between the lettering, But I didn't like the look of that, so I used a bit of modelling licence, I think G W R looks better.
Also on the work bench was converting a Lledo bus which was in some orange and cream livery for a funfair with the date 2007.
After a bit of work I think iv managed to pass it off as a London Transport bus

^ just a bit of weathering left to do....and passengers, but th bus is riveted together, I've tried drilling the rivets out but didn't get anywhere with it, if anyone has any ideas it would be more than welcome.

^ Work has started on the retaining wall around the depot, A class 55 poses at the fueling point
With Bath abbey up and running I couldn't resist a steam running session
So here's a few pics for the steam fans

^the branch train leaves platform 6

^ A short goods train then heads into platform 6 to then back the train into the goods yard
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Nearly finished the retaining wall in the depo, just a small slither left to do, so after some ballasting it now looks something like this.

I don't know what to do with the far siding, At the moment there are two ideas floating around
1, use the siding as a Loco flue tanker unloading point, this would mean that short workings of fuel trains would come and go from the depo, it would look something like this, this is only a mock up to give a feel of what it would look like.
OR 2, go for a lean to style covered are for light loco repairs and storage. using a roof I have spare and using a number of supporting columns to keep the structure open. another mock up....
any ideas anyone which one I should go for, the shed allows me to store 5 locos in the depo, but the fuel unloading point adds the short train movements.
work has also continued further along the line between board 1 and 2 underneath the road bridge.

I finally got round to finishing the retain wall here, now just to add some weathering and greenery



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while I was looking at some pictures of Locomotive stabling points, I came across a wonderful photo which had everything I wanted, and best of all there was a class 52 western in the photo, it was a photo of Ranelagh Bridge Stabling point outside paddington station.
After some further research using photos on the web and my free access to historic mapping I concluded that the site had a disused water tower, a fueling point and a fuel tanker unloading point. so armed with this I decide to redo my stabling point.

^the new fueling point and in its new location, I tried to copy the fueling point at Ranelagh Bridge as much as possible.

^the new layout of the stabling point, the two fuel tankers show the location of the fuel unloading point, like at Ranelagh Bridge where there were two short sidings for the fuel tankers. from my research there doesn't seem to be a fuel storage tank at the stabling point, it can be only assumed that the fuel would be transferred directly to the locomotive.

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Been working on the TTA unloading point over the week, been a hectic week but had today off from working on design project and coursework. Apart from washing the car not much else was on my to-do list.

v the fuel unloading point was made from cardboard, solder wire, a piece of Lego and sum ear buds.



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I thought it was time to get round to naming the roads so after sitting down with pen and paper I drew out what the further road network would be around Kingsmead station and I came up with the following names, 
best way to show what I came up with and which road/street is named what is with a picture so......
^ I hope this is clear, and will help when I start using the road names, this dose mean adding London style street signs is on the to-do list...... additionally this dose now mean the stabling area is now Reading Road Bridge Stabling Point.

^ Reading Road has benefited from some road markings and a street lamp, this has improved the look of this area alot


^ The TTA unloading point has been finished and secured, greenery has sprouted in strategic areas, Rust has rapidly taken hold too with the water tower gaining some age, and a yard lamp has been placed on the tower
^ More weeds around the dead siding have also sprouted up.

^ A street lamp has also been added to Kingsmead High Street above the telephone box
^ the Western Blues at the platform ends, A Class 35 Hymek awaits departed while Class 42 Warship rests and Class 52 Western is given the all clear to head to Reading Road SP
I too have scummed to the Baby Warship and its on its way, Being they were active in London heading to and from the coach sidings and I need a small Loco for that purpose, also I'd like a different station pilot, rather than have the usual small shunter.



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The Daplo class 22 baby warship arrived today from Hattons, and a very lovely locomotive it is as well, puts my Lima locos to shame, but then they are half the price so I guess half the detail is expect, you get what you pay for. After spending most of my morning weathering the locomotive form photos from BR Blue Gallery (http://www.railblue.com), a wonderful website I always keenly follow.  I feel I have achieved the look I was going for, a well worn Loco on the verge of being removed form service but still serving as a station pilot and empty carriage stock mover. Here are a few pictures.
^ Waiting out side platform 6 of Kingsmead station waiting for its next duty
^Next to big sister at Reading Road Bridge S.P
^ In platform 5 at Kingsmead with its future replacement class at platform 6
^ Same again, but closer and a bit more clearer 
I have also noticed that Kingsmead station has made it on to the main page as a thumbnail link and so I must give my thanks to the administers, as I know that Kingsmead isn't as wonderful as some of the other layouts on this site, and that I am still a rather fresh faced newcomer to this site. so thank you.



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The camera I have been using is a Photosmart M627, 7 mega pixel, and for taking photos of the layout I use Macro mode, no flash, ISO 100. But I haven't had a tripod so most of the photos shown so far have been taken with the camera resting on the layout or balanced on top of a stack of paint pots. during the week I brought a micro tripod for 69p, and this has allowed me to stand the camera and allow some better shots of the layout and move the lamp for lighting the layout to light parts of the layout as I no longer have to secure the camera with my hands, this has allowed me to show some details which had before been impossible to photo correctly in the right light.

^ new streets signs have been fixed on to the layout,

^ Mr Smith heads off to work, he must be doing well as h has a new jag E type

^ Mr croft is off on his morning jog with his dog

^ The station Pilot has been released after the 07:15 to Bristol has left

^ Mr Davidson better hurry up and get the spare wheel on, or he will be late for work

^ Mrs Davidson day dreams in the yard, Eric the milk man is on his rounds aswell
^  While Mr Fletcher wonders what time his letters will be collect by royal mail



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Thanks Chinahand and Ted_, the layout has been in progress for about two years now and things have come along a long way, i guess this is one of the benefits of being a student, to much free time. the story lines where to add some character and i'm glad you liked them, spent a few minuets pulling names from the authors of my engineering books.
Now for a quick up date, started work on the buildings behind the stabling point using metcalfe spares box, I hope to build a green house style conservatory on the first floor of the brown brick apartment, you might recognize it if you ever watch the BBC comedy 'Bottom' with Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, a personally favorite of mine V


And from further back giving a larger view of the S.P V
A case of road rage has occurred on Reading Road, some people can't hold there temper in the morning rush hour V




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A quick update of progress.


^ the new tenant has deiced some work needs doing, so up goes the scaffolding, Inspired by photos of Ranelagh Bridge SP I thought that I should have a go at it so using British Standards and scaling the measurements I made this 2 bay 3 lift scaffolding out of cocktail sticks for the steel scaffolding and tiny strips of wood for the planks, and with recycled plastic ladder to finish the look, needs detailing and weathering and then I can get this part of the layout finished, at the moment everything in this photo is just resting in place



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Kingsmead life goes on.
The scaffolding has nearly finished, added a worker and a bucket or two.


also got the buildings fixed in place and started work on detailing the yards, the building with the scaffolding has a bin, wheel barrow and trailer in its yard, the yard behind the 'Bottom' apartment i hope to fill with rubbish.


did a paper corridor connector between my pair of MK1's, got the idea from an tutorial on this website, Card Modelling - Corridor Connections. ,


really dose remove the gap and can take the 1st radius junctions, tho i modified the design a bit to suit my needs and modeling skills.


finished the royal mail sorting offices yard, now the post men can head off on the early morning rounds.


the landlord of the 'crown and anchor' has put up an enamel sign to try and draw in new costumers,


British rail has taken on a new worker, bill, hes for oiling the trains.



found a load of unpainted plastic figures at the bottom of my modeling box so working through them on the work bench is a police man and Eddie.



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Over the weekend got a few items from the local (ish) model shop and from a exhibition at the steam museum (Swindon) and a parcel from oxford die-cast.
first up on the work bench was the bus, heres a picture of how it looks right out of the box http://www.gaugemaster.com/item_details.asp?code=ODRM101
 drilling out the rivets the inside seats were painted to remove the bland, all yellow-brown inside. I then populated the bus with people, i got the people off the layout as I have thought about repainting the hornby people on the layout after being very impressed with the result in this thread http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=10904&forum_id=73 but have decided instead to remove them and slowly replace them with better, hand painted ones, to finish off the bus I painted the wheel alloys, weathered it and added new blinds and advertisements 
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the 36 bus would have gone though the Kingsmead area (if Kingsmead existed that is)


Redevelopment on Reading Road Bridge is taking place at the moment, allow a nice clear view of the bus though 


I have tried to paint people before, but never had the patients or skill to do them, but I think Iv'e cracked it, I'm very pleased with this police man.


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Marty wrote: I'm sure there is a prototype for that fence Aaron, I'd leave it for character.

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I'll probably put a lamp post in front of it, when I can find a suitable example.
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Hmmmm. I think 'elf & safety' might have a thing or two to say about the lack of pedestrian barriers/handrails on that overbridge Aaron. :Red Card

Come to think of it I don't think I've ever seen a road/pedestrian overbridge to that design.:It's a no no



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Just thought I'd say a cracking layout with loads of those little cameo scenes taking place in the background, just keep those pictures & ideas coming.

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Chinahand wrote: Hmmmm. I think 'elf & safety' might have a thing or two to say about the lack of pedestrian barriers/handrails on that overbridge Aaron. :Red Card

Come to think of it I don't think I've ever seen a road/pedestrian overbridge to that design.:It's a no no

The bridge isn't finished yet, the barriers will be done with plate girders, similar to many of the truss bridges in London.
I wanted to get a London feel to the bridge and also give my Reading Road SP a Ranelagh Road SP feel,If You use Google maps and follow the main line out of paddington you will notice that the line is crossed by many heavy through truss bridges, theses trusses would be far to over engineered for the purpose on my layout as the Reading Road bridge only needs to cross the entrance into the SP (and maybe more if and when the layout gets extended), so I went for a less heavy design, similar to this bridge which cross the main line here, 
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Although my bridge probably dose have more in common with the railway truss bridge next to it as i found it difficult to find a suitable kit, I feel it carry's out its purpose well enough, and is tall enough for a double decked bus.  This kit is by daplo was also the only kit that I found which was well priced, long enough for the job and kit bash-able.



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Just thought I'd say a cracking layout with loads of those little cameo scenes taking place in the background, just keep those pictures & ideas coming.

Cheers Mike.

Thanks mike, the main construction has stared to stagnate on the layout as there are no longer large areas to develop so its now getting down to the small details, as my modelling skills get better, more little cameos should be appearing as the hornby people slowly are removed and replaced with hand painted ones, I hope to have the first batch done soon to repopulate platform 4



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Progress, plate girders in place on the bridge and the first batch of figures complete and on platform 4, there probably won't be much more progress until about mid-may, final year design project hand in and exams between now and then




for the photos of platform four I had to take the photos from the non viewing side, I had to hold a mirror up on along the platform to add to the impression that the station is larger than modeled and to avoid cluttering the photo with my room



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That's a great looking pic Aaron! Black and white photos always, for some reason makes scenes look a little (lot) more realistic. The layout has come along quite nicely. Keep up the good work.

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Gary wrote: That's a great looking pic Aaron! Black and white photos always, for some reason makes scenes look a little (lot) more realistic. The layout has come along quite nicely. Keep up the good work.

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I know what you mean, here is another one I took around the same time.



A warship class 42 leaving Kingsmead station head to Bristol


other work on the railway has consisted of putting up some retaining arches for the post office car park.



still needs blending in, also have final ballasting the whole layout, even under the points which I had been putting off since the beginning.

another job I've done is I have seen to putting passengers in the mk1 coaches












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Thanks ted, unfortunately the lima coaches are now being replaced with newer and improved bachamann coaches, after look at them online I decided it was worth the investment. the passengers will have to switch trains at the next station.





As can been seen theses models are leaps and bounds ahead of the lima coaches. I have also started to really think about the extension of the layout and have decided to extend the station so I can run 3 coach trains. although there is no room for it at the moment, hopefully there will be in the future, here is what I have been thinking.

the drawings on the right are kingsmead road and how I envisage it off scene and the traffic movements of kingsmead road, the 3d drawing at the bottom is how I hope the new board will look like, with an overall glass roof, the retaining wall and tube entrance and exit, and the surrounding buildings. the drawing above that is a 2d side view to see how the station building will continue on to the board, above that is a plan view.


Here is another sheet with ideas of how the underground station will align with kingsmead terminal, ideas for a girder between the tracks of platform 4 and 5, the entrances in to the tube station and the addition booking office for the tube exit (like at Paddington)



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here is a near final drawing, with all the kits and items I hope to use, not sure if to have an overall roof with peco kits, or canopies along the platform, or both. I haven't drawn the track in as that always makes it look messy, and its quite obvious where it will go.



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Not much has happened recently due to exams and coursework hand ins, but that dose not mean nothing has happened.

I have removed the brick support on Reading Road Bridge, as it did not suit the girder bridge, at the moment the bridge is being supported by a cocktail stick, I hope to get some clear Perspex to support the bridge on the baseboard edge.


A false point has been made to form an imagery connection for the dead siding with the class 31 on. this was made in situ from scraps from a broken point. it looks very effective from the usual viewing distance. but not so good at close up.

also tried painting the side of the rails, it looks good so I think I will continue with it through out the existing layout.
On the work bench are weathering of the Bachmann coaches, painting 40 something people, and start on the station extension.
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I'm not sure how you are painting your rails, but have you seen these ; http://www.micromark.com/floquil-paint-markers-set-of-3-track-colors,8968.html  May make that job a little easier as your track is insitu.

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They look wonderful Gary, at the moment I am using a small brush and some brown paint, seems to be working for now, but if I do come across difficulties I will probably invest into those 'pens'.

mostly finished the rail sides in the locomotive stabling yard. I have also weathered the ballast a bit more.




some work has started on the station extension, well sought of, scratch build a row of Georgian house backs using Metcalfe windows I had spare and brick paper, I changed the colour of the bricks by changing there brightness and contrast, they still need a bit more work with greenery, yard clutter, edge stones and a bit of roof, but there mostly there and give a generally impression.







I have also built the tube station that will sit at the end of the station, this tube station is assumed to have a street access on kingsmead street, then a station access at the platform ends, (see drawing in previous post to see where the house backs and tube station will go). the tube station was made from the free downloads from the Kingsway Kits website, using the Watford east tube station download, tube station floor tiles download and the tube station walls download. the escalators were made from card and paper, as well as some footbridge spares.




like with the house, the tube station is not complete but is mostly there, the back wall, escalators and ticket barrier are only placed in position as access is still need to get inside for people and a few more posters, the building has no roof at the moment so I have lit the inside with a well placed lamp.







the idea is that passengers from kingsmead rail will enter through the right hand entrance, purchase tickets at the machines on the right hand wall, or the booths on the back wall, then pass the ticket barrier booth before going down the end escalators, passengers entering from street level will have already purchased there tickets and so will go down both sets of escalators, passengers from the tube coming up can go up to street level or exit on to the station were a booking office will be waiting for them. there will be no street level access to kingsmead rail at this end of the station.

this tube station was the original in kingsmead serving the station and the surrounding population. the small tube station on the existing kingsmead station board is a more modern street access which was built more recently in kingsmead history, for the addition access from street level as the access from the original tube station was very congested during peak periods.



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Some really nice looking stuff on there Aaron and plenty of thought gone into creating the little scenes - well done. :thumbs

Whilst this shot doesn't give any idea of what they really look like, these are some of the best model Georgian house backs I've seen.  As a kit, they're as old as the hills but absolute dead ringers for the houses you see from the train - or tube - in the London area:

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You can see the finished article here on John Dew's "Granby" (Post 119)

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I have order some of those kits you have suggested peter, along with a superquick kit, but looking at the mock up I will not have that much room for them.
Been working on a mock up of the extension, 2 foot by 1 foot 1 inch is not a lot of room when you get down to it, had to change  the plans a bit, I have put the house backs at the back of the board, the tube station is a bit to big, but I would not have it any other way, I really am to happy with it and to get rid or change it is not an option. the booking office has moved down to what would be the middle of the platform ends(only a half of kingsmeads station platforms are modeled), I might switch my house backs with the Bilteezi ones when I get them and move my houses along the parcels platform.





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finally got round to weathering my new mark one coaches, each one is slightly different stages of wear and tear, 
the under frames have been dirtied and using a burnt umber base coat, with a yellow ochre wash, for rust a light coat of burnt sienna is added before the yellow wash, the connections have been 'rusted' and the door hinges have been picked out with raw umber.
not sure on how to weather the roofs, been finding it difficult to find images, also I have a gangway door/end thing that came with the Brake coach and I am not sure how to weather this, again finding it difficult to find any images.

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well here they are, being pushed in to platform five by the station pilot for the 10:30 to Cardiff which will be headed by a class 35 'Hymek' 








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They look good Aaron - "weathered" but not too heavily. :thumbs

One tip might be to just run some "oily black" down the door frames.  Maybe use a wash and wipe it off across the doorway almost immediately just leaving the black in the joint.  They weathered there almost from day 1 because it was seldom, if ever, cleaned off.  It also serves as an excellent demarcation for the doors themselves making them look more "attached" to the coach rather than moulded with it.

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One tip might be to just run some "oily black" down the door frames.  Maybe use a wash and wipe it off across the doorway almost immediately just leaving the black in the joint.  They weathered there almost from day 1 because it was seldom, if ever, cleaned off.  It also serves as an excellent demarcation for the doors themselves making them look more "attached" to the coach rather than moulded with it.

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That's the ticket Aaron but no need to do too much above the doors.  It's just to mark the gasp between the door and the carriage side:thumbs

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Do you think it looks better ?

up close it dose add the depth, I usual do the black paint in the door joins, but I thought it wouldn't be necessary on the Bachamann coaches as the depth of the join was quite deep, but by comparing the photos I see it was necessary, though it is difficult to spot the difference at normally viewing distance (about three to four foot), Thanks for the help, I had a look at Jim SW coaches, his weathering skills are leaps and bounds ahead the majority of us on this forum.



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well, time for an update,
because of the new station extension, the temporary platform extension for platform 5 was no long necessary so it got ripped up. the extension was always a pain as my lima class 52 couldn't cross over in to platform 5 from the platform 4 road, which really limited operation, so I am glad its gone
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I have a box of goodies for the extension board on its way, with more Metcalfe station platform, so I hope to build a ramp for this end of platforms 5 and 6, and remove the 'truss' support for the road bridge and replace it with a 'beefier' column group support.
happy with the rail and ballast weathering on the depot board, I have continued on to the station board.


weathered on the right and untouched on the left, it looks a lot better at normal viewing distance,
Also the MDF base board for the station extension has turned up, still need to strengthen it with some batons, here it is with everything 'plonked' in place.


the lamp shed represents a newspaper kiosk, the vent van body represents a booking office, the 3 single paint pots on the left will be ticket booths/barriers, and the 2 groups of paint pots on the right will be station island buildings, with the other half of the station building spanning over them, the house fronts on the left will have a cobble street in front of them and this will be raised above the station by a retaining wall, the house backs on the right will also be raised by a retaining wall.



 
Kingsmead has made it has the headed picture, so here's another B&W photo,
Western Renown prepares to leave platform 5,

I touched up the weathering on the ends a bit last week, and removed the 'tail lamps' you can still see the outline though, so a bit more work is needed

also have been typing up a history of Kingsmead station, I hope to post this up when I am happy with it.



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The track weathering is good Aaron - what did you do it with ?

Oh, and congrats on being selected as the header photo. :cheers:cheers



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Petermac wrote: The track weathering is good Aaron - what did you do it with ?........

With a small paint brush and Burnt Umber paint, by painting along the viewing side of the rails, its possible to paint the side of the rail and just touch the tops of the chairs, then clean the top of the rail with a finger. the ballast always works its self loose so I end up regally reapplying the 50:50 solution of PVA and water, but this time I have added a little bit of Black paint to the mix to darken the ballast.



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A update on progress.

more track weathering and arches blended in with foliage




the edge of track weathering can be seen on the left.

in addition, the royal mail sorting office has been also blended in and finally given a sign, not sure if its right for 1971, but it will have to-do until I find something to prove other wise.


 

also a movie poster to help date the railway, Its 'Raid on Rommel' with Richard Burton , released February 1971, I do love the old war films, my dvd collection of them always keeps growing,


 

the platform needs a hand rail, I am not sure how access to the platform would be, guess from over the wall on the left.




the Edenbridge railway hotel has been displaced, it will be put on the station extension, and the hotel has been replace with the Georgiana house backs I built earlier.




also the south entrance tower to Kingsmead station building has been reduced in height, It seemed to imposing before.

other works have been cutting the track for the station extension, ballasting the track edge along platform 4, and the track in platform 6.

 



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the island platform buildings for the extension of the station have been completed, theses will mirror the ones on the existing station broad, they will support the other half of the over station building, and have the access staircases to the station building.
building number one, this is for platforms 5 and 6




building number two is for platforms 3 and 4, being that one third of this platform is 'off scene', the canopy's on the side of platform 3 are not modeled, and the canopy over the stairs is partially modeled.




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It's been a while since I looked in Aaron and you've certainly come on in leaps and bounds since then. It's turned into a cracking layout so well done for all your hard work. I love the shots of Kingsmead Station.



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Thank-you for the kind comments, the tube station is one of the things I really put some effort into as it will be the focus point at the platform ends, and I think it really paid off.



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"oh no, not enough mock up", I know, I know
Yes its enough mock up of the station extension board, my thoughts have turned to an overall roof, as many (well all I have looked at) London terminal stations have some form of overall roof/train shed.
my thoughts have wandered to a perpendicular roof like at 'Waterloo', but a truss shape roof like at 'Marylebone'.
the blue cutting mat will be the overhead station, and the green chopping broad will be an overall roof, like the initial cardboard one on its left
these views also show the intended height of the surrounding building and retaining walls, and the new location of the 'Edenbridge' hotel, which will be 'super' low relief (well, flat to put in in other words)


oh, and the paint pots, are just paint pots, holding the roof up, or weighing the cutting mat down.
underneath the roof
I have not placed the interior of the tube station back in, so that is why you can see clutter, this will be the view across the platform ends/concourse.
the 'buffer stop' view
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last, but not least, a black and white view of the buffer stops
the final overall roof I hope to make in late July or early August, it will be made from around five 'connect side by side' trusses, cut out on a lazercutter, which will be connected together with struts, then covered.



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the new broad is coming along nicely, with the batons attached under neath, work on the topside can begin


platforms and platform buildings are fixed down, along with the track which has been glued and tacked down, and weathered.


A ticket/Booking office and a newspaper kiosk have been placed at the platform ends, the booking office is for tube passengers as they will not have gone through the station building to get to the platforms, this was made from left overs from the station building, 


the newspaper kiosk is a Hornby one, and I have added scale size newspapers and newspaper stacks and a magazine rack. with scale magazines on the left.


the tube station has been glued down, although the escalators, ticket barrier and back wall are only placed in position for effect.



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further progress on the concourse are with the buffer stops for platforms four and five, and stated on the ticket barrier on platform three/four.
the buffer stops, made from painted card, and added some oil lamps.
the ticket barrier, made form plastic pieces, spear fencing and mesh from an old sieve,  the mesh is suppose to represent an open concertina gate. two ticket collecting booths need to be added, but theses seem impossible to find, scalescenes have a downloadable one in a kit collection and Langley have a brass kit one, and that is all I could find, I will most likely build my own.
from the concourse side, showing the posters on the wall at the platform ends, and the platform sign on top of the gate.
A view across the buffer stops, into the tube station.
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Love the gate entrance to the station, great use of items, always wondered what could be substituted for those folding gates I'd like to give that a try myself.

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Chinahand wrote: ..... Have you thought of supergluing bit of plastic rod on to just tidy up the edges though.
I had thought of it, but I couldn't find any plastic scraps, but your mention of the use of rod reminded me I had some plastic rod in one of my boxes, so after cutting it to length and and painting it, the barrier now looks like this. 



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built the second ticket barrier for platforms 5 and 6



 
also purchased some BRUTE trolleys, so I have cleared the platforms again, got to start afresh with new trolleys, better positioning of people and canopies



the weathers been really good these past few weeks, so I have brought a wall paper paste table and took the station out side.

 





 



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It has been a while since I have updated, this has been because the weather (we have a pool), the village p**s up (sherston boules) and my graduation (in which I received a 2.1 in Bsc(Hons) civil engineering).
first up, the work on Kingsmead's platform ends, the new bridge support, which I believe looks so much better, a ramp on the end of platform 5/6 and a canopy on platform 3/4.


Here is the canopy from platform 5


Ticket collection booths have been added at the ticket barriers, they still need detailing with posters, clocks and timetables.


and the other one.


also the newspaper kiosk has been redo after an accident with water, now it completed


and the tractors have been painted, tho they wait for there wasp strips and drivers


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Looks to be coming on really well. The tube station reminds me of many I went through when living in south London.

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Received a Heljan class 52 western, so spent most of the weekend adding the details from the detailing packs, adding etched name and number plates as well as weathering. finally got it on the layout today. here is a few pics.




Weathered with acrylics  and working from photos, it took me a while to get it to look right, the benefit of using acrylics are that they can be dry brushed or made in to inks by thinning with water, and if you naughtyword up they just wash off with water, very useful with the cost of some locomotives.




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Received a Heljan class 35 hymek from olivias trains, and given it a first coat of weathering.

still lots to do, but its mostly there.
due to the bad weather I have managed to get on with kingsmead station.


I have completed weathering the track and the ballast, fixed the lamp hut down on to its foundations, and given the retaining wall some depth and weathering, and added a new bush on the arches.



Added some rusty rails on the platform 5 road.



and the over all view, also showing the new movie poster which is 'Kelly's Heroes' which gives a date of about Feb 1970, a bit further back that the previous poster.



Finally added the lamp on Addison Park Corner.


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Finished the Hymek, spot the difference?


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work has been progressing. 
This is how the platform concourse end looks now, the street with no name has been built, retaining wall em-placed, and train information broad put up
the broad was made to represent the one at Charing Cross station during 1970, as seen here
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built in paint, as I could not find any kits or downloads for one, it seems odd that something so big and imposing has never been made available.
here is the one that I built, if anyone would like a copy, or adjust it for there own means they are more than welcome, it represents a flip broad typical of the 60's and 70's at busy major stations.


I would be willing to change and adjust it for peoples means.
here it is in-situ.

work on the street above has also gone on
with a cobble road (well sort of) made with filler and a biro.

also the booking office has been make half the size and station staff have now occupied it.
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I have fixed the tube station inner parts together, and added a population of HO figures that i had painted, also fixed the ticket collection booths, fixed down the ticket office and added posters and tube map to the area, here is a few pics.









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Looking good. I really like the ambience of the lighting from inside the station entrance. :thumbs

So what time is the next train due to Exeter StDavids ?? ;-);-)

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Lighting is something I've yet to tackle.  The people make a huge difference to the scene.



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Gary wrote: ........So what time is the next train due to Exeter StDavids ?? ;-);-)........

its the 08:20 from platform 6, you've got 5 minuets to get a ticket and broad Gary :mrgreen:
I see what you mean about the lighting Peter and Gary, I think seeing the tube station lit up has persuaded me to fit lighting in to it, at the moment I lit it up with a lamp for photos, I will have to get on to my dad about wiring up some lights for it, hes the electrical engineer, I'm just the civil one:mutley
I have made an overall roof from a Peco kit, it was not the route I wanted to go down, but due to a massive lack in available overall roof kits, and my lack of scratch building abilities it was the only route left that fitted my station. here is a few pics of the near completed roof.
















the entire overall roof is lift away allowing access to the tracks and platforms, I tried for a Kings Cross look with the overall roof, but changed the orientation of the roof, the big end truss was 'acquired' from University when no one was looking, and the middle truss is made from foot bridge supports and plastic strip with holes in which I have no idea were it came from, the pillars still need to be painted green, the stations colour for supports. I know some members don't like loads of pictures but I do, 'a picture paints a thousand words' supposedly, so above is one heck of a block of text. :twisted:



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above is my proposed new track plan, using both of my station broads, I have grown away from the stabling point broad because the track plan dose not work for me and it was designed as a fiddle yard and never intended to be used as a stabling point, so it was always a compromise, most of the scenic's  from it will be rescued and reused tho, the new plan will be 2 feet off the floor, with a ladder fiddle yard under the window, capable of holding one three coach train (with loco), one two coach train (with loco), one two coach length parcels train (with loco), one two car DMU, and three locos in waiting, the black line is the visible track cutoff point, and the two bits of flexi track that go nowhere will be third rail southern track for the rest of the off scene station.



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Model railways are never 'really' finished... ;-);-) Always good to have a change now and again and the way you are tackling it, is with a lot of thought and cleverness. I like what you have come up with and those two Southern 'third rail' lines, are a nice feature. Your layout is always growing with alterations and there seems to be something new to look at each time ! Keep up the good work.

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Gary wrote: Model railways are never 'really' finished... ;-);-) Always good to have a change now and again and the way you are tackling it, is with a lot of thought and cleverness. I like what you have come up with and those two Southern 'third rail' lines, are a nice feature. Your layout is always growing with alterations and there seems to be something new to look at each time ! Keep up the good work.

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Will do Gary :doublethumb thank you for the comment, I know what you mean by 'Model railways are never finished' as there is always something more to do.
well the fiddle yard broad is built and placed, track laid/ printed out in place to see how everything fits, unfortunately the broad is a bit shorter than I would have liked so the fiddle yard has a smaller capacity, but it still works. the new track has been ordered from Hornby (the cheapest place I could get it from, Free P&P when you spend over £30),




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So, tell me about this fiddle yard 'broad'..., Is she a good looker ? ;-);-)

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Progress is progress no matter how fast or slow you make it !

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 please excuse my spelling, not my strongest asset, the track turned up today, 5 bits of track (2 curved points and 3 lengths of flexi track) in a 1 meter by 50 centimeter by 20 centimeter box filled with that sugar puff foam, Its a damn lot of foam, thank god I am going to the local tip soon.



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As has already been said Aaron - progress is progress. :thumbs:thumbs  I need to take a leaf out of your book because unfortunately, I've stalled a bit on mine recently due to other commitments.

You seem to have a decent amount of storage space in your yard.

Tell me, where do the 2 tracks coming in bottom left on this shot go ?





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they are scenic tracks only, and will be southerner third rail tracks to give the impression that there is track going to the off scene platforms.



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there certainly will be, one of the benefits of having the layout lower down means that these noting stopping me having a back scene, so when I get round to it there will be a hardboard back scene around the scenic part of the layout, for a scenic break between the station and the fiddle yard I am thing of a tunnel (who would have guessed), and the corner will be filled with urban London.



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And there was you saying it was nearly finished in January:mutley


Filling the corner with 'urban London' means you can put just about anything there, so you really have got modeller's license.

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That's got to be one hell of a corner ............:shock::shock::shock::shock:;-)

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some thoughts have started on the corner,


The terrace house and tube station have been saved from the old depot broad, the houses have been rebuild and reinforced, as well as weathered and had curtains and internal walls added. were the two London bus carcasses are the location of a possible kingsway bus depot, just toying with the idea as I really like there kits. between the two main roads is a bit of an unsure area (between the yellow lorry and the road on the station board), any suggestions would be welcome, so far someone has suggested a park, but I believe the are two small for one.



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fiddle yard tracks fixed in place, at the moment I have one line temporary powered, its nice to run trains again.


Final capacity is one three coach train with loco, one two coach train with loco, one two coach DMU, and three locos in waiting, (which is more stock than I currently have)
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That Bus Depot is the 'Tardis' of all bus depots... Bigger on the inside than the outside ! Here I was thinking that you may have cut the bus in half, just to fit it all in. Great perspective interior. :thumbs

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It has been a while since I have updated any of my threads, graduate engineering placements are few and far between at the moment, so I have been working at a local pub for the past month, (moneys money, hey) so I haven't had as much spare time as I had when being a student (shame isn't it). what free time I have had I have used on my other past time, Game consoles, with the PS4 coming out soon (pre-ordered) I have been back on the PS3 talking to old friends (across the globe, like this forum). also a bundle of fur has taken residence, which requires constant TLC

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Above: Its a cloudy day and a hymek waits at the end of platform five with a three coach secondary passenger train bound for Birmingham, the station pilot takes a moments break before its next duty.
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Above: Luckily for me the sun comes out and a class 31 with a secondary passenger train arrives


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I've been looking over you posts again as I am told you have been using Kingsway building kits and papers.

How were these kits in comparison to the likes of Metcalfe ? I have just sent for one of their bus depots and was wondering how they are at going together.

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They come pre-printed on the right gauge card, and just need careful cutting out and building, the instructions are pretty straight forward but there is no room for foul ups, the windows are printed on paper and you can just cover them in sticky tape, or for the more adventurous, cut out the window bars and mount on clear plastic sheeting, I really like there kits and have really enjoyed kit bashing the free downloadable kits.



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Many thanks for the response. Sounds like maybe a little more care needed than Metcalfe and a little bit more intricate.

I'll let you know how I get on,

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Hi Aaron,

Well done, you'll be glad that you can start reaping the benefits of your stint in academia.

I graduated in 1999 with an honours degree in Building Economics & Quantity Surveying and have not looked back. You are also in a good position in that the economy is picking up again and work should be easier to find. Don't let the grass grow under your feet. Get your name circulating and keep an eye open for your first step up the ladder. The increase in salary should be your incentive there.:mutley

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Congratulations Aaron.Excellent news and good luck for the future.:cheers



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Thanks for the kind words gentlemen, 
My three month probational period is over and I'm staying, apart from structural analysis I am being trained as a climber so I will be able to do site surveys as well,
Moving to Cheltenham soon and have only just found out my soon to be apartment will be a 6 minuet walk from Cheltenham model center, with this in mind and the knowledge that I will have my own space, my mind has slowly started to turn to trains, having picked up a model rail magazine in June I was very impressed by the model of Ranelagh stabling point, though I was disappointed by the lack of a track plan as the layout was along the 'lines' of something I would have enjoyed to recreate (no pun intended),
watch this space, (or I may need to create a new space) for further news.



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Great to have you back Aaron.Good luck with the plans.



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Planning has started with numerous plans being drawn up in anyrail, Aiming for a 8 foot by 1 and a half foot total layout, with five foot scenic and and three foot fiddle yard, I am very drawn to an expanded version of the layout plan for kingscross found on this page 
http://www.carendt.com/micro-layout-design-gallery/passenger-lines/
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Sounds interesting Aaron, look forward to seeing the plan.

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Bought a dapol N gauge starter set to see if N gauge is compatible with myself, and I am genuinely impressed with it, seems like I will be trading in some of my 00 gauge for N gauge then..



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Good luck with the eyes Aaron. :thumbs

Beautiful though the modern "N" Gauge offerings are, light years ahead of the old Lone Star "Treble-O-Lectric" stuff of the early 60's, and, given the smaller houses of today, with plenty of advantages over the much larger "OO" Gauge, I know I simply couldn't manage to work with anything that small. :cry::cry:



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Petermac wrote: Good luck with the eyes Aaron. :thumbs

Beautiful though the modern "N" Gauge offerings are, light years ahead of the old Lone Star "Treble-O-Lectric" stuff of the early 60's, and, given the smaller houses of today, with plenty of advantages over the much larger "OO" Gauge, I know I simply couldn't manage to work with anything that small. :cry::cry:

Talking of the old eyes, I found out a few months ago I am longsighted in both eyes, But with glasses I should be able to cope....I hope



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Hi Aaron,

Looking foward to the new layout. 'carendt.com/micro' have some inspirational little layouts. I always keep my eye on this site. Speaking of eyes, you're not the only one who is in need of glasses... I've had to start wearing them myself. :shock: I can tell you they make a huge difference. :thumbs

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this layout has been condemned, and has moved to a different gauge, for reference
N Gauge kingsmead

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