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 Posted: Sun Apr 14th, 2013 11:31 am
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G`day Folks,
Work has begun on the room that will house Great Chesterford Junction, Little Bardfield and Bamford.This railway is fictional, however the place names are real. Why these names you ask???.......well because some of my ancestors came from Great Chesterford in Essex. They emmigrated to Australia in the 1800`s. I have been to Great Chesterford and I feel a very strong connection to the place, therefore the name for my railway. My ancestors were Bards.......Little Bardfield is very close to Great Chesterford.Bamford was originally going to be called Bampton ,but I decided to include my wife`s family as well and so Bamford was the obvious choice.
The real Great Chesterford has a railway running through it to Cambridge etc, but I have chosen to follow a fictional plan and create a junction with plenty of operational challenges. If it is too easy to operate I will lose interest.
Recently, I was fortunate enough to acquire Murrays railway, due to the generosity of Murrays widow ,who was assisted by Murrays friend Gary in disposing of said railway. Gary is a member of this forum.     ( G`day Gary ) Most of what I acquired will become Little Bardfield and Bamford with very little left over.
To give you an idea of what I am up to I have inserted a plan below. The plan shows the junction station with fiddleyard opposite. There will also be a sliding fiddleyard on the peninsula that projects into the middle of the room. Above the sliding fiddleyard will be Bamford branch terminus. Above and in front of the other fiddleyard will be Little Bardfield branchline through station.


The railway is 13 feet x 10 feet. On the lower right hand side of the plan, the branch line passes through the wall into my workshop and travels around the wall, rising at 1 in 60 as it goes, to a height of at least 3 inches. It travels through the wall near the top right hand side of the plan and passes through a curved Little Bardfield station. It travels through the supporting wall for the branch terminus (Bamford) and below Bamford, yet above the main line tracks, and out through the left hand wall into a storage room.It does a circuit of the room, whilst climbing 1 in 60, to arrive at Bamford back through the wall again.
That`s probably enough confusion for the moment.!!.....The room forms part of my garage, which has been a conversion project for quite some time now. At this stage the ceiling is lined, the lights are done and the power points are in. I have cut one of the exit holes for the branch and so far everything seems to be on course. The photo below shows where I started a couple of years ago and you can see the remnants of my former railway.......What a mess!!!!!


Now some pictures of the actual room


The pic above shows the supporting wall for the Bamford branch terminus which projects into the centre of the room.The pic below shows the supporting wall temporarily removed and lining of the ceiling has begun.


The next pic shows more lining completed.


Well that`s all folks .....for the moment........more updates to follow.
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My word that all looks very promising gormo. Really looking forward to following your progress.



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Thanks Robert,
I am looking forward to some progress as well. I have a plan here, drawn a couple of years ago, showing the concept for my garage layout.......I submit it to show more clearly the position of the rooms  within the building.




Disregard the benches in the railway room.......otherwise it`s pretty much as shown.
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 Posted: Mon Apr 15th, 2013 12:55 pm
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G'day Brian,

The railway room is looking good. I will show this thread to Anita (Murray's widow). She too will be pleased that the old layout is being well utilised. Keep up the good work and looking foward to the continuing thread on Great Chesterford !

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G`day Folks,                  
Work forges ahead.......half of the walls are lined. I expect to complete quite a lot more today. The weather is bad which allows me more time in the shed without guilt?????......I am not getting any younger and I`m finding this physically demanding, however, the end is in sight. Even though the room is not entirely lined and painted , I am already planning the positions of the steel brackets that will support the railway. I want it to appear as if it is floating above the floor without legs to hold it up.
                  Anyway......that`s all for now......more updates to follow.
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Good on ya Gormo.... Keep it up.... I repaired the skirting and painted the walls of my railway room before starting on my layout. It's worth the effort.


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Hi Marty,                         
Thanks for the encouragement.
I have one wall to go......in the last half hour I have dropped my laser level and busted it and then cracked a board I was working on......it`s time to quit for the day!!!!
Best to start fresh on another day

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G`day Folks,
Work forges ahead, time permitting, and now the railway room is 99.99% boarded out. There is just one small strip to add to the bottom of the branch wall / peninsula.
A small concrete infill has to be added at the end of the room to complete the floor and the room has to be trimmed and painted.......Then?????.......work starts on the railway.








    It all looks rather grey and ordinary at the moment but painting will transform it and lighten up the room.
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G`day Folks,

Well the room is almost ready for painting...........the concrete has taken me a week because it was done in four stages.......but today I have finished the trim and filling.........so I`m getting there.

One of the good things about this project is that I am recycling materials wherever possible and I am gradually reducing my store of collected materials.

I just have to check now on the paint situation........hopefully there will be something left in the shed that will be usable.

Cheers for now
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Looking good Gormo, keep it up!



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Thanks Ted.........Cheers Gormo



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G`day Again,

Just to get off the subject for a bit.........I haven`t been sitting on my hands dreaming away for the last couple of years........I`ve been collecting items for my railway and making buildings etc.
I thought I would show some of my Metcalfe creations with embellishments.
These are low relief .Notice the lady in the upper window 2nd from the left and signs added to the right of the doorway on the model shop. The top yellow sign shows my Grandson as the proprietor.




I created new shop signs for the Bookshop and Julie`s Gallery. Julie is my wife......she loves books and Art. It`s only fitting she should have her own gallery with a bookshop next door




Here is a potential model railway customer for the model shop


And a view of the book shop......note the book cases inside the shop.




And Mrs Jones leaving the bakery with Mr Jones daily bread




I am looking forward to adding these items to my railway and also I have still have quite a few to build



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Not long to go now Gormo, make with that paint brush there mate.... Those terrific buildings need a home!

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Like the look of those shops gormo. Everything coming along just nicely by the looks of things, keep up the good work. I shall continue to follow your progress with interest.



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Great looking train room Gormo. :thumbs

I just took my space and banged in some baseboards .............I'm now trying to "retro-clad" it all !!!  A bit like fitting the track before you build the boards ..........:oops:

Your shops look the bees knees too.  I like the "personalisation"  :cheers



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Thanks Barney & Peter...........Peter, I went down the road of railway first and then fix the room when I first jumped into model railways in the 1980`s.........it`s hard to do it that way but at least you have a railway to tinker with whilst the room gets fitted out properly.
Building the room first is an exercise in delayed gratification for me, and I hope it`s worth the wait.!!

I thought I would show you a before and after example from my workshop, which as you know , is the room next to my railway room. The garage is being transformed from a bit of a tip to something that`s nearly good enough to live in. My next door neighbor, Bill, reckons it`s the best " dog house " he`s ever seen......high praise indeed !!!!!!

The first pic shows the partition framing ready to receive cladding




The next pic shows the same wall clad and painted..........so you can see it`s a radical change.




The railway room will be to the same standard......it`s amazing how a multitude of sins can be covered by a lick of paint.

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Neat, very neat indeed Gormo. That space will be a pleasure to work in.



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If that wall shows the standard which your railway room is going to be at, it'll be a pleasure to operate your layout in. It looks the business Gormo.



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Thank you Gents,

   It`s Thursday evening and work is coming along nicely. The ceiling is painted ( white ) and the walls are painted (sky blue ) half way down. The bottom half  will be painted ( black ) tomorrow.

   The idea behind the two-tone colour scheme is to fool the eye when in the room. The wall above the baseboard will be sky blue and the wall below the baseboard will be black. I`ve mentioned before that the layout will be supported on brackets below the baseboard. The layout should appear as though it is just suspended off the wall. With the below baseboard area being black, I am hoping the eye will be drawn to and concentrate on things above baseboard level.

   I have some dark chocolate coloured carpet tiles to go down on the floor ( they sound good enough to eat ) . They were gracefully donated by my son`s work, who in their infinite wisdom decided to chuck them out.  I will always gratefully accept unwanted useful items.

   Well folks....that`s all for now........next time I`ll put up some pics.

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G`day Folks, 
                 The painting is done......just some touch ups to be done where the masking tape was doing it`s own thing. Next step is to clean up the floor and get some carpet down. I am also going to paint the sliding door to match the walls but I`ll have to remove it from it`s track to do that.

                Anyway......some pics as promised.













            Well ???........still more to be done.......but the results are encouraging

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