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Hello there

I've recently joined and thought I'd start a layout topic. My layout has been under construction, stop/start (more of the former), since the autumn of 2010.

My interest is GWR and has been ever since childhood and a Hornby Albert Hall and then an interest in all things Brunel (which also led to my career as a civil engineer.)

The layout started off as a small BLT, Marlingford, located in an spare corner of our attic bedroom, above where the stairs doubled back on themselves which allowed a 1.8m x 1.0m baseboard to fit with a bit of overhang and a cut-out for the chimney breast.

Marlingford is loosely based on the former Wallingford station.

Here's the layout's original location, before I started, in September 2010



The concept for the track plan, a U-shaped fiddle yard to terminus layout, I got from a plan by Paul Lunn in a Peoc Trackplans book. I then modified it to get as much of the prototype as I could in and changed it to suit the specific constraints of the layout's location.


Construction of the layout was essentially complete by September 2011. The track is either Peco Setrack with a few bits of Code 100 flexitrack. The layout was DC, powered by a H&M Duette from my childhood. Peco solenoid switch motors were used. The wiring was a complete mess not helped by that at this stage I hadn't learnt to solder.


More photos and details shortly...

Thanks for looking

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Marlingford's "signature" feature is the Creamery, which is a model of the former CWS creamery at Wallingford. The dimensions were taken from Paul Karau and Chris Turner's book on that branch. The model is in card with textures, apart from the roof, from Scalescenes. A picture of this model was in a Railway Modeller article on Creameries earlier in this year, which gave me a nice feeling of satisfaction that I'd done something good enough for print!






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Excellent stuff. A big layout in a small space. I thought I recognised the creamery even before you mentioned its debut. Testimony to the fact that you've done an excellent job of it.

Really good

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toto wrote: Excellent stuff. A big layout in a small space. I thought I recognised the creamery even before you mentioned its debut. Testimony to the fact that you've done an excellent job of it.

Really good

Toto

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The Engine Shed is a modified version of a Scalescenes kit, the station building is my childhood Hornby Station disguised by Scalescenes brick paper and other bits and bobs. The chimneys betrays its origin!



The Goods Shed is a Scalescenes one with no modification.





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G'day Jon,

Welcome aboard. I had recently just replied to your latest post on RMweb. (Nice levers, by the way !) Good to see another quality modeller join this forum.

Cheers, Gary.



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Hi Jon.
What a lovely little layout. I particularly like the way the railway goes "off scene" though the combination of a road bridge and embankment, which works very well indeed. Can I ask what kind of coupling system you are using as I guess there is a fair bit of shunting on the layout? Welcome to YMR.

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Gary wrote: G'day Jon,



Welcome aboard. I had recently just replied to your latest post on RMweb. (Nice levers, by the way !) Good to see another quality modeller join this forum.



Cheers, Gary.

Ssh..don't spoil the story :) Thanks for the compliment



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Hi Jon.

What a lovely little layout. I particularly like the way the railway goes "off scene" though the combination of a road bridge and embankment, which works very well indeed. Can I ask what kind of coupling system you are using as I guess there is a fair bit of shunting on the layout? Welcome to YMR.



Bob

Just the normal tension locks, Bob. A lot of them I have I have changed so as to standardise on Bachmann mini ones. Having tried strategically placed uncoupling ramps more recently I have given these up and now I use an L shaped uncoupling rod, place under the coupling, lean back and it lifts the dropped bit on the hooks.
 
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Hello Jon and welcome to the club. Thanks for sharing your splendid layout with us. One of the things which I like in particular is the use of existing models i.e. the station building you have altered to suit.

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At the start of last year the layout moved to a new home :)





Plenty of room for expansion - more on that later...



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A couple of photos of the approach to the station, the track here is a 1st radius cuvrve so it's a bit tight under the road bridge!






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G'day Jon, Welcome aboard.

Nice work to shoehorn that layout into the space available, I particularly like the length of the run around loop. That must have been a challenge!

Looking forward to following along with the story as you upgrade to the new space.

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Thanks for the interest and the compliments, Marty. I am pleased with how the track plan worked out - a lot of the credit goes to Paul Lunn for the orignal plan which I then developed taking in bits of my favourite prototypes.

Here's some more photos showing close up detail of the station area:











Thanks for looking,

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Some super cameos there Jon. :thumbs:thumbs

The GWR lends itself to sleepy, but highly detailed locations - you've done them justice. :pathead

Tight curve or not, this shot is what it's all about. A really good scene. :doublethumb





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To bring the story of the branch up to date...



Originally the Marlingford branch was going to be fully signalled but I wanted working signals and the original signalling, in particular either multiple doll signals or stacked ground discs I realised was beyong my skill and patience. So I developed a rationalised signalling plan on the basis that the branch would operate on "one engine in steam" basis, like many small branches did. Some rules may be bent in the signalling but iso be it, I wanted to keep it simple. There would thus be no block telegraph and, so I'm told, the signal box would strictly speaking be a ground frame.



Here's the signalling diagram:





I used DCC concepts Cobalt-S levers, easy to use - a bit expensive but a quality product, in my view well worth it.











The levers aren't quite finished, some trim to fit, some polishing to do to handles, number plates to be fitted. I'm holding off doing this in case I decide I will give moving ground signals a go some point in the future. The blue levers, facing point locks are linked to the next door point lever(s) electically so moving the black levers won't move the points unless the point lock is released. The signals and points are also electrically interlocked in a rough fashion: the signal levers will move but not change signals unless points are correctly set. The two levers on the right are for the separate ground frame to work the engine release crossover and these levers are released by the brown and blue lever at the end of the main frame.



The wiring under the levers is a bit of a mess:



This took a lot of trial and error! Somewhere I have noted down how the wires are linked up for future reference.



The signals, you can just see, the starter is an off the shelf Dapol one. The home signal on the bend after the overline bridge is a motorised Peco one.



Thanks for looking,



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The Great Bear wrote: To bring the story of the branch up to date...





G'day Jon,

What material did you use to haunch the ground upto the rail/sleeper level in the above pic ? Is it Das clay or something similar ?

Cheers, Gary.



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Hi Gary

Yes, it was DAS. For the surface topping I used, beige"sandtex" fine textured masonry paint blended with other normal acrylic paints to get a more grey colour, mixed with cheap talcum powder to try and give the surface of the clay , this wasn't quite enough so ended sprinkling some Carrs ash ballast onto it for good measure. The mixture smelt nice even if the grey colour is a bit yucky.

All the best,

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With the construction of the "shed" I worked on developing a plan for a larger layout to fill the 14'x10' space. After toying with grand plans for a medium sized urban terminus station - Cheltenham St James and Henley being different sources for inspiration - I realised that I'd better not be too ambitious, not least as my woodwork and electical skills were non-existant. Also this idea would mean junking the work I'd done to date.

So I thought I'd keep things simpler and build a continuous run layout around the existing Marlingford, have Marlingford as a branch off a mainline with a junction station on the mainline. I could then run the whole of the branch and its interaction with the mainline services and get shunting action at both ends of the branch. Marlingford is mostly based on Wallingford, but the GWR 4-track mainline was too much to handle. In my mind Marlingford is in Oxfordshire, which led me to the original GWR mainline to Birmingham via Oxford.

After looking at a couple of options, I ended up basing something on Kidlington station, the junction station for the Blenheim and Woodstock branch. The reasons for this being:
  • The branch diverged to the left which suits the existing Marlingford layout
  • A mainline but not as busy as some - not as busy as the section between Didcot and Oxford
  • Potential for non-GWR stock (SR & LNER) and locos (LNER) on cross-country workings
  • Lie by siding to add to operating interest
  • Relatively simple but a bit different track plan
  • A nearby canal
  • The creamery on the branch will add operational interest to the mainline station not present at Kidlington.
Here's the plan:



I wanted to keep the woodwork simple and avoid gradients so it's all on a single level. The access to the staging tracks is blocked by the branch, but the intention is to largely run fixed rakes for the passenger trains (7-8 coaches max as reasonable compromise) and mineral freight trains (20 wagons or so), so fiddling would be limited to the pick up goods train, stopping services.

The extended layout is DCC with NCE Powercab. The trackwork is Peco code 75 with electrofrog points and C&L flexitrack for the scenic sections. Point motors are DCC Concepts Cobalts with NCE Switch-It and Switch-8 decoders. The Powercab was chosen as I've not heard a bad word said about it, it's expandable and that it can use macros so the setting of a series of points in the staging tracks can be automated. The baseboards are L-girders.

The eagle-eyed will note a plan to include a gasworks at Marlingford in the space where the chimney breast used to intrude when in its previous home.

I started construction of the baseboards for the extended layout in March last year and had the basic circuit and fiddle yard track work done by October. Since then progress has been stop-start, mostly stop but I currently have modelling "mojo" back.

Some photos to follow to bring things up to date.

Thanks for looking,

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Look out, the story is starting to gather momentum !

The Das clay painted grey (although smellls pretty) doesn't look 'yucky' at all. It has that typical weathered down blue metal/road base look about it. I like it !

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