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With me as a returning member returns Hintock. This is my first post about it.




The Hintock Branch a Joint GWR/SR Joint line serves the town of Hintock Redux. known locally as Hintock by way of Hintock Junction on another Joint line between Weymouth and Yeovil. 

The period is the 1930's, the time a beautiful English summer's day. All is tranquil at Hintock and in the Vale of Hintock, Dorset.

Hintock Redux is the principal market town in the Vale, that is bounded to the north by the Dorset Downs, to the south the English Channel, east is Dorchester and the west Devon. (A map showing this will follow in due course.) Through the Vale runs runs the River Brede on its way to the sea. It is an area of pleasant rolling country interspersed with fine stands of timber. Long settled and having an equable climate, the soil is suited for crops of every description and particularly the early varieties.




More information and images to follow.

And it's nice being back on YMR.

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Fantastic layout John. The detailing is terrific. Looking forward to seeing more

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It's always been one of my all time favourite layouts John so it's great to hear from you again.

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G'day John,

Like Toto, I'm eagerly waiting to see more ! From the two pics above, I can just tell it's beautifully scenicked. :thumbs Please keep the pics coming.

Cheers, Gary.

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Here, here and Bravo!!
Looking forward to following this one John.
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An impressive couple of photo's of the layout John, looking forward to seeing more!

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Thanks gentlemen; with that warm welcome I thought I'd respond with this.

I'll make further posts with a little more history and a track plan. 

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Hi John

Looks great, really like the scenery :thumbs


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Welcome back John and Hintock looks incredibly detailed.Looking at the photos i take it you've sorted out the uploading problem.

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Yes Alan, thank you.  And I have more like this.

But I need first to tell the story of the why, where and when and how I came to build the Hintock Branch. To avoid a long post I will tell it in several parts. The earlier one might perhaps serve as an introduction.

My interest lies in the running of trains representing everyday workings and combining my other interests, on a Joint GWR/SR branch in Dorset and in the S&DR. This concept of realistic working I was introduced to by the late Reverend Peter Denny and his series of articles in RM. There he created a credible setting in the town of Buckingham and it naturally followed what would be the nature of the Branch that served it, passenger and goods service, from and where to. Geography, history and period too needed to be considered. Knowledge and imagination also plays a part.  

So following his approach I created the town of Hintock Redux, Dorset. 


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Great to see you back on here John.....:thumbs
Hope you are well....

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Appreciate the welcome Ste, and happy to be back. it also gives me the opportunity to present Hintock in its latest form.

Yes, I'm happy to say I'm fortunately keeping well as I hope you are too.

I'm also fortunate in reaching my 85th year and to mark the occasion of my birthday last month a brake van special was run from Hintock to Port Bredy.




The special has just arrived and travelers await to board. 

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Hi John,

More great pics of this wonderful looking layout. :doublethumb I like the use of the low relief buildings you have used, very, very nice. One other thing, could you please post up a track plan of Hintock ??

Cheers, Gary.

 

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Gary, track plan as requested.

I'll get back to the narrative next.

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These three shots will add flesh to the track plan. I shall deal with the evolution, construction etc of Hintock in subsequent posts.




The LH end before alteration/improvement.




Looking toward RH end.




Staging yard.

The layout has been several years in the making and these show it in about the middle of that time.  

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Thankyou for posting the track plan and more pics of the layout. In this pic below, do I detect that the layout goes through the wall ??



The dairy is something that I would like to model at some stage, perhaps on another plank. Did you build it from plans or just photographs ?

Cheers, Gary.

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G`day John,

  Interesting observation by Gary.  I too would like to know if you have an extension in the next room, or is it a mirror to give the illusion that the track continues past the bridge??

  :cheers  Gormo

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Gary and Gormo, I much appreciate your interest in Hintock and value your questions as my intent is never to preach and prefer answering questions. So ask away and I shall be happy to answer.

You are quite right the LH end abuts an external wall and there the layout terminated but in course of the layout's development I extended the branch to Port Bredy (all this will  become clear in subsequent posts) because as much as anything it would vastly improve the rather uninspiring end of the line. This I did by way of the bridge and mirror that you noticed.




As you can see this does not have a lot to commend it.





Whilst this is better but what troubled me was the gap between coach and platform. And I thought I could improve matters.





Unfortunately the file I was trying to load proved too large, so I will have to re-size it. Meantime here is a working shot showing the improvement works at an early stage. I'll post the image I want to illustrate the finished works  on perhaps my next post.





You also asked about Hintock Dairies, they provide traffic for two rains a day, the building is scratch built and follows no particular prototype though I did get some ideas from the Dairy at Hemyock.

There probably are  more questions, please free to ask.

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Hi John

It's nice to see you back from The Dark Side.  :lol:

I'm sure the lads here will be enthralled with Hintock.  :cool:

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Hi Max,

Very kind of you. Yes, I'm happy to be back.

Hintock continues to keep me amused, and I'm pleased to be able to share it with many of you in OZ- the other side of the Pacific.

Kind regards, John.

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The essence of Hintock is the emphasis on operation.

This map shows Hintock's geographical location and the railways in the near vicinity.  And to which the Hintock Branch is connected via Hintock Junction on the Joint GWR/SR main line between Dorchester and Yeovil, and thereby into the GWR and SR systems themselves and through those into the LMSR and LNER. 


This diagram illustrates  the manner
                                              


This diagram illustrates the traffic flow onto and off the Hintock Branch. It follows trains can be run to replicate these services. This is what gives me the opportunities I seek to run such a series of trains and representative of such trains as would be found in a days workings of the Branch.




Here we have a local stopping at all stations passenger train train running into Hintock from the Junction. Behind the coach is a SR GUV from off the SR at Dorchester and the two empty milk tanks are destined for Hintock Dairies having worked down from London (Kensington) on their home road, the GWR..

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Unfortunately there appears no "edit" ability in "preview" . If so, please tell me how.

What got lost was the map referred to. So here it is.

Please read the post accordingly.


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G'day John,

Welcome back and lovely to see Hintock again, especially the new straightened station platform :thumbs. I AM looking forward to more pictures and discussion on how you retrospectively added the extension to the baseboard.


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G'day John,

The maps you provided explains quite a lot, especially what traffic came into Hintock and from where. The pics of the station and the amendments, at first I couldn't work out... :???: Then it dawned on me that you have extended/widened the baseboard and straightened the platform..:oops: 

Excellent work, keep us posted on the improvements ! :thumbs

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Marty, thanks for that, I'm happy to be back and look forward to more anticipation in YMR activities-over time.

And to yourself and Gary I do have some construction photos illustrating the initial work and that which I did for the enhancement (s). All small but significant.

Meantime here are a couple of the entry curve  and that to Sheepcroft Yard. One shows a little of the very useful shelf along the front and something of the room in which the layout is located.

  

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I have a lot of catching up to do since I found myself "otherwise engaged" over the last couple of months John but it's great to catch up on Hintock.

Your attention to detail is wonderful and Hintock looks just as a rural branchline from that part of the world should - a far cry from my industrial memories of the North ..........:thumbs:thumbs

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Petermac, happy to be back; as part of your catching-up and for others above is Hintock Town Quay, my virtual extension of Hintock Redux and as seen in the December RM.

And below, James and Harold Pearce the local coal merchants.




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love the layout John!

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Loads of atmosphere there John. :thumbs

Were the Pearce's from your past or just a handy name ?  :roll:

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Darius, glad you are enjoying Hintock, here are two more for you.




And Petermac this is for you, to answer your question Pearce is not a family name but it is an old Dorset one.



I'm disappointed that these images are not more sharp. Some sharpness will improve them. Next time i shall do it before posting. The detail is there and it needs bringing out.

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Three better images:-



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and Three.

And in the December RM there is an article on my extension of Hintock-"Hintock Town Quay".

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Great scenes as always John.

Never noticed that the Crown Prince had its beer kegs delivered to its own loading dock before.

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Thanks Marty. Crown Prince Brewery generates a lot of traffic. They produce a good brew!

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The latest shot of the coal drop is wonderful John. :thumbs:thumbs

The rusty buffer stop is amazing - how ever did you create the perfect rust effect ?  It really does look to be 3D with the rust eating into the metal exactly where it would on the lighter gauge stuff but only sitting on the surface of the parts which are either less vulnerable or thicker (stronger formulated steel :roll:) - the rails etc. 

I also love the weeds growing in the setts - as I said earlier - an incredible amount of detail built into that one small scene.  That, to me, is what sets some layouts on here so far ahead of others - not the "technical" stuff, it's the attention to detail.

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Petermac, you were inquiring about the buffer stop; most is happenstance, there the effect was achieved with slap dash coats of paint.

The surface of the yard is hard board bumpy side up, to simulate the setts and which brings the surface to about sleeper top height and roughly undercoated with dark and light gray-when still wet. The grass effect is very wet white glue, a squirt of water to dilute it further and a light application of flock.  Some too got on the stops.

Another set of stops for your consideration and a bit more basic scenery.

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27XX shunting Hintock Farmer's Siding, but particularly for Petermac and his interest in buffer stops.



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Good to see you back here John. I somehow missed the return of Hintock but now that I've found it I shall be keeping an eye on it as it is one of my all-time favourite layouts which has provided so much inspiration to not only myself, but also to modellers all around the World. Your eye for, and attention to, detail is awesome and the overall 'picture' that you've painted is so realistic. 

I particularly like the way you use  large trees to break up the sky background so as to draw the eye to the little scenes you've created which are so reminiscent of the Dorset that I remember from just after WWII. I congratulate you on achieving the splendid age you have and look forward to seeing more photographs of your wonderful layout for many years to come.

Thanks for coming back to us and I wish you a Very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.   

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Trevor, that is a most warm and generous welcome. Thank you. As I've said before, and no doubt shall say again, I get a great deal of fun, pleasure and amusement from Hintock and I'm glad to be able to share it with others.

It will take a little while to catch up with things on here and to recount more of the happenings at Hintock. But there are two I can mention:-

first, I have extended the layout by the addition of Hintock Town Quay and which is featured  in the December RM, and

second, Hintock is now the subject of an online book: further chapters are being written along with the addition of a picture gallery. Even so it is substantially complete as well as comprehensive. A good read, in fact.

The power behind the book are my two sons, Christopher an Immigration Attorney in Montana owns the site, acts as editor and has set the site up, Nicholas here in Utah a Professor of Computer Science helps me when I get stuck with the technical stuff. He also enjoys operating Hintock. So its a family affair.

Whatever, but I do commend a look at the book.

All good wishes to you and other members for a Happy Christmas and that Healthy New Year.

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My cup is overflowing John - not one but two magnificent shots of the buffer stops - oh yes, and some other "stuff" in the background .............:mutley:mutley:mutley

I can only echo what Trevor so eloquently said - an almost unbelievable attention to detail but I suppose, that was a part of your working life. :roll:

Neither of these latest shots show much in terms of area, but there's just so much to see in each of them.  Nothing has been left out and it could indeed, be a shot of the real thing. :thumbs:thumbs

I will certainly have a look at your online book - many thanks for the link.

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Petermac, thanks for that.

I have just tried that link and it takes one, for some reason, to an older version of the book.

The latest version which is greatly improved is best found via Google-Hintock  will do the trick.

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                                          Would you have liked this in your Christmas stocking?

                                                       
                                                     MERRY CHRISTMAS from HINTOCK

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Thanks for the Merry Christmas stocking photo.Lovely.
Going back to the last page I do like that use of hardboard for the sets effect.Your railway John is a delight.
Happy New Year.
Derek.

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Errr! Rather.... Send it to Santa for next year please.

Best Wishes to you and yours John.


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I have been an absent member for too long and one of the reasons why is I, with my eldest son Christopher have been working on an online book-an ebook- on the subject of The Hintock Branch.

This you can read at http://www.hintockbranch.com/

The book is comprehensive and covers not only the "how" but the more important "why". Since writing further enhancements have taken place and these will be dealt with, over time, by updates.

This collaboration was all online for he is in Montana and I'm in Utah over 500 miles distant . Christopher too owns the site and acts as Webmaster with me as Administrator. It's a happy arrangement and we work well together.

And, if I am correct this is the first or if not that among the first ebooks in the model railway field.

Enjoy the read.

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Super reading John, thanks for all your efforts and guidance :):)

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Hello John,

A pleasure to hear that you've been keeping busy with the ebook whilst also enjoying Hintock.

Your railway made a great impression of my intentions for my own layout, now deep into the fascinating research stage and with a track plan I'm happy with. It's the story behind a railway which determines the way it's evolved that I find so interesting. It adds true realism to the operational characteristics and helps us better appreciate an era just out of reach for many of us now.

I will continue to enjoy Hintock and am grateful for the inspiration it provided me and may it long continue to bring you joy.

Best regards,

Bill

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Ron: that is appreciated. I hope you will continue to enjoy Hintock.

Bill: those remarks are very kind. I quite agree it is the story behind the layout that makes the layout itself credible. In my imagination Hintock s a "real" place as the narrative of THB describes and I always apply that thought when thinking of each development of the basic concept.

It adds so much more pleasure and in particular with regard to operation. There I have added another twist with the arrival of the S&DR on the scene and of which more later.

It is things like that which make the hobby both absorbing and so enjoyable.

And to both of you and others, please feel free to further comment or ask questions.

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An excellent effort on your part John and thank you for giving us all the chance to read it.

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It's my pleasure Alan and I'm glad you enjoyed the read.

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Off the S&DR....



..is a daily goods train....




....this is the return working.




And, if you like track side shots this is one.

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edited by Sol to remove attachment  & this unfortunately removed photos- I have PMd John so he edit this post and put photos back

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Here we go again, my fault Sol-I should have got it right first time-




Above: the Down local passenger train from Hintock Junction with a clerestory set allocated to Hintock has arrived at the platform. When the Down goods to Port Bredy departs from the loop the loco will run round and in so doing put the empty DDFA milk tank on Hintock Dairies (in background) private siding. It will add a van to its train from out of the Bay.


Below: on another occasion an elderly Pannier takes the Down goods to Port Bredy, passing over as it does a trestle bridge across an inlet off the River Brede.



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The last photo over the trestle bridge - very nice John.

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Beautiful layout :thumbs. I agree with Sol, the last pic is a winner. Perhaps a Header photograph or Jigsaw of the Week...??

Cheers, Gary.

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Sol, Gary, ED, thank you for those kind comments. A very nice welcome back.


I'll post some more pictures of the scene, it is very photogenic, later.

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Lovely shots John and inspiration for the likes of me.
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Have to agree with the posts on here John, that last photo of engine on the trestle bridge is a cracker. As for a good one for the jigsaw, that would keep me busy for a while,  a long while. Keep up the excellent work John.

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Nice to see you back on the iron horse.

Lovely shots.  :thumbs

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Thanks gentlemen for those kind words and yes Max I'm happy to be riding the YMR rails again.

The S&DR has running rights over the Hintock Branch and that down to Port Bredy, above is the twice weekly goods  returning to Hintock, and below the line sees no regular passenger service as they were discontinued several years back, but here is a special working with 14XX and an autocoach.  A pretty sight.




 

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Must agree with the others...fantastic shots there,  and yep could see the trestle bridge shot making a great jigsaw :thumbs


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As always beautiful photos John:thumbs

As you know I have always enjoyed the legends or back stories that you create......to my mind they are another of the many small details that, in total, make Hintock so believable. I particularly like the way you have created convincing arguments for running both LMS and Southern locos on a GWR BLT:lol:

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Matt, John, Toto, those kind comments are much appreciated. Hintock gives me pleasure and if I can share some of that then I'm very satisfied.


Dealing with Matt's and others remarks about jigsaws I don't know how that works but the do have a choice, I have no objections to any that is, and if, chosen.


And John, the germ of that idea was born a long time ago when I researched the MR for an article about its days prior to 1900 (the article itself was published in Back Track November 2010) where its ever acquisitive nature came to the fore along with the competitiveness between the SR and GWR in other articles.

I know its regarded by some as a bit of a stretch, but it was then feasible to have the S&DR (LMSR/SR) on a GWR BLT. Whatever, I knew it would appeal to the likes of you.


And now off the PB branch to Hintock itself:-





Here, Hintock can be seen (more or less) from one end to the other.


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... and what a wonderful, wonderful place it is too John. 
Hintock is a great way of showing that a layout doesn't have to be huge to be full of operating, scenic and enjoyment potential.
I like the way it continues to evolve too. 
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great to see it back in all it`s glory,:cheers
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Hi John,

I find myself returning to this thread time and time again. So many great ideas. I like your ground form and ballasting, the way the sleepers come in and out of play.
I'm looking for ideas to pinch for my Highbridge layout. Hope you don't mind a bit of plagiarism.:mutley

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Due to personal circumstance I have not been able to post for some time but hope now to be able to make regular postings so here is a start in no particular order.




As the Down14xx and train arrives from Weymouth so does the Up goods for Dorchester standready for departure.





Two of a kind: arriving SR passenger and departing goods trains at Hintock.




This corner has been re-built to advantage and it shows off well the arrving SR goods.


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Very nice John - with your permission, I would like to save a couple of them as part of my Screensaver collection.

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Thanks for you interst and comments I'll endeavour to keep them coming.

Sol:you are very welcome. May I ask which ones? Then I'll better know what appeals. I always take multiple shots though each slightly different, so ther are a lot to choose from.

Ron and Barney: glad you liked them. If you have specific questions about "how I dun it" I'll be happy to answer.

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Good to see you back John.  We have been away on hols so missed the first posts .   Lovely layout and pictures.:thumbs

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Thanks Reg for that, happy to be back and posting here once  again.

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John, these two take my eye but in the main , they are all good.




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Sol, glad you enjoyed them and those in particular. Perhaps too, you would enjoy the above.

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Big smile here also John, as I soak up the atmosphere you've worked wonders in creating.

I wish you continued joy,

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Thank you gentlemen for your king words on my return. I have a bit of catching up to do and i shall make my way over time through and in no particular order, the vast nunber of my images. I have so many because once I set a shot up I take many others from slightly different viwpoints. I shall try and not repeat myself (too often) but keeping track o fit all is a little difficult. Stiill, as  said, one can't have too much of a good thing.

So,two more of Hintock and much the same scene but from different view points.

 

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Don,t worry about too many on here John .  A pleasure to look at.

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I agree Reg, keep them coming John they are a rich resource!! :):)

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On Thursday November 19 RM's Christmas Annual goes on sale.

Among the featured articles is one I have contributed and these two images will serve to introduce it.

For what is between you will have to read the article.



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John you are a terrible tease.......how on earth do I get RM in darkest (and wettest) Vancouver

No doubt I will work something out

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John, not, well quite, intended. it did however capture your attention, but the answer is there because the images span from 1967 and before, to the current day.

No matter, when I get my copy I'll help you out.

I still haven't got around to catching up on your Granby thread but I will do so. Currently the enhancement of Hintock TQ  and the new build to Port Bredy is taking up a lot of my time and there I shall report when I have a comprehensive story to tell.

And, as regards your weather it's headed our way. Good gor modelling activities though.

My regards,

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The 4.25 pm from Weymouth with the "Grimsby Fish' on the front arrives at Hintock. The van will have been added at Hintock Junction having been worked down in course of the day.

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Hello John, impressed with the 4.25pm from Weymouth shot. Then again, it's on par with the other photo's of the layout. Keep up the good work and keep the photo's coming!

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Barneybuffer wrote: Hello John, impressed with the 4.25pm from Weymouth shot. Then again, it's on par with the other photo's of the layout. Keep up the good work and keep the photo's coming!I agree with all he said
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Silver Fox wrote: Barneybuffer wrote: Hello John, impressed with the 4.25pm from Weymouth shot. Then again, it's on par with the other photo's of the layout. Keep up the good work and keep the photo's coming!I agree with all he said
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Hintock Town Quay lies is situated just outside Hintock itself on the banks of the River Brede. When the Hintock Branch was extended to Port Bredy it was acquired and given a rail connection. Through various business machinations the S&DR acquired running rights so along with the GWR/SR as Joint owners it is not unusual to see LMSR locos working the branch.

The history of the Port Berdy extension is an interesting one historically and also as is the story of the HTQ layout. For it's not physically attached to my Hintock Branch layout-except in my imagination-for it is a stand alone layout.All this I shall write more about in due course.

But recently i have done some improvements and enhancements and these images show the result. First, virtually of all the layout and subsequently indiividual scenes.

I have not captioned the images but they are, I would like to think, self evident in what they show.








 














For more information and a recent post you can go to my website http://www.hintockbranch.com

And also, if you haven't seen it already the RM Annual 2016 has a fairly full acount of my modelling activities.



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Ed, glad you liked the image as you did the previous offerings. There are plenty more where those came from and I'll pst more in due course.

Meantime here is a shot showing the basics of Hintock TQ. These show its lightweight construction and compact size of 4'10x1'4.





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Great pictures John. :thumbs

I have to ask, does building a layout as you have utilising polystyrene foam (insulation foam ?) as a base, make the layout quieter to run ??

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Gary, glad you liked the pictures. It does photograph well and I have many more.

I've never been bothered by noise. The top surface and on which the track is laid direct is of 1/16" birch plywood. Of course, only shunting takes place and at slow speeds so no noise is really created. It might be different say with running trains at speed.

The main reason I used it was because it is light, fairly rigid and was a 'left over'  from some building work in the home. It is foam and I am building another layout along the same lines but using polystyrene. It seems OK so far, but all the white bits that result from cutting it are a nuisance.

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A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you John 

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Merry Christmas John,
What a beautiful card....well done.:thumbs:thumbs:thumbs:thumbs
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Thank you all for your Good Wishes-and for your interest in Hintock.

I cannot however claim any credit for the artwork. That is from my grand-daughter Holly, who is you have seen is an accomplished young lady.

Whilst posting I'll also mention that Christopher (my eldest son) and I have been working  on updating the Hintock websitehttp://www.hintockbranch.com/  and if you haven't already done so, or recently it is worth a visit.  

You will also recognize from these remarks Hintock is very much a family affair.

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... and well done to you all for making it a family affair.
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....lapsed but not lost. I shall return.

Meantime every good wish for Christmas and the New Year. 

And, if you wish to learn more of what has happened in the interim, please see  RM, January 2018.

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Advice I have just received....



Ron, 
    This is from Nicholas Flann, John Flann's son. It with sadness that I have to inform you that John died on Sunday. It was sudden, and I don't believe Dad suffered at all. He was on his way to Church with his jacket and badge on, locking the front door on his way to the garage when he must have collapsed. I was just with him the night before enjoying a beer and having our regular chat about our various projects. We had come upstairs from discussing his new project Hintock St Loe. I attach a picture of the layout as he left it. Also, a photo of the plan that he had just completed to post no doubt on the railway forum.


I cannot express the thanks I have for your companionship with Dad over the years. His railway and his friends and fans he had on the forum gave him so much vitality and enthusiasm for life. He often shared your stories with me and kept me up to date with how many likes he was getting on his posts.


Thanks again, I'm sorry to be the bearer of such sad news.


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How very sad this makes me feel.
 
I knew John through this, our forum and while I didn't know him as well as many others, John was always friendly and supportive and full of enthusiasm for our hobby.
 
I will mourn his passing, will miss his companionship and while our community will not be the same without him, we remain abundantly richer for his contribution and his happy memory.
 
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This makes me sad indeed. I first “ met” John in 2001 through his writings in a now defunct UK magazine, “ Model Trains International”. One of his articles about an small, early layout hebuilt called “ Owlcombe” helped and inspired me to see the joy and benefits to  building small layouts. We remained in contact over the years and when I was recovering from my heart-attack in 2009 John made a special effort to contact me on a regular basis to keep my spirits up. His most recent modelling has been a joy to behold. He will be missed.

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I got the sad news from Nicholas this afternoon.

John was a true gentleman of the old school. Not only was he a skillful and knowledgeable modeller, he had the ability to describe his creations in such a manner that the reader could almost feel the sunshine in his wonderful Dorset villages.

We lived a thousand miles or so apart but called ourselves neighbours. He was a most generous and supportive neighbour

He will be much missed

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Vale John Flann . . .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7ZTKUsjMus

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Nice Max....I remember that video

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I received a very similar email to that which Sol has posted from Nicholas.

I first remember John's name from reading articles that he wrote on Owlcombe and Hintock in the modelling press back in the 1970's I think. He was an early member of YMR and it was here that he and I first struck up a rapport, commenting on each others layouts. He gave me much critical encouragement during the construction of Much Murkle, both on the forum and privately. I liked the fact that he never fought shy of saying if he didn't like something I had done, but he also gave encouragement and praise in equal measure. I found his work on Hintock inspirational, hopefully some of which rubbed off on me.

I was lucky enough to have a face to face discussion with John, and his son Nicholas when they visited the UK in 2016. We talked about lots of things and obviously modelling was one subject that got aired. John was adamant that my adopted approach was too much towards the finescale end of the spectrum for his taste. He was always quite prepared to completely omit details which couldn't be seen. I retorted that his approach was more akin to an artist and storyteller. John may not have been a finescale modeller in the true sense of the term, but he certainly made some of the finest models and settings I have had the pleasure to see develop and read about.

We exchanged many emails over the all too few years I had his acquaintance. It was clear to me that John was very much a family man first and modeller second. He cared for his wife Jeanne for some time before she eventually passed away and he always took great pride in relating to me how his sons and their families doing.

I am aware that my friendship with John was not unique. He took much time and trouble to correspond with those who took an interest in his work and there will be many who will be sad not to hear from him in the future and to see an end to the Hintock story.

I will miss John and our periodic exchanges greatly. A true gentleman.

R.I.P.

 

 

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From the post by John Dew...
I had just finished the video when I received the sad news of my friend John Flann's death. John always used to poke gentle fun at my enthusiasm for DCC and computers so its only fitting that every time I see this video I will be reminded of our friendship.

I too had interesting discussions with John about not only DC vs DCC but operating processes as he used playing cards and a simple sequence method of moving trains & stock & I use  a computer to prepare graphs & timetables and train orders.
In fact it was his playing card method as published many years ago in Model Trains International is how I first came to contact John and it was from then in how we "joined" both in modelling and personal lives.

I will miss not only his modelling but his yearly Christmas card and other family activities sent via e-mail.


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Such sad news.

I never met John but, like others, I enjoyed his articles and his comments on here as well as the several times we  corresponded - as usual, him offering help and advice to queries I'd raised.  That was his forté - willingly sharing his vast knowledge with anyone who asked.

He knew "trains" inside out having spent most of his working life with the railways - in a "technical" capacity rather than cleaning engines.  Being ex LMS, he was obviously a big fan of anything "on the wet side" of the Pennines from my Yorkshire - although, whilst he often teased, he held no grudge against me ........... :lol: :lol:

When one has to go, it's probably better to go the way he did rather than simply wasting away.  It must have been a huge shock to his family and friends.  He will be greatly missed in our hobby and I offer my sincere condolences to his family at this very sad time.

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A sad loss indeed. My condolences to John's family.

The Providence River Branch was one of my big inspirations, and whilst I didn't know John personally, every few months I'd find myself coming back to the thread here and re-reading it from the beginning.

His modelling style was like an 'ear-worm' - once it got into my head it was hard to get back out again!

RIP, John. The hobby - and the world - is lessened by your passing. :(

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Joined: Thu Oct 18th, 2012
Location: Bongaree, Australia
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I've only just today stumbled across this layout and WOW!
What a talented man, no, gentleman he was.


                 

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