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Six years ago I first joined YMRC and began what became a very active discussion on my layout.

The earlier story survives here http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=3075&forum_id=21

Suffice to say now that Penhayle Bay has returned to YMRC having gone from strength to strength over the past couple of years.

This remains my first and only completed layout. It is now approaching ten years old since the first boards were built, and a few trial trains ran, back in 2005 though little else happened until the following year. More projects are at various in-build stages but Penhayle Bay has proven enduring and popular way beyond what I ever thought possible and continues to take up most of my modelling time.

A very quick background.

The assumption is that the GWR main line took a north-westwards turn at St. Austell and ran via Newquay to reach Truro. Just west of Newquay lies the small resort / fishing village of Penhayle Bay. Next stop along the line is a rural junction at Treheligan where branches from Ponsangwyn (freight) and St. Agnes (passenger and freight) meet the main line.

The locations are freelance but heavily inspired by actual scenes and places around Cornwall and west Devon. If you put them on a map Penhayle Bay would be where Crantock is and Treheligan at the hamlet of Rejerrah. The timeframe is also flexible; I run trains representing anything from 1960 - 2000 which thus incorporates a little steam though mostly diesel.

It is home from home for me and I have pleasure in presenting once more for your enjoyment some of my work.





















As I always have been I am more than happy to discuss any element of the layout, operation and workbench techniques as I also do my own weathering.

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Keep on furtling, Rick. Penhayle Bay looks as good as ever, if not better.

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You know what this has to be my most favourite layout i have seen being built from the start to now. I was on here six years ago as well and some of the how to do stuff was outstanding.You or i do anyhow find that just looking at a pic of the layout you seem to find loads of detail each time you look, fantastic.
Keep it coming Grey Beard.  :)
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Nice to see your layout again Rick.. All looking good there.
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Good to be back here Neil - and others - though I've been popping in surreptitiously to see what's been happening occasionally for a while now.

Spring maintenance is well under way on the layout. Treheligan station is being renovated with distorted platform surfaces levelled out and new lighting fitted.

More or less everything else is good to go though I always sprinkle some new greenery around every year and the top layer of beach sand gets renewed. There can't be many layouts where the sea gets dusted before an operating session!!!

As it always has been Penhayle Bay remains DC operated with four independent electrical circuits. Insulfrog points and a single isolated joint see to it that nothing shorts out nor moves unexpectedly. The goods yard now has its own little controller tucked away at the far corner rather than being run from the main panel as it's too far away from that to safely shunt wagons.

Over the years more and more lighting has slowly gone in. Station and street lighting in supplemented by LEDs in some of the houses and the pub and the loco shed is about to have its first pole-mounted lights installed.

I've seen a superb night scene with pin-pricks through the back-scene with LED "stars" shining through; as I sometimes run at night using only train and station lighting I might investigate that as an option for a future upgrade as well.

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Every year as our Spring approaches and I gear up for the main running season I have some renovation and refreshment to carry out.

This year it is the turn (again) of the platforms at Treheligan station which were last attended to two years ago.

The construction is Wills sheets over balsa. These had distorted slightly at the ends in the heat and due to small pockets of air trapped beneath them in the building process. After removal of the structures the surfaces were rubbed back to a more acceptable surface and finishing with household filler to level them as far as I can in the outdoor environment.



This enforced a need to scribe the gaps between pavers in the filler. Once done the platforms received a rough undercoat (left) before being treated to a new application of blended colours to represent stone pavers and of course the restoration of the white edge marker line (right)



The technique for achieving this finish



is one I have now used three times on these platforms. A mix of suitable colours is used randomly to ensure adjacent slabs don't look the same and there is variety rather than uniformity of colour. I use a mix of Woodland Scenics and Jo Sonjas colours,

Once dry the job is rubbed lightly over with an old T-shirt to blend and take the very top off the colour. I then dust a mix of pale and mid brown weathering powders across the surface, worked lightly with a 1" paint brush and then again rubbed lightly with the T-shirt.

The result has a slight sheen to it and can look different depending upon where the viewer is standing.

New lighting and a new down-side platform building will now go in and allow the former down-side shelter to be shifted to the up-side doubling the length of sheltered platform there.

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This is one of my all time favourite layouts Rick :doublethumb , and that poor guy looks like he still hasn't finished his climb. He must be worn out by now

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Any tips on how you modelled such a fantastic sea would be very helpful as I'm building a harbour layout and have no idea how to mode water.

By the way WOW what a great layout

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Thanks gents.

Jimmy the water is built up in a multi-stage process summarised as follows:-

1. Acrylic paint applied to the baseboard, in my case a blend of blues and greens darkening as the "water" deepens and using browns in the two rivers one of which appears above beneath the viaduct.

2. A light rub over with an old clean T-shirt to take the very top off the paint and blend it just a little.

3. Seal all the edges with Plasticene or similar.

4. Mix and pour a layer of "Magic Water" available from http://www.unrealdetails.com

4. Mix a second pour of "Magic Water" with a tiny amount of blue / green paint mixed thoroughly into it; this will suspend pigment in the water and give an impression of depth. Magic Water dries glossy and cannot be sculpted.

5. On top of the Magic Water apply Woodland Scenics "Water Effects" which is a viscose liquid squeezed from a tube and which can be sculpted. It also dries less glossy.

6. Water Effects is then teased up to form waves, ripples or whatever you want. Wave crests tend to stay "milky" rather than drying clear.

7. Apply a warm white paint (I use Jo Sonjas white base acrylic which is "warmer" than their Titanium White for example) using the blade of a scalpel or - with care - the edge of a razor blade. This paint is only touched onto the crests of the water and the blade then drawn back to create the foaming and rippling seen on the finished work.

For harbour work you can half-submerge a buoy or channel marker or even old junk as you build up the water. Colour the water as you wish but I would use greens and browns, possibly a tiny amount of black. When adding pigment to water products less is more - in a pour to cover the area of sea in the photo above I used only two spots about the size of a pin-head.

If you intend to include boats (or, in my case, people) in the water then do so after the initial pour and add later pours around them. That allows them to float in rather than on the water. One of my fishing boats was actually placed on the first pour then pushed 2mm forward into the wet second pour which created a lovely bow wave!

One further tip is that I usually mist the sea with the water spray before taking pictures as it adds that final watery glint!

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Hi Rick,

Great modelling. Every frame is a winner. I must admit my bias to anything with a class 22 in it though. I have two in BR a Blue and 1 in green I think. They look even better when dirtied up.
I'm awaiting the release of the Class 29's from Dapol which I believe will be December. These loco's have so much character to them.

Keep up the good work. A pleasure to view.

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Could you make a profit selling all those uniquely patterned T-shirts afterwards, Rick?

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Could you make a profit selling all those uniquely patterned T-shirts afterwards, Rick?

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Come to the market on Sunday Jeff and find out ;-)

Almost completed both platforms now - the pavers are all done and the white lining almost complete. It would have been done tonight as well but the paint began to clag on the brush and the need to cook dinner overtook the urge to keep going :lol:

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I must admit my bias to anything with a class 22 in it though. I have two in BR a Blue and 1 in green I think.

Keep up the good work. A pleasure to view.

Toto


Cheers.

There are currently four 22s here, two each in blue and in green. They have proven very reliable and have clocked up relatively high runtimes.

So for those who like such things here's a few views of them at work








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Thanks for those construction and renovation tips Rick.
Your railway looks the business and I do like those weathered loco,s.
regards,Derek.

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It's been some time since I paid much attention to the farm scene. Apart from looking tired it was also covered in leaf litter and months-worth of dust.

The entire corner section from the viaduct down through the cutting and around the farm has been refreshed with a good clean and a sprinkle of fresh greenery.

It's always difficult taking photos of this area as the layout passes an opening window and therefore cannot have a back scene. It then comes around the curve onto the open end (a former lift-out but now a permanently fixed board) under which the visitor is required to duck to enter the viewing area.

That section has no back scene on either side though I have a cunning plan to create a clip-on board for photographic effect only.

The couple visiting the stone circle have been restored to their rightful places within this scene - right on the corner of the board - which has been cleaned and tidied



The track has been cleaned and the vegetation refreshed with careful application of a little more greenery. The synthetic material fades outdoors over time and benefits from a new sprinkle every so often.



An overhead shot showing some the area worked on in the past few days, and a piece of the brick window ledge which supports this corner of the layout.



Cleaned and refreshed farm scene with, apart from the cows and horses, two dogs, eight hens, one rooster and one cat present.



For the first time in several years a full complement of bee-keepers and hives is present. Some time ago my wife, Sharon, borrowed two of each for an art project and I've finally got them back!



The vegetable garden is as productive as ever and the piggery just as crowded. Again this view shows just how close to the edge the scene is.



Finally looking the other way along the sheep fields and towards Darras Viaduct. There are slightly fewer sheep here this year; by contrast the rough ground of Prys Moor below the church (which is next to be refreshed) will feature more sheep than before.

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Hi Rick, really like what you've done with the farm scenes. Marvellous work on a fantastic layout, can't get enough of looking at the shots you've kindly shared with us.

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Thank you Barney

In several of those shots there is also evidence of spot reballasting. Just as on the real railway a little extra is sometimes needed here and there and isn't weathered to the same extent simply because it's newer.

The new stuff will get a light weathering in due course but will remain lighter in colour than the existing ballast.

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More progress.

The roads have all been resurfaced and the white lines restored. The pub scene and surrounding fields have been refreshed with a dust over and a little new greenery.

The outside table is an item I've been trying to find for a long time. I finally tracked down exactly what I was after at the RM Web Live event in Coventry recently. This is a Metcalfe "Mini-Kit" item containing two straight bench / tables and a round one with a selection of umbrellas.

There isn't really space for an umbrella outside the pub but the other two tables will go to the beach scene and have their umbrellas up for the summer.

These are card kits which are very quick and easy to construct. The laser-cut pieces are clean and are simply stuck in pairs back to back then assembled. As I've had trouble with slugs munching card before I have also applied a weathering powder to this table to see if it makes any difference, It improves the aged look from the printed card somewhat.







The accumulation of dirt on the front of the pub, seen here in close up, had me in two minds. Do I clean it all off or do I leave it with that slightly unkempt and "used" look. I've chosen the latter.

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Hi Rick

Just my thoughts, but the bench might look better on the grass next to the silver/grey hatchback.

I've seen lots of pubs right on the road that have just the odd bench round the side as a sort of token beer garden.

Leaving the dirt on the pub looks great, very realistic. I think you're right not to clean it :thumbs


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Thanks Ed. My only concern with moving the table away from the front is that it then becomes rather hard to actually see because of the setting. Those who have seen the layout will know but this is effectively a bridge over the fiddle yard leading to the sky panels painted against the garden fence and constrained by a substantial post which supports the layout roof.

Just in time for our first really warm night of the season and everything is ready at Penhayle Bay.

The sands have been refreshed and dusted with a new top layer which has also been slightly stippled this year rather than being left smooth. Everyone seems to be at the beach enjoying the warm night. The new beach tables (items two and three from the pub table kit) are in place umbrellas and all.

The open-top bus has made its first runs of the season which I consider to run from the weekend before Melbourne Cup to the weekend after Easter.









Swimming and surfing after dark isn't a good idea - no-one can see if you get into difficulties. This was taken with the overhead lights off and the sea sprayed with water to enhance the glints.

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There is a lot happening here at the moment and not just with Penhayle Bay. One development will however be visible and that is my photos are now mostly watermarked. Exceptions will be those hosted directly on this site.

This has become necessary in order to protect my work and assert copyright in an age when we have no control over who sees our posted images nor what they do with them.

I have disabled "right-click save" meaning it should not be possible for anyone to download my images simply by clicking on them - instead they will receive a short message inviting them to purchase them.

Therein lies the reason behind watermarking and securing my material. I am developing an online retail library hoping to earn a little pocket money from my hobby. Not so much the modelling images but those of a scenic and possibly historical interest will soon be available via SmugMug for anyone who chooses to buy. They can be purchased as paper or card prints, with or without mount, as larger sizes and even mounted wall-hangings. Not to mention mugs, coasters and other ephemera.

I don't expect to get rich this way. But after the gentle persuasion of a good many friends and family over years I felt the time and the deal is now right to start out.

The journey of a thousand miles starts with one step, apparently. Or one click of the shutter.

I trust the watermarking of my photos here does not detract from the enjoyment nor of the work and techniques shown.

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Some new added detail.

The shed lighting is in at Ponsangwyn though not yet wired up. The point levers here are new as well.



Well-rusted upper surface to the lamp head done with weathering powder onto wet paint; the posts themselves are painted in distressed matt black dusted down while tacky with dark brown powder.



There's another outside the shed - I'm looking forward to night shots under this light when it's wired in! There is also a third one outside the goods shed.



Finally the roads have been named



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I don't often get a chance to make use of the early morning light but today I was out and about early enough to grab a quick shot of two train passing at Church Lane bridge .....

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Nice....
The ballast and growth in between the tracks look spot on.

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Thanks Marty.

Any chance of you guys getting over with a little time off from the business? It's been a while .......

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No concrete plans at the moment mate. My sister is coming West this Christmas.
If, and it's a big IF, my brother buys the little 19ft trailer sailer he's drooling over, there might be a detour as I fly South to help him settle it in. :lol:
Will keep a visit to Treheligan in mind.

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And now I have the "Picture of the Week" on the home page after barely walking back in the door.

I'm humbly honoured.

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Hi Rick,

Congratulations on picture of the week. Couldn't ask for better. Two class 22's suitably weathered. I could look at these all day as they are one of my favourite loco's.

Some more suitably posed 22's would not go amiss.

Cheers for now

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You're more than welcome Rick.Penhayle is a worthy subject to use.I would also like to use some photos for the puzzle if that's ok?.

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In a flurry of activity I have got the new Treheligan platform building to a state of readiness and placed it in position. It is far from complete (requiring among other things glazing, fitting and painting of valances and rainwater goods plus installation of internal lighting and a rub down and top coat of paint to the roof) but was readied in anticipation of a visit today.

Frustratingly that never happened thanks to a misunderstanding on the part of my intended guests.

But it gives the opportunity to show some of the new work here and that this is much larger building compared with what was there before.



This structure is a kit-bash from a Ratio pack. Timetable and information posters neatly hide most of the Milliputting which was necessary to fill the gaps.





All the new platform lamps are fitted loosely and tested to prove they work. They require final wiring then will be glued in upright positions. These replace pairs of single-head lamps which never looked quite right to my mind.



Finally the footbridge which has always had blue metalwork before has also joined the new colour scheme. The open-lattice ironmongery which was previously a solid colour has been represented by using the light brown matt colour also used on the building stonework then almost a dry-brush over with the gloss.



The GWR insignia has been picked out once again in gold pen. This wasn't easy the first time and didn't get any better with practice as the raised moulding is indistinct and the gold pen, which has a chunky tip, isn't designed for calligraphy!



Other areas will be painted to match. One of the two existing shelter units already has brown instead of blue supports and the other will follow. One will then become two separate short shelters one on each platform.

If I can locate suitable kits I may even rebuild these entirely as they have suffered many bumps and bruises over the years and have been stuck back together many times - each time looking less good than the last.

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A very smart and handsome bridge my 'ansome ;-)

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The Beattie well tanks haven't featured for a while. Here the crew must be sincerely hoping they can keep them instead of the "oil-can" on the other shed road. 30587 is prepped for service



No sign of 30585 this morning - perhaps she's away up the line somewhere.



And as usual 30586 is out of traffic or possibly restricted to yard duties as was the case at Wadebridge for many years.

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That first picture is really something else (a jazz musicians phrase for fantastic!).   You've certainly got the gift Rick.

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A couple of hours work has seen both platforms at Treheligan finally gain planters. This has been one of those small projects I have always intended to do for some years but until now never got around to.



Those with a sharp eye for detail might also notice the new shunt disc on the bracket signal here. Another will be fitted beneath the main arm when supplies arrive. These will allow loco movements and DMU shunts between main and bay platforms to be fully signalled without needing to clear the branch starter and issue the token.



A little work around the buffer-stop end of the bay platform has included fencing the track off from the surrounding land and the arrival of "Steptoe" as the local scrap merchant. The wheels were donated by a Heljan "Western" which has gained Howes replacements for its original brassy ones.



The old milk tank is a Dapol standard item with couplers removed. Still some signage work to attend to on the platforms!

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As always, some very nice work there Rick.

Sorry we weren't able to stop off on the way back from Llanbourne but one of our number was on a little bit of a deadline.

Great to catch up with you again, though. :)

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Hi Rick,

Some fantastic shots there. Shows off your layout and rolling stock perfectly. A joy to view.

Cheers

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Those platforms have come up beautifully Rick.
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Thank you gents.

The new platform lights are working after an hour or so wiring up. They're not yet fixed so the jaunty angles are not their final positions!

The new lights came up very bright when first switched on but I have wired them back through the "Function" control on the Gaugemaster unit used to power them. This is in effect a variable resistance and for the lighting acts as a dimmer. In some of the photos the lights still appear quite bright but to the naked eye they were turned down quite low to resemble the glow of old-style incandescent bulbs.



Compare this with earlier views at the same spot with two single-lamp posts back to back; I think the new ones look far better.



Also wired in now and fully working are the three shed lights at Ponsangwyn. These were also far to bright at first and have also been wired through the dimmer though are switched separately from the station lighting.

I have been looking forward to some atmospheric shots once these lights were in and early results are encouraging.







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Lovely night scenes Rick,Your new lights work a treat.
Derek.

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very atmospheric ....... mission accomplished. some really fantastic night scenes.


excellent


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OK. Just what was I doing with two clothes pegs, two off-cuts of balsa and a round-profile needle file?



As shown the needle file was used to cut half-round grooves in the balsa.

The two parts then fitted around the light poles to form a mounting jig for totem-style stations nameplates. The pegs held things tightly in place while the superglue used to stick plates to posts went off.



This ensured that all the plates along both platforms are fitted straight and at a consistent height. They are supplied by Tracksidesigns.co.uk, are self-adhesive and are stuck to thin card which then has a tiny piece of scrap metal sprue from an etch attached to keep things rigid. The metal is glued to the light pole requiring the super glue.



And the finished job? Not too bad.

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That's amazing what you can do with two pegs, a needle file and a block of balsa for the mould! Inspirational I'd say? I don't know about others but I never stop learning on this site!
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You're welcome Barney.

I find that's one of life's pesky little jobs and getting those critters to even stick (flat surface to round surface is never easy!) is one thing let alone getting 30 or so of them all level and at the same height.

I'll hang onto those bits of balsa as well because I know some of those totems will be knocked off from time to time no matter how careful I am.

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Very clever. It's something I hadn't even thought of before but getting a consistent height is important to the overall appearance of the station.

:pathead  :cheers

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Love the weathering on those North British 63xx's,Rick......:thumbs

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Love the weathering on those North British 63xx's,Rick......:thumbs


Thank you. Credit where due though as some of that weathering on some of them is factory-applied as part of the Kernow MRC commissions.

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Hi Rick,

Great job of the lamppost totem. You must have patience in bucket loads. Worth it for the result.

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Here's another of those 22s creeping through a damp and deserted platform well into the evening with a parcels and milk train.

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Hi Rick,

Another great class 22 image. You are just making me jealous now. I have four of these in boxes with nowhere to run them. As I said before a firm favourite of mine.

Thanks for sharing yet again.

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The station building has been completed and is now set in position. This was shown when under construction here http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=12819&forum_id=21&page=2#p227415

To complete the required structure kit-bashed from a Ratio station building kit required some additional valances and larger-than-supplied canopy ends. My version is for the island platform whereas the kit is intended to be a main single-face platform building with offices and a single canopy. As shown mine has two canopies one for each platform.

The valances were sourced from the old shelters off both platforms which are being broken up due to wear and tear and will be replaced. I sourced the end panels by delving into the bits box and finding a sheet of Wills building material which passes muster as corrugated asbestos. Horrible stuff! But back in the day we didn't know that so it was used widely around the railways.

In more recent times it could equally well be ribbed cement sheeting.

There are aspects I'm less than happy about but how perfect does something have to be before being shown. It's going to live outdoors as well; I've learned that having every little detail perfect doesn't always stand up to the environment.




After painting the walls were very lightly weathered over with grey and brown powders, the roof was brushed over with black and the canopy ends had a mix of mid-grey and black applied. The chimney was painted a shade of red, had mortar courses inked in and black powder applied from the top down to create the effect of more smoke staining higher up.



The gap where the up platform shelter belongs is obvious; this is the next project already well under way on the workbench and is a more or less straight replacement of the previous kit but with an extension (built from parts not required out of the station kit box) to allow branch passengers to wait under cover.



The viewer seldom sees this angle as it faces away from them but this is the down main platform and features different window and door arrangements to its opposite number



The overall view showing that the two buildings blend into the scene fairly well together.

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Very nice Rick.
That last overview looks spot on.

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Thanks Marty

It looks a lot better than the previous structure which was the Ratio standard-width shelter with a very skinny and somewhat amateur scratch built waiting room beneath it.

It should look even better when the remaining shelters are replaced and that's well in hand with the kits all painted and the first one off the sprues and awaiting assembly.

It will be improved some more when the recently announced Kernow MRC / DJ Models class 116 DMU sets arrive as shall then be able to present a really good model of a three-car set rather than stealing the Hornby branch-line units for main line duties!

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The down side has its new building and now so does the up side.

The Ratio shelter which covered part of the platform was no longer in a fit state and has been replaced by another of its kind but kit-bashed to cover the full width of the platform. This allows branch line passengers to wait under shelter for the first time. Some bits spare from the kit-bash of the down-side building have been added to create an extension canopy over the branch line waiting area.

What you see here is a "first fit" with final detailing to be completed and a little weathering to be added before the piece is finally stuck down. It should be more robust than its predecessor as it isn't balancing on a single line of supports as before but is supported by two rows of them.

The newest addition is to the right as the Western approaches and with the branch DMU already in the bay platform



From the non-viewing side looking across the station and with a goodly amount of workbench clutter unavoidably in the background



The station looks substantially more complete with this in place. There always was a shelter here but it was only the width of the pitched section and looked a little odd not covering the full width. You might care to contrast the different designs of structure on the two platforms and the differing approach to offering shelter to passengers.



While the bay platform has a prototypical cut-out to permit locomotives to access the run-round without striking the coping stones the same was luckily not needed on the canopy which would have complicated the fitting of the valance somewhat!



I have one more of these Ratio 515 kits to hand which I had intended to use for two more shelters one placed farther along each of the platforms. My first reaction to having the new larger structures shown above in position is that more platform buildings are not really needed. I'll hold off on the other kit and see how I feel after the holidays.

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Christmas was fairly tame - a lot better than it might have been - with the Outlaws over. As we were hosting it seemed to be a blur of cleaning and cooking and then they were gone! I hope yours was good and Santa delivered a few goodies - he's paid my air fare to the UK for April which is jolly nice and generous of him!!!

It's been a couple of weeks since I visited here although Penhayle Bay has featured elsewhere.

With the needs of Christmas including extensive and heavy work in the back yard to get it tidied there hasn't been as much time for running and photographing as I'd have liked.

As it is the peak summer holiday week here in Australia Treheligan reflects that with a 50 leading a down local given preference over the 52-hauled (and no doubt already late-running) London train in the loop; a large-logo 47 (rarely used as it's an old-style Hornby one and doesn't like my gradients) runs in with an up air-conditioned rake and the St. Agnes branch train is running at its maximum permitted 4 cars.



As the branch train leaves on its next trip an up Chartex comes through led by a GW150-liveried 47 and with all Pullman stock apart from the brake / support coach.



Through coaches from St. Agnes to London Paddington arriving behind a large-logo 50 and which will be coupled to a portion up from Penzance



That 47 again - this time out in the countryside emerging from Nansglaw Tunnel



The 52 finally got the road and storms out across Darras Viaduct well behind time



With the tail of the Western's train still kicking up the dust a 45 came through on the up Speedlink



Finally I was forced into re-greening and cleaning at the cliff end. Having cleaned the layout after my lengthy absence and got it running nicely in case anyone dropped in over the Christmas period the neighbour decided - for the first time ever - to pressure-wash her car port roof. That comes to within a few inches of the layout as that is built along the boundary fence. The next morning I went out to find the entire scene was covered in wet leaf litter and required both drying out and cleaning again :sad: After a good vacuuming I then replaced some of the lost vegetation and refreshed the rest. All's well again though the china clay wagons could do with a scrub!

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trains, trains and more trains... always good to see a busy holiday period on Penhayle Bay Rick.

tough gig about the pressure cleaning. could you ask for some advanced notice next time to allow you to throw a cover over the layout?

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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM PENHAYLE BAY

To welcome 2015, while the roster clerks and traction inspectors weren't looking, a rarity led the overnight mail train into Cornwall.

The unique class 53 loco "Falcon" was snapped at first light coming through the dunes and leaning to the curve at Penhayle Bay.

As New Year's Day is a public holiday the bus passenger might have waited a long time in vain. The chap perusing the train timetable (at least I hope that's what he's doing - but it is New Year's morning!) may have more luck .........




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Great photos Rick,Those people in swimwear are a hardy bunch nippy time of the year for the beach.
Best of luck for the New Year.
Derek.

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They are a very hardy bunch Derek. They're in that water every day and for 24 hours as well. At least they don't wrinkle from it!!!

Now that I have a few weeks between jobs I'm hoping to get on with a couple of crafty little infill tasks.

The farm scene around the open end (where you duck under for those who know the layout) was built as a lift-out. In eight years it's only had to be lifted out once so when I had to do some track work a couple of years back I made it a fixed board.

In dire need it could still lift out simply by clipping the rails and disturbing a small amount of scenery.

To improve the photographic opportunities I plan to fit a couple of infill corners increasing the width of the land slightly and hopefully also a clip-on back scene / sky board for both inner and outer curved edges which again will improve the photographic possibilities but will only be fitted when so required.

I can't fit them permanently as to do so would obstruct the view from Sharon's office window but I have felt a need to improve the look of this end which is just a flat board and is hard to photograph effectively without going off the edge.

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I'd be interested in seeing how you do the mechanics of the clip on back scenes Rick as I'm contemplating something similar for NE.

... and this time of year the paint will dry quickly :lol:

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ANNOUNCEMENT

Penhayle Bay will be open and welcome visitors on the afternoon of Saturday 17th January. I'm not sure if there are too many of us here nearby (Melbourne's SE suburbs for those who don't know) but you're welcome to drop in if you can. Address / contact details supplied by PM on request.

Light refreshments available and air-con inside the house if it gets too warm outside. Trains run in all weather conditions but it can get hot under the layout roof in summer.

I plan to run a selection of trains representing the 1960s - 1990s.

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The weather forecast for Saturday is a perfectly respectable 23C with some sun after morning rain. Should be a good day to run trains. So far I'm aware of about six people coming to share the afternoon.

My neighbours, who are Dutch, spent Christmas in Holland and returned with a small gift for me. A pack of Noch "Wanderers" (or backpackers if you prefer) who have now joined the previous "Hikers" at points along the coastal path. A newly-arrived couple rest and take in the views at Penhayle Head with one of the previous pack on the cliff steps in the background.





And with some good early morning light over Wheal Julia what better place to be to start the week? ;-)

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I have uploaded a large number of photos from today. Ten visitors enjoyed a most convivial afternoon in a very comfortably sunny 18C which while unseasonably cold for high summer made for perfect conditions in the railway "room".

Some were first-time visitors and ages ranged from 5 upwards. One of my teenage neighbours enjoyed his first ever model railway operating session with a couple of hours at the panel. By the end he had begun to master the array of fifty-four levers which control the points and relate them to the signalbox-style track plan and was routing trains and working out which to stop and start where.

With my fiddle yard in full use there were ten trains available for service and a couple more short ones which made a few trips but were otherwise on display in sidings. Ponsangwyn Yard saw some clay trains and held a pool of reserve locos which made an interesting display in themselves.

No theme was set - I offered trains representing the mid-Sixties through to the mid-Nineties.

The full gallery is here: http://gwiwer.smugmug.com/ModelRailway-1/Penhayle-Friends-Day-January/n-8GpwD/i-b7wgqjt

I'll just add a few sample views below.







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Nice sample pics mate but i cant get into the main one you gave for the other,s. Needs a password to get in?


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Try now Phill.

I made some security changes to the host site which seem to have been applied across all my galleries not just the one I intended. I've hopefully undone them on the link posted.

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I have saved the link if thats ok, as its such a lovely layout i like to browse at leisure. So much to take in, so i shall be looking them over later tonight.


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This layout is simply superb. I shall look at this thread every time I get the silly idea that I may be getting even half competent at N gauge modelling. It really brings me down to earth and shows me I really belong in a beginners forum for a few more years yet. I found the thread via the weathered Class 22s in a weathering thread - I even liked them despite not being a fan of some other folks attempts.

I have most of the same locos too so it really strikes a chord with me.

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Thank you so much for your kind comments.

When you browse this topic do please bear in mind that this is the first layout I have ever built and to date the only one in a state of operational completeness.

99% of it is my own single-handed self-taught work as I have no affiliation to any club with it own layout and have had no sort of coaching and training in techniques. I did no more than read a couple of quite basic books and ploughed into the build headlong.

What you see is the result of my own efforts, not all successful, modified and adapted by membership of this and other forums and through developing friendships with other local modellers largely as a result of those memberships.

We all start somewhere. This is as much a beginners forum as it is for the seasoned expert. We can all share tips, thoughts and questions among ourselves on a level playing field knowing there is no judgement and no stupid question - except perhaps the one you never asked.

It was Chris Trerise of Kernow MRC who first suggested to me that I might benefit from membership of a forum he "just happen(ed) to be a member of" and who put my name forward for membership some years ago. I bought a couple of items from him (and there have been a great many since!) and sent in a picture of the layout for his shop website where it is still displayed. I have never looked back.

Penhayle Bay now brings delight, fascination and friendship to countless thousands of people around the world, and hopefully draws at least a few into the hobby in a bigger way, because of its internet presence. It forms the basis of a book currently in preparation and I am regularly asked where the location is as it cannot be found on a map but seems so real. Despite all that probably fewer than 100 people have ever actually seen it.

From little acorns ..........

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Some early morning sun over the church despite grey skies in the background and with a train emerging from the tunnel into the morning light.

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A weathered class 08 shunter trundles sedately through Penhayle Bay in the sunlight.

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This summer has been a quiet one on Penhayle Bay. The weather hasn't been much like an Australian summer staying (by our standards) cool and damp through until the end of January then again from the beginning of March. We've only had a handful of days when the temperature has reached 30C. None has topped 35C when 40 or more is typical. It feels like winter again already.

The change of jobs has had some effect on my modelling time. I have mostly been on a late shift thus far getting home at around 9pm with little enthusiasm to go out into the cold and dark to run trains at that hour. There has also been a ban imposed on any train running past Sharon's work-room window while she is there studying. She is finding the challenges of full-time work combined with the later stages of writing her PhD thesis quite tough and doesn't need trains running around to distract her.

I am also building the portable N-gauge layout to bring over to the UK in April and which is taking precedence when I do have hobby time.

Having set aside all of Sunday afternoon to work on the layouts I then spent the time instead helping a neighbour with her travel planning. With three weeks until a four-nation trip to Europe she had nothing planned or booked and a head full of confusion. It's all sorted out now.

My Turbostar units are very seldom used so the appearance of the South West Trains class 170 set at Penhayle Bay was worthy of some attention. SWT had a small number of these units in this attractive livery for a very short time before swapping them for through-gangwayed class 158 sets. They were usually found working the now-defunct Reading - Brighton trains.





Equally modern and almost as seldom used is the class 221 "Voyager" unit. These still run on the cross-country routes and at the extreme can be found between Aberdeen and Penzance. Arriva took over the franchise from Virgin Trains some years ago and their units now wear a dark maroon-based livery. Virgin Trains still run some in their bright red scheme on the London Euston - Holyhead / Shrewsbury / Blackpool turns which require diesel traction and on some infill turns in those rosters between Euston and Preston or Carlisle.



Here the unit prepares to do battle with the steep climb away from Penhayle Bay as street and station lights create glints.

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I'm not really in to modern trains (if that's the right phrase) Rick, but I do think the livery on the SWT 170s looks very good.

Lot better that the Anglian railways version anyway.


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Ed - I do agree with you.

I'm not so much a fan of either the more modern rolling stock nor the liveries some operators use.

In particular I find the bland all-white-with-coloured-doors used increasingly widely to be a cheap cop-out, unsympathetic and hard to present cleanly unless it's newly-applied.

Abellio Greater Anglia uses this "livery" as do C2C, Thameslink, Great Northern and Gatwick Express soon will. Southern (whose two-tone green with beige and white is one of the better present-day liveries) will follow suit, as far as I can gather from an ear to the ground, once the new Thameslink, Great Northern, Gatwick Express and Southern franchise is fully integrated.

I have seriously considered selling off the post 1990 "privatisation era" rolling stock on several occasions as it gets the least use by far on my layout and I am drifting steadily into a preference for the 1960s - 1970s period. But I really can't bear to part with the magnificent freight models released through Kernow MRC which in my case is three whole trains of different bogie china-clay tankers so I still need the passenger stock to run alongside them.

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Hi Rick. Okay,.very impressive! You got me there. I will have to get my skates on " Rome was not built in a day" Kevin

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Hi Rick     Very good, impressive, smart, what more can I say about your layout? Since I joined the forum, I have been "Fiddling about":oops: with the baseboard design,baking bread and doing household chores, being my own cook and bottle washer. Now I have just about built the baseboard yet to be Painted/Varnished or WHY and I even have a rough plan (But that started off as a country branch line now that seems to have changed back to a townscape, but it might "all change" again (Railway parlance for get off) perhaps doing the housework has made me indecisive :???: . But I must get my finger out before it is too late! Cheers            Kevin

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Rome was indeed not built in a day and neither was Penhayle Bay.

Most of the construction took place over a four year period between 2006 - 2010 though the first trains ran in 2005 and as some bits change every year as maintenance takes place in a sense it has always been a work in progress.

"Living" is one word that has been used to describe it.

There are some plans for changes during this winter which will conceal more of the fiddle yard from normal view. I seldom shunt and re-form trains there as I once thought I might so it really is only a holding area and doesn't need to be open to the Hand of God at all hours. A demountable cover is what I have in mind - easy to remove in sections if necessary but acting as a practical cover and with a scenic element at other times.

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Just to show that things are not altogether dormant at Penhayle Bay here's a green D867 "Zenith" on the china clays first of all rounding Church Curve at Prys Moor



Then passing Penhayle Bay's down distant signal just before plunging into the gloom of Nansglaw Tunnel



A long-awaited arrival now put to good use is the class 03 shunter. While never very common in the south-west these did provide service on a number of yards and worked branch freights. They were also famously trialled on the very sharply-curved Wenford Bridge line when steam was finally withdrawn but were under-powered for the task.



Back in the days of green diesels many photographs were taken on monochrome film. If that's how you prefer your 1960s shots try this version.

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Nice to see the "Bay" getting use even in the depths of a Melbourne winter Rick. The black and white shot is a beauty.

Still managing to keep the layout dry?

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Still 99% dry thanks Marty. As good as it's ever been.

I'm also juggling hobby time with the new job roster. Some weeks I'm on six or even seven short shifts, others I'm on four longer ones. Railway hours take a little getting used to after ten years away from the industry.

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Good to hear. Nice to be back on the railways despite the odd shifts?

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The shots of the china clay trains are really good but my favourite is the 03 both in colour and black and white, I just like shunters.


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I have begun work on a few small infill areas of land. These should improve the overall appearance and make photography easier as they will reduce or eliminate the intrusion of "edge" at certain spots.

The first new piece is opposite the church where the duck-under joins the main layout. Originally built as a lift-out this facility has only been needed once in ten years so for the past couple of years the panel has been regarded as fixed and remodelled accordingly.



This will improve the photographic aspect on this corner as suggested by this view



Compare with this one from a couple of posts ago where an off-edge corner intrudes into the view.

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Looking really good Rick, keep the photo's coming! :)

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24 hours later and the new piece of land has been painted green and had its vegetation added. It improves the photographic options on the corner as intended by removing the intrusion of the edge shown above.



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The other piece of infill land is under way. This is on the opposite corner to the last new piece and will again improve photographic opportunities by eliminating an awkward corner.

The new base and outside wall sections fitted showing how they will create a smooth curve leading on from the existing curved end panel. The old edge is clearly visible as is the angle I wish to eliminate.



New MDF sections in place. The new one rises slightly from the centre of the duck-under towards the hillside rather than the previous arrangement of having a low edge at the same height followed by a steep rise.



Here is where it fits into the overall scene and with some idea of how the angled panel will also soften the angles of the hillside at the edge of the layout. Infill is polystyrene block waste; land is standard plaster cloth which will be painted when dry.



Plaster work completed. Some of the uprooted greenery will be re-used once the land has dried and received its base coat of paint.



Lastly for today the outer face was painted Brunswick Green to match the rest of the woodwork. The stepped section on the lower edge arises from the different height of the baseboards on the former lift-out panel and the permanently fixed area. That doesn't impede access as the duck-under entry is still exactly the same.

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Well done Rick, fills that odd edge very well! :):)

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With the lift-out now a permanently fixed section I no longer need to live with those awkward corners I built in to make it removable.

The intention is to open up a new photo-angle as trains enter and leave the tunnel on the fiddle yard lines which has not been possible before. The view has always included the garden shed and assorted bits of gardening paraphernalia!

I can't bring the height up as much as I'd like and have a full-height back scene here because it would entirely block the view from Sharon's work-room window which overlooks the vegetable gardens (1:1 and 1:76 scales) and would obstruct her light.

While she has always been very supportive of my hobby she has also always insisted on having artistic control over what she can see at this end as a condition of granting planning permission!

However I do have a longer-term plan to built a clip-on sky-board for occasional photographic effect.

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I know the situation well Rick, but it's worth the effort to 'conform' isn't it! I still have a lift-up section across the doorway as I'm too old to go crawling underneath!! :)
Looking forward to some of those photo shots!

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Taking the angle out certainly gives a nicer 'flow' (if that's the right word) to the scenery Rick :thumbs

Out of interest, what paint do you use for the base coat to cover the paster 'land'.


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Thanks Ed

The original shape was dictated by the fact of having the curved end panel which contains the farm scene built a as lift-out as it sits across the access to my workbench area. It's fairly substantial and had to be demountable and portable single-handed. That restricted its maximum width and storage precluded it a dumb-bell shape narrower in the middle.

All of that is in the past. I have only needed to open up that end once in ten years and that was to remove the sections of the chicken run. When I build its replacement later this year I can do so outside the layout just as easily. The panel has been a permanent fixture for a while now with rails re-laid to eliminate angle-cut gaps and everything rewired without the need for plugs.

The paint used on the outer woodwork is Brunswick Green low-sheen water-based exterior paint which lasts extremely well and protects the wood from both the occasional splash of rain and the intensity of our summer sunlight. My brand is British Paints.

Once the plaster cloth is dry I paint over that with undiluted water-based acrylics in what ever shade is most appropriate. For this area I will be using Jo Sonja brand green base colour which is a little darker than the Brunswick but dries absolutely flat and matt and seals the plaster nicely. When that in turn is dry the vegetation goes onto a brush-applied coat of neat PVA with details then added as required. Bushes and the runs of gorse are stuck down with a fast-grab clear craft glue, any long grass in the corners of fields is cut from "Field Grass" packs and applied in clumps to a blob of PVA (no static grass applicator here - yet) and I finally over-spray the lot with a 50:50 diluted PVA : water mix to make sure everything stays in place.

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I was wondering if you used green or brown as the base colour Rick. I know a lot of people use brown, but your choice of green has turned out really well.

Interesting how you do the clumps of long grass with blobs of PVA, might try that as I won't be having large grassed areas, just more patches of rough ground.

Bit more urban, no open fields with animals on my small layout :mutley



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That looks to me to be a significant improvement Rick and will lead to some more "in the landscape " photos from rail level. Looking forward to them.


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The second piece of new land has been completed. The delay to this was in part due to some very cold and wet winter weather and in part due to me being rather unwell for the past couple of weeks.

Both of those are improving.

Refreshed greenery all around the tunnel mouth and a new tree planted in the gully to the left of the portal as seen here. A few careful retouches to refresh the somewhat faded grey sky have also been completed.



The new land, to the left of the train, has received its vegetation cover and something new is also just in the shot top left .....



A cheeky little patch of sky has been painted onto the back scene here including down the top couple of inches of the sculpted land. Bushes have been glued in position standing away from this to give a little depth in a very shallow area barely three inches wide in places.



The new area in the context of the whole corner of the layout with sky including some washed grey and white to balance the somewhat inclement scene up behind the church.



I am now awaiting planning permission for a third new piece of infill which will allow a small extension of land on the opposite corner where the seldom-photographed (because it's too close to the edge) stone circle sits.

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Very nice Rick and cracking photo's. You've obviously spent a lot of time getting it just right!

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Very nice Rick and cracking photo's. You've obviously spent a lot of time getting it just right!

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Thank you.

In total, from start to finish of the new infill, about three hours work. Plus a lot more hours of drying time for various coats of paint and applications of glues.

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... and your loco is messy... Toto will like that!
It's come out very well Rick.
Glad your recovering.
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Two new Bachmann "tube" wagons have arrived recently. Both have been weathered before entering traffic although one was already factory weathered first.

They run well but the low-level vac. pipes supplied in the "bits bag" foul the couplers and can only be fitted at a rather strange angle. I suspect they will not survive even there in the longer term.

The two new arrivals are coupled behind the Western in No.1 up siding as a filthy Warship arrives in charge of a down parcels working



This wagon is factory weathered but has had the plank gaps inked in, powders added to the outside and the inside painted with Humbrol "Rust Wash" then powdered.



The other is a pristine product as supplied and again has had the plank gaps inked in. This wagon has also had powder weathering applied inside and out.



Detail work included rusting the springs with the Humbrol wash. This is the first time I have used that product; not being at all impressed by their weathering powders I was wary of how it might work but it seems to be OK.

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Hi Rick.

That's a smashing layout you have there with some great scenery.
I love the beach scene with the surfers. They must be very fit lads as every time I look they're on the water :lol:
That Class 08 in post 69 is really worth a mention. Filthy dirty with grease ,oil & rust everywhere.Just the way they should be.

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Despite being the depths of winter there's often some movement on the layout. A rare shaft of sunlight picks out the milk train emerging from the tunnel.



Another sort of "movement" altogether was found to have occurred on one of the buses parked on the layout. It has been visited by a full-size bird. Taking advantage of adversity I have glued a pair of model gulls onto the roof rather than clean it up!



Finally for now the three new Bachmann class 43 "Warship" locos are in the mail and due here any day. These will have Fox etched nameplates fitted and receive weathering before entering service on a "Western Hydraulic" day to be announced soon. If the Fox plates look OK on these then I'll fit them to the 42s as well as time permits.

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Hi Rick,

Congratulations on pic of the month. Class 22 as well ......... Nice one.

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Now if I was a rivet counter Rick (which I'm not), I'd say the bird poo was not to scale.

It's probably P4 poo not OO poo :mutley:mutley:mutley



Congratulations on picture of the week :thumbs



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Congratulations on pic of the month. Class 22 as well ......... Nice one.

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Pic of the week?

<Dashes off to the Home Page> ;-)

Oh my - that's the second I've had. Thanks and all that. It was just a lucky shot grabbed quickly on the phone the other day in a rare shaft of sunlight over the layout.

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Now if I was a rivet counter Rick (which I'm not),

Congratulations on picture of the week :thumbs



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Poo-measurer??? :mutley

And thanks!

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Planning permission having been requested and received the third and final little addition to the land was begun this afternoon.

The old lineside vegetation was stripped out (and mostly retained for re-use) and the old border unscrewed and removed. A new border has been cut and fitted as shown and the old, together with an offcut of new MDF, has been recycled to become the floor of the new piece. Over ten years of Penhayle Bay very little which could possibly be re-used has ever been binned; the old greenery will go back beneath a top layer of new material. In the image below the old and new edges of the layout are clearly defined.



In cutting the new MDF to shape a small piece fortuitously proved to be the perfect shape and size to drop in as floor beside the stone circle! New land and a low-height back scene here should improve the photographic options at this corner.



And seen from the inside, or normal viewing area, of the layout the new area is ready to be "filled" which will include some polystyrene chips, plaster cloth and then greenery. There's some paint needed here and there as well.

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Looking good Rick, like the stone circle and the allotments! Doesn't look as if you use your bike much??:):)

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The bike ..... ah yes .....

I used to cycle a lot. When I lived in the UK I'd cycle anywhere I reasonably could. I clocked up some significant daily distances when I was younger and fitter. Highlights are the London - Brighton - London round trip, London - Colchester - Clacton - Harwich - Dedham Vale - Brentwood - London and the one-way marathon of Whitwell (Isle of Wight) - Bembridge - Ryde then ferry to Portsmouth before continuing Southsea - Chichester - Brighton - London.

All of those were one-day rides. I've also ridden John O'Groats to Land's End as part of a 14-day organised ride.

The last UK bike didn't come to Australia as the shipping would have been too costly against the price of a new one. I bought anew one here and used it for a few years.

Australian traffic isn't as predictable nor as amenable as British drivers often are. There is a lot of antagonism between drivers and cyclists. There is also something of a national sport engaged in by a minority who open car doors into the path of cyclists deliberately (as opposed to the genuine accidents).

I abandoned the bike after the fifth occasion on which I was pushed off by a passenger leaning from a passing car specifically for that purpose. And no, the police aren't at all interested. They take the view here that if there's nothing in it for them they don't bother. There's no way to trace and prove who the passenger was even if the driver could be ID'd.

I also suffered serious illness five years ago and haven't had quite the stamina or resolve I used to since then.

The bike remains as a monument to past achievements but I fear is unlikely to be used again in or around the city and suburbs.

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Fascinating Rick, I thought riding a bike here was bad now but nowhere as bad as Oz by the sound of it!! Don't blame you for letting the dust settle on your bike, best thing I think!!

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That little infill of land has been completed but there are no photos as yet - it's been dark, cold and wet most of the time I have had at home. I may have a chance in the next couple of days.

Also new on the block are the first two (of three) Bachmann class 43 "Warship" types. This is more or less a new loco now though the class 42 version has been in their catalogue since it was inherited from Mainline.

The real thing differed internally by having North British rather than Maybach engine and transmission and as a consequence the class 43 had vents and ports in different places to the 42. They were also found to be less reliable, more expensive to maintain and the NBL engines were as troublesome as those that firm installed in other types. Class 43 made an early exit to the scrapyards and none survives today.

Bachmann has released three in this tranche all in different number / name / livery combinations. All three arrived together but one was incorrectly packaged by Bachmann and the correct loco is due to arrive back here any day now.

In the meantime the two which are here have had Fox etched nameplates added (the packs for which include builder's plates which are extremely small!) and the Bachmann details added. User-applied parts include pipework, couplers and / or fairings, roof ports and lifting rings. The roof ports are supplied in sufficient quantity for the user to select their own choice of open (either direction) or closed. The roof has 20 holes for the lifting rings which are minuscule and require extreme dexterity and no losses to the floor! 24 are supplied for the 20 required. I found them rather tricky to fit but managed to get away with 46 of 48 used. The rest are ..... somewhere!

I've applied some weathering and am not sure it's the best I can do so it may be modified over time. I have also added drivers and secondmen as Bachmann no longer includes such luxuries.

Maroon D865 Zealous





And green D835 Pegasus



Lighting is switchable with separate cab and marker light switched beneath the locos. Buffers are not sprung. Running and haulage capability is extremely good.

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Nice job with the accessories Rick, makes a visible and authentic difference to the engines.

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I've re-worked the weathering on both the 43s and am much happier with it now. See here:

http://yourmodelrailway.net/view_topic.php?id=12840&forum_id=51&page=2#p247738

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All three class 43 Warships have now arrived, been fully detailed, received Fox etched nameplates and been weathered.

All three seen together as 842 and 865 lead the down Cornishman out of Treheligan and 835 waits in the loop with vans



"Royal Oak" and "Zealous" on the down Cornishman again despite the headcode!



Class 42 Warship 870 "Zulu" also gained Fox plates as a trial before applying them to the rest of the fleet and with satisfactory results



How many Warships do you need before you call your shed a dockyard? 842 and 870 keep company with early-style blue livery D827 "Kelly" on shed at Ponsangwyn.

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You certainly have a fleet of warships, Rick.

Nicely weathered and great photos, as usual.

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Got to agree, nice fleet and nice weathering.
The layout is looking good too, have you been sprucing it up for the spring Rick?
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Thanks gents

Yes Marty - as I usually do I've refreshed the greenery where needed and am in the process of giving the entire layout a good clean before the season gets going.

For a 10 year old outdoor layout I reckon it's not looking too shabby!

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Beautiful photo's as always Rick. Nice fleet of Warshipsas everyone has said. They look ready for action and look like they have already covered a few miles thanks to your weathering skills.

Running trains is fun .... Granted, but I enjoy just viewing some of the fantastic scenes as modelled by many on the forum. Great to see.:thumbs

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As Marty mentioned sprucing up here's an update on the "far end" away from the recent land infills.

The cliffs and high land behind the railway have had a bit of a clean and tidy and have received some new greenery scattered, for the most part, on top of the old. The cliff path has been resurfaced and the cliff face itself has benefitted from selective application of weathering powders and a spray of water to turn them into liquid pigment briefly.

The people aren't back in position yet with the exception of a couple moved up this year from the cliffs to near the top of Men Tor above the sheep field. Nearer the railway the white fence which was damaged by a possum years ago will remain broken as it looks authentic.

The train isn't a Warship this time - in fact it's not a diesel-hydraulic at all!



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Good looking trains, great weathering and excellent scenery. :thumbs What more could you ask for...?? Then again, maybe I shouldn't ask ! ;-);-)

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At long last the sun is shining at Penhayle Bay after what seems like an eternal grey cold winter.

Where else could this possibly be?









Those Lima CCT vans (first three in the train) aren't too bad though I am slowly acquiring some of the current Bachmann ones as well.

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Very much a Cornish scene.... Apart from the sunshine :mutley


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Awwwww c'mon Marty. You've seen sunshine in Cornwall with your own eyes!!! :cool::lol::tongue

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:roll::shock::) True.... we had fabulous weather that trip, even Wales only rained on us as we were leaving.


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A very fast response from Fox Transfers and the various mail authorities has meant the remaining etched nameplates for the Warship class fleet have arrived around two weeks before they were expected.

As I'm not required at the Palace of Attendance until Monday afternoon next week I now have plenty of time to get on with applying those plates, making good the weathering that job will disturb, and preparing the line-up for a Western Region diesel-hydraulic running day next month.

That will feature the grand total of 10 Warships (seven class 42, three class 43) with the derelict shell of an eleventh dumped out of use somewhere, 9 Westerns (five Dapol, four Heljan), five class 22s and three Hymeks (two Heljan and one Hornby). Not all running at once of course but there will be double-heading to ensure as many as possible are in action for the most time.

Class 14 ("Teddy-bear") will be absent. I don't own any. They were not associated with Cornwall being largely South Wales-based. Class 35 (Hymek) is also not often associated with Cornwall as their workings there were few and far between but they did cross the Tamar and also worked milk trains in other areas so that's likely to be one of their rostered turns.

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The annual clean-up and refresh is well under way. The clay dries have been dusted off and the white clay residue re-applied.

This view is actually at night under lights though it might appear to be in broad daylight under the new roof.

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Thank you kindly.

It's been a lovely warm sunny weekend here. But we haven't been here! We have been away with friends for most of it so precious little time to continue with hobby matters.

I did manage one half-decent shot late in the afternoon sun however although it shows that the nameplate isn't as straight as my ruler, square and eyesight suggest it is :oops:

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The annual Spring clean and tidy is almost complete. This year I'm discovering more work that needs doing thanks to the new roof and increased amount of daylight reaching the layout.

Steam doesn't often feature on the layout as the earliest date I can reasonably represent is around the very end of regular WR steam operation in Cornwall. But the panniers sometimes come out to play and when the light is just right they provide quite a contrast with the "modern" diesels.

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Having spent a few hours generally tidying up and refreshing the cliffs and moors around the top end of the layout I also decided a little more colour might be in order for this area. It's often a bit dark down here as this is the area which sits beneath a large (real) tree.

There has been an outbreak of gorse.





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Like it Rick, where did you get that footbridge in the 3rd photo please?

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Thanks.

That footbridge is the standard Hornby R076 kit, ages old now but still a favourite, and painted black. The far side is linked to the hillside and has a flight of steps going up the cliff face between the railings rather than down to the ground but that's the only change I've made to the kit.

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Really like that last picture Rick, I can hear the surf on the beach :thumbs


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Really like that last picture Rick, I can hear the surf on the beach :thumbs


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Anyone got a DCC sound chip for a seagull? :mutley

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Yes!!

A couple of my Howes locomotive sound projects have seagulls on a function key. Bryan of Howes put them on as a bit of a gimmick just for fun, on the class 24 and 37/0 (as well as putting different horn sounds on the 37 for me). EDIT: actually it was the 37/5 not the 37/0, but the principle is that the sounds can be put on anything, really.

Once you go DCC, I can bring them over, sit them in a siding somewhere and set the seagulls going.

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DCC????? :hmm

I haven't even gone Kadee yet :mutley

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Bear in mind that the sound loops could be tidied up so there's no gap between the sounds. 

You'll have to hurry up with the Kadee and DCC conversions, Rick! ;-)

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Herring gull calls.

Nice. The things you can do nowadays with little trains ;-)

Speaking of which I'm off to give the dramatis personae their annual bath (well they are British :roll: ), fiddle with electrickery and start to fine-tune the set-up ready for 1st November's running day.

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The yard / shed area has been dusted off and tidied up for another season.

Plenty in tonight!



But what's this shady deal going on at the old goods shed?

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Nice Eire pictures. :thumbs

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Penhayle Bay will be running a Western Hydraulics timetable on Sunday 1st November from around 2.30 to 5pm for anyone wishing to drop in.

I'd appreciate a message beforehand f you do intend coming just so I know roughly how many to expect.

This will be the only open-house before Christmas though I hope to have another with no specific traction theme in the new year.

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Hi Rick. That is a jolly good idea? But that would take a whole lot of planning, seriously I would like to visit Oz, I dreamt of it for over forty long years. And never got around to it, not even for the Ghan,or even when I was collecting Vesta labels . The nearest to Australia that i have been is Vladivostok ( Same time zone at least),if I only thought of it at the time I could have booked a flight,but, that would also take planning. all the best Kevin

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The Western Hydraulic Running Day pictures have been delayed owing to other events through this week.

* Friends who have visited Penhayle Bay over the years will have met its resident cat, Gwyn, who greeted visitors to his door and demanded feeding and patting either in a playful or aggressive manner according to who you were.

We are sorry to record that Gwyn fell asleep on Thursday after a short illness and at the age of 12½. He was therefore around 73 in human terms and had been with us since before Penhayle Bay was even thought about.

After visiting the vet twice a week over the past three weeks he finally succumbed to multiple organ failures though had been suffering from arthritis for some time also. His presence will be sorely missed and the energy and life seems to have temporarily left the home. He has been laid to rest within earshot of the trains at Penhayle Bay and with the words "Travel well".

* With over 200 pictures to review and eventually 84 chosen and edited I can only sensibly show a selection here. The full gallery is available at my Smug Mug site. Attendance was modest but comfortable. Having smaller numbers made it possible to enjoy a decent conversation with everyone which hasn't always been possible when I have been host, operator and caterer all in one.

I had hoped to also offer some video clips of trains moving. I am using a camera which is fairly new to me and for which I am unfamiliar with the video controls. The results were unsuitable so these will be re-shot at some future time.

The full set of pictures can be enjoyed here: https://gwiwer.smugmug.com/ModelRailway-1/Penhayle-Bay-Hydraulic-Running/n-9sJKVB/

Very early in the morning the clays ease off the St. Agnes branch behind a class 22



And cross the entire layout to access the Ponsangwyn branch for onward shipping of the white gold cargo



The first up London train of the day calls at Treheligan for early morning traffic led by a class 52 Western



Looking back along the train we see a recently-repainted coach in the future standard blue-grey livery



The first down train was the Travelling Post Office, always a Western duty, which drew up alongside the branch DMU which has arrived from the west and reversed in the up platform to gain the branch for its first trip of the day.



There was already a Warship-class loco waiting in the down platform loop



Next to arrive was the overnight sleeping-car train from London behind a newly-repainted class 43 Warship



It transpired that "Royal Oak" was not in good health and had struggled to even get this far. The failure was duly removed and shunted off for attention back at Laira depot. This move delayed the arrival of the morning vans from St. Agnes which is waiting at the branch signal behind a class 03 shunter.



And the waiting loco in the loop - well two actually - which had been brought up from Ponsandane were shunted on and continued the service. The branch vans has the road into the platform.



After that drama things settled down to a more routine day. The next up London service produced a "Chromatic Blue" Western



And was followed by The Cornishman for destinations across the Midlands and Yorkshire and which arrived alongside its branch connection



As is often the case this train included a Thompson coach



The clays finally arrived at Ponsangwyn where the yard was busy and a maroon Warship awaited line clearance with a freight for the west.



The freight having gained the road it climbed to the main lines at Carreglyb where the milk tanks were looped on the up side



Along the line at Penhayle Bay a London train storms the bank up to Nansglaw as the morning down local DMU coasts through the sand dunes to stop at the station ahead.



The overnight catch came home on the morning tide



It took two Warships to lift a parcels train of gargantuan proportions and with vehicles of very varied origin to the summit of the line



A rare bird for Cornwall - a Hymek - took the empty milk tanks onward for their next filling and an overnight run up to London's Kensington Olympia



Two class 22s were assigned to the return clay working as it crossed back from the Ponsagwyn branch through Treheligan's up platform



And stormed the fierce gradient of the St. Agnes branch



Green lichen seems to have taken over a redundant milk tank and some other scrap in Steptoe's yard



For the first time in many months there was a farmer's market in the station yard



Passengers came, waited and went through the day



As did trains of all shapes and sizes - here a lengthy freight requires the combined power of a Warship and a 22 while the branch DMU performs another trip



The goods had earlier passed another brace of 22s which had arrived from up-country and run round a clay train at Carreglyb



St. Gunzela's Church saw a wedding take place



Moving forward in time a little into the BR blue era another Warship coasts downhill from the woods with a van train alongside a 22 plus 35 combination coming up from Ponsangwyn



In open country a blue Western speeds across Darras Viaduct bound for London



More passengers waited hopefully for their trains



Which included 1023 Western Fusilier on a rake of Mk2 coaches heading the final up Paddington train of the day



"Fusilier" also called at Penhayle Bay



Yet more 22 interest at the clay dries as one blue loco with a down van train passes another idling in the clay sidings



The down branch vans late in the day was worked by another Hymek and included a Hawksworth van behind the loco; the branch DMU is already resting for the evening in the former loco run-round loop.



The final down train of the day was a two-car DMU with a DPU parcel van on the rear seen calling at an illuminated Penhayle Bay where it seems as though the beach is as popular by night as by day.



Over the course of a simulated day's operation all of my WR hydraulic types got a run - some running much more than others - and an attempt was made to represent a typical summer's day traffic-wise and across the various years and liveries of the hydraulic era. I enjoyed it. I'll do something similar again one day.

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Most enjoyable viewing your pics you have shared with us, for which I am most grateful. Liked the story line to go with the photo's too, made even more interesting to read. Well done Rick,  loved it or as they down home "proper job my ansome"

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Cracking storyline and photo's Rick, many thanks! :):)

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Very enjoyable pictures and storyline Rick, well done :thumbs


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Rick, Excellent story line and believably illustrated. Most enjoyable.

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This beast has featured before but has reappeared after the hydraulics were put away.

The Western Region class 47 "namers" were never common in the far south west being largely confined to the London and Bristol areas with regular workings into South Wales also.

Seen in good sunlight on the narrow side of the layout which despite appearances really is only 9" wide at this point.



Broadside on the viaduct



Now does this belong in the layout thread or under the weathering one? The loco has had a few details added since last outing including bogie frame weathering and a touch of Grimy Black - a colour I didn't have available until recently - on the roof in addition to the previous Soot Black



And paused at Penhayle Bay where the tunnel does a reasonable job of taking the eye off the 90-degree bend around the corner of the layout here.

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Rick, I like that. I'm not a great diesel fan but I do think those 47's are very majestic and imposing looking locos. Tasteful and no doubt about it, all business.

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Hi Rick,
Very sorry to hear about Gwyn, a great loss.
On the railways, what great picture stories you show, I love 'em, as indeed I love your DH's.

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Thank you to both Johns.

In conversation with a work colleague today the subject arose of a small memorial. I have been persuaded to get the clay out at some future time and attempt a respectful representation of Gwyn in OO.

It won't be very big at 1:76 or thereabouts despite his size - always a big cat though never overweight but weighing in at over 10kgs in his prime - however it would be something.

The layout has many tiny scenes around it which go to make up the varied whole which it is. The farm already has three cats from proprietary packs of animals. A hand-crafted white cat somewhere suitable wouldn't go amiss at all.

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Twin Peaks!

A reasonably clean 45 waits in the loop while a filthy and faded 46 storms through with the up mails.



Meanwhile a class 25 growls through Penhayle Bay in the evening with a rake of vans



And down at the shed 37207 waited its next job and the duty 08 chuntered away at the head of the cement tanks

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The original concept behind Penhayle Bay always assumed that there would be some Southern input. Partly because the fictitious location is very close to Newquay and assumes the 15-mile "missing link" between that town (on the GWR) and Padstow (on the SR) was actually built and not simply planned and shelved. And partly because I have strong family connections to the SR at Wadebridge and I quite like their motive power.

With the recent arrival of the O2 tanks and the S15 I thought it was about time to get the "green box" out of the cupboard and play kettles!

So the S15 is more or less weathered to my satisfaction now despite a generous (excessive?) application of oil at the factory. That has at least found its way over all the motion and driving wheels making them look nice and greasy in the sun.



That could easily be somewhere on the SR main line west of Salisbury. I've added a dummy screw coupler to the front but in common with other S15 owners have found it necessary to remove the front steps and ejector pipework in order for the pony truck to negotiate curves. I'm hoping to get at least one step back in place eventually; a small amount of adjustment to one spot on the track should be enough. The discs (head signal in SR parlance) are set for Waterloo - Salisbury - Exeter.



To keep the S15 company the branch service was worked by the large Standard tank and a BR Mk1 BCK - the "instant train" in a single carriage having first and second classes, smoking and non-smoking in both and a guard's brake compartment and luggage area. The head signal is set for Exeter - Ilfracombe. The dummy coupler is newly fitted and requires weathering in.





A Hornby loco which hasn't had a run here in a very long time is the T9. This carries commercially-applied weathering which is starting to fade to an odd ochre shade on the wheels which will be over brushed with powders at some time. The coal added to the bunker was also exhibiting shiny white adhesive and has already been dealt with as the black weathering powder was handy!

When these locos were released there was consternation that they featured traction tyres. They are very light - almost as light as the O2s which are half their size - and without some assistance wouldn't pull skin off a custard. I had mine marked down as a poor performer but today, with clean wheels, she managed five coaches easily over my severe gradients.

Here the head signal is set for Exeter - Padstow upon which route the last examples worked out their final days.



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Thank you Marty.

Today it was the turn of an A1X Terrier on the branch. Even the minuscule and fly-weight Hornby model can manage a single Mk1 on the branch gradient. These locos were famous for their late survival on the Hayling Island branch upon which nothing heavier was permitted to cross Langston bridge. The head signal disc is thus set for Havant - Hayling Island and in SR fashion, but contrary to the rule book, there's one at each end to minimise the number of disc changes required on a short-distance service.



The main line saw one of Mr. Bulleid's air-smoothed light Pacifics in action with one of his design of coaches first in the train as well. Like 'em or loathe 'em these distinctive locos brought a touch of individuality to the routes they served and could be found widely over Southern metals. 34041 carries the name Wilton and is therefore a West Country class. The discs are set, as with the S15 yesterday, for Waterloo - Exeter; the engines often worked through though crews were normally changed at Salisbury.



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Sunday 29th November - Buses Replacing Trains

Buses will replace trains all day on the Penhayle Bay Railway while our engineers carry out planned maintenance works. You are advised to allow an extra 30 minutes for your journey. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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At first light a ballast train was spotted emerging from Nansglaw Tunnel



First stop was atop Darras Viaduct where selective ballast maintenance was carried out.



The main work site was at Treheligan station where reballasting of the "six-foot" is in progress. Note the engineer's trolley and track tamper also present.



The ballast train was powered "top-and-tail" fashion with a loco at each end. This allows safe movement in both directions within the area under engineer's possession rather than having to reverse a train with the driver at the far end. Heavy trains such as this also require two locos to provide adequate power.



A sea of orange vests - not all actively engaged in working! - as the final layer of ballast is spread from the wagons.



Another angle on the work - or lack of it is some cases.



A fleet of buses replaced trains to take passengers wherever they needed to go. The ballast train has drawn up alongside the tamper.



Buses of all shapes and sizes were in use. Here a Leyland National turns into Station Hill. Trains will resume from first service in the morning.



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In other news Penhayle Lifeboat has returned to take up position for the summer season. The train above has terminated here due to the engineering work farther along the line.



"All Stop" is the hand-signal from the bow-man as the fishing boat approaches the quay and has to negotiate the Severn Class lifeboat occupying the spare berth. Summer is just around the corner when the lifeboat appears; her duty lasts until the end of the main holiday period.

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Nice to see the 'orange army' out and about Rick.

Those passengers still on the platform bench are going to have a long wait :mutley


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I reckon one of those friendly bus drivers might come over and collect them eventually, eh?

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They ought to, it's Sunday .............. double time :mutley

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Following on from the appearance of Southern steam above I made use of some natural lighting effects today to play with the "Wenford Goods", a short rake of china clay and 16ton mineral wagons and vans behind one of my trio of Beattie well-tanks.

The train is captured by the photographer rounding the curve below Wheal Julia





Having run a few laps of the layout the train then arrived at the clay dries





And for authenticity - since most photos taken when these little engines were in active service were in monochrome.



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Some stunning photos there rick, you really have some depth on this layout.

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Nice looking loco. In black and white the china clay dust looks like snow. Could be the Christmas header photo!!

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I can supply a copy without the watermark if it were chosen.

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Nice idea, the B & W shots do look good :thumbs

Could you do the last colour one in monochrome Rick, for comparison.?


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Not only that but I can do the very last B&W in full colour for reverse-comparison as well ;-)

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Strange things happen at this time of year. Reindeer might not fly here but ......



Yes, that really is a GWR pannier in London Transport livery hauling the BR inspection saloon!



And why does the line need to be inspected? Because the next train was another GWR type though famously pretending to be a type it isn't.



That's no Castle!



And finally a third train, perhaps the most unusual of the lot, turned up in the shape of a Southern Region class 73 electro-diesel (running on diesel power) leading a motor luggage van (running on battery power) and a short parcels train conveying all the seasonal greetings.



Yes, that's definitely out of the ordinary for Penhayle Bay.



Penhayle Bay is popular at this time of year - no less than three Royal Blue coaches are parked up at the beach alongside the regular service bus.



The fleet is all in. The lifeboat reminds us of the dedication and professionalism of the RNLI volunteer crews who put to sea in any weather when most run for shelter.



The oddball SR train squealed around the curves and above the river mouth



Despite its headboard there was a rather mixed reception among those waiting for the regular train!



The message to all is writ large and clear.

MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR from PENHAYLE BAY.

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Season's greetings to you and the family Rick.Have a good one.:cheers

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As per the 'other' forum, wishing you and your family a very Happy Christmas and New Year too, Rick.

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It's been a bit quiet at Penhayle Bay this summer. Normally this is my main running season. However a combination of things ranging from the need to plan a bathroom renovation to rebuilding the lattice-work shade area / cat run out side the house has drawn on my spare time. There is less of that in my job than there once was also.

The layout area had its new roof fitted and I then found a need to install an inner "skin" of shade-cloth to reduce the heat and intensity of the sun which had been shaded by the old lichen-covered roof.

As of today the shade-cloth is 75% complete with the rest potentially do-able tomorrow before work.

Once all of that is done I can start to clear up and run trains. The large station at Treheligan will take a bit longer to rebuild however but work is under way and I intend that it will look much as it did before the sun got to it and buckled the platforms.

I did get some track cleaned up today and ran a couple of tests with recently-arrived locos.

The Isle of Wight O2 looks good and runs well though seems to have some oily patches on the tank sides which show through the weathering powder. The diminutive nameplate on this is a user-fitted (but supplied) item and was fiddly in the extreme to get straight and without glue leaks.







The freshly-weathered Heljan class 33 has also been test-run to my satisfaction.





I promise more action as soon as I can get the tracks cleaned and have a couple of hours spare outside!

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Apparently when this layout first appeared on MRweb I wasn't a member and I'm so glad that it's back.

A really wonderful, atmospheric and inspiring railway.

Thanks for re sharing.

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A really wonderful, atmospheric and inspiring railway.


Thank you Allan. The layout has been around on several sites for some time now though took a bit of a break from here a while back.

The most complete and continuous history, and the greatest amount of discussion, is on RMweb. The busiest site that I have traffic figures for is the Facebook page where I display some of the better pictures and which is followed by over 1500 people with typically 3000 - 4000 viewing each image and in a few cases very many more. The most popular image there has been seen by over 13000 people.

While I have developed and learned as a modeller over the ten-plus years Penhayle Bay has been around it is still the first layout I built and until a year ago was the only one. I offer that as support for anyone either uncertain as to their potential abilities, just starting (as we have some beginners here), or perhaps just gazing in awe and privately thinking "If only I could ..... " We don't know what we can achieve until we try. My advice to anyone is to give it a go and see what you, too, can achieve.

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The shade cloth has finally been fully fitted to the new roof and is successfully diffusing the worst of the sunlight and bringing a slight reduction in temperature across the layout. It does also cause some mottling of the light at times but I can live with that more happily than I can live with ongoing blistering temperatures and warping of everything from plastic structures to the ballast and road surfaces. Time will tell how they now hold up.

Currently the main lines and Treheligan sidings are open for traffic and if I cleaned the rails everything would be except for the down platform loop at Treheligan. I can run trains tomorrow to mark St. Piran's Day.

For now here's a few "classic" views of a Western on china clays taken with the assistance of some spots of sunlight between today's clouds while I tested the track.





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Gool Peran Lowen. Happy St. Piran's Day from Cornwall in Australia :)

The entire roof now has its inner ling of shade-cloth. St. Piran's flag still proudly flies above the layout. The rebuilding of Treheligan station as a result of sun damage is in progress.



To mark the national day of the Cornish I arranged a line-up of five types associated with that part of the world. Representing, approximately, the five decades I also offer on the layout are:

1960s : a class 42 Warship
1970s : a class 52 Western;
1980s : a class 37 (sometimes nicknamed tractors);
1990s : a class 66 (nicknamed sheds or ying-yings);
2000s : a class 57 which, because it was rebuilt from a class 47, also represents the 1970s and 1980s.



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Nice roster there Rick.

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Janner wrote: Gool Peran Lowen Rick.
What ee said, but I suppose it's nearly over in you part of the world :thumbs

Didn't know the 'tractors' spent a lot of time down in the west country, thought they were mainly east coast and Scotland.

Learn something every day on here.



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"Tractors" were staple motive power of Cornish freight for some years between the departure of the 52s and the coming of the 66s. Bristol Bath Road and Plymouth Laira depots had allocations which meant that the sub-depot at St. Blazey became associated with the type also.

In the brief era when BR allowed some regional variation to its corporate image "Cornish Railways" was created as a unit for all things west of the Tamar and adopted a handful of class 37 locos. These were variously emblazoned with the "Wizzy Lizzy" lizard logo and / or crossed flags of St. Piran and BR. One, 37207, was named "William Cookworthy" after the gent (1705 - 1780) credited with discovery of the vast Cornish china clay deposits and their use in the porcelain and paper industries.

Subsequently the BR sectors named other locally-based locos with Cornish themes including 37671 "Tre Pol and Pen" from the rhyme (based on the local language and names) "By Tre, Pol and Pen ye know that we be Cornishmen"

Class 37 locos worked alongside the new class 66 type in Cornwall until very late in their lives and indeed occasionally still appear on engineer's, charter and weed killing trains.

While the type was associated in large numbers with the Eastern and North Eastern Regions significant allocations existed in South Wales and lowland Scotland. Later in their lives a relatively small number from sub-class 37/4 are also well known for having replaced class 26 and 27 locos on all West Highland, Kyle and Far North workings.

They were maids of all work, a true mixed traffic type, and while they seldom appeared on the Southern Region they could be found almost anywhere on the BR network literally from Penzance to Wick and Thurso.

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The latest Bachmann release has arrived, has been weathered and has entered traffic

47436 is seen on Darras Viaduct with a train of early Mk2 stock. The loco has received a light weathering, apart from the roof which is much dirtier, and will replace a similar Hornby item which has an older-style motor, is less refined generally and has never been a particularly satisfactory performer. The Hornby loco is reserved for a fellow modeller so already has a new home to go to at some future time.







In other news replacement Viessmann street lights have arrived from Germany to progress repairs to the sun-damaged road scenes around Treheligan. The originals mostly still worked but in an effort to remove the two which didn't the wiring was damaged beyond repair and all have to be replaced. I usually source lighting from Gaugemaster in Ford, UK, but on this occasion they were out of stock of the required and a German eBay dealer offered them from stock and cheaper as well.

I have a few afternoons free next week and hope to have a respectable amount of the rebuild under way or even complete by Easter.

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The street lights are "roughed in" to use a building term and will go exactly where the old ones were, plus one new location as I now have seven available so six will be fitted with one retained as a spare.

Today I relaid the track through the down platform loop which was a casualty of the platform structure removal. I had hoped it wouldn't be beyond recall but it would have had to move anyway making the existing rails too short by about 1cm. So out it came and in has gone the new.

The shaped wood for the down platform island has been fixed in place and tomorrow attention will turn to shaping the up side piece. Ten minutes with a jig saw does most of it then as long as it takes with various sanding devices to fine-tune the shape and fit. This one will adjoin a short surviving section of plastic platform which is the base for the main building.

I had hoped to sand down the wood to include the slight overhand of the pavers but this would prove extremely time-consuming. I had also intended to scribe pavers directly into the wood. Gauge-testing with various rolling stock has shown this is just slightly too low for comfort and would benefit from a top surface. Being wary of plastic after recent events I have chosen to revert to the Metcalfe card I used on Treheligan Mk2 and with brick-print card for the platform faces.

That is all either in stock or on its way from a warehouse in Widnes. The card will stick directly to flat pine not the previous balsa and I hope will therefore stay in place without curling up at the edges. It was also munched by slugs on a previous occasion so this time it will benefit from application of pastel shading to vary the colour somewhat and to perhaps make it a little less appetising (not to mention harder to make progress on) for the local gastropod community.

I can run trains on all lines even though Treheligan station remains closed and bus replacements are in operation from Penhayle Bay. I'm working through Easter (except Good Friday) so no public running session then but hopefully in the week or two following and once the whole layout looks as it should once more.

If the Dapol signals arrive in time and are an easy install they might even be up and working by then as well.

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A few shots of work in progress.

The new down island platform at the eastern (London) end with a small piece of the future printed card surface placed for effect. The newly-laid loop track contrasts with the surviving main lines and the remaining bit of plastic base together with some of the damage it has sustained being evident.



A longer view taking in the length of the station and showing that the new platforms are almost single pieces of wood. The down island requires a small extension at the far end while the up platform will retain the plastic so long as I can fix it securely back to the baseboard. The plan is that with single lengths and a prepared surface the card should stick evenly without creating air bubbles. It was small air bubbles between the plastic sheet and less smooth balsa which contributed to problems over recent years.



Finally what appears to be a complete mess but is in fact the rough-wired street lighting. Connect yellow to yellow, connect orange to orange / brown and switch on. They work. The road surface cracked in the heat and has had to be stripped back. As the wiring runs through the fine ballast used for the roadway I have to rewire first before finishing the road. This circuit includes the LED inside the pub which is also reconnected and works once again.

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Another day - another couple of hours work. The lighting is going in and the road surface is slowly being reinstated. It's a multi-stage process requiring the soldering and taping of electrical connections, gluing the taped blobs to the sub-surface, holding the wires in position with PVA and then adding the roadway (fine ballast) in two or three thin layers each in turn sprayed with dilute PVA and allowed to go off before the next goes down. New weeds have been added alongside the road. The new lights are seen in working order though the focus hasn't done me any favours.







Also in the same work session the down platform loop track has been ballasted and a few other spots made good; this is all glued except the patch at the platform end where the bracket signal has to go back. That in its turn has shown itself to be beyond re-use having been knocked and broken multiple times over the years and will be replaced by a kit already in stock. The paint can and other heavy objects on the up platform are to hold the plastic down while the glue goes off and hopefully holds it back flat against the baseboard. The latest Bachmann class 47, newly arrived here and lightly weathered, hauls a short rake of Mk2 carriages through the down platform loop where some buildings have been temporarily replaced to give a sense of progress to the works.



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B*****y council they are always digging up the road!!!

Was it not possible to drill right through the layout and wire from underneath?

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Looking good but who ran into that traffic light?

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B*****y council they are always digging up the road!!!

Was it not possible to drill right through the layout and wire from underneath?


If functional lighting had been on my agenda eleven years ago when the layout was built then maybe I could have wired from underneath. The road bridges the fiddle yard and is now inaccessible from the underside. I can get a hand in to clean the hidden tracks (just) but not to carry out delicate and upside-down tasks like drilling small holes and wiring.

The original lighting was non-functional but I decided to fit working ones when I had to do replace the first road surface. That was printed card which had been munched by slugs.

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Looking good but who ran into that traffic light?

A number of people have suggested it's been hit. I could create a little scene with a crashed car up the pole but I already have something similar elsewhere with the van run away downhill into a dry-stone wall.

The bent pole is actually to improve both sighting and clearance at an awkward spot where the road narrows for the bridge.

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A couple of hours this afternoon saw the roadway brought back to a much-improved state though not yet finished. Yes, that's a bus on the bridge ;-)



Some new Peco hedgerows in the fields opposite the pub and a general refresh of the groundwork as well as the road itself.



While the road surface mix was out I also relaid the car park surface at Penhayle Bay which was starting to crumble away. I'm not happy with some of the white lines; these need to be re-done. The open-top bus is on its last week of operation for this season; after Easter Monday it retires for the winter (here) until November.



After ballasting the track yesterday the new platform facings were glued in today. These are stone rather than brick. Mk1 used stone, Mk2 and Mk3 used brick. I happened to have far more of the Vollmer stone than the Faller brick sheets in stock so with enough to complete the job in one go I opted for stone once again.



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The road is back in and the pub forecourt and car park surfaces are reinstated though not yet white-lined. At least the outdoor table for the thirsty can go back into position though it might gain an umbrella before too long.



In other news the up platform has been shaped, fixed and has its facing stone sheets glued on. For the first time ever platform 1m the branch bay, which faces away from the viewer has fully-modelled stonework. In all previous versions it has been been left as bare plastic or wood on the grounds that it cannot be seen. It can be seen by a camera or a mirror!

The workbench has been busy with new Shire Scenes brass etches for the totem nameplates blackened, a delivery of Dart Castings ground disc signals likewise and numerous other bits and pieces of signalling kit have been spruced up. The Dart Castings will have the discs painted white (with a red band and two coloured spots for the lenses) before they go on the layout to replace less durable Wills / Ratio plastic versions of the same.

New self-adhesive pre-cut totems are awaited from Trackside Signs which should be an exact fit on the etches. The platform surface card sheets are also still awaited but once arrived should go down very quickly. With the platform surfaces down everything such as lights, signs, buildings and people else should be able to go back equally quickly and the station can re-open for traffic.

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A little more go done today. That "bent" traffic light doesn't look quite so odd when seen from the approaching driver's point of view.



Footpath starting to go back into place - first fit of a card-print Metcalfe product cut to shape.



And there's a welcoming light in the bar once more.



The first of the Dapol working semaphores has gone in. All three have had their arms shortened and consequently repainted to ensure the white / black bars are in the right place; posts and ladders have also been painted to remove any "plastic effect". It's not yet wired up though the job looks quite simple.



Clearance is quite tight but adequate. The tracks here are on a gentle right-hand curve meaning more clearance is required to the left than the right to manage rolling stock overhang.

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Today's effort has been frustrated by the non-arrival of the platform surface sheets. I need those to go down before refitting everything above platform level. There's a lot of other jobs to attend to however including the installation of the Dapol signals. Of the three locations planned it has not been possible to fit them in two; one is too close to the edge of the board and would require a long bore through (and weakening) the supporting strut for fitting and the other is in a location where the line is carried on a box riser which cannot now be broken into without doing major damage. So one is up in the sand dunes as planned, one is now the Treheligan up section signal alongside the clay works as shown above and the third is now Treheligan up main home.

The latter has been test-wired, illuminates but does not lower and raise. I probably have the wrong sort of switch - the instructions say a "push to make" which equates to "passing contact" in my mind but maybe I'm wrong. Here it is visibly showing its red aspect through the lens and with some idea of the works going on around the station which are progressing well - apart from needing a package to arrive! Just visible in the "six foot" is one of the new Dart Castings white-metal shunting discs which has replaced a damaged Ratio one.



The roadway now has its footpath laid in formed of several layers of card topped with stick-on Metcalfe pavers. The pub beer table has a new umbrella. The white rocks have returned to their places. All that remains here is to detail the greenery around the footpath, build up the road surface alongside the kerb and to mark some white lines.





In all this work the actual running of trains has not been forgotten nor have the pretty pictures! A single-wagon load hardly taxes St. Blazey-based 37669 as it leads the Polybulk homeward into the evening sunlight.

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The roadway has been fully restored. Passengers may safely await buses, sheep may safely graze. Well all right - cows may safely graze. Detailing today included painting white lines, brushing some weathering powder onto the footpath to remove its paper-like appearance and relocating the various dramatis personae





The view below shows how this scene bridges the fiddle yard which is hidden from view if looking at street or track level (seated or crouching for us 12" : 1' scale folk) but is readily accessible when standing normally.



There's nothing odd about that traffic light now, is there? It all depends upon where the viewer stands.



Other work has included weathering the track which was disturbed in the rebuild (and which still requires a little final detailing in a couple of places).



and sundry other patches such as the new groundwork around the Dapol signals. This one is the Treheligan up main home.

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That trackwork and ground looks fantastic!

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Thank you Mike.

I just took a look back and compared yesterday's view in post 189 with today's in post 190. Quite a difference. It shows what weathering does for a model.

All that's left to do is wait for the sprayed PVA to dry at the platform ends, which have had fine black ballast laid to represent oil / ash drop, and brush that over with grimy black powder. Then just a dash of weedy green alongside the down platform loop where the ballast meets the bushes and Hey Presto!

I now have seven days at work so don't expect a lot more to be done in that time. Next Monday and Tuesday I hope to be able to get the platform surfaces laid, brushed over with weathering powder and then I can re-fit the lighting. Once that is in the buildings and signs go back and we're in business once more.

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Thanks Ed

We're almost back in business! The station may not be complete but the track and groundwork almost is. Trains can run once again. The branch junction, the goods and the new main line signal post with the branch goods passing by







And for the first time in months there was a Western idling gently to itself at the clay works

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The railway is looking rather splendid Rick and I've only just noticed how the clay-works and the associated weathering works really well. In fact, the weathering of stock and buildings generally on Penhayle Bay contributes greatly to it's appeal. 

You must be pleased and also to be working trains again. Well done.

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Thanks Bill. It's been a great boost to once again have trains running around the full circuit after much of the summer season here when they have been confined to out-and-back runs over half the layout or to lapping via the fiddle yard to avoid the station works,

The fiddle yard itself needs a little attention but that is lower on the list as it's not part of the scene. It is partially visible by visitors but even that might change by next summer. I have a vague plan afoot to cover it with easily-removable poly-blocks which will act as heat insulation, dirt and dust protection and possibly carry some scenery.

If I do that I then have to concoct a system to identify the location of each train within the yard; currently that's done by sight alone so if they go out of sight .........

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Of three newly-fitted Dapol "working" semaphore signals only two actually work.

It took me a couple of attempts and a little help to understand the wiring - which isn't really complex but more a case of the instructions being less than 100% clear for a wiring idiot - after which I found the following:

One signal worked as it should.
One lowered the arm but the motor would not raise it - the motor was heard trying to lift it and it could be restored with the lightest finger touch.
On made no motor sound and does not work at all.

I now have two correctly-working signals and a dead one. The one which would not raise the arm has been fixed by backing off the plastic lock-nut by a quarter-turn beneath the baseboard. Having that securely tightened seems to have just pulled things out of line sufficiently to prevent correct motor operation but is now rectified.

In order to run trains until I obtain a replacement for the dead one I'll place a man with a flag beside it to represent a failure.

I'm not overly impressed with these signals and it seems others have had similar experiences. Common complaints are that they don't work or cease to do so after a quite short time. They don't look quite as realistic as the Ratio kit ones they replaced in two cases though are an improvement on the ancient die-cast Crescent one which featured in the third location.

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Working semaphores on Penhayle Bay. This is the one which didn't replace to "on" until its mount was tweaked.

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For the non-working Dapol signal this is the current method of passing trains .....





This situation is likely to remain for some time as I quite like the added ouch of reality and I'm not in a hurry to repeat my experience with these signals though this one does need to be swapped for a working version.

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Bet that chap's arm is going to ache by lunchtime Rick :mutley


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Platform reconstruction at Treheligan is well advanced.

The edge pavers are Metcalfe PO210 Self Adhesive Stone Paving Slabs (which are self-adhesive but have been glued as well) and the pavers on the main platform areas are Metcalfe M0055 Paving Stone cut to size. At the "country" end I have used two kinds of fine sand beyond the pavers in the manner found at many locations where the cost of a fully-paved platform could not be justified but the length was felt desirable. These have had a light dusting of mixed green fine-turf to represent a little growth in the gravel.

The bare wood structure



Platform edge pavers come off the sheet singly and can be made to go around gentle curves in a realistic manner as well if required.



A piece of scrap is used to check the alignment





Very important - CHECK that your widest rolling stock will pass without fouling!!!



Here's a use for a sun-warped DM car - as a gauging vehicle



Don't forget to check platform end ramps as well.



The loco-release requires a cut-out in the platform edge to accommodate swing as found at many actual locations - check the clearances here too



Yes - those slabs will form curves



On some of the following pictures I have had to adjust the shadows and highlights to clearly show the platform surface; this has had some light effect on the surroundings and background.

The main surface pavers go down as does the sand for the "gravel" sections



Some of the structures have started to return



At the "London" end these signals are remarkable survivors. They have been knocked and damaged many times and I thought would need to be replaced with new but I have managed to rescue them yet again. The platforms are paved all the way to this end



Some slight vertical rectification of the edge slabs is needed and the board crossing has to be tidied up but we're getting there.



With a second colour of sand blended in and a little "grass" sprinkled around .....







There's a way to go and a lot of wiring to reinstall but it's starting to look like Treheligan station once more.



Wiring up is scheduled for next week after which I can detail and apply a little weathering where required. Treheligan Mk4 is almost in business.

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Looking really good Rick, I never thought of using those self adhesive tiles, good idea!! :)

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Ongoing works.

Platforms 1 and 2 have their white edge markings restored which takes ages. The platform surfaces and facings have been weathered by nothing more technical than wiping a rag in a dish of weathering powder then across the card sheets.

Weathered surfaces with a sheet of pristine card held in shot for comparison



Weathered stone platform facings and tracks



The net effect so far. Looks like I need a touch of red paint on the left-hand shunting disc.

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The pressure is on. I had allowed myself until a week on Saturday to complete all outstanding works, clean and polish the layout and have it all fully working. Yesterday I was kindly advised by SWMBO that the guests attending our house concert this Saturday are also going to be invited to look over the railway. These are not "modelling people" and are mostly her work and social-life friends.

We offered some financial support to friends who found themselves with a recording contract but no funds to fly to the US to fulfil it. In return for providing a percentage of the required we receive a house concert which takes place on our driveway (under the car port) and will include three acts. One features both the Good Lady on voice, ukulele, bodhran and castanets (not all at once!) and the first public performance of one of her original songs.

Meanwhile back at the layout I've been cracking on with the wiring and rebuilding in order to meet a deadline which is now seven days closer than expected.

As of tonight all the platform and station lights work once more. The same platform lights have gone back in and new LEDs fitted to the various buildings. I have to say I'm not happy with the LEDs which are too white but which might tone down with a little paint applied (they would ideally look more like the glow of traditional incandescent bulbs) and the main platform lights remain too bright.

Those lights will only work wired in parallel. No combination of wiring in series to increase the resistance and lower the light level will work. They are already run through a controller set to its lowest position from which the only way is up - brighter still. Anyone got any thoughts for a quick fix?

The up-side main station building is a resin moulding weathered and with posters added. Here's the effect with two LEDs under the canopy. Currently this is only "plonked" hence the gaps at floor level.



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Looking good, Rick.

The ways I have used to tame over-bright LEDs are to paint over them to diffuse and tint them, add a layer of plasticard over them to diffuse them, and added extra resistors to dim them. So far all three techniques have left my signal box still rather too bright, but better than the original dazzling display with the bare LEDs.

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Thanks Jeff. Some thoughts to work with there.

Both plastic kits now fitted with lights and reinstalled on a near-complete station. It's really only waiting for the people to come back and for a few seats to be provided for them to sit on.

A daylight shot showing the lights now refitted and a couple of changes made. The tin shed which used to be on the down (island) platform here has been relocated to the other end of the platform and the running-in boards swapped between the ends meaning this one now shows the "for St. Agnes" suffix which is more appropriate for arrivals from up-country than for those coming from the fewer stations which lie farther west towards Penzance.



After dark with all the lights including overhead strips on - a bit too bright on the station, still.



Ratio kit-bashed downside building with Tracksidesigns timetable now illuminated by an LED in the canopy above. It's too bright and the wrong colour but better than nothing.



Both kit-bashed shelter units now have LED lighting



With the camera on a different setting (shutter instead of aperture priority) the up-side shelter looks to be almost the right intensity and colour.



There's no more time to fiddle with the lighting before the open-house. I just had to get it all working which I have done.

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This layout is incredible, everytime i browse through the new images it is a pleasure to see/ read and all done to an incredbile standard.


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Looks wonderful under the lights. That track weathering is perfect!

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Thank you kindly gents. Your interest and comments are very much appreciated.

I've said before but it bears repeating that this was the first layout I ever built and while I've had over ten years' experience and learning since I began it remains in some respects very much the work of a beginner. We all start somewhere and even the greatest modellers began with a first step of some sort. No-one should ever be discouraged by standards they see others setting and perhaps wonder whether they might ever get there. We don't know what we cannot achieve unless we try.

The "perfect" track weathering has been achieved through a combination of methods. The track is first washed over with what can best be described as "dirty" dilute acrylics from the brown range with touch of black.

That lightly stains the ballast and provides the base for weathering powders to be applied over the whole job, rails and all. Powders are applied using the softest small brush I can find. For different effects around the layout and to represent the varying degrees of staining and weathering found on the real thing I use differing blends of browns, blacks (grimy and soot), Peco "brake dust" colour and sometimes other dust or rust shades. One applied I then brush the powdered track quite vigorously with a 1" decorator's paint brush to blend everything in.

To prevent powder entering locomotive workings and gumming them up I then spray very lightly with wet water. This momentarily turns the weathering powders to liquid pigment before they dry almost immediately into a flat finish as seen. Powder around the rail chairs also helps create the impression that the rails have been down for some time and have accumulated a lot of gunk.

Note that I do not separately weather the rails themselves. I do have to wipe them over with a rag after the job is completed and usually have that sprayed with IPA as well to ensure I get a good clean running surface and inside face where the wheels may touch and make electrical contact.

Lastly the layout gets more airborne dust and a little dirt just because it's outdoors and although it gets dusted and vacuumed regularly this also adds to the overall weathered effect.

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Here's Treheligan up section signal in action.

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Take it the slight flicker on the signal's lamps and the loco headcode is the camera Rick.


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Thanks Ed. Both are LEDs and are "seen" by the camera emitting pulses of light which our eyes see as a steady beam.

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The flicker rate differs from the camera's frame rate: result? The camera "sees" brighter and darker pulses.

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A select quartet enjoyed the recent running day which turned out to be more of a derailing day at times. Murphy's Law was definitely in operation. There are some video clips to come which I am working on currently.

In the meantime here's a selection of "Rule 1" operations using stock which is collected with other projects in mind or simply because I want to. They don't belong on the Cornish main line or its branches.

An Isle of Wight O2 gets away from the bay platform with a 2-coach push-pull set





A return working produced a Bulleid "West Country" light Pacific which would hardly have been taxed working 2 coaches at slow speeds.





While out on the main line a class 73 electro-diesel loco leads a parcels working in the early version of BR blue some of these briefly wore; the vehicle it is passing is a Motor Luggage Van. Both are capable of working off the Southern's third-rail system as the 73 has a diesel engine and the MLV is equipped with batteries for which the access panels can be seen above the sole-bar.





A little closer to the Western Region theme as a former GWR pannier tank in LT livery leads a solitary Hawksworth van.

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I haven't yet edited the "cab rides" around Penhayle Bay, but I hope to get something done this weekend. Since Rick also has copies of the original, raw video footage, he may beat me to it.

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SRman wrote:
I haven't yet edited the "cab rides" around Penhayle Bay, but I hope to get something done this weekend. Since Rick also has copies of the original, raw video footage, he may beat me to it.

I managed to find the required time to edit the footage but not to overdub traction sound.

This has been asked for now and again over the years and thanks to Jeff it is now possible for everyone to enjoy this:

PENHAYLE BAY - DRIVER'S EYE VIEW

https://youtu.be/9OBfqAVaRas

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Nice editing, Rick. 

I was working on my cut last night but haven't finished it yet. Interestingly, you cut the branch footage at almost the same point I chose to cut my version. I have a small amount of additional footage added to one (I have separated the up and down directions into two separate videos), with a sort of camera fly-over of some parts, which I took after I had transferred the "cab" footage to your computer.

Your cut also fills in a few of the place names I wasn't sure of, so I can add that extra info into my final cut.

As we all said at the time, the new view really does add to the mystique of our models, giving an entirely different perspective.

Thanks again for a wonderful and entertaining afternoon and great company.

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And thank you, too, Jeff as without company it can be a rather solitary experience out there despite being rewarding. Thanks too for the video files. As you see I have managed to edit out almost all the various glitches but haven't had the time to dub sound on top. I won't have that time for many weeks to come either so thought it best to upload what I have now in case the sound never gets done.

I now have to pack everything away and put the covers on for the next six weeks or so and hope that nothing untoward happens in my absence. There's nothing much waiting for me in the UK so no big surprises are anticipated except the Lima 3-car DMU in blue to replace the sun-damaged set.

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Very nice indeed :thumbs . now just to photoshop out those Giants standing around :mutley

The train camera does a good job & can show up possible errors/problems  and that is a good reason not to the same on the D&S !

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It was my "good reason" not to do it on Penhayle By for some time as well. Jeff offered the use of the camera and with a growing interest in these things, and in the layout itself, I had to agree it was time it was done. Warts and all. Though managed to edit out some of the more obvious glitches.

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Enjoyed that Rick, makes the layout 'come alive' :thumbs:thumbs:thumbs


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Ed wrote: Enjoyed that Rick, makes the layout 'come alive' :thumbs:thumbs:thumbs


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Thank you gents.

The "cab ride" has been on my to-do list for some time though I could never justify buying the camera myself for just a few minutes work.

There's a suggestion afoot that all (or all of those willing) of the RMweb "Down Under Railway Modellers" group have their layouts similarly recorded as in many cases most people are unable to see them in person.

I have identified a few minor spots for attention at some time though as they are not in normal view they are low priority jobs.

If I get another opportunity I could also cover the bits not already included such as platforms 1 and 4 at Treheligan (and possibly even a trip on the loco-release from platform 1) and - as a couple of others have already done - include a run through the fiddle yard.

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Superb video Rick.It made me feel i was actually driving the train.:thumbs

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We can certainly do that the next time I come over to Penhayle Bay. Just remind me to pack the camera and wagon at the time. :)

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Excellent video, perked up my Monday morning

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That was a brilliant Rick........it was such fun to see all the different cameos and exquisite detailing that I have enjoyed over the years joined together in one very enjoyable video.

I had always sensed that Penhayle Bay was big but had not, until now, appreciated quite how big.....very impressive.

 Mrs D, who is normally a little abrupt when I play railway videos, came over and sat enthralled throughout........now that is quite the achievement:thumbs

Thank you for taking the trouble to put that together

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Thank you John. Mrs. D. is one of several "significant others" who I have been informed sat through 20 minutes of little trains quite happily.

Have I discovered a secret here? I'm delighted to have brought such enjoyment to so many.

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Just popping in to record my departure for the annual flight home. With limited internet access at times I may not be particularly active for next few weeks. If anyone needs me a PM via the board will always reach my inbox. I promise to leave a few goodies for others after visiting Camborne and Ford ;-)

Play nice until I'm back.

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Safe and fruitful trip Rick and make sure you enjoy some pasties!

Bill :)

PS. I've just enjoyed every second of the cab view around your remarkable railway. Superb presentation by you and Jeff and the depth of your attention to detail becomes apparent as one journeys the rails. It's a fascinating and educational trip. I particularly like the incorporation of real back scenes. Thank you for sharing your captivating railway, storyline and passion. It's very believable  :thumbs

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great stuff Rick.  I always thought your layout was 00  ,But it looks like 0 gouge in the video.

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Checking in after a month away during which time I had the great pleasure to have a chat over a cuppa with the "boss", Alan. Thank you Sir for taking time to dash over to Dawlish - it was certainly worth the effort from my point of view.

I would have to describe the trip as a roller-coaster ride.

There were highs and lows which included a family wedding and a family death. There should also have been the family funeral but my father, whose sister passed away, has taken her decline and passing so hard that he himself has become very ill and has been unable to attend to the necessary affairs in a timely manner. We actually thought at one stage that we would be farewelling both brother and sister but his condition has been stabilised and he was able to stand - briefly and weakly - to farewell me at the door when I left for the return trip down under.

The weather put on her best show for Cornwall, Sussex and London. The five days during which my Aussie neighbour joined me in Cornwall could not have been more perfect. Sightly chilly mornings gave way to warm and humid sunny days and left us with memories of stunning clifftop sunsets.

I paid the annual visit to a certain model shop in Camborne though left all the stock for others to enjoy. There's plenty on order and they have a lovely new commission about to be announced which will also require some investment here. The only "new" model to come back this time was a second-hand Lima DMU to replace the one I carelessly fried in the sun last summer. A visit to Hayle MRC Spring show was also enjoyed and yielded some heather from Finishing Touches of Leicester which will be applied to the layout in due course.

Trains are running once again after the main lines were wiped down and the worst of the leaves and cobwebs brushed away.

The only new arrival - though hardly a new model - is the Lima suburban DMU which has entered traffic without any detailing or weathering so far. Here it catches the sun as it works empty cars to Treheligan to take up branch line duty



And making its first foray up the St. Agnes branch which has a severe gradient. That was tackled with aplomb and the Lima unit out-performed some more modern units in tackling the hill without a slip. The Hornby 3-car class 101 unit which is about the same weight and uses something like the same motor won't cope; it has to be reduced to a 2-car or have a bubble-car for assistance as a 4-car or mixed triple. I think that's the first time I have had anything to say in favour of Lima's pizza-cutter wheels!



Meanwhile on the main line 50013 leads the "Murphy", the morning Exeter - Penzance stopper which conveyed parcels and passengers and often more vans than seated carriages.



50013 in the sunlight at St. Gunzelas church with a BG parcels van as first vehicle in the train

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Hi Rick, so glad you got home ok, i hope the journey was uneventful.So sorry to hear that you had a family bereavement whilst here but at least you were able to support your Father at that time.Also good news that he is getting better. I too enjoyed our cuppa,it was fantastic to meet a fellow member from so far away,perhaps we can do it again next year if you come over,perhaps over a Doombar or Tribute.

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I think we can safely say that this section has rotted out.



It only took the placing of a carriage on the back siding to cause terminal sag at one spot on the board; the rest I crumbled easily away by hand. It's caused by the seepage of rainwater between the fence and the plastic membrane behind the backscene. Something isn't as it should be. I should be able to remove the sky panel, rectify the problem and then cut out and replace the rotted area of board. The running lines are not affected.



Another spot which always get wet after persistent rain is in the top corner by Wheal Julia mine. This is rectified by over-painting when dry and making good any lost filler with new. For now it just looks bad but isn't drastic.



For the first time I have had drips falling from the house fascia above the cliffs causing a small spot of erosion in the plaster-work. This again is a dry-weather job and won't be a huge problem. I plan to apply paint and a small patch of rough grass in due course to cover the white bit.

Ah, the joys of playing outside!

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Rick, you will be able to write a book on the "joys" of modelling outside !

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Indeed Sol!!!

There was supposed to have been a book of sorts by now but I simply don't have the time to devote to it for the moment. It's reached one completed and two part-written chapters.

One of the intended chapters would discuss the pros and cons of modelling outdoors. If I did it all again I might at least paint the woodwork as a starting point. It won't prevent rot but it would have offered a little more protection.

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The postman has been busy this week.

So far I have received my orders for two near half-price Dapol "Western" class locos from DCC Supplies and the 33/1 "Crompton" I ordered from Hattons before Kernow MRC announced their offer on them. The bargain price on the Westerns was brought to my attention through RMweb; DCC Supplies isn't a place I visit very often so I might have missed out. The pair includes an additional blue one which will become D1051 "Western Ambassador" but is supplied with D1012 "Western Firebrand" name and number plates. I already have a maroon D1012 and don't wish to duplicate. This one will also feature its running number in the headcode boxes as was found on many Western and Hymek locos in their later days. The other is the first green Western to join my fleet. Not all ever ran in this colour and it's not one I remember them in on the main line so I haven't bothered until now. But this offer seemed too good to miss and D1002 "Western Explorer" has arrived at Penhayle Bay.

The Crompton is D6511with pre-TOPS style number and high-level multiple unit jumpers in order to run with the up-coming 4TC units announced by Kernow MRC. These locos became class 33/1 and TOPS-numbered 33112 is already a part of the fleet here. I own several 65xx numbered Cromptons but none until now were the pipe-fitted version.

In a big week for rolling stock I have also placed advance orders for one of the 4TC units (in its early all-blue livery matching the D6511 loco number for timeframe) and one of the DJ Models class 71 electrics, E5010 in BR green with full yellow end. That again looked too good to miss even if it doesn't fit anywhere within my themes. Those will all be joined by a pair of class 74 electro-diesels also from DJ Models via Kernow MRC and which can also work with the 4TC among other duties. All of these also match the sole class 73 currently in the fleet in early blue livery thus putting everything into the 1967 - 70 slot which I'm drifting towards as the single period I would choose to pursue modelling in the longer term.

I got a peek at the 4TC in its unpainted sample form and am impressed at the detail and quality though the price has raised a few eyebrows. I'm afraid we live in a new world now where a 4-car commissioned unit at £269 (for pre-orders) is probably rather a good deal even though it is unmotored.

Green D1002 on a proving trip has had name, number and worksplates added from the supplied bag (the pipework is supplied ready-fitted), has a crew and headcode blinds inserted but as yet lacks the many detail bits which include brake rodding, lifting eyes, cab steps and of course a touch of my weathering.



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Hi Rick          Sorry to have missed you at the Hayle show.  Hope you enjoyed your a Philps pasty,  and a few pints of Proper Job and H SD whilst you were in the homeland. 

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I did wonder how many friends I might bump into on my relatively unannounced visit to the Hayle show. The answer was fewer than I expected.

As to the number of Philps pasties and pints of local ale enjoyed - more than expected but never quite enough. On both counts!

I queued for over half an hour on the Sunday while doing a pasty run for the Trevassack Manor Parc community. Even that didn't dampen my enthusiasm though it does suggest there's merit in opening Foundry bakery on a summer Sunday as well as East Quay ;-)

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Lovely photos a usual Rick.  Shame about the water ingress, nothing like as bad as the last time ,but a nuisance all the same.
I did wonder if you would meet and be recognized by guys at Hayle who turned out to help us at Caern Brea

Did you manage to visit Phill at Lancing this trip?  He has gone a bit quiet ,hope he is OK.   Loved the cam vidio by the way .  Keep them coming.

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I did make contact with Phill but didn't manage time to see him. I was too tied up with family business as my aunt passed away and dad is very ill, probably also at the top of that slippery slope. Phill has generously offered any help he can give to support my folks for which I'm extremely grateful. He mentioned that he has started modelling again recently but I don't know more than that.

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Good to hear he may be modelling again .  Cheers Rick.

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Thank you Ed. I've already PM'd the boss as I spotted it a while ago. Good to see a humble and straight-from-the-box Lima DMU can still achieve such a distinction.

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Thank you Max. Ironically born out of the sun-warped DMU disaster and the desire to replace it. This is the replacement set on its maiden lap of Penhayle Bay sporting the centre trailer car my other set never had. I still have the good (unwarped) motor coach from the other set meaning I can run a 4-car formation if I choose to, or a blue 3-car on the main line and a blue motor+bubblecar 2-car combination on the branch.

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The green Western has received most of the required bits from the bag including brake rods and cab steps. I have had to abandon hope of getting the roof lifting lugs in. For those who don't know they are extremely small parts, about 2mm x 1mm with a tiny central hole and are supplied as an etched sheet. They require removing, trimming and fitting to pre-moulded holes on the roof. Try as I might (bent wire, straight wire, different sorts of wire, small pliers, various tweezers ..... even fingers) I couldn't get them to come away nicely nor could I manipulate them for gluing and fitting. It's not the end of the world.

I have also applied a fairly light weathering which has kept most of the "recently-painted" appearance of the loco while adding some dirt to the skirt and bogie areas, roof and front ends.

The light is very poor here in mid-winter even with the sun up and the various layout lights on. The best I could manage was a couple of grainy shots which have still had to be enhanced to improve the colour a bit.



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Some views of the recently-arrived class 33/1 D6511 now with added driver and dirt. The 4TC unit(s) for which this loco is fitted with high-level jumper cables are due by the end of the year. The loco can of course work just as any other locomotive does hauling other trains.

The supplied headcodes are 90 and AA. These are on self-adhesive film stuck inside the central window. The body removes easily, the cab unit not quite so readily but once out it is simple to press the headcode glass out from inside. The fitted numbers were then removed and replaced from stock by the required 91 and double reds. 90 means Waterloo - Weymouth Quay which was not normally a 4TC duty and AA is meaningless. 91 indicates a Waterloo - Weymouth fast train which was the preserve of the 4TC units and double reds is the end-of-train marker used when pushing the units back from Weymouth to Bournemouth. It's not correct to display that on the "trailing" or inner end of a leading locomotive hauling a train as it could be misinterpreted - double whites should be used - but the limitations of modelling mean that headcodes cannot be changed easily in traffic therefore I fit the two displays I am most likely to need.



A nice touch by Heljan is the fitting of a drop-head buckeye coupler at both ends. This is non-functional (it doesn't couple to the train) and fouls the coupler pocket shank. It also seems not possible to fit a standard coupler with the buckeye in either raised or lowered positions so it might end up being removed. For now it's shown in an approximation of the lowered position - as low as it will go resting on the concealed pocket shank behind. If it can be retained it will have to be glued in the upright position. That would be correct for coupling with 4TC units but not for other trains. Depending on the 4TC units themselves it might even be possible to achieve close coupling using a No.19 Kadee on the unit.



In traffic with Mk1 loose-coupled stock.





And arguably a better shot of the green Western this time not enhanced in any way ......

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The second of the recently-purchased Westerns has entered service. Supplied as D1012 Western Firebrand I have used Fox plates to rechristen this as D1051 Western Ambassador as I already have a maroon D1012. As with the green D1002 shown above the roof lugs have defeated me but the other "bits" have been fitted and include the headcode panel being used to display the loco number, made up of spare numerals from previous Dapol arrivals, as was the case on many late-surviving class 35 and 52 locos after TOPS made the 4-character display redundant. More pictures are in the my weathering thread.

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The S & T Department has made a strategic decision with regards to the non-operational Dapol signal. It illuminates but the motor does no function. Investigation of the innards have failed to locate any problem but did result in something tiny springing out never to be seen again.

As the arm remains posable and the lamp works this signal has been deployed as Penhayle Bay down starter. This is almost always "off" because of the local rule that trains stopping in the station must draw up to the section signal ahead if more than three coaches long. That is due to the short platforms.

So the signal has been fitted and has replaced an ancient Crescent item. It remains on the right-hand side and angled at around 45 degrees to the running line for sighting purposes. And it can now be posed in either position as seen.

Train stopped at the platform with the arm "off" - obviously a short train going by the rules.



And train drawing away with the arm returned to "on"

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Works for me.

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The worst of the winter weather might be behind us. The evenings are certainly getting lighter and the days warmer. The dust and cobwebs are being removed from Penhayle Bay for another season.

With Spring sunlight across the scene the Inter City 125 high speed train cruises past Wheal Garden mine with a Penzance - Paddington working and a glimpse of the Cornish coastline in the distance.



Connection maintained. A single-car class 153 DMU has arrived at Treheligan in time to meet the main line train. This is formed of a class 108 "first generation" DMU in place of the expected class 158 Express unit. Such workings existed in Cornwall for a few years due to a shortage of class 158 units; the older ones were generally preferred by locals for short trips anyway and had arrived in Cornwall after being pensioned off from the Swansea area.



The annual Spring clean has resulted in more K&M (Peco) gorse being added to the stone circle and the arrival for the first time of heather courtesy of a supplier at Hayle MRC's Spring exhibition recently



These two views, above and below, show how close to the edge this scene is and why it isn't possible to photograph it without going off-scene. I can't raise the height of the back scenes as that would prevent us opening the windows!



More gorse and heather also adorn the other end along the cliffs where an additional distraction has also arrived



She's going to get some badly scratched legs in all that gorse!!!

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I wish i knew you came to our show in Hayle i am the exhibition manager,and would have been good to have a chat.Hope you enjoyed the show.Piran

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I was on the lookout for familiar faces at Hayle as I had expected to see some. Found one or two but not as many as expected.

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More views from yesterday's running.

One of the large logo 50s in my fleet brakes past Wheal Garden for the Treheligan stop with a mixed-livery rake of Mk2 stock.



While paused at Treheligan the 50 was passed by a brand new class 221 Voyager on test. This is one of the few items in my collection which is not (yet) weathered. As I expect it to have a short future life here it is likely to remain unweathered.



50035, wearing its Fox etched nameplates and crests, passes St. Blazey's own 37669 waiting at Carreglyp.



The 37 got the road behind the passenger train and is seen leading its cargo of white gold china clay over the cliffs and below the ruins of Wheal Julia mine.



The most-recent themed items of rolling stock, including the Voyager, will be first to go in any downsizing which might become necessary. Other items on notice are the fag-packet Mk3 sleeping cars and matching Mk2 "wakers", the GWT green 57 to haul them, a pair of Express liveried class 158 units, at least one of the Regional Railways class 150/2 Sprinters and the class 170 South West Trains turbostar DMU.

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White Gold on the move

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A couple of unusual sightings today.

First a Bachmann class 108 DMU in Network SouthEast livery:





And an Inter City swallow livery Bachmann class 08 shunter



Both of these have very little run time, probably less than an hour since new. The DMU is not weathered so is in almost brand-new condition; the 08 carries fairly heavy weathering.

These were both bought at an early stage when plans for the layout were still evolving. They do not fit with the layout as it now is and if suitable offers were made they are available for reallocation to new depots. Both have boxes though I cannot locate them for now so should be regarded as unboxed items. The wagons are not for sale.

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A few recent-era trains came out to play today. The modern DMUs don't see a lot of use and it niggles me that the Hornby 153 won't play nicely with the Bachmann 150 in a train - there's too much push-me-pull-you due to different gearing. The 150 and 158, also the Turbostar class 170 and 171 plus the Voyager class 221 units all suck power and have rather low top speeds due to the enormous power unit installed.

A pair of Railfreight grey 37/6s on the cliffs with the CDA china clay wagons. I also took a number of "run-past" video clips of this train which I have yet too look at.



A class 158 unit in its early Express livery calls at Penhayle Bay. These units provided about half the daily service in Cornwall for a number of years when new.



158 and 150/2 units stopped side by side.



The 158 arrives at Treheligan station as another class 150/2 Sprinter leading a class 153 car squeals into the branch platform on a St. Agnes working. CDA "cripples" are parked up in the loco loop awaiting collection for repair.



Another view of the parallel arrivals by main line and branch trains.



Along with the 08 shunter and class 108 DMU shown previously I am prepared to part with one class 150/2 and also one class 158. Both are weathered and unboxed and the 158 was not new to me either.

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Stepping back in time but not in space the Heljan class 128 parcel car hasn't been seen on the layout for quite some time but was out for photographic purposes today and got a run with its usual tail-load of two Hawksworth vans.



The parcel cars never ran in Cornwall so this one appears under Rule 1 because I like it and because it is a superb and very powerful model. The Bristol LD bus is a Base Toys model.



Close-up on the parcels train as it comes through Penhayle Bay's reverse-curves under the evening lights



Heading up the 1:36 from the platform end to the summit at Nansglaw the class 128 also shows another reason for today's photo-shoot. Penhayle Bay up starter was converted (after a lot more time than I expected due to much wiring faff - a very technical term, that) from posable Crescent to working Dapol and was re-sited about 30 yards closer to the station.



The detail on these vehicles is superb. The weathering is my own.





And with the train departed the signal now reverts to danger. It's a very long wire back to the panel - in the region of 10 metres - which is proving a challenge to reliable operation but as with all real semaphores a long way from their signalbox there is a technique which must be mastered for a "good pull" by the signalman. Also evident here is the low-level house which fronts the steep road down to the beach and has a bird on a perch just visible in the fully-modelled back garden plus some of the painted backscene including "sheep"on the distant skyline.

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Penhayle Bay down distant is now a Dapol signal. The arm has been shortened from the supplied item and in common with their home signals the LEDs are too bright while the lenses are also not the correct shades of their respective colours. But it's another working feature and doesn't look too bad. There's a patch of ground-work which requires weathering here but it's been very wet for days meaning the PVA glue hasn't gone off and the ballast is not yet firmly fixed down. Maybe by the weekend .....





Meanwhile the control panel requires a shelf to be fitted to accommodate the signal levers. It also requires some cleaning and tidying!



Groundwork has been reinstated and completed at Penhayle Bay's re-sited up starter which is somewhat closer to the station than it was. There are traces of white PVA showing here too as it hasn't yet fully gone off and turned clear.

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... And very nice it was s too.

Shortening the signal post was a brave move... Was it hard to tweak the linkage?

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Interesting lock on lever 53 :roll:


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... And very nice it was s too.

Shortening the signal post was a brave move... Was it hard to tweak the linkage?


If only Marty. It was the arm not the post which was shortened.

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Interesting lock on lever 53 :roll:


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It's a collar to remind the signalman (me) that No.53 points are out of service pending possible removal. Another replication in model form of what you will find in real life.

As points 54 and 55, which are also out of service, cannot be reached except via 53 those levers don't need collars. It was just lying about on the workbench when I needed something suitable .....

The future of Church Loco Sidings which require use of these points is currently undecided. They have had very little use since being installed some years ago. Each holds a single locomotive. The intention was that an operator would make use of a small "pop-up" area beside them to change locos as trains came through the yard. In the event I have never had a regular second operator so the idea has never really been used.

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A small workbench project has taken to the rails.

Inspired by this photo (linked as I cannot attribute copyright) https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-hVjhsG8/0/M/i-hVjhsG8-M.jpg I purchased a pair of Bachmann Conflats recently and already had the Holman compressor spare from a previous purchase as they came in a twin pack. It's no coincidence that the original photo location, now devoid of rails, and the retailer in question (who also commissioned the compressors) are very close.







Only minor works have been required. The compressor required its jockey-wheel bracket shortened. As supplied the wheel is in the lowered position for free-standing on roads but in transit this is wound fully up with the wheel resting on the wagon deck. A quick snip of the brass bracket with the Xurons and a touch of superglue sorted that; a retouch with black mapping pen covered a missing flake of black paint. I didn't manage to get the cut piece to stick back above he tow bar but it hardly notices. The wheel scotches are cut and painted matches which have proved easier to work with than the balsa first used. The wagon has been weathered and the compressor stuck down. I still intend to source suitable lashing chains at some time.

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In response to complaints from the S&T Department that their men could not access the signal to check the lamp and oil the mechanism I have modified the fence line to include a gate and access area. I have also modified the lineside greenery to include a degraded and weed-grown walking route.

Apologies for the quality of these pictures; there is just about no light here today. Even the overhead strip isn't enough and using flash washes out the detail.





And the reason this signal cannot be sited "wrong side" on the curve ..... which would have been "right side" for GWR steam loco drivers ..... is a lack of clearance

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Some photo-updates.

First the work to repair the rotted section of fiddle yard board. The new track is loosely pinned at this stage. It has been tested for clearance and has passed. The line closest to the fence / back panels is the Up Back Loop while the mail train stands on the Up Through Loop. The reduction in space has resulted in a new point being required on the "patch" which is yet to have its motor fitted. Track is placed loosely to indicate the new loco / DMU siding at this end in the space once occupied by part of the Up Back Loop.



The missing back panel has dried out and whilst it is not in great shape it can be refitted to complete the scene in due course.



A mix of soot black and grimy black weathering powders dusted over the fence has removed the glossy effect nicely



The Dapol signal now fitted at the top of the bank from Ponsangwyn Yard. The motor worked when tested, then had its arm shortened and repainted (as can be seen in the enlarged photo but not readily visible to the eye) but it hasn't worked since. It was going to be binned but as the LED powers up I have used it here on a "better this than nothing" basis.



And a view of more loaded wagons in the fleet - a little more conventional than the compressor-on-conflat perhaps.

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British Railways Board

PUBLIC NOTICE

WITHDRAWAL OF RAILWAY PASSENGER AND FREIGHT SERVICES
BETWEEN PENHAYLE BAY, TREHELIGAN; also St. Agnes and Ponsangwyn branches


The Western Region of British Railways hereby give notice that on and from a date to be specified but not later than Easter Monday 17th April 2017 the railway passenger and freight services on the Penhayle Bay Railway will be withdrawn.

PENHAYLE BAY and TREHELIGIAN stations will be closed to all traffic.

PONSANGWYN goods depot will also close to all traffic.
The line between Treheligan and St. Agnes will also close to all traffic.
The Secretary of State for the Environment has consented to the above closures which will take effect EARLIER than the date stated if circumstances so require.

It appears to the British Railways Board that the following alternatives exist in the general area:
Llanbourne Station
Newton Broadway Station

Bus services in the area are also operated to and from Newton Broadway station.
If objections are received to this proposal negotiations may be entered into with person or persons willing to ensure the future of all or parts of the Penhayle Bay Railway.

BY ORDER – CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

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The Good Lady has secured a very senior appointment in the London area which has been on the cards for some time but was only confirmed at 2am this morning my time when I took her call.

A lot to figure out and organise in the months ahead but one thing is certain and that is the layout being firmly bolted down to Australia is not able to come with me. In any case we expect to have to downsize from a good sized house with gardens to a small flat probably with no outdoor space. At least in the short to medium term.

Her appointment remains subject to being granted a visa but as she is officially now a (possibly the) world authority in her field and was recruited against worldwide competition that should be a formality.

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Well, best of luck to you and your Good Lady :cheers

Be a shame to not see any more updates from Penhayle Bay though :sad:


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There will be more updates. Probably until New Year and perhaps even a little after that. But no more new work will be put in hand. Only "care and repair" maintenance. The Dapol signals will be the last new items to be fitted and the large patch over the rotted baseboard is the only significant repair I intend to complete. Nothing else is really important.

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Well, I have been lucky then to have seen Penhayle Bay in the flesh a few years ago.
A pity but things like this come along and are too good to miss out on so I wish both of you the best for 2017 and onwards.

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Indeed Sol you are one of the lucky few. I reckon fewer than 100 have seen the layout in the flesh simply because this country is so large and remote. Over the years only five people have been regular visitors.

I hadn't thought that leaving here would bring about its closure. It might have been the ability of everything to survive outdoors or it may have been the eventual need to replace the fence; one entire side rests on the fence rails for support.

There are also the two unused but fully functional boards stored for the planned Beer & Branscombe project and upon which test trains have run under power. It might be possible to take those and make use of them. There is a lot of talking for us to do and some decision to make - some of those will be harder than others.

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Repeating our Facebook chat: good luck to you and SWMBO, and congratulations to her for landing such a prestigious position.

Just a thought: maybe you could instigate an outdoor railway in her new workplace (I'm trying not to give away where it is at this point, but you know what I mean, Rick!)

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Thank you.

It's certainly a thought Jeff. I might wait just a few months before submitting my proposal ..... :mutley

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***** SATURDAY 15th OCTOBER *****

Anyone within reach is invited to come and enjoy Penhayle Bay between 2 - 6pm.  

I can provide address and directions for anyone who requires them.  Hint - you will need to be within reach of Melbourne, Australia ;-)

This will be one of the last opportunities to see this layout in operation.  I know the date clashes with a nearby BRMA meeting and I have no desire to detract from that in any way but I have few options as I work most weekends.  

As usual for these events I ask that anyone interested PM me in advance as I need some idea of likely numbers.  Tea, coffee and nibbles provided.  

For anyone interested but unable to manage this date I shall arrange at least two more open days one of which will be the closing-down gala when "anything goes".  I can sometimes be available on weekdays for private viewings as well - again please contact me in advance to confirm available dates and times.

Surplus and retired rolling stock will be available for sale.  I don't have a full list as it is being added to regularly.  Most will be offered unboxed and some will carry my weathering.

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An Act.

The proposal to build a new railway after Easter Monday 17th April 2017

Details to be announced by the Chief Engineer Gwiwer

Somewhere in or around London,

Exact date and where to be announced

Pies and Ale optional

We all hope to see you building something as soon as possible.



Good luck with you and  your Ladies move.
 
An interested passenger on your future line....




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Greetings to the Member for Medway (Hempstead with Eccles is the clue ;-) ) and upon whose support I may need to rely in order to get the Bill passed and turned into an Act.

Currently I have three tentative plans in mind.  Which, if any, can be built will depend on our future circumstances.  That looks likely to be a 1 or 2 bedroom rented flat for at least the short term and with move-on accommodation not even thought about yet.

What ever happens there will be opportunities to share in the development and enjoyment of a new project.  Whether it's 100% new or includes parts or individual items I already have who knows?  Everything I can reasonably recycle from Penhayle Bay will be packed and brought over and there's a collection of items which have never, or very seldom, been seen on the forums which would form the basis of something different.

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The Member For North Norfolk would like to propose thay we stop transporting people to southern continents, as this has sadly allowed a persons understanding of geography to fail.

There are many Hempsteads in the UK but this one is one of two in North Norfolk!!
There are many Eccles in the UK but this one is one of two in Norfolk!!

One hopes your future building will be more successful than the railway that should have passed my house, it was proposed, approved started but never completed, more than a few embankments.

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Eccles and Hempstead also occur in close conjunction in the Medway region above Chatham :oops:

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Question to the House.

Have the honourable members for North Norfolk and Far Away Yet Close At Hand, considered that the proposed line would be in direct competition with the existing Great Eastern main line and the South Eastern and Chatham Railway.


Have they also considered the cost of any new crossing of the Thames estuary. Is there to be another bridge at Dartford, or is a tunnel being considered.



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The Member for Far Away Yet Close At Hand (In Images Of Elsewhere) asserts his position.  That position is currently sedentary in the Thinking Chair.

There would be no direct competition from here and no new crossing of the Thames.  There might however be some furtling in the waddlemarsh or alternatively some hyper-expansion of the rails on a very hot day to extend them beyond Penzance.  Or not.  Or something else altogether.

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The proposal is from the Medway  visiting Dunwich, Easton Bavents, Alnesbourne,Newton, California, Waxham Parva, Eccles on Sea, Keswick, Shipden, Blakeney, Sunny Hunny, North Lynn, enroute to Kings Lynn. Using the Brighton and Rottingdean Seashore Electric Railway format.
That way we avoid problems with land owners, Branch lines will include up the River Yare to Norwich, The River Chemer to Chelmsford and that little place of Minor importance errr... London.

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The member for West Essex is pleased to hear that any proposed new line will be in the west of the country and not in direct competition with the Great Eastern Railway, to which (ahem) this member has no direct connection.


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In the meantime Penhayle Bay is still running and a few little jobs are still being done to keep it in good shape.

Coupled behind the Peak is the recently-purchased Hi-bar wagon which was weathered by its previous owner.  This is a Mainline-style (Bachmann-badged) wagon which arrived with plastic wheels.  These have been replaced with new metal wheels to advantage.



A closer view shows the wagon to have been very well weathered and detailed



Also on the curve below Wheal Julia and on the cliffs above the beach a maroon "Western" leads the overnight sleeping car train, luggage van first behind the loco, from which a few curious faces peek from behind the blinds to see where the night's journey has brought them.



The fence here was damaged some time ago by a roaming possum.  I have intentionally left it as a fence in need of some repairs.



Meanwhile at the clay dries a class 22 waits for the road with a short freight including loaded coal wagons





With the freight having gone on its way the up No.1 Siding was then host to a parcels train



Which was passed by another parcels working on the Down Main led by a filthy maroon Warship offering some contrast to the rather cleaner green one



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Full-size Warships and a Baby Warship, I see.

How'd you chase the possum off? Did you use an engine?

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Full-size Warships and a Baby Warship but alas no North British A1A-A1A Warships of the D600 type.  Despite high hopes they have proved to be too long in gestation for this layout (unless something very unexpected happens in the next few months) and my order will have to be reviewed.

Possums are a nightly event.  Sometimes they stroll casually around the place and at other times there seems to be some sort of possum festival taking place on the roof through the night.  We can't do anything about them as they are protected native creatures.  Even removing them from one house to the neighbour's is unlawful.  Over the years I have tried several methods of excluding them from the railway the most successful of which is the current use of slack bird netting across the end weighted very firmly at ground level to prevent them lifting it.  

They were never violently destructive and their excursions on the railway seemed confined to quite careful walks.  The occasional scenic item was damaged; a few wagons were derailed.  A few pieces of solid waste had to be removed and twice I have had to redecorate a hillside after it was used as a lavatory.

All in all the joys of working in the great outdoors.  Offset by the fantastic (but also sometimes frustrating) natural light which has helped with so many of the images I have shared down the years.

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Your possums must be better trained (or of a higher class) than ours! Ours jump and thump over our roof at high speed wearing size 13 hobnail boots!

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Gwiwer wrote: British Railways Board

PUBLIC NOTICE

WITHDRAWAL OF RAILWAY PASSENGER AND FREIGHT SERVICES
BETWEEN PENHAYLE BAY and TREHELIGAN also the St. Agnes and Ponsangwyn branches


The Western Region of British Railways hereby give notice that on and from a date to be specified but not later than Easter Monday 17th April 2017 the railway passenger and freight services on the Penhayle Bay Railway will be withdrawn.

PENHAYLE BAY and TREHELIGAN stations will be closed to all traffic.

PONSANGWYN goods depot will also close to all traffic.
The line between Treheligan and St. Agnes will also close to all traffic.
The Secretary of State for the Environment has consented to the above closures which will take effect EARLIER than the date stated if circumstances so require.

It appears to the British Railways Board that the following alternatives exist in the general area:
Llanbourne Station
Newton Broadway Station

Bus services in the area are also operated to and from Newton Broadway station.
If objections are received to this proposal negotiations may be entered into with person or persons willing to ensure the future of all or parts of the Penhayle Bay Railway.

BY ORDER – CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER


AN OBJECTION HAS BEEN RECEIVED TO THIS PROPOSAL

An objection has been lodged by a person offering potential storage for a segmented layout against a future return to these shores or sale as a restorable work at some future time.  The layout is unlikely to dismantle neatly and considerable work would be required, as well as space, to restore it to working order in the future as all wiring would be cut and there would be disturbance to the track.  However if it offers an alternative to stripping the re-useable parts and scrapping the rest then it would appear to have merit.

The Board must now hold a Public Enquiry into the future of the Penhayle Bay Railway.  Details will be made available to anyone present on 15th October for the running day or afterwards by published handbill or notice.  The railway cannot now close until the Public Enquiry has been held and submissions received and considered.

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The member for North Norfolk is greatly relieved that there is a proposal to mothball the Penhale Bay line, and wholly supports the proposal to do so and hopes to see it reopen soon.

 Being involved with the restoration of the Scarnish line, that was built into an upstairs room on the Island of Tiree and is now being prepared for use and exhibition in Norfolk, I know what is involved. We cut a base board in half on Friday after several weeks of cutting wires and fitting plugs...

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The final Penhayle Bus Rally took place this week.  This has been an annual event in the fairly restricted car park at the beach and has featured vehicles from different areas and eras both parked for judging and inspection and offering rides around the area.

A Mercedes minibus from the now-defunct but recent-era Western Greyhound is parked alongside a much older Bedford from the Bere Regis & District fleet.  The first Leyland Atlantean in the City of Portsmouth fleet is beyond and at the far end is a Brighton, Hove & District Bristol FS.  The Southdown "Queen Mary" Leyland PD3 open-topper proved as popular as ever for open-top tours.



On the opposite side of the car park the London contingent comprised a long RML-type Routemaster from Upton Park garage on the 15 to East Ham, an AEC Merlin MB-type on the 81B to Heathrow Airport and country bus AEC Regal RF-type on the 435 East Grinstead town local.  To the right of that RT1018 in its new NBC livery is on the 453 from Chelsham garage to Caterham-on-the-Hill, not normally a crew duty but probably standing in for a failed AEC Swift.  The red Bristol VRT is in the livery of Hedingham & District, a long-lasting Essex independent which is adjacent to an AEC Reliance of Devon General on the 9 from Exeter to Sidmouth - a route and number still in use by DG's successor Stagecoach Bus.  On the far right is a Leyland National of Western National, the operator local to the themed area, and one of a type imposed upon the operator by National Bus Company management.  They were far too large and thirsty for Cornish rural operations and were loathed from day one.  The livery is the second post-privatisation scheme.


On the railway a single-car class 153 unit drifts downhill to the station stop carrying a Cornish promotional livery




Out on the road runs a pair of former Green Line coach Routemasters pass at Treheligan station approach; on the left a long RCL-type claims it is on a 414 short working for Reigate while on the right is a standard-length RMC-type.  Wearing full Green Line colours (pale green relief not bus yellow as on the RCL) the destination is set for route 15 to Paddington and shows this to be the preserved RMC1461 which ran in London on the 15 in these colours until very recently.  RMC1461 is also one of the very few London buses I have actually driven.



Another visitor on the road runs was this early Southdown Bristol VRT.  The first of the type were split between the major centres of Brighton and Portsmouth with this one suggesting it is working the long route between Southsea and Petersfield which the type operated for many years.



Finally a pair of London buses.  Leading is RT1018 having temporarily escaped the car park display at Penhayle Bay while behind is a former DMS-class Daimler Fleetline of a type unloved in London (despite 2646 of them being delivered there) and despatched as hastily as possible to the provinces.  Western National snapped up quite a number as cheap mid-life vehicles despite having no experience of the type previously and despite their 14' 6" height causing problems with low bridges and trees cut to suit the previous tallest vehicles at 13' 8".  They replaced costly and life-expired crew-worked vehicles and lumbered awkwardly around country lanes for a number of years usually bearing scars of significant tree damage on the roof panels.  Both buses wear NBC leaf-green livery with the RT having the "Mk2 logo" on a white square (previously it had been a white logo on the green livery) and the DMS carrying the Cornish Fairways branding authorised in the later years of NBC when they had realised that big and corporate wasn't best after all and a measure of local identity autonomy was returned to operators.  London Country always used a very light shade of what was supposed to be NBC's "standard" green livery.  It was far from that.  The former red London bus behind shows a darker application while some factory-painted new buses arrived in an ever darker shade which was very drab.



Some of these buses will still be around for Saturday's running day and there may be some others arriving as well.  If anyone wishes to come and would like the address please PM me.

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Quietly waiting ......... 








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Any chance of some more videos before closure Rick, (for posterity) ?

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Every chance.

I filmed a few clips on Saturday and hope to do more through the week.  Whether I can manage another 20-minute You Tube movie is another matter.

The intention is to capture more or less all types I have in the collection - some of which will also be sold - in operation however briefly.  The eternal problem with a train video is that the train passes in a few seconds and that's it!  

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As we move into November we are still waiting on Her Majesty's Department of Paper-Pushing and Rubber-Stamping to finalise Sharon's visa. Until she has that she cannot negotiate a start date at Kew nor a leaving date here. With the time moving on we now expect that we shall both still be here for Christmas which was at one stage thought unlikely. 

Plan A is currently that we both fly over whenever she gets the word and I then fly almost straight back. That's not cheap but might be a price we have to pay.

In consequence of that I now expect that Penhayle Bay will be running right through the summer up until the advertised closure date of 17th April and will of course be ready to welcome visitors. It is proving very difficult to set dates which are convenient for a number of people together and I am happy to host visits by individuals at any mutually convenient time. 

I also hope to offer a "Penhayle at Night" running session taking maximum advantage of the lighting though strictly BYO mozzie repellant! 

In the meantime there are some items of redundant rolling stock available, most are decidedly second-hand and cast aside some time ago but also some rather sought-after items listed here: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/BRdownunder/permalink/1113712902016216/

You do NOT have to be a member of either Facebook or the group to see the list but if anyone is interested and is not on Facebook you would need to PM me via this site and not via the Facebook page.

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Some items of rolling stock have departed Penhayle Bay for pastures new.  Those pastures range, currently, from nearby to New South Wales and Tasmania and as far as New Zealand.

Among items recently departed is the NSE-liveried bubble car 55031 which was paired with GWR150-liveried sister 55020 (which is staying here) for a farewell run:



The pair made a colourful combination on the cliffs where some Spring flowers are also adding to the colour



Also departed are the Hornby power-and-dummy pair of EWS-livery class 37 locos of the earlier Lima style.  They look OK though Bachmann and ViTrains ones are much better and also run more smoothly.  These locos have never been particularly successful here though a little additional weight in the nose-end above the power bogie would probably improve performance no end.



37174, the powered unit, leads dummy 37298 on their final working across Darras Viaduct.  The weathering is a mixture of factory-applied and my own early attempts.



Other items to have departed recently include the South West Trains class 170 DMU, one of the pair of class 158 units in Provincial Express colours (the other is being kept) and numerous carriages and wagons among which is almost the entire Inter City Executive livery Mk1 rake.  Of ten coaches I am only keeping the restaurant car.  The rake formed a railtour and charter set and saw very little use though appeared behind steam and diesel locos on rare occasions. 

There is still a fair amount to be disposed of including a couple of illuminated Hornby Pullmans in almost unused condition and a 5-car class 221 Voyager unit in Virgin red livery.  I can supply a list by PM to anyone interested.

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I'm looking forward to picking up the class 170 later today.  :cool:

Penhayle Bay is still looking very good, Rick. Interesting how we were both thinking the same way: I also bought a rake of Executive liveried coaches for charter/excursion use. Like yours, it hasn't had much use, but does occasionally appear behind preserved locomotives, such as my 'preserved' Gresley P2, for which I have no other suitable stock apart from a few Pullmans. At one stage, a couple of the major retailers had these coaches going very cheaply indeed (in the £9 to £13 bracket, depending on the type).

I hope you and Sharon feel better soon; your presence at today's BRMA meeting will be missed. 

:cheers

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Thank you Jeff.  I had hoped to get there today but after three days firmly in bed and barely out of it this morning it's too soon.  I just - only just - managed a trip to the post office with some rolling stock departures.  That left me shaky enough to know I have to stay home.

I can still muster a charter rake of Mk1 stock.  A mix of maroon, green, blue/grey and the IC-livery restaurant car will do it.  For steam charters the maroon BCK acts as the loco crew support coach.  I'm sure there will be a procession of special workings to Penhayle Bay in the weeks ahead as everyone wants to make a last trip.  That will of course involve some very unlikely motive power at times!  Double-headed Clayton to Cornwall, anyone???


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A "namer" on the vans.  Class 47 D1677 in two-tone green livery and named "Thor" leads a train of 45-foot 4-wheel vans through Penhayle Bay on a warm evening.





Today and tomorrow mark the start of the hot weather.  38C is the forecast top tomorrow so the layout is already covered with its protective styrofoam blocks in critical areas.  These also serve to keep the rain off as the hottest days sometimes end with a torrential thunderstorm.  

Penhayle Bay is entering its final summer of operation.  There is no date yet for the last trains though that is still expected around Easter next year.  Anything which needs more than cosmetic attention now will simply be left.  Cracked ballast and road surfaces I can deal with but there will be no more works done which cost any amount of time or money.  However the layout still looks good, photographs well enough and is running well.

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Bit sad really Rick,but i suspect and hope we will enjoy another layout from your goodself at some future date.

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Made in response to a request

https://youtu.be/GaAKMmwLwHc

Most of these carriages are on their way to New Zealand and a new owner.  I am keeping the maroon BCK and all three catering vehicles but the rest have gone.  The new owner asked for a record of their final run on "This famous layout".   The train represents a typical charter formation in the present-day era.

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Three hydraulics.  Three liveries.   

Green class 22 with early-style marker discs leads the china-clay wagons up from Ponsangwyn (and past one of the recently-fitted Dapol signals) towards the dries.



A begrimed maroon D806 "Cambrian" of Warship class 42 in charge of a rake of 45-foot wheelbase vans waits at Treheligan



At Carreglyb Dries the Warship passes the class 22 (sometimes known as a "baby Warship") which is waiting for its train to be loaded.  The headcode 1V87 must be wrong - it's definitely not an express passenger working and it's going the wrong way for V (meaning a train from another region bound for the Western Region) to be appropriate.



"Cambrian" squeals around the curves at Penhayle Bay in the sunlight.



And heads off into open countryside.



Some detail of the weathering on this loco



The 22 was next up and is seen emerging from Penhayle Tunnel into the sunlight.



And taking the reverse-curves showing the marker discs which preceded the fitting of four-character headcode panels.



Whilst on the down road Western class 52 D1051 "Western Ambassador" came down the bank with a train of Mk1 passenger stock.



Catching a little of the sun as she slows for the station stop



Idling gently in the sun and awaiting the "right away"



And some detail of the weathering applied to the Western including paint-flake around the Fox etched nameplate and a couple of rust spots.


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Nice pics Rick.

The retaining wall on the first one has just the right stone...what make is it?

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Thank you Phil
The large and somewhat overgrown stone wall is a single sheet of O-gauge dressed stone wall custom-painted by myself.  As for the brand it was an item I picked up in a local shop here in Australia and I really cannot remember now who made it.  It's a decent-weight rubber sheet rather than a plastic card such as Slaters and was self-adhesive with a peel-off backing.  If that helps anyone to identify the brand then please feel free to remind me and help the rest of us.

I remember there being OO (probably HO in fact) of the same style and rejecting that because the blocks looked too small.  In those scales and being found locally I wonder if it might be a Vollmer or Faller item though I can't find it anywhere.  It was bought around ten years ago so may well be unobtainable now anyway.

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Speaking of Vollmer, they were going out of business but have apparently been rescued/taken over/reviived (delete whatever is not applicable).

I like their embossed card materials, but have found that quite often their stuff is overscale, so I use N scale brick sheets for OO.

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Very occasionally the Southern steam trains come out to play.

The original thinking behind Penhayle Bay has it that, since my Cornish main line came via Newquay rather than through the middle of nowhere, there was also a connection (assumed to be at St. Columb Porth, on Newquay's eastern outskirts) to the SR along the coast to Padstow. Thus some through workings via this never-built, but once-planned, route have always existed in my timetable. Under Rule 1 certain locomotives which could not have worked via SR metals west of Exeter also appear on these occasions perhaps having come via the WR route. Who knows?

First up was an S15, a class not normally permitted beyond Exeter, but found in charge of a short van train



An as-built West Country leads a rake of Bulleid stock through open countryside



The branch bay and loco run-round loop at Treheligan feature an unfamiliar pairing of O2 class tanks with that on the push-pull coaches having Westinghouse air-pump and push-pull gear while the other, simmering in the loop, is a standard loco without such fittings.



Familiar location, unfamiliar motive power as the S15 eases down through Penhayle Bay



The two main line trains come to rest side by side at Treheligan with the S15 beside a Bulleid coach



And for those who prefer their photos in colour the light Pacific is seen broadside on in the countryside



The branch push-pull set tackles the gradient leading away from the station



Another view of "Wilton" in the countryside this time showing more of the train which apart from a Pullman car is composed entirely of Bulleid stock



Meanwhile the S15 is captured in colour at Penhayle Bay



30582 is an Adams "Radial" tank associated with the Lyme Regis branch but also having other work in east Devon and occasionally elsewhere. Here it is leading a local ex-LSWR set in early BR crimson livery



The Adams and the LSWR twin-set (with a green van just visible at the rear) steam through open countryside



Finally the colour version of the side-by-side shot above with the branch train just visible in the background behind the others.

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Brilliant photos as always Rick, Going to miss this layout when it goes.

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new04db wrote: Brilliant photos as always Rick, Going to miss this layout when it goes.
Thank you.  And no-one will miss Penhayle more than me.  It will live on in some form.  There are items of rolling stock for which orders were placed years ago and which for reasons no-one could have foreseen have been seriously delayed but which. when delivered, will still appear on at least a representative part of the layout even if only as a static display.

Just noticed I also have another header picture with thanks to Alan.  :lol:

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Congratulations on Picture of the Week Rick.

I agree with Alan "one of my favourites"   :thumbs



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Penhayle Bay has always maintained close links to its Cornish roots.  Having been at school in Newlyn with the children from Mousehole I knew quite a few of the local families many of whom were fishing families.  35 years ago eight of them left the comforts of home to answer a shout for lifeboat service.  They never returned.

This will be the final year, due to the forthcoming line closure, that Penhayle Lifeboat comes on station at this time to pay tribute to friends and others lost at sea.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUfinvl4zZI

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ANNOUNCEMENT

The final Penhayle Bay open-house running day will take place on Saturday 4th February from 1.30pm. This will be a WR-themed day. There will also be a closing-down event towards Easter 2017 at which "anything goes" so February will be the final open-house invitation to see the layout only doing what it does best namely portraying the Western Region in Cornwall during the diesel era between around 1965 - 1995. We normally end at around 6pm though I am happy to go on a little later especially if the afternoon has been hot making it uncomfortable outside for long periods.

I have a few other days, mostly through the working week, available for anyone who is otherwise unable to enjoy the layout to drop in and I can provide these dates if asked via PM.

February can sometimes be very hot and / or produce severe thunderstorms. The layout area can be as much as 10C warmer than the forecast air temperature. Trains run in any conditions though the controllers do trip out in very high temperatures after continuous running; smooth train running can be affected by heat or heavy rain. The house is air-conditioned inside for your comfort and with refreshments provided. This event will go ahead what ever the weather.

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With flights now booked and our move becoming a matter of weeks not months I can confirm that the railway will close as originally advised in the closure notice on 17th April, after traffic on Easter Monday.  I intend to have a close-down event shortly before then for which the weekend of 1st and 2nd April is looking most likely.

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Only one of the latest release of Bachmann Warships is joining the fleet.  I resisted the temptation to add more blue and green given the need to pack everything away fairly soon.  Maroon with full yellow end is under-represented however so D838 "Rapid" arrived just before Christmas and in the past couple of days has had its crew installed, pipework fitted to the leading end and cab steps (which are designed to locate into recesses on the body for static display) glued to the bogie frames as has been done for the other class 43 locos.

Today saw the new arrival weathered and tested.

In tandem with classmate D835 "Pegasus" from the earlier class 43 release:



Running the other way to show the opposite side and somewhat aptly named for the urgent traffic which is a milk train



And broadside on to show the weathering and "cast" name and works plates which are included by Bachmann as etches for this loco; all others have had to be sourced from Fox.


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Today some new posters appeared at Penhayle Bay and Treheligan stations.

They caused concern, frustration and anger.  No-one had ever thought that their train service might one day be no more .....











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Hi Rick.   Terrific idea, have you ever done "Engineering / Services suspended due to notices". You could even do a new " Service to ?? Notice" starting 1/ 10/ 17 or whenever.  all the best with the new line,  Kevin

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Despite suggesting to myself that I wasn't going to do anything over and above keeping the layout running until April fate played its hand. I managed to burn out a point motor without even trying and as luck would have it it is the facing point directing trains to the Down Main or Down Loop platforms at Treheligan so not a hardly-used yard connection I could abandon.

The motor is tight under the board and above the control panel area so was a very tight fit but luckily I had one spare in stock and the connections were push-fitted not soldered making swapping easier than it otherwise might have been.

That being done I strolled down to the far end of the layout where the sky-coloured panels have become dislodged over time through natural movement and found one was completely adrift. So a few screws and a lot of filler later it went back to its original position - in fact slightly better than that - and the whole thing has a coat of new blue paint. By 4th February's open day it might even have some clouds! All in all a fair amount of work I hadn't intended over a few days.

While I was at it I added some green weathering powders to the clay dries roof at Carreglyp; the end wall has always had moss and lichen represented but not the roof until now.



I cleaned and tidied up some of the smaller scenes in order to record them in their final condition for posterity including the hay field



St. Teccan's Well and ruined chapel



The road accident where a van driver has come down the hill too fast and missed the bend at the bottom striking the railway boundary wall



The coastal path including a typical set of steps to gain height over the clifftops



An area of Cornish heathland with gorse, a distant mine engine house and even a kangaroo in the scrub as a nod to the layout being located in Australia



Men Tor rises high above Penhayle Bay. The lower slopes are grazed by sheep but the higher rough pastures are inhabited only by the occasional walkers



She doesn't like being photographed so this is a very rare view of Penhayle Bay's resident mermaid.



Meanwhile on the main line more action from those bulbous and arguably ugly Warships as D865 "Zealous" was rostered the china clay duty





Down at Ponsangwyn (where the hastily-renovated sky described above can be seen) a trio of hydraulics was found on shed with the duty shunter tucked away in the clay sidings headshunt all beneath the brooding ruins of Wheal Julia mine.



D838 "Rapid" is hoping to live up to its name while a pair of class 22s await their next duties



D6315 receives some attention



A different angle on the headshunt showing the shunter with a single clay wagon alongside the stone pier and with a small sandy beach beyond. Those enamel signs on the goods shed have faded nicely under natural light since first being applied a few years ago.



Something must have been moving because a cut of vans has appeared alongside the goods shed.



There's more to come from Penhayle Bay despite having only 88 days to go until complete closure. Anyone coming for the open-house on Saturday 4th February?

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Some very nice photos there, Rick.

The kangaroo may not be as out of place as you might think! There is a whole herd of wallabies on the Yorkshire moors.

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SRman wrote: Some very nice photos there, Rick.




I'll second that  :thumbs




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P.s. I've always said that Rick had a kangaroo loose in his top paddock! 

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SRman wrote: P.s. I've always said that Rick had a kangaroo loose in his top paddock! 

:tongue  :tongue  :tongue

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Thank you Jeff and I look forward to returning the compliment when an opportunity arises :mrgreen::mutley

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This one in particular seems to have a few folk fooled. I have received comments, including from some hobby "heavyweights", via the layout's Facebook page and other fora to the effect that it looks real and one even asking where it was. The reply of "In my backyard in Australia" didn't convince him .........

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Hi Rick.   If only ?  I would love to make a visit to see how it is done. My plans just don't seem to be going anywhere at the time of writing . Good luck with all of your ventures, all the best. Kevin

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I would say the only real give aways that it is a small scale model is the gap between the running rail and the point blade, and the tension lock couplings visible on the wagons.

It is a real compliment to both your modelling skills and your photography skills that people do think it is real, Rick.

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Thank you kindly Jeff.

Yes the couplers are clearly visible and look nothing like the real thing.  The point is a giveaway to the knowing eye not only because of the coarse-gauge clearances and the incorrect "4-foot" width of all the the track but also the obvious tie-bar end with the raised boss on it protruding from the white ground where a point lever ought to be.

But if I can fool some of the people some of the time and make others look twice then I'll take that as a pat on the back for what is the first layout I had built.  Even if it's been improved upon progressively over the years as I learned new skills and techniques.

Those skills are coming to London soon enough so for those unable to enjoy the layout as it is today there will be some opportunities to see parts of it and maybe a little of how it was done once we are set up back home.


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It's been a busy few days to put it mildly and I still don't have the photos from last Saturday ready to post.  

What I do have is a few views of locos which both arrived too late to debut at the event having arrived respectively on Monday and today.  These have been quickly tested, weathered and placed in traffic though will see very little use here.  They are destined to return to their boxes within days for return shipping to the UK during May.

37284 arrived on Monday despite hopes of making it in time to double-head Saturday's china clay workings.  Not a Cornish loco but at least a WR one having spent its blue life at Landore (Swansea) and Canton (Cardiff) so it matches well enough and could have reached Cornwall at times.





Having done the easy bit and descended the branch alone 37284 was paired with "native" 37207 named William Cookworthy and with a Cornish Railways "Wizzie Lizzie" logo applied.  The two in tandem took the train uphill through the forest shattering the peace and quiet with the thrash of 24 English Electric cylinders on full power.



An "off the edge" shot on the narrow part of the layout because the light is good and shows off 207's nameplate.  Note also the differing treatment of the radiators with 207 having a grille guard but not 284.



And growling off into the distance .....



Then in today's post came Hornby's latest class 50 offering in the shape of 50026 "Indomitable" in the first iteration of Network SouthEast livery with its garish stripes.  Hornby has to my mind captured the colours quite well; they were described as making real trains look like plastic toys by some when the livery first appeared.  This loco has again been weathered though lacks my usual Fox etched nameplates at this stage; these will be added at some later time.



And approaching Treheligan where the clays are held on he branch awaiting a road up-country.  The comparison between Hornby and Bachmann representations of the same livery is significant though not too jarring.  The Mk1 coaches so painted faded rather quickly as they were often berthed in the open.  This livery did not wear well and was replaced with darker shades and detail changes such as upswept curved corners instead of the angles.  Hornby released 50002 in that livery some time ago which is also in my fleet.  Summer Saturdays saw BR InterCity sector hiring a rake of Mk1 coaches from NSE which were normally used on weekday business trains between Paddington and Oxford.  The hired set ran a Paddington - Penzance - Paddington round trip usually behind a class 50 and this working is represented here.





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Great pictures Rick :thumbs



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Just an everyday snap of a train in the landscape.

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And hot on the heels of announcing the final chance to enjoy this layout comes the delayed photo-shoot of the last BR-WR "genuine" running day.  Not photographed on the day as I mentioned above because it's already a challenge to run the trains, meet and greet, organise the teas and keep an eye on everything when single-handed.  There's also not the opportunity to get the exact shot required.  But these are a record of the trains offered for service on that final "proper" running day.  No attempt was made to keep to a specific timetable or time period.  The only criterion was BR Western Region in Cornwall.















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A fitting collection of photos and videos capturing classic scenes from a great bit of Cornwall in Australia.

Proper job me 'ansome.


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Thank you Marty.  And also thanks for your support over the years albeit mostly from quite a distance though we are delighted to count you among the mere hundred or so who have seen Penhayle Bay in the flesh.

Today saw the re-boxing of all things get under way.  That much is hard enough knowing that everything which goes back into its box has turned its last wheel on Penhayle Bay.

Before this layout finally closes the NR-class which has been to Cornwall and the Isle of Wight on different trips and has performed on the YMR modular layout and others at Carn Brea will make one further appearance here leading its rake of stainless steel "Overland" cars.  It then embarks upon its third trip to the UK which may not be a record but certainly a milestone few have passed.

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In its dying weeks the layout has passed another milestone.  Over 10,000 people now follow and like it on the Facebook page.

I have no idea how many other layouts might have a similar presence on the internet nor what their following is but I find myself amazed and humbled at this level of interest.  For what began as an oval of track around the dining table 14 years ago it's not done too badly.

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  For what began as an oval of track around the dining table 14 years ago it's not done too badly.

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Rick, a master of an understatement, every time I look at your layout I find something I haven't noticed before.  

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Barneybuffer wrote:   For what began as an oval of track around the dining table 14 years ago it's not done too badly.

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Rick, a master of an understatement, every time I look at your layout I find something I haven't noticed before.  


So do I !!!  

Though I don't make a habit of showing pictures of spiders and leaves blocking the line.  Once or twice was enough.

What a few people have also spotted and commented upon over the years is that there is some occasional movement meaning the same people, vehicles and animals are not always seen in the same places.  It helps to add interest as well as being prototypical.

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Ladies and gents.  An update.

We have successfully relocated to London and now rent a small flat in the Strawberry Hill area of Twickenham which any rail enthusiasts will immediately recognise as also being home to a South West Trains depot and currently the home of the Bluebell Railway's preserved 4Vep electric unit.

Which means that Saturday 1st April will be the FINAL chance to enjoy Penhayle Bay in action.  Also if there is enough demand I am happy to host an evening session on Friday 31st March under the lights.  The layout will remain intact until its advertised closure date of 17th April - Easter Monday - but I have to work on all other days making an open house event impractical.

The layout will then be dismantled with a couple of scenes surviving on static display in London.  The small amount of space in our new home means it will not be possible to have it as a working layout.  I can also take the track-laid boards which were intended for the Beer & Branscombe project and create something from them; these were laid out in end-to-end format so will fit along one side of the room available though with a little adjustment to the run-off tracks.  The theme would be Southern electric though I shall find and excuse to run steam as well plus perhaps the occasional WR interloper.

We viewed 16 properties in all and while we would in some ways have preferred the additional space a house might have given the flat we selected is in reality the best option overall.  I really liked a house we saw which also had a loft conversion ideal for a railway room but Sharon has difficulty with stairs and those in this house (and several others) were simply too steep and narrow for her.

In due course I shall be able to show the new arrangements which will include maximising use of space by having a high-level bed with workstation beneath and storing the rolling stock in the existing plastic boxes beneath the baseboards.

For now if anyone is able to come along please let me know.  Enjoy Penhayle Bay if you can.  And while you still can.

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Today's final public running session theme was "Anything Goes".  It certainly did.  Rule 1 was stretched to the limit.  A selection of still pictures shows some of the action.  There are also video clips which take longer to upload and process.

Nothing very unusual about a Beattie well-tank at Ponsangwyn shed except that the gantry crane isn't usually there.  The shot has been set up to resemble views captured at Wadebridge shed in the final days of the well-tanks.



Likewise there's nothing particularly unusual about the class 03 shunter parked beside the goods shed other than the fact of it not being a very frequent visitor



Two GWR pannier tanks prepare to depart with the milk train.  The lead loco is one of those sold to London Transport and wears its smart maroon livery



Up at Treheligan station the St. Agnes branch was operated for a time by a Southern Region 2EPB unit which would normally require third-rail electric power.



Very unexpected was the use of an engineer's trolley to haul a parcel working.  Even more out of place was the Australian train waiting at Carreglyp Dries with a rake of open bogies wagons led by a GM-class loco in the short-lived Great Northern livery (no link to the former British company of that name and rather surprising because they were based in Melbourne - the most southerly mainland city) 



On the main line another Aussie loco, a 1952-built Victorian A-class, leads a rake of elderly carriages over Darras Viaduct. Loco and coaches are owned by friends and were visiting for the day. 



A star performer was Stephenson's Rocket also brought along by a friend.  The loco is a plastic Airfix kit which has been skilfully built to run freely and is pushed by a Black Beetle motor mounted beneath the carriage which is a Hornby item.



Rocket was unable to complete a circuit of the layout owing to issues with structure gauging!!!  It did however manage several trips up and down parts of the layout without such problems.



Perhaps the most unexpected visitor to run - and it ran perfectly - was a working model of a Melbourne W5-class tram.  Normally powered from the overhead this too must have been draining its batteries to run on a two-rail system!



Finally back at Ponsangwyn the West Country which spent several hours working hard on a freight train which will feature in the videos rested beside a class 22 and the well-tanks.  Somehow the gantry crane has managed to vanish and the shed is back to relative normality.


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My video clips are ready after an extended time uploading - there seems to have been a shortage of width in the band around here today.  That's the "superfast" NBN for you.

Firstly the daytime train on the St. Agnes branch which was formed of a pair of ex-LSWR coaches and worked by no fewer than three locomotives.  With two of the Beattie well-tanks in the yard the third was on the train with an A1X Terrier coupled inside.  At the other end was an Isle of Wight O2, No. 16 "Ventnor".  Not an everyday sight on the mainland let alone in "Cornwall"



As mentioned in the post above with the stills one of the Bulleid light Pacific fleet, WEst Country 34041 "Wilton" was assigned the freight which had been brought in the night before by the Garratt.  The Bulleid worked hard and ran for a couple of hours sometimes coping with the gradients - if only just - but here requiring a rear-end shove after stalling on Penhayle Bay's 1:50 reverse-curves.



One of the class 22s masquerades as its Scottish class 21 sister running in tandem (though not in multiple due to incompatible control systems) with a Scottish Region class 17 Clayton.  This working was christened the "McMilk" train.



A visiting class 25 and a mixed freight all of which looked suspiciously clean by Penhayle's standards!



Another most unexpected combination occurred when this Chinese steam locomotive was coupled to the old Australian carriage set and ran a few circuits.  



My own all-Lima train glimpsed above in the sidings took quite a run at the bank when let loose on the main line.  For a loco which hasn't turned a wheel in 12 years this ran rather well.  Both loco and wagons are Australian.



That remarkable Airfix kit Rocket seen in action and pushed by the Black Beetle-powered coach.  To build that kit so well and able to run freely on a layout required skill indeed.  This was also something of a crossed-finger moment as neither had ever been run before.  



Visiting Crompton 33111 races downhill with the direct mails from Llanbourne, a friend's layout, to west Cornwall and is passed by a pair of Penhayle's own 37s working hard uphill with a heavy train of china clay.



The Melbourne tram in action.  Despite the protruding step-boards she managed to run perfectly without fouling any of the lineside structures.  I'm not sure what the power unit is but it's not exactly quiet.



This class 25 was another visitor from Llanbourne and had charge of a mixed rake of engineer's hoppers some of which are kit builds.



The two GWR pannier-tanks took over the milk train from the Scottish Region diesels and are seen in a late-night movement coming off the down loop towards Treheligan station.  This train usually has a GWR Hawksworth brake van on the rear but for this occasion featured an LMS design brake instead



And finally the train which started it all in more ways than one.  The Powerline coaches and generic "Bulldog" locomotive are intended to resemble regional passenger trains used in the State of Victoria.  Some of the "S-cars" remain in traffic to this day though the tangerine livery is long gone.  This set, with an oval of track, was presented to me a few weeks after we moved to the house 14 years ago and ran around the dining table on an oval of track for want of anywhere else.  "Anywhere else" became Penhayle Bay.  The formal opening of the layout featured a shiny new Bulleid light Pacific with a ribbon to be broken upon its departure.  While the opening speeches were in progress I slyly ran the orange train in from the other direction, unseen until the last moment, whence it broke the tape ahead of the Bulleid while the onlookers gasped in astonishment.   The S-set has seen very little use since the layout was built but will be kept on as historically significant.



So the final open-house at Penhayle Bay has taken place.  It isn't quite the end.  The originally-advertised closure date of 17th April, Easter Monday, will be honoured for the benefit of those taking their holidays by train.  In the tradition of these things a number of "Farewell" specials is due over the next few days.  And the very last trains will be recorded for posterity before this topic is then closed.

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Easter at Penhayle Bay has often brought a crop of special workings.  Despite its imminent closure today has been no exception.

The demolition of some buildings at Treheligan have given it a rather bare appearance but have opened up a better view of the branch bay platform.  The DMU pair seen in some photos above remained on duty first thing today



A class 52 Western gets the road up from Ponsangwyn to the Down Loop alongside the main line



It wasn't too long before the first of the day's specials appeared.  A Pullman dining train led by an as-built West Country light Pacific



The Southdown coach in the parking area is also a visitor and is down from Portsmouth



The 2-car DMU returned from its trip to St. Agnes and crossed to the Up Main rather than retiring to the bay platform



Its place was taken by a single class 153 car in black Cornish promotional livery.  Would this be big enough for the holiday crowds on this seaside branch?



Shortly afterwards an enthusiasts' charter formed of a 6-car DMU also crossed over to take the branch for a farewell trip.



The special ran through Treheligan station having crossed from Down to Up tracks and then onto the branch.  



One last special was a 2-car class 171 diesel unit in Southern livery and a long way from its usual home on the Brighton - Ashford "Marshlink" line



The Western handled the china clay train with the usual ease seen here coasting down through the woods



With no turntable available for the West Country the steam special was returned by an S15 which seems to be having too easy a time of it on Penhayle Bay's 1:37 bank



Definitely not enough smoke for the task at hand.  Something must be amiss



What ever was amiss at the front all the work was being done by a class 66 at the back!



Yinging its way around the curves and up the hill the "shed" pushed the ailing steamer clear as quickly as it could



The Bulleid returned in the block behind running tender-first



The railtour also powered up the hill into the lowering sun and bade farewell to the surf beach and sand dunes of Penhayle Bay



And the branch 2-car DMU set also left for up-country never to be seen again in these parts but leaving a lasting impression in the sun's glow



For at least one whole generation nothing said "Cornwall" louder than a grimy Western leading a rake of blue-hooded china clay wagons.  The train exits the Down Loop, snakes beneath Treheligan station bridge in a move always popular with visitors, and enters the Down Platform Loop.



And finally the clays ease back for the downhill approach and reverse-curves at Penhayle Bay, disappearing into the distance as the surf rolls in far below, the gulls cry and the distant sound of voices from beach and clifftops merge with the rustle of evening air.



The last trains run tomorrow.  Some changes have already taken place.  One final picture-post will record their departure and the final "ring out" of the signalmen as the line closes for ever.


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Quite emotional Rick and such a shame that Penhayle is coming to an end.On the plus side,plenty of nice sharp photos for the puzzle.Thanks for the journey. :cry: :cry: :cry:

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Easter Monday, 17th April, would have been Dad's 89th birthday has he lived a few more weeks.  It was also the date, set some time ago, upon which the last trains ran on the Penhayle Bay Railway.

In the morning there was a steady trickle of passengers some of whom seemed shocked at the state Treheligan station had been left in



With the down tracks closed and the loop lifted most signals on the down side were marked out of use; only the route to the right across the diamond into the up platform remained available



The footbridge remained but was fenced off on the up side to prevent unauthorised access to the now-closed down side.



The hoods make their way slowly across the diamond to loop through the up platform .....



..... before regaining the down road at the far end of the station.  As can be seen this has always been a permitted and signalled move.



The wreckers had certainly been at work; more signals out of use pending removal with rusted and torn up tracks.



The clays ease over the western end crossover to regain double track



For its last day of operation the St. Agnes branch was worked by the black-liveried Cornish promotional class 153 car, passing the glimpse of angry seas one last time



And giving some idea of just how steep this gradient is.  The branch was an afterthought and the need to have it clear the fiddle yard access tracks hadn't been thought through properly when the gradient went it.



Waiting for the board to drop and move on into the platform; the weathering applied to the 153 is apparent in this light.



There were still a few passengers for the branch trains right to the end.



Most down trains were replaced by buses in order to have all rolling stock cleared from the end of the line by closure; there's always one idiot who thinks bus stops are free car parks.



The final collection of vans was in the hands of a red-livery class 47



The reds of the train stood out against the sand dunes and sea of Penhayle Bay



One last time a blue Western led the hoods above the beach, around the reverse-curves and through Penhayle Bay



The final train from Ponsangwyn, where the shed was already deserted, was the empty milk tanks off to maybe a new working or perhaps a scrapyard.  Warship 812 "Royal Naval Reserve" was in charge.



Surprisingly the yard lighting was still working which allowed the weathering and the cast nameplate to be shown off.  It's actually a Fox etch.



A single class 37 was rostered to work the final up clay tanks, seen here on a downhill stretch across Darras Viaduct but no doubt providing a fair amount of thrash when working uphill.  This train is usually a two-engine load.



A group of mourners had gathered at Penhayle Bay later in the day as the class 22 struggles gamely with a long freight against a steep climb.  Again the need to remove motive power before the end resulted in an under-powered train instead of a double-header



The very last down train of all pulls away from Treheligan .....



..... only to be brought to an ignominious halt at the section signal.  Perhaps someone was having a laugh as there hadn't been anything in front for hours.



With the road cleared there was one last opportunity to frame a train beneath Church Lane bridge amid the gorse and greenery



The divisional inspection saloon conveyed some senior managers over the lines about to be closed including making a trip to St. Agnes worked by 66511, here seen pushing the saloon back to the main line.



The photographers who have patiently waited for and recorded trains from the hillside at Darras all these years finally moved down to Treheligan station to record the very last trains.  The maroon Western is back from Penzance for the final time.  It's best not to ask how those lads got access to the closed platform!



Even into the evening there were still a few passengers about though the numbers had been dwindling all day.  



The inspection saloon passes through Penhayle Bay where the gradient post shows the climb steepening from 1:50 to 1:37



Towards nightfall the very last shunt of clay wagons took place at Carreglyb; the duty 08 draws back one half of the train from No.2 (loading) Siding



towards Treheligan station



This half is then propelled forwards to be joined to the other half n No.1 Siding.  Weathering work again in evidence on the Hornby shunter and Bachmann wagon.



The shunter withdraws from the section; until recently it would have trundled off to the loco run-round loop alongside the St. Agnes bay platform but with that also now closed the move was simply to the branch itself and sit outside the signal to release the block on the main line



The final departure from the clay dries was thus ready and led away by a green Warship



One last time a string of short wheelbase clay wagons was seen threading the curves above Penhayle Bay



Onwards and upwards to Nansglaw Tunnel



The shunter followed as soon as the road was clear.  



Not one bus on the bridge but two.  Just in case a crowd turned out for the very end.  But both seem to be empty.



The St. Agnes unit returned up-country pausing in front of the mourners



One last loco-hauled train came up through Cornwall featuring a large-logo blue class 50 in a scene which typified the Cornish main line for some years



The final loco-hauled working on the line



Honour of being the very last train fell to a humble 2-car DMU calling at all stations to Exeter and "sweeping up" the very last passengers from Penhayle Bay.  At least it seems to be decently loaded.



The final station stop; the last train from Penhayle Bay



Waved away by a couple of saddened locals






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The last video.

Featuring a trio of typically Cornish trains including the very last to run on the Penhayle Bay Railway.

https://youtu.be/zY7Axg-Ph1E

Thank you, one and all, for the interest, support, friendship, comments, learning and everything which this layout has brought.  With well over 10,000 Facebook followers in addition to being featured on three modelling forums it has proved far more popular and enduring than I ever expected.

Life moves on.  I am moving on.  A new project will emerge in the future.  I hope you will be around to share that with me too.

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Its been a pleaseure following Penhayle Bay, it has given me plenty of inspiration for my own large layout.

Well deserved applause for a cracking layout

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Thanks for the stories, enjoyment and inspiration that Penhayle Bay has provided.  I often browse from the beginning and always spot new things I haven't seen before.

All the best for the future

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