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 Posted: Sun Aug 30th, 2015 08:20 pm
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3mm having successfully run its course, and after exhibiting Cardigan/Kilgerran/Boncath several times at various venues around West Wales I/we decided to change scales and have a crack at narrow gauge – specifically 009.
 
Staying locally, we decided on the Teifi Gorge Rly Co. Now follows a short boring concept!
 
In the mid 1800’s, due to the river Teifi silting up no vessels of any size were able to reach Cardigan, so the Whitland to Cardigan railway line (the Cardi-Bach – see other posts) never materialized. Also no vessels could reach Cilgerran to ship out the slate. Deep water however was available down river from Cardigan at St Dogmaels.
The quarry owners banded together and commissioned a narrow gauge line to run from Cilgerran to St Dogmaels, to transport slate, assorted goods and passengers.
 
Disclaimer: All the places mentioned exist, including the slate quarries. The rest, happily, is fiction…
Building and progress to follow later...
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We started the TGR around three months or more ago, so this thread is going to be a catch-up.
The intention is to exhibit the layout, so its built on three connecting boards, the ones at either end, Cilgerran and St Dogmaels are 4' x 2' reducing to 18" and the middle board, the quarry, is 2' x 18"

The three boards are made from 6mm marine ply on 1" x 2" soft wood frames. Screwed, glued and then matt varnished for protection. Boards are joined together with locating dowels, 'split hinges and pins' and facility for M6 bolts if needed.
Below is a shot of the three boards joined together:



Cilgerran is the nearest board, with a station loop, turntable, engine shed and slate facility sidings.
The middle board is where the quarry is, with rough cut slate blocks being brought back to Cilgerran for dressing. (As a factual side note, Cilgerran produced very good quality roofing slate, and also very dense slate that was in demand for billiard and snooker tables)



This was an early shot of Cilgerran with buildings 'plonked' as a guide.

Then St Dogmaels. Again with a passing loop, turntable, engine shed and quayside sidings. A section has been cut out of the board to represent the dockside.



Control is DC, with the two main boards electrically separate, so that each end can be operated simultaniously for added interest. 12 volt transformers and our own home-made wandering controllers.

Thats it for the thread for today - any questions please feel free to ask!

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Hi,

Some nice buildings there and the white wall ...... Did you cast it yourself ?

I like the idea of a quarry. It's something I've thought of myself so I'll enjoy watching this one come together.

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Thanks for looking Tom. The quayside walling is DAS clay PVA'd onto the back wall and then stones impressed on with old paint brush ferrules. Buildings are all scratch built - I'll show them in more detail later.

This is the quarry board in its early stages (Scenic work already on-going at St Dogmaels in the background):



The 'quarry' is a separate piece of kit, made from cardboard formers, covered with Modroc and then lots of Marty's 'Gloop'.
It's removable to make transportation easier:



As an afterthought, I cut away a bit of the board to create a bit of river bank. In this shot work has already started on the gorge leading back to Cilgerran:





Thats it for the time being - I'll post more later on today.

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I like where this is going. Looking foward to the updates. :thumbs

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Thanks Gary!
A few pics below of some of the buildings. They are all imaginary and made from 1 & 2mm cardboard, covered either in Scalescenes papers or DAS. Some have lighting, provided by LEDs and appropriate resistors. Platform lights on St Dogmaels station are GOW wired in series to limit the voltage. The lighting circuit is run from a 5 volt phone charger (50p from a charity shop):

Cigerran Station :




St Dogmaels station: 



St Dogmaels goods shed:




The quarry cutting shed. Blocks were rough cut here and transported back to Cilgerran.
(Thats real slate, BTW)



To be continued...

(I might mention there are three of us, all OAPs - Pat does track work, Colin builds locos, and I do scenics. All at as little cost as possible. I would rather the money went to the Wine Society than Gaugemaster)

As usual, happy to answer any queries.

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Hello Shaun, Colin and Pat,

I must say I was delighted to see the latest adventure in 009 appear in this thread. Especially as you have nominated St Dogmaels as your port, the expansion of my NE layout, one day, plans to do the same!

The progress so far is looking very good and I'm sure will be another crowd pleaser around West Wales when you get it out on the road. I particularly like the high hills which contribute strongly to giving you a railway in a landscape, much my preferred style of layout.

What happened to the 3mm layout?

Is this one DC or DCC?

Stations and slate quarry building (including real slate) look terrific.

Looking forward to following along with the development of a layout in my favourite part of the world.

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Thanks Marty - I'm enjoying following Newcastle Emlyn, ever since it's conception. (we've seen some members come and go since then, haven't we...)

Tefi Gorge is DC, very simple, with points operated by wire rods under the baseboard. So far working well.

The 3mm layouts, Cardigan and Boncath are alive and well - we last exhibited at the Aberaeron show in August. which was very successful, and we have another local show in November. The Kilgerran layout I sold on locally, so it stays in the area.

Teifi Gorge we hope to show at the National Woolen Mill in October, but it will be shown as 'work-in-progress'.

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;-) We have indeed seen the changes, sad to see 'em go, always glad to see 'em join in and contribute.
Glad to hear that the 3mm is still around, I enjoyed following the development.
I've been to the National Woolen Mill, interesting place, lots of neat toys. Should be a nice place to exhibit the layout.
Looking forward to seeing the narrow gauge rolling stock.
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Love the buildings, Shaun - and the crane.  :thumbs



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Thanks Max. - the crane is a Wills kit (cheap win on Ebay...)

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This shot was towards the end of July, and shows the three boards together, with most of the scenics done on the middle (quarry) section:



Jury is still out even now on what to do with the back of St Dogmaels!

I'll post more later.

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Couple of quick pics:

The 16:50 from Cilgerran passes the quarry where the workers have just finished, and are bound for home with the last wagon load of the day. (ignore the loose roof on the last coach!)




The passenger train from Cilgerran emerges from the tunnel and pulls into St Dogmaels station, passing a rather pensive Harbour Master, wondering if his tide times are correct...




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Really nice work here Shaun. Those last two pics are very nice. Keep the update pics coming. :thumbs

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Bit more to report on the Teifi Gorge - Fencing added to the quarry board, and a bit more undergrowth. With a brazier in the slate prep barn, this board is almost finished, apart from a backscene and some work to do on the hillside.



The piece of brown ply on the left is a transit board - Cilgerran would normally join on here. The black strips on the front are 'hooks' from 'hook and loop' - the front curtain will fix onto these.

Joining on to the quarry board to the right is St Dogmaels - at the moment very much work in progress. Temporary buildings have been plonked on for bit of a guide, and a very rough backscene painted on. Annie, my wife has promised to paint a more suitable one when time permits.



Looking from the opposite end, undergrowth has been added to the hillside, with a fence at the bottom, and a section carved away from the right hand side where the road will sort of 'disappear...'




Behind the station the Abbey Hotel can be seen - an old 'scratch built' that has been adapted  - a bit cut off the back and internal lights added. Better picture below, together with the turntable that Colin constructed and fitted last night, a three plank goods wagon that he made and put on a peco N chassis, and a coaling platform I curried together from coffee sticks and real coal.






Thats it folks - any queries, always glad to answer!

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Quick update on the TGR

Thanks go to Andy (Camperman) for the inspiration to build a coaster for loading slate. I copied a lot of his ideas and work, and he kindly sent me plans of a puffer.

There is a lot wrong with mine from the purists point of view - but what the hell - It's my boat, and I'll build it how I want (well, thats my excuse, anyway!)
Still a bit more to add to it, but here it is alongside St Dogmaels quay (both directions - it made two voyages...)

In the shots below, the water has been roughly Photoshopped to hide the junk under the baseboard!






As usual, any queries, I'm only too happy to answer (if I can)

Shaun.

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Nice Puffer, mine is not an exact copy either, they do make a nice little boat for a layout.



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Looks good Shaun.

Maybe a bit clean, but it's obviously just had a refit :thumbs


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Thanks Ed - It's heading for a rough voyage, so should show a bit of wear and tear next time it docks (and actually have mooring lines...)

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Update on the Teifi Gorge...

Since my last post I managed to delete the whole folder of The Teifi Gorge photos - and couldn't recover it... still, some remained on Photobucket, which was lucky.

Anyway - Annie, my wife came up trumps with the backscenes. This is the quarry board and St Dogmaels:



Still work in progress on the whole layout - we aren't going to have it finished for the Woolen Mill Show on the 24th, but are going to show it anyway, as a demonstration of how layout building progresses!

This is the quarry board - the slate has been coloured slightly since last picture, and a couple of workmen appeared:



The steam freighter 'Calon Lan' is back in port again, this time with correct mooring lines and some crew to load the slate. Captain Thomas on the upper-deck has spotted a back spring fouling one of the rubbing fenders, so that will be corrected soon.



The chief mate and on of the seamen (there are only two) are busy on the winch, being ably directed by Jenkins down in the after hold.



Sorry about the resolution of the photos - I think I messed up with reducing to 800x600 - I might have done it twice... not my day with images and files!

As usual, ask away.
Best regards,
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