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 Posted: Mon Apr 3rd, 2017 01:29 pm
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 I start my tale on Friday or actually the previous weeks Thursday night 23 March 2017 at a friends house while I was not there.

Late in that evening Harry was getting comfortable in his reclining armchair in the living room, which by now was his bed. He'd had cancer for several years and 3 months before the hospital had stopped all chemo etc as there was no more they could do.
His wife covered him with a blanket, said good night, and got no reply. He had slipped into unconciousness, half an hour late he had died.
So last Friday they were not at the Model railway club, but this week she came, she is actually the railway enthusiast.
I spent 3 hours chatting to her which I think she needed, shortly after she gave me a bottle of Laproiag whisky from his collection knowing I drink malts.

We also discussed the fate of Harry's railway, Harry had got bored at the model railway club while his wife was involved with the railways, and he got the opportunity to buy one. This model railway was built on the Isle of Tiree, just 60miles from the Islay distillery of Laproiag. It was built by a retired electronics engineer whos sister lived next door to Harry here in Norfolk. When the engineer died it was extracted from being built into an upstairs bedroom, down some narrow stairs across by ferry and driven the long journey to Norfolk.

For the last 2 years I have been simplifying the electronics, so Harry could use it and removed over 30 circuit boards from the underside!!! we had it running at a club show last year where, because the layout is called Tiree I was kilted up appropriately. Since then we have cut the boards in half to fit their car, and I divided the still considerable wiring underneath with plugs and sockets. Harry did the woodwork this entailed and they both started restoring the landscape.

I asked Hazel what she wished to do with the layout and offered to buy it if she wished to sell, saying she could take her time with a decision. But after a few thoughts she GAVE it too me. Her own interest is the London overground railways of where she was brought up and so a Scottish fictional layout didn't really fit in with her plans.

Next week we will sort out the pile of stuff under the railway on the table at the club, so she can have Harry's tools and anything personnal, I'll then sort out what to do with the rest. Half of the railway will come home to make more room in the clubhouse and I will work on board by board restoring the model swaping with those at home where appropriate.
when restored. the model railway sign will say
TIREE,
In memory of MR D.H. Clark, and MR H. Nudd.

Since then I've opened the bottle and raised a glass to Harry... whos funeral will be April 11th their 40th wedding aniversary.

This tale will continue with photos and words about the railway once the above mentioned sorting has been carried out



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A sad story Queren,i'm sure you will do Tiree justice in Harry's honour.I look forward to seeing more.



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A sad lament Queren, of a fellow modeller's railway and loving wife. I'll raise a glass of Islay myself and say a blessing for Harry and Hazel and also to his railway on the 11th. So sad they missed their 40th together. Ours is just two days before.

All possible best wishes transforming Tiree into a fine and fitting tribute to your friend.

I, like others, look forward to seeing Harry's railway flourish in your guardianship.

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:cry: Such is life. Embrace it while you can. 
Reminds me to get on with it as I'm hoping to get NE to the level of an operating layout in my lifetime and at the pace I'm going it's going to be a close run thing!

Rememberance of those and their lives gone before is important concept too. Whichever way it is done. Bravo. 

Their layout will grow into a suitable memorial in your capable hands I'm sure.

I've purchased my ticket for the Tiree journey and am waiting eagerly on the platform.

Carry on.

Marty 




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Me too - I enjoy watching an old layout being reborn. It will be a fine memorial.

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I've been studying Scarinish, which the main railway station was named after and was the home village of the original builder of the layout.

 I discovered that in 1953 the RAF started building a Radar Type 80 on the hill side above the village. The RAF station was partly manned, the buildings were built, and it just awaited the Radar itself. Then it was discovered that the Type 80 was such an improvement over the previous radar 250 mile range instead of 90 mile range, that many sites were cancelled in 1954 including Scarinish.



Well I trained on the Type 80, which was used as a basic training radar (without scanner) at RAF Locking, so my fictional history will have the radar mounted above and at the back of the layout. 



You can see the project I've set myself on here: http://www.radarpages.co.uk/mob/mrs/type80.htm.



As it is now with a phone mast in the middle, https://www.flickr.com/photos/doffcocker/27085622413/in/album-72157633956040723/



The reflector is 75ft wide by 25ft tall  or 150mm by 50mm in N gauge.



 I'm Likely to build the main frame work in Plasticard with wire for hand rails.



 Any ideas on how to do the wire mesh on the Radar reflector?



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Harry's widow has sent me these pictures, they were not meant to be shown but were for reference to show where everything fitted.
The front of the layout is on the right as you view the picture.  There are more pictures  to come later.

After a review of the layout I have decided to make the following changes.

1, Push the date back to Steam / Diesel transition,

2, The shed you can see in the above picture will go and a back scene board will run along the layout behind the viaduct  ie just to the right of the shed as you view it this when continued on will allow for a fiddle yard on the back of the baseboard.

3, The upper picture is mostly taken up by a piggy back board on the far baseboard, this has now been removed from there and a new permanent hillside will be created with the railway wandering along the edge this will give more room for the fiddle yard beneath...

4 A new baseboard will be built 90degrees to the end top the top of the top picture, the piggyback board will be modified to go on there, this will create a roughly 15ft long frontage, with a 6ft foot of the L shape.

5, A triangular insert will fit at high level in the corner of the L, this being the extension of the hillside , the Radar being placed at the top of the hill. Below this will be a baseboard level insert to ease the fiddle yard round the corner.

7 The RADAR has been changed to a Type 84, this has a solid double reflector, I had an X for the Type 84 (cross trained) and a Q (qualified) a mobile  version the type 88 (and 89). I couldn't get a reasonable representation of the mesh of the Type 80 radar in N scale.

8, Along the front of each base board will be a 10 inch scenic baseboard which will fold up to create part of the case for transport. There just isn't enough scenery at the moment on the layout..

9, One thing Harry discovered was all the scenery was multiple layers of a Sundela like material, which explains why the layout is so heavy. He had sawn off some of the many glued layers, not under the tracks, and started replacing this with polystyrene, this I have continued. Harry also removed some of the extra wood work that was part of the building the layout into the original house.



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I like the idea of the radar. It should be a fun build for you seeing as you know it so well.
Sundela layer hills... it must weigh a ton! Yay for polystyrene.

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And finally what I've been up to....

As you can see, I've fitted a back scene just behind the viaduct, and behind that a will be permanently fitted back board, which has holes in it so you can get at the to be built fiddle yard.



On the front of the layout I've fitted a hinged, fold up 10 inch wide board to form the front of the layout case. This is being scenically covered and has a removeable section to allow folding.



On the layout itself you can see all the white wedding cake where Harry and I have cut away the layers of Sundela, then fitted polystyrene, to which I have covered in a thin J cloth and a PVA / Water /polyfilla mix.

Oh... when removing the old sundella we found up to an inch of polyfilla on the surface...

The Centre wedding cake also removes now, so you can access the track, before it was more like a model of a nuclear bomb shelter.



In preparation for this, I've removed dozens of LED signal lights Because

A, the layout was way oversignalled

B, they were too modern for my period. I'm saving them for Harrys widow who may well use some of them on a future Modern London layout.



A great many of the older style buildings will be rescued and reused.

I must remmebr to get wide masking tape to cover the track when I'm plastering....










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Some steps forward much flocking around along with green and grey paint..



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I've been doing much research on Tiree.I typed into the net the builders name D.H.Clarke and found.

Mr Derek Clarke arrived on Tiree about 1968, when the Civil Aviation Authority took over RAF Tiree Airfield to become Tiree Airport.
First coincidence, in 1975 I also worked for the CAA, probably in the same trade.

I found he lived at one time in Balemartine, taking a drive down the road on street view, I found a familiar building, there is a model of it on the layout, was it his house?

On the N gauge forum I was asked if I was going to model the ferry, further research....

Scarinish pier was built in 1771, but by 1890s steamers were too big to get into harbour cargo and passengers were put in boats and rowed into harbour.

Second coincidence In the harbour is the remains of the Mary Stewart an old sailing cargo ship / ferry  moored up  in 1937 and abandoned, that is my surname!!! No not Mary!!

In 1911 they started  a new pier in Gott bay, completed 1914.

The layout is dated by me as 1963, as I like steam and it was I believe the date of introduction of the type 84 radar.

At that time the ferry was the venerable  MV Lochearn a useful 77ft shorter than the new ro-ro ferries introduced in 1964. Cars from the Lochearn were loaded by on deck derick / crane an interesting cameo...

The 1964 ferries I knew in the 1970s 80s what I didn't know was those were built with government money with an alternative role as .......floating Nuclear bomb shelters!!! I guess as moveable command centers...

Third coincidence, I sail in the winter a Yeoman Keelboat which used to be sailed in..... Loch Earn...

If I am to model the ferry the pier of 1000+ mm in N gauge, would have to be shortened to under 400 mm, 
Further sketches will have to be done to see if I can fit it in..

NOLLAIG CHRIDHEIL.,.  That's merry Christmas to you in the Gaidhlig.(Scots Gaelic)







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So many coincidences... it was meant to be. I like the idea of the cameo of car loading by Derrick.
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A little on more developments, as you can see a stone circle has appeared, there are several on Tiree, but none as upright as this one.

In the backgound you can see, The afore mentioned house with newly fitted windows is in situ, there now is a path around it, to the right as you look, are the unfinished ruins of a  Hebridean Black house.










This second Picture shows the stone circle clearly against the skyline, also the "concreteing" I've been doing at the end of the sidings, buffers etc to be fitted when I get some.







No photos yet but the viaduct piers are now in position, they have been papered to look like stone, I'm not happy with my workmanship on that, my first ever attempt using brickpapers, more work needed.




The rails have gone rusty on this board now.




A small access bridge to reach the stone circle, and break up the visual 180 degree turn of the track, it is winging it's way from the Orkneys, Actually it's a Peedie Models, brass etch, industrial access walkway, as I didn't want anything too fancy for the bridge.







This Friday whether much work will be done next week I don't know, as Saturday the Broadland Model Railway club, N Gauge layout " OMA Park" is at the Norfolk Railway Society's Poringland Show, ( just south of Norwich), details here... http://www.norfolkrailwaysociety.org.uk/ and it may be transported there in my Landrover..







To do, Board One.




Make bridge to Stone circle,




Complete Highland black house ruins,




Fit Buffers to sidings,




Plant electrostatically, reeds along the ditches (it will hide the board joins).









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