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 Posted: Wed Oct 24th, 2018 09:09 am
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Very true Sol, although I did pay £! for a hundred lolly sticks!  The stirrers came free with an overpriced coffee....
I think the test shows the fence will work in principle although I will make the final one a little more even at the top and a few gaps and broken bits at the bottom.  I will also have to improve the rear side for connecting short sections together and think of a way of firmly attaching it to the scene.  But as a first attempt I'm quite happy. A bit of weathering at it should fit in just fine.

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Hi Michael
I do admire the sweeping curve with the Abbey ruins......great example of the effective application of “less is more”. What is planned for the space in front of the track? I re read the thread but couldnt find a track plan.

Forgive me I am invariably slow with my responses so this is out of sequence......although I do like the fence:thumbs

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Thank you John.   I played around with plans for so long, I was in danger of being a permanent armchair modeller.  I really want the railway to sit in the landscape, but also feel like, but not replicate, the prototype.  I have taken a few liberties with history.....

The "sweeping curve" is the mainline that goes off to the coast.....  In front of that is Standard Quay, from Faversham Creek, with a number of sidings, warehouses, small industries and fishing.  The Creek exported beer, coal, cement, gunpowder (even in the 60s.... in fact it still produces specialist gunpowders) fish - especially oysters, bricks (there were 13 brick works making London Bricks up until the 70s) fruit, hops and fertilisers. There was a large cattle dock for transporting a variety of animals. There was, until recently, a dairy and also furniture manufacturers.  There was also a processed food factory.  All of these products were moved to the creek and it's goods yards before being sent out, either by boat or by train. There were six quays in total - I'm only modelling one!  While exports and deliveries were the main focus of the Creek, it also imported things, especially  steel and wood from Scandinavia.  It also experimented quite early on with shipping containers, and some of those are still in existence at the modern quay.  There was a customs house, a harbour master's house (Quay master's house?) both of which I hope to model.  In fact, the quay has England's oldest surviving, working warehouse, although it is a series of shops these days..... the building is quite magnificent, but sadly beyond my modelling skills!

In truth, the heyday of the creek was from 1650-1930.  (I know that is quite a long time frame, but the importance of Faversham developed over this period) After that, other local harbours had taken over imports and exports and trains actually took services away.  Once important industries died out.  But I am imagining that the creek continued to flourish and that sea and rail are working together.

In the prototype, goods wagons were deposited in a holding section, but the locomotives were not allowed to take them to the various sidings.  Instead small shunters were used, which I plan to replicate.   There will be lots of opportunities for shunting and puzzles, while both stopping and non-stopping passenger services run around the loop. We get express passenger services to Dover and Ramsgate, local stopping services, some freight running through to other ports and, of course, the Orient Express! The era allows late steam, diesel and, with the advent of electrification, some early electrics.  I had thought about adding the third rail, but decided that was probably pushing my limited skills!  I'm not one for making sure that all of the trains are spot on for the time and location, although I try to be broadly in line.  Definitely a case of "It's my railway...."

A long answer to your question about a layout plan!!  Basically it is sidings with warehouses and industries in front of the countryside backscene, which is how it is in reality.  It is still an area that is thankfully protected and undeveloped.

I originally intended a small turntable (which was once present at the quay), but the electrics, power and DCC scare me.... And having read about your travails, I know that may be a step too far for me at this point.  Maybe in the future! 

I have learned so much from reading your thread and looking at your photos, if I get to 50% of your eye for detail I will be delighted!!

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For anyone interested, this is the old warehouse in Faversham...…






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And this is the old Provender Warehouse, used by merchants who did not have their own warehouse.  It is now the home of the Sea Cadets!



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In fact, Faversham is well worth a visit.... Regular markets, boutique shops and pleasant restaurants and tearooms - SWMBO is bound to be entertained!  Then there is the brewery tour of England's oldest, still existent brewer - Shepherd Neame….  I may have mentioned them earlier!!

Here is the visitor centre...


And part of the main brewery and hireable venue!




But that is not all.....

















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Just one of the old pubs in the town, which also does some excellent food....





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A bit our nation's history.... this is the Faversham Workhouse...





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We have a beautiful conversion of the original water tower.....






The station is a listed building...










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Longbridge, so named because it is (was?) the longest footbridge spanning a railway track.  I believe it still is, but I may be wrong....






We even have a Michelin starred restaurant, and two more just a few miles away!



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King Stephen is buried here, we have our own copy of the Magna Carta, we are one of the oldest market towns in England and.... we have a model railway shop!!!



And I don't even work for the Faversham tourist board!!!

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What splendid photos. Will you be modelling any o the buildings?

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There are lots of buildings to choose from!  I will definitely have a go at the Provender Store, I do not know if it was common to have a community warehouse, but I like the idea.  The old warehouse is beyond me, but I may try to do something with photography to perhaps create something at the rear, to give a bit of depth.  The brick patterns change every 6 feet, which is what gives the character.  Maybe  in a few years and after a lot of practise!

I will definitely have a go at the Guildhall when I get to the town end of the layout...







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That's very exciting, Michael.  :cool:

Did I see that water tower conversion on Grand Designs?



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And maybe something like these - The Royal Cinema is just tucked in there too.  It's a delightful "Tudorbethan" building, designed in 1936 to fit in with the surrounding buildings.  Originally Faversham had four cinemas, only The Royal survives 





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Hi Max
There have been a couple of water tower conversions on the show, but I don't think it was the Faversham one... but I may be wrong.

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This is typical of the warehouses at the creek I shall be attempting to model - with its rickety fence!




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This is typical of the warehouses at the creek I shall be attempting to model - with its rickety fence!


And this photo very effectively answers my question earlier about vackground and fore ground. What a super building to model
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I am starting to think about the sidings which actually run and the make up and location of buildings.  Usually I just use cardboard boxes made to a rough scale of finished buildings, but this time I thought I might make it all a little more picturesque!





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Some great photos, make me almost wish I was back in the UK so I could go and have a look myself. What a great idea of printing out the buildings (or something similar) to what you eventual intend to model. A while off that stage for me at the moment but I am keeping boxes ready for mock ups. Will have to look for pics to face them off with.

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