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Having only ever produced individual derelict building and dioramas of the same, I though I might have a go at a complete layout following the same theme and albeit only 6' 6" long by 2' 9" wide I still managed to get plenty in and, hopefully, captured the typical atmosphere of run down and neglected industry.

It's not quite finished yet, just bits here and there to do and waiting for a few Dapol wagons to arrive then I can put up more pictures later. So, meanwhile, the current scheme of things to date. 


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Another left to rust gantry crane.

Such things look complicated but are in fact very simple to build. This one took only a couple of hours from start to plonk using Plastruct components , wood dye, talcum powder and green paint.












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Ah Allan, you keep excelling.  Very evocative.  Please tell me you've wired it all for operation. 

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Bleeding heck - it would take me a couple of hours to think about what I was going to do.

VBG Allan :thumbs

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Ah but yes, John. Well kinda.....sort of.... a bit..... one way maybe...... sometimes......you know what I mean.
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Now then, Sol. I'm sure that once you make up you're mind what you're going to build, you'd get it built in no time. It's all about 10% think, 90% build.


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Erm, not quite.  Sounds like there are wires at least so that's a start.  Surely there are people that can give you a hand with the 'lectrics.

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No need, John, I was just burning up band width ! ( just joking boss ) It does work and works quite well but the points are changed by hand and self isolate.

The Peco points however can be a bit troublesome and have a built in switch at the tie bar that changes the frog polarity ( though I don't know why it has to ) therefore cannot be hard wired for electrical continuity and just rely on contact at the end of the point blade which is guaranteed to fail miserably so I drop a piece of  loose wire in between the point blades and the the stock rail which seems to do the trick but,no doubt, every member on here bar me could find a more sophisticated solution !


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Ah now that's a relief.

I haven't had a chance to get to grips with the Peco points in my possession yet Allan.  I do recall beating my head against the wall with the old Code 100 points that relied on the blade contact against the stock rail for route selection.

I am quite sure there's a way to improve things but I suspect it'll be tricky now that the points are down.  Still if you've got them working best to leave them.

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Here be them there points, John.

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Wow, that's a complex track layout.  :shock:  Looks more like Euston than a disused sidings.

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Stunning!

Fantastic!

Excellent!

Marvellous!

What else have I got . . . ?

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That turnout collection would take a bit of wiring with so many frogs to be switched & indicators if it was used as part of a "normal" layout.

And true,once I make my mind up about changes, no holding me back,,

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A few pictures with shopped backgrounds.

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Very evocative, I like the remains of the signal box. Someone has stripped the cladding away for some other purpose... firewood or the allotment shed maybe.
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 Bored now so I think that's as far as I'm going with this layout so here's the finished shots along with some rolling stock - all the wagons are Dapol, all factory weathered and the little shunting loco is from Ixion, a cracking little performer and flywheel fitted.

What I really need is a GWR Pannier or something to help it out but I'm not going to buy one because I know for sure that I've got one buried somewhere that I haven't seen for years -  come out you little swine wherever you are !!



Anyway, here's the pictures for you to look at while I go rooting for it...


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Marty wrote: Very evocative, I like the remains of the signal box. Someone has stripped the cladding away for some other purpose... firewood or the allotment shed maybe.
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Or layout boards, Marty.


I really shouldn't be telling anyone this but I used scaffold planks for my very  first layout - a disaster if ever there was in N Gauge - where I nailed the track down with carpet tacks hammered between the rails !! Well, I was a builder you know and built it in a converted pig sty - read that as roof raised and weather proofed - where the tin roof blew off in the first gale and I haven't seen it since ! 


Well, one had to start somewhere...


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Hi Allan,

And here I was expecting the track lifting gang with the backhoe and flat wagons for rails and sleepers.

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I have to ask, Allan.

What will be its fate?

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Well Max, I was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer last Monday so I've no idea where it will end up when I'm gone - probably in a skip !

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Hi Allan

I'm very sorry to hear that.    :cry:

On both counts.

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Thanks, Max, but all ain't over yet !



Anyway, I lied when I said the layout was finished because they never are, are they !



This morning I added another building and another derelict wagon and tomorrow I'll no doubt do the same.



These then be the pictures.


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Like Kramer.

Ugly, but you can't look away.  :mutley

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Hi Allan,

Sorry to hear about the lungs. Which one is it?

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Dunno, Nigel. They didn't say but they did say they couldn't remove the tumor cos it was to near something or other that wouldn't be too happy if they did !

Thanks for your concern.


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Hi Allan


Sorry to hear about the diagnoses. Take care as well as you can for as long as you can.

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Thanks, Barney.

I'll just go an as I ever did and let fate do what it thinks it has to.


Anyway, who knows, they might have it  all wrong and only the biopsy will really tell - could  be just a lump of coagulated flock powder then I can reuse it !


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Anyway, enough about dicky lungs - here's a few more pics.

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Thanks, Allan.

More eye candy.  :cool:

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Yeah, keep 'em rollin' Allan. We're still watching.
How did you do the grass, static grass clump stuck into a blob of pva on a separate sheet of plastic film?

cheers

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I tried that, Marty, blob of glue, static grass applicator, but failed miserably so ended up buying grass tufts on line.

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Wow, what a difference it makes!
Photoshop is a lot of fun for that kind of thing.

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I would be much obliged to the moderators if they could shift that last lot of Serif shopped pictures over to the new topic that I have just started - Photoshop Enhancements - ( but spelt correctly this time ! ) to where they would be more appropriate.

Thank you and sorry for being such a nuisance.


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Easy to do, Allan.

Just re-post them and delete the first ones.  If it leaves blank posts, I can remove them afterwards.

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Thanks, Max.

I'll try that later. Got visitors right now. Son and latest chic !


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Hello Allan,
Sorry to hear the news. I think you will be around for a long time after you have gone (if you know what i mean). May your spirit live forever. That said lets have more pics and how to's.
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Thanks, Stephen.

After my hospital visit tomorrow they'll probably discover in spite of the original diagnosis, is that all I need is a replacement spring and possibly a new key.


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Sorry to hear about the diagnosis Allan and i hope the hospital visit today has got it wrong.Best of luck to you.

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Thanks, Boss.

We're just back from the hospital where there's yet ANOTHER darn thing growing on my lungs that shouldn't be !


Anyway, the diagnosis will tell once they've scooped out a sample, determined what type of cancer it is and how best to treat it so, it's finger crossed all round. 


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Very best wishes Allan, hope they sort it all out soon.



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Bore out the cylinders, replace the rings and skim the heads.

We'll get another 100,000 out of you yet Allan. No rest for you yet mate.

Fingers crossed

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Hi Allan.  I’m sorry to hear of your sad news, I am an old moaner, but, touchwood I don’t think that my problems are so serious nor my moans justified ,  best wishes.  Kevin

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Hello Allan, sorry to hear the bad news. My aches and pains are nothing compared to your problem.



                 

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