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Hello Chris,
Looks impressive ... is it me or am I seeing a similarity to Dawlish in Devon for inspiration?

Well Done mate!

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Dawlish is a great place for ideas. Penhayle on here is another big source of inspiration as it is (was) an amazing layout. 
Eventually I’ll get into the  sand dunes and beach and put the ‘bay’ into Teasel!

Thanks for your kind words :lol:



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TeaselBay wrote: Dawlish is a great place for ideas. Penhayle on here is another big source of inspiration as it is (was) an amazing layout. 
Eventually I’ll get into the  sand dunes and beach and put the ‘bay’ into Teasel!

Thanks for your kind words :lol:
Hi Chris   You had better be careful with sand clogging your Locos?  Best wishes. Kevin



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I plan to Kevin, keep the sand well away!
Recently I've started building (the far) platform of Teasel bay.  I assume this is platform 1, given the main station house and ticket office will sit on it. I'm not sure how the numbering works?

I plan to have the station detachable for building and maintenance. So I've sacrificed an old USB extension lead for the job.  This gives me a negative and four positives to control the station/building lighting on this side.  Interesting reading Chubber's thread on cheap cables.  I used this here mainly for the ease of re-connection, plus a USB can easily handle the mA's the LEDs will draw.



The centre of the base is hollow to allow wiring with drilled spacing tabs to allow the wiring through.  The two sections of wood are then screwed together so they are pretty stable.



The station platform will be made from Wills platform kits.  I painted the brickwork a mix of maroon and very dark red/black in a uniformed way and then rubbed with weathering powders. I can't remember the exact width I trimmed the main station, but for some I took it off the top, other bottom and a few using the middle so to avoid an obvious repeating pattern of the stone work.These were stuck using PVA and weighed down over night.



I filled in the joins between sheets and edging with polyfiller, so hopefully once painted this won't be noticeable.



The platform then received a base coat of grey.



A few weeks ago the local model shop in Bury St Edmunds was having a clear out of its old paints, £1 for each so I snapped up a large array for the station!  I lightly mixed and randomly applied them across the station. At this stage it looks more like a child's toy than what I was going for!!! 



At this point I nearly started again, but I decided to try a grey wash (the same as the base colour) but this time mixed with about 70-80% water.  This seemed to work very pleasingly and far better than I thought it would! I then lightly masked off the platform and roughly painted the white line so it had a worn look.



Once this had dried overnight I rubbed in a small amount of black, brown and orange powders to take off the sheen and dirty it up a little.



I'm pretty happy with how that turned out.  I bought one ramp and one station kit to test it out, so once more kits arrive in the post in the next few days I just need to repeat for the other meter or so down the platform (oh and the other side eventually!)



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Nice work, Chris.  :thumbs



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Hi Chris. Thank you for your reply. You are doing good work there , I will have to follow your thread closely. I have a set of powders, not started on, maybe I will have to find out how to use them, I have been faffing around for three years getting nowhere, very “Prototypical”, I keep changing the track layout. I guess that Chubber has inspired a lot of members with his thread  .I am watching YouTube when I should be working on my plank/ s. It has been suggested that “ less is more “? But I am thinking of a branch line with a halt, or a signal box and level crossing ? And all this on4foot by fourteen inches, crowded or what. Best wishes. Kevin



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Passed Driver wrote: Hi Chris. Thank you for your reply. You are doing good work there , I will have to follow your thread closely. I have a set of powders, not started on, maybe I will have to find out how to use them, I have been faffing around for three years getting nowhere, very “Prototypical”, I keep changing the track layout. I guess that Chubber has inspired a lot of members with his thread  .I am watching YouTube when I should be working on my plank/ s. It has been suggested that “ less is more “? But I am thinking of a branch line with a halt, or a signal box and level crossing ? And all this on4foot by fourteen inches, crowded or what. Best wishes. Kevin

Hey Kevin, 

I've read quite a lot on powders like you seem to have, but so far I've found that adding a tiny amount and building up seems to work nicely.

As for designing the layout, depends on personal preference and how much open land you want! I used AnyRail to plan out the basic design for Teasel, and then roughly laid out the design with old track to make sure it seemed sensible! 


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Hi Chris.  Thank you.  When I built my four foot by fourteen inch plank it was just a Shunting Puzzle there was a lot of spare board, but then I added a “programme track” . Now that I am going to utilise that track, I have made the longest siding into the programme track. I don’t have a plan, I make it up as I go along, and that is the problem.In the meantime it is better than watching the “telly”.  Best wishes. Kevin



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Onward's with the station...
After finishing the 'prototype ' time to continue one with the other 2 meters, which at 1:76.2 works out as 152.4m scale in length station. 



Showing the contrast between the raw plastic kit and the prototype section in a rare under "sea level" view.  Gives you a chance to see the eLink controller as a Virgin 125 cruses overhead unaware of the construction project below.



For low power consumption such as LEDs here, there is no problem using reclaimed CAT5 cables which have been split to the twisted pairs and an old USB extension lead to make the connection from the removal-able platform to the main board.



Under the base shows the Arduino's connections starting to fill up, which will be controlling the lighting from some software I'm writing. More information on that here in the computer software section. 






Quick view of the finished station platform and tests of the lighting.  The station platform was a little more difficult at the back of the photo before the bridge as it curves around out of view. Testing of pulling various long lengthed trains/carriages along the platform at various stages prevented the platform snagging once complete.  



I did have an issue that the wood holding it together bent up at the end nearest the signal box, this was fixed by the addition of a single screw to pull it back down.  Will also ensure the station doesn't move and encroach onto the track.



Eventually work will start on platform 2 to replace the Hornby platform sections placed.  I'll try to get a few more photos of the lighting at night tomorrow.


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A few photos as promised after dark last night.



Same view from down on the platform



Out of the station masters window...



Back down on the station before the last train of the day departs..





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Had one of those nights where all I wanted to do was to play trains and get a video of them running.  I have many "blooper videos" before everything behaved!
Hope you like a little running video anyway!




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Hi Chris.   Very good. Nice video. Keep up the good work.  Best wishes. Kevin   PS Keep em rolling in, the train movies the better



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That’s why we make ‘em. :lol:
Coming along nicely, glad they behaved in the end.



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Thanks Marty!
Just a quick update on tonight’s work after a trip to a model railway exhibition at Bressingham today.




More vegetation springing up around the pill box. Starting to bed in now. 



Eventually the pill box will be separated from the path by a dry stone wall. The trouble is I just can’t wotk out how to build it yet.......



Hope the update is if interest. 

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Hi Chris.   Very nice vegetation on the pillbox. I could do with a “Masterclass”. For the scenic break on my Shunting Puzzle around the tunnel.  Best wishes. Kevin  



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I have no masterclass Kevin! I simply built it up bit by bit until I think it ‘looks right’ to me! 
I find mixing is important, im starting to get a good little collection of scatters and the like. 



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Hi. Chris.  Thank you, but. I don’t even know which scatters you built up. My first attempt at scatter with a home made static device ) tennis racket/ bat from Poundland , wasn’t too bad. But that was at ground level, not climbing up a wall, or rock face .   Best wishes. Kevin



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Hi Chris

Following your thread with interest!  I really love the railway platform, you got that perfect!  Looking forward to further updates!

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Thanks Michael, glad you like it. It’s taken a good while but worth it. Need to finish off the lights on the other side of the station building as I snapped my drill bit! I can then start the scenery behind it and blend it all together! And then..... (never ending list).

Kevin, all the work I’ve done so far I do a little prototype of first to try it out. If it goes wrong I can try different ways or just throw it away! I bought a cheap static applicator from eBay, works great. I’d be interest to see your self build?  The bushes up the Pillbox are a mix of Woodland Scenics Clump foliage and foliage/grass. Railroad Creak on YouTube has some fantastic videos, well worth watching! Hope that helps a little?



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Hi Chris. I have had/still got some photos of my overdue work on. “YMRC”?, but even though I have had advice on reducing the Pixels, I just cannot seem to be able to do it “Neanderthal” what me?  I spend too much time already watching YouTube , when I should be working on thlayout.  Best wishes. Kevin



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