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 Posted: Fri Dec 29th, 2017 03:24 pm
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    I have always had a keen interest in railways, just not the time or skill to build what I wanted.
 
My 'skills' if they can be described in such a way, are centred around figure painting, mostly 28mm historical. I have been lucky enough to gain a few loyal customers over the years so I decided to put the money I have made towards finally realising a long term dream, my own model railway.
 
Having never taken on such a task and not wishing to waste my time and money making countless mistakes, I decided to have the basic board, track and some greenery professionally built. I calculated (as it turned out correctly) that  in the time it would take me to build the basics I could more than cover the cost by doing over time at work and painting figures to sell.
 
So I placed an order with Train Line Models for an end to end board, 10' by 18" this being the only space available to me, the plan being to keep it interesting by running very many different trains over it and allowing a couple of sidings for shunting.
 
The board arrived in September of this year and I have been adding details, making some improvements and sorting rolling stock since then. My skills are no where near as good as members of this forum and I feel very out of my depth here however I am keen to share my experiences and no doubt learn lots from you along the way.

John  :)























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Oh, Dr Beeching what have you done?
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I'll have to buy a bike, 'cos I can't afford a car.
Oh, Dr Beeching what a naughty man you are!
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Arrival day
 
I am very lucky because my wife, Sue, is also keen on trains. She helped to unbox and set up the basic board and has added her views and suggestions along the way. The only thing we do not agree on is she loves Steam and dislikes Diesel, I am just as happy with either. 

It did all prove to much for one of our Whippets, Aphrodite. :lol:








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Oh, Dr Beeching what have you done?
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I reckon that your skills with figure painting will interest a lot of us, John.  :thumbs



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Once it was unboxed, legs attached and bolted together I set about adding the buildings, trees, people, animals and all the other bits that make a model come to life.
I had been collecting things to add to the lay out for a few weeks and although not as easy as having the thing in front of you, I was far to excited to wait lol (yep I am 54 going on 5 lol).
 
I had a HUGE list of jobs to do, from detailing the buildings with gutters etc to painting boarding black and making cassettes for trains. I work in a factory and one part of it fabricates/powder coats Aluminium building products so I have a fair bit of 1.2mm Aluminium, shaped and painted now.
 
These photo's show the first additions, some of which have been since changed.






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Oh, Dr Beeching what have you done?
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I'll have to buy a bike, 'cos I can't afford a car.
Oh, Dr Beeching what a naughty man you are!
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I had an awful lot of 'problems' to solve, extending a siding, making the tunnel end of the lay out look right etc etc. I had also never had a lay out with working lights, point motors or signals before and had never done any wiring to a train set other than plugging in a Hornby power clip.
 
I was fortunate enough to meet, via a forum I joined, two local guys one of which is a very experienced railway modeller and exhibitor, the other is a very knowledgeable railway buff. I also live next door to the guy who runs Kidderminster railway museum on the SVR so this is a massive bonus :)
 
I had original planned to do a 1956/57 BR Western Region terminus station branch line, this was quickly changed to a through station. Also I decided to have enough cassettes made at work to enable me to run a 1961 'Day Light' Western Region, a 1965 Evening/Night Time Western Region and an anything goes shunning game. The shunting game as proven very popular with my family, friends and "Come to see your layout" visitors.
 
These photo's show the Aluminium cassettes I use and how they fit in and  the cover made from the same material but powder coated Black...........









 



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Oh, Dr Beeching what have you done?
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I'll have to buy a bike, 'cos I can't afford a car.
Oh, Dr Beeching what a naughty man you are!
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MaxSouthOz wrote: I reckon that your skills with figure painting will interest a lot of us, John.  :thumbs

Thank you Max :)

My work is not great but I do enjoy it and that is the most important bit.






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I'll have to buy a bike, 'cos I can't afford a car.
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Looks great John. :thumbs


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col.stephens wrote:

Looks great John. :thumbs

Terry

Thank you Terry.

I have spent many many many hours on it and it is just a small one! I take my hat off to all the members who make those huge ones!



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Thanks Terry  :thumbs

A slightly longer second siding was needed so that I could move and store the same sized trains on both it and the one for the goods shed. It took an evening to do but made a big difference to ease of shunting. 
 
To start I removed the buffer stop and dug out the pile of ballast that was resting on it. The track was then added, I took care to ensure it was level.


 




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Next I added ballast and a buffer stop.

 
 





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The track and ballast was weathered. I made sure that it still conducted electricity, which luckily it did. 
 
I added a fence, a few detailing parts and a few adverts to brighten the fence up a little.


 

 



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The goods area is not large but is in constant use and gets very busy at times, resulting in the occasional fopar by the workers!



 

 



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So far, so good John and no smelly blue diesels!

Looks like a busy little branch line to me. Well done.

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Longchap wrote: So far, so good John and no smelly blue diesels!

Looks like a busy little branch line to me. Well done.

Bill

There are Blue ones?!?!?!  :lol: :lol: :lol:



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Nice work, John - and lots of it !   :lol:



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Hi John,

Have you considered squeezing in a run round loop? This would enable use of passenger stock other than an auto-train, as well as the ability to marshal wagons. More interesting operationally. Just a thought.

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Longchap wrote: Hi John,

Have you considered squeezing in a run round loop? This would enable use of passenger stock other than an auto-train, as well as the ability to marshal wagons. More interesting operationally. Just a thought.

Bill

Hi Bill.

First off I must say just how good this forum is! In a single day I have had more 'feed back' comments and suggestions than I have had off of the three other forums I have been in for the past three months! It is fantastic!!!!

I did consider a run round loop but it would not fit, so what I have done is remove part of the wall and the buffer stop from the line closest to the station. I also added a signal on the end of the platform.

Now I can start with a longer passenger train in the station waiting to leave and also end with one or a long goods train arriving waiting for the signal to change.

The 08:15 departs Kingswood with its section of 'The Cathedrals Express' pulled by a Class 35.




Later on the same day a through goods train pulled by a Class 37 waits at a stop signal, there is probably a broken down Class 22 blocking the line.....again!



 






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Bringing Home The Flock.


With Mr Fox on the prowl and lambs to be kept safe, Farmer Giles and his lads are gathering in their flock for the night. The lambs are getting a ride and even one of the Ewes has decided that it is better by Land Rover!


 


 


 



 





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Kingswood By Night

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