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 Posted: Wed Jan 1st, 2020 09:53 am
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Hi everyone.

It's been a while, but I'm feeling a bit burnt out from working on my O scale layout, so I've decided to build a small OO gauge layout to give me options as to what to take to exhibitions. I recently had to change cars, and my new car is a bit smaller than my old one so I'm no longer sure if I can fit my  O scale layout in it.

For a bit of a change of pace, I decided to build a British layout for the first time in about a decade. As my dad spent a good chunk of his working life down a mine, as did my grandfather and my uncle, I have decided to honor that by building an industrial layout themed around a colliery works.

The name for the layout comes from the "river" Doe Lea, which runs through the coal fields in the town I grew up in. Multiple collieries, a Coalite works and a chemical plant all fed waste into it, and it was so poluted the local joke was that you could smell the river before you could see it. With all the plants and collieries now long gone, there is still hope that you might one day be able to fish out a fish with two eyes instead of three! :D

Though one day I might actually make an accurate model of Bolsover colliery and the Coalite works, this one will be purely freelanced, which is why it's named after the river, not the actual place. :)

The era I'm planning to model will be deliberately vauge, as I plan to run a mix of steam and diesel industrial power, and I've started by collecting a couple of locomotives for when the layout is ready - a Hornby Peckett and a Oxford Rail Janus:






The track plan for the layout will be built around a set of four laser cut baseboards I got from eBay for £13 each. They are designed for "boxfile" type layouts, which was a deliberate choice as one of the boards will use a modified version of the Scalescenes boxfile kit.

Here's a very rough version of the plan drawn up in MS paint (as I can't install track planning software on my work laptop). I've made a full scale plan of it using paper and peco track so I know it will work as intended for the space available. I'm planning on using a modified Peco loco lift as the sector plate, just to make things simple and easy.



Finally, here is the progress on the build so far. Only two of the baseboard kits have arrived with it being the holiday season, so I'm still waiting for the other two to turn up before I can really begin work. As such, I've been building structures to go on the layout once it's time.

This is the progress made on the Scalescenes boxfile kit so far:





And here is a low relief warehouse kit from Model Railway Scenery that will be going on one of the two end boards once I've built them:



And that is as far as I have gotten so far. More to come as things develop. :)

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Hi Daniel,
Looks like you are making good progress. I like the idea of micro layouts, and with those industrial buildings boxing the view in you are creating an interesting diorama.

Love that beautiful little green tank engine!

All the best

Gordon :-)

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Hi Daniel.  A good job!  Nice models, but not always easy to make, but you have done a great job so far.  I look forward to seeing the next stage!
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Thanks chaps.

Gordon, the Hornby Peckett is such a great little runner too - the chassis and body are all metal so it's very hefty for it's size which makes pulling power and performance very nice indeed.

Michael, I will say that the Scalescenes kits are a lot more complicated than they initially appear.

Not much progress made today, but I have been working on Structure C from the boxfile kit:


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Those buildings look great Daniel.

I agree with you about the Scalescenes buildings - certainly not a 10 minute job but, once carefully done, they are excellent models and incredibly strong.

Look forward to the next installment. :thumbs




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Thanks Peter :)

Next installment eh? Here you go then mate! :D

Structure C has now been completed, but no photos of it I'm afraid!

What I have done however is made a start on the pump house and loading dock, though due to me using the laser cut baseboards rather than a boxfile, it's needed a fair bit of modification.

I've used the Model Railway Scenery "Aged Factory Walls" kit to add the brick wall along the back of the loading dock, as the boxfile kit as designed is supposed to butt up against the boxfile edge, so the back edge of the dock is not modelled.





I'm hoping to get a little more done whilst I'm off work over the next few days, but we shall see how things go.

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Looking good Daniel. :thumbs

Terry

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Thanks Terry. :)

I'll admit I've not done any further modelling this week whilst off work - I've been distracted by playing Xbox with some friends :)

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Not much progress on Doe Lea lately, as I've been splitting my attention between this, my US micro, painting wargaming figures and playing the new Call of Duty on xbox.


That said, today I took the baseboards out into the garden between bouts of rain, and smoothed down all the edges where I'd performed surgery to remove bits here and there to fit the track plan. Next I'll need to implement some form of method of joining the baseboards together and then it'll be ready for track laying. :D

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A late comer to this! It looks brill. It’s going to have so much deal in such a small area. 



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