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An End loading/horse/cattle dock that fits a space..

Wanting all three facilities in a small space I had to make it myself. After days off messing about trying to cut out suitable gates I wnet all soft and BOUGHT some GWR style lasercut gates LXO53from scalemodelscenery.com. Whilst sobbing over the cost of things these days I lost my presence of mind and added a pack of LX189 post and chain fencing as the chain therein, together with the posts costs [Oooh! second time I've used that horrid word...] less than the chain alone elsewhere. With Scalescenes TX48 squared rubble, TX31a Cobblestone sets and grey pasteboard for the concrete surface, it has made up quite nicely [IMHO].










A tip to save you going even further round the bend, to get the chain to pass easily through the laser cut holes, dip the end 8mm or so in superglue to make it stiff.


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Looks good to me Doug  :thumbs
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Another excellent build, Doug - and a great tip about the chain and superglue; seems so obvious when you mention it, but the sort of thing I would think of after I had gone potty threading a wobbly chain through those holes!
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That really is splendid Doug and I love the way it tells the story of how the dual use is effected.

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Nice one Doug, I'm work on a cattle dock project myself, if it turns out as good as yours I'll be well chuffed. Don't think I'll be using the chain fencing though, not enough skill or patience for that I'm afraid. 



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Hi Douglas,

Is that a side or end-loading dock? Not sure the local traders  and gentry would approve of  walking through the brown and green to get to the leading docks. 

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BCDR wrote: Hi Doglas,

Is that a side or end-loading dock? Not sure the local traders  and gentry would approve of  walking through the brown and green to get to the leading docks. 

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Hi Nigel,

The end-loading takes place in the 'L' shaped space, and side loading on the curved side. The chain barrier side faces the access for carriers etc. Both are at 14mmabove rail level as opposed to 12mm to facilitate flatter loading to goods van floor height. Steps will assist in a hygenic access to the non-animal areas, besides, very little livestock, other than the occasional hunter uses Ursa in the 1950s. The principal customers for the end loading facility is Warne Bearings, a local agricultural engineers who did a good trade in trailers adapted from ex-WD searchlight trailers.

Incidentally, the lamb rails were added in 1948 when a goods porter called 'Gormless Gordon' allowed a lairage driver to consign a dozen weaners to the dock without using sheep hurdles, only 11 were recovered. The twelfth was seen passing the signal cabin at the double chased by Smith the Whiff who didn't return to duty that afternoon. Interstingly, everyone noticed he had pork sausage sarnies every day for a week afterwards....

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Terry, Bill, Barney and Nigel, thank you!

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A thing of beauty....I love those chain-linked removable posts.They look the business! you've done it again Doug!!
Cheers,John.B.:thumbs

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Chubber, outside of your modelling abilities, I am always impressed with your wordsmith contributions......



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Knew there was a story in this...

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Brilliant Doug.......both the model and the story.

Now you need to start composing a second book........"Tall Tales from Ursa"

The Scalescene cobblestones look good. I have never been quite convinced when I have used them but yours look very realistic......it may be the photo but the shade looks different...... grey rather than green.....have you done anything special/different

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Hullo John(s), Nigel and Ron,

Apologies for a tardy reply, once again my YMR is not sending me notifications.

Nigel, there would be no Smith the Whiff if it wasn't for his predecessor, Gustave, of  "Gustave and the Exploding Seagull" fame, but that's another story, and the reason why there is an oddly coloured patch on the Goods Shed Roof.

John, the cobblestone setts I am using is JWs 2015 texture,* the previous one we agreed was not fit for purpose. I have also printed it on a lightly textured paper from an art shop and weathered it with brown and green watercolours.



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Interesting that you're using slightly textured paper Doug. 

I remember having to be persuaded under threat of severe punishment that a sea wall someone had made somewhere on here was a JW paper overlay.  I simply couldn't believe it wasn't either embossed  or at least, textured.

For some reason, the minute you lay that printed paper flat, it loses it's magic and becomes a "flat print".  Is that the way the light falls on it I wonder ?  The textured paper will presumably show some relief, however slight.



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 I use a lot random Ashlar stone paper from Scalescenes and  the crew & visitors are happy with how it looks





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I think the 'flat on the ground' textures like cobbles, slabs etc can benefit from a very lightly textured paper because, after all, they are seen obliquely and a lsome foreshortening takes place. With wall textures, they are more likely to be seen 'side on' as intended when the shadows from the upper stones fools our simple minds into accepting the relief provided they are modelled the right way up.

Ron, are you sure that example is the right way up? I'd have thought the darker areas are overhead daylight making downward shadows on the lower stone? Com ca?



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You are 99.99% right Doug, I  really hadn't thought too much about it.  :oops:



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I’ve bought quite a few kits from scalemodelscenery now.  I think their prices seem pretty much spot on. They guy who runs it down in Cornwall designs and makes this kits. I wish you had posted the superglue idea earlier as I put together that fence a month ago! I let gravity do the work to get the chain through. Your way would have been easier!
The dock looks great and very nicely weathered. Do you plan to have it active with cattle?



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Thank you, Chris, I too, admire Justin and his can-do attitude, lots of good stuff on his site.
I don't intend to have the dock fully populated with cattle, maybe the odd cameo, but mainly 1950s reflecting the coming prevelence of road transport.

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Given way a 0.5" deep joint between setts, that''s 0.0066" in OO. Definitely comme ci, comme ca. 

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