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 Posted: Mon Oct 15th, 2007 04:23 pm
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As soon as diesel locomotives started to appear on Barchester it was decided that a refuelling facility was a must. After much searching on the web it was fairly obvious that none of the examples found were good enough, or big enough for Barchester. The problem was turned over to our inhouse engineers and designers and they came up with this structure which you now see being built.
The platforms, a straightforward card modelling job which will have scribed surfaces, have been laid, the storage fuel tanks rolled from paper and the cross track lattice girderwork, from post cards, has been started. These lattice girders are all cut to shape from the same pattern and then two lengths are glued back to back to give the cross effect. The separate patterns can be seen lying flat on one of the platforms.

Fuel loading pipes from rail tankers need to cross the tracks to reach the storage tanks, hence the lattice girder work.




For aesthetic reasons more than anything else the unit has been moved to a different position, it's changed places with the wash unit actually. The over track lattice girders are now in place and can be seen quite clearly as can the scribed and 'dirty washed' platform surfaces.




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Work has progressed, various cabinets, for fuel flow figures have been made, the fuel pipes going across the tracks are in position and work started on the fuel storage tanks.




The next two photographs are overhead and side shots of progress. Fuel can now be off loaded from rail tankers but so far only from the centre track. Pipe work now needs to be laid so that fuel can be off loaded from both tracks.
The red discs on the trellis girders are where the night time lamps will be fitted.






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This overhead shot shows quite clearly that all the delivery pipework has now been installed and there are rail tanker off-loading facilities from both tracks. Metering panels are in their right place against the girder work and hand fuelling points for the filling of locomotives installed.
What looks like quite a sharp curve in the lower length of track is in fact the product of my photography.





The next two pictures show a Class 66 trying the depot out for size at the same time testing approach track and pointwork. We don't want any problems at this stage of the game as the locomotives have to crawl through several sets of points before stopping for fuel.







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The last thing to be added are the two canopies. These are a straightforward card modelling job, no fancy stuff involved just a bit of girder work, florists wire for the cross support rods and a flat card roof with added strengtheners. Originally I had canopies on both platforms but too much was hidden from view when looking down on the model.





Finally everything done and dusted with the Class66 having a final moment of glory as the first paying customer.



This is the last of the Barchester models that were made previous to the forums opening so any further projects will be posted on as they are being made.



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Bob, reading this thread & noting you scribed card for the platform, can you indicate the type of card used? Because I have a large platform to do for my Barnstable & I do not want to use printed paper as scribing does give some depth. Yes I know I could use Wills plastic or Metcalfe sheets but they comes at a price.

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For my main structures and large areas I buy the card in large sheets, about 4 feet by 3 feet, from an artists shop here in Benidorm. A sheet costs about 9 euros but makes a heck of a lot of models. It's 1mm thick in plain white and has a lot of strength. You can see the thickness in that last picture. The side walls and the underneath supports are all made from the same card. When the model is completed I usually add a fillet of extra PVA glue to all the joins and if there is any danger of humidity then I also shellac the underside.



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Whata Shellac bob it sounds like something you would put in your car?
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I can do no better than refer you to this topic from Wikipedia Brian. I have always used it with card and always keep a supply handy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shellac


This is it in flake form before I mix it with methylated spirit. Keeps better in flake form long term.




Below you can see the type of colouring it gives when used as an undercoat on plain card. If this is sanded down with a fine paper then it represents steel very well. These models will be On30.




These next two models all made from card are also On30 and were made more than 40 years ago and I still have them. As you can see they are dirty, not weathered but dirty, a different thing altogether but easily cleaned up. Needless to say both models are freelance to my own design and were made in the days of the Craig & Mertonford Light Railway.







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Thanks Bob
I have never heard of that before and im sure many card modellers on here have not either
So i assume from what you are saying it acts like a stiffener preservative when you apply it to card.

Those work in progress coaches look like they will run nicely behind a shay:lol::lol:
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It's a damp inhibitor more than a stiffener Brian although on very thin card it does add strength. I also use it if I am going to paint the card surface, paint not stain.



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Try and get hold of some of that if i can.Do i detect a new layout in the making Bob, :hmm, if so where are the progress reports, track plan etc etc.

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A new layout Phill. I'm lucky if I get the time to run a couple of trains.



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Thanks Bob, I have a lot of card about 1mm thick free so I will give that a try in scribing.

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Wot? no time to run trains ! thats shocking Bob :lol:



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Hes to busy chasing Justine around to think about trains:lol::lol:

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henryparrot wrote: Brian

Hes to busy chasing Justine around to think about trains:lol::lol:

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If only Brian, if only.



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In case anyone wants to be lazy and buy your shellac ready made up in liquid form, look for a tin of French Polish, which is almost exactly the same (being 95%+ shellac) and does the job as well. It will work out more expensive per litre, but a 250ml tin will last for ages and keep indefinitely.

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Robert wrote: henryparrot wrote: Brian

Hes to busy chasing Justine around to think about trains:lol::lol:

cheers Brian

If only Brian, if only.

It's called "training" Brian. :roll::roll::roll:



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