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 Posted: Tue Aug 25th, 2015 06:51 am
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Happy retirement Bob, looking forward to the updates.

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 Posted: Wed Oct 7th, 2015 01:46 pm
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Well I am now retired, and after the obligatory family visits and admin chores I finally went up to the railway room and off came the dust covers. Where to start? I thought as I am going through a reassessment of my life, having finished working overseas I should do the same with the layout. There are lots of things that I like about it - but many that I do not. I started shifting some of the track around to see if I could get more out of the layout, but the problem is that I have just crammed so much in and there is little space for much else. I do not like the gradients and I really want to run some longish trains. There is no space for freight wagons. The final problem is that there is now a hump in the baseboard. It was probably always there and I have just ignored it, but that began to really annoy me.

I have threatened to do this before, but this time - new broom etc, I decided to start again. So I stripped the layout down to the baseboards. That was no easy feat and I was surprised how strong some of the construction was, seeing as it was largely card, pva glue and polystyrene. Upton is now in the dump, all the stock is packed away and the boards are now a 12 x 9 blank canvas. RIP Upton to Dunton - it has been a lot of fun, Dr Beeching's axe has fallen.

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Congratulation on your retirement Bob - more time now to do those things SWMBO has been saving up for you ....................;-)

My initial reaction on reading of the demise of Upton to Dunton was OMG !!!  But then I thought, "no, hang on".  You've answered exactly what I was beginnig to work around to.  With all layouts, there are bits we like and bits we don't.  Many have been "tweaked", added to or subtracted from during their lives - some long, some short.

You now have not only the opportunity to correct those parts you didn't like but, more importantly, the time to rebuild (after of course, you've completed SHMBO's list !!).

You can rid yourself of the niggles and, in capitalising on your experience, both in modelling and operating terms, build something better.  It's an opportunity many of us secretly wish we had ...................:roll::roll:

Good luck with it and don't forget to keep us well informed.  Above all, enjoy your retirement - you deserve it. :cheers



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Hmmmmmmm, 12'x9' you'd have plenty of room for wagons and really long trains in N gauge.  

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Thanks Peter. There are certainly loads of things to do that detract from the railway room - the list, as you suggest, seems endless. Still I suppose SWMBO has stacked up 9 years worth of chores.

I am not going to rush into anything. Having cleared the baseboards I plan to dig out my N gauge stuff while I think through in the longer term what I would like to build.

I will probably open up a new thread on the N gauge project.

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Hmmmmmmm, 12'x9' you'd have plenty of room for wagons and really long trains in N gauge.  

(pass me a tin hat and direct me to a slit trench)


Funny you should say that - I have been out in the garage digging out my old N gauge stuff.

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Almost gone..................



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Congratulations on retiring, Bob.  You've well earned it.

I've stripped my HO plank three times, to allow me to make some new, fresh mistakes.  :lol:



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The Rector's Axe has reappeared I see! While I too liked many aspects of Upton to Dunton Line I have seen what you can do in N when stuck at the end of a long supply line in a far flung corner of the world.

I wait with baited breath for the master piece that I know is coming.

Do you have to remove the 'hump' in the base board still or has The Axe already dealt with it?


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Don't count your chickens Marty - I'm sure the "N" Gauge, excellent though it was in, I think, Liberia, it was just an exercise and "OO" still reigns supreme. :roll::roll:  (Please tell me that's true Bob.  If I lose yet another compatriot to Liliput, I may have to consider buying a decent pair of glasses and joining you..........)



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Marty wrote:
The Rector's Axe has reappeared I see! While I too liked many aspects of Upton to Dunton Line I have seen what you can do in N when stuck at the end of a long supply line in a far flung corner of the world.

I wait with baited breath for the master piece that I know is coming.

Do you have to remove the 'hump' in the base board still or has The Axe already dealt with it?


Best of luck with the list!

Marty


Hi Marty

I have discovered that the "hump" is in fact a hump in the floor, the centre of the room is a little higher than by the walls. I could take the axe to the house, but SWMBO was not impressed with that idea. So, I spent an age adjusting all the leg sizes and making sure the boards align better and I think I have eliminated the problem. Something I just could not do when the layout was on the boards.

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Is this the end of the Dapols and Fatkatts :cry:


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Is this the end of the Dapols and Fatkatts :cry:


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They are looking for contracts on the new layout - but their work was so shoddy they will be lucky :roll:

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:sad: It is a pity that there will be no more updates on what is one of my favorite layouts.

I think next sunday I will read this thread from the beginning once more - even if it is gone, it will still be with us on this forum :)

Now I am looking forward to your magnum opus!

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Congratulations on the retirement, very sad to hear this line will be no more. I have spent many hours looking over the development of this layout and look forward to doing so with your new layout.

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  Hi Bob, Pleased to say that's the Upton to Dunton Images restored. I know its now a layout of the past, but its still a great story so was good fun reading through !     just two videos need replacing in post 371 and 404 and one Image by Sol in post 482  Mr Dapol is now back where he belongs




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I think Photo broke it not only lost your photo Sol but a few million others along with a great number of customers. . And the plot !    :mutley

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Thanks Matt. 
I very much appreciate all your help.  I wonder how many people have abandoned Photobucket over the last few months?  So many forums and websites have been ruined by their action.  

I think I can recover the videos, if we can find a way of posting them.
As you will all probably know I have moved over to N gauge and the base boards now support anew layout - Tempsford.

Regards

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 Sorry Bob missed your response there. Been busy with work this last week and most of next but once I'm free again I'll sort something for the videos and Pm you how/where to put them.  


  Also for anyone browsing, here  is a link to Bob's new venture. Well worth popping over for a visit  :)


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