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 Posted: Thu Oct 16th, 2008 06:12 am
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Some of the pictures I took when I had chance over the weekend.  I took them all without the flash and most have come out quite well but there are a few that are a bit blurred: -

N Gauge Waitawhyle: -





Narrow gauge can't remember the name: -









Another N Gauge watch the trains go by layout.  This was set at head height and the operators were completely hidden from view. 








Will post some more later.

 

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 Posted: Thu Oct 16th, 2008 10:47 am
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Some really excellent modelling there Chris. Especially the second N gauge layout, just shows what can be done in that scale.



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 Posted: Thu Oct 16th, 2008 12:40 pm
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Very nice work, and refeshing to see such good lighting. Almost without exception the shows I've visited have been poorly lit.

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Some nice work there Chris, like the wee narrow gauge one. 

Can I ask a general question of all you British modellers, now I'm used to seeing american locos pulling long hauls of freight, coal etc, but was it normal for British locos to pull hauls of 2 dozen or more wagons on a single loco?  Just curious ;-)

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 Posted: Thu Oct 16th, 2008 05:53 pm
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Lawrence they pulled a lot more than two dozen,i can`t say how many
for fact though.
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It would depend on the route and the loco.

Each route has a maximum permitted load that a loco could haul.  I don't know the exact figures but a King for example could pull 14 bogie coaches from Paddington to Newton Abbott but needed a pilot over the South Devon banks.

In modern times it was usually for operational convenience that two locos would be put on the front, although the smaller classes such as 24 / 25 / 31 / 37 could often work in pairs.  The Class 20 regularly worked MGR Coal Trains in pairs with the cabs outermost until Class 58s took over many of these duties.

The most famous heavy freight train was headed by 3 x Class 37s!  They ran from Llanwern to Port Talbot steel works and hauled 27 x 24 ton hopper wagons each carrying 76 tons of iron ore making a total weight of 2700 tons.  The couplings were specially strengthened and the punctuality of this 50 mile trip was paramount so as not to effect steel production.

Another thing about train lengths in the UK is that they needed to be accommodated in the recess loops along the route and this would restrict the length of any train.  They had to be particularly careful along the Southern route beyond Exeter to Plymouth and Cornwall as the trains could be longer than the passing loops and this would be a disaster if two long trains met at a short loop!

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Chris T,
         Some great photos there mate.That second n gauge layout has been featured in a series in BRM magazine.Its top....I've seen it in the flesh twice!!!

Cheers,John.B.

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Thanks for that Chris, it was something I was curious about and your pictures reminded me.  I have often seen (and N gaugers are the worst for this) a small steam loco with 30+ wagons on the back, I realise they are trying to make it look interesting but somehow it never looked quite right.  Now if it had been a Black5 on the front I could understand :lol:

Interesting that you mention the geography of the route and not something I had considered, again something vastly different to the American Railroads with all that space to play in, even in the 40's it was quite common to see a half mile long train double headed and on the more mountainous routes they would stick another helper in the middle of the rake!

Keep the piccies coming when you have time ;-)

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Wish I could have stood and watched it for longer John!  I only had about 20 minutes to race around and get a load of pictures...

An American HO layout: -





An O Gauge GWR: -







There had to be a BR Blue layout!  This was EM gauge.







A modern OO depot.  Loved the graffiti and buildings, shame it was a bit darker and as a result suffers from camera shake ( I was still excited about the BR Blue layout!)











I have saved what I thought was the best until last but it will have to wait until after the weekend now as I am away to Bodmin.  The gauge and subject of it may surprise you but it happened to be opposite our stand and it was just amazing....

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Great pictures I liked the N gauge ones best.



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Wonderful photos Chris,

I've seen the second N gauge layout develop in the model railway press, I can't remember which magazine. Nice to see it in operation at a show.
If I can get my NE layout nearly as good I will be well pleased.

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Some more great shots there,Chris.That O gauge GWR layout has a cracking little coaling stage just outside the engine shed that I intend to shamelessly copy!!!:twisted:
   Also,the modern outline stuff has really impressed me!Looks to have been a really good exhibition.Now I'm wondering what this suprise is you're saving for us!

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Cheers,John.B.

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I have never been particularly keen on O gauge, but at Aldershot we were opposite an absolute stunner.  Trains were constantly on the move, the scenery was amazing and the stock was excellent.  My pictures below do not really do it justice but it was a real pleasure to watch during the quieter periods of the show.  Not a blue diesel in sight...



















The view above does not really show up how good the track looked but I have included it to show the general layout.





 The attention to detail is great, with individual fish plates on the rails, tablet catchers etc - I loved it.

I hope to get some pictures of Bodmin show up soon but this may have to wait until after I have come back from Weymouth show this weekend.  October is always busy for us on tour...

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Chris, that 0 scale layout - first class. The only concern I have with 0 scale is the need to detail it more than N scale ( I do suppose buying the stock is another concern as well but that is another story).

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Lovely.    Those buildings look superb!
 I'm a big fan of those diesel railcars. HP ran one for me on his webcam one time:cool::cool:
 I always like to see a bit of Southern Rail too.

Mike

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I can only look with envious eyes - what a stunner.:mrgreen::mrgreen::mrgreen:

Thanks for making me feel this way Chris.:thud

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Chris,
       well worth the wait.what a dream of a layout.Some nice SR stuff as well as the GWR.Thats just the kind of mix I want to run on my next layout.
      Thanks for posting these pics,mate!!!
Cheers,John.B.:thumbs

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