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 Posted: Sat Nov 27th, 2010 10:18 am
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Wow what a waste !! Reminds me of when they demolished Bishop station in 1986. Some of the features look similar to Darlington mainly the window frames. Will have to investergate further. ;-)

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 Posted: Sat Nov 27th, 2010 10:58 am
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have a look on this one

http://rememberwhen.gazettelive.co.uk/2009/06/the-jewel-on-the-line.html

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 Posted: Sun Nov 28th, 2010 06:13 pm
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A little bit more progress on Portishead this afternoon I have had a go at painting the stonework.
















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 Posted: Sun Nov 28th, 2010 07:54 pm
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you can see the difference too looks very good,

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 Posted: Sun Nov 28th, 2010 08:03 pm
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Now that the notice boards are on the building is realy starting to look like the prototype.....










I was going to leave the poster boards blank but after downloading the scalescenes western region station signs I couldn't resist !




Now some night pics for the website...
















Like all my buildings I will be sad to see this one depart for its new home but I will have the building for a while yet as Richard has requested that I build the first 2' section of platform and the canopy before sending it off in the new year.

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This afternoon I have made a start on the platform and canopy. Richard has requested that I build the first 2' of platform and canopy so to start with I marked out the 2' on the bench and then used the railway modeller plan of the platform buildings to determine the spacings of the canopy supports. This has worked out at 6 support frames so these have all been cut out on the bandsaw from 5mm thick foamex sheet. To give everyone an idea of the size of the canopy I have counted 12 supports between the booking hall and the platform buildings so this in 00 gauge will be about 4'. The platform buildings will be about a foot long then there are another 11 supports to the end of the platform so a rough guess the total length will be about 9 feet !! Heres a few pics of the support frames in position on the scale 35' wide platform. The first two I have tried to recreate the pics of the prototype starting with a look down the centre of the platform




This is the same shot as one of the recent pics we have recieved of the missing corner




Looking down the other side




view from above










To put things into perspective I mocked up the station with some stock













Some of you will remember the pic of the GWR railcar. By studying the pics I have managed to position a piece of scrap foamex in roughly the same spot as the wooden box next to the railcar. Then I placed a driving trailer in roughly the same place to get..




Humm just enough room for the buffer stop me thinks !






And finaly a scale person..



After seeing this long lost station come to life on my workbench I can say that this is going to be a stunning exhibition layout when finished. :thumbs   

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 Posted: Wed Dec 1st, 2010 04:52 pm
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Forgot to mention Richard that the points for the run round loops will just fit nicely on the edge of the second board. :thumbs

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 Posted: Mon Dec 13th, 2010 12:52 pm
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Very busy week this week as I need to fit the control panel on Manchester Piccadilly on thursday. Would help if I had actualy started building it !! Biggest problem was the artwork as I origanaly did it in microsoft picture it but the finished size was too small and looked awful when enlarged. Last nightI bit the bullet and spent 4 hours redrawing it in serif page plus 11 as this would allow me to draw it full size. At least next time I do one I will know how to do it !! Ok as I have done the new artwork full size I have had to print it off and pin it to the wall !! Top is the old one bottom the new..



A couple of pics of the new one. The white dots will be the location of the point switches the black dots the signal switches.





Since printing off the newer version full size I have now modified the artwork. Hopfully I can get the panel printed onto photo paper today and laminate it between two sheets of clear sheet ready for fitting on thursday. Friday I will be delivering the farm so this too needs finishing off before then. Portishead now has a basic canopy glued together but I carn't go any further untill I get the leds for the lighting as these have to be installed first.  

 

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Nothing like keeping busy Dave...........:shock::shock::shock:

That new panel looks very professional. :thumbs



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New panel graphic looks very tidy Dave.

I notice you have a double slip with the switch locations marked on the curved routes. As a matter of interest how are you going to switch the 2 sets of blades and sort the frog polarisation?

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Dave what are you printing that on is that bits of A4 selotaped together or have you got a roll of continuous A4 width paper that goes in the printer?
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Cheers guys.

Brian the origanal idea was for my BIL to print the panel onto vinyl so that it could be stuck to the back of clear sheet. Unfortunatly this now wont be happening so a plan B is in order. Basicly I will now be printing the artwork on to A4 photo paper then laminating the artwork between two pieces of clear sheet. Hopfully the nuts on the switches will hold the two halfs together.

Dave all the points use seep motors with the built in switches. They are all being wired via relays so that one push button will throw the point either direction. Tri colour leds are being fitted to show the points direction ie red / green. The slips are insufrog and are being treated as two points. Everything will become clearer once the panel is wired.

Well this afternoon I finished tweeking the artwork by adding a blue box in the bottom corner. This has the westcoast logo on and also the lighting switches and transverser reversing switch + power leds marked on. I have even included an emergancy stop button that will dump the power feeds to the track if required. I have just been down to 'site' to last minute check the artwork size before I print off the finished version tonight. :thumbs

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 Posted: Wed Dec 15th, 2010 02:51 pm
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Well the control panel has been assembled and looks realy cool! Shame I ran out of push buttons though. Will post some piccys up later when i've finished wiring up the leds. Talking of leds I have just ordered 60 white ones so that I can continue with Portisheads canopy over christmas tellys normaly rubbish anyway !! Took Portisheads booking hall into work this morning to show nsegaz as well as the panel. Everyone who has seen the building so far have said it looks realy good. :thumbs 

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Very pro looking Dave, soon be time to go full time with this bussnes mate but dont forget your mates when you come famous thou :thumbs

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I've just used up a lot of time, I can't say how long but it was light outside when I started, looking through this thread and have to say there is some outstanding work done there Dave. Keep it up and you'll soon be rich :shock:

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I hope so I have bills to pay !!

A couple of progress piccys of the panel..



The light can be seen reflecting off the panels clear plastic surface





More later when I have finished wiring it !

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A couple of pics with the leds lit..






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I've seen this before.....there were lots of chaps sat around it, and they were controlling a nuclear power station.....:lol:


Very impressive, a very good 'ad' for the service,


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That looks a very tidy piece of work Dave. I have no doubt the customer will be well chuffed.

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Very impressive piece of work Dave, you have made a super job of it :thumbs

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