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 Posted: Wed Aug 12th, 2009 10:43 pm
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My layout plans have been on hold for a little while.  Basically we have decided to move house next year and my layout will not be able to be transported.  This has created a dilema about what can be salvaged and what I would like to do next.  The plan is to do a modular layout based on a loop with storage yards at the back with interchangable modules at the front.  I found that the concept of having different scenes was a bit difficult for some people to grasp so decided it would be better to interchange modules according to what I would like to run. 

So first up will be a layout based on Spean bridge station on the West Highland line between Glasgow and Fort William.  I decided to start off by building the station first.  I got plans for this from an old Railway Modeller magazine article by Ian Futer.

I started off by making the four sides.  The wall is stiff card with wooden doors and trim.  The brick is Wills sheets.





Windows were made from etched brass and clear plastic.





These were connected together and a card roof was made to put on top.







I made the drain pipes from brass wire.  End result doesn't look too bad.  It will need a few touch ups though.  I've tried it on my station platform on my layout but it's too big and hangs over the edges. 
















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 Posted: Wed Aug 12th, 2009 11:15 pm
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Firstly, staying in Aust?

Secondly, the idea of interchanging modules is good if you will have the space to store the modules when not in use That concept is ideal as you like running trains. Have the storage tracks big enough to store all of your stock.

Thirdly, the station looks like it took a while a to build. Weather it & the gutters will look more realistic as long gutters tend to get the wobbles/curves/droops in them.

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1 I'm afraid so

2 Yes, I hope to get a double garage in the next house.

3 I wanted to do this article before I leave for home on Sunday so am a bit busy at the moment.  There are a few other tidying up issues I need to do.  I was very concious that I may not have time to finish it off when I got back so I didn't do a few other things I need to.  Weathering is one of them and will happen at some point.  My main priority was to get all the parts on!

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Have a safe trip then Neil & we will hear from you one way or another.

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Nice build Neil.
Like the concept of the modular layout. If I was starting again it would be the way I would go.
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Thanks guys will do.



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Lovely piece of work there Neil, I recall the real thing quite clearly and yours certainly does it justice.

Our best wishes for the big move. The thought of what happens when it is our turn (no plans on the horizon) worries me as my layout definitely could not be moved.

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Unfortunately neither can mine Rick.  I will have to start anew I'm afraid.

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As you say there may be parts which can be salvaged or re-used. Is there any way the exisitng layout can be sectioned up perhaps with a Dremel and shifted that way?

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Sort of.  There are baseboards which will separate when the track is cut through however I would use the opportunity to redesign the layout.  I found that some people had difficulty understanding that the separated areas were in fact separate dioramas rather than one whole layout. 

 

There are some parts I would retain and others I would lose.  E.g. I would drop the Swiss part and maybe do an American one instead.



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Nice build Neil. What a crying shame this fine layout will have to go. Can you not stay and tell SWMBO you aint going anywhere, go on you know you want too. :pathead
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phill wrote: Nice build Neil. What a crying shame this fine layout will have to go. Can you not stay and tell SWMBO you aint going anywhere, go on you know you want too. :pathead
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It's me that wants to move Phil.  Our house is too small with two kids.  We need more space.  I also am sick of being stuck out in the garage.  I want to come back inside where it's nice and warm.

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Hi Neil

I do like your building - couldnt be anything else than West Highland .

From an entirely personal viewpoint (absolutely no criticism intended) I much preferred  the woodwork of similar prototype buildings when they were  painted in the BR Scottish Region pale blue of the 1960's which really set off the symetry of the window arrangement.

 

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Hi Richard,

I don't think I've seen any pictures of station buildings in those colours.  You don't have any pictures of those do you?

 

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Lovely looking building Neil. :thumbs  I also read those Ian Futer articles about the West Highland stations and very nearly started one myself.  Lovely little layouts they all made.

What a tragedy your layout is having to go - all those wonderful plasterboard walls.  I do hope you can salvage as much as possible. :roll::roll:



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Although I never made it to that area in the early 60's (it was mid 60's the first time I set foot in the West Highlands) I also do not recall the station buildings being painted in BR ScR pale blue though they may have been a little earlier. The signage was in BR regional colours however.

The omission on the part of my folks to grant consent for the juvenile Gwiwer to travel to Mallaig at a youthful age meant that I also failed to see any of the NBL's in service, let along get hauled by one. I did manage to see several dumped around Glasgow along with a good number of Claytons on my earlier visits including waking up on the overnight from Kings Cross, as it was in those days, in a cloud of steam (from the heating) one morning to find the train stopped just beyond Springburn station outside the depot and works waiting for permission to reverse down Cowlairs bank into Queen Street before forming the 06.00 departure to Fort William.

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Between 1955 and 1962 summer holidays were usually at Fort William , Mallaig , Oban or on the Isle of Bute . We always travelled by train ( because Dad was a railwayman and the family got 8 free travel passes a year , so going to Scotland made maximum use of free travel ) and whenever possible  we had seats in the Observation Car from Glasgow up the West Highland  line.

As far as I remember the stations were all painted in the Sc region blue and white livery , I think it was blue upto the window level with white above , blue doors and downpipes and  possibly blue bargeboards . I have a feeling the station name was displayed on the end bargeboards facing along the platform.

It was rather a long time ago so I hope memory isnt playing tricks. I dont think I have any colour pics but will have a look but I seem to remember some in one of the Railway magazines fairly recently - dont recall which though.

 

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That's a really super buildibg Neil.

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Thanks for the kind comments guys.

 

I decided to watch my Western Highlands DVD which is volume 5 of the Railways of Scotland series.   This has a lot of old colour footage on it. 

 

This shows Rannoch station with blue signs however the colouring is as my model and the above photos.  There are no dates given on the film clips but there are green diesels passing the station.

What I did find though was a clip of Connel Ferry station with a green type 2 diesels and maroon coaches some of the trim on the station was a sky blue colour.

 

There is also footage of Killin Junction with sky blue coloured buildings with steam standard class 4's shunting.  So it would seem that there was a sky blue colouring at some point.  I just can't find a clip of the classic West Highland station building with it.



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