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 Posted: Thu Aug 26th, 2010 04:53 pm
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He's right Nick :thumbs

I'd go quietly if I were you. :cheers

Interesting that your Dad worked in the "railway sack department" Richard.  I don't know if you're the same but I always remember the past with fondness.  I'm sure there must have been times when life really was tough but the brain is wonderful at blocking most "unpleasant" things out - "traumatic" things are of course, a totally different matter.

I can picture many scenes from my youth connected with farming and "railway sacks" just as if it were yesterday. :cool wink



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 Posted: Thu Aug 26th, 2010 05:43 pm
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I know you have not done a lot of modelling  lately but I have to say I find your work inspirational and would dearly like to see some more progress results on the layout.

Bear in mind that I do tend to nag when I want to see something as Petermac and John Dew will no doubt testify to - so it would possibly be a good idea to give in gracefully .:eek::twisted::roll:



Thanks for the kind words Richard.

Even though I haven't done anything for a while there has been a little more progress since the last lot of photos. I'll try and take some more pictures soon and post them up.

Enthusiasm is starting to return and I've just bought some Woodland Scenics foliage from Chris at KMRC (what an efficient service by the way) so you may see some activity before long especially when the nights start to draw in a bit. ;-)

:It's a no no Petermac, my wife will testify that I don't do anything or go anywhere quietly :lol:



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Off Topic but replying further to Petermacs post ...........................

Dad spent all his working life on the railway or associated with it apart from WW2 and a spell in the RAF.

Starting off as  a Junior Booking Office Clerk on the LMS (his dad was a signalman on the LNER in the same town)  he held various positions  which included Sack Representative , Schools Representative , Passenger Representative (both of  which  latter posts involved a lot of PR and Publicity work and jobs such as organsing special  and excursion trains and user surveys such as one he did on the Severn Tunnel Car Ferry Service and the Motorail and Sleeper servives to Scotland from the West Country). He eventually climbed the promotion ladder to become a Superindendent for Goods Stafff in the West of England and finally carried on that post for a short while for National Carriers when the Goods  Delivery services were split from the Railway.

One of the main reasons I got interested in railways at an early age was that on a number of occasions he would take me with him when he was working and then of course there was the Free Travel Passes  or Privilige Staff Familes Tickets so we virtually went everywhere any distance by train.



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 Posted: Fri Aug 27th, 2010 01:02 am
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pnwood wrote: By the way Lambourn does not have an 'e' on the end. The locals are very touchy about it ;-)
As touchy as we are about people putting a u in Camborne!

Sorry about the rapid service, something must have gone wrong.  I have warned them all before about being helpful, it only encourages people.:roll:

We all have fits and bursts of enthusiasm, so to hear yours is returning is great and we have more updates to look forward to. :thumbs

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woteesaid, you've a lovely little layout in the making there, looking forward to seeing more of it develop.
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 Posted: Fri Aug 27th, 2010 10:28 am
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I found some time this afternoon to take a few more photos.

First up a couple of shots of the fencing and undergrowth behind the coal bins.

 




A view down the station approach, again fencing, static grass and weeds. Eventually a hedge and more undergrowth will be planted behind the fence.



The end of the line








and finally a couple of shots of the goods yard and platform





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A great set of pictures . I really like the well used  and slightly decrepit look of that boundary fence and the curved end of the platform to the buffer stop is excellent.

Keep up the good work now you are getting your enthusiasm back . Looking forward to lots more updates :thumbs:thumbs

 



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Wheeltapper wrote: A great set of pictures . I really like the well used  and slightly decrepit look of that boundary fence and the curved end of the platform to the buffer stop is excellent.

Keep up the good work now you are getting your enthusiasm back . Looking forward to lots more updates :thumbs:thumbs

 


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Now I'm biased towards God's Wonderful Railway,as everyone on here knows,but I do really like the modelling work that's gone into this layout so far,and I would even say that if it were an LNER layout!!.....(no I wouldn't...:lol:)
   The work thats gone into the platforms and station building in particular rank amongst some of the best I've seen anywhere....so come on pal...get cracking on with it.

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Agreed - very good.



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Wheeltapper wrote:
I really like the well used  and slightly decrepit look of that boundary fence and the curved end of the platform to the buffer stop is excellent. 


It's possible that the fence looks decrepit because of my inadequate modelling skills and the platform is curved because I can't cut a straight line :lol::lol::lol:



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Well yes that could be true but its the end result that matters , not how you got there and the end result in this case is just right .



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Well, time for another update. Some of you will know that I've been busy these last few days constructing a little coal office but my thoughts have turned to the last of the main structures on the end board, the water tower.

Earlier in the thread I posted this picture which shows a Ratio conical water tower temporarily placed into position . 




I started the construction of this tower about 15 years ago for an earlier layout but neither the tower or the layout was ever finished. However unlike the layout the tower survived.

Looking at this shot I decided that I didn't like the tower as it stood as it was too dominant. I hunted through my drawers (oh, er missus) and found the remaining parts for the kit and found that apart from various etched brass detailing parts there was also a flat top for a different version of the tower. So I spent some time yesterday taking a razor saw to the tank to remove the conical top and reduce the height of the tank to about 2/3rd of its depth, adding the ladders and chains etc and giving it a repaint. I'm quite pleased with the result but unfortunately didn't take any photos as I went along.

I'll take some pictures of the finished tower tomorrow and post.

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As promised, here's the revamped water tower in all its glory, compare it with the photo in the previous post.



The base will be covered in some scatter so don't take too much notice of it. 

For DD's benefit the basic dimensions are : base to underside of tank - 78mm,  height of tank - 36mm (ratio standard is 48mm), diameter of tank - 40mm,  length of arm from the flange - 45mm.

This is my first attempt at weathering so comments would be appreciated. Here's a view of the top.



A close up of the tank and level gauge.




and finally the fire devil






 



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Hello Nick,
Very nice adaptation of the original Water-Tower - level and fire-devil look great,
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Just caught up with the thread again Nick...........great progress.........I love those shots of the end of the station with the buffers etc.....could be straight out of one of Stephen William's books......well done indeed

Nice job on the water tower as well.....I have the conical top version but having seen yours I am not sure I dont prefer the flat top

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That water tower looks excellent. To answer your question regarding the weathering, I think that too looks very effective, particularly the rusty top of the tank. Overall a really nice conversion.

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Michael, John and Bob, thanks for your kind comments.

"could be straight out of one of Stephen William's books.."   I wish John!!!!!  Steve's books have been extensively read and ideas used but I could never hope to reach his high standards. :sad:



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Very nice layout and some good attention to detail.

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I have a small dilema chaps that I could use your valued opinions to resolve.

The obvious position for siting this water tower is shown in the photo below. This is where I've always planned it to be, the path leads to it and it fills the gap between the headshunt and the goods shed road quite nicely.




However, I can see some merit in moving the location further down the run round loop to here...


This seems to me to give a bit more balance to the scene with the major structures spread across the site rather than all being bunched at one end. Thoughts please

The next question is either one of the locations more prototypically correct? 



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