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 Posted: Sun Jan 31st, 2010 12:00 pm
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This is our clubs Aylesbury Town project its an exact scale model in the period 1946-1966 everything is scratch built including all the trackwork, if you look at the top picture you will see that we have incorporated the catch point built in between the point blades and the crossing vee as can be seen in the prototype photo at the bottom, that was taken by Dewi Williams in 1951.

The trackwork is correct as far as we are able to make it, as most of the trackwork on the layout has LNER three bolt chairs while that in the loco yard is GWR two bolt.

If you are interested in our progress we will have the layout on dispay at our Risex show in Princes Risborough on the 20th Feb, we will be showing how to lay and ballast the track work in one go on the two main. while we hope to be running something in the shed and on the Risborough branch platform.

 

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Hi David

Is it P4 or EM ?

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It's P4 although one of the main lines has no turnouts on the bit we are modelling so we can run some EM stuff that one of the chaps who is involved with the project can run through.

David

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This is going to be fun to watch. Nice track plan too. I like the compact station and yard, with lots of operating potential.


Have you got anymore pictures of that engine shed? Looks like one that I am slowly building.


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This is the back of the shed,  taken by J.A. Reed who has been really helpful in suppling photos and other information.

The shed started off as a broad gauge single road shed, that I have the original contract drawings for, it was later extended to the rear and then a lean to the side making it a two road shed, in the 1880s the saw tooth roof was added. I have drawn the shed up on AutoCAD which I can upload if you are interested.

 

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Hi David.  I'm looking forward to watching this develop.  Funnily enough I was in Aylesbury station the other day, and also by chance passed by the sites of Aylesbury Station Street and Aylesbury High Street.

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This is the telegraph pole I have built that apears in the photo above.

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Nice work David! You've come along nicely since this time last year when you just had plans and photographs.

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Most impressive, the engine shed in the photo looks very similar to the one in the "Wills craftmans" range. 



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Watching with interest here David. Good looking work so far.

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This photo shows Thrush one of the two named BR built autocoaches, on shed at Aylesbury, rather than uncoupling the loco to take water on shed they took the whole train in the locoshed! Photo  by J A Reed

I am building this autocoach from an etched brass Comet kit, although I am adding loads of extra detail., I will post some photos if anyone is interested.

 

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Interested??? Is the Pope a Catholic, do bears doodoo in the woods???

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This is my Autocoach I have made glazing retaining areas behing the curtains, so I can paint the model later, and then slide the glazing in without using glue.

The windows on the doors have channel section again to retain the glazing that slips in from the top or the bottom. I think this method is much better than gluing the glazing to the indide of the coach after painting, I try to think ahead when building a model as it means things are easier that way.

 

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The weathering looks very authentic David...................................................:roll::roll::roll::mutley:mutley:mutley


Glazing areas "behind" the curtains. :???::???::???:  Does this mean the curtains will be outside the glass or am I missing something ?

Can you give a bit more detail of the build please - I've often wondered about these comet coaches - they do a big range but they're not cheap !!  How difficult are they (for a plonker) to assemble ?

Ok - got the brain thawed out on edit - I'm guessing you mean the glass will slip in between the curtains and the coach side thus being "behind" the curtains viewed from inside the coach :roll::roll::roll:



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The glazing is between the side of the coach and the curtains. The curtains don't come with the Comet kit but came from Frogmore, but were fitted to some of the Hawksworth autocoaches including Thrush that I am modelling.

I have quite a detailing to do, including  adding all the underframe trussing, auto gear and brake linkages.

Comet kits are good as a basis but if like me you like to put more detail on then you need to make lots more bits.

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A clearer photo of the turnout with the catch point built into. The correct chaired track really makes a difference.

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Can someone please explain the reason for building a catch point inside a turnout ?

I thought the idea of a catch point was to protect the running line.  If is is within a turnout, then surely it doesn't do that. :???::???:



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It does protect the running line on which the loco is standing, it needs to be set distance away from the line it is protecting, and as the blades of the points of the loco shed are very close to the running line its the only place it can be.

There is a signal pictured below that is used to tell driver if they can proceed off shed and on to the running line.

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Ah - now I see !!  I didn't realise the loco was on the running line. :oops::oops:  I really should have looked at the prototype photo in more detail to see what you'd modelled !!!



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This is the lastest addition for the layout the water crane at the end of the down platform, it is based on the Mike Mikes Great Nornern water crane although I removed the double S bend on the horiziontal pipe, plus added various brackets from scrap brass, also the chain is made from twisted .3mm wire flattened by crushing in pliers.

 




Here is the real thing, The base of the model will be hidden in the platform.

 



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