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 Posted: Sat Nov 19th, 2011 09:04 pm
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Whilst in UK last week, I visited the Hull MRC Show.

Held over the Remembrance weekend, I visited on the Saturday.  The main draw to that show for me, was the presence of "Grime Street", a simple and small but (IMHO) perfectly formed "OO" Gauge Leeds Tram layout.  Using conventional DC control it features 2 circuits with 6 isolated sections on each circuit.  Using these isolated sections, each track can operate with up to 4 trams.  Extremely simple electrics but offering plenty of movement for the viewer.

After a very interesting and informative chat with the builder, Mark Casson, whom I had never met, he suggested I operate it whist he had a quick cuppa and a wander around the show .................... !!! :shock::shock::shock::shock:   Having originally gone along to see the layout and pick his brains for ideas for my own Leeds tram layout, I spent a most enjoyable couple of hours "playing" with it, thus allowing Mark to look around and then answer questions from a steady flow of visitors who obviously enjoyed the "change of scene".

The following photos may give you some idea of why this particular layout, one of the smallest at the show, drew so much attention.





The quality of the scene and attention to detail reminded me of my other "West Riding favourite", featured on YMR recently, Tetley Mills.  This is just about the extent of the scenic part but it's so well done.





The buildings are kit-bashed American buildings but are so prototypical of those found around Leeds in the 1950's - the period in which the layout is based.



For further information just Google "Grime Street Blog".


I felt overall, the show wasn't as good as the Gateshead one I visited last November although facilities in the hall were excellent and it was never too crowded but still had a steady and healthy flow of visitors.

Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of this layout but the scene looked so wonderful with the railway being built into the surrounding scenery rather than, as is so often the case, the scenery being constructed around a model railway.





One of the largest layouts at the show was St. Hilda's, built by Steve Collin of York.  An extensive "OO" gauge GWR branch line layout with a narrow gauge feeder line serving some stone quarries off scene.  The scenic work is wonderful and includes some carefully thought-out little cameos.  The period is just prior to the outbreak of WW2.





A cameo of a threshing set.  Having done this as a young man, I can vouch for the authenticity of the scene although we didn't use steam engines !!  The models are from the Langley range:





The station was scratchbuilt as were most of the buildings on the layout:







The trees on St. Hilda's looked very good - big enough to be "proper" trees:




The "Redwood Lumber Co" was a well modelled sawmill in 7mm narrow gauge and featured sound locos.




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Thanks Peter. The trams and buildings on that first layout were excellent.  The lighting was a bit patchy, those mini hals are available with wider beam angles, and setting further forward ,to kill the shadows,that may be all that it needs.  Would like to have seen that show some good stuff there ,and congratulations on getting involved with the operating ,what a treat :thumbs



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 Nice trams in that layout Peter, the curves are a bit sharp in pic No 3 though :hmm



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Good pictures Peter, I paticularly like St. Hilda's :thumbs



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Thanks Peter, nice pictures and excellent layouts.

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Hi Reg - absolutely spot on regarding the lighting. :thumbs  It was the first thing that struck me as I approached it.  We didn't discuss it at all - who am I to suggest to such a good modeller that his lighting was no good ......:roll: but it would certainly have improved it.  I took some other longer shots "down the layout" but the lighting made it look far too aptchy to post on here.

We did however, talk about those sharp curves Kev.  He admitted they were too sharp.  He had restraints on space which forced them. Can't remember the exact radius - I think around 10" (made in Code 75 flexitrack with half the sleepers removed).  He's building an extension and will ease them considerably next time.

The 4 wheel trams have no problems negotiating them at all but they're about as tight as the bogie trams can get around.  The track spacing was made wider on the curves to avoid the overhang colliding with the other rail. 

It was not unheard of in Leeds, for trams travelling in opposite directions, to "bash" each other on some of the tighter curves.   One tram would often wait for an oncoming tram to negotiate the curve before proceeding.  Because of these sharp curves,  the ex-London Feltham bogie trams, purchased by Leeds when London got rid of her trams, were prohibited on certain routes.

St. Hilda's was an impressive layout Ian.  My only critisism might be that it was a little "too busy" in places but then I'm certainly not qualified to criticise anyone's layout, particularly one of show quality. :cheers



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I can see what you mean about St Hilda's being too busy Peter.   Not sure i would have realized that but now you have pointed it out  it shows. Just goes to show how tricky it is to get the balance just right .
More to this modelling lark than meets the eye. 



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A few more shots from the Redwood Lumber Co.











" Highbury Colliery" is an exquisite 2mm scale shunting layout built by Jerry Clifford of Warminster.  It features a typical North Somerset Colliery in the 1920's.  (I didn't realise there WAS any coal in Somerset :roll:).  The slow running capabilities on this layout were so good I was sure it must be DCC and wondered how they'd fitted the decoders but no, it was conventional DC control.





This small shunting layout, "Sutton Dock", was built by Tony Gee and Ken Hill from Bawtry, Lincolnshire, and shows a typical "fenland" dock scene, apparently around New Holland.  The group of buildings in the left corner had tastes of "Dooferdog" detail although I don't know if they started life as Corn Flakes packets or as petroleum by-products ..........



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Some cracking photos so far Peter, can't wait to see the rest.I can see what you mean about that Leeds tram layout.....Superb!!
It just reeks atmosphere,and the buildings,figures and backscene all look "right".

Cheers,John.B.:thumbs

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Some more from the Hull Model Railway show.

First, a closer look at the group of buildings on the "Sutton Dock" layout:



And closer still:




I thought the barn turned tavern was particularly impressive:




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Two shots of "California Levels", a narrow gauge layout based on the lead mining in Upper Teasdale.  Although the buildings are very well built, to my mind, they are far too clean:






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Great photographs Peter and I particularly like the last two and their detail.



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Thanks Bob. :cheers

I had done a whole thread of photos but, when I "sent" it, all I got was a single [img] so I've started again but only a few at a time :hmm:hmm



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I think I prefer a few at a time as I seem to look more closely than when there is a whole page at one go.



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Fantastic pictures Peter....:thumbs
Thanks for taking the time to take and post them......



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Thanks for your kind comments guys. :cheers

This "OO" gauge layout - "Ackworth" was built by the Southampton Model Railway Society and is loosely based on the Swinon and Knottingly line in West Yorkshire.  One of the attractions for modellers is that it can ligitimately run LMS, LNER and BR Standard stock.

The coaling shed on the right is very impressive although, to me, it was let down by the cleanliness !!



Whilst the rolling stock is nicely weathered, there's hardly a spec of coal dust on the shed :cry:  (Typical "Southerners" - they think everyone works in an office in clean white shirts ...........:lol::lol::lol::lol:)




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This little group of buildings was much enhanced by the washing on the line.  The layout is "Outwell Village" built by Neil Rushby and Alan Price (no, not that Alan Price :roll:).  Modelled in "OO" Gauge, it represents a fenland "tramway" which ran between Wisbech and Upwell.  The muddy fens were very well modelled.




The other end of the "Outwell Village" layout :




Many, if not all of you, will know of "Bassenthwaite Lake" an "N" Gauge layout based around the Cumbrian lake of that name.  The amazing water effect in the lake is the masterpiece of this little gem :




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That coal shed looks good Peter but what actually happens there. Is coal going in or out. If out then where is it coming from, if in then how does it get out of the wagons? I'm asking because I don't know what happens on the prototype and 'coal shed' just tells me that it's a shed for coal.



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Finally, a stunning "O" Gauge layout "Dalry Road" built by Steve Thompson but now owned by Ian Atkinson from Lancashire. Using DCC Sound control, it was very popular with the visitors.  This shot shows some of the detail possible (and in fact, necessary)  in "O" Gauge Having said that, I'm not sure I'd like to travel too far with that load of barrels in the low-sided wagon :roll::




Excellent weathering on all stock:




I thought the coal drops were particularly good:



So I took several photos but I'm only posting this one as the final shot from the 2011 Hull Model Railway Show.  Regarding the attention to detail, notice even the replacement wing on the sports car front left still in "primer" awaiting the spray booth:



I spent a most enjoyable day there - many thanks to the organisers. :cheers

The End !!!



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Thanks, Peter.  It's photos like this that get the modelling blood moving.  :thumbs



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