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 Posted: Wed Mar 28th, 2012 04:26 pm
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Hi to everyone,

This is my first post on this forum & is about my loft based layout called Wordsworth, I must state the standard is no where near what this forum is used too but I'm proud of her.

It was started way back in July 2008, the early days were taken up by first taking loads of stored rubbish to the local tip. Once the loft area was cleared it was given a good clean with an industrial hoover.

Floor boards were then laid & patition stud walls erected, I had to then get someone to install two roof windows as I don't like heights.

Next was the electrical power supply for the sockets & lighting which I did myself. A carpet floor was then laid & finally the work on the basebaords could start. Wordsworth only uses half the loft area as the other half I've kept for a work station, the layout measures 10 feet square with a 4 foot operators well in the center.

Wordsworth is not based on any true location or in fact an era as I wanted the layout purely for fun which it certainly has provided in it's building.

Even though Wordsworth is some years old it is far from finished with areas still to complete, but I'm not in any rush. I hope my layout is for life. ;-)

The control unit for this layout was a Bachmann Dynamis Pro system but I just was not 100% happy with the system, so after many months pondering I opted for the ESU ECOS 50200 base station, I just love this unit.

The layout has 3 stations, two goods sheds & three engine sheds. The layout has 3 large tunnel areas which have been used so houses / shops etc can be built.

It's rather busy but I like it this way.

The motive power is mainly steam in the form of A1/3's & A4's but the fleet also has K3's, BR 7MT's, BR 4MT's, L1, N2's, J52's & Jinty. On the diesel side I have class 03, 08, 20, 31, 37, 40, 55, 66 & a lovely DMU 108.

So enough waffling here are a few pic's as I always feel pictures can say more than a thousand words.


A Scalescene goods shed was one of my first kit builds.


The main engine shed at Wordworths with the coaling ramp on the left


Here is the first of the Station, this one is North Fangore.


This is one of my own kits I've made still on the work bench. I think a few people may have already seen my web site with these available for downloading.


The canal basin at Helmsbridge


Here are the diesel storage tanks in front of the Wordsworth Workshop


Here is crazy Joes paddock, you'll find lots of these little crazy ideas on Wordsworth.


This is Saint Micheal's Kirk being worked on whilst still on the work bench.


This is the second station at Wordsworth


Here are 3 of the N2's I own.

I'll leave you with these images for now, if anyone feels that they would like to see more pictures I can post more. I will try and keep this thread up to date as the work on the layout continues, hope you feel this layout is worth watching.

Bye for now,
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You are far too modest Mike. It's a cracking layout and I'm sure I also speak for others when I say I will be following your progress closely.



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I Think your layout look's great Mike, your way ahead of me!

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And way ahead of mine too Mike. :thumbs

Any chance of a track plan - even a rough drawing would be good ?  I'm trying to fit some of what you've got into my attic and any ideas would be gratefully received. :cheers

Whilst you say it's nowhere in particular, does the "Yorkshire Fine Ales" brewery suggest "Wordsworth" could perhaps be "Wadsworth" ?



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I would love to see more pictures!

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Hi Gents,

That was a very nice welcome onto the forum, you are all far too kind.

First reply is regards the track plan, below is a diagram via winrail which helped setup Wordsworth.



There has been a few deviations from  the plan once I started the track laying, I noticed the main engine shed (to the right of the turn table) was going to be two units not connected, with a little jigging of the track I managed to connect both together making a run through & only one shed rather than two.

The second engine shed to the top left of the turn table was going to be another double shed & behind the shed next to the station was a goods siding, once again the siding looked far too small so this was extended & the engine shed scaled down to a single lane version. This helped give space for a bonded warehouse building.

The last two idea's are not on the plan as the came once again as track was going down. I always wanted a roundhouse so to the bottom section a 2 x 2 extension board was added. I then added a second extension board of 6inch by 4 foot which runs from the turntable end towards the right of the baseboard behind the sheds, this was for a coaling ramp & coal drop.

Three stations are deployed on Wordsworth, from the top working left to bottom right are the stations, South Fangore, Wordsworth & North Fangore, these are also the towns sat on the three hills / tunnel sections.

Another idea I adopted then was to installing three large tunnels / hill top flat section as they helped with the following.

1. Hide the ugly sharp set track curves (Layout only 10 x 10)
2. Give me room to build somewhere for houses, shops, castles, church's & roads.
3. Seeing a large empty baseboard dishearted me, so by creating breaks it was like working on different layouts.
4. Helps when running trains as it gives the impression they are going somewhere as they disappear

So here are some pictures showing what I've tried to describe above in words.


This is one of the early day pictures but it shows Wordsworth Castle on one of the tunnel/hill coverings, the Bonded warehouse & Wordsworth station. The single engine shed lower down & just off the picture is the turntable & roundhouse. Just coming into view bottom & right is Wordsworth shed 3 & North fangore Station.


This picture follows on from the one above, it shows Wordsworth shed 3 with the run through track lines, the coaling ramp to the bottom left with wagons being shunted up by a J13.


Here is the opposite view of shed 3 & the coaling ramp to the right.


Here is a saddle tank on the branch line viewed from under a bridge.


This is the turntable & roundhouse, sorry for the picture quality.

What I'll do today is take some pictures to show where the full layout now stands & show some areas which I'm working on at present. You may find I have several areas on the go at one time as I do tend to hop from one to the other. It keeps me interested & motived doing it this way, I'm one of these people if something gets boring & I don't want to do it & I just give up, so keeping it fun helps.

I'll catch you all later, so keep having fun.

Cheers Mike.



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There's some lovely stuff there, Mike.  I can't quite make out the tripod in the castle grounds, is it a war engine?



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It would be useful for a camera, too, Max.

We've had a bit of this lately:
"Pictures of my humble layout - not up to the quality of YMR" etc. etc.
Followed by an exhibition layout of excellent standard and interest.

This is another.
Excellent work and full of features.

Criticisms?
Unless you hate pink, none.

Keep the pictures coming, Mike.
Will follow with great enjoyment.



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It was my feeble attempt at humour, Pete.  :oops:   (Just in case it was meant to be there).       :mutley



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Plainly planned with care and beautifully executed, both overall and with many truly excellent small, discrete, scenes. No call for modesty!



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There is also at least one of those pictures that would make an excellent jigsaw of the week Dave if you don't have any objections.



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Hi Gents,

Well following on from all that lovely feed back, thank you.

I have to admitt I love the idea Max has given me about the tripod, why didn't I think of that before, a siege engine, I've now added that thought onto my "to do" list, cheers Max.

I still haven't decided whether the castle will be complete, or just have some towers & little bits of the walls yet.

Whilst in the loft taking some update pictures so you all can see where Wordsworth stands at present I decided to complete my card kit construction for North Fangore Station, it's been dragging on for ages. So this morning I finally got the basic kit completed, I just want to add some climbing plant growth which will either be an ivy attempt, or something that flowers.

So here are a few more pictures I would like to share.


A general view of the North Fangore to Wordsworth baseboards.


The tunnel covering for Wordsworth Castle & Church.


Tunnel covering for South Fangore


Tunnel covering for North Fangore with the new station building.


North Fangore station from the street, still loads to do with road surface, pavements but the final layout is now in place.


Here I take you round to Wordsworth station


The crossing outside Wordsworth station was fun to make.


The bonded warehouse, this is me doing a bit of kit bashing from the basic Scalescene model, it took me ages to complete & nearly cost me a few fingers during the build when the craft knife slipped.


This is how the bonded warehouse sits on the layout behind Wordsworth station & the church on the hill.


A slightly better photo of the roundhouse & turntable, the roundhouse is a Kibri kit whilst the turntable is Heljan, I know they are not proto typical British designs but I really like them.


A BR4MT heading back to the shed whilst a Thompson L1 waits on an approaching line.

Best call this update quits before I send you all to sleep from boredom. :lol:

Hope you enjoy & I'll see you all later,
Mike.



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Great use of available space! I will borrow some ideas!

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Some more great shots Mike. :thumbs

Lots of interesting buildngs on there and your clever use of the Scalescenes warehouse is brilliant.

What are the houses on North Fangore ?  I presume the same as the station building (which looks excellent)  but I don't think I've seen them before ......:roll:

Also, what's the bus ?  Is it wartime livery or a works bus ?



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Excellent!  You're not really Rod Stewart, are you?  :mutley

Did you see Bob's question about the jigsaw puzzle?



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Regards Bob's question about use of any picture for the jigsaw puzzle, go for it as I'm game. Sorry I missed that in the last post, I do stupid things like that now and again. :lol:

As for the bus it's a Yorkshire Riding bus & it's on route to Halifax, a lovely bargin from eBay at only a few pound. I have seen these in the same grey livery but with the American Military star logo on the side panels. I've actually picked up quite a few bargain buses from eBay (It's a waiting game though) all with places in Yorkshire on the destination board, Pontefract, Leeds, Bradford, Hull, they just feel homely for Wordsworth.

The question about the houses for North Fangore ? :???:  These are some little kits that I've put together which other people have liked so I decided if it helps others I'd make them available to download & the range has just got bigger & bigger. North Fangore just shows what can be done with these basic kits.

Sorry to bore you all...But you did ask ;-) the first ones I made were done using Microsoft Word but as they became a little more complicated MS Word reached it's limit, after all it's a word processing package not design so I purchased Corel Draw which has let me do more & wonderful things. I'm still learning as I'm only a beginner and it takes time as I have no design or IT skills but it is very enjoyable. Like my model railway I work on several ideas at a time, I've just completed a concrete style hut, the church kit that you can see at South Fangore I'm adding some side wings as an extension pack & sssh keep this one quite I'm trying to put together a roundhouse kit as I've not seen one available in card before.

From a distance they don't look that bad & it does give a very nice impression of a good townscene, they are also very simple, quick & easy to construct, if determined you can have one printed, glued to card, cut out & on the layout in about 30mins. So for someone just starting out these are spot on as they only cost the price of materials you may already have. They also make great board fillers until you decide what you really want. Most use the same basic footprint & some modellers have feed back that they swap them about creating different themes which changes the layout viewing.

On a more darker side I really want to take over the WORLD........(evil laugh, not Rod Stewart, but Darth Vader) :twisted:

On that note, crazy man signing off,
Cheers Mike.



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mikem64 wrote: .................................................................

  I've actually picked up quite a few bargain buses from eBay (It's a waiting game though) all with places in Yorkshire on the destination board, Pontefract, Leeds, Bradford, Hull, they just feel homely for Wordsworth.

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Me too Mike - I wonder if you were the under bidder on those I bought - also all with Yorkshire destinations. :roll::roll::roll:

Thanks for the info on the buldings - I realised where they were from almost as soon as I'd posted and noticed your signature :oops::oops:



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Hi Gents,

I was doing some browsing this morning and came across a diagram for a conflat ISO wagon, since I have 6 of these lowmac wagons I thought I'd try a do a Wordsworths style variation made out of card.

Here is what I found,



Now for my version, Ok it's not an exact replica & I have used a very large dose of artistic licence, but below shows some photo's of my first attempt at this.




Might need to drop the LNER & try some different colours maybe, I think 6 wagons will look great being hauled around the layout.

Just before I go how about a lovely picture showing a pride of Gresley A4's outside the roundhouse.



Catch you all later,
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