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 Posted: Sun Jan 25th, 2015 07:54 pm
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Hi Gents,

I bet you're all wondering why this old thread has popped back up again ? Well I'm sorry to say the old Wordsworth got ripped up very early in the year & a new Wordsworth was to replace the old.

I've tried to keep the design simple & move from having 3 stations down to just one super large one, Wordsworth Grand Station. The new layout features a new three lane diesel engine shed & a twin road engine shed.

On the steam front I've kept the turntable where it was but the roundhouse has gone & will be replaced with a two road shed on one side & 180 degrees opposite will be a single road shed.

I've kept the Wordsworth bonded warehouse but the track work has been given a very small tweak so at the rear of the bonded warehouse will sit the new Wordsworth cattle dock.

The new station will accomodate a five carriage train which is nearly twice as long as the longest station on the old layout as the best I could do there was 3.

A new goods shed / yard area goes along with the new station, so all should blend in really well.

As per the old layout it's not really time specific or based on any real location, and as such it will still be a very relaxing & easy / fun to opperate layout.

Once I get this section of the layout to roughly where I was on the old one, then this layout has two main lines ready for phase 2 which will see the baseboards being extended down either side of the loft, once at the other end then phase 3 will start which will be another 3m x 3m baseboard with operators well in the centre to mirror the original starting board.

The track plan down on that board is still very much in the design stage as I'm running with two ideas. The first is just a pure extension of the original DCC layout. The second has a twist, the two main DCC lines come onto the board & just runs through some scenery, a self contained DC layout gets built to run my old non converted stock, & I do favour this second option as I would truely have the best of both worlds.

So with this little update I'm sure you will be seeing more adventures on the New Wordsworth Layout.

I have to be honest work is so slow but as I can't get that motivation going as I had on the old layout. I'll post a some photo's showing the layout & how the ballast work is going tomorrow. I'm still waiting for the first sections to dry & I didn't get as far as I would have liked, I forgot how slow & boring this bit is, but get it right & the layout should fall into place.

Thank you for reading my waffling & hope you'll enjoy all the photo's soon to come.

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mikem64 wrote: Hi Gents,

I bet you're all wondering why this old thread has popped back up again ? Well I'm sorry to say the old Wordsworth got ripped up very early in the year & a new Wordsworth was to replace the old.

I've tried to keep the design simple & move from having 3 stations down to just one super large one, Wordsworth Grand Station. The new layout features a new three lane diesel engine shed & a twin road engine shed.

On the steam front I've kept the turntable where it was but the roundhouse has gone & will be replaced with a two road shed on one side & 180 degrees opposite will be a single road shed.

I've kept the Wordsworth bonded warehouse but the track work has been given a very small tweak so at the rear of the bonded warehouse will sit the new Wordsworth cattle dock.

The new station will accomodate a five carriage train which is nearly twice as long as the longest station on the old layout as the best I could do there was 3.

A new goods shed / yard area goes along with the new station, so all should blend in really well.

As per the old layout it's not really time specific or based on any real location, and as such it will still be a very relaxing & easy / fun to opperate layout.

Once I get this section of the layout to roughly where I was on the old one, then this layout has two main lines ready for phase 2 which will see the baseboards being extended down either side of the loft, once at the other end then phase 3 will start which will be another 3m x 3m baseboard with operators well in the centre to mirror the original starting board.

The track plan down on that board is still very much in the design stage as I'm running with two ideas. The first is just a pure extension of the original DCC layout. The second has a twist, the two main DCC lines come onto the board & just runs through some scenery, a self contained DC layout gets built to run my old non converted stock, & I do favour this second option as I would truely have the best of both worlds.

So with this little update I'm sure you will be seeing more adventures on the New Wordsworth Layout.

I have to be honest work is so slow but as I can't get that motivation going as I had on the old layout. I'll post a some photo's showing the layout & how the ballast work is going tomorrow. I'm still waiting for the first sections to dry & I didn't get as far as I would have liked, I forgot how slow & boring this bit is, but get it right & the layout should fall into place.

Thank you for reading my waffling & hope you'll enjoy all the photo's soon to come.

Mike.

Gald to hear mike, Only last week i was checking this thread wondering why it had fallen quiet, Looking forward to seeing the photos
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Hi Mike
Can't wait for the pictures of the new layout, loved the original pity it's gone but that's what happens in our hobby... because it can

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Well they say a change is as good as a rest Mike so good luck with the new layout. I look forward to seeing your progress pictures.



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Sorry to hear it,s gone but we have the photos.
As has been said ,looking forward to the new layout , and fresh piccys of course.



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Hi Gents,

Well I'm home from work at a reasonable time so I thought I'd treat you to those photo's I was talking about, first thank you to everyone with the words of encouragement. It was really hard decission to rip up the old layout & I still have some doubts if it was really a good idea, still whats done is done & you have to move on.

So lets start with the track plan, it did go through many changes as I sure they all do before I settled on this plan.



Once the track started to go down I had to adjust a few areas so that the point motors fitted between the layout board supports, this resulted in one of the goods loops getting the chop, but I did find some compensation in I could keep my old coaling ramp & a new additional siding could be installed down the west side of the baseboard.



In the above photo which is the south end of the layout, this is where Wordsworth Grand Station will sit, you can see the two main down lines on the far right of the photo, in the centre you have the two main up lines, finally to the left you have the goods shed & siding lines.



The above photo shows the view down the west side of the layout, this has that new bonus siding I got in due to moving the trackwork for all those point motors. I decided to make this my Rockware Glass siding so I can run my Bachmann class 20 with some Bachmann BIS wagons (Yes I know in this photo it's a Bachmann 08), I have very fond memories of watching the sand train coming into my local home town of Knottingley at 18:00hrs every night. So to help keep this photo in context, as we look up these lines they bend leftwards into Wordsworth Station & the goods yard.



In the above we see an earlier picture I took of the east side of the layout, you'll have to forgive me as I need to get an up to date one showing all the trackwork laid. Basically we are looking up the east side of the layout as the track work turns right at the far end this takes you into Wordsworth Grand station & the goods yard. You notice on the left just in view is the Heljan turntable & working down from here on the left will be the two road steam engine shed, behind that sits Wordsworth Bonded warehouse & behind that sits Wordsworth cattle dock, well that's the plan anyway. You may also just notice the two main lines coming off the baseboards which will take us down onto phase 2 of the build, this time I'm planning ahead ready for expansion.



So in the above photo you can see a small piece of the old layout that was saved from the crazy man with his hammer, this is the bonus I talked about early by having that track work shift, I was able to keep the coaling ramp, plus the track work which runs just under the ramp now makes it possible to run the layout as a loop until I build phase 2 & 3.



Here we are on the corner of the east part of the layout looking into the engine shed area which sits neatly on the north baseboard, this is where the new three lane diesel shed goes & the twin track shed just in front of the coaling stage. Follow these track round & you are then back onto the west side boards ready to go back up into Wordsworth station.

So that's roughly the layout to date, the ballast work has just begun & I'm still installing the point motors, so far only 4 DCC concept cobalts done, these are connected onto my ECoS. The operation of these slow point motors in comparison to the old seeps I was using, well chalk & cheese comes to mind. Yes these motors are expensive but just listening to that slow purr as the point moves over compared to that loud sudden click means I think they are worth it.

I still have a few more photo's I want to share but I don't want to put you all into sensory overload on my first post back...:lol: so I'll upload some more tomorrow if everyone is happy with that.

Thank you for taking the time to read this thread & I know I've already taken some great ideas & motivation from others on this forum.

Catch you next time,
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Hi Gents,

Well I have a few more interesting pictures for you showing the progress on Wordsworth. I still have loads to do in the ballast area which I find really boring so I'm doing it in stages just so I don't get feed up as the last thing I want to do is turn what's a fun hobby into a must do boring job, go do that line & you don't put your heart & sole into the project.

So what photo's do we start with ?


Lets start here, these are my new Railwaymans cottages, these will be the new style houses being used on Wordsworth. I'm still designing the rear sections which will be just single storey & outside toilets. (Once again these will be in kit form & alvailable on the website for download)


The new goods shed I've designed for this new layout sits wonderful in it's setting, behind you have Wordsworth Grand Station which serves the populous of Wordsworth town.


Another view of the goods shed, I'm using a bachmann outside loading platform with crane to extend the goods offloading.


Meanwhile back at the station the ballast work between platform 1 & 2 is complete, I dug out my Bachmann footbridge to span these two platforms, but at each platform end I'm also included a subway system, don't want to make the paying public to walk all the way back to these footbridges.


Bachmann Durham School passes the Wordsworth steam shed, the coaling ramp building has gone out of use but is now being used for parts storage & also the water tank supply. It's all fictional so I can spin the story to suite my needs.


Round at the new three lane diesel shed (Still very much in the early design stage) we have three loco's tested the facilities, we have a Bachmann class 40, Bachmann class 55 & a Hornby A4. The shed is being built in section format so it can be made into a shed of various lengths, this one will be 3 sections long. Next to design will be the venting system along the roof.


I'm using my old Scalescene double road shed at present which will get replaced with one of my own designs, not sure if it will be a flat roofed two lane version, or stay with the apex style design. In the shed is a Bachmann class 105 which has just popped in due to a minor fuel leak.


Finally the last picture for this update, we see the two main lines which just end at present, these are the lines which will eventually go all the way down to the other side of the loft where a brand new baseboard will be constructed. This new Wordsworth layout I've already thought about it's future & how it will extend. That's the primary reason the old layout died as it did not have this option.

We can also see a Bachmann class 08 heading of up to the coaling ramp to collect some empties, to the right we see the signal box controlling all the point work around the shed & into Wordsworth station from the east side.

Well there you have it a full up to date report where I am with Wordsworth. Progress has stopped whilst I move my storage boxes back under the layout which I no longer need access too, that's the underside of the layout & not what's in the boxes...LOL

This then frees up space so I can bring some storage boxes with household items into the loft from our spare bedroom just in case we get visitors over this festive period.

Not sure if I'll get another update in before Christmas, so I'll take this time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas & a happy New Year, and my Santa bring you something for the layout...;-)

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Well that's shaping up really well Mike, coming together a treat :)

Lots of work but well worth the effort!

Have a great Christmas....looks like you've had your present :lol:

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Some great Progress, really shows your kits in there element.



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I like the Humpty Dumpty in that last shot Mike .................:roll::roll::roll:

You seem to have plenty of space there to play around with and it's coming on really well.   :thumbs:thumbs 



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Hi Gents,

Well I had a really good weekend in the loft, it's been a while since I can say that but I think I found my problem. I've been going into the loft with the list method, you know what I mean, step one lay the track, step two do the wiring etc etc.

This was my downfall as I hate working like that as sometimes I'm not in the mood for that type of work, so I thought back how the old layout developed & it developed by doing what I was in the mood for, when in the mood progress was not only fast but fun, working down the list method may be logical but takes the fun out off the hobby.

So lets hope I now have more weekends as that which has just passed.

So what have I been up too ? Well I continued some ballast laying but not at the station end of the layout, I've come round to the engine shed side where the coaling ramp meets the main line.

Saturday I did the bit from the ramp to the main line, then round to just before the coaling stage itself. By Sunday this had gone off nicely so I then continued in front of the coaling stage round to where the point work takes you into the engine shed. I then jumped back round to the bit I did Saturday & worked on the main line which runs off the baseboards to the extension.

Whilst this was drying I need something else to do & I've been itching to try some track weatherinmg with my new airbrush set-up. So I set my stall out & using some Vallejo Air paint I set about weathering the track rails & sleepers.

I don't normally blow my own trumpet but I'm over the moon how this first section has gone, & it was so easy. I just hope I can keep this up whilst doing the full layout.

So let me show my handy work.....LOL


This is the bit I glued down Saturday & airbrushed Sunday.


Here is a closer look, I love it & when compared to a section just ballasted the transformation is evident.

I hope everyone enjoys the photo's as much as I do, I'm looking forward to next weekend so I can continue the weathering down that short section of main line & then the section in front of the coaling stage.

Until the next post,
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Hi Mike,

Ballasting always makes a huge difference, but weathering takes it a up a notch further, so enjoy the feather in your cap and good luck with ballasting the rest of the layout, which is looking grand by the way!

I'll be looking to replace my antique and seldom used air brush in the near future, so would be interested in hearing what you think of yours and what type you have.

All the best,

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Hi Bill,

Thank you for the feed back. Regards the airbrush it's a Harder Steenbeck & is a dual action. I now this is just my first use of this item but I have to say I'm more than impressed.

I think my first attempt at airbrush track weathering the results of the product more than my skill. Lol

I plan to do more than track weathering, as my skill grows I hope to do wagon & loco weathering.

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Hi Gents,

It's been quite some time since any updates here at Wordsworth so I thought I'd do something about that. Work is very slow going but I'm OK with that, yes I would like to have more free time to spend on the layout but we must not forget our other duties.

So what has taken place, well you remember in the last post I'd just done some track weathering, well on the back of that I decided to add some green stuff. For me this is the most creative part of modelling & the transformation it gives is totally out of this world.

Products I use are mainly Woodland scenic, but I do throw in other brands, Noch & Gaugemaster laster cut plants, WWS static grass in 4mm & 6mm lengths, Javis & Heki.

Before the grass could go in I had to create some small scenic breaks, my layout is rather flat so just to have trains go slightly out of site for a brief period adds another dimension, by using some polystrene off cuts & shaped with a tool I created some small mounds. After these are glued to the baseboard I cover them in normal decorated plaster, once dried I give them a base coat of acrylic paint all over with the idea some parts will be exposed & others will be covered in grass products.

Below is how I started.


The polystrene mounds are in & cover in plaster, I test the scene with trees to see if the correct feel is there.


Next I paint them using a process called leapard spot, techinque I found on YouTube.


I then start adding the grasses / trees / undergrowth.


I keep adding a bit at a time, sit down & observe the growing atmosphere.


I run a Bachmann class 08 behind the mound, now you see what I meant about hiding the trains as they pass by, just gives that little more depth to the layout.

After completing this little section I moved to the opposite corner of the layout just the other side of the engine shed. The trackwork was finally fixed into positon, ballast was put in place & glued with the usual 50/50 PVA/Water mix.

Once this was dried out came the airbrush again, this has become one of my all time favourite tools. I just love the effect I can achieve on the track work compared to the old method I used.

No it was time to do a little scenic area down this stretch, I added a very small industrial unit which I know is a bit modern for my layout but I liked the look therefore took the liberty of adding it. Next in were two brick build cottages with rear yards & a tiny access road.

Now I had to add some hedges around the industrial units with a small stone wall where the road ends at the railway lines. Down this side of the layout towards the other corner is my Rockware Glass company served with it's own line, this needed fencing off using some Peco fencing, cheap & cheerful but looks the part.

Now it was time to add the magic, yes more green stuff, as before using the same brands I set about covering the area into a living green world.

Below are a few photo's showing the work completed.


Class 08 shunts some Rockware BIS wagons past the industrial estate & cottages.


A better view showing the units & Coal Road cottages.


Adds some vehicles & we start to bring the scene alive, minus the people which are in a box some where to be located by myself.


Here we are looking down the main line, these just stop at the cottages, as I expalined this new version of Wordsworth has been designed with expansion in mind for when these two lines can shot off down extension boards to the other end of the loft creating one large layout.

I'm nearly up to date now, work has started on the church yard pond, this has been created by cutting out the shape in the 3mm cork underlay I used to cover the full baseboard. Once cut out it was time to paint the surface area with brown emulsion, then I used the airbursh to spray acrylic paint into the pond area where I have tried to give the illusion of depth, I used a darker brown in the center, then at the edges I sprayed a sand coloured effect. The full pond area was then sealed with acrylic varnish as I plan to fill this with Woodland scenics liquid water.

Once the varnish was dried I added some reeds around the edging just to soften things up. Next was the water effect, Before I attempted this I watched many YouTube videos were they used this product, once I felt confindent it was time to get going.

The product goes in very easily & has a very little milky look, using a pin I pulled the liquid up to the pond edges & kept a look out for any air bubbles, these you pop before the product cures. I have to say this may be an expensive method but the effect it gives is certainly worth every penny.

So here are the last photo's which brings you all up to date where Wordsworth stand in it's continuing evolving life.


This is how the pond started, a simple cut out in the cork base & then painted brown.


Next on the list was the airbrush to hopefully give the depth I was looking for.


Last to go in were the reeds for the Woodland scenic range.


Waters in & it's amazing how quicky the wild foul find the place....


Pond & church sitting together.


I've added some dry stone walling, not glued in place yet, but used to give me the visual effect to see if that's what I have in mind, if I'm happy that's the look I was after I canthen glue the walling in place & start the next phase which is the magic dust in green scatter.

There you have it a full update which brings you from Jan 2016 to present day.

Catch you all later & I hope not to leave such a large gap bewteen my postings.

Mike.



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Track looks great. Love the pond -very effective! :)



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Hi Gent's.

Well I had some bad luck with the church pond. It did dry lovely & clear & then parts started to go milky around where the reeds had been placed, looks like the PVA reacted with the Woodlands Scenic water.

Therefore I had to dig it all out & start again, glued the new reeds in place after I had airbrushed the pond depth effect. This time I applied 12 coats of acrylic varnish, not only on the pond base but covered the reeds as well. Hopefully this time the PVA will be well & truely sealed under the varnish, or that's what I hope as this Woodlands Scenic stuff isn't cheap.

So whilst the pond was curing I carefully carried on with scenic work around the church yard area. I'm using the Metcalfe Church kit for now which I salvaged from the old layout, but this will be replaced with a new Church kit design I'm working on, the footprint will be the same but it will be my own version.

I had a go designing some new stone slabs for the church yard & I'm quite happy with how they print, gives a nice contrast to the normal concrete slab look.

I've started adding some road surfaces cut from 1.5mm card stock & then glued my road kit surface onto the top.

Some more static grass has gone down but in the church yard main area I'm using normal flock in 4 shades of green, this will give this area a more formal feel, but as we get towards the pond area the static grass will come back out to give this a more natural overgrown look with a walk round path.

All in all the baseboards are starting to take on a lovely shade of greens, I know I've said this before but this colour change makes such a big difference.

So time again for a few photo's.


The church sitting on my new slab work.


The church access road with it's small turning circle, amazing how quickly the weeds grow in the new verge.


Some peco fencing between the road & the railway lines.


The church private garden to the left & the main entrance into the grounds.


Looks like services have already started.


More scenery added to the mound between the goods loop line & lines into the engine sheds, Bachmann Class 47 heads round the loop.

So another update presented, not sure what the plan is for this up coming weekend, if no one has any tasks set aside for me I guess I might get a few more hours in the loft, if this is the case I what to complete the pond area & that will be another small section done.

Hope you enjoy & I'll catch you all again very soon.

Cheers Mike.



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Very nice layout progress Mike. Say, have you uploaded those blasted ramps yet? ;)



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