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 Posted: Sun May 13th, 2012 03:02 pm
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After my recent trip to mid-wales (wet most of the time) and completion of some new racking in my railways home - the garage, I thought it was about time I updated you all on what my layout is all about.  As I mentioned before, this layout is totally fiction although since its inception I have now realised that 'Milton Junction' exists in at least three different places - in England and in America. Still, never mind eh.

I have had many different layouts in my time, culminating in one which took up the whole of my current garage. Pressure from other areas of the household finally caused me to carry out a Dr. Beeching style cut back. This present layout now resides down one side only of the garage (approx 18ft X 2ft 6ins), the other side being where I have just finished building the previously mentioned racking - harmony now existing throughout the household. ;-)

I took the decision to make Milton Junction a very simple layout, as can be seen from the photographs, the junction is served from a main line (Linley Town) and a branch line (Westport) by DMU service with a twice a day van freight to service a small factory at Westport, the very occasional Engineers clean-up train and a push-pull steam special from Westport Preservation Railway  which has somehow managed to get running rights from Westport to Milton on a twice a day service.

 

To be continued........

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 Posted: Mon May 14th, 2012 02:38 am
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 Posted: Mon May 14th, 2012 11:18 am
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What's happened here then DD as I see you have posted the pictures, or have I missed something.



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 Posted: Mon May 14th, 2012 01:16 pm
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Just transferred them from gallery, Bob.
The text referred to pictures which weren't there (although there was a gallery link at the side).



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 Posted: Mon May 14th, 2012 02:29 pm
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Thanks for transferring the photo's from the gallery DD - did intend to put them in but had to close down quick and didn't get round to it.

Anyway, to continue, Milton Junction came from the name of the road I live in (Milton Crescent); Linley Town from another close road (Linley Road); Westport from a nearby nature reserve (Westport Lake). The layout is DCC controlled, albeit only the Dynamis system - not brilliant but serves my purpose adequately. The stock consists of:-

Bachmann Class 108:        Bachmann Class 150/1:       Hornby Class 153:       Bachmann Class 20:                                  Bachmann Class 25/3:         Bachmann Pannier Tank:        Airfix Class 31.

All except the Class 31 are fitted with sound.  There is still plenty to do on the layout including finishing off the factory, completing a farm opposite the church, more vehicles and lots more little people and a load more trees to populate the area.




Milton Junction's home - notice I have removed the 'up & over' door - no excuse for putting the car in there!!!!!:twisted:

 




This is the railway's side of the garage. Fiddle Yard on right of picture with site of proposed farm above it.

 




This is the new racking side of the garage as referred to earlier.

 




Another view of the railway side of the garage.

 




Station entrance on right.




There is a nearby RAF base and this Vulcan c/w Blue Steel missile is on final approach over the town.  (Had to put this into the layout somehow - worked on these at RAF Scampton for a number of years.

 

Hope these pictures give you some further idea of what my layout looks like, will keep you up to date as and when further progress takes place.

 

Brian ;-)

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 Posted: Mon May 14th, 2012 03:25 pm
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What a stunning layout Brian. I really like the station area and you have made excellent use of those metcalfe buildings. The row of terrace houses look very impressive indeed. Plenty of header photos there too.

Bob

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What's Staffordshire for "lucky bu##er" ......:lol::lol:

That's a great train shed Brian and a great looking layout.  Looks like you also have a great view. 

What make is the Vulcan (and I don't mean "Avro" :???:) ?  A fantastic aircraft. :thumbs  Liz's ex brother-in-law used to fly them.  I remember seeing one of the last ones come in to land at Catterick airfield before being dismantled and shipped of to (I think .....) Sunderland Aviation Museum.  They had to close the A1 and put some of that roll-out roadway down incase she overshot.  There was no way she could ever have taken off again - the runway is far too short.



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Thanks for the comments Bob.  I have always found Metcalfe kits to be very good - they are relatively easy to make and have loads of detail, ideal as long as you are not a 'rivet counter'. All the kits have been used on my previous layout, I managed to uproot them without doing too much damage, one or two minor repairs required before resiting. 

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Thanks for your comments Petermac - really appreciated.  View is not bad - looking out over the Cheshire plain, can see Manchester Airport on the horizon looking north, also Jodrell Bank and to the west Fiddlers Ferry Power Station which is just outside Warrington.

The Vulcan model is an Airfix one sold as XH558 - the only Vulcan to currently still be cleared for flight - I have built it as they originally were when I was first posted to RAF Scampton as XL321, in the anti-flare all white paint scheme used when they flew as high level bombers. Brilliant aircraft, as you say, although rather outdated when XM607 bombed Port Stanley.

I did a second tour of duty at Scampton when, as an Aircraft Electrical Fitter, I spent time as an armanent electrician loading Blue Steel Missiles on the Vulcan.

Inbetween these tours I spent two and a half years at RAF Tengah, Singapore during which time I spent eighteen months on 81 squadron working on the Canberra PR7 - hence the username.

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Hello Brian,

Great looking layout. All those Metcalfe kits look good. You haven't got shares in Metcalfe, have you ?? I really like the 6th photo in the set of the tracks that 'once were' in use, but as the budget cuts and heavy road transport took over... well, enough said. Anyway, keep posting and looking forward to more pics.

Cheers, Gary.

ps. I'm glad you mention 'Canberra' as a bomber and not as Australia's National Capital... (although it could do with a bomber overhead..!)



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