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 Posted: Sun Jun 24th, 2012 11:15 am
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"Exford Park" was born in our loft 4 years ago when the decision was made to break up my previous garage based layout to allow garage conversion. So the loft was cleared, boarded and lined with the Airtec product before the baseboards were constructed in the Vees of the roof supports to give an area of about 15 x 9 foot.

Now the back story, modellers' licence in hand!

Exford Park is located where the LSWR route to London leaves the GW mainline in Exeter. St Davids station and Riverside yard are 'moved' a bit further up the line towards Bristol. Exford Park is a small local station in the Exeter area just after the LSWR junction, and Exford Park stabling point is alongside the mainlines between the jct and Exeter St Davids, replacing the facilities at St Davids station. Locos from Exeter St Davids station, Riverside Yard, and the recently completed South Western International Freight Terminal (SWIFT!) near Exeter Airport and the A30/M5 junction, are serviced at Exford Park. The timeframe is 1988 to 93 (ish) so there is lots of Class 50 action as well as Sector liveries etc, this being the era I remember/like the best from spotting days.

I had wanted to model a station similar in design to Exeter St Davids but decided there wouldn't be enough room to fit everything in allowing for decent length trains, and this way I've got somewhere to store my ever increasing loco stud.



This is the trackplan as of June 2008, there have been a couple of minor tweaks since then.




This shows the track being laid out to check clearances etc. June 2008.
 


Similar viewpoint in May 2011 showing the development of the layout. 

 


View along layout in late October 2011 showing the addition of strip of baseboard to lefthand edge to include roadway and embankment.





The layout hasn't changed much since the last photo as I have been carrying out various projects of upgrading stock etc such as respraying 9 Bachmann NSE coaches into a more realistic colour blue! There is still much to do particulary at the station/junction end of the layout as well as further detailing all over.


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 Posted: Sun Jun 24th, 2012 11:29 am
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That last photograph really sets things off Ian and the added embankment adds such a lot. Great stuff.



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The fuel tanks look interesting, any chance of more pictures of them? 



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Ianbo wrote: The fuel tanks look interesting, any chance of more pictures of them? 
Hi Ian

Will these do?





The fuel storage area was knocked up from bits lying around and made to fit the space available. The bund was first fashioned from 3mm MDF and two Hornby Texaco tank bodies mounted on MDF 'concrete walls'. The stairway was nicked from the Knightwing double portacabin kit and adapted to suit, and the walkway scratchbuilt from Plasticard and strip. The pipework is bits cut from plastic kit sprues bent to shape with foil tape wrapped around for the joints.




This photo shows it all complete, painted, brickwork added and then weathered in situ with the 'pump' room made from a cut down and repainted Hornby Site office.

Let me know if you need any more info.

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My gob is smacking as we speak.  What accurate looking, beautiful scenery.  :thumbs

The fuel depot is a triumph!



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Just shows what can be done with a bit of imagination and flair, plus a ´bits´ box, which we should all have somewhere.



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Welcome Ian, it took you a while!



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I'm with Max on this one - the scenery looks wonderful Ian - as of course, does the layout itself.

What have you laid the track on ?  In the first shot, it looks like that thin polyester "foam" stuff often seen wrapping delicate electronic equipement - I can't for the life of me remember what it's called at this moment .............:oops::oops:

Also, how thick is the "Airtec" insulation and does it cope with the temperature changes OK ?



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Many thanks for your kind words, to answer your questions;

The track is laid on the thin insulation foam used under laminate flooring which is a tip I got from someone else, although next time I would stick it down with either PVA or an impact adhesive. I have used wallpaper paste this time and it wasn't too successful but once ballasted it seems to stay put.

The Airtec product isn't very thick as it is basically bubblewrap with foil on both sides and I'm not sure how much difference it makes to the temperatures in the loft. The main benefit is that it stops any dust and crud falling on the layout from the roofing materials and the spiders don't seem to like it!

Just another pic for you all. This is my latest project that has joined the loco stud 47549 'Royal Mail' and is seen here exiting the tunnel at Exford Park Junction on its way North from Plymouth.



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Id like to start by saying this looks so good I would be very proud.

My question is basically how did you insulate your loft. I am in the process of doing mine I have now completed half of the floor boarding. What advice can you offer me.

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Very impressed....great work. I am green with envy :mrgreen:

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Afternoon all

I've been in the loft with a couple of new locos that have been renumbered and weathered etc for a photo session.



37235 'The Coal Merchants Association of Scotland' (a Cardiff loco!) passes the stabling point with 6C34 Radyr - Exmouth Jct Speedlink coal service.




Early evening and 37092 arrives on the fuel point for filling.

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Hi Ian and a belated welcome to 'The Club',

I do like it when a layout starts with a good back story and yours sets the scene perfectly. I also like the 3 'fast forward' photos at the start of your thread which summarise your progress to date so succinctly. When I first saw the track plan I thought it might be a bit track heavy but, having now seen the real thing, it almost seems minimalist compared to some of the layouts I've seen. The landscaping is very subtle yet so effective. My complimens to you on a very well executed layout.

What plans do you have for future development ? Is there anything planned for the other side of the loft or is that dedicated to stoage roads ? 

Many thanks for showing Exford Park to us.



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Hi Trevor

Thanks for your comments. Future development is to carry on with the area around the station and tunnel end of the layout as there is much to do there. As you suggested the 'other side' is a 13 road FY.

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Hi Everyone With me only at the baseboard construction stage, I should not look at the workmanship of these beautiful model scenes, it is like some of the seven deadly sins that I was warned about. But I do intend to study and find out how it is done, any advice would be welcome.
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Kevin, you will not get an answer from Temeraire as he is no longer a member.



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Hi

How did you get he colour for the tanks

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Robert , you will not get an answer from Temeraire as he is no longer a member.




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