Video Archive         Recent Topics      
YMR logo

You are here:  Your Model Railway Club > Model Railway Layouts. > Members Personal Layouts. > Kent Coast Railway (formerly Faversham Creek) To bottom of page
                 

 Moderated by: Spurno Page:  First Page Previous Page  ...  69  70  71  72  73  74  75  76  77  Next Page Last Page  
Start New Topic Reply Printer Friendly

Kent Coast Railway (formerly Faversham Creek) - Members Personal Layouts. - Model Railway Layouts. - Your Model Railway Club
AuthorPost
 Posted: Mon Apr 12th, 2021 10:05 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 1461st post
Headmaster
Full Member


Joined: Sun Jun 2nd, 2013
Location: Faversham, United Kingdom
Posts: 1795
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Petermac wrote: That's clever Michael - you must be a dab hand with a paint brush - your abilities with chalk, given your "metier", goes without saying !!  :lol:

I love the cameos and the Morris dancers are wonderful although they're something I'd never have thought of - well done Sir !   Some of the characters had me reaching for Mr Google but others were instantly recognisable - where did you find them ?  Prof Calculus really looks the part ..................

I think, by the time your market is in full swing, you'll be sick of painting figures - it's a big square to fill :shock: :shock:

Thank you Peter.  I found the Morris Dancers at a model railway show here in Faversham ages ago, before  the layout was even planned, so I always knew I would be putting them somewhere!  As to the other figures, Sherlock and Watson are from Mike Pett, again, bought a long time ago.  Philip Marlow is actually a harmonica player, I believe, and I have no idea where the Faversham Irregular came from... he just appeared in my box of unused figures.

The Tintin characters are actually all old Airfix (now Dapol) figures, which I butchered.  Calculus was the the old lady holding her handbag originally, I cut off the bag and made him an umbrella.  Tintin himself needed a quiff and he has a pair of ladies legs added to the bottom half of his trousered legs and Haddock was one of the station porters, just painted to be the old seadog.  The Thompson twins also had their walking sticks added and I shaped the hats to become bowlers.

They are all such iconic figures (well, they are to us Tintin fans!) that you only really need to give the correct impression to make them appear convincing.  The trickiest part was making The Unicorn, especially the masts and sails, which you can just about make out on the bric-a-brac stall.

Glad you liked them.

you are right, I'm getting a bit fed up of painting figures..... but I have another batch done and ready to fit - no significant people, just members of the public.

Michael



____________________
Michael

Kent Coast Railway (Formerly Faversham Creek)

"There is no harm in repeating a good thing." Plato
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Wed Apr 14th, 2021 03:53 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 1462nd post
Headmaster
Full Member


Joined: Sun Jun 2nd, 2013
Location: Faversham, United Kingdom
Posts: 1795
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Well, as Peter predicted, I am pretty fed up with painting figures.... here is the next bunch added.  As it is England, you might notice one or two queues at the stalls....






I'm having a break from figure painting to sort out the pavement areas, Then I can finish off the people.  I think there will be about 110 figures in total, but Chris is quite correct, it is just like returning from the garden centre!

Michael



____________________
Michael

Kent Coast Railway (Formerly Faversham Creek)

"There is no harm in repeating a good thing." Plato
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Wed Apr 14th, 2021 11:57 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 1463rd post
Marty
Enjoying the Journey


Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Posts: 6130
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Coming alive... the pavements will make a big difference.



____________________
Marty
N Gauge, GWR West Wales
Newcastle Emlyn Layout.
Newcastle Emlyn Station is "Under construction"
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Fri Apr 16th, 2021 02:11 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 1464th post
Headmaster
Full Member


Joined: Sun Jun 2nd, 2013
Location: Faversham, United Kingdom
Posts: 1795
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

With a total of 125 figures....yes 125, the square is as populated as it is going to be!  Pavements are in place, just some work on the backscene and then back to making a building or two....
The Morris dancers have attracted quite a crowd,,, must be tourists!







Holmes and Watson look even more furtive as they meet outside the apothecary.  Perhaps Sherlock is after some "medication".








While Miss Marple meets some local ladies for tea and a Gossip, Hercule Poirot and Captain Hastings also take an opportunity to take some refreshment and ponder the mystery of the disappearing seadog...




And finally, it looks like wedding bells will be ringing at St Mary of Charity church, as Cliff Edge's  proposal to Theresa Green outside the jewellers "Barker's of Faversham" appears to have been accepted.




Michael




____________________
Michael

Kent Coast Railway (Formerly Faversham Creek)

"There is no harm in repeating a good thing." Plato
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Fri Apr 16th, 2021 03:45 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 1465th post
Passed Driver
Full Member


Joined: Thu Feb 19th, 2015
Location: Peckham, United Kingdom
Posts: 3977
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Hi Michael.  Very good, but, the social distancing is a bit hit and miss :mutley. Best wishes Kevin 



____________________
Staying on the thread Kevin.
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Fri Apr 16th, 2021 04:28 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 1466th post
John Dew
Full Member


Joined: Tue Dec 1st, 2009
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
Posts: 4442
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Absolutely stunning Michael. You may recall I expressed some doubt about the size of the square and you being able to populate it convincingly? I take all that back with sincere apologies. :lol: My only regret is the square is now so full there is no longer any room for the Buffs. :cry:





I particularly like the ground level shots. When I first opened your post I initially thought that this was a post card of the real thing, shown as a comparison with the models. It was only when I looked again, more closely, that I realised my mistake. Its a brilliant scene in every sense. You must have spent ages not just on the painting but also on the overall composition.......well done indeed

Off to nominate a picture of the month
.



____________________
John
Granby III
Lenz DCC,RR&Co Gold V9 B3 Windows 10
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Fri Apr 16th, 2021 10:07 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 1467th post
peterm
Full Member
 

Joined: Thu Oct 18th, 2012
Location: Bongaree, Australia
Posts: 528
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Very nicely done Michael. It's been interesting to watch this whole thing come to life and it certainly has come to life.



____________________
Cheers Pete.
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Sat Apr 17th, 2021 01:54 am
PMQuoteReply
link to this 1468th post
Marty
Enjoying the Journey


Joined: Sun Oct 14th, 2007
Location: Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Posts: 6130
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

So much fun to be had spotting the characters and cameos in that scene. A 3D where’s Wally. Fabulous.



____________________
Marty
N Gauge, GWR West Wales
Newcastle Emlyn Layout.
Newcastle Emlyn Station is "Under construction"
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Sat Apr 17th, 2021 02:08 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 1469th post
Headmaster
Full Member


Joined: Sun Jun 2nd, 2013
Location: Faversham, United Kingdom
Posts: 1795
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

John Dew wrote: Absolutely stunning Michael. You may recall I expressed some doubt about the size of the square and you being able to populate it convincingly? I take all that back with sincere apologies. :lol: My only regret is the square is now so full there is no longer any room for the Buffs. :cry:





I particularly like the ground level shots. When I first opened your post I initially thought that this was a post card of the real thing, shown as a comparison with the models. It was only when I looked again, more closely, that I realised my mistake. Its a brilliant scene in every sense. You must have spent ages not just on the painting but also on the overall composition.......well done indeed

Off to nominate a picture of the month
.

Thank you John, as always you are far too generous, but I will take that!

In truth, I shortened the square a little because I want to do an experiment with the small backscene at the end (and possibly the man backscene too), so It wasn't quite as large as he initial footprint.

Most of the figures are cheap versions from Ebay - 100 for £6 - but I only really needed them to create the impression of the crowds, with a few decent models in between to spot among them.  Sort of like an impressionist painting, looks good from a bit of a distance!  I don't think I could have afforded to fill the space without them.  Thankfully, no more figures will need painting for a while.

Regards

Michael



____________________
Michael

Kent Coast Railway (Formerly Faversham Creek)

"There is no harm in repeating a good thing." Plato
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Sat Apr 17th, 2021 02:09 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 1470th post
Headmaster
Full Member


Joined: Sun Jun 2nd, 2013
Location: Faversham, United Kingdom
Posts: 1795
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Passed Driver wrote: Hi Michael.  Very good, but, the social distancing is a bit hit and miss :mutley. Best wishes Kevin 

Definitely a pre-Covid scene, Kevin.  I wonder if we will ever be back there?  I don't fancy painting masks on my all figures and mapping out 2m distances!

Michael



____________________
Michael

Kent Coast Railway (Formerly Faversham Creek)

"There is no harm in repeating a good thing." Plato
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Sat Apr 17th, 2021 02:10 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 1471st post
Headmaster
Full Member


Joined: Sun Jun 2nd, 2013
Location: Faversham, United Kingdom
Posts: 1795
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Marty wrote: So much fun to be had spotting the characters and cameos in that scene. A 3D where’s Wally. Fabulous.

Thank you Marty, that was exactly what I intended!

Michael



____________________
Michael

Kent Coast Railway (Formerly Faversham Creek)

"There is no harm in repeating a good thing." Plato
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Sat Apr 17th, 2021 02:21 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 1472nd post
Longchap
Full Member


Joined: Wed Mar 25th, 2015
Location:  Saumur, France
Posts: 2079
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Well populated Michael, although some of them need to eat a few more pies!

Best,

Bill :thumbs



____________________
At 6'4'', Bill is a tall chap, then again, when horizontal he is rather long and people often used to trip over him! . . . and so a nickname was born :)

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Sat Apr 17th, 2021 06:42 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 1473rd post
Passed Driver
Full Member


Joined: Thu Feb 19th, 2015
Location: Peckham, United Kingdom
Posts: 3977
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Hi Michael.   As much as I would like to populate my plank, at the time of writing it looks unlikely. I did consider having a crowd on my 2EPB whilst I had the body shell off when I fitted the decoder, but that is as far as I got. I will have to learn to paint with unsteady hands?   Best wishes Kevin 



____________________
Staying on the thread Kevin.
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Sat Apr 17th, 2021 10:59 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 1474th post
Headmaster
Full Member


Joined: Sun Jun 2nd, 2013
Location: Faversham, United Kingdom
Posts: 1795
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

peterm wrote: Very nicely done Michael. It's been interesting to watch this whole thing come to life and it certainly has come to life.
Thank you Pete.  It's been quite drawn out, but I got there in the end.  Glad you like it.
Michael



____________________
Michael

Kent Coast Railway (Formerly Faversham Creek)

"There is no harm in repeating a good thing." Plato
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Sat Apr 17th, 2021 11:00 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 1475th post
Headmaster
Full Member


Joined: Sun Jun 2nd, 2013
Location: Faversham, United Kingdom
Posts: 1795
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Very true Bill!  I'll make a pie shop!
Michael



____________________
Michael

Kent Coast Railway (Formerly Faversham Creek)

"There is no harm in repeating a good thing." Plato
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Fri Apr 23rd, 2021 08:58 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 1476th post
Headmaster
Full Member


Joined: Sun Jun 2nd, 2013
Location: Faversham, United Kingdom
Posts: 1795
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed the change of name for Faversham Creek, so here is a rather long winded explanation…
 
When I first set about making my debut layout, my personal brief was quite simple.  I wanted to create a space where I could make models and have some trains running round and round with a little bit of wagon shunting, and so Faversham Creek was born.  I have certainly seen my skills develop but have also learned that I made a number of mistakes in the design process and execution.  Some of these I could resolve before I had gone too far, but others I did not, and only realised the problems too late.

The first most significant issue is access to all the track for cleaning and maintenance.  I can just about manage it at the moment, but I have to be a bit of a contortionist, and I’m not getting any younger.  At some point it will be beyond me and I will have to employ the modern equivalent of a young lad going up the chimney to clean it.  So probably best to think about changing it.  The second issue is the annoying post in the loft.  I can generally live with it, but it does have an impact on photographs, which I find a constant frustration.  I think I could either:  Remove it – and risk the roof collapsing; or shorten the length of the layout by about 80cm to avoid it completely.  Or I could completely change the layout as it currently exists.  I’ve been tending towards the latter!
When I started Faversham, my knowledge was pretty basic, so an oval track with a station and a bit of storage, with room to make models seemed sufficient.  But as time has gone on and I have learned more, I am finding this a bit frustrating.  I would like to include some signalling, better integrated electronics (to stop my occasional rail disasters) an interesting timetable for passenger traffic and a bit of purposeful freight shunting, which I have discovered I enjoy more than I thought I would.  In fact the chance to shunt passenger stock around would also be a welcome bonus.

Faversham Creek has always had a fairly ambiguous time period, partly because of lack of knowledge and partly because of liking a variety of stock.  I admire those modellers who pick a time period and stick to it (John’s Granby Junction immediately springs to mind) but I have discovered that isn’t really me.  I sort of wish it was, but as I have “played trains” rather a lot recently, I have been able to find out what I enjoy.  Obviously this may change in the future, but for now, as far as rolling stock Is concerned, I want to create a situation where I can have a variety of rolling stock for a reason, rather than feeling I am doing it wrong. The new layout will need some sort of appropriate back story, which  I think I have created, but would like a bit of feedback.  (See the next post)

Part of me wants to finish Faversham Creek properly, before moving on, but I have found enthusiasm a bit lacking as I start to think about the changes I would like to make.  So I have decided to begin to make the changes, this time with some help from fellow members so I don’t make too many mistakes!

Kent Coast Railway will be  an extension of Faversham, requiring moving the Faversham boards to a different part of the loft, with a new terminus station where Faversham currently resides.  Quite a bit of woodwork to be done and the overall running length will be about 9m, with a sliding traverser for storage, although the two stations will also be able to hold stock.  Well, that’s the plan anyway….


Michael



____________________
Michael

Kent Coast Railway (Formerly Faversham Creek)

"There is no harm in repeating a good thing." Plato
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Fri Apr 23rd, 2021 09:11 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 1477th post
Headmaster
Full Member


Joined: Sun Jun 2nd, 2013
Location: Faversham, United Kingdom
Posts: 1795
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

The Kent Coast Railway Museum Line.

In 1857, the Herne Bay and Faversham Railway Company was founded (it should have been the Faversham and Herne Bay, in my opinion) and in 1859 it changed its name to the Margate and London Railway, before becoming the Kent Coast Railway in 1861.  The line ran from Faversham to Whitstable and on to Herne Bay and in 1863 completed the run to Ramsgate.  The Ramsgate station was built right on the seafront, which meant it was a very popular route compared to the South Eastern Railway line which had been built in 1846, which had a station further away called Ramsgate Town.

The Kent Coast Railway was compelled to allow the London, Chatham and Dover Railway to manage operations on the line, before being bought  completely by the LCDR.  The station at Faversham was replaced and the station in Ramsgate was renamed as Ramsgate and St Lawrence-on-Sea, before becoming Ramsgate Harbour in 1899, due to its proximity to the Royal Harbour (incidentally, the only Royal Harbour in the country). The site of the station was quite small and reached through a long tunnel down a 1:75 gradient.  When the LCDR was taken over by the Southern Region in 1923, a new line was developed from Faversham to Ramsgate, connecting together the old LCDR and South Eastern Railway, which bypassed both the existing stations and a new station was built about a mile from the coast.  Ramsgate town and harbour stations were therefore closed in 1926. 

In 1936, the tunnel was fitted with a narrow gauge railway as a tourist attraction, but this was suspended at the outbreak of war and the tunnels were extended in 1939 to provide air raid shelters, with various entry points around the town.  After the war the narrow gauge Tunnel Railway reopened, but this closed after an accident in 1965 which marked the end of trains running in the harbour area. In 2014, the tunnels were restored and re-opened following a Heritage Lottery Grant and are now a tourist attraction, but sadly without the narrow gauge railway.

In 2017, Ramsgate was chosen as one of ten Heritage Acton Zones by Historic England.  The aim of this is to stimulate economic growth using Ramsgate’s history as a catalyst. So far, this is all true. 
 
The following events may not all be so accurate!
 
In 2021, a company had restored the small branch line at Faversham Creek, and following this success, a proposal was presented to restore the Ramsgate Harbour station with a rural line running back to Faversham Creek, to recreate the original Kent Coast Railway, a new tourist attraction for both Faversham and Ramsgate.  The proposal included re-naming the station to Royal Harbour, to run a variety of trains from the period of 1859 to 1965, as they become available to the new company.  Although principally a tourist attraction, it will also provide a first class passenger service from London to the cross channel ferry, which is also being brought back to life.  There is also interest from a number of local businesses in developing suitable freight traffic.  The brewers, Shepherd Neame, have already made a commitment to utilise such a traditional service, as have a number of farming and fishing co-operatives, to export products to mainland Europe as well as service the local areas.  Local travel companies are also interested in developing “experience trips” for customers and the CEO of the famous local “over-fifties” insurance and travel group, which has invested heavily in artisan trades and crafts, has voiced an interest in developing traditional industries within the area, with transport by the new museum line.  Faversham boat builders are keen to extend their apprenticeship scheme (which currently builds Thames barges) to develop new sailing yachts for what will be a growing market at the Royal Harbour and have even suggested the idea of a new sailing ship capable of long distance trips as part of the redevelopment of the area.  The coal mine at Canterbury, closed during the Thatcher years, has also been the subject of interest for redevelopment and would be capable of producing the fuel required by locomotives, while also offering employment and tourist opportunities. 

The Government now requires firm plans to be developed, beginning with the railway.  Kent Coast Railway Charity is therefore seeking members to join the board of Governors to help produce a practical plan and offer engineering skills and oversight of the development of The Kent Coast Railway Museum.  All interested parties please apply here.
Michael



____________________
Michael

Kent Coast Railway (Formerly Faversham Creek)

"There is no harm in repeating a good thing." Plato
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Fri Apr 23rd, 2021 09:16 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 1478th post
Longchap
Full Member


Joined: Wed Mar 25th, 2015
Location:  Saumur, France
Posts: 2079
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Hi Michael and what a good idea of a plan as well, which I'm sure will give you longer lasting pleasure from your railway, as well as challenge you more in the building of a more operationally interesting model railway.
 
I'm also looking forward to seeing even more locomotives and rolling stock!
 
How exciting, bring it on!
 
Very best,
 
Bill  :thumbs




____________________
At 6'4'', Bill is a tall chap, then again, when horizontal he is rather long and people often used to trip over him! . . . and so a nickname was born :)

Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Fri Apr 23rd, 2021 09:25 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 1479th post
Headmaster
Full Member


Joined: Sun Jun 2nd, 2013
Location: Faversham, United Kingdom
Posts: 1795
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

Thank you Bill.   I've said it now, out loud and public, so I will have to bite the bullet!
Michael



____________________
Michael

Kent Coast Railway (Formerly Faversham Creek)

"There is no harm in repeating a good thing." Plato
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

 Posted: Fri Apr 23rd, 2021 09:28 pm
PMQuoteReply
link to this 1480th post
Headmaster
Full Member


Joined: Sun Jun 2nd, 2013
Location: Faversham, United Kingdom
Posts: 1795
Status: 
Offline

My photos:
view photos in Gallery
view photos as slides

I don't know what happened to the post with the picture.... sorry if I broke something!  Anyway, here is the photo I referred to.
Edit following Sol's fix:

This is the original Harbour Station, which will be the inspiration for Royal Harbour.  Although it was a terminus, it was unusual in having a turntable at the end to allow the turning of locomotives.  You can see how close it is to the beach (or Ramsgate Sands as they are known) and the Royal Crescent buildings on top of the cliff.  Plenty of modelling opportunities...



Michael


Edit by Sol - I deleted that errant post Michael.   you may wish to describe it better now it can be seen.



____________________
Michael

Kent Coast Railway (Formerly Faversham Creek)

"There is no harm in repeating a good thing." Plato
Back To Top PMQuoteReply

This is topic ID = 15008     Current time is 07:12 pm Page:  First Page Previous Page  ...  69  70  71  72  73  74  75  76  77  Next Page Last Page    
You are here:  Your Model Railway Club > Model Railway Layouts. > Members Personal Layouts. > Kent Coast Railway (formerly Faversham Creek)
You can type a quick reply to this topic here. Click in the box below to begin.

Or to reply to an individual post, or to include images, attachments and formatted text,
click the Quote or Reply buttons on each post above.

To start a new topic in this forum, click the Start New Topic button below.
To start a new topic in a different forum, click the Forum Jump drop-down list below.
Start New Topic

Back to top of page

           
15 Most Recent Topics

Problems with this web site? Please contact the Webmaster.

All material submitted to this web site is the responsibility of the respective contributor. By submitting material to this web site you acknowledge that you accept full responsibility for the material submitted.
Unless stated otherwise, all the material displayed on this web site, including all text, photographs, drawings and other images, is copyright and the property of the respective contributor. Registered members are welcome to use it for their own personal non-commercial modelmaking purposes. It must not be reproduced or re-published elsewhere in any form, or used commercially, without first obtaining the owner's express permission.
The owner of this web site may edit, modify or remove any content at any time without giving notice or reason.    © 2008

                 

Recent Topics Back to top of page

Powered by UltraBB 1.15 Copyright © 2007-2011 by Jim Hale and Data 1 Systems. Page design copyright © 2008-2013 Martin Wynne. Photo gallery copyright © 2009 David Williams.