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post 2 Jan 2010, 19:25
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Hey all, thought I'd start a new topic on my layout which was started in 2005

Brief Background of the Layout todate:
I returned to the hobby in 2005, and after some thinking of what to base the layout on, I settled on the Bluebell Railway. I chose Horsted Keynes as there was a nice flexability in the running, shunting and and general running, but most important many sidings for storage, which was key due to my plan to expand my collection.
Mid 2006 the layout was built in my room, and was generally complete at the end of the year. Built on a very low budget due to a loss of job, the stations were built from Block board, with card kits and the canopy was held up with match sticks to begin with.

Over the years the layout has been continually upgraded and modified with in the budget, Die cast Canopy supports were used to replace the match sticks, following this Peco subways were installed.

In May 2009 the layout couldn't grow any further due to the limitation of space in my room, the layout was moved in 3 sections at the end of May outside to the shed. The plan was to expand the layout to outside in a loop formation with another small layout on the otherside of the shed. This layout was to be loosley based on the new station for the Bluebell, East Grinstead.

The complete loop was completed in August. After fixing some minor problems, the layouts were closed down for Winter and maintance and updates were planned. The updates included widening Horsted Keynes to accomodate a new station building (Wills kit), and scratch building the carriage and wagon Workshop which at this time is still under construction.

Here are some images from the updated Layout:















Comments welcome thanks!


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post 2 Jan 2010, 19:29
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Hi Matt & a warm welcome to MRF.

Thanks for the pictures - very nice work - I especially liked the "under canopy" shot.
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post 2 Jan 2010, 19:36
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Very nice and welcome.
Just out of interest, is Horsted Keyens a real place, as it rings a bell?


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Very nice and bright.Looking good.
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post 2 Jan 2010, 19:39
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Thank you Brian, alot has changed since those pictures were taken, Ill post a few more up tomorrow.

Shedmad66, Yes it is, If you read the intro, The layout is based on Horsted Keynes, on the Bluebell line, in Sussex, which is a preserved line celebrating its 50th Birthday this year in August.

and thanks Frame69. Much apprciated.


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Thought so, cheers
PS missed the bit in the intro sad.gif


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post 2 Jan 2010, 19:53
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I too love that under canopy shot of Horsted Keynes. On our last visit to the Bluebell, we got off at Horsted Keynes to take a good look round. Your photo shows that you have really captured the atmosphere! I look forward to seeing more photos.

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post 2 Jan 2010, 19:57
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hehe thats ok Shedmad66 no problem smile.gif

Thank you David, Very kind, I'm pretty pleased with the result as it was built on a tight budget, but I think the look and the feel has just about been achieved and its recognizable which was the aim.

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post 2 Jan 2010, 20:27
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Excellent shots of the layout, especially the under canopy ones. Having been on the Bluebell in August it has definitely captured the feel of the place.
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Thank you mike much apprciate

Ive just uploaded a few pics, so Ill put some up here.
As mentioned I've been working on the layout alot, from wiring to scenery improvements, and anything that needs doing.

Since i shut the railway down in November and batterned down the hatches for the winter, I decded to do some winter maintance... like most heritage railways.

My list was quite long, especially after 4 years of constant running and sunlight.
- Resurface platforms
- Resolve wiring issues.
- Replace points
- Carriage and Wagon workshop
- Signal improvements
- Install & wire point motors
- Build Control pannel
- fix outdoor track issues.
- Build additional building on platform 3 + 4
- foot crossings between platforms.

All of this work is now mostly complete. Here are some images of the improvements.














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post 2 Jan 2010, 23:46
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Great! I really like the feel of Horsted Keynes station and this captures it. Prefer East Ginstead to the Grinstead, too!
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post 3 Jan 2010, 00:07
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Thanks for the comment yes I noticed it earlier, my R key isn't to great sometimes works sometimes doesn't, Wheres the edit button as Ive been looking for it, and even searched.


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post 3 Jan 2010, 10:17
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Wheres the edit button as Ive been looking for it, and even searched.


The Edit button is available for posts for a limited time - about 20 minutes I think. I don't think you can edit the topic title at all but if you PM me, I can change it. No need to do it this time as I will do it once I've made this post.

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right i see... bit of an odd system, anyway thank you.


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post 3 Jan 2010, 11:34
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WOW that is some layout!!!

We are very regular visitors to the Bluebell Railway and especially Horsted Keynes Station as we got married there in June 2009. You have done an amazing job capturing the feeling of the station. Its such an amazing station, when your there its like your back in time.

Cant wait to have a proper look at your web site.

Great job.

John & Kirsty
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