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paul stapleton
By following this thread, which was begun on October 19th 2009, you will be able to get the latest news of Twickenham & District MRC's ambititious new O gauge layout - ADDISON ROAD. Based on the West London Railway station now known as Kensington (Olympia) this model will allow the group to run a huge variety of steam era stock from many different railway companies and yet be true to the protoype.

As the layout develops, the group will post updates of progress
paul stapleton
It's now November 24th 2009 and much progress has been made..............

All five main scenic baseboards have been built off-site and are being delivered to the Clubroom this Saturday. One of the revolving fiddle yards ( the Southern one ) has been built and will be trial attached to the boards for the first time this weekend.

Away from the Clubroom the complex station approach pointwork is under construction - it includes a scissors crossover and a single slip - and work has begun on building the semaphore signals.

The group have made a promise to get the basic layout running for the Club's 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2011 - a big ask , but the group is pulling out all the stops to make it a reality!
paul stapleton
Well, the weekend work session is over and progress has been seen to be made!

Some of the complex pointwork - scissors crossover with single slip - made its first appeaarance in the clubroom. It's being built off-site as a one piece unit on a 5ft long plank of wood. It turned up (part built) on Friday so that other Group members could admire it and it's gone back now to be completed by master pointwork builder Ewen.

Ewen normally works in EM but as we don't have an EM group he is working with our O gaugers at present....we're very lucky to have a member who just likes making pointwork - in any gauge! The facility to work in other scales and gauges - other than your normal one at home is one of the great attractions of joining a Club with a variety of layouts in various scales and gauges.

paul stapleton
Here are some more photos from the November 28th Saturday work day .. they show some of the team posing with one of their new lightweight boards and the second one is far more interesting as it shows the underside of the board and the leg arrangement. Notice how the trackplan is drawn on the underneath of the board so that any bracing does not interfere with tiebars/point motors - well that's the theory anyway!

paul stapleton
It's now February 5th 2010...........

Behind the scenes, Pat is building some of the LNWR style signals needed for the layout. The Club has a small workbench area and Pat can be found there most Fridays working away.

paul stapleton
The March 6th work day has just ended and during the day Ewen completed the most complicated piece of pointwork and delivered it to the tracklaying team.

To build this pointwork, and all other Addison Road pointwork, Ewen used printed paper templates produced using "TEMPLOT" a track design program for model railways.

POST SCRIPT - Since 2011 "TEMPLOT" has been available as a free download from

paul stapleton
It's now Good Friday 2010 and the group have set up the revolving fiddle yard turntables for the first time. You can see the turntable being set up in the photo, it hinges in the middle as it's nearly 10ft long and needs to fold down to 5ft for storage and transport. The fiddle yard pivots on the storage trolley as seen in the photo. The workmate is not normally stored/used on the baseboard! ... it's being used as a weight whilst the baseboard top is gluing

And here's a photo of the fiddle yard it its 'half way' position.................

You will have to imagine all the track laid and the stock waiting to be used on a running session!
paul stapleton
By the June 5th "WORK SATURDAY" much progress had been made and all the trackwork is now built and having insulators fitted ready to be laid.

In particular, much progress has been made with the revolving fiddle yards -

Steve looks on as Graham and John lay track on the first revolving fiddle yard board
paul stapleton
We've just had the June 26th work Saturday and progress is accelerating..............

All the track is laid in one fiddle yard and in the first photo pointwork and track are beginning to appear on the scenic section - note the full size trackplan glued to the underlay

The second photo shows more baseboards ( with underlay ) being erected in situ for the first time - note how the baseboard in the foreground is "off centre" - more of this in future posts ..............

And next Friday night at Club the group evaluates progress

paul stapleton
July 16th and tracklaying continues apace

paul stapleton
Hi Doug and others

Mid August saw a minor problem arise -

As you can see a fullsize trackplan is being glued to the underlay to make tracklaying easier, but somehow the latest sheet has gone on slightly crooked and the track is therefore not exactly parallel to the sides of the boards and whilst the deviation is only very slight, if it isn't corrected there won't be room for the station platforms further down the layout.

After some discussion a small section of straight track is to be lifted and relaid with a very slight curve so everything will line up again.

paul stapleton
August 20th and the minor error has been "sorted" and it's back to more tracklaying!

paul stapleton
The Club's latest all-day work session was on September 11th. This allowed the track-laying team to make good progress. This photo shows the approaches to Addison Road station from the South ... :-

paul stapleton
The Group gained a new leader at this year's AGM in early November with Grant Alderson ( the project's spiritual leader and father figure ) standing down to become Exhibition Manager for the Club's special 50th Anniversary Exhibition in May 2011.

In the last few weeks the group has completed 75% of track-laying, started fitting the (invisible) dropper wires and begun work on the (analogue) wiring diagrams ... albeit this will involve some hi-tech wiring techniques - more of this in a later post

By the Club's Xmas break far more track had been laid and this South facing mobile phone photo makes an interesting contrast to the September photo.... this photo more clearly shows the Southern (revolving ) fiddle yard................

Now with the camera turned through 180 degrees you can for the first time see the tracks going North into the new Northern (revolving) fiddle yard.

The four tracks heading North will include another double scissors crossover and a simple (trailing?) crossover approximately where the drill box is seen sitting on the fullsize trackplan. These points were misssed off the original trackplan but have now been re-instated to make the trackplan more authentic. Note the 3 way point and release road in the now complete bay platform trackwork...

paul stapleton
New group leader Peter Warren (right) is seen leading the team soldering dropper wires under the rails on a board with all the track laid on it

paul stapleton
It's now January 30th 2011 and things are accelerating away on the layout ... 99% of the track is now laid

Here are some of the latest photos............

Her is the trackwork looking North towards Willesden - note the bay platforms on the right .............

Turning the camera around, here is the trackwork from the station looking South towards Clapham Junction - note the bay platforms on the left..........

Here is our master pointwork builder (Ewen) supervisor tracklaying ................

and here is the leader of our N gauge tramway group (Eddie) working on Addison Road - one of the great advantages of being in a club is the ability to work in a variety of scales and gauges..............

paul stapleton
Just to prove that Ewen doesn't just build pointwork, here is Ewen's first attempt at 7mm loco building ( he normally models in EM! ) .... it's a Southern D1 ...

paul stapleton
Hello Peter

Nice to know that you're following this thread. No test running yet, but wiring is proceeding apace. Also we are starting work on the buildings. As part of the planning process we have produced some 3D mock ups - here is the full size mock up of the signal box...

paul stapleton
It's now early April and the group is working flat out to get the layout running for the Club's Golden Jubilee Exhibition.

In this first photo you can see the add-on front scenic boards - they taper slightly as you can see - these front secenic boards carry the down platform amongst other scenic features - the rear scenic add-on boards are much larger and carry many structures - the rea add-on boards will not be built for the exhibition as they would at that stage only be bare plywood

Note the bases for the point rodding - it will ALL have to go in eventually!

Members are being drafted in from many other groups in the Club to help with Addison Road. Here Eddie Chapman, the leader of the Club's N gauge tramway group, helps with the wiring. Note the neat point motors and the electronics for route selection....

paul stapleton
It's now only a month from the date of our Golden Jubilee exhibition and the pace of work is hotting up ........... nowhere more than on Ewen's workbench at home....

Here's his D1 0-4-2 we saw earlier - now painted - and lined - ON ONE SIDE AT LEAST!

Here's Ewen's new SECR brake van .............. we can assure you that it's painted and lettered on BOTH sides!

And just to prove that it's not just Ewen who's building stock............ here's Peter's LBSCR 0-6-0T

paul stapleton
Wow! Our recent Golden Jubilee exhibition saw the first trains running on Addison Road

paul stapleton
Our R&D department has been working on removeable signals (to allow maintenance) and suitable mechanisms. On June 17th a first prototype was delivered......

The signal has a built in spring holding the signal at danger .......

The signal is held securely onto the baseboard by magets recessed into the baseboard - simple!

We hope to include a degree of "bounce" ... this first prototype is hand operated but production ones will probably use a solenoid
paul stapleton
One of the most important parts of the Addison Road project was always going to the the LNWR OERLIKON STOCK. These 1915 built DC electric units are iconic of the line at the time of our model and yet they are so unique that even today no O gauge kit manufacturer has attempted them .... sales would be very small!

This is where Twickenham & District MRC shows its mettle! Or should that be shows its metal?

The group have produced its own "kit" to build stock for the layout .... here are some photos ...

First sight of the etches .......

Early construction......

Taking shape .......

Getting there! .....

Just needs some paint .....

paul stapleton
Back with the blog! Lack of updates has down to me looking for a new job and moving home!

With the technical dept ( Brandon) making signal operating mechanisms, attention has now returned to the signal department ( Pat Haynes) who has been quietly sitting in the Club's workbench turning out signals for many months. Here are his first three completed signals....

Pat is not just making them up as he goes along! There is a plan ....... honestly! Here it is ......

Next on Pat's schedule is the layout's first bracket signal ..... here is a photo of the walkway from the top ...

Now here is a photo of the underneath - if you look carefully you can see the hidden channels for the electrical wires to power the "oil" lamps

And as of December 2011 here is how far Pat has got with the latest signal ....

More soon!!
paul stapleton
Ok... with Xmas over it's time to catch up on other progress on Addison Road....

A feature of the model will be the canopies on the station itself ... there are a lot of them .... here is how they looked

here is the latest digital image of how the model ones will look

Here is a less detailed view from between the tracks

And an overall view

Its been a long time since I checked in here!

Thats an amazing ammount of progress from the last time I saw it in the flesh. I used to belong to a club that would have taken at least a decade to accomplish that!

I had never noticed those quite distinctive windows on the Oerlikon set.

Keep up the good work!

paul stapleton
Hello Peter

Thanks for your comments ... there are sub-teams working on various aspects and so the layout progresses on many levels at the same time. For example, one member lives in Chicago and is researching suitable poster designs for a billboard on the layout - he's tracked down an advert for Rugby at Twickenham in the 1920s ... I will try to find the image and display it

The member who drew up the Oerlikon drawings has also done the canopy computer designs - handy to have an architect in the group!
Mike Bellamy
Hi Paul

Great drawings of the platform buildings - I wondered how you proposed to produce the canopy supports? Are you aware of the work done by Pete Harvey
illustrated here on RMweb

An alternative to etched would be laser cut from somewhere like York Model Making

Looking forward to seeing further progress

paul stapleton
Hi Mike

Many thanks for your interest ...

I'm not completely in the know on that aspect of the project but I do know that the group are aware of York Model Makers - they were considered for the components for the Oerlikon stock but in the end the group went for etched brass for that project.

I will make sure that the group are made aware of the Pete Hardy link.

paul stapleton
Peter our resident architect ( and project leader ) has let me have some upgraded views of the station and canopy

paul stapleton
One of the great things about any club project is that various topics can be sub-contracted out to various group members so that progress can be made on several fronts at once ....

Here is a photo of the latest progress from our S&T department ....

And we have a ballasting team who are looking into the best ballast to use; here is a test sample of track with "grit" as ballast .....

Another team is researching road vehicles; these are the type of TAXI we need - does anyone know a 7mm scale model of this design?

paul stapleton
Regular readers of this blog may know that we have a member of the team (John) who lives in Chicago, USA .... he is no mere "window dressing" just to add a little spice to the group, he is a fully active member of the team although clubroom visits are restricted to about once a year!

Here is his current project ... scratchbuilding the large hoarding situated between the bay platform and Russell Road....

John has tracked down a 1920s billboard poster advertising Rugby at Twickenham Stadium and that will feature on the finished model

paul stapleton
No sooner had I posted the photos of John's model under construction than some photos of the finished article arrived by email from the USA and herte they are ...

paul stapleton
Since our last posting two months ago the group has been powering ahead on several fronts ......

1. BASEBOARDS : The baseboard arrangement of Addison Road is somewhat unconventional ......

All the trackwork for Addison Road fits onto a series of irregularly shaped boards forming the central spine of the layout. These trackwork boards are not conventional rectangular boards and when bolted together they form a gentle curve - these trackwork boards have virtually no scenery other than track, pointwork and the up (island) platform.

Scenery, station buildings ( even the main down platform ) etc are being built on add-on boards which bolt on either side of the central spine and so eventually the 25ft long scenic section of the layout will have 13 separate baseboards ... five large baseboards carrying the trackwork etc with another five boards on one side carrying the station platforms, scenery etc and three on the other. These add-on boards are all odd shapes so that all the boards are eventually bolted together the final scenic section will be a rectangular block approx 25 ft x 5ft plus a fiddle yard at each end ... does that make sense? I hope to publish a baseboard plan shortly which will make things clear!

This photo shows Grant fitting the add-on board which will support the main station buildings and down platorms. The track and up platform shown in the photo are on the central spine of the layout.

2. MORE DEDICATED STOCK : first sighting of the second OERLIKON set made from our own etches, this set made by group member Keith Parkin


The group has commissioned a series af laser-cut MDF components to make life easier when building the very elaborate station buildings - in particular the canopies. Here is the first test section made from some of the first parts sent through from the manufacturer ... this work carried out by project leader Peter Warren from his own drawings.

Another group member, ,John Harding of Chicago (USA!), has made a master of the station windows which we will use to make a mold to cast the windows in resin......

paul stapleton
A quick chat at club has resulted in some new graphics to help explain Addison Road's somewhat unusual baseboard configuration.

Almost all the trackwork and associated electrics fit onto the five 'CORE' boards ( C1 - C5 ). These core boards also carry the up platform, station buildings and the road bridge at the southern end of the layout. There are also eight add-on boards, five rear ones ( R1 - R5 ) and three front ones ( F1 - F3 ).

Boards R1 -R5 carry the station forecourt, a long loading dock and backscene. Boards R4 and R5 also support the plain track associated with the loading dock.

Boards F1 - F3 carry the down platform, station buildings and the south main signal box. These boards overlap the core boards and thereby hide the baseboard joins.

This graphic hopefully explains all of the above......

Lastly a photo of some of the actual boards shown in the computer graphic above. In this picture the boards are laid out on the clubroom floor for test fitting. This photo shows boards C1 and C2 with the bare plywood of add-on board R2.

paul stapleton
One week later sees basebards C2 and R2 again, but this time R2 is complete and position accurately alongside and overlapping C2

We can also get a first look at baseboard C5, note the road overbridge.

paul stapleton
On July 14th 2012 the Addison Road group attended the CMRA Modellers Day in Watford.

By now the group has a very professional display and the photo shows the display boards with compulsory laptop which contained all the drawings etc used on the project plus some of the smaller items such as water tower and billboards ....

paul stapleton
Nothing much has been seen or heard about our O gauge Addison Road layout for nearly a year - many apologies!

A move to Watford and a return to full time employment has dramatically reduced my personal involvement with the group. However over the next few weeks I will trawl the archive and attempt to bring you all up to date with the layout as it is today.

Back in September 2012 there was a great deal of time spent on stock building .... here is the first photo of one motor coach of Peter's LNWR Oerlikon set, the greenery is in Peter's back garden - not overscale trees on the layout.

Speaking of trees, some research went into making the trees at the back of the layout - a site visit provides a photo of how they look today......

In Sept 2012 the basic shell of the main station building made a first appearance in the clubroom - made by Ewen Crossweller who is a recent convert from EM gauge......

Lastly, just to show the wide range of interests within the group here is a photo of an 08 to contrast with Peter's LNWR stock

paul stapleton
October 2012 saw work begin on super-detailing the track. In particular adding the point rodding. This photo shows the first section added by Stephen Watts

Other work centred on the station canopies... here is the brass master for the columns made by Graham Barker ....

Project leader Peter Warren produced some drawings for the canopy supports and within 48 hours of sending them off to our favourite laser-cutter, Brian Lewis, the first sample was back with us. Once approved we ordered 70 of them made from 1.5mm MDF

The group's USA contingent (John Harding) sent us photos of the station chimneys he's been making in Chicago.....

The motor coach of the Oerlikon 3 car set is wonderful. I recall travelling on these units in the 1950's from Kilburn High Road to Euston, today these units would be considered unsafe, as the doors at the end if each saloon were hand operated. They were powerful units, and the motor coach gave an exciting ride especially at speed , hearing one of these units grinding their way up Camden bank was a sound to behold.
paul stapleton

At the time of my last major posting (October 2014) project leader Peter Warren was preparing a drawing (using TEMPLOT) showing the SW bay - it's shown in brown in our drawing.

In the period of our model (1920's) this bay was a little used siding. This bay will not feature in the completed layout other than as a non-working scenic feature, if for no other reason than it wanders off our baseboard area! We will hide this fact by representing it being re-laid by a track gang - lots of old rotting sleepers, old rail and chairs.

Much later (in reality) this bay was re-instated as a terminus bay siding for terminating District Line trains.
paul stapleton
With a large ambitious project like this sometimes you'll need a lot of a certain component that either isn't made commercially or might be too expensive - then you need to make them yourselves in quantity. So it was with point rodding stools ( No, I didn't know what they are either! ). We needed loads and so Graham thought he could mass produce them in resin - so he made a master in brass : -

paul stapleton
And a few weeks later .........

We had hundreds of Point/Signal rodding stools - and by now I did know what they were!
paul stapleton
In October 2012 Keith prepared a signalling diagram for our layout - later this will be used with our signal frame.... remember that we are modelling just half of the real station using the footbridge as the scenic break

It was about this time that various techniques were tried to replicate the slate tiling on the canopy roofs; this was the style we chose using thin grey card cut into slate tiles by Mike....

paul stapleton
In December 2012 the S&T department started to think beyond just the signals and points and began making the various cranks, pulleys etc that will add so much to the authentic look of the track.....

Early on we decided to have the windows for the station building manufactured from our own master .... here are some raw castings, they need cleaning up, but as delivered they reminded many members of the vandalised windows found in many closed stations in the 1970s/80s ........

paul stapleton
Keith had been busy over Xmas 2012 and in the New Year he arrived one Friday with the completed control panel and associated track plan - just like the real thing!

paul stapleton
The signals on ADDISON ROAD are a team effort with Pat making the actual signals ...........

..... and the 'tech team' making them work ................

This mechanism was a prototype made for evaluation purposes by Keith and Steve. For the record the white box is a Conrad point motor.

paul stapleton
January 2013 also saw Peter (our project leader) start work on the drawings for the Addison Road signal box......

This took far longer than he thought due to the non-standard brick pattern on the base......

As the signalbox is very much a focal point of the layout Peter wanted to make sure it was accurate and so every brick will be shown .... JUST LIKE THE REAL THING!
paul stapleton
In March 2013 our member (John) who lives in Chicago (USA) paid us a visit and brought with him some adverts and signs he's been making for the station..... these were quickly spirited away to Esher (SURREY) for fitting to the station buildings...

These postings will continue like this until we catch up with ourselves and then they will revert to every couple of weeks; so please keep watching out for postings every few days or so for the moment.
paul stapleton
March 2013 saw progress on several fronts...

A prominent feature of the layout will be a row of five LYONS TEA vans parked at the rear of the layout .... we hope that with some work these commercial models will do the job....

Grant had been working away in his workshop to build the add-on scenic boards that bolt onto the main core baseboards. Here he is seen fitting the last one, you can just see the corner of a core baseboard in the bottom left of the photo. Due to clever design ALL working trackwork is contained within the central core baseboards so the add-on scenic boards are optional and don't need to be added for a successful clubnight running session.....

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