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paul stapleton
Behind the scenes work has been continuing to build stock for the layout. The most iconic stock is the ex-LNWR Oerlikon electric units. The group has produced its own exclusive limited edition "kits" thanks to the design work of project leader Peter.......



Here we see an LMS version just back from the paint shop .......

paul stapleton
April 2013 saw the group have a demo/display at the Epsom & Ewell MRC exhibition ....



In addition to our info display showing many of the archive photos, we also displayed many of our exclusive laser cut and etched parts specially manufactured for this project ...

paul stapleton
May 2013 saw a lot of progress with the track. Firstly, ballasting was (mainly) completed although much of the track still needed the ballast coloured ......



Brandon produced a series of jigs and tools to ensure that the 3rd and 4th rail insulators were placed correctly. The 3rd and 4th conductor chairs are VERY similar, but different heights.



Once the ballasting was completed a team was delegated to laying the 3rd and 4th rails



Progress was VERY slow. The 4th rail was easier to lay and so completed sooner ...... the outside 3rd rail will be fitted later ..... gluing the rail to the insulators was quite successful but we will need to do some soldered joints for added strength especially at baseboard joints....

paul stapleton
June 2013 came and went with progress on all fronts including the production of some bespoke roof castings (in resin) for the Club's exclusive Oerlikon kits ... this is a real upgrade and these can clearly be seen in this unfinished set ...



Note the open ventilators above the main windows ...

paul stapleton
One of the great attractions of building a large layout at T&DMRC is that normal club nights are Fridays; this means that when we have one of our regular (monthly ?) Saturday work days we can set everything up on the Friday and leave everything out and start again early the next morning - no wasting time putting things away and having to set up again!

Work days have been very well attended by the ADDISON ROAD group. Some members just like the social interaction even if the are not actually working on the layout itself and will set up a workbench just to be part of the day rather than working alone at home. So it was in July 2013 when Ewen set up a table to assemble the main booking hall.....



Progress was made acrosss the board (no pun intended!) including ..... fitting the point rodding ....



and adding the 3rd rail .....

paul stapleton
By the end of July 2013 Pat had produced a mock up of the down home signals which appear over the parapet of the mock up of the Hammersmith Road bridge. We were originally not going to model this iconic feature of Addison Road, but there's no stopping Pat now that he has become our signalling expert....



Meanwhile Mike had been progressing with the tiling of the canopies ... here is the first double canopy section ....

paul stapleton
August 2013 was a significant date in the history of our ADDISON ROAD project; the first time we had all the boards up at the same time. The scenic section of the layout comprises 15 boards; the scenic section is five boards long and three boards deep - 5 x 3 = 15 - I hope that makes sense!

This first photo clearly shows how all the track is on the central spine of boards and that there is a (non-track) scenic board front and back of each track baseboard. It also clearly shows how the central spine cuts an angle through the scene and so the scenic boards are not rectangular to compensate. The overall scenic section is rectangular, but most of the individual boards are not ......



This photo shows the layout from the footbridge end of the layout



This photo shows the view from the Hammersmith Road bridge end of the layout ....

paul stapleton
August 2013 also saw the first test fitting of signal 12 the bay 3 starter......

paul stapleton
August 2013 saw some wet weekends and that allowed project leader Peter to start work on the SOUTH MAIN BOX - made from his own laser cut kit, from his own drawings!



Meanwhile Keith had taken board C1 - that's the first CENTRE board from the footbridge end of the layout - in order to fit the conductor rail ramps. Here are the results ....



Peter wants to model the SOUTH MAIN BOX with full interior detail. However, the LNWR used a distinctive style of lever and no-one makes it commercially. Here is a technical drawing of the style of LNWR signal/turnout lever we'll need -and we want 80 of them!



Here's a photo of the real thing!..



Back in August 2013 we started to realise that we would have to make these ourselves - etched? cast? - but more of this later.
paul stapleton
October 2013 saw that PW department filling in any missing ballast and painting .....



Meanwhile Peter was able to concentrate on the SOUTH MAIN SIGNALBOX ...







paul stapleton
Away from Club Grant was working on the Hammersmith Road mock-up and backscene...



Graham had also been busy - assembling the brass framework to support the platform canopies ....

paul stapleton
The last club night in October 2013 and Peter brought down the SOUTH MAIN SIGNALBOX for a test fitting. The model still needed detailing including those iconic LNWR levers



Peter had also found time to prepare the artwork for the station nameboards

paul stapleton
We're up to November 2013 now - almost up to date!

Unique items are being manufactured - here are the station nameboards back from the etchers...



As the operating sequence takes shape ( and as new signals are delivered ) so the route and power control electronics need upgrading. The layout will be operated from a replica of the lever frame and (hopefully) it will 100% replicate the real use of the SOUTH MAIN BOX. Here we see our electronics team of Steve and Keith upgrading the software....



November saw test fitting of some of the canopies onto the brass support frames ....



We identified the sorrect LNWR style fencing - but how to model it? When we realised we needed 25ft of it thoughts turned to mass production - etching?

paul stapleton
Nearly Xmas 2013!!

Our signal expert (Pat) had deduced the heights of the Up and Down home gantries but before construction he made some mock ups to see if the fitted and looked right.



Here is the DOWN...........




and the UP ...... BTW this photo also shows the now completed 3rd and 4th rails...




By this time we had made contact with a P4 modeller ( Alan Woodard ) who is building another part of the West London line. He has visited our clubrooms and we are sharing information. We had struggled to identify the seemingly unique design of LNWR lamppost - Alan had tracked down an existing example ... here is his photo ...


paul stapleton
Well that day has finally arrived - the day that this blog ( is that the correct term? ) becomes truly contemporary again - we're up-to-date!

January 2014 was all about signals - again! And NEW technology!

Firstly Keith updated the signalling diagram we use to operate the layout just like the prototype ... it includes several of Pat's new signals and should make operation easier...



Peter added more details to the SOUTH DOWN MAIN box ...... note the new finials .... and window bars ........





Still we signals and signalling, you may remember that we were struggling to find an economic way to make/buy the 80 LNWR style signalbox levers .... we looked at cast brass ones; very nice but at over 2 each they would have taken us well over budget. So ........

3d printing is pretty much cutting edge technology and T&DMRC likes to embrace new technology and we have managed to arrange production of 100 3d printed LNWR style levers for a fraction of the price of 80 brass ones.....



So there we have it - updates will continue until the layout is finished and beyond as we attend exhibitions.

Is there anyone outside the Club reading these postings? If so it would be great to hear from you, especially if you know/knew this station or had any information that would help us build it in 7mm scale ... we would love to hear from you via this blog.

Until the next time ............
Purley Oaks
QUOTE (paul stapleton @ 5 Feb 2014, 09:05) *
Is there anyone outside the Club reading these postings?

Yes there is - good to see it slowly coming together; some fantastic modelling skills on show. Please continue posting!
Mal
Richard Johnson
*** Ditto - its a pleasure to read it and watch the progress and there is great interest in seeing the approach to each project. As with Jims "Birmingham New Street" posts, there seems little to add really - and I hesitate to add comments for the sake of it - but the thread is most definitely enjoyed.

Regards

Richard
dwb
I have also been following the postings with great interest and admiration clap.gif

Your work is not in vain.

David
paul stapleton
We're back (hopefully) to a weekly posting now to keep you all up to date ....

No photos this week as last Friday night was a planning meeting ...... however the group has set a completion date of December 2014 for the whole layout ... will we meet it? Watch this space!

The BIG news this week is a operating session on Feb 28th - hopefully with our new operating sequence .... and MRF members are invited to join us - especially if you model in O gauge!

Please contact project leader Peter to get details of our clubroom, directions etc .... you can phone him on 07973 435225 or email him on [email protected]

I'll be down with my camera to record the event - hope to see you there!
paul stapleton
Last Friday was very quiet what with the rain and floods in outlying areas.....

However, Pat took the opportunity to mount some more signals. For anyone who has been in our clubroom in the last few months - please note the new super bright lighting in the main hall.



Here is what Pat is planting ......



Note the wires for the bulb hidden inside the hollow post. The little white box on the pole is interesting. It's a LNWR 'Fireman's Call Box'. This was a LNWR safety feature relating to Rule 55.

Under 'rule 55' firemen used to have to visit the signalbox when held at a red signal. As signals appeared further away from signal boxes this could become quite dangerous at night or in bad weather - not to mention a treck to the box and back could cause excessive delays. So the fireman's call box was introduced; positioned near to where a steam loco might be held, the idea was that the fireman pressed a plunger which displayed a warning inside the signal box. Assuming this worked, a bell sounded in the call box and so the fireman knew he didn't actually have to make the journey to visit the signalman.
paul stapleton
The main thing that has been occupying members this week has been our upcoming (Feb 28th) 'proper' running session with our new operating sequence .... don't forget there is an open invitation to MRF members to come down and take a look this Friday - please send me a PM for a proper invite.

On the modelling front, Peter has completed the drawing for the LNWR style platform lights we need to make; here is the drawing ...



A big thanks to Richard Johnson ( of DCC Concepts ) who has been very helpful by maybe sourcing some parts for these lamps for us. On that subject if anyone out there reading this has any input that may be of help to us - could be info, could be the offer of help -please send me a PM and I'll get the team to get back to you.
paul stapleton
Feb 28th was our first sequence running session with our new sequence ...

Grant is seen setting up one of the 'scenic only' back boards .... the layout is three boards wide with all the track on a centra spine of five boards, scenic (non-track) boards of various odd shapes are then added front and back ... this board is still at the flat baseboard stage!



Grant operates the ADDISON ROAD (SOUTH) signal box ...



Peter's signal box sits proudly on the layout for the first time ...



One of the group's Oerlikon sets in LMS livery (from our own etches) sits in the UP platform ... we're not sure what livery the 0-6-0 in the bay platorm is in!



A close up of the 0-6-0 shows the inside (working!) valve gear - but what loco is it??



One of the reasons for the running session was to test the new sequence. Because the exact stock required for the sequence was not available on the night numbers were added to the stock to help operators know what train represented what train on the sequence....

Alan D
Hey Paul

I've never commented on this thread before but really should have. The amount of detail you and your team are putting into this is amazing. I spent half an hour this morning going through your thread from the beginning and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Keep posting and I'll keep watching. Excellent. thumbsup.gif
paul stapleton
Hello Alan

Thanks for your comments. I regret that none of the good stuff in this blog is down to me - just the blog itself!

I am just an associate member of the group - I don't even model '0' gauge - but writing the blog is a way I can contribute. Firstly to make a record of the group's progress and secondly to spread the word about the group and the club.

Keep watching!

Paul
paul stapleton
Last Friday saw Pat bring along the next batch of (unfinished) signals...

He set them up to check heights and how they look alongside the mock up of the Hammersmith bridge...



Here is the UP advance starter ....



And the DOWN homes ......



Imagine how good they'll look when they're finished with ladders etc





Iarnrod
Another non-commenting admirer here. My only connection with the place is spending a lot of time on the platforms waiting to get to an from the Great British Beer Festival, and as an OO Gauge Trainset-wallah I haven't really anything to add except gosh that's nice work!
paul stapleton
Last week we had a Saturday work day - the committee entices members to attend by putting on a lavish 3 course lunch - or is it a soup kitchen? wink.gif




Grant has been working on a new technique to produce buildings on his computer from photos taken of the surviving buildings in Russell Road.

They will eventually have 3D details but on Saturday he brought along a first undetailed version - we will need 10ft of these!



We are reducing the size of these background buildings to 70% of full size to give some forced perspective.

Here we see the effect and in the foreground we can see two of Pat's starter signals fitted for the first time.



In the period of our model the SW siding was not in use..... so we are modelling it being raised.

Here it is ... it just needs some track workers leaning on pick axes and shovels to complete the scene!



paul stapleton

The second posting of the day brings us back up to date.

Early April saw the group's attention turn to various several relatively minor tasks which nevertheless add so much to the overall final picture. One such task (painting figures) was taken on by Barry - a recent 'signing' from the Club's OO Northwick group



The end of March running night saw some unusual stock on the layout - it was DIESEL running night!



Many Club members have snapped up the recent Heljan O gauge offerings, so there was a wide selection of stock on show .....







paul stapleton
Away from the clubroom, modelling work continues. Here are two of the OMEN platelayers we bought recently ... now they have had their arms soldered on ready for painting .....



Recent club nights have seen a variety of new stock including this SOUTHERN liveried C2x .....



And moving on about 30 years are these two pacifics ............



paul stapleton
Small details continue to be added to the layout ....



These are the nameboards .... a few months ago the etches were delivered from the etchers. A few weeks ago they were sent to Pat who fitted them with hardwood posts complete with LNWR finials. Now Pat has returned them and Peter has spent a few hours painting the letters - now they just need fitting!

On another fron the Club in general and the Addison Road project in particular has been featured in the quarterly O GAUGE GUILD GAZETTE newsletter ..... mainy of you reading this may have found this blog from that article. Plans are afoot for regular updates in the GUILD newsletter. Are you a new 'follower' because of the newsletter mention? If so please let us know your comments.

paul stapleton
In Memoriam : Ewen Crosweller



It is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of one of the cornerstones of our group: Ewen Crosweller. He died in his sleep on April 7th, just a few months after his 71st birthday.

Ewen joined our club in 2008; he constructed all the pointwork on Addison Road and more recently had been busy working on the station buildings. He was a well-known face on the exhibition demonstration circuit - originally making EM pointwork and latterly, since he joind the AR group, making O gauge points.

Our sincere condolences go out to Ewen's widow, Barbara, and his daughters Lydia and Rebecca and their families. A full obituary will appear in the next O Gauge Guild Gazette


paul stapleton
It's late May and Club nights have been split between work sessions and test running ... plus the odd Saturday work day ....

Recently, we have fitted some buffer stops to the bay platforms ...............




Someone (?) has been busy scratchbuilding the fireman's call points ...................


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and a team has been spray painting (weathering) the track ................




paul stapleton
A recent running session saw some new stock ...

This SR H2 is owned by a TDMRC member who isn't a member of the AR group - hope we see this again at future running night's ....



This GWR Metro tank is not completely new but has been 'finished off' since the last time we saw it...............



This Hall is another 'first timer' .........








paul stapleton
June is here and holidays will soon cut into club night attendance but progress is still being made away from club ...........



Peter has completed painting the signal levers - our first attempt at 3D printing




Looks good in the signal box which will be at the front of the layout.

Next job is to fit the platform lamps - more on this soon

TDMRC-MOD
Not much happening on the layout at the moment - what with holidays and the nice weather the last two weeks have been a bit quiet. So maybe it's time to take stock .....

This is basically a layout blog, recording progress on TDMRC's new O gauge layout. Any MRF registered member can leave comments, questions etc - you don't have to be a member of TDMRC to post on any of the TDMRC threads - but we reserve the right to edit/delete them!

The Club meets on most Friday nights and (hopefully) monthly for Saturday daytime sessions. We are now holding occasional running sessions and potential members are welcome to bring down the odd item of stock to join in - but remember we are still 'fault finding' and tesing.

Potential members and/or visitors can send me a PM or (better still) contact the Club officers via our website www.tdmrc.org.uk

From now on you will be seeing a new name doing most of the updates - TDMRC-MOD - who has taken over as moderator for the TDMRC sub-forum.


TDMRC-MOD
OK, holiday's over .... let's get back to work!

Work on the canopies has been going on away from Club with several members getting involved. Graham made the brass pillars and his photos show the progress made so far ...





TDMRC-MOD
Over the last couple of months work has been concentrated on the platforms.

The layout needs a number of platform oil lamps and several months ago we published drawings of the type we needed for the layout. We asked members to keep their eyes open at exhibitions etc to see if anything suitable was provided by the trade. However, we always thought we would have to resort to making our own home-made versions using 3D printing; but it was pointed out that DCC Concepts produce a 4mm scale yard lamp that, using the large extension base included in the pack, pretty much filled the bill as a 7mm platform lamp. What's more they light up!

Having decided that these were the best lamps for the job we acquired enough for the layout and have spent the last few weeks fitting them. They turned out to be a really high quality product - not anything like the ready made lamps you often see for sale at shows. The DCC Concepts catalogue list these lamps as MASTERscene 4mm oil lamps ref DML-LMSO. Many 7mm modellers may not be familar with these lamps (and the many other interesting cutting edge electrical items produced by DCC Concepts) and so we recommend you look at their website http://www.dccconcepts.com .

Our first photo shows the standard lamp and the extension base ....



The second photo shows them positioned on the UP platform alongside the etched brass station nameboards made from our own artwork ...



And here is a general view ... all it needs is power them up, dim the clubroom lights and blow some dry ice smoke over the layout and suddenly it's a foggy night in November 1925



Richard Johnson
*** Nice to see them "re-tasked" to 7mm scale and looking the part... I look forward to seeing them lit up sometime soon!

Richard
TDMRC-MOD
Last week was all about our new super-duper platform lamps and one important photo was omitted ... Pat drilling the platforms ... makes a change from making signals!

OOPs! Looks like the photo has been omitted again!!

This week we took delivery of the painted platelayers from Eddie. Eddie is really an 'N gauge' man and a 'N gauge TRAM man' at that! But in the true club spirit he has been encourage to help with Addison Road - one of his most prominent contributions will be this cameo which will feature right at the front of the layout......

TDMRC-MOD
Better late than never! Here's Pat ............



Jon Hale
Thank you for the blog: wonderful to see such good work.
paul stapleton
Hello Jon ( and all our other followers )

Thanks for your comments.

BTW the 'team' will be at RMweblive in Coventry on September 13/14 to give a talk on new technologies and how they can be used to build better layouts.
TDMRC-MOD

Not many photos this week as our usual photo journalist is on holiday, but here's one ....



This photo shows Pat's latest masterpiece ... the down home gantry . Pat brought it down to give members an update on how work is progressing on this iconic piece of Addison Road folklore, albeit it will be part hidden behind the Hammersmith Road bridge. The working mechanism is yet to be added, hence it's somewhat random route setting!

Pat is crucial to the success of the group ( and hence the layout ) .......... he is one of those members that a group leader dreams of .... someone who puts up his hand and says "I will take responsibility for ?*?*?". In pat's case it was the signals - he's made them all! And they work!! And they light up!!!

TDMRC-MOD
Mid-August and the pressure's on! Peter and Grant are giving a talk at RMweblive on September 13/14 and want to take a near completed station board with them to illustrate the techniques they'll be demonstrating - can we get it (near) completed in time?

Our two priorities are the station building and the platform canopies.

Early August and Graham re-assembles the brass framework to support the canopies on the up platform ....



Later that night the up canopies are trial fitted along with the up station building .....



Speaking of station buildings .... Keith has been working away at home on the up booking hall and he brought it along with the first mock-up of the roof in place for the first time .......



Whilst the down booking hall is a bit more advanced .....



Peter and Grant will be talking about how to use new technologies to build models and it appears it will be a 'hot ticket' as it has been highlighted as the #1 attraction at RBweblive as rated by the organisers themselves - so no pressure then!!

Richard Johnson
*** It is all looking really nice - great work at all levels.

I look forward to saying hi to them at the show

Richard
Iarnrod
I was at Olympia the other day for the beer festival and thought of you. Keep up the good work!
TDMRC-MOD
The building team are still concentrating on the canopies and station buildings to get them ready for our talk at RMWEBlive ....

Some final soldering to get the frames nice and solid ......



Brackets (laser cut MDF) have now been fitted ...... look back at previous posts to see how the brackets were made .......



Now paint with primer .......



Meanwhile back at the workbench..........



Adding the chimneys ... made by our member in Boston (USA) and delivered by hand during his recent visit .......

TDMRC-MOD

We have now got to the stage where we can compare the plans ...



with the reality...



Speaking as someone who just writes these reports and has done absolutely nothing towards building this layout in a practical sense .... that looks pretty good to me!

BTW ... Grant ( the person who has done most of the research of the REAL Addison Road ) and Peter ( the person who has lead the modelling aspect of this project ) are combining their talents to present a talk at RMweblive in Coventry on September 13/14 ... if you have been following this thread please come along and make yourselves known and say 'HELLO'.

dwb
That's amazing ohmy.gif It's like looking at a film set.

Fantastic clap.gif

David
TDMRC-MOD

It's all leading up to Grant and Peter's talk this weekend at RMwebLIVE - all about planning layouts based on real places using aerial photography - sounds great!

One of the other attractions at RMwebLIVE will be to meet Richard Johnson of DCC Concepts ... we've used his lamps on the platforms (see earlier posts on this thread) and, as he will (no doubt) be popping along to see us, we thought we should get the lamps wired up in his honour.

Actually, there's only one lamp on the board we're taking along, but here is the gizmo that ensures we get just the low level glow from the (oil) lamps and not a short bright flash!



Meanwhile, Mike has finished off the station building rooves with the fascias - just needs guttering now!



See you at the weekend - come and say hello if you follow this thread!



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