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I've been railway modelling since the early '60's starting with the Triang Princess set (I still have her!).

I went through the usual stages of adolesence, marriage, mortgages and children, with a dabble into N a few years ago, but took the plunge back to OO when SWMBO agreed to the purchase of a new shed in 2007. She missed the smallprint which granted planning permission for a new railway!!


So thats where we now start if I've got this picture business sorted out [URL=http://img827.imageshack.us/i/dscf0562o.jpg/][IMG]

Here are a few general images to see if it all works. If it does I'll post a few more. Basic plan is low level through , Y junction feeding to upper terminus.

Let me know what you think.
Lower Level through station area in early days
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Upper Level Terminus early stages
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Lower Level after bit more work
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Farm in corner, Cake Mills to right of mainline with coalmine at upper level to rear
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Pics didn't work I'll have another go

 

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let's try again!!










I really do struggle with technology. How on earth I got the layout running on DCC I sometimes wonder!!

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Thanks for the comments guys.

Yep - I live on the outskirts of Leicester and the other station name of Bradgate is from a village to the north. There lies Bradgate Park and the ruins of Lady Jane Greys home (she who lasted only nine days). So I've got the ruined castle -scratch built- to go with it. Not intended to look like the real thing if anyones seen it by the way. See pic with Ivatt hauling small rake of Ratio Mid Subs (my first foray into coach bulding, airbrushing and lining out).


This next pic shows an area I've been working on to scenically link the lower and upper levels. The triangular plywood area is a hinged lift up to allow access for construction/maintenance and will have some workmens cottages in situ.


The next pic shows a canal basin to supply raw materials to the Cake Mills (represented by the Metcalfe Brewery Kit) plus a few extras. When I saw some tankers available for Olympia Oil & Cake I had to have them. Olympia (later BOCM) were based in Selby N Yorkshire which was my mums home town. I couldn't fit a canal in at that point so it just dsappears into a tunnel.



I'm hoping to do a bit of canal work on the upper board. More of that on another occasion, but it will probably involve locks.

The shed is 14'x8' but usable area about 6inch less after insulating and lining. Should have gone for an extra foot each way as the return loop and gradiant are not ideal but it wasn't disastrous ( an excuse to do some double heading or banking - more locos!
. I have contemplated the idea of going outside for extra storage so that might be one for the future.

Pic of Black Five over river in front of viaduct to finish today.


Many thanks for your interest and comments.
 

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Hi Willy,

Within the overall size, the boards are a bit of an odd size/shape so i've sketched out a couple of rough plans to help you (I hope!). If you marry this up to some of the photos it should make sense.


The lower level is purely a plan of my own design, and to be honest it developed as it went along. Not the purists way of doing it I know but one thing I've learnt over my years of modelling is don't start the scenic work until you're absolutely sure that running is perfect, and the track plan is right. In other words 'play trains' extensivly first! I'm not saying I had no idea what I was aiming for, but, for instance, I didn't originally have plans for an extensive MPD.


That's one reason my upper level is still at the bare track stage after 3 years as I've only just settled on the track plan with a clear understanding of how the scenics will fit in. This terminus plan was a little more structured though and is based on David Jenkinsons final incarnation of his 7mm Kendal masterpiece. It looked a fantastic plan for the space I had and if it was good enough for The Master who was I to complain! I must say it works very well.

Hope I havn't rambled on too much and you find this helpful.

Happy modelling
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Thanks for the suggestions/comments.

tank engine - May have to seek planning permission from Capability Brown aka my mum who controls things in the garden, but its a posibility in the longer term

15A - where are you exiled to? ( I'm originally from Somerset and was a Gods Wonderful Railway fanatic until I decided that if I'm living in the Midlands why not model it). At present the only 'Old John' is me but you've inspired me so I think a bit of art work on the backscene beckons. Thanks.

Here are a few pics of devlopments on the scenic link section. Trying to give the road here a rural feel -still working on it so we'll see if it goes right.






Happy Modelling
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Time for a small update with some pics. As ever progress is slow, hindered by such silly things as work!






Nothing extra on this next shot - I just liked the photo!

 

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Hi Mike,

The river bridge is scratch built. Plasticard on mounting board base.
 

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Thanks for the comments guys. A bit more detailing to do plus a signal box to finish this area off. Next project is a rake of Ratio coaches.
 

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Thanks for comments guys and thanks to Davids help on Willys blog I think I've been successful in posting a video

 

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Seems to work ok so I'll try to improve the photography in future!
 

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Hi Mike,

Thanks for comments. Hows life in the loft? With a half term week and some cooler conditions thought you might have got a bit done, or is it next week in your area?
 

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Thanks Dave. Sorry you're not too well. I'm sure you'll be back to some modelling therapy soon.

Best wishes, John
 

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Hi Willy,

The backscene is freehand painted by yours truly- some of it I'm happy with.I've got more backscene to do on the other side of the shed and I'm not sure whether to carry on with the paintbrush or use some of the new photo backscenes i.e. Gaugemasters and the like. The one thing about doing it yourself is that it can fit very specifically to what's built in front, and, of course, nobody else has got one like it!

The brick arches are scratch built from Metcalfe papers onto a hardboard frame, but if I was doing it again I'd use Scalescenes kits.

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Mike,

Thought it might be next week. Leicester always seems out of synch with everyone else!

Look forward to the photos.

Enjoy the modelling, and remember- if you drop the soldering iron don't try and catch it!! Guess who did
 

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Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated - but reports of lack of progress on the layout are entirely accurate!!

It's 2 years since my last post, and apart from adding to the loco stud, and some coaching stock, not a lot has happened.Very lazy modelling!! I'm blaming work, decorating and a foray into the world of aquariums!!

Limited progress has taken place on the upper level involving some buildings (Superquick courtesy of a pressie from big sis), and the construction of a scalescene station building. Platforms are semi finished and an overall canopy is partly completed also.

Hoping that I've now kicked myself into action again.

Some plans for the future may include adding a lower level to put in additional storage tracks/fiddle yard, which may incorporate an external return loop.
 

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Just trying to remember how to add photo's. Seems to have worked!!
 

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Thanks for the welcome back folks!

I've not been totally idle, just v...e...r...y slow!

The pics show a rake of Ratio ex LNWR corridors I started 12 months ago. Just finished 'em and added some passengers. Hauled by Jinty which was repainted and liveried to LMS.


This next shot is Duchess at Carlisle set Xmas 2011 pressie from SWMBO!

Off to the shed tonite to get some work done on Station Canopy. Got the CD's ready!!
 

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Well, Here it is -- MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Since my last post have been progressing work on station buildings, platforms and overall roof, plus leds onto buffer stops and other lighting. As usual a few hiccups on the way but seem to be getting there!

No work til after New Year so plan is to get the track area painted and ballasted with the platform/buildings all in situ.









Here's hoping that the big man brings you what you want!!

Finally I hope no-ones badly affected by the flooding. Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to all
 

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Hi all. Hope you've had a good time! Thanks for the various replies and encouragement guys ( I don't think there's a lady present!!)

Xmas projects going ok with platforms done and lighting all working (after a few headaches).

Just airbrushed the main tracks so its onto ballasting now before the final paintwork on the rails.(pics taken before airbrush work)



No more for now as off to watch rugby at Welford Road - home of Leicester Tigers
 
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