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After a break of 6 or 7 years I am finally bringing my layout back from storage. It's a 6 foot by 2.6 layout in N gauge, GWR stock and hopefully station architecture, but with a Southern connection as it lies somewhere in East/South Devon. As a geologist by profession I have modelled the scenary on Permo/Triassic Sandstones with Cret Greensand and Chalk above. So an element of Dawlish by the sea meets Branscombe if you like. I have many unmade models to finish and it will need rewiring to the control panel after a speedy de rig from my old shed when my last marrage broke up 7 years ago. I'm looking forward to finally finishing the river which runs under a limestone ( Torquay limestone) bridge.
 

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QUOTE (Swingcats @ 14 Feb 2008, 22:15) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>After a break of 6 or 7 years I am finally bringing my layout back from storage. It's a 6 foot by 2.6 layout in N gauge, GWR stock and hopefully station architecture, but with a Southern connection as it lies somewhere in East/South Devon. As a geologist by profession I have modelled the scenary on Permo/Triassic Sandstones with Cret Greensand and Chalk above. So an element of Dawlish by the sea meets Branscombe if you like. I have many unmade models to finish and it will need rewiring to the control panel after a speedy de rig from my old shed when my last marrage broke up 7 years ago. I'm looking forward to finally finishing the river which runs under a limestone ( Torquay limestone) bridge.

Hi Swingcats from Yeorvil, though I guess that might have been a typo creeping in as the 'e' and 'r' are next to each other.

Welcome to the forum and glad to see another GWR N Gauger joining us. Was that a groan I heard from the floor.

Not sure about all the rock talk though. No doubt you will elucidate further in due course and can give us all some good advice on modelling different rock types. Maybe we should rename you 'Rock Tapper'.

Cheers for now,

Expat.
 

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QUOTE (Expat @ 17 Feb 2008, 20:17) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Swingcats from Yeorvil, though I guess that might have been a typo creeping in as the 'e' and 'r' are next to each other.

Welcome to the forum and glad to see another GWR N Gauger joining us. Was that a groan I heard from the floor.

Not sure about all the rock talk though. No doubt you will elucidate further in due course and can give us all some good advice on modelling different rock types. Maybe we should rename you 'Rock Tapper'.

Cheers for now,

Expat.

Spelling not my hot point, Yeovil is the town, but yes I do know my rocks, I modelled the red sandstone of the type seen at Dawlish by using plaster type stuff, can't remember what type and then adding cross bedding patterns to it before using real sandstone from that region, (the stuff in the Kenton area is very fine grain if you know where to look), ground down into a powder and glued on. When i get the base board back next week i will take a photo of the end result. thHis pic is the real thing as seen in the railway cutting at Dawlish.

 

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QUOTE (Swingcats @ 18 Feb 2008, 20:34) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Spelling not my hot point, Yeovil is the town, but yes I do know my rocks, I modelled the red sandstone of the type seen at Dawlish by using plaster type stuff, can't remember what type and then adding cross bedding patterns to it before using real sandstone from that region, (the stuff in the Kenton area is very fine grain if you know where to look), ground down into a powder and glued on. When i get the base board back next week i will take a photo of the end result. thHis pic is the real thing as seen in the railway cutting at Dawlish.



Hi Swingcats,

I Look forward to seeing the pics. Good idea that of grinding down the the real thing and gluing it on. I must try that myself.

Regards,

Expat.
 

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QUOTE (Expat @ 18 Feb 2008, 16:44) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Swingcats,

I Look forward to seeing the pics. Good idea that of grinding down the the real thing and gluing it on. I must try that myself.

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Expat.

It works with new red sandstone, but you have to be careful with some rock types, anything with fools gold in it would decay over time, white yellow powder being the result. Also beach sand may have salt in it.
 

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QUOTE (Swingcats @ 18 Feb 2008, 20:50) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>It works with new red sandstone, but you have to be careful with some rock types, anything with fools gold in it would decay over time, white yellow powder being the result. Also beach sand may have salt in it.

Hi Swingcats,

I don't think there's much doubt that beach sand will have salt in it but, in case you hadn't noticed, I am presently working in Dubai so dune sand is, to say the least, readily available and in various shades from white through to deep red and on to the almost black washed wadi sand. I am presently trying to find a suitable blend/grade for track ballasting.

By the way did you get my suggestion of kit building the GWR Restaurant car you were looking for ???

Regards,

Expat.

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Hi swingcats, welcome to the forum and back to the hobby. Any problems just ask away - at a rough guess one of us will be able to assist.

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QUOTE (Expat @ 18 Feb 2008, 19:50) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Swingcats,

I don't think there's much doubt that beach sand will have salt in it but, in case you hadn't noticed, I am presently working in Dubai so dune sand is, to say the least, readily available and in various shades from white through to deep red and on to the almost black washed wadi sand. I am presently trying to find a suitable blend/grade for track ballasting.

By the way did you get my suggestion of kit building the GWR Restaurant car you were looking for ???

Regards,

Expat.

Regards,

Dune sand is ideal as its much finer and well sorted. Yes thanks on GWR restaurant car, will look into it.
 
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