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In the spirit of the season, may I just wish everyone;

~Frohe Weihnachten und ein glückliches neues Jahr! ~

~ Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! ~

~Joyeux Noël et une Bonne Année! ~

~ Feliz Navidad y próspero Año Nuevo! ~

~Wesołych Świąt i Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!~

~Καλά Χριστούγεννα και ευτυχισμένο το νέο έτος!~

~Веселого Рождества и счастливого нового года!~

~God Jul og Godt Nyttår!~

~मेरी क्रिसमस और नया साल मुबारक हो!~

~Mutlu Noeller ve mutlu yıllar!~

~Nadolig llawen a blwyddyn newydd dda!~

~メリークリスマス、そして、あけましておめでとう!~

Full marks to anyone who can identify all these languages!
Bah Humbug!
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Thank you Neil!
Just in case anyone was interested, the list was;
German,
English,
French,
Spanish,
Polish,
Greek,
Norwegian,
Hindi,
Turkish,
Welsh,
Japanese.
I could only write it with the help of Google 'translate' but (on facebook) I have friends who speak these languages and more! I really should have added Dutch anyway!
Cheers,
John.
 

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Eskerrik asko, eta, Philip! That's certainly the first time I've ever used Basque but you gave me a good clue, cheers!
Aye and t'sayme a yoo, John!
My Derbyshire is home grown as I'm really from Derby and different parts of the county have stronger accents than others plus, how do you write it??
I used to tease my mum (from Duffield!) that her accent was more Yorkshire!!!
All the best,
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Thank you John!
From that photo, it sure looks to have been fun! I hope that 'winder' on the table, was not that colour scheme in my day!?!
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Over the holiday period I did get some modelling done (at last!).


Here we have all the blank segments completed (still with masking tape) and the partially repainted track segments too.


The rails were painted with Howes acrylic "dark rust" and the 'concrete' section with the same firms "concrete", I had to repaint this as all the blank sections were painted this way.


I took the opportunity to paint the rail sides on the bridge deck, these had to be masked off. Only when I removed the masking did I realise the section between the rails is removeable, oh well, never mind.
I also thought it a good idea at this stage to paint the sides only of the circular rail the bridge rides on, with all the segments in place, this would be very difficult.


I had also cut down the place where the bridge was built up to support the operators hut, also the supporting "jockey" wheel was repositioned.


I'm quite pleased with the overall appearance here.


As the bridge deck and the track segments are code 100 rail, I bought some Peco transition tracks to drop the section of rail down to code 75 and painted them too.


At very long last, the turntable is almost complete!
All that now needs to be done is to make and fit a short section of railing around the winder and then install into that hole in my baseboard that I cut, in about October 2015! Oops, that's too long ago, I hope the next bit of real progress doesn't take so long.
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Nice work. Takes a while to get going but rewarding to achieve something I always think...

BTW, on the prototype picture above, is the W sign for Whistle?
 

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Thanks Reddo,
Wrt the "W" sign, I have no idea but it certainly sounds feasible.
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Hi All,
Thanks for the replies above and sorry for the delay in posting on here.
Now that summer is finally over, I hope to start making some progress with this, along with other projects to come.
I have done very little with this layout since my last post but a couple of important things have happened.
I have managed to clear all the junk from on top of the layout that had imperceptibly built up over time. It is amazing how one just places something with the intention of sorting it later, then something else and before you know it, the layout is invisible and it has become merely a storage shelf, well no more!
A bit more messing with the track layout and I shall start glueing.
Also, I realised that "Irgendwo" (somewhere) is rather too common a name for me, I wanted something different. This fact was hammered home at the recent(ish) ERA show at Edgbaston where there were at least two other 'Irgendwo's.
So! What to call this layout?
Trawls of the internet proved inconclusive and studies of online maps became brain numbing, then it dawned on me. A colleague had suggested that I place a statue outside my station of Fieldmarshall Blucher as he was instrumental in helping to defeat the French at Waterloo. Reading up on him, what a fascinating character he was. I've still not located a suitable figure of him to be my statue but I could pay tribute in another way.
Therefore, my new name for the layout is Leberecht!
As in Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher.
I think it sounds promising, how about you guys?
Cheers,
John.
 

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Thanks, Julian!

Here are two of my all-time favourite locos;


Weinert T9.3


Weinert T13

Both pictured rather incongruously on my American layout, in lieu of Leberecht being very unphotogenic.

I must admit - these are both ready to run items, not built by me but by the factory! I dearly wish I could claim that I have built them but no, I am not that good a modeller!
The T13 I won on German ebay after I had been selling off my American 0 scale brass(!), which was how I could afford it. Now, I did do some modelling with this one as when I got hold of it, it was seized up having been presumably sat in a display case for several years. I stripped it down, cleaned and degreased it and re-lubricated it and when it was working well, I digitized it - it is still a little noisy but runs very well.
The T9.3 I won at an actual auction for a fair price, it also came with a 'free' Weinert V65! This runs well enough but still needs digitising and as a mate said, could do with its lights making working.
Funnily enough, I also have two Fleischmann T9.3's and one Trix T13 - these will be for exhibition use as no way would I take the Weinerts to a show.
So, I am a bit of a chequebook modeller but only when it suits me - the Trix T13, in particular, is a far cry from the Weinert one.
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*** That Weinert T13 was certainly built and painted/lined by a very, very good pair of hands. A really lovely locomotive and I can see why you value it.

It is always very nice to see such a thing as it's a reminder to all just how much better a carefully created and assembled kit can be compared to even the best of the RTR.

kind regards

Richard
 

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Thank you, Richard!
Yes, while I might (given time!) be just about able to assemble such a model from the kit, I could never paint nor line it to such a standard.
I've known just two people who could, sadly one has died and the other would be unlikely to take such a commission from me, indeed he may be fully retired by now.
I must do a comparison shot of the Trix T13, just for interest.
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*** That sort of standard has a very, very real cost too - I am guessing you probably did quite well when you bought it, as today, you would expect any top UK builder and painter to cost about £1000.00 for such a good result (not including the parts/kit costs).

Hands with that sort of skill are understandably both rare and expensive - but even so, they now also tend to be "all booked up for their lifetime" with client builds.

Treasure it :) :)

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Richard
 
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