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Another update although there isn't much to report.

I have finished the bridge area at the far end of the layout. The walls and pillars all have their capping stones and the plate girder at the back has a stone pillar at each end, something I had forgotten about in a previous picture. I am not sure that the bushes by the right hand wall look very convincing.

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I have also done a job which I have been promising myself for months that I would do. That is to paint green the raw top edge of the fascia that goes all the way round the inside of the layout. Compare these before and after pictures.

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I think that the next job is to add pillars and capping stones to the wall at the back of the long incline. I'm not looking forward to this as it will need lots of pillars which will not be easy to make as they have to be 2 to 3mm thick in front of the wall and 6mm thick at the top where they are above the wall. some 6 x 6mm strip wood to make them but it will be fiddly.
 

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I have made a reasonable amount of progress since the last update. I got fed up waiting for the bullhead double slip so when I saw a private seller offering a new code 75 FB one at a bargain price I bought it. I haven't glued it down and I've fitted it with half length track joiners which can be slid back enough to release it when the time comes. (Actually the difference isn't all that noticeable so I am wondering whether or not to replace it eventually.) In all other respects the goods yard is complete. If you compare mine to the original 'Little Salkeld' track plan you will see that I have given it an extra siding but this is the only difference. I would appreciate comments about the positions that I have temporarily placed the loading gauge and the water refill stations (water cranes?).

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I have also finished the left hand corner at the far end of the shed.

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I realise that the uniform green scenic matting is a bit bland and I will try to do something about that one day although U have no idea what that will be.

Right hand far corner is the next part to be tackled.
 

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Hi Robert its all looking good the green matting will no doubt receive some attention in time but for now it looks ok. Looking at old pictures it would seem that they were kept clear mainly of bushes and trees near the track at least up till the railway Nationalization . I like your backscene it looks just like your looking across the countryside and blends in very well. Jim
 

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For the last few days I have been working on the right hand corner at the far and of the layout. Here is the result.

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And here is a picture of the whole of the far end.

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You mat be able to see some model cows in the left hand corner. I realise that something is needed to keep them off the rails. I know that in S&C country it should be a dry stone wall but it will probably be a fence as I don't have the patience or skill to make a wall.

P.S. Please forgive the mess under the layout.
 

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Hi Robert. Love the trees yes the Settle & Carlisle dry stone walls mostly . I watch a few You-Tubers one in particular Yorkshires Dales, he has a loft layout depicting a single track country line with a couple of small country stations it looks great he has a lot of dry stone walls made quite simply . Some might think them not good enough but when you look at the whole scene they work. If you have some spare time take a look he has done a lot of videos and some on how he has done them. He is modelling the same period as you. A wall or fence is needed will help join the near and back scenes even more though they are pretty good as they are. Jim
 

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I don't know if it it might help, but I used to make dry stone walling for napoleonic military dioramas. It was a real cheat and so very simple. In truth, they weren't dry walls at all, but had solid middles. 🥺

I gathered stones from the side of roads, where they were well mullered by passing cars, to small, scale size bits. The next step was to steal some of my daughter's plasticine {you can sidestep this stage by buying some of your own... not half so daring!}. The plasticine was moulded into a shallow channel, as wide as the height of the desired wall. The, aforesaid, stones were then pressed into the plasticine, close by each other and to almost half their depth. Then the cheating spreading of pollyfilla {any suitable glue would do}, the pressing of the stones into the plasticine stops it from appearing around the stones. A second thin layer of stones was scattered over these and smoothed / shaken into the the spaces, a bit like ballast really.

Once thoroughly dry, the plasticine was gently peeled off the wall - definitely not the other way round. A bit of dark grey paint was brushed into the gaps, where odd bits of the Polyfilla could be seen.
[Any flowing glue could be used, in place of the Pollyfilla]
The Plasticine mould could, also, be picked up and shaped to the vertical form of the landscape, before the stones were pressed into it.
 

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Thank you for the advice Julian but it sounds like a rather laborious process especially if you need several metres of it. Also I've already bought lots of Peco flexible fencing. I might try what you suggest for the left hand far corner which would need less than 1m and is separated from the rest.
 
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