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I am currently building the GCR as it was with a few later editions to it.

Please see below for pictures of my work and let me know what you think!!!

Thanks for looking at this.
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i have now got pictures of what i am doing a model railway of.








































here are some pictures of of my layout. There is a couple of pictures i did that i used for a estimate before setting to on the proper modelling.
 

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The building was made from scratch it was constructed from looking at pictures and counting bricks and the brick paper was printed off a website (can't remember the website was). but it was scratch built.I will be scratch building the buildings from the brick paper i have got. The only thing that will be a bit of a shop bought will be the platform and that will be metcalfe paltform kit and the rest of it will be what ever i can lay my hands on within reason of fitting in and blending it in so it not be too notice able. The bridge was made from prototype models Great central railway bridge kit from my old local model shop. I scanned in the original and used prints of it. Best that way cos i can print out what i need.

At the moment building is going at a slow pace. The pictures that show a layout is just made up for mocking up purpose. but i will be running the stock on it that is on there as a preserved railway but with all the old track layout (but WILL be doing the "Top shed" project as well. It will be added but not yet the spur off the mainline will be added for work to be continued after the main project is done.

It will be done and it will be a continious loop one side Loughborough and the other Leicester Central Eventually. (ok there will be some stations missing) it will have the embankment leading in to leicester central from the south and the embankment from the north will act as the embankment from Leicester Central South side and lead to Loughborough from the north.

Keep watching this space for updates!!!!!!
 

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i have now got a track plan of the shed area. i will be doing the spur towards the shed but will leave it for time being untill i have done other bits with the mainline layout.



i will be using the spur as a siding for wagons or coaches and loco's. it may look efective with the locos passing by with freight and passenger trains.

i have got a variety of preserved engines to run on the layout.

1 9f
2 8f
1 castle class
1 manor class
1 standard class
1 2mt 2-6-0
1 2-6-2
1 terrier 0-6-0
1 pug 0-4-0
1 jinty
1 bullied pacific
2 jubilees
12 peaks
1 08
1 mogul
1 2-6-4 4P
1 4-6-2 Duchess of Sutherland Northern Belle
1 4-6-2 Princess Margeret Rose
1 4-6-2 Princess Elizabeth The Royal Train
! 4-6-2 The Flying Scotsman (train pack)
about 30 coaches
about 20 wagons

There will be a few sidings made for the locos to be stabled opposite the station area added and it will be blended in with the setting.
 

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i also have

2 class 25's
5 class 20's
1 4-6-2 britania william wordsworth
1 4-6-2 britania bodecia VSOE box set
1 2-6-4 4P Fowler LMS
 

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mine runs ok. is yours brand new? I got mine a few days after it came out. i have ran mine over peco insulfrog points and it seems ok. could be a short
 

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i know you may have tried this but i will suggest it anyway, try bending them slightly against the wheel to see if they work better. or take it to a model shop that does repair, apart from that it's all i can think of.
 

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I went to the Ruddington Gala on the Bank Holiday monday a special that runs from Ruddington to Loughborough North (just before the spur on the mainline). A pair of class 20's was pulling this train they were top and tailing.

I have taken some pictures

This picture shows Loughborough Shed in the distance, but if you look carefully, you can see a DMU.



This picture is taken with a quarter magnification



This picture is taken with no magnification added.



There was a representative from http://www.bridgingthegap.org.uk (website have a look) he had a model of a future plan of what it could look like if and when the "Gap" is bridged. He was very informative of what is going off. The model is done in Z or N guage.



















This is a view of a model smaller that what i am in the process of building, but mine is going to be double tracked.
 

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At the min mine will be home based layout untill i have done it and then i know what area will be required to set it all up. There is a few other websites that is available

http://www.bridgingthegap.org.uk
http://www.llwp.org.uk
http://www.nthc.co.uk
http://www.gcrn.co.uk
http://www.gcrailway.co.uk

When the gap is plugged it will produce a 18 mile double mainline track that would really be unbeatable. It could set a presidence to the other heritage railways. It will be the best heritage mainline to have been restored, It is ashame that they won't be doing Ruddington for the time being. I will be going to the model railway show at Garendon High School hopefully. (money pending and if i haven't been set homework due to going back to college. To do multimedia art.

but i will post pics up and even maybe videos of the layout when it is done. at the min it won't be dcc cos of the cost of doing all the locos i have. roughly around 32 locos would cost quite abit to convert to DCC so for the time being it will be the normal control. it be alot easier to control that way. i will be having isolating tracks on part of it like in a siding so locos can be stabled and when i have done the shed it be alot easier to manage as well. well that is what i feel and think at the min.
 

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the model shown that is in white with locos on is a model from the Bridging the Gap and not mine just to save any confusion. that is in z or n guage mine will be in 00 guage.i have estimated that it will be roughly around 24 foot long but it will be looped so it will be having leicester central on the other side






here is a plan of leicester Central (this is a later project after loughborough Station) but there will be track layed in readyness for it though. There will be a embankment made like the one i have made and it will be done very simular to how it was (minus a few staitons and a few alterations).

Hope you like the plans so far and the pictures of progress ( i know it is slow but space is in much demand at the min)
Ian
 

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must say mine is LMS so i think the bad luck of BR strikes again........
 

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May i just take this moment to let you know that the Latest edition of Mainline magazine will be on sale later half of September. You can become a friends of the GCR by contacting them to get you copy 2-3 weeks earlier it will not cost to much. You will be helping a good cause. Just imagine having a 18 mile double track heritage line. It could happen with your help!!!
 

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Well it has been a few days since i have put something here. I am now at college doing a multimedia course and and also taken a administrator position on a railway site

http://www.transportcentre.co.uk

why not join up on there as well and discuss topics
 

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hey all

i am gonna try and do some work on my railway today as i have nearly done my college homework so have decided i am gonna do some work on that. Next weekend, I may go over to B&Q to get some more MDF for some more boards and some more 2x1 lengths of wood for frame work.. I have been starting to buy more peco streamline 3ft lengths of track. has anyone seen them cheaper cos i have paid 2.35 each for them. I know you can buy a box of 25 for something like 60 quid. so if any of you know where i can get them cheaper please let me know.
 

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I have decided not to do Leicster Central station now, instead i have decided to do Quorn or Rothley station now as it would look better for a Loop layout. well that is what i feel anyway plus it mean less work for me.
 

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i am gonna try and do some work on the railway this weekend as i have more or less done my assignments from college. i know it has been a wee while since i have written anything on here i have just been so busy with college.
 

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i have been doing abit more to the model railway boards







hope you like them.
 

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here are a few more pics of the boards you can get a rough idea of the size of the layout i have got on























this is the latest there is another 2 boards but at the min there is not enough room to set it out properly.

Comment and advice is very welcome.
 

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the track wasn't pinned down as i was just checking that the locos could get up the gradient at the end of the embankment as i am gonna be doing a smaller station like quorn or Rothley now. oh there are railway videos to the left of the picture. if any of you have any advice and comment please make them as it would be nice to have some feed back!





 

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yeh will be pinning the track down at a later date due to space being a problem here till we move it is just gonna be done in sections!and will have to do a screw through the board and use wires to connect to the track.
 
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