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Hi all, and welcome to my "Projects" place.

Here I will be putting some things for Ffrwd Locks, our "scale" model railway, also some other things that are in progress on the model railway front.

Photos will follow.....

Ffrwd Locks

I am at present re-modelling the main goods siding at Ffrwd.

I had become aware of a serious limitation of having the Cattle Dock at the end of the siding with the Coal Merchant's facilities between the dock and the "main line".

The end of the siding would be out of use if there was a wagon being unloaded at the Coal Merchants.

The original idea of installing a new point on the loop to serve a slewed connection to the Cattle Dock seemed a good idea, and I did cut the siding and loop tracks to install the point.

In the end it became only too clear that this wouldn't work.

I did install a PECO trap point at the Wrexham end of the loop though. The rest of the loop track was re-laid using some left over track and some pre-wired fishplates to provide some extra feeds.

The siding has been re-arranged to have the Coal Merchant at the far end of the siding, and a small Cattle Dock where the Coal Merchant was.

This has involved the demolition of the End Loading and Cattle Dock, and the Coal Merchants coal bins and office.

The siding has been legthened slightly with the removal of the End Loading Ramp, using some more left over track and some pre-wired fishplates to reinstate the feed.

A new Coal Order Office has been made from an old Airfix Coal Office. This has new windows, door, roof, and chimney. Mainly spare parts from the Wills Goods Yard Store Kit, with Wills Slate sheet for the roof. Signs have been made on the computer.

The Coal Bins have been re-built from the original parts. A new "bagging platform" has been constructed from the staging from the Wills Goods Yard Store Kit, with Wills Planking sheet from the Level Crossing kit for the platform, Evergreen Styrene strips for the roof supports and other planking walls, and Wills corrugated sheeting sheet for the roof. Bagged Coal is Merit/ PECO Modelscene Coal Bags. Spilled coal is shot blasting compound. Scales are scatch built, and various figures are in use (Langley and Merit/ PECO Modelscene /Slater's.)

Other Projects..

I have an older Hornby Railways R.410 Turntable. I have managed to source all the missing parts to make it work, and plan to make it a bit more workman like.

I have a Dapol (Ex Airfix) Turntable kit, which I plan to use.

The Dapol Turntable sides are too long as they are, and will need modifying to fit.

I have also got some PECO Plate Girder Bridge Sides, and will look at how these could be used.

All the parts are together, work will commence at some later time.
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Hi Sarah,
delightful detail on your work and imagination too.

QUOTE The Road Arch of the Aqueduct has a Low Headroom of about 12 Feet (Scale).

I have made up a sign, based on one in Nottingham.

It says:


This reminded me of a bridge I knew by Stoke Stn, over the road which ran under the lines at the South Eastern end of the Station. I Google Mapped it and it is still there in Glebe Street ..... 60 years ago we used to go to the shop run by my Gran and one morning there was a single decker Potteries Muck Truck Potteries Motor Traction bus under the bridge with getting on for half of the roof missing ... well not so much missing as looking like a piano accordian over the rear bit of the bus ....
... I have no idea why he tried it but he had a very good go ......

It's worth a look ..... Glebe St, Stoke-on-Trent in Google maps and then put the little man on the street by the bridge and have a look at the signs on the bridge ....
... if you look carefully at the road it slopes down to get under the bridge on both sides, so the length of the bus made it higher than level ground and the bridge chopped well into the bus as it went in .... Oops

PS. Back in the 50s the bridge was only 9'9" Headroom, single deck busses around 10' ... someone might come up with some typical figures for single deck bus heights back then

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Hi Sarah,
I thought Stoke bridge was getting enough punishment ........"

I do like the detail on your layout. The signal box looks very like one I have from Bachmann, also named Highley. I couldn't help noticing the inside features you included. May I ask where you obtained the Lever Frame from? I like the fireplace too, although I might try a simple pot stove, of the sort the Gov't used everywhere, with a flickering LED where the lower door is or through an open top .... they must have bought a job lot of over a million .....

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Thank you for the information Sarah

QUOTE The levers/quadrants/wire tensioners/signalman/.........

That has saved much google-eyeing and the quality of the castings is now a known quantity too.

I enjoyed the painting of the cab and fitting of the crew too, especially the drivre's arm on the lever. I feel quite inspired and may be encouraged to have a go ...... one day.

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Very nice work there Sarah,

Delightful light touch, as suits the scale .....

I was bit concerned to note that there were a couple of dirty little waggons left next to each other .......

You're not thinking of developing into N gauge are you .........

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Lovely Sarah.

Great deal of difference the new paint job makes.

Kind regards

Hi Sarah,
I like the turntable very much. Is that the Dapol one? Love the colour, it looks rather LSWR?

The Photobucket thing is odd, there seems to be a lack of information about what they are / are not doing, let alone when ...... I suppose patience [and probably another server] might eventually produce an answer. [??]

Kind regards

Brilliant, lovely detail and information. Looking so good with the modifications.

Kind regards

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