The layout was built to 1/32 scale as a competition entry that must not exceed four square feet. The actual baseboard measures 38 inches x 15 inches and the fiddle yard is 24 inches long and 8 inches wide. The whole thing then sits on an ironing board.
The track plan is very simple and is supposed to be a terminus on a large farm estate railway in Lincolnshire. The track is code 100 with about a third of the sleepers removed and re-spaced to give a more rustic appearance. The points are Peco setrack which take up very little room. Point control is by wire in tube.
At this stage I lightly pinned down the track and thoroughly tested it with a Bachmann ON30 0-4-2 Porter and an 0-4-0 Davenport.
When I was happy I ballasted and started to add layers of ground foam, I like to build the ground cover up a bit at a time.
The picture showing the early stages.
I must admit I am very pleased with the Camera it is a compact Canon and was on offer at half price. Its performance when used for close ups seems especially good. The image files are very large and I was concerned about reducing them so that I could post the photographs.
So here are a few more.
The area under the rear wheel arch looked a little bare on the Quad so I added a small air tank and its associated piping on the offside. On the near side I added a small wooden toolbox.
The men outside the workshop put me in mind of a formula one team waiting for their car to pit for tyres and re-fuelling.
The men now have something to do checking over the two tractors before they set off for a days work.
A Bachmann V tipper chassis and a rudimentary wooden body made of plasticard with an engine and other items piled on it to be repaired in the workshop.
It's Sunday morning and a quiet period in the yard, with the wooden bodied Simplex and Tilly resting between assignments.
I have reset the camera to the M2 setting which gives images from 400odd kb to 700 odd kb instead of 5 mb.
The only thing I'm not too keen on is the instruction manual is on disc and not hard copy, but then I am very old fashioned and I was a printer in my working life.
The quality is nearly as good from a posting pictures point of view as can be seen from the following pictures.
QUOTE The quality is nearly as good from a posting pictures point of view
Indeed. You only need the extra pixels if you want to look at / print large images or want to look at small areas in detail. 200 pixels per inch is more than enough for printing, so a 6" x 4" photo only needs about 1 mega pixels.
Former writer of desktop photo printing software.
As is usually the way, while searching for something else I have found a CD with a few pictures taken at the second exhibition I did with Two Sisters way back in 2008.
I was on my own and a friend operated the layout while I had a quick sandwich. The photographs were taken whilst I was not there by someone I think called Neil, whose second name I do not know.
As you can see I had less variety of forms of motive power in those days.
I dislike the idea of commiting myself ahead of when the real choice needs to be made so I always shoot colour and adjust as needed in editing. On re-sizing it is normal to apply some sharpening before sending the file anywhere.
I must apologise for my slow reply. Thank you for taking an interest.
With regard to scale the track is OO so it is 16.5mm gauge which in 1/32 scale represents a bit under two feet.
The whole scenic section is only 38 inches and is 15 inches deep. The whole thing including a two foot long fiddle yard sits on an ironing board. So the whole model is quite small.
I hope this helps.
A few pictures I took of Two Sister's at the exhibition in Stow on the Wold.
It is a fabulous venue in a charming Cotswold town. The show was very well attended by a record crowd, despite the glorious weather outside.
I enjoyed my day at this exhibition very much indeed it was a very good show with a variety of exhibits for all to enjoy in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere.
The view looking out of the window from the operating side of my layout at about 9 30 am before the show opened. All this and cream cakes to die for!
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