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Great video,love the loose coupled freight,a time period long since lost but well worth remembering.The painted backscene looks terrific.

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Patrick, love the layout so far really atmospheric with hints of activity around the station but not over stating them. As for station names id say use the rural nature of the area to your advantage something road with hints of a village near by although if you wanted to stick by the sea, ardmore, grange and ring are the only villages up there. Will definetly be keeping an eye out when travelling that way later on today for other names. Keep up the good work

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In a burst of activity in the last week the benchwork, trackwork, wiring and valance for the layout was completed. A number of things were changed from the original plan. A fiddle yard was substituted for the planned traverser which I was never too keen on in the first place. The original plan for the station on the west end of the railway (which will be called Grange, the second station name has yet to be decided on) was for a single platform and one siding. I was never happy about this arrangement since most if not all such small stations were closed by the mid sixties. There was enough room for a passing track, long enough for a four coach train, and goods siding provided a traverser was used, but after mocking up this arrangement on the baseboard the station appeared cramped and I wanted to maintain the spacious feeling of the rest of the railway. The solution I came up with was to have the main line and passing loop disappear under a road bridge directly into a fiddle yard giving the impression that the station is longer than it actually is, and I didn't have to build a traverser. A second controller was also wired up. This is an Aristo Craft Basic Train Engineer. It consists of a device which is wired up between a 12 volt DC transformer and the track and a radio control throttle allowing cordless walk around control.

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Shaping up nicely, love that era as well. Any chance of seeing a close up of that signal box, is it scratch built?

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A few photos of the signal box as requested. It is a modified Dapol kit, my first ever attempt at structure building. It's a little rough, but serves as a stand in for now.

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Thanks for that Patrick, you did a great job on her, reminded me a bit of the Cork signal box if it was stretched a bit.

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Patrick I always say start as you mean to go on, and that's a great start for your first attempt.

 

Rich,

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Thanks for the encourageing comments. I started the signal box about nine months ago and set it aside when the layout got started. Now I'm encouraged to finish it!

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Extending the crossing loop under the bridge into the fiddle yard is a great idea saves a set of points and more importantly space, the whole railway iss looking pretty good.

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I started putting in some scenery today. The landforms are built using strips of corrugated cardboard from cardboard boxes woven together and stuck with hot glue. The whole thing is then covered with Woodland Scenics plaster cloth. The next step is a covering of a plaster compound called Sculptamould to smooth out the surface.

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Wow! Instant hillside!! That looks amazing!

 

That tunnel mouth looks very tidy - do you mind me asking where / who it is?

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The tunnel mouth is a plaster casting from Woodland Scenics. Its was tall enough for HO scale double stack cars so I reduced its height by removing the botton three courses of stone.

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I started putting in some scenery today. The landforms are built using strips of corrugated cardboard from cardboard boxes woven together and stuck with hot glue. The whole thing is then covered with Woodland Scenics plaster cloth. The next step is a covering of a plaster compound called Sculptamould to smooth out the surface.

 

I love this patrick keep posting photos as you progress. :tumbsup:

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That cutting looks a bit wintry at this stage - just what I'm looking out at now..!

 

Great stuff!

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Looks great Patrick, I'm following your layout with great interest.

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That cutting looks a bit wintry at this stage - just what I'm looking out at now..!

 

Great stuff!

 

Seems like an appropriate scene for a beet special.

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A bit of colour (color) on the cutting and it will bring the whole scene to life, you're making good progress.

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Love it! Could be bray head :)

 

That's what it reminds me of!

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Both local hobby shops were out of Hydrocal plaster so casting rocks for around the tunnel mouth could not go ahead this weekend. Instead some ground cover was applied and track ballasted to make a mostly completed scene. The wintery trees came from a retired dry flower arrangement I found in the garage which I couldn't resist using for now. With a little more work they might stay.

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