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  1. Hello everyone, so I've been tempted over by those makers of the green boxes (IRM/ACC) and thought I would say hi and post up a couple of photos of one of the train sets that I exhibit. So first up is Thorne Yard. Its a wagon repair depot in the the 1980s. The layout is DCC with all locos being sound fitted and all rolling stock is detailed, renumbered (if there is more than one) and weathered. If you have any questions then please ask. More photos to come Thanks Simon
  2. Hi all, Will just drop this here for you
  3. Hey all, This is it, the big one that'll do me to retirement! After modelling Depot #8 for the last 18 months to test feasibility, I took the plunge and bought an insulated outdoor cabin to house the new model railway. I'll still keep Depot #8 alive as the test bed for new skills and also to have something to run during the long construction phases of the new railway. The cabin is fully insulated top and bottom, double glazing and rubber seals, up off the ground with damp breaks between block and wood and is 6m x 4m, plenty of space First job is to stain and weather-protect it, hopefully this weekend if it's fine. Then run some electrics to it, with lighting and electric radiators to follow. Plenty to do - here's some pics: Gotta move the dog and cat sheds... Ready for stone Ground work and levelling complete Cabin built Interior shots Rough planning begins (with wool and masking tape ) I've so many ideas of what to do - obviously it will be 80s Ireland (that's a given), I've always wanted to do a terminus station, with long meandering country sections, a viaduct, two levels, a depot and a quarry. Probably include a variation on Carlow as a small station on the way since that's where I'm from originally. And it's named after my two daughters if you were curious Watch this space!
  4. Hey all, new to the forum and thought I might show my layout progress here - it's my first so be gentle! Back in the hobby after 25 years so learning all the latest techniques and practicing my skills on a small depot before going for the bigger layout. I love the variety of skills you have to learn for a model railway, none of which were in my skillset when I started last year, specifically I am very much not a carpenter Progress is slow but steady, I like taking my time to delve in detail and do it right rather than rushing. Plus between work and a toddler I usually have only an hour or so in the evenings. I'll keep posting major updates here and pop a few how-to videos of techniques in the tips section The depot is totally fictional, set in the 80s era, will be completely filthy as per the custom of the time and will sometimes see UK loco visitors, as I am just now starting my Irish collection (a lifetime ambition of mine). I'd welcome any comments / feedback / tips you might have and will get you caught up with some of the highlights so far...Enjoy! Initial Plan Profesional wiring diagram Construction in my office Baseboard and control panel added Acrylic control panel - had a lot of fun drilling these holes with a black and decker! All connections underneath and to every section of track are soldered, I tried the blue clips but wasn't happy with their reliability The control panel worked out as I had hoped... ...and looks cool in the dark Made up some cardboard mockups to get an idea of the final layout and proportions Sealed and painted the mdf to prevent swelling when all the ballast glue goes down (maybe it's not needed but I wanted to play it safe). Also marked out the areas for the concrete hardstands, a well as point motors, relays etc Started on the concrete using DAS modelling clay which is very easy to work with Sanded and sprayed in a mixed concrete colour - I used enamel: Humbrol Matt 27:28:121:34 in the approx ratio 2:6:6:4 and thinned 1:1 Rest of the photos are the final result after weathering, powders and oil added. To be honest I was delighted with the result, my first attempt at something like this I'll fire this process in the tips section as well if it might help others - I did 15 x 1 min "short" videos for YouTube & Twitter which I'll stitch together. And it looks even better with the orange and blacks Cheers!
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