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On a Saturday night in 1965, extra stock for tomorrow’s trip to the GAA B5C2C24C-E666-4600-A641-6B6ACA4C6235.thumb.jpeg.5c7c382a4adf6e2b8ecb0ee80256f5e6.jpegquarter finals is scattered about the place, having arrived tacked onto the daily goods. Shunting manoeuvres have left two vans in the cattle loop, and two Park Royals in the former loco shed road.

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Wow what a beautifully executed concept. Utterly breath taking. Sublime. Absolutely love the filled in turntable. This just reeks of atmosphere and those times. You’ve achieved something rather special.  Love it. Well done too to Dave Linfield. Scenic so subtle. It looks photo realistic. Wishing you many years enjoyment operating it and just looking at it too. Mission accomplished I’d say.

 

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Nice to see the subtle weathering of the Tin Van it must be  5-6 years since they left the Carriage Shops in ex-works condition!

The open un-cluttered nature of the place with no goods shed or station building reminds me of Fenit which I first visited in the summer of 78 several months after the last train (beet special)departed.

Have lots of fun!

 

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11 hours ago, jhb171achill said:

On a Saturday night in 1965, extra stock for tomorrow’s trip to the GAA B5C2C24C-E666-4600-A641-6B6ACA4C6235.thumb.jpeg.5c7c382a4adf6e2b8ecb0ee80256f5e6.jpegquarter finals is scattered about the place, having arrived tacked onto the daily goods. Shunting manoeuvres have left two vans in the cattle loop, and two Park Royals in the former loco shed road.

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Absolutly top class layput, detail is sublime

 

If any, it draws very much parrallels to macroom terminus in its dying days in 1953

 

 

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13 minutes ago, Westcorkrailway said:

Absolutly top class layput, detail is sublime

 

If any, it draws very much parrallels to macroom terminus in its dying days in 1953

 

 

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Perhap Macroom and its surroundings can provide insperation for dugganport. It also was an only freight line since 1935 with only very few excursions for gaa and such Cant help with the Harbour though!

 

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4 hours ago, Westcorkrailway said:

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Perhap Macroom and its surroundings can provide insperation for dugganport. It also was an only freight line since 1935 with only very few excursions for gaa and such Cant help with the Harbour though!

 

Yes, very much so.

There actually will be a station building - I've only just started it. It will be single-storey corrugated sheet building similar to several on the Valentia line.

And yes, it could well be a Macroom extended west to a fictitious harbour and fishing village somewhere about Glengarriff or Sneem. The idea is that the nearby "big" station is the "real" terminus, and Macroom or somewhere like it about half way, with a short extension to "Dugort Harbour".

It's far too hot to be sitting outside today, so I can in to the peace and cool of the study to peruse timetables of the 1955-65 era for inspiration.....

Thanks for your comments!

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As others has said, full of atmosphere. Hard to define and far from easy to create. Colours look right, and no more than we would expect 😉,  also calling for great care and observation.

 Plenty of simple operation, which likewise adds to the atmosphere. Certainly works for me.

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4 hours ago, the Bandon tank said:

Its funny you mentioned Castleisland, It reminded me of Castleisland with the gated entrance, and the spacious yard.

Pretty much every detail, both on the layout and what will become its extension, is pulled from somewhere real!

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One of the most authentic and atmospheric 00 gauge layouts I've ever seen. Can't stop re-reading and looking at this thread, just absolutely sublimely stunning. Congrats to all concerned.

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1 hour ago, WRENNEIRE said:

What was the timeline JB, from concept to design to arriving at Chez JB?

Concept early ‘18, arrival the other day. A delay occurred with (a) Malahide casino issues, and (b) my house move, which took four months (long story)……!

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5 hours ago, jhb171achill said:

Concept early ‘18, arrival the other day. A delay occurred with (a) Malahide casino issues, and (b) my house move, which took four months (long story)……!

And covid!!!

Layouts like these with scenery with that detail take a lot of time to build. Also its hard to work on one layout day in day out, it needs an artistic eye and time to plan the next stage. Kevin that worked for me did wonders with ths layout.

 

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1 hour ago, Dave said:

And covid!!!

Layouts like these with scenery with that detail take a lot of time to build. Also its hard to work on one layout day in day out, it needs an artistic eye and time to plan the next stage. Kevin that worked for me did wonders with ths layout.

 

True! The Covid is holding everything else up; speak to the Dept. of Domestic Matters and lectures on the subject regarding curtains, garden people and carpet people will abound.......

I just pity anyone starting to build a house about now......

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A few views from 1963, as B141 makes its first appearance on the branch on the 10:35 Saturdays Only local train to Castletown West.

 

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The following day, the solitary Sunday service at 5.10 p.m. has the same set with a brand new Craven added, and making a rare appearance on the line.

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A thing I’m noticing with the pics is the lighting isn’t right. Daylight means a skylight above the layout, and evening means a spotlight which is irretrievably ABOVE it. 

Different lighting called for when taking pics…..

I’ve quite a few of Leslie’s wagons at this stage!

Might need more eventually…..

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Splendid.

Lighting is just one more part of the puzzle. Some photographers like to use artificial light, but when I've had photos done of my stuff for magazine articles [mostly Andrew Burnham, editor at Continental Modeller], he has always used natural light, with long exposures and wide apertures - plus a fancy camera too, of course.

 The great thing these days is we don't have to wait for photos to be developed, only to find only only one or two were any good out of a roll of 36. The simple act of cropping a digital photo can work wonders.

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Very well done, Baseboard Dave - a real work of art.

If you ever want a three month working holiday in England, we'll put you up, feed and pay you well, while you relocate Portadown Jct to a hut in the back garden in Reading!

Beaumont - I owe you an apology (I think?) - did I not send you the Works Plates for your H Vans? If you send me the numbers of the vans you've got, I'll send you the matching plates.

The wagons have been very nicely finished, by the way.

Enjoy running your "line".    I'm suitably jealous!

Leslie

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59 minutes ago, leslie10646 said:

Very well done, Baseboard Dave - a real work of art.

If you ever want a three month working holiday in England, we'll put you up, feed and pay you well, while you relocate Portadown Jct to a hut in the back garden in Reading!

Beaumont - I owe you an apology (I think?) - did I not send you the Works Plates for your H Vans? If you send me the numbers of the vans you've got, I'll send you the matching plates.

The wagons have been very nicely finished, by the way.

Enjoy running your "line".    I'm suitably jealous!

Leslie

Will do Leslie, and I'm very happy with them! Dugort Harbour will have its first monthly cattle fair next time I'm upstairs, so the place will be choked with your wagons!

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From the diary….

All sorts of shenanigans today, 26th July 1965….. The cattle fair is tomorrow, so the place is full of cattle trucks with B165 shunting, while B141 has the 07:55 to Cork, preparing to go.

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Somebody's having fun! Was trying to decide what it is that makes the layout so effective and then realised it is simple:

Space.

Rural termini everywhere were pretty much always spread out because land was cheap, unlike a city terminus. Resisting the temptation to fill the baseboard with track, but at the same time having enough length for what looks like a 20 wagon freight is not something you see very often, but certainly works here.

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4 hours ago, David Holman said:

Somebody's having fun! Was trying to decide what it is that makes the layout so effective and then realised it is simple:

Space.

Rural termini everywhere were pretty much always spread out because land was cheap, unlike a city terminus. Resisting the temptation to fill the baseboard with track, but at the same time having enough length for what looks like a 20 wagon freight is not something you see very often, but certainly works here.

That was precisely the thinking behind it, David. 

I COULD have jammed it with track. There are actually signs of a lifted siding, and a disconnected turntable road. There’s room for at least two more sidings plus a bay platform line, and a two or possibly even three-road engine shed.  But the sort of places it is meant to resemble were in real life laid out in precisely the manner you describe. 

I think the code 75 track helps too.

Lack of trees assists with creating the impression too. I think that artistically, if the trains are the highest things, it helps create this illusion. Thus, buildings will be few (two, in fact, plus signal cabin), and single-storey.

In many windswept western and south-western locations in Ireland, trees WOULD be a rarity.

Looking forward to the arrival of the next batch of track which is on order now.

I often play about with doodling potential track plans for all sorts of imaginary layouts - this has always interested me. I saw pictures in a very old Railway Magazine years ago of some obscure Scottish terminus which closed a long time ago, and exuded the same sort of desolate, “wide-open” atmosphere as the likes of Valentia Harbour, Achill or Burtonport on the Lough Swilly. I can’t remember where it was, but that’s exactly what I’m trying to recreate.

 

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