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Charwelton into the 80's

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7 hours ago, jhb171achill said:

Ballycharwelton?

Knockcharwelton?

Dún Char Weltán?

Slieve Welton?

 

More like Craggywelton......We dont take things to seriously.......honest.

 

No where did i put the rivet ruler  😉 😆

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10 hours ago, Mike 84C said:

Driven over that bridge many, many times! Is that the York-Bournemouth or a Nottingham-Marylebone? The memories Charwelton  brings to mind for me. Wonderful layout.

HI Mike,

Thanks for the kind comments.

I think the service is Newcastle - Poole one. We have used a 1950s working timetable and try to run services that ran then and would still be running when the layout is set now.

Its also a summer Saturday to enable us to run some locos that wouldnt normally run down the line, for exapmle 37 033 is showing her Stag stickers in the photo so is a long way from home!!

Plus we are hoping to add a few of the new Accurscale 37s when they arrive 👏

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I explored the station site and walked along the trackbed towards the tunnel when I was living in UK in the early 90s. 

I was exploring the remains of the ironstone tramways in the area, I think the gateway to the quarry tramway was still in place 30 years after the quarry closed.

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52 minutes ago, Mayner said:

I explored the station site and walked along the trackbed towards the tunnel when I was living in UK in the early 90s. 

I was exploring the remains of the ironstone tramways in the area, I think the gateway to the quarry tramway was still in place 30 years after the quarry closed.

Hi,

 

We have had a few people come up to us at shows about thier memories of the station. One guy I was chatting to who’s dad was the quarry forman.

Didn’t realise that the gate was still there that late as one guy said they replaced the fence once the line had been lifted out of the yard. 

 

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2 hours ago, Mike 84C said:

Well, this old git fired Brittania's and Black 5's along there in the last gasps of GC steam. I seem to remember Catesby as being a very wet/ muddy tunnel.

Lots of people have said the same as you to it being wet.

It’s now go a new lease of life once it opens as a wind tunnel for automotive testing. 

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For the past 3 years we have had a couple of working weekends inbetween shows to sort out any issuesthat may have developed as with a layout this size if there is an issue it can turn it into a large diorama which has happend once, but thats another story.

Well we had a working weekends a few weeks ago and those very nice people at Accurascale allowed us to have a play with the forthcoming Now available PTA wagons, you may have seen the video they posted up of the wagons traveling along the cutting. Anyway I managed to get a couple of pics of the wagons in the station

 

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Due to the size of the layout, being just under 40ft long, we only get chance to set the layout up at shows or on our working weekends. The working weekends consist of 2/3 long days were we just work down the list of jobs/snags that we have come across.

The photo below was taken during one of those weekends and gives a nice view up the layout that you normally can't get due to the bridges being in the way.

 

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When we first got the layout we had did think that the task of converting it to DCC wouldn't be that difficult, well we may have been a bit wrong with that assumption.

These are a couple of pics of the 2 contorl panels.......

The main panel

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Fiddle Yard panel

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Since these where taken we have removed most of the wiring and the main panel is now being fitted out using the megapoints controls for the signals and points.

 

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