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When i left school back then i was lucky enough to enroll on an engineering apprenticeship. I think this lead me in good stead. I was always one of those children that pulled things apart but actually put them back together again. My first engine given to me at the age of Seven, a Triang Princess Elizabeth. The rest as they say is History. Later in life i got back in to Model Railways and started building Pine Road. This could lead anywhere so i hope you enjoy my Blog.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Exton Quays update 2 or possibly 3

The point rodding is complete, "yeah"
I'm not sure that i would want to attempt this again but, i have to say that the end result is well worth the 'ballsache' of a job that it is.
Fiddley, mind numbing spring to mind instantly. Not my favourite occupation in the world of Model Railways.

We have also added the ground form for the scenery. And yes, even started on some of the leafy stuff.

No Signal box on this layout, it will have a lever frame under the canopy of the Station building, as was the case at Breamore.
I have never seen this modelled before, thought it would be something different.  

Built up on Two cut lengths of your good old coffee stirring sticks and stained with Ronson's Mahogany stain, It does exactly what it said it would do on the tin.
The good old Southern Railway Peco concrete platform edging, well, you have to, don't you.
It has been hacked about somewhat.
1st, it's far to tall. I get the impression it was originally made to compensate for the old fashioned foam underlay.
2nd, the top edge just isn't right. Look at concrete platform edging and it has slabs resting across each upright column, so the top edge has been removed.  
3rd, Looking at old pics, you can see the sole bars of carriages but in the model railway world it seems normal practice to have platforms just below door level. 

The ground structure has been made up using card formers and as in a previous post for 'Parkstone' another episode of 
Looking across the widest part of the layout, this is only 22" wide.

This was a pure fluke, the sky almost has a 3D effect and looks as if it is hanging over the layout. 

Some greenery has been added. Trying to think back a few years, and remember, how the look of Pine Road was achieved and what was used.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Brassmasters Point Rodding stools

Crackin little things these but oh, very fiddly to put together.
This second batch tho are etched a lot better and go together fairly easily.
you will need loads of patients but they do look good.
To get these go to.

This is what you will get. There are 3 pieces to each stool.

Before i cut out the etches, i used a scribe just to open up the slots.
Cut out the Two Stools and turn the brackets 90 degrees. Only do this once as they will break off.

You will end up with this x 2.

Push one side into the base

Then the other side. 

You should now have this.

I do a batch and then thread them onto a wire just to make sure they all line up.
The bases are just filled with solder. 

 Solder away to your hearts content and this is what you will end up with, ready to paint and to trim to how ever many stools you need in a run

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Breamore station

Recently i was invited for a look around Breamore station. Opened on the 20/04/1866 by the Salisbury and Dorset joint Railway.
4 days before christmas, that's an odd one.

One thing they had plenty of, was rail, so we will use some to support the water tank 

 We think there was a wall across the middle of the room to devide the ticket office from the waiting room. the ticket window has been saved and fixed into the back wall. 
 looking the opposite way and the original fireplace is still in tacked.
 Looking on the platform side, the gravel area is where the old lever frame use to be.
 Looking towards Salisbury, the old bridge is still in tact.
 Looking towards West Moors
 How many of these are left. The original Southern Railway lamp post is still there although some of the concrete has exploded but amazed its still standing.
 The front of the building from the approach road. Even has the typical LSWR louver on the roof.
 A closer view.
 I hereby declare.
 What is this?, there were quite a few of these laying around down the line.
I think it is a point rodding stool, the bit that bolts to a sleeper buried in the ground and the metal rollers bolt to this. 
 If anyone has another theory then i would love to know.
 The side door
 1/2, half of what ? Gradient sign ?
 Opposite the station is this old shed made from railway sleepers stood on end. In Middleton's press book this is in one of the photos and its still there.
This is how to build a shed if you want it to last, just asking to be modelled.
One will appear on Exton Quays
A fascinating afternoon was had.
Thank you for letting me look around.
I also found this video. She is an amazing singer and hope she doesn't mind me sharing it here.