The Development of the WLR

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Post by steamyjim » Tue Apr 12, 2016 9:48 am

Been painting baseboards...

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Post by steamyjim » Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:48 am

A bit of progress while I'm on furlough...

Engine shed nearing completion.
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A coal store and a water tower. The water tower body was from the remains of an 0 gauge garden railway I was given many years ago - added to a base I think it looks the part. Wants the underscale chain replacing though, and some sort of valve fitted.
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Platform and station building. I was going to repair the roof, but I reckon I'll leave it and have it under repair. Wonder what you'd do on the platform - wrap it in roofing felt perhaps?
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Some sort of machine shop/boilerworks/ironworks. Not entirely sure how this is going to end up. Shall probably concrete the area in like I have around the engine shed and have a level crossing leading up to the edge of the baseboards to provide a road to haul items from the ironworks.
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As you can see - I don't tend to plan things too much!
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This was a right pigs ear to build...
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Unfortunately I've run out of coffee stirrers for the time being, and I need to sort out some corrugated iron for the roof.
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Re: The Whitchurch Light Railway

Post by ge_rik » Mon Jun 29, 2020 7:50 am

Those buildings look great - chunky and bucolic. :thumbright:

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Re: The Whitchurch Light Railway

Post by FWLR » Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:29 am

Coffee stirrers, I have hundreds of them.. :lol: Bought a load of eBay a few years ago. best place to get them however is cafes. But if you are like Anne and I, we can't get a coffee anymore due to COVID-19 :cry:
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Post by steamyjim » Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:06 pm

I'll get an order in for some coffee stirrers on Amazon I reckon - I'm trying to avoid going out as much as possible at the moment...

Another productive day!

Made an imitation cast iron water tank for the rear of the engine shed to feed the water tower...
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And added a vent into the vent hole...
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Nearly finished, just needs tiling, the top of the water tank planked, and I reckon some nice LED gas lamps on the walls.
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Post by steamyjim » Mon Jun 29, 2020 10:10 pm

And I rescued this rather knackered crane that came from the same 0 gauge railway as the water tower. New side panels, base, jib, handle, platform, stone pillar, and new cross braces. Meccano hook and a dodgy set of Mamod wheels as a load!

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Re: The Development of the WLR

Post by LNR » Tue Jun 30, 2020 4:42 am

That engine shed really does look good.
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Post by philipy » Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:40 am

Some lovely modelling, thanks for sharing.
Thanks also for the couple of shots which show your workshop - impressively tidy and organised at the back ( unlike mine) but impressively untidy and disorganised on the bench ( exactly like mine!). :D

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Post by FWLR » Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:55 am

Nice job on the crane. :thumbright:
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Post by steamyjim » Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:35 pm

Issues with my 3D CAD package stopped me from working on the design of the Ironworks to go with the wooden loading shed, so I got on with something else. Started this coal mine 4-5 years ago with the engine shed, got it operational then got bored...

The coal mine winds into a piece of drainpipe sink into the baseboards. I've 12v variable power supplies dotted around the layout (old Hornby controllers) to power things like this.

Today I made the flywheel, the water tank (cooling water for the atmospheric engine), the firebox, the motor cover and a few other bits and bobs. As you can see, somewhat of a knife and fork modeller - no drawings, and I like strong robust structures that I then clad with finer detail. I also like to use laser cutting where possible to save time. The engine shed started out just as rough and ready as this.

I'd welcome your thoughts on cladding the 'firebox' for the boiler. The curves are going to make it difficult with the usual Peter Jones woodchip method so I'm thinking perhaps use an engraver to put a brick/stone effect on...?

Also, I've seen stick on injection moulded rivets, can someone tell me if nuts are available with a bit of thread stuck out of them?

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This would've been a right pig to make without the laser cutter...!

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You can see it in operation, when I first installed it here, along with what eventually will be a Gn15 feeder line... *Can anyone tell me how to embed the video here, please????*

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Re: The Development of the WLR

Post by steamyjim » Tue Jun 30, 2020 8:43 pm

philipy wrote: ↑
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:40 am
Some lovely modelling, thanks for sharing.
Thanks also for the couple of shots which show your workshop - impressively tidy and organised at the back ( unlike mine) but impressively untidy and disorganised on the bench ( exactly like mine!). :D
I share the workshop with my granddad so there is a lot of stuff in there - I keep trying to have clear out but our definition of 'worth keeping' is very different! You can bet your bottom dollar that whenever I fill the bin up he roots through it and pulls stuff out before it goes! On the other hand, we are well equipped so if you can find some bench space you can plod on pretty well with a project!
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Post by Peter Butler » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:08 pm

Plastic moulded rivet heads and bolts with nuts (range of shapes and sizes on one sprue) are available here....

http://cambrianmodels.co.uk/

I have used them on many models and although fiddly they look good when applied.
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Post by steamyjim » Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:19 pm

Peter Butler wrote: ↑
Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:08 pm
Plastic moulded rivet heads and bolts with nuts (range of shapes and sizes on one sprue) are available here....

http://cambrianmodels.co.uk/

I have used them on many models and although fiddly they look good when applied.
Thank you Peter - some handy stuff on their website, I'll get a few sprues and other bits and pieces on order! I'm sure under a coat of my favourite quick drying matt black paint they'll look just the job!
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Post by steamyjim » Wed Jul 01, 2020 2:02 am

3d modelling back up and running so the shell of the Ironworks has been knocked up. Looking through various pictures of warehouses for inspiration there were a few features I wanted to add (the two buildings joined by a cast iron walkway, elevated outdoor steam pipe, the wooden overhang/extension and a wall mounted hoist) that I couldn't all fit on my initial scheme, so i've added the two low relief structures as shown in the 'fag packet' drawing too...

I suppose there ought to be a set of level crossing gates there - did narrow gauge lines generally have level crossings at all crossings? When the trains pass this section they're either imminently arriving at the station, or have just left, so I would assume they'd only be travelling slowly.

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Post by ge_rik » Wed Jul 01, 2020 7:24 am

You're really steaming along with progress. Some impressive developments. Love the crane and the water tank.

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