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Staple Hill Railway - New Line

Post by James from Devon » Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:29 pm

Hi Everyone.

I am new to the forums and the hobby but after many years of planning I am underway. I built a temporary railway last year to run my locos and and now underway with the permanent version.

I hope this is of interest to you, I found a lot of ideas from reading posts here.

This is the pic of my station with the first platform complete and the tram testing clearances. There will be a second platform on the left.

I built the platform using concrete reinforced with wire mesh. The edge slabs were glued on with no more nails ( I made clay masters for these then cast lots of them in resin, then sprayed and varnished)  the surface is dyed mortar mix. The track on the wooden planks is my temporary line which is now about 10 days away from being removed.

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Post by James from Devon » Tue Mar 29, 2016 5:31 pm

Platform under construction
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Track base for the start of the station loop in cutting
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I am very much looking forward to the time when its less like a building site...as is my wife :)
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Post by James from Devon » Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:09 pm

There was a little more progress last week, not as much as I would have liked but the rain made indoor projects more appealing!

The sidings on the left will house the engine shed

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The start of the bridge, sides are underway. There will be a second bridge on the right leading to the storage sidings and lighting up area

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Station area

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More track being laid

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Hopefully, I will be able to post some more later in the week.
Thanks for looking
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Post by Dwayne » Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:24 pm

Welcome to the forum. Nice start to your layout. Looking forward to more.

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Post by Joe » Tue Mar 29, 2016 6:25 pm

Welcome, looks very good and plenty of space, i like the platform edgeing
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Post by Soar Valley Light » Tue Mar 29, 2016 7:06 pm

Excellent work James. I am always in awe of people like you who jump in and get something running, then consolidate on that. I'm also in awe of people who progress at a smart pace (compared to my efforts that's most people!). Please keep the pictures coming to encourage us slow coaches! :P
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Post by James from Devon » Tue Mar 29, 2016 8:23 pm

Thanks for all the kind words!

Soar valley... I can't claim to be working fast...it took me a decade to actually make a start! early last year I bought a Ragleth and was just too impatient to see it run. So I knocked up the raised temporary railway over a weekend. I knew I would have to get on with the proper one as wood in the elements would not be a long term solution.

I am also very lucky that I live a couple of hundred yards away from Graham Wilkins (and work with his wife!) and have run on his South Hams Light Railway and got loads of inspiration and advice - he really has built a lovely railway.

It also made me want to get on with building rolling stock. Which is handy since the winter was so wet it made it impossible to work outside. Here are some pics for you:

Running on Graham's "South Hams Light Railway"
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IP Engineering Penrhyn coach:
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Weathered and repainted Konrad (now with a roof)
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Chaloner with my scratchbuilt coal wagons:
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Ragleth "Lady Isabella" with the coal train:
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Post by MDLR » Tue Mar 29, 2016 9:45 pm

James from Devon:117062 wrote:Image[/url]
I LOVE that filthy coach!
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Post by Peter Butler » Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:11 pm

I agree with Brian, your weathering looks just right and the scratch-built wagons are very impressive too.
Give us an idea of the materials you use please.
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Post by James from Devon » Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:14 pm

Thanks Brian

I am very happy with that model...love grubby narrow gauge railways...just as they should be!
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Post by James from Devon » Tue Mar 29, 2016 10:20 pm

Hi Peter

Thanks very much for the comments.

The coal wagons bodies are made from Obeche wood which I scribe planking detail into, the corners and strapping are from plasticard with square head rivets individually applied.

Wheels are IP on some and Binnie on others (I like the wagons in the rake to look slightly different) I made a mould for axle holders for the binnie wheels, I use a centre axle tube like swift sixteen.

For painting, I use acrylics and matt enamels and I weather by using a combination of weathering powders, pastels and watered down paint, then a top coat of matt spray varnish.

I am quite new to building these models so am refining my methods by trial and error as I learn! - for me, this is the fun part.

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Post by LNR » Wed Mar 30, 2016 3:45 am

Hi Jim, and welcome from down here. Rather new here myself. Your certainly off to a flying start, the forethought and planning certainly show. Guess your railway will have to feature some tankers! ( for the wine, red I hope :lol: :lol: )
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Post by sstjc » Wed Mar 30, 2016 10:25 am

My goodness me those wagons are stunning. As others have commented you certainly have a good eye for weathering. Any chance of some more detail at some point about how you do it. Many have tried, including me, but few reach that standard I have to say.

Keep us updated. Its very interesting to follow !
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Post by James from Devon » Wed Mar 30, 2016 6:03 pm

Hi Grant

Red wine tankers?? not thought of that...excellent idea!

Hi Barry

Thanks so much for those kind words, so nice of you. Tell you what, I'll build up another wagon at the weekend and take pictures of each stage and post them, that'll be easier than trying to explain. I live quite close to the South Devon Railway's Staverton station and while not narrow gauge, they always have a couple of rusting wagons around that you can get up close and personal with to see how to create the well-used look!

Thanks again guys

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Post by Andrew » Sun Apr 10, 2016 7:22 pm

Hello!

Just catching up with this thread - it looks like it's going to be a lovely railway, I look forward to seeing more soon!

Cheers,

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