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by captrees
Wed Jul 08, 2020 11:25 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The East Westmorland Railway
Replies: 11
Views: 364

Re: The East Westmorland Railway

We may as well bring this up to where we are today, because I don't have many other pics of the build-in-progress. Here's a view looking, um, north from Oxenholme. It's a fine summers day. The grey skies looming are the photographer's fault for not having enough light on the matter. https://i.postim...
by captrees
Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: What was your first model train?
Replies: 33
Views: 1436

Re: What was your first model train?

Mine was a Hornby clockwork, tinplate, green, with a carriage, a wagon and can't remember what else. I got it for Christmas, late '50s. (year, not my age :roll: ) My friend Anthony, or his father had a huge electric layout in his attic. I can remember the jealousy, and the absolute disappointment th...
by captrees
Tue Jul 07, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The East Westmorland Railway
Replies: 11
Views: 364

Re: The East Westmorland Railway

I have been reading other people's Build Threads and see some cats have been introduced. So I thought I'd better introduce Charley, in his capacity as Chief Railway Dog. Charley has a brother, Henry, but Charley has made it clear to Henry that he is Chief Railway Dog, and Henry is not welcome in the...
by captrees
Mon Jul 06, 2020 2:15 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The East Westmorland Railway
Replies: 11
Views: 364

Re: The East Westmorland Railway

Once the track had reached 2 tables, there was evolution and confusion. Had I taken on more than I could cope with? Every curve was a learning curve. I wanted a gradient up which trains could climb pulling long loads, sometimes double headers, or with a banker pushing. This was Shap Fell country. Co...
by captrees
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The East Westmorland Railway
Replies: 11
Views: 364

Re: The East Westmorland Railway

An interesting track plan. I found the controller you have a bit frustrating to use. I prefer a Gaugemaster DC controller or something along those lines. I bought a second (used) little Hornby controller so that I could run two trains, and very soon after ordered a Gaugemaster! Vast improvement not...
by captrees
Thu Jul 02, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The East Westmorland Railway
Replies: 11
Views: 364

Re: The East Westmorland Railway

It's all about illusion, isn't it? Initially I was very slap dash with this, particularly the back drop/s. Everything could be improved on at a later date. Or not. I was never going to recreate Oxenholme with any accuracy, so it was just about the feeling, or illusion, of being there. You can't cram...
by captrees
Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:15 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: The East Westmorland Railway
Replies: 11
Views: 364

The East Westmorland Railway

It has been a slow two and a half years in the making, but the studio in my garden has now morphed into my railway room. There’s a lot of room in what had just been used as storage, and the tables have been built around stored trunks and boxes. Early ideas have been documented in a couple of previou...
by captrees
Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:16 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Unfinished business.
Replies: 10
Views: 251

Re: Unfinished business.

Thanks for the interesting responses. I could add that I know no other railway modellers where I live, so I have no communication or association with others, or access to other layouts for comparison. My layout is my private realm, but if anyone wants a look, they can. Alan-r, I have started that mo...
by captrees
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Unfinished business.
Replies: 10
Views: 251

Unfinished business.

My first layout has now taken two and a half years. I spend a lot of time looking at it in contemplation. Often trains go round and round, but that doesn't seem to be important. Actual work on it? Maybe half an hour a week, but it's coming along, and occupies a lot of thought, and computer time in r...
by captrees
Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: where are the members ???????
Replies: 54
Views: 1207

Re: where are the members ???????

Yes indeed, some interesting responses. I am primarily a lurker here. I am learning stuff from you guys, and appreciate it. Maybe I should start a thread on my own build soon, or on another subject. However I am very active on another forum, non railway related, which sees similar fluctuations and i...
by captrees
Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:59 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Quarantine lockdown blues...
Replies: 15
Views: 834

Re: Quarantine lockdown blues...

I thought I'd share her indoors's quote of the week. "I bet Rod Stewart doesn't make his wife paint all the little people." Maggie might......er...i mean ....May. :lol: Thanks End2end Thank you End2end and Bigmet. She needs the encouragement. Here she is in action. Changing the school uni...
by captrees
Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Quarantine lockdown blues...
Replies: 15
Views: 834

Re: Quarantine lockdown blues...

I thought I'd share her indoors's quote of the week. "I bet Rod Stewart doesn't make his wife paint all the little people." https://i.postimg.cc/QMfkWzNs/IMG-1992.jpg Now a question. These things came out of a Hornby train set. What are those little marker posts in top middle of the photo?...
by captrees
Sat Apr 04, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Quarantine lockdown blues...
Replies: 15
Views: 834

Re: Quarantine lockdown blues...

Holy Moly! The wire for the benches would be difficult to bend the same every time. You're not wrong Ironduke. 2 pairs longnose pliers reqd. Wire is some green decoration wire of the wife's, ex-Spotlight. So no need to paint, but tie wire would be easier. You will note that most benches are lopside...
by captrees
Fri Apr 03, 2020 6:39 am
Forum: Scenery
Topic: Quarantine lockdown blues...
Replies: 15
Views: 834

Quarantine lockdown blues...

OK, who has more spare time now that they don’t know what to do with, and how is your modelling kingdom going? My project, being one of the slower layouts ever to be built, is suddenly in fast forward again as we suffer the current lockdown in Oz. It’s all in the detail, those fiddly little jobs tha...

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