Starlingford - The End of the Line

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Re: Starlingford - Last of the Christmas pics, pg58

Postby trainsandco » Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:06 pm

awesome! I cant wait until your actual updates of your layout ;) not just pictures from xmas (despite them being pretty god-dam awesome :P )

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Re: Starlingford - Last of the Christmas pics, pg58

Postby bizzyd6405 » Wed Mar 24, 2010 7:09 pm

great photo's as ever Gavin looking forward to seeing your civil engineering stock arrive on Starlingford :D

cheers

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Re: Starlingford - Last of the Christmas pics, pg58

Postby Black-Marlin » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:05 pm

bizzyd6405 wrote:great photo's as ever Gavin looking forward to seeing your civil engineering stock arrive on Starlingford :D

cheers

Darren


Well, I've now packed it all...what does it say when you begin to wonder if there's room in your suitcase for your clothes amidst all the rolling stock?

Yeah, I think my priorities are fine.

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Re: Starlingford - Last of the Christmas pics, pg58

Postby Mighty » Thu Mar 25, 2010 12:20 pm

Black-Marlin wrote:
bizzyd6405 wrote:great photo's as ever Gavin looking forward to seeing your civil engineering stock arrive on Starlingford :D

cheers

Darren


Well, I've now packed it all...what does it say when you begin to wonder if there's room in your suitcase for your clothes amidst all the rolling stock?

Yeah, I think my priorities are fine.


And I thought returning home you were supposed to bring the washing home, not the engineering wagons :shock:

Can't wait Gavin - looking forward to seeing the latest updates.
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Re: Starlingford - Last of the Christmas pics, pg58

Postby rocketman » Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:17 pm

Despite thinking that your thread is excessively managed, I look forward to updates. But, please, if you plan a D Phili or something like that, build something where you are and post from there. (no quote, but given where you are coming from you should be able to take criticism)
I really like your layout.
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Re: Starlingford - Easter Excursion Begins, pg58!

Postby Black-Marlin » Fri Mar 26, 2010 1:07 am

Well folks, I'm back, and I have some pictures for you! I even managed to get some modelling done! (Nothing very big or exciting, but still - progress has been made. :D )

No pics of engineering stock yet, but some other intrigueries...

Tornado now has a maroon Mk1 BCK support coach:

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While the new Collett Goods arrived ahead of schedule (and of funding replenishment :evil: ) and is currently being run in light engine:

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Lady Patricia now has a rake of 7 Blood-and-Custard liveried bogies to haul:

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And I have added to the allotments with some Noch laser-cut rhubarb!

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rocketman wrote:Despite thinking that your thread is excessively managed, I look forward to updates. But, please, if you plan a D Phili or something like that, build something where you are and post from there. (no quote, but given where you are coming from you should be able to take criticism)
I really like your layout.
rocketman


Ah, rocketman...I am indeed able to take criticism, but it would be helpful if yours was consistent: either you think this thread is 'excessively managed', or you think it is insufficiently managed, as for example you say on page 54:

rocketman wrote:I re-read the whole page and there was very little there.


I'm happy to take criticism, but it helps if it's actually coherent. :wink: As for building where I live, well, if I had world enough and time I would, but I have neither space nor time to do so at the minute so the possibility is remote.

Hmm...'world enough, and time'...that puts me in mind of something...a poem by Andrew Marvell...

To His (Not So) Coy Rocketman

"Had we but world enough, and time,
This layout, Rocket, were no crime.
I would sit down and think which way
To build my trainset day on day;
Thou wouldst watch, and comments make:
Helpful, no doubt, for pity's sake.
I'd own a home, have room to spare,
Resolved finances, and not a care.
And you would make your posts, all gnomic,
And baffle with your economic.
My perfect layout yet would grow
Vaster than empires, and more slow.
A dozen years should go to build
My rural scenes of tilled fields,
My towns and villages; my branch lines
Would wend and weave and then divine
Some cunning way to circle back
To mainlines and their yards of track.
Rocketman, you deserve this state,
Nor would I model at lesser rate.

But at my back I always hear
Time's 4-6-0 yet hurrying near;
And yonder all before us lie
Those awful years of full employ.
My layout shall no more be found,
Nor, in the hallowed loft, shall sound
Tornado in full cry; for full of dust
The mechanisms turn to naught but rust.
It comes to pass: responsibility
Steals time and money from train and me.
'Employment' seems a good idea
But few relax there, or so I hear.

Now therefore, while the youthful hue
Sits on my trains like morning dew
And while my willing Grant thus fires
My buying, before it too expires;
Now let me build as best I can
A layout large, and fun, and planned
To bring me back to homely shores
And back beyond my parents' doors.
Let me enjoy each brief soujourn
Back to the layout for which I yearn,
And though someday I'll layout make
Whose proximity cannot be faked
Starlingford, for now, is mine
And separation shrinks in time."

:D


And finally, because I'm nothing if not generous:

Tornado, in 'Top Gear Race to the North' mode:

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And an O6 on a consolidated goods:

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Regards,
Gavin

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Re: Starlingford - Easter Excursion Begins, pg58!

Postby bbc100p » Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:05 am

Can you please post the 'top gear' one on youtube please?
It back! And sorry about the rant but I do not know why they banned MOHAAPlayer!

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Re: Starlingford - Easter Excursion Begins, pg58!

Postby rocketman » Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:57 am

That quote was Marvellous
keep up the great works.
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Re: Starlingford - Easter Excursion Begins, pg58!

Postby Random » Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:39 am

NIIICE

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Re: Starlingford - Easter Excursion Begins, pg58!

Postby Michael Thornberry » Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:13 pm

Hello Gavin,
Isn't it surprising how exhuberant the Spirit, how explicit the prose. Almost enough to make an Olde Man weep :lol: :P oh well, go on then, nearly :) Nice to see the effects of a lung-full of un-diluted Emerald Green oxygen after breathing that "strange-stuff" in Aberdeen for many weeks :lol: Hopefully the modelling will improve along with the Poetry :roll: Keep-up the good work,
Kind Regards,
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Re: Starlingford - Easter Excursion Begins, pg58!

Postby Black-Marlin » Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:31 pm

Thanks Michael! Yes, happy to be back in the attic again, today has been spent mostly just doing detailing work. I've been adding vegetables to allotments, crews to locos, and pretty much everything to Tornado - crew, steps, blastpipes, etched nameplates, vacuum pipes, brake rodding and cabside doors!

But here are a few pics for those of you (you know who you are) who have been waiting for ballast trains to appear on Starlingford... Enjoy!

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Regards,
G

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Re: Starlingford - Easter Excursion Begins, pg58!

Postby DrStroganoff » Fri Mar 26, 2010 4:35 pm

Hi Gav !

Engineering train looks great.

When you get a chance, get some photos up of Northern Lights on your Motorail train ! :D

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Re: Starlingford - Easter Excursion Begins, pg58!

Postby rocketman » Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:36 pm

Thornberry, I don't think it was prose any more than that tornado was a 125, (it was sheer bastardised poetry).
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Re: Starlingford - Easter Excursion Begins, pg58!

Postby roadie stu » Fri Mar 26, 2010 8:45 pm

Hi Gavin

The layout's looking good!!

That Collett Goods is a cracking model, I have a GW green with Shirtbutton liveried version on Oldcastle, there's not much it won't haul for it's size,

Keep Up the Good Work!!!

Cheers

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Re: Starlingford - Easter Excursion Begins, pg58!

Postby Black-Marlin » Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:34 pm

rocketman wrote:Thornberry, I don't think it was prose any more than that tornado was a 125, (it was sheer bastardised poetry).
rocketman


That's a tremendously helpful explanation, rocketman :roll: - now, what, exactly, is 'sheer bastardised poetry'? (Be as technical as you like - I have two Masters degrees and most of a PhD in the topic, and I have no idea what you're talking about. I have a sneaking suspicion that neither do you, because apart from anything else I doubt it's possible to construct 'bastardised' poetry. And if we're going to get nit-picky about correct use of English, then you may wish to check your tenses: you get confused as your sentence goes on. The correct sentence would have read "I don't think it is prose any more than I think that Tornado is a 125..." Your use of the present perfect simple is erroneous. But thanks, anyway, for contributing so fulsomely to the thread.)

Everyone else - the people asking about trains and progress, as opposed to quibbling over semantics - here are some more pics to demonstrate what I've been up to:

The K3 has a crew...

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...As does the O6 (a locomotive I find hard to photograph, as its black finish is extremely non-reflective)...

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...While the newly detailed Tornado simmers alongside the finished allotment...

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...And, as per Dr Stroganoff's request, The Northern Lights makes its maiden appearance...

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Finally, for those of you who have been looking forward to the ballast train, if the previous pics just weren't sufficiently exciting, here is a very brief video:

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Regards,
Gavin


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