The loco that sits on Fosse Bridge does work as it is brand new. I started to convert it to DCC and realised that I had run out of decoders to finish the job. So for the time being it has been placed just for aesthetic reasons. The bridge itself contains a double line that has been abandoned and overgrown with weeds.
To gain access to the loft a section of my baseboard has to lift up like a trapdoor, and as it does so, the roof beam knocks one section of platform out of the way. My plan is to reseat it every time I want to have a running session, but this may limit the items placed on it, ie lights that work will have wires protruding from the underside. Although I am quite happy to do this I was hoping for some suggestions as to how to bypass this but the more I give thought to this problem the more convinced I am that I am going to have to live with it.
Perhaps I will have to fit the rear retaining/station walls on some small hinges so that they fold out of the way when the baseboard section is lifted.
The original idea for the station was to have a large structure on pillars and at the time of construction I had Waverly in mind as a basis on which to make this model. However, having seen Waverly West on the othe forum, my effort looked like Ryman League Level rather than Premiership and as such my station was removed. I still have the columns and may resurrect them at a future date. The mistake I made was that I thought that I could make it up as I went along but this has proved to be not the case. Since that time I would like to think that my modelling ability has advanced somewhat and plans are in the pipeline with numerous ideas being written down. This part of the layout is the kingpin of the project and I want it to look the business. Hopefully Scalesenes Large Station will fit the bill, and by combining it with plans from Johns other kits, I will hopefully produce something that I can be proud of. I really need to have a go at producing something from scratch with plasticard to really test myself. I would love to be able to produce buildings such as those on Grotland as they ooze quality and craftsmanship, capturing the essence of northen industrial towns to a tee.
I chose the plastic tank for the water tower to give the model a bit more "life". This also enabled me to add some rust effects. I did not realise until an hour ago that these towers fed the water cranes dotted around sheds etc.
Yesterday I started to construct the footbridge (again a Scalescenes kit) and will adapt it to accomodate the three platforms. To improve the appearence I may purchase some of those metal plates that form the sides of bridges and adorn the sides of the footbridge walkway with them. There is certainly plenty of scope for adding bits and pieces to all of these kits. As someone who has never built anything with plastic before the Scalescenes kits look perfect to expanding ones modelling skills.
The ballasting is being done in three stages. Firstly as the track sits on 3mm cork, I can fill in the gaps between the outer rails and not worry about replacing sections of rail. Once I am truely happy with that, I will fill in the gaps between the sleepers and then finally the outer sides will be done.
Many thanks for all of the kind comments, they are most welcome and great for the ego. If something does look wrong or is not appropiate then please let me know.
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on Fri Jun 12, 2009 11:54 am, edited 1 time in total.
High towards the far post,Howard with a header,Hes done it!Steve Howard has scored for Leicester City,Bedlam here at the Walkers Stadium. the Leeds United players are flat out on the turf in utter despair. Leicester City are going to win again