Castell Mawr - A joint GWR/LMS route

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Re: Castell Mawr - A joint GWR/LMS route

Postby Dad-1 » Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:15 pm

I know it's cheating a little, but I never had time to take any photographs.
This link may bring one up. pinched from another website.

https://flic.kr/p/QPgf5v

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Re: Castell Mawr - A joint GWR/LMS route

Postby carnehan » Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:54 pm

Hi Geoff,

It's been a while since I dipped in to C.M. Glad to hear everything turned out well at M.K for you both, I'll look forward to seeing glimpses of it on YouTube.

If you ever exhibit on this side of the water there'll be a helping hand should you need it if only to support that cumbersome end section!

Paul

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Re: Castell Mawr - A joint GWR/LMS route

Postby Fratton71D » Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:27 pm

Hi Geoff,

It was good to meet you and have a good chat at the exhibition. I was really impressed with Castell Mawr. The attention to detail without overcrowding the layout looked spot on. Also impressive is the quality and the finish of the layout which is a tribute to the time, effort and dedication you have put into its construction and build.

Regards Tony

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Re: Castell Mawr - A joint GWR/LMS route

Postby Dad-1 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:24 am

Hi Paul,

You could always fly over !!

Now had a little time to reflect. Put simply CM is too big for just 2 people to set-up and run.
I was penned in nearly all day, but just managed to escape once for the loo and purchase a
set of metal figures from P&D Marsh. I couldn't use as I didn't have time to put clear plastic
feet on my coalmen, but they are ideal for the coal yard.

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Other than that I didn't spend anything else. So if you want to save money run a layout and
you just don't have the time to spend !!

I don't know if the weather reduced numbers, but it was busy enough in the lower Hall 2 where
I specifically asked to be because some visitors never make it there and you have room to breathe.

Into recovery and re-build mode ..........

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Re: Castell Mawr - A joint GWR/LMS route

Postby Dad-1 » Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:07 am

Good ole Chris Hughes,

Can't remember if he's Chairman, or Secretary of MKMRS, but he's certainly
the video man.

https://youtu.be/DvZLo7GvTqY

Some grand layouts. Terry Silver the show manager worked hard at getting
a vast range of different layouts to make a show with something for everyone.
Probably worth looking at the different 'sets' he's loaded onto Youtube.

Almost recovered.

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Re: Castell Mawr - A joint GWR/LMS route

Postby Dad-1 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:04 am

It has taken the passing of two weeks to feel up to making good repairs
following dropping this board as we assembled the layout at Milton Keynes.
This edge had all the plaster and grass torn loose from the supporting structure
at the show gravity held it in place so you would hardly notice the damage.

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The damaged track seems to be in good enough condition. My repairs using
dressmaking pins driven in to hold down the flat bottom ridge doing what
was wanted although I will have to cut out and replace both here and on the
adjoining board.

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Re: Castell Mawr - A joint GWR/LMS route

Postby Dad-1 » Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:22 pm

After a repair session and thorough clean I thought I'd try to see what my
Hornby S&DJR Jinty could do over the insulated frog double slip.
This is the result, superb 'paint drying' action !!
Slow beyond practical use, but at least an indicator that everything is about
as good as you can get it.

The slowest Video in Town .....

https://youtu.be/f0S26-XkKqM

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Re: Castell Mawr - A joint GWR/LMS route

Postby Dad-1 » Mon Apr 17, 2017 5:25 pm

Loads of it built up outdoors today - Always good to get
natural light on subjects.

The old quarry face and road stone storage

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Testing repairs again with the jinty.

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West Bay open day on 30th April VERY close now.

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Re: Castell Mawr - A joint GWR/LMS route

Postby Dad-1 » Wed May 03, 2017 6:57 pm

On a soaking wet 30th April C.M had an outing at West Bay. My camera batteries failed
and today I got copies of a friends photos.
It was a tiring day and here towards the end we had time & space to photograph.

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For what has become a 1 man layout it's quite extensive, designed for longer trains
to run and I love freight !!

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Re: Castell Mawr - A joint GWR/LMS route

Postby Notroh » Wed May 03, 2017 7:26 pm

Dad1

Don't you just love freight :)

But really nice to see photo's of what it was designed for all those years ago.

I really don't know how you do it!

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Re: Castell Mawr - A joint GWR/LMS route

Postby carnehan » Wed May 03, 2017 7:36 pm

Geoff, once again, C.M. Looks impressive displayed in its full splendour. I'm with Notroh, I don't know how you manage to achieve so much from a one man band. Just don't ever give up, it's always entertaining to read and view.

Paul

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Re: Castell Mawr - A joint GWR/LMS route

Postby Dad-1 » Wed May 03, 2017 8:05 pm

I thank you gentlemen for the kind comments.
It's a great 'hobby' and allowing for health I hope to have many more years,
but this will be the 'One and only' large layout. It's great watching young
children's eyes following long freights .... But thank heavens my next outing
at the Yeovil Railway Centre over 13 & 14 May will be the "Thomas" layout.

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Re: Castell Mawr - A joint GWR/LMS route

Postby End2end » Wed May 03, 2017 8:47 pm

What great long trains. Very impressive.
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Re: Castell Mawr - A joint GWR/LMS route

Postby TimberSurf » Wed May 03, 2017 9:22 pm

hey Dad1

Highly jealous of your long rakes, highly jealous of a whole day playing trains on a luverly big layout, not jealous of all the hard work of load up, transport, setup, breakdown, transport, unload and store! :twisted: (I know what a b$*l ache it is , having done a few)
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Re: Castell Mawr - A joint GWR/LMS route

Postby Dad-1 » Wed May 03, 2017 10:37 pm

Hi TimberSurf,

Every pleasure has a cost ?
You must know that a couple of days later you forget the pain !!
Lucky as I had helpers on break-down and the extent of damage
was a cycle shed roof detached, and a Metcalfe chimney dislodged,
all invisibly repaired in seconds rather than minutes.

Damage is the one thing that anyone exhibiting has to accept. So much
is very delicate, in fact I'm still amazed that the finger sign post came
home in one piece, I broke one making it !!

I will also add my thanks to everyone on NRM as if I'm going through a
lean non-productive spell seeing the super work of others soon pulls me
back.

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