Essellty - a micro-layout

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Re: Essellty - a micro-layout

Postby piermaster » Sat Jun 16, 2012 9:46 pm

99.995% complete!!!

Decided that Essellty needs an endboard for completeness:

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What better than Sudbury's Riverside Sport & Leisure Centre as photographed from Sudbury Station

Or for the real scene:
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Only one week to go before its exhibition debut

Now I can relax!!!!

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Re: Essellty - a micro-layout

Postby piermaster » Thu Jun 28, 2012 9:25 am

Sunday 24 June 2012 - Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, Essex - EXHIBITION DEBUT

Thanks to the variable weather - anything from a monsoon to glorious sunshine, Essellty's debut was a fairly quiet low key one. Perched on the sorting bench in a TPO it was well received and even gave some people a few space-saving ideas.

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I used the Hornby railcars and the Hornby One Railway Class 47, doing a 'four card trick' with Peco Loco-Lifts.

Lessons learnt:
1. Don't use a Vi-Trains loco at an exhibition, I was on edge about detail parts breaking off or falling off - Think it needs to move on.
2. It definitely needs lighting over the station area and I saw a similar size layout which used a desk lamp.

Essellty now has a new addition:

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Lima GWR Parcels Railcar W34W in weathered BR maroon, although the actual vehicle was scrapped in 1960, the model looks good here!

Until the next exhibition!


Dave
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Re: Essellty - a micro-layout

Postby markh » Thu Jun 28, 2012 10:38 am

piermaster wrote:
Essellty now has a new addition:

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Lima GWR Parcels Railcar W34W in weathered BR maroon, although the actual vehicle was scrapped in 1960, the model looks good here!

Until the next exhibition!


Dave


looks as though its had a rough life

using a modelers liecense you could say it was sent to a branch line & it some locals bought it :lol: :lol:
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Re: Essellty - a micro-layout

Postby piermaster » Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:06 pm

You don't really need much 'modeller's licence' for some 'purists' would say that parcels railcars would never work branch lines - Well W34W, being a Southall based vehicle used to work the Brentford, Windsor and Staines West branches.

QED!

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Re: Essellty - a micro-layout

Postby buz » Fri Jun 29, 2012 10:22 am

Hi piermaster
Perhaps working platform lights would help?? if not already fitted.
They would take advantage of the low light levels in some exhibition halls etc.
Or are we talking about #@&^%$#@!!! I can't see what I am doing here type light.??
Looks like a repaint would not hurt the parcels van sorry not a fan of weathering.
A nice clean one would look good on my line perhaps ??
But then I do tend to have a rose colored view of my Model railway world.
regards John
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Re: Essellty - a micro-layout

Postby piermaster » Sun Jul 01, 2012 2:54 pm

Hi John,

Thanks, but two platform lights would not produce the light intensity I would need, so I'll invest in an extendable halogen desk lamp upon return from holiday. Besides, Essellty's exhibition debut was in a preserved Travelling Post Office which are not known for good quality interior lighting! We kept the sliding doors open throughout the exhibition and risked all four seasons that day!! My future exhibition bookings are in adequately lit halls that I am familiar with.

The GWR Parcels Railcar 34 (W34W in BR days) was only ever in clean in GWR chocolate and cream! In BR days it was in BR maroon and absolutely filthy!!! See http://www.pendragonpublishing.co.uk/Gr ... ailcar.pdf and http://www.time-capsules.co.uk/picture/number500.asp yet many GWR and non-GWR fans find these railcars appealing.

GWR railcar 22 at Didcot Railway Centre is the only working example left. No 4 is static at STEAM, Swindon and No 20 is long-term out of action on the Kent & East Sussex Railway.

Cheers,
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Re: Essellty - a micro-layout

Postby Tiddles » Mon Jul 02, 2012 10:03 pm

Just discovered this thread.

Fantastic little layout. I build something similar for my Father to run the IOW Terrier I got him :D
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Re: Essellty - a micro-layout

Postby SirMeliot » Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:04 pm

piermaster wrote:Thanks, but two platform lights would not produce the light intensity I would need, so I'll invest in an extendable halogen desk lamp upon return from holiday.

Have a look at LED lamps. I got an Ikea Jansjö lamp for modelling and it gives a really bright daylight light with the advantage the bulb lasts forever and it runs cool. They do a version with a clamp base too. If you're near an Ikea have a look.
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Re: Essellty - a micro-layout

Postby piermaster » Tue Jul 03, 2012 5:33 pm

Thanks Sir Meliot,

I'll look into that upon return from my holiday.

Cheers,

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Re: Essellty - a micro-layout

Postby piermaster » Fri Jul 06, 2012 11:08 am

Hi all,

Just to let you know that Essellty now has its own website@ http://essellty.webs.com

Cheers,

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Re: Essellty - a micro-layout

Postby buz » Sun Jul 08, 2012 12:05 pm

Hi piermaster
Nice web site.
Do you know if one of the modern single rail cars was done in Anglia one livery??
regards John.
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Re: Essellty - a micro-layout

Postby piermaster » Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:22 pm

Hi John,

Currently at sea on the way to Copenhagen as part of a cruise to St. Petersburg.

Yes some did get ONE Railway livery, those that didn't are being re-vinylled into Great Anglia plain white with red doors and yellow ends.

Cheers,

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Re: Essellty - a micro-layout

Postby Rammy » Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:31 pm

Lovely micro layout and a neat website too.
Just shows that layouts don't have to be huge to show off some nice detailing and operational interest.
Have a great cruise!

Dave
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Re: Essellty - a micro-layout

Postby Tiddles » Sun Jul 08, 2012 10:06 pm

What was the total build cost of the layout excluding locos?
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Re: Essellty - a micro-layout

Postby piermaster » Mon Jul 23, 2012 12:51 pm

Thanks Rammy & Tiddles,

It's good to receive friendly and polite replies on this forum, something that at least a couple of members on here can't manage.

Just got back from my holiday and have worked out the build cost:

Heljan Tackley Station kit: £28
Laminate floorboard: £0
Bachmann figures: £8.50
Cork sheeting: £0
Track: £4.50
4 Peco Loco Lifts: £50.20
Paint: £0
Ballast: £0
Buffer Stop: £1.50
Cycle Shed: £6.50
AWS/Relay Hut: £12.00
Bridge Wall: £4.30
Other Ground Cover: £0
Mobile Phone Mast: £2
Back and end boards: £0
JCB Tractor: £3.50
Bikes (various brands): £6.50
Total = £127.50
Labour: Priceless!!!


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