Herne Bay station layout

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Herne Bay station layout

Postby Herne Bay railman » Sun Sep 03, 2006 7:05 pm

Being a new member to your forum, I'd like to introduce myself as a Southeastern Railway employee. I've not had a train set since I was a kid. Anyway, last year I came across a Hornby Connex train on ebay, and the detail was fantastic, so I decided to buy it and display on a shelf in our ticket office (Herne Bay, Kent). One of my colleague suggested I run a circuit around the table but the table was too small and to be honest so was the office, but then I had a brain wave.... I ran a section of track along a the top of a partition between the Kitchen and the ticket office, this soon expanded to a shelf along the wall for a shuttle line with sidings and a loop around the kitchen. The loop line has a station stop module, so the train stops at the station as it comes into public view. The shuttle line train runs back and forth between a second station and a tunnel at the other end.

Anyway, not so long ago one of our managing directors paid us a visit, and was rather pleased with what he saw. The following day I received a call to say that the company were to donate a train and rolling stock to our display. I'm slowly building a semi-replica of our station but with an island platform for effect.
I've heard that our layout has become quite famous appearing in a magazine, but I'm not sure which one.
The only sad point about our display is (because of the height) you can't actually see it until you approach the ticket office window.

Below are a few photos. It's still a long way from complete, but I will upload a few more as it progresses.
I have a few ideas and would like to add some electronic wizardry a little further down the line, so may require a little help from you guys.

And whilst I'm hear, I'd like to say what a great forum this is.

Thanks,
Mark

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Postby Class 60 » Sun Sep 03, 2006 7:10 pm

Welcome to the Forum Mark,

excellent pics of your layout so far, looking forward to see it progress 8) :D

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Postby Raider » Sun Sep 03, 2006 7:11 pm

Welcome to the forum

Always good when you get support from the bosses - glad it has turned into a tourist attraction

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Postby cold-ash » Sun Sep 03, 2006 7:21 pm

Hi Mark looks good!

Nice to see some more D+E!
Cheers, Sam

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Postby m8internet » Sun Sep 03, 2006 7:26 pm

Quite ironic...
Herne Bay (HNB) is operated by South Eastern Trains
GoVia was part-funded by the owners of Stagecoach (cough, cough) many years ago
To see a Stagecoach bus on your layout is really a kick in the face to GoVia!

I'm also surprised that a layout was permitted without prior consent, given how all the rest of the railway is so safety concerned and regulated
I do hope the transformer and all the motors have electrical certificates AND the layout has insurance!
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Postby Mikol » Sun Sep 03, 2006 7:29 pm

m8internet wrote:Quite ironic...
Herne Bay (HNB) is operated by South Eastern Trains
GoVia was part-funded by the owners of Stagecoach (cough, cough) many years ago
To see a Stagecoach bus on your layout is really a kick in the face to GoVia!

I'm also surprised that a layout was permitted without prior consent, given how all the rest of the railway is so safety concerned and regulated
I do hope the transformer and all the motors have electrical certificates AND the layout has insurance!


naysayer! ;)

i think its a great idea! nicely done too! :D

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Postby Herne Bay railman » Sun Sep 03, 2006 7:37 pm

Hey, you're not my boss are you? :lol:
Stagecoach buses operate in our area you know, you've got to add a touch or realism. Shame about the Virgin train though :roll:

m8internet wrote:Quite ironic...
Herne Bay (HNB) is operated by South Eastern Trains
GoVia was part-funded by the owners of Stagecoach (cough, cough) many years ago
To see a Stagecoach bus on your layout is really a kick in the face to GoVia!

I'm also surprised that a layout was permitted without prior consent, given how all the rest of the railway is so safety concerned and regulated
I do hope the transformer and all the motors have electrical certificates AND the layout has insurance!

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Postby m8internet » Sun Sep 03, 2006 7:55 pm

I was involved with the setting up of Stagecoach RAIL and worked on it from 1992
I have contact with most of the railway companies, as administrator for RailBritain.com
The amount of namby-pamby H&S requirements drives me daft...
Hence why I am so surprised that a model railway was premitted without any prior consent

As an example, I had to get permission to visit Carlisle for photographic purposes
It took Network Rail and Northern Rail 9 weeks to provide authorisation!
In Scotland it is even worse, as there are two levels of authority required now...

This might interest you :
http://railbritain.com/fleet/stagecoachrail.htm
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Postby Herne Bay railman » Sun Sep 03, 2006 8:01 pm

Reply to m8internet

Of course as an employee I can't discuss such matters. :wink:

Lofty

Postby Lofty » Sun Sep 03, 2006 8:02 pm

Welcome Mark 8)

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Postby Blue_Dalek » Sun Sep 03, 2006 8:05 pm

Welcome to the forum.

Can't say I like that modern mutlipule unit thing.. but it sure is nice to see the NSE Class 50.. now.. thats a REAL loco!

Look forward to seeing the work progress!

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Postby dr5euss » Sun Sep 03, 2006 8:09 pm

Greatr idea Mark :)

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Postby m8internet » Sun Sep 03, 2006 9:12 pm

I already have a contact for South Eastern Trains
This provides updates to Press Releases and a contact number in case of emergencies!
The updates are sent in the post twice a year

Ironically, South West Trains have declined to cooperate and are only one of two TOCs that we currently do not have an agreement with!
More recently I had to withdraw from the agreement with HSBC as they levied a £650 annual fee for their "very limited" information
Basically the agreement allowed us to link to their website and use the HSBC logo
Strangely I would have seen this as FREE ADVERTISING, much like other TOCs have seen this...
The most cooperative of all the TOCs has been NatEx, but their Railway Public Relations Office closed at the beginning of the year and now everything is being handled from their HO (and the standard of information is very poor)

Sadly this is now the general trend, hence why I am leaving RailBritain.com at the end of the year
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Postby westbrom » Sun Sep 03, 2006 10:10 pm

Welcome to the forum Mark.

Love the layout, looking forward to seeing your progress.



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Postby bunji » Tue Sep 05, 2006 3:15 pm

Great looking layout, Mark! Very realistic. :P


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