Sunday, 18 February 2018

Fiddle Yard Progress

Slow progress, due to many diversions, but the end is in sight. The fiddle yard baseboard is beginning to look good.

This view is from the operating side. The far side will eventually have a tall fascia to match whatever I do for the front of the scenic board. Still a way to go then, but just about far enough now to be able to start laying track

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Layout Name - Burghmire?

Construction of the fiddle yard is progressing slowly. The design is quite complex. I am proceeding cautiously!

The image below shows the deck more or less complete. The ends are complete and shown in the image, but are so far unattached. The deck will be trimmed to match the swing of the sector plate before I add the sides.

The fiddle yard design is extravagant for a Diamond Jubilee Layout Competition entry. I am taking a long term view though. It could be useful for other layouts in the future.

I have recently procrastinated over a name for the layout. Expectant mothers will be familiar with the problem. There will be too many detail differences for me to use the name 'Wantage'. Finding a unique and original name has been challenging.  I require something that conjures up impressions of a dark, unpleasant and mysterious place. Wargamers, bloggers, awkward entries in the 'Urban Dictionary' and users of  Twitter or Facebook have pre-claimed many of my otherwise perfect ideas. Thomas Hardy has probably used most of the rest.

For the present, I have settled on the name 'Burghmire'. This brings up no matches in my search queries. It also allows reasonable ambiguity over the precise location.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Fiddle Yard Idea

I had not previously contemplated what form the hidden sidings should take. This unexpectedly became clear in a momentary daydream. The concept was tested to my satisfaction in Templot, as shown in the diagram.

Out of necessity, trains will not be very long. This design should suit the layout admirably.

There remains the question of what facility to provide at the other extreme. Inconsequential for the moment though.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

PCB Galore!

PCB sleepers and turnout timbers have been added. I placed small offcuts of PCB sheet where the track will cross the baseboard edges. PCB components were used because I am modelling typical early 20th Century light railway track with flat-bottomed rails.

Incidentally, the turnout timbers are labelled as 'turnout sleepering' on the S1-025 packet. Turnouts have timbers; only plain track has sleepers, I thought?

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

A Baseboard and a Track Base

Moving quickly on, the baseboard for the scenic section of the layout has been constructed. I largely used old plywood offcuts for this. Next, I printed out a scale copy of the track plan. This was stuck to 2mm MDF. I removed the surplus bits, leaving just the outline of the trackbed. I then glued this to the baseboard.

Having used odd scraps, the baseboard looks a little uncouth at the moment. All will be hidden by a facia and scenery in due course though. The important thing for the moment is that the board is flat, square and rigid.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

2mm Scale Association Diamond Jubilee Layout Competition Entry

My entry for the 2mm Scale Association's Diamond Jubilee Layout Competition will be vaguely based on Wantage. This was the town terminus of the erstwhile Wantage Tramway. It neatly fits the maximum size allowed under the rules for the scenic area.

The curves on the real thing were very tight. I have come up with a reasonable approximation in Templot, using a minimum radius of around 2ft. This make it more believable for running larger locos and rolling stock than those which actually ran on the real Wantage Tramway. I have also extended the track slightly on the left, beyond the scenic area to make operation a little easier. Here is the result.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Railway Research - Useful Links

Note: These are only examples of the vast range of sources online, the tip of the iceberg. 
         No attempt is made here to recommend one source over another.

Specialist Bookshops/Publishers (Examples)

Robert Humm
Bill Hudson
Crecy Publishing (Former Ian Allen/OPC etc.)
Wild Swan

Don't forget Amazon and eBay

Magazine Indexes (not necessarily up to date)

Model Railway Journal
British Railway Journal Index
Model Rail
Southern Railway (All)

Libraries/Public Archives

Network Rail Archives Link
National Archives (see SE&CR Society list for examples of the type of documentation available here Link )
National Rail Museum Resources
British Library
County Archives (e.g.) Nottinghamshire Archives  Link   Derbyshire Records Office Link


Google Maps
National Library of Scotland (UK Maps)
Old Maps (UK Maps)
OSNI (Northern Ireland Maps - link to 25 inch series) Link
OSI (Irish Republic Historical Maps)


Google Search Link
Britain From Above
Colour Rail
Rail Online
Science & Society Prints (NRM, Science Museum, MOSI etc)
RCTS Photographic Archive
Picture The Past (Notts/Derbys Archive)
S.W.A. Newton Collection GCR London Extension (Image Leicestershire) Link
Transport Treasury
Transports Of Delight (Photos)  
Flickr (Blandford1969 example)
DJ Norton (Mainly West Midlands Photos)
Am Baile (Scottish Highlands historic photos)

Specialist Line Societies and Sites (Examples)

Historical Model Railway Society
Southern E-Group
LNER Encyclopedia 
Great Eastern Railway Society (Including sales)
London & North Western Railway Society
Midland Railway Study Centre (Closed for refurb)
Railway & Canal Historical Society (link to resources) 
Great Northern Railway Society (link to archive details)
Colonel Stephens Society
Cumbrian Railways Association

Signalling Record Society

Other Sites

The Signal Box   Forum
Saxby & Farmer Info (Swedish Site)
Lymm Observatory (Signalling diagrams) 
Derby Signalling

Stations and Structures

 Disused Stations
 Station Colours site


Grace's Guide ('The Engineer' PDFs etc)

Individual Lines/Locations (random examples)

Syston & Peterborough Railway Pages
Great Western Archive
Lincolnshire Railways Gallery
Michael Clemens (GWR WTTs etc)
Steve Banks (Misc prototype Info)
Warwickshire Railways



Old Railway Permanent Way
Ribble Valley Site (Old Bradshaw Timetables) Link 
Local History Groups

General Guidance On Research

RCHS Research Guide
Railways Archive Guide
Nottinghamshire Heritage Gateway (Notts Research Sources) Link

Discussion Groups/Forums - Ask!

Yahoo Groups