Latton Fields

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  1. ed

    ed Full Member

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    Not sure if it's really a layout, more continual work in progress.

    'course it would help if I didn't keep changing things :giggle:

    Current track plan.....

    [​IMG][/url]Latton Fields 2016

    Looking from the garage door (looks more like a battlefield).

    [​IMG][/url]Layout2

    Storage/Fiddle Yard

    [​IMG][/url]Fiddle Yard

    [​IMG][/url]Storage and TT

    I've done nothing since removing some sidings at the beginning of January.

    [​IMG][/url]Loop Removed

    I've placed a piece of track in position to complete the goods loop (as in the plan), but I haven't cut it to length, wired it in or stuck it down yet.

    Too cold!!!!

    Roll on Easter, it should get a bit warmer and I can clear up and get the track sorted.

    Meanwhile, I've been attempting some scratchbuilt catenary indoors. (Thread to follow).

    Ed
     
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    The inside of my shed looks similar at the moment, yea roll on Easter, although if its like some of the previous Easters it will probably snow.
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    Never mind mate , a nice cosy indoor build instead :thumbs:

    Andy snow is good !! it insulates , keeps heat in and stops this bloomin wind whistling round me holly hocks !! :giggle:
    Cheers
    Matt
     
  4. Toto

    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Hi Ed,

    Good to see Latton Fields back in the spot light. I think the cold puts us all off although I have braved the shed this year and hope to do so again this weekend. I have a great little 2 kW electric heater that heats the she up in no time.

    Great start to the thread. I'll look forward to seeing what's on the production line when it's warm enough to get started back up.

    Cheers for now.

    Toto
     
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    I have one of those 250 watt tube heaters (6 foot long) permanently fixed on a timer that I run when its really cold to keep the damp out, and a 1Kw convector for when I want to do some work or play in there, gets well cozy.
     
  6. ed

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    Unfortunately with an up-and-over garage door that I can't open from the inside, I'd only be adding to global warming whatever heating I put in the garage.

    9[sup]0[/sup] today. Brrrrrrrrrr

    I did however take a couple of pictures of these, which have been partly visible in a few pictures I've put on various forums recently, but nobody has commented on.

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    Now I was going to build some sort of Great Eastern style of building, but since I've decided to move into a more modern era, I thought these might be usable in some way.

    After all, they do date back to the 60s!

    Ed
     
  7. mattc6911

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    with a bit of detailing and weathering I'm sure you can turn them into something half decent Ed. I take it if they are going there you are going to widen the platform ? and putting them together like that, I think the middle passageway could be turned into a ticket barrier of some kind, and then some trickery with the backscene to give the impression of more depth behind as if there is an approach road of some sort, just seen through the passage ?. maybe even an ultra low relief high brick wall running away ether side of the building, then on the left just before that second pipe running up the wall, narrow the platform down and put another low relief factory back. . . maybe with a square chimney built into the back wall so it looks like the station was squeezed in behind an industrial site using what little space was available
    Just my ten cents worth :thumbs:

    Cheers
    matt
     
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    do you use the up and over door at all ? If not get a sheet of polythene and hang it across the door area, a couple of inches in to form an air barrier in the winter . Just like they do in warehouses that are constantly opening and closing shutters, Its amazing how much difference just that will make and you can take it down in the summer :thumbs:
    Cheers
    Matt
     
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    mattc6911 wrote:
    Thinking along the same lines Matt re the passageway, but more likely cut the building to make it low relief.

    Brick walls and factory backs sounds good. Wasn't thinking that the station was in a built up area, but that sort of sounds right :thumbs:

    Certainly food for thought, thanks for that.

    Ed
     
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    mattc6911 wrote:
    Garage faces out on to the road, albeit a reasonably quite cul-de-sac.

    Unless I'm out there it's shut and locked at night.

    Many years ago, before I was back living here, they had tools pinched during broad daylight 'cos they left the garage door open for a few hours while out the back gardening.

    Ed
     
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    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Better playing it safe Ed. Lock it after use ....... Every time.

    Toto
     
  12. gormo

    gormo Staff Member Administrator

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    Totally agree with Toto there Ed,
    Don`t give the bad guys a break......lock the door always.
    Low relief on the buildings sounds the way to go especially with some backgrounds it will look great.
    http://www.click Gormo
     
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    The polythene sheeting Ed is to keep heat in when you are out there in the garage. If you use a heavy gauge polythene hung down from the ceiling just inside the door area it will keep heat in even if the door is up
    Its the type of system they often use on warehouse doors that are constantly left open, so fork lifts etc can go in and out without letting all the heat out, heavy plastic strips about 10 cm wide hanging in a curtain across the opening.
    If you use slightly opaque polythene an added bonus would be know one able to see in easily from the road
    No idea where the thought of the door being left open all night came from lol , I'm just suggesting keeping heat in while you are working out there mate
    :thumbs:

    Cheers
    Matt
     
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    Of course you could always build a false wall behind the door, with boxes of the normal house hold debris, so if the door is open it just looks like its full of junk, and you have a nice insulated railway room behind the wall http://www.click

    Paul
     
  15. Gary

    Gary Staff Member Administrator Golden Goat 2018

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    Hi Ed,

    Getting back to the railway and the installation of the station building, I do like your idea of joining the two buildings together and making the 'gap' between the two, the station entrance. Matt's sugestion of using the centre section as the ticket barrier is excellent. As for the placement of the buildings, can I suggest this :

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    Having installed the plaform extension and shortened the back of the roof, here is an example of what you could have the scene to look like..

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    Ok, you don't necessarily need a hedge as the platform/backscene break, a spear fence could be used with some other form of low relief buildings behind the fence. As you are aware, Model Railway Scenery has quite a few 'very' low relief buildings which could be used or kit bashed to set the scene :

    http://www.modelrailwayscenery.com/building-kits/

    As for backscenes, here is a link to a 'free' download backscene which may suit your needs. The great thing about this scene is that you can print out which ever sections you need :

    http://www.hall-royd-junction.co.uk/Products/Scenic_Backscenes/scenic_backdrops.html

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Good Suggestions there Gary,
    I just downloaded the backscenes......you may well see them on GCJ.
    cheers
    gormo
     
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    I've looked at trying to improve the garage environment before chaps, but a plastic curtain won't work due to the up-and-over door and access to a tumble drier etc. stops any 'boxing in'.

    But I can live with it. Just means I do stuff indoors for a couple of moths each year.

    Gary wrote:
    I was thinking of something along the same lines Gary as the clearance at the front is tight, about 25mm which is only just over the 6ft minimum between structures and platform edge.

    If I cut the roof, they can go back a bit.

    Thanks for that backscene link, more options as to what should be behind the station.

    Meanwhile, by the power of GIMP, no chimneys

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    What d'ya think guys?

    Or I could just take the roofs off (they are just push fit) and have a whole new roof and canopy :scratchchin:

    I will take the masking tape off the windows eventually, but one of them needs another coat of paint as it was bright red plastic, the other being brown.

    Not bad for a 99p 'win' on the bay along with a signal box.

    Ed
     
  18. Gary

    Gary Staff Member Administrator Golden Goat 2018

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    I think that the platform awning/roof ain't that bad. I would consider leaving them on. Perhaps some sections of the clear sheets between the ribs could be replaced with iron sheeting...?? The buildings look just as good with the chimneys removed. :thumbup:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    I like the shot with the hedges and back scenes. Looks like a great solution.

    Toto.
     
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    Thanks guys, food for thought.

    Ed
     

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