London Underground Layout

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  1. Alex_7753

    Alex_7753 Full Member

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    Hello all, Here is my ongoing London Underground layout. I do not have a name for it as it is complete fictional however I will need to try and think of one. I have put up some pictures and have tried my best to explain what is going on and where everything came from.
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    [font="arial, sans-serif"][size=The first of two trains that will be present on the layout is the D78 subsurface stock. The D78 was made between 1978 and 1981 to serve the District Line. This model was made by John polley at metromodels. It is currently primed and ready to be sanded down again to smooth out the surface. This is my all time Favorite stock on the London underground, sadly it is being replaced by the new S7 stock meaning these are getting very low on numbers.][/font]
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    The second train that will be on the layout is the deep level 1995 tube stock that runs on the northern line, these trains use ATO (automatic train operation) meaning there will be no signals on the platforms. This Model was also made by metromodels.
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    I have tried to put as many little things into the layout to try and give a modern feel to it, one of these being a billboard from model railway scenery.
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    The station is a model of mile end, a central and district line station. It is from kingsway models. I am not too happy with the overall build quality of the station so I might either build my own or adjust the current one.
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    The arches are from Scalescenes, the building site panels are from modelrailwayscenry.com. The pedestrian railings are also from there.
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    The traffic lights are from shapeways in Eindhoven, they are 3d printed in frosted ultra detail which is an acrylic like plastic that is built up layer by layer and then cured. The traffic island bollards are laser cut wood with weathered paper wraps frommodelrailwayscenry.com.
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    The roads and pavements are from Scalescenes, the pavement is mounted on 2mm greyboard. The roads and everything else is glued onto the MDF baseboard. The tactile paving is from modelrailwayscenry.com.
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    The ballast is woodland scenics medium grey blend, the rail is standard Hornby rail with the third and forth rail being peco code 100 primed black to simulate carbon deposits that happen due to carbon brush wear on the tube/subsurface stock. It is held in place using peco 3rd rail chairs, there are loads of these things! They are all held in place with 0.8mm holes in the sleepers. The orange tubes are where cables pass under the rail, this is simply made from cotton buds with the ends cut off.
    That's all the progress so far, I will try my best to keep you all updated! In the mean time if you have any suggestions or comments then fire away as I am always looking for tips and advice!Alex
     
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    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Hi Alex,

    Very good indeed. Where did you get the non slip paving slabs that you used on your pedestrian crossings ? Can't say I've seen them before. Could be a few people interested in them I'd think.

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    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Apology, I have just seen the link that you have included for the paving.

    Cheers.

    You have the photo posting overcome I see. :thumbs:
     
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    ianvolvo46 Staff Member Moderator

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    Super first post Alex good pictures and description ... will be following this thread definitely

    Ian
     
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    Reminds me of Mile End Alex, been past it enough times over the years (although not recently).

    Neat trick with the cotton buds :thumbup:

    Ed
     
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    gormo Staff Member Administrator

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    I agree with Ian

    A super first post Alex and a very interesting railway. I look forward to seeing more.

    http://www.click:tophat:Gormo
     
  7. paul_l

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    Hi Alex

    Nice layout, when you decide on a name lert us know and we can rename the layout thread.

    Paul
     
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    Thank you for all the comments, I'm hoping to get the scalescenes pedestrian platform bridge printed off tomorrow so I can make some more progress, however my printer is out of ink and has stopped working so I may have to get my dad to print it at his work. Oh I wish I still had access to the art printer at my school!
     
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    The local library Alex. Even some community centres.

    We'll look forward to the bridge taking shape. :thumbs: mind the pictures. :avatar:
     
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    Quick little update, finally managed to get the footbridge printed off at my dads work, I have made two side walls so far and will be making the first set of steps tomorrow. I used plastic packaging from tesco so for the Windows which has worked quite well.

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  11. paul_l

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    Looking good Alex, I have this kit, but not got around to building it yet. Keeping an eye on this build, especially for any tips or warnings.

    Paul
     
  12. ianvolvo46

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    Looks solid to me Alex will follow this with interest

    Ian:thumbup:
     
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    Just catching up on your layout Alex very nice I really like your track with the 3/4th Rail looks great
    Keep the updates coming :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:
     
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    Finally managed to get the first stairway done, took quite awhile to cut out all the step base and cover layers. One thing that is really important is the card thickness, I used 2mm greyboard for the steps which was the perfect thickness as the steps came to the correct overall height. I was just about make the span when I accidentally cut it too short :facepalm:

    I will need to wait till tomorrow night to get a replacement printed.

    In the mean time I think I will make the brick wall that will run along the back of the rear platform.

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    Gary Staff Member Administrator Golden Goat 2018

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    Coming along nicely Alex. Lots of detail in the roadway and the traffic lights are superb. As for your station entrance, if you are going to build one your self, use the Kingsway kit as a template. You could possibly get the same type of block work for the walls from Evergreen Scale Models. Layer the styrene up to get the desired results.

    Evergreen Scale Model : http://www.evergreenscalemodels.com/index.htm Look under 'Sheets' or scroll down to the 'Quick Index'. :thumbs:

    Cheers, Gary.
     
  16. gormo

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    G`day Alex,

    I built a Metcalfe footbridge a while back and modified it slightly. Once you start assembling any of these kits the slightest variation in the part size can make a heck of a difference.

    Don`t worry about stuffing up!!!!......we all do it.....and it`s the best way to learn. I`m sure your footbridge will be a little ripper.!!!......:thumbs:....so just be patient and work at your own pace.!

    http://www.click:tophat:Gormo
     
  17. Alex_7753

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    Thank you for the kind reply's. I have been working on the rear platform wall. I have made it using 2 sheets of 2mm card glued together to try and make a rigid and strong wall. I have wrapped it in scalescenes red brick paper. I have also made some scale platform signs using the official London underground standards documents, these are very useful as they provide the dimensions and placement details. I have mainly made direct copies from the PDF and changed the colours and names to suit. The line diagrams don't have the correct station names as they are actually a copy of an overground line diagram however because of its size you can't actually make out the individual names.
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    The brick paper joins will be covered with roof supports. I will probably make a new southbound sign as the one on it at the moment has too much white around the edges.
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    I have made an entrance to the platforms on the right that would lead to stairs however as it is the edge of the layout it will either be left blank of with a picture put in place behind.
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    I now also have two NTI's (Next Train Indicators) made up the the southbound platform, these don't have underground station names on them due to them being made for mainlines. These are from modelrailwayscenery. These are hard to make as they are extremely small and they are hollow inside.
    My next steps are now to finish the platform wall with supporting pillars and a few other signs. I then need to make another stairwell and the span to finish the footbridge. I need to spray the track with some sleeper grime however because its very cold outside I have been unable to get it done due to not having anywhere inside to be able to spray paint it.
     
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    Very neat work Alex. These signs are vey good and it's amazing how neat they are given the size that you are working with.

    A very enjoyable thread. Please keep us updated as you go. I hope the weather gives you a break and let's you get your spraying done kind Sir. :thumbs:
     
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    Love this thread Alex keep it coming thanks ...

    Ian vt
     
  20. gormo

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    Very neat Alex.......your eye for detail is serving you well.

    Those train indicators and brackets are great...,.:thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup::thumbup:

    Can I ask how you copied from the PDF????.......I think I`ve tried that before without much success.?

    http://www.click:tophat:Gormo
     

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