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 Posted: 23 Apr 2017 22:19
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Simply brilliant Richard - Thurso Engine shed and surrounding area is just brilliant. Thanks for sharing.

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 Posted: 24 Apr 2017 10:00
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I love the attention to detail Richard, I have been following your modelling for a long time on YMRC, Facebook and now here, but I don't think I have ever seen a track plan, any chance of posting one up?

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 Posted: 24 Apr 2017 16:01
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Thanks - I never really did a track plan, but here is a sketch I drew up some time ago. It shows the two stations and how they are joined. The dotted line is the backscene and behind it is a continuous run with loops at either end of the room where I can access the tracks for adding or removing stock.I didn't do a fiddle yard,as there wasnt room for it and a second station, and I'd rather have something scenic. What there is is enough for my bursts of operation, which tend to be sporadic, being seduced too easily by the workbench....




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 Posted: 24 Apr 2017 16:38
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A layout for all of us to aspire to, I think. I never had a track plan myself, as I couldn't master any of the 'track planning' computer programs, (I use an iMac so most weren't compatible anyway!) so I just made it up as I went along, although my layout is an entirely fictitious location, to include whatever detail I fancied as I went along. Like you though Ben, I tend to get most satisfaction from workbench projects.....each to their own, I guess.
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Looking at the sketch, I see I omitted the crossover at the terminus to allow engine releases, but I hope it explains things a bit.

Here are another two vehicles that help place the layout - an ex HR TPO that was used to sort mail and ran as far as here , where it was detached from its train and sent back South the next morning.



Helmsdale also was home to an ex CR breakdown van used foe derailments and other minor problems. Another Silhouette product, it should be in faded LMS livery, but as I was getting some bespoke transfers done and they were for BR days,I decided to give the van the luxury of a repaint. Seen here about to leave on a mission of mercy....




Another daylight shot from yesterday at Thurso. One of the Small Bens doing not very much.....




And a look at the shed layout. There are gaps at the base of the water tower, and elsewhere on the layout, as in order to get close up shots I have to shift things sometimes and if bedded in the outlines would show, so I left things like this.It isn't too obvious to the eye and I can live with it.


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Thanks for the diagram Richard, it helps put the photos in perspective, as for a fiddle yard, they are useful but not essential, I have seen one made scenic and very effective it looked too.

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I thought of using a carriage works / cleaning depot as an open fiddle yard, setting the layout so trains would travel twice round, first time through the station, next lap to the carriage sidings, possibly on two levels. But not possible in 11ft x 2ft in OO gauge.

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Lack of space is my problem as well - room is just under 12'x10' and a sloped roof so any vertical movement is impossible. I had a layout that incorporated this in another room once and it got a lot in a small area. Couple more of the layout now, as I was up taking photos for the workbench tonight. The two turntables - Thurso first. This is a London Road Models 50' kit and went together really well although you had to follow the instructions - a first for me!- and make sure everything was exact as the whole thing is dependant on components meshing and aligning. Nice model of a small UK pre group table though...



The Helmsdale one is a bit of a compromise - it's a Roco model -60' - and fully motorised and indexed. I had plans to replace it with a Metalsmith's kit but because of some bracing it would have been a nightmare to fit, so in the end added cosmetic side girders that made it British enough for me.




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I succumbed to the charm of the Hornby Peckett, and it is now doing duty as a distillery Pug with limited main line running rights. This actually happened on the Speyside  line, so a little modellers licence was applied here. A couple of shots of it picking up some wagons at Helmsdale.





It's a cracker of a model and its running qualities are astounding for such a little loco. I gave it a bit of toning down to get a workaday look to it - Footplate and cab roof with a browny grey mix and the bodywork was given a coat of Mig powder and the excess taken off with a brush and cotton buds. This took about five minutes in total but has given a pleasing finish, I think. It's the first time I've used powders so a bit more exploration of their potential is called for. Incidentally, these two shots were taken with a tablet - I have been very impressed with the results that can be obtained with both the tablet and a smartphone - it can get to places the digital camera is too big for and the tablet, with its lens at the top of the case can do low level shots very effectively - I downloaded a HD app for them that gives a lot more manual control than can be obtained with the factory settings on the supplied camera.However, this new found flexibility has shown up several hitherto unfinished  pieces, that I thought would never be seen, so some tidying up is called for before any pics hit the screen....:scratchchin:

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 Posted: 30 Apr 2017 16:13
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Hi Richard,

You've won my heart. An excellent photograph. You are really pushing the boat out with this. An image that typifies what modelling is all about.

Many thanks for posting.

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 All my photography for the last five or six years has been taken with a compact Canon that I am very pleased with, but last year replaced my seldom used phone with a smartphone, having belatedly become aware of their contents beyond talking to someone. An eventual examination of the apps on offering led to a Kindle being downloaded, and to my surprise, I liked this format a lot, being ideal for one off reads of novels that would have no further need to call on.This in turn led to a tablet for a better screen size, and a realisation of the camera possibilities of the two devices. A HDD app was added to both, which gave  a lot of manual control and the results have been impressive, I must say. Of the two, the tablet has proved the more useful, as despite its bulk the lens is close to the edge of the case which can give good low level shots. Here are one or two that were taken as trials.

Two of the mess shed at Helmsdale. The LMS built a series of these in the Highlands during the war to help cope with the massive increase in traffic, and were presumably more congenial than the usual timeworn van or coach that was the norm up till then.





The MR diner on a passenger train.



The end loading siding at Thurso with the concrete provender store to the right. These were built as rat proof grain and seed stores, hence their construction method and concrete supports.



And a chinwag going on as a Caley Ben shunts in the background. A Wick departmental coach is behind them. This is based on the GSWR six wheeler that was there and is two Ratio GW brake 3rd four wheelers hacked about. The panelling is slightly not quite accurate but it gives an acceptable overall version of it.



Lastly the signal box. This was demolished at some stage and replaced by a ground frame, but I felt a building looked better than some levers, so reinstated it for my model.




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 Posted: 7 May 2017 16:28
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More great images there Richard. very realistic scenes.
Thanks for posting them up.
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To finish off tonight, and it's back to the modelling bench for the next while, another look at Helmsdale shed from a while ago - two Black Fives, or Hikers as they were known on the HR, on shed. Workings often started and terminated  here until the end of steam and it was not uncommon to see main line engines waiting their turn of duty.





Both Hornby's best with some titivation and a true workhorse wherever it went.



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Very nice :thumbs:



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Again great photo sets Richard
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