A China Clay micro layout

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  1. Matt

    Matt Full Member

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    Hi all,

    I've ground to a halt with Talerddig. It's hardly a layout of epic proportions, but even so, progress has been anything but rapid apart from a load of half finished buildings and a pile of wagons.

    In my stock building thread, I've alluded to an idea for a new micro project. OK, so where to begin...

    I've always had a passing interest in China Clay operations. I think my interest was initially piqued with the Pengwynn Crossing article in RM in 1994. Ever since, I've kept an eye out for China Clay inspired layouts.

    I guess I'm attracted to them by the sometimes run down and ramshackle nature of some of the locations and lines.

    Anyway, a few days ago I was flicking through some saved magazine articles and Googling some ECC locations when I came across photos of Ponts Mill and Carbis Wharf and I was inspired!

    Along with Pengwynn Crossing, some other inspirational layouts include Wheal Elizabeth and Iain Rice's Trerice. There's also an excellent thread on RMWeb about a layout called Trethosa although sadly it's not been updated for ages.

    I decided to explore this spark of inspiration and purchased a Ratio Clayhood as "research"! I've been busy building and upgrading the underframe as per my wagon thread.

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    Although there's still a way to go with this, I enjoyed it enough to start considering a layout.

    With the demands of fatherhood, I couldn't see myself having the time to construct a baseboard so I looked into these lazer cut boards that are very fashionable at the moment. I ruled one of the more recognisable brands out due to the cost being way out of my budget. In the end I settled on three modules from Scale Model Scenery and I'm very glad I did. Service was excellent and yesterday a parcel was delivered:

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    Half an hour tonight has seen them assembled. I'm impressed at how easy they are to construct and also how light they are. I will be adding a fascia to the front and a one piece backscene to hide the joints however:

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    This measures approximately 3.5 x 1ft. Trackplan will be simple, two sidings and a loop. I may also add a third, dummy siding just for visual effect. Finally, Clayhoods aside, I plan to use much of the same locos and stock as Talerddig will.

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    You'll have to pretend they're both Clayhoods until I obtain more Ratio kits!

    Thanks for reading

    Matt
     
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  2. SMR CHRIS

    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi Mat
    Following with interest.
    You have a great list for inspiration Pengwynn Crossing was also a favourite with me as well, I still have the original Mag article stored somewhere.
     
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    Hi Mat
    Have three Ratio Clayhood kits going begging at the moment unstarted if you are interested. I've had them a while.
    Yours for a £5 a piece plus postage. PM me.
     
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  4. Gary

    Gary Will the real Gary please stand up... Staff Member Administrator

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    Will the Scalescenes China Clay kit be used on this layout, or will you scratch build your own buildings ?

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    The RM article is the best...wish I could find my copy, its here somewhere...

    Hi Gary, scratchbuilt I think. As much as I like the Scalescenes building, it isn't quite what I have in mind shape wise but it could be used as the basis of something...

    Matt
     
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    About an hours work today and the board has the framework for a front fascia. I'll also be cutting a one piece backscene from ply to hide the joins later:

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  7. Matt

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    Sorry for another post today. This week has been an emotional one for me and my family and continues to be, so having this to focus on has been a really welcome diversion hence me spending more time on it than I normally would.

    I've spent some time mocking up the trackplan, nothing too clever. Note the shorter siding on the right will be a dummy space filler only.

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    I'm hoping it'll give me some decent views across the layout like this:

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    I've also spent some time mocking up the main building from card to get a feel for the space available. The size/shape may change.

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    Thoughts and comments welcome as always.

    Matt
     
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  8. Gary

    Gary Will the real Gary please stand up... Staff Member Administrator

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    Looking good so far Matt.:thumbs::thumbs::thumbs: Keep up the good work and keep posting if it helps you in this emotional time.

    Have you ever played with Anyrail ? You can down load the free trial version which will allow you to design small layouts like this. I use it to design all of my layouts.

    https://www.anyrail.com/en

    Cheers, Gary.
     
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    Thanks Gary. One of my oldest friends went missing a week ago. Sadly he's been found today... I'll leave it at that.

    Being able to focus on this has been a godsend. Bit more plotting tonight and I'm relieved that a Class 25 will (just) fit in the head shunt which means the loop will comfortably fit a 3 wagon train, 4 at a push.

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    I've also cut the hole for the fiddle yard.

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    Matt
     
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    Sorry about your friend. Thoughts with you and his family. Never easy.

    Layout coming along well.!

    Andy
     
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    Toto Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    All sounds very sad.

    My condolences. Chin up.

    Toto
     
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    Matt I’m really sorry to hear about your friend.
    I have a soft spot for class 25s, your baseboard and track layout design looks great. I will follow with great interest.
     

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