Another Leek..

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  1. Andy_Sollis

    Andy_Sollis Full Member

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    And so it came that as York Paul was building Leek Station, I should get commandeered in to a Leek Signal box one discussion with other parties!
    So here is a bit of the progression in just over a week..

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    thanks to the NSRC who have given me a number of photos as reference, I could start counting bricks. The bonus from this is that it was half drawn with my Hassall Green model, and really only needed extending and modifying...
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    The original site was flattened in the 1970’s and then built upon by Safeway’s (now Morrison’s) on the station site.

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    so we start with the model. I didn’t take any early screen shots I’m afraid, but this kind of gives the flavour of where windows were moved and how the whole brick work structure extended under the resided wooden operating floor. Here the brick work is to be copied and pasted on the locking room.

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    Same at the back so you can tell just how much bigger this box was. I had to do the same with the roof.
     
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    Once I had the main structure and the base /roof complete, I moved on to the steps.
    As can be seen in the first B&W photo above, the stairs terminated on a brick landing with brick steps for the last flight. So next to model the stair case and the brick base. 60E45966-D67D-4287-AFD5-877EDC619451.jpeg
    The brick base was built off the model and then combined. 39142253-A098-4DC4-B51F-F0B6BBE584A2.png
    It comprised of the bricks, a mortar block and the paving slabs. 10BCFA6F-6DF4-414A-86E0-4A65715AFB21.png
    Then it was added to the locking room structure with the steps.

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    That will make a cracking model when its done... Ken Faulkner and Jack Twigg would have been proud of you Andy... are you doing the warehouse and beer landing as well. :avatar:
     
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    I’ve then moved on to the “detail” such as the name boards and walk boards on the outside. Also discussed was where the stove and chimney sat, so the hole in the roof was in the right location.

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    Giving it a feel. Having a name.

    moving on to the walk ways.

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    As we can see above, the brackets have been placed.
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    and the boarding placed upon them. I also at this stage added in some “transparent glazing” just to give a bit more of a feel to the model.
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    And then opened the windows and doors - inside you can see the stove but not in it’s final location.
     
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    The final stage before we can look at going to print was the setting up of the spreader beams that sit below the internal roof of an NSR box, and the stove. These also had a corrugated iron shield behind to protect the woodwork.

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    We knew the stove sat to the right hand side, but had to work out where. We considered this was too close to the spreader beam.
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    so we moved it along a little and decided on this.

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    I then set about with the iron back and were about done. With that finalised, we can make the hole in the roof for the flue pipe to exit.
    And there we have it. Leek station signal box.
     
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    It really does look the biz Andy but hate to say know what we have forgotten ? What has Chedd box got that this one has missing... the long plank shelves which go across the width of both end walls just above windows and door. BTW the door handle was on the right hand side and the door opened to the left. Also the skirting boards need placing in. This one will be a stunner when done and Toto will buy twenty of them off you. :avatar::avatar:
     
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    Funny as I did skirting on Blythe Bridge!
    Maybe I should add it in.
     
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    That's a superb model Andy :tophat::thumbup:
     
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    Thank you.:giggle:
     
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    Agreed!!
     
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    Absolutely Pete, and the thing is it was a really nice signal box and big too by North Stafford standards although others such as Cliffe Vale which had 65 levers and the old Longport Junction box which had 70 and Kidsgrove Liverpool Road 82, Alsager Yard had 50 and the East box had 45 were considerably bigger.
     
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    So, after the computer finally produced a 40 lever frame (there must be some complexity In the details I drew in this that the computer struggles with!) we can now start to have a look inside what Leek Station signal box would have looked like. It’s not perfect, and there is still much to do..

    Shall we take a peak through the glass?
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    oh look, the doors open! C54B517E-BF2C-42E5-B56C-019FEE3B2E32.jpeg
     
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    The long plank shelves have now gone in..
    Skirting is next.
     
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    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    That looks instantly recognisable and correct Andy, it is the first time in nearly fifty years that I have viewed that scene, true lots to do as you say but once the detail is added the feel of the place is right. That I can tell you and no mean effort on your part in creating something so well from just a virtual framework. I take my hat off to you.:tophat::tophat::tophat::tophat::thumbup:
     
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    Thanks Paul!
     
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    Being something of a Luddite and technophobic I cannot help but be amazed at the craftsmanship you guys produce with your witchcraft :worship::worship::worship:

    Pete.
     
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    I'm with Pete on this, it's all gnat's breath and tongue of lizard to me too :scratchchin:... but amazing all the same :faint: great thread! :thumbup::thumbup:

    Ian vt
     
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    Brilliant work Andy, so glad we convinced you to do this box. Looking forward to making my model of the box and the immediate environs.
     
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    The secret is, everything starts off either square box or round tube, and then you pull it and shape it. Just takes a bit of practice.
     
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    I will look at posting tonight’s discussions tomorrow.

    Needless to say folks, we’ve made some changes after some detective work and group banging of heads,
     
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