Leek Passenger station in O Gauge

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  1. York Paul

    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    Now then I finally cranked myself up to make this scenic diorama which I've been mulling over all this year, so now it July and it has to happen or it will be just another talking shop, the real motivation came in the recent Parcels Office build which set me back up working in plastic again. So Leek is a subject which often rears its face on here as a talking subject, basically the station is or I ought to say was pure North Staffordshire Railway and rebuilt many times reusing the original dressed Hollington Stone seams of which are found in Checkley, Tean and the Churnet Valley.

    I,m going to start simple, this station needs a lot of space and so priority for me is to focus on only what needs modeling to capture the scene and spirit of a lost place, I'm lucky in as much as I have copies of a whole load of hitherto unknown build elevation plans which not so long ago came to light. These plans date from various different time periods starting in 1848 and culminating in 1912 when the wholesale redevelopment of the main station was reformed the plans are not all complete but they offer vital measurments which confirm that the model will be accurate, the downside was the copies I have are on digital compressed file format and won't print any larger than A4 which is utterly hopeless when trying to work out the scale. So to the rescue came Mr Sollis backed up by Fruit and his enormous collection of old photgraphs and hey presto we now have readable size plans to work from and check against the photos.

    The start point is the Rudyard platform Down line Waiting Rooms and Toilets, this structure was completed in 1895 and we have the main elements of the build plans, so to work I set converting and resizing the drawing into 7mm to the foot scale. I wanted to do this mainually and the old fashioned way not only because to me that is quicker but also because it is more enjoyable, so it was sketch out parameters in pencil first then overlay using black ink and my trusty Issograph lining pen set. Here is the first results... the end elevations to the waiting rooms.

    This is the North end elevation and looking back towards the Cheddleton and Uttoxeter direction.

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    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    And this is the South end elevation looking North towards Rudyard Lake and Macclesfield, this is the Gents toilet end of the building. The model will have a footprint which including the canopy will be 205mm wide x 399mm long excluding the privacy wall to the toilets. I'm on with drawing up the front elevation and the overhead view which shows wall divides and room layouts, I'll get somePlasticard sheet ordered up next and cut out the external walls in readiness of the 3D printed window and doorways. This really will be a scratch build where the only ready made stuff used will be raw plastic sheeting ... everything else is going to be designed for printing or in the main hand crafted. This thread will go in fits and starts as this is sharing time with my Shelf Queen entry as well.



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    Excellent drawings Yorkie :tophat::tophat:, I'm going to follow your progress with pleasure mate!

    Pete.
     
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    Thanks Pete, this one is not an instant result project but will see progress this year, I must reiterate the current priority is the Shelf Queen entry and I'm looking at what needs doing to the Brit later this afternoon, however like yourself pen and pencil line drawing I find extremely rewarding and therapeutic, it's not to diss against virtual construction its just that i don't have time to learn the ropes and set up with cutting equipment such as plotters and the like.

    I'm well on with the front elevation and will post results this evening as well.
     
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    The waiting room which is being drawn up to model is on the left, the next structure to be modeled will be the water tower, once these elements are complete I will be able to set out the baseboard sizes for that part of the station... I'm still in thinking mode over this currently. No idea who the original photographer was and suspect the restrictions on copyright have now expired under the original authorship/creative rights ruling even though this image may appear in many collections.


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    How much platform are you planning to model Lengthwise?
     
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    I'd like to get everything on... that way we can see the milk dock, LNWR water crane, bridge with ground frame and the embankment to the gas works with the north end water column... between the bridge and the north end the platform may be fore-shortened a bit but only because there isn't much of interest.
     
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    The right hand platform looks narrow, especially as the distance between the edgesrones is almost the same size as the edgestones.

    This one will be interesting

    Paul
     
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    The right hand platform was narrow at only 6 feet wide and originally was this width all along to the bridge before 1912 when the NSR authorised part demolition of the original station and its rebuilding 14 feet further back into the forecourt, we know this info to be correct as the NSR estate plan copies to hand say so. We can judge the original position from the overhanging roof on the Ladies and gents toilets where the wall has been pushed back under the eaves, the water column which is LNWR modified pattern and the stone wall beyond mark the position of the station as built in 1852.
     
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    If you built it a scale 6ft wide no-one would believe it :facepalm:, still it's better than a bus shelter and a grass verge :avatar:
     
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