Leek station- the build commences

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  1. York Paul

    York Paul Staff Member Moderator

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    And here is where the water feeding the Leek station water columns came from, the spillway on Rudyard Lake which was constructed in 1798 to feed the upper reach of the Cauldon Canal. Water is captured in a sump at the base of this 60 feet wide spillway and is then carried in an open channel to feed the canal at Leek, the railway column water enters a 12 inch wide iron pipe also at the sump and follows the canal feeder but diverts at Bestwicks Yard (Leek) to follow the railway embankment back northwards into the station where the water is collected in the tank I'm modelling, one further interesting point to note is when the NSR built the tank in 1849 the pattern of the cut stone forming the tank walls appears to copy the design of stones carved on the 1798 dam wall.


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    With the weather being rubbish this last week and not having the light to fix the lining on the DPU attention turned back to the leek station model with the aim of getting at least the water tower up to a state of painting, so that involved looking at photographs in close magnification to get the textures needed, Gary came to the rescue with a colour list of tints needed from the Vallejo range... so abig thanks there Gary for that :tophat::thumbup:. Anway something in the stone coursing seemed not quite correct when looking at some post closure pictures... stone courses appeared to have been disturbed at some prevous time, so looking at a good location image taken in the 1950's I could see I'd missed out a part of the chimney breast structure; the outline of which could clearly be made out.


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    So back to the plasticard and a scalpel it was and the back of the open hearth fire was soon made up.



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    Then on with a coat of primer to bring out any faults in my carved stone representations and we have this. A little bit of touching up with the putty to emphasis the stone courses and soon the art can start.
     
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    So here is an earlier picture showing the tank before painting and with its tank walkway landing in place... the little brick hut in the foreground is the porters mess room again something that was quickly put together using embossed plasticard and 3M self adhesive roofing strips.


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    I’m very impressed with the roofing on the brick building. Although, I’m surprised having looked at the photos, there are no barge boards on the roof ends..?
     
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    There are several brick huts and buildings on the NSR which didn't get barge boards, Milton station booking hall and Black Bull are just two off the top of my head.
     
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    And so progress on the water tank has reached the weathering stage... I only wish the various glaze washes would hurry up and dry now so I can over brush colour tones using the Vallejo paints I now have to hand.


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    Wow, Elton gains a water tower..

    Looks Fantastic Yorkie
     
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    yes it also had a 54 foot long waiting room without a roof :avatar:
     
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    The first two building elements for Leek Station build are now very nearly over the line as Toto will say, so I wondered if folk would like to see a picture update on progress. Still to finish is the roof tile weathering on the little brick cabin but at least it has guttering now. An etch brass access ladder for the tank is on order from MSE, this has to be folded flat on a jig and the rungs made from soldered in wire... a much more realistic finish than using the "instant ladder" version which in my mind looks clumpy and flat. Ah well now the sun is out its on with the second pour of resin in the tank. Oh the red brick building behind with the scalloped roof tiles is a full size garage.


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    Looking good Paul.
     

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