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I’d love to see a photo once you’ve finished them?
For your amusement, the resprayed Mk1 3-set (needs close-coupling at the very least, and a set number).t
In front is one of the PECO/Kitmaster coach interiors - viewed at a distance through a window they are a distinct improvement on 60s pale blue plastic. The packaging says 2/6d... I didn't bother with toilet and guard's compartment fittings for obvious reasons.
The coach is one I bought in Triang green (they cost a shilling more in green), just to show the difference in colour. It has the BR crest which is only correct for the Royal Wessex set - to which I am allocating it, naturally :)
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For your amusement, the resprayed Mk1 3-set (needs close-coupling at the very least, and a set number).t
In front is one of the PECO/Kitmaster coach interiors - viewed at a distance through a window they are a distinct improvement on 60s pale blue plastic. The packaging says 2/6d... I didn't bother with toilet and guard's compartment fittings for obvious reasons.
The coach is one I bought in Triang green (they cost a shilling more in green), just to show the difference in colour. It has the BR crest which is only correct for the Royal Wessex set - to which I am allocating it, naturally :)
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That’s lovely. :)
What a great thing to be able to use so many years later.
I didn’t realise that about the crest. I thought all the green mk1s had them?
 

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A minor update. I have switched to model a single location now - Perthshire, a section of the Scottish Central Line.

I've done this for simplicity and stick reasons.

The layout will however represent more than one period. With the stock I have the present plan is two models two distinct years in the 1980s (I deliberately went for a gap to make them distinct from each other as certain elements understandably overlap) plus the early 2000s era that I have personal memory of.

1) 1982 - The 'Tartan Taktfahrplan' period
2) 1986 - increased frequencies, HST, InterCity livery appears, ScotRail Express push-pulls etc
3) ~2004/05 - GNER HSTs, ScotRail 158/170s etc
 

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A minor update. I have switched to model a single location now - Perthshire, a section of the Scottish Central Line.

I've done this for simplicity and stick reasons.

The layout will however represent more than one period. With the stock I have the present plan is two models two distinct years in the 1980s (I deliberately went for a gap to make them distinct from each other as certain elements understandably overlap) plus the early 2000s era that I have personal memory of.

1) 1982 - The 'Tartan Taktfahrplan' period
2) 1986 - increased frequencies, HST, InterCity livery appears, ScotRail Express push-pulls etc
3) ~2004/05 - GNER HSTs, ScotRail 158/170s etc
That sounds very interesting, I'm looking forward to hearing more in the future! I also like your multiple era approach, great for the indecisive and those with random collections of rolling stock :D
 

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A minor update. I have switched to model a single location now - Perthshire, a section of the Scottish Central Line.

I've done this for simplicity and stick reasons.

The layout will however represent more than one period. With the stock I have the present plan is two models two distinct years in the 1980s (I deliberately went for a gap to make them distinct from each other as certain elements understandably overlap) plus the early 2000s era that I have personal memory of.

1) 1982 - The 'Tartan Taktfahrplan' period
2) 1986 - increased frequencies, HST, InterCity livery appears, ScotRail Express push-pulls etc
3) ~2004/05 - GNER HSTs, ScotRail 158/170s etc

Where have you got to with regards to finding some space to make something now?
 

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A minor update. I have switched to model a single location now - Perthshire, a section of the Scottish Central Line.

I've done this for simplicity and stick reasons.

The layout will however represent more than one period. With the stock I have the present plan is two models two distinct years in the 1980s (I deliberately went for a gap to make them distinct from each other as certain elements understandably overlap) plus the early 2000s era that I have personal memory of.

1) 1982 - The 'Tartan Taktfahrplan' period
2) 1986 - increased frequencies, HST, InterCity livery appears, ScotRail Express push-pulls etc
3) ~2004/05 - GNER HSTs, ScotRail 158/170s etc
I like the sound of that. Having the three different time periods should make for some good operational interest. :D

-Peter
 

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That sounds very interesting, I'm looking forward to hearing more in the future! I also like your multiple era approach, great for the indecisive and those with random collections of rolling stock :D
Yeah, I couldn't decide so fixing those 3 periods allows them to be modelled with reasonable accuracy as to period features. The semaphore signalling for one, applies to all 3 periods.

Where have you got to with regards to finding some space to make something now?
Oh I have space, it's more finding the time and inclination to get started - various other things seem to get in the way.

I like the sound of that. Having the three different time periods should make for some good operational interest. :D

-Peter
And it matches the stock I have, nothing will be 'out of period' then.
 

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A minor update. I have switched to model a single location now - Perthshire, a section of the Scottish Central Line.

I've done this for simplicity and stick reasons.

The layout will however represent more than one period. With the stock I have the present plan is two models two distinct years in the 1980s (I deliberately went for a gap to make them distinct from each other as certain elements understandably overlap) plus the early 2000s era that I have personal memory of.

1) 1982 - The 'Tartan Taktfahrplan' period
2) 1986 - increased frequencies, HST, InterCity livery appears, ScotRail Express push-pulls etc
3) ~2004/05 - GNER HSTs, ScotRail 158/170s etc
Looking forward to seeing how it develops.
 

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This is what you have to do when you’ve put the crossmembers on your baseboard in the wrong place and you can’t get a point motor underneath the board...

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Always plan things out properly kids! :lol:
 

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Training to be a baseboard surgeon? ;)

I just spent an hour trying to wire two point motors up before realising that one of them was faulty.
I’ve got 16 points in the fiddle yard and new station areas but only really one of them in the scenic bit (the one in the photo above).
Do you know what? The one in the scenic area works so I’m just going to live with the rest of it and that’ll do. :lol:
 

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I just spent an hour trying to wire two point motors up before realising that one of them was faulty.
I’ve got 16 points in the fiddle yard and new station areas but only really one of them in the scenic bit (the one in the photo above).
Do you know what? The one in the scenic area works so I’m just going to live with the rest of it and that’ll do. :lol:
I don't envy you there, if you ended up digging that lot up - what a job that would be.

I keep up with a large home layout that the owner posts updates to rmweb on, he has a website dedicated to it as well though. Everytime it has a down period and he does work on it I always feel for him when certain things don't work quite right and the pointwork is one area in particular. All scratch built as well. I have nothing but admiration for people who can scratch build all their track, buildings and stock.
 

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I don't envy you there, if you ended up digging that lot up - what a job that would be.

I keep up with a large home layout that the owner posts updates to rmweb on, he has a website dedicated to it as well though. Everytime it has a down period and he does work on it I always feel for him when certain things don't work quite right and the pointwork is one area in particular. All scratch built as well. I have nothing but admiration for people who can scratch build all their track, buildings and stock.

Any chance of posting a link Hexagon? It’s always interesting having a look at stuff like that.
I’ve got a thread on there myself which I dip into from time to time if things are quiet on here.
I full of admiration for people that make their own track. It does look amazing if it’s done well and I suppose it’s like everything - if you really commit to doing something it can seriously pay off.
 

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Any chance of posting a link Hexagon? It’s always interesting having a look at stuff like that.
I’ve got a thread on there myself which I dip into from time to time if things are quiet on here.
I full of admiration for people that make their own track. It does look amazing if it’s done well and I suppose it’s like everything - if you really commit to doing something it can seriously pay off.
I'll post you a link to his website if you like?

He models various things but his main layout, and the one I 'follow' progress on is a fictional continental narrow gauge system for which the website is named.
 

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I'll post you a link to his website if you like?

He models various things but his main layout, and the one I 'follow' progress on is a fictional continental narrow gauge system for which the website is named.

Yes that’d be great. :)
 

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You can also find his other projects on there as well.

It’s really quirky but there’s something about it that just says fun.
I love ramshackle narrow gauge stuff.
 

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It’s really quirky but there’s something about it that just says fun.
I love ramshackle narrow gauge stuff.
It's the quirkiness, as well as the uniqueness - the fact there's simply nothing else like it and it's quite different from the layouts you see on the exhibition circuit that appealed to me.

I've been following it for a few years now and I still enjoy the unusual nature and premise of the system.
 

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It's the quirkiness, as well as the uniqueness - the fact there's simply nothing else like it and it's quite different from the layouts you see on the exhibition circuit that appealed to me.

I've been following it for a few years now and I still enjoy the unusual nature and premise of the system.

Yeah I can see that definitely.
My dad (@Oerlikon) is a bit off the wall with the narrow gauge stuff.
He’s got a G gauge Lynton and Barnstaple train that runs between two of the cupboards in his kitchen with various suspect looking cameos dotted around.
My stepmother is very patient with him to be fair...
 

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