Kingsdown Roads - the blog

  • Sun, 18 Feb 2018 20:27:00 +0000

    12) More detailing

    More fiddling about today, adding weights to some of the small wagons to improve running over the points, and fitting a lamp to the cottage.
  • Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:30:00 +0000

    11) Fun in the sun

    Warmer today with some sun, a good time to build the two nameboards for the front of the layout.

    The board was a freebie offcut from the DIY store but the wrong shape, hence the cut and paste operation.
  • Thu, 25 Jan 2018 22:24:00 +0000

    10) Onwards and upwards

    Seven months may seem plenty of time for layout tweaking, but it passes all too quickly. Nine weeks to go, and although much has been done, plenty more remains. The additions include street lamps, building lights, a cafe, more seats, more people, more shed clutter, speed limit signs, new fences, point rodding and duckboards.

    I considered adding overhead lighting for the layout, but have decided against it, for the time being at least. Whilst it reduces dependence on whatever the exhibition might provide, it is fiddly to install securely without restricting viewing angles.
  • Thu, 25 Jan 2018 21:46:00 +0000

    9) The Corris exhibition

    Next up was the Corris exhibition, in August 2017. Held in Machynlleth's Leisure Centre, it raises funds for the Corris Railway. A friendly and enjoyable show, made more so by my posting a photo on social media, resulting in an invitation to the 16mm Association's National Exhibition in Peterborough the following year! The rest of the show was spent in devising a list of upgrades to the layout, of which more later.
  • Thu, 25 Jan 2018 21:23:00 +0000

    8) Woodvale Rally - a first outing

    June 2016 saw a first trip out for the new layout, to the Woodvale Rally in Southport's Victoria Park. The railway tent is a good place for a trial run, as the audience is mostly family-based rather than from the possibly more demanding railway modelling fraternity. Fortunately everything went well, with few operational problems and some (reasonably) well-behaved operators.

    The skirting is a set of Kent flags rather than the usual plain fabric, which adds a splash of colour.
  • Thu, 25 Jan 2018 21:02:00 +0000

    7) The little people

    Most of the figures are from Motley Miniatures, now with added heads, you may be relieved to hear. The proprietor has a devious habit of including extra heads with each order, to encourage further purchases. I have yet to find an effective counter to this sales ploy.

    The assorted packages are from various small suppliers. Some are laser-cut wood, others 3D-printed plastic.
  • Thu, 25 Jan 2018 20:54:00 +0000

    6) Coming together

    The scenery gradually advanced across the boards, preceded by a scattering of scale ballast from Swift Sixteen. Most of the points needed their operating levers cut down to avoid fouling the steam locos. 

    The main boards are supported on metal trestles, with the turntable ends resting on wooden ones. Toggle catches and clamps hold everything together.
  • Thu, 25 Jan 2018 18:23:00 +0000

    5) Starting the scenery

    Next came a start on the most enjoyable part, the scenery. After a general grey wash, the boards were coated with wood glue and sand, to give some initial texture to what would become a mainly industrial/commercial setting. The cottage garden than had detailing added, including some small flowerpots, Lego flowers and a greenhouse.

    The adjacent turntable was equipped with a coal staithe and coal office, with a path leading to a Permanent Way hut at the end of the garden. The paving was made using DIY filler in a Jigstones mould.
  • Thu, 25 Jan 2018 17:59:00 +0000

    4) Adding the buildings

    Choice of buildings was not a problem, as I already had a good number, kindly supplied by Carnforth Models for use on Layout No.2, The Middleforth Light Railway. Some extras were necessary for the new layout, notably an engine shed and a goods shed. The large and heavy nature of these kits required some care in the construction and handling, but they look the part and so far have stood up fairly well to the rough-and-tumble of exhibitions. However I have decided to transport their boxes in the car rather than in the trailer, as the latter's tendency to bounce over bumps can be disconcerting, notwithstanding a thick wodge of foam plastic cushioning.
  • Thu, 25 Jan 2018 17:45:00 +0000

    3) First look at the whole

    This photo shows the layout of the layout, three boards in a row and a turntable at each end. The objective was to encourage shunting, with trains not going straight through on the main line being manouvered either into one of three sidings or towards an engine shed. This would make good use of my Slomo-equipped locos, and promote slow-running amongst operators used to speeding round sweeping curves on any number of local garden railways.

    The track is Mamod, as I already had a fair stash of it, and because it allowed for the sharpish curves I needed in the limited space available.
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