Like many other hobbies people have be it railways, R/C, military etc; I'm not hugely interested in the hobby itself but can't help admire the work you all put into them. I'm bloke, I love noise, machinery and things with levers including the bar down the Green Dragon!
So to see anything in miniatre never ceases to amaze me. What draws my attention with model railways is the scenic side of things. My hobby being model farms is hugely made up of sourcing limited accessories in 1/32 and that turns into making most of it at times. Whether it's scatter, cargo on dock, people on a platform, buildings. . . the attention to detail fascinates me and this is no exception. Loved looking at your photo's and appreciate the time you took to upload them.
No leaves on track, but in picture No. 1 of 10 you can see a class 47 in parcels livery pulling the track maintenance GUV wagon which I modified by removing the battery box and replaced with a plywood box, open at the bottom, which covers both rails even on 1st radius curves. Inside the box, which just misses the track by 1mm, is a block of wood, hardboard or MDF with a flat piece of lead on top to hold it down on the rails. When it's been pulled round the track about 10 times, I clean the black stuff off by rubbing the block on a piece of sandpaper. See pics.
I have always wanted a layout like this. Two things stop me, money and space. As both are in short supply, it won't happen. What I like about this is the weathering on the engines etc. Much better than the traditional pristine rolling stock.
Very nice layout Geoff, as Fenlander points out it's nice to see 'Used' rolling stock and a very good job you have done on them with the weathering.
Seeing Shapfell brought back a memory from my trainspotting days when steam was King and diesels where starting to make an appearance.
At Chester we had 'Ingleborough' which was the same class as Shapfell and my friend and I managed to sneak on board to see what the inside of a diesel looked like. Needless to say we were caught and the driver delivered a size 10 hobnail boot into my mates rear end, he missed me 'cos I jumped out onto the rails side and my mate tried to run along the platform!!!...Happy days, I could bore people ridged with such tales and I still have my Holt/Allan combie.
Thanks for posting the pictures of your excellent layout for us to see.
P.S. Until recently I sailed out of Treath Coch (Red Wharf Bay) Wonderful place, Anglesey....starting to burble now and go off thread, sorry!
Great layout Geoff. And like the guys said, the weatehring is superb. There's something theraputic about sitting back and watching trains run on a layout. I've built a small N-Gauge layout myself and i can sympathise how much work goes into one.
Hi Sulzer, Never say never. Just start off with something simple then just keep adding bits. I'm still tinkering with my layout, do they ever get finished I wonder? I have a rake of HEA coal hoppers and a coal sub-sector class 37 to haul them. Unfortunately I don't have a class 56. Regards Geoff. PS. I also haul them with a dirty old class 58.
I do like the layout and i agree with Graham the weathered rolling stock is much nicer than the clean stuff. One question though in everytrain set i have ever seen why do they not have drivers? seems a little strange to me.