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Welcome to my model railway layout build thread. The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway was a narrow gauge railway built between those two North Devon towns. It opened in 1897 and ran as an independent company until the Grouping in 1923, when it came under the control of the Southern Railway. It was closed in 1935, but a 1-mile section of track has been re-opened by the new Lynton & Barnstaple Railway as a heritage steam railway. The new company fully intend to rebuild the whole line and is making great strides with that purpose. Have a look at their website here if you're interested in this amazing project. This layout is/will be a micro/cameo layout portraying a small fictitious quay scene ostensibly in a Barnstaple backwater. Track will be Code 55 flat bottom rail, a combination of paved (i.e. inset) PECO N track and hand-built track. Hopefully, the latter will look a bit more like the real thing than the usual Toytown narrow gauge track available commercially, and avoid the "RSJ rail" look! The intention is to set the layout in two distinct time periods. Firstly, 1905 when the line was relatively new, and secondly around 1930 when it was in its declining years. This will allow a wider variety of locomotives and wagons and a nice contrast in independent and corporate liveries. Locomotives and rolling stock will be mostly RTR PECO and Bachmann with a few 3D-printed and kit-built wagons thrown in; A/M chopper couplings that look a bit more like the real thing are planned. Overall sizes: scenic board is 1m x 0.3m, fiddle yard board is 0.45m x 0.3m. Cheers for now, Mark
New beginnings A hiatus from railway modelling has caused me to take a long hard look at what I am trying to achieve. It's clear that standard gauge features too many impulse buys and wide choices to enable my easily distracted mind to focus. In 4mm scale too much real estate would also be required to do something satisfying. I have toyed with N gauge, but found the precision necessary to model convincingly in the smaller scale difficult to achieve, and, I fear, would ultimately lead to frustration. While Hartley has proved I can build a successful, working, exhibitable layout in 009, and, although there is still much to finish, it made me realise that a small roundy-round layout, while fun to watch, didn't satisfy my urge to operate, and in particular to shunt. Chapel Lane Yard has been through a number of iterations but I have concluded that the baseboards, designed to fit in a cupboard, were overly narrow. Not that I have a lot of room, but with this size of layout even an extra inch of scenic depth is significant in percentage terms. Meanwhile, I have grown frustrated/bored/overly familiar with the Eden Valley Light Railway setting. I do think it has merit, and may return to it some day, but for now have decided to set aside that fiction in favour of another. Enter the Clun Valley Railway. Hardly an original concept, but with the geographical setting more likely for a narrow gauge common carrier, and with the opportunity to model a line absorbed by the Great Western, still one of my favourite of the big four. Even better, my Fourdees loco fleet, at least the two Pecketts, and the GVT loco, should still be usable, and in Brunswick Green the Pecketts are close enough to GWR loco green as makes no difference. Fourdees lovely Peco coaches are chocolate and cream, so they will fit the bill, as will my home brewed chocolate parcels van. Freight stock could be a mixture of Peco and the new Bachmann WD wagons, all of which are available in shades of grey suitable for GWR-isation. The (as yet unbuilt) cattle wagon fleet could also be reused. I've made a start by constructing some new baseboards. While I love the convenience and consistency of Tim Horn baseboards, I wanted to try making my own. I've never been satisfied in the past but hopefully this time I can build something I'm content with. The boards are essentially conventional 18x44mm battens glued and screwed, at 12" centres, with a 1/4" ply top. On top of this, is a layer of 1" blue styrofoam, reinforced at the ends by strips of 18x28mm timber, so that the mating surfaces between boards are solid, and the height differential conveniently matches cork tiles for roadbed. The foam top surface allows for some vertical relief, without compromising the stability of the boards. New beginnings by jongwinnett, on Flickr New beginnings by jongwinnett, on Flickr New beginnings by jongwinnett, on Flickr Untitled by jongwinnett, on Flickr Why Lone Pine? I'm sure some of you will remember with affection, as I do, the series of children's novels by Malcolm Saville, many of which were set in Shropshire. One, The Secret of Grey Walls, even features Clun closely, while another features the quarries around Snailbeach. Although its not a part of the world I'm overly familiar with, I did get a the chance of a flying visit to Snailbeach last year, and the drive through Shropshire reminded me what a lovely part of the world it is. Finally, a nod of appreciation to @wkennerleywho asked a question about Chapel Lane, re-igniting my enthusiasm - thank you!