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As work started today on a room over a cart-lodge that will be able to contain the first (and probably last) permanent model railway layout I have been able to build. I thought I would start a thread on this. This will be a long term project but I would like to complete it by the end of 2024.

 

For many years it has been my ambition to construct with a second world war theme. My thoughts have been through many iterations but I have not decided on a very specific time and location. This is based around the following:

The Operations Record Book of 512 Squadron contains the following entry

 

“Exercise Meteor” Instructions were received on the 20th March that the squadron would move up to R.A.F. Station Gosfield to carry out exercise “Meteor”. Twenty-four aircraft and crews were to be provided plus 5 reserve crews. Squadron was to be screen for Routine Air Transport commitments as from p.m. on the 21st March 1945.

 

The lines below then appear

 

Exercise "Meteor" however never materialised, and it would appear that is was purely a security blind for the airborne operation across the Rhine, this operation being called "Varsity".

 

That references RAF Gosfield but many of the airfields in Essex that had been vacated by the US 9th Airforce we also brought back into use for operation Varsity, The crossing of the Rhine also required support from the heavy bombers of the 8th Airforce based at RAF Ridgewell and bases in Suffolk.

 

The layout should reflect the activity on both road and rail. As far as possible the layout will reflect the position around March 1945 I will be looking to convey an impression about what was taking place rather than a fully accurate representation.

As to the location – I am looking towards the centrepiece of the layout being a station somewhere in North Essex with a small goods yard. Although the final dimensions of the layout will have to await the partial completion of the building I am looking at around 5m of length. I am not particularly into shunting so a simple dumb-bell type layout with the ability for trains to pass would be adequate. The layout will be DCC and I am happy with the electronics required for a reverse loop.

Some parts of this build will appear elsewhere especially in GB’s

 

Some work will be scheduled for the following:

Anything but injection, 20 March to 11 July 2021 – a number of structures.

The 'Unarmed' Group Build. Saturday 17 April 2021 - Sunday 8 August 2021 – various vehicles including both the RAF & USAF support kits, the old Airfix Airfield sets etc.

 

I may even sneak a quick couple of entries into the current KUTA XIII GB. Also “Less that a tenner” and Blitzbuilds may offer opportunities.

 

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  • Paul821 changed the title to Exercise Meteor
On 2/3/2021 at 8:55 AM, bigbadbadge said:

Are you constructing your own locos and stock too

As all the loco's I require are available ready-to-run the answer there is no. However some of the stock will not be required to run on the main layout and I do intend to build some of those wagons.

 

Although track laying is some months off the layout does have a name - Hinckford Parva, The next stage of the build is to start to tackle these

 

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6 minutes ago, Paul821 said:

As all the loco's I require are available ready-to-run the answer there is no. However some of the stock will not be required to run on the main layout and I do intend to build some of those wagons.

 

Although track laying is some months off the layout does have a name - Hinckford Parva, The next stage of the build is to start to tackle these

 

DSC04842

 

No worries,  good luck wigh the project.   Those QLT and Ds look fantastic when built up.  Such a cracking looking truck too. 

Chris

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This sounds too good to miss. 

I'm sitting comfortably on the chaise longue and the popcorn is on the way. 

Good luck with your project. 

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Nearly a month without posting on this thread. I am carrying out some yet more background research for the layout  and @Mjwomack has sent me a picture of USAF ground crew unloading bombs from trains, which is an extremely useful picture as it shows how the bombs were loaded in the wagons. This is only the second such picture I have seen.

 

Next week the roof should be on the railway room, but as it does not have a floor at the moment, my previous estimate  of  Easter is looking rather optimistic for occupation.  So in the meantime I have utilised an off cut from the builders work to prepare a small test layout.

 

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The idea is that the goods yard (six sidings) will be filled with wagons and there will be a number of US trucks in the process of taken the bombs and other supplies away. There is a road at the end of the station which will have fuel being brought from the local tank farm (in this case Chappel and Wakes Colne). At the back is the main road on which a convoy of British lorries is taken the troops to local airfields for Exercise Meteor.

 

On Saturday work starts on more buildings for the layout as part of the "Anything but injection" GB - my thread is at:

 

There are a number of resin and white metal kits that relate to this project and I would like to include in the GB but the railway room is costing a 5 figure sum (no not £100.01) so funds for purchasing new models are extremely limited at the moment.  Added to that there are a number of new model railway items being released over the next few months which are key to the model. The problem with many model railway releases are that they will b made in smallish batches and once they have sold out you have to rely on auction sites, so pre-ordering is essential to get to model you want. 

 

 

 

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Planning continues for this layout. Today I had an out patients appointment which meant that by varying my route between home and the clinic I could view the landscape, in the area that the model is set in, in late march – the date that layout is set. Although I appreciate that seasons vary, as have farming techniques, but I have now a number of reference shots that will help with details on the layout. Trees and hedges will be a particular challenge as the majority of the vegetation has no leaves at present.

Although the railway room is now watertight, it is only through having been felted, the slates, floor and stairs have yet to be installed.

 

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For the next month I am concentrating on constructing many of the buildings required in the background. I estimate that the “High Street” with require around 25 buildings of various sizes. Then there is the farm and airfield at either end.

 

These are appearing under the titles "Something Architectural" in the Anything but injection GB.

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What a project! You have a lot of everything to do... Looking forward to seeing how you get on.

 

Regards,

Adrian

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One month on the roofers have now fitter the windows and slated the roof, and the floor is down:

 

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The railway will be be on the other side.

 

I have hit a possible snag will the current plan in that due to building reg's stipulating the all aspects of the stairs, the hole is slightly larger than originally planned. I did not thin k this would be an issue but the angle of the roof means the end of the layout might be too close to the stairs. Or the layout will be on the floor!

 

One satisfying thing is that if your now "google" Exercise Meteor" this thread is top of the search results! The second entry is my account of this on a railway modelling forum.

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