October 2020

October 2020

October saw three meetings a week allowing three groups of up to six people to work on the different layouts. As we are back into lockdown our meetings have been suspended for November. More opportunities for railway modelling at home!

This is the first stage of Dave H’s ‘Winter Shelf Queens’ project, which is to finish all the unfinished carriage projects he has lying around.

The photo shows two short coaches mostly built back in 2003 then forgotten about. They are now detailed ready for painting, but still need underframes building. The longer coach is a GWR 40ft bogie Clerestory 3rd. The sides were made on holiday somewhere also in 2003, but as there wasn’t much time for modelling in those days they sat on a shelf too for seventeen years!  They are still in good nick so who says styrene doesn’t last? Below later in the month the Clerestory 3rd with ends and roof added – lovely!

There are another pair of sides for a compo, and two more finished compos waiting for paint. The two six wheelers will top and tail older short carriages when finished, and the clerestories will sit between the two 40ft PBVs that were actually finished and painted a few years ago. A six coach train in 0 Gauge in about 7 feet!

On Evercreech New the scenic boards at the rear of Prestleigh Viaduct are now complete and in place. The views below show plenty of scope for scenery. Forced perspective will be employed starting by modelling the farmhouse just behind the viaduct in 6mm scale.

Dave S and John spent some time getting the track alignment right off the viaduct and towards the end of the scenic section,  and Dave H reconnected the track wiring on the viaduct. We are allowing for two separate power districts so that at least one track will keep going in event of DCC gremlins on the other.

Painting the track and adding fibre glass to strengthen the rear scenic boards were just some jobs performed. 1.5mm gridding tape (thin masking tape) was used to mask the top of the rails.

In a faraway place (well, Manchester) a super little photo plank is taking shape. The lattice work on the bridge is all individual styrene strips. The bridge deck alone came to ~130 individual pieces.

You were promised news of Verwood, and the first development is that the 3D Printed post box has been painted and attached to the front of the station building. I then sourced some more laser cut self-adhesive slate strips and finished slating the roof. This time the required gauge was worked out and guide lines ruled on the slopes before starting! The roll top ridge tiles were made from plasticard and secured with good old Uhu. In the background can be seen the second attempt at the rafters for the glazed toilet vent. Second attempt because the original pitch was not as steep as the toilet roof which I suspect is a little too steep. Ho hum.

The step and apron flashings were represented using more self-adhesive paper. The step flashing can’t actually be made out on photos of the real thing, but it must have had them. The paper slates were then primed with White Knotting (a clear Shellac) before painting with enamels. The rendered end wall is starting to go a warm grey colour that should contrast nicely with the creamy-orange bargeboards.

Next up was the Down Platform Shelter. This was another ‘Shelf Queen’ from the Noughties with a fully modelled (and calculated) roof structure. The plastic strip weatherboarding had caused the thin walls to distort (solvent abuse) and these were replaced with laser cut and engraved phenolic card panels (inside and out) attached with Roket Glue. Clamped flat overnight that did the trick. In a rare moment of inspiration it was realised that the slender curved ‘T’ section brackets could be fabricated from the base of a bullhead rail. A gutter was improvised from plasticard and a downpipe made from copper wire.

Painting is in progress, but it’s hard to find the right shade of weathered grey-green (or orangey-cream) seen at Verwood. These colours varied between the buildings according to their exposure to the elements. The bench that is against the back wall is not clear in photographs, but does appear to have waisted supports similar to some Victorian school benches and that is how it is modelled. Just like the real thing the interior is in heavy shadow!

Lastly thanks to Dave S and his 3D printer we have what should be the actual Verwood crane just waiting for chain and hook. More progress on Verwood in a month than in the previous two years!

September 2020

September 2020

Where have the last three months gone? Well in my case I was digging for drains, but that’s already far too much information. The even wetter weather is back with a vengeance and it’s time to take cover and contemplate a new modelling season.

In the middle of July – fully in line with government guidelines we re-commenced our meetings at CS2. Hand sanitizer, masks, social distancing, hand washing/wringing, recording attendance – by now you know the score. Since the rule of six came in we have observed that too by spreading our attendance over two afternoons.

Our featured image shows the running session on Evercreech New that we held on 22nd July for Sheila Alderman and family to showcase Bob’s handiwork. Below some of Bob’s wonderful work waiting for the off:

On 27th July we bade farewell to Bob. Bob Alderman was a founder member of Yeovil MRG and made a huge contribution to the success of our club. Twelve members formed a socially distanced guard of honour at the Crematorium entrance presenting soldering irons in a tribute that we think would have appealed to him. Sheila and the family no doubt used to the odd ways of railway modellers seemed to appreciate the gesture. The touching funeral service was planned in great detail by Bob, and many members were able to gather just outside the entrance lobby for the ceremony.

At 19:00 on 12 September Bob’s ashes were ejected from Tornado’s blast pipe as it travelled over Lesbury Viaduct – exactly as he wished. Just after the deed was done Tornado spelled out ‘RA’ in Morse code on her whistle as the train entered Alnmouth station:
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A 3D CAD design for the body of Bob’s GT3. In the process of producing it DaveS is steadily getting to grips with Fusion360. In 7mm scale it proved a little too large to be printed in one piece on any of the 3D printers immediately available to the membership, but could be filament printed in two parts with a lot of supports. DaveS was on his way home after picking it up and took it to show him on the day Bob died.

From the pen of the mastermind of Kingsferry, this stylish drawing of the branch local at Pitcombe in late summer 1964 was taken from a photograph in the book ‘Heyday Of The Somerset And Dorset’. Apparently to some this is a ‘Baby Castle’ – who’d have thought it? I’m now looking forward to running a ‘Baby Nelson’! Allan’s sketches and drawings, mounted and some framed, with those of his partner, will be on exhibition at Pitcombe Studio near Bruton for two weeks at the end of November (details below). All will be for sale and will include limited edition prints.

Much admired at CS2 in August, this exquisite engine is awaiting plates, with the varnish at this point just touch dry. Almost entirely scratchbuilt with a few castings thrown in, Dave had cut the frames three years ago almost to the day. He’s glad it’s not the only thing he’s been up to, but it’s sometimes felt like it! What got lined, and particularly what didn’t, according to the somewhat idiosyncratic Deeley lining scheme, has been faithfully reproduced! We can report that tested on Evercreech New (EN) this engine runs as well as it looks. Packed with lead it is very sure-footed and can haul six bogies and five 6-wheelers.

On South Junction Pete’s tiny Planet chassis was run in for far more miles than the prototype would ever have done. Above are the pictures of the Planet chassis and what it will eventually look like.

The superb new bracket signal on South Junction in fully working order.

Tracklaying continues apace on Heyno Junction.

And so to the current state of play at the Prestleigh Viaduct end of Evercreech New (EN). DaveS thought he’d do a bit of terraforming. It’s all held together with masking tape and so is easily removed/changed/forgotten about. Because the viaduct has the correct orientation to the station, the land in front of the viaduct needs to rise up towards the viewer outside the layout. It looks good to us!

And to prove it, covered with a thin film of plastic the recreation is nearly there. The original photo does look a little squished and the exposure could have been better, but there’s no going back for another try now!

Rob glued up the last scenic board behind PV (well almost the last – apparently there might be another one). The picture shows DaveH being permanently built into the scenery by Rob. This way he’ll always be available for viaduct maintenance…

The work John did on the fiddle yard approach board means we now have a flat approach to the viaduct both ends. DaveH (EN Chief Honcho) continued his obsession with getting the track joints and sleeper spacing looking right – he’s finished the inside line, with outside line still to do. Once that’s done and proved the running again, then the rails will be sprayed with grime colour and Jim can get ballasting.

After much deliberation we will be laboriously producing our own ballast using Morris & Perry stone dust from their Gurney Slade Quarry. Ballast for the S&D seems to have been sourced from the nearby Emborough Quarry which is a nice touch. The raw stone dust is passed through kitchen sieves (retired), removing the large stuff with the coarser one and then as much dust as possible using the slightly finer one. A 25kg sack at £2.50 or so yields about 5kg of ballast and 20kg of mostly dust that can still be used to repair walls. The colour of the ballast doesn’t quite match the station area but the Chief Honcho think it’s better, and may even be a suitable substitute for that other railway’s ballast from Dulcote Quarry.

Our plan for Prestleigh Farm when it was a farm is largely garnered from an aerial photo and some stale estate agents particulars. The farm and house were much changed when it later became a dwelling only, with the ‘catslide’ roof to the rear of the house replaced by a pitched roof extension and all outbuildings removed.

We have all wondered why Jim went all the way ‎to Aberdeen a year ago to collect an unwanted 30ft long 18 road fiddle yard in 2mm FS. He couldn’t possibly have enough trains to fill it, we said?
Well, slightly bored during lockdown, he unboxed all his RTR stuff (Dapol, Farish, C-Rail and RevolutioN‎) and filled all 18 roads of the middle board (sitting on the 7mm station throat).  Only 59 merry-go-round wagons are showing – they are another 40 sitting in boxes! Excluded are the kit projects sitting in the gloat cupboard – one day! Asking for a friend, it turns out that all but the most recent purchases (mostly C-Rail and RevolutioN) have already been converted to 2mm FS!

Next month there will be progress on Verwood to report, in fact this has already happened (in October) and you’ll just have to wait!

Bob Alderman

Bob (and Ruth) at the YMRG 10th Birthday Bash

It is with great sadness that Sheila has asked us to tell you that Bob passed away peacefully last night after a courageous battle with Motor Neuron Disease. She has asked not to be contacted by phone for the time being.

Bob was a founder member of YMRG, and for many years our Secretary. He was a prolific and inspirational modeller, who has passed on his skills and knowledge via books, magazine articles, Missenden, the O Gauge Guild and EMGS manuals.

His company and friendship will be sorely missed, and our thoughts are with Sheila, David, Ruth and family at this sad time.

June 2020

June 2020

Gardening and other pursuits seem to be distracting some elements of the club from the really important activity of railway modelling. At the start of the month there was an outbreak of helicopter spotting. This started with n Ex-RN SAR Mk5 Sea King being seen (and heard) over Odcombe, making a change from endless Wildcats and Merlins. Over another part of Odcombe this was followed by a sighting of an Ex-RN SAR Wessex flying from its base near Crewkerne to Westlands and back, with speculation that it might be the Lift West bosses’ new toy to go with their Whirlwind.

With some relaxation of lockdown taking place during July, there is the welcome news (to some at least) that we are working towards a safe re-opening of CS2 following all the rules, with lashings of hand sanitiser and strict social distancing – not too hard in a 7000 sq ft clubroom!

This month there have been further additions to Bob Alderman’s Modelling Musings this time covering such interesting topics as ‘landscape and the model railway’, ‘modelling steam locos’, ‘chemically blackening components’, ‘building a Roxey gear box’ and his thoughts on testing locomotives and test tracks in general – points not essential!

At last, 995 is ready for painting! The model is entirely scratchbuilt except for motor, wheels, tender axleboxes, smokebox door, buffers and a few detail castings. Nickel silver sheet was used for the platework, and other parts are turned brass. It has an old Sagami can motor fitted with a flywheel and a Zimo DCC chip which together make it run well, and it will start seven of Bob’s heavy metal bogie coaches with lead packed in fore and aft. The tender is weighted and bears on the back of the engine.

The 990s were the mainstay of express running on the Settle & Carlisle until the late 1920s, and 995 was loaned to the S&DJR briefly so it can legitimately appear on EN as well as the Summit (note splash guards – see below).

700 hours have been logged on the build spread over nearly three years which is slightly horrifying – unless we take the view that it kept Dave off the streets for the whole of that time! It just needs paint now, and luckily exactly what constitutes Midland red/crimson/lake is another world of pain… The model breaks down for painting into twelve parts plus a few detail bits that will be glued in after painting.

Our featured image is an expected arrival from the Southern at Kingsferry, but above is an unusual visitor from the LMS, also from the days before colour photography. The eagle-eyed may spot that one of the splash guards is missing and this triggered much discussion as to whether it should have none or both. It was suggested that the missing splash guard would only turn up once the other one was removed!

In the discussion that followed it seems splash guards were progressively removed when the Black Fives and Jubilees were introduced in the 1930s as this almost eliminated double heading. The purpose of the splash guards was to protect the oily bits on the bogie of the second loco from spray while picking up water from the troughs. Sometimes a train headed by one of these larger engines would need help which was more likely as not provided by a 4-4-0, but to retain these splash guards would be more trouble than they were worth, and to fit them to the new engines was deemed unnecessary.  No doubt they would have to be removed to inspect the bogie bearings on a regular basis. 

Next up is an actual working ground signal built for our 0 Gauge Evercreech New layout. It sits in a tubular socket with a weight and paddle which will be pushed up from below by a servo underneath, the signal returning to danger by gravity. The etched kit from MSE is ‘challenging’ and needs a lot of work. If you don’t want it to work and be lit then the new cast brass kit from Scale Signal Supply is much better and less taxing to solder up. Making these signals work, be lit, and be removable for track cleaning is a real “what was I thinking” job but it looks like it can be done. The tiny LEDs used in ‘The Shed’ (see May2020) should push up inside the lamp casing so that will be tried first.

The SB diagram for Evercreech New shows seven ground signals.  Two each on the crossovers, two on the goods shed entrance crossover and one on the lime kiln siding entrance. Just six more of the blighters to go! Only the ones facing away from the SB need back blinders (because they showed the signalman when the signal was on), so that’s four of them by our reckoning.

This apparently incomplete point is a finished handbuilt GWR style trap point for Heyno Junction. The guard and wing rails are a scale 2″ higher than the running rails so the switch rail runs up a gradient that takes the wheels over the top of the mainline running rail. It saves the expense of constructing a crossing (V) and the mainline rail is unbroken so you don’t get the wear that a crossing suffers. It seems to work even in model form with the out of scale wheel flanges.

This superb DCC Sound fitted BR Standard 9F in 0 Gauge has just been allocated to a local shed. Built from a DJH kit bought twenty years ago; it will be very appropriate both for Evercreech New, and the S&D themed garden railway it will normally work on.

This is the finished goods lockup for a Coombe Town a very promising new layout that we haven’t featured before. Just awaiting weathering now, but we understand it may be some time before Dom plucks up the courage to do so! 

Even more dirt on Kingsferry; these are Ratio’s GWR 4-wheel brake third and all third coaches with additional detailing, notably full interiors not included in the kits, and heavily weathered – by the time these were in use on the branch they were reaching the end of their lives!

Lastly this appeared at Yeovil Junction on the 10th June.  It was used for testing and route learning the Yeovil Junction and Yeovil Pen Mill link as it hadn’t been used for a while. Talking to one of the drivers, he said they were supposed to do four trips but had decided that three were enough before returning to Exeter.  They were bemused by the train crew depot, apparently they’re still trying to recruit staff.  The Class 37 is nearly 60 years old, i.e. considerably older than a lot of locos they replaced.

May 2020

May 2020

The splendid weather in May seems to have led to rather more socially distanced activity outside in member’s gardens than inside at their model railway workbenches, with a number of claims being made about the wildlife to be found in member’s gardens.  It looks like a grass snake going for a swim trumps slow worms, and chickens given the opportunity eat wood mice and chase dogs – so now you know!

First up we have a Morris Commercial Parcel Van by Springfield Models for Kingsferry.  Not an easy kit to build, but then it was a whitemetall kit soldered using a normal temperature soldering iron – so actually quite an achievement! Those with x-ray vision will spot that the propshaft is ‘in the post’. Our featured image also comes from Kingsferry with a not quite so big green engine arriving with a Comet Collett coach in tow.

Progress continues to be made with the Deeley 990 Class with a very handsome cab interior being produced.  It’s based on a Slaters backhead and castings but modified quite a lot as the Slaters one is for a smaller engine.  A photo of a MR Compound cab was used as a guide, assuming the 990s were the same.  Lots of bits knocked up from bits of tube and scraps of metal, plus the contents of Bob’s scrap and castings box. The very nice oil box castings are from the same hoard.  They are by Microcast, and they are very, very good castings.  The rest is copper and brass wire plumbing and a bit of plywood planking. 

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The Modelling Musings of Bob Alderman continue to grow.  Most recently his thoughts on baseboard construction and a set of hints and tips for model construction have been added.  Both of these are in presentation format and run to around 50 pages.  Bob’s thoughts on Baseboard Construction feature a lot of previously unpublished views of YMRG layouts and it’s probably fair to say that dear old South Junction falls firmly into the ‘how not to do it again’ category! 

The last time we showed you what was going on with Bob’s GT3, attaching the bogie to the chassis was the next job.

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After some thought about the pivot bought for GT3’s bogie, it was decided that more movement was needed (side to side). Although Bob’s method of bogie attachment would give up/down, yaw and side to side, there was no pitch. The pivot had it all (up/down, yaw, pitch) but no side to side.  In a simply brilliant bit of model engineering a way was found to combine the pivot with Bob’s springs. The end pictures show the result installed in the laser cut ply and MDF chassis.   The bogie frame has been 3D printed.  The next update may see progress on the loco body for GT3.

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And I think that’s probably enough excitement for now…

April 2020

April 2020

Much has been achieved by club members in April. We have held virtual meetings via Zoom, and there has been much socially distanced railway modelling with some of the highlights below.

The GT3 gained some novel home made split axles using two very different methods. This enabled it to be run for the very first time as captured on this video.

There was some serious progress on the Deeley 990 which gained cab, chimney and dome, until some real actual work turned up for the builder just as many other people were being furloughed.

The dome was quite easily turned but is close to the limit of what a Peatol lathe can do, since for 0 Gauge at least it starts out as 1″ bar. Fly cutting and filing the bottom part to flare it all in was the hardest bit – Dave had never tried fly cutting before, but found it easier than he thought it would be.  The chimney was more complicated to turn but not such hard work, it required Dave to make a boring tool which for some reason his partner found very funny….

There has been huge progress on the farm bridge for Evercreech New. The main and centre girders for the farm bridge have been 3D printed complete with the stanchions for walkway and railings.

The brick built piers complete with the V irons to hold the end bricks of the capping on, have been designed and 3D printed too. Once all this is installed just painting to do to complete the farm bridge!

For Heyno Junction some test pieces for two of the types of diagonal bracing needed for the girder bridge were drawn up and printed to get some idea of what will be possible. In total there are three basic types of diagonal, and three basic types of vertical struts!

With the nice weather the Pines Express was photographed in action in Simon’s garden.

On Gary’s garden railway the fine weather got the photographers out to record the constant stream of Royal Mail trains required to handle the increase in mail order with lockdown in place.

Further impressive lighting effects have been created for Holly Junction – the houses are lived in, and not just by spiders!

A splendid new signal and lots of lovely arty photographs of Kingsferry have been circulating via e-mail. To see them all you will need to become a member and join our rejuvenated e-mail distribution list.

A whole new page on the website showcasing Bob’s musings on matters modelling. Some excellent downloads covering various facets of building, loco and wagon construction. https://yeovilmrg.org/modelling-wisdom/

From a Yeovilian whose workbench is currently in Kent comes a super little hand lettered truck with local connections, and the start of a beautifully constructed shunting layout that will feature many realistic, but subtle changes in level.

To finish an impressive attempt to combine outdoor exercise, high class heron hospitality and model railways. Note the fine brick built viaduct with terracotta arch detail.

March 2020

March 2020

Huge progress was made earlier in the month on Prestleigh Viaduct and the new scenery boards for Evercreech New.  The updated layout page with further pictures can be found here.

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In what are proving to be ‘interesting times’ our safely spread out members have been busily enhancing their mental well-being with a bit of railway modelling.  It goes without saying that our planned Open Day in July has been postponed.  To illustrate what is proving to be a productive period for the membership there follows a selection of photos from my e-mail inbox:

Progress on the 7mm GT3 for Bob Alderman showing the chassis laser cut from MDF with brass hornblocks being fitted:

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A beautiful scratchbuilt Midland Deeley 4-4-0 taking shape – nothing even remotely wonky on this model!

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A GWR Diag N6 horse box emerging from a box it will never fit back into.

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An LMS coach completing a rake of coaches for a Manchester train from Kingsferry.

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Early days for a 7mm Peco Toad.

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Some seriously balmy weather encouraging some members out into the garden, but probably not a lot further.

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Many of our members are busy in their gardens and I’ll finish with a seasonal photo of a home made propagator basking in the glorious Spring sunshine – perhaps looking for its next meal?!SRS_2020-03-23_344

 

 

February 2020

February 2020

Another long gap between updates, but with Christmas and New Year well out if the way it’s suddenly time for the YMRG AGM.  This will be the last update with DaveS as Chairman, and time for someone new to boldly chair us into what will be a busy year with South Junction going out twice and Halsdon Road going out for the first time in its extended form at least.   Not to mention scenics for Evercreech New, and all that track laying on Heyno Junction to do…

Track laying continues apace on Heyno Junction and The Bank (TB).  If it’s a race between them to get a loco to complete a circuit, then our money is on TB at the moment.

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The Holly Junction crew got the lights to work under the scenic cover of their fiddle yard, and very bright they are too.

It was easier for Peter to remove the viaduct board of South Junction to sort out the wiring for the new signals.  Pictures show the board out of position and also some of the excavation needed to fit the signal and the rather fine bracket signal that is being fitted.    Peter is also in the process of adding a replacement operating mechanism for further end of the viaduct crossover – after only 35 years the original scale functional point rodding (with temperature compensation) now has too much cumulative wear to throw the point fully.

The huge job of painting Prestleigh Viaduct is now well advanced and it has been removed from its baseboard so that the underside can be painted and weathered.  And yes, Dave H is standing inside the baseboard – just shows how slim he is!    Not to be copied we also show the correct way to hold the very large and hot soldering iron so that should it slip, someone else’s hand will get burnt not yours.  Good health and safety to the fore at CS2!

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New member Robert hasn’t hung around since joining us and EN has had its front extension made and fitted as a result!   The scheme for the rear scenic boards has also been produced, and at this rate it won’t be long before they make an appearance too.  T-nuts and bolts have been purchased for attaching the boards to the EN originals.

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Just before Christmas we have Bob operating the completed Hobson’s Brewery with joystick helped by Dave H – more details here.

And finally Allan has completed his Kingsferry layout and very good it looks too – just those two viaducts to paint on Evercreech New to keep him out of trouble now!

All Set for Taunton Rail-Ex

Very much in line with the  ethos of the club, what are probably the largest baseboards in the UK travelling together on the same giant stillage, with four normal sized boards for company.  This behemoth (which is the size of a small family car) will hopefully be lifted into the 7.5T lorry via the tail lift – which seem to be shrinking just as we need them to grow!

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Evercreech New will be exhibited as a work in progress – this not being the first unfinished YMRG layout to debut at a Taunton Show!   There will be no layout lighting, no backscene, and our ambitious scenery is incomplete.  What we will have is the finished station area, and a representative ‘Speedy & Delightful’ weekday service with the prospect of DCC sound and all operated via tablets and smart phones.

August 2019

August 2019

Doesn’t time fly, and despite the lack of updates to this website, much is happening in the largest model railway shed in the west!   In July we had a very successful Open Day with fantastic catering, lots of favourable comments and some new members.

A few weeks ago the BBC Points West team visited CS2 to film a feature on Bob Alderman, who had lost his voice through MND, being given his voice back by his son David.  A shortened version of the clip is here.  It’s a heartwarming story, and there are trains, but not as many as in the longer clip that was broadcast.

In preparation for the upcoming appearance of The Summit at Fareham Railex in early October, Evercreech New has been taken down and The Summit re-erected for some remedial work and to play trains.

Work on Evercreech New continues however ready for its appearance at Taunton Railex in late October.  EN_PV_IMG_3771Painting of Prestleigh Viaduct continues with the MDF now primed and painted in a mortar colour.  The engineering brick colour will be dry brushed on, with individual bricks picked out in green and brown, and finally the mortar runs applied.   A test piece is shown showing the stages that will be required to achieve the effect we want.  Prestleigh Viaduct was a very scruffy item close up!

Previously it has been stated in this blog that the widened side of Pecking Mill was on the south side which has even sized arches on brick piers.  Following perusal of OS maps from before and after the widening it is now clear that the viaduct was widened on the north side where the uneven arches are founded on stone piers.  This would explain the presence of what are now obviously the old abutments at the end of the blind arch, the north side being narrower than the south side, and the need to use uneven arch spacings on the north side to make up for the skew of the road crossing.  What threw us was use of brick for the original  piers and stone for the piers on the widened side.

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The card etches for the brickwork on Pecking Mill Viaduct have been drawn up ready for laser etching.  However much closer to the bleeding edge of home based technology;  the long girder bridge spans for the A371 crossing and short spans for the adjacent occupation bridge have both been drawn using QCad and OpenSCAD.   The longer A371 span is the featured image at the top of the page, and a capture of the 3D render for Allen’s bridge is shown above, with the base of the rear girder rebated to fit the plywood trackbed.  Both spans are heavily skewed, but in opposite directions.  These girders will be printed using stereolithography in a resin bath.  The print will include the distinctive walkway supports using details lifted from the surviving girder bridge at Radstock.  The walkway support without the upright is behind one of the brick piers due to the extreme skew.  The girders at Pecking Mill differ from the surviving bridge at Radstock in that they have a deeper girder, three handrails and a wider walkway.

Also taking shape at the Pecking Mill End is the farm occupation bridge known to a select few as ‘Allen’s Bridge’.  No laser cutting for this chap just a pull saw, plane and rasps.  There was very little splay on the wing walls to the south, but a much larger splay on the north side.

Tracklaying has started on Heyno Junction, with the right hand picture showing the laser etched mock up of the Heyno Junction trussed girder bridge installed for Open Day.  Our ambitious plan is to 3D print the truss frame and bracing to achieve the more open effect of the real thing.  An interesting challenge as we only have detailed drawings from the original build – and we will be modelling it after the 1961 rebuilding.  This raised the track to put it in a ballast trough, and required the original top bracing to be placed on uprights and otherwise modified to restore sufficient headroom.

HJ_IMG_0121Holly Junction has gained a splendid canal lock complete with narrow boat entering; this will lift what is now a canal into a marina complete with suspension bridge over.

KF_IMG_3770Amongst the privately owned layouts there is an update to Kingsferry where the station area is now – allegedly – complete.

In the near future will be a long overdue update on Verwood with some upgrades to the Black Motor, an actual model of the rail-built LSWR loading gauge and a 3D CAD design for the  distinctive yard crane, plus potentially an alternative column design for the upcoming Modelu LSWR platform lamp.