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British Railway Modelling in Montreal, Canada

 
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Genetk44



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Location: Montreal, Canada

PostPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 9:16 pm    Post subject: British Railway Modelling in Montreal, Canada Reply with quote

This weekend we will take our club layout to Exporail, Canada's Railway Museum: http://www.exporail.org/en/ We will be part of the annual "Small Trains, Great Passions" event. For those members in the Montreal area, we hope you will visit the museum and say hello. At the same time, we are always looking for members, so if you have an interest in British trains, we welcome you. No experience is necessary, we have members at all levels of the spectrum and with a broad range of interest.

To whet your appetite, here are a few pictures of our layout



Patchwick Engine Shed and Signal Box



Patchwick Goods Depot and Cattle Dock



Overbridge and canal adjacent to Camping Coach site



Stonefield Halt near the quarry





Above pictures are copyright Nigel Phillips


The two pictures above were taken at Great British Train Show in Brampton ON. They show the sweep of the main line.

A few words about the layout:

We replaced our old layout "Rosedale" after it had done some 20 years of service and was really showing its age. This was an opportunity to stretch our legs so we chose an asymmetric design with a double track circuit and provision for a branchline. The large radius curve at the station meant that we had to make some points by hand, again pushing our skill level ever upward. Track is Peco code 100. Control had to be DCC and an NCE system was selected. Points on the circuit are actuated by SEEP motors and some are on stationary decoders.


Readers will recognise Metcalfe buildings and, again, pushing our skill level, Scalescenes buildings. The backscene is Townscenes with individual buildings mounted on foamboard and 3D elements added.

We also resolved to have working signals and these were developed by one of our members using a solenoid actuator system. The technology behind these is beyond me but they do work nicely.

Allingham is tentatively set in 1962 in the London Midland Region, in what used to be Cheshire Lines Committee country.

Now, for the branchline, we resolved that this would be finescale. Therefore the track is code 75 C&L with all points handbuilt. Point motors are Cobalt/Tortoise and all use stationary decoders.

Buildings are scratchbuilt in the main with a couple of kits, like the signalbox (Ratio) and station (kitbashed C&L).

The branch has two destinations: Stonefield Halt with a passing loop and Patchwick Station. This is set in the Western Region.

At the time we were naming the layout, the last three British WW1 vets (Henry Allingham, Harry Patch and Bill Stone) had passed away so we named our three stations after these men.

If you are interested in joining us please PM me and we can start the process.

You can see videos and more details at the links below.

Gene

http://bmrcm.org/
http://britishmodelrailwayclubofmontreal.blogspot.com/
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Jordan



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stonefield Halt in particular is very nice! The track looks good too - it must be SMP or suchlike?
A nice touch with the Station names, too. RIP those old Veterans.

If I could just be a teeny teeny bit pedantic, I'd say the truck on the Cattle Dock ramp in Patchwick Yard looks a bit odd, and would be more likely to reverse to the edge of the dock instead - the load bed then being at a similar height to the dock itself. Maybe space prevents this, can't tell from the photo, but that is the only thing I'd change. I like the canall scene too - there's something very British about a canal & railway scene. Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Jordan...the track in that area is all C&L code 70 ....Ill mention the truck issue to the fellow who placed it there.
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