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giles b



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 10, 2017 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent, Bob Smile I'd be mourning the sale of my Bourbonnais (ex-Ste Emilie) if Salop Street did not have rather short fiddle yards - using a tender loco would mean one less coach or wagon in the trains Sad
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote



This is almost the whole of Stoney End, my last attempt at 009, back in the 1970s. The track plan was an oval with hidden sidings under the hill on the right, and with a small terminus in the middle, which had an overall roof sheltering the platform - just visible in the lower RH corner. The layout was operated as a point to point, with the continuous run (on the left) acting as a branch line to a quarry.

The loco on the quarry train (left) was a Peco Varikit, while the other had started out as a 4-6-0T with a wandering front bogie, which later was removed and the body shortened to suit; with a Minitrix chassis, it was then a good runner.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I took these pictures last year on holiday in Cuba, where I'd hoped to se more of the former railways, but the reality turned out differently, as the tour reached the site of the steam train ride on the public holiday for the Liberation, so no train in operation and only a short visit to the collection of sugar mill locomotives. And the camera battery ran out.

This first one is of a loco from the Simon Bolivar mill.


At various places en-route our coach passed plinthed locomotives at road junctions. Finally, at one of the service areas there was time to take pictures of this one. To me it looks as if there was once more at the front end (2-6-0/4-6-0?) and it is a rather battered condition. I tried to measure the gauge using my shoe's length, and think it was about 3ft gauge, but still a very small locomotive, as can be seen in the second shot.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 06, 2018 9:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking at the Cuban 3ft gauge locos reminded me of my G scale models. A shame the layout only existed for two years, but it was fun while it lasted and was capable of operation by a team, which was the point of the exercise. Here are a couple of views of trains running into the town of Hogwood, and arriving at the depot. The boxcars and caboose were all adapted from Bachmann models, or scrap bits left over from other conversions, and the loco was based on a conversion by the late Derek Gigg. Working on G scale indoors meant I had to scale up my normal methods of landscape decoration, and the ballast was chicken grit while the buildings were made from foamcore board mostly overlaid with balsa planking, although some had brick walls.


Hogwood depot was a favourite. The idea came from a halt on the Keighley & Worth Valley, and looked like two garden sheds. Originally used in this form on the portable version of the C&S, I added overhanging roofs and tall tin chimneys for the mk2 layout, which suited its American setting much better. The scen is full of cameos - a young farmer is meeting a typist from the mill's office, the station agent is anxiously scanning the loading dockets for the train's conductor, and in the background life goes on around the town's general store and barber shop.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd really like to have another go with full sized G scale (as opposed to Gn15) but don't have the time to start again from scratch. I frequently regret having sold Green End Quarry, compete with its entire rolling stock (1 loco, 1 wagon).
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