4mm Llanfair Rd

Discussion in 'WR Action' started by LarryG, 4 April 2021.

  1. jonte

    jonte Western Thunderer

    Sorry to hear you’re not too happy with things presently, Larry. However, to the casual observer it really looks the part.

    Looking forward to more.

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  2. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    The track was sprayed this afternoon using rust colour and darkish grey. Progress is slow because I'm doing other things as well...
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  3. Andy P

    Andy P Western Thunderer

    I feel you may be being a little over critical of yourself Larry, as Jonte said above, to the casual observer it really looks the part, in fact I would go so far as to say, most realistic.
  4. Muddysblues

    Muddysblues Western Thunderer

    Good evening Larry, nowt wrong with that track :thumbs:, as others have said, you are maybe being a tad over critical on yourself.

    It just needs those lovely buildings back on the boards, and the builder to starting to run some of his lovely stock on it :drool:, and enjoy playing trains ;).

    I’ll be calling round soon in the near future Larry, make sure you have some teabags in please ? :thumbs:

    Speak soon
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  5. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    Hi, Thanks for your comments. Like everything else, track needs weathering and so things are getting there with the spraying. Ballast alone is too bland and unconvincing in my view...
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    My own choice would be to have avoided white and filled the cement courses with darkgrey paint...
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    The chimney must have taken a knock before it set last night, but there's probably a prototype for it. It's a neat little building from Intentio and the yard shunters should find it useful at Llanfair...
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  6. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    The running lines and cattle siding on the left are finished, but the yard was completely re-laid this morning. The RH siding now avoids a dip (shown by white line) created when the baseboard was widened. The sleeper were sprayed light greyish-tan prior to laying and some spare lengths were sprayed in case any sidings need lengthening.

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    The ground cover will be filed down before the track is weathered and rail sides painted rust colour...
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    Close up now the rails have been painted with PPC rail rust. The dark grey patch is where locos stand on arrival at Llanfair Road.
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  7. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    The ground between the track has now been fled down and fixed with Halfords Matt Lacquer...
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    Well trodden path where re-coupling takes place after locos have run round their train...
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  8. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    Weathering and rail sides painted. I'm happy with the yard now particularly as the process was quick and simple and can be repeated exactly...

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    Got it just as I wanted...
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    It's unfinished at the mo. After copying Llanfyllin, I did away with the turnout at other end of the goods shed It will make more sense soon. Meantime, I need some nice GWR buffer stops from Lanarkshire Models. The difference between newly laid ballast and ground down ballast in the yard is clearly seen...
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  9. Mike Garwood

    Mike Garwood Western Thunderer

    You don't hang around do you? Really looking forward to seeing this develop.

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  10. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    Finished off the trackwork behind the goods shed. The stub is awaiting a bufferstop. The new ballast shows where the turnout was removed and replaced by plain track. It will play an important roll as the coal siding...
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  11. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    It was time the baseboard connecting the layout with the fiddle yard was built from plywood and 3" X 1" planed timber. A king-size compass was made from scrap wood and LNWR extruded cove roof(!) as shown...
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    The idea of having a curve on the scenic section appealed to me, so I messed around and ended up with 32½" radius where it can be seen married to 24" radius Settrack out of sight...
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    Framework I can lean on haha...
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    1/8" cork glued down. 1/16" cork will be added under the running line and sanded to an angle to provide super-elevation. The double track bed will also carry the headshunt from the goods yard...
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  12. Geoff

    Geoff Western Thunderer

    Love that view Larry, you have created a lovely open spacious scene there. I can picture plenty of weeds around the proposed bufferstop in my minds eye.

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  13. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    Thanks Geoff. A strip of 1/16" thickness cork has been PVA'd on top of the 1/8" cork trackbed ready to be cambered with an electric sander. The camber was created with electric sander and the track sprayed 'sleeper grime'...
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    Ballasted (still wet)....
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  14. Andy P

    Andy P Western Thunderer

    IMG_5862 - Copy.JPG Looking superb Larry, any chance of a River Bridge on the curve somewhere? This was my original Seven Mills.
  15. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    Thanks Andy. I would have had to plan the baseboard for a overbridge beforehand. But my plan has always been for the line to disappear under a road bridge as it does at Llanfyllin, the difference being that the prototype swung right instead of left.

    I seem to remember you had gone back to 4mm/OO. How is the layout coming along?
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  16. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    Cambered running line beside flat siding. Track awaiting weathering.
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    Bachmann water tank from Kernow arrived today, so the track to the one-time loco shed could be positioned and laid...
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    This completes all the track laying on the scenic board, but it still needs weathering. Some 'ballasting' was done with grass for convenience. Track to the loco shed would have been the usual dirty grey, but grass took over where the shed once stood. Must admit a shed was tempting, but I am wary of destroying the open nature of things...
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  17. Pencarrow

    Pencarrow Western Thunderer

    You could always add a shed later Larry once the rest is sorted.
  18. Dave Holt

    Dave Holt Western Thunderer

    Well Larry, you can certainly see the cant on the running line in the brake van photo, despite your earlier reservations. All looking good.
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  19. Yorkshire Dave

    Yorkshire Dave Western Thunderer

    Or add the pit and a footprint outline of the demolished shed with a very low wall as in this example at Westerham which will maintain the openess.

    Then cover it with weeds, bushes etc......
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  20. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    Food for thought so thanks. I'll keep it in mind. My thoughts were the shed and cobbled floor had been completely removed and the pit filled in with bricks and topsoil , so grass had grown.
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