4mm Llanfair Road


Western Thunderer
The Cambrian terminus at Llanfyllyn provided the inspiration for my model. Set in the hills of northern Montgomeryshire, it is Llanfyllin by any other name, but with a bit of added importance! 'Llanfair Road' was chosen as a working title and it has stuck, so no point in changing it after such a long time.

Vernwy Lake up on the moorland was dammed in the 1880's to provide Liverpool with water and immediately attracted touring traffic particularly from Merseyside.

Llanfair became a manufacturing town in the 1930's after the semi-derelict Workhouse became a manufacturer of waterproof clothing. Initially a heavy and rather smelly garment, the raincoat developed into something more generally acceptable under the tradename Weramac. By the early 1950's it was a lightweight plastic garment and the daily output from Weramac required a parcel van to be left in one of the bays each weekday.

A military training camp up on the moor brought in additional traffic. The Cambrian was absorbed into the GWR on 25th March 1922 (My birthday in 1942), and BR in January 1948.

The period of the layout is circa 1956 to allow the running of some BR lined green locos while carmine & cream is still the dominant coach livery.

No longer bound by company boundaries, BR revised some of its train services. Llanfair was incorporated into some 'mainline' services from Whitchurch and because of the mileages involved, the non-corridor trains often had a corridor coach added.

Before construction of the dam could take place, the line from Whitchurch through Oswestry to Llanfair was upgraded to take larger locomotives. The LNWR which ran into Whitchurch from Crewe had a financial hand in the upgrade in exchange for limited working rights, and so the route became joint Cambrian/LNWR until 1922 and GWR-LMS, later BR WR/LMR thereafter. Local services were handled by non-corridor stock while longer distances were corridor stock.

Peco bullhead track and DCC control for smooth operation of mechanisms.
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Not a blow-by-blow construction, but just to say I am using the base of the building to position walls until the UHU Wood glue is set. It has to be removable so glazing can be fitted after spraying...
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Holding the roof down while it sets. It will only glued to the walls after painting and glazing...
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Western Thunderer
The 'Laser Cut Railway Models' stationmasters house makes up into quite a dinky model. It has been made up as per instructions so far. The assembled roof has been plonked on. Total building footprint when completed (including waiting room, booking office and external Gents will be 150mm wide by 260mm long ....

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The framework after narrowing to suit 4mm.
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In between waiting for the station building glue to set, I put up the backscene. It was rearranged to put all the trees at the station end, hence the mismatch half way along. A spot of hand painting to complete the tree won't hurt...
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Western Thunderer
The components buildings ready to be glued together. The roof is glued down on the waiting room, as I can access te inside to fit glazing from below...
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Below shows how it is meant to be, but I aim to give it more of a Cambrian flavour...
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I turned the middle section back to front so that the roof came down to form a canopy. To do this, the roof had to be put on upside down...
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The short roof lights were removed and the canopy overhang shortened. Also note that the decorative road entrance is now on the platform side...
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Western Thunderer
Chimneys and guttering take up more time than assembling the building and it ain't near finished yet! I am awaiting more slates so the job's stopped now. As a guide, a single pack covered the roof area shown, so at least two packs are required. Below is the platform side...

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The road entrance...
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Western Thunderer
Shed completed today except for roof slates. The roof lights were blocked in with spare wood and the roof extended to overlap the modified ends...
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Drainpipes and guttering added. Office steps have been set aside for safe keeping...
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I retained the windows on this side. Roofing slates will be completed in the morning...
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Western Thunderer
Slates put on goods shed roof at last so it is another job out of the way.

I have re-written the OP owing to changed circumstances. If this layout ever gets off the ground, it will be a very simple affair mostly built within the shed area as a cameo to fiddle yard.

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Western Thunderer
The station building was too wide pushing the tracks out too far from the backscene and wasting valuable baseboard. So I sawed a chunk off the back...

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Foamboard provided a neat fitting back, which wont be seen, then the corner stones were added.....
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A window was bricked up so that the Gents lavatory could be re-fitted...
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OO slates will be finished off when new sheets arrive...
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The Station Masters house...
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Testing things ...
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Western Thunderer
Only just discovered the new thread, Larry! Where have I been? All looking good, lovely customization of the buildings to give them the "Welshpool" Cambrian look.



Western Thunderer
I replaced many of the fencing panels a few weeks ago as part of a project to make the back garden look more civilized. This mess of a garden loop is about to be demolished.
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The bottom end of the shed is depressing and so the station has been roughly laid out at the well-lit door end. It might even resemble Llanfyllin now that it's the right way round. Timber is to hand the widen the baseboard slightly around the goods shed...
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