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Discussion in 'Gallery' started by LarryG, 21 August 2019.

  1. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    While I'm busy building and photographing the layout, it sometimes helps if a train is included in a scene. You won't need telling that the scene beyond the bridge is fake. I hope some of the details and colouring in the photos of the prototype will be of use to modellers....

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  2. P A D

    P A D Western Thunderer

    Not fake Larry, just "virtual".
    Either way, it looks the business.
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  3. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    Typical turn-of-the-Century GWR architecture displayed by the signal box and on the opposite platform. This was probably the smallest type of building, as they came in lengths and heights to suit the circumstance together with a variety of canopies. In pre-preservation days, the platform covering was small chipping and dust, but paving slabs outside the station buildings...
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    Although passed to run on the Dee Valley at least as far as Dolgelley, LMS Black 5's were rarely if ever seen except at Corwen in steam days. 45337 is seen in 2018 passing the site of Bonwyn Halt, a small wooden platform affair...
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    GWR late 19th Century architecture is seen in the toilet block. Dating from around 1996, it nonetheless faithfully replicates the colour of the bricks and style of window frames. Company style lies in the running-in station name board....

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    Remove some of the preservation-era furniture and trees and Carrog is pretty much as it was before closure. The square-post GWR starting signal for Down trains and the ground signal for Down trains using the Up platform are worthy of note. There is also an outer home signal at the end of the single line loop. Many of the over-bridges on the Dee Valley line had a red brick arch but the remainder of the bridge could be random stone, dressed stone or brick.
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    Glyndyfrdwy signal box is a Great Western Railway type 27c wooden design fitted with 21-levers which was opened by the Llangollen Railway in 1992. The signal box and lever frame were moved in mid-1988 from Leaton, on the Shrewsbury-Chester mainline. The original brick type signalbox was on the platform this side of the level crossing in steam days. Note the smaller signal (upper quadrant) controlling Up trains departing from the Down platform. Note also the platform slabs laid facing towards the platform edge (I got mine wrong way round) ....
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  4. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    This GWR branch left the Dee Valley line at Bala Junction and sped off up the Arenig Mountains to Blaenau Ffestiniog. In 1993, this nuclear flask train is being propelled to Trawsfynedd near the site of Llan Ffestiniog station on what had been the 1' 11½" narrow gauge section. It was converted to standard gauge in 1883. Two SR Queen Mary bogie brake vans and bogie bolster barrier wagons were in use until the line settled down after some upgrading of track....

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  5. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    Footbridge (from Welshpool) at Glyndyfrdwy around 1992. It was later found to be corroded and removed. Glyndy lacks the GWR character of other stations on the Llangollen Railway. It is not a copy of the station that existed in GWR and BR days....
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    The footbridge in 2009....
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    Glyndyfrdwy when it was painted in London Midland Region colours...
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  6. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    Heritage cleaners know what steam-era cleaners knew. Don't go near anything hot and ignore areas that are impossible to keep clean...
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  7. Lyndhurstman

    Lyndhurstman Western Thunderer

    Yep. Never polish a surface you need to stand on; it will bring you crashing down. Plus - unless you're one of those who spend your life watching trains from bridges - you're not going to see it anyway :)


  8. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    Too true. My very first task as a cleaner was scraping the build up of slippery muck, sand and whatever off the full length of an Austerity (2-8-0) running plate. All very health and safety conscious long before the phrase was coiled, yet out on the road I was expected to bring coal down from the top of the tender and duck when the driver blew the whistle! What we were expected to do 59 years ago must be no less amazing to the young generation than the stories the men told us about life when they were young.
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  9. Focalplane

    Focalplane Western Thunderer

    Now I know why standing on the footbridge at Crewe we looked down on the “Muck ‘ole”.
  10. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    I had ordered 64XX sound but a minor mis-communication over the phone saw 57XX sound arrive. All GWR sound alike don't they, or is it they all look alike? Who cares.........PhilH installed it in my 64XX and brought it round this afternoon. Sounded good. A real 64XX in my preferred livery for Panniers......

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  11. LarryG

    LarryG Western Thunderer

    A Blaenau Ffestiniog interlude on 20th June 2003....
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