Rosehearty - GNSR New Aberdour Branch

Discussion in 'Layout Progress' started by John Duffy, 2 August 2019.

  1. John Duffy

    John Duffy Member

    Progress is ongoing with building the west end fiddleyard which means that for the first time I can now run all the way through the layout. That seemed like a fine excuse to run some trains.

    This is a New Aberdour to Fraserburgh service calling at Rosehearty, with a couple of loaded fish vans on the rear.

    fish van taile load.jpg

    The pick up freight works the coal siding in the yard, with ex GER F4, 67164 moving some mineral wagons around.


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  2. John Duffy

    John Duffy Member

    Post replaced, with photos this time. (Hopefully!)

    Last edited: 9 August 2019
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  3. oldravendale

    oldravendale Western Thunderer

    Hi John.

    Have you dragged these images across because I can't open them, even using my trusty Fn/F5? I'm no computer whizzo :)) but I believe this was explained recently as one of the reasons for images not appearing on a couple of threads. Doubtless someone will be along in a minute to explain it properly. :D

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  4. John Duffy

    John Duffy Member

    How strange. They were there in the preview. Thanks for telling me as I wouldn’t have known.

    Trying again;

    The afternoon pick-up goods was worked by the D40 today. Coming from New Aberdour, it runs through the station and pulls up short of the lever frame.


    The crew unlock the frame and cut off the wagons for the yard here. An empty open and a van are the only incoming trade today.


    The engine and wagons pull clear of the entry point and sit while the lever frame is set to allow entry to the yard.


    The incoming stock is positioned as required and an outgoing ex LMS van is added to the train. The frame is reset and locked, then the the pick up proceeds to Fraserburgh.


    All in a days work

  5. AdeMoore

    AdeMoore Western Thunderer

    John the layout and the photos are truly first class.
    Stock and loco weathering ground colours etc Mark it out as a fine model.
    Is there editing to the photos or are they straight out the camera?
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  6. John Duffy

    John Duffy Member

    Thanks for your comment and feedback Ade, I really do appreciate it. I work alone and use the contributions from forum to drive up my modelling standards.
    Other than a bit of cropping the photos are straight from my iPhone. I previously used a proper digital camera but find my phone gets you into the scene better. More like standing by the lineside.

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  7. Scale7JB

    Scale7JB Western Thunderer

    Lovely layout, and as Ade says, great photos too!

    I do like a GE 'f' tank. Will you fit a kittybrewster snow plough?

  8. oldravendale

    oldravendale Western Thunderer

    Thank you John - and it was well worth mentioning that difficulty in seeing the pictures originally, it's a lovely set.

    The D40s were lovely looking engines too. To my regret I never saw one.

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  9. John Duffy

    John Duffy Member

    Thanks JB.

    No, I won't fit the cowcatchers as they were put on at Fraserburgh for the St Combs branch, which it was built without fences. My line was proposed before that and would have been built to the full specification, rather than as a light railway.

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  10. Joe's Garage

    Joe's Garage Western Thunderer

    Hi John, I must have missed this one as I am just looking through the Layout Progress forum and the mention of GNSR caught my eye. You have really made a fantastic model of this lovely station. I really like the interlaced pointwork and the wing/check rails are still rusty!! Very nice. In the same picture is a good view of the GNSR brake van with a small door for dogs(?) I think.
    I cannot see anyone trying to drill holes in the barrels to get the whiskey out which they supposedly did when the wagons were parked in the sidings!!!

    Thanks you for sharing this lovely layout. Not many GNSR models out there are there? Do you have any stock pre-grouping?

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  11. John Duffy

    John Duffy Member

    Many thanks for taking the time to comment, its much appreciated. You are correct that the Goods Brake does indeed have a dog box. As for those attempting to broach the barrels for whisky, they will be in for a nasty shock. The barrels at Rosehearty will be full of herring!

    One of the challenges of building both the layout and stock is the time it takes to get both developed simultaneously. As a result the early BR period has taken priority. However I did manage to find the two old postcards, showing the yard in earlier days.



    Thanks again.

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  12. oldravendale

    oldravendale Western Thunderer

    Those photos are, surely, a model masquerading as the prototype..........

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  13. Jon Nazareth

    Jon Nazareth Western Thunderer

    That's what I thought, too.

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    3 LINK Western Thunderer

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  15. Joe's Garage

    Joe's Garage Western Thunderer

    Lovely postcards John, may I ask which station you modelled the station building on? You have captured the atmosphere beautifully and quite believable. Apart from the building it is similar to Urquhart on the coast line. There was a lot of modelling information in the old Model Railway News and early Railway Modellers which I have kept for future may have rekindled an urge as they say.
  16. John Duffy

    John Duffy Member

    The building is based loosely on those on the Buchan line in particular Brucklay and Strichen. There is a drawing of Brucklay in the GNSRA "Railways of Buchan" book which I used. I also had a visit to the Speyside line as Carron and Ballindalloch are both still in place and are similar. The layout is meant to resemble a number of GNSR stations that had the yard in front of the platform, rather than the more common arrangement of the yard behind. I chose this to use the running line as something of a backdrop as I wanted the small yard nearest the operator. I have put a number of separate elements gathered from around the GNSR lines together and hopefully it gives the feel for the place, rather than trying to match anywhere exactly.

    I do hope you did out those old magazines and would point you to the GNSR Association who are extremely helpful and a great source of knowledge. I certainly could not have gotten this far without them.

  17. Overseer

    Overseer Western Thunderer

    gns wagon adj.jpg
    More of the pre-Grouping period would be good to see.
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