From Llangunllo to Llanbister Rd.

Discussion in 'Layout Progress' started by Geoff, 24 October 2010.

  1. lancer1027

    lancer1027 Western Thunderer

    Great pics Geoff :thumbs:

    Rob :wave:
  2. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Good to see you posting again Geoff. Like how the creamery has come on. Would be good to see a pic of the re chasised 14XX on here.
  3. Geoff

    Geoff Western Thunderer

    The 14XX Chassis is far from complete at the moment Alan, I am taking photo's as I go along and so far have the frames, sub chassis and motor / gearbox unit all assembled.
    Do you fancy a crack at one yourself ?

  4. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Not at the moment Geoff. At the moment i'm trying to find info so that I can Rename my Castle (a double chimneyed one) correctly with as little work as poss. Mine Is the Hornby Ince Castle.
  5. 40126

    40126 Western Thunderer

    Hi Geoff,

    Bit late i know, But brilliant pics of what looks like a very good layout. More diesel pics please ??.

    Steve  :thumbs:
  6. Jordan

    Jordan Mid-Western Thunderer

    If there's one Kettle I do really like it's the Pannier Tank - especially the 'Collet Cab' type with big square windows. It's the Forest of Dean link that draws me, really... :drool: :drool: :thumbs:

    I did have a couple of Bachmann 4mm ones years ago - I recall being quite disappointed at the lack of sanding gear linkage; especially as the Press raved over them and what an 'improvement' they were over the old Replica/Dapol Panniers....

    Must add my agreement with the other's; superb pictures!!! :thumbs:
  7. Geoff

    Geoff Western Thunderer

    Thank you Steve,
    I am afraid the only diesel photos from the last running session are these.
    The AEC is an old Lima model with Ultrascale wheels, it has wire handrails and is flush glazed.
    The Bubble car is the Hornby (ex Lima) model fitted with Gibson wheels and detailed as per the 121.
    As for the Hymek well it's the Heljan model with a few added details, the spec. is mentioned earlier in the thread.

    Fully agree with you on both counts though I must admit to liking Philip Halls early Pannier with the low roof.  Which appear to have been more common in the Forest of Dean and one is lurking somewhere in my to do box !

    I think Bachmann could have done a much better job with the Pannier as well. The addition of the missing lamp irons and sanding linkages makes all the difference.
    I have heard rumours of Hornby doing the 74xx which for my purposes would be ideal.

    Thanks to everyone who has been kind enough to comment.

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  8. westernfan

    westernfan Western Thunderer

    Hi Geoff
                    Thats a job well done on  the creamery, re the lighting unit on the class 121 ive finally got around to fitting it so i will post an image on my layout thread . 
  9. Geoff

    Geoff Western Thunderer

    Penhydd...four down two to go.

    Cheers Chris,
    I have just caught up with your thread and seen your 121 which looks different again with the added detail  :thumbs:

    So what is new, well another milk tank has rolled off the workbench since my last update, based on the Hornby model it turned out to be the easiest conversion yet.
    I as only going to fit EM wheels, move the brake blocks so they lined up with the wheels, add lamp irons and pipework but got carried away.
    The model now has etched brake levers, ratchets and 'V' hangers and finally here it is on the right.
    I think it adds a little variety to the others as it is modelled without brakes on the centre axle.
    A view of the other tanks in the fleet, the coal wagon is a modified Dapol 7-plank and has yet to receive couplings. Another two Hornby milk tanks await the yard at Penhydd is going to get a little overcrowded soon.
    In the original plan I was going to make the creamery as part of a removable cassette but have had a re think and the present idea is to modify the end of the layout as below.

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  10. Geoff

    Geoff Western Thunderer

    All Change at Penhydd.........

    Hi Chaps,
    On seeing a warning to say 120 days have passed since last posting I thought perhaps an update was long overdue.
    Way back in May I posted details of a few changes needed to accomodate the creamery, since then an awful lot has happened. First of all and right out of the blue an old friend made me a very good offer for the layout which I accepted. Plans for Penhydds replacement had already been drawn up and so we agreed a price and Penhydd moved to a new home. Unfortunately a few weeks later my friends circumstances changed for the worse and the deal fell through.
    To be honest I was rather happy because I really missed wandering into the railway room and doing a spot of shunting or running through part of the operating sequence. So the layout came home and was set up once more and my modelling life returned to normal but what of the creamery extension ?
    Well there I was one evening surveying all before me and pondering on my next move. The next minute I had removed the end backscene, bridge and scenery from the goods yard end of the layout. It didn't take long because that part had been built in jigsaw fashion. Sitting back looking at my handy work I thought, what have I done !

    The first job was to extend the backscene along the cassette deck which was to become partly scenic.
    Then the old coal yard was relocated to allow the original siding to be extended down to the creamey. Of course this meant a new bridge would be required and whilst I was at it the old one was raised by 4mm to give a little extra clearance.

    Penhydd Hall Lane also needed realigning, once all the civil engineering had been completed a start could be made on reinstating the scenery and restoring the goods yard area to near normal.




    The next stage is to lay the remaining track down to the creamery and then install the building. Luckily everything is falling into place much as I imagined it, a dry run with the creamery plonked down on site provides a lovely view from the goods yard of the chimney pocking upwards beyond the bridge.
    The old trees and Silflor grass were salvaged, refurbished and replanted, a new lighting rig will hopefully remove the shadows from the end of the lane.

    Several other projects have been started and completed whilst the modifications have been carried out so it's been a busy spell for me.


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  11. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Geof, as usual your work is excellent. To be fair I have been following Penhydd's progress on your blog as I have always enjoyed watching the layout develop.
  12. Jordan

    Jordan Mid-Western Thunderer

    Great stuff - I like the view 'down the lane' with the coal wagons just coming into the picture- isn't that often just how you see a Railway line as you go over the bridge..? :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:
  13. Geoff

    Geoff Western Thunderer

    Thanks Alan, Jordan,
    It is but what used to annoy me was not being able to see over a bridge parapet and missing the action below !
    Anyway here are another couple of views taken around the same area.




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  14. Simon

    Simon Flying Squad

    That looks really lovely Geoff, it's great to see further developments on what was already an exceptional model of a railway.

    You have a real knack for setting up naturalistic and extremely appealing "pictures", it must be fabulous to run trains through them!

  15. Pennine MC

    Pennine MC Western Thunderer

    Both nice, but I particularly like that bottom one :thumbs:
  16. Alan

    Alan Western Thunderer

    Must agree about that photo. The grass work is superb.
  17. 28ten

    28ten Guv'nor

    'tis rather good  :thumbs: natural the shadows really help.
  18. Phill Dyson

    Phill Dyson Western Thunderer

    Great pics (the last one is my favourite too) & lovely scenic work Geoff  :bowdown: 8) 8) 8)
  19. Jordan

    Jordan Mid-Western Thunderer

    Oh you guys ain't kidding - that's one of those "Do I just give up now?" type pictures.....  :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:
  20. westernfan

    westernfan Western Thunderer

    Hi Geoff Penhydd just gets better and better  :bowdown: