Burntisland 1883 – Off the road….but moving on

Lindsay G
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Burntisland 1883 – Off the road….but moving on

Postby Lindsay G » Fri Dec 05, 2014 12:28 am

Three years since our last update - you'd think we do little or nothing in our group! That's certainly not the case. It’s about time we brought everyone up to date with what the East of Scotland Group have been getting up to recently.

Over the past few months, our meetings have been discussions or talks :
- the jigs, tools, and techniques that members use in loco building,
- how the railways completely changed the seafront of Burntisland, and
- a couple of sessions designed to set the scene for extensions to two areas of Burntisland 1883.
With the layout not due to be exhibited again until Warley 2015, the time was right to get going so our last meeting in November was very much hands-on, putting the talking behind us and starting to build the extensions. With 15 participants over the weekend, activities fell into 3 areas :

Track building

Jim Summers provided an introduction to track building and how we’d go about building the track for the extensions to the layout and replacing troublesome trackwork elsewhere on the layout. This was followed by a number of the group starting to build components for the new trackwork or removing the trackwork to be replaced. Here, seven are hard at work, or are pretending to do so for the camera :

Track gang.jpg
Track gang.jpg (178.24 KiB) Viewed 1985 times

West Dock

At the west end of the layout the boards to the back are being extended to provide a better flow to the line of the backscene; to allow inclusion of the goods shed; to extend trackwork and add a fiddle yard behind that end; and extend the dock area to accommodate another sailing ship or two depicted with dock gates closed. The following image gives little of all that away especially the position of the goods shed :

West Dock Progress.jpg
Photo - Jim Summers

Engine Works

After months, nae years, of speculation and talk, work has finally started on the Engine Works at the east end of the layout. Three new boards had been part-constructed and the work at the weekend revolved around building mock ups of all buildings. Just 2 of the 4 involved were captured on camera :

Mock up gang.jpg
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Mock ups started in a rather small way a few months ago :

Wee mock up.jpg
Wee mock up.jpg (84.78 KiB) Viewed 1985 times

Over the weekend they got a lot bigger with most of the carcasses being built over the 2 days :

Big mock up.jpg
Big mock up.jpg (77.12 KiB) Viewed 1985 times

You may expect to see some of these mock ups at exhibitions as the plan is to work towards the final shape of Burntisland 1883 but in the interim give a glimpse of what is to come.

All in all, a rather productive 2 days - but can we sustain it?

Lindsay

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Jim Summers
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Re: Burntisland 1883 – Off the road….but moving on

Postby Jim Summers » Fri Dec 05, 2014 1:24 pm

Lindsay said: "All in all, a rather productive 2 days - but can we sustain it?"

In the words of the season, "Oh no, you can't!"

"Oh yes, we can!"

Jim

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Re: Burntisland 1883 – Off the road….but moving on

Postby Flymo748 » Fri Dec 05, 2014 6:03 pm

Jim Summers wrote:Lindsay said: "All in all, a rather productive 2 days - but can we sustain it?"

In the words of the season, "Oh no, you can't!"

"Oh yes, we can!"

Jim


"It's behind you!"

Flymo
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Simon Glidewell
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Re: Burntisland 1883 – Off the road….but moving on

Postby Simon Glidewell » Fri Dec 05, 2014 6:13 pm

Excellent work chaps; how nice it must be belonging to a P4 group like this! Working solo in the middle of nowhere gets a tad lonely at times. Green with envy...

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Re: Burntisland 1883 – Off the road….but moving on

Postby John Palmer » Sat Dec 06, 2014 4:52 pm

I look forward to seeing the Burntisland roundhouse when completed - an impressive building, and appears to have been the largest in the entire town at the time the layout is set.


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