This layout planning is alright.

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This layout planning is alright.

Postby Steve Carter » Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:37 pm

Well the Groups new layout project is now off and running (see Scalefour News 184).

We had another site visit a couple of weeks ago to soak up the atmosphere of South London, exploring in nooks and crannies, up alleyways, under arches and discovering bits of hidden history. It’s amazing how fast development can change things in this modern era. In the space of a year since we had our initial reconnaissance, when we were considering what to model next, things have changed significantly so we made sure to capture as much of the detail that we think we may need. Certainly no sign of “belt tightening” here going by all the new building works going on around the Southwark area?

Of course the highlight of our visit was the Market Porter in Borough Market near London Bridge. Here we can see the most important capture on camera before the subjects also became history!
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I will endeavour to give regular reports on the progress of our new layout. In the meantime if you are interested in joining in on a Monday evening please let me know. Details on the blue sheet.

We are making sure that our plans for a new layout do not distract us too much away from St Merryn which we have been preparing for exhibition appearances this year.

Come and see St Merryn at ExpoEM North in Manchester, 14 & 15 September and at the East London Finescale show, 2 & 3 November. Details can be found in S4News 184 and in the Society Calendar on the web site.

Looking forward to Scaleforum. See you there.

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Re: This layout planning is alright.

Postby Terry Bendall » Thu Sep 05, 2013 6:23 am

Always good to hear of new layouts being built Steve. Which year shall we go for as a booking for Scaleforum? :D

I see from the news that you are looking at the 1950s, which I expect fits with the St Merryn stock but you may of course need different things. At least you won't clash with Brighton Road which is the some sort of location but 40 years earlier. :thumb

There was an interesting article in the August 1975 issue of Model Railways which described the SECR good depot at Ewer Street, which is just down the road from what is now the Tate Modern. There was also a small loco stabling point there which saved engines from Charing Cross and Cannon Street going all the way out to Bricklayers Arms for servicing. Both the goods and loco deports were on viaducts almost at roof top level for a house. The lines from Blackfriars cross over the lines from Charing Cross on a viaduct so there are two heights of viaduct, all of which can still be seen today. Could be a facinating model for anyone who wanted something different.

It will be nice to see a model of an inner city location which will make a good contast to rural situations.

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Re: This layout planning is alright.

Postby Steve Carter » Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:03 pm

Thanks for your interest Terry.

Our new project idea came about as we have several new members, both to the Society and the Group, (yes SLAG does follow up with new members from Danny's monthly list that we deem to be within our "catchment area") and we felt this was a great opportunity to involve them in experiencing and learning from actually building a layout.

What we are planning was decided after an enjoyable process where group members were invited to plan and present ideas for a new layout within a given criteria such as overall size, method of transport for exhibitions etc. We ended up with several proposals ranging from pre-grouping through to modern eras in a variety of locations within GB. Members voted on each proposal and South London in the early 50's won the day. It's interesting that you mention the article on Ewer Street as this helped to influence our choice. All those viaducts, arches, buildings and the general grime around the Southwark area just ooze "inner city" atmosphere. This is also an opportunity to look at different types of locos and stock than we see at St Merryn.

We won't be working to a specific target or deadline and intend to enjoy the planning, building, creating and solving the challenges involved in developing a new layout. When we feel ready we hope to be able to share our efforts with fellow modellers and the general public at exhibitions if the opportunities arise.
Either that or, as one of our group members has suggested, maybe we should just exhibit a scattering of empty pint glasses, depicting a "work in progress" still?

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