The Burford Branch

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby Le Corbusier » Wed Jun 03, 2020 5:51 pm

martin goodall wrote:I think this has always been pretty widespread in industry, and also in the construction industry. (Getting builders to follow the architect's drawings in detail and with complete accuracy is like trying to herd cats!)

Giving a personal perspective ... As one who produces such drawings ... in reality there can be a fair few ways of skinning said cat. I will often draw what I am trying to achieve and show a method by which it might be achieved - the next stage is the specialist subcontractor's rods. At this point I normally visit the drafting offices and discuss things with the 'experts'. They often have much practical knowledge and experience to add. :thumb
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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby Phil O » Thu Jun 04, 2020 9:49 pm

One of the first proper jobs I got given as an apperntice, was to manufacture a set of (marine) boiler gauge boards from the supplied drawing, I marked out the overall size and started adding the centre lines for each row of gauges and had I cut the board out and then marked out the gauge positions I would have run out of plate with a row and a half to go. The next drawing I got was nothing like the first. Another job I got lumbered with was sorting out how to fit a new incinerator into a compartment, all was fine and dandy on paper, but the only way we would get it in would be to either cut a hole in the ships side or narrow the passage down to 2 foot wide. This was supposed to be a class fit of 8 or 10 boats at that time, a new smaller incinerator turned up about 8 weeks later.

Cheers

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby johndarch » Fri Jun 05, 2020 7:01 am

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Giving a personal perspective ... As one who produces such drawings ... in reality there can be a fair few ways of skinning said cat. I will often draw what I am trying to achieve and show a method by which it might be achieved - the next stage is the specialist subcontractor's rods. At this point I normally visit the drafting offices and discuss things with the 'experts'. They often have much practical knowledge and experience to add. :thumb[/quote]

Ah Tim, an enlightened Architect!

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby Le Corbusier » Fri Jun 05, 2020 8:27 am

johndarch wrote:
Le Corbusier wrote:Giving a personal perspective ... As one who produces such drawings ... in reality there can be a fair few ways of skinning said cat. I will often draw what I am trying to achieve and show a method by which it might be achieved - the next stage is the specialist subcontractor's rods. At this point I normally visit the drafting offices and discuss things with the 'experts'. They often have much practical knowledge and experience to add. :thumb


Ah Tim, an enlightened Architect!


I find it also means that every one is invested in the project and looking to be proud of the outcome. We are lucky enough to work with some really skilled craftsman and it would be mad to think I know more about their craft than they do. The fascinating thing is that by developing a close dialogue I can then design to a skillset that otherwise I would never have known existed. :D

But I digress .... back to Burford :thumb
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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby martin goodall » Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:08 am

Yes. Back to Burford. I really do seem to have set a hare running with my remark about taking measurements from the model rather than the drawings, once you have got beyond the earliest stage of assembly.

Admittedly, the work on the layout is unvarying at the moment, concentrating exclusively on the construction of the bridge over the station throat, but I have resolved not to fall into my usual habit of breaking off to do something else, and then leaving the model uncompleted for several years before getting back to it. This time, I am going to get it finished.

Getting bored and turning to other projects accounts for too many uncompleted models, both buildings and rolling stock. The earliest building to be started on the Burford Branch was the Goods Shed (in 1992); it is still only in an early stage of construction, 28 years later! The buildings in Station Road and beyond the end of the station were started in 1994. They are still only bare shells with card roof mock-ups, with the exception of the Great Western Hotel, which is a bit more advanced, but still far from finished.

As for rolling stock, the 4-coach train of close-coupled 4-wheel coaches glimpsed beyond the bridge in one of the recent photos was started in 1975(!!!!). I still haven't completed the glazing and various other details. Other rolling stock is in a similar condition.

So Tim and others may be forgiven for the occasional digression to relieve the monotony!

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby martin goodall » Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:56 am

Adding the parapets to the bridge has proved to be surprisingly time consuming, due in large part to the incorporation of pilasters above the buttresses. This was an optional extra – not all bridges had them; in quite a few cases, the parapet above the buttresses was plain and unadorned. My reason for choosing to add pilasters was that they would largely eliminate butt joints in the stone facing on the parapet. I had bargained without the extra work that this involves, but the pilasters do add something to the character of the structure.

The last photo I posted showed the outside of the parapet on the Down side of the bridge. The outside of the parapet on the Up side was similarly dealt with before I then added stone facing to the inside of the parapet on the Down side. The photo below shows this after completion of the stone facing but before the addition of the stone capping.

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Seen from above, before the addition of the stone capping, the sandwich construction of the parapet is clearly visible.

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The stone capping was fashioned from Evergreen strip. The easiest way of producing the larger caps over the pilasters was to stick three layers of slightly thicker Evergreen strip together in each case. I reckoned this would be easier and more accurate than using horizontal laminations of styrene sheet. The caps over the pilasters are slightly thicker (2.5 mm) than the capping over the plain parapet (2 mm).

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[The missing stone facing on the left of the photo above will be added when I also build the wing walls, but this will be dealt with at a later stage.]

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The next job will be to deal with the inside of the parapet on the Up side of the bridge in the same way. This really has turned out to be a rather time-consuming project.

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby Andy W » Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:12 pm

Time consuming but rather wonderful.
Make Worcestershire great again.
Build a wall along the Herefordshire border and make them pay for it.

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby martin goodall » Thu Jun 11, 2020 8:48 pm

Thanks, Andy.

I'm reasonably pleased at the way the model is turning out (but am acutely aware of the errors, particularly the slight misalignment of some parts of the capping on the parapet - I may have to rework these bits). In the end, though, the success or failure of this model is going to depend largely on the painting and weathering of the model.

One thing I meant to explain is the apparently hanging end buttress seen in one of the photos. The only reason for this is that most of this buttress below the string course will be concealed by the embankment on the approach to the bridge. (There's no point in modelling components or details that won't be seen.)

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby martin goodall » Tue Jun 30, 2020 6:47 pm

Back to ‘Plan A’

With the coronavirus restrictions about to be eased, the Big Move is back on, after three months’ enforced delay.

I have made good use of the time while we were all largely confined to barracks, although I have hardly dented my long list of ‘Things To Do’. (To be realistic, they comprised at least two yearsworth of model-making, so it is hardly surprising that I have not managed to touch most of them.)

I have nevertheless made good progress on the overline bridge, which turned out to be a far more time-consuming project than I had expected. The parapets are finally complete, but further work on the bridge will now have to be deferred until the layout is re-erected in its new home, leaving the wing walls and adjoining stone panels to be completed at a later date, to be followed by the approach embankment.

These two shots show the completed parapet on the Up side of the bridge.

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I was careful to keep the capping in line on this side of the bridge. (I managed to ‘fudge’ the out-of-line capping on the Down side of the bridge by judicious filing.)

The bridge will now be removed from the layout, and final dismantling can take place at last. The next news will cover the resumed dismantling process and the final delivery of the layout to its new home (I hope).

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby JFS » Wed Jul 01, 2020 11:36 am

martin goodall wrote:
The bridge will now be removed from the layout, and final dismantling can take place at last. The next news will cover the resumed dismantling process and the final delivery of the layout to its new home (I hope).


Lovely work as ever Martin. Fingers crossed for the next phase - good luck!

Best Wishes,

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby martin goodall » Wed Jul 01, 2020 1:26 pm

Thanks for your good wishes, Howard.

I wrote yesterday that the next news from ‘Burford’ would consist of the resumed dismantling process ; but yesterday evening, I decided while the baseboards were still in place, to take a last-minute opportunity to set the Water Tank on its legs.

The feet are located on ‘spigots’ which have been planted in the ground, so the correct positioning of these legs under the tank is critical. I ensured the perpendicularity of the legs by viewing them from all directions, and with the legs now in place, I shall be able to make further progress on this structure off the layout, after the baseboards have been removed. My aim is to continue working on various buildings and structures for the layout at those times when I can’t work on the layout infrastructure itself.

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby martin goodall » Thu Jul 02, 2020 8:59 pm

Final preparations for dismantling the baseboards have now been completed.

The joint in the middle of the backscene is disguised by the chimney of the Blanket Mill, and a plume of smoke issuing from the chimney. The chimney is modelled from card in very low relief.

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The chimney is fixed to the backscene by small squares of double-sided tape, and was carefully prised off with a thin pallet knife. The smoke is supplemented by thinly teased out cotton wool (which my wife thinks looks really naff). The cotton wool is not stuck to the backscene; it adheres simply by molecular attraction / static electricity. So it was a simple matter to pull the cotton wool off the backscene. The painted smoke doesn’t look too bad by itself, so I might make do without the cotton wool in future, subject perhaps to some minor touching up of the painted smoke.

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I had literally papered over the crack, and so the paper had to be cut through with a craft knife in order to enable the two main parts of the backscene to be separated. (I have yet to devise a means of disguising the other joint in the backscene towards the left-hand end of the layout, but the gasworks chimney will be positioned immediately below that joint. I may resort to a similar subterfuge there, although I will have to arrange it in a different way, so as to avoid its looking the same as the other joint.)

When disconnecting the wiring, I had omitted to undo the cross-baseboard connections. These take the form of improvised plugged choc blocks (which I may replace with proper plugged choc blocks); so these were now pulled apart.

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All remaining items were then removed from the baseboard (various miscellaneous detritus that really had no business being dumped there), and the baseboard was given a long-overdue sweep with the vacuum cleaner.

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The next task will be removing the two white chests of drawers that sit beneath the layout, together with the desk that abuts the layout at one end, followed by various bits and pieces which have been stored under the back of the layout. This should free up enough room to separate the baseboards and take off the backscenes.

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby martin goodall » Mon Jul 06, 2020 7:49 am

With chests of drawers and other items of furniture removed from the railway room, dismantling of the layout could commence.

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The first component to be removed was the smallest of the three baseboards (‘Baseboard C’), together with its backscene. The legs were removed after this shot was taken.

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Next, the two halves of the lightweight baseboard extension that supports the brewery yard and surrounding brewery buildings were removed.

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The second baseboard (‘Baseboard B’) was then separated from its neighbour and moved into the middle of the room so that its backscene could be removed. This was secured with clamps while the fixing screws were removed.

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The clamps were removed, and with the help of my wife, the backscene was lifted off.

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The remaining baseboard (‘Baseboard A’) was dealt with in the same way.

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‘Baseboard B’ was laid on its back, so that its legs could be removed.

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The legs of ‘Baseboard A’ were removed next.

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Spacing pieces were now fixed to the baseboard frames to make the two main baseboards into a box for transport. Pieces of ply sheet have also been fixed across the ends of the baseboards to protect the exposed ends of the track at the baseboard joints.

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The other job that remains to be done is to fix hardboard sheets to the undersides of the baseboards to protect the wiring and various electrical equipment fixed under the layout.

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby Dave K » Thu Jul 09, 2020 8:04 am

Martin,

I’ve been following the dismantling of the layout with interest but can you tell me what is the material you have used for the backscene.

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Re: The Burford Branch

Postby martin goodall » Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:41 am

The backscene is standard 3mm hardboard. It is curved naturally (as the curve radius is fairly generous) - so there was no need to use water or steam to bend it.

It comprises 2-foot wide sheet, so it stands about 21" high above the baseboard surface, and is screwed to the baseboard frame (with the smooth side facing to the front), with one or two extra supports where necessary.

It was primed using household white emulsion, and then painted with artists' acrylics.

One of the jobs awaiting completion is to wrap the backscenes in bubblewrap to protect them during transport.

I have had to turn to other things this week, so it is unlikely that I shall get back to final packing of the layout until next week.


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