South Pelaw Junction

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John Donnelly
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Re: South Pelaw Junction

Postby John Donnelly » Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:09 am

Terry Bendall wrote:That should look good. The alternative to save building so many wagons is to have removable loads and not have them passing. :)


Indeed but where's the fun in that :D

John

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Re: South Pelaw Junction

Postby Colin Parks » Wed Oct 08, 2014 9:49 am

John Donnelly wrote:
Colin Parks wrote:Nice looking wagon building John.

Your are going to need boxfuls of them to fill that projected layout of yours. As a matter of interest, how many iron ore wagons do you need for a train load?!

All the best,

Colin


Cheers Colin. The iron ore wagons ran in rakes of 9 so, as I'd like to be able to have full and empty trains passing at the junction, I'm going to have to build 18 of them...

John


Hi John,

That is some wagon-building program for you then.

Nine wagons sounds like quite a decent load for a loco to haul. Those wagons look heavy!

All the best,

Colin

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Re: South Pelaw Junction

Postby John Donnelly » Tue Oct 06, 2015 11:35 am

Planning for the layout is never far from my mind albeit, as this will be my 'layout of a lifetime' there is no rush at the minute.

I've been reading and re-reading an article in MRJ 152 by Dave Bradwell where he describes the planning and rationale behind his model based on the Derwenthaugh area of the River Tyne (right next to the Metro Centre for this familiar with the area) and amongst others, he makes a very good point that really got me thinking about the layout design and it relates to the fiddle yard.

For those not familiar with the article in question, why, he reasons, do we give up almost 50% of the layout to a set of hidden sidings (as he says, are we really not going to look where the trains are going) when the same space could be given over to somewhere for the trains to 'go'. With this in mind, I've decided to forego the traditional fiddle yard opposite the junction and instead, model Consett station. As there was a coal yard at the station, it gives the coal trains somewhere to go rather than just going round and round and it will enable me to indulge in some shunting. It also has a number of sidings where I can quite legitimately stable both steel and coal trains. There will be a couple of hidden loops but the curves at one end of the layout that lead from Stella Gill will still enable me to stable a large number of trains.

So, with that in mind, I've cracked open Templot and have made a start on trying to produce the track plan using a 1:2500 OS map from 1968 as the template and, whilst I'm still getting used to the nuances of Templot so there may well be a lot I'm doing wrong, this is what I've got so far:

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Re: South Pelaw Junction

Postby John Donnelly » Mon Jul 10, 2017 9:43 pm

Some progress on the layout, if only in a digital form for now...

The last time I visited the guys building South Pelaw in EM, I was able to take a photo of one of their drawings for the footbridge at the Washington end of the junction and, from that, I've started to do my own CAD drawing. I've never used a CAD program before but I downloaded LibreCAD tonight and made a start. There is still some tweaking to be done but it is getting there...

First, the real thing:

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And my first draft CAD drawing:

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Re: South Pelaw Junction

Postby John Donnelly » Tue Jul 31, 2018 10:47 pm

After a very pleasurable weekend operating the EM gauge version of South Pelaw Junction (http://southpelawem.blogspot.com) at RailexNE, it gave me a lot of food for thought about my version. My original plan was to keep the track plan as it was in around 1965 even though that would be inappropriate for the vast majority of the timescale that the layout is set in. I really don't want my layout to be a copy of the EM version so I've decided on a pretty fundamental change and to model the track layout as it was in 1971 which means that the Pelton end of the junction goes from this:

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to this:

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resulting in a lot less point work to build as it has lost a single slip, a three way turnout and a four other turnouts. It also means that, at this end, there will be only two tracks in to the fiddle yard massively simplifying things. You also get to see the 'ghost' of the old point work which, visually, will be interesting. The signalling also becomes a lot simpler...

This is how it looked in real life:

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Re: South Pelaw Junction

Postby Colin Parks » Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:37 am

That sounds like a wise move John.

There was/is a whole team involved in constructing the EM version of South Pelaw, it would take a very great effort to complete a project of that scale on your own. Then there is all the stock that you require. Even in 1971, there must have been quite a few trains, all of which you will have to build or convert from RTR models in order to replicate the scene.


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Re: South Pelaw Junction

Postby John Donnelly » Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:48 am

Cheers Colin,

I'm now very privileged to be part of that team :mrgreen: It has taken them 10 years to get where they are albeit their version goes beyond the scenic section that I'm planning, I've become very aware of how long this project is likely to take but, as my 'layout of a lifetime' I'm in no rush...

John

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Re: South Pelaw Junction

Postby John Donnelly » Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:09 pm

Managed to get stonework and the painting and weathering of pier 1 completed last week:

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The girder sections are going to need a repaint though as examination of photos from the 1970s show the sections as a light grey rather than the dark grey when the bridge was demolished.

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Re: South Pelaw Junction

Postby Colin Parks » Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:33 pm

Hello John,

The bridge is looking very convincing. The effort you have put into the texture of the stonework has certainly paid off.

All the best,

Colin

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Re: South Pelaw Junction

Postby John Donnelly » Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:33 pm

Modelling, of a sort tonight...

Whilst I've had a Templot plan of the junction for some time, it was based on a 1:2500 scale map and, as such, it was never likely to be a perfect match to the location, allowing for the scale of the map and it being blown up in to Templot to draw over the top of.

One thing I do know, however, is that the bridge I've been building is accurate as it is based on measurements taken from the real thing so I figured it was about time to see how accurate the Templot drawing I have is and this is the result:

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Close but not close enough so the layout is going to need some tweaking...

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Re: South Pelaw Junction

Postby Armchair Modeller » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:32 pm

Looking at the above image of how it looked in real life, the tracks seem to converge anyway towards the camera. Hopefully you can tweak things without affecting all the complicated trackwork in the foreground.

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Re: South Pelaw Junction

Postby John Donnelly » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:41 pm

Yes, from examination of photos tonight, I've already concluded that the two tracks to the right are too straight so they will be curved and then if I slew the two centre tracks to the left slightly, everything starts to line up...

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Re: South Pelaw Junction

Postby Armchair Modeller » Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:08 pm

Excellent :thumb

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Re: South Pelaw Junction

Postby John Donnelly » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:20 am

Almost there:

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Re: South Pelaw Junction

Postby Le Corbusier » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:03 am

John Donnelly wrote:Almost there:

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oooh! bound sets of the MRJ ... the perfect setting :D
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Re: South Pelaw Junction

Postby John Donnelly » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:27 am

Le Corbusier wrote:oooh! bound sets of the MRJ ... the perfect setting :D


Just wish I'd ordered more when they were available...

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Re: South Pelaw Junction

Postby Philip Hall » Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:18 pm

It is still possible, although not advertised, to have volumes of MRJ bound by bookbinders. I use Grays in Mitcham, and have done since the birth of MRJ. Cygnet send indices for the binding to Grays each year and the result is very good. The last one cost me £40, carriage is extra.

Philip


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