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Llyn Cefni: A section of the Amlwch Branch

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I've decided to create a small layout, utilizing the laser-cut boards I had purchased and half constructed for my aborted Amlwch layout. Sticking with the Amlwch branch, I've decided to model a short single track section of the line, where it diverges from dry land to cross Llyn Cefni on a water surrounded embankment.  

Specifically, this section:

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It won't be by any means a scale model, but I want to model as much as I can in the space I have. I definitely want the short bridge over the lake. So that will mean I will have a short section of the track surrounded by water, which is great. I would love to model the dam at the bottom of the lake, however this might be beyond my capability. I might decide to shove it in, but I'll see, might be a future extension to the layout. The modern footbridge over the line would create a kind of scenic break also if used in the right way I guess.

Despite the modern footbridge, I want to be able to run it in the 1960s with the Ivatt 2mts and Derby Lightweight DMUs as well as a more modern scene with 101s, 153s, 150s etc and maybe a modern 'version' of the old Octel tanks?

I've already dug out the base boards and finished the assembly. Currently held with masking tape, I'll put beads of glue around all the mating surfaces when I get round to buying some.

Track wise, I'll use bullhead rail, I'll research as to which brand soon. I just think bullhead will look better on it than the flat-bottom rail with elastic spikes that are currently on this section. It'll be capable of DC or DCC, as there isn't any points and will run one train at a time. 

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Looking forward to seeing this especially as this is local to me.

I've long had a fascination for this line.

Matt

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Thanks Matt!

Hopefully I'll get some stuff ordered/bought Friday. A trip to Wilko's for some wood glue and black and blue paint and a Hatton's order on the cards.

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Brilliant, Matt, thank you! Funny you sent the photos of the bridge, as that's exactly where I've begun!

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Ive made one side for the bridge, which I've shortened by two uprights so it isn't too big and takes too much space. I've used 2x2mm for the uprights, 1x1mm for the horizontals, flanked the bottom of the uprights with Wills concrete plastic sheet, then used general purpose  filler to fill the gaps. It'll all be sprayed in concrete effect textured paint I bought from Wilko's today. I'll build up the other side tomorrow and give that the concrete treatment.

In other progress, I've finished the re-assembly of the base boards, all glued up with wood glue. I've also dug out a sheet of polystyrene board to begin the landscaping and track bed.

 

 

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Cool start. I've thought many times over the years about modelling various stations on this line but never got around to it. Which is a shame as it's so close.

Keep up the good work!

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Thanks. I'll be making the other side tonight, as well as making the deck of the bridge.

Matt, a question for you. Did you notice whether the wing walls of the bridge were stone or concrete?

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Great start, Caz. Looking forward to watching this develop. Nice to sit back and watch the trains go by on the single line!

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Thanks Chris. Had a quick spirt of mojo. A certain video clip of a steam loco(I know nothing about steam but I believe its a BR 2MT) hauling the Octel tanks along Cefni reservoir is what got my gears turning. I saw it on an episode of 'Teithio'r Cledrau' on S4C during 2002 which I have recorded thanks to my grandparents. I'll have to dig it out for a watch.

I also have a video of the two Special DMUs that went up the branch in 1994(?). That also featured old footage of the Derby Leightweights and a class 47 on the tanks.

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2 hours ago, CazRail said:

Thanks. I'll be making the other side tonight, as well as making the deck of the bridge.

Matt, a question for you. Did you notice whether the wing walls of the bridge were stone or concrete?

Good question. I'm not sure, I'd be tempted to say concrete given the nature of the bridge.

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1 hour ago, matto21 said:

Good question. I'm not sure, I'd be tempted to say concrete given the nature of the bridge.

I'm between two minds. In work I was part of a structures team until late last year before moving to faults team. The bridges of this construction tended to be stone. But I think perfectly plausable it could be concrete...

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Layout Update...

With boards complete, I've pressed on and finished the main part of the bridge, as well as started the terrain work on the boards...

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Above: The semi-completed bridge. requires painting...

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Above: Hopefully you can see the line of the track. 

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Above: Couple more shots of the bridge in it's future position.

Any comments will be welcome. Many thanks.

(I apologize for the awful pictures, camera on my phone is on it's last legs...)

BONUS CONTENT!!!! :P:P

I said in the first post I wanted to run the layout with both 1960s and modern day rollingstock, so here's a video clip showing what might have been should Octel not have switched from rail to road transport in 1993. As the plant shut in 2003 and is no longer existent, I'm dating this train around 2001, using Shark brake vans for the shunter/guard and two MHA coal fish wagons as barriers. I apologize for the awful video quality again...

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Another update?! This isn't like me... :P

Anyway today's job got cancelled in work, so when I arrived home I did some more on the layout this morning. I got a couple of hours work done, so here's the low-down of it all:

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In these shots above, you can see I've purchased some cork for the track bed, painted the bridge into base layer concrete colour(I'll be dry-brushing lighter shades of grey on it to get the effect I'm after), stolen some stone wing walls from a Wills culvert kit(considered it to be fine as not all culverts have wing walls, just head walls.)and cut away some of the polystyrene around the bridge to create the embankment.

I just had time to put a piece of scrap flexi-track on the layout to see how a 66, a loco that's never touched the branch in real life, would look on the track.

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Doing this just inspired me to do more, but I have no time :( 

To finish this update, here's a photo of my modelling companion, Bruno, 'helping me' :P

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I'll be glad to answer any questions :) 

Many thanks,

Caz.

 

 

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Update...

Not much done since last time, just a splash of grey on the track-bed, carved the embankment and lake shore from the polystyrene sheets, and then covered the banks with filler. 

Looking at ways of introducing grass etc, I will firstly cover the grass areas with either ready-static grassed sheets, or even teddy-bear fur. 

Today I decided to have a little photo-shoot with some modern stock. Enjoy.

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66111 on it's way with empty chlorine tanks to Amlwch.

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'Man on a boat' took this one among others.

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My modern version of the Amlwch Tanks...

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The return journey with 66111 at the helm, Associated Octel Amlwch - Stanlow

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A drone image of the train.

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150256 on 2D23 Llandudno Junction - Amlwch, preparing for it's next stop at Llangwyllog.

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The service strengthened on summer Saturdays, 150256 and 153327 trundle on 2D43 Amlwch to Bangor.

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The winter service has resumed on Lein Amlwch, with 153327 working 2D12 Amlwch to Llandudno Junction. 

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153327 running back to Amlwch running 3 late on 2D13, the 15.03 Bangor to Amlwch 'school train'.

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At busy times the service reverts to a 150, so here's 150256 again heading from Llandudno Junction to Amlwch. In the background can be seen a large dog.

 

Many thanks for dropping by...

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Fabulous. Amazing what can be done with one piece of track!

Looking to forward to seeing this develop; particularly as the photo viewing angles already look quite special.

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Thanks, Chris. I'm quite excited about this project myself. I normally try to model somewhere with a double track main line with sidings etc, but as you said its amazing what can be done with a singe line. I think what will do it with this is the fact the train will travel through the lake on an embankment, which is what I keep imagining. Looking on a map, it looked like they totally ignored the presence of the lake when it was built, as looking at a map theres no sharp curves around it, just sweeping curves as the line is northwards of 'the dingle' in llangefni.

I think it's something that's not often modelled, a single line branch that cuts directly through a reservoir.

 

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On 06/08/2017 at 5:41 PM, Chris said:

 

On 03/08/2017 at 1:45 PM, matto21 said:

 

Been looking into the water. As Woodland Scenic realistic water is a little costly, I've decided to use a method that war gamers etc use, which is cover a suitably painted area with arcrylic silicone and use a lollipop stick to create the rough surface. I've bought blue and white paint yesterday, so Friday I'll buy stuff to do it.

 

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Small update, the lake has been painted blue...

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Sort the rest of the terrain, grass then trackwork next! After that, backscene boards and water effects will be needed...

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Bought stuff to make a static grass applicator. Let's see how this turns out...

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Hi Neil. 

Not much really, static grass applicator finished but need to test, and track, ballast and stone  walling on order from Hattons.

Until they arrive, no real progress.

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Word on the grapevine is that there's a possession on the line tomorrow, with a section of track being installed by hand of god...

 

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Finally some update on the layout!

So today my delivery of track, ballast and stone wall embossed plasticard arrived allowing me to do some more work. Here's the results of tonight's endeavors...

First job was to cut and shape the stone wall sections to fit in between the wing walls to create the abutment. This was done using a stanley knife and pair of snips to cut to shape then use a needle file to angle the edges to fit.

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There are still fine adjustments and paints to be applied to these.

Then it was the turn of the track. The first piece of track(admittedly of very little) to grace the layout properly. This was glued down. As the PVA was still wet, I decided to go ahead and add some more glue inbetween the sleepers and around sleeper ends, and drop some ballast. This is only the first layer, I anticipate to ballast on top of this using Delux Materials' Ballast Bond.

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Next job is to paint the cork on the other board grey ready to accept it's track, which will arrive hopefully friday.

Thanks for dropping by. Any questions or comments welcome.

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