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    Aberforth

    Introducing the replacement for Wrexham General – Aberforth Station As already eluded to, it is going to be a modern image, Welsh themed layout again and is basically my version of the terminus station at Aberystwyth but located further up the coast where Borth is. The two names combined with a change to one of the letters creating the name. For my purposes the line does not split at Dovey Junction, but runs along the southern side of the River Dyfi as in real life to Aberforth. Trains for the Cambrian coast then head back out of the station (having run-around in the case of loco hauled trains) and use a bridge to cross over the estuary and pick up the real route at Aberdovey. As with Aberwysth, my version will be a large, busy seaside town with a University, hospital and the usual array of national retailers etc. The line will however use conventional colour light signalling rather than the ERTMS system currently being trialled – it would be rather boring otherwise! I chose this scenario to make use of most of my existing rolling stock plus vehicles and because it will allow more operational interest for myself as all of the trains will be stored in the 4/5 track fiddle yard without shunting/splitting needed meaning I can run them into the station and back out easily in sequence with the run-round loop adding further entertainment. Also, as I am planning on building this for exhibitions I thought it would be a bit different given that I don't recall having seen any such themed layouts before. Arriva Trains Wales will provide all the passenger services as you might expect with DMU's handling most services (although having said that London Midland could potentially appear given that they already go as far as Shrewsbury?) but there will also be a Class 67 hauled Mk3/DVT 'Premier Set' operating between here and Birmingham International calling only at the major stations on route to give a faster journey time and provide extra passenger capacity on this busy route. Having done some research I found that West Coast Railways used to operate a seasonal rail tour up and down the coast so I may well get a steam loco and some maroon Mk1's as well. Freight will consist of engineers trains heading onto the coast line and at the moment I am planning on a 5 rake set of auto-ballasters hauled by a Class 57 and a short rake of MFA's with an extra wagon of sleepers, possibly with a Class 57 again. To finish off, a Network Rail test train top and tailed by DRS Class 37's. Depending upon what length of wagons can be fitted into the run-round loop I may substitute one of the engineers for a log train running to a loading point up the coast. Some of you will already have looked at the proposed layout plan but with Wrexham General dismantled I have been able to set out the baseboards on the floor and put some track down to check what will work. Given that it is intended to be portable I decided that 4x2ft scenic boards are the limit for getting them downstairs and out of the house so have shortened the layout down to 8ft long with a halfway split. The fiddle yard will be 8x1ft (it should just get out of the house being narrower and without a backscene) at a 90 degree angle to the scenic section with 4/5 sidings. Due to the curve round to the fiddle yard the station has had to be pushed towards the back of the layout and I have come up with three track variations to pick from: Option A This is the original plan but shunting it backwards means that there is less space for the station building/car park and nowhere for a low relief building at the back. On the other hand it does leave a large area at the front for other buildings although they couldn't be too prominent because of obscuring the view. DMU's would be slightly hidden at the back but the run-round loop would be easily visible. Option B This has the track and platform switched around making DMU's more visible but the run-round loop, express set and engineers trains would be slightly obscured by the platform and station building. It would give a nearly continuous run across the back for low relief buildings and leave a decent area for the station building/car park at the front though. Option C This most closely resembles how the real station used to be before the second platform was removed. It does still have two adjacent lines and run-round provision though. As with Option A the station building and car park is limited for space but some low relief units would be possible. The extra section of short platform would keep the run-round loop fairly visible and there would be decent amount of space left at the front for other scenery. Removing one of the points from next to the signal box will also allow an extra bit of length for run-round trains, which could be the deciding factor. The buffers of locos running around clashing with the platform edge could be an issue and may lead to an overly large gap between the platform edge and passenger trains although this probably wouldn't be too obvious from a viewers perspective. Let me know which you think is the best option?
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    Aberforth

    Although not entirely finished, it should be close enough for getting some decent photos.
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    Staffs Rail General Photos

    As I get out and about quite a bit with work and cycling I thought I'd create a page to put my various sightings on starting today with a tamper named 'Thomas Telford' in the siding at Stone station with some A.P.Webb road railers parked upon the road.
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    Staffs Rail General Photos

    The other Class 08 was visible yesterday. I think it was in EWS colours before so may have been recently repainted judging by how clean it was. It was certainly packed out with wagons as well.
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    Hints from Hornby

    2019 range now announced. https://www.hornby.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2019.html
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    Aberforth

    Look what just arrived in the post.
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    Hattons Class 66

    I would have preferred them to produce something entirely new, like a Class 175 .
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    Hattons Class 66

    https://www.hattons.co.uk/NewsDetail.aspx?id=288 What are your thoughts on Hatton producing a new 66? I would have said Bachmann already had it well covered.
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    Staffs Rail General Photos

    Another late running wagon movement back to Warrington.
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    StaffsRail's Workbench

    A little project adding a Bedford and two trailers to the MOD train.
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    StaffsRail's Workbench

    I thought it was about time I started a workbench topic up for what I would term non-layout specific projects and will initially involve modifying some surplus Atlas Editions Eddie Stobart models. My first project was to turn the lead model of the Atlas Editions collection, Emma Jade, into a decommissioned, ex-Stobart unit by removing the transfers from the cab using Revell paint remover.
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    Staffs Rail General Photos

    A quick grab shot of 'Armistice 100' heading South.
  13. Just seen the banana train heading north through Stoke.

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    An introduction

    Welcome to the forum.
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    Aberforth

    Ballasting is nearing completion along with the platform fencing and grassed areas.
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    StaffsRail's Workbench

    I found some 3D printed ballast bags on ebay and have just finished painting and glueing them.
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    Llyn Cefni: A section of the Amlwch Branch

    Good effect with the grass.
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    Staffs Rail General Photos

    The return working to Warrington was very late yesterday, still being in Stoke after 17:00
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    Staffs Rail General Photos

    There is quite a collection of grids forming at Longport with more than the two in this photo.
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    MOD Ashchurch and Ashchurch Railway Station

    That is where most of the MOD trains run to and from transferring vehicles.
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    Staffs Rail General Photos

    A couple of intermodal trains in Stafford earlier this week.
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    Aberforth

    It could be less flat but went for the easy option. It can be improved later anyway. Working on ballasting at moment.
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    Aberforth

    The very low relief station building is now in place.
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    Staffs Rail General Photos

    A different view of Axiom Rail.
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    Jack's modern image fleet

    So that's where you've been. Nice grid.