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Newland's Farm

Postby Rex Ashton » Fri Mar 02, 2012 7:21 pm

Ok. Newland's first exhibition has come and gone without too many problems. The DG couplings I wanted to use wouldn't handle the sharp curves so the weekend was run with manual couplings -a bit tricky but never mind. I've done some experimenting since the weekend and as some of the pics show, I'll be using Kadees. Operation was generally ok once the locos settled down but very tedious as I only have eight items of rolling stock at the moment - Steve take note! The layout seemed to be well received with plenty of puzzled visitors trying to work out what Gn15 scale's to and I managed to come 4th in the comptition for the best club member's layout - well pleased with that at this stage.

Lots of midnight oil meant that while we're a long way from finished, the layout at least looked complete despite still laying hidden tracks on the Friday morning.

The following pictures are where I'm at up to now

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The layout's due out at Shipley at the beginning of September so I need to be getting the rest of detail sorted out. Brickwork needs toning down a bit and another loco would be nice - busy summer then!

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Postby Glen A » Fri Mar 02, 2012 9:00 pm

Congratulations on your 4th place.
Well done!

Its looking really great, with some good character pieces.

I love the wood texture on that barn. The soft (thatched) roof is something you don't see modelled very often and you have got it looking very convincing.

By the time you do the bricks and other things you are planning you will deserve a lot higher placing than 4th.
A great layout!

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Postby Rex Ashton » Fri Mar 02, 2012 10:31 pm

Hi Glen

Thanks for the comments. The wood is just balsa treated with washes of much thinned down spirit based Jacobean Dark Oak wood stain. The thatching was a bit of a challenge as the usual material (plumbers hemp) was too fine for G scale. Fortunately, I work in a Victorian Textile Museum where we have, amongst other things, a collection of 19th Century weaving looms. The cotton warp threads are starched and this provided suitable fibre. Once the whole roof was covered and trimmed I sprayed it with Humbrol Matt Dark Earth mixed with lots of thinners. The ridge still needs finishing.

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Postby Blackcloud Railways » Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:14 pm

I'm looking forward to seeing Newlands Farm at Glossop this weekend! :D

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Postby Rex Ashton » Wed Sep 12, 2012 7:25 pm

Hi Bob

Unfortunately had to miss Shipley last weekend but I'll be at Glossop. Make yourself known.[/quote]

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Postby only15 » Thu Sep 13, 2012 2:51 am

Brilliant layout, lots of atmosphere.

Love it!

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Postby Moronguhl » Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:35 am

I can only echo the above, beautiful layout and very nicely finished. I particularly like the turntable and the road crossing. Did the turntable give you any trouble or did it work ok?
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Postby Rex Ashton » Fri Sep 14, 2012 6:20 pm

Thanks for the nice comments. The turntable is built around a cd. It's a bit of a con though as a) it doesn't go all the way round - deliberately done to simplify the electrics and b) it's hand operated.

Been doing some detail work on the scenics ready for Glossop show this weekend so it looks a bit better than in the photos. I'll post some more pics as soon as I get time.

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Postby Rex Ashton » Tue Jul 02, 2013 3:40 pm

It's been a long time since I updated this so here goes. Newland's has been to a few exhibitions this year and is due at three more before the end of the year. I've done some more detail work around the barn but there's still lots more to do. The big news is the arrival of a new loco. It's got a bit more detail work to have completed before it's painted but it's basically complete and works — result!!

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It's mainly 40 thou plastikard with some left over bits of Steves and runs on a Bachmann GE 44 Ton bogie unit.. It still need bolt head detail here and there and I've got to fit couplings.

Steves 'Decade' is due a new chassis. Despite lots of tinkering with CV settings I still can't get it to run smoothly enough and it's horrendously noisey so I'm going to see what I can do with Nigel Lawtons belt drive bits - watch this space.

That's all for now but hopefully there will be more to come.

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Postby Rex Ashton » Thu Sep 19, 2013 1:59 pm

Just back from a very enjoyable weekend at the Apedale Valley Light Rly gala weekend. Layout ran like a dream despite being in a sometimes cold and drafty loco shed. Lots of ideas for new layouts, especially with all the lovely old WDLR Simplex locos trundling around outside.

Met one or two Gnatterboxers and got invitations to Stafford and York model railway exhibitions as well :-) so all in all, a very good weekend.

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Postby rue_d_etropal » Thu Sep 19, 2013 5:19 pm

wish I could have got down there(daughter's birthday plus birthday trip), will be there next year at the special WW1 event with layout.
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Postby Pierre Berry » Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:43 pm

Great layout and very cute critters ! :D :D :D
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Postby Simon Andrews » Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:03 am

Just come across this thread. Very nice work.

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Postby steerngo » Sat Sep 21, 2013 7:02 am

Nice to see the layout up close and working very nice.

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Postby on30critter » Sat Sep 21, 2013 11:37 am

Very nice layout and a great looking new loco. Where did you get the side frames and journal boxes from, are they scratch built? You got a picture of the other side of the loco?

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Postby Rex Ashton » Sat Sep 21, 2013 5:49 pm

on30critter wrote:Very nice layout and a great looking new loco. Where did you get the side frames and journal boxes from, are they scratch built? You got a picture of the other side of the loco?

Mike


Hi Mike

Frames and journal boxes are made from Evergreen styrene. The axlebox covers are 6BA washers and the coil springs are wound from copper wire. Apart from the engine cover and controls it's all scratchbuilt. Not too difficult as it's all straight lines.

It's finished now so I'll try and get some pics taken as soon as I can.

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Postby Rex Ashton » Thu Apr 17, 2014 11:45 am

Off to York this weekend as part of MOMING14. Please say hello if you're passing. Stand 116

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Postby Geeky Gecko » Thu Apr 17, 2014 7:49 pm

All being well I'll be at York on Saturday. Looking forward to seeing Newlands.
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Postby Rex Ashton » Fri Jun 13, 2014 3:45 pm

After a lot of messing about I've managed to upload a video of the layout to You Tube - and they say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. The video was shot at the Churnet Valley Railway's Model Railway Day on May 18th 2014. Please have a look here http://youtu.be/0NwJ0vUIYIs

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:06 pm

Excellent Video Rex. 8)
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Postby RoGNer » Fri Jun 13, 2014 8:30 pm

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Re: Newland's Farm

Postby Rex Ashton » Fri Mar 20, 2015 12:01 pm

I'm off to Keighley exhibition this weekend with 'th layout. Come and say hello if you're going to be there.
Also I'll be at Apedale on May 16th and 17th - should be a good weekend.

Newland's Farm is now probably as complete as it's going to get. I'm hoping to post some new photos soon.

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Postby pipparooba » Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:49 pm

its a shame im showing at the Heywood exhibition id of loved to have seen it in the flesh. . ill have to try get ian from direct train supples to get me some photos I really hope pepper7 start making models again as id like to build a gn15 layout . . .have a great day . .. cheers ian

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Re: Newland's Farm

Postby Rex Ashton » Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:14 pm

Hi All

It's been a while since I posted on here - sorry about that.

Newlands Farm is set to make its last exhibition appearance at Chapel-en-le-Frith on 25th, 26th Feb 2017. I've enjoyed the layout a lot and it's been very successful on the exhibition circuit but it's time to build something new. It will be going up for sale at the show and on hereafter if it doesn't sell. I'll be keeping the stock for future use but if anyone's interested please let me know.

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Re: Newland's Farm

Postby Rex Ashton » Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:58 pm

So. Newland's Farm has reached its final exhibition and I'm pleased to say it will be off to pastures new after this weekend. It developed gradually over a period of about six years so I thought I'd sign this project of with a final picture taken at Burton on Trent earlier this year.


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