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Postby ian holmes » Tue May 27, 2014 6:52 pm

So many new names around here that this announcement won't mean much to many of you. But 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the appearance on the late Carl Arendts website of the "Cuplars fine tile and Ceramics" concept. This layout, after something of a tragedy during construction developed into Purespring Watercress, a layout some of you will be familiar with.
So, next year will mark the 10th anniversary of its first appearance at an exhibition and to that end, I've taken the rash decision to blow the cobwebs off, evict the mice from their home and refurbish the model for some shows in 2015. The last time I looked, a couple of years ago after the basement flooding, things still ran. Hopefully, things will still work now.
The layout is a bit of an old warhorse but I and some others have a bit of a soft spot for it.

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Postby Colin Peake » Tue May 27, 2014 8:27 pm

Well it means something to this old timer Ian!

Good luck with the renovations, I look forward to seeing some fresh pictures.

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Postby ian holmes » Sat May 31, 2014 3:07 pm

I really should be working on my small OO scale layout that I have booked in to a show in November but I couldn't resist taking a look inside the "little black box" that is Purespring Watercress. That has lain neglected to several years.This is the sight that greeted me.
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It doesn't look too bad overall
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All the figures here are still glued down.
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The smokers took a bit of a bashing from the mice that have been around. But for the most part it seems to have stood up to the storage/neglect quite well.
One thing that I couldn't hide, as I sat back and took a good look at it, was the incredible sense of pride I still have in this effort. It's still a flipping good layout and deserving of getting out to show again.
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Postby ian_g_griffiths » Sat May 31, 2014 5:28 pm

Wow!
Is that now real moss on the roof?
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Postby southpier » Sun Jun 01, 2014 4:24 pm

the old boys look like they've hit the hard cider!

nice to see this one again.

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Postby Voyager » Sun Jun 01, 2014 9:18 pm

Ian,

Great to see that Purespring is alive and well - I certainly enjoyed following it on your website in the past.

Any possibility that it will ever visit the UK?

I understand (but have no knowledge or involvement beyond that) that one of the major UK model railway exhibitions is going to have a bit of a 15" focus in either 2015 or 2016.
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Postby ian holmes » Mon Jun 02, 2014 12:02 am

Voyager wrote:Ian,

Great to see that Purespring is alive and well - I certainly enjoyed following it on your website in the past.

Any possibility that it will ever visit the UK?

I understand (but have no knowledge or involvement beyond that) that one of the major UK model railway exhibitions is going to have a bit of a 15" focus in either 2015 or 2016.


I've always harboured dreams of exhibiting it at a show in the UK. But I think the logistics might defeat that.
Of course if an exhibition manager turns out to be an expert in international freight forwarding then nothing is impossible. 8)
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Postby ian holmes » Mon Jun 02, 2014 12:07 am

I know not everyone is on Facebook or even likes Facebook. Each to their own. But I have started a Purespring 10 Facebook page. When I'm working on a layout progress shots often go straight to Facebook and I can get rapid feedback on what I'm doing from other friends. If that sort of thing interests you, then you might want to like the page. It can be found here https://www.facebook.com/pages/Purespri ... 6067852978
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Postby rue_d_etropal » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:17 am

Looks good. Sometimes the best way to appreciate your own work is to put hem away and then look at them with fresh eyes.
Size wise it is pretty close to that of an APA box. :lol: Or something similar could be done in one.
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Postby Catweasel » Mon Jun 02, 2014 11:23 am

Puresprings is the layout that hooked me on Gn15. Great stuff. I found the little Jesty a lovely little loco and I built one in 16mm. Wasn't a scale model though. I have now put a foot in the 7/8 camp and have a Jesty on order for that. I am building track to 32mm which is,of course, 18" gauge.
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Postby trac555 » Mon Jun 02, 2014 5:12 pm

Ian, Puresprings is such a classic Gn15 layout that it is nice to see it resurrected. It looks in such good condition that it should not take that long to refurbish it. So why not take it to this years National Narrow Gauge Convention in Kansas City this September? Short trip for you, and wonderful exposure of a great layout for Gn15.
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Postby ian holmes » Mon Jun 02, 2014 6:50 pm

trac555 wrote:Ian, Puresprings is such a classic Gn15 layout that it is nice to see it resurrected. It looks in such good condition that it should not take that long to refurbish it. So why not take it to this years National Narrow Gauge Convention in Kansas City this September? Short trip for you, and wonderful exposure of a great layout for Gn15.


Dang!
Going to be on a plane to the UK while that is on.
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Postby Kevin » Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:53 am

Puresprings is a classic layout and I am looking forward to seeing what you do with it.
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Postby rue_d_etropal » Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:43 am

Ian,
pity you could not get Puresprings in your luggage.


Don't suppose you will be in UK to visit the BIG WW1 exhibition at Apedale?
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Postby Carlo » Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:22 pm

Ian -
Have you ever posted a track plan with dimensions?
I'd like to steal some of your ideas.
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Postby ian holmes » Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:58 pm

Carlo wrote:Ian -
Have you ever posted a track plan with dimensions?
I'd like to steal some of your ideas.
Carlo


Carlo:
The only plan that was ever published was on Carl's Micro Layout design gallery as "Cuplars Fine Tile and Ceramics"

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:28 pm

It is a shame that Puresprings Watercress hasn't ever featured in Modelling Matters in a form that would allow it to feature in the Virtual Exhibition section. :cry:
It has featured back in April 2007 in NG&IRM REVIEW 70 - 4 pages with 4 colour photos, this Review is still available as a back issue £5.50 + postage.
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Postby ian holmes » Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:33 pm

Gerry Bullock wrote:It is a shame that Puresprings Watercress hasn't ever featured in Modelling Matters in a form that would allow it to feature in the Virtual Exhibition section. :cry:


I bet that's a hint of some kind.... :wink:
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Postby KEG » Tue Jun 03, 2014 3:00 pm

The dimensions of the layout are mentioned here: http://www.carendt.com/scrapbook/page37a/

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Postby rue_d_etropal » Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:21 pm

at 75 by 40cm that's slightly bigger than an APA box, but sure something similar could be done.
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Postby KEG » Tue Jun 03, 2014 5:29 pm

....or 25 x 67 cm, the inside dimensions of an APA box, is very much smaller than 40 x 750 cm.

Maybe I missed it, but I have never seen an oval or full circle of Gn15 track inside of an APA box. Most of my locos would refuse to travel such a narrow radius.

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Postby fatmac » Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:25 am

Just cut 2 holes in the back & run the rear of the loop on a shelf attached to the back of the APA, could be hinged if needs be. :wink:
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Postby KEG » Wed Jun 04, 2014 12:14 pm

Sounds like an interesting and possible proposition.
But you can´t fit too much Gn15 railway into these tiny boxes

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Postby rue_d_etropal » Wed Jun 04, 2014 3:02 pm

APA box is 37cm wide when placed on base, not side as we did with Gn15 modules. Only need a small extension at front.
As for sharp radius curves, it depends on what stock you are running. I got some short wheelbase stuff happily running round some 10cm radius tram track panels I was trying out when I first got into 3D printing.
Unfortunately most of my current Gn15 stock is on longer chassis so won't go round sharp curves(corners?).
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Postby Voyager » Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:01 pm

All,

With apologies if this is stretching the thread or old news, but today I purchased a copy of "Sylvasprings Watercress Narrow Gauge Railway" by Paul Webb, published by the Moseley Trust (www.mrt.org.uk) ISBN 0-9540878-7-9 which contains lots of useful photographs for modellers and a drawing of the Jesty.

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