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 Posted: Wed Sep 5th, 2007 10:38 am
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Gerry:

        Wanderfull work! I would like to see a lot of pictures with all the detail. When are they coming?

                  Daniel



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Hi Daniel thanks for comment. I built a new wagon this week to go with the Farmer's daughter's "Shopping Trolley" Loco.
Here's a shot of the whole Shopping train:

There are other shots of Gneiss Farm on my Fotopic site though I need to add some more:
http://gtb13.fotopic.net/c1229849.html

Yes that is a Cat on the wagon, just been to Vet. Now a ? , who thinks that there might be a prototype for my model or am I just being :Crazy:

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Terrific Gerry!


who thinks that there might be a prototype for my model
I have learned that if you can imagine it, and look hard enough, you can find a prototype! LOL!

For instance, Don's electric powered steamer find...who would have thought it????

I saw an artical about one guy who built a one foot gauge RR, and uses it to collect firewood on his property. :cool:



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Gerry:

         That shopping trip has made my day!!!  EXCELENT!!!

          Thank you.

                                  Daniel



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I seem to have forgotten the Prototype for the Feline Rail Transporter:bang:
http://img529.imageshack.us/img529/305/dscf0423dc8.jpg
Here's the layout in operation on Christmas Day, required a 75 mile round trip much to delight of Granddaughter and tuther Grandad.:old dude::glad:



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Somehow I missed this last week. Looks great! I went through part of your photo album. That’s quite a collection of rolling stock. Lots of good work there.



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This layout had minimal operating possibilities so in 2008 I planned an extension to the left of the layout.

This sketch shows my first thoughts on a track plan, top right goes to a short length of track (Fiddle); track below joins up with Gneiss Farm.



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I then considered the possibility of making this new module a double decker, i.e. having a basement railway beneath the top layout which linked to Gneiss Farm.

Here's the start of the construction of this baseboard which was in April 2011:




The opening on the left:
View of basement beneath the Gneiss Cider Barn.
Central opening looks down a tunnel at the end of which will be an automated (by hand) ghost.
The opening on the right is beneath the Black Cat Pub which makes the area their cellars, however at the rear is an Artist's Studio.

The reason that an underground railway was feasible is that in order to raise Gneiss Farm (original layout) above table height I constructed a 6" high frame upon which the layout sits at exhibitions.
The underground section cannot be seen by the operators therefore it will be fully automatic and use a Pepper7 Hawe powered by the ultra reliable Black Beetle.

Here's the very simple underground track:



The Hawe starts and stops automatically by means of diodes at either end of track with a chip timing the stops at either end - roughly 15 secs.
A Fleischmann controller is used to drive the Hawe.
More later.
GerryB

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Great looking little layout, Gerry. Say, I see a lot of these models of tiny railroads from people in the UK. Were or are full scale railroads like these fairly common over there?

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Thanks Mike, the answer to your question isn't straight forward. The estate railway first appeared when Sir Arthur Heywood built his own at Duffield Bank between 1874-98. Subsequently he built a railway for the Duke of Westminster at Eaton Hall 1895/6.
There were a few more Estate Railways but they were far from being common.
We obviously have numerous NG railways throughout the UK, many being in Wales a relic of the slate industry.
There are a couple of current estate railways, one might say Gentlemens' toys.;)
The Bregdar & Wormshill 2' gauge in Kent and Perrygrove which is 15" in The Forest of Dean. This railway has relics  & replicas from Heywood's days.
Details here: http://www.perrygrove.co.uk/historical-background
There are other 15" railways run on a commercial basis, The Romney Hythe & Dymchurch which to this day runs trains that take kids to school and Ratty in the Lake District - Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.
Not forgetting the Bure Valley Railway in Norfolk. Others do exist.
I've travelled on all of these except Ratty.
One might say that Estate Type railway models are an attempt to show what could have been if there had been more train buffs that had the wherewithall and the space to build them.
There is, in addition, a touch of fantasy, as you will see in my attempt to portray an Estate Railway.:bg:
ps. If you Google the names above you'll find everything you might wish to know about these railways.



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