|Baseboard shown with Full scale paper layout plan|
Monday, 5 December 2011
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Monday, 14 November 2011
Saturday, 12 November 2011
Friday, 11 November 2011
To begin with we were unsure as to how the line crossed Hackwood Lane, lots is written about the station road level crossing, as a fatality unfortunately happened there. But the only reference I could find for Hackwood lane, is a small map, of the 1911 layout. In fact there is no mention of it in the official inventory. So just to confirm that in fact it was a level crossing we took a closer look.
|Foundations of railway shelter? Floor is highlighted|
|Railway embankment, in woods looking towards|
Alton, after just crossing Hackwood Lane
|Modern day embankment, the rail line would |
have gone straight through the middle.
Thursday, 10 November 2011
Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Sunday, 6 November 2011
Friday, 4 November 2011
The roof is simply cut out from photo paper. It takes hole drilling for the vent spigots very well.
This was my first attempt at scratch building an 'n' gauge model. From normal viewing distances the coach looks good. Close scrutiny however, does raise eyebrows about the window frame edges. I'm sure this can be improved on the next build but there is no doubt etched brass body sides would be best.
We have also considered punched card or milled metal for the body sides and window cutouts but the specialist tooling required may be prohibitive.
You will see from the posting below that another M7 has been obtained. This one in Southern livery. That means I will be making a second coach, this time in Maunsell olive green with leaf spring bogies for the later period of the line.
To Part 1
Thursday, 3 November 2011
"To increase variety for the model railway it would be nice to be able to run two M7s, one of each livery for the two periods."
Your wish is my command... Another troll through Ebay, and a Southern '37' 0-4-4 M7 made by Dapol, was up for auction. A few days later and I am now the proud owner. The M7 is exactly the same as the LSWR, but with different graphics. Although this was second hand, it was in pretty good condition, albeit the right vacuum pipe was missing, luckily we had a spare one to replace it with. This now gives the option of being able to run our model railway in the different periods (Pre and Post War).
...Now I just got to work out how to change the scenery at the same time.
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Two attempts to make the under-frame. Problem was the solebars that I initially made from card but proved too flimsy. When I scoured my scrap box for ideas I found some double o code 100 flat bottom rail and surprise, surprise it virtually matched the required style and dimensions. The wide flat bottom even looks like the full length step board of the prototype.
Parts for the entire coach, except the bogies, have been hand made from materials already in my possession.
For the under-frame only the most noticeable fittings have been modeled; floor (aluminium), gas tanks (balsa), vacuum pumps (plastic sprue) , V hangers and trusses (brass sprue), buffers (hornby oo track pins) and coupling hook (copper wire), all held together with Superglue.
The final part in this series deals with the roof fabrication.
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Monday, 31 October 2011
I did not wish to scratch build the bogies, which are quite complex, so I looked around for r.t.r examples. A trawl around the web revealed how rare these are. I was fortunate in finding on Ebay a damaged coach from the old ROCO range that had two good bogies very close in style to that required.
They are about a foot too short in the wheelbase, which I can live with (no one will spot that in 'n' gauge!) and the coupler protrudes further than normal but as there is no corridor connection the increased gap between rolling stock can be tolerated.
The photo shows a dummy fit of a bogie before the underframe was fitted. The underframe is the subject of the next posting in this series.
To Part 1
Saturday, 29 October 2011
Firstly, they bring rigidity to the structure. The seats were simply made from Z folded 0.75mm grey board covered in red moquette fabric (reduced photo printed on sticky backed label).
Secondly, it gives an insight into the British class system of the early 20th century. The third class compartment accommodates (tightly) 10 passengers on two benches. I have shown it upholstered but would not be surprised if it was actually hard wooden benches.
Eight second class passengers per compartment were given the luxury of an arm rest between four, which was probably more use as a demarcation between couples.
The five first class passengers per compartment enjoyed two arm rests each and a share of a lavatory attached to their compartment via a connecting door. Luxury indeed for a slow (20mph) journey from Basingstoke to Alton.
The next part in this series takes us below floor level.
To Part 5
To Part 1
Thursday, 27 October 2011
I thought that with such a small model it would not be necessary to model the seating. When I looked through the windows and saw the carriage prints on the walls I knew that no seating would be an obvious omission. So, the next part in this series will be about adding the seats.
To Part 4
To Part 1
Wednesday, 26 October 2011
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
To protect the surface (the ink is not waterproof) sticky backed clear plastic used for book covers is applied over the printed side. It gives a subtly shiny surface reminiscent of paint varnish that would have been used on the prototype.
Next, the windows are cut out. The scalpel point is pushed through at each corner in a slicing action rather than dragging the knife. This way there is no chance of cutting too far. Removing the blanks reveals the white edge of the paper. This was covered using a brown felt tip pen but, regrettably, the wet ink leeched between the paper and plastic covering in some places. Probably better to use a dry crayon or similar.
The grab handles are formed from 0.22mm brass-like wire used in jewelry making. This is stiffer than copper wire despite its small diameter. The locating holes are made with the point of a fine sewing needle and the wire tails pushed through and folded flat at the rear in a downward direction towards the bottom of the side.
Next the window glass is cut from clear plastic as one long strip about 1mm larger than the window apertures and stuck to the rear with strips of double sided tape.
Interior panelling (printed on A4 sticky label sheet) is laid over the rear. This fixes the tails of the grab handles and tidily hides the assembled parts.
The lower portion of the side needs to be slightly curved inwards. Placing the side over the edge of the table and gently pressing to form the curve works well and the tails of the grab handles, being stiff, help to fix the curvature.
Finally, the Guard lookout is formed up and stuck onto the side.
In the next part of this series all the bodywork is assembled.
To Part 3
To Part 1
Monday, 24 October 2011
In the future I plan on modelling the other station's (Thorycroft, Herriard, Lasham and Bentworth), so the layout needs to be constructed with flexibility, usability and playability in mind. Being that the Basingstoke and Alton Light railway was for most part a single track line, this is not ideal for the usability or playabilty of my model railway. So, to add more interest I plan on making a loop, with a back siding, and the loop curves at the end of the table can be removed when the other stations come on-line.
I have applied a bit of artistic license, and moved Hackwood road a lot more closer. Otherwise I would have ended up with a board twice the size. I wanted to use it as it adds more interest to the layout, It'll just be a small compromise on reality.
My favourite plan:
Sunday, 23 October 2011
Today we managed to go on a cycle along some of the The Basingstoke to Alton Light railway line. The part we took (as close as possible) was from Cliddesden Station, and along the Winslade bend/ curve. Unfortunately the line starts to go into a conservation area where we were not allowed.
Ummm - maybe we should start a group to reinstate the Basingstoke to Alton Light Railway as a walking Cycling path, any one with me?
Going on the ride opened my eyes to how steep some of the embankments are, and a better idea of how to model some of the area around Cliddesden station.
Here are some pictures of a chapel, bridge and embankment, all built at the time of the line.
You can see the ride path here:
View 21.3 miles Oakley to the Basingstoke to Alton Light railway line (part of) in a larger map
For the 1920s it would have been finished in a green livery but since we have an LSWR liveried locomotive for the earlier period of the line we need a version finished in LSWR salmon pink and brown chocolate. Can't say for sure this coach was used on the line in the early 1900s but at least its LSWR and was used on minor railway lines.
Our first task was to find a plan so that a scratch built model can be made since no 'n' gauge r.t.r. or kit is available from the trade. A quick web search revealed that the December 1973 issue of Model Railway Constructor had a plan and there was a copy for sale on Ebay! This was duly purchased. There are also some good photos of a similar coach on the Bluebell Railway website including a few interior views.
Anyone who has visited my blog at amodelrailway.blogspot.com will know that I am an experienced 4mm scale modeller so to try my first scratch built 2mm scale model is quite a challenge with a whole different set of modelling standards and methods to learn.
The 4mm plan of the bodywork in the magazine was rescaled to 2mm using photo editing software and an overlay created and coloured. There is a myriad of recessed panelling that is represented with outline on the artwork rather than relief on the model. In 4mm relief is easily modelled but in 2mm it is impractical to do so (for my skill level and methodology anyway).
My approach to the build is to print the artworks using an ink jet printer onto photo glossy paper and these will form the bodywork. The artwork is created at 1200 d.p.i. but I feel a smaller resolution say, 300 may work just as well. The photo shows some of the parts. The beauty of this approach is that a second set of artworks could be quickly produced in green livery for the later period.
The next part in this series will cover fabrication of the body sides - There is more to it than just the printed artworks!
To Part 2
Saturday, 22 October 2011
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
I know it's not 100% accurate, so would appreciate some input.
If need be you can download the KML file and load into Google Earth, or into your GPS device.
Please note the line crosses private land in some places. Please only use marked footpaths, or by-ways, if you plan using the route for cycling, walking, running etc.
View Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway in a larger map
Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Monday, 17 October 2011
I guess I should have found this out before I went on a cycle ride to try and find it ;-)
This was posted on amodelrailway.blogspot.com, and explains it nicely - Thanks Dad!
"Here is a recently acquired Dapol LSWR M7 locomotive - a real joy to behold for its fine details. For those not familiar with the size of 'n' gauge it is shown below a UK 10 pence coin.
It is destined for a yet to be built model of Cliddesden station. An 02 tank was desired, to be authentic for the Basingstoke to Alton Light Railway, but this is the closest r.t.r model available. Same wheel arrangement and similar features but a good deal longer at 36' 2" against 30' 8" for the 02.
The LSWR livery covers the period of the line from its inception in 1901 to first closure in 1916. The line reopened in 1924 to finally close in 1936. For this latter period a Southern livery locomotive is needed.
There was little traffic on the line and only an 02 locomotive was used to haul the single passenger coach and freight, disregarding a brief period when a H12 Railmotor conveyed passengers.
To increase variety for the model railway it would be nice to be able to run two M7s, one of each livery for the two periods."
Sunday, 16 October 2011
This image shows the 'blue' (cycle) route which we thought hit the line, but we were out by about a meter, and never reached the line. 'White' line shows route of Basingstoke to Alton Line.
This is just outside Cliddesden, near Winslade.