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Old 04-06-2018, 01:12 PM   #1
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Default This is Sproston.

Hello everyone,
I joined this forum on 23rd May, as an slightly curious escapee from RMWEB.
My layout is housed in the loft of our 1980 built bungalow (Mind Your Head!!).

The layout is small - built on two spare flush doors fixed together in a frame and mounted on the supports that were originally for the central heating water tanks. The dimensions are 6'7" x 5' 1".

Sproston is a terminus to fiddle yard layout, commenced in 2012 when the idea for a small model railway occured, prompted by the discovery of said flush doors.
The layouts name came from a work collegue - Terry Sproston, who worked for Network Rail at March s&t. He was often saying that when he retired he would be able to build the model railway layout he had always wanted.

His retirement duly arrived, not long after that he was diagnosed with cancer, and within about six months he had passed away..A cautionary tale of not delaying in something that could be done now. We (s&t staff) were sad to loose Terry, and I decided to name the layout in his memory.

There is a real Sproston - Sproston Green is a small hamlet to the West of the M6 in Cheshire, North of Crewe near the village of Holmes Chapel.

The layout is 00 gauge using Peco code 100 flexitrack and 14 electrofrog small radius points. Operation is DC, using cab control and two Gaugemaster controllers. The period is circa 1956 to 1964, and the branch is ex GWR with LM running powers to the terminus.
Trains are short, but frequent as there is an 'offscene' junction where the two branches combine
for the final few miles to the terminus at Sproston, here there is a creamery operated by United Dairies, with its own private siding.
This dispatches two loaded milk tanks twice a day, to be added at the junction to the milk train bound for the capital, along with quantities of cheese and butter, sent out in additional wagons attached to passenger trains,or as a seperate train to other destinations.

The creamery is the reason the line is still open, and has escaped the 'Beeching Axe' for now...
Well, thats enough waffle from me, so I will attempt to add a few photos- wish me luck!!
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Old 04-06-2018, 01:24 PM   #2
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Nice pics Sigtech. I see, like me, you love the scenic detail. I also see you are from Kings Lynn, just up the road and where I get my weekly "workout" playing snooker
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Old 04-06-2018, 02:04 PM   #3
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Thank you Teedoubleudee, - yes I have spent many 'happy' hours working around the Downham Market station area, ( those bl**dy barriers! ) that or else inside or under the signal box, or up one of the signals, but all that is over now I'm retired...
I think I'm getting the hang of this posting malarky now, so will try to put some more pics on here - if it lets me!

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Old 04-06-2018, 02:15 PM   #4
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...................... I think I'm getting the hang of this posting malarky now, so will try to put some more pics on here - if it lets me!

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Try and make them a bit bigger next time, my eyesight ain't what it used to be
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Ah, the nefarious Dr Beeching - the most hated man in the universe! Keep him away by adding some passengers to the platform. Dapol COO8 is 36 figures for 6, but they need to be painted.
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Am I right in thinking the DM signal box isn't manned anymore, never seen any faces at the window?
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You have a wonderful looking lay out SIGTECH looks like 'Sproston' is just North of the Beeching and Axemoor branch lines.........
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Old 04-06-2018, 03:19 PM   #8
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A little bit more about the layout, the track is laid on thin cork base of 3/16" this is just enough to give a shoulder to the ballast, which is Jarvis 00 gauge laid dry the hard way, then using watered down PVA ( with a drop of washing up liquid to make it flow ) applied carefully to the dry ballast with a pipette.
This was left to dry, then the track was airbrushed using a thinned mix of'Humbrol' track colour followed by painting the sides of the rails with a small brush, using the same paint but undiluted.

The track layout is based on a plan from C.J. Freezers "60 Plans for Small Railways" 1971 (plan s31 ), designed to go in a 7'x5' garden shed but adapted to be single level, terminus to fiddle yard.
I used the free version of 'Anyrail' to redraw the layout , then reproduced it at full size and printed it( used a lot of paper! ), then glued it onto the baseboard.
The track was lightly pinned ontop of the plan after being cut to length, holes were then marked for point operating rods, which were drilled after removing the track again.
Track was replaced and repinned, holes for point motor rods were checked for accuracy, then wiring commenced. All wires are soldered to the underside of the rails, more holes were drilled to take these wires under the board, and slots were cut for the point operating rods.
The points use Seep pm1. motors mounted inside the doors structure and under the track, operated from a small control panel using a 'Gaugemaster' capacitor discharge unit. The surface of these doors can be cut into using a heavy duty stanley knife.
I think that is enough for now, so I will attempt to add another 5 photos.

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Old 04-06-2018, 03:29 PM   #9
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Unless they have installed a completely new signalling system (doubtful ) it is manned at all times - I retired from Ely s&t two years ago and there was always a signalman on duty
- he needs to be there to operate the barriers, signal trains and control the points giving access to the single line to Littleport.
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Old 04-06-2018, 03:33 PM   #10
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Thanks for that CUDWORTH, the layout is populated by about 100 or so 'little people' but I try not to overdo things, there are about 15 passengers, three porters, a guard and a post office employee on the platforms.
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Edit: forgot about Jack - the station cat!

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