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This is an Ongoing Project - More Updates Soon.
LINKS are in YELLOW
The inclement weather and in particular, the negative Celsius values both night and day in rural Cambridgeshire, have not allowed me to venture out into the shed apart from occasionally checking all out there is OK.
Whilst not neglecting the layout completely, I have been inside in the warm refurbishing an old wagon load. Not only that, I have also completed a brand new load that I purchased from TEN COMMANDMENTS at the Warley Exhibition.
The refurbished load is my “Extra Large Pipes” (Ref. No:- W101) that are transported on my eight Bachmann 30 Ton Bogie Bolster wagons. These pipes I had originally painted grey and they looked rather dull and didn’t sit at all well on the wagons.
So I took the bull by the horns and refurbished these pipes by repainting them a lime green colour and are now “secured together” by what hopefully looks like red straps.
The straps were made by cutting (into three strips) the sticky labels I had originally used with the “DYMO” Labelling Products. I had used these different coloured sticky tape strips to represent the tracks on the Stroley Central Control Panel. This photo is a reminder.
Finally I attached “anchors” to the base of the pipes and they now sit on the Bolsters quite well.
The brand new load, also purchased from TEN COMMANDMENTS are “Steel Strip loads”
(Ref. No:- W156). They too will be transported as an alternative load for the same Bachmann wagons.
I used grey as the base colour for the “steel strips” then painted the raised “straps” a rusty grimy colour.
This final task was rather awkward and fiddly, but viewed from a reasonable distance I don’t think that they look too bad!
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I've spent a few days out in the shed, freezing my nuts off
by generally taking photos for the new pages mentioned on the update page.
During this time, I have also continued with the piping in the refuelling area.
Nowhere near finished yet as the diluted PVA glue takes such a long time to go off in this weather!The photo below shows the (slow) progress being made.
REGULAR VISITORS PLEASE NOTE
STROLEY INTERNATIONAL HAS JOINED
Please click the link above to visit my channel.
The first eight videos are now uploaded ... Thanks.
Click the link to see the new videos my pal Andy has uploaded to his
PORTLAND Modern Image layout website on YouTube.
The videos also include views of his superb hand made helix.
Great videos of an excellent layout-in-the-making.
The latest HORNBY releases are now through from MODELFAIR.
These include the Advenza Freight Class 66,
The DB Schenker Class 59 and
the East Midlands Trains' HST Open First (x2) and TGS coaches.
I have also added another collection to my scale "1:1" photographic website
entitled .... An HOUR or so at St. NEOTS (2).
Please click HERE for my Fotopic site.
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30 - 08 - 10.
The MOTORWAY BRIDGE section of the layout is now complete.
Six or seven years ago whilst building the Stroley International predecessor Stroley Central,
I came across an extremely useful book called ....
The DEPARTMENT of TRANSPORT - KNOW YOUR TRAFFIC SIGNS (Official Edition).
Google "Know Your Traffic Signs" and it will download in PDF / Adobe Acrobat format.
Since then, it has become my "signs" Bible.
The last photo (below) of this montage shows a motorway sign that I made up on my PC in Microsoft Office Word. The districts of Stroley are made up but actually feature in my layout history.
"LINDEVEN" is the area in which the DMU maintenance / stabling area is situated, with the Lindeven Engineering Company as a neighbour.
"FITZWILLIAM"is actually "off stage" but is the destination of the "Yard Line" that runs through the cutting as the fifth (inside) track then out into the Fitzwilliam (goods) Yard.
The blue background of this sign is a pretty close copy of the actual Motorway Sign colour and obtained from the "Microsoft Word" pool of colours. The white "arrows" were cut from a piece of copier paper, shaped and stuck in the appropriate place. The "Junction Number" was shaped in the Microsoft Office Excel" PC programme.
The "font" used is called "TRANSPORT" and again, downloadable ... just "Google" it.
The "M 14" is a ficticious motorway so Stroley cannot be visualised in an actual area of the UK.
The "NARROW LANES" sign was copied from my "signs Bible" mentioned above along with the other motorway signs.
The MacDonalds advertisement was obtained from their website.
The lorries on the motorway are, if my memory serves me correctly, in HO (1:87) scale.
These I purchased a few years ago (so are certainly unavailable now) from
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