Lapford station in N gauge.

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I have just spent a whole 14 minutes of my life watching your video . . . . . .

Impressed how much you have got in and how you split the 3 sections, a very good layout by all means!

Thanks for that @reddragon. I really appreciate it. :)
 
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Well yesterday I spent about three hours making a 13 minute video of the railway for YouTube which I couldn’t save due to the lack of storage on my phone.
I then proceeded to wipe it off by mistake (I’ve already bitterly complained to @Iskra and @Peter C about this ;)).

Anyway, second bite and another three hours (including some outtakes that really wouldn’t pass the forum swear filter!) and this was the result:


I mean if you’ve got a spare fourteen minutes this’ll give you a proper overview of the whole layout that’ll probably make more sense than the various photos I’ve posted over the last couple of years.
Over and out. ;)

That is absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much
 

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Excellent video! Great explanation, it's a very professional finish you have achieved.

Some good rolling stock choices too and a nice variety of services represented.
 

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That is absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much

Thanks for your kind words Steve.


Excellent video! Great explanation, it's a very professional finish you have achieved.

Some good rolling stock choices too and a nice variety of services represented.

Thanks @Iskra. I’m hoping to do a few more when I get around to it. Probably a 1990s one and also a night running one.
Then I suppose I’d better sell all the stock and road vehicles, remove the sidings at Lapford and the signal box at Eggesford and just run GWR 158s…

Actually maybe not.
 

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Very nice. Shows what can be done in N. All you need is a GUV to hang on the back of the 04.05 Exeter for the Newspapers, although by 1987 they were in the van area of the DMU.
 

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Very nice. Shows what can be done in N. All you need is a GUV to hang on the back of the 04.05 Exeter for the Newspapers, although by 1987 they were in the van area of the DMU.

Ah 4:05 dammit! :lol:
Yes still waiting for a BR blue GUV, hopefully there’ll be one out some point in the new year. What I’d really like is a 118 three car DMU, which seems like a fairly big gap in the market for that era. Dapol already do a 121 so you’d think they’d be in a decent position to give it a go maybe?
 

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Really enjoyable video, and a great layout. Thanks for sharing
 

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Thanks @takno. I don’t think Spielberg is looking over his shoulder yet but I did enjoy making it. Glad you liked it.
Oh Spielberg's got his fancy movies and all, but has he ever created a superbly detailed model of a little piece of 1980s Devon? I think probably not. Probably
 

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Oh Spielberg's got his fancy movies and all, but has he ever created a superbly detailed model of a little piece of 1980s Devon? I think probably not. Probably

I mean I haven’t got his budget to be fair, but there’s not one plastic shark anywhere on my railway and I think it looks all the better for it.
 

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Oh Spielberg's got his fancy movies and all, but has he ever created a superbly detailed model of a little piece of 1980s Devon? I think probably not. Probably
You forget the dream sequence in Jaws where the shark thinks it is on the platform of an HO-gauge model of Ingra Tor Halt in BR blue days.
 

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I've just watched the video. Great stuff.

I would never have the skill or patience to create something like that.
 

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I've just watched the video. Great stuff.

I would never have the skill or patience to create something like that.

Thanks for that. Much of what I did on here was a first attempt for me, so don’t do yourself down.
 

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Amazing scenery in the video, somehow it gives a better sense of perspective than still pictures. I have a very long way to go if ever to reach that level of detail. Thank you for sharing.
 

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Amazing scenery in the video, somehow it gives a better sense of perspective than still pictures. I have a very long way to go if ever to reach that level of detail. Thank you for sharing.

Thanks @fourtytwo. It’s really nice that everyone has given me such nice feedback and I do genuinely appreciate it actually.
I think anyone could do what I’ve done though. I’ve been making model railways for at least 40 years now - since I was a child, and the amount of stuff available now plus the instant knowledge that’s there at your fingertips on the internet makes things so much more accessible.

You only have to look at some of the stuff posted in this section to see that what people are achieving after only a short while is up there with things that you’d see in magazines a couple of decades ago.
What I like about our little modelling section is that we all encourage each other to go a little bit further with our imagination no matter what level we’re at.

Thanks to all of you for joining in and sharing what you’ve been doing. I absolutely love it. :)
 

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I’ve been tinkering around with my 37 and 47 today. Just doing a few little things to improve them like toning down the headlights on the 37 as they were ridiculously bright and also painting the bits of the brass pick-ups that you could see through the bogie frames black. Plus a thorough clean of all the axles.

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Both locos are quite old now and have basic 6 pin decoders which meant that the taillights were always on when coupled to train so I’ve blanked those off as well now.

I did look into lowering the body on the 37 because it rides a bit high, but having looked into it that’s a far bigger job than I want to get into and is definitely beyond my skills level as it involves dismantling the chassis somewhat.
No thanks!

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I’m going to work my way through the whole fleet bit by bit and do the same.
 

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I’ve been tinkering around with my 37 and 47 today. Just doing a few little things to improve them like toning down the headlights on the 37 as they were ridiculously bright and also painting the bits of the brass pick-ups that you could see through the bogie frames black. Plus a thorough clean of all the axles.

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Both locos are quite old now and have basic 6 pin decoders which meant that the taillights were always on when coupled to train so I’ve blanked those off as well now.

I did look into lowering the body on the 37 because it rides a bit high, but having looked into it that’s a far bigger job than I want to get into and is definitely beyond my skills level as it involves dismantling the chassis somewhat.
No thanks!

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I’m going to work my way through the whole fleet bit by bit and do the same.
All looking very nice @Cowley - as is to be expected from Lapford!
That second shot of the 47 is particularly nice. The attention to detail and the amount of work you've put into the engines and the layout as a whole astounds me. Not sure I'd want to have a go at sorting out the 37's ride-height issue either in all honesty :lol:

-Peter
 

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All looking very nice @Cowley - as is to be expected from Lapford!
That second shot of the 47 is particularly nice. The attention to detail and the amount of work you've put into the engines and the layout as a whole astounds me. Not sure I'd want to have a go at sorting out the 37's ride-height issue either in all honesty :lol:

-Peter

Haha thanks Peter.

Here you go. If you can read up on it for me I’ll post it up to you. ;)

 

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Haha thanks Peter.

Here you go. If you can read up on it for me I’ll post it up to you. ;)

Not a good start - my first thought when seeing the unsoldered wires was "oh crumbs, this is going to be a difficult job" :lol:
I've not read it through yet, but I think if I do I'll need to sit down and have a nice cup of tea to get over the stress of what would need doing...

-Peter

(I'm sure that's a fair deal, right? If I send you my 'Hall', you can send me the 37 and then after a week or two, I'll receive a working engine and you'll receive a box making a strange rattling noise with "sorry" written on the front in sharpie? ;))
 

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(I'm sure that's a fair deal, right? If I send you my 'Hall', you can send me the 37 and then after a week or two, I'll receive a working engine and you'll receive a box making a strange rattling noise with "sorry" written on the front in sharpie? ;))

I’d have to keep the Hall and go 00. I think I’d find it too big now…
 

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