Sutton Junction to Meden Vale – OO – Derek Gelsthorpe

Sutton Junction


Meden vale is an area were I live.but the layout is totally fictional and straight from the head as I go along.

I have no idea what time scale or stock to use, the only idea i have is that it will be lms.i may use existing stock and a few railcars.i may decide to convert to dcc.

The fiddle yard has not been decided on so far but i will enlighten you when i come to doing it.

Sutton junction was the first layout i exhibitored which was a great success,this was another area were I lived at that time. A few layouts before that didn’t quite have much interest.

Medental was an (n) gauge exhibition layout i built a few years ago due to owning a german loco.tal in german means vale, thus sutton junction to  meden vale.

4mm in scale on two 4ft x 2ft boards 4mm thick, 8mm dowels and coach bolts secure the two boards together.the frame is 2inch x 1inch glued and screwed.legs are detachable and the same design as idleway and medental.side and end boards are the remains from a bunk bed my granson had grown out of.i simply varnished it.i wanted something different to my normal matt black appearance.

The river bed was cut away from the top baord and lowered which meant cutting away part of the frame.various greens and black acrilic paint was applied to the wood and when dried, one coat of satin varnish was left to dry while covered with a cloth so dust didn’t affect the finish.various woodland scenic scatter and fibre filling was added to the river bed and painted various colours.i have used fibre filling to most of the baseboard coverage, glued and painted various greens.

The track plan  was not thought of before the build as with the scenics.i never have a plan or do drawings of a layout.i think of what to do as i go along.most important,is to make sure it fits in the car.

I spent a couple of hours moving track about the base until i was happy with hopefully would make an interesting shunting sequence.track was laid by my long and well tested method.lighty pinned to the board and then masking tape applied to within half inch from sleeter ends.fine ballast was introduced from my homemade chanel spoon then lightly brushed until the ballast was level to the top of the sleepers.i then use a very fine spray of water from a zoflora bottle.i then mix fifty/fifty of p.v.a and water,never washing up liquid.this causes a discolouration.using an eye dropper the mix is applied to the area between the masking tape and sleeper ends.the mix soaks into the ballast without causing surface tension,but the glue will not effect the track or point very little cleansing is needed.just a rub over with a block of wood which i have used for years to clean all trackwork.

The track is standard code 100 with electofrog medium curved points operated by my usual welding rod method which is secured to the baseboard by 25 amp terminal blocks.i laid the track across both base baords and soldered copper paxolin to the track were i cut away the sleepers which were tacked to the base baords.i then cut the track with a junior hacksaw and cleaned with a smooth file.

I then decided to make a terminus area ending to a stone wall.all the buildings are wills plastics and wills plastic sheets(wills street).all the weathering and slight alterations have been done by myself.the domestic garage and cattle dock are scratch built from photographs.i have used complete buildings and not relief for the village.

All the stonework and brickwork is plastic sheeting which i paint with black or white acrylic paint and wiped off straight away.then rubbed down lightly with very fine wet or dry carborundum paper.i would like to add that i use a little talcum powder mixed in the paint.this makes a better matt  effect.

The road at the carpark and village is wills plastic cobble glued down with neat p.v.a.when dry it is painted with grey paint and then  rubbed with wet or dry when dry.,but the other roads are soil taken from mole hills which we use as a plant compost.this soil is dried in the oven then when cooled it is tea strained onto neat p.v.a.

The crossing gates are wills and are operated by brass tube and a simple lever system.

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