Monday, 20 February 2012

Ringwood Station - Drawing

Just a quick sketch to show what I hope Ringwood Station will look like when finished!

Ringwood - Platform building and general layout

More structure modelling and laying things out!

This morning I wanted to lay out the buildings I had so far just to try and get the general feel of what will become Ringwood Station. So far I think it looks about right, although the signal box will definitely have to move onto the other board on the right to make room for the long platforms. Also the goods sidings will be longer and will also be extended onto the other board (yet to be built).

Below: The platform building I built yesterday somewhat based on the original at Ringwood. As you can see, it is still very much a W.I.P. The ventilator on the roof is where the gents toilets were, and  I think the first window should actually be a door because of this.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Breamore - Prototype photos (pre 2000) + Ringwood drawings

A few bad quality images and a page of drawings!
Here are a 3 bad quality photos I took of Breamore Station pre2000 and pre-restoration. 

Although I will not be weathering the model to such a state of decay, I will be modelling the branch in it's final few days (or weeks?). The fact that Breamore station was still standing (and in fairly good condition after 40 years!) means it is a great success story for transport history in the area.

Also, whilst I am here, I have done a few sketches of the other various buildings I am yet to build for Ringwood station. Details on these buildings is rather sketchy, and I'm reluctant to put craft knife to plasticard.  I'm appealing for anyone to spot mistakes in the drawings to let me know. The sketch bottom right has a high percentage of guesswork! I also have very few details of the goods shed (not drawn) at Ringwood so details of that would be very helpful. As far as I understand, the goods shed at Wareham is of similar style (although shorter?).

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Ringwood - Ground frame 'A' and 'B' - Part V

PHEW! That's that done - windows!

Took an age, but I hope you'll agree the results are well worth it. See for yourself!:

I have to admit, these photos are rather cruel close ups and do show every fault glaringly, but I'm just glad the character of the box is finally where I want it. (Really must fill in the void under the roof). Jobs still to do include drain pipes, stove pipe, nameboard and the bargeboards. Oh, and the two doors.)

Monday, 13 February 2012

Ringwood - Ground frame 'A' and 'B' - Part IV

The basic shell of Ground Frame 'A' has been complete - just the interior, windows, roof and door to go.
There is a bit of green paint that needs tidying up, but it's starting to look the part.

Not much else to say really, these photos should sum it up nicely I think.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Ringwood - Ground frame 'A' and 'B' - Part III

And now the last update of the day!
The following photos show the signal box painted into Southern Region green and cream. Still to do is the porch roof, the windows (which will probably lift the look of the box immensely) and also the stove pipe and ridge tiles still. I hope you'll agree that it's character is finally coming to life! I must add though, I have deviated from the design of the prototype to make it narrower as I felt the prototype looked a bit too 'square'!

Ringwood - Ground frame 'A' and 'B' - Part II

Ground Frame B  - continued...

The photos should be pretty self-explanatory, but to sum it up;

- Porch finished (bar windows)
- Steps finished (and handrail)
- Roof done (bar ridge tiles and stove pipe)
- Minor niggles sorted

Ringwood - Ground frame 'A' and 'B'

Progress at last!

Yesterday I set about building a couple signal boxes for Ringwood. Ground frame 'A' and Ground Frame 'B'. Ground Frame 'A being the small box, and Ground Frame 'B' being the larger box. (I assume this was an LSWR No.1 box)? Ground Frame 'B' used to be 'East Box' until 1929 where it had been de-promoted.

I'll try finishing off both boxes today so hopefully there will be an update later on. I did mess up the larger box as I made the gap for the windows 8mm to low initially (quite a big mistake!). I have managed to scrounge enough materials to finish it off though. The porch will also need heightening later. The window frames and porch supports are just small bits of plasticard (not sure what size, sorry!). It is also quite obvious that a lot of the window uprights have set at a slight angle which will need to be rectified if possible. Then comes the satisfying bit - painting!

The white wooden floor of the signal box upper storey is removable to add the window and door in the locking room (is that the right terminology?). I will also leave the roof as removable so I can fit an interior in the future should I want to. The hipped roof will be a tricky thing to get right first time!