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Botanic on view at Hull club open day

02/06/2014

Hull MRS had a one-day exhibition and open day on Saturday 31 May, and the Botanic gang did our bit by having Botanic up and yes, actually running (!) in the clubrooms ready for the guided tours offered to members of other clubs in the region. Other gangmembers Adrian and James lent us the bits they were working on (thanks!) so we could show as much as possible. Here’s a few pics of the thing in all it’s uncompleted glory…

A view of the station and the row of shops with James and my locos and rolling stock

A view of the station and the row of shops with James’, Dave’s and my locos and rolling stock. The open space to the left of the station will be the back gardens of the houses on Louis Street, which is “off scene” to the left of the baseboard edge

 

A view from the other direction with Adrian's excellent builders yard and waterworks cottage in the foreground

A view from the other direction with Adrian’s excellent builders yard and waterworks cottage in the foreground, with James’ signal box behind next to Dave’s terrific and intricate level crossing

 

A closeup of the station building  - yes, the lamp has fallen off! A repair job for this week....

A closeup of the station building – yes, the lamp HAS fallen off! A repair job for this week….

 

A long view of the scenic boards from one end, giving some idea of their extent. lots of buildings to add!

A long view of the scenic boards from one end, giving some idea of their extent. Lots of buildings still to add, though the  bare space to the left of the builder’s yard and waterworks cottage (and as yet unbuilt trackwork) was mostly allotments in 1913

 

Connecting up the boards and running locos did, however, highlight some electrical faults, which is the job for the next meeting at the clubrooms when we can seperate the boards and get at the wiring without having to crouch uncomfortably in the dark under them.

 

The march of the terraces…

14/05/2014

…well, more of a saunter, really.

Work has continued on the 3 terraced houses that will fit on the baseboard of Botanic Gardens, and has slowed a little because the modelling of the three bay windows is a bit fiddly. The inner window frames are now under construction, but each frame has to be hand cut individually and fitted into the aperture, so it’s taking a while. However, the buildings are beginning to look something like the originals were in 1913, as far as we can work out how they were then. The chimney pots will also take a while because they were fairly plain hexagonal ones, and in the absence of any suitable readymade ones, will have to be scratchbuilt from hexagonal brass tubing…. and there’s 8 of them on the main stack!

When put next to the shops which are now all but finished (yard still needs weathering and 2 support posts for the rear roof extensions need adding), it’s looking good.

 

The terraces in place on the layout. Should look good when completed...

The terraces in place on the layout. Should look good when completed…

 

A different view from the front....

A different view from the front….

 

..and one from the back. Still a lot to do!

..and one from the back. Still a lot to do!

There are other bits that are part finished, like the roof components, but I didn’t take them to the club on this occasion.

I may be taking a short break from buildings modelling and spending some time on finishing a couple of loco kits in the next two or three weeks – a change is as good as a rest, and I need a brief break from the terraces.

 

A trio of terraces…

07/01/2014

After finishing (or all but…) the two shops on Botanic Gardens, the next building task is to construct the terraced houses that are next door. Actually, there were (and indeed still are) FOUR terraced houses, but the width of our baseboard means there is only room for three of them – hence the title.

The terraces are shops/businesses these days, but in 1913 they were all private houses with small gardens in front; fairly upmarket, really – see below: the terraces are to the right of the piano dealer:

Spring Bank 1913

Here are some images of the early construction of the terraces, in place on the layout.

The basic carcase of the terraces in place

The basic carcase of the terraces in place

A view from the other side: the terrace doorways ARE that much bigger - see the 1913 photo above!

A view from the other side: the terrace doorways ARE that much bigger – see the 1913 photo above!

So still a way to go, but in fact progress has been fairly rapid so far; I suspect that is because of the Christmas break!

Watch this space….

Botanic business….

27/11/2013

Time for an update on Botanic Gardens, the Hull MRS P4 layout we in the East Yorkshire Group of the Scalefour Society are building…..

The two shops (well, strictly one shop and one piano dealer) are now 99% finished, with only the stones of the yard to paint and weather, and the wooden posts that support the roof edges at the back of the rear extensions to finish. Here’s some pics:

A view from the level crossing: the pavement isn't finished yet!

A view from the level crossing: the pavement isn’t finished yet

A view from the Spring Bank side...

A view from the Spring Bank  side…

A view of the rear of the building; the posts which support the roofs at the back of the extensions are not in place yet, as the cobbled yard needs finishing off and fixing in place first.

A view of the rear of the building; the posts which support the roofs at the back of the extensions are not in place yet, as the cobbled yard needs finishing off and fixing in place first.

So, further progress. Just need to start on the terraced houses next to these now!

..and a year later!!

11/11/2013

The Lakes trip has come round again!

I haven’t blogged for simply ages because too much has been happening and at the same time not much has… this apparent nonsense is explained by there being too much mundane activity or illness (and a car crash – luckily I was relatively unscathed) which isn’t really bloggable and not enough even moderately interesting occurrences.

However, the annual Lakes trip took place on the traditional weekend, but the weather was so grim, especially on the Saturday (downpour all day), that very few photos were taken. The one below is presented as evidence the trip DID take place!

The group on top of Catbells, near Keswick, on the Sunday. The smiles are because of the hip flasks circulating....

The group on top of Catbells, near Keswick, on the Sunday. The smiles are because of the hip flasks circulating….

Well, I suppose after two years of excellent weather, we were due a rainy one. We are seriously contemplating moving the weekend to another time of year, though it does need to avoid school holidays – not because any of us have school-age kids any more, but because we are more likely to get single-occupancy rooms and reasonable rates!

The Lakes provides a lift

07/11/2012

A lift to the spirits, that is!

Our annual trip to the Lakes was made last weekend, albeit with a reduced group as some regulars had other commitments. However, the walking, the weather, and the scenery were excellent!

Saturday was a fairly gloomy and grey start, but we had high hopes that things would improve, as we had seen on Friday afternoon there was lying snow on the high fells, and the forecast was encouraging.

A gloomy start, weather-wise, but cheery faces! The walk up to Scandale Pass on the way to Red Screes.  Scott, Jan and Clive look optimistic

….however, the weather began to clear around lunchtime, with views into Patterdale

However, there were some lengthy and intense snow showers, but the views of the snow-clad fells were there all the way down….

Descent from Red Screes in one of the snow showers….

…. but we still got good views!

Encouraged by the interesting day we had, we were delighted to find that Sunday dawned with bright blue skies for our walk up tot he Langdale Pikes. Crinkle Crags looked good! –

Crinkle Crags from the path up to Harrison Stickle

Yours truly, looking happy about not being rained on for a change… Julie in the background

A great view of the Helvellyn range from Sergeant Man on the way down

All in all, a very pleasant weekend with good walking, good weather, good food, and most importantly, good company. Here’s to next year!

…and yes, I’m still here…..

07/11/2012

No posts for a while – too many things have got in the way, such as the weddings of two of my three children, both in the same month (argh!), which I didn’t want to blog about (partly because we still haven’t got the official photos of my son’s wedding yet!).
So here goes with a bit of news on the progress on Botanic Gardens, the North Eastern Railway-era layout I’m involved with. As this is supposed to be showing properly for the first time at the 2013 Hull Model Railway Show, we need to get on urgently, especially with the many buildings we need.

I’ve been doing quite a lot of work on the pair of shops next to the level crossing; the front of these is quite complicated with fairly ornate bay windows and the backs extend quite a way:

The front view: both were originally built as houses in the 1880’s

Another view from the level of the footbridge over the line: the buildings still exist, with very much altered frontages!

A view of the rear – no roofs on yet…..

The left-hand half was originally a funeral director’s premises – Harry Colam – but for some reason around the year 1912 he changed to being a confectioner and news shop – hence the shop frontage (Botanic Gardens is set in 1913). The right-hand half was Vaughan’s piano dealers, who didn’t have a shop front until the 1930’s.
Just for comparison, here’s a photo of the real things around 1913:

Harry Colam’s shop on the extreme left, Vaughan’s pianos next door

A lot more buildings to build. Must press on!