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by TrainsOnArran
Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Christmas at Cordale
Replies: 4
Views: 689

Re: Christmas at Cordale

Time is ticking by quickly, but more progress has been made. The background hills have been snowed on (painted white) 811F6E4B-1523-467A-BBAC-E3974AD06FC6.jpeg The carriages and luggage van are just about complete - some door handles are needed and then the Christmas stickers can be applied to the s...
by TrainsOnArran
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Christmas at Cordale
Replies: 4
Views: 689

Re: Christmas at Cordale

The First Snow of the Winter It must be a railway now - the track has all (!) been laid and ballasted. Never before have I done all the track laying and ballasting in under an hour. The joys of a diorama. Can I also claim that all the wiring is done when there isn’t any? Perhaps I should say that t...
by TrainsOnArran
Sun Nov 17, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Christmas at Cordale
Replies: 4
Views: 689

Re: Christmas at Cordale

The Really Useful Storage Box arrived at the second attempt - the first one had been mishandled and was missing one corner. Then came the moment of truth. Would the layout fit in the box? F3EEE2F2-5E3D-446D-91A8-13CC327C5D17.jpeg I’m amazed and delighted to say that it fitted like Cinderella’s foot ...
by TrainsOnArran
Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Christmas at Cordale
Replies: 4
Views: 689

Christmas at Cordale

I started work on the Cordale Hall (Model) Railway in August 2018 and began posting about its development in January this year. Posting stopped abruptly in March and modelling stopped shortly afterwards. My father had not been in the greatest of health and he passed away in May at the grand old age ...
by TrainsOnArran
Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Cordale Hall Railway
Replies: 40
Views: 5224

Re: The Cordale Hall Railway

It rained most of the day on Arran today, so the planned tandem ride was cancelled, and I did some construction instead. DA0A75B1-A31E-4FF1-99E7-46998561C699.jpeg I started off with a Dapol 10’ wagon chassis (00 gauge), some plastruct strip, some coffee stirrers, kadee couplings and some chain. By t...
by TrainsOnArran
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 55
Views: 7069

Re: Estate Update

I wasn’t expecting that answer! Your picture of the photo (or is it your photo of the picture) makes the building look very three-dimensional. Presumably, the trees behind the stables have grown up in the intervening century to hide Berger Hall from view! And Gari’s clock seems to have blown off aga...
by TrainsOnArran
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 55
Views: 7069

Re: Estate Update

What a huge change these additions have made. Is that a copy of the original Berger Hall stables, or does the building move between layouts (in a Dr Who sort of way)?

Hope the show goes well, and that you enjoy the holiday.
by TrainsOnArran
Tue Mar 12, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Cordale Hall Railway
Replies: 40
Views: 5224

Re: The Cordale Hall Railway

I promised more details on how the buildings have been illuminated. I have used LED strip light from Amazon; this particular set comes with a transformer plug to convert to 12v DC, with an in-line on/off dimmer switch. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07144VBS1/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00...
by TrainsOnArran
Mon Mar 11, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Cordale Hall Railway
Replies: 40
Views: 5224

Re: The Cordale Hall Railway

After the last post, I feel I need to do something to restore some modelling credibility! Ever since I built the lighting rig using LED strip, I have been wondering about using something similar to illuminate the buildings. I gave this a go over the weekend. B38C05F3-6043-4E37-A53E-CF37B29CF453.jpeg...
by TrainsOnArran
Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Cordale Hall Railway
Replies: 40
Views: 5224

Re: The Cordale Hall Railway

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Rubber Ducks
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Could these be the first, second and third Ducks of Kensington? :roll:
by TrainsOnArran
Thu Mar 07, 2019 6:07 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Cordale Hall Railway
Replies: 40
Views: 5224

Re: The Cordale Hall Railway

Robert Burns tells that “the best laid schemes o’ mice and men gang aft aglay”. This also applies to Lordships and minions, although I’m not sure the water tower and coal stage could be described as a “best laid scheme”! This is the tower and embryonic coal stage placed roughly in position. 04AC9AD7...
by TrainsOnArran
Mon Mar 04, 2019 9:50 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Cordale Hall Railway
Replies: 40
Views: 5224

Re: The Cordale Hall Railway

I love how your glasshouse turned out. Thank you - I still need some more plants for the area between the slabs and the front windows. They will need to be a reasonable height to be seen but not so tall as to obscure the rest of the plants! I have made a simple coal stage for Smallbeach, maybe some...
by TrainsOnArran
Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Cordale Hall Railway
Replies: 40
Views: 5224

Re: The Cordale Hall Railway

In the last week the railway has been moved from the Guest Bedroom to the Railway Room. There used to be two levels of 00 track in the Railway Room - a four track circuit for the steam trains situated at about 5’ high, with another multi-track circuit at 3.5’ high, for diesels and third rail electri...
by TrainsOnArran
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:08 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Crundells Estate
Replies: 56
Views: 12489

Re: Crundells Estate

Andy, I really enjoyed meeting you and Crundells Estate in Glasgow on Saturday morning. I hope you don’t mind me posting some of the pictures I took. Thank you for all the hints, tips and techniques you passed on, particularly with regard to the plants and flowers on the estate. Following your advic...
by TrainsOnArran
Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Cordale Hall Railway
Replies: 40
Views: 5224

Re: The Cordale Hall Railway

There are still several ‘ladies’ in the Master Box range who have not yet been invited to Cordale. The Female Mechanics are not yet on show either. A reconciliation with the Duchess seems a long way off. Given Cordale Hall is set about 120 years later than Berger Hall (the original, not the new, upd...
by TrainsOnArran
Mon Feb 18, 2019 5:52 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Cordale Hall Railway
Replies: 40
Views: 5224

Re: The Cordale Hall Railway

Bill, that was remiss of me! My apologies to you, and also to the many other owners of estate railways that failed to make it into the Wikipedia entry for Sir Arthur Heywood.
by TrainsOnArran
Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Greenhouse Sidings by Richard Andrews
Replies: 60
Views: 34937

Re: Greenhouse Sidings by Richard Andrews

I’ve just checked bck through old photographs and the layout I was thinking of was not Greenhouse Sidings. It was a similar theme, but looking at the pictures, it has real, growing herbs for some of its greenery. Can anybody identify this layout? 4A2EDFF9-E5AF-4406-9196-D124B1B1B517.jpeg 506FF972-A3...
by TrainsOnArran
Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:00 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Greenhouse Sidings by Richard Andrews
Replies: 60
Views: 34937

Re: Greenhouse Sidings by Richard Andrews

Might I have seen this layout at Narrow Gauge North in Rawdon in 2013? If not, it was something with a very similar theme. Either way, I’m looking forward to seeing it at one of the Scottish exhibitions soon.
by TrainsOnArran
Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:42 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Cordale Hall Railway
Replies: 40
Views: 5224

Re: The Cordale Hall Railway

A Back-story for the Railway Many modellers produce a back-story for their railway. In cases where a real location is modelled, hours of research will be required to assemble all the details, noting all the changes of track layout, the details of the railway buildings, the goods carried, the train ...
by TrainsOnArran
Thu Feb 14, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Cordale Hall Railway
Replies: 40
Views: 5224

Re: The Cordale Hall Railway

With Spring approaching, the Cordale Estate is gearing up for sending out orders for its Natural Confetti. This product needs large packing cases. I used an Excel spreadsheet to create an A4 page of boxes. The sizes are based on the ‘Gn Oil’ cases included on the Prints Page of a Gn15 Tome, which we...
by TrainsOnArran
Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:27 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 55
Views: 7069

Re: Estate Update

If you are so close to Blenhiem Palace, that explains how you got the picture of the lake for the backscene at Temple Halt. I thought that was a very skillful piece of modelling. The left, right and centre all fitted together most convincingly and it all blended with the foreground so well. I realis...
by TrainsOnArran
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 55
Views: 7069

Re: Estate Update

Bother!! I’m now regreting that I haven’t already published the back story for the Cordale Hall Railway. There are a few similarities! But I suppose there are only a limited number of ways to explain the reviving of an old estate railway in the present day or thereabouts.
by TrainsOnArran
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:30 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Cordale Hall Railway
Replies: 40
Views: 5224

Re: The Cordale Hall Railway

As promised yesterday, the paintwork on the shelter has had its defects corrected. The young lady in the picture apparently bears a strong resemblence to Blake Lively, according to my son. No, it didn’t mean anything to me, either! Gossip Girl amongst other things, apparently. FBD3D2A1-DD00-4352-AA2...
by TrainsOnArran
Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: The Cordale Hall Railway
Replies: 40
Views: 5224

Re: The Cordale Hall Railway

I have to confess to making a Big Mistake! Last night at dinner, I foolishly mentioned that I had made a promise on this forum to finish off many of the part-completed jobs on the railway. “Ah, so that’s how to get things done, is it?”, was my wife’s reply. So if you soon read that I will be giving ...
by TrainsOnArran
Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Modelling Matters
Topic: Estate Update
Replies: 55
Views: 7069

Re: Estate Update

The Berger Hall Railway was one of the things that inspired me to venture into Gn15 by building the Cordale Hall Railway. Not just the railway, but the story running through the build.

I too am looking forward to seeing how this diorama starts and then develops into another layout.

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