Final bits added to Copsey

I have now added the final detailing bits to Copsey. The layout now has CCTV Camera’s, Crash Barriers in four places, Stacks of pallets behind the Industrial units and lastly one ton Ballast Bags in the Engineers Yard.

Apart from a little blending and weathering the layout is now finished.

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Below are a few cameo scenes and groups of people

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Copsey nearly finished – Mid Oct 18

Well my three enjoyable weeks making this layout is almost over, it is nearly finished! The only work to do is add more people, mainly on the station, add a Gaugemaster track cleaner, add further fencing and a gate to the engineers yard and finally weather  the track and buildings further.

I really hope it shows what can be done with a simple track plan, simple electrics and recycled bits and pieces.

Below are some hastily taken photo’s, using a cheap camera at night, with normal strip lighting. I will take further photo’s soon with stock and using some different era’s and Train Operators.

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Thanks to Graham Minshull and Shaun Harvey for their help over the last two years – without them I would have given up Exhibiting.

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During adding these photo’s I have noticed a few glitches that need rectifying, so the journey continues. I guess I should have split this post into several subjects but time is precious at present and I have a lot of friends O Gauge work to do before a meeting on Sunday – fingers crossed.

DMU Layout —Named

After much thought and the determination to pick a name that would be suitable for multiple era’s and companies in different parts of the country, I came up with ‘Copsey’.

To reinforce the variety of DMU’s  that can be run in various era’s from about 1985 – to date. I have made up some ‘running in’ boards that will clip onto the station in keeping with the unit’s running. I have also made the boards for the engineers yard to reflect the company in charge of the track and most stations.

Firstly the Engineers signs  (these are all that is needed for the period of the layout)

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Now we have various ‘running in’ boards to reflect the DMU’s running

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These are not exhaustive and others will be added. The Platform signage will all be in white with black lettering to avoid changing everything! This is not the first time I have done this. About 20 years ago I did removable signs for my then Exhibition layout – the sadly missed ‘Melford’.

‘Copsey’ is an old family name that has sadly died out. I picked it because I could find no Town or Village with this name in the UK, although I stand corrected if wrong.

DMU layout further work early Oct 18

Further work has been done on the DMU layout. It is now 100% electrically complete and hopefully the photo’s show just how simple the layout is. The ‘first’ DMU has run, sorry no pun intended, and all isolating sections were tested and numbered on the controls. I have really gone out of my way to make things as simple as possible – hopefully to encourage others to have a go!

I had originally made the layout to operate in Network Rail Era, 2002 to date. However I hope to design ‘plug in’ signs so that by changing the signs, cars and railway road vehicles I can get back to about 1990.

For the record, Network Rail         – 2002 to date

Railtrack                 – 1994 to 2002

British Rail             – 1990  to 1994 (for my purposes – actually from 1967)

Prior to this it was British Railways!

I have now finished the bridge over the railway and it awaits painting and weathering.

Ballast should be here tomorrow – so hopefully can be done over the weekend!

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Prototype ‘plug in’

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Work on DMU layout 10/18 early

Work on the layout continues, the Car Park is painted, lined and weathered. The Engineers Depot is painted and weathered. The Signal bases have been made and painted together with the associated trunking. Further work has been carried out on the platform including weathering, the Station Building has been selected and detailed.

Being basic electrics, this did not take very long – in fact about an hour. There are three isolating sections on the main scenic board and another three in the fiddle yard. These will give me the flexibility I require. All points operation are manual as they are in the fiddle yard.

The bridge has had further work, the next job being the brick cladding.

With this layout I am trying to show just how simple and basic an Exhibition layout can be. I have ordered a Gaugemaster Combi controller that should be here today.

Next Jobs will be ballasting and them track weathering.

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