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Regular readers will recall that I was quite taken with the GBL Jinty. Well after wandering around the area where I live (both online and in reality) I decided a small plaything based loosely on the sidings at Moor Street might be worth looking into. A day or so in Illustrator and the above plan was formed.

When I say loose I mean very loose. For a start Moor Street yard was firmly in GWR territory and I prefer the Midland. The yard at Moor Street was much longer and double ended and the canal is in a different place. Plus the mainline is double, not single and flat, mine is neither. The real location wasn’t, to my knowledge, as hemmed in by buildings as I wanted. The name is based on the nearby Brettell lane.

There’s also the opportunity to practise a few things I will be using on New Street, mainly laser cut baseboards and buildings. Plus it’s a bit more ‘railway’ than my shopping centre, which will be quite a long term project.

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So with the help and guidance of Tim and a couple of days at the controls of his laser cutter a couple of baseboards were cut and assembled. A few mistakes were made but overall I was pleased with how they turned out.

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Clive Mortimore
Clive Mortimore
6 years ago

Hi Jim

Looking good!!!!!

What period are you considering modelling? It would look nice with either loads of 16 ton Minerals or RCH 12 ton private owner wagons.

Bachmann’s 3F, 4F and the new 1F tank are all lovely models and would set the scene really well.

Yours

Clive

Terry Lawson
Terry Lawson
6 years ago

Jim,

As a long time fan of New Street (but hopeless at putting finger to keyboard) this looks like an artwork for Tate Modern. Inspirational stuff as usual!

John Woodall
John Woodall
6 years ago

Looks good Jim. Excellent to see that the romance of steam has finally got through, and hopefully not a D or E will get to see this one!!!!!!!!!

Have you thought about rounding the interior corners (even with as small a diameter of 20mm) just to break the squareness of them, of will the buildings tower over the railway?

Cheers,

John

Chad Bevan
Chad Bevan
6 years ago

Is it just me, or does Brettell Grove sound a bit like the ubiquitous small housing estate schemes that follows from the demise of these small railway yards? I thought Brettell Lane sounded rather appropriate, but then again that’s just me. I’ll follow this project with interest though – perhaps a new subheading on the website should be created?

Chad Bevan
Chad Bevan
6 years ago

In my opinion, road sounds better, however all feel a bit station-y. Brettell Street Sidings or Brettell Lane Marshaling Sidings could be better, just something to hint at its purpose. A nice little Midland Region signal box would look lovely all run down and dimly lit at night.

Doug
Doug
6 years ago

Hullo, Jim,

Is it ply or MDF, and what adhesive are you using? Have you had any experience of the newer Polyurethane glues yet, I’m interested in trying some.

Best wishes,

Doug

Simon Glidewell
Simon Glidewell
6 years ago

This will be a fine layout I’m sure; looking forward to it Jim!

Doug
Doug
6 years ago

Thanks, Jim.

Yes, it is ‘Gorilla-ish’, and slightly gap filling with little sag or run-out. According to some blurbs it stays minutely flexible, some boat-builders now use it as it has much longer shelf life (12 months) than epoxy and cascamite type stuff so can be bought in realistically economic quantities…..

Doug