Branch Line Terminus

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27th January 2013: Now that the main construction of the Branch Line Terminus is finished, we are turning our attentions to other projects on the main layout. See Introduction to Newchapel Junction Station Renewal for our current main project, or see Minor Works for other small projects which will also include any future additions or improvements to the Branch Line Terminus.

20th January 2012: A transport box was made for the station canopy and a coal cart and horse completed. Since then the Branch Line Terminus has made its second outing to Warley National Model Railway Exhibition in November 2011.

26th October 2011: The station canopy has now been painted and the columns fixed to the underside with epoxy. A piece of valance has temporarily been attached to the end of the canopy with Blu-tak pending construction of the canopy extension along the paved portion of the platform.

20th September 2011: After a weekend out playing trains with the main layout at the Medway Show (for which we won "Best in Show"), work has resumed on the station canopy. The basic shell has been built up from plastic section and sheet as before but this time it is fixed firmly to the aluminium base plate. Plastic strips have been added to the roof to provide the panelling detail. Finally the third picture shows the etched brass valence in place.

6th September 2011: The canopy support columns have been fabricated from brass. The main uprights are 3mm diameter rod with the top 20mm turned down on the lathe to be a snug fit inside the pieces of square section brass tube. The bottom parts of the columns have been turned from 6mm diameter rod and a hole drilled through the centre into which the uprights fit. Finally the whole lot has been soldered together as seen in the second photo.

The third and fourth photos show the cast white metal brackets have been superglued onto the square sections at the top of the columns.

Roof panelling was added to the frame and the canopy was virtually completed as seen in the fifth picture. However this has subsequently been scrapped because the whole structure twisted out of shape due to shrinkage after the plastic cladding was added.

The second attempt has been started using a more robust construction for stability. A base plate of aluminium sheet has been cut to size and a wood batten fixed along the front edge to support the valence. The plate is shown resting temporarily on the columns. The protruding bolts which retain the mounting plates will be cut down. Then the roof panelling will be fabricated from plastic as before and should remain true by virtue of the metal plate.

10th August 2011: The first two pictures show the goods shed has been fitted with internal lighting.

A start has been made on the framework for the platform canopy along the front of the station building. The framework has been fabricated from various plasticard sections and is shown resting on temporary supports at the final height of the posts which have not yet been made.

The fourth picture shows the small fillet required to fill in the gap between the canopy and the parcels office which is set back from the main frontage.

The fifth and sixth pictures show the end elevation and how the canopy interfaces with the lean-to on the station house. The top will be covered in plasticard sheet and etched brass valences fitted in due course.

27th June 2011: The final shunt signal has been installed at the exit from the run round loop. The yellow arm, when in the On position, allows trains to shunt in and out of the goods shed siding without the signaller having to clear it every time. The signal only needs to be operated for movements using the crossover to the main line.

As with the other shunt signal, the operating mechanism and ballast resistor have been squeezed in alongside one of the point operating mechanisms.

16th June 2011: The first two pictures show the shunt signal protecting the loco release crossover has been installed. Two sleepers have been extended and the signal has been fixed to a representation of the mounting plate and mechanical detector fashioned from plastikard and brass. The vertical brass wire to the right of the signal carries the feed to the signal lamp, the return being provided via the brass body of the signal.

Underneath the baseboard, the third and fourth pictures show how the actuating motor has been squeezed in next to one of the point operating mechanisms together with the associated current limiting resistor. The fifth and sixth pictures show how the travel of the motor is controlled by the two screws acting on the plate attached to the operating shaft. An actuating crank soldered to the end of the shaft drives the operating wire which passes up through the baseboard. The electrical connections seen in the foreground are for the lighting.

The final two pictures show the finished article after completion of the painting.

16th May 2011: Despite having made its exhibition debut, Sidport Regis as with any model railway layout, is by no means finished! Work has now turned to completing the signalling by making the last two shunt signals. One for the loco release crossover and the other to control outgoing movements from the run round loop.

The first four photos show the bodies of the signals have been machined from a single piece of solid brass on a vertical mill. The signals were then separated and the roof profiles filed on.

The third picture shows the front of the shunt signals. The lower hole is the bearing for the shunt disc, and the top hole produces the aspect light from a grain-of-wheat bulb. The fourth photo taken from the rear shows the top hole is enlarged to accommodate a grain-of-wheat bulb within the structure.

Photos 5 and 6 show the front of the two painted and assembled signals lit in the On and Off positions respectively. The luminosity of the aspects shows up better to the naked eye than in the photos. The final two photos show how the backlight of the right-hand signal is obstructed by the back blind when in the Off position as per the prototype.

The next job will be to mount the signals on the baseboards and connect them up to their motors.

27th March 2011: The photos above show the new Branch Line Terminus, Sidport Regis, at its first exhibition in Leamington on 19-20th March 2011.

17th March 2011: The last few items have been finished off. This involved adding a ‘load’ to the crane so that the hook and string hang straight, and also finishing off the transport box for the goods shed which can be seen in position.

13th March 2011: The newspaper stand has had more detail added, and the seats, loading gauge and lever collars have been painted. The last photo shows one of the lever collars placed over a lever handle. When placed on a lever, the collars act as a reminder to the operator that the lever concerned must not be moved. For example there may be a train standing over a set of points so the points must not be moved.

12th March 2011: The whole layout has been setup in order to position and drill holes for the figures and telegraph poles. Also a pile of sleepers and sleeper chairs have been glued down beside the P-Way hut.

9th March 2011: 12 telegraph poles have been assembled and can be seen in their transport box with the signal box. In the next day or so, holes will be drilled in the baseboards to place these on the layout.

The hinges on the gates surrounding the end loading bay have been painted black, and garden has had more plants added to finish it off.

Lastly a knob and spring-loaded catch have been added to the control panel lid that covers the mechanical locking bed.

28th February 2011: Rapid progress has taken place on the station garden, what a difference! There are still more vegetables to be added to the vegetable patch, and the flower beds will be planted up shortly.

The sixth photo shows clearly the need for the locating bracket on the underside of the garden in order to hold the garden securely in place within the transport box.

The last two photos show the platform steps which will be weathered to dull them down a bit, and the end loading bay fencing which has been adapted to fit and painted. The final plan is to have a station canopy covering part of the platform which will require a small redesign of this fencing.

27th February 2011: The first 4 photos show the station building in place together with the garden. Details such as curtains and the inside of the station ticket hall have been added to the building.

The fifth photo shows further progress on the garden, while the sixth photo shows the cattle dock has been weathered. The last photo shows the painted figures placed safely in the biscuit tin which has a place in the station building transport box.

20th February 2011: The first four photos show the transport box for the station garden. As the garden will have plants, washing lines, trees etc. placed on top, it will be very delicate and difficult to transport. Therefore in order to transport it safely, an aluminium plate has been attached to the underneath of the garden. This slots accurately between two more aluminium plates which are attached to the bottom surface of the transport box. This locates the garden in position inside the box without anything having to touch the top surface.

Photos 5, 6 and 7 show the progress on the station building which is now complete except for the guttering and a couple of other finishing touches. Also photo 5 shows the figures which have been painted.

The last two photos show 6 lever collars, a loading gauge and the station seats have been sprayed with brass etch primer ready for painting. The lever collars have been turned up from brass and will be painted red. The loading gauge has been acquired second-hand.

10th February 2011: A removable tray has been made to fit the station building transport box. This tray fits above the station building and transports items safely in foam pockets. The trick to cutting out the pockets in the foam is to use a very sharp new scalpel blade. The last photo shows the brick wall and contouring have been added to the station garden.

17th January 2011: Significant progress has been made on the station building.

Work has now turned towards building transport boxes for the safe transportation of the scenery to and from exhibitions. The third and fourth photos show a transport box has been built and finished for the signal box. This will also transport the telegraph poles once they are built.

The fifth photo shows the transport box for the station building. This has more work to be done inside.

The last photo shows a start has been made on the transport box for the goods shed.

4th January 2011: The station running-in board has been completed.

A start has been made on preparing figures firstly by inserting piano wire pins in their legs so they can be removed from the layout for transport.

Some figures require posing by having their arms/heads etc. added. For example the Boy Scout figures have been "fitted" around their push cart.

The castings are generally very crisp and require very little cleaning up. Some filling may be required where arms have been glued on before priming and painting.

The layout will require quite a few more figures and it is expected that these will be added to over a period of time.

29th December 2010: The remaining two platform seats have been assembled and await priming and painting.

The fire devil has been painted and some rust colour dry brushed on to weather it a little.

The platform barrows have been painted and assembly completed. Another two wheel handcarts have been assembled and painted.

The garden items prepared previously have also been painted together with a garden shed which has been customised by the addition of a rain gutter and water butt.

Finally a few more pieces of luggage etc. have been painted.

20th December 2010: A start has been made on the etched brass platform seats. The arms and legs were formed to shape using jigs on the etch. The legs were then placed in another jig and soldered as shown in the second and third pictures. The seat back and slats were then bent to shape using a pair of sacrificial jigs. The whole lot was then soldered together and the sacrificial jigs cut off. So far four out of six seats have been assembled.

9th December 2010: A number of castings for packing cases, barrels, luggage etc. obtained from the bargain bin at a recent exhibition have been cleaned up and painted.

A fire devil to go under the water crane, a couple of platform barrows and a wheelbarrow and dustbin for the station garden have been assembled.

26th November 2010: A shelf together with its securing brackets and captive nuts have been made to mount the block instrument to the right of the control panel. Mounting holes and captive nuts have also been added to mount the block bell to the left of the control panel.

Diagonal leg braces have been manufactured to prevent the layout from wobbling.

Lastly a protective cover has been made for board 0.

13th November 2010: The whole layout was set up for a second thorough functional test and to view the entire layout with all the scenery in position, thereby giving us an idea of how much more scenery is needed. The photos also show progress on the goods shed.

28th October 2010: The ground beside the station master’s house has been raised to the same height as platform level. This area is the house garden and will be separated from the running lines by a brick wall. The garden and wall have been made removable to facilitate transportation of the layout.

The third photo shows the station running-in board has been fabricated from plasticard, fitted with mounting pegs and awaits priming and painting.

The final photo shows real coal has been added to the coal staithes using a thin layer of roofing felt adhesive.

12th October 2010: The rest of the platform has been surfaced with gravel including the wide-way that leads off the end of the platform ramp.

Three blocks of wood have been added to support the station building at the correct height in relation to the platform top.

8th October 2010: The first two photos show plasticard sheets of paving slabs have been cut out, painted and glued to the platform top. The unpaved areas of the platform will receive a layer of gravel.

The third and fourth photos show that the last of the plasticard has been cut out and fitted to the station building.

The fifth photo shows that the last little strip of ballast up against the end loading bay wall has been added and glued. Also a different style of paving for the end loading bay has been painted and fixed.

The final photo shows the new strip of ballast has been dirtied to match, and the last four coping stones together with the bulk of timber have been glued in place.

21st September 2010: After time out taking Newchapel Junction to the Guildex exhibition, work has resumed on the station platform.

The coping stones were masked up and have been spray painted in a concrete colour.

19th August 2010: The stationmaster’s house together with the lean-to has been built and attached to the rest of the station building structure. More plasticard brickwork and roof tiles have been added. The station building structure was tried in the platform cut-out one last time before the platform top was attached to the board. The last of the individual coping stones have been laid.

As part of the signalling for the new Branch Line Terminus, a shunt signal has been added to the siding on the existing adjacent board on the main layout. A slightly different method of operation for this shunt signal has been developed and is under test with a view to using this design when the main station is signalled in a few years time. The advantage of this new design is to give slower and more realistic movement of signal arms.

12th August 2010: The coping stones have been laid on the platform ramp to complete the coping stones on board 3.

The second photo shows the hardboard platform top for board 1 has been cut out accurately to allow the station building to slot down into the platform. The third photo shows strips of wood to support the platform top around the station building have been attached to the baseboard. The fourth photo shows the platform on board 1 has had a ‘false bottom’ glued in to receive the location pegs for figures, canopy pillars, etc.

The final photo shows that work on the end loading bay has been started.

29th July 2010: Work on the station building has progresses with the parcels office structure now built from plywood, and some of the brick cladding has been added to the station building. The station house has yet to be started.

The second photo shows that wooden strips have been attached in the middle of the platform to give the hardboard platform tops more strength and to stop them from sagging in the middle.

The third photo shows the hardboard platform tops on Boards 2 and 3 have been glued and screwed down.

Finally, individual coping stones have been laid on Board 2 and most of the way down Board 3. These have been cut down from 20mm x 20mm plastic angle from a well known DIY store.

28th July 2010: After much consideration it has been decided to use scatter for the grass. Apart from the cost advantage it was considered that this would match the rest of the layout better and the long grass was deemed to look too unkempt for a Southern Railway station area. The final colour used is a blend of equal parts Woodland Scenics Medium Green, Light Green and Burnt Grass.

The first picture shows the scatter being applied to a thick layer of PVA glue on the cutting on Board 6. The second shows Board 5 while the third picture shows the excess scatter being brushed off Board 3 after the glue had been left to dry overnight.

The fourth picture shows the final effect on Board 6. Once all the grass was laid the boards were laid out on the workshop floor to see the overall effect.

24th July 2010: The newspaper stand for the station has been assembled from a kit and given a coat of grey primer. The door in the foreground fits in one end of the kiosk, the two cases are Southern Railway stretcher cupboards.

The opportunity has been also been taken to prime various boxes etc. for the goods yard.

14th July 2010: Unfortunately the station building structure which was previously built using a foam-plasticard type material was not considered to be robust enough for transport. Therefore construction of the building has started again, this time using thin plywood which is giving the building much more strength. The photos above show the first section of the ‘new’ station building constructed using wood. The stationmaster’s house and the lean-to extension will be added to complete the structure of the station building.

4th July 2010: The retaining wall and coping stones have been weathered.

The cattle dock surface has been paved with granite sets and the fencing has been darkened slightly and fitted.

28th June 2010: Coping stones have been scribed onto strips of plasticard, painted a concrete colour and added to the retaining wall on Board 6. Some weathering still needs to be applied to tone the colours down.

The fencing for the cattle dock has been painted and again needs weathering to darken the colour down a little.

22nd June 2010: The textured surface for the goods yard and entrance roadway has been painted in a slightly darker colour to tone down its appearance.

Four buffer stops have been assembled and painted, and lastly the fencing for the cattle dock has been made from scratch and sprayed with brass etch primer ready to receive the top coat.

18th June 2010: The textured surface for the goods yard and entrance roadway has been applied. This was done by painting on a layer of slightly watered-down wood glue, then sprinkling on the gravel texture, pressing it down, and tipping off the excess gravel. The gravel texture is now ready for painting in a slightly darker colour to tone down its appearance.

13th June 2010: The walls of the cattle dock have been built, clad with embossed brick sheet and painted.

Some banking has been added to provide a grass ramp for access.

The top surface has been made up as a removable unit and edged with plastic angle which has been scribed and painted to represent Engineers blue bricks.

8th June 2010: As seen in the first photo, the entire layout was assembled for the sleepers to be painted in a slightly darker colour, and to show how the layout currently looks with the scenery in place.

The second photo shows a close-up of the scenery on board 6, the third photo shows a close-up of the signal box and lamp hut, and the fourth photo shows the station and building.

The last two photos show the crossing boarding for the goods yard has been glued in place, and the station platforms have had a ‘false bottom’ glued in to receive the location pegs for figures, canopy pillars, etc.

1st June 2010: The banking on all boards has been repainted a better shade of brown and most of the cesses have been "ballasted". The second picture shows Boards 2 and 3, the third Boards 4 and 5 and the fourth Board 6.

Note the cut-outs for the buildings and signals have also been painted.

26th May 2010: Trials are under way to evaluate different ground cover techniques for the banking – small trial pieces have been made up. The first picture shows a conventional scatter material with added details and the second picture shows a grass matting again with similar added details.

The main advantage of the scatter over the matting is the large difference in cost, the imported matting coming in at around £24 a roll! On the down side the scatter lacks the texture of the matting which is more significant in O gauge than the smaller scales. Decisions, decisions....

5th May 2010: The coal staithes have been built up from strips of basswood around balsa wood profiles for the coal heaps.

Whilst Board 6 was out, the opportunity was taken to fit locating strips to retain the P Way hut in the correct position.

Lastly the coal staithes have been painted. They will be weathered and real crushed coal added after the ground surface has been applied.

25th April 2010: PVA and tissue paper has been applied to the last of the banking on boards 2 and 1.

Whilst waiting for the glue to dry, a start was made on preparing the boarding for the crossing on the roadway into the goods yard.

The banking on Boards 1, 2 and 3 has had a coat of poster paint.

The crossing boarding has now been painted and is ready for final fitting.

Further strips of Basswood have been cut ready for construction of the coal staithes.

19th April 2010: The first three pictures show the foam banking has been shaped and fixed down on Board 3 alongside the roadway, filled and covered with the PVA and tissue mix.

Further foam has been fitted along the whole length of Board 2 (as seen in the fourth picture) and part way down Board 1 as far as the loco servicing area. This will all be covered in the same way once the glue has dried properly.

The final picture shows all three station boards laid out on the floor to give an idea of the final appearance of the landscape.

15th April 2010: Following experiments with trial pieces, it has been decided to cover the foam banking with PVA and tissue paper as this has proved to be more resistant to impact damage than the plaster coating proposed.

The first two pictures show the banking on Board 4 covered with tissue paper and PVA. This sets quite hard but retains a degree of flexibility.

The third picture shows the banking extended along Board 5. The gaps between pieces of foam have been filled and, since this picture was taken, the foam has been covered with tissue and PVA.

The fourth picture shows the plaster on wire banking on Board 6 has been given a coat of brown poster paint to hide the whiteness.

The fifth picture shows the banking on Board 4 has been toned down with poster paint and the foam has been extended onto Board 3 adjacent to the turnout for the bay platform.

The last two pictures show the foundations for the roadway into the goods yard have been built up from hardboard and plywood. More foam banking will be added between the roadway and the run round loop and extend the full length of Board 2 and part way down Board 1.

4th April 2010: Contact springs have been made up from brass wire and mounted under the false floor in the signal box.

A piece of printed circuit board has been mounted on the base board and wired up to provide the supply for the lighting. The wooden strips accurately locate the signal box when it is put in place.

Two small pins made from piano wire have been driven into the baseboard to support the bottom of the ladder assembly. The last picture shows the ladder assembly has been painted and the signal box is now finished!

It has been decided to give the expanded foam another try for the smaller banking required on boards four and five.

The first two pictures show the banking in position on board five. The joints will be filled and the surface sealed with a thin layer of Polyfilla before painting and grassing.

The last three pictures show the banking on board four. Note a small retaining wall has been added behind the signal box steps and the corrugated iron lamp hut has been tried in position. Further detail such as oil drums and the signalman's coal heap etc. will be added in this area in due course.

30th March 2010: The handrails have been painted and fitted to the balcony.

New posts and handrails for the steps have been fabricated from plastic sections as the original resin castings were deemed to be too fragile.

The steps assembly will remain as a free-standing unit - they will simply lean against the balcony floor so that they can be easily removed and packed as a separate item to avoid damage when the signal box is removed from the layout.

23rd March 2010: The guttering has been painted and the down pipes have been painted and fitted together with the waste outlet from the sink at the rear of the signal box.

14th March 2010: The signalman has had a pin inserted in his leg and has been painted together with the remaining pieces of furniture and a broom. All have been fitted in position; the signalman is looking anxiously at this pocket watch wondering where his late turn relief has got to...

The false ceiling, which carries the interior lighting, has been glued in place.

The fourth picture is a final look at the interior detail before the main window assemblies were fitted as seen in the fifth picture.

Guttering castings (from Invertrain) have been added to the roof assembly.

Down pipes have been fabricated from brass rod with twisted fuse wire used to make the fixings which will locate in holes drilled in the walls.

9th March 2010: The roof assembly has been finished and painted and the stove pipe has been fitted.

28th February 2010: The remainder of the tiling has been added to the roof.

The levers have been painted and the lever frame assembled.

The lever frame has been mounted on the floor together with a block shelf fabricated from brass rod and balsa wood. The diagram was drawn on the computer and printed at 10% of full size on photographic paper. The indicators are made from scraps of plastic rod as is the bell plunger with the addition of a pin for the plunger itself.

The floor assembly and interior wall panels have been glued in place and a false ceiling made up to support a couple of grain of wheat lamps for lighting. This cannot be finally glued in place yet because a signalman has yet to be sourced and added.

The wires pass down behind the rear interior wall panel into the locking room where they are terminated on a terminal block fixed to a piece of plywood. Contact springs will be added on the other side of the terminal block to collect power from a piece of PCB which will be fixed to the baseboard.

21st February 2010: After time out taking Newchapel Junction to Brighton Modelworld, work has resumed on the signal box.

The porch and balcony assembly has been fitted to the end of the main building. The locking room windows have been fitted. Having tried unsuccessfully to make the roof assembly fit properly, it has been decided to make a new one from plasticard.

The main windows have been assembled (and since the picture was taken have been glazed).

The castings for the lever frame quadrant plate have been assembled and primed and the levers have been primed ready for painting. The levers have been left on the sprues for now to facilitate handling while painting.

A start has been made on tiling the roof using strips of plasticard cut to represent the tiles.

4th February 2010: The sides of the first three boards have been painted in Newchapel Junction orange.

The platform surface has been cut out of hardboard and is pictured placed in position.

2nd February 2010: The brickwork on the embankment retaining wall has been painted.

1st February 2010: Fine wire mesh has been stapled to the formers for the embankments. Screwed up newspaper provides additional support under the mesh.

The wire mesh has been covered with plaster impregnated bandage (Mod-Roc).

Work continues on the signal box; the window frame castings have been painted. The brackets that support the balcony have been fitted and painted and the roof has been assembled.

27th January 2010: The finishing touches to the water tower and the surrounding scenery have been completed.

26th January 2010: The first two pictures show a cover board to protect the signal operating mechanisms for the platform Starter signals on Board 3 has been made and fitted. The two circular cutouts give access to the signal lighting dimmer control and the base of the signal mounting spigot to allow the retaining nut to be fitted.

The second two pictures show Board 6. Unfortunately the insulating foam which had previously been used to form the embankments was found to be dimensionally unstable - i.e. it twisted out of shape quite severely whilst being stored prior to fixing to the baseboard. It has been decided therefore to revert to more traditional methods. Wooden profile formers have been cut and fitted and fine wire mesh will be stapled onto these before being covered with plaster bandage in due course.

The retaining wall for the cutout in the embankment around the Advance Starting signal has been made and clad with embossed plastikard and awaits painting and the later provision of coping stones.

19th January 2010: The water tank has been painted and the scenery around it has been completed.

17th January 2010: The Advance Starting Signal has been mounted in position and the operating mechanisms have been adjusted and the lighting tested. The picture shows the Advance Starter arm in the Off position together with the Distant for the junction at Newchapel Town.

A start has been made on the signal box which is of typical LSWR design and from the former NMB Models kit. The main outer walls have been assembled and painted.

The entrance porch has been assembled and painted and the interior wall panels, which have some of the furniture and fittings including the electric token instrument as an integral part of the mouldings, have been painted.

3rd January 2010: The shunt signal for moves into the siding beyond the road bridge has been mounted on a bracket attached to the post for the Advance Starting Signals.

The operating wire has been added to connect the shunt signal to its balance weight lever.

The operating wires for the two main arms have also been added as have the linkages from the balance weight levers to the operating levers under the baseplate.

Ladders and handrails have also been added.

The final picture shows the nearly finished signal (apart from some painting) with the aspects illuminated and the shunt signal in the Off position.

30th December 2009: The remaining ballast has been dirtied.

27th December 2009: ‘Ash ballast’ has been added to the area surrounding the ash pit.

Captive nuts have been attached to two boards to receive the bolts that secure the control panel.

The ballast has been dirtied to tone it down on the first three boards.

24th December 2009: The first bits of banking have been cut out of insulation foam and shaped.

The third photo shows the ground level at the entrance to the goods yard has been raised for the level crossing.

The last two photos show the textured surface for the goods yard has been applied to the first board.

21st December 2009: Hardboard sheets have been cut out and attached to the boards to raise the level of ground up to the top of sleeper level in the goods yard area. Holes have been cut out in the hardboard to let the goods shed and yard crane slot into the hardboard. The goods yard sidings have been ballasted which now means the ballasting is complete.

The last two photos show the frame for the goods shed has been constructed and tried in place, also the yard crane is shown in position.

11th December 2009: Construction has started on the station building which is based on the one at Sidmouth. The platform retaining walls have had the mortar colour applied. The ballasting has been completed except for the goods yard sidings. Lastly a water tank has been constructed and the scenery around it has been started.

7th December 2009: Strips of wood to support the platform have been attached to the baseboards. Embossed brick plasticard has then been glued to the wood supports for the platform retaining walls. The plasticard has been spray painted in Dark Brick Red and is now ready to receive the mortar colour. Finally, a start has been made on the ballasting.

5th December 2009: The track has been spray painted in a basecoat of Track Dirt.

Click here to see older Branch Line Terminus construction progress