Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Glyn Valley Tramway style buildings

It's been a long time in the thinking but here we go. I'm not thinking about slavishly following what "Cyril Birch" did all those years ago but I am following my own path-ish! My love of the Glyn Valley Tramway means that I will put a different slant onto this narrow gauge layout than others would. In the past few days I have been looking at the old Glyn Valley Tramway Trust drawings I have and it must be said that some are a work of pure fantasy. Others are so-so. From that point using the loco shed photographs in W.J. Milners first book and the GVTT drawing for the Workshop I have come up with these.

Now this drawing is based upon the GVTT drawing for the workshop but it has been subtly modified. I have raised the roof by some 4mm in 4mm scale and made the doors 2mm taller with a gap of 2mm underneath. Originally the doors were a scale 8'6" tall but the height of a Peco GVT engine is taller than this so in order to get one into the workshop it was necessary to make the entry taller. The building sits on dwarf walls. The main sides and ends are drawn to suit the Evergreen 2.5mm battern and board planking. The roof was slate. I would imagine the wood had faded to a brown/black as in the photographs it's difficult to see a difference in colour between them. The Engine Shed, going by the few photographs I have, is entirely similar. The construction is the same, the only real differences being obvious. Again I have raised the entrances by 4mm and I have added a personnel door to one end with no means of substantiation but you have to be able to get in somehow and that seems to be the method adopted in the Workshop. I cannot get the Engine Shed onto one sheet of A4 easily so it's on two.
These are the Side Elevations
and these are the End Elevations.
Now I don't claim any accuracy for these drawings in any way, shape of form. They are merely my interpretation of drawings and photographs provided by others. In fact you could, as far as the GVT is concerned, call them "faction".

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Ynys Gwyntog Mk2.

Hi All, It seems that I'm not the only taken with Ynys Gwyntog. Bob Barlow has started to build a 21st century version in a lot of detail here:- I wonder what Cyril would have said? Happy Modelling, Mike Beard.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Random Jottings

I thought I'd add a few odd buildings from the Ruyton area. So I'll start with a barn from just outside Ruyton itself. It's really rather interesting to see the different colours in the stonework. There are only restricted entrances and the stonework itself is random.

Towards the top of the hill in Ruyton is this building, tagged onto a house. I can only assume it was a workshop or stable of some kind and it seems to be in two stages.

This is the view in the opposite direction and the wall of the shed in front looks as though it was much taller at one time. The shame is that it has all been filled in with blockwork. The house is no longer for sale!

Just across the road is this building which looks late Victorian in frontage and may well have been a "Home Butchers" by which I mean that slaughtering was done on the premises.

This is a detail of the sliding door and the hayloft door above

and this is a view up into the yard at the back of the store. The upper floor of the store would be a nice place for a model railway!

Saturday, 22 May 2010

GVT river bridge at Dolywern

When the Glyn Valley Tramway was converted from horse to steam power it was found that the "S" bend through Dolywern was far too severe to be worked by an 0-4-2 tram loco so a deviation was built and a railway bridge was built over the River Ceiriog to ease the curve considerably. At the same time a waiting room was added. A rather nice waiting room that still exists. When the line closed for some reason the scrap merchants left the bridge in position and eventually it came into the care of the Leonard Cheshire Homes who had bought the hotel, to who we should be exceedingly grateful. Unfortunately though this very preservation has caused a large problem for any re-instaters of the line, to whatever gauge, as rooms have been built across the trackbed. Not insurmountable, it justs needs a lot of money to cure!

These photographs were taken a while ago on a 35mm camera that is a point and click variety.

I didn't know there was a cattle creep under the line at this point as I had not seen it mentioned in any literature about the line.

There was another river bridge at the entrance to Glyn Ceiriog village itself and two more up in the quarry area. The 7mm NGS does or did a half drawing of the bridge.

Now this is a commercial postcard of Dolywern and it shows the road, little changed except for an indifferent coat of tarmac and the railway going around the back of the hotel to reach the river bridge. Look closely and you'll see a couple of wagons on a siding and on the other side of the road the waiting room. The GVT style of iron hurdle abounds in the valley.

Where shall we go next? Let me know by leaving comments and I'll see what I have photos of.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

The Chapel and the Pump

Now this is not in Ruyton at all but in the fields around Myddle, the other side of Baschurch.

It would seem that the area was , in the early 19th century, a place of Primitive Methodists who built a small chapel. I would imagine that as farming became mechanised there just were not enough parishioners left and the tiny Chapel, built in 1842 closed and was eventually turned into an implement shed. It's currently being re-built by the look of it.

The building is sandstone blockwork and there is an inscription over where the doors were in the light grey stone. The windows are a gracious tracery of ironwork typical of the products of Coalbrookdale at the time of building. Bill Bedford probably does something very similar.

The pump is not far from Percy Throwers old house and I've photographed the inscription which tells you all about it:-

The pump is a normal cast iron one that the operating mechanism has been nicked from and somehow I suspect that the trough is far from original. I would imagine something more akin to a horse trough, but then I'm a Londoner and we abounded in horse troughs.

Certainly though that stone to the very left of the pump looks as though it once held up something fairly substantial.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Baschurch GWR Goods Office

These photos must have been taken before 1998 because my old Peugeot 306 features in one shot and I bought a Passat that year.

The GWR actually made Baschurch a freight concentration depot in the 1930's and I would imagine that was the last time this building was modified. It's a superb example of a corrogated iron building on brick footings and it does show quite well how windows were worked into the ironwork.

I'm going to use an adaptation of it as a goods shed at Ruyton.

Enjoy as they say:-

Road side

Station side

Office Entrance

Store end

Now there is no point in rushing off to photograph this building because its gone, despite being in the "Preservation Area" whatever that means in a village where you can build anything you like. On the site now are some sandstone boulders behind a BR type fence to stop folks stealing them!

Saturday, 15 May 2010

The Hut on the Hill

Now further up the hill, on the other side of the road there was a First World War hut that somebody or a family lived in:-

As you would expect it's gone now and another, more "swish" house is in its place. I don't suppose too many folks ever noticed it. I always thought it might make a basis for the beginnings of a narrow gauge station building. The other end looked like this:-

and there was a small more modern shed at the other end:-

The wall in front is absolutely typical of Ruyton.