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For the past forty-odd years I have pursued an interest in the Railways of Germany however as the end of the line beckons, I have returned to the railway that has always run past my home - the Southern.

Friday, 16 November 2018

Platforms


The creation of the platforms required a certain amount of excavating the existing scenery because rather than installing the track to pre-cut platforms and I had to create the platform shape to the existing trackplan. 

The first problem was the down platform, a business card placed against the sleeper edge provided a uniform distance, which was followed with the circular saw in the Proxxon drill into the foamboard, finally an old bread knife broke the glue under the foam - first image.

Thinking about how to do the task took several cups of tea but about five minutes to accomplish.



The all important clearance on curves is simply fixed by a small 10mm wooden block against the sleeper edge and fixed in place with a dressmaker's pin. Repeat this every 55mm along the intended length of the platform, a bead of PVA and install the balsa stripwood platform wall. The balsa was held is place by a row of pins on the inside of the curve and the combined weight of some handtools.






The remaining platforms uprights are balsa stripwood with a 2mm ply top, all cosmetic platform facings will be Wills.


The square end of the platforms is due to the short siding on the left, steps will be added for railway personnel - see the image of Hayling Island. 


Passengers will cross the track by a barrow crossing (not yet installed) at the opposite end of the platforms, access will be supervised by the signal box and a warning bell - see image of Exeter St. Davids


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