Botanic Gardens is the main focus of the East Yorkshire Area Group of the Scalefour Society. The layout is based on a former North Eastern Railway (NER) suburban station in west Hull that disappeared when the lines to Hornsea and Withernsea, and the low level line to Hull's Eastern Docks were closed in the 1960s. The track layout is relatively simple but the project combines plenty of buildings, varied traffic and a tramway. The layout is owned by Hull MRS and those working on the layout are members of both the Scalefour Society and the Hull MRS.
Saturday, 3 July 2010
On Saturday we at Hull MRS held an open day at our clubrooms. Any layout within the club seemed to be on display! Botanic Gardens was there of course and we moved downstairs in order to put it all up! This meant we could give some of the stock a run too!
One item which really seemed to love its chance to stretch its legs was Chris' NER E1 which is based around a Bachmann body and a Bill Bedford chassis kit - fold up in P4! It proved to be a very smooth and controllable loco.
The items on display hinted at what will be coming up; Adrian Gilliand's first building was in place just started to help give the layout a sense of place.
Perhaps also worth mentioning that Chris' station building won its class in the club's competition! Deservedly so I think! Chris' hoppers also won their class! And finally my P1 won both Best Steam in entry and overall for painting and weathering! Good show I think!
Monday, 9 November 2009
Just a very quick post this evening - we were featured in the Hull Daily Mail today! A great piece about the layout and what the project is all about! What makes it all the more pleasing is that the HDM's reporter, Katy Wood, was thorough in her research and has shown railway modellers in a very good light!
To read the online version of the article click here.
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Last weekend Botanic Gardens made its exhibition debut!
The layout was for the first time assembled as a single entity and it all went together perfectly! Dave's work with the non-scenic boards was superb! Chris' work with the station area is also to a very high standard. This area is a focal point of the layout and an area which many people remember.
The layout's blog hasn't received many updates at all during the year but I hope that our appearance does show that we have made huge progress during the year.
With the layout being a local subject meant we had a really nice reaction to the project with a lot of people sharing memories and experiences of the station and the surrounding area.
This preview of what is to come not only showed club members and visitors where we have got to with the project but also for the first time showed the full scope of just what is involved. It was a very satisfying and enjoyable weekend and has certainly spurred us on even more! What out for updates on all sorts of things which we currently have planned!
And no, we didn't know how big the layout would look either!
Friday, 3 April 2009
Just a quick reminder of this weekend. The East Yorkshire Area Group will at Scalefour North this weekend presenting and we will be presenting a demonstration of 'Modelling a Prototype Location'.
We will have one of the boards from Botanic Gardens with us along with a selection of rolling stock and buildings. We will also show you some of the sources of information that have been used during the project. Hopefully this will give you an idea of what is involved to accurately model a prototype location.
If you have never been to the show before, it is worth the trip regardless of whether or not you model in P4. It has a lovely, relaxed atmosphere and is a real showcase with some wonderful modelling on show.
Scalefour North is at Wakefield College in Thornes Park, Wakefield. The map below shows Thornes Park and if you click on it it'll take you through to Google maps.
Friday, 19 December 2008
It has been a while since we updated the blog. Well, a while since I have!
So what's been happening? Quite a lot really! First things first, we will be at Scalefour North in April demonstrating how to 'Model a Prototype Location' - click HERE for full details. We were supposed to have had the whole layout there as a 'work in progress' but the ongoing uncertainty with the Hull clubrooms meant we felt unable commit as our working area may have disappeared. But we will have a presence at the show! There seems to have been a lot of interest in the layout over the last year or so so it will be nice to meet those who have asked about our progress.
Since the last update a number of project have come on in leaps and bounds, and we've even finished the odd bit here and there! The large numbers of hoppers required ultimately are slowly appearing. I have a batch of seven in primer ready for painting and lettering. Chris managed obtain a bulk pack from the club stand at the Wakefield show - he paid about two pounds per wagon!
Dave is continuing with the wiring and baseboard covers - he is also in the process of building an extention to the boards at the west of the station so we can ease the curve. He's produced various template on Templot which enabled us to decided just how would be best to achieve the result we wanted.
Chris has finished the station building and the result is stunning. I will let the photos speak for themselves (though I don't think they do his work justice).
Also present the other night was one of Chris' coaches which was rather nice - though it did remind that we don't have any passenger locos to haul it yet!
It was useful to determine if the trail length of platform would be suitable - the answer to this was a resounding yes! Chris will now be tackling the platforms as a whole and this first piece was a very useful trial.
One more view of the platform and you should be just able to make out the stepped brickwork just below the coping stones.
Finally my own little effort, a newly completed NER P1 - something to haul the first batch of hoppers!
Tuesday, 12 August 2008
Work continues with the layout's track and electrics.
Dave is continuing his sterling work with the electrics, and the jumper cable in particular. We decided that we would have sockets at each end of the boards and a jumper cable to join them, rather than have a jumper attached permanently to the board at one end and a socket at the other. We felt that this hanging cable would be vulnerable during set up and knock down - plus with a clumsy person like me, the separate jumpers are much safer! We will have spares to account for any failures we may experience at shows. The law according to Sod says that with spares to hand we are unlikely to have problems, but if we have no spares available... well you know the rest!
Adding the droppers is often best accomplished as a pair, so as Chris was away sunning himself on a barge somewhere in East Anglia, I worked on a slightly different task.
Adding the half chairs can be a laborious job, but it can be quite relaxing - in the right frame of mind, I find it a rather relaxing task! So I made a start adding half chairs to the three way turnout following the completion of the electrical work.
It's very satisfying to see the difference that this process makes, even if it is on only a small part of the yard. Just after finishing this, I went off to work to play with the big train set!
There should be another update very soon.
Friday, 8 August 2008
I won't apologise for this post being mostly pictures!
The station building is very nearly there now! Chris has just about finished the works now - the flashing can be seen in its raw state and the NER timetables and selection of enamel signs.
The brickwork has been toned down now and looks spot on to me - Hull still has a number of buildings in this type of brick which have provided an ideal reference for this final work.
And one final view of Chris' work - I'm sure you'll agree it'll make a marvelous focal point for the layout!