Monday 20 April 2015

But back to the Bridges!

Tees Viaduct

Stations I hear you cry...Durham - WIP

Coming along nicely, the Captain has hit the back of the net with this one.
Needs the details and surrounding scenery placed back but I think it looks a tad better than the old Kuju Durham station...

Sunday 19 April 2015

Thursday 16 April 2015

East Thickley Footbridge Shildon

I will get round to the stations....

Monday 13 April 2015

Bridges everywhere!

Honestly I have not made a route with so many bridges!
Anyway, here is Skerne Bridge, a fairly famous one as bridges go...

I have added the extension on the far side too as in my time period there is 5 tracks heading towards North Road.

I rather Bish Bash Boshed this out tonight while sipping a fine wine. However I would like to point out that drinking and poly modelling is not normally advised! :)

Tees Viaduct next?

But what about the Stations I hear you cry!

Sunday 12 April 2015

Eldon footbridge - Shildon Tunnel

Here is a few from my childhood. I use to play around this area, it was great for BMX riding.
This footbridge is still there.
The bridge in reality has the support slightly off centre, but I made mine symmetrical for 2 reasons; 1 to fit the track layout and 2 so that it can be used more generically. There are hundreds of bespoke assets but some just have to be multitasking.

Monday 6 April 2015

Newton cap viaduct - WIP

Made Skirlaw bridge and now it looks a little but more recognisable!

Sunday 5 April 2015

Interpretation - A stylistic representation of a creative work

So this is a subject I want to cover... And I am keen for a few to understand.

Over the many years I have been working on this project I have gathered a huge amount of resource.
It has been fascinating to see and understand how the network grew, worked and then slowly closed down.
Seeing once wonderful stations and buildings go to ruin is sad, I also struggle to understand why a number of key buildings were not kept, the powers that be seemed very short sighted.

Anyway, I picked my time period, 1950 till the closure of most the lines in 68.
My network is all open and all stations open for travel even if they would have been closed in that time period.
When anomalies get pointed out to me, I more often than not know if the choices I made were artistic or not. Our subject matter is all about detail and for the most part I love it, but for something to move on artistic compromises are made, but it's ok I am at peace with that. :)

To sum it up a little better, This is more of a painting than a photograph. If I thought something spoiled the view, i'd delete it, Bosh!

I know this may be heresy to a small number but I did not make it for those small few. I made this for myself mostly.

What started out as me wanting to make my home town train station 9 years ago ended up in a very complicated and detailed network that is great fun to drive.


Heighington WIP

Still WIP and missing the main building at the crossing, but give you an idea of the area.
The signals and gantries have not been updated yet but once they are done the whole route will look much more finished.

Friday 3 April 2015


Middleton In Teesdale WIP. Looking forward to this area, it is such a lovely place with water towers and turntables.