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This latest “A view from the line”  post takes for the first time a closer look at Canute Road Quay and more specifically the track work inset within concrete along the quayside.

USA Tank No. 72 shunts across the inset track. Picture copyright and courtesy Model Rail / C Nevard.

There are a number of methods of re-creating inset track and this post describes the method I have used on Canute Road Quay and hopefully its relative simplicity and the effect gained will be of use to other modellers. Although I have covered the process before in multiple posts about Canute Road Quay I thought it would be useful to details the steps I used in one post.  The trackwork on Canute Road Quay  is  a mixture of open sleepered and inset track as seen around such docks / quays to give some variety to the surfaces. For the open track I have used C & L Finescale flexitrack whilst utilising Peco small radius LH / RH  and ‘Y’ turnouts and within the inset track areas plain Peco track.

Stage one.

Stage One

To start with check rails were added inside the running rails, by gluing with lengths of code 75 rail, obtained from C & L Finescale,  to every 3rd or 4th sleeper using cyanoacrylate glue (super glue). Then the first layer of 2.5mm cork, the approximate height of the sleepers, was  glued down either side of the track, and also a strip added between the check rails.

Stage Two

Stage Two

Another layer of  cork, this time 1.5mm thick was then glued on top of the original base layer of cork from stage one, that also extends right up to the outside surface of the main running rails totally covering the sleepers. Any gaps were filled using air drying modelling clay. I was careful around the one inset point to ensure that the check rails and the cork were spaced to ensure that the switch blades can still operate correctly (this does leave a slightly larger gap than one might ideally want but it is a necessary compromise).

Stage Three

Stage Three

The surface was then painted with Green Scenes textures concrete paint ,I also smoothed the texture slightly once dry as to my eye it was slightly too textured for the effect I was trying to achieve, but was a good starting point. It was then slightly weathered.  A representation of the expansion joints between the concrete panels was drawn on, pushing down into the painted cork surface, using a sharp HB pencil , spaced every 60mm to represent 15 foot concrete panels. Then weeds,  creeping grass and the such like added using a mixture of grass tufts and static grass. Etched brass Drain and manhole covers, from Langley Models (F73), have been also been inset into the surface at relevant locations.

USA tank No. 68 passes the quayside office. Picture copyright and courtesy Model Rail / C Nevard.

I hope this post helps explain the process I used in simple stages and will be of use for any others looking to replicate inset concrete trackwork.

Check my exhibition diary here to see where Canute Road Quay will be exhibited next. At the time of writing it will be Railex organised by the Princes Risborough and District MRC, on the 26th / 27th May at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Stadium Approach, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP21 9PP

 

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A weekend at home for a change has seen some progress made on my new little timesaving / timewasting project Canute Road Quay. This post brings you up to date with that progress, further buildings have been added and a start made on the inset quayside trackwork.

The 'Waterloo Tavern' has been added which is a Bachmann Scenecraft low relief building

The ‘Waterloo Tavern’ has been added which is a Bachmann Scenecraft low relief building

Firstly taking on board an excellent suggestion made by a friend and fellow Southern enthusiast Ian (Olddudders) on RMweb  of adding a pub into the scene to be somewhere to quench the thirst of, and allow some of the cash be spent on pay day of, the hardy dock workers; I have therefore sourced and added a couple more suitable Bachmann Scenecraft low relief buildings next to the bonded warehouse.

A further view of the low relief buildings including what is now a stores building

A further view of the low relief buildings including what is now a stores building

The first one being the ‘Waterloo Taven’ and another being a stores building that was originally a garage, but I have already removed the petrol pump and branding but haven’t touched up the paint work up yet. A small alleyway is between these buildings behind the gate.
I have also removed the platform from the bonded warehouses to lower them in height and also due to the fact that I am locating then facing on to a roadway rather railway line.

Work on the insert trackwork has started as well as the LCut Creative office building

Work on the insert trackwork has started as well as the LCut Creative office building

I have made a start on the inset quayside trackwork, which will represent a concrete finish once complete. Firstly I added check rails inside the running rails, by super-gluing lengths of rail to the sleepers. The first layer of 2.5mm cork has been glued down either side of the track, and also a strip added between the check rails. The next stage will be add a second layer of 1.5mm cork on top of the base layer that will also extend right up to the outside surface of the running rails totally covering the sleepers. Any gaps will be filled using filler before scribing section lines to represent the panels of concrete and expansion gaps then painting a weather concrete and weeds and such like added.

A view of the work in progress on the front quayside warehouse and loading platform

A view of the work in progress on the front quayside warehouse and loading platform

The front buildings representing a quayside office building and a larger warehouse and loading platform have also started to take shape. For these building I am using laser cut card components from LCut Creative. I have been very impressed with the quality and detail of these kits, they assemble very easily, using PVA woodglue and as they come in sections of common key dimensions they are easily adaptable to suit the location, as I have done here using a number of different kits combined to give the effect I am after.

The small engine shed and coal stage can be seen in the back corner of Canute Road Quay

The small engine shed and coal stage can be seen in the back corner of Canute Road Quay

These are currently still in sections with the upper floor of the warehouse building and the loading platform just being rested in place until I have added the internals floors and partitions, but the effect they give is starting to take shape.

In the very back corner can be seen the small engine shed with its Hornby Scaledale coal stage and Kernow Model Rail Centre SR style water crane, the shed itself is taking shape from a resin kit from Skytrex Model Railways.

I hope to make further progress over the Christmas break; with continued progress on the buildings, inset trackwork and the fixing of an overcast sky photographic backscene; and will keep you suitably posted via this blog.

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