Elvenhome N Gauge Model Railway Layout Scenic Work at Church School EP 74


Hello and welcome to Elvenhome as
Bachelors Button hurtles past me pulling the up Express while Flying Scotsman goes
down the other way, welcome to another edition of Elvenhome the build of my
N gauge model layout. In this edition you will see the completion of the work
on the church school and the school in its place with all the scenic work done
around it. I also reveal the additional building that I suddenly had a brainwave
how to build. Also have a look at what was almost a total disaster which
has been averted by the kind efforts and comments from one of my subscribers. So
let’s not do any more at this part of the video let’s get on to having a look
at the completed build of the school and the final bits of work that. I did to
do that. Well here you can see the completed church school the roof, the
roofs are now on all the white edges have been painted in. The quoins have all been fitted in on all the corners. If I turn it this way you’ll see that the
down pipes and gutters are in in all the places, including one that was really
tricky to do at the back; this one. I hadn’t realised how fiddly trying to fit
that in with everything on top would be. The two downpipes here bent to be able
to go round, and in there and then again, let’s just take the wire the cable out
the way, at the back as well, and this has come together much quicker than I feared
it might. This you won’t see except from the rail side when I buy a new
train cam, which I’ll talk about in a different clip. So the next thing to turn
my mind to is the boiler house, so I’ll have to go away and have a think about
the boiler house, and then show you me building the
boiler house. I don’t think that’s going to be very difficult,
he said not having a clue how he’s going to do it. So in the next clip it will
be building the boiler house and then once that’s done we can get this on the
layout and I can light it and you can see what it looks like lit up. The next thing for me to do on the layout is to prepare the area where the church school
is going to go, and I’ve already drilled the hole for where the plug is going to
go through down through the top board and then further on down to come out
underneath the layout. The yellow wire is obviously there to help me guide the
plug through, because the tricky bit, I think, is getting the plug to go
through the top and stay straight to go through the hole below. So the wire will
just help guide that through. As I mentioned before this fencing, which sits
here, is going to be carried on around to come up to the bridge
which will also be the barrier essentially between the school on one
side and the railway, and the whole of that side of the school is going to be
out of bounds, so we don’t have children traipsing up and down it there
should be enough room of a pathway that will run along this side on the side of
the chapel to what will be an area at the back and I’ve yet still to make my
mind that what that’s going to be. So the next piece of work I’ve put the cork
down, I’ve drilled the hole, is to get the fencing in and then have a think about
what I then need to do. It probably would make sense to ballast around there but
I’m so nervous of ballasting around a double slip, but I’ll see, but the first
thing I’ve definitely get the fencing in and probably get a bit of paint down
there just to give me a base on which then to do any further scenic work and
then I’ll decide how I’m going to scenic up those areas. There’s two
playgrounds to go in obviously though that’s far more straightforward,
and then have a think about what I put in the far area there and how
everything’s going to be set out and that of course much depends on the size
of the boiler house once I’ve designed and built that. So what I’ll do is I’ll
come back once I’ve got this pretty much ready and talk to you about what it is
that I’ve actually done. One of the consequences of changing my design to
remove all the fireplaces, because it’s going to be heated by pipes that are
driven from a coal-fired boiler house, was the need to build the boiler house
and in doing that I was starting to think about the design. Metcalfe do indeed do a
boiler house and chimney, and I’ve got one on the layout, but if I bring it into
shot and put it beside the school, you’ll see how big it is. That’s for an
industrial complex essentially much too big and impressive for what would be
needed for a school. Whilst I was working on the layout I happened to move one of
the workshops that come with the engine shed kits, and I thought ooh that looks
rather good, and as it happens I have a couple of these over from when I bought
the two kits that I turned into one long double Road train shed. Now that’s not
quite what I want, but it will give me a very good base on which to build. So I’m
going to have a go at doing a bit of kit bashing, because if I built that in red
brick and stuck it beside this one it would look rather odd, and it also has
this big chimney on for, must be presumably an internal fireplace, or for
a forge I suppose, whereas I’m going to need a rather bigger chimney because it’s
supposed to have a boiler in it. So what I’ve done so far, if I bring in the open
kit, that building is essentially that and I have a piece of the Metcalfe stone
sheet, if I move that back, rather handily this is exactly the length of the
Metcalfe stone sheet, which is rather good. What I’m going to do and
you’ll see this when I finish because I’m not entirely clear in my own mind
how I’m – what the final design will be, is cover this card with this sheet, so I’ll
have the same look. I think as you’ll know with Metcalfe these are already
scored so that they bend, and plainly I won’t necessarily be able to get the
scoring as good as that. I think what I’m likely to do, is to cut pieces out that
are exactly the right size and then use the quoins which I’ve already got painted
up and I think I’ve probably got enough of those to put them on the walls to
cover the the wall edging. I don’t want all these windows here so I shall
probably just cover that as a single piece leaving the door, because the door
is a nice big bold door, the kind of thing you would have to barrow coal and the
like in, and there’s an entry door there and these two windows, and I think that
maybe all. I may keep the window at the back I’ll see. So what I’m going to do is
get on with it and I’ll show you, I’ll take some pictures as I go along so you
can see how I put it together, and I’ll show you the finished product, once I
have completed it. Well as the rather sensational titles of this clip suggest,
I’ve been saved, from myself essentially, by a comment from a subscriber, from what
would have been an utter disaster in the build of this incline. David Auger very
kindly told me that he was going to be visiting Didcot and when he did he
would have a look at what was there and pass on any useful information to me ;and
indeed he did. He confirmed that the headshunt on the other side would hold
about two to three wagons, this is based on the coal stage at Didcot, and that
also running underneath the hoppers is a very long ash pit, and I was conscious that I
don’t have an ash pit on here and I have lots of steam engines and the ash has
got to go somewhere. So as this is on top of the woodland scenic sheets,
polystyrene sheets, putting an ash pit in there would not be too difficult and
would be quite fun to try and model. Those of you who’ve seen Graham Foulston’s layout will know on his first lakeside he modeled an ash pit and made
a fantastic job of it and I don’t whether I can do as well as that I don’t
know but I certainly think we can put something in there that would be
prototypical for this kind of coal stage. In doing that and looking at that work
it made me put a locomotive on the track, because I was looking at where would the
ash pit start, and how much clearance is there, and I immediately remembered
something, which I think I said in a previous video, which is that if the coal
stage is is sitting on the baseboard there is not sufficient clearance under
the hoppers for a locomotive to pass. Which is a bit of a blow. Even if I
brought the track this way a little, the hopper would be above the line – the tender would be above the line of a coal and the coal simply couldn’t get in
there. So I need to raise this up by about six millimeters. The observant
among you will already have worked out that if I raise this up six millimeters,
this incline is going to come six millimeters below the aperture that it
needs to aim for. So I’m sorry to say this incline is too shallow and I’ll need to completely redo it. That’s not a problem. I’ve already checked that
the steeper incline a Jinty and a couple of wagons can go up. It is quite a stiff
incline now but so is the one at Didcot. So what I’m going to need to do, oh
the other thing is as you’ll see I’ve now put a piece of track in where it
will actually be, and in doing that I’ve realised that in order not to make this
curve here too too tight for a locomotive ad to go round the coal stage has to
go back a little way. So what I’m going to do is to build a brick base on the
top here, and that will probably also fill in this space from here to
the entry, because what this will do now is come in obviously six millimeters
higher, then I can have my flat section and I’ll try and build this into the
whole of whatever is going to be sitting there. So that end of it
is going to have to go back to the drawing board a bit, though I don’t think
that’s going to be too difficult, he said. But this is rather good because I will
then put in a fairly long ash pit here. The entrance to the yard is likely to be
around here somewhere, and that will mean there’s easy access for vans to take the
ash wherever they’re going to take it to, because I don’t have an ash plant here that can load it into wagons, and I don’t want one because they’re great big ugly
things, and I don’t really want it sitting here, and the people in the hotel
really don’t want to be looking at an ash plant when they get up first thing
in the morning. So that’s the next bit of work that I’ve got to go away and do is
completely redo this. It’s a bit of a shame but I know the concept works; it
was pretty easy to do. I just need to change the size of
some of the cuts that I made to the shaper sheet that I’ve got tons of
that and tons of the plaster. So I’ll come back once I’ve redone this, and I’ll
come back to this part of the scenic work and I’ll also come back once I’ve
built the brick base on which the coal stage will now stand The first thing that I had to do was to
cut a piece of card that was tall enough and then cut a section to go on half of
what will be the back wall, and it was cut down to size.
I then fitted the next which is the end of one covering over the window, and then
on the inside of the window marked a fan shape at the top, and then cut straight
down to provide me with card that I could pull through and the top would fan
out to give me the arch to the top of the window as I wanted. The next thing that I
had to do was to make the door which sits on a wall so that the whole thing
sits a bit back from the entrance. I then cut the door entrance with a fan on the
top, pulling the cards through and fanning it out to give me an arch top
and then could insert the door piece as you can see here. The far end wall had
two windows and a door which needed to be cut back, and here you can see that
done, and that that allowed me to assemble the
building bending it and attaching the two halves of the back wall using a
piece of card on the inside, and another piece of card then you can see which is
bracing the corner to hold the whole thing square. I then built a chimney
using the Metcalfe approach really, of folding a piece of card round and
securing it but without using thick card formers, and a piece of card that
attached it, and then attached the chimney on the far end using one of the
Metcalfe tops that they use to attach the chimney pots, but cutting a hole in
the centre to be able to give my capping. As you can see there the roof
has a cutout to allow it to fit around the chimney, and now the quoins have gone
on, one of the gutters has gone on, and here it is with the down pipe and also
having blackened the chimney top and that’s the completed model. Well here you can see the model now lit up looking up from the back of the chapel. I decided
for the area at the back that after the successful Dig for Victory campaign, what
had originally been a lawn, some part was left to vegetables, I’m just moving the
gimbal round now to give you a better view, so there’s some cauliflower ‘s and
cabbages some red cabbages in there as well I think, beans, and you can see
the two playgrounds, you can see the boiler house, a little shed and also a
coal staith which obviously is where the caretaker takes the coal into the boiler
house. That’s a Peco one which I’ve put some ballast on top, and stuck to it, and
then painted black just to give me the look of coal. The area behind the shed,
and I may put a smaller shed in there I’ll have a look, is all the scrubland
and I’ve put the bushes down against the fences. Here you now have a view from
the front so you can see what the chapel looks like lit and up and the school
sitting behind, and then as we pan way you get a much better view of it
sitting in situ. W ell I thought I would end this edition of Elvenhome as dusk
falls, and you can see that the church and the school are still going strong.
I’m really pleased with how that has come out, very very pleased the whole
thing has come together as I wanted. It has made me think again about the layout
of the gas works. The gasholders I don’t really want the butting right up against
the church, but gasholders were in the centre of towns I used to work in the
centre of London, near Horseferry Road where the town gas works used to be, which was
surrounded by houses and indeed a couple of schools. So it’s it prototypical even though it looks a bit odd. I wanted to do this because when I put the
lights on at that end of the layout and I’ve got the two A3s running with
rales of Gressley coaches one of teaks and the other as carmine and cream, and
as I pan around there’s quite a bit of light going in now up to this end of
the layout, and indeed at the station, in the fire station, and
the hotel. There you can see the the new incline which has been built, so the next
piece of work for me there is to get on and build the base, think how I’m
going to construct that so it doesn’t look odd. But it did make me think that
when I get to there that’s the end of the lights on the layouts. I can’t light
the houses which really call out for lighting because they’re sitting on the
board which has all the point motors and things on it ,and I can’t be sure what is
immediately under them. So if I start drilling through, it is just possible I
will drill through some wiring because there’s a lot of wiring obviously
underneath there, not all of which was immediately near the point motors
because I couldn’t fit it all in. So the only place that I thought I could add
lighting to was up at the vicarage end, and what I’ll do now is I’ll just
reposition the camera and talk you through the work that I did there before
we end the video. Well this is an end of the layout that I haven’t spent a lot of time funds showing for a good while it’s well over a year now since this was completed,
in fact I think it’s almost two years which is completely, good gracious yes, it
would be. This had no lighting on it at all other than the lighting in the
church, but the way in which the lighting was fixed underneath, I thought for a
while it wouldn’t be too difficult to put some street lights in at least and
so I bought some street lights from Layouts4u.com which I’m very
pleased with and I put them in and it really has added and I like the way that
there are pools of light under each of the lamps, falls into darkness before the
next lamp kicks in, so the parishioners of St Eldar can now get to and
from the station without having to negotiate their way in pitch black. On
the whole it was fairly straightforward to do, I had to be a bit careful
because when all of this comes off the layout,
it’s unprotected of course on most of its sides
and all things considered one gravestone, one little bench fell off. I snapped a
tree, this tree, so it went back in as a much shorter tree, and actually I think
it probably looks a bit better, so that wasn’t all too bad. The only thing that
was a pain was that when I was drilling a hole for this lamp here
the drill bit caught the fence and wrapped it around the fence. So I’m
waiting for Peedie Models to have these back in stock and then I’ll replace that. If
they don’t come back into stock, I have, let me put some lights on because you’ll be
able to see that better, you don’t need pitch black now, oh there we go.
I have more of this type of fencing, that was used for the
vicarage, more than enough to replace all of these if I have to do that so that
it’s similar, but I could always put it down to bomb damage, and just stick in a
different sort of railing because that’s all they had, but I’m really pleased with
those lights, and I think that’s really added for the end of this part of the
layout. So that just about wraps up for this edition of Elvenhome I hope you’ve
enjoyed seeing the completion of the work on the church school and
the scenic works around it . I’ve had a great fun doing that, and it’s come
together, as I said, very much quicker than I feared it might. If you have any
comments of course please do leave comments. I always say, they’re just so
helpful, and the whole school area and some of the things that have gone on
down there, are entirely through things that people said to me, so please do let
me have your comments. One thing if you are commenting and you put in any kind
of web link or hyper link you YouTube thinks that those are spam, so it sticks
it in the review folder and it may be a day or two before I realise something is
there, but I do promise I do look at everything to make sure that people
haven’t been wrongly considered to be up to no good. If you’ve liked the video
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18 thoughts on “Elvenhome N Gauge Model Railway Layout Scenic Work at Church School EP 74”

  1. Hi Stephen, The Church School and Boiler House turned out very well. I just hope you've not secured the buildings in place yet, that will make ballasting the track more difficult. As for ballasting around the points (blades?) I always use a little plastic compatible oil around the throw bar of the points to prevent them from being accidentally glued in place. If you have an extra turnout (switch / points?) you can experiment with this process off the layout, before committing to the process on the already laid track on the layout. I know you've said your point motors are below the town housing, here is an idea, is there someplace under the houses where a central hole can be created that is not near any point motors or wiring? Then use that central hole to feed wiring to a few homes by cutting small notches in the center of the inside walls at the bottom of the wall. When the houses are in place the wires cannot be seen and only you would know the wires run along the floor of the houses. Not all houses need to be lighted, just a few random houses would give the impression that the houses are occupied. I hope my explanation makes sense? Sometimes it's difficult trying to get a suggestion across without the suggest turning into a novel. Cheers, Rich S.

  2. For the ash pit, many would send the cinders for use as ballast at engine sheds and on branchlines.
    As for the fence, you could do it as a car accident with a car that crashed into the fence and put a fire engine and ambulance responding to it.

  3. Looks great Stephen, really impressed with the school and the lights make such a huge difference to the look and feel of the curch area! Cheers Geoff

  4. Another great update.Next year i will see again all your videos as i hope to do something in Italian style.Great job Stephen,cheers Alberto πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

  5. Hi, just caught up to date, I think you are doing a great job. The caretakers shed is the right size as he would have had space to keep his paper work in and a small desk or table to do his work planning on.

  6. Lovely build Stephen – you should be really pleased with all the scratch building you've done. With all the lit buildings I'd give it a go to light some of the town houses. I'm sure someone of your ability would be able to work out where it would be safe to drill. Cheers Euan

  7. Hello, the Church build and it surrounds have been a great little series of videos. All with excellent results. And yes, lighting is always a great and realistic addition to our layouts. Thanks. I look forward to your progress. See ya next time.

  8. Hi, I've been following your channel for some time now, mainly because of your scratch-builds, but I have to say you have surpassed yourself with this church school. It's absolutely brillant and it has brought back several memories of my early school days. One thing I miss (on your layout – not in real life) was the bike shed behind which the bigger boys would meet for a quick smoke. I should have suggested it earlier!

  9. Well done Stephen, the school and janators house look fantastic. Takes me back to my school days…………….John.

  10. You’ve pulled it off once again with your scratch building. The school with its garden/veg patch and the outbuildings looks superb Stephen to the point I’d almost go back to school to attend, almost! Paul

  11. As a fellow N gauger I am loving your channel. Your buildings get better all the time and I can see the day when you will look at the first ones you constructed and decide you have to rebuild them, but to me they all look fantastic anyway. I would love to see how you construct your quoins on your buildings as you dont seem to mention their construction in previous videos. Regarding your eight coach rakes, especially the one in Blood and Custard, could you please let me know what they consist of as I can only find lists for five coach rakes. Keep up the great videos Stephen.
    Regards Chris

  12. Great progress. The school is beautiful. You've done a really good job. The terraced houses. Is there way you could fit some lights projecting from the walls to light the street. If they were connected up together, you might only need a single hole to run the power through. If you want any photos of Didcot, let me know. I sneaked inside the coaling stage when no – one was looking!

  13. Fantastic job Steven. Great build and the church looks brilliant with the lights around. Nice one. Stuart

  14. great stuff mate, the lights always make the scene come to life… the gas works area is spot on… skilled modeling… Neil from Dunkirk

  15. The schoolhouse, church & boiler house are sheer genius! With regards to lighting. Would the engine sheds & surrounding area be lit? With regards to the rows of houses, could you not drill one hole where safe, under one house, and feed wires / LED's through each house horizontally? And then back down same hole or one close to it?? Just a thought…

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