Brighton Model Railway Club
Club members layouts - Kensington Olympia
N scale 1980 by Andy Gibbs
Page last updated 08/10/2014
The pile of partially pre cut timber from Wenban-Smith on the garage floor..
The cutting jig for the stretchers. Each board is 610mm wide the stretchers are 592mm wide to allow for the 9mm ply sides.
A kit of parts to make the frame for one baseboard. Holes pre drilled in the centre stretcher for cable runs and part drilled through at the ends for bolt holes. Sides are 1220mm long precut at the timber yard. Joints are strengthened with 20mm baton.
These three images show the method of attaching legs to the baseboards and attaching adjacent baseboards. The legs slot between the two batons.
This one of the leg adjusters.
Left to Right: Nice and Level baseboards and a tight joint. Setting out pointwork, Overall view of the loft.
Track will be PECO Code 55 on wooden sleepers with Electrofrog points throughout. This will be laid on a cork trackbed.
Pictures above show the track layout I am working from. Left is Olympia, right is from Earls Court to Olympia. This was a BR produced hand drawn track diagram from Clapham Junction through the West and North London lines. It shows all points and signals as well as stations and signal boxes and major structures such as bridges.
The picture above shows the footbridge largely constructed and given a spray of light grey paint as a base coat and to highlight any errors. The picture below shows the bridge complete less the ridge to the roof. The corrugated plasticard is painted using Lifecolor acrylics rust set. First time I have used this brand, good pigmentation and easy to use.
The picture below shows the finished footbridge less weathering roughly in its final location. The coach is a Mk1 BSO converted from a 'Blue Riband' Graham Farish MK1 BSK and BCK.
For more details of progress with the layout go to RM Web you will need to sign in to see the pictures...I think.
Progress has also been made on the first of the two signal boxes, this one is South Main. Construction details are again available at RM Web
One thing that Olympia needs in quantity is Carflats for the Motorail services. So far I have completed half a dozen.
I do hope Farish produce a RTR version as soldering the handrails is a major PIA. At least they are about to do a Motorail branded GUV.
These are produced using Farish Blue Riband Mk1 coaches, whatever version is going cheap and has B1 bogies. Construction details are again available at RM Web
Construction of Kensington North Main signal box is nearly complete, trust me to build a layout that needed two signal boxes, at least I haven't got to build the middle box that was mounted above track on a gantry. The rest of the interior and steps need to be added.
Kensington North main signal box now with steps and interior.
The next phase of construction is the station buildings. To make life a little easier I have split the buildings into 3 blocks A-C with A being the most southerly one. Blocks A and B are largely constructed. I need to make another trip to Olympia to take some more photos as block C isn't the shape I thought it was and I have no photos of the north wall of it.
The platform waiting room, this building no longer exists at Kensington Olympia having been demolished in the early 1990's?
The completed station building in situ on the layout roughly where it will live.
Side projects for Olympia include this Etched Pixels 3D printed kit of a Newton Chambers Mk1 double deck car carrier. Etched brass bogies, underframe and ends which are attached to a 3D printed body. Sides can be either etched brass or in this case a downloaded file printed on to photographic paper.
6 more carflats have been constructed. 5 are Motorail branded the 6th in freight brown with B5 bogies.
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