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David Grantham




PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Tue May 11, 2010 8:46 pm

Some pictures of David Grantham's Spanish themed railway, the FC GVC.

Scratch built Baldwinesque 2-8-0 using Roundhouse boiler and cylinders












Visiting SR&RL 2-6-2 on the east reversing loop avoiding Villaviciosa Puerto station





Villaviciosa Puerto with old liveried FEVE BoBo on the avoiding line and new livery ready to depart






VP from the buffer stops






Scratch built composite brake/luggage/passenger car






Pneumatic point control box using home made actuators and EZ Air cylinders and components






Product from the local granite quarry. Approximately £30 per ton !!!!






West reversing loop and junction for the extension to the sunken stock shed (Covadonga)






Hollybush tunnel halfway bewteen the reversing loops still awaiting installation of the tunnel mouths to hide the tube pipe






West reversing loop and junction inside long curved tunnel awaiting completion of the extension and landscaping






The extension. Another larger reversing loop and an incline into the below ground stock shed.
A learning exercise as to what can happen, if you're not careful, when your local builders merchant has some bricks for sale on special offer.
This is definitely the last major earthworks to be undertaken before I sell the cement mixer.






The stock shed to be connected via an incline which, due to a miscalculation of the water table, may need to be rope worked






Overview of VP and east loop end from above west loop tunnel








Feve mixto leaving hollybush tunnel
What a relief FEVE used black transfers as I could never figure out how to make white ones on my computer






Mixto entering west loop tunnel





Site of Empalme Apardearo (Junction Halt) Had not realised that my wife had inserted a 1:1 plant pot onto railway property.






Very naughty. A rear brake lamp on the second last vehicle. Disciplinary meeting rearranged for tomorrow.





Scratch built bogie van. Amazing how much fun one can have sticking individual planks onto a ply body.






Overview of west loop from VP






Inside the stock shed. This shed has been dismantled twice and raised each time by 3 inches to avoid water collecting in the pit, despite a large soakaway. An electric pump was tried but a sensor is not as reliable as a soakaway providing the water table does not keep rising. Shed is now safe from flooding but the gradient will be about 1 in 25 which means I will need to build something powerful enough to move stock from the shed to the main line







First batch of a couple of coaches CNC milled from 4mm birch ply. 4 more to follow


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David Grantham



Location : Midlands, England

PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:37 pm

Just a few more pics of the extension works that are nearly complete and ready for tracklaying.

Like the Spanish prototype earthworks are heavy and I will be quite happy when I have finished all this muck shifting.

I also admit to a terrible inadequacy to over engineer, particularly with concrete, and my wife thinks we could have incorporated a nuclear bunker, under the railway, for little ectra cost and effort.

Originally and until yesterday the line up into the stock shed was going to diverge to the right of the main line and rise into the shed crossing over the main line just before the shed. Because of clearances, gradients and aesthetics the shed line will now diverge on the left of this picture and curl alongside the main line to get into the shed at a point about 10 ins below the existing shed hatch.



Cain Howley stone bridge that will be separated by a Brandbright box girder bridge to provide the clearance over the waterfall. This configuartion fits into the existing hole by the "pond". Not so much a pond more a reservoir for the waterfall. If it proves successful I suppose we might increase this in size to something more ambitious but for now the planned feature is the waterfall and bridges rather than the "pond"



Extension diverges from the main line here and crosses the main access path



The area between the main line and the slab retaining wall, which is now free because the shed line comes off to left of the main line, would make a nice station/steam up area and some much needed storage sidings.



The "pond" and an indication of the nuclear surviveable track bed. 50mm of hard core, 100mm of concrete, 25mm of mortar and 100mm breeze block.
Should last a while without frost heave or maintenance.




More to follow in a couple of weeks time when tracklaying begins.



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GWhizz



Location : Charente, France

PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Wed Jul 07, 2010 4:39 am

Fantastic progress David - on the home Straight, or should I say Curve !

Don't sell the cement mixer though - you're bound to want another extension later!

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David Grantham



Location : Midlands, England

PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Sat Aug 28, 2010 1:01 pm

Birthday card received from my sister in Montignac. I hasten to add this is via Photoshop and is not a real Tomas.

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Carl Hibbs
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Location : Haute Normandie - visitors welcome

PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Sat Aug 28, 2010 3:07 pm

David Grantham wrote:
Birthday card received from my sister in Montignac. I hasten to add this is via Photoshop and is not a real Tomas.


....Looks real enough to me. I reckon you've sold all the Spanish stock and bought a load of troublesome trucks to go with Thomas and friends.... We don't mind here if you have...It's your railway...Laughing

¡Feliz cumpleaños!
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pjti



Location : Galizano, nr Santander, Nth Spain

PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:47 pm

This is (I think ) the real thing http://john743.fotopic.net/p41644212.html

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David Grantham



Location : Midlands, England

PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:11 am

Partially completed Covadonga HEP. Most water features are natural or ornamental. This one is industrial !!!

Inspired by Carl's live diesel I thought that it would be worth generating my own electricity to power the OHW industrial line to be built.
For now though the miniature generators are not connected because the UK water authorities are not keen to provide free electricity via
their mains. ('Laughing')







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Carl Hibbs
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PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Mon Sep 20, 2010 4:58 pm

I think you copied and pasted the photo addresses as links instead of images.

I've pasted them as images as you can see now.

Interesting idea and intriguing construction.
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David Grantham



Location : Midlands, England

PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:05 am

Thanks Carl.
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PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:57 pm

This is a really nice and inspiring railway, something to aim for. I really like the homemade buffers. I look forward to more pics. Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Wed Sep 22, 2010 4:56 pm

BTW David how is your live diesel coming on please?
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David Grantham



Location : Midlands, England

PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Thu Sep 23, 2010 4:50 pm

Carl, no progress on the live diesel since early 2010 due to time constraints.

All efforts have gone into completing the extension to the railway, which is well behind schedule and will not be completed now until mid October. Additionally I had to cancel the mini open day due to lack of progress.

I expect to get back onto the live diesel from November, when outside work is much less attractive in the UK.
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Paulus



Location : The Netherlands

PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:03 pm

Some great work here! I love the scratchbuilded rolling stock!
Great layout also; I never seen pneumatic controlled turnouts before. Very inventive!


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antonr91



Location : south-east England

PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Thu Dec 09, 2010 8:08 pm

Hi David

could you possibly take some photos of how the bogies are attached to your loco and email me them please:

and could you also have a picture of your hand or something i can relate to next to the loco so as i can get the scale or size of your machine please?


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Paul Stainz Holt



Location : North Wales

PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Thu Dec 09, 2010 8:20 pm

What a wonderful railway......a credit to you David.
Please post some more photos, any aspect would be good. Very Happy

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KleineDicke



Location : Deep in the Heart of Texas (Houston)

PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Thu Dec 09, 2010 8:44 pm

antonr91 wrote:
Hi David

could you possibly take some photos of how the bogies are attached to your loco and email me them please: "removed by me"

and could you also have a picture of your hand or something i can relate to next to the loco so as i can get the scale or size of your machine please?

Anton:
You might already know this, but posting your email address on an open forum is a good way to get lots of spam. Much safer to send a PM to the other member or if you must, post it as: antonrichards at hotmail dot co dot uk (bots are much less likely to spot it that way).

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Location : south-east England

PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Thu Dec 09, 2010 8:47 pm

KleineDicke thank you sooooooo much...i didnt know that and you may have just saved me there.. Smile

thank you

Anton
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David Grantham



Location : Midlands, England

PostSubject: Osborne bullocks    Thu Mar 24, 2011 9:14 pm

Osborne bullocks.

No not a reference to Wednesdays UK budget but the fact that I have underscaled my brandy advert at about 30%. I guess it should have been about 55% and hope my son. who enjoys filing aluminium, will make me a bigger one.

Question for Patrick. Are these illuminated at night.



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Paulus



Location : The Netherlands

PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:29 pm

Nice idea! That will ad some extra ambience to your layout.

I don't know for sure, but I think these are not lighted at night (at least not standard, perhaps some are).

Many pictures, also by night/twilight, can be found on:
The worlds best photo's of Osborne bulls

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pjti



Location : Galizano, nr Santander, Nth Spain

PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:38 pm

Paulus - loved the pictures on that link.

David - I have never seen one that is artificially lit but there are so many that it is possible some exist. Great idea BTW.

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David Grantham



Location : Midlands, England

PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Sat Apr 23, 2011 1:18 pm

A little more progress on the ornamental section of the railway.
By ornamental I mean not protypically realistic and minimum maintenance, mainly agregate.





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Paulus



Location : The Netherlands

PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:19 pm

Great looking bridges!
(And a clever idea for that pondcover. I was fishing leaves last week in my minipond...)

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David Grantham



Location : Midlands, England

PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Sat Aug 27, 2011 7:47 am

El correo de Covadonga de la tarde llega Villaviciosa con Tomas

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pjti



Location : Galizano, nr Santander, Nth Spain

PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:09 pm

Esso es una muy bien locomotiva de vapeur

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David Grantham



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PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:05 pm

The GVC extension was finally completed this week and the pictures show the first works train along the line. A full passenger service is expected to start on Feb 1st.



















Never in the field that was my garden has so much earth been moved by so few people to incorporate so little track.

The more observant will notice considerable scope for extensions, notably an industrialised mixed gauge track on the higher level to take a Regner. Additionally a lot more vegetation and a station and sidings need to be added at the exsiting level.

Now the track is completed for the time being, time to decide on whether to build the overall roof for Villaviciosa, complete the rake of 3 passenger coaches, start another Covadonga class or start up the live diesel again. OK live diesel it is.
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PostSubject: Re: Gijon, Villaviciosa and Covadonga   Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:29 pm

...Did someone say live diesel.....? Laughing

The railway and construction look splendid David even in winter. And it looks like it's built to last.
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