St Pancras

Prototyping St Pancras V3

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If you have been following you’ll know I am prototyping new methods of building St Pancras from the original plans and here is the first prototype of this new version. Lots still to do but this is remarkably accurate.

St Pancras Barlow Roof Progress

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Earlier in this blog you will have seen the etches I had prototyped in China, lets say the first experience didn’t go well, after finding another manufacturer I got lucky and now have the whole of the roof etches, there is some fettling to do but this is my first attempt at putting together the end that fits to the back of the hotel.

I am very pleased, this is my first attempt at model soldering and metalwork. The trouble is there are a huge number of components here and the structure acts as a massive heatsink but I am certainly pleased with the results.

Midland Study Centre Derby

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Another visit to one of the best study centres I’ve found in the country. Dave Harris is super and incredibly helpful, I’m really grateful to him.

Dave Harris discovered my favourite photo of St Pancras (the one with the fairground opposite, posted here previously) and a very rare view from the rear of St Pancras.

This trip I documented some of the photographs of locomotives found at St Pancras broken down by type and number

3 x 0-4-4WT
1 x 0-6-0
13 x 2-4-0
22 x 4-2-2
20 x 4-4-0
3 x 4-4-2T

A grand total 73 locomotives at St Pancras consisting of loco numbers 1013, 1020, 111, 115, 1201, 1202, 1241, 125, 128, 136, 151, 151a, 152a, 16, 1675, 1676, 173, 1757, 182, 1853, 1855, 1856, 1858, 1860, 1861, 194, 1947, 2189, 2196, 225, 230, 25, 269, 31, 35, 3608, 39, 432, 436, 44, 45, 485, 5, 57, 59, 603, 61, 613, 618, 626, 635, 65, 65a, 683, 685, 714, 715, 719, 759, 820, 820a, 825, 825a, 827, 828, 861, 94.

What was useful about this trip was also the background detail you can pick out from these photos such as advertising, track work, buffers and platform signage all of which will be very useful later in this project.

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Also some further mysteries have arisen like the glazing, in many pictures it appears very different and in addition I found pictures of tarpaulin they used on the roof – this isn’t the first time I have seen this or read about it, but that too varies an awful amount.

More from the National Archives 

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Here are just a few snapshots of the 200 documents I went through at the National Archives today. You can see the original plan for the roof struts, which looked completely different once constructed, you can also see here the plan for the famous  ‘grand staircase’ as well as some other amendments to the plan.

A first visit to the National Archives 

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The National Archives in Kew has long been on my list to visit whilst on my quest to discover as much as I can about St Pancras. On the initial visit to collect my pass I found this lithograph hand painted and addressed to Sir Gilbert Scott to his home address – what an amazing find on trip 1!

In China etching and 3d printing St Pancras

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I’m in China (more on that in another post) whilst I have been here I really wanted to find a photo etcher and visit some 3d printing factories.

Well I did just that and here are some samples from St Pancras Roof which are 10 thou brass with some nice detail and some sample 3d prints of St Pancras windows, I’m really happy with the result.

Missenden Abbey Engineering Weekend 

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Opportunity to learn some hands on engineering at the residential Missenden Abbey Engineering Weekend. There was a huge mix of activities broken out into about 8 different areas ranging from paint spraying to metal work. I took the opportunity to work on the Midland Spinner frame which I am very happy with progress so far, definitely got to break in quite a bit of the equipment I have been collecting (think I took everything but the kitchen sink).

We even saw some snow!