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Sproston -Getting the 'B' set back into service.

Posted by sigtech , 12 August 2017 - - - - - - · 261 views

Sproston -Getting the 'B' set back into service. Greetings from Sproston, The Hornby 'B' set is now back in service after some protracted modifications that involved removal (by filling) of the incorrect window next to the Guards door (on one side only) on each coach.
These windows were not installed on the real vehicles by the GWR, - but Hornby thoughtfully provided them anyway!!
If you couple two...


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Sproston - control panel alterations to add test/maintenance facilities.

Posted by sigtech , 12 July 2017 - - - - - - · 606 views

Good evening everyone,
Time to update on the 'goings on ' on the layout, first a few small new scenic additions - a bench behind the loco shed, parcels platform weighing machine, chocolate machine for the passenger platforms, oh and some guy sitting on a bench with his hand on the stations wall!.....Not very interesting but this leads us on to.. ...


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Sproston - "it's a horsebox Geoff!"

Posted by sigtech , 04 June 2017 - - - - - - · 302 views

Afternoon people, have been looking around for a small project - to fill a couple of days of otherwise idleness, and I suddenly remembered the Corgi Trackside horsebox I had bought a few years ago for the layout.
This had sat on my modelling shelf in the spare room for some time, as I had become unhappy at the lack of internal detail in the cab - along wi...


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Sproston - Fireirons,Foliage and Real coal...

Posted by sigtech , 16 May 2017 - - - - - - · 392 views

Sproston - Fireirons,Foliage and Real coal... Hello everyone,
I must admit that I have been rather remiss and have not updated this blog for over two months, but I have not been idle during all that time, the latest project involved the cleaning up, painting and fitting of no less than nine sets of "Springside Models" fireirons to all steam locos (This is a project that has been 'in the pipeline' for...


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Sproston - new additions for the creamery.

Posted by sigtech , 13 March 2017 - * * * * * · 239 views

Good day people.
I have been occupied lately with adding some new details to the creamery, to make it more accurately resemble that which it is supposed to be!!
First on the list was constructing a small canopy over the milk churn unloading bay, using offcuts from a Wills platform canopy kit, painted in colours to match the buildings woodwork, and some...


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Sproston - Operations...

Posted by sigtech , 30 January 2017 - * * * * * · 215 views

Hello everyone, as mentioned in my previous (short) blog entry, I am attempting to improve reliability issues that are occurring with the replacement BK style magnetic tension lock couplings that I have fitted to all the rolling stock used on Sproston.
Like most small layouts Sproston suffers from a common problem found, that nearly everywhere one wants t...


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Sproston- a very quiet time...

Posted by sigtech , 22 January 2017 - - - - - - · 206 views

Hello again everyone, I hope Christmas was full of good cheer for you all!
Things were very quiet here, likewise in Sproston, where I have only a couple of minor changes to report....
Last month's free gift in the' Railway Modeller' (market trader's stall) has been assembled and painted, - but instead of the wares supplied in the kit, several potted flowe...


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SPROSTON -"Little Things".

Posted by sigtech , 12 December 2016 - - - - - - · 263 views

"Evening all", as George Dixon used to say,-this update is concerned mostly with "little things" ( with apologies to Dave Berry...)
There have been some minor changes around the layout, a small utilitarian 1925 built low relief factory belonging to 'MKA', who manufacture nuts, bolts and screws for the trade, has recently appeared on the corner of Station...


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SPROSTON - a new vertical storage tank for the creamery.

Posted by sigtech , 03 October 2016 - * * * * * · 420 views

SPROSTON - a new vertical storage tank for the creamery. Hello.
Latest new project for Sproston is the construction and installation of a vertical milk storage tank in the creamery, along with some new pipework associated with it (this is still very much a work in progress - particularly with regard to the present extent of the pipework), which eventually will allow the loading and washing out of the rail tanke...


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Sproston - " Lights, Cameras, Action......"

Posted by sigtech , 20 September 2016 - * * * * * · 350 views

Hello again everyone - as you will be aware from reading a previous blog entry on here, the method of 'seeing' where the trains were, ( or indeed where they were not!! ) in the hidden sidings was achieved by means of eight photo-electric detectors positioned two under each of the four tracks, and linked to a clever ic 'gizmo' that connected them to red an...


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Sproston - making a rotary steam churn cleaner for the Creamery.

Posted by sigtech , 30 August 2016 - * * * * * · 309 views

This is a short entry to describe how I made a rotary steam churn cleaner/washer for the creamery at Sproston.
I had seen several illustrations of this device, and it appears that no self respecting creamery would be without one, so I thought I had better get cracking!
Let me say from the start that this is a 'representative' model, just using a couple of...


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Sproston - more road traffic

Posted by sigtech , 11 August 2016 - * * * * * · 368 views

Yet another update, this one being more concerned with road than rail, and due to the arrival at last of a "proper" bus for the long suffering inhabitants of Sproston, namely a 'Crossville' Bristol mw single decker from Base Toys, accompanied by an ERF lorry made by EFE....featuring the 1950's "Sabrina" style of cabfront ( if you don't understand that - t...


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Sproston - Stuck in the Sixties

Posted by sigtech , 29 July 2016 - * * * * * · 312 views

Hello people, I've just visited the loft - "phew"- it's still very hot up there...
So no work done to the layout, - despite my best intentions!!
Some rearrangement of road vehicles has been attempted, but options are limited on a layout of this size!!
However, I decided to take a few photos, from what are slightly different viewpoints, I hope you approve....


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Sproston - running some parcels traffic .

Posted by sigtech , 16 July 2016 - - - - - - · 333 views

This will be just a quick entry - as it's rather hot in the loft at the mo! - Hence the reason this operating session will be short... Decided to run a couple of parcels trains, mainly trying to sort out some reliability issues with the B.K. couplings system that is fitted to all the
stock used on Sproston.
The locos are a Bachmann 43XX mogul and a C...


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Sproston - down at the station....

Posted by sigtech , 07 July 2016 - * * * * * · 378 views

Hello people, just taken a few more quick photos, now that we have locos and rolling stock carrying the correct head and tail lamps... 


Once again , pictures not as good quality as previous blog entries, due to poor quality camera.
Please feel free to make any comments, good or bad. Regards
SIGTECH(Steve).


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Sproston-making head or tail (lamps) of it, and a bit on the side (lamps)

Posted by sigtech , 01 July 2016 - * * * * * · 322 views

Good Day everyone, it has indeed been a long time since I wrote anything new on here (2 months), but I have been busy replacing the lamp irons on all my rolling stock, and fitting them where they are required, but are sadly missing, this has been a long process, with about 25 fitted wagons, 10 locos, 3 non-corridor bogie coaches and a dozen NPCCS vehicles...


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Sproston - a pleasant place to retire...

Posted by sigtech , 05 May 2016 - - - - - - · 422 views

Good day everyone, Well only 9 days to go now until I become a "modeller of leisure" (Hooray!!)
I have been busy completing the internal detailing of some of Sproston's coaching stock, now just three left to do- these being the Bachmann Hawksworth autotrailer and two Stanier 57 ft "porthole"coaches, a corridor 2nd and brake 2nd.
This being a Hornby H...


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Sproston - extractor fans for the creamery, and interior detailing for Collett coaches.

Posted by sigtech , 12 April 2016 - - - - - - · 404 views

Back again after nearly two months abscence,- doesn't time fly?? I have been busy attempting to improve some of the detailing on the layout - the first task was to fit five large extractor fans to the creamery walls, these were positioned three on the non - rail side of the north- light pattern roofed building, one on each roof apex, the other two be...


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Sproston - Sorting the Stove R, and a sudden increase in the population!

Posted by sigtech , 25 February 2016 - - - - - - · 273 views

Howdy folks,
It's been a long time (well over a month ) since my last missive about the goings on in Sproston, - my only excuses are 1. it's been cold in the loft, and 2. I have had a bad cold.
The major project which had been ongoing for at least a month, and had been held up by a lack of available parts ( Bachmann 14mm dia coach wheels ) was the improve...


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Sproston - Running more trains...

Posted by sigtech , 04 January 2016 - - - - - - · 363 views

Following on from my last blog entry, this is the rest of the operating session, made possible by the completion of two recent important projects - installing train detection in the hidden sidings, and fitting indications for the three sets of points therein to the layout's control panel.

The 8750 class pannier departs from the main platform with a 'b' s...






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