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Sproston - Timetable trials and some new rolling stock.

Posted by sigtech , 31 December 2017 - * * * * * · 465 views

Just time to sneak this blog in before Christmas.
After much prevaricating Sproston now has a Timetable to operate from. This all started out as a posting on a discussion thread on RM Web some time ago, requesting help creating a timetable suitable for a branch line - not my work I hasten to add, but I could see it had potential, and so have spent some ti...


Sproston - selected scenes.

Posted by sigtech , 26 October 2017 - * * * * * · 311 views

Hello and greetings once more from Sproston.
With Autumn now here I thought a few more general views of the layout might be appropriate, rather than just concentrating on the locomotives and rolling stock.
At the present time I am busy attempting to construct a timetable for the layout - trying to provide a suitable framework and purpose to the running of...


Sproston - Two steps forward, One step back....

Posted by sigtech , 25 September 2017 - - - - - - · 408 views

Good Evening people,
Life in Sproston is generally quiet, but occasionally something happens to upset the 00 gauge apple cart, as has happened just recently.
The Hornby 'B' set has had the incorrectly painted black roof extended down to and including the cant rail (which in this case now becomes the 'can' rail ....!! feeble attempt at humour).- one step f...


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

Posted by sigtech , 12 August 2017 - - - - - - · 374 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...


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

Posted by sigtech , 12 July 2017 - - - - - - · 637 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.. ...


Sproston - "it's a horsebox Geoff!"

Posted by sigtech , 04 June 2017 - - - - - - · 320 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...


Sproston - Fireirons,Foliage and Real coal...

Posted by sigtech , 16 May 2017 - - - - - - · 429 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...


Sproston - new additions for the creamery.

Posted by sigtech , 13 March 2017 - * * * * * · 261 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...


Sproston - Operations...

Posted by sigtech , 30 January 2017 - * * * * * · 229 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...


Sproston- a very quiet time...

Posted by sigtech , 22 January 2017 - - - - - - · 214 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...


SPROSTON -"Little Things".

Posted by sigtech , 12 December 2016 - - - - - - · 273 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...


SPROSTON - a new vertical storage tank for the creamery.

Posted by sigtech , 03 October 2016 - * * * * * · 454 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...


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

Posted by sigtech , 20 September 2016 - * * * * * · 361 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...


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

Posted by sigtech , 30 August 2016 - * * * * * · 317 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...


Sproston - more road traffic

Posted by sigtech , 11 August 2016 - * * * * * · 378 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...


Sproston - Stuck in the Sixties

Posted by sigtech , 29 July 2016 - * * * * * · 325 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....


Sproston - running some parcels traffic .

Posted by sigtech , 16 July 2016 - - - - - - · 342 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...


Sproston - down at the station....

Posted by sigtech , 07 July 2016 - * * * * * · 397 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


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

Posted by sigtech , 01 July 2016 - * * * * * · 348 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...


Sproston - a pleasant place to retire...

Posted by sigtech , 05 May 2016 - - - - - - · 435 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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