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A Platform building in place.

Posted by Dave John , 09 May 2018 - * * * * * · 444 views

At last, a platform building with a roof on it. I’m reasonably pleased with the way it has turned out. Close up photos show the odd bit that needs a touch of paint, that always tends to be the case these days.
The final position will depend on how the stairs from the upper building work out but thats pretty much in the right place. I have learned a lot...


Platform building without roof.

Posted by Dave John , 02 May 2018 - * * * * * · 486 views

Well, been a while but I’m getting there. As promised a few shots of the platform building with the roof off. Useful, they show me where I need to tidy up and adjust the squareness of things. I can add more interior details as the bits become available ( or I make them ) The signage is on bit of copper wire, easy to adjust. Given that it will normally be...


Some poster boards

Posted by Dave John , 07 April 2018 - * * * * * · 363 views

The devil is in the detail so they say. During the last two weeks I have been making various detail parts for the platform building, but it seems to be going rather slowly.  
If you look at period pictures of CR stations one thing stands out. Poster boards. The CR fitted a lot of them, and some of the posters have become collectors items. Really,...


A bit of lighting.

Posted by Dave John , 25 March 2018 - * * * * * · 353 views

I decided to move the roof on a bit, seems like a good idea to get the lighting in at this stage.

Very simple really , just 3 copper wires with LEDs via fine wire and suitable protection resistors. The internal and canopy lights will be separately dimmable.

Easier to show a couple of pics than describe it all.  


Fairly fine w...


Walls and magnets.

Posted by Dave John , 17 March 2018 - * * * * * · 423 views

A good week, thats the basic structure put together. Simple really, just put some plasticard on a nice flat surface and make sure it all goes together square.

I was concerned about the top edge and so decided to strengthen it with some brass strip. A thought struck me, why not use the strip to feed power to the fireplace LEDS? Now I wouldn’t want a so...


Watching paint not drying.

Posted by Dave John , 10 March 2018 - * * * * * · 326 views

Things are progressing slowly. Winter tends to slow modelling down, paints and glues take ages to dry, the light is bad, there is a tendency to sneeze all over what you are trying to build. Must be a lot worse for folk who model in lofts and sheds. Really a case of watching paint not drying.

Anyway, thats the major sections of the platform building r...


Some Tiling.

Posted by Dave John , 18 February 2018 - * * * * * · 370 views

It has taken a while, but I am now reasonably happy with the tiling. So here is a completed bit of wall, nothing like harsh close up photos to show all the errors.

The tiles are printed on photo paper then given a coat of a photo matte uv resistant sealing spray. I have no idea how stable these things are long term. Time will tell I suppose.  ...


Bay windows.

Posted by Dave John , 11 February 2018 - * * * * * · 396 views

So I have been making some bay windows. A few false starts but I think the ones I have ended up with have come out all right. Looking at the way the platform building was constructed; it is essentially a set of regularly spaced lateral girders holding up the roof supported by brick pillars. Th bits in between can be thought of as curtain walls , and the m...


Platform buildings started

Posted by Dave John , 27 January 2018 - * * * * * · 409 views

I have had another go at the valence, new blade and a revised set of cutting curves. The elements still need cleaning up, but overall a bit of an improvement.

So that let me push on a bit with the roof.

Just some snapshots to give an idea of what it will look like in position. Still a long way to go.


Having got to that s...


Problems with valences.

Posted by Dave John , 20 January 2018 - * * * * * · 408 views

I have been looking at valences. Why ? Well, I have got on a bit with constructing the platform buildings. The roof would have ended about an inch or so over the ogee cast gutter. Between the gutter and the end of the roof supporting girders would be the valence. So in order to get the roof overhang right I need to know how thick the valences are going to...


Some parts for a platform building.

Posted by Dave John , 31 December 2017 - * * * * * · 319 views

I have made a start on parts for the canopy and building that sits on the long island platform. Basically the original was a narrow set of waiting rooms covered by an overall roof and cantilevered canopy.

So, how to build it? Well, styrene would be my obvious choice since I have a silhouette cutter. Might be stiffer in brass, but that would probably m...


Of cormorants and pups......

Posted by Dave John , 24 December 2017 - * * * * * · 393 views

I have been asked why I model the CR in urban Glasgow. Simple really, its on my doorstep. Of course large amounts of it have gone, but if you walk the pathways you can still find traces of what used to be there. Its also interesting to see how nature reclaims these areas, and although perhaps not strictly about model railways it is a blog about the study...


Some shunting. Or just playing trains.....

Posted by Dave John , 09 December 2017 - * * * * * · 484 views

Some progress has been made, a few more wagons are now in rakes with magnetic ajs and I have been generally fixing some of the minor details. Of course all this photography is like going over the layout with a magnifying glass, you see all sorts wrong that you thought were ok.

However none of that is really interesting to the observer. Far more fun to...


CR Diagram 11A CCTs part 3

Posted by Dave John , 18 November 2017 - * * * * * · 494 views

Well, there they are, painted and in service.

Firstly a couple of photos in harsh artificial light, the colours may look a bit more natural in real daylight.

Overall I’m happy with them, though the spring suspension system doesn’t seem to hold the track as well as I’d like. A bit of running and it might bed in a bit. I haven’t added any weight, let...


CR Diagram 11A CCTs part 2

Posted by Dave John , 11 November 2017 - * * * * * · 416 views

A useful week, both chassis up and running so on to the bodies.

My first concern was the buffers. The whitemetal ones supplied are ok, but they are solid and they don’t have a footstep. Magnifying the best available picture of the D11a I am sure that they did have a welded on footstep. So I opted to use a L+Y buffer which is very close in shape to the...


Building some CR Diagram 11A CCTs.

Posted by Dave John , 05 November 2017 - * * * * * · 445 views

A bit of stock construction, always a joy to do . In this case a pair of CR Dia. 11A CCTS from the latest “True lines Models “ kit. Historical notes can be found in “ Caledonian Railway Wagons” by Mike Williams, many thanks to Tony Brenchley of the CRA for producing the kit.

Ok, so preamble over, lets have a look at it all. A cast resin body, etches f...


Some viaduct pictures

Posted by Dave John , 18 October 2017 - * * * * * · 654 views

Time for a bit of playing. I have been working on getting couplings sorted out but it does strain the eyes so a bit of scenic messing about around the viaduct makes a pleasant change.

Taking pics doesn’t half show up all the rough bits that need a second or third going over. Its also a bit difficult to get a picture of, really how do you get nine feet...


Shunting part 2, Look no hands ....

Posted by Dave John , 03 October 2017 - * * * * * · 448 views

Now that I have fitted the uncoupling magnets it is time for a bit of real world playing, er, testing.

Sorry about the rather rough video but it shows what I am trying to be able to do without the magic hand appearing. I think I’m slowly getting there, but all that pushing stuff about really shows up any errors in track or stock.

Anyway, hope its...


With hindsight.....

Posted by Dave John , 17 September 2017 - - - - - - · 611 views

With hindsight it would have been an idea to cut the holes for the uncoupling magnets before laying the track. I am making slow but useful progress cutting them all from underneath. Good job I put all those boards on hinges.

So drill through from above 1mm, cut the hole to just leave a bit of cork underlay from underneath with a forstner bit, superglue...


Shunting with Alex Jackson couplings

Posted by Dave John , 27 August 2017 - * * * * * · 602 views

Much has been said about couplings over the years. I like the Alex Jackson coupling, simple, unobtrusive, cheap and reasonably reliable. Yes they get out of alignment and sometimes get bent beyond repair, but what coupling doesn’t. The hassle with couplings in general isn’t coupling them, its uncoupling them.

I have been thinking about this. My layout...

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