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The Little House on The... (Part 3)

Posted by D869 , in steam 24 April 2015 - * * * * * · 1,102 views

The painfully slow progress of the 45xx build continues. The loco had a test run at AbRail where it showed a tendency to derail. After readjustment of the pony truck springs it had another run at Macclesfield and was much better behaved. Over the past few months I've been gradually making progress with putting the cylinders together and tonight the second...


Finescaling a Hall - Part 3

Posted by D869 , in steam 12 March 2015 - * * * * * · 1,345 views

Having been temporarily chucked back together for AbRail, the Hall is just back from an extended spell in the paint shop having its paint job generally finished off and some weathering applied... just in time for St Ruth to go to Macclesfield this weekend.

My plan for the 'paint job' was to wash over the Dapol GWR green (or it it US Army WW2 geep gree...


Finescaling a Hall - Part 2

Posted by D869 , in steam 20 February 2015 - - - - - - · 852 views

A quick update on this project.

The chassis is now pretty much done barring a few odds and ends like couplings and attention is now turning to the superstructure.

Again there is not much to say about the chassis build - it went together as per Nigel's comprehensive instructions... although I do prefer to get things running and tested at the earliest pos...


Finescaling a Hall

Posted by D869 , in steam 28 January 2015 - * * * * * · 946 views

I've been struggling for a while to think up a catchy title for this one. It was originally intended as a Christmas project which would obviously have been 'Deck the Halls' but I didn't actually get around to starting that soon so the moment was lost.

For old times sake, I waited until the loft was again at sub zero temperatures before testing the Hall o...


The Little House on The... (Part 2)

Posted by D869 , in steam 05 December 2014 - - - - - - · 1,134 views

... but he hasn't done anything at all!

Well looks can be deceiving. Actually quite a lot of work has happened on the 45xx over the past week or so but the overall appearance is not hugely changed. Let me put it another way... here is how it looked a couple of days ago...

When I stopped work on this project I really wasn't happy with the way it wa...


The Little House on The...

Posted by D869 , in steam, coaches 23 March 2014 - - - - - - · 1,234 views

More steamy goings on from my workbench. Now that I'm not frantically trying to make South Yard look less unfinished I've got back to some of the other items that have been in progress for a while. The main build effort amongst these is the David Eveleigh chassis for the Dapol 45xx. The various bits of this have been liberated from their paint shop boxes...


More New Things

Posted by D869 , in steam, south yard, locos, coaches, class 52, wagons 29 November 2013 - * * * * * · 1,585 views

There hasn’t been a huge amount recently that has really justified a blog posting on its own but there has been plenty going on so here is a potted summary of recent developments and the covoluted paths by which they progressed through the works.

Another Stephen Harris tank is now ready for the paint shop. This one is a class ‘A’ tank. I went for one of...


To The Manor Born - Part 2

Posted by D869 , in locos, steam 30 January 2013 - * * * * * · 862 views

A quick update on the Manor...The crossheads and conn rods are now fitted... and remarkably the loco still runs well. This doesn't look like a vast amount of progress, but there was some tricky work involved... especially for someone who has never built a steam loco before.I found assembling the crossheads pretty tricky, largely because their final 'I' sh...


To The Manor Born

Posted by D869 , in taw bridge, steam, locos 19 January 2013 - * * * * * · 1,287 views

A little project that I've been working on for the past few weeks... This is an Ixion manor bought on Fleabay and now sporting a partly completed Nigel Ashton milled brass 2FS chassis.This evening was its first proper test run. South Yard is a bit too short for this sort of activity so after a few initial runs there to make sure the thing could actually m...


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