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On going work on Glasburgh Loco Depot

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Glasburgh no more!

Hi   Just an update to announce that Glasburgh has been closed! All the stock sold. Layout dismantled. A steady increase to the grandchild stock dictates a rethink of the spare room. So, amidst the painting of walls, moving of furniture a new venture is planned. one of the things I miss about small laoyouts is the ability to see trains running. To this end...a shift to 2mm scale for 4mm is required. New blog started.   Goodbye Glasburgh   chris

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New building and changes to position

Hi   Well, it was flaming freezing in the wind here today. The boat was abandoned and a spot of modelling commenced. I have added the new Hornby Modern Shed to the depot and moved my Bachmann one. A third Deltic (to be 55022) has been added to the stock.   Here are a couple of quick update photos.       and a photo of Class 121 DMU at night awaiting departure  

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Darker Nights

Well, I guess that was summer! Not the best for sailing up here. However the shortening days lead back to some modelling time. The spare room has been cleared of sailing junk and a return to modelling has begun. This winter is going to be a time of detailing the depot...(not spending cash on sound chips!!)..and getting a new baseboard for the static part of the layout where Glasburgh station is above the tunnel. I have decided to do this and create some more room for stock and perhaps a carriag

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Progress of upgrading TMD

Hi   So far so good. Much of the big stuff done but as you will see alot of detailing to go. I am quite pleased with things so far. The only remaining shed from effort 1 will need a good bit of detailing and a repaint to stand next to the new ones!   Here are a couple of progress shots            

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Another case of works going over budget!

Hi   Well, the 'rip it up' has expanded a bit. I have got ripped in to a fairly major re development. It started off as re doing the concrete hard standing but has ended up much more. I flogged my Class 50 DCC sound loco to pay for some of it. I have bought the Bachmann Diesel maintenance depot to replace one of my Peco engine sheds. It is a superbly detailed resin casting. They are worth the £50 they cost. Great roof detail.I have also bought the Bachmann carriage shed. It is a much simple

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Post Show Blues....

Hi   Enjoyed the Perth model rail show on Sunday with my dad. Trouble is ....you always see something done better than yours. So, The engine maintenance sheds have been removed (carefully!) and the hard standing is to be re done! Mine just doesn't look like concrete!. Bought some paint to paint the new stuff concrete colour before weathering. have also splashed out on some plasti card and plastic to make up internal platforms for one of the sheds. I have also purchased one of the Bachmann

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Pristine 55 002 Two Tone Green

Hi     Just for Jon a picture of a pristine 55 002 with working lights! As you can see the nose end still has handrails etc to be fitted but the lights do look pretty good!  

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55 002 KOYLI (two tone green) DCC Sound

My favourite 'real' Deltic has now returned from Jason's workshop complete with new tail and headcode lights. In particular the headcode looks superb and you can't tell the difference between it and the factory fitted 55 001 donor. Now that it is complete with sound, cab and marker lights I am extremely pleased with the result! Only thing still to be done is etched nameplates.     Chris

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Return of 55 002 KOYLI in two tone green

Hi   Not much been happening on the modelling front as it is the time of year to get our yacht ready to go back in water. A lot of hull preparation and not model sized!   However, having the chance to buy a Bachmann 55 002 in 1981 two tone green guise was to much to resist. I had one previously and had added an Express Models light kit but was not satisfied with my efforts so sold it. I have now installed the new body onto my Bachmann DCC Sound loco and mighty fine she looks and sounds. She

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Markinch Style Shed Update-home for A4 60009

Hi   Work is progressing on the new home for A4 60009 Union of south Africa. As I need to free up space for the new shed I have removed one of the main fleet's depots and relocated it. This has given an opportunity to remove all the locos from Glasburgh to put down some 'concrete' for both the shed and relocated depot sheds. First layer of concrete laid and drying. Meanwhile, back at the builders the new shed has received a couple of coats of paint on the roof and timber wall. The fitting of

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Markinch Shed Build for A4 60009

Hi   Have finally started to build my shed for A4 Union of South Africa. Thanks to help from other poster (Cheers Richard -Ben Alder) I was given drawings for the original shed. While not building a shed exactly the same for my layout I wanted it to be based on the prototype. 60009 was kept in a shed at Markinch station during my period. My shed will have two roads in it as opposed to one but most other features will (I hope) be the same. Slate roof and wooden sides with small outbuilding. Loa

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A4 60009 Union of South Africa ( name & numbered!)

Hi Folks   Tonight I tackled fitting my A4 Falcon(OOOOPS! Meant Sparrow Hawk- I sold Falcon from pack and bought Sparrow Hawk to get Double chimney) with its new identity. She is now resplendent in her new etched Union of South Africa name plates with the springbok plate on one side only as per prototype. After rubbing out the numbers on the cabside with T cut I have applied the correct 60009 cabside numbers. I have also fitted an etched 60009 number over the existing smokebox number. To me s

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60009 Under Steam

Hi   A4 60009 Union of South Africa has arrived back to Glasburgh. Although naming still has to take place and changing number it is looking good. Working lights at front and rear and a Seuthe Smoke Generator fitted. Takes me back to when we used to see it at Leuchars. Next task is to make the shed for her to sit in. This will based around her real one that she used at Markinch. It will involve re siting one of my loco sheds but I think it will be worth it. SWMBO likes this one with steam

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The Coal has arrived!

Hi all   Now that A4 60009 is off to Jason's workshop to be 're boilered' and a light safety inspection, thought to powering her when she comes back has gone on a pace. Two coal wagons have been purchased ( thanks for posters who helped) and filled with coal. (the real stuff of course....) They have now arrived at Glasburgh and will be ready to fill her up when she returns in a few weeks.   Actually, it is the first time I have bought and filled a wagon for....well.....longer than I care to

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Bus Progress on Glasburgh

I have started to make some progress towards getting the layout buses in the guise I remember from 1980. Still work to be done on the TRC Blue buses (temporary Destinations and signs ) but they are beginning to look like their prototypes!        

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New Arrivals on Glasburgh

Well, Santa was kind after all and the parcels made it through our frozen lands! First a new refuelling point (Knitwing kit) which I added lights to at construction stage. Still to weather the roof but looks good. Diesels can now fill up and off load! They wouldn't get far on two off loading points! My Class 31 visited Jason to have lights fitted to cabs and an all Blue Cravens unit now looks good with its Perth destination blind. (not a bad effort even I do say so myself!) Will have to do some

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Glasburgh Buses

The overbridge that is over the platforms on the raised section of Glasburgh was primarily to hide the fact that the sidings are very short and can only display DMUs or part of a train. These are static with power to the rails so that coach lighting can be fitted and DCC sound loco can sit idling. However, a side product of this gives me an opportunity to have some road vehicles on this. To this end I have collected over the last 6-8 months a few suitable buses. Like the TMD itself these are to

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Let there be Light!

My short stay in hospital passed successfully and my arm is on the mend finally! I have some time to kill at home. I had been doing some work with carriage lighting before surgoens stopped play. I have put lighting inside a mark 1 full brake and am quite pleased with the results. I have also added carriage lighting to my two Bachmann Pullman coaches. The table lights were just not quite enough and I think they now look much better. Steam power has arrived at Glasburgh. On shed is Hornby A4 Fal

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Is your car on your layout?

Well...     Weather been poor, stuck in the house with one currently useless arm so when the parcel arrived from Hattons with a Ford Escort with the correct base colour it was time to jump in the Tardis. Back to Monifieth in 1983 and my mode of Transport was my cherished first car. My Ford Escort 1300 XL reg BUP 356L. I wanted to have this somewhere on my layout to complete the memories. I had my bronze coloured car two toned by one of my customers (worked in a Bank) by adding Reliant (no la

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27 105 at Glasburgh coach siding

Hi   Change of locos on Station siding. Class 47 712 has been replaced with 27 105 on the siding adjacent to platform 7 on the static part of the layout. And...fine she looks too I reckon!    

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DCC Sound Update-Are they worth it?

Hi   Returned from holiday in Greece and fired up all the sound locos today. Fair' takes you back so it does!!   So far I now have Class 20 Bachmann DCC sound re blown by Howes. Improvement spectacular! Class 25 Bachmann DCC sound re blown with Howes Sound. Now excellent. Class 37 Bachmann DCC sound, will be off to be re blown by Howes. Class 40 fitted with 21 pin bachie DCC Sound chip re blown by Howes. Also superb Class 47 035 Bachmann DCC sound re blown by Howes. Now unbelievably r

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Bachmann 40 to have Howes sound

hi   Between painkillers and using the workbench to hold the chassis block I managed to cut it down to size with an angle grinder. It's amazing what you can mange with a bit of non modelling help even with one functioning arm! I have to admit I have never been brave enough to take apart completely a working Bachmann loco before. Never mind taking an angle grinder to it.! I have had my spare Bachmann Deltic sound chip re blown by Howes. There is now room for the speaker under the grill (fan

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