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    Coastguard Creek - 15 months of planning!

    By SouthernRegionSteam

    Hold on to your socks - this is going to be a lengthy one! (In fact it's so long, I've now split it into 2 separate posts - the next will be up soon...)   I think it's fair to say that you are all long overdue an update on Coastguard Creek. Due to other commitments, no real progress has been made since the last post way back in March 2021; almost 15 months ago! If anything, things went backwards for quite a while, as I kept finding more and more inspiring locations that I really wanted

All-American Railroad Show, Part 4

A few more shots from the show.   Scratchbuilt model of the AT&SF's Topeka station.  I do forget what the builder was telling me, sadly, but I believe there is either no or minimal compression on the size.   Even more impressive, the builder wasn't 20 yet.   I'm very happy that there are younger builders at all, much less in the US.        Brass South Shore collection, in HO scale.   Spoke with the collector.   He's having them painted by a professional.   


AlfaZagato in shows

All-American Railroad Show, Part 3

Here's a little more     A couple of my ETE chapter's new layout.   Only shot what was already sceniced.  My fault it isn't finished.   I'm in charge of scenery.   Spent most of my time trying to make a styrofoam mountain.   Not going well.   N-scale drive-in.  Tiny screen usually works.   This club normally has Looney Toons running.     More a shot for me.   I like T-Trak.   Cutaways and other 'low' features are of strong interest for me.


AlfaZagato in shows

All-American Railroad Show, Part 2

Another member's multigauge demonstration layout.  Mostly a way to gather interest without bringing the main layout.     Same member's 009 demonstrator.  The L&B stock is mine.   I've followed this parish's thread to fettle the Taw.   She ran the whole eight-hour show with now fuss.   Very happy, though I still get leery of Heljan's quality control.     Another member's shunting puzzle.  Didn't garner too much interest, sadly.   He may have been positi


AlfaZagato in shows

All-American Railroad Show, Part 1

I'm back.   Lack of blogging is resultant of new phones that my boxes won't detect as drives, & use of a fancy new Canon DSLR that I've been too lazy to pick files from.  I have a series of shots from the last show I'll publish in the next few posts, dependent on my file size.    Here I have a couple of shots of our new club T Trak layout.   All Metcalfe I think for the buildings.   Given my somewhat vast 1930's stock collection, I haven't done jack for this layout.  Happy we have it, t

1 year on.

Success! I have a train running in a circuit around the room.    Bit of tweaking to do, following an hours operation, one of the rails on baseboard 13 isn't seated correctly in the sleeper, so will have to get that sorted to prevent potential derailments and i somehow wired the bus up wrong when i brought the wires in from behind baseboard 1. Easy fix (hopefully) to do in next session.   These photos are taken on the 18th May 2021 and today so you can see how much progress i


MattB in General

GWR 1741 (655) Class

Enthusiasts often refer to this Wolverhampton built class as the 655 class, but the GWR usually described them as 1741s. Thirty-two were built from 1892. They were essentially similar to the earlier 645 and 1501 classes, but were just a little larger with longer overhangs front and rear. The bunker was actually the same size as the 1501 bunker, so the extra three inches of overhang presumably provided more room in the cab. Again they were built with T class boilers. They were numbered rather ecc

Keeping on goin

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while.   More projects are now underway, with a mk3 RFM and a mk2 suitable for the NMT I’m modelling acquired.

The Yard of God!

My 9 year old daughter has a new name for the fiddle yard. We have talked about the "hand of God" descending on our layouts for years. The fiddle yard is the natural home of the hand of god so it has now become known as "The Yard of God" in our house thanks to our daughter Eleanor!    

A CR 323 class part 6 , in service

Now things have settled a bit on here I am going to add a few blogs.   It has taken some time to get this painted and finished. A fair bit of messing about with transfers again, I do wish someone would do CR goods lining.  All looks a bit rough close up, but passable from a distance I think.     A couple of posed pics, the side on official portrait.           At rest in the yard.             They

More video.

Funny thing, model railways. Some enjoy the hobby by building and hand knitting their own stock or buildings. At the other extreme, some enjoy a "roundy roundy" train set on a board with some sidings and scenery. Those who enjoy exhibiting will adopt a more "theatrical" style with well made scenery, and a non-scenic back stage so that it looks like you are trainspotting and instead of the train going on to Glasgow or wherever, it's just run round the corner onto a plywood plank. Having done s


Managed a couple of hours on this while paint was drying. I'm sort of copying LSWR practice with the cab interior, mainly looking at O2's and G6's working on the principal they'll all be similar, as designed by the same man. Here are the two cab sandboxes, they go in the bunker, cab side corners. I presume as they seem to have wooden tops they lift off for filling. I need to add operating levers.     Next is the locker that fits on the rear spectacle plate. This is ready f

Printing 'Edith'

Despite what I wrote in my previous post , I decide to add a ‘rolling’ chassis to my model of ‘Edith’, to help me assess the overall appearance of this little engine. Printing and assembling some of the very small parts created some new challenges.   Our heating system failed last week, just as the weather turned colder. I had not noticed before how sensitive my 3d printer is to the temperature in my work room. For the first time, I experienced a fractured filament as it wound off the

Tweedale - Cul De Sac

Last year's slow listless progress on the layout was a sure indicator that all was not well. I finally came to the conclusion that I was being over ambitious in trying to build a room sized layout. Well I'm no stranger to giving up projects part way through, and the decision has now been made to abandon the large layout and go for something more manageable.  The old benchwork has already been dismantled and the timber reused to just build a straight shelf along one  wall rather than spre

About Halfway

After completely forgetting about this, the 2 coaches are now yellow save the roof, which will be light grey. Lots of decals ordered from Railtec that may spawn a few other projects.

Clan'tastic!...Detailing a recently released Hornby BR Standard 72xxx Clan Class.

The recent re-release of the Hornby BR  Clan Class was a blessing for many especially with the price of previous issues becoming prohibitive. The model had not been available for a number of years to compound this.   Like others I was surprised to find the running boards and rear of tender not painted black on either the late or early crest variations. This has been debated on the Hornby Clan thread.   Other issues have concerned a missing top lamp bracket on the smokebox doo

Ernie Rides Again!

And I am back! Not only doing a blog but at a model railway exhibition! Just as a visitor although this is an achievement after my Covid foiled attempt to get the layout to Ally Pally in March. It was good to get to the Bristol show on Sunday and meet up with a few familiar faces after two and a half years. Not much seems to have changed except the inevitable retreat into long sightedness over took my reluctance to carry even mild reading glasses and I now have two tints of metalic Humbrol brown

Train Reporting Numbers for S&P

Currently still waiting on production and delivery of suitable copperclad to allow track laying to commence.   I went to the Bristol show at the weekend and was able to buy a Dapol Class 22 in BSYP, something I'd missed out on for a long time due to money being tight and then there being none to buy. It got me to thinking about headcodes for the S&P.   I've read up a bit on how such four character train reporting numbers work, and realised that though the basic arrangemen

Ian J.

Ian J. in General

BFR’s Progressing

The 2 Brake Force Runners (BFR’s) I intend to model are 9516 (for a later project) and 72616 (to go along with the EMV and 2 RTR Hornby coaches). The sacrifices are a rather pricey Bachmann Mk2 Brake and a slightly less pricey Dapol Mk2 FO. They are soaking in IPA to remove the paint, and they should be ready to prime layer today or tomorrow.

The EMV So Far

Attached is a photo or 2 of the EMV. As I am not actually modelling 977983, I have put the coach end ‘EMV’ decals where the numbers would go.   I did manage to c*ck up some of the decals though, hence the lack of the ‘Improving Your Railway’ decal. 
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