A few of us thought we'd start a general NG blog together on the new format forum as a bit of fun.
A while back I went to Launceston to see the visiting Darjeeling Himalayan Railway B Class which was imported back into the UK by Adrian Shooter a few years ago. The original examples don't have tenders, this was added upon restoration in the UK.
Believe it or not, even though they rarely do more than 25 miles an hour, a streamlined tank loco was developed in the 1930s! It seems this was
Its great to see so many familiar names over here, and all of us busy creating blogs!
Some of you may know that I have recently moved house to The Netherlands, and as a result all model rail activities had to take a back seat. Before we left the UK Diggle Junction was looking OK with the elctrics and OLE all functioning, and some scenic work going on. That all stopped when the layout was split in to two halves and made in to a box for transit. Tomorrow I'm finally allowed to open
Here is my fist blog on the new site, confusing, and I was so used to the old.
Been working on a new layout now for 2 weeks, I have all the base wood in Track laid down and have been working on glue the cork and track in place, running the electrical wires. My father is coming out from the UK at the end of the months so I want the lower level of the layout track work 100% complete, other than ballast, and hopefull the second layer, which is just a point to point going though a hidden sectio
Well this is all very new and interesting... the new RMweb, that is... this blog might end up as dull as ditchwater...
Anyway those of you who followed my building of the Steve Beattie O scale Class 22 kit fairly recently will recall that somehow I managed to turn THIS:-
At the end of my old Workbench thread I said that the next loco I'd like to do would be a Class 14...
...and a Class 14 it will be :icon_thumbsup2: and I'll document progress here...
With some trepidation I'm starting my first entry in this new style workbench blog. My intention is to continue where I left off in my workbench thread on the old RMweb. I'll have to check that link later as the old forum is offline at the moment . As a result, I'm not sure whether my last post at around 6:45 this evening actually reached the old site, so I'll start by repeating it, slightly edited, here.
I've spent some of the last couple of days looking at the new RMweb (only as a guest,
The circle line is a small n gauge test layout that i am building at the moment with alot of help from my brother . I am looking to build a small modern depot with dmu storage sidings in the future. I wanted to try my skills out in n gauge before i start my depot layout and have decided to buld a small double track mainline. The board is just a peace of mdf with a hardboard face around it the board has been split into two halfs 1 side being urban and the other countryside i have decided to start
Welcome to the first posting on my new workbench blog. Basically I'm repeating the last entry on my DRT workbench thread from the old RMweb forum. And it all about fork lifts and in paticular the 1980s fork lift from GHQ. It's very finely moulded in pewter and more detailed than the old British white metal versions I have. Even at the American 1:160 scale it's height is exactly the same as the so called British N gauge ones (presumably 1:148 scale) I have, and is even a little longer so doesn't
So here we are in a new forum, so far I like the look of it. But then I've only had a quick browse...
I thought I would start this blog to provide a showcase to the layout and various projects being worked on in addition to my workbench thread! I'll also post up progress on various areas of the layout depending which part I'm working on at a given time. Before I continue with showing the current progress of things, I feel a quick run down is in order for any new members to the forum. So here
After starting in OO and having too many compromises I changed to N-gauge.
A month or so ago after visiting Grantham exhibition, I really wanted to get a small OO layout together.
As I can only have a very small layout a trip to Carl Arendt's micro-layout website was called for.
Searched around a bit and having bounced a few ideas of Shortliner I saw Stubbier Yard, this layout really took me, so that was it!
A quick use of XtrkCad gave me the layout just flipped over.
I will get ro
Welcome to the New Copley Hill Works!
I much enjoyed my time updating the old Copley Hill Works blog on the old RMweb (and for those interested, it can be found as a link in my signature for the time being), and in my time updating the blog, I had a stab at making quite a few locomotives. Some went well, some didn't quite make the grade, but nevertheless I thoroughly enjoyed working on my projects and was delighted to share them with so many knowledgeable people willing to help
Virtual concept model of the design, created in Sketchup
Claverton Engineering is my planned 0-16.5 narrow gauge micro layout. My slow progress to date has been covered in various parts of old RMweb, but I thought I'd do a recap at the beginning of this blog which will hopefully feature more rapid developments in the near future.
It will depict a small corner of a heavy mechanical engineering works, partly inspired by the Bruce Peebles & Co. Ltd. works in Edinburgh, which built the n
At some point in the future this will become the home of Avonwick. My entry into the 2mm associations Golden Jubilee layout competition. Progress on Avonwick is currently at a halt due to a lack of time as I am currently back at Uni doing a PGCE. I do hope to get a day or two at some point over Christmas to add to it though.
2 sheds where delivered and erected in August and ever since then I've been trying to fill then with stuff from the garage so that the garage can become a layout room. On Wednesday the tool shed was almost finally filled with the garden tools. Today I've almost finished fitting 5 old kitchen cupboards and a worktop into the large shed, just 2 more shelves to go on the wall and them it will be ready to use. The only problem I can see it that it is a 1/4 of the size of the garage....
Having decided upon a track plan the next step is working out scale plans for the layouts buildings.
As previously mentioned there are 3 main structures which are being built accurately to the dimensions of the prototype, (the Station, Signal Box and Bridge). In order to make things a bit more interesting for me given that I particularly enjoy structural modelling, I have decided to add a few more buildings (working from other prototypes adapted to fit the location), but I will come back to
I have soldered up the the chassis using the 00 spacers provided in the kit and have modified the cylinders slightly by turning the glands in the lathe and drilling them to accept the Markits machined crossheads .
I decided to do this to reduce fettling time with the lost wax items provided.
I'm just now setting up the alignment of the motion brackets and position of the cylinders before starting on the footplate, more to come tomorrow as I'm off to the pub now....
A short diversion from the kit to produce some Alan Gibson hornblocks (one of the packs shown on the previous page).
The pack (4M60) is supplied with parts to make up 6 hornblocks for 4mm loco/tender springing. The parts are small - very small - and you need to be aware that small parts - especially springs - have a habit of finding their way off the workbench and into the carpet or between the floor boards.
So start by emptying the contents of the pack into a suitable tray and sorting t
Callow Lane is my new P4 layout, which has been under construction for far too long now...
It is set in North Bristol/South Gloucestershire, and represents a small suburban goods yard in the Westerleigh area. There used to be an old goods-only branch running north-westwards from the Midland Railway's Westerleigh Yard, to a location called New Engine Yard. From here, colliery spurs ran to the pits in the district, amongst them being Mayshill and Frog Lane collieries.
Callow Lane is actual
Question: How do you eat an elephant?
Answer: One bite at a time
"The Farthing layouts" are a series of OO micro-layouts that depict small sections of the same overall junction station. The period is Edwardian, although I occasionally have heretic out-of-period operating sessions. The layouts are operationally independent of each other, ie they are not connected or modular. In this way, I can explore my interest in larger stations in a very limited space. In other w
After a furious bout of layout building I have returned to my workbench for a rest.
I am assuming that my layout Heyside will be on the exhibition circuit next year, and I have identified 3 locomotives that I need to assist in setting the location - on the Oldham Loop just up the road from New Hey. They are an Aspinall 0-6-0 saddle tank, an Aspinall A class 0-6-0 tender loco and a 2-6-0 Horwich Crab. I'm starting with the easiest first, the saddle tank, which started out as a Chowbent
I have a span of 11'2" unsupported in the middle and it is quite stable.
The secret was to make the whole board and its supports as stiff as possible so that there is very little tendency to sag in the middle.
My board is 3/4" ply supported on L girders fixed to the wall. These are made up of two lengths of 2"x1" softwood. This gives support to the rear and each of the two ends. To provide strong support along the length of the span away from the wall I installed two L Girders that
Original entry: 09 October 2009
The two cylinders are both soldered up along with their cosmetic covers - photos will follow as soon as it's light! Managed to splash some solder on my face too whilst removing some of the excess that I'd managed to build up through trying to correct errors with an iron that I'm starting to suspect needs a new tip...
The gearbox is also about 1/3 complete, having been folded and soldered, and had the motor mounting bracket expanded to allow the motor to
Cheers Laurie. Good to see you and glad you had fun on the day.
All grommet/strain relief suggestions will be stored away for the day when this particular job comes off the back burner so thanks for that. Before that day there are more important things like wood to cut and so on.
I was thinking of some flippant comment about our respective mental states but decided that it might be best left as an exercise for the reader.