So we have a location; a small market town in the heart of West Sussex deemed important enough to have its own branch line connection to the ???main line??™ two miles to the south. In hindsight it should have been clear to the LBSCR that they were on to a hiding to nothing, Petworth station was just about breaking even, so how the town could ever hope to sustain a branch of its own was a mystery ??“ the Lords of Leaconfield were a very persuasive lot!
Ever since I had this idea, to me there
This is a continuation of my topic about GWR coaches and increasing passenger choice - (very topical - lol)
I will try to put a link to the old topic when the sites back up and running - though at the moment I'm still trying to work my way round the new site - as a bear of very little brain I'm easily confused but as Basil Fawlty says "now we're in I'm determined to make it work".
Anyway with the articulated suburban stock taking a back burner for a while, I'm trying my hand at the South
Right then, firstly a huge thanks to Andy and the team for this superb new forum.
Secondly, a big thank you to those who proffered advice, and suggestions on my previous Layout post "Norton St. Georges".
Right then, down to brass tacks.
The name Tigh Charrann comes from a house we stop at during Hogmanay in Lochcarron, and thought (and hope) this layout would be a fitting tribute to the hospitality we receive up there.
Tigh Charrann is a larg
since the old rmweb is not always on line at the mo here is a link to some pics of Forks Trestle over on Fotopic
i now have the wood to build the boards so this can be used as a stand alone layout
I had a little play last night with the buffers. The stocks come as brass turnings, which are fine as far as they go. Except that they are round (they should be clipped top) and they have no details (there should be 5 bolts securing the buffers to the beam). The first part was easy, the flat could be filed on the stock. There second problem is a little trickier. Time to live up to my moniker
I needed a jig first of all if I was going to drill the holes, and I came up with the idea o
Right, as part of the plan to enable Millport to be exhibited again, the group has decided to carry out some extra work besides the re-wire which was already planned.
First item we tackled was the layout storage covers/boxing, these protect the layout during storage and transit to shows and clearly had seen better days. Fortunately we have quite a few members who are quite handy at carpentry unlike myself. Whilst these new covers were being made, new backscene boards were also fitted to help f
Morning all, just a quick update before I disappear off into the Peak District for the day
Spent yesterday finishing off a couple of wagons, both Parkside Dundas kits, namely the LNER (ex NBR) 4 plank open and the LNER 12ton goods van. Both have been painted and finished, and just await weathering now.
In the case of the 12t goods van, I have finished each side in a different livery, one side carries pre 1937 NE lettering, and the other is finished in BR livery-two wagons for the pri
having made several unsuccessful attempts to transfer the thread over from RMW3, I have decided to give the file link for those who are interested or are coming in as 'new readers starting here'
Yesterday's progress was to short out the wheels and fit/wire-up the motor - all done successfully and will carry on with the remaining bodywork bits today and then give it a good run at the Club tonight and tomorrow and then strip
Last night I assembled another wagon kit for Claverton Engineering - a Smallbrook Studios Glyn Valley Tramway box van which I bought at Shepton Mallet in February.
Here's what you get with the kit. The sides, ends, base and false roof are cast in resin, with a small piece of styrene for the top layer of the roof. The chassis is a standard Dapol wagon chassis, sold separately by Smallbrook . All the resin parts appear very well cast, with almost no flash and lots of sharp, well defined f
About time: first half of the Bush Type 4 fleet arrives on workbench (worktop?) - numbers and headcodes have gone, cruel photography highlights the blooming of paintwork where this has received the attentions of a pencil eraser.
Thanks for the kind comments gang. Picking up on one of them on this blog entry, here is the planned locomotive fleet, the vast majority of which is to hand and awaiting workbench. I intend multiple edits on this, particularly with supporting text and background d
So I ended my last entry with rhetorical questions.."so what did it all lead to? where am I in the hobby now??? "
I suspect there's no single easy answer but I'll put it in a nutshell...it led me to the idea that there is no set answer...nothing is set in concrete, everything is open to discovery and experiment..it's a hobby and that means it is fun so lose the fun and it's not worth doing.
I became fascinated with the ideas expounded on Carl Arendts' site and in Model Trains International, t
Although somewhat depleted in numbers the DRAG meeting tonight managed to complete tracklaying on the first straight side of the test track, except for the transition curves into the ends. This included the 00/P87 track, and there's no denying the contrast between the P4 and the Code 75 Peco (maybe a cruel comparison as I know 00 track can be made to look much better).
John's Heljan Cargowaggon with Kean Maygib P4 wheels went through the crossover at whatever speed we could shove
My first blog entry, I never was any good at keeping a diary so no doubt this will be a sporadic exercise, let's see if anyone reads it!
I've spend the last couple of days with various work colleagues making polite, if bemused, comments on the copy of BRM sitting on my desk. Some people seem genuinely impressed to see the layout in print. I'm fairly happy with the way it appeared in the photographs. I'd be interested to know what others thought.
Tonight has been spent with probably my be
So here we are. New RMweb (more friendly "fun" feel to the set up) and I've finally got somewhere. Sadly the weather and light means I'm unable for now to get out in the Garden at the parents to start building baseboards for Newport so it's to the plasticard and glue to start knocking up some structures and scenery as mentioned in old RMweb. So here is the first bit of scenery for Newport (still needs work to it)
Which is one of the many pointless lumps of metal that lin
Latest loco on my workbench is a Keyser
Now in the garage after having a coat of apple green for each of the past 3 days. As per my entry on the last web I need to adjust the chassis as one of the spacers is stoping the motor sitting flat enough. So out with the slitting disc and reduce the size of it.
The chassis is one I got off Ebay, I have had to swap motors and change a Comet gear box for a simple motor mount, so that the cab can be kept relatively clear of motors.
Back to Templot and messing around with Bodmin's track plan.
Having failed completely at my first attempt at printing the track plan, I've now noticed that there is still a fair bit of work to do before its going to be ready to start sticking down on baseboards.
At the moment it looks like there are 3 main jobs to do. Firstly some of the track is not properly connected together (ie its just arranged by eye), I'd prefer to get this connected up to make sure the alignment is spot on before
To get things started I thought I would give you a guided tour around My layouts.
This was my first exhibition layout, started around 2000. It made it's first outing in it's completed form in May 2004 at Bridlington. It apeared in the September 2004 British Railway Modelling and has been to around 15 exhibitions since then, from Kidderminster in the south to Glasgow in the north.
The setting is industrial Tyneside in 1947, with blue and cream electric stock (regularly m
One last quick shot of the station backscene, with Mines a Pint's water I'm away for a week But I have some more new images to put up. Now I've got my head round this new set-up I'll add explanations where necc. A
An overall view of the stop end of Kyle.
Well I always seem to end up to my ears in it, after nearly a years battle to get planning permission to re roof our house with the edition of a conservation rooflight and then trying to get the roofing contractor to start they are finally going to land tomorrow.
I'm both ecstatic and overwhelmed all at once as now I have to make a start inside our bedroom moving radiators, building a walk in wardrobe before over boarding the walls and roof before getting it plastered and finally having the flo
In my last update, I outlined my other ongoing project in the Copley Hill Works Blog. That was to create a Lake Railway layout, to exhibit and hopefully have some building at the same time.
I've written a short history section, which has a fictional and real history section, which should hopefully explain what my little layout should be able to convey:
Now, bearing that in mind, here is my summation of the truth of the matter:
I will be making edits to this section o
Yes that would have been useful and thanks for the comment but having maximised the size of the layout (typical me) onto two walls I don't have much space to play with if I rolled it out.
I have a few solutions regarding access which I'll detail later both from above and below the layout - the open frame approach does help with access to tracks from below but I will also be incorporating some lift out sections in the landscape and possibly an overhead work platform base
Very nice work
a suggestion that may be worth consideration
i put my layout on castors so with help from the family I can pull it out from the wall. My back scene can be removed so I then have access to the rear of the layout
With your backscene mounted to the wall you wouldn’t have to worry about that aspect but the access is really helpful