Well the old stuff is still live and available on the old forum, CLICKY CLICKY, but I thought to start off the blog it would be good to recap a little, so here we are - the history and development of a small scenic shunting plank...
Paxton Road started life back in September 2007, my return to modelling spurred on by the arrival of my first child and a realisation that the track day car project was a non-starter! I should explain that Paxton Road is actually a childhood memory adaptation - a
Well here we are - a new RM web and a new era. This will make keeping projects easier to organise, but as the end of an old era it seems apt to review where I've come from and my progress on the old forum. Read on for the index to my existing rolling stock projects...
33207 (now sold)
Not much has been rolling off the work bench lately (a good thing as they would crash to the floor), but here's a couple of items underway - my 158 Saltire livery, and my lovely NGS kit Cartic-4 (complete with cars inside!)
Well, looking back at my 1600 posts on the 'old' RMweb, there wasn't actualy much I wanted to transfer - not saying nothing I wrote was of any importance, but its only the more recent bits relating to Ring Road that I want to continue. I've had a go at uploading the gallery, and started collecting a few bits here. This is a different way of using the forum, but I'm liking this blog idea!
For those new to the layout, here is an outline:
Ring Road depicts a busy four-track section of the r
I always enjoy any trip down to Hampshire or Dorset, the tinkle of yachts in harbours, the thrum of perpetual ferries, a chance to sample once more some of my favourite pubs; it lifts the spirits don't you know. I must be getting old when thoughts turn to "I could happily retire here, just there, that house with the balcony there", only another 20 years to save up for what I can't afford today!
This time whilst mooching around I was somewhat surprised to find in a bookshop one of the rare N
An update on Fisherton Sarum's travels:
21st/22nd November 2009- Warley Model Railway Club at the NEC Hall 5
6th March 2010 - Chesham MRC, at the Elgiva Theatre, St. Mary's Way, Chesham, Bucks HP5 1HR. 10.00-17.00
25th April 2010 - SWAG Members at Taunton
11th and 12th of September 2010 - Reading Society of Model Engineers, centenary show - ???The Blessed Hugh Faringdon??? School. Reading.
January 2011 - Astolat MRC at the Guildford Methodist Church, Woodbridge R
Fisherton Sarum is a Southern Railway shed set between 1946 and 1949 those migrating over from the previous version of RM Web will no doubt be familiar with my thread on there. As this is basically a finished layout (if they are ever finished) this blog will concentrate on updates on its travels and also a few odds and ends that still need to be done to improve operation etc.
Fisherton Sarum has appeared in the December issue of Railway Modeller (and in video format on their Annual CD Rom)
You know how it happens, sometimes things on Ebay are just too tempting. Well they are to me anyhow! This is another item that was listed to end at an odd time and with probably too high a starting bid so I put in the minimum bid on a snipe and here it is. It's a rather nicely built O guage M7. No idea what kit it was built from but it is very solidly made and quite nicely finished. It's had a knock or two and someone has done an awfully crude repair to the cab roof which has resulted in some ra
I went along to Dean Hall yesterday evening, for the first time since last month. I took my camera and this time it had a memory card in it so I took a few pictures.
I'd better leave Andy or Craig to explain how the big template was produced and printed - I'm afraid the "dark arts" of templot and template production are a bit beyond me at the moment but they were putting it together last night and trying it out for size on the layout. I have to say that I think it looks pretty impressive.
First part of an update from last night's progress. It was decided that as the track spacing and alignment on the right hand curve would be different from the original it would be easier to start with new wood work. The initial thought was to remove the track bed entirely but it was quickly discovered that the base had been glued as well as screwed to the supports and removal would create a lot more work than anticipated. So in the absence of 4mm scale JCBs and dumper trucks etc the track gang s
Well, I must admit to having not heard of wiring the check rails before, but taking the belt and braces approach it will only take a little bit of effort to put some wire across. I was a little sceptical of Martin's comments about bolt holes in the end of check rails but having been up to Ramsbottom this afternoon to photograph the rail anchor bolts (exciting eh?) two of the three turnouts that I could see had check rails with bolt holes in them.
Firstly an outside view of the anchor bolts
OK, so getting back to the topic here are some photos of the first turnout made this week, its for the end of the loop.
Initial Construction - timbers laid out and chairs slid onto some of the rails.
Electrical tags have been fitted to some of the rivetted timbers to provide easier and less obvious electrical connections.
Overview of the completed turnout.
The vee and stock rails have actually been extended to include the closure rail to the up line turnout and the track up
One of the problems we've had with the trackwork was the realisation just over twelve months ago that the junction should have a trailing crossing in front of it. After deliberating what to do the decision was made to knuckle down and produce it. The problem was that the junction is on the side of the layout, to the right of the bottom of the first picture and therefore the only location that the cross over could go was on the bend, which was already closing in on the minimum that you'd want lar
(copied from old forum)
Slattocks Junction is the 18 x 13ft P4 layout being built by the Manchester Model Railway Society. The layout is being built to provide an antedote to the continual stream of P4 shunting planks. Yes, they are very good and very needed but large P4 layouts are very rare and those running large steam locos at a realistic pace are even rarer. Basically the group was bored with shunting layouts and wanted to prove that large P4 locos can work at speed on a reasonable size
Oh no what have I done? Having had great succes in picking up the little 02 kit I placed a bid on another kit on Ebay. All the experienced folks tell you never buy a part built brass kit without inspecting it closely. What did I do? There is certainly no fool like an old fool!
So what I bought at a bargain(?) price was potentially a nice kit. It's a Jinty from Connossieur and a kit that was recommended to me and I was thinking of buying new.
On receiving it I opened the box and thi
As ever I can't help looking for a bargain. Something in me just won't let me buy something at full price. Fortunately I have managed to pick up a little gem of an O gauge kit from Ebay in the last month or so. For some reason hardly anyone placed a bid on it and it went for a song despite retailing for something like ?‚??199! The seller advertised it as a part built kit with one or two items missing and even provided a list of the bits missing. Always up for a challenge I figured I could source
First up let me say I am a sceptic when it comes to sound fitted models. Having said that I did purchase a Baccy 66 from my main supplier, Ebay, sometime last year. Well at 90 notes it would have been rude to let somebody else buy it! Here she is on the kitchen table which I have been known to refer to as my "workbench".
When I first got the thing I found it very interesting though none too spectacular. I had a bunch of issues with the sound resetting and it generally did not sound very
Midsomer-County has got a new scene now. It is very hard to work in a quarry for month long!
Here you can find all images of the quarry in high definition:
here are some details (for example: pump station):
and this is the whole website of Midsomer-County:
Now have a lot of fun and feel free to visit the guest book!
My thanks to Brian (Taz) for bringing his new City of Truro for me to have a look at the other day. I really do like this one, and my resistence to getting one is wearing extremely thin.
I thought she would look good posing on Callow Lane, seeings as this is the only layout that is normally kept in a 'put up' state at home at the moment (for construction).
But no, I didn't do a quick P4 conversion job - we simply balanced the loco on the P4 track, and mighty fine she looks too!
Tuesday 3rd June 2008: I decided to do some work to the Western today. This is a direct result of seeing the progress "Druid" is making with his version of the same kit - thanks Druid!
I last did some work on my Western about six months ago, but for some reason, I forgot to post it on RMweb at the time.
Anyway, from the outset, I decided to illuminate the cabs, headcodes and marker lights. However, because certain parts will be inaccessible once the kit is built, a bit of forward planni
Sunday 6th April 2008: Most of my recent workbench activity has been focused on building a JLTRT Castle, but I fancied a change today. Fed up with removing cusps from etches and soldering bits of metal together, I decided to raid the cupboard and get stuck into some styrene instead.
I thought it was time to do some more to my Slater's PMV, which last saw the light of day last October. I had opted to bond the roof to the sides/ends, rather than fit it last. This enabled me to get a gap free f
Thanks, Simon. I've used the spit technique to good use. I think where I've fallen down is the "sharp" drill part. The quality of drills (especially the smaller types)
bought online and at exhibitions seems to be highly variable, to say the least.
i realised I was going through a lot of 0.45mm drills so I ordered a bulk pack of them via ebay but they were utter rubbish, as I discovered as soon as I
tried to do any actual modelling with them. However the ones sold by Eileen
Thanks for this. I put one of the buggies together last night. Pretty easy to do, but it lacks quite a few details (seat backs, mudguards). I will try and add some of the missing bits and get it painted up.
Oddly enough we're not too dissimilar with back problems, vein-y things and age but I take my hat off to you for standing whilst building the loco.
Take good care and I hope you manage the remainder of the build without too much discomfort, in fact each and every day too !