The main scenic feature of the layout is the retaining wall which runs almost the entire length of the layout and hides the entrance to the fiddle yard and the slide switches which operate the points. At the left hand end of the layout this is made up of Wills retaining wall sections. In the middle is a road bridge carrying Foundry Lane over the railway; originally this was a girder bridge made from Wills Vari-girder but this has since been replaced with a brick built bridge. To the right of
After a quick bit of livery experimentation this morning, a couple of hours of work this afternoon has resulted in this - a GC HST rake!
The HSTs were old Farish Virgin ones (they were never getting run as the prototype is obsolete), and the donor coaches are from my stalled 442 Wessex project. I decided to do a 4 coach train as my 'full length' expresses are 6 coaches (plus loco and DVT), and to get the GC rake feeling correctly 'short', 4 seemed a good length.
The HST locos had their u
Back in 1997, after a few years away from model railways, I joined the EM Gauge Society with the intention of building myself a small layout. Having previously modelled in 00 gauge, EM seemed like a logical progression as I wanted the closer to scale track and it would allow me to retain some of my 00 gauge stock (once this had been suitably modified). A few years of armchair modelling followed and it wasn't until 2004 that I found myself with the time and space to make a start on a layout.
Had a bit of a change in focus for the last week or so and been tinkering with a building. Actually it's just another excuse for not getting on and sorting out the traverser on Cramdin really! This is a building for the Winchester club OO layout to fill in a rather large gap along the rear of the baseboard. It's on a slightly larger scale than the buildings I've created for Cramdin being about 3 feet long.
The thing is a pretty crude construction of bits of MDF and card with the roof clad in
My previous workbench on the 'old' RMweb can be found here.
Hornby have yet to do a Bulleid Light Pacific body variation to suit the original style cab.
When first introduced 21C101 to 21C163 had the original Bulleid style cab with narrow front lookout and two large side windows, the rear one of which slid forwards behind the front. Starting in July 1947 the cabs were modified, with a wedge shaped front (sometimes referred to a 'V' shaped) giving a larger front window area, it took until D
Have spent a very good and present few hours at Scaleforum today meeting many friends including many from the HW&DMRS and also RMweb including of course the raiding party from the South West (minus Metro due to train breakdown issues and I think I left before he finally got there)
The venue, being kind is in a transition stage, due to considerable rebuilding works taking place. I am glad I was able to park in the rear car park rather than under go the hike to get from the front overflow
lovely day for photographing models today, no direct sun but bright. Put Wheal Elizabeth up in the garden and spent a happy hour snapping away. It's amazing what the public doesn't normally see from the front. I now have a list of things to attend to before the next show, which isn't until January.
Looking forward to going to Scaleforum tomorrow. Hope to see a few of you there.
I'm frequently asked about how the concrete effect was achieved on keyhaven and also crops up periodically in reference to "How do I do inlaid track work?" questions.
The inset track on Keyhaven Quay was achieved by use of cork floor tiles abutted to the side of the sleepers, these basic floor tiles, obtained from a DIY chain, near enough match the rail height of Peco Code 75 track. The inset section between the rails uses Fabfoam obtained from a craft shop chain and cut into 14mm wide strip
The next project, now with Chittle well and truly out of the way, is an incursion into Southern Region territory, with a might-have-been line between Bagshot and Woking.
The story goes something like this:
The line was built in the early 1920s as an alternative to the light railway proposed between Sunningdale and Woking, via Chobham, which was never built. The line provided a direct connection from Ascot and Bracknell to Woking by branching off at Bagshot, and running through Lightwater,
I guess it seems strange starting a blog about a layout with a post about an entirely different layout, but it highlights some of the thinking behind the new layout, and I feel it sometimes helps to have a little of the past to understand the present and the future. The old thread containing more info about the construction of the layout can be found here: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=76&t=608
Chittle was my entry in the 2007 layout challenge, which was for layouts w
About to head of to deepest darkest Surrey to try and sneak into Scaleforum without them realising that my track gauge is too narrow! I am looking forward to meeting up with a number of RMweb members that I know are going, including the raiding party from the South West that will be dropping anchor today.
One question tho is do I dare play the game of counting the steam locos with outside valve gear gear?
Seriously though good modelling is good modelling what ever the scale or gauge a
Now the control problems seem to have been resolved by that most simple of expedients, i wanted to do a few of the jobs to get progress back on track to where we should be. One of these is the engineers train - this appears early in the sequence, parks up in east siding (infront of the signal box) and stays there till late in the sequence - in the meantime the engine has detached gone back to the fiddle and appears as an engine and brake van move every so often.
Ive been busy in my hotel roo
Starting to really like the new forum, especially now I'm remembering where i left stuff!
Anyway, i've taken full advantage of the new gallery feature and have added some photos back from 2003 when we built the first 4 boards of Treneglos in a year. Some good photos of the boards as they arrived from Damian. Some more of the initial rough scenery in glorious technicolour match pots! A few of the cutting extension and the making of the rock face. I know i have more so I'll keep adding them as
Still more details to add to Ring Road, but given its already had more exhibition invites than it would probably stand up to, I'm in the very early planning stages of a dedicated exhibition layout. Don't get too excited at this point, this is a long way off fruition (2011 I am aiming for), but here's a sneak peek of what will eventually become the 'public companion' to Ring Road (which will do 3 or 4 shows at the most then remain my 'home' layout only)...
Well, here's the first entry on my new blog. It's the first time I've ever had anything to do with blogs, apart from reading those posted by other people.
Like most other folk, I shall start posting workbench and layout progress here, as and when there is something significant to report.
The current layout project on-going are the construction of 'Callow Lane', my first P4 layout, set in the North Bristol/South Gloucestershire area and based on Midland and GW practice.
But in a surpr
This year in between running PH Designs, building models for people and keeping my work shop tidy, I have managed to find time to use up most of the wood left over from Dudley Road & Peters Street.
What could I do so yet again a small very portable layout, I must admit that another reason is to have a platform to display some of my products and to demonstrate how they can be used in conjunction with other manufactures products, in the end I'm a modeller and I enjoy the construction of a lay
Well as I am bit new to the whole blog culture I thought this new site would be a place to start. I have a couple of blogs on this new shiny site already one about my layout Fisherton Sarum and another yet to be started about my workbench, this one, I intend to be much more general than that and about my thoughts and other model railway activities.
So better start somewhere and perhaps a little more about me would be a place to kick off. Those that know me are aware of my passion for all th
Well until ive worked out how to copy across the olf thread heres the link
Can anyone point me in the right direction not been able to fing anything in help yet and I do not want to lose what Ive posted so far!!
Hatton Parkway is another project layout. This time, for a change, it is 'N' and contemporary operations. The idea is to move on from the 'Shake-the-Box' style layout and use flexible track, some kit-built structures and more advanced electrics. The thread on the old forum can be found here.
The layout was originally named Kingsbury Parkway. Kingsbury is situated just outside the West Midlands conurbation, not too far from Tamworth. By amending history a little it could serve as a suitable l
Follow these links for the other stages of this project - I've had to trim the number of entries in the index box, to the right:
Part 2 - More Gronk progress
Part 3 - It doesn't look much different, does it?
Part 4 - End of side 1, please turn over
Part 5 - Side 2
Part 6 - End of side two - approaching the end(s)
Part 7 - Nearly the end(s)
Part 8 - The finished article
I know its in the archive, but seeing as this is still a current project, I'd better move it over here.
...was the word. And that word was attached in an e-mail from the Moderator who spake thus: 'go forth my son and speak unto all modellers about whatever takes thy fancy'.
And there was a great hush amoungst the multitudes and lo, there was an intake of breath and verily there was followed a clearing of the throat and the word was:
(look I'm having a hard time starting this OK?)
my name is Ullypug (ok so it isn't really) and you may know me from such forums as RMWeb 1
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...
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I remember doing the same thing to Tri-ang clerestories many years ago, when I was convalescing from pneumonia! It meant that I had the time to concentrate on what I appreciate takes a lot of careful and time-consuming work I should point out that the raised mouldings separating the panels were actually painted black. Full details of the livery can be found on the web at http://www.gwr.org.uk/liveries.html.
Could you clarify that a bit for me. Unfortunately I'm locked down away from my library. Here I have the Rutherford book and some photos of weight diagrams in Russell, but nothing else. RCTS is miles away! The Barry weight diagram for the B class shows front overhang of 5'5 and for the B1 6'1. The drawings are undated, but must be after the original B1s were merged into the B class. The GWR weight diagrams for the B, both Barry and Std 9 boiler, show 5'5 front overhang, and the GWR weight diagr
I think you should always have older styles. People could only have up-to-date fashion if they could afford it and the vast majority of them couldn’t. Most clothing was as you say third, fourth even fifth hand, either hand-me-downs or bought from second hand shops. There are some fabulous and inspiring photos of what most folks wore in ‘Dickens’s Victorian London’ by Werner and Williams, ISBN 978-0-09-194373-8 and ‘Images of Lost London’ by Philip Davies, ISBN 978-1-909242-04-3. But these fasci
I am not on my own computer at the moment, (I hope to get it back as my grand daughter has returned to school and hopefully does not need it any longer for online lessons), but I have a link to Roger Vaughn who used to have a website of old Victorian photos and in it has photos dated by year from about 1850 or so, so that you can see the fashions year by year. Also There is a site called Barrington House, which I think is based in the US but it has yearly fashion plates, again from the 1850s.