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GWR ex Broad Gauge Passenger Brake Van Dia V9

During the Cardiff model railway show back in October 2019, I treated myself to a couple of six wheel coaches from Dragon Models.  http://www.taffvale.wales/page1.php  Although I thoroughly enjoy building locomotives and wagons, I always find building coaches a bit of a slog and consequently haven't got many to use on Sherton Abbas  My entire passenger stock comprises of three Slater's 4 wheel coaches, a solitary Slater's all 3rd bogie clerestory and an etched brass V2 passenger brake van.  I'm

G.W.R. 2 Plank Wagon part 2

Back in mid August I posted an entry in the blog about the construction of the GWR 2 plank wagon.   Well since those balmy days Autumn has hit with a vengeance in South Wales, we're back in full lockdown and it hasn't stopped raining!  Still the upside of this is that there's not much else to do other than a bit of modelling   The model was more or less completed and ready for painting , but I struggled to find a prototype photograph of a 2 planker in my admittedly fairly sm

Faffing with Fiddleyards part 3

The polystyrene sheet was coated in textured sealing paint, which I'd pigmented with some brown acrylic paint.  Once dry this formed a hard, flexible surface that I could use as a base for scenic treatment.  Point rodding stools from MSE https://www.wizardmodels.ltd/shop/signals/ls05/ were fitted to lengths of wooden sleepers and then glued in position alongside the trackwork.  Ballasting was done using Woodland Scenics ballast using exactly the same method that I used on the main layout. 

Faffing with Fiddleyards part 2

Back in April I mentioned that I was considering building an extension board for the layout that could be used at exhibitions.        The new board would hopefully have the following benefits.   1.  It would eliminate the need to move the fiddle yard during shunting maneuvers. 2.  If I give this base board full scenic treatment then the view under the bridge would be greatly improved! 3.  My fingers couldn't be seen when moving the fiddle yard to set up roads

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G.W.R. 2 Plank Wagon part 1

Pleased to report that I'm back on track Railway Modelling, after my gentle excursion into 1/35th scale Military modelling  I've been building a WEP etched brass wagon kit of a G.W.R. 2 plank wagon, to add to my wagon fleet.    WEP 2 plank wagon kit   The kit parts fit together well, with very little fettling needed to get a good result, although I had to use some Milliput Putty to fill a few gaps particularly around the top plank join.  The kit also incorporates a rock

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And now for something completely different!

To relieve the boredom during lock down I've spent sometime watching YouTube clips on modelling disciplines other than Railways!  Probably heresy on a Railway Modelling forum, but good fun and interesting all the same  The Military Modellers have some very interesting weathering techniques that I fancied having a go at and thought would make a nice change from pristine Edwardian G.W.R. locomotives and coaches!    As a teenager I dabbled in 1/35th scale WW2 military stuff and I remember

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Faffing with Fiddleyards!

Although I'm happy with the layout when playing with it at home, I've been conscious for a while that certain things could be improved upon when exhibiting the layout at model railway shows.  The road over bridge acts as the break between the scenic part of layout and the "off stage" fiddle yard as show in the picture below.   Fiddle yard and rear of road over bridge     The problem at exhibitions is that the fiddle yard can clearly be seen under the road bridge sp

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Sherton Abbas is in Model Railway Journal

Look what the postman delivered!       Thanks to Cygnet Magazines for publishing my article and to Jerry (queensquare) for his excellent photos.    I guess that although we aren't allowed to go out during the bank holiday, at least we're still allowed to read!   Best wishes to all during these unusual and difficult times.   Dave

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Wooden plank load

In my previous blog entry I mention that I was looking for information about wooden plank loads circa 1905.  Well I'm pleased to say that RMweb members came up trumps and provided me with loads of really useful information, thanks chaps!  I've been very taken by the wagon loads manufactured by Richard Ellis (tricky) of Monk's Gate Models https://www.monksgate.co.uk/shop?category=Wagon+Loads, so decided to treat myself to some planks for my wagon  The planks arrived in the following day's post an

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GWR 4 plank wagon with DC1X brakes

I've wanted to model a Great Western Railway wagon bearing the cast number plates for some time now, but have always been put off by the lack of commercially available plates.  While I was exhibiting Sherton Abbas at the Telford O gauge Guild show I met Graham Beare (Western Star) and Chris Brown (Chrisbr) who had been doing research into which wagons carried the cast plates.  Chris also mentioned that he was in the process of drawing artwork with a view to getting some 7mm scale plates etched i

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Midland Meandering!

In my quest to add variety to the stock appearing at Sherton Abbas, I've treated myself to a couple of Midland wagon kits from Slater's Plastikard.  https://www.slatersplastikard.com/linePage.php?code=7030  and  https://www.slatersplastikard.com/linePage.php?code=7029   I built the kits in exactly the way that the instructions suggest, so rather than give a blow by blow account of the construction, here's  a picture of the completed wagon   Midland 8 Ton 3 plank drop side wag

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S&DJR wagons!

I've thought for a while that in order to add a bit of variety during operating sessions, Sherton Abbas could do with a few wagons from companies other than the GWR.  The layout is set in Dorset, so likely candidates would be from the S&DJR, MSWJR, and Midland companies.  During the weekend exhibiting the layout at the Telford O gauge show, I bought a couple of kits from Furness wagon works ttps://pregroupingrailways.com/wagons/  in order to build a couple of S&D  examples.   F

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A morning train spotting at Sherton Abbas

I usually take pictures of the layout using my iPad, but thought I'd have a go using a compact camera for a change.  I've had a Panasonic Lumix  https://www.panasonic.com/uk/support/discontinued-products/cameras-camcorders/dmc-tz60eb.html for a few years now, that I use on motorcycle trips and for general photography.  Although generally happy with the results that I get from it, the smallest f stop that it will go down too is F8 and I thought this would cause problems with depth of field on mod

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More Horse Drawn!

Although I've got a few horse drawn vehicles on the layout, I haven't got anything suitable for transporting goods from the station into the town.   While I was at Guildex, I found a white metal kit from Duncan Models http://www.duncanmodels.co.uk/  that looked like it had the potential to make a simple flat bed wagon.    Duncan Models flat cart       They also make a nice range of horses, I chose to use their Shire horse.   The horse is cast in a running position,

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Guildex 2019

Just a quick post to thank those who came to see the layout at Guildex in Telford last weekend.  It was pleasure to meet everyone, Al and I enjoyed the event immensely  It was a really well organised show, being able to drive the hire van right to the space allocated for the layout almost made setting up the boards a pleasure!  So much easier on the knees than having to carry the boards across the exhibition hall   The layout behaved itself all weekend and it was good to  be able to op

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New Fiddle yard!

When I built the original fiddleyard for Sherton Abbas, the plan was to have a 4 foot six diameter "turntable" that would avoid having to touch the stock during operating sessions.  The reality was that it was just too unwieldy, heavy and cumbersome to spin right round, so ended up just being used as a sector plate.  I've been considering building something lighter and more manageable for sometime now, but other modelling projects were always much more interesting, so it remained a "get round to

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Clerestory Brake 3rd diag D14 Part 2

I find it much easier to paint coach sides "in the flat" rather than when the coach is fully assembled.  This is obviously impossible with etched brass kits, soldering painted sides would be a challenge, however with plastic kits it's not a problem.  The Slater's sides come in two halves which have to be joined, fortunately the Guard's ducket helps hide any join line.  I think it looks more realistic if coaches have a few windows open, so micro strip was used to represent the top of the dropligh

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Railway Modeller Magazine

Hopefully not heretical to mention on RMweb, but Sherton Abbas is featured in the August edition of Railway Modeller Magazine.  

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Clerestory Brake 3rd diag D14

So far the only coaching stock that I've built to use on Sherton Abbas, are a rake of 4 wheeler's along with a solitary all 3rd bogie clerestory.  To add a bit of variety to operating sessions I've decided to build some more passenger stock and thought I'd document their build in my blog.   The Slater's kits comprise of really well moulded plastic components for the majority of the coach body, accompanied by lost wax castings for for detail parts.  The coaches run on etched brass bogie

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Railex 2019

I spent the weekend exhibiting Sherton Abbas at Railex  http://www.railex.org.uk/ accompanied by Al (Barry Ten), to whom I'm indebted for all his hard work setting up the layout and for his ninja like operating skills   We arrived in Aylesbury around  6.30pm and took about 90 minutes or so to unload the hire van and get the layout set up in the exhibition hall.  Everyone was very helpful and welcoming, particularly David Lane (David Bigcheeseplant) who's the exhibition manager.  

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Telegraph Poles

I was posting some pictures of Sherton Abbas on the "O gauge Guild" forum  https://www.gauge0guild.com/, where it was pointed out that my poor signalman had no means of communicating with the rest of the world.  This situation obviously had to be rectified by the addition of some telegraph paraphernalia!  I spent some time researching the subject, but as is so often the case in this hobby, the more I read the more questions I needed answering:-)  During my search I came across a number of intere

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Water Tower?

In my  imagination at the other side of the road bridge lies Sherton Abbas's engine shed, turntable, water tower and ash pit.     Road Bridge   However the Station Building would need a water supply and in 1904 it probably wouldn't have been connected to a mains supply.  I've also thought that it would have been more convenient for locomotives requiring water to be able to access a supply near the platform rather than having to go to the engine shed.  I'd appreciate any

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Spring is sprung, the grass is riz. I wonder where the Boidies is!

The snows have melted and spring has definitely sprung at Sherton Abbas!  I've thought for a while that although there are plenty of trees at either end of the layout, the centre is looks somewhat sparse.   Centre section of the layout       I made some more trees using wire armatures, artex powder, postiche and Greenscene scatters as outlined in a previous blog entry https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blogs/entry/17699-trees/   These

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The big freeze!

The air temperature in Sherton Abbas has been plummeting over the last few days. A winter like this hasn't been seen since the mid 1890's when the Queen was still on the throne. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_of_1894%E2%80%9395_in_the_United_Kingdom More snow has been forecast to fall this evening and reports are coming in of heavy drifting further North.   Despite this bone chilling weather, passengers are arriving at the station in the hope that trains are still running and the line

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Platform Lamps

The Stygian gloom that descends upon Sherton Abbas platform at nightfall has been a concern for sometime now. Complaints from passengers about the complete absence of platform lamps has been on the increase as nights are drawing in and Winter approaches. Rumours of "Ne'er-do-wells" lurking in the darkness abound, which although completely unfounded have proved unsettling for passengers of the fairer sex. The Sherton Abbas Chronicle has been stoking this discontent and shouts of "Something must b

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