Pleased to report that the brake coach is finished, bar one or two touch ups when the paint has dried.
I'm quite pleased with the way this has turned out. The texture of the roof is as it comes from Shapeways. Handy for representing painted canvas but not smooth wood. The soot wash has darkened things nicely and all the other ancillary bits and pieces have been added. The coach will be making its debut at Preston in 2 weeks time, so come along and say hello if you're passing.
In-between working on the Ivatt 2MT for Cheddar, I've been looking at the ex GER 4 wheel brake, which ran as coach no 14 on the WCPR. The prototype was originally used to convey milk churns but was involved in a fatal accident in Worle in the 1920's, after which it was towed to Clevedon and never used again. There are a couple of photos of it in the dump road in the mid 1930's.
This blog is really a co-ordinated effort because it uses a number of resources of this fair forum (that's RMWeb t
I'm happy to report that the layout's been put up ahead of the outing to Uckfield and all is well. I took the opportunity of giving the scenery a bit of a refresh, adding some ground cover and trees as I've been using all the stuff on Cheddar anyway.
An additional hedge or two help break up the previously plain grass to the right hand end. One of my operators has very kindly provided a traction engine and trailer, hauling some timber for Clevedon Saw Mills and it'll make a nice cameo in the ya
The coach is finished, painted and ready for service. Or will be once I've put some AJ's on. The body was sprayed with plastic primer then dark green (Railmatch DMU). The chassis is bits of Bill Bedford W irons and other odds and ends. Handrails etc are folded up from 0.3mm brass. The steps are 1mm angle for the supports with the treads from waste etch. I got the ducket lamp tops from Branchlines and that's about it. The wagon had also been finished and once I've given them a light waft of weath
I was reminded at Railwells that I'm taking Clevedon out to an exhibition in October. As Adrian cheerfully asked 'are you ready for Uckfield yet?' I realised that I haven't done anything on Clevedon since the end of the Tolworth show last November, blog update included.
Well there's nothing like a looming deadline to get the creative juices flowing so I've embarked on a little distraction from the Cheddar scenery.
First up was wagon No 19. This was a 7ft wheelbase 3 plank dropside of suppose
Had an enjoyable show at Tolworth last weekend with Clevedon. Thanks to those who came and said hello.
Alas I didn't get No 5 finished in time. Almost but not quite!
Since the last blog I've finished off all the bodyworks and spent a lot of time painting various bits and pieces.
The engine when originally purchased was a 'pea green' with black, yellow, red, yellow and black lining. The overall colour darkened to almost black as a result of years of cleaning (aka smearing the dirt about). M
First of all, thanks to all who came and said hello at last week's WCPR anniversary show in Portishead. Numbers were in excess of 750 through the door for the day and it was busy from opening all the way through until closure. So busy in fact that I didn't get to take many photos at all! Highlight for me was meeting Howard Carey, whose father was a guard on the line. Howard has been an amazing source of information over the years and his memory (given the line closed 76 years ago) is astonishing
Didn't manage to get too much done this weekend, but the odd evening here and there has seen some progress. I'm now adding bits of pipework and body fittings to the loco.
The smokebox has been made from tube and the saddle added, the old Finney T9 lost wax smokebox door casting ground down to fit and the chimney soldered on. I think I may need to replace that with something finer as it's not completely accurate. Depends if I think I can get away without telling anyone. Oops...
As the car was in for a service today, I worked at home. This means I didn't have my usual 'joy' of commuting into Bristol. By the look of the state of the M5 again, I'm glad I stayed at home.
What this really meant was a couple of hours that I would normally have spent gazing at the back of the car in front was put to better use. Much better use.
I'd finished fretting out the cab sides and had soldered up the basic pieces last night after I updated the blog. Today was all about cutting and
Managing to make a little progress with No 5 in-between getting Weston ready for the Portishead show in 3 weeks' time. Good news is the layout is now fully working, has a new temporary power supply rigged up (it shares the power box I use for all my layouts) and has had one or two running repairs.
In the meantime, I've assembled the chassis using my Avonside jig and High Level horn blocks. As you can see it's simply compensated with a fixed rear axle. The footplate has been cut from 15 thou ni
In 4 weeks time, Weston and Clevedon will again have a service provided by the Weston, Clevedon and Portishead Railway, albeit in 4mm scale (EM Gauge) at the Portishead WCPR group show.
With the looming deadline, I've spent the day clearing a space in the garage so I could retrieve Weston from the dark recesses where it's been residing for the last 6 years since it was last out.
After much effort ( I can see why I switched to lightweight foam baseboards ), I managed to remove the spiders, wo
Having redrawn the engine to what I think is a more accurate outline, I've set about making the chassis.
I'm using 10 thou nickel silver for the rods laminated with three layers and 15 thou for the chassis mainframes.
All were marked out with the vernier and cut with a scrawker into rough shapers before tidying up with files.
The chassis frames were sweated together before I fretted out the outline and drilled holes for the brake gear hangers and compensation beam.
The rods are hinged on
During the rather enjoyable exhibition at Expo EM Autumn this weekend, I started to think about the gap in my loco fleet, namely no 5. It was one of the engines that didn't have a name.
This was one of the two engines the line purchased from new, the other 'Walton Park' being too heavy for the line was transferred to the East Kent Railway.
No 5 as far as I have deduced was a Manning Wardle class L, modified with disc wheels. I'm still trying to find out whether an accurate drawing exists as
Just a quick note to say Clevedon will be at Expo EM Autumn next weekend 9/10 Sept at Partington
Thereafter it will be at the WCPR Group show at Portishead on 22 October where it will be paired with Weston WCPR which is coming out of retirement for this one day, one off event.
Later it will be at Tolworth showtrain in November.
Good news is that the layout is up and working though I've a few little jobs to sort this week and I have a new wagon for the fleet. Ah, exhibition de
Hadn't realised I've not posted an update since March. How time flies.
Clevedon has a few shows this year, starting with the Southampton exhibition this weekend.
Thereafter it'll be at
York - Easter
Epsom & Ewell - April
Oop North - September (provisionally)
Also, rather excitingly I can confirm a one off event on Sun 22 Oct 2017 (next year) when both Clevedon and Weston will appear at the same time. This will be the 100th anniversary of th
Clevedon was out at the Nailsea show last weekend and a good time was had by all. It's probably the closest it'll ever actually get to Clevedon and as usual, the local shows bring out the locals. Some of whom know more about Clevedon than I ever will. We had the projectionist of the old Curzon cinema and someone who's house wasn't shown on the backscene despite it being built in 1935...
It's always interesting to hear tales and recollections of those who actually rode on the line, though as
Had a great weekend at the Eastleigh show last weekend so I thought I'd try to take a couple of movies. It's taken an age to upload the first, so I'll need to sort out a few things before I upload the second...
The locals don't even seem to notice the 11.30 from Weston...
Just a note to say Clevedon will be out and about next weekend at the Eurotrack show in Eastleigh.
I've been taking the forthcoming deadline as an excuse to finish building a few of my older Cambrian kits as well as one or two new ones. They should be in traffic during the weekend.
Come and say hello if you're at the show.
Another short update to says that Clevedon will be at Wells next weekend. The population will have increased a little and I'll be trying out a mock up of Fitter Hill's cottage to act as a scenic break at the Portishead end of the layout.
Come and say hello if you're there. We'll be the ones in shorts (probably)...
Those of you that know the story will recognise the lady with the brolly.
Pleased to report that layout and operators generally behaved themselves.
A couple of minor gremlins but nothing I'm worried about.
Thanks to all who came and said hi. We had some very nice comments. Next outing will be Expo EM in May.
Greetings of the Season and all that. Hope you had a good one.
Time for an update.
I've been quiet on here of late, not because I haven't been doing anything but the opposite. It's been all systems go since the end of October. Not solely model railways either. SWMBO decided that the time had come for a new kitchen so we've had the house upside down. Thankfully everything went live on 22 December and the brownie points I've acquired will last me most of 2014 I hope! I
I have been a bit preoccupied with the backscene of late. I must admit to getting really stressed doing them. SWMBO is quite a talented artist and has helped with the last two layouts but it very nearly ended in divorce last time...
The plan for Clevedon has always been for a continuous backscene. This will include the town at the Portishead end, pan round including Hangstone Quarry then flatten out to reflect the levels towards Weston.
Originally I envisaged a
Gosh, it's almost 3 months since I posted anything about the WC&PR. edit can't count!
Well I have been busy with the T9...
Had a blast at Expo EM North last weekend and on the journey I home I was reminded that the next show I'm exhibiting at is Clevedon's debut. Eeek
Nothing like the headlong descent into blind panic to get the juices going!
So where was I?
Oh yes, at the last local EM meeting, there were a few mutterings about which side of the la