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A Southern MPD Layout 1946-49ish

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Fisherton Sarum 2333 #Remembrance at Tolworth Showtrain #lestweforget

Locomotive 333 was built originally by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway, designed by Billinton, as an L class 4-6-4 ‘Baltic’ tank. She was given the name Remembrance and became the companies War Memorial engine and carried a plaque with the inscription: “In grateful remembrance of the 532 men of the L.B.& S.C.Rly. who gave their lives for their country, 1914-1919″ In 1934, under the auspices of Maunsell they were rebuilt as Class N15x (an appropriate Brighton-style suf

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Graham_Muz

 

Fisherton Sarum at Tolworth Showtrain this weekend

I am getting Fisherton Sarum ready today for its appearance at the http://hamptoncourtmrs.co.uk/ Tolworth Showtrain this weekend. I am much looking forward to the weekend playing trains, it has been a while since it last been out and fully set up. If you are coming along please say hello.     Further information here https://grahammuz.com/2017/10/30/november-exhibitions-and-open-day-fisherton-sarum-wycrail-showtrain-and-warley/

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A view from the line #17 the wild flora or green fingered modelling

This post is an attempt to describe how I undertook some of the flora on Fisherton Sarum, although perhaps the photographs speak more than the actual words. Specific flora, especially when flowering, of course will vary depending on the time of year and as with many layouts I have set Fisherton Sarum somewhere between the spring and the end of summer so it is possible that certain plants should not be in flower together, but hey if I can model a time period of 1946 to 1949, a few months here and

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Graham_Muz

 

And the winner of the Hornby N15 is… and also Fisherton Sarum at the Barnstaple show

Firstly I would like to thank all the readers of my little corner of the blogosphere whom took the time to enter my little competition to win a brand new Hornby R2620 Urie N15 King Arthur Class number 746 ‘ Pendragon’ in Bulleid post war malachite green livery. The competition set in my post here in conjunction with Fisherton Sarum’s appearance at the Barnstaple Model Railway Club exhibition last Saturday, and celebrating ten years of exhibiting Fisherton Sarum, asked the question “where has Fis

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Go west young man, Fisherton Sarum at Barnstaple Exhibiton 30/07 and win a Hornby N15 ‘Pendragon’

With a nod to a lyric from the Genesis track ‘Deep in the Motherlode’ from their ‘Then there were three’ album (did I not mention before I am a bit of a Genesis geek) Fisherton Sarum is celebrating its 10th birthday (its first exhibition was in back in 2006) by heading West on Saturday 30th July to be at the Barnstaple Model Railway Club exhibition.   This one day show is organised by my friends at the Barnstaple MRC, and has gained a reputation for enticing good quality layouts to North Devon

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A view from the line #16 The turners role and facilities

As with many sheds the turntable was a vital part of the set up, engines would usually come on shed be turned, coaled and watered before moving to their allocated shed road prior to their next duty. Depending on the size of shed sometimes physically operating the turntable would have been the responsibility of the loco crew, or as in the case of Salisbury there was a dedicated gang of shed staff allocated to the role. I have on Fisherton Sarum modelled the turners operating the turntable, althou

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Graham_Muz

 

From the Archive #3 Making an exhibition of myself or Fisherton Sarum’s first outing, 10 years on…

November this year sees the 10th anniversary since the first exhibition outing for Fisherton Sarum. Wycrail 2006 , the annual exhibition of the High Wycombe and District Model Railway Society , was the first public appearance, and was the first time the layout was actually fully operated. I was however able to set the layout up for the very first time at the Society’s clubrooms the week before and some very last minute corrections to wiring etc. (thanks again Mark!) ensured that on the day itse

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Graham_Muz

 

A Fisherton Sarum exhibition retrospective

I have now just about recovered from three enjoyable consecutive weekends exhibiting Fisherton Sarum twice and, in between, assisting fellow High Wycombe and District MRS member Alan Paley with is exquisite pre-grouping Loughborough Road layout.   The first show was the excellent Worthing MRC exhibition which by all accounts was a great success for the Worthing MRC with visitor numbers up on previous years, which is always good to hear, and the fact that they had taken to step to utilise mo

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Graham_Muz

 

Fisherton Sarum at the Great Electric Train Show this weekend 10/11th October

This coming weekend, 10th / 11th October 2015, Fisherton Sarum will be at the Great Electric Train Show organised by the Hornby Magazine at the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon Fisherton Sarum’s last outing at the excellent Worthing MRC annual exhibition two weeks ago proved that the relocation of the main control panel from the rear of the layout to the front left hand corner worked really well and it will be retained in this position for future shows. It certainly, as hoped, made interact

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Graham_Muz

 

Talking Stock #34 ex LSWR Ironclad coaches and a tribute to Gordon Weddell

This Talking Stock #34 post about ex LSWR Ironclad coaches is published by way of a tribute to Gordon Weddell whom sadly passed away just over a two weeks ago and whose funeral takes place today. Gordon was the authority on London and South Western Railway (LSWR) coaches and other rolling stock. He published a number of volumes of reference books on the subject which are a must have for anyone interested in or modelling LSWR rolling stock. I was lucky to have met Gordon on a number of occasions

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Graham_Muz

 

Fisherton Sarum on the road, a bit like buses

It has been a while since Fisherton Sarum last made an appearance at an exhibition, back in March at the London Festival of Railway Modelling in fact. With the Summer (if it can be called a summer this year) now over the exhibition circuit is back in full swing and sees Fisherton Sarum at two shows in three weeks. It also sees the first time that we will have operated the layout at a show with the Control Panel located at the front corner of the layout , that should make interaction with the a

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Graham_Muz

 

Workbench Witterings #3 – maintenance and running repairs

There are many reasons why I choose to take Fisherton Sarum on the road a few times a year this include: the enjoyment of exhibiting something I have built, having fun operating the layout with my family and friends and to meet a wide range of fellow modellers; many of whom have a common interest in all things Southern, and it is great that they take the time to show an interest in what I have done. There are of course downsides, some of which include: having to load and unload the layout / veh

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Graham_Muz

 

Controlling Interests #9 Operating from the front

As with any layout the old adage says “it is never finished” this is true of Fisherton Sarum. Regularly after operating the layout at an exhibition, more often or not in the pub over a pint, ideas for modifications / ‘improvements’ are suggested by the operating team (usually a combination of Mark and Roger…), some more radical than others, mulled over and sometimes they eventually get implemented. With the next couple of exhibitions looming in September (Worthing MRC) and October (Hornby Magazi

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Graham_Muz

 

Talking Stock #33 The five Urie H16 large 4-6-2 tanks

As I mentioned in my Talking Stock #26 post here about the four Urie G16 class 4-8-0T locomotives, I do indeed have a soft spot for large tanks and therefore this post is about Urie’s other large tanks the five H16 4-6-2Ts. The later Maunsell Z class 0-8-0T locomotives were the subject of Talking Stock #19 post here, whilst Maunsell’s W class 2-6-4 tanks will soon also feature on this blog.   My model was built, with much effort, from a Jidenco etched brass kit; that owing to the quality of t

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Graham_Muz

 

A view from the line #15 another brick in the wall…

This I suppose only just counts as ‘A view from the line’ type post as in reality it is a guide to my method of painting brickwork that I have used on all the brick buildings seen on Fisherton Sarum. I tend to construct most of my buildings using embossed plastic, mainly Wills material packs, which have more pronounced embossing when compared to for example than the A4 embossed plasticard sheets from the likes of Slaters. The method I am outlining below is also therefore possibly more suited to

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Graham_Muz

 

Fisherton Sarum at the London Festival of Railway Modelling this weekend

Fisherton Sarum will be exhibited this weekend, the 28th and 29th March, at the London Festival of Railway Modeling at Alexandra Palace, North London N22 7AY. This well established and popular large show is organised by Warners publications, the group behind the British Railway Modelling Magazine and of course RMweb, in association with The Model Railway Club.   Fisherton Sarum will be stand 101 located at the organ end of the main Great Hall. There will at least 40 layouts at the show,

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Graham_Muz

 

Fisherton Sarum as Risex show this Saturday with a couple of ex LSWR debutants

Fisherton Sarum will be exhibited at the Princes Risborough and District Model Railway Club’s Risex show this coming Saturday . This nice little local show that showcases a number of local layouts, is being held at the Community Centre, Wades Field, Stratton Road, Princes Risborough, Bucks, HP27 9AX. The show is open between 10 am and 5 pm and is well worth a visit, so come along if you can and say hello.   Making their debut on Fisherton Sarum at the show will be two ex LSWR locomotives.  

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Graham_Muz

 

Talking Stock #31 my own thoughts on the 1948 Locomotive Exchange trials

I have now made two previous posts on this blog about the 1948 locomotive exchange trials, and my models of the locomotives that featured on Southern metals and would have passed through Salisbury and therefore can occasionally be seen on Fisherton Sarum. The first Talking Stock # 2 post focused mainly on the Express Passenger and general purpose locomotive trials whilst the second post Talking Stock #30 focused on the less often referred to freight locomotives trialed. This post is by way of m

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Graham_Muz

 

Fisherton Sarum returns to Wycrail show Saturday 1st November

Next Saturday 1st November is the annual Wycrail model railway exhibition of the High Wycombe and District Model Railway Society , of which I am a member. Fisherton Sarum is returning to this exhibition having made its public debut at the 2006 show. This year’s Wycrail ’14 exhibition will once again, take place at the now established, larger and bigher venue of The Cressex Community School, Holmers Lane, High Wycombe, Bucks HP12 4UD. Wycrail ‘14 will have 28 high quality and inspirational mo

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Graham_Muz

 

Fisherton Sarum on tour this Autumn

There are two more chances to see Fisherton Sarum in operation at exhibitions this year, I have timed this post to act a reminder and hopefully give you a chance to include them in your diary. As regular readers of this blog will know I only usually exhibit the layout at three or four shows each year. I am as ever indebted to my parents and fellow members of the High Wycombe and District Model Railway Society for their time and assistance at these shows to enable Fisherton Sarum to be exhibited

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Graham_Muz

 

Talking Stock #30 The 1948 Locomotive Exchanges from the freight perspective

Much has been written in the past about the locomotive exchanges that took place in 1948 shortly after nationalisation; indeed my own Talking Stock #2 post here discussed the exchange trials and featured some of the locomotives that appeared on the Southern with respect to the Express Passenger, General Purpose locomotive trials. Not discussed so often is the fact that as well as passenger locomotives a number of trials were also conducted with the freight locos of the time. This post looks

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Graham_Muz

 

A view from the line #14 the cleaner rung of the ladder

Fisherton Sarum is set in the time when many boys, if asked about a career, wanted to be an “Engine Driver”. The dream of becoming a Driver in charge of crack express such as the ‘ACE’ or ‘Devon Belle’ whilst understandable, was not in those days a quick or easy process. For nearly all such drivers the first step on the ladder, often literally, maybe for boys as young as 14, was that of ‘Engine Cleaner’. I have a number of Cleaners going about their duties on Fisherton Sarum. Most are from ei

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Graham_Muz

 

Controlling Interests #8 Uncoupling the ash wagon

Following the success of the installation of a ‘Dingham’ electromagnet for uncoupling the box van delivering spare parts to the shed stores siding as detailed in my Controlling Interests #6 post , I have now added an additional Dingham’ electromagnet for also uncoupling the ash wagon next to the workers clearing the ashpits.   As with the box van I have added a short piece of iron wire fixed to the dropper of the tension lock coupling hook of the ash wagon, and installed the ‘Dingham’ electrom

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Graham_Muz

 

Fisherton Sarum to return to its spiritual home of Salisbury

Fisherton Sarum as I am sure regular readers will know uses Salisbury shed as its basis and inspiration. The London and South Western Railway (LSWR) buildings and their relationships with each other are modelled to create the spirit of Salisbury shed, that hopefully to some is instantly recognisable. Albeit somewhat modified and condensed to fit within the quite limited space that I had available. This enabled me to use available drawings of the actual LSWR designed buildings along with photo

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Graham_Muz

 

A view from the line #13 creating the impression of depth – effective backscenes

A particular pet hate of mine is viewing layouts that have no backscene, even simple a plain blue or grey painted back board is better that nothing. The last thing I want to see is the clutter behind the layout and the midriffs (being kind) of the operators. A good backscene helps create impression of depth and finishes the overall illusion that we are trying to create with a layout. There are a number of methods that can be used to create the backscene from the simple single colour plain pain

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