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Welcome to my RM web BLOG, it's used like most to highlight recently modelling projects and photographs. The postings here tend to mirror my independent BLOG at http://nevardmedia.blogspot.co.uk/

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My Palette

nevard_110406_BQ_colours_IMG_9599_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   I frequently get asked what colours I use. The trick I think is to avoid anything too bright and certainly don't use manufactured 'railway colours', they're always too bright and lurid.   Here are the colours used on Brewhouse Quay and Catcott Burtle - they're all Humbrol or Revell matt enamel. I tend to dry brush them onto a grey/brown undercoat (Halfords aerosol primers). You'll notice I also use enamel rat

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Web free for 24 hours!

nevard_110916_BQ_IMG_1283_WEB, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.   It's amazing what can be achieved if one turns off the computer for 24 hours. This wasn't really planned, but it's Model Rail Live this weekend and I had a rather long list of things to complete which didn't involve hanging around all day on toy chuff chuff forums like a bar fly to stale beer......   The first job of the day; a Leido Trackside die-cast Mechanical Horse received a load of sacks, removal of the British Railways

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Kits of the Sixties!

nevard_110909_BQ_IMG_1203_WEB, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.   Upon my return to the hobby a decade of so ago, a very kind gent sold me around 50 kit-built wagons and half a dozen Maunsell and Bulleid passenger carriages for the price of a round of drinks. As required, I've been slowly refurbishing selected items to bring them a little closer to current standards.   Behind Radstock (with oversize buffers from Gibsons to avoid buffer lock on sharp wharf curves) we have a rake of kit-buil

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Scammell Tri-van

nevard_110909_scammell_IMG_1178_WEB, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr. Few of us need an excuse to pick up yet another diecast road vehicle for the price of a pint (though this one is the price of 2 pints because it's made of more bits!).   So here we have a Scammell 'Mechanical Horse' aka 'Tri-van' (Oxford Diecast 76MH006 British Rail) sat posing in the cobbled yard at Brewhouse Quay. This one has been de-railwayised with the removal of 'British Railways' and toned down with Testors Dullcote

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

New view and a little digression....

nevard_110831_BQ_IMG_1073_WEB, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.   Here's a view of Brewhouse Quay which has only been possible for a day or two since the exit to the extra fiddle yard was created. A short telephoto effect makes an interesting slightly compressed view showing off the lightweight track and various ground textures between the rails and around the yard. As soon as one views 90 degrees to the light source, all sorts of interesting things start to happen texture-wise - the lighting

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Chris Nevard

Publicity Photo

nevard_110903_BQ_IMG_1087pete_WEB, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.   This morning's rose tinted load of old tosh......   This colour publicity shot was taken around 1964 of Sentinel 'Mendip' involved in a major cask movement during the change over from wood to metal casks at the Marriott, Dent & Foster Brewery in Bath. The gentleman posing behind one the casks is thought to be Lord Marriott de Shenley, one the leading lights at the brewery. A note on the transleeve says 'Ektachrome X,

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Chris Nevard

Old Film of Brewhouse Quay

[media=''] [/media]  I have just found an old 50ft spool of standard 8mm Agfachrome of Sentinel 'Mendip' arriving and shunting a brake van along the Marriott, Dent & Foster Brewery sidings at Brewhouse Quay around 1956.   I'm currently suffering audio problems with this clip - select 240p if you cannot hear anything!   Edit: Here's the clean version

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Chris Nevard

Midland Elegance but with the Dexterity of a Hobbit

nevard_110823_BQ_IMG_0960_WEB, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.   Part bull: 40564 was one of the very last of the elegant ex-Midland Class 2P 4-4-0 locomotives to run on the 'The Dorset', it being finally withdrawn in 1962. In latter years, it would be frequently used on the 11.30 'Beer Express' from the Marriott, Dent and Foster Brewery in Bath down to Bournemouth West. On a bright morning in 1960, the train is captured departing Brewhouse Quay for its holiday resort destination freshly loa

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Chris Nevard

A cheery pic for a dull old day

nevard_110822_BQ_IMG_0942_WEB, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr. Looking across the Avon towards the Marriott, Dent & Foster Brewery in Bath, Johnson 1P 0-4-4 No. 58086 is spotted shunting on what would appear to be a lovely summer's day. Note in the distance the little privately owned Sentinel 'Mendip' which can be seen resting in front of the grainstore.   Reality; in the UK today it's the height of summer supposedly, but as most are aware, it's a dull, wet old day and more like somethi

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

An angle of BQ you won't normally see

nevard_110821_BQ_IMG_0923_WEB, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.   Here's an angle you won't normally be able to see unless you peer over the end of Brewhouse Quay behind the lighting rig. From this angle, the track layout can be observed to full effect including the wagon turntable which links to a siding that runs out right through the backscene to the other side to allow a little fun swapping wagons around.   Very shortly, the line in the centre foreground will be extended towards the pho

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Chris Nevard

Brew-up at BQ!

nevard_110821_BQ_IMG_0878, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.   The Bull: It's brew up time at Brewhouse Quay for Sentinel 'Mendip', ex-L&YR 'Pug' 51202, Planet 4WD 'Fleur' and 'Radstock' an Austerity tank recently purchased from the National Coal Board. The Ford Popular wasn't parked that well from a photographic point of view, but now 55 years on it adds to the scene.   The Model: The Sentinel is a Model Rail/Dapol Sentinel which has had a change of identity, having been detailed up a

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Further Street Light Nerdism

nevard_110819_BQ_IMG_0868_WEB, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr   I'm really getting into building streetlights; with this 'Lucy Large Swan Neck Bracket taking about an hour from start to finish and was scratch-built from bits of wire, brass tube and plastic rod as with my Mk1 version here http://nevardmedia.b...reet-light.html   It depicts one of the later electric designs with a less ornate swan neck from the 1950's with a rotary timer from a design dating back to the 1920's. To get reall

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Art Deco Electric Street Light

nevard_110817_BQ_IMG_0835_WEB, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr. A spare hour yesterday afternoon produced this scratch-built art deco era electric street light based on ones seen in Weybridge Surrey. The underside of reflector on the real lamp would have a mosaic of mirror glass like on a glitter ball - obviously too small to model.   Looking at old photographs in the Weybridge and Walton on Thames, area they appear all over the place in 1955 Francis Frith photographs, and I remember seeing

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Chris Nevard

Pipework

nevard_110817_BQ_IMG_0830_WEB, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr. Brewhouse Quay Update 17 Aug 2011   A new building has finally appeared at the rear just in front of the backscene on Brewhouse Quay. It is half low-relief and is constructed with a foam board inner clad is various textured plastics for Evergreen and Slaters. Breweries are all about turning water, hops and malt into alcoholic liquor, and to achieve this much is the way of water is pumped all around the place courtesy of a Pike S

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Eye Eye Capstan!

nevard_110731_BQ_IMG_0662_WEB, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.     With Model Rail Live pending 17 & 18 September 2011, attention has gone back to Brewhouse Quay to get it ready with a little extra detail and such, and for once I'm not in a dreadful rush to complete this project in time.   The shot above which has a big nod to the late great micro layout genius Carl Arendt illustrates the bedding in of the base and capstan for rope shunting using a smudge of Das modelling clay and a s

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Mendip Colliery

nevard_100705_pithead_IMG_7394_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   If you buy Model Rail Magazine, you might have read my little piece about Mendip Colliery, my 4 x 2 foot coal mining micro layout project. Due to space restrictions the finished shot of the pit head building is couldn't be shown too large, so to prop the feature up here is a BIGGER VERSION of the photo of the finished building.   They say that conventional communication using pen and paper is dead; not quite the

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Dirty Minky

nevard_110719_MinkD_DSC_2976, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.   Extract from my blog at www.nevardmedia.blogspot.com     From a Parkside Dundas kit; a GWR Mink D used for stores and local movements around Bath seen here on Brewhouse Quay being pulled along the wharf road with a tractor. The driver has probably gone for a jar by the way...   Rather than go for 1950's carmine which was rather pushing history, I decided to turn it into the local stores runabout in grey (Halfords prim

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

What Ever Happened to the Commentator?

I always find it amusing that model railway exhibitions are at sports centres – the type of people that ‘do sport’ are generally the complete opposite to railway enthusiasts. I suppose the advantage is that the exhibition organisers do not need to invest in too many signs or arrows announcing its presence (ideally painted onto an old stripped baseboard top with splodgy white lettering on lumpy SR green) pointing to the show. They simply rely on the plastic bag toting unfashionable non-spor

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Today's Railway Fairytale (or how long will it take to appear on Wiki)

nevard_110625_BrewhouseQ_IMG_0275_webJPG, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.   This ancient 0-4-4 Midland 1P spent much of its working life on 'the Branch' of the old Somerset & Dorset Line. The pretty loco was withdrawn in 1959 and spent much of the following year next to the water softening plant at Bath Green Park shed awaiting removal - or so we were all lead to believe!   In November 1960 the Marriott, Dent & Foster Brewery bought the locomotive to shunt its extensive qua

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Another old print from the archive

nevard_110708_BrehouseQ_1p_DSC_2784_BW, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.   Johnson 1P 0-4-4 No. 58086 eases a rake of vans between the hop store and the main brewhouse on Brewhouse Quay, summer 1957. It's thought that this photo was taken off the Bristol road bridge over the Avon - hence the elevated view.   The eagle eyed will notice the privately owned Sentinel parked next to the wagon turntable that leads to the bottling plant.   Here's a bigger scan of the above http://www.flickr.co

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Chris Nevard

Pic of the Day

nevard_110707_combwich_IMG_0068, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.   I haven't done a 'Pic of the Day' for a bit, so here is my attempt to address that.   We all know it's a modified Hornby 8F on my rather wonky 30 year old Combwich, but let's just pretend it's the following....   It's early September 1963, and our intrepid photographer Ivan Locksmith is firing off some Kodachome II on his Leica M2 recording Bath Green Park's 8F No. 48660 shunting in the yard. These engines hardly ever wo

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Lower Writhlington Colliery

nevard_110601_writhington_DSC_2419_web, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.   This is my first post for over a week, that's because we needed a well earned break. However whilst away, we all know that a train buff will never really switch off, especially when close to such a former rich industrial area like the hilly landscape a few miles south of Bath. For some time, I've been gathering information and constructing buildings for my Mendip Colliery project, so a spare hour of so in the Radstock

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

The Afternoon Goods from Evercreech

Click on the video below (sorry, I have no idea how to embed with wysiwyg - how about a raw html edit option?) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBLo6pNjgaw    With Combwich all ready for RAILEX, a last chance to knock up a quick video of Ex-Midland Railway 0-6-0 4F No. 44417 arriving at Combwich with the afternoon goods from Evercreech Junction. August 1961. After arrival, the engine runs around its train, then shunts the short rake of old wooden wagons into the goods yard. And for the

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Combwich at RAILEX!

nevard_101106_wycrail_IMG_8338_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   Combwich will be having a rare outing at RAILEX this weekend (28 & 29 May 2011). Tim Maddocks' excellent SDJR Enginewood will be right next door, and the intention is to run occasional trains between the two layouts.   To add to the excitement of this rare operational marriage of layouts, it will also be a chance to see Model Rail's specially commission Sentinel in action - at least 2 months before the produc

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

Grubby Green Planet

nevard_110523_planet_IMG_9983_web, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.   This evening saw the completion of the little Roxey Mouldings 0-4-0 Planet diesel. Brewhouse Quay has been put away for a few days while I prepare Combwich for this weekend's RAILEX, so makes as ideal background to pose the little beast on. The wagon in tow is an ex-LBSCR wagon from a Smallbrook Studios kit knocked up a couple of weekends ago.   Here is a more close up view of the little loco   http://www.flickr

Chris Nevard

Chris Nevard

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