Its turned out to be a pretty good week in the life of all things DB AC, Johnson Street IEMD and my nicely developing DB stable. Firstly, in the real world, DB Cargo are putting the final touches to returning Malcolm Rail 90024 to traffic, I am buzzing (pardon the pun) at the news of this, it's my favourite 90, well, its not hard to see why!!! i love the great outdoors and wildlife and all that comes with it, the WCML interacts with our great outdoors in a big way and the
25th July 2020
I saw this video a few days ago and had wanted to do a quick first observation blog about this but matters of employment have waylaid me :-( . Sooooo, the long awaited victor in the model railway marketplace when it comes to a high spec detailed Class 92, in the form of the Accurascales Class 92. This looks like it is going to be one impressive model. The growth of the electric model market is building a nice head of steam at present, following on from the Bachmann Cla
I have recently stumbled across the opportunity to get one of my locos, DB 67028 sound fitted,
The Class 67 is really just on my layout, to blend in, it's a DB mainstay, like it or not, and okay, so i don't, being a 90 fan and electrics in general and i hate the idea of the 67 getting work ahead of a 90 but there will be jobs outside the electric network that a 90 cant do, that a 67 can when the other 60s and 66s dont get tasked with, so thats why god made 67s.
13th April 2020
I hope all who read this are well and staying safe in doors as much as is possible.
So, a while back, Bachmann released the Ex-EWS DB Class 66, 66065, which I thought i'd get, when the right opportunity presented it, for those who read my posts, I love liveries in the here and now, not all liveries, its a very subjective and personal topic. I always loved EWS and never really got up close with the railways as it was being phased out and a result of the cha
5th March 2020
It was my intention to get to see layout progression with the layout builder and local model shop owner, but with Johnson Street having some running issues, he offered me the chance to have a running session nearby at Stacton Tressell. It was a chance to give my three DB 90s some running opportunity, something they havent had for a while and at the time of writing this several weeks later (22nd March) I'm so glad I did. 90024, 90028 and 90034 all got some running time
Love is in the air @Johnson Street.
Ok, so we are twenty four hours back from Valentines day, but the perfect sight for the forthcoming layout is the sight of the Malcolm Rail Bachmann Class 90 fitted with DCC Sound. Below is a link to my fledgling YouTube space and the Malcolm 90 going through a start up with DCC sound.
8th February 2020
Today saw the second Bachmann 90 sound fitted and also the first run out of DB 90 number three, 90024 on a flying lap of the Topp Trains test track, trust my phone to die in the recording of this
it's going to be sooooo much better with DCC sound, which it will have in about two or three weeks time. 90034 had been having some teething issues a few times back whilst on a run out at Rose Heath but I understand these to have been cured and
Bachmann DB 90024 in Malcolm Rail
This evening, I had to pinch myself a further time. The Bachmann Class 90, reliveried by some bright spark, yes, a ha, no pun intended (sparky wires... ) ... connected to Olivia's Trains.
Ever since the Bachmann Class 90 was announced, and with modelling modern electric as I am, this livery was something i was looking forward to seeing. I had sometime ago chosen to focus my efforts around EWS and the transition into DBS/DBC. Class 90s hav
31st January 2020
It's the Stafford railway exhibition this weekend and so far my Bachmann 90 reveals seem to have happened on weekends where others are having happy times modelling too, which is nice, for everyone. The first of these being on the days leading up to Warley last year. Recently I had been coming to terms with not seeing anything new from Bachmann this year in the form of any EWS or DB Schenker/DB Cargo era (Era 10 and 11) liveried locos, we saw them debut in RfD, Inter
Johnson Street IEMD: Loco fleet Update - 11th January 2020
As the recent surprise news from Hornby that they are doing the Malcolm Rail Class 90, I have managed to snap up a couple of sound decoders meaning that 90034 and the third as yet to be decided DB 90, currently code name 900XX will be Sound fitted. This is great news and certainly wasn't something i thought remotely possible way back in June when i got my first Bachmann 90. I hope to post some running shots of them all soon
In the words of the great Richard Wilson
I doooooo not beeeeliieeeeeeeeevvveee it...
For the last few months, I have been trying to explore ways to have my third Bachmann Class 90 re-liveried into my favourite class member, 90024 in its current colours of Malcolm Rail, (for those of you who dont know) the rail Division of Malcolm Logistics, who operate daily freight routes from Mossend to Daventry on the West Coast Mainline - (and a train which runs p
18th December 2019
After getting my two DB 90s back to leafy Staffordshire, an opportunity to visit an up and working DCC operated layout was too good to be missed, and that of a good friend and fellow modeller.
So, getting to see my first two Bachmann Class 90s in action, one of which now sound fitted and the pair of them both just back from the paintshop, joined by a Bachmann Class 66, in the guise of DB Cargo 66009, also nicely sound fitted as well.
With investigations ongoing re choice of livery for Bachmann Class 90 number three and the catenary plans now moving forward now that not only one but two soldering experts at my disposal, a plan has been instigated to see three gantries tailormade for Johnson Street IEMD. The access on to the depot comes from a tunnel whereby an electrified line comes into a three way point, the first multi-track gantry sits across this - diverting the wires into, left to right, left - firstly into the main ele
So, a few days after the long awaited DB90s landed, forthcoming DB90 number three followed, once more a Freightliner Powerhaul, but not for long I imagine, well, the DB90 pool of X locos comes in a variety of liveries, and most of the below liveries will feature at Johnson Street IEMD. These being:
DB Cargo (90028 - also seen as 90019 and now 90035 as well)
DB Cargo ex DRS (90034)
DB Schenker (90018)
DB EWS faded (90020 and 90039)
DB was First Scotrail (90021)
Today is the second day of Warley and most model railway peeps will be raving about what they found, who or what they saw, what they bought from the nations most prestigious event, so it seems fitting that today would be the day of the big reveal, the Bachmann Class 90 in the liveries that I have been craving, DB Cargo.
I have been waiting for this one for a little while, so the time it's taken Bachmann to get it to production plus the planning and repaint time to get into the liver(
So, well, there couldnt be a worse time for thinking about, hang about, not thinking about, actually... doing the deed ... buying another damn loco, yes, ok, so im between jobs at the moment ... not good i know... but well, it was there for the taking... it had to be done... early Christmas present and in the wider sense, well, the Heljan Class 86 is a loco for which I have had two already, a freightliner one and also an Anglia blue one also, now, the one which makes the most sense, comes purrin
Having just started my first attempt at uploading videos on youtube for the beginnings of Johnson Street IEMD, i thought it would be a good idea to upload the latest pictures from the world of Johnson Street IEMD. The layout is really coming coming together as one can see in the videos. A depot needs locos and given theat there have been one or three changes from the list back in July, I thought I'd do a blog update, so as of 5th November, the locos at Johnson Street are:
19th September 2019
Well, what an interesting evening was had by me last night, seeing the layout two thirds complete. I have attached a handful of pictures below - and I'm going to create an album for these.
Its been a while since there was any update from me on Johnson Street IEMD, so I thought I'd write a blog update about the plans and whats happening in general with this.
Tomorrow (Thursday), I am hoping to have a snagging session where I will actually get to see the layout with my own eyes as I am having a viewing with the builders. This is going to give me a chance to iron out any small cosmetic issues - sometimes things can get lost in
Ok, so, a few months ago, I wrote a mini-blog entry on waiting for the Bachmann Class 90, well, yes, great, fab, super, its's now here and most of the modern image OO gauge readers out there, all getting used to their new acquisitions, spare a thought for the perfectionistas ... I have had through my hands not one, not two, but three, yes, three !! Bachmann 90s ... all in a bid to have one of the first Bachmann 90s to wear DB. Now, as fortune would have it, i should hopefully be taking delivery
The latest update from Johnson Street IEMD
The emphasis of detailing work has moved from the area around the Electric Shed to where the long term maintenance shed, fuelling point and storage sidings sit. This area will be non electrified and will see a hive of activity from the weekly fuel tank arrival and departure plus the maintenance access and shunting of locos being worked on away from the main depot access and the Overhead Electrification.
Latest pictures coming in from the team building the layout, this is the long term maintenance shed, this area wont be electrified but there may be electric locos sat here - both for maintenance and in long term storage.
Pictures 1 & 3 show the concrete hard standing area in what will be the inside of shed 2
Picture 2 shows the turn out for access for locos into shed 2 and to the left of this - the beginnings of the road access to shed 2
Picture 4 one of t
Friday 9th August
Its been a steadily positive week on the layout front.
1 My layout signage arrived from Sankey Signs - great job there
2 I am hoping to see the start of the catenary coming together
3 My rebranded DB 67 arrived back
4 I found a nice little DB Class 60 for my model shop to play with (to get fixed up)
5 and finally.... a DB EWS Class 90 (035) has been parked up in Stafford for the week with a Class 325 parcels EMU :-)
A weekend away for me, and nice to come home to find that Johnson Street IEMD is still moving in the right direction.
Attached are the latest pictures which show the beginnings of the entrance to the yard area, the continuation of the scenics work going on to bring the layout to life also... but pictures always go soo much further ... so do enjoy...
Picture 1 - a great example of layout building snagging, the shunter siding is too short, and will be extended slightly so