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
Ok, so full steam ahead... the latest pictures of Johnson Street IEMD have come through,
Picture One shows the main access into the depot area from holding sidings area which will feature in the not so distant future, these will head off to the right of the depot scene under the town scene and enter that area on an electrified twin track configuration from the depot entrance... but more to come on that later in the year. The progress made today being the weathering and shrubbing of t
As of 3rd July 2019, my ''United Colours of DB'' locomotive fleet looks like this.
(1) Hornby DB Cargo Class 08923 TTS fitted
(2) Hornby DB Schenker Class 60007 Switch on to Safety livery - DCC TTS fitted
(3) Hornby DB Cargo 60100 DCC sound (pre TTS) - rebranded and numbered professionally
(4) Bachmann Ex-EWS-DB Class 66002 DCC sound fitted - rebranded and numbered professionally
(5) Bachmann DB Cargo Class 66009 DCC sound fitted - rebranded
I asked the guys who are building the layout to photograph the progress of this - and for sometime it seemed like i was asking too much, but today, it seems like progress has been made, not just on the build itself, but the development of this for my RMspace.
Looking left to the right, picture number 1, 2, 3 and 4.
1 If you were travelling along on the soon to be completed bridge feature which runs across the layout, you would get a view similar to this before the shed wa
Having had some good news on the progress of Johnson Street IEMD, the guys have been hard at it, there was a but too much creative licence from them initially but it appears they are back on track now they know what was desired. Further pictures have come through today regarding the cosmetic updates as below.
Pictures top left to bottom right
1 The electric shed picture just has show covers over the inspection pits which will be lit up at both diesel/repair and electric s
June 2019 Update:
Ok, so a little while later and some good news which should see the layiout move forward with much more pace than has been previous. The layout builder now has an extra pair of hands to see this through as much from a technical aspect to the cosmetic side of things, which is really good news and on the back of this, the below images show the concrete hard standing for the electric shed starting to come together as well as the town scene space at one side of the layo
At long last, a loco arrives which I can truly get excited about. The Bachmann Class 90 and from what I can see, is something which really raises the game for AC traction locos. I have, whilst waiting for this, concentrated on getting a reasonable clutch of DB diesel locos, and where necessary re-branding and renumbering these into the newer DB style
08s 624 (Hornby TTS),
60s (DBS60007 Spirit of Tom Kendell TTS and 60100 DB Sound -fitted ),
66s (Ex EWS 66002, DB Cargo 66s 0
so, where do we start this blog... railway junctions... i have recently applied for a job on the railways ... and i was thinking about not just having lived by a railway, but the junctions I have lived next to....Ouston Junction... the Leamside/Washington junction and Stafford South Junction. How did I manage to have lived next to three once great junctions? I just wish I'd taken more photographs of Ouston Junction which had been on my doorstep for a few years at its virtual ending and vividly r
Ok, so, last night, I agreed the sale of one of my favourite locos, my almost perfect Class 90 019, in ultra up to date DB Cargo livery. I envisage I will have a Bachmann equivalent of this in the next two years or so, although it will be sound fitted, with dcc controllable pantograph, have fullt detail features, working cab lights and look the part operating within my IEMD set up, however, here and now, im parting company with my lovely 90. It does feel a bit sad as it's a very rare example -
24th January 2019
I write this, having come back from a night shift and being a little sort of a loose end... the layout hasnt made any more progress as far as I am aware but the loco fleet for Johnson Street has, somewhat, had an unexpected boost. I have managed to acquire two new locos, for a fraction of the going rate, the Canadian Maple leaf style Schenker Class 67 (018) as well as a recently released model shop exclusive Bachmann YIWI-London DB Class 66 (136). This ties up nicely up to
Having had one's knuckles wrapped for being a little naughty with the status thing. Fair enough RMweb, I was in the wrong, I shouldnt have done so, so in the manner I did it.
November 29th 2018
So, moving on, the model railway layout project is coming on, how do i know this, becuase Mike and the Mechanics have shown me the bridger girders that are going together to make up the raised bridge feature which forms part of the central scenic section of the layout. One half of the
10th August 2018
With Johnson Street IEMD, (bits now happening to it) and Bachmann's 90 still some distance away from being complete, I have decided to press on with getting my loco collection up to date and slightly extended. I already had two EWS Class 90s which were out of date with their numbering, these are being updated, I will have them renumbered also, from 90017 (sat in store at Crewe) to 90028 (regularly working on 4M25) and also 90023 (also on store at Crewe) for 90039, which has