Saturday 28th October 2017
Ok, so, today, I got to see my fledgling layout in its infancy. The overall track layout hasn't changed much since its original plan back in the spring, since then the layout has gradually come to the fruition, and now, with the discussions I have had with the project director today, that the layout track plan is now finalised and the other parts of the layout not shown. The main part of the layout is going to be electrified with the reverse head shunt to be electr
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
16th September 2020
Its been quite a busy time for those paying attention to the world of the Class 90, Freightliner have not that long ago acquired Greater Anglia's 90s with them going to EMUs, they have also been in the process of reliverying several of these into G&A Orange and black and even more recently than that, they have started putting some of them into service, even those which were are still in ex-GA are now working on FL workings, which tehnically means Freightliner
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.
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:
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
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
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
10th September 2020
Those of us following the real world activities and operations of the modern railway have been saddened to hear that as a result of the unprecentedented circumstances that we are living with across the planet are leaving their imprint on the world of the railways as well as everything else. Grand Central who have emerged as an operator delivering passenger services to the eastern side of the country to lesser stations than the main operators and were due to extend
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
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
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 -
Modelling inspiration this afternoon caught in the form of some live footage of two of my favourites, DB 90028 and 90024 on 4M25, and also a short while after LSL's 90001 passing through Stafford.
I originally planned to catch 90024 asap when it had been due to be testing after having been reinstated by DB. Unknown to me, at the time, it had actually been down to Stafford with 90034 and I'd missed it which i was really cross about, sooo having seen it was back on pla
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(
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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)
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
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