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This is the place where I write the stories (or ‘fluff’ in table-top wargames) of Castle Rock. It is also the place where I dump ideas for films, models and the odd space ship. It’s also where I’ll write down what’s on my mind, so I have it physically otherwise I’ll forget it pretty soon.

 

Even though my stories of Castle Rock Railway are awesome (not) , it isn’t real... 

 

 

 

although I wish it was.

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Micro layout(?) Castle Rock paper mills

After watching many of SDJR7F88’s videos of micro layouts (and all the others, because they’re great ), I have decided to build one myself. It’s supposed to be in O gauge therefore is not as ‘micro’ as OO can be but I still think it’ll work. I have began planning this because I still lack modelling skills. The Riverside Works diorama is going on great but it isn’t an operational piece and I wanted something up and running in the nearer future than in the distant future with my Castle Rock Railwa

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Hornby Dublo collection

Ages ago, After coming across a box in the loft of my Grandparents’ house, I’ve found several old Dublo stuff: A Co-Bo diesel An 8F 2-8-0 A flat wagon (which carries the 8F’s motor) a salt wagon two fish wagons (presumably, because one is a GW fish van) a parcel van  an open wagon a restaurant coach (not shown) and an LMS brake van.     the two locos used to work, however the 8F was a fire risk and the Co-Bo’s wiring broke, so now they sit

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Riverside Works O gauge photo diorama (update)

I am quite happy the outcome of this latest progression. The wooden frame stands very well and now it is ready to add the second part in the building’s structure; the wooden back boards. The back boards are what covers the back of the wooden frame, where the plasticard building walls will cover the front.   The angle of photography is perfect too, enabling me to take pictures of larger locomotives and stock (not like I have any ). here are some photos of my 16 ton mineral wagon. I

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The LEGO Fowler

One of my side projects is to rebuild the Fowler diesel mechanical I had made out of LEGO. I stupidly scrapped the first one to get parts for a ship and I since regretted it. I got to building the new model not too long ago. LEGO Fowler 2.0 has revised body work and gearbox which should improve repairs (because the gears can break and the motor used is out of date). I haven’t completed it yet since I am expecting new parts which is different sizes to the parts used now. For now the battery

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Lima O gauge (whenever I get some)

I have been looking up the range of Lima O gauge models, including the big big Hymek, and was thinking of what to do if I ever got my hands on one. So far, I have a Lima 4F which was wrecked when I was littler and I have repainted it to represent a derelict loco that has been sat in the corner for decades. A lump of rust with a sprinkle of moss was what I was planning on it looking like. (See attached photos)   Considering how much easier it is to acquire and dismantle Lima O gaug

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Locos from over the Atlantic Ocean at Castle Rock railway

Castle Rock has a very wide selection of locomotives and rolling stock from across the British isles, ranging from a Southern E4 to an LMS Black 5. There’s even a BR 52 taken from Germany in WW2. Riverside Works is home to most of these locomotives, keeping them safe and in running order.  Recently two American locomotives arrived at the works as a gift from a heritage railway in America, in which the Riverside Works does a lot of boiler work and parts creation for.  These two locomotiv
 

Does anyone know about this Austerity 0-6-0 ?

I found this photo of an Austerity 0-6-0st that is in camouflage, however I never found anything more about it. I will most definitely be modelling it because it is awesome but I would like to know more about it if possible and where it is now.   (Sorry for the quality of photo. It’s the user icon on my PC)
 

When Castle Rock Sidings reaches a model event:

Castle Rock Sidings is a puzzle as well as a simple sidings. So far the easy version of the game is that the player has to pull out three or four cards from the pile which represents the wagons that must be shunted into position, however, the player must first shunt any brake van into the train first, as brake vans are a necessity on trains. Once the train is completed, the player wins.  The harder version of the game is the player must pull out wagon-cards from the pile and put them i
 

The colours of Castle Rock Colliery

The main colours of Castle Rock Colliery are mainly red with yellow lining. Locomotives often wore Wasp Stripes too. The colliery was never absorbed by the NCB and ran until the 1940s. A W4 Peckett loco was abandoned in the engine sheds since nobody bought it when the colliery closed down. The little 0-4-0 was eventually barricaded inside the shed by a fallen tree until volunteers came to restore the colliery. The loco wasn’t in too bad shape despite where it was left and was returned to steam
 

Castle Rock Railway’s BR 52 Kreigslok

One of the most out of place locomotives in the whole railway is probably the BR 52 2-10-0 German Heavy Freight Locomotive that turns up sometimes for wartime events. Owned by the the town’s local regiment since they stole it in the Second World War and somehow managed to smuggle it back to Britain, the BR 52 is a sight to behold when being put alongside the British countryside. Often looked after by the Riverside Works, the locomotive is very much in steam. It doesn’t get steamed up often but w
 

The Derelict 4F

Once, this Lima engine had wheels and even a tender but now it is just a plastic shell...   So I decided that, given it will never work as a locomotive again, I could use it as scenery for my layout project. I also used it as a good base to practice weathering. I’ve added rust and moss to the locomotive, but it needs a little bit more rust. At some point I’ll make new frames for it and prop it up on some sleepers to make it look like it had been stripped for parts in the past, bef
 

Castle Rock’s hidden Dean Goods

During the Second World War, several Dean Goods locomotives were stored at the military base in Castle Rock. It was thought that all of these locomotives were sent away from Castle Rock but it turns out, as the builders cleared the way for new housing, that a Dean Goods was still stuck in the old railway shed at the end of the military base along with a few WarFlat wagons. The building company immediately told the Castle Rock Heritage Railway and the locomotive was recovered and sent to the Rive

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Riverside Works’ WDs

A few WD locomotives were built at the Riverside Works, along with Tanks and Aircraft. The biggest locos that we’re built there were four of the Riddles WD 2-10-0 locomotives. They were sent over to Greece during the end of the war. They were named 101 ‘Broadsword’, 102 ‘Valiant’, 103 ‘Courageous’ and 104 ‘Dracana’ by the Works. As you can see, their names are based on Castle Rock’s medieval past. ‘Dracana’ is the name of the Castle itself.  During their time overseas, the four WDs fou

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Adding Steam (or diesel smoke) to photos of models

I add steam to the photos of my locos because it really brings them to life, plus it makes for a good picture. In the photos attached of the steamies, I put steam and smoke where I thought it should be without looking at any photos of actual locomotives. Much of it is done by memory or imagination. I once put a fire glow into the Pug but I can’t find that photo. I’m practicing now on my OO locos so I can have ultra-realistic effects on my O gauge layout, like better diesel effects and an under-f

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N gauge in 7mm modelling

I was thinking about adding at least one OO scale narrow gauge locomotive to my 7mm models when I also thought of a funny idea: I could use N scale models to represent smaller gauge ride-on trains as well, similar to that of 7 1/4 inch gauge models (I know that isn’t the correct scale)  This would be used, along with the OO scale narrow loco, as a fun thing to put in a 7mm wagon. I also might make the OO loco operational and video it scooting around the Works diorama on temporary tracks.

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To Wartime modellers with a Warflat

I found this photo of some tanks which take the idea of camouflage to a whole new level. They’re disguised as coal wagons! I reckon this could be a fun thing to model and if your layout is for exhibitions then it would be funny to see if people at an event know why the wagon looks a bit weird. The tanks are hidden under tarpaulin coloured as local coal and freight companies.   Once I get a flat wagon I am going to model this for a laugh but with a rough shape underneath to be the

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Wartime at Castle Rock railway

(The military base is to be given a name but for now it is just ‘the military base’)   The whole town was used as a military storage area because of how relatively remote it was. During the First World War, the first military base to be built was positioned near the river and within earshot of the railway. Many locomotives, and eventually tanks, were stored at this base. The locomotives most commonly stored there were the GCR 8K 2-8-0s built for the Railway Operating Division (ROD). De

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Riverside Works repair shop ‘C’

The Riverside Works is about half the size of Swindon Works before its end.  I’ve been gathering drawings of Swindon Works to create how Riverside Works would look, given that it was the Great Western Railway who built both the works. Even though it is smaller than Swindon Works, it still has the capacity of around 50-70 locomotives at one time with 8 engine sheds and three repair shops.   If I were to model the innards of the Riverside Works, it would have to be Repair Shop

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Castle Rock station

(Storyline of the main station) The Castle Rock line was built in the late 1800s by a private company, eventually being absorbed into the GWR by 1908. In 1928 the LMS joined in with the line, making it a GW and LMS joint line. The terminus was blown up in the First World War and left as a basic station until the GW and LMS decided it should be rebuilt again as a grand creation.  However, the whole station building probably has the strangest architecture of all British railway architect

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In search for Second hand O gauge stuff

I once read an article on RMweb about Heljan attending a Telford model event and with them was a ‘Returns’ area where the author of the article bought F I V E class 25s in various conditions. Albeit one was just a shell but that is certainly a thing I would want to get! Discounted O gauge stuff for much less than it was first hand.  I’ll be searching around to find this Heljan ‘Returns’ area at any model event I attended and get as much as I can from it

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An OO diorama too...?

I’ve found some of my Hornby stuff and thought that it would be cool to build a photo diorama for the, considering I’ve had some of these models for over a decade now.  My trusty Hornby 06 shunter, which has never failed me once, is looking rather sad now as it is covered in dust. Many of my OO gauge models are incapable of moving anymore so that makes the 06 more special.    If I decide to actually build this diorama it will be based on the rather sad scenes I’ve seen on the

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It begins! (Riverside Works photo diorama)

It begins! (as soon as the wood board gets cut to size I will put up the build process on a ‘topic’ for easy updates)   This is the rough shape of the buildings surrounding the photo diorama ‘Riverside Works’. They are in the shape of a building I found at Calke Abbey, which is a National Trust owned area. In this area is a stable building that reminded me of a locomotive shed, which then sparked the idea of the diorama. (See second attached photo)   The buildings will b
 

Castle Rock railway events

Castle Rock railway has special events just like real heritage railways. If the layout attends a model exhibition, a event will be pulled out at random before the time so I can gather the correct stock. If possible, I would take the layout to wartime events to display the wartime side of Castle Rock. (There is a concrete pillbox that sits on the corner of the layout too...)   here is the current list of events at Castle Rock:   Steam events: only steam locos will run.
 

1950s style documentary about heritage railways and their volunteers (a better name will come up soon)

One of my projects is a short documentary film in the style of the 1950s films that tell the public how the railways work, but in today’s time of preservation. It will show the importance of the preservation of British heritage in the railway sector and how it could not work without the help of thousands of volunteers, who give their time and effort to restore and run heritage trains for generations to come.   The film will be recorded in black and white, hopefully with an old camera w
 

Castle Rock O gauge track plan

I have created a cardboard cutout of the track plan to scale (hopefully). The scenic section isn’t too big as it only measures 4ft long and 1ft 6in wide. The representation of the track in the image below actually measures the edges of the sleepers and not the rails.  The layout is made of two parts, the scenic area and the sector plate. The sector plate is supposed to be removable for easy transport and also because the layout will spend much of it’s days at the end of my bed, therefore th
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