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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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Castle Rock’s hidden Dean Goods

During the Second World War, several Great Western Dean Goods locomotives were stored at the military base in Castle Rock as backup motive power just in case an air raid scored a hit on the loco sheds of the base. When BR came to claim Britain’s railway companies, all of the Deans went into service with the BR and most returned home to the west. A few of the Deans actually remained in Castle Rock until the railway was dismantled. It was thought that all of these locomotives were sent away f

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The story of Bucket (my twist on the classic Railway Series)

As a child I used to watch the Thomas the Tank Engine tv series with the classic models with moving eyes. The original stories were around to celebrate the days of steam (which it definitely isn’t anymore. It’s now another money-making company that managed to cram a 4-8-8-4 and mixed gauge engines into a British standard gauge railway!) and also teach children about morals. The moral I ended up picking up on was ‘if you disobey your boss, you’ll be ripped from your frames and into a station

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A change of plans...

The time has come where I have realised that trying to model my first layout in O gauge without any modelling experience is probably a really bad idea, so I’ve decided to change plans and build an OO gauge layout which could also double as a filming set for the first pilot episode of ‘Bucket’ (a work in progress, as is the title) I have some previous experience in non-permanent Hornby train sets but none more than that, which is still more than my experience with O gauge. The O gauge l

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Fictional liveries: the EWS Riddles 2-10-0

Once, during my many story making times, I imagined what it would be like if we started to use steam power again. A best designs would be both the Riddles WD 2-10-0 and the 9F. For this part of the story it involved freight movements of the 2025s where the WD 2-10-0 design was built to super-modern standards and runs on recycled coffee instead of coal (I don’t actually know if this would work, but it’s a nice idea) Since not being built for the WD, the re-designed WDs had to find a new
 

Bucket (a railway cartoon)

I’m still waiting to see what happens with YouTube before I begin this cartoon series but I have decided to continue with the script writing.   Basically; Bucket (the main character) is a WD austerity that never got into the WD but was instead made to work at a colliery somewhere in Britain. The reason why Bucket is called Bucket is because One: I’ve read that his class of loco were called ‘buckets’ during their service and Two: in a mining accident Bucket loses his dome, which the NCB

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Bachmann’s ‘Big Haulers’ (possible future project)

(just another project rambling)   I remember my grandfather owning a whole Bachmann ‘Big Hauler’ 4-6-0. However, being the rather destructive child I once was, it got damaged. It wasn’t too badly damaged could’ve been repaired, but I didn’t get to it in time before it got thrown out.   After finding the little 2-6-0 christmas train that I was hoping to repair and convert into a narrow gauge ROD loco, I remembered the huge ‘Big Hauler’ and set about to find it on the Interweb. So

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Castle Rock’s castle

The castle in Castle Rock has always caused debate on how it came to be. Dracana.Castle had been repaired several times in the past due to damage, but it’s original walls and parts of it’s underground areas still prevail and date back to before the Roman era which is thousands of years before the Normans built the castles across Britain. The Normans did tinker with the castle, adding their own bits, but we’re also baffled by its creation, therefore seeing it as a sign from god that they would ta

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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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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

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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

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Castle Rock railway 7mm inglenook puzzle

Even though I’m still a long way from building this layout, I have continued planning how it will look and operate.   i have decided to jump straight into O gauge because my OO is ‘plug and play’ and my O gauge isn’t. I can set up a OO track plan anywhere but not so much with the heavy brass of O. Since I have not a lot of experience in modelling, I have began an O gauge diorama to practice my skills on before I even try to build the 4ft shunter’s puzzle! (See ‘Riverside Works’ if you

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A Tank Engine called Bucket

(9 August 2019:) One of my projects is a cartoon series about an Austerity 0-6-0st, with a very bad temper, who works at the National Coal Board after being denied by the War Department. His name is Bucket and for two reasons: 1: His locomotive class were nicknamed “Buckets” by their shape and 2: his dome was replaced with a literal bucket after it was knocked off in a mining accident. The mine that he works in is fictional but it’s meant to be based off of one in the Midlands region. The stor

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70s BR steam (alternate history project)

As in a lot of my blogs, this project is one of many that might not get done until later but I thought I’d share it with others:   I’ve already seen some models of locos in BR corporate blue and, since being a writer of alternate histories, I thought it would be fun to join in.  The Riddles 9F is the main loco I’ve seen in this version of blue and it looks good on it. Considering how young they were when they got scrapped, I often wonder what it would’ve been like if BR kept them for

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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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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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