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A West Midlands branch line in the 70's and 80's. A steel works near one end of the branch helped it survive the Beeching cuts.

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The lonely Seacow

The ngs Seacow kit is certainly one of the more challenging wagon kits i've come across. The first steps of assembling the plastic superstructure and the etched brass chutes are simple enough, but from there it seems to get exponentially harder as the etches get thinner and more delicate. The end product does resemble Seacow although by the time i got to the fully assembled stage my mind was far from taking photographs and nearer thoughts of a bottle or two of ale, so here's a work in progress.

Neal B

Neal B

Six Minerals and a Shark

Six Minerals and a Shark

After several sessions of kitbuilding i decided it was time to take the plunge and get out the old hairy sticks. After quite a bit of study i deduced that in the 1970's, mineral wagons were rusty, very rusty. So i set about gathering all my rust coloured paints and washes and proceeded to obliterate the carefully applied shades of grey. I tried to vary things as much as possible. The results are above.   The Shark gave me a welcome break from rust and also makes a companion for my lone

Neal B

Neal B

 

An introduction to my N gauge garage layout

My wishes for a 'real' and 'prototypical' layout met with so many compromises in planning that eventually i ended up with a two level roundabout layout, which if laid out would represent a branch line terminus, through station, a small mpd, industry sidings and exchange sidings for a steel works. Trains can operate 'out and back' from the terminus due to a hidden reverse loop charged by a frog juicer.   Obviously i want a lot from approximately 6x3 feet of real estate. After a long bre

Neal B

Neal B

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