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  1. Quick summary of today... Heljan announced more 02’s new variant class 86/4 and 86/6 mark 2 in O gauge 86 / 25 on display weathered 33008 plus immaculate 33050/051 New 27 due imminently Dapol no announcement but samples for 21/29 (on the boat) 59 early next year 63xx Paint samples on display Accurascale KFA wagons on display 55 Body’s on display Rawie Buffer stops on display (one will have LEDs) KUA announced Narrow Planet 4wh Planet Shunter in OO gauge (3D kit with glue on etches and motor bogie) Rails NER railcard EP on display (Heljan stand) Oxford J27 on display.. this looks a real beauty New tank wagon in display KR models GT3 on display Announced a Fell In oo **** I am converted ! If you want one you don’t have long to order... credit cards accepted, contact details and addresses available and Keith is a good chap in person... no more excuses I’ve ordered. Hornby 45379 due in days 6201 on the boat More 66’s (1:1 copy of Hattons plans) Bachmann 24s/Crane/158/37 on display 94xx in Black 45 EP body unpainted 2HAP paint samples on show Locomotion 9400 on display Model Rail 1600 on display (looks like a 3D print) Think that about covers the big boys...
  2. Trains in 1992 and 1993 at Longhirst today. As you all probably know already Longhirst on the ECML between Morpeth and Alnmouth in Northumberland. It's not far from home so I often went there on Saturday mornings and on days when I wasn't working. Longhirst 37501 down pipes 23rd May 92 C16860.jpg Longhirst 37885 down pipes12th Sept 92 C18046.jpg Longhirst 43094 Aberdeen to Kings X 17th Oct 92 C18071.jpg Longhirst 56126 empties to Butterwell 24th July 93 C18732.jpg The train is almost at Ulgham Lane crossing, just north of Longhirst. Longhirst 56126 up coal and Class 90 down 24th July 93 C18738.jpg The Class 56 is returning south with loaded wagons from the loader at Buterwell. David
  3. A few photos of the Keighley and Worth Valley this morning. They were taken between 1970 and 1984. Haworth 4F 3924 Barclay ICI 3226 MR 1F 1708 Sept 70 C343.jpg Haworth USA 72 Feb 73 C1214.jpg Haworth (near) 118 Brussels Oxenhope to Keighley March 75 J4203.jpg Haworth W&M railbus Aug 83 C6228.jpg Haworth 8F 8431 Aug 83 C6208.jpg Haworth BR Class 4MT 75078 6th Aug 84 C6595.jpg David
  4. I've had a very peaceful day with no internet or landline. All good things come to an end and normality has now been restored, so I can post some photos. A long time ago I posted photos of an arranged visit made by myself with a group of friends to Heaton depot in January 1990. Having recently been working on Dad's photos from 1990 I can now post his photos of the visit. Heaton Depot 43095 and ano Jan 1990 J10604.jpg Heaton Depot 142516 Jan 1990 J10609.jpg Heaton Depot 56124 up coal Jan 1990 J10618.jpg Heaton Depot some of the group visiting the depot Jan 1990 J10622.jpg Heaton Depot Class 254 wheelsets Jan 1990 J10624.jpg David
  5. Northumberland again today, this time on the ECML at Lucker over an 11 year period. The photos were taken a short distance to the north of the site of the old station. Lucker Class 254 down Aug 82 J7665.jpg Lucker 37521 and 473(?)78 down l e April 89 J9862. Lucker 91031 Kings X to Glasgow C 30th Aug 91 C16577.jpg Lucker 90016 down 7th April 93 C18409 The Class 90 was substituting for a Class 91. Lucker 56095 up empties 7th April 93 C18414 David
  6. A mixed bag of photos for today, taken at Ainsdale and Southport. The only information about them has come from Dad's slide catalogue. I know he and Mum had friends living in the area so I can only assume they had gone to visit them and he had taken some photos while he was there. Ainsdale 507001 Liverpool to Southport Oct 82 J7749.jpg Ainsdale 507005 Southport to Liverpool Oct 82 J7751.jpg Southport Pier Bo Bo diesel June 83 J7982 Steamport Southport Hunslet Kinsley and Class 24 and Class 5 44806 and Peckett Agecroft No2 June 83 J7973.jpg Steamport Southport LMS Class 5 44806 Magpie and Class 24 24081 June 83 J7976.jpg David
  7. A few photos on the Southern this afternoon, this time at Clapham Junction. The ones from November 1987 were taken on a very gloomy day with not much light. I'd travelled to London with some friends on an excursion train from Newcastle with the intention of spending the day taking railway photos. The ones in July 1988 were taken in some free time before staying overnight in London and then flying to Switzerland for a month's holiday looking at Swiss Railways. I wonder if I've got the emu classes right this time? Clapham Junction Class 455 5801 up pass 21st Nov 87 C9258.jpg Clapham Junction 73142 Victoria to Gatwick 21st Nov 87 C9272.jpg Clapham Junction Class 455 5805 Victoria to Sutton 21st Nov 87 C9275.jpg Clapham Junction Class 422 up 27th July 88 C09564.jpg Clapham Junction Class 455 5735 to Guildford 27th July 88 C09573.jpg David
  8. Days work done. A Caley 0-6-0 drifts in to the shed....
  9. Today's photos are of Brockley Whins (formerly Boldon Colliery) and East Boldon, both on the line from Newcastle to Sunderland. Boldon Colliery Class 101 Middlesbrough to Newcastle April 86 J8518.jpg Boldon Colliery 143029 driver training April 86 J8519.jpg Boldon Colliery Brockley Whins A4 4468 Mallard 50th anniversary of speed record 16th July 88 C9614.jpg East Boldon 142025 Sunderland to Metro Centre 27th March 93 C18390.jpg East Boldon 142019 Metro Centre to Sunderland 27th March 93 C18392.jpg David
  10. Today I shall be shopping, followed by paddling and a bit of shivering. At PN though, it is still a balmy evening, as Cambridge's B2 Framlingham enters with the Colchester- Glasgow. It is a long train this evening, though most of it is still parcels traffic, so the B2 ends up standing well clear of the platform.
  11. Thought I would post an update on where I have got to on my first etched loco kit attempt .... the Craftsman 1F 0-6-0 tank (I have built an etched wagon and etched 3 wheel coach prior to this). Compared to Sir, the progress is shall we say leisurely !!!! .... but then all of this is pretty new to me and I can't dedicate as much time as I would like to modelling. The upside is that it is a great way of unwinding after a busy or stressful day As I am working to P4, the craftsman chassis was no good, so I am working from a pair of Gibson milled frames .... in the end the only parts of the original kit I have used for the chassis are the cast white metal sandboxes. I am using this as my first bash at CSB springing and have decided to have a go at building it as a set of sub assemblies so I can take it apart for painting and maintenance... the wheels drop out by sliding the CSB wire out of the horn-block tags. Here are the various assemblies. The brake gear springs into the capillary tubes set into the frames and the sand pipes locate into holes set in the base of the sand boxes. The ashpan and spring etches were kindly sent to me by John Redrup at LRM from his spares/scrap bin. I have made them into two separate assemblies which bolt directly to the chassis. The gear box is a high-level offering and the horizontal in line restraint a design suggested by Dave Bradwell. The horn blocks and guides are also by High Level. Here is a picture of everything assembled onto the chassis - I notice from the photo that the pull rods at the back need a tweak to set them level ... luckily this is easily done. The coupling rods are the universal inside motion etch which Dave Franks has recently added to his arsenal. And finally a couple of pictures with the body ... as far as I have currently got ... mounted on the chassis. In the second pic the chimney, dome etc have just been loosely placed in position. A bit rough here and there ... but overall I think its ok .... the photos are pretty unforgiving - which is why I find the work posted here by experienced modellers so inspirational.
  12. Another look at the V2, but from a different gantry by the look of it. and the last still life image. I know some people do like shots of the layout without any shopping, and I didn't fancy doing some of this one, so here it is, just as the camera saw it. A quick question. Would a feature in a magazine concentrating on the kind of images I've been showing for the last few days be of interest? We are all used to the "normal" articles, very much train focused as they are. So, might something like this be worthwhile?
  13. As a regular contributor to MRJ from the earliest days and as someone who has written widely in both a professional capacity and as a hobbyist (with 16 books and more than 80 published articles to my name), I have always understood that my work will only ever exert a selective appeal. I think that is an inevitable consequence of the diverse nature of any readership and, as a writer, it is not a problem for me. I am equally happy to hear constructive criticism, provided it is grounded in a careful consideration of what I have written and is reasoned. But to have a piece categorised as "dull" before it has been read is something of a new departure for me. We live in strange times indeed. What's that old maxim? Never judge a book by its' cover. Come on chaps; at least afford contributors the courtesy of looking at their work before forming a damning view! I think the notion that the Christmas MRJ always used to be a special issue is something of a myth and I wonder whether the "rose tinted" spectacles of our memory is playing tricks here. Yes, I remember some issues that did dress the content with Christmas themes or showcased classic layouts of the past with more than a hint of a nostalgic gaze, and the Christmas competition was always something I enjoyed and which I do miss. But if you actually look back through the many Christmas MRJs that have been published (and I happen to have several on my desk as I write), then I think you will find that the content is, for the most part, the normal MRJ "fare". So I really don't think MRJ 275 is atypical in this regard. I have always enjoyed reading MRJ because I feel it takes its' subject matter seriously and provides in depth explanation of modelling techniques combined with truly inspirational images that none of the other magazines come close to equalling. To that extent it doesn't matter to me whether a particular article reflects my specific interests or not; there are always lessons we can learn from the work of other good exponents of railway modelling, irrespective of company allegiance or modelling period. The "Station Road" series is a case in point, as whilst I suspect some of the contributors to this forum have mentally categorised the articles as "GWR" (because the scene I am describing is attached to a Great Western branch layout), the articles are actually dealing with scenic modelling techniques and are almost entirely generic in nature. Any publisher will tell you that they can only publish material that they receive, so for those forum contributors who are unhappy about perceived imbalances in recent content, the answer surely lies in your own hands. Write some articles around the themes and ideas that interest you and submit them to the editors. Just don't make them too dull, that's all... Stephen Williams
  14. I have re-fitted the backscene again this afternoon. It seems Dick Wolsley was in the area and visited to take some snaps. 1458 arrives with a short goods working, which will terminate at Bethesda Sidings and return, once some connecting traffic has been worked in from the Vale of Radnor Light Railway: Dick took a general view of the yard, once 1458 had positioned some of it's wagons: I think he might have picked up the odd tip from Ben Ashworth here, as he seems to have climbed into a tree to get this view: Now waiting for the incoming goods service from the light railway to arrive: Which duly arrives behind the light railway's 'Planet' 0-4-0 diesel 'Dorothy': Some further photos in the Cameo Layout section -
  15. The sun continued to shine, trains ran, and were photographed. First on the scene was the second New Clee fish, photographed by sheer coincidence while passing a lovely new signal. Impressive from any angle.
  16. 33 points
    It's been a very long time since my last post (which I think was a 4mm scale chair!) but I've nearly completed my latest build: Canterbury & Whitstable Railway, Taylor 0-6-0 goods loco, no.121, c1847. The bulk of it was constructed whilst convalescing with a broken left metatarsal. What a tragedy to be signed off work and have to sit there day after day with my foot up, drinking tea and model making, life can be so cruel! A friend offered some Portescap motor/gearboxes in exchange for kits so one of these formed the basis for this engine. The gearbox had to be dismantled and reversed so the driving axle sat under the motor and the wheels were some old Romford ones from the scrap box. One of the biggest challenges was the haycock firebox with it's brass beading around the corners. The box itself was build up from two strips of scribed 10thou brass bent into an 'n', cut and soldered together, then the brass corners cut from 5thou, bent and beaten into submission around the curves, a horrible job and much learned in the process but it doesn't look too bad. It hasn't put me off doing another one anyway. The tender was rest was gradually scratch built using good old fashioned measure, bend and cut techniques, as was the rest of the loco, a refreshingly 3D print free zone! It still requires some water feed pipes under the footplate and there is an annoying little short every time it goes left which I must sort out. Of course some crew will be required before it moves 'off shed' but they can wait. The photographs leave a bit to be desired, I find the low sun at this time of year a bit tricky, our house faces due south and not casting a shadow over the photo at midday requires some degree of contortion. Hopefully they will do for now, next up is an 1845 Bodmer Single but as usual it will take me ages! Thanks for looking and please feel free to ask if you need to know more.
  17. Still up on his gantry, but not the really dodgy one, our chap spots a clean KX V2 heading his way with a Class C for Dringhouses. We are nearly at the end of our latest infrastructure tour, the hotel from on high being the penultimate view.
  18. It's been decided that the LB pictures in the BRILL model railway supplement will be in B&W, it being more in keeping with 'Those Black & White Days'. So, they'll look like this (a selection). I hope readers will find it of interest.................
  19. Easy caption for this morning's images- what a difference a day makes. The second Down Cleethorpes had just appeared at the end of a running session on a very dark day, and this was the best shot I could get. After this, I gave up, so the next day the B1 was still in the same position, but I now had wall to wall sunshine, which meant I could get this.
  20. The 5.33 Up Leeds is approaching Platform 2, and will stop here. A nearly new English Electric Type 4 heads the train. Then I have to admit that I have been plonking again. Here is the first result.
  21. So, after my splashing round nine holes, I limited myself to one glass of red, and came home to get some more photos done. Unfortunately that coincided with the next period of darkness and heavy rain, and so none got done, and it has to be back to the archives tonight. Tomorrow though I should have a free day, and we are promised wall to wall sunshine, so hopefully I can get on with it, heavily featuring my lovely new signal. Here is a WD in grey. Weren't they always?
  22. Strange when trying to add a new post RMweb brings up my last post like others have indicated previously! Whilst we're on the subject of cameras I've been using the amateur range of Nikon DSLRs which generally suit my purpose. Currently I use a D7000 and before that D70s. In the 'old days' I was an Olympus man and thought the Zuiko lenses were second to none. However, for model railway photography I've gone over to using a compact camera, in fact the Canon G12 like that used by Gilbert Barnatt on his Peterborough North thread. Now for something completely different (I hope Tony doesn't object) I've added a few photos I took at an Air Show here in Adelaide last weekend which show that even with amateur range cameras and lenses its possible to achieve quite reasonable outcomes. These were taken with the D7000 using a Nikon ED 70-300mm lens. Obviously not of professional standard they still look quite good - I've done a small amount of work on them mainly to crop a bit and to adjust the lighting. the variation in sky blue is interesting but that varies as much depending on the angle of the sun of course. Andrew
  23. Wet and dark again today, but I shall try to make some progress with the sequence, which is again coimng towards the end. First up today though is a real bonus, two D16s in one image. By the time the 1145am from Dundee comes into view, the Leicester has gone, but 62530 is still patiently waiting. Once again, lamps which look OK to the naked eye are made to look like milk churns by the camera.
  24. 2mm Finescale SECR C Class engine.
  25. Enterprise's train is rather shorter than the norm, so the loco is able to stop short of some of the usual things that get in the way when taking a photo. A request to move the hammer to the other hand was ignored. Sneaking into the excursion platform came 60010, which not only has the menial job of taking the 8.10 to Grantham, but has also had to go and get its own stock.
  26. For some time, one of our photographers has been eyeing the platforms of the signal gantries as a safe way of getting up higher, without having to take quite a long hike to get to Spital Brdige. In the end, he decided to ask for permission, and somewhat to his surprise it was granted. Meanwhile, someone else had managed to get up onto the roof.
  27. Ian Smith


    Modbury was at the Warley exhibition at the NEC last weekend. I didn't manage to take any photos whilst there except a couple of quite dark ones just after setting up on Friday afternoon which really aren't suitable for sharing. Therefore this afternoon I posed a few shots to capture the look of the layout in it's current state (i.e. the state it was in at the NEC). "Buffalo" no. 1601 drawing a passenger train of 6 wheeled coaches and a low siphon slows to exchange tokens with the signalman at Modbury Signal Box. "Buffalo" no. 1601 heads a down 6 wheeled coach passenger train (with low siphon) into the platform at Modbury. As above looking back along the train. A view across the platform ends to the Cattle Dock. One of the recently added platform oil lamps can be seen at the top of the ramp. One of my new 3 plank wagons can be seen on the mileage siding behind the dock. It also appears that one of the cattle has become loose and is playing silly devils in the wagon! A general view of the Goods Shed (now complete with sliding doors) and Cattle Dock. The recently added platform oil lamps provide a little more interest to the sparse platforms I think. "Buffalo" no. 1601 draws into the down platform, while Metro Tank no. 615 waits for the road to Newton Abbot with a train of 4 wheeled coaches. A view across the station as the train of 6 wheeled coaches departs for Plymouth. Thanks for looking. Ian
  28. KNP

    Little Muddle

    Same picture but from lower angle gives a whole new view. Then if you mess with some photo editing Add a bit of vignette and cropping The picture I hope you agree sort of....transforms
  29. I shouldn't share this, but the warley announcement is their own take on DCC sound with the 1970s class 37 being their first project. As we've come to expect from accurascale, their attention to detail is second to none. The truly authentic 1970s sound file features: F0 - strike action F1 - engine cold, not starting F2 - engine warm, not starting F3 - driver farting (low) (playable) F4 - driver farting (high) (playable) F5 - driver saying "the trouble with this country is" F6 - mildly racist comment F7 - very racist comment F8 - (footex) breaking windows F9 - (footex) riot (small) F10 - (footex) riot (medium) F11 - (footex) riot (large) F12 - (footex) riot (Millwall)
  30. Time to change the public perception of railway modelling! Modellers are passionate... ...and cunning... ...and have great abs.
  31. Cold wet and windy again today. When will it end? Not like that in 1958 of course, and Hermit has crept just a little closer. That backscene looks nearly not too bad. The next image though has no backscene, as is painfully obvious from this height.
  32. I have just delivered NICOLA, a weathered version of the recently released limited edition plain black Minerva RTR O gauge Manning Wardle K Class 0-6-0ST. The customer’s brief was for a worn, but not excessively dirty locomotive. The nameplates are Guilplates supplied by the customer. The driver is a ModelU figure painted by the talented Claudia Everett. Chris K
  33. I was there with my layout bembridge and the layout was well received including by some people who were able to recall the trains running in the last years of the lines life. The Bembridge branch closed in 1952 along with the Freshwater and Ventnor West routes. I had far too much stock to run and a lot of the rolling stock simply never came out of the box. Although all 25 locos did get run and some more than others. Hope you like the pics Mark
  34. erm, couldn't resist taking this snap from my demo table ....... And this was Saturday
  35. I finished the EF1 yesterday. Pantographs are fun to build on this one, instead of just being assembled on insulators in the roof they are built up on channels which extend out over the cab ends. These are built up on the roof with two side rails, the ends carry insulators and yokes to the pantograph rails. The photo shows how these are built up in the kit, the yoke is a fold up and the insulators are etched layers which look very convincing when painted. Ideally the portion of the rail between the yoke and insulator could be cut out to leave a gap here but I can't find an easy way to do this. The lower pantograph arms pivot on cross wires with a flat etch soldered to the middle. The upward arm of this will carry the spring end, the lower arm hits the roof to restrict upward movement. The pan heads are etched and the upper arms are made from wire. The kit instructions include a paper pattern jig to set up the diagonal bracing. The wire are threaded through the etched parts and flattened at the ends to retain them. View from above with both pans fitted and a representation of the external wiring. These pantographs are really big! The completed loco from underneath, the connecting wires fit neatly through the holes in the drag beams where the connecting link would be fitted - these are Bo+Bo, not Bo-Bo locos. There is very little clearance between the drag beam ends and the cab steps which allows very little bogie swing. As set up here the loco will easily go round 28" radius but for anything tighter the drag beam ends will have to be shortened. i'm not painting this one just yet so in time honoured fashion, here's one I made earlier. Kit development work for the rest of this week before setting off to Warley on Friday afternoon so any updates will be in the Judith Edge kits thread.
  36. Ex NBR J36 plods towards Whitrope summit on a hot summer afternoon
  37. Another small experiment for your opinions please. Most of the view in the distance from Crescent Bridge was of the end of the Nene carriage sidings, so when I found a view which looked vaguely similar I decided to mess about with it. This is actually the North end of Doncaster, but with a very tight crop it looks suitably neutral. The train is the 5.00pm slow from KX, and the loco 60109, which appeared on it quite regularly in the summer of 58. I also tried this in black and white and with a tighter crop. Obviously, a lot more would need to be done, but I think this looks better than the previous attempt. Over to you.
  38. Playing trains at Newcastle, Mrs WF AT the controls!
  39. Thanks Mick, Interestingly, the black bands on the arms of the signals you've built for LB are in slightly different positions from those built by Graham Nicholas. Yours on the left, Graham's on the right. From this side, they appear to be the same. Speaking of Graham.................... Here he is installing the mechanisms to make Bytham's signals work. And they work really well, despite more than a 50% failure rate of the Veissman signal motors (now being addressed). He's installed the same systems on the beautiful signals he built for Grantham. Finally, Little Bytham's main line signals in context............. Beautiful examples of the modeller's art, and I'm very fortunate to have had such skills available to me. Also including the signal-making skills of Tony Gee (you made the posts for these). And Roy Vinter. Regards, Tony.
  40. Today's good news, at last a sighting of the new V2, even if it has some way to go yet. Next good news is that the forecast seems to be correct, and we do have sunshine. So, hopefully this will be the last image dredged from the archives. A4s under the roof usually go down well though.
  41. Progress on my Midland clerestories: I think this shows the benefit of batch building as once I got into the groove of doing them, the chassis, bogies, bodies and roofs went together quite quickly. The roofs as supplied were banana-shaped but I found I could unbend them by immersion in hot water and some gentle persuasion back to the right shape. Once this was done, it was possible to clip the roofs into position as on the two nearly finished examples, so I can still get inside to add seats, glazing etc. I deliberately haven't replaced any of the moulded detail (and I've left off the brake shoes) as I felt that I would lose motivation if each coach became too complicated a job, Al
  42. Spoke to Dapol at Alsager show this morning, they advise the first 21s are "at sea", with the first 29s close behind. Managed to pose one of the decorated samples on Crinan, and am advised further tweaks have been made to the production runs...
  43. Having mentioned Little Bytham's working semaphores, I suppose I should illustrate them................ Thanks to Mick Nicholson, Graham Nicholas and Tony Gee for such lovely work on the big ones, and Roy Vinter for the ground dolls.
  44. Don’t know about other TOCs but the wagon maintainers have a obligation to keep numbers, yellow ends, ohle flashes etc clean(ish) so they are jet washed a couple of times a week some from last night, started in crewe as per the picture above and visited the northern part of the Mersey rail network TFW MK4 DVT on crewe LNWR Then it was away via Warrington and Earlestown to the Mersey rail system where we joined it at bootle jn, reversed at oriel rd, again at Sandhills and onward to the end of the system at ormskirk, the other side of the blocks is the national rail line to Preston We then set off for Walton jn where we turned back and did the Kirkby branch end of the line! Again the other side of the blocks you have the National rail line to wigan From there it was back to Sandhills, bootle jn, Earlestown, Newton le willows and all the way to Stafford via stoke in Trent and stone just to record 4 miles I’d track between stone and Stafford! stafford Changing ends in stoke to return to derby via uttoxeter Change ends again in derby and into the RTC then home!
  45. It’s been a long time since I laid curves on the scenic side of HL but they are beginning right now. Now I’m at the bottom of the steep 1:80 gradient the track at the real HLJ starts to super elevate and gently curve left before diving into two single tunnels which take the lines under the Calder Valley line. The curves on the model start at 40ft radius transitioning to 30ft then 20ft for a short section the tracks progressively splitting. Ive used card in various thicknesses up to 3mm to super elevate the curves.. Today it’s been ballasting - laboriously getting every stone off the sleepers individually..
  46. Right, here is the last image in the store. We did see a fleeting glimpse of sun today, but it was in the middle of the Engineer's possession, so no trains could run. As we've had another deluge this evening golf could be off again tomorrow, so maybe something may be able to pass by that lovely new signal.
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