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  1. NEW ANNOUNCEMENT - Haulmark, our BR generic coach range! Time for an all new announcement! We pride ourselves on prototypical accuracy here at Accurascale. However, we know when to listen to the market, and the market has shown that there is a healthy desire for a 'one size fits all' approach to coaching stock. We have seen this approach with recent releases for pre-grouping steam era equivalents and as a company with high ambitions we have decided to respond to this demand. But why just limit it to pre-grouping? Why not offer modern image interpretations? So, we have
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  2. Sorry exceeded my maximum download quota so had to send the last three images separately.
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  3. Update Gordon started to wake on Friday morning. Later that day they were able to take his breathing tube out. There are lots of things the surgeons are still worried about but he was awake for longer yesterday. He is still very poorly and weak, finds it difficult to talk but is now drinking water and nutritional fruit drinks. It is very confusing to go into an operation and wake up 8 days later and it will take some time for Gordon to make sense of it all. He is just at the start of a long journey back to good health both physically and emotionally. I'm sure he wi
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  4. All ok, thanks for asking. Been a relatively mundane month helping out with the final fitting of the automation. It’s been a huge job in itself with the amount of track but a necessary one. I do miss proper modelling I can tell you. Today has been a running session here’s some pics
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  5. Somewhere round the back of Tinsley....
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  6. Gordon’s better half has regularly kept people up to date via e-mail and has given me permission to relay her updates to you. Here is a, by necessity, brief summary of her reports over the last few days Gordon underwent his operation on Thursday as planned although it took a lot longer than envisaged and was more difficult than expected. He lost a lot of blood and they had to do transfusions but were able to do what they wanted to do and were cautiously optimistic. Because the surgery took longer than expected it is taking Gordon a lot longer to recover and on Friday they were u
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  7. Hi Ray, Ive not seen theTV programme, we dont have that channel but I'm told its very good. I've been very quiet on the modelling front of late for various reasons which I wont bore you with here but yesterday I took advantage of the slight easing of restrictions to pick up (in a socially distanced way) the Diner coaches I built which John Aldrick Kindly painted for me over a year ago and had been with a mutual friend ever since. They still need glazing, the interior figures painting and the rooves fixing amongst other minor jobs but I couldn't resist posing them on TM viaduct
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  8. I wasn't sure how often to update or with how much detail - or indeed how much detail Gordon would want to share. I wouldn't want to steal all of his thunder when he returns. However, I know that he has many friends here and we all have his best interests at heart so ... On Sunday the consultants explained what had happened. During surgery Gordon lost over 9L of blood - twice! That's more than an armful, as Tony Hancock would say. Obviously this was replaced and has been topped up since. At the moment his kidneys aren't working very well because of the shock of the blood los
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  9. I have just been sifting out some old suitcases which belonged to my late Father who sadly passed away in 2005. Inside one of the suitcase was a photo envelope from Boots which dated from 1938 and contained just some old negatives. On examining the negatives I was able to piece together the occasion when they were taken and part of the route taken. I had been scanning one of Dad's old photo albums he inherited from his father, my grandad, and the negatives I found probably weren't deemed suitable for including in a 'family holiday' album! My grandfather was in 1938 a goods guard at Marylebone
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  10. Mid afternoon, nothing happening at Blackney
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  11. Former English Steel Company Yorkshire DE2, shunting at Charlie Strong's scrapyard.
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  12. Heading out of London to Westerham.
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  13. Here's what I've been tinkering with lately! Great Western HST Power Cars by James Makin by James Makin - Account 2, on Flickr With the Didcot layout project slowly rumbling on, and old freight locos popping off the workbench here and there, of course it was only a matter of time before the big meat started to arrive - and the real reason for what captured my imagination as a kid - squadron services of HSTs with Valentas screaming, pounding through at full 125mph line speed! Joining the fleet today are Great Western Trains' 43027 Glorious Devon and 43041 Cit
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  14. The Old Pub update. No, I've not abandoned it rather got to a slower stages, namely roof tiles and painting them. To bring you up to speed I can confirm that the name of the pub will be..... .... .... .... The Unicorn Now, this pub will pre-date the railway and some of the harbour wall works as well so it would have stood almost on its own and buildings/town grew around it. Design plans have changed as ideas where developed and you can see some on the pictures below. Garage now slate tile Store now a wriggly tin roof F
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  15. We move a bit further north in Northumberland for today's photos. They start at Pegswood, a few miles north of Morpeth. I think the points of the compass and "up" and "down are the right way round today. Pegswood HST down Aug 85 J8328.jpg The station is on the other side of the bridge. Southside 37079 up freight 17th June 87 C8556.jpg Shilbottle Lane Class 43 up March 93 J13768.jpg Alnmouth and the River Aln are in the background, along with the sea. Shilbottle Lan
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  16. I've just got back after a day working on the layout. Most of the platforms are now complete, which really transforms the look of the station. I'll finish the rest on Friday. We put the two roof sections in place and they fitted well. The side walls are just standing loose at the moment as i need to do more work on them. The platforms at the other end of the station. The four holes on the platform surface show where the overall roof will end. The signal box
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  17. Over on Mick Bonwick's thread, Easton, Isle of Portland, he posted a picture of the Fowler ploughing engine which he gave me a while back and that reminded me we hadn't seen this around for a while. By chance, !!!, she arrived in the yard at LM that very day so our local photographer went down and got some pictures. Now, we looked at these pictures and realised the background was over powering the subject so this turned into an exercise of highlighting the power of using focus stacked pictures where you use only focused pictures of the subject and the
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  18. Now an arts and community centre, if you travelled back in time over 60 years, the inside of the goods shed at Tetbury might have looked like this. Perhaps the man sweeping is wondering what the other guys are chatting about outside in the yard? To be honest, when I look at the image, I keep on seeing things that need to be tidied up, but it seems to have gone down well on my build thread so thought I'd post it here for others to enjoy.
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  20. Working on my first tree for the surburban street alongside the yards at Farthing. Apart from a bit of dabbling some 30 years ago, trees are new territory for me. The basic armature was made from Treemendus 0.5 mm wire, cut to 150 mm lengths of which I used 45 for this tree. I have since obtained some similar wire from a local florist. I moulded the overall shape in situ. The trees will serve as framing devices at the front of the layout. I did twist the wires more neatly later! Treemendus bark powder was then applied. It’s
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  21. Mainly Newcastle Central station today together with one of Newburn level crossing which is on the line to Scotswood bridge along the north side of the Tyne. The Newburn level crossing photo was taken during a railtour of lines around Newcastle and Gateshead, "The Tyneside Venturer", which used Class 101s. Newcastle 31 up ecs July 88 J9625.jpg Newcastle 47597 ecs Heaton to Newcastle Aug 90 J11598.jpg Newcastle 43064 Edinburgh to Kings X April 91 J11867.jpg Newcastle Class 143 11th
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  22. Every now and then, you just have to do it, don't you? A little treat to myself, pure indulgence ... although we will run this train on Shap in exhibition mode. In its wider setting. Lovely roof detail on the RK in particular. Looking equally as good in the downhill direction (and I reversed the formation, especially for you - apparently the sets were turned so that the first class was always at the buffer stop end on departure) Ah well - nose back to the grindstone ...
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  23. I would apologize for this being off topic, but as this thread moves so fast the topic may well be NPC again before I have a chance to blink. I recently finished this Five79 Pigeon Van: It's probably not 100% accurate, but it's close enough for me. I added some extra bits and pieces and replaced the footboards with some much thinner ones from plastic card. I'll probably replace the buffers with sprung ones if I can find any that look suitable. Ignore the errant screw coupling.
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  24. A bit of a painting experiment!
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  25. A few more phtos from Morpeth today, presented in date order. Morpeth 43071 and 43088 down 16th June 84 C6531.jpg The houses on the right were new then, when I first moved to the north east there was just a field. Morpeth 43073 Edinburgh to Kings X Aug 88 J9650.jpg The North British platform face for the line to Scotsgap etc was to the left of the fence. Morpeth 43104 down 23rd Dec 88 C11618.jpg Morpeth 56117 up coal 20th Dec 91 C16888.jpg The train is leaving the up loop
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  26. At The Unicorn I thought I hadn’t done much until I compared with last posting.... How to do the thatch is still ongoing though I do have an idea forming.....time for a test sample!
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  27. Early morning at Sheep Dip. Rob.
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  28. Evening all. I regret to say that I have not made any progress with anything new. However, I have acquired a further, unscheduled, building for Woolney. A Pendon Wanborough barn popped up on Ewe-bay and was secured for what was considered to be reasonable price. In other news, a new photo emerges of Sheep Dip. I blame recent activity from Mikkel and Gedward.........they sowed a seed (!)..... Rob.
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  29. Having a quick fly past, the Squadron Leader has sent me a couple of pictures of the garage using his new zoom lens. Doors are built and on. For those of you who are interested, I will post later this morning some pictures of how I made them. And for those of you not interested, there will be a short interlude!
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  30. Today's photos were taken at Morpeth which as 99.9% of you know is on the ECML in Northumberland. The line through the station runs roughly east west, there is a curve at the western end round to the south with a 50mph speed limit, the scene of bad accidents in the past. At the eastern end the line curves to the north, but less sharply. It is still the junction for the Blyth and Tyne, with connections from both north and south forming a triangle, with loops and sidings. The former goods yard is now a second car park, the first car park is on the site of the platforms for the Bly
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  31. A little mist in the hills ..
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  32. In the woodlands at Sonning Cutting
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  33. Some photos taken around Gascoigne Wood on 29th May 1996 for you to look at this afternoon. Gascoigne Wood 59205 down empties 29th May 96 C20934.jpg Gascoigne Wood 56090 empties 29th May 96 C20949.jpg Gascoigne Wood 56096 up coal 29th May 96 C20935.jpg Gascoigne Wood 58047 down empties 29th May 96 C20936.jpg Gascoigne Wood Class 158 Hull to Leeds 29th May 96 C20939.jpg David
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  34. Some Blyth and Tyne photos this afternoon. The Avenue branch ran from Monkseaton to New Hartley allowing trains from Blyth to run to Whitley Bay. Bedlington North 26th April 86 C7515.jpg This shows the line to to Ashington, Lynemouth, Cambois and North Blyth. The line to Morpeth is behind the signal box, the junction being just south of the box. The photo was taken while taking part in a railtour, we were given permission to walk on the track and take photos. Newsham Plessey Road Level crossing 56127 and 56119
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  35. To continue.......... Once the platforms were surfaced I was able to try the roof in place, and much to my relief it fitted perfectly, dropping straight onto the columns. The side walls are just resting in place as I need to take them home to finish off. It is beginning to look like York station. I wanted to make sure the side walls fitted before completing them. Happily, they did! I'll be going back next week to complete the platforms,
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  36. Some more ECML in Northumberland photos, this time taken at Southside. Southside is between Acklington and Alnmouth. It is about one mile south of the site of Warkworth station There was a junction at Southside with a line leading to Whitle colliery, which closed in 1987. It is not visible in these photos, but was situated in front of the Class 47 in the fourth photo, the line curved sharply across the field to the left. There are no real remains of it now. Earlier photos in this thread do show it. Southside 43108 Kings X to Aberdeen Aug 86
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  37. Thanks for the comments about proof reading. I should know how difficult it is, quite a few years ago in my spare time I used to test and proof read identification guides for less well known groups of plants and animals found in the UK. First I had to find some of the plants/animals (not always easy) and check the key to name them worked, then I also had to proof read it as well. Fortunately they were always tested by a group of people, not just me. The ECML in Northumberland again today with photos at Cramlington and Clifton level crossing. The latter is just south of Morpeth.
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  38. Afternoon all.... Sadly I've been back in hospital again with stent and infection issues, but after eight days they managed to get on top of things, and deep joy, I'm home again. I now have a couple of weeks before major liver surgery which could go either way. The surgeons are really upbeat about things, but then it won't be them laid out on the table..... Not a lot that can be done before S Day, so out came the 70 degree solder, an assortment of tools and the DJH J50. I managed to get another set of rods from DJH and they literally just dropped onto the crankpins and
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  39. Hi folks, Well, not a huge amount to report here, although I have been working away on various projects, including the fitting of interior lights to my TPO rake. Although the windows on the TPO coaches are tiny, the rake often runs in the dark and I think the suggestion of activity inside the coaches makes the fitting of lights worthwhile. I have now started working on my InterCity Swallow HST rake. This will involve the fitting of Lazerglaze glazing, Extreme Etchings window frames and interior lights. The rake has otherwise already undergone the usual WW work, including a complete
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  40. It was the only card loco I have painted. It came to me already painted so had been around for a bit. It needed lots of tlc but, of course, I couldn’t strip it, so lots of very gentle rubbing down was called for. As I recall its bodywork was very rigid so it had been built by someone who knew what they were doing but as it was ready painted I don’t know what pretreatment it had received in the way of shellac or primers. The splashers should have polished brass beading, something else that can’t be done in card, not on this engine anyway. A proper engine - again 7mm scale but live ste
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  41. Some Blyth and Tyne photos this afternoon. on the line past Marcheys House, over the River Wansbeck, past Ashington and on to Lynemouth. If all goes to plan there will be passenger trains as far as Ashington in a few years time. Marcheys House 18th Feb 95 C19955.jpg The right hand arms (as you look at it) on the signal to the right of the box are for the line to North Blyth and Cambois, the left hand arms are for the line to Bedlington and south therof. The viaduct over the Wansbeck is just beyond the signal. Viaduct over th
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  42. Afternoon all. The re-org of the railway room spare bedroom has gone quite well. Not totally finished as I have the issue of a desk/table to resolve but I'm in no rush. I still have the dining table. There is of course some fine tuning to do but pretty pleased thus far. Both layouts can be operated though Sheep Dip continues with its curtailed fiddle yard which will accommodate a Peckett and a couple of wagons. I have built a new roof for SD and this also carries the lighting and gently supports Bleat Wharf above. Not an issue as this roof is of 18mm M
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  43. Around Newcastle today, some at the station and some on a railtour at Newburn level crossing again. The first two photos are on the same railtour as a week or so ago looking at lightly used and disused lines. The first photo is taken from the Class 101 just crossing Newburn crossing heading west. The second is from further west along the line, looking east towards Newcastle after the dmu had travelled as far as it could without hitting a tree. The front of the dmu is visible in the distance. Just a reminder that BR provided ladders for us to detrain and g
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  44. Photos ctsy of Model Rail and Chris Nevard
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  45. As promised here is how I build my planked doors, might be unique to me, might have seen it somewhen in the past - who knows, so I won't lay claim to it but it works and speeds up these type of door build. First draw out the door and planks, in this case 6" wide as that was clearly marked on my scale ruler and didn't need working out!!! I have also sketched on the piece of card the types of doors, ledge & brace or frame, ledge & brace. Normally the first one is what you find on shed doors whilst the other one of properties as it is stronger and less susceptible
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  46. Morning all. As a change from posting photos, I thought a few thoughts from Chairman Sheep. I hope to make a proper start in the next couple of weeks on Outwool so perhaps a few words to put things into context. There will always be an element of winging it in my layouts. I don't plan. I have ideas and these normally wait until I have a base board, track and buildings before they come to fruition. My layouts are not complicated. I keep it simple as this is my level. So I don't have to worry about complex electricals or tricky baseboard construction. I'm simply n
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