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  1. Sadly Gordon passed away earlier this morning. I hope that somewhere he is scoring holes-in-one and building the Eastwood Town of his dreams.
    119 points
  2. This one has really choked me. Gordon is genuinely one of the nicest people I have ever met through this here place. Even if we don't know it we all owe Gordon a lot, there may well not have been an RMweb any longer just over 10 years ago. When costs were going beyond me Gordon offered help, I was immensely grateful but vowed that I wouldn't lean on one man's genuine benevolence and decided to go with spreading the load through fundraising. Gordon, of course, wouldn't want that known but it should be recorded and recognised. A tall man in principles as well as height.
    88 points
  3. As reported here https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/3422-eastwood-town-you-wait-ages-for-one-then-two-come-along/&do=findComment&comment=4508403 we have had news today that Gordon S of RMweb has passed away after becoming ill later last year. Gordon was one of the earliest members of RMweb over 15 years ago and it has been my pleasure to have known him for the duration and to have met and chatted several times at member events. He was a gent of remarkable kindness, never did he speak ill of anyone nor did anyone ever have any reason to fall out with him; but it went beyond that and Gordon helped many people and entertained even more with his trials, persistence and achievements with his layout, Eastwood Town. Gordon also took assistance from others and went on his way to turn advice into excellent modelling and show that he was an extremely competent modeller. I made comment a few days ago in his Eastwood Town topic that everyone who uses RMweb owes a debt of gratitude to Gordon; when the costs of running the site were going beyond what I could afford Gordon, completely unsolicited, approached me to make an offer to help support the running costs. I wouldn't put that burden onto someone's kindness but it did spur me on to look at fundraising efforts to cover the running costs more widely; something which I would have been unlikely to do had Gordon not made his case - the easiest thing to do would have been to pull the shutters down but Gordon wouldn't have given up would he? And so here we all are; still. Thank you Gordon; it has been a pleasure to know you and you certainly won't be forgotten. You made many friends here as I'm sure you did through the whole of your life. Rest in Peace.
    84 points
  4. Gordon took a turn for the worse on Monday. The doctors have been treating him with antibiotics again but they weren’t very hopeful that it would help him this time as he was showing signs of multiple organ failure. It is expected that the doctors will confirm palliative care from today. So very, very sad.
    79 points
  5. Well this place has indeed been busy since I was last on. I’ve not been on rmweb since December last year. Which indeed is when I last did any real modelling, well other than in the mind ofcourse. Unfortunately my mother passed away on two days before Christmas and then my second and hopefully final wedding on the 31st of the same month. Then moving house twice in six months. All that has left no time for anything, barely time to scratch anything! Mind having said that I spend 80% of my working days sat on it driving so no chance haha. it’s nice to see so many projects on the go. I cannot wait for shows to start again, indeed the last show I was Model Rail Scotland 2020 where Tony I had the pleasure of running some of your models on my clubs Newcastleton layout. After more than 15 weeks of being stuck in the house wasn’t exactly good for the old mental health when I had dementia to deal with on a daily basis. Literally the only thing that kept me going and occupied was my modelling. So I gained three Nu Cast V2’s, together with and A3. All of which were bought cheap (via a certain well known auction site) and I put my scratch building head on and made a NBR class C16 from a Hornby Adams radial tank chassis and a much butchered triang m7 body. This cost me next to nothing and I’m very pleased with it. I’ve since got hold of another chassis to do another when I have the time. I have perhaps put some of these up before but think someone may appreciate them. So I’m posting a couple of the models I’ve made.
    77 points
  6. Gordon’s wife has e-mailed me … I just sat and read through all of the posts on both links and it gave me great comfort to read the lovely things that Gordon’s railway friends have said about him and to know how valued he is for the information he has shared throughout his time on RMWeb and hopefully his threads on Eastwood Town will be a continuing legacy of his work.
    76 points
  7. Had a break this week from helping out with the automation so turned my attention to scenic work. I’d been meaning for ages to redo the river and all the water features on the layout as I made a complete hash of it a few months ago. In fact it was in front of some cameras where I mixed the wrong casting hardener and the river almost disappeared in a cloud of smoke and steam. Anyway.. here are the pics from my efforts of yesterday (plus a couple with some new figs from modelU). Used about 2kg of casting resin and mixed them together with two different woodland scenics dyes - yellow silt and murky. Im really pleased with the results and the ‘deep’ appearance of the river. Had a bit of casting resin left so redid all the puddles, the sewerage works and the streams. Glad to say it’s all set like concrete too
    76 points
  8. Sadly we have just updated the Missenden Railway Modellers website with the following devastating news: It is with great regret that we have to announce that Missenden Railway Modellers organiser and weathering tutor Mick Bonwick has died. We are sure all those who have attended our events at Missenden Abbey, met Mick at various model railways exhibitions or interacted with him via our virtual events will share in the sadness that his family and those involved with Mick feel at this time. All of our thoughts go out to his wife Ann and the rest of his family. Chris Hopper
    61 points
  9. Was hoping to post these last night but thwarted by the upgrade Can't quite remember where it was up to at last update but here's the new (replacement, as it turns out) signal for Retford, with its arms painted, but yet to be linked up. As a reminder(?), these are miniature somersaults and the individual parts aren't very big. To glaze or not to glaze? Looking at pictures of the layout, some signals have the spectacle glazing added, some don't? Me being me, I eventually decided that, in spite of the extra work and fiddlly-ness involved, I would add said glazing ... Now the linking up, involving three pieces of 0.37 soft iron wire for each arm. I think this took about 3 evenings (1.5 to 2 hours per session). All done and now with base made up - thanks to Andrew (Major Clanger) for providing dimensions and other details for me to do this. Fingers crossed I got it right. Just now needs pull rods from cranks in the centre of the platform to complete the mechanism. Done. Including adding the railing and ladder. And to prove they work. I rather like the fact that the railing has a gap in for one of the lower arms to operate - as per the photo of the original. Apologies for the poor quality of these final photos. The plan is for Tony to take some better shots later today - hopefully without the need to do all the photo editing round the lattice-work, etc!
    56 points
  10. 6028 is getting a tender full of the finest welsh steam coal
    53 points
  11. I haven’t posted on here for a while, but that doesn’t mean things haven’t been moving on with the Kirkhill layout whilst Graham has been busy making wagons of all shapes and sizes to run on it. I had always wanted to be able to have the layout set up in a permanent location rather than having to hire a hall each time we wanted to have a running session outside of shows. We were only ever really able to run Kirkhill at exhibitions; it was simply too large to set up anywhere at home, so the only way to test the layout was to hire a hall somewhere. We used to hire the community centre hall at Mickleover, so not only did we have the cost of hiring the hall, we also had to hire a van to get it there and back. This meant that running and testing the layout occurred on an infrequent basis and we never really had the opportunity to really ensure it was reliable. One to the things people used to comment on with the original layout was how well it ran. I was very conscious that there were some issues with the newer version and wanted to be able to improve things. When my dad died in 2018, he left me some money and for the first time, I was in apposition to do something about my ambition for Kirkhill. Make no mistake, given the choice, I’d much rather have my dad still around, but he was 90 and we all have to go sometime. I decided building an extension to my garage would be a good use for part of my inheritance. Dad’s hobbies were important to him and he knew how important mine are to me, so it seemed an appropriate investment. I began planning the extension in the latter part of 2019 and bought myself an AutoCAD licence so I could design the extension. I have to say that AutoCAD is not the easiest of CAD packages to use and I had to get some paid help in the end, but it was still cheaper than employing an architect. I found a builder who was able to take on the job and I also obtained a certificate of lawful development from the local council, so in July 2020 work commenced. The following photographs show the before, during and after the build. The original garage was a 1950s or 1960s construction of single skin brick and a flat roof with no insulation. The original inside with part of the layout set up: It was dim, cold and damp or scorching hot, depending on the time of year. View from the outside as it was: The extension is also single skin with a flat roof, but I’ve had the whole thing insulated, with heating installed and it now means that there is a really good space for the layout. In fact, I’ve worked in offices that haven’t been as good as this! The inside looking from old to new - before Kirkhill went in there: The old part of the garage - one of the doors has been blanked off inside: The contrast with the previous interior shots still amazes me! The original garage was about 5m square and the extension is 4m x 5m, so it gives ample space for Kirkhill, although it does pretty much fill the place. It does however mean that it can be stored securely, without it having to be in a storage depot, or in a damp garage and so will preserve it for what will hopefully be many years to come – or until the time comes to do something different anyway. View from the outside: What it was all about in the end - Kirkhill installed in its new home: I just managed to get it all finished before the November lockdown; the photo above was taken on 15th November, having got everything there on 31st October! There's now good access all round so we can have operating sessions whenever we want - or whenever Covid will let us anyway. As Graham then reminded me, having got the layout in a permanent location, I could then get started on getting the signalling system working. More on that in a future post.
    50 points
  12. Up to now I've hesitated to show my modelling attempts here. Although growing up in the steam era, I had little interest in railways until, living in Botswana in the '80s, I found that our nearest shopping centre, Mafeking, had a loco shed still 100% steam. The smells and sounds revived memories, and I started my modelling. An excercise in nostalgia really. Rather ancient now, survived two house moves, now in South Africa. Mostly pre internet, no model shops within reach. Here's some of my son's photos.
    50 points
  13. I was asked to work on my friends J70, as he wasn't overly enamored with the factory finish. Here's a close-up, excuse the fingerprint on the window! The finish was achieved using the Mike Trice method, followed by some gentle weathering. My friend is well pleased!
    50 points
  14. I am sure you will all have noticed two things about this thread over the past couple of months. One is the time of posting which is more variable than hitherto, the other is that there are "even" more captioning errors than usual. I'm now going to own up to the reasons. First, as many of you know I care for my Mum who lives nearby. She has recently had a spell in hospital as a result of a duodenal ulcer which started to bleed badly, it had been masked for some time by medication for other conditions. She is now back home and recovering but the times I visit her are subject to more change than before as she has extra paid for carers. Second, my PC was playing up so it has been replaced, doing things with photos is now much easier. An external hard drive also packed up, being reasonably prudent I have several back ups so it didn't cause many problems, except for the time it took to copy everything to a new drive. So here are today's photos, taken at Ferryhill which as you all know is on the ECML between Darlington and Durham. Ferryhill Junction 43158 down XC 31st May 96 C20996.jpg Ferryhill Junction 47749 down l e 31st May 96 C21000.jpg Ferryhill Junction 60053 6Z12 empty steel Workington to Lackenby 31st May 96 C20997.jpg Ferryhill Junction 91018 down 31st May 96 C20988.jpg Ferryhill Junction 142019 Saltburn to Newcastle 31st May 96 C20991.jpg David
    49 points
  15. A view from the roof of the shoe shop All quiet down the alleyway. Really pleased with the revised backscene, well worth the effort I think.
    49 points
  16. Good morning Tony, Believe it or not, it's true. However, only with Mo now. About a month ago, she asked me if I'd go to our local Sainsbury's in Bourne, by myself mind! She was busy preparing some food for some later guests, and just needed a few more items. She wrote a list (not long) which I diligently put in my pocket, and set off. On reaching the supermarket, guess what? I'd lost the list! No matter, I have a photographic memory. The problem is it's as old as Fox Talbot! I selected a trolley, only to find on entering the supermarket that it was two, jammed together. It took an assistant's help to extricate my trolley from the other (they'd mated!), much to the amusement of other shoppers. I tried to remember what was on the list as I navigated the bewildering array of shelves. Tomatoes? Maybe? Other fruit, but what? Definitely bread, but it had to be 'posh'. What did that mean? I think I remembered about half the list, but also bought Mo flowers (unfortunately, not the edible kind). On reaching the till, the kindly till-driver (a lovely lady) obviously took pity on me as I struggled to get the items into my bag. 'Do you have a loyalty card?'. 'What's that?'. 'Do you have any vouchers to redeem?' 'Vouchers?'. I managed to at least insert the right card, but then got the PIN wrong (was it ST GATIEN and TRIGO or ST SIMON and WOOLWINDER?). Contactless didn't work, because I'd used the card already a few times. The queue behind me was growing! Eventually, I got the order of the A3s' last LNER numbers correct and got out as fast as I could. I thought I heard a comment along the lines of 'Care in the community never works, does it?' as I made my escape. Naturally, I found the list on the floor well in the car on my return to it. I was soundly scolded on getting home (though the pretty flowers were accepted in mitigation). Even the cat glared at me because I'd forgotten her 'Dreamies'! Never again, alone............ Regards, Tony.
    48 points
  17. Not a terribly good picture, but Valour had its first run on CF today. Both locos beautifully painted by Ian Rathbone. Tim
    48 points
  18. Here's a gratuitous non-sequitur snap that might be of interest. As usual for me it's N/2mm and not complete - further work and details need adding. Actually I took the photo recently to accompany an article I wrote for a commercial N gauge magazine about making a pre-fab building, but thought I'd share it here:
    48 points
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  20. Just to show I'm still modelling despite reducing determination. I mentioned my attempts to get above 90% accuracy with trains built for LSGC. For some trains like the Newcastle York Bournemouth and the Master Cutler, this was relatively easy, as there was plenty of documentation and photographs and even individual carriage numbers were discovered, The locomotives working the services were even more well documented. What of the remaining 10%, are they totally moonshine? Not quite, some allowance had to be made for trains that ran in the middle of the night, were the formation could be gleaned from documentation but not confirmed by a photographs or even first hand accounts. For example, the exact types of BG's that were being used in some formations was unclear from a CWN's. In this case reference was made to photographs of BG's parked up or being loaded during daylight hours, at Sheffield, Nottingham and and Leicester. Reference was also made to documentation that listed BG's built for, or cascaded too the GCLE. The model shown below, is of a dia 260 steel panelled BG, renumbered as E 70532. It has recently been completed and is ready for running, hooray. The prototype was built new at York in 1942 and turned out in Wartime austerity brown. It was allocated new to the GCLE and went directly into service. As such, it is perfectly reasonable that it could have operated between Nottingham and Marylebone, even it is not an absolutely ascertained fact, that it did so. A good example of 10% modelling? lots of yummy buffers and stuff arrived from MJT today, so I had better hopper off, Ho Ho.
    46 points
  21. One colour photo today of Pendennis Castle returning to Shrewsbury with the Caledonian saloon after working one of Bill McAlpine's charters. The others are old black and white photos, I think most have appeared on here some time ago in my black and white photo thread. I hope no one minds seeing them again. north of Leominster GWR Castle Class 4079 Pendennis Castle and Caledonian saloon Hereford to Shrewsbury7th April 74 C1580.jpg Exeter St Davids SR West Country up Devon Belle Aug 1948 JVol1282 (2).jpg Kingsbridge 45xx Kingsbridge to Brent Aug 1948 JVol7257.jpg Paddington Star Class 4003 Lode Star l e c1949 JVol7067.jpg Starcross King Class down ex pass Aug 48 JVol7255.jpg David
    46 points
  22. Thanks Tony. I've never really given it much thought, I model pre-grouping in a minority scale with very little use of RTR so I'm certainly not in the mainstream. Regarding Southampton, we had a lot of fun there (and at other shows come to that), I miss the banter, hopefully we can get back to something like it at some point. Returning to modelling, my Kirtley now has a coat of paint and some transfers. If it hadn't been so hot this week I would have got it weathered and finished. Next week maybe. Jerry
    45 points
  23. Thank you very much for the very kind and supportive comments. Mum is steadily improving, I've just heard that she will not need so many carers from next week which is very good news. As for the photos - I have a reasonable stock ready to use as long as no one minds if many of them are of places in the north east. Today's photos are again from the Grantham to Nottingham line at Bottesford and Radcliffe on Trent. Bottesford Class 37 and 31191 Nov 83 J8107.jpg Bottesford Class 37 track and Class 31 31191 Nov 83 J8089.jpg Radcliffe on Trent Class 114 Grantham to Nottingham Dec 79 J6703.jpg Radcliffe on Trent Class 114 Nottingham to Grantham April 80 C4995.jpg Radcliffe on Trent Oct 77 J5848.jpg Bridge over the Trent at sunset. David
    45 points
  24. With the very sad news of the passing of Mick Bonwick here is a picture of Fowler Ploughing Engine that he gave me in Aug '19 for no reason other than he thought it would look better on Little Muddle than his layout. A great guy that was full of enthusiasm and knowledge for this hobby of ours which he happy to pass on to all and sundry at the drop of a hat. His weathering skills were sublime and I had the privilege to visit his railway shed only a few weeks ago where I saw his work first hand and it was very good, in fact superb would be a better description. I shall miss his comments and quips that frequented this thread almost on a daily basis plus his many pm's where he was not only asking questions but passing on advice. He will be missed. RIP Mick
    44 points
  25. Just a quick update about where we're at now, and where we hope to be in the very near future: Giulia and myself are working away here, with a view to firing up the swanky new website and opening for business on the 2nd of next month (August). Because of the furlough/parts situation, we've been sitting on many orders, some of which date right back to January 2021. We're sorting through these first and, to avoid debiting anyone's account out of the blue, we're trying to contact our customers in advance, in order to confirm they still want to go ahead. So, if this is you and by, say, two weeks into August, you haven't heard from us, drop us an email, at [email protected] because it's likely there's been some mix-up amidst all the chaos. One final point - we've been amazed how, even after all this time, almost all of our customers still want to go ahead with their orders. We’ve had some fantastic, supportive messages over the last few months, and would like to say a massive thanks to everyone for being so patient and understanding. Look after yourselves, Chris
    44 points
  26. A few Great Eastern photos for today. Once again it's a long time since we've visited the area. Church Lane crossing Class 47 Liverpool St to Norwich July 77 C3365.jpg Manningtree S15 841 Greene King and 31125 charter to Dinting and return Oct 77 C3557.jpg Manningtree Class 105 Harwich to Manningtree 3rd April 76 C2660.jpg Cattawade bridge Class 37 down pass May 77 C3356.jpg Ipswich 03060 03160 etc 28th March 75 C2657.jpg David
    44 points
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  28. Between trains at Rotherhill, East Sussex
    43 points
  29. The Blyth and Tyne from Winning to North Blyth today, with a mix of old(ish) and new(ish) photos. Winning 56133 down coal Oct 85 J8446.jpg Cambois 56097 April 92 J13061.jpg Cambois breakdown crane Dec 90 J11696.jpg Climbing to North Blyth 55022 Royal Scots Grey Alcan Lynemouth to North Blyth 11Apr 2011.jpg North Blyth Class 37 shunting 1st Sept 94 C19796.jpg Taken from Blyth Quayside, which has public access. David
    43 points
  30. Around the Southern today, once again with a couple of very old black and white photos. Deerton Street 4CEP 7167 up going away March 76 C2652.jpg Upstreet 4CEP down March 76 C2655.jpg Upstreet 4CEP up March 76 C2656.jpg Clapham Junction Class 455 5845 to Chessington 27th July 88 C9570.jpg London Victoria Battle of Britain 34074 46 Squadron Dover Marine to Victoria 1952 JVol4028.jpg London Victoria Merchant Navy 35027 Port Line Folkestone Harbour to Victoria April 54 JVol7020.jpg David
    43 points
  31. I thought I'd take some pictures of a couple of Dave Hunt's MR locos/trains in action on LB...................... I think this is one of the most-beautiful sets I've ever photographed on Little Bytham. The gangwayed 12-wheeled catering car is highly-unlikely in a rake of otherwise non-corridor stock, but it makes a lovely rake. Granted, the setting is even more highly-unlikely - the GN paired its four-track sections by direction and, as far as I'm aware, no Midland Railway expresses were controlled by upper-quadrant semaphores. Still, what's not to like? Now for something which might be, perhaps, possible.....................................? This section of railway at LB was built by the MR itself in 1897, so, could a Kirtley 0-6-0 have taken coal to the M&GNR system? I'd like to think so.
    43 points
  32. Let me see if I can put my thoughts and feelings into words. Times have changed! Our life experiences have also changed. Before the advent of the interweb our friendships were formed by personal contact, once maybe twice a week at our clubs and maybe once or twice a year at our yearly exhibitions run by our society's. Our circle of friends was comparatively small and driven by personal contact and mostly local to where we live. Our circle of friends was widened by our belonging to special interest society's, in my case the EM and S4 society's. Our losses we very personal because our circle of friends was small. With the internet that circle of friends has widened, we now know modelers from all over the world and our contact with these friends has increased as we chat to our wider circle almost every day, indeed if we are helping our friends with projects as I have been with Bob and others then we have much more contact with our on line friends than we do with our friends that we have actual physical contact with. The fact that we don't have an actual person to person, face to face connection to each other here on the web doesn't make these friendships any less real than the actual personal contact friendships we have in the world outside the web. Our circle of friends is now huge, we have a thing that is dear to our hearts in common so our on line friendships can be stronger than off line friendships. It's OK to feel our losses and because they are on line losses doesn't make them less valid or less painful. We are human and we are social animals, losing members of our social group is painful. The advent of the interweb means that we now touch many, many, more lives than we used to. Our world is now huge and we touch each others lives in ways that were unthinkable even 20 years ago. Today there has been a huge outpouring of grief and sadness for the loss of Gordon, we were all rooting for him and many of us were praying for him. I'm sure that his family will take comfort from the fact Gordon touched so many peoples lives from all around the world and that he was loved by us all. Gordon won't be the last, there will be many losses, indeed we will all pass away and because our circle of friends is now huge our losses will also be huge but our support network is also huge so we can deal with our grief in the knowledge that we are here to support each other in ways that 20 years ago were unheard of and the memories of us will last longer because there are now many more memories of each of us spread across many, many, more people. Regards Lez.
    42 points
  33. Morpeth again this afternoon, between 1980 and 1990. Morpeth 37076 up pipes Aug 80 J7109.jpg Taken at dusk. Morpeth 47371 down coal July 87 J9005.jpg Morpeth 31284 shunting July 88 J9593.jpg Morpeth 43041 up 1st Oct 88 C11522.jpg going away Morpeth 43040 Edinburgh to Kings X Dec 90 J11673.jpg David
    42 points
  34. Time now for this afternoon's photos, once again from the stretch of the ECML between Darlington and Newcastle. Hett Mill Class 91 down 23rd March 96 C20815 Hett Mill Class 43 KIngs X to Aberdeen The Northern Lights 23rd March 96 C20823 Plawsworth 43152 up 26th Oct 87 C9175 Low Fell 47233 up le 28th June 88 C9549 Low Fell 47588 up freight from Carlisle line 28th June 88 C9551 David
    41 points
  35. Today was my first footplate turn since Gordon's passing and I wanted to pay my respects in a small way, so our locomotive (NGG16 #87) carried a small black ribbon in his memory. I doubt any of our passengers noticed but I knew it was there.
    41 points
  36. Many thanks Andy, And many thanks for your phone call earlier in the day. My apologies for giving you trouble. I've also apologised again to the 'unhappy' person via a further PM. I take full responsibility for the 'mix-up' and I should have been more diligent in sorting out when requests came in, and dealing with them accordingly, First in a queue should always have first-refusal, and I got that wrong. It has nothing to do with others being clever, or, by implication, being able to 'read my mind'. This unhappy situation (for which I take full responsibility) convinces me even more of the folly of doing this kind of thing. One tries to help widows, worried families and charities, but it honestly isn't worth it (not as far as I'm concerned). If I can offer any advice to anyone else contemplating this kind of thing, it would be 'Don't'! Just don't bother making sure that everything works, spending hours wrapping, causing queues at the PO, getting time-lines muddled up and making individuals 'unhappy'. Just contact an auction house. All the above said, may I please thank all those wonderful folk who've bought the items already sold (they'll be in the post in the next ten days or sooner) at the prices I asked? With today's sales, the sum is now well on the way to £5,000.00! Kind regards, Tony.
    41 points
  37. Today's photos are from the London Tilbury and Southend line which we have not visited for a very long time. They are a few I found while tidying up the old PC so they are not particularly good but I hope they will be of some interest. There are three of trains, one of the Tilbury ferry and one of PS Waverley, which justifies its inclusion as it was off Southend Pier at the time. Tilbury Riverside ferry Edith approaching 4th May 78 C3829.jpg Laindon Class 302 229 Shoeburyness to Fenchurch St Dec 77 C3633.jpg Laindon Class 302 224 Shoeburyness to Fenchurch St Dec 77 C3631.jpg Chalkwell 308322 up pass May75 C2066.jpg Southend Pier PS Waverley 1st May 78 C3821.jpg David
    41 points
  38. We haven't heard from the Squadron Leader recently, he's fine just having his old RE8 serviced though I do think its time he got a replacement as it is 1938 you know! He sent me this picture of the area area around the Unicorn. It was originally taken to see if I had the balance and colours right, so I have repurposed it by using the paint brush with an undefined edge to cut out all the unwanted bits..... Now we are looking through a hole in the clouds!!!
    41 points
  39. Sunday morning again so it's time for some more preserved railway photos. Today's are from the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway, which we haven't visited for a long time. Most of the photos feature No.7 Typhoon in 1979 and 1975. New Romney RHDR 7 Typhoon July 79 C4610.jpg New Romney RHDR 7 Typhoon July 79 C4611.jpg New Romney RHDR 7 Typhoon July 79 C4612.jpg New Romney RHDR 8 Hurricane Hythe to Dungeness Aug 75 C2420.jpg near Botolphs Bridge RH&DR 4-6-2 7 Typhoon Hythe to Romney Apr 75 C1975.jpg near Botolphs Bridge RH&DR 4-6-2 7 Typhoon Hythe to Romney Apr 75 C1976.jpg David
    41 points
  40. For a whole heap of reasons I haven’t been able to do much modelling of late and what I have done was only achieved when brief opportunities arose. I have made some progress though. On one of my ‘background projects’ has been this Ratio GWR Bogie Bolster. I’m aware that the model has some compromises in its accuracy in relation to the prototype, but I can accept it for what it is. I have done a few of my own upgrades, this has included replacing the bolster pins with brass wire (I have decided to keep the end ones – in photos I found when researching they seem rare), I carefully carved off the moulded load securing shackles on the side and replaced them with loops of .45mm brass wire that in turn secure links cut from some chain. I also replaced the truss rods with brass wire. Wheels are by Hornby. I have also added some buffers from the Lanarkshire Models range and some 3 link couplings I found in my bits box. It has about 70 grams of lead added to the underside and runs freely. I will look to wash it and maybe paint it this week. It may yet get a load - an SR rail built signal post, if it'll fit. I have done some more to this ancient BSL Phoenix LMS D1807 Third Open kit. I didn’t really have a set plan in mind for the construction, due to the variety of materials in its make-up – I had an idea but rather than secure everything with araldite (where I can’t solder or secure with nuts and bolts) I thought I’d leave the final assembly until I knew all the bits would go together. I’m presently working on the interior; I don’t have enough brass tables leftover from other kits so the remainder will be cut from plastic card, as have the seat ends (on the blue card). I cut the seats to be 11mm long but they’re still too long…measure twice, cut once…so need another millimetre removing – due to the dust when sawing this plastic it’s an outdoors job, but it’ll have to wait as its lashing it down at the moment. And I’ve done a bit more to this Roxey GWR Clifton Downs Driving Trailer – the roof has been cut and test fitted, I still have cantrails to add to tidy up the interface with the side. I’ve also fitted the solebar footboard after first having filed cut outs for some spring/securing type thing that was fixed between the solebar and the bogie. Kind regards, Iain
    41 points
  41. 1988 to 1991 at Newcastle today. Newcastle 143008 Hexham to Sunderland July 88 J9621 Newcastle 43092 Edinburgh to Kings X 18th April 89 C12084 Newcastle 43105 Kings X to Edinburgh rear view and Class 43 Newcastle to Bristol on right 13th March 90 C14142 Newcastle 43064 Edinburgh to Kings X April 91 J11868 Newcastle 47851 up 27th September 91 C16880 David
    40 points
  42. Waiting for the passenger service to arrive....
    40 points
  43. Speaking of Retford's signals, I took the opportunity today to photograph the one just made by Graham Nicholas...................... What a beautiful piece of work it is. Another beautiful piece of work is the Finney A3, pictured recently in these pages, which I'm selling on behalf of a widow. And, I'm delighted to say Sandra has bought it. It fairly romped round Retford this afternoon, taking 13 bogies with ease...................... Then, the eccentric crank came off on one side! (Thanks Andrew for alerting us to this). In order to ensure visual accuracy, the builder had applied the tiniest amount of solder, so that the end of the crankpin was still visible. Visually-accurate it might have been, but this is a loco destined for hard work. I soldered both cranks on much more securely. In true Retford 'Pacific' fashion, at the moment she's running without a pony truck. The wheelset needs fitting to give sufficient sideways movement inside the Cartazzi frames. Thank you so much Sandra for buying this. It's found its spiritual home - much more appropriate than a life in a glass case! Thanks for your hospitality today, too.
    40 points
  44. In the distance a rake of covered goods wagons passes slowly by....
    40 points
  45. Lets get back to normality.....well some form of it that is! Two horses in a Goods Yard - do you remember their names? well done at the back there.... Phantom & Menace With the camera as low as I could get it we look across the vast sweeping plains of the goods yard, majestically disappearing into the distance past some local watering holes where the inhabitants quench their thirsts.
    40 points
  46. The water softener at Ewer Street.
    39 points
  47. Lucky you caught me as I'm @AY Mod now. I can get it pinned and I may add a note to Gordon' signature to denote that he's passed away.
    39 points
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