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  1. "If they spent less time reading old MRN's and more time on the job we might get this loco project finished..."
    61 points
  2. Last year I posted some photos of the Spirsby layout built by Gavin Thrum based on the Spilsby branch in Lincolnshire to which I contributed some items and on which we run some of my LNER stock. We assumed that Spilsby became more important and the line was signalled to allow more than one engine to be on the branch at the same time. Hence we named it Spirsby rather than Spilsby. This last weekend should have been our annual BRMA Convention here in Adelaide. But due to Covid restrictions on travel across state borders here in Oz we've postponed it once again. We were intending to show Spirsby at the Convention venue but will now need to do that next year. As we had a free weekend locally I had a BRMA meeting at my place on Sat (split into two sessions to allow for Covid restrictions of a max of 20 people in a residence at one time) and as Spirsby is in storage at my place I set it up for a week. This will allow its use by two operating groups I'm in, one of which was last night. Consequently I took the opportunity for a bit of a photo shoot. Hope you like the shots. Andrew
    59 points
  3. Some of you may remember back in 2019 I started a project for my LNER Department train, some LNER Dolphin wagons, which Tony kindly photographed on LB. I am pleased to announce that they're finally finished. Lockdown came in 2020 and I spent the majority of it doing other projects as the Dolphin wagons had been sidelined due to laziness, I had to scratchbuild the doors! Thankfully at the end of last year I was chatting to a friend @Dylan Sandersonwho works for Scale Model Scenery, we have been bartering skills for a while now and I asked if he could make them up for me using laser cut wood, in exchange I would walk him through building a whitemetal kit via video chat. All was agreed and a few months later they arrived on my doorstep, saved me a lot of time and Dylan has done a fantastic job. Due to rebuilding the layout I have been non stop baseboard building, track laying and re wiring the fiddle yard and I needed a change of pace so I decided on finishing the Dolphin wagons, which then led to finishing the whole train. So here goes nothing..... Here's the complete rake, apart from the very first wagon, which you'll see in the next photograph. Apologies, my photography isn't as legendary as our Master of this Thread. Starting from left to right.... We have an LNER Dolphin wagon, scratchbuilt using a Cambrian Sturgeon as the main structure. This one has been modelled without doors, they were often discarded at yards. This is obviously carrying lengths of rails. The next, again another Dolphin wagon, this one has the doors, there was three rather large doors on each side. This particular wagon is carrying a small amount of ballast, sleepers, some fence posts and wire and a rolled up tarp. The tarp and fence posts were added for a bit of variety, recommended by the wagon master himself Jonathan Wealleans. I think I might add another piece of rope to the left of the one already there... The last of the Dolphin wagons, this one is carrying mostly ballast with some sleepers in the middle, less as exciting as the previous one. If you want to know how I made these wagons you will have to keep an eye out in BRM in the future...... Moving down the train we hit these wonderful examples of GN ballast wagons, not 100% accurate, mostly the buffers that will need changing eventually but they look the part. From left to right: I made this GN ballast wagon by using the cut and shut method on a 51L (Wizards) NER plate wagon, as I say the buffers are incorrect for now, the axles boxes as well but luckily they're covered by tarps to protect them from ballast dust. The next two wagons are Hornby, these require little altering and the paint job, again the buffers but they give the impression of the wagon I worked from in Tatlows book. Next we have a 51L (Wizards) NER G1 wagon as the tool van, this was the very first whitemetal kit I built.....and Tony broke off one of the W irons, woke up one morning to find him taking a soldering iron to the freshly painted wagon! luckily he's not a bad bloke and I trust him...... Moving on we have a 3D printed ECJS full brake as the mess van, this was a pain in the backside to paint but I think its turned out alright. It didn't like my southern end fiddlyard entrance/exit so the middle wheel has been raised every so slightly, so its essentially a four-wheeler now....don't tell anyone. Last but not least the brake van, I finished this on Saturday. It's a DS GN ballast brake van purchased from WM Collectables, I was surprised to snag it up as normally kits are gone before you can blink. Finished off with a tail lamp on the back, I promise Tony. I am quite pleased with how this train turned out, It makes me proud when I look at it as its all my own work and nothing is quite as satisfying as that. Is it perfect? No, but its mine! Now to finish the other train project...the meat train. Again, apolgies abut the photos.
    52 points
  4. By late 1940, it had become clear that this war wasn't going to be over any time soon. The War Department, looking to increase its number of ammunition depots across the British Isles, made contact with Sir Handel Brown, owner of the Ward Fell Slate Quarry and Skarloey Railway, enquiring as to the purchase of some of the old disused slate workings. Sir Handel Brown, wasn't too keen to sell off parts of his quarry, with slate production increasing due to wartime demand. However, he did wish to do his bit for king and country and agreed to a lease of the old workings to the W.D. Goods work was already increasing on the Skarloey Railway, with timber and the aforementioned slate production. With this new addition of ammunition trains, it became clear very quickly that the two old engines No. 1 'SKARLOEY' and No. 2 'RHENEAS' wouldn't be able to handle the work alone. The Government, in this time of national crisis agreed to the loan of two diesel locomotives to the railway. However, until they arrive (which could be some time).....No. 1 and No. 2 will have to cope as best they can....
    51 points
  5. A quiet corner of rural East Scotland 4mm | Resin cast from a scratch-built master | laser-cut MDF windows | Modelu gutter fittings | DAS Modelling clay setting
    51 points
  6. Standing by the fence by that 'pesky signal' I used the zoom lens to get the feeling the train was on top of you!!!! Far, far away in another galaxy a Dean goods slides serenely along towards YOU
    50 points
  7. It's amazing how you feel burnt out after a number of weeks of track laying, wiring and bridge building, but a change of pace makes everything better. A photo popped up in a group email, with the Grantham chaps, of C1 '4419' in the late 30s with out her booster, I was under the impression that she had it the duration of her career. It got me wondering if I could make her with a limited budget and a Bachmann C1. I am rather pleased with the out come, its not without it's faults but I think it captures the loco in all her unusual elegance, She'll be getting a new chimney soon and when I find a suitable dome it will be added as well. She's not the best, but I am very happy with the outcome and it's been great to do something different. Back to wiring I go.......
    50 points
  8. 37418 enters Edinburgh Waverley with a Speedlink service... Much of the rake seems to be made up of china clay bogie wagons... an OBA... a BBA steel wagon... ...and tail-ended by three china clay slurry tanks...
    49 points
  9. And a view through the window...
    46 points
  10. Peering over the wall at Charlie Strong's scrapyard.
    46 points
  11. Just a 56xx pootling long pulling a mixed freight train from the valleys!!! Now I have sorted this 'end of the world' problem and that is to move the camera so the end of the line is obscured by the bay signal arm...... Simple or what?
    45 points
  12. Just a typical Sunday morning, quiet, not a lot happening so we catch up with Dr Agon who has been out for a walk with his dogs taking his shotgun with him hoping to bag a rabbit or two. Whilst walking down the lane he passed the local tramp and stopped to pass the time of day. I thought I would catch this lazy scene but, is it me or have I been spotted by one of the dogs!!!!
    44 points
  13. Apologies to all, but I need to make an announcement regarding the MRJ and me. Despite that fact that the address for Cygnet Magazines is the same as for my business in Bath, I have no involvement with the production of the MRJ, its subscriptions, or any advertising or editorial issues. Cygnet publishing remains in Didcot, I simply send on all mail to their address without opening any of it. Their telephone number remains as before, 01235 816478. Yes, it is confusing to have their postal address being the same as mine. I agreed to do it at their request to help them out at a difficult time. I appreciate that it is confusing and have sympathy for anyone who is confused. In addition to which: They still do not use email at all for any of the above purposes. It is unfortunate that they do not use email. I like everyone else wish that they would. The guest editors are known people, some of whom frequent RMweb (and other places), and some of whom make their contact details available electronically. These seem to me to be reasonable "contact points" for editorial contributions, but these folk will not be able to help with subscription or advertising issues. My business simply hold stocks of the MRJ and sell it to customers on a retail basis. I also purchased all of the back issues from Cygnet when everyone had to move out of Didcot, so I can also supply back issues (including to the trade) of all of the magazines that I still have in stock. Apologies for appearing to labour a point, but I am receiving increasing numbers of queries by email regarding these matters. I will no longer be able to respond to them as they are getting in the way of my own activities. I still love the MRJ and hope it continues for a long time yet. Simon Castens
    44 points
  14. Final check round before lights out at Exhill Works
    44 points
  15. No. 2 'RHENEAS' propels W.D vans towards the Ward Fell ammo depot.
    43 points
  16. More from Newcastle station today. Newcastle Class 101 going away 23rd Oct 84 C C6610 Newcastle 43086 up ecs for Newcastle to Kings X 17th Jan 87 C8188 Newcastle 47592 up parcels 1st June 89 C11958 Newcastle 47822 ecs to Heaton 1st June 89 C11966 Newcastle 43089 at rear of train down 3rd Jan 90 C13901 David
    43 points
  17. I filled the bigger gaps on the signal box structure this morning with Humbrol Body Filler (the small gaps will be covered by the paint) and cleaned them up when the filler had dried. I then fitted the operating floor windows and the roof, temporarily, to see how it all looked. The platform will hide the Down side brickwork up to the bottom of the locking room windows so it doesn't matter that it's a bit rough. The Up end will, however, be quite visible. The Up side, the back of the box, will also be seen easily... ...while the Down end will also be largely out of sight. The right-hand side of the brickwork here will also be covered by the platform so the missing piece will be hidden too. The windows are not glued yet, just held in by friction, and I couldn't get the locking room windows to stay in place on their own at all. Nevertheless, for the first time I have a full impression of the complete box. Though I say so myself, I'm quite pleased with it. I'll paint the inside and then switch to making up the interior fittings before adding a chimney, ventilators, drain pipes, etc. and painting the outside. I'll add the steps up to the door after I've made and fitted the platform. The final job will be to add the nameboards - watch this space for more information about those.
    43 points
  18. Oxford Rail's J27, with replacement chimney and dome from Dave Bradwell, looks at home on a train of mineral wagons in some Pennine scenery.
    43 points
  19. We are still travelling along the Cumbrian Coast Line today with some photos from St Bees amd one from Whitehaven. All were taken on 30th July 2004. Whitehaven view north 30th July 04 IMG_4366 St Bees DRS Class 33 33030 down 30th July 04 IMG_4360 St Bees DRS Class 33 33030 down 30th July 04 IMG_4362 St Bees signal box 30th July 04IMG_4358 St Bees view north 30th July 04 IMG_4357 David
    43 points
  20. It's the last train of the day and after bringing up empty slate wagons, unusually there are no loaded to collect. So, it's 'light engine' down the valley although there maybe some empty vans to pick up at Glennock. Driver William 'Bill' Thwaite, has decided to let young fireman Ben Taylforth have the regulator for the return working. With little work for 'RHENEAS' to do on the down gradients, Bill keeps an eye ahead as Ben takes No. 2 carefully over the forestry crossing.
    43 points
  21. The Weymouth Auto prepares to depart from Melcombe Magna. Due to the non availability of a auto fitted loco, a 8750 pannier has been rostered on this turn today, necessitating a run round at the terminus. The coal merchant's lorry leaves the yard with a ton of best house coal
    43 points
  22. Something is going on at Ward Fell....all very hush hush....
    42 points
  23. Al (Barry Ten) and his lovely wife visited today, not only to collect many models he'd bought some time ago but also to show me some of the projects he's working on or completed. Including............ A 27XX. A 'Bird'. A 'City'. A Cambrian 2-4-0T. A Dean Goods. A 61XX. An E1. The 'Battle of Britain' he's shown on here of late. And a 'Schools'. All of the above ran superbly. Just by way of a comparison, here's my 'Schools' (rather well-painted by Ian Rathbone). Thanks for bringing these locos, Al. You can tell us all about them in due course, please.
    42 points
  24. Announcing major system malfunction. I am currently away from home and admitted to hospital with major heart failure involving mitral valve and atrial fibrillation. The consequences of this mean that I am not feeling my scintillating best and appear to be set for a long stay in an attempt to provide a fix for feeling the less than special way I feel now. I am receiving excellent treatment from my local NHS once I gained admission by kicking in the front door ( A&E) . I am keeping in touch and will continue to do so as long as I possibly can. Best regards to ANTB friends Ian
    42 points
  25. Grandson Time. Bradley has been here today and has done some more pictures just for you. We have come up with an idea and from here on in there will be a small figure in the bottom rh corner as his trade mark He’s here all day tomorrow as it’s an inset day so I expect some more pictures…..
    42 points
  26. Ahhhh...this seemed a good idea for a picture a few moments ago?????
    42 points
  27. Hey, there.... Like me new wheels?
    41 points
  28. Next the boards either side were built, again removeable to allow access to the boards behind. Altogether three more pieces in this giant jigsaw puzzle The Leeman Road section, which lifts out easily, ties the shed to the coal yard. The coal drops have glued in position, and rails fitted. A few photos of my customers work on the permanent way that has progressed in parallel. The loco yard is starting to take shape. I'll be posting regularly again now that I'm working on the layout again. Peter
    41 points
  29. It's good that RMWeb is working again, many thanks to Andy and others. The photos which should have appeared yesterday will appear in about 4 weeks time, don't worry, there were nothing very special. It will be four weeks as I always keep about a months worth of photos ready to upload in daily folders. Today we travel to York with a couple of colour photos and some much older black and white ones. Things have changed a bit since they were taken. All but one of the photos were taken by Dad. York 156490 Leeds to York Aug 90 J11615 York LNER V2 4771 and 08337 28th July 86 C7657 York A1 60121 Silurian down ecs 1953 JVol2073 York B16 61443 down l e April 52 JVol6115 York D49 Leeds to Scarbrough c1952 JVol4211 David
    41 points
  30. A few more from Newcastle in the late 80s and early 90s now. Newcastle 56134 down coal 10th July 87 C8636 Newcastle Royal Mail battery powered trolley July 88 J9627 Newcastle 47597 ecs for Newcastle to Liverpool 28th Aug 90 C15352 Note the size of the "9" Newcastle 158784 Newcastle to Liverpool May 91 J11930 As usual Mum had gone with Dad to look at trains - with a cup of coffee!! Newcastle 142520 11th June 91 C15906 Newcastle 91002 up 22nd June 92 C16917 David
    41 points
  31. J67 on my O Gauge Layout 'Mission Road'
    40 points
  32. So what have I been up to so far? First up the roadway regained its 'no overtaking' lines. Crash barrier finally added either side of the overbridge to keep the traffic off the railway! Top side of bridge. Then it was on to the job I haven't been looking forward to! Site prep for the addition of the gates to the MoD sidings. After a lot of faffing about plus swearing the gates in position. Rear view of the gates now awaiting rectification to fencing and ballast etc. Ballasted and fencing altered to fit. Not perfect but I should've done the gates before the fencing! Once all these little jobs are done everything will be weathered etc to blend them in, but at least I made a start finally on finishing the extension. All being well it will all be done in time for the Tolworth Exhibition in November.
    40 points
  33. Local passenger train arriving at Encombe Town, looks like a busy day as the service has been beefed up with an old clerestory coach.
    40 points
  34. Morning all. No modelling at present, as expected, due to the demands of work. However, a new loco has arrived at Sheep Towers. A Bachmann ex-SE&CR C class. Weathered by Mick Bonwick. Already mapping out the layout to build around it............. Rob.
    40 points
  35. Now for a picture that we can all recall doing in our youth. Standing on a bridge waiting for the train to pass under..... In my case it would have been when the family lived in Little Chalfont in the early 60's and I could walk about half a mile and stand on a small road bridge that was over the Metropolitan Line running between Chalfont & Latimer Station and Chorleywood Station.....normally a BR Standard Class 4 and usually 4 crimson coaches would roar past....umpteen coal trains pulled by something or other!!! Remember.....
    40 points
  36. A pause in shunting on a Radnorshire byway:
    39 points
  37. Dean Goods heading down the branch line....
    39 points
  38. Some photos from Pontfaen Yard for your perusal.
    39 points
  39. There you are, was having withdrawal symptoms, I suspect AY has been battling hard to get this back up and running so thank you for all your efforts. Life has been carrying on at a sedate pace on LM and one day later than planned here is a re-badged train passing through Encombe Town station sporting the GWR roundel to both loco and carriages. The original manufacturer applied wording/badges where removed using the time honoured method of T-Cut left on for 10-15 mins to the area in question then carefully washed off with a damp cotton bud. With the loco tender I removed all the weathering and name back to the original colour to the entire main side panel then re-badged and weathered as a whole area so their would be no issues with joining old to new. Same process to the coaches but much smaller area of brown but again embracing a whole area approach so no weathering jointing was visible between old and new. Weathering applied using my method of varnish with a hint of roof dirt in it applied in vertical downward strokes.
    39 points
  40. Trains around Cramlington for this afternoon. Cramlington Class 254 Kings X to Aberdeen Oct 84 J8194 Cramlington tamper down Nov 87 J9352 Cramlington Class 101 S800 Morpeth to Newcastle Nov 87 J9353 Cramlington Class 37 up l e Oct 84 J8186 Cramlington Class 143 143005 Newcastle to Morpeth Nov 85 J8460 David
    39 points
  41. Out for a bit of a drive today and I found a nice little place to stop, just outside of Westerham Station, a country lane that provided a place to view the line into Westerham, what better place than this in the quite of the Kent countryside to stand and stare for a few moments and watch the goods train arrive. Time To Leave, All the Best Adrian.
    39 points
  42. The second batch for today is from Milford Junction in Yorkshire. Milford Junction 56090 down empties 29th May 96 C20927 Milford Junction Class 142 down 29th May 96 C20933 Milford Junction 60021 down empty gypsum 29th May 96 C20963 Milford Junction 59205 up coal 29th May 96 C20972 Milford Junction 58030 up coal 29th May 96 C20965 David
    38 points
  43. 20052+20029 take a rest between duties.
    38 points
  44. Doesn’t the tender chassis look better with a couple of coats of black grey….
    38 points
  45. Managed to get this shot of the new TGK2 locomotive about to squeeze through the narrow and track infested gap between the buildings on its way to trundle along the quaysides, looking for something to shunt no doubt. I thought I'd share it with you. Brian
    38 points
  46. A successful appearance for Yelverton at the Saltash model show this weekend. The layout achieved one of its objectives in that it triggered a few memories. Came away with a list of things to do (none too onerous) before it's outing to Yealmpton next weekend. If anyone facies a spot of operating, or helping with setting up/taking down, pm me. Meanwhile, here are some pictures taken at the show: Hope to some of you next week! Alex
    38 points
  47. 6697 continuing through the paint workshop. Roundel applied last night First pass at weathering with streaky boiler sides, done using matt varnish with a small amount of Roof dirt added then painted in vertical strokes Rivets highlighted with a dry brushing of Old wood colour. Need to leave now to thoroughly dry then a review but I suspect more will be added.
    38 points
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