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  1. Continuing my journey around the layout I thought it time to return to the Branch Junction and catch the ex GWR branch train. Bachmann Dukedog ready and waiting The next station down the old GWR branchline is the ‘Halt in the Corner’ or more simply the ‘Passing Loop’. The Halt in the Corner Neither the station nor the passing loop featured in my original plans. Trains leaving the Branch Junction for the Main Terminus via the old GWR line (literally the Great Way Round) followed a circuitous path around the outside of the layout eventually appearing out of a tunnel at a suitabl
    3 points
  2. First of all I know the mermaid code is a BR creation, but given the GW didn't even allocate a diagram to these wagons it's a bit tough to know what else to call it As per the thread in help I have been converting the Cambrian mermaid kit into the gwr version, Work has involved New buffers Single side Morton breaks Removal of vac mount New break leavers (once I find something suitable) I am unclear as to whether there are any body details which are different between the original and BR versions, so if anyone knows better please let me know. The body has a little damage (i
    3 points
  3. Troutons is the new 4mm Modern image layout of the Wakefield Model Railway Society. It features a Heljan container crane, booking on point and scrap yard. The aim is to provide viewers with typical trains that would be seen passing through West Yorkshire. After the Wakefield show the team are now busily upgrading stock ready for the next exhibition. A log of progress can be found on the layout section of a RMweb. This blog is focused on detailing and weathering examples of the steel carrier wagons. The first entry is based around the Bachmann BZA steel carrier. The following image
    2 points
  4. Have been chipping away (literally!), at the big building. One side of the railings are finished, although not permanently fixed or painting completed yet. Will have to do a couple of bits for the other side and, rather frustratingly, the missing bits as am assuming they wouldn't have gone far so will have to contribute to the heap of junk and rubble that will occupy the front garden. There is now some basic dirt and remains of flower beds in the front and a couple of detail bits such as the boot scrapper and door bell pull. The upstairs is now pretty much finished apart from
    2 points
  5. Before continuing with my journey around the layout I thought I would share a few pictures of the Main Junction Station populated with some rolling stock that might have graced the north east of England in the 1960s. Bachmann Mk1 Pullmans, Hornby L1 and Bachmann WD 2-8-0 The original theme of the layout is BR (LMR/WR) perhaps near Chester or there again maybe Shrewsbury or even somewhere further south. However I also have fond memories of growing up in north east England and with the availability of so many splendid ready to run models I have indulged in a few north eastern and Scottish ty
    1 point
  6. Goodevening - Ive recently dusted off a long term project - the last of my class 37 fleet - 37403 Ben Cruachan. This started life as a Bachmann collectors club loco - 'Caerphilly castle' which has been renumbered, renamed, and had the orance cantrail lines repainted further up the body where they should be for '403. The warning flashes have also been replaed for earlier pre 1998 style. I just need to find suitable white numbers for ther '403' on the noses - so far I've drawn a blank. Elsewhere I've done a fair bit of detailing work on the model - starting from the top down -
    1 point
  7. Since my last blog post, I've been spending a lot of time familiarising myself with the Silhouette cutter. I think one of its best features is the 'print and cut' facility, which means that you can print an image, with filled colour and details, to your regular home printer and then feed the printed sheet into the Silhouette, to cut out around the printed image. I have been experimenting with different materials, including card, HP Photo Paper, and styrene sheet. As described in posts in the Silhouette Forum, I've had some success with printing onto styrene, by using hairspray to create a
    1 point
  8. Under the platform at the top station is a Sheave, which is based on colliery design. I contacted Hornby Customer Services, to ask what was the diameter of the Sheave in their Colliery Headgear model and if it was available as a spare. They just directed me to their spares dealers, who had no stock and could not help. A plea in the Help and Tips forum drew a response from Arthur (Thanks again!) who had acquired 3D printed Sheaves (57mm dia?) from Shapeways via Ebay, He tried to get his supplier to contact me, which did not happen. Mention of the requirement for a sheave at 34mm in my Blog r
    1 point
  9. This I had to do in the beginnig. Painting the APA box. I found this weekend finaly some time to finish the painting I started a couple of weeks ago. Now I had to take all of my models out of the box ant store them on the shelf. The black shadow is a roll of painting tape. This kind of paint jobs I don’t like because of my MCSD. I always get somekind of reaction. But on the website of Allergy UK I found some usefull tips. Now I put a cut union in the room when I have finished painting to help to absorp the smell of the paint. The other “ advantige ” this time was: I had alrea
    1 point
  10. Finally the hardstanding area is complete, painted and the goods shed stuck down, that's one big storage box in the recycling bin. Note how the right hand track is not straight through the turnout - I guess this should be classed as a wye - THE advantage of Templot and home made pointwork I've also edged the raised polystyrene landforms with thin card (cornflakes packet) and painted them a nice earthy brown. Some sheep have been bought and are in the process of being painted. Next job is to dig out the cinders where the camping coach steps should go and stick them
    1 point
  11. Have now given up sitting on the fence (too painful!), and am getting on with the railings for the big building which has been on hold since Christmas. Yes, that does mean that the Simplex is on hold in a semi working state but think I need a bit of a change. I am working from a couple of original pictures for this building so have a general look for the railings but do not feel obliged to copy them completely, which would be pretty difficult anyway from a couple of grainy pics. So to get something that looked right I thought I would go out and find some railings - not as easy as it sounds! Th
    1 point
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