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  1. The 56xx class of 0-6-2T tank engines were infrequent visitors to Oswestry, from what I can find only one a year would receive attention during the 1954-1959 period. These were predominantly 84E Tyseley or 84F Stourbridge Rd locomotives employed on freights and passenger workings in the Midlands. Locomotives of the Red route class had to navigate their way to the works at Oswestry via Gobowen with only a handful of sidings unrestricted for their weight category. This chart shows the entries recorded for the period 1954-1959 (excluding 1955): This trend continued r
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  2. What with Easter and a rather misguided camping trip which suffered every indignity the British weather could throw at it progress has been a bit slow and certainly not helped by DCC. Having finally found a chip that worked I got brave and downloaded a slightly better sound from the Digitrax web site - OK an 08 shunter is not ideal but until I manage to make my own sounds this will have to do - well it would if it worked! Download seemed to be fine but no sound. I seemed to remember that I had a similar problem with the other Simplex and after some research found that there was a CV that you h
    6 points
  3. The garden has emerged from the soggy winter fairly well, with only a small amount of electrical bonding and track alignment needed. It has allowed me to have some fun taking pics after a spot of hedge cutting and garden tending.
    5 points
  4. Here are a few pictures to 'flesh out' the text. Been doing a bit of scenicking, Brake can and O2 building to ward off the boredom.
    4 points
  5. I'm sure there are knowledgeable folk who can help with this one. The track plan of the station area of the layout is very simple - a passing loop, two platforms, and a goods yard on what we'll call the "up" side of the line. Trains arriving on the up loop can easily work the goods shed without a run-round move, just by backing into the yard - if necessary, leaving part of the train on the up line. To shunt from the down line, an engine would need to detach from the train, run around on the up line, and then collect wagons from the rear of the train on the down line, before pr
    3 points
  6. We got back fairly late yesterday evening from Epsom so I didn’t get chance to post any photos last night. We had a good time at the show. There were some excellent layouts on display along with a good selection of traders. The digs and food were good and we also managed to venture into the mean streets of Epsom and track down some pints of St Austell ‘Tribute’ on Saturday evening. I’m sure that our operating on Sunday was much better for it. Unfortunately the journey down on Friday was not great – pouring rain most of the way and a crawl around the M25 in rush hour – over two hours fr
    3 points
  7. The 90xx Dukedog classes were obviously synonymous with the Cambrian system and as you'd expect many of them passed through Oswestry Works over the years, in fact probably all of them did at some point! Modelling the works gives a good excuse to model a number of Dukedogs and I've been researching not just which ones frequented the works the most often, but the many varied combinations of components, such as position of smokebox lampirons, sandboxes above/below the footplate, small/long/no whistle shield, parallel or tapered buffers, fluted or fish belly rods.. the list goes on! (for an excell
    1 point
  8. Matters have moved on since my recent Post detailing the arrival of the Diamond Jubilee Britannia (R3094). The donor – Hornby William Wordsworth R2563 Firstly a view of the model that was to provide the tender with the Late Crest. At the time of writing my last post there were issues with William Wordsworth. I would give it a new identity with a tender with an early emblem and at a suitable time I would sell it. After recovering the white roof, R2563 Left R3094 Right Perhaps I should have attempted to strip the white paint off the roof of Britannia R3094? My first attempts at repaintin
    1 point
  9. Fisherton Sarum as I am sure regular readers will know uses Salisbury shed as its basis and inspiration. The London and South Western Railway (LSWR) buildings and their relationships with each other are modelled to create the spirit of Salisbury shed, that hopefully to some is instantly recognisable. Albeit somewhat modified and condensed to fit within the quite limited space that I had available. This enabled me to use available drawings of the actual LSWR designed buildings along with photographs to portray the location as an adaptation. The weekend of the 10th and 11th May Fisherto
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  10. I'm very pleased to announce that LNER 6169 Lord Faringdon is now finished (for a given value of finished, of course). Lining has been done by two methods- the boiler bands by cutting thin strips of paper with a black line inked in, the cab and tender sides with the paint pens (my method with them I think is improving markedly). If I can maintain this level of finish with my planned models (and perhaps update the better of my older ones to it) I'll be very happy indeed. Ah, yes, this is also my 100th post. I'd just like to say thank you to everybody who has liked, comment
    1 point
  11. Water runs down hill. So, front and centre should be the wettest part of the layout because it it the lowest. I always find myself drawn to water on layouts so I thought I'd add something. The first problem is that there is no space for a sizable water feature. Adding to this, most of the basic landscaping had already been done, the hills are in place along with brambles and a tree so really all that can be done is the hint of water beyond the layout. The edge of a pond or marsh, even a small stream, just out of sight. Started off simply enough. Bit of plasticard, 60 thou I think. A4 sheet
    1 point
  12. This time I use a different approach for modelling a Scalescenes model. I printed the PDF’s on fine art paper. In this case Lana Dessin 150 gsm. Beneath a product description: “A perfect paper with light grain which makes every stroke of your pencil a real pleasure. Gelatine and surface bonded, it makes gluing and retouching operations so much easier to perform and the various weights available mean that you can choose the paper which best suits your own needs. Acid free and age resistant.” In the past I mostly used PRITT glue. After I received some advices I searches for a m
    1 point
  13. Digging around on the PC I spent a few minutes looking through some of the better pictures of my old layout. For those that remember, it was the one I was developing when I first started on RMWeb, although by that point it only had a year or two of life left in it. For most of its existence the layout didn't have a name but towards the end it was officially Wyvant. The layout fitted into a 14 x 6 room and began as a much smaller project, only about 8 x 6 in size. This utilised the boards built by my dad for my childhood layout, and indeed much of the track was salvaged and reused on this m
    1 point
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