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  1. Not to be outdone by the sexy newcomer that burns oil , an old stalwart of this thread from the beginning , 3864 , makes a welcome return on a down parcels train.
  2. That may be your perspective but there were numerous courteous posts requesting further information or clarification which went unanswered. There was actually more abruptness on the part of the person who could have benefited most from taking points on board. I even tried to help save him from himself but that went unheeded too. To blame us is ridiculous just because we didn't censor what you may not have agreed with. Any comments which breached forum rules were removed.
  3. Various mods to NRM ,Book Law , Flying Fox,Royal Lancer and Gladiateur versions.
  4. Today we are between Winning and North Blyth on the Blyth and Tyne looking at the coal and alumina traffic once again. Winning 56103 Stora 26th Aug 97 C23106 Freemans crossing 56132 empty coal from Blyth Power station May 85 J8287.jpg Blyth Power station 56132 and Class 56 56135 29th July 87 C9036.jpg Taken from the bridge over the line by Cambois shed. Cambois 56125 08441 etc Sun 21st Sept 86 C8134 North Blyth 37212 Lynemouth to Alcan North Blyth 22nd Dec 86 C8237.jpg
  5. I've now fitted most of the handrails but ran out of short knobs having ordered too many medium ones by mistake. While waiting for them to arrive, I have got on and done a bit of plumbing. There's a gap at the front as I won't be able to fit the vacuum and steam heating pipes there until the final fitting of the chassis to the body.
  6. I am very good at hitting short golf shots...... half the distance they are supposed to go. So it is back to 400 yards in two, and four to get the ball the last ten yards into the hole. This can be alittle irritating. Here is 60133 in the dark. and back out into the light again. Photoshopping lattices which are superimposed one upon the other is great fun, almost as good as those short golf shots. Still, are we downhearted? Yes we are a bit, actually.
  7. Completely off topic, but sights to lift the spirits. Your annual peony. and a newly unfurled and pristine water lily bloom.
  8. Happy to oblige, Tony, now I'm back home. Two in preparation for Grantham later this year: 2557 is a simple renumber/rename of a Hornby Flying Fox. Plates from 247, numbers HMRS. There are some bits from the Brassmasters detailing pack to go on before it's weathered. There's been rather more work put into 2580, which began as an NRM 1980s Flying Scotsman. For almost all the 1930s she carried an ACFI feed water heater and all the associated pipework. I had started building the pump, but Al Turner is now making this 3D print available, whic
  9. I've not had a lot of time for Railway modeling recently. I did finaly get around to painting and completing some teak carriages.
  10. In that case I'm confident the body moulding is accurate and detailed. I also did a pattern for the bogie frames. This is the pattern, moulding should be identical.
  11. Now the haggis in it natural surroundings neither feels or experiences centrifugal or centripetal forces as it runs around the mountains. They normally only go clockwise owing to their left legs being shorter. It is when they try to go anticlockwise and become unbalanced they fall over a tumble down the mountain into the butchers shop. They never had a problem until Newton invented gravity.
  12. Just one pic before I go to sleep, 66713 in rugby on the car train, it’s a long old thing, 2500ft long
  13. Arguably the Pratchett novels had long since become increasingly dark, so, I suppose it depends how you define "late books" in a series that ran from 1987 to 2015. Night Watch (2002) is often cited as a definite shift in that direction. Night Watch is a great book nonetheless, and it's a little less than three quarters through the series. I am not sure I'd agree that the late novels (wherever we consider "late" to start) have too much anger in them. The impression I received was Pratchett moving beyond the glib and ironical treatment of death and destruction seen in th
  14. Hello everyone, A Decade of Rannoch on RMweb! This year Rannoch has been on RMweb for 10 years, scary I know! I was still in my twenties when I started the build and turned 39 this year. Had no kids and daughter number 3 arrived last Friday. Tonight I’ve cleaned the track, given it a quick dust and put some stock out to recreate the original vision of 2005/6. A time when 37’s still worked the line, 67’s were on test runs ready to take over the sleeper and a good variety of freight still ran. I haven’t had much time to just play trains for
  15. Just 3 from yesterday/this morning warrington bank quay, nice long train for a change, 18 wagons worth Run round in bicester at 04:30 wagons deposited and waiting for the relief driver to take it onward light engine i believe next week is the final week of MOD trains to and from bicester before the flow switches to another depot should be road learning Peterborough again tonight but been asked to work a car train in the wcml instead, first one I’ve worked!
  16. Looking nostalgically through the box in my loft that contains all the old 00 relics from the 1970's and '80's I found myself pulling out the old Triang Hornby pannier tank that had started it all. Around 1972 my Dad bought me one of these and thus began a life-long hobby. A quick check of the loco against some drawings showed that, whilst not exactly perfect, it wasn't far out in any of the important dimensions. Could it be brought back to life, and actually be used as a credible, if far from state of the art, loco. on my EM layout? I have decided to have a go, with the caveat that some of it
  17. My Fathers A3, 60052. DJH/ Comet hybrid. I painted it and also filed back the firebox slope, the DJH model is a little flat in this respect. However, the tender dose ride at the right height. A shame it is no longer available, much better than the Hornby one in my opinion. 60111 is my copy/interpretation of 60052.
  18. Some really nice models of Gresley A1s and A3s. I cannot normally join in when discussing locomotive models. OK the project was abandoned for various reasons, none to do with the concept of the model. I was going to use Tri-ang Hornby Flying Scotsmen as a basis for a RH&DR based layout in 1/24 th scale. I didn't get too far. Seen on my former 4mm scale Hanging Hill layout. I still have desires on building something similar, as the RH&DR is one of my favorite railways to visit.
  19. Tony, I've seen a couple of your photos of these two A3s on LB which are much better than these snaps. How long did you have them on loan for? Starting point was two Hornby A3s supplied in BR green livery. I stripped, detailed, backdated to 1930's condition and then repainted/lined (including the wheels) into Doncaster green. Cheers...Morgan
  20. The signs that I designed, here are now made and added to the layout. I had printed them on ordinary paper but the ink bled so they were illegible and I was going to give up and re-do them in black and white but I had a go at printing them onto decal paper and that has produced a better result. They probably aren't legible in the photos but that's down to my camera, my photography and screen resolution. There's also the A-frame, outside the wagon repair shop, for lifting wagons to remove their wheelsets in the above photo. The signal
  21. It will inevitably be better than Adrian's book - his was in many respects a trail blazer and it also reflected his lack of knowledge of some things which appeared in it (e.g. the WWII intermediate block signals in the Severn Tunnel) but, as ever with Adrian. it caught an element of romanticism which no doubt helped it sell. Some top notch (official) illustrations but lacking in parts. And as Adrian was at one time one of my Signalmen I'd like to have met your father-in-law (but I'm not saying why in public. ) One strange thing about the Backing Distant was that it
  22. The midnight oil has been burning again this week and I can finally show some further progress and the finished fiddle yard complete with reworked light pelmet as well as a coat of paint to match the new edition to the rest of the layout. Nice n fresh and ready to represent the railway leading to the locomotive depot. Each road has been numbered to stop any confusion once I have worked out an operating schedule to represent a day in the life of 6D. I have now sited the programming track and Kadee coupling 'checker'
  23. Having been MD of a company that went broke in 2003, the liquidators are only interested in getting their fees. they don't give a damn about the little people at the bottom of the pile, the investors. Pecking order is wages for staff, outstanding holiday pay, redundancy pay. then everyone else gets thrown into a pot to be shared out. so if the Chinese are owed £5000, and 1000 investors are owed £5 each, and the Revenue is owed £5000, who get priority? There's not likely to be any saleable assets to cover the outstanding debts, so nobody is likely to get anything. As a matter of int
  24. It sure is. There was a big break in the work schedule today. Once the new areas have droppers and power and the point motors are fitted it'll be a real struggle to actually do any work at all. By the way, in the last video, the rolling stock is jerky because the lead coupling on the guards van is a touch too low and was catching the heads of the track pins. These are only loosely tapped in and a few are quite proud of the sleepers - done this way so they do minimal harm when removed later after ballasting. I have clipped a millimetre or so off the tail of the coupling's upright w
  25. We start this evening with another closer look at rolling stock. This time, it is a Gresley steel Artic twin. Coming up to twenty years in service, and still on the duties for which it was designed. Silver Fox is still waiting in the bay, and also got photographed, as there was nothing moving at the time.
  26. I've done very little modelling recently (or really since the start of the year). Having undergone four operations last year plus a follow up spell in hospital when I got an infection in the surgery wound I missed out on holidays. So this year I've already had three breaks to make up for it and there are more being planned. The most recent was a nearly three week spell in France with getting back just last weekend. Since then I've steeled myself for some modelling and have started gently with three wagon kits from the NGS. They build in to an either option of a bogie bolster 'E' Bo
  27. Hello everyone. I bought the two following Bulleid BTK’s from Rails earlier today, R4888B, and R4888C. They are very good models, but I think the glazing is inset a bit much, as stated earlier, and is a little thick too. A couple of wonky steps, which I’ve straightened out, gives an impression of a rushed job to get them in the shops and sold. I’m considering options for the glazing. Maybe Lazerglaze if they release packs for these carriages. Anyway, I’ve taken some photo’s....... I hope the photo’s
  28. ap[ologies for me not responding to these suggestions, got a little confused for a while with the new format (love it now though) and been caught out with real life affecting unreal life. Anyway, thanks for your kind comments about Hobbiton End Cam, most appreciated. I have been working on more structures and have the track plan finalised, cannot remember if it is on here or not yet, just looked tis on post , D'oh!! A few piccies of the latest additions to the buildings collection - Firstly, the development of a building shown in an earlier post
  29. Here are a couple more from Tyneside, this time at South Shields. The stone arches at Tyne Dock were built by the North Eastern Railway in the 19th century to carry coal wagons over the Jarrow-South Shields road and out to staiths in Tyne Dock basin for the loading of coal into sea-going vessels. They had fallen into disuse by the 1960s and were demolished in 1977. This view from April 1976 includes all four remaining (disused) arches - the staiths had been over to the left. 'Tyne Dock Arches' had been a landmark for many years. The modern view is from
  30. But surely after this farce no one will touch him with a twenty metre cattle prod?
  31. Trainlover, beautiful detailing! Honest Tom, yes rabbit warren is an apt description. I did change one aspect, making a go-around siding on top. Here’s an update photo. The spindly support towers will be replaced with permanent support now that I know clearances are adequate.
  32. The right-hand crosshead (the replacement Romford/Markits product) with the etched droplink and combination lever from the kit added, plus the new union-link joining them together. The left-hand side, with all the various valve-gear bits hanging in place. Getting somewhere at last! Cheers, Dave.
  33. It was all the right theory ..just not necessarily in the right order........
  34. Last weekend I helped one of my fellow club members operate his layout at the Great Central Railway model railway show. Tony had very kindly offered me the chance to visit his home and see Little Bytham first hand. This was great because living in Scotland meant a visit to see the layout would be a very long journey. Since I was already at Quorn for the show it was therefore the perfect opportunity to stay over until the Monday after the show and make the short hop to Tony and Mo's to spend a delightful morning there. Tony very kindly allowed me to video the layout and was happy
  35. This is a general view of the railway room, shewing the lighting gantry. Two wooden "goal posts" sit across the railway, with the lighting track suspended underneath. The lighting track is fairly heavy grade plastic channel from LeRoy Merlin (equivalent to B & Q) The final photo is from the station end, shewing the whole layout.The underside of the lighting track and the LED's are evident in this last shot.
  36. Just caught up with the whole of this thread now. Interesting to see that the supporters of the Okehampton route still feel so strongly about this as a viable option to the South Devon line. I may be retired now, but I know that the economic and political facts surrounding the idea of a diversionary route haven't really changed much. There is, and never really has been, any meaningful political support for reopening the Okehampton line as a full main line alternative to the Dawlish route, certainly not from those DfT officials I used to speak to, not from th
  37. Changes have happened since I last ventured into my playroom with camera, the most time consuming of which has been the raising up of the trackbed. Creating the cutting template on the lining paper surface was easy using this wagon conversion. Then the hard graft started cutting the trackbed out of mdf and raising it off the deck on sections of two by one. Once I'd finished phase one I got out brushes, roller and emulsion and applied some sky to the walls. I'm pleased by the change in colour balance that it has effecte
  38. I spent some time putting together a 3D model of Wheal Rose dry. It isn't 100% accurate, I had to fill in a lot of blanks because there really aren't any photographs online. However I did manage to find some aerial photos from 1930 which gave me an idea of what was where roughly. The model file is in Sketchup Make 2017 which is a free program, so if you download that and install it, I can send you the file and you should be able to view it. The model is built to scale, so you can just use the ruler function to measure anything you need. The model also has a full interior, s
  39. A red letter day today. Circuit complete, glass of sparkling white Samur in hand and I sat and watched the trains. Apologies for the terrible sound - as the room is entirely bare plaster walls and wooden baseboards its a terrible echo chamber. Things will sound better once there's some nice sound-absorbing carpet and scenery in there.
  40. Good evening Tony, I would like to present some RTR locomotives that are presently being modified. First up is A3 2573 Harvester in c. 1928-34 condition complete with a Westinghouse pump. I need to do some additional research, but I believe that the locomotive should really be paired with a corridor tender. I have most of the bits for one of these but it will need to be assembled and painted before it is fit for service with this loco. The locomotive started life as a Dapol A3 2744, Grand Parade, but has been altered to right hand drive and had some corrections to the o
  41. So, continuing the ‘Midland in...’ theme, I have now had a think about Bristol’s successor and here it is - Midland in Tewkesbury...! As you may be aware, if I had kept hold of Bristol then I would have made room for it by ‘plugging’ it in next to Midland in Birmingham (also known as Monk’s Gate/London/Nottingham. I confuse myself...). As Bristol is sold now, Tewks will plug in instead. It’s broadly based on and inspired by the little engine shed and line that carried further on down to the quay, weaving through various warehouses, maltings and other extremely photogenic buildings
  42. I think Falcon was one of he best models Mike Cole produced, this is mine photographed on Herculaneum Dock. Powered on one bogie only with an MW double ended motor driving the outer axles it has run very smoothly for many years on various layouts. Mike used to assemble these bogies and always got them to run better than I could.
  43. I doubt Mr Bolton was wrong, just that the term "centrifugal force" is a contentious one in physics because the force in question is considered "fictitious", being due to frames of reference rather than an external influence like a magnetic field. Broadly, centrifugal force is the force you think you feel when you go around a corner - but it's just your body's natural inclination to want to keep going in a straight line. Centripetal force - which is real - is whatever force is applied (seat belts, car, friction of tyres on road) to prevent you going in a straight line. Al
  44. AY Mod

    DJM, the end.

    I was going to do some pruning but I think I'll just lock it off when we move onto the next phase once any Statement of Affairs gets published.
  45. Stonework almost complete here. This wall is loosely based on those at the approach to Glasgow Queen Street although they don’t have these vertical supports.
  46. I can echo those sentiments about kits helping to teach the art of scratch-building, Izzy. Mind you, Brian Hume once accused me of scratch-building every kit I ever put together... a thought which leads me nicely on to introduce another specimen to my Wagonologie. I won't say too much about this one yet, as I've prepared a piece for the 2mm Magazine. Actually, I prepared it about 6 years ago, but I still haven't got round to painting the wagon so I can take a photo to accompany the article. Perhaps I ought to have a wagon painting session soon! Anyway, the sub
  47. This afternoon's photos come from Leicestershire and Rutland and feature railway structures along with closed railways. There is one photo with a train in it. Saxby Junction July 74 J3815 The site of the junction with the line to Bourne and the M&GNJt which went straight on while the line to Peterborough curves sharply to the right. Saxby view east July 74 J3814 Edmondthorpe and Wymondham view east from Saxby Road Sept 72 J3109.jpg If you look carefully you can see the remains of a windmill.
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