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  1. The northernmost reaches of the Blyth and Tyne today, starting just to the north of Winning with a loco on the viaduct over the River Wansbeck and then moving to the east of Ashington in the Woodhorn area and ending up at Lynemouth with an NCB locomotive. Behind the loco is what was then the Alcan power station for the aluminium smelter. It now supplies the National Grid burning wood chips. The Woodhorn photos were taken just to the east of the bridge over the spine road (A189). North Seaton Wansbeck viaduct Class 56 l e Nov 87 J9368.jpg Taken from the north bank of the river, looking east. Woodhorn 37410 empties Lynemouth to North Blyth 31st Oct 92 C18130.jpg Woodhorn NCB Class 14 empty coal and mobile crane Oct 85 J8434.jpg Woodhorn Grant Lyon Eagre 0-4-0 dm down ballast May 88 J9495.jpg Lynemouth NCB Barclay Nov 85 J8467 David
  2. Some top notch 16 tonners a the beginning of this video. Hgh quality makes it a great film for colour comparisons of loco & stock.
  3. All I can say to that photo Neil is, Wow!. I think I would have completely lost it had I witnessed that event (not that I went to St P much in the mid 1970s - there was too much going on elsewhere). As to Falcon and 1Z17, I believe it was a regular on that train throughout August 1969 as well. I have posted this photo before I think; but here is my poor Instamatic shot of the return working at Exeter on 26th August 1969. I did try to sharpen the image, but that seems to have made it extremely grainy.
  4. Not much to report I'm afraid - modelling time has been limited over the last two weeks, with the discovery that my flatmate has bought a house. Paperwork is still being done with mortgage brokers and solicitors, so I still have a little time, but I have been spending most of my free time flat hunting. This, of course, also means that plans for Linton are also up in the air at the moment, although I am hopeful for one particular flat which would have the necessary space... A little work has happened on the lining of the Radial, and I have added some slim tension-lock couplings to two carriages which I bought at the Glasgow show back in February - decently bashed-about Triang clerestories which look to be intended to be LSWR 45-foot carriages, as the brake matches some drawings fairly closely - which had been painted in Southern green and were being sold for a song (£15 for both, if I remember correctly). A quick respray with Phoenix chocolate and salmon (after removing the lettering transfers to prevent show-through) and I have two carriages which, while not perfectly accurate (the waist panelling isn't deep enough for a start!) are perfectly plausible LSWR carriages which fill a gap in the roster until I can build more appropriate ones. The builder has done a fair chunk of work on them - adding footboards to bogies, completely new underframe equipment (although the lighting dynamos and battery boxes had to go and I'll be fitting lamps to the roof soon enough). I need to do something about that droopy front buffer on the 1st/2nd composite though! And yes, I know that technically such a train should have a brake compartment adjacent to the locomotive. I'll get around to it!
  5. “But then if you cannot be satirical about the weak and the helpless where has the essence of democracy gone.” My point is that taunting the weak and helpless isn’t satire, it’s just plan bullying. To me, satire has the hint of bravery and subversion about it; bullying weak people isn’t brave, and it actually reinforces the current hierarchy, rather than seeking to subvert it. And, if this turns into a “freedom of speech in a democracy” debate, then I don’t have any problem with the concept of freedom being circumscribed by carefully negotiated limits that are there to prevent society descending into something akin to an unsupervised playground at an infants school, because no meaningful form of democracy can exist in that environment anyway.
  6. Back from da souf, full report in SMS, also visited the Fareham Show today and spent an hour or more playing OPPERATING Tidmouth, what a cracking Layout that is, super slow running, Faultless operation and a real crowd pleaser, (OR, were they just looking at me?). Anyway, UNFORTUNATELY, I came away with lots of ideas. First some pics of Tidworth. And some others including this lovely model of Evercreech New. And this N Gauge under the Wires.
  7. If our experience (Cambrian Coasters) was anything to go by then team members may well have had items earmarked for recycling even at the planning stage. Five of us chose locos wle wanted for our home layouts and the other has the now stripped basebords ready for an 0 gauge essay. To help motivate me the buildings I put together for one of our ready made features were designed to have an after life on my York based layout. While this might seem a bit cynical to some it has ensured very little waste, which has to be a good thing. As an exhibition layout a ten by five solid mass, even though it can be split into three is going to be an awkward prospect to transport without a van. Two of us already have a selection of bespoke exhibition layouts easier to move and more fun to operate. The format the competition funnels you into isn't the best for ensuring layout longevity.
  8. I’ll be putting another guy to work soon Once I’ve decided what he’s doing I might put him at the end of the bench using the bench grinder? Good job it’s not for the Great Model Railway Challenge otherwise they’d expect sparks to be flying off the grinder too ........No! Just No
  9. ....W1 back from paint, so it's on with reassembly. First get a nicely running chassis. I build the chasssis up sequentially, testing for free running at every step. This rendition of 60700 has AGH wheels which have to be 'quartered' (3rd-ed?) by eye and bonded with Loctite 603. It adds a layer of complexity shall we say.... Then I built up the non mechanical parts of the model. And on to final assembly I'm going to have a little tiny whinge here about DCC equipment. I wish you electronics folks could make the hardware smaller (speakers, stayalive units, decoders etc etc.) They take up so much space and it becomes difficult to add the balast needed to get the loco to pull a reasonable train. Also there's a rat's nest of wiring which has only limited voids to occupy and spoils the appearance of the model. Surely it could be simpler? Rant over. Next the model goes to WH's for further weathering and some better pics I hope.....
  10. K3 2-6-0 61940 is seen at Stratford shed on 15th March 1953. This was a March loco at the time and was most likely employed on Whitemoor - Temple Mills freight services. I can't find any note of the number for the 0-6-0 behind the K3.
  11. Morning Andrew me hearty, you're absolutely right in modelling terms. Interesting to hear about the original Leicester South proposal, I think Black 5s and Scots looked better on the WCML, and the GC was much more interesting before the LMR took it over. LSGC is a wonderfully evocative model of better and more interesting times. Still I think those formative years are important to remember. I think if I was 10 years older my modelling interests might well have focused on the GC. I still like Black Fives though and in the spirit of Tony's thread I attach a photo, not great I'm afraid of one of mine, a DJH kitbuild that was my "millenium project".It has a Mashima 1624 motor and Comet gearbox and is intended to represent one of the Swansea Paxton Street allocation. I'm sure it has a few errors, Black 5s are a minefield, but it runs well. ATB Jon (no parrot, just tall and white haired)
  12. On a more general theme, it just shows you the value of sites like this one, where subjects like this can be easily discussed and advice freely given and acted on. Hopefully it’s a weight off the OP’s mind!
  13. Good morning Long John, AHARGGHH. I was thinking of the modeling of it rather than your personal memories, A black 5 and a Mk1 train is pretty generic to a whole host of locations. There is nothing particularly special about it with regards to the GC, a symbol of the sad state of affairs at the end perhaps. The original proposal for LSGC was to use the stock from Tebay and populate it with Black 5's and Royal Scots's. A number of us said, 'are you having a laugh'. Why chose the GC as a subject, if your going to ignore what made it individual. Why not model the Midland mainline instead? It is often quite difficult to pries people, like limpets away from there beloved late fifties early sixties time period, even if they have never visited a particularly location. In the case of the London extension, only the 1970's would have been worse. There is nothing wrong with modeling the late 50's early 60's. However, it's not the most appropriate time period for the GC, due to the obliteration of it's individual identity and the sadness of its ultimate fate. Ultimatly, it would have been a boring model.
  14. I tried to give my 4F the look of a loco that’s been sat in the corner for years.
  15. As Parishioners may recall, it has been a long-term plan to field one of the ex-Cornwall Minerals Sharp Stewart 0-6-0Ts in the Tank + tender form supplied to the Lynn & Fakenham. That the Midland Railway did something similar is quite new to me!
  16. As predicted above, the most expensive property was the only one that was really any good, BUT could this be TOPS2? If so SMS will have to go as it's to long! Unless I can extend to incorporate this covered area at the back.
  17. I am running trains tonight. I was wondering why a BRCW 3 car class 104 wasn't running as fast as normal. I was about to top it and find out why. The pillock driving hadn't opened out the throttle. I had a derailment tonight, why do trains derail on the Manchester sidings when there is another one on the adjacent line causing a massive pile up. The only derailment so far, a MTK 2 car class 114 and a Hornby (conversion) class 114 forming the Clethorpes to Sheffield lunch time train jumped the track with a Hornby class 24 (conversion) heading the Halifax DMU replacement ripping into it. BANG!!!!! I have also had to do minor surgery on Dore Bridge, with the damp weather it has grown longer so it needed a little bit taken off of it. Wood it is a natural material I keep having to remind myself.
  18. interesting . I’ve just cut the carbs and lost 10 class37s since May
  19. Would I be at risk of being called a 'rivet counter' if I asked why the smoke was coming out of the 'lighting up' chimney instead of the side chimney on the Crosti 9F? Dave.
  20. Sticking with BR blue & grey again... A pair of Epb units in the low level platforms at London Bridge. I can be certain about the date for that one - 23rd August 1986 - as I was there in connection with the London & Greenwich Railway 150th anniversary event which was taking place in nearby London Cannon Street. There's a bit about the event here - https://www.kentrail.org.uk/L&GR 150.htm Sticking with Epb units, here're 6214 and 5127 at Charing Cross, probably taken around 1988-1989. Shifting a generation in EMU body design, if not in traction equipment, class 455 5831 at East Croydon. Again, probably taken around 1988-89.
  21. Rebuilt tavern car diner at Southampton Central in 1967 - it seems to be coupled to a tavern car kitchen buffet: S7836S_SotonC_20-5-67 by Robert Carroll, on Flickr
  22. I don't think that there is anything wrong with the geometry in Anyrail. The image below shows from left to right; a Peco Code 83 #7 right hand curved turnout; a Peco Code 100 Streamline right hand curved turnout; and a Peco Code 100 left hand curved turnout sat on top of a Peco Code 83 #7 Left hand curved turnout. This is just to show that the Code 83 geometry definitely has a smoother diverging alignment due to having a larger substitution radius.
  23. As I recall from my last visit (2 years ago) the decking where the tramway was is no longer there. I don't see how Network Rail could replace their decking one track at a time. I would guess that the sensible option is some sort of "roadtrain" linking the ferry (catamaran) to Espanade during the replacement. Or perhaps, at least, a covered walkway. The hovercraft is great at Ryde but the Southsea end is a bit of a pain, miles from anywhere although there are quite good bus services. I will probably use the hovercraft for my next trip because I can't see them lasting much longer.
  24. Slowly but surely progress is being made... On the construction side of things I I have completed some remedial work towards the back of the layout. I was never happy with the fit of the backscene and right hand elevated section. It was over stressed and so now I have mated them properly, added another dowel plug for security and done some filling in and extending of road surfaces and backscene. The walls need to be rebuilt. The goods yard is a little bit more overgrown now - not particularly seen in this image but you can see that a tree has been planted to add a touch more greenery (I find that there's a surprising amount of vegetation and trees in a city) A Class 45 has been returned to traffic - it's been sat in the stock box for quite a while with a transmission problem. Now repaired it can handle trains to/from the Midland route to Manchester. And just back from the paint shop, is an AL6 in early blue which surely holds the title of "pride of the line". As ever, thanks for reading. Nigel H
  25. A beautiful home, bags of history and room for a few layouts and a garden railway... https://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-72800230.html
  26. Good Evening All, Seems like a while since I've give this one much attention what with OR being out and about. Finally worked up the effort last night to remove a board and shuffle the others around so I could get at the transformers. The enclosure was designed in such a way that there was no possibility of small fingers getting in it, but it does mean I have to remove the largest and heaviest board in the room to get to it - and I have to disconnect and shuffle three others to do that. It's not really that much of an issue, this is only about the third time I've needed to get in there in the last five years. Been having a bit of a gremlin though. I have a 5A NCE PowerPro system with a circuit breaker wired in (following an unfortunate incident with a derailment and some smoke!). In the last six months or so I have noticed the circuit breaker kicking in and cutting off the power while we've been running, but for no reason I can find. All is running happily, usually only a couple of trains looping the main lines, then everything goes dead. Process of elimination has ruled out any wiring errors, and its not restricted to certain trains, the number of trains on the track or the location of them. Only thing I can think of is that the connection of the last lot of point motors is drawing too much juice out of the system, although the DCC Concepts SA2s and SA8s that I've used seem to be on the lower end of the reported current draw of some decoders. I've no idea one way or the other, so have just tweaked the jumpers on the circuit breaker from 4A to 5A. Will see what happens. Having all the boards out also allows a few other jobs to be done (since I'm not twinging my back more often than necessary), including some interesting views of the layout not normally possible, like this shot from back to front towards the girder bridge. Biggest job I've been wanting to do was the backscenes though. I'd bought a ID Backscenes one a while ago (available here), but hadn't really thought out how to attach it or how I would trim it to fit the space. Having the boards off allowed me to get the main run of it on one board's backscene that was easily removable, so I could align it properly and get a feel of how easy it was to work with. I did buy some of Deluxe Materials 'View Glue', but to my slight puzzlement found that the ID instructions recommended not using it! As usual there are as many positive as negative reviews on here. Decided to follow their suggestion of using a pritt stick since I had one to hand. Seemed to go on really well, so will wait and see how durable it will be long term. The boards that join this one were more of a pain to get the board off the back for one reason or another, but were easy to reach so I glued about 8 inches at a time and unrolled it smoothing out as I went. Then bolted it all back together. Really surprised by the depth of field it gives having it in place. It's one of those situations where, once you've put it on, you can't imagine what it looked like before. Very happy. What amazes me most is that there are three joins in the picture below. Rare quality given my usual dexterity! There are a few things to watch out for. To my eye it looks like about 10-12 houses that are then photo-shopped and repeated - a top job though, you really have to look to spot it, and with things in front you won't. There are also a couple of garage doors suggesting some sort of access out back that I don't have space for, so have positioned this section behind to concrete fence to make it less obvious. The image is also a winter scene so the trees on it have no leaves, but can easily add half a green one in front. Really happy with the results of this. It won't all be visible. Most will disappear behind a car park behind the station platform, but at least the sky will be continuous. Having a strange affect on me though - I actually want to do some scenery. Better have a lie down. Have a good weekend. Rich
  27. I d like to say a big thank you for the time and effort you ve taken to scan and up load these photos Dave. I work within the rail industry here in Derby and its been fantastic seeing what the railways here in the East Midlands were like in their hay day. Myself and others like me no doubt appreciate the fact your father took photos of the real working railway, common goods locos, shunters etc, so often over looked by other photographers, who chose to photograph the important and fashionable trains and rolling stock of the time, and by doing so have produced a slightly distorted picture of railway workings for the following generations. Like the late David Hey's web site, l hope these images will become part of a national archive, so that future railway enthusiasts can see what it was really like. I hope that there are possibly more of your fathers work to add in the future, and l for one will be coming back to these pages over and over again, as a source of inspiration for a long tiome to come Thank you DaveF
  28. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<For all the events of subsequent years (and although I did have the chance to go, and didn’t, for good and sufficient reasons) the “Land of the Free” has never QUITE lost its tantalising shine..>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I went to the US for the usual reason - money! At the time I was only making 15 Pounds a week with not much prospect of future improvement so off I went! Over the years its lost its charm, but still a great place to live in spite of current politics and its been good for my wife and I. Brian
  29. Thanks for that. The folding loop is no more than a copy of a normal lifting flap, just joined together. As the main board will sit on the existing trestles, I didn't want a whole second board just for the loop, and a complete board would be almost 4' square, so this seemed a suitable compromise. ( I'll wager it's still less wiring than DCC would be
  30. I also wondered if I was being pedantic by noticing this? I model with Scale7 a little, which prompts some friends to (jokingly?) call me a rivet counter, so maybe we both are But who would be so stupid to buy a loco with 2 chimneys & not ask why before adding a smoke unit to the wrong one? It would be a bit like adding an exhaust port & smoke to a class 87. I liked the TT modellers' entry this week because it is one of the few I've seen on the show which is not covered with gimmicks & actually looks like a proper model. When I first saw them, I wondered if we would see a TT layout on the show, but since we didn't, I guess the rules state that the projects must be in OO gauge?
  31. I would have loved to have seen the London Extension in better times, my family moved next to it just 2 months before the expresses were taken off. It was a sadly run down railway in the early 60's, but to be positive, living right by it really encouraged my interest in all things railway. Jon
  32. Got to say I like that effect too, wonder if there's been layouts modelled after a shower of rain? That would be good to see. Steve.
  33. Yes, that might be a better idea. Thanks.
  34. Yesterday marked 7 months since I kicked off the Mk2 build and knowing this milestone was coming up I made one last push to get the coaches finished. With all the windows fitted I added no smoking and first class stickers and in the case of the two TSOT's, a buffet sign. For some reason I have a red tinge to the buffet sign in the blue grey TSOT which isn't that apparent when not behind a window, so I may remove this and re print the sign. I made these in power point using the correct BR font then printed onto photo paper and mounted on a plasticard frame. Mk2a FK - Mk2d TSOT - Mk2d TSOT Mk2d TSO - Mk2d TSO - Mk2z TSO Mk2d TSO - Mk2d TSO - Mk2e FO Very pleased with the cut down corridor connections, I have included a comparison picture to an out of the box Mk2D Just the kadees to fit now when I get more fixing screws. Unlike the Mk3a's there is no room to fit the Kadee No.5 and draft box on the Mk2's so I will be using the 148 coupling and the shallow 252 gear box. I had some already but not enough so ordered additional Kadee 148s from Osborns models in Devon yesterday which arrived in the post this morning, very impressive service from them and Royal mail for the delivery time. More pictures to follow when I get these assembled in rakes with a 47/7 and DBSO Jonathan
  35. "Was there any more connection than a visual one between the NER/ Darlington works / Merz & McLellan / Siemans / Harton colliery?" Early electrical trivial pursuits, eh? A couple of possible answers: - Cragside (NT again!), which is where Armstrong bought together the wonders of the new electrical age, and thereby inspired the strong interest in the technology in the NE; or, - Merz designed the second Newcastle generating station and electrical distribution system (first three-phase system in Britain), which fed the NER electric trains, via substations that were, uniquely for a UK railway, owned not by the railway, but by the electricity authority; which gave Sir Vincent Raven a head start on electrical matters, including building some nice 1500V locos at Darlington works, including those to haul coal trains, these having Siemens electrical kit, following the example at Harton, which takes us back to Siemens. Do either of those work? BTW, have you see a book called "Networks of Power"? It's probably the best 'history of technology' book around, because it traces the complex links, through money and people, within the electrical industry on both sides of the Atlantic either side of the turn of the century. [I could sneak O'Doolite in here too, by way of the Parsons turbine, which was first applied to large scale generation in the first Newcastle power station] PS: Yes, the initial NER rolling stock had BTH (=GE) electrical systems, not Siemens, which is why the two Bo-Bo locos were standard GE products, virtually identical with those used in the US, and in Paris, and in Italy, among, I think, other places that GE tentacles reached. By the early 1900s, Siemens were actually "on the ropes" I Britain as regards traction contracts, which is probably why they made such a big thing of Harton. American capital and factories, Westinghouse Electric in Manchester, and BTH (=GE) in Rugby, were consolidating their position, and, certainly in the case of Westinghouse (Mersey Railway) effectively buying their way into the market.
  36. Some C16s were in store Gilbert, but not for as long a period as the Directors. I built this kit last year and by coincidence saw the loco featured in the 1955 film Geordie whilst flicking through Freeview channels one afternoon during its construction. Starring Bill Travers as a young lad taking part in the Olympic Games in Australia in 1956 there are a few good close up shots of it at Gartmore station near Aberfoyle where Bill Travers was filmed leaving for Australia and then arriving back some time later. At that time 67488 was shedded at Eastfield and in late 1955 was transferred to Polmont. I have a photo of it taken at Polmont station a year or so later and decided to model that loco as it was a handy photo for the detail. The last C16 I saw in steam was in late 1960 one overcast Saturday afternoon when, as the Hibs were playing away, a friend and I decided to take the train from Haymarket to Polmont to go round the shed and also see the handful of Directors on the deadline. By luck the loco arrived in the shed when we were walking about keeping clear of any fitters etc. who may not have been happy with unauthorised visitors. Happy days! Eric
  37. Just put together a short running Session, featuring stunning NCB Lined Blue B2 and my Model Rail / Dapol Sentinel in eye-catching NCB Purple with Wasp Stripes. Here we see the Peckett arrive with a short rake of NCB Hoppers, shunting, before shunting them into a siding and heading of to the shed, while the Sentinel departs with a loaded rake of mixed NCB Wagons. Hope you enjoy!
  38. chaz

    Dock Green

    In which case he wouldn't be famous. Infamous possibly?
  39. A couple more BR blue & grey, this time from around Chichester and the West Coastway line circa 1985-87. Departing Chichester heading for Portsmouth is 4Cig 7389 passing 33030. I can't recall where I took this one, the 68 headcode is for Brighton to Bognor via Littlehampton, but I believe it's Angmering. Showing evidence of recent renumbering 4Vep 3095.
  40. HI All Wagons will be here soon so you have till Sunday night before the pre-order price change to the come and get it price. Regards Arran
  41. Photos from the Newcastle to Carlisle line today. The Fourstones photos are taken just to the west of the site of the station. Fourstones Class 101 Carlisle to Newcastle March 85 J8241.jpg Fourstones 56130 empties to Plenmeller loader 26th Aug 92 C17959.jpg Cowran Hills cutting 56096 down freight 29th March 94 C19376.jpg Cowran Hills cutting 156444 Newcastle to Carlisle 1st June 94 C19465.jpg Cowran Hills cutting 60056 up oil 1st June 94 C19469.jpg David
  42. I’m surprised Christmas is still such a bulge for Hornby coffers. i don’t know of any kids being brought any train sets anymore....does it still happen ? must be old farts like me asking for stuff .
  43. Well this thread was invaluable advertising for Hornby. This was never on my radar, but one has just found its way to All Saints Row. Thanks to Paul at Alton Model Centre. Roy
  44. Having stared at photos of the heapstead for a couple of weeks, and drawn up some crude plans, I've put knife to plasticard again and made a start on the building itself. It feels weird starting on the upper floor first, but it sits on H-beam stilts with only the western wall going from ground to apex. I've ordered some H-beams from Squires, so construction will stall until that arrives, hopefully next week, although I can still crack on with the ground floor elements to some degree. All the photos I have are from the south, more or less, so I've guessed at the northern aspect.
  45. An update from RevolutioN: Class A and Zander cruise into view… from Revolution! Revolution Trains – the company set up to use crowdfunding methods to bring niche models to the British model railway market – has confirmed that it will be offering the much-requested Class A tanker in 2020. This is a logical follow-on to Revolution’s well-received Class B tanker, which was delivered to customers in 2017. Joining it (as it shares the chassis) will be the widely used MTV box wagon conversion; these were also used by the engineers with the fishkind name “Zander.” The Class A tanker was designed in the late 1950s at the same time as the Class B – with which it shares many common parts – but with a longer barrel as in service it carried lighter fuels. Originally painted silver, for much of the 1960s and 70s these wagons ran in the mandated livery of pale grey tank with red solebar to indicate that the contents were highly flammable. It is anticipated that original and revised Esso liveries will be offered along with Mobil and Stavely Chemicals. In later years some were also used on weedkilling trains, bearing Nomix-Chipman colours. In 1975 150 es-Esso tank wagons received box bodies for use on minerals, stone, sand and aggregate traffic. Recoded MTV under TOPS, many were later used by the engineers; recoded ZTV and named Zanders where they were used alongside other departmental wagons such as the Revolution Sturgeon track carriers. Originally a chocolate brown with distinctive “STONE” branding, some were also given the popular grey and yellow “Dutch” colours when in engineering use. As well as the two new items of tooling, Revolution is proposing another run of its Class B tankers in one new livery and the most popular existing versions. For more information see www.revolutiontrains.com
  46. You can't be getting much in the way of sound quality for £12!
  47. There is a photo of the Marlow - Bourne End mixed train in 1954 below. It does indeed show an Auto-train as you mention.
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