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  1. We stay on the West Coast Main Line this afternoon heading south with a first stop by the lineside south of Low Gill back in April 1995, a mere 25 years ago. Then we move further south to look at Preston some 49 years ago, almost to the day, in November 1971 with Class 50s and Mk1 sleeping cars on a very dull damp day. I think my personal Tardis did well today enabling me to get these photos! Low Gill DVT up 11th April 95 C20036.jpg Low Gill 86260 down 11th April 95 C20063.jpg Low Gill 87022 pushing up 11th April 95 C20064.jpg Preston Class 50 down ex pass in rain Nov 71 C766.jpg Preston 2 Class 50s down Royal Scot Nov 71 C767.jpg Preston sleeping cars Nov 71 C768.jpg David
    31 points
  2. We'll start today with a set of photos from visits to the Kent and East Sussex Railway in the late 1970s. They were all taken at Tenterden and on Tenterden bank where there is a convenient level crossing with a parking space and a good view - I wonder if it is different now? Tenterden Hunslet 23 Holman F Stephens 19th June 76 C2795.jpg Tenterden Hunslet 26 Tenterden to Wittersham Road Sept 78 C4144.jpg Tenterden Hunslet 26 Wittersham Road to Tenterden Sept 78 C4151.jpg Tenterden Hunslet Austerity acting as banker on Tenterden Bank Sept 78 C4141.jpg Tenterden Bank RSH 26 and Terrier 10 Sutton l e 26th Dec 79 C4910.jpg Tenterden Bank RSH 26 and Terrier 10 Sutton Tenterden to Wittersham Rd 26th Dec 79 J6735.jpg David
    30 points
  3. I never store or leave either of the boats in the harbour just in case I knock them when going through the door. So quite often, when i take a picture, there is nothing alongside and its only after I take the picture and look at the end result and think - should've put something there, I realise not always but sometimes. It looks a bit........open! Now playing with the idea of an old rowing boat alongside the steps in a semi derelict condition, I also think there should more waste in the corner as if washed in by the tide and trapped there!
    29 points
  4. So here's the new branch platform up starting signal, installed and in operation. Once again I've discovered a new angle, only to find that it exposes one of my lazy short cuts from layout building days, long before I'd considered any photographic possibilities. Just been rummaging around for any leftover brick-embossed Plastikard but without success so will need to acquire some more. Of course, as I'm sure you'll all quickly spot, the brick platform facing isn't the only thing missing! Cropping this picture gets rid of the incomplete brickwork and gives a closer view of the approaching down stopping train. So what's approaching the new signal? It's the daily Earlsbridge branch goods returning to Hackney Yard, and as it has nothing to drop or pick up at Stoke C. it's going to amble through the branch platform and straight out onto the up main. Watch this space! John C.
    25 points
  5. The New Clee fish gets closer, and we can see that the loco is one of ours, 61023. A few minutes of quiet follow, after which 92188 starts its journey to Ferme Park with more coal.
    24 points
  6. A Johnson 3F arrives with a local from Evercreech Jct: Photo by Chris Nevard, courtesy of Hornby Magazine.
    23 points
  7. Stroll down memory lane, by the side of the quay with the noise of the gulls overhead and waft of fish from every angle, smell of coal smoke everywhere.....and add a hint of rain in the air. What's not to like about model railwaying....
    22 points
  8. Engineering work was undertaken at Stoke Courtenay last week to replace the final non-working semaphore signal with one of the new Dapol single-arm bracket signals. This involved excavating a hole in the platform, and of course Sod's Law decreed that a stripwood cross bearer was found at that spot! But I carved it out bit by bit before drilling a pilot hole. This was used to drill the required 15mm hole from below. You can see here how I've cut back the signal base to the minimum possible footprint, and extended the black paint up the signal post so it looks to be platform mounted. After installing the signal the hole in the platform was made good with Plastikard to suggest wooden planking or an inspection hatch to get at the below-platform gubbins. After clipping on the operating unit under the baseboard and wiring up the signal was successfully tested. All seemed to be well until i reached over the layout to retrieve a screwdriver and accidentally depressed the signal arm momentarily (it was 'on'). At that instant the nearest adjacent point motor started 'acking' uncontrollably and would only stop once switched to the other road or power turned off altogether. On restoring power it started again. In the past I've stopped such 'acking' by ducking under the baseboard and squeezing the plastic sides of the motor box or tapping it lightly with a pin hammer. Didn't work this time, so the motor had to go in the bin. Good job I still had a couple of spares left. (Obviously this could all be a coincidence - there are already 9 other Dapol signals fed from the same accessory bus as the points - but it was absolutely simultaneous with my accidentally nudging the signal arm.) But my troubles weren't over. This is the most inaccessible motor, right at the back of the layout and the only one not under the point itself, due to a last-minute track plan tweak back in 2012 which placed the point tie-bar over a baseboard cross-member! It's taken me all week to restore the linkage and get the point blades to throw and close properly and I'm surprised I've not done more damage to the layout details, leaning over the baseboard awkwardly with a soldering iron, day after day. I did break the tie-bar connection to one of its lace pins (since resoldered with the help of a small mirror) and knocked a capful of flux onto the yard surface, but thank goodness, all is now sorted. Anyway, at long last I can correctly signal trains to move from the branch platform onto the up main line. Only took eight years. John C.
    22 points
  9. Been a while since the last update. I've been busy building some low relief flats to go somewhere behind the scrapyard scene. I used the cricut maker machine I've had for a while to assist me. No way was I going to cut all those windows by hand! Lots of detail left to add but for now I'm going to take a break from it. Looks right at home overlooking the scrap yard.
    22 points
  10. An excellent principle to live (model) by. I think though that the point made by the original poster, remains; in the annual wish-lists, people plead for a RTR model of a "LNER J101". Then: Hornby/Bachmann/Heljan/Oxford Rail/whoever produce one. Some people complain it's over £100 and it'll kill the hobby, others buy one. Some complain the cab roof is the wrong shape, two years later the manufacturer releases a modified version (when all they'd done was make it according to a (what everyone assumed was accurate) drawing. Then people complain that after three years, there isn't a J101/5 variant with the different bunker shape (there were only two J101/5s anyway). A couple of years later, the J101/5 variant appears and half the pleaders now complain that they've made it with the wrong number for their own personal preference, or that it isn't available in BR black BRITISH RAILWAYS livery which it carried for at least 6 months in 1948. Oh and why isn't available ready-weathered, with DCC sound and for under £80.....? If I was an RTR manuafcturer, at shows I would keep a stock of Airfix beginners kits under the counter, the ones where you get a Red Arrows Hawk jet, glue, the correct paint and even a paintbrush. Anyone who makes one of the above complaints should be offered one of the kits at a discount, "Here look, have a go at one of these, don't be scared....".
    20 points
  11. 3775 arrives under the bridge with empties for the local colliery.
    19 points
  12. For my modelling, I haven’t done as much I would have liked to in the last week or so; work was busy and took me away from home for a few days. I have managed to solder the bodies together on the LMS D1938 Restaurant Composite and the GWR A44 Driver Trailer I’m currently doing. This is the A44 Driver Trailer with roof loosely fitted. The body work is pretty much done and the next job will be to focus on the interior, then the roof and prepare the buffers and all the whitemetal bits for the underframe. The kit came with the Ratio style plastic seating but this is ‘too thick’ such that the seat edges will be visible in the compartment windows – there’s nothing wrong with the seats, its because the compartment partition to the window frame on these carriages was so narrow. The D1938 Restaurant Composite came with much narrower backed seating (same as used to come in the Ian Kirk kits) so I’ll use this instead for this coach and the Ratio stuff in the restaurant carriage. I had intended to have the roof as detachable but I think it’ll need to be glued on, its such an integral part of the coach’s strength. This is the D1938 Restaurant Composite. Its in a similar state to the A44 and the intention is work on this ones interior also. I also need to think about how it will couple up to the the adjacent carriages in the rake. I normally use a rigid hook and bar system but given the length of this carriage I'll try and engineer / cobble up something that articulates. Apologies for the photos looking so grubby. I try and clean off the flux residue and heat staining from what I’m building pretty much after every session. They did get done yesterday, but maybe I had greasy fingers before photographing them. We had take out for tea... What the images do show is that I need to trim and fettle the roofs a bit more, though this is not so readily apparent in real life. Kind regards, Iain
    19 points
  13. One of the B16/1 photos jogged my memory. Yes - the coupled wheelbase was too far forward on the DJH kit - that was why I hacked it apart. It's interesting to look back at some of these models in the light of more knowledge., knowing that we'd do it completely differently now! We are having a J6 fest - mine is grinding along to completion.. I think yours will be finished long before mine Tony. Watch out for the tender though - most kits seem to cater for them in GNR condition. There appear to have been changes to the front coal plates in LNER days....
    18 points
  14. I installed 52/48 signal today but not 24 disc. In fact I nearly installed 24 in the wrong place, and cut a hole for it, but realised just in time that it belongs with 50/44 (Up Branch Starting), not 52/48 (Up Main Starting), so now I've got a hole to fill next to the Up Main. Never mind. I got 52/48 working without too much trouble for once, then worked out the exact position for 50/44 and 24. These have to fit between 22A's point motor and a joist. I won't drill the holes until the signals are ready though. Then I had a big decision to take - should I start to dismantle the old 6305 or run a few trains? No contest - I ran a few trains, sitting at the signal box to watch them go by at Porthmellyn Road. All the main line signals are installed and working now, so that was quite fun. Here's a driver's-eye view of 52/48. You can see the spurious excavation in front of it. Back indoors, I've started the next few signals - the two double-arm single-posts (with calling-on arms) and a disc (25, which will have a yellow stripe). I mentioned before that I thought I might do some things slightly differently on the next calling-on arms and here is one of those. Rather than build up the "prism" with layers and filler, I decided to use some Evergreen quarter-round strip. Here it is in place. Once it's set I can file it to shape.
    16 points
  15. 02 on its way, and signalled into the yards. and after it has dragged its load across the Up main and out of the way, the first New Clee fish can head south.
    16 points
  16. One from the archives before she retires due to a new model being available. A Collett 93XX Mogul on an up parcels of which I hope Dapol do eventually.
    15 points
  17. Managed to get the third tube in this morning and all three are wired and working. Still some work to do with the fascia, but overall pleased with the outcome. The telling thing for me is that standing at the bottom of the right angled staircase up to my railway room, it appears that the room is flooded by daylight. It’s not until you enter the room can you see it’s dark outside and the blinds are shut. Well worth the effort....Just three more sides to do.
    15 points
  18. Not done a lot today other than glue the stone walling to the other side of the road and attach the gate I had to clear away some of the ‘over grown’ grass from the road edge, hence the bald patches which I’ll sort out another day Used a left over post from the ratio post and wire fence kit Not sure it it’s in the right position visually Personally I think the curved wall to the entrance looks quite good
    15 points
  19. Fitting the servos and testing........ The servos I'm using on this signal are fairly small, of conventional design, with a weight of only 3.7gms. As usual I created a bespoke mount from plywood and beading. This starts with a horizontal plate with a hole to match the signal's "foundation tube". In this case it is 1/2in dia. This plate is secured to the baseboard by a couple of screws. The three servos are mounted in a second piece of plywood, which in turn is glued to the first plate, with beading re-inforcement of the joint. The alignment of the servos to the operating wires is determined by "rack o'th eye", with the intention of giving as straight a pull as possible. The wooden servo mount in place on thge Transport & Test frame. With the servos connected to GF Controllers, they are set to mid-throw by the "Safe" feature. The servo Horns are aligned on their splines. The holes for connecting the operating wires have been opened up to 1/16th in. The connections between operating wires and servo horns are made from 1/16in Brass tube, This is a sliding fit over the 1/32in tube re-inforcement of the operating wires, and a good fit into each horn. Each connection is individually formed to suit the location. The sliding fit between the operating wire and the connection tube allows the signal arm to servo relationship is be adjusted prior to soldering the joint. The servo is already set to Mid-Throw by the GF Controller. The signal arm is set to the corresponding "mid throw" position. Once the connecting tube to operating wire positionh is correct, a drop of liquid flux is placed over the small hole ready for the solder. A little solder on a hot iron and the job's done. Here the first two connections have been made. Adjusting the signal movement is straight forward. First the Stop is set. Then the Clear. The very small amount of movement of the servo required is seen in the following two photos: Stop. Clear. By ensuring the thickness of the Transport &Test frame correponds closely with the railway's baseboard, the signal can be installed with confidence everything will be within the range of adjustment available. The connecting tubes are easily released from their servo horn to allow the servo assembly to be removed downwards, and the signal upwards. On installation a short length of 1/12in tube or rod is used to align the servo mount whilst it is screwed in position. I hope the above has been informative. I hope to have a short video prepared soon... Steve.
    15 points
  20. I put the new J6 through its paces this morning................... Obviously running with a borrowed tender, it took 40+ loaded coal wagons with ease. A useful addition to LB's loco stud
    15 points
  21. Heres another,37180 stabled for the night.
    14 points
  22. An old steam shed now offers shelter to a couple of 37s (but would not like to be in there when they have a cold start up)
    13 points
  23. Another early start on rfd 47555...
    12 points
  24. I've been making good progress with the station building. The photo in the previous post is the kit as supplied but with the inner through timber walls trimmed down, these are a slotted piece of wood but unaltered are quite 'heavy' and project through too far. After pondering I decided I wasn't totally happy as the ply's once sanded are a little rounded, so I cut the piece back flush with the building and mounted some new ones with card that sat much better. I could not do the same with the end pieces as they form the main ends wall, so these were carefully trimmed back. I then fixed some thin card for window cills and added some Will's downpipes etc as well as a plasticard ribbed roof to the end toiled block and stores. The building was then painted, I started with BR cream but this looked too 'orange' so overpainted with GWR coaching stock cream. Its not quite as light as I wanted when you compare to photo's of Longmorn and Knock on the GNSRA website but felt best to leave and is a lot better than the first colour. The Brown is actually late BR Bauxite which comes up pretty good although I had problems with it adhering as the cream that was fairly old seems to have gone off slightly, whilst its covered well itself the coat above didn't, however another coat seemed to do the trick. The roof has had ridge tiles made from plasticard paving scored along the middle/cut down but uses the top decorative ridge from the kit. The kits roof former protrudes through the tiles which is a pain so this area was then filled and tiles scribed. It looks ok but obvious that its not the same as the main roof. This is probably the biggest criticism of these kits that they are designed as 'slot together' which whilst they fit very well and square are not to 'modelling standards'. You can get somewhere near with a bit of work but suspect they might appear more to modellers if the roof was re-designed. A bit more detailing to be done yet but not looking too bad, and the building will sit towards the back of the layout. The platforms are also progressing with Peco stone facing and copers, the stone looks fairly good but needs toning down with some matt varnish and weathering. The surfacing will be scatter or kids sand as most stations in this area were chippings. Finally some shots of the front from the non viewing side, of note I am playing around with an old Ratio platform mounted signal box (shock horror of GWR origin) but overlaying the stone base with timber which is looking like a good representation of the box at Carron. The kit is quite old so I may purchase a new one if happy I can get the right results.
    12 points
  25. Regular readers will recall that the shedmaster at Churminster had spotted a pristine Schools loco running through late in the day, on a north bound Reading service: He had decreed that once it returned it was to be removed in favour of a weathered member of the same class, and soon after, a suitable candidate appeared in the shape of No.924 'Haileybury': Not being one to miss an opportunity he placed the loco discreetly in the siding normally occupied by the breakdown train - which for some reason was sitting in platform 1: Sure enough, early the following morning No.901 'Winchester' appeared on the return Portsmouth working: The driver was immediately told of the error of his ways and the loco uncoupled from its train (the fireman, having spent time on polishing the loco, looks duly fed-up!): With No. 901 reversed into the locoshed headshunt, No.924 was now free to join the train....: ....and moved out onto the running line before backing onto the carriages in platform 2: Once coupled up the train was ready for departure, and only 2 minutes late: No.924 makes a spirited start on the descending grade past Churminster quarry, and will undoubtedly make up the time lost! As for No.901, it was off to the weathering works to join the never ending queue of locos awaiting their turn. The saga continues... Tony
    12 points
  26. A little weathering (and coaling) on Beenham Grange, this was the loco who’s paint I ruined last year experimenting with spraying lacquer to improve the green it had several washes of acrylics before finishing off with weathering powders. I think it will be interesting to compare this with my wartime black grange once the latter is finished. You can hardly see the green on this
    12 points
  27. Another GB 66 that rocked up today - 66789, the former 66250. Having arrived at Westbury light loco from Eastleigh as 0G71, BR large logo 66789 is shunted across to sit atop it's traffic for tomorrow. A quick shot as I walked out the door for home, luckily the loco paused under the yard lights. The last loco in the original batch, one of ten sold by DB to GBRf this was originally 66250. From a modelling perspective, this loco still retains its EWS / DB spec, complete with buckeye coupler, original side windows and GPS aerial. It has lost its side mirrors though. Jo
    12 points
  28. The 45xx cruises through the branch platform with a clear road to the main line. I think the next two pics might be the first I've taken through the footbridge. I rather like them, especially the second, so they probably won't be the last. The chap on the bench with his hat in his hand seems to be taking a passing interest in 4574 behind him. The Dapol signal is a bit chunkier than the more delicate Ratio item it replaced, but you can't have everything. Now just waiting impatiently for another particular Dapol item. John C.
    11 points
  29. Almost a month without updates - it's been cold, I've had persistent toothache, a friend came in from out of town.... No they didn't, that would have been illegal. Anyway it was back to the bench today as the rain fell. First job, the twin. This is the second of the pair, actually, which has now overtaken the first. Mike Trice kindly sent me a drawing which I could use to scale the voltage regulator and you'll see that both have acquired them. Other than the persistent refusal of the rainstrips to stick, these are ready for paint. I am waiting for Dart to restock with buffers, though, so the underframes will have to wait. I'm also short of steps for the bogies on this pair so there may be a delay before they're completely finished. Some time ago I noted that Andrew Hartshorne had announced another GC wagon kit. I had occasion to order last week so I had one and I spent a happy hour yesterday putting it together. Final details this morning and here it is. Something else I've had kicking around for a long time: I was given a part etch for this, I've forgotten where from or by whom. I eventually determined it was a GNSR horsebox, which means it's by Peter K. What you see is already more than I got, so I'll have to make strapping and the like when I've identified suitable axleboxes, buffers and so on. With a brass floor, Comet W irons and a roof it's already looking a good deal more advanced. Lastly this afternoon I picked up the LRM J6, knowing it was all but complete and added the last missing details. Given that we may be stuck as we are for several more months, it might as well be finished off and then fettled.
    11 points
  30. The next little project is the construction of the corrugated waiting shelter for the down platform. The style is taken from the Sussex coastal halts. The construction is scale corrugated sheets located through a wargames supplier and braced with scrap foamboard which was to have been used as the platform surfaces.
    11 points
  31. Iv been taking advantage of a few quiet hours whilst the rest of my mob are having a lie in. Done some more gloss white on the side of the second PWA in the works and jist taken the plunge and done a full side on the 1st one, all looks good so far although the blue shade has altered somewhat from my tests, probably due to printing on normal paper and i dont think the printer like doing big blocks of blue as the shade varies slightly over the length. However, im pretty pleased and i do like the shade, its not quite like the humbrol blue on the ends but should be able to weather them in. Just off to leg it between the showers to fetch the decal fix i forgot. Cheers James
    11 points
  32. Thanks for posting this photo, it reminded me of one I took at Stirling in 1985. 47523 leaves the station with an array of different coaching stock; and if you only have a couple each of Mk1s, Mk2a, Mk2d, Mk3, just lash them together and run your service anyway.
    11 points
  33. But, equally, even in lockdown, our time is not infinite. If a ready-made model provides something (or a good basis for something) that fits into ones overall plans, the available time is surely better spent in kit-building or scratch-building items that cannot, and may well never, be obtainable any other way. B16s, for now at least, fall firmly in the latter category for those who need them. Quite aside from the fact that Tony's primary interest in the hobby is clearly building locomotives, he has a big layout that demands heavy (metal) locomotives capable of hauling full sets of heavy (metal) coaches. His personal boundary between a practical need for power and r-t-r being adequate for the traffic on offer therefore lies in a different place to mine and possibly, most of us. On top of that, my painting skills are similar to what Tony has confessed to, good enough for plain black goods engines, but little more; and I lack his circle of those with greater abilities with whom to barter my other skills (such as they are). My guiding principle has always been "Buy what I can, make what I must". What has undoubtedly changed, over the past two decades, is that so much more of what I can buy nowadays is fit for (my) purpose. I don't consider that a matter for regret; if one really wants to build engines, the existence of a ready made version shouldn't be a deterrent. John
    11 points
  34. How about one of these?
    11 points
  35. Here are a few more pictures. With the chassis in place, you can see the compromise with the balance pipe under the front end of the tank passing behind rather than in front of the ejector pipe. I have also fitted the steps on the tank sides, fixed the wonky grab handle, straightened the rear buffer beam, and fitted a lamp bracket on the smokebox. This latter item is actually a spare from my 9F kit. As well as the ex-Jinty brake hangers and modified LMS buffers, there is also part of a piece of Jubilee chassis somewhere on this loco... you'll never guess! This one shows off the reversing lever well. It also shows off the missing guard iron... I hope I will be able to effect a repair without ruining the lining on the frames(!) Now the driver's side is so "busy" under the tank, you need to look from the fireman's side for a good view of the bits between the frames. This might be more difficult once the fire irons are stowed along the footplate.
    11 points
  36. There's been some slow progress on my gasholder station scene based on the Old Kent Road one. The holder is a bashed kit but all the other structures are scratch-built. It's not up to the same standards as Copenhagen Fields but is N/2mm scale. Here's how it looks to date with the structures in their correct relative locations: The card carcass to the right of the holder is an unfinished building of the meter workshops. At the front of the works either side of the entrance are two low modernish structures - a gas showroom (also unfinished) and the security/gate house - on the left of the pic. There will be another modernish block - a pump/booster house - that was built at an angle between the gate house and the meter workshops. The Old Kent Road runs at an angle in the pic cutting the bottom left corner. However there is another road, just in front of the gate house, that starts towards the holder but bends round in front of the meter workshop. building.
    11 points
  37. And here we are, earlier today ... Minor milestone achieved - the complete station throat is now refurbished, sitting on cork underlay and all reconnected with points working (track testing yet to take place). Gladdening my heart at least here is the sight of the pointwork and track leading up to platforms 4 and 5 (platforms read from left-to-right in this view), thus reinstating the overall look of the track layout. Looking the other way, this is the operator viewpoint. One thing I've done in conjunction with this work is to re-affix the loose bits of platform surface so that all looks better. Looking closer towards to the trainshed - yes - the tracks have returned. Phew! As far as here. But, significantly, the hardest-to-reach trackpin has been successfully replaced so that's also a 'phew' moment for me. Whilst we're looking inside, couldn't help pointing the camera the other way. This bit doesn't look too bad - the foam isn't in so bad a state and I'd previously made a start on painting rails ... but it's all going to come up. This is all going to have to serve for another 25-30 years - god willing(!) - so best to take the cure now. Finally, not sure I've shown this before. As a predecessor to what I went on to do with Grantham (and Shap) this is the Central station lever frame. All points; no signals and no interlocking - but, as previously mentioned, it all fired up OK and is working fine, over 20 years since first installed. That's the kiss of death, just you see ...
    10 points
  38. The exit/entry to the fiddle yard. Another building will be going where the glue bottles are. The mobile cafe thingy is also featured. This started out as an Oxford diecast popcorn stall. I took the sign from the roof and got rid of all the garish lettering and stripes. I need to make a new jockey wheel for it as the one that was on it became detached and disappeared into the mess that is my shed. Moving to the left is more of the lorry parking area. There are the remains of concrete bases and girders to suggest that some sort of works has been demolished on this site. The ground cover looks a bit too rough at the moment but the dilute PVA isn't even dry yet and something will be done to improve the look of it. Even further over and there are more concrete bases and cut down steelwork, plus the last remaining building standing. This will be blended in and will be mostly overgrown. Fencing posts going up at the edge of the works yard. The foliage won't be as abundant once I've hoovered up the excess.
    10 points
  39. I went against having one of the houses a shop. The terrace is finished save for the chimney pots which now the row is in position although not glued down will mean that I have more difficulty in knocking them off than before. Just noticed the roof has lifted and I've forgotten the front door steps.
    10 points
  40. Apparently, when Rev. Awdry was asked why so many churchmen are interested in railways, he replied that British railways and the Church had several things in common: they were both large organisations, subject to much criticism, and each one thought it had the best means of getting customers to their destinations. David Potter, The Talyllyn Railway (1990), p.197.
    10 points
  41. Here is the 0947 Newcastle- Kings Cross headed by my newly built A2/2, 60523, Sun Castle. This is a conversion of the Bachmann A2 using Graeme King’s resin parts which featured on my workbench thread, Coulsdon Works recently. The train was a relief to the 0955 Newcastle-King’s Cross and seemed to run in a different formation every day of the week, at least during the 1958 timetable. Sometimes it had a boat train portion from Tyne Commission Quay but not on Thursdays when I’ve chosen to model it. The formation was a rather splendid 12 car rake of Gresley stock. It possibly had the odd Thompson included but difficult to tell from the carriage workings. I have modelled it almost entirely using Kirk Gresley stock with just a couple of Hornby SKs and one MJT/ Hornby CK combo thrown in. It includes my Kirk dining triplet, the first Kirk kit I built. I’ve managed to match the CWN apart from an SK substituting for an FK and a couple of all door instead of EV coaches. I have a Mousa EV FK in the roundtuit pile which I must dig out before the next this time this train runs! Here are a couple of closer views of the engine. And finally a video. This follows the train as it runs right round the main scenic half of the loft - please excuse the clutter under the layout!
    10 points
  42. Well, in early June, 1987, an LMR power twin arrived at Beverley Station on a service from Scarborough to Hull. It was DMBS and DMSL. I travelled to Hull in the DMBS. It then went on to form the next service to York - I think the mid afternoon departure. I recall it rode very smoothly, and the luggage racks vibrated in tune with the engines. So here’s a photo’ of the twin arriving in Beverley Station, which is followed by one of the interior of the DMBS. Best regards, Rob.
    10 points
  43. In the spirit of showing what we have been up to I have built this, a wagon turntable cobbled together out of plasticard, scrap copperclad and track parts. In the absence of an EM gauge horse (never seen a narrow gauge one) I will have to rope shunt the siding which I believe was more common in East Anglia than using a chain. This simple video shows it working. The operating mechanism was built using a kit of parts found on Ebay. The photo shows my hacking of the baseboard, as it is just 2 foot by 1 the structure is not compromised, The gap to the right will be part of a small harbour. Now I know it works all will be tidied. I am no carpenter and I tend to build layouts out of recycled wood acquired from various sources, mainly free but everything works. Martyn
    10 points
  44. Readers might recall my fairly recent showing of a 'hybrid' J6 I'd put together. It came from Roy Jackson's estate, and there was speculation as to who had made the parts and put some of them together. In the end, I made it into a 521 Series J6, using Nu-Cast/SEF parts, including the chassis. Which meant I had a sort of 'half J6 kit left over. A quick phone call to Dave Ellis last week resulted in his sending me all the parts I'd used (or almost: I forgot some). The other J6 had a chassis. It was built in OO Gauge and was beam-compensated. It looked well-made; a possible R J construction, but why to OO width? Unless it was made for a friend of his. Or made by a friend of his? Nobody seems to know its provenance. Anyway, nothing daunted I fitted the wheels/motor/gearbox/pick-ups/rods yesterday morning, getting it running very sweetly. I then proceeded to make the cast metal body to fit it, completing it this afternoon.................... No cleaning up has taken place. The beam compensation is visible. The drive is a Comet/Canon combo, producing really sweet-running; powerful, too. It doesn't have a Blu-Tak capuchon; it wouldn't stand upside down otherwise! Just the tender to make now, then paint it...............................
    10 points
  45. Currently doing a bit of stripping....... Think this is an internal door from a MR 1st class Family Saloon built to diagram D459. 28 of these 6-wheel coaches were constructed in 4 lots between 1881 - 1887. It would've travelled over the S&C through Gill Head back in the day.
    9 points
  46. I was taking a few photos of new loco 6417 yesterday, but when reviewing the images, I wasn’t happy with the weathering. It looks too grey. No problems, I applied a light brush of Humbrol black powder to darken it down. As usual, Modelu lamps and crew fitted. Just waiting for the fire irons to be delivered.
    9 points
  47. I've not been happy with the small modernish foreman's/supervisors office block and have decided to replace it. With the compression necessary for the site, it doesn't fit comfortably in place. And I want something older, more grimy and industrial. Down the side of the number 13 holder was a long pitched roof structure which, if I recall correctly, was the meter workshops. So I'm going with that. Again there's no ref pics so I checked on Victorian warehouses and factories to get a good idea and will need to knock up something similar and suitable. I've put together a basic carcass and this is how it fits in place with the other structures in their correct relative locations: There will be another modernish block - a pump/booster house - that was built at an angle between the gate house and the meter workshops. Old Kent Road runs at an angle in the pic at the bottom left cutting the corner. However there is another road, just in front of the gate house, the starts towards the holder but bends round in front of the meter workshop building.
    9 points
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