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  1. *Project Update Update* GWR Steam Railmotor. Since our first update on Monday, we have now received images of the first assembled Engineering prototype models. They will be with us for review and testing very soon. See our dedicated project page for more details here https://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/pg/144/GWR-Steam-Railmotor
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  2. Some photos taken at Stocksfield 1988 to 1992 this afternoon. As you will remember Stocksfield is on the line from Newcastle to Carlisle. HSTs were only seen on the line when the ECML was closed between Newcastle and Edinburgh so that trains were diverted via Carlisle. This was usually for engineering work on the ECML. Stocksfield Class 101 Hexham to Sunderland Oct 88 J9701.jpg Stocksfield 43122 Inverness to Kings X diverted via Carlisle April 89 J9887.jpg Stocksfield 143014 Newcastle to Hexham 15th April 89 C11868.jpg Stocksfield 43079 diverted Kings X to Edinburgh March 91 J11794.jpg Stocksfield 153317 and 143611 Middlesbrough to Carlisle Aug 92 J13303.jpg David
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  3. Another high view, but of the south end, as an A3 brings in the 8.00 Leeds, while a J6 and parcels vans wait in the bay.
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  4. More work for the paint shop!! Waiting to move on, a right pair of little Minxes sit in the bay platform.... Now what colour shall I paint them, hmmmm, well if in doubt just paint them grey! Funny but the kit includes a vacuum cylinder but no pipes, luckily my spares box came to the rescue. All the pictures I have show these fitted so these are to.
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  5. Back down on the farm, they're still chatting.....
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  6. We ran a poll in June and Augugust last year to get people's thoughts about returning to shows - well, that all proved wide of the mark thanks to events but we are approaching a time when events may well start to return. In fact @Phil Parker did his first event last weekend at the 16mm Narrow Gauge show at Peterborough. The new poll is to temperature test what people feel now in regard to the restart of exhibitions. New survey here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfhb9pL1JzfmsDTn08fdUGPmQumDJv6WEbK_0cRX7d42pOU5Q/viewform Results link - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfhb9pL1JzfmsDTn08fdUGPmQumDJv6WEbK_0cRX7d42pOU5Q/viewanalytics No personal data is sought. I'd set this off yesterday in the Covid topic and the initial responses don't paint an exactly rosy picture for large events during this year. There seems to be more enthusiasm for small, local events and there's quite a high acceptance of some requirements that may be necessary for an event to be safe.
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  7. I've been redoing the 'water' on a 1/350 ship display I built years ago. Originally it looked like this: And now, with some work still to do, it looks like this: John
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  8. Oxford rail P3 (was LNER 1010) tweaked, smokebox rivets removed, footplate valance rivets reduced, fourth coal rail removed, regauged and renumbered. Still a few bits to do.
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  9. I have got the new plan printed at 1:1 scale and started laying it out on the floor. The purpose of this stage is to lay the existing frames over the plan and adjust any spacers where they conflict with the area needed beneath points for the motors. Once the frames are modified they will be erected on the old legs and a new ply top fitted.
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  10. Now we come to some experimental high level shots at the north end. Your reactions will tell me if they are worth persevering with them. The first features a Director in number 4 bay, which it will leave at 10am.
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  11. Yeah, well; I didn't ask for antivax opinions to the topic. There's no 'misinformation' in the poll. Topic access removed. It wouldn't be discrimination to consider the safety of others; people wielding machetes wouldn't be let in.
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  12. Good morning from a grey and cloudy Charente. Fortunately the Tardis is still in 1979. The day after seeing the BN freight we drove over the Going to the Sun road into Montana before heading north to Calgary and then red Deer where we stayed with some friends that Beth knew. On the 18th June we headed back to Calgary airport to catch a flight to Toronto. Our transport of delight was a Tristar. Then into a hotel in Toronto where on the 19th we went down into the centre and I took Beth up the CN tower. Fortunately, unlike the Stanley Park totem poles, I had done that visit on my own. The weather was good and this was the view east along the lakeshore showing the approaches to Union Station. And the view westwards with the CN coach yards visible. This time I managed to get some photos of the two roundhouses, here is the CP one on the east side with what looks like a switcher on the turntable. And on the west side CN's Spadina Avenue facility. When we got down to ground level again a GO Transit train was heading west. 1 As it went west an eastbound arrival with an F40 on the point. I found that watching the coaches at speed was weird as my eyes followed the dips in the roofline. After a trip to Niagara the next day we caught an overnight flight back to Manchester and back to work the next day, slightly jet lagged. After 2 years of somewhat exotic holidays across the pond 1980 was back to earth with a bump as we were in a bed and breakfast in the Lake District with a squalling brat who is now 41. The Tardis gathered dust for a few years but will be dusted down for our next adventure. Jamie
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  13. Here's a few Preservation era shots of mine, First up, the 4-CIG that used to live on the Great Central. Am I right in thinking that this has since been scrapped? This was taken in 2006, when it was working with their 33/1. One old boy on the platform at Loughborough seemed a bit confused, and was asking the p0latofrm staff if they were going to lay 3rd rail to operate it.... Next is my one and only visit to the Electric railway museum on the outskirts of Coventry, at their open day in September 2010. It's a shame that it closed, as it made a nice afternoon out (along with a visit to the air museum next door, which is still open and really good). There was also an airshow on at the airport, complete with the Vulcan doing aerobatics. 4-SUB 4-EPB with an interesting paint job - I think that's Tesla. 4-SUB and Tyneside 2-EPB. I also went to the EMU days on the East Kent a couple of times - these are from 2011 when one of the 4-COR moto coaches was in use, along with a 4-BEP, 2-EPB and various MLVs. A good day out. And lastly, a couple of snaps of a 4-BIG buffet car, plus some DEMU vehicles. These were taken in Nottingham when the Hastings DEMU came to visit in 2009. I first found it being refueled at Eastcroft depot. The thing in the background is the incinerator that burns rubbish and helps power the district heating system - the pipes to the North of the city centre use the old GCR tunnels. And heading back down South. Spot the standard width vehicle...
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  14. A roller coaster and a merry go round all in one.... 08703 Toton 1975 by David Hayes
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  15. At last all the extra parts have arrived. The boiler backhead is from Phoenix Precision, and Is an LNER design for a B1 (I think). Left to right are the original, cut and filed down to Victorian tank engine proportions, and some add on parts. The regulator handle is a bit of brass strip (etch waste) and brass wire; firebox doors are a handle assembly (cast brass) from PDK and and a thin square of brass sheet. Its not prototypically correct, but it "looks the part" And how it looks in the cab interior. Reversing lever still needed. Moments after these photos were taken, the regulator handle was swallowed by the carpet monster....
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  16. I've got some waterslide transfer paper somewhere, I'll have to see if I can make up a sign for the lorry. I used it for the signs on Micks Land Rovers but they were very delicate and took several attempts to apply without breaking up I was thinking maybe "WARREN COKE DEALERS"
    12 points
  17. Kernow has now received and assembled their Railmotor project. Updates on rm are here (page 15). While a direct link to the project page is here. Below is the picture Kernow have shared with us. I have the K2302 on order which is the late 1920's livery. The crimson livery does look stunning on the real thing. Overall, these look fantastic, might want two of them. Just wish we had some proper matching rtr coaches.
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  18. Another shed built, this time with horizontal boarding with a corrugated roof left over from a Ratio carriage shed in primer.
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  19. I did steer away from it (at present) as there's too many complexities and variables at this stage. Until we know more on any future policy it's a difficult one to analyse; for instance you may choose not to go to a show which doesn't allow under-18s for example (I don't think that would happen) but conversely there then may be people who wouldn't want to go to a show which admitted unvaccinated under-18s.
    12 points
  20. A couple more high level shots. The A3 gets closer, and is revealed to be Sandwich, again. and then at the north end, with the D11 at a more sensible distance.
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  21. Just leave these here, still a few little jobs to do.
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  22. A top coat of paint, some weathering and a sign later... In situ for now.
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  23. Oh, Just to let folk know, some splendid MR scratch-built items in OO will be arriving on Friday; all proceeds to CRUK. I'll photographs these and invite offers. And, next week I'm collecting some 'professionally-built/-painted' locos from a widow, for sale on her behalf (10% to CRUK). I'll photograph these as well, and also invite offers. I'm going to be rather busy, especially as more of the current kits have now been bought......................
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  24. The Hudswell was out shunting the scrapyard, today.
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  25. first visitors to Sheffield Exchange for over a year today Thanks Gilbert and Steve for coming over The layout didn't misbehave to much, neither did Gilbert and Steve.
    10 points
  26. So, today’s progress was to make and fit the louvres on the shed roof, along with a base for the water tank. I’ve also painted the doors. (Temporarily positioned!).
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  27. 27211 Ardler 1981
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  28. Getting near the finishing line with the Zero X. The kit came with a set of basic transfers but there are a lot more markings than could be added. However, I was mainly relieved that the decals went on satisfactorily as you never know with old kits. It's propped up on a film canister to stop the nose touching the ground. Although I scribed in panel lines where I could, it didn't look busy enough so I went back and added more using a black biro. The numerals on the fin look like they should be larger but I can live with them. This is a 2 x 4 sheet of foam so should give an idea of the size of the model. What probably doesn't come through is the weight! This thing is solid plastic (high density foam or resin) so it weighs a ton. As mentioned right at the start, the kit is meant for it to be displayed with wheels down but it doesn't come with anywhere near enough wheels-* to do the job properly. In addition, the wingtips on the number 1 lifting body should be folded down if it's on the runway. My plan, eventually, is to find enough wheels to do the job and then cut and remount the wingtip. Until then, it's in flying (or should that be crashing) configuration only! * - incidentally, one amusing detail from the film is that the rear set of undercarriage on the main body, used as it moves out of the hanger, are missing by the time the number 2 lifting body couples on. There isn't room for them once the wing is in place. This means that there's an entire set of undercarriage that go all the way to Mars and back but are only used once!
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  29. I'm sorely tempted at this stage to just put trains on the plan and push them around going "Choo-choo!" It would save a lot of money and effort.
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  30. Are they related to MeNbranes and Womenbranes, two very different objects. As to the 1100. I also used to go up to Cumbria in mine to volunteer on the Ratty, the first time it lost part of the nearside sill at Worsley interchange going from the M62 to the M61. Later on it got stolen but returned and the Morris badge that operated the horn was removed. For the last month of it's existence I had a small screwdriver to short out to copper spring and the centre contact. That worked the horn. Jamie
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  31. Tivetshall 29/06/2021 (Tuesday) 37601, Perseus, and 745103 on 5P37, 16:30, Parkeston H.S. - Norwich C.PT. T.&R.S.M.D (19:04) - 745103 failed at London Tottenham Hale on 11/06/2021 and was dragged to Parkeston for temporary storage No horns were hurt taking this picture.
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  32. Hi @E100, We will have a full update on these within the next week-10 days all going well. Cheers! Fran
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  33. This week we're planting Dartmoor's gorse and heather bushes. Long grass tufts to follow.
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  34. ex-Southern Railway TPOs in blue/grey at Dover 1976 by Hugh Searle
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  35. Since Monday, I have been concerned because there has been a distinct lack of domestic taskings. Today the penny dropped: Wimbledon.
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  36. The triumph of hope over experience. Taken from Rock Dinosaur's blog https://scottishrsl.livejournal.com/201130.html In very tatty external condition, Clayton Type 1 (Class 17) No. D8616 awaits departure from Larbert with a failed GRCW (Class 100) 2-car DMU forming the 09.11 Falkirk Grahamston to Stirling on 23rd March, 1970. The DMU had failed at Falkirk. [Jim Binnie] Faith in the new technologies of the day must have been great. Regards Ian
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  37. I have been thinking of whether we ought to think of a daily word... Just for a bit of fun! After much consideration (about 5 seconds) today's word is Membrane! So, good morning Membranes. That's all.
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  38. Soon I must venture to the very limits of the known world, in order to view Mr Mortimore's multi coloured marvels. In view also will be Mr Mortimore himself, excused ragworting duties for the day, we hope, Steve 31A, and, if he is fit enough, our favourite duck. Our first indoor meeting for a very long time. I shall experience the Newark, Lincoln and Louth by passes, and expect to encounter several tractors on the way, but it will be worth it to spend time with the guys again.
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  39. Two with name boards in situ! On the SE&CR Guildford to Reading line, seen in 1988. Aldershot and Ash Vale Junction
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  40. Ah, that's my clever(?) height checker. The piece of brass that the rule is resting on is itself soldered to the underneath of the separate brass strip that's actually resting on the rails. So it's a true datum (provided that the main strip of brass is resting on both rails). If that's not clear, I'll take a picture ...
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  41. Meanwhile, back at the Patriot. I'm finding it hard to resist although I should really be getting on with other stuff! So I 'treated myself' to a bit of work on it over the weekend ... Me being me, I can't help tinkering. Or should that be 'trying to get it right'? Anyhow, I believe in slidebars having something to grab on to at the non-cylinder end. And I did happen to have the pattern from the recent Royal Scot rebuild. Also, the w/m cast lump for the cylinders didn't seem to have them in the right position so I've filed the rear faces according (or maybe I soldered it in the wrong way round?). And the cylinder castings have a fancifully long front valve chest compared to drawings and pictures of Patriots so that's been lopped off. Now with a start on assembly. I've added just the rear cylinder parts at this stage so as to concentrate on their alignment with respect to the motion bracket... ... like so. An alignment check with the axle hole for the middle axle has all this pretty much spot on. Not only satisfying but encouraging for a free running and convincing-looking model. Cylinders now fully assembled and just nestling nicely under the (solid) running plate. The all important height check. The footplate is shown at 6' 3" on one of the drawings. I reckon that's 25mm in our money. So maybe a twitch low - although the light is catching the edge of the casting so it's probably more like 24.75mm. Loco must be running on worn tyres ... (those are 26mm drivers in actual fact). Lined up against the RTR version. I know you shouldn't model a model but a modicum of reassurance? Having fun researching WCML Patriots, aided and abetted by the recent Jennison RCTS tome which Barry O has kindly lent. 45518 'Bradshaw' is looking like a possibility, in an interesting early BR livery ...
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  42. Fresh from overhaul, waiting it’s first turn
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  43. If there's a correlation between anti-vaxxers and people with poor personal hygiene and/or a propensity to large backpacks, then banning the unvaccinated might make the shows better for everyone
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  44. People overlook the old Merit/Modelscene stuff, with a bit of work, a lot of it is very good. I like to use their oil drums, once the seam is removed with a scalpel. The pump and vent caps are moulded into the top and side. Something that is missing from a lot of more expensive printed or resin examples.
    8 points
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