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  1. Newcastle Central for this afternoon. Newcastle 23rd Oct 84 C C6609.jpg Newcastle 03066 29th July 86 C7680.jpg Newcastle 43065 down 1st Sept 87 C9142.jpg Newcastle 20903 weekilling train and Class 143 ecs 29th June 89 C12095.jpg Newcastle 47424 Liverpool to Newcastle 13th March 90 C14145.jpg David
  2. My time recently has been taken with a couple of loco jobs, and a clearing of the workbench shelves of stalled projects, with some finishing off for other lucky ones - more to follow. One complete tangent has been a poke at some dieselisation endowed with a large dose of what if, as seems to affect a lot of my output recently. Anyway, a couple of them have been lying around for a while, while another was acquired the other week - all sort of ones that attracted me in a way. Firstly was the Class 20 - Inverness had three at the start which rarely or never ventured north AFAIK, but there you go
  3. We come again to the last train of the sequence, a Grantham local of just four cars, an easy ride for Knight of Thistle. 87 days to go through the whole thing this time, nine days longer than the previous one, but still twice as quick as in pre Covid days.
  4. I've been learning breathing control today for putting together some N/2mm gas appliances for the gas showroom. I couldn't exhale while putting them together for fear of blowing away the cut out tiny bits of paper and plastic. Neither the appliances or showroom are complete requiring some tidying up and varnishing and the display picture windows/doors made and fitted to the showroom. The appliances are mainly sections of square plastic tube with styrene sheet backs and high level grills/mantles/hearth and the details (fire, surround, burner tops and oven fronts) cut from the printe
  5. KNP

    Little Muddle

    Hiding place for rolling stock when I can't be bothered to move them when taking pictures. Just make sure they are not in shot!!!
  6. Hopefully I'm not interrupting the flow of conversation here, but a couple of photos that may be of interest to those rolling through the thread. Recently I had this Ks P2 touched up and refreshed by a mate down here. There's still a few things to sort out including dropping the tender ride height back down and fitting a replacement lamp, but it is able to be run again after a decent amount of time set aside with a solder joint that had cracked on the crosshead and a tender list that would make some navel men look twice. Before I get crucified, the model was not built by me. I am sti
  7. More WD tonight. Outside... and underneath the roof.
  8. To revert to steam, a long term idler on the scene has been a Hornby 9F, dating from its Margate upgrade and remotored in the body by Modelyard a long time ago. It runs superbly slowly, in fact better than either the Bachmann or new Hornby one but was "weathered" by Hornby in an overall khaki type finish and just looked awful. I repainted it as part of the tidy up and it now might put in an appearance from time to time. It's a pity the 9F's didn't get a chance to prove themselves on the Highland in real life - they were cleared for the line to Wick and Thurso but not to Kyle. Here it is
  9. Photographer unknown : 50 002 at Soho Road in Brum, January 1983....
  10. A nice bit of Double Tractor Power for this morning, with 37206 and37183.
  11. Had another day in the cabin. Two more patches of green matting put down. More ash done between the main line and the goods shed siding. Cut down the platform where it tapers off as it was too wide and the angle not quite right. Made the grass embankment loading ramp. Added some embossed stone brick paper to the platform edge. Still very much at the broad brush strokes level, but nice to see the baseboards getting covered. Patch the Cat has been assisting. Cheers, Ade.
  12. Right now, I've actually bought something of use to the CA project. Right, that's quite enough of that. To recapitulate, the original line from Castle Aching to Birchoverham Market and Staithe was constructed in the 1850s. The station features fine buildings in the Jacobean revival style favoured at the time. The configuration of the station is that the platform road and run-round loop pass under a train shed and a locomotive shed road passes through the engine shed built onto the side of the train shed. All three
  13. Just shows how tough pannier tanks were (and are). Since it was a not too bad day yesterday I put up all the outside Christmas lights in preparation for the bog switch on tomorrow. I'd like to put up our decorations until Christmas Eve and then take them down on Boxing Day, but again I've been overruled as it was thought that the lane needed a bit more brightness this year. Our second plan was to have another 'Ditch Party' on New Years Day. The same rules regarding separation/ social distancing would apply as the VE day party we organised back in May. As w
  14. Well - didn't have to wait that long as it turned out. We connected up - albeit the nearer lengths are temporary for now, pending installation of the double plain crossing (yellow template). About 12 feet in total, or 4 yard lengths of Streamline on each running line. Well, we gotta have a little bit of play to celebrate. Central far from fully functioning yet, but we can drive trains from here so No.70054 prepares for departure with the Waverley rake. Ivatt station pilot looks on. Apologies for the clutter otherwise - this is still a building site!
  15. Impressive! They certainly look the part and run very smooth. I found I had to put a small blob of blu tack on the top of the battery to ensure reliable connectivity with the contacts. Apart from that I've no problems.
  16. After a few samples I’ve gone for this and had a mess about too I like it which is the main thing It was a bit like tile grouting really
  17. I’ve mixed a few drops of black paint with some ready mixed filler and this was the result Also tried it with dark umber but I didn’t like it
  18. The EM gauge chassis (D15 No.2) has been narrowed by the simple expedient of cutting longitudinally through the spacers, trimming them back to the appropriate width, and soldering back together using new spacers. The result can be seen in the front spacer. The rear spacer was replaced completely as it fell out while cutting. The hornblocks on the rear axle were functional, but had no springing, so weren't actually doing anything. The rest of the chassis was pretty conventional. I don't know the origin of the wheels, but they are very nice indeed. Plastic centred, pressf
  19. Agreed on the first point, but finishing things is surely a case of taking the hobby to extremes.
  20. Mine has just arrived. Direct from Hornby. Comes in a standard wagon sized box with Icecube packaging and a little bag with a long and short version of the chain coupling included. There's no seats moulded in the body just the partitions. It feels like it's all plastic as it weighs only 11.7 grams. Few pictures for those interested:
  21. The finished pie, consumed last night. I lay claim to the leaves on top. Douglas
  22. The portico and step have now been painted and fitted. Again, I had to cut away a wee bit of the card forming the pavement to let the step sit in. I've also marked out where an opening will have to be made in the pavement at the pend close. There are some other adjustments need to it, but I'll have to bring the board into my study to do that as it's a wee bit chilly to work in the garage at the moment! Jim
  23. And one fire, surround and hearth . . . it doesn't look it but it was damn fiddly. I couldn't breath while putting it together for fear of blowing away the cut out tiny bits of paper. I'm gonna have a rest from fiddling with N/2mm scale gas appliances.
  24. Thanks both for the kind words! The glue finally dried, allowing me to take some photographs of the woodland at the far end of the layout. I think I need to find something to take the shine off the fence wire, I’ll try some acrylic paint and if that fails use the airbrush. Otherwise it’s shaping up nicely. (One of) the next jobs is to sort out the lighting, I promise.... I need to do the other bit of fencing at the rear of the layout too, alongside fitting some ladders and seaweed to the quay and shoreline to ge
  25. I am not sure how I am going to proceed with the Ambis W-irons. I am sure in the hands of most people they work perfectly well but I don't think I fall into that category. So I will crack on with the body work and here again I fall short when building kits and using ready made parts. I have plenty of history making a pile of scrap out of perfectly good kits and bits that others can make it very good models. I have found the article by Barry Norman on detailing these 3 plank opens in MRJ No 206. Barry changes the buffers on one of the wagons by removing the base plates and repl
  26. A bit of paint goes a long way, in this case, the yard office is almost complete and has been weathered with MIG Decay Wash to replicate the mould that is endemic to the West Country. Some signage might be found and a brass kickplate but it is OK as it is. The rainwater pipe was upended and relocated, the windows fitted and glazed from the inside, finally, there is a new ridge strip. It looks neglected as it would have been in the first few years of BR when funds were almost non-existent for repair. Cheers and stay safe
  27. 31409 on the "Last direct train from Halifax to London KX" on 6th May 1978. Rob Fraser Photo / copyright railimagecollections
  28. Yesterday I managed to do something that will upset a few pannier tank lovers on here. It was a day of knocking things over on the workbench but luckily no liquids psilt. However my N scale pannier tank took a tumble off the program track landing ontop of the DCC commnad station. The fall was no more than a few inches but it broke part of the buffer head. Luckily the tiny errant part was found in the only cluttered bit on the workbench and soon glued back in place. Today it will get a run on the High Line but luckily the perspex will stop any falls from there.
  29. Well, the layout has now acquired a semi permanent setting in the spare room, with the blessing of higher powers. I have also been reading my copy of the Model Railway Handbook by W.J. Bassett Lowke, and it strongly recommends that all externally fired locomotives should be run indoors, which was surprising. Moving blankets haven been used as the underlay, and a 2ft sheet of steel has been placed underneath the track in the steaming bay. Douglas
  30. From which I draw support for the conclusion that what Chamberlain did in Munich in 1938 was buy us a bit more time as we weren’t yet sufficiently well-armed to be able to stand up against German aggression. The difference between most politicians of the day and Churchill was that they didn’t say much, but were very busy preparing us, whilst he said a lot, but wasn’t in a position to do much (having made himself popular with the public, but not with other politicians). I have long taken the view that major stresses between European “powers” made conflict inevitable during the early 20th c
  31. Well it’s glued in place and had a base coat sprayed on so there’s no going back now Ignore the gap at the back as it’s not visible when the bridge is in place Once I’ve weathered the granite setts and the canal edge under the bridge I can put it all in place....only because it’s going to be easier to do it without the bridge in place
  32. Lovely clean green A3. the camera will linger on that.
  33. Fletcher Jennings Stanley trundling along the Waterloo Tramway
  34. Lovely wagons, these are. Once upon a time, all 00 model diesels ran with a tension lock sticking out of both ends. This enabled what csvt2004 wants: to run around a train and hook up to the other end. Nothing wrong with that, it’s what real diesels do. On the other hand, a good many of us like to remove the tension locks from the front and add on pipes and couplings in order to improve the appearance of the loco. Now, at last, we can dress up the other end of the train. For the information of bartram108 the red pipe goes uppermost. I chose to remove the NEM socket as well as the tension lock
  35. I'm looking forward to the big announcement tomorrow... if only to steer the conversation away from international law and international banking! (In depth discussion of tangential subjects: It's what RMWeb does best!)
  36. Coal in the yard 47324 in attendance
  37. Well it was very nice interacting with you Mr Taylor. Although we never met in person, I felt that your contributions to this thread help give an insight to your comings and goings. We will remember you as one of the more pluckly ones who believed that they were able to pull the wool over that most superior race- the other half. OK chaps who wants what from his railway.
  38. 50049 and 50007 getting close to there destination of Barrow Hill working light engine from the Seven valley Railway OZ50
  39. And now for some Herring. I was able to obtain a small number of the original series Cambrian kits before they became (temporarily) unobtainable. I am happy to say that the new owner of Cambrian has now re-started production of the kit and I have obtained a few more for me and John. The nature of the prototype makes this kit somewhat less straightforward to build as compared with, say, an ordinary open wagon or box van. Still, the main hopper is one moulding, which is very helpful and the chassis is also one moulding ('footplate', solebars and 'W irons' all
  40. I don't bat an eyelid at chopping up a coach, but ruining a perfectly good sheet of plasticard is sacrilege.
  41. Even before anything is announced i foresee much rmweb wailing about things being too expensive and the wrong shape and colour. Besides which there will be nothing in it for me and it will arrive both too soon to save up and so late that i will repeatedly complain about the endless delays. At various points there will be a petty squabbles as people get very angry about a toy train and Andy will tell several people off for wasting everyones time with pointless posts. Rather like this one. On the other hand there will be wishlisting.... class 40 and 81 please. There.
  42. Managed to finish off the weathering of the last two of the batch of six Nelsons today; here are the final pair: No.858 'Lord Duncan' is one of the latest Hornby models with the addition of 3D printed smoke deflectors No.864 'Sir Martin Frobisher' is a much older Bachmann model: Whilst I don't think th Bachmann model is bad for one of it's age, there are certain obvious shortcomings such as the very chunky wheels: But I'm not quite ready to dump the Bachmann ones yet! Next I'll cover
  43. With reference to the layout lighting. As previously stated, the LED strips are fitted behind the pelmet. An unfortunate result of this is that whilst the roof of the goods shed is well lit, the front of the shed, under the awning, is rather shaded. Having gone to the trouble of making packing cases and sacks to adorn the shed floor, I thought it would be nice it they could be seen from the front of the layout. I don't usually install lights in my buildings, generally viewing it as a waste of time as I have no intention of running my trains in the dark. Nothing shouts "unrealistic" as muc
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