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  1. Hooray, the brass plate has arrived for the Dukedog so now her days are actually numbered from here on in.....
    20 points
  2. More monochrome this morning, as Woolwinder emerges from the gloom, into what looks like only slightly less gloom. Tim is due in a couple of hours, and you know what that means....goodies.
    14 points
  3. Driver Bill Thwaite move's 'RHENEAS' under the aqueduct, while fireman Ben Taylforth does a check on the overflow pipe. He doesn't like the look of that steam leak around the frontend either. It is 1940, and rumour is rife around the local hostelries, of the War Department's interest in Ward Fell.
    14 points
  4. The Weymouth Auto prepares to depart from Melcombe Magna. Due to the non availability of a auto fitted loco, a 8750 pannier has been rostered on this turn today, necessitating a run round at the terminus. The coal merchant's lorry leaves the yard with a ton of best house coal
    11 points
  5. Unfortunately, I am well aware of large locomotive overhang! Especially as I have a short wheelbase.
    10 points
  6. Technology can be as complex as you want it to be. I use an iPhone, it’s 100% reliable and does exactly what it says on the tin. A bit like DCC I suppose!!
    10 points
  7. Good morning again. It's still Christmas Eve 2007 and I'm still at the railway HQ in San Salvador. From the station, with Alexandria's Grandad as a guide we walked across to the workshops. Various bits of rolling stock were in the repair shop. However in the roundhouse were two steam locos that looked in good condition. I believe that they were formerly ICRA locos and I was told that they were in working order and had in the past done photo charters. Another view of them. There was also a nother type of diesel. I think German built from memory. And another GM-8 in an earlier livery. Jamie
    10 points
  8. I did ask yesterday if everyone could just give me a break from the moaning for a bit. Give them chance to make the changes please.
    9 points
  9. Willaston, near Crewe, 22 July 1984. A BR(LMR) design.
    9 points
  10. After their withdraw 6023 and 6024 went from Cardiff Canton to Woodhams at Barry. What could have been termed their last great act of defiance, was dislodging some of the down platform edge coping stones as they passed through Cogan station. (T'was not a double red route, so the two Kings should not have been sent down there.) Fortunately, they are both still with us.
    9 points
  11. Just to forewarn folk to make sure they don't pass out from incredulity, I've bought a new mobile phone!!!!!!! Well, actually, I'm giving it to Mo, and I'll have her old one. My old one (15 years and counting) has run out of credit and there seems to be no way of adding more. No matter, my 'new' one will live in the car, just in case of emergency. I mention the above, because what I encountered in the shop today made me incredulous. The bloke who helped us was fine, as was the more-experienced girl. They both knew their jobs and explained everything clearly (to Mo, because I glazed over). What I found incredible was that despite the girl's vast experience in technology, my jaw dropped after she asked us 'Is everything I've WENT through clear to you?'. I just replied 'I don't understand'. I'm afraid the irony was lost................. A sign of the times, I suppose.
    9 points
  12. Mmmmm. Not sure. Never been keen, especially after her interview with Harry and Megan.
    7 points
  13. Feels a bit like 1 step forward, 2 steps back at the moment. Wasn't really happy with the slide bars and crossheads from the get go, and in hindsight I should've tackled them when I was doing the draincocks, but I didn't. The issue came to a head when I realised that the crossheads were twisting on the slide bar. That wouldn't do. I cut the back off the crosshead and replaced it with some square brass tube, with one of the side removed, then using some scrap etch, I made some new slide bars. This also meant I could get the depth, length and end profile correct. Guess which one is from the kit, and which are mine? While I was at it, I decided that the WD handrail knobs would look much better with the draincocks, so i've removed them and will re-do them when they arrive. This is the state of play at the moment. I'm just trying to decide if there's really anything left to do on the body - if there isn't then that can go in for painting. The brakes have been re-done also and just need soldering to the new yolks, once that's all done the chassis can be painted too, Really just waiting on wheels and track now!
    7 points
  14. Also undertaken during the soldering session were the headcode discs, which had short L shaped pieces of brass wire attached to the rear. Once all the parts were sprayed with etch primer (apart from the cab door handrails), the green 24 received its roof fan grille, cab roof vents, cab front handrails and headcode discs. Seen here (rather cruelly) with an SLW version: And a comparison of front ends: The batch of cab door handrails went on to the 25/0 as it is technically first in the queue: Compared to the SLW 24 the Brassmasters cab handrails are a little oversized but no more so than the latest Bachmann class 24s in fairness. (I'm not totally enamoured by the SLW BR blue or WP yellow shades; they don't match anything else from any other manufacturer or my repaints - I'm not suggesting for a moment they are wrong but it grates when the loco is next to anything else! On the left here:) Anyway, the current state of play among the Hornby re-workings (or the 4 currently being worked on at any rate) is that the blue 25/0 needs the roof fan and glazing fitting, the first 24 (lower right) needs cab door handrails, roof fan and glazing, while the second 24 behind has had the chassis mods and headcode boxes removed and the space filled. The 25/1 (lower left) needs the triangular bodyside panels scoring and is then ready for the paintshop: I feel things are progressing now!
    7 points
  15. Spoke too soon. They're back. Grr. Meanwhile, I am experimenting with making replacement ears out of 5 thou plastikard. Fiddly! Progress has been slow, partly because I have no idea what I'm doing and I made the mistake of telling Miss R that I had four dozen ears to chop off. She said: "Great! I have a list!" stuck a bayonet in her waistband and was out the door... I suppose I ought to go and look for her.
    7 points
  16. The 3.10 Newcastle, one of KX's premier duty, but there are no qualms about rostering an A3 to the job, as this one has a double chimney.
    7 points
  17. After a bit of a pause on the building front, whilst I finished wiring the layout, I’ve finally finished the row of shops that are now attached to the Hand and Flower pub. Just chimney pots to add when the rest of the block of buildings are finished……as I always knock these off.
    7 points
  18. Having had to deal with you on occasion on here I can sympathise with them.
    7 points
  19. I Know Bodgit has asked to not mention ads but I think this is quite funny, I was getting ads for the ad blocker I am using.
    6 points
  20. My King got stuck on a slight curve at the end of the platform. The contact was just sufficient to halt the loco. Perhaps I should have sent one of my ON30 locos round. They would have modified the platform and created clearance for any of my OO locos.
    6 points
  21. I'm very glad I don't have any money as with the surname Cooper my ikkle brain keeps poking me saying you know you want to
    6 points
  22. They have a wrapper... But are they as big as they used to be?
    6 points
  23. And his SWMBO didn't know. https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/people/widow-amazed-to-discover-husbands-secret-vintage-model-railway-collection-which-could-be-worth-up-to-ps30000-3391094?fbclid=IwAR1aiGl45sbIIaku1DhaGafoi5lTamgaCTX0sMP0bAph2Njs7N-i5bAsFxM
    6 points
  24. Have to say your mods are worth it. Hen you can sit yours next to the SLW on and it doesn't look out of place or the poor relation. Well done.
    6 points
  25. Hello Tony and everyone, While I've got nothing to contribute regarding that wonderful colliery track, I thought I'd update you on what I've been doing. First up is a case of making do with a lot of spare bits and pieces from Dapol and Farish. A Dapol A3 body married to a Farish A1 chassis with a Farish V2 Cartazzi truck. Quite a bit of the Farish chassis block needed to be machined and ground away to allow the body to fit and it does show up just how much Dapol stretched the coupled wheelbase to fit scale driving wheels. The tender has been temporarily borrowed from an A2 but I'm sure I've got another A1 tender drive somewhere which I'll convert into one of the 1936's streamline non-corridor tenders. The dome is a replacement from DCC Supplies and (so far) is the only component purchased for this Frankenstein's Monster. I modified the A1 drawbar (including shortening it) and epoxied it to the V2 Cartazzi truck. The loco will be backdated to an A1 and will likely become 'Tracery' in 1937-40 condition. I've not forgotten my BFK twin set and have been slowly designing and added 3D printed components to the etched body. I've still got the underframe details to do.
    6 points
  26. It's amazing how you feel burnt out after a number of weeks of track laying, wiring and bridge building, but a change of pace makes everything better. A photo popped up in a group email, with the Grantham chaps, of C1 '4419' in the late 30s with out her booster, I was under the impression that she had it the duration of her career. It got me wondering if I could make her with a limited budget and a Bachmann C1. I am rather pleased with the out come, its not without it's faults but I think it captures the loco in all her unusual elegance, She'll be getting a new chimney soon and when I find a suitable dome it will be added as well. She's not the best, but I am very happy with the outcome and it's been great to do something different. Back to wiring I go.......
    5 points
  27. Captain Sir Tom Moore inspires donation of £60,000 by Bachmann Europe Paul Matthews (L) & Keith Thomas (R) with the cheque for £60,000. On Thursday 9th September 2021, Bachmann Europe visited the GB Railfreight/EMD Roberts Road Rail Maintenance Depot in Doncaster where Class 66 No. 66731 ‘Capt. Tom Moore’ was in residence. Earlier this year the Bachmann Collectors Club released its Pride of Britain Train Pack, celebrating the astonishing fundraising achievements of Captain Sir Tom Moore and honouring the outstanding efforts of the NHS and all key workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. During the visit Bachmann presented a cheque for £60,000 which will be donated to NHS Charities Together, and a presentation was conducted by Keith Thomas, Financial Controller for Bachmann Europe Plc and Paul Matthews, Head of Locomotives for GB Railfreight. Those Club members who purchased a Pride of Britain Train Pack when they were first released were entered into a prize draw to win a guided tour of the Roberts Road Depot and the lucky winner, Mr Denis Armstrong, was also in attendance to receive his prize. Bachmann Collectors Club Manager Gary Boyd-Hope (R) presents Club member Denis Armstrong with a Pride of Britain Train Pack. The Pride of Britain Train Pack has been produced in N and OO scale (with a SOUND FITTED option in OO scale) and each pack includes a Class 66/7 locomotive No. 66731 ‘Capt. Tom Moore’ in GB Railfreight’s ‘Thank You NHS’ livery and two Easy Model 1:72 scale aircraft – Hurricane LF363 and Spitfire MK356 – portraying the two aircraft that performed a flypast for Captain Tom on his 100th birthday.A limited number of each pack remains available, and these can be purchased now directly from the Bachmann Collectors Club. We would like to offer our thanks to all Bachmann Collectors Club members who have supported this venture, helping us raise this fantastic sum for NHS Charities Together.
    5 points
  28. A lot of light was needed in goods sheds - hence the walls being whitewashed or painted in pale colours. The staff needed to be able to read labels on consignments and the Checkers had to write the delivery sheets out somewhere on the deck. So when electricity arrved in woukld in soem respects be more necessary ina goods shed than elsewhere on a station. The busy places for paperwork were the Stationmaster's office (especially at smaller stations where there wasn't a general duty clerk); the booking office; the parcels office and the goods shed and its office. The amount of paperwork was staggering by today's standards as all transactions had to be recorded and then accounted for, balances had at one time to be prepared at the end of every shift although later just once every day (and ultimately some of it became weekly), daily balances had to 'proved' weekly by adding up the whole lot once again and checking that debits and credits balanced for the entire week (then there was also the four weekly account as well); outwards goods and parcels traffic had to be invoiced and some of that even continued into the late 1960s (I can show my age by recalling the Ledger Label 6 - LL6 - (cut flowers) parcels still had to be invoiced as late as 1966). So there were literally mountains of apper having to be stored as well - ready to be accessed in case of any queries. So good light was an essential - far more so than in the Ladies Room
    5 points
  29. I might look in again later, but for now, I'm off to The POD for some sanity.
    5 points
  30. What do you mean ? I always wanted to learn Spanish whilst wearing a personalised moleskin
    5 points
  31. I am supposed to be finishing another section of my layout benchwork today (the piece to connect the loop line to the main Fal Vale area), but that got boring. So I played trains for a short while. Here is a short goods train, powered by the EFE Army Austerity. A couple of the private owner wagons are curious. One is a 'Buggleskelly Lime Company' wagon commissioned from Dapol by Tom Marshall of the Will Hay Appreciation Society. I have a few wagons from that source, all Oh, Mr Porter themed. The other Is the Rails of Sheffield Hendo's tank wagon, also by Dapol. Bit far from Cornwall, but it looks good. The other two photos (below) are closeups of the wharf and coal drop areas respectively. They came about because a friend had been meticulously cutting plastic bits as infill for a paved section of track - I just used DAS clay for that purpose many years ago. I might have mentioned before but Kelly's Coal is is a division of Kelly's Wood Yard, an old schoolboy joke phone answer.
    5 points
  32. Yes from what I hear it’s the smell from all those off shore wind farms that is the problem…
    5 points
  33. Yes indeed Paul. Pushing the arm OFF isn't the problem particularly. Its getting it to fall back to ON, as gravity doesn't scale very well. The arm will have its own servo, but the control system will ensure that the arm moves to OFF whenever any one Route is displayed. Steve.
    5 points
  34. Progress on South Pelaw came to a grinding halt over the summer as I completely lost interest in it. It's space in the room I have has been taken over, for now at least, by it's big sister, the EM gauge version of South Pelaw which I am also involved with. Tonight, however, I have erected two of the three scenic boards so I'm hoping that work can begin again in due course. I did quickly connect it all up and was pleased to see it works as it did. The plan now is to get the trackwork on these two boards complete and then move on to the next board.
    5 points
  35. Thanks Steph, and thanks for asking about Lass. She's gone over 36 hours without vomiting and has enjoyed scrambled eggs for breakfast and tea. In fairness she's been fine in herself. I suspect she picked something up from our hike in the Lake District last Saturday.
    5 points
  36. Some trees from Balcombe and Netherhope are being pressed into service for Saturday. They all needed fettling with some new foliage added. These won't be the final trees used, in particular the Scots pines at the end will be exchanged for some tall distinctive beech trees which always feature in photographs when I can find the time to make them!
    5 points
  37. This one definitely wasn't supplying enough ETH.... Chester 1985
    5 points
  38. Very pleased with this, it's a great little runner, nicely balanced. Needs a driver and some coal in the bunkers.
    5 points
  39. 6697 continuing through the paint workshop. Roundel applied last night First pass at weathering with streaky boiler sides, done using matt varnish with a small amount of Roof dirt added then painted in vertical strokes Rivets highlighted with a dry brushing of Old wood colour. Need to leave now to thoroughly dry then a review but I suspect more will be added.
    5 points
  40. A typical task list for a tender loco with fixed lamps that's already in service (so has already been renumbered/renamed, chipped, had DG couplings fitted and in some cases a certain amount of extra detail) is: - tone down the side rods with very thin (unstirred) Humbrol 29 Matt Dark Earth - blacken wheel rims and other unwanted shiny bits - remove the front coupling - glue the lamps in place - add crew - add coal I'm still experimenting with the best way to represent the front screw coupling and its little hook to hold it out of the way of ATC ramps. Any thoughts? On the Bachmann Halls I've also decided to modify the loco-to-tender coupling so that it doesn't slip off the small spigot on the tender every time you lift the loco and tender up, because it's a swine to recouple. I've tried a collar (an M3 nut, actually) glued on the end of the spigot but if that doesn't work Plan B is to cut off the spigot altogether and replace it by a suitably-sized screw. Weathering is still for the future.
    4 points
  41. Here, by the way, are some pictures from Weddell. This is the MC&WCo composite. It's not the subject of the 7mm models, which only deal with the block-set coaches and then only the LSWR-built ones with the revised window/panelling corners. It is an Isle of Wight example. It has gained a continuous upper foot-board, and a difference grab rail on the coach end, but retains its oil lighting. Here is a block-set coach, also one of the MC&WCo coaches, in service on the LSWR. We can see, again, the continuous upper foot-boards. It's also gained gas lighting and a torpedo vent over the end smoking compartment. A further difference from the drawings of the as-built condition is that the coach now has the LSWR pattern combined hinge-door stop fittings, in a slightly different place from the original hinges.
    4 points
  42. Never say never. A new find in France. a Renault JF from 1922, nearly 100 years old. Now at La Scarpe in northern France, incredible. More info here....http://www.passion-metrique.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2734&start=3300
    4 points
  43. My understanding is that there were/are minimum requirements but in many instances track centres were larger than the minimum However in railway modelling compromises are usually the norm, turnout sizes tend to be decided on space available. Few have the luxury of following the prototype and in modelling terms a B7 is quite generous Look at the uphill struggle to get the mass market to take notice of track, moving from the unprototypical RTR offerings to a B7 is massive, to EM gauge is even bigger, both these moves do actually complement the quality of the latest RTR stock offerings
    4 points
  44. THANKS, What a brilliant suggestion, I didn't know about that thread. SO, YES PLEASE, LETS DO AS SUGGESTED HERE.
    4 points
  45. Hi Chas, Yes, tis indeed an 'ole'. There is a Westinghouse pump to be attached to the front of the left hand side tank - the one visible in the above photo of the model. Pipes go 'hither and thither' from this pump, one of which goes to the smokebox, hence the hole. The same side of the cab front - the left hand side - has also had a drilling done to accept another pipe from the Westinghouse pump; the one that curves back on itself from the pump. The far side - right hand side - of the cab front was also drilled to accept the vacuum pipe from the smokebox to the cab. Far easier to make these drillings when the cab front is 'in the flat' rather than when it is fitted into the loco superstructure. The photo below shows the arrangement. Regards Mike
    4 points
  46. Don't give him any ideas!
    4 points
  47. Once you've mentioned the 47 you're up against the historical reality that showed that very little else was needed, certainly for the changed traffic requirements of the 1960s and 70s.
    4 points
  48. Well at least Mr P's videos are ad free.
    4 points
  49. That must be the explanation for "No Spitting" signs on the top deck of the data bus.
    4 points
  50. I've had a lengthy video call this afternoon with the publisher and the manager of the ad code placement giving my perspectives as an administrator and those relevant to users. Of course ads need to be there for revenue and proposals have been given for increasing that revenue (call it paying off what RMweb owes the business over the years and sustainability for the future*). It shouldn't negatively impact site users unless there is a suitable alternative so users need to accept ads or (my preferred option) to pay a sensible amount not to receive the Google Ads. Of course that's possible with World of Railways + membership but that does include magazine access. I know that a lot of you would like the option of an ad-free membership at sensible cost so that you can continue to enjoy using the site and we are now working towards that and hopefully I should be able to give you something in a few weeks. In the interim I have expressed views on the deployment of ads which affect usability and changes should start to happen to improve that over the next few days. I am quite happy to see more ads for non-members (after all they normally just read and don't require access to functions) and fewer for registered members; hopefully that change can be instituted shortly too. Once there is a payable alternative I'm quite comfortable in the number of ads shown to non-paying registered members increasing once a sensible alternative is available. On those points we were in broad agreement. Let's see what further tweaking brings us. * If you still wish here to be there for you in the future.
    4 points
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