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  1. The engine shed is now as done as its going to be but still waiting for guttering on one side. It is going to be set in a mini diorama as I have no real use for it on the layout, but it was a relaxing diversion. It is almost as it came dimensionally - took about an inch and a quarter off the length as I thought it looked better to the eye that way, but that might just be me, seeing as how I have already built a similar edifice and settled on more or less that dimension for mine. Iain had included the wing type vents as at Tain and Wick latterly but I plumped for the earlier type as I didn't think the 3mm ply gave a good representation of this feature. Smoke vents were an addition and the sheet louvres were replaced with Evergreen strip. After carving away at Longmorn's windows I chickened out at the work involved with the shed's ones and got York Modelmaking to do push in replacements. for speed I was going to use Scalescenes stone work sheets but came across an embossed wallpaper type on ebay that give a better impression of a stone finish. Here are a couple of shots of it, still on the bench. Trials in length - the cut out section can be seen at the rear teetering in place - the walls were beefed up with foamboard and Slaters stone sheet to get a prototypical thickness. Assembled and waiting for cladding and fenestration - the smoke stacks were left till last to avoid damage. And a couple of the finished article...
  2. Good morning Mike, apologies for the protracted reply, the thread moves fast but I have finished the roof. Unfortunately, I seem to have accidentally deleted the original roof folder, however I did find two images that illustrate the basic idea. You can see there is a base plate, cut out to access the interior, A set of transverse formers, that conform to the end profile and a set of longitudinal strengtheners, some out of site, The roof frame is laid on it's back and tack glued to a sheet of 20 thou plasticard and left to dry. The sheet is wrapped around the transverse sections, glueing as you go and attached to the base plate. You need excess sheet to get a good grip and hold it in place while the glue drys. The excess is then cut of and the process of filing of the remainder is in progress in the first image. You can see that I was able to salvage the original transverse pieces from the original roof. The end profile buts up to the brass end of the carriage. A couple of coats of undercoat are applied and rubbed down to get a smooth finish and the roof is attached to the carriage. The finished roof, painted, gubbins attached and cornice and ends retouched in.
  3. Caution: This post does not contain any wheels or locomotive valve gear, and only a small amount of (quite tricky) soldering. A long time ago (on this fast moving thread) on June 13th I did post some progress on one of my lockdown projects. .....here.... Left to do are:- Access steps (awaiting supplies) Guttering and downpipes. LEDs for interior lighting. I hope you will forgive the several required small corrections which this mornings pictures have shown up. I'm sorry for the quality of the interior shot - but I quite like the effect!
  4. Today is my 71st birthday, so I thought we would go back in time to when I was a young man for this afternoon's photos of the ECML in the 1970s at Swayfield. Swayfield was one of my favourite locations at the time. Since I moved to Northumberland some 40 years ago I have't been back very often, I'm not sure what it is like now, though I have seen it with the OHLE in place. It's worth studying the photos to see the changes that occured during the 1970s. Swayfield Class 55 9006 up Oct 71 J2781.jpg 08.00 Edinburgh to Kings X Swayfield Class 47 up ex pass Sept 72 C1142.jpg 11.32 Bradford to Kings X (Saturday) Swayfield Class 55 9021 down Feb 73 J3142.jpg 11.00 Kings X to Newcastle Swayfield Class 55 up 1st April 78 C3765.jpg 55004 1A11 08.25 Newcastle to Kings Cross Swayfield Class 47 up 1st April 78 C3766.jpg probably 47419 David
  5. Had our first major issue with Face Coverings today. Man walks into the shop ( l won’t refer to him as a customer). From behind his mask asks, “Do you sell vaccines? “. With a what was probably an annoyed look l replied “Vaccines???”. With an even stranger look from him came the reply... “No, Peco or Gaugemaster back-scenes”. He left as a customer, chuckling the same as us. What has our world turned into?
  6. Some more photos from the Keighley and Worth Valley for this morning. Keighley BR Class 4MT 75078 Aug 83 C6241.jpg Mytholmes Ivatt 2MTT 41241 April 71 C537.jpg Haworth W&M railbus Oct 81 C5569.jpg Haworth USA 72 Feb 73 C1216.jpg Oxenhope Austerity Fred Dec 75 C2566.jpg Oxenhope English Electric D0226 ecs Sept 74 J4049.jpg David
  7. As a change of subject. Just got back from A&E. I have a Deep Vein Thrombosis.
  8. Good morning Phil, I had no idea how 'popular' this thread would become. As is probably well known, when Andy York started it in 2012 on my behalf, I was still in the grip of deep depression. It's a condition I'd wish on nobody (even a worst enemy), and having a thread was a life-line for me at the time. One of the manifestations of the 'black dog' is a reluctance to meet anyone, cease indulging in activities one is usually passionate about and having nothing more than an overwhelming desire to curl up into a ball and hide. I'm naturally gregarious and confident in company; it's horrid to be the opposite of that! But, thanks to Andy's understanding, I was able to keep in touch with this wonderful hobby and gradually I've returned to a more-normal self; due entirely to Mo and many wonderful friends - not drugs, not counselling and certainly no 'trick-cyclists'! And so, over the last eight years Wright Writes has grown into what it is today. I have to say that's largely due to the fantastic contributions of many. It's frequented by real modellers, who are more than happy to show their work. It's constructively-critical, occasionally argumentative, educational, supportive, amusing and thought-provoking. Though it can go off at tangents at times, I'm delighted to say it's never descended into puerile trivia, which has no relevance. My thanks to all for making it what it is................. Regards, Tony.
  9. Photos taken at Alnmouth fopr this afternoon. Alnmouth was the junction for Alnwick. Alnmouth 91006 Kings X to Glasgow C 15th April 92 C16752.jpg Alnmouth 142525 Newcastle to Alnmouth18th June 94 C19516.jpg Alnmouth Class 101 Berwick to Newcastle Aug 87 J9196.jpg Alnmouth 43152 Kings X to Edinburgh Nov 87 J9360.jpg Alnmouth Class 254 down Aug 80 J7117.jpg David
  10. Many thanks for all the good wishes for my birthday yesterday. I had an enjoyable day. Today's photos are from Glasgow Central between 1990 and 1995. All the visits were on journeys to and from Glasgow Exhibition. I usually travelled there by train, often from Newcastle via Carlisle and the Glasgow and South Western route just to go a different way. At one time I drove there from Northumberland but gave that up after getting stuck for several hours in a traffic jam when the A69 was closed by snow. Another year I only just managed to get home as the A74 was badly affected by snow. After that I used the train. Glasgow Central 303047 17th Feb 90 C13976.jpg Glasgow Central 90021 down arriving 2nd March 91 C15630.jpg Glasgow Central 43068 29th Feb 92 C16705.jpg Glasgow Central 2 Class 156 and 2 Class 303 24th Feb 95 C19960.jpg Glasgow Central 101688 24th Feb 95 C19976.jpg David
  11. 4th March 1966, the last days of the Somerset & Dorset: Photo by Andy York.
  12. In Northumberland this afternoon, wth some more trains at Cramlington. The photos go from north to south. Cramlington 43080 up 31st May 91 C15900.jpg Cramlington DVT up 24th Dec 92 C18195.jpg Cramlington 153315 Morpeth to Newcastle 8th Oct 94 C19841.jpg Cramlington site of old station building 24th Feb 93 C18352.jpg Cramlington 143018 Berwick to Newcastle Nov 88 J9710.jpg Cramlington 43094 down 25th May 88 C9460.jpg David
  13. KNP

    Little Muddle

    The story of a tree When the extension part of the layout was started in 2013 a tall, slightly odd shaped seamoss tree was planted by the backscene but a bit to far out so it cast a shadow. For many years I lived with this and would, when I remembered, photo edit out the shadow. But as the years rolled on I got more and more fed up doing this so a few days ago a tree surgeon was called in with his trusted nail scissors and work commenced. The original with the shadow (to the right of the bay platform signal) I know it doesn't look much but was annoying nevertheless. So I would phot edit it to this but I could always see it. Then after a visit from the tree surgeon a better shaped and nearly shadow free tree appeared. Much better and it begs the question.... Why hadn't I done this before?
  14. This afternoon's photos feature locations along the line from Newcastle to Carlisle. Derwentheugh 142020 Newcastle to Hexham 1st July 95 C20309.jpg Fourstones 156437 Newcastle to Stranraer 30th Jan 93 C18272.jpg Fourstones Class 5 5305 SRPS Falkirk to Glasgow via Newcatsle and GSW Mar 87 J8795.jpg Haltwhistle 156463 Newcastle to Carlisle 20th April 92 C16781.jpg Haltwhistle 60047 tanks Stanlow to Jarrow 12th April 95 C20088.jpg David
  15. No Photoshop or photographs used as a background in these shots.
  16. In the spirit of showing what we’re building, I thought I’d post a bit more progress on a 3 coach set of LSWR stock I’m part way through building. They’re similar to Al’s a post or two above but not as far advanced. Happy to show photos if others are interested. The subject of couplings came up a page or two back and I thought I’d show how I couple my sets together. Its not my idea – I have no idea whose it was – it’s a copy of that shown in Stephen Williams’ The 4mm Coach Part One (page 20). First off I solder a 1mm piece of wire rod behind the headstock/on the buffer bases. I do this on both ends on all the coaches. I then make up a simple hook from 1mm wire rod, bending it to shape and winding round a bit of thin wire from old electrical cable to represent the hose ribbing. I may add representations of hose couplings from washers or twists of thicker wire, if the mood takes me, all secured with tiny dabs of solder. The part with the hook is maybe a mil or two lower than the opposite end that passes through the headstock as it has to go below the headstock of the following coach – seems obvious, but I’ve got it wrong so many times. I temporality fit the corridor connectors to get the right tension / correct (ish) distance between the coaches. I realise these are too far apart compared to full size stock but it doesn’t look too bad as the void has something in it. I then solder the hook to the headstock. The hook rubs on the bar – this seems smoother than it just rubbing on the back of the headstock. These LSWRs will go around 3ft radius curves on a test track without issue. I have no idea how they might fare on a full layout, reverse curves or a crossover….we’ll shall see one day! Nor do I know how the compressibility / tension of the bellows will last…time will tell. The reason I put a bar behind every buffer is in case I decide to add further stock at a later date and it’s easier to fit at the build stage. The process it the same for plastic bodied stock/underframes except I use glue. This is how the set looks, the corridor connectors are held in place by friction for the picture and the photography has shown how grotty the sides are. They’ll get scrubbed over the weekend and if the weather is warm they might even see a coat of primer. Kind regards, Iain
  17. Some night shots of a busy Edinburgh Waverley...
  18. What if? A Southern Region 'might-have-been': Photo by Andy York.
  19. Ok, as requested a kind of description . These are pics of the D1 chassis under construction. From above From below The compensating beam bears on the top of the bogie plate close in to the bogie pivot which has a bit of sideplay , but not much. The adjustment screw has a domed end where it bears on the bogie plate. The bogie is itself compensated. When running as a chassis only I noticed that at speed the bogie tended to lift a bit on the inside rail as it hit a curve. So I used a burr to form a dish on the upper surface of the bogie plate where the dome of adjustment screw sits . The idea is that as the bogie begins to turn the compensation point rides up the surface of that dished bit, but more weight gets transferred from the beam to the bogie thus countering the tendency to lift. A more built up pic Note the slightly dirty trick of tapering the frames in, and the use of a tube as the compensation beam pivot which makes fitting the brakes easy. Now it may be argued that it's all a bit of a palaver and completely pointless. I wouldn't argue with that, but here it is running. Not bad for what is a fairly light weight loco. Apart from anything else I just enjoy messing about with things like this and playing about with ideas. All it takes is a few bits of brass and time and it must be said I have plenty of bit of brass.
  20. It's a lovely day here on the Northumberland coast, blue sky, blue sea, a nice sea breeze with the thermometer in my garden reading 20. I notice from other threads that it is much hotter elesewhere - I don't like it very hot. Today's photos are another batch from the Tyne and Wear Metro system. Whitley Bay 4048 Pelaw to St James 18th Jan 92 C16679.jpg Whitley Bay Metro 4008 and 4037 Pelaw to St James 30th May 89 C11918.jpg Tynemouth Metros 15th Jan 94 C19268.jpg The benches had been turned upside down for maintenance. Willington Quay Metro broken down 28th Dec 89 C13884.jpg Willington Quay Metro broken down being pushed by following train 28th Dec 89 C13888.jpg David
  21. KNP

    Little Muddle

    Ambling down the line, Mogul 5355 progresses with the morning freight train. Tony & Tommy up early to watch the progress, mind you they also seem to be up early and watching...... Original picture Then I thought... This looks better cropped to pull closer. So two pictures for the price of one!!!
  22. Hi all, Today, we’re pleased to share the CADs for our Genesis project with you. As with other projects from Hattons, we’re providing you with the opportunity to view the full 3D CAD images, so that you can really get up close and personal with these exciting new models. As well as images, we've uploaded the complete CAD files for each type of vehicle into an online viewer. This will let you rotate the CADs and see them from any angle you wish, and no software downloads are needed! The entirety of Batch 1 is due to start arriving in stock during Q1 2021, with further models set to launch following this. Pre-order yours now! We’d love to hear your thoughts either via RMWeb or in the comments on our site. Check out the full 3D CAD images, HERE. Cheers, Dave
  23. Parcels delivery, Somerset Levels: Photo by Andy York.
  24. Clifford works is in full paint with several recent projects currently going through the shops. The PO marathon has had a quick flash of gloss on the sides ready for transfers. Jerry
  25. Just a sea wall and some steps. Not a lot to see really, apart from the 'Old Sea Dog' sitting at the top. Don't get into conversation with him as you'll be there all day as he regales one (or many) of his nautical stories......
  26. JM's foot bridge is a smashing representation of cast iron and lattice work Victoriana. The V2 is fully sprung and has bogie side control. Built by Mr. Becareful (as christened by Roy) whom also built the Queens Board. The tale you tell has missed out the most essential part, Roy being at his most colourful and animated best before he went off and put the kettle on. The full story is probably best kept for the bar. The slew in the track is as per prototype and it can just be made out in certain photographs. Not may folk realise the work that Mr Becareful put in on that, as only abut 30% of it is visible above "ground". This is the undergubbins and its associated test rig used for bench checking its operation and slotting arrangements. The servos are mounted in an etch by JM. The question Mr Becareful asks is: does he re-start the building of Babworth gantry? The battery cabinets were the work of Archie Axlebox of hereabouts who may be along to comment later but we're just about ready to go out for a day trainspotting whilst remaining in within our personal bubbles so it may be some time. He does knock up a canny cabinet. Who knows, one day in the not to distance future they may be available as a white metal casting? And finally, said member of the S&T dept. (Archie) starting the ground works and showing off how much abuse the baseboards can take along with a rather well turned ankle. Crikey! Was it six years ago? Porcy
  27. And the basically finished field and embankment. Lots of detail yet to add such as grates and drain covers in the road, couple of street lights in the adjoining road, bit more fence and lots of mud and puddles.Going back to the new frames on the left and the view from here shows just how far away the trains will be spotted appearing under the bridge. As I mentioned the two lower tracks join the two higher tracks at the same level around 10m further on.. The backscene will curve past this bridge and join with the bridge on the right at the end. What to fill in the middle? I might even extend the river
  28. Perchance it waketh Meanwhile, peacefully slumbering away in a quiet corner of the model railway room, hitherto ... This is the site - and indeed most of an existing bit of railway - for the 'rest of the world'. I can usefully spend some time in this corner, bringing this back to life, without compromising the ability to set up Grantham or Shap (in exhibition configuration) at the present time. Those that have followed the story from earlier might recall this was the terminus station from my earlier loft layout, and is a condensed version of Manchester Central station. A quick reminder of it in its former life. For any who haven't seen it or the previous layout, some details here: ANYHOW This should give an idea of its context within the Carlisle scheme. The white line shows how it will be linked to the bit of the layout built so far - you can just see the end of the canopy at the extreme right hand edge of this picture - the total length to be linked will be about 20 feet I think (haven't measured it) and this WILL infringe upon the Grantham footprint. However, the idea (for now) is to build these linking boards so as they can be unmantled - this will include retaining of the facility to back a transit van part way into the building through the big sliding door (behind the red curtain) for exhibition loading / unloading purposes. And now - the result of today's 'unpacking'. You can see the full extent of the station complex - in fact, I'm seeing it for the first time like this as much of the station throat was actually hidden beneath an upper level board! A particularly large arachnid was disturbed in this process, as evidenced by the mass of cobwebs in the other boards that had been slumbering nearer to the floor. A bit of explanation, if you refer to the letters bottom left. B and C and the main running lines into and out of the station and you can trace their route into the station train shed. A is the shunting spur for the goods yard, to the left hand side of the station. There is a further goods yard board that goes in behind that I haven't set up for this shot. D is the carriage headshunt, with the possibility of having carriage sidings heading off behind where I'm standing. As you can see, the station throat is a riot of single / double slips and 3-way points because ... well ...that was what steam era station throats often looked liked! Very different from the simple ladder of points you often see on today's railway. From this angle, its condition doesn't look too bad, notwithstanding the difference in foam ballast colouring. However ... Moving a bit closer, you can see a bit more of the restoration job I've got on my hands! The foam ballast is disintegrating badly and, whilst its replacement on a piece of plain line is simple enough, this is a different prospect, even ignoring the fact that you can't get the point inlays any more. So it all needs to come up and be replaced with cork. No need for ballasting though - this is a 'rest of the world' fiddle yard in essence, although should be great fun to work it as a proper station. Talking of which, I've numbered up the platform roads to give a brief explanation of how it is all meant to work. With all points 'normal' (levers back in the frame), running lines B and C run naturally into platforms 2 and 3 and, with the scissors immediately outside, there is flexibility to arrive or depart from each. Thereafter, it gets more interesting! Arrivals are only possible into plats 1, 2 & 3 (plat 1 can be accessed by a brief length of relief line - refer to previous photo) so a shunt across is required to position stock into platform 4 which is the main departure platform for an express train; plat 5 is a corresponding bay platform for a local train. The shunt across is easier from platform 3 so that tended to be the main arrival platform for expresses. Departure is possible from all platforms so 1 and 2 tended to be used for shorter, local trains. The missing bits of track to plats 4 and 5 are shown in white lines - they ended up having to be removed to transport the thing from its previous home. This is the simple little loco yard alongside the station (as per the real Manchester Central. The lever frame is for the station throat point work and it's all still connected, either directly or via jumper cables so should be capable of being resuscitated. Of course, whilst only a handful of locos can be stabled here, in practice we need a far greater capacity as the whole point of the 'rest of the world' is that a loco arriving here is replaced by another heading back out and we might not see the arriving loco for the rest of that day. So the idea is that there will be ample storage space set out below so that locos can be stored in appropriate 'sheds' according to where they've arrived at (chiefly: Crewe (WCML South), Polmadie (WCML North), Holbeck (S&C), Newcastle (not sure which shed!), Glasgow GSWR (Corkerhill) and Workington (M&CR)). The handy spur leading off the turntable could well lead to a cassette / loco lift facility. Anyway ... as you might (possibly?) have wondered by now, there's a bit of a problem. It's all a bit too short! From buffer stops to the points at the end of the platform is a 'mere' 7' 3", just long enough to get a 4-6-0 plus seven bogies in (the longest train that ran on the old layout). But that would never do for Carlisle! The planning is all based on train lengths up to 12 coaches (and equivalent for wagons) so all of this is just temporarily positioned for now so as I can work through a few options. Plan A is to position the station three feet away from the adjacent end wall. That gives up three extra coaches, so we're up to 10 bogies - so what about the other two? Well, that three foot space allows us to mischievously install a 90 degree curve, suitably disguised - a favourite 'dodge' in station designs. This will probably be limited to plats 2, 3 & 4. But there's a problem ... How to get through the end wall! Aha - thought of that ... Ta-daa! The end screen is simply held in place by magnets. I actually did this for photography purposes but comes in jolly handy here (OK - I'll need to remove those little cross platforms at the end but fairly trivial compared to hacking in to the main train shed structure. I reminded myself of a bit of enjoyable detail modelling wot I did some years ago. Just in half-relief but I was quite pleased with it. I think the name 'Central Station' works quite well actually for a 'rest of the world' location so I think that'll stay. I need to go and measure and muse (and sleep on it) before committing to firm positioning of this in its permanent location. I might be some time ...
  29. Another look at 60874 this morning, still in black livery, and in dire need of an overhaul. That applies both to my loco and the real thing actually. It was followed by the very last train on the Up in this sequence, a late evening Grantham local, very lightweight, but it gets A3 haulage.
  30. Across the valley towards the farm we spy.... Is that a slight mist hanging about I notice?
  31. It's amazing what can go wrong with model railways according to those handling returns. Motors fall out of locos. Etched nameplates vanish into thin air leaving only glue marks - and always on the side at the bottom when the model arrives. As for models that people have tried to fix themselves, those stories are hilarious. My favourite came from the model boat world. One kit manufacturer had a model brought in because the builder said he'd followed the instructions and it didn't work. The ship arrived on the desk with a thump and on inspection, the hull was full of Blue Circle's finest product. It seems the instructions about cementing parts in place hadn't entirely been understood...
  32. Perhaps you might like a shot of the narrow gauge in Victoria - Baldwin 15A and van 2NC waiting for the next move:
  33. A few photos around Harrogate today. Harrogate 144017 York to Leeds 11th April 90 C14308.jpg Harrogate Class 141 Harrogate to Leeds Sept 87 J9273.jpg Harrogate Class 141 Leeds to York going away May 87 J8928.jpg Crimple viaduct Aug 65 J1469 Crimple viaduct trackbed of Y&NMR Leeds to Starbeck line Aug 65 J1471.jpg Taken looking along the trackbed from under Crimple viaduct. David
  34. As an aside, the face of my cat Wizardora when I explained I was going to extend the river
  35. Issue 279 is now out and I have received copies, Jerry Clifford in the editorial chair for a super slightly 2mm scale orientated issue. That said it was great to see Chris Matthews highly atmospheric "Bottom Works Siding" getting a good airing in this issue - one of the best-ist Cameo entries in that Cameo thing from pre-Coronavirus days. The publication date of the next issue is given as "unknown at present" -, I can't help but feel this is a tad pessimistic and don't think we should read too much into it(!) Anyway, great to have it back!
  36. Been sitting here with a mug of tea, and some "seedless easy peelers". Have so far spat out six seeds, but not yet swallowed any, so I'm unlikely to give birth to any clementines. Here's another WD and a mixed goods, again from an elevated position. Now I shall set up for the start of another sequence.
  37. Yet another A3 comes into view. Minoru this time, with the Delaval Sidings to Holloway ECS. I have extended my ability to pick the key to the right of the one I want to hit to the clubs in my golf bag. This is not conducive to good scoring.
  38. I did go up and run the end of the sequence before it became unbearably hot, and while doing so I plonked again. I just can't help myself sometimes.
  39. Another day begins at PN, and Brancepeth Castle is backing down into the bay to await the arrival of the Glasgow-Colchester. At platform 6, dirty and still black 60853 has been spared standby duty today, and will instead take a leisurely trip to Doncaster with the morning parliamentary, but not for a while yet.
  40. Some freight passing Haymarket MPD in the 1980s A pair of 20s trundling past on an MGR service... 56013 on an oil service... And finally for now, 45144 on a Speedlink service...
  41. KNP

    Little Muddle

    None of my pictures are tampered with my dear sir.....they might be 'tweaked' but never tampered with. Though some say it never rains in Muddleshire well, I have actual photographic proof that is does. Not tampered with... just 'TWEAKED' a bit, slightly, but not by much of course.
  42. KNP

    Little Muddle

    5355 sweeps sedately into Encombe Town station PS - please note signal....! it's level......!
  43. The Talisman having disappeared , our second Gateshead A4 now gets under way. We managed to get a second angle, which I think is rather more successful. Jolly hot here still, sleeping may not be easy.
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