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  1. "If they spent less time reading old MRN's and more time on the job we might get this loco project finished..."
    61 points
  2. Last year I posted some photos of the Spirsby layout built by Gavin Thrum based on the Spilsby branch in Lincolnshire to which I contributed some items and on which we run some of my LNER stock. We assumed that Spilsby became more important and the line was signalled to allow more than one engine to be on the branch at the same time. Hence we named it Spirsby rather than Spilsby. This last weekend should have been our annual BRMA Convention here in Adelaide. But due to Covid restrictions on travel across state borders here in Oz we've postponed it once again. We were intending to show Spirsby at the Convention venue but will now need to do that next year. As we had a free weekend locally I had a BRMA meeting at my place on Sat (split into two sessions to allow for Covid restrictions of a max of 20 people in a residence at one time) and as Spirsby is in storage at my place I set it up for a week. This will allow its use by two operating groups I'm in, one of which was last night. Consequently I took the opportunity for a bit of a photo shoot. Hope you like the shots. Andrew
    59 points
  3. Lots of radio silence lately I know. All positive update wise though, the automation works superbly - in fact the sight of seeing two ‘40’s on a 20 van Redbank parcels slowing down for a red, then accelerating as the points change a single yellow plus feather light up is super to watch. It’s been a huge amount of work to get the system to perform - mainly because it involves getting one 10amp system to talk to another system that works the automation & won’t run on 10amps! At the end of the day there isn’t a manufacturer whose designed a system for O gauge either, so you see the issues. So the last few days the job has begun to completely dismantle Heaton Lodge, load all the boards onto the steel handcarts & at the same time tidy up the wiring and fix other bits and bats. The150ft fiddle yard is now mostly down, next week down comes the scenic side. It’s a mess in the dungeon at the moment so please excuse that! After that it’ll all be reassembled for more testing, getting the overhead ‘platform’ type timetables to work and weathering a load of rolling stock that hasn’t been done yet. For those who are interested the layout will be displayed in Wakefield City Centre from Sat 4th - Sunday 19th December in the Market Hall, Union Street WF13AE. Official sponsors Heljan will also be there with additional OO layouts by Peco. It’ll be in the modelling press soon enough together with more details.. Thank you to all of you that have followed this thread for the last 7 years, plus Andy York & Phil Parker for a kind and complimentary write up last month in BRM. I will keep updating here every few weeks but it’ll be more on the logistics of shifting 100+ boards weighing about 5 tons.! Hopefully see some of you in December
    58 points
  4. Some of you may remember back in 2019 I started a project for my LNER Department train, some LNER Dolphin wagons, which Tony kindly photographed on LB. I am pleased to announce that they're finally finished. Lockdown came in 2020 and I spent the majority of it doing other projects as the Dolphin wagons had been sidelined due to laziness, I had to scratchbuild the doors! Thankfully at the end of last year I was chatting to a friend @Dylan Sandersonwho works for Scale Model Scenery, we have been bartering skills for a while now and I asked if he could make them up for me using laser cut wood, in exchange I would walk him through building a whitemetal kit via video chat. All was agreed and a few months later they arrived on my doorstep, saved me a lot of time and Dylan has done a fantastic job. Due to rebuilding the layout I have been non stop baseboard building, track laying and re wiring the fiddle yard and I needed a change of pace so I decided on finishing the Dolphin wagons, which then led to finishing the whole train. So here goes nothing..... Here's the complete rake, apart from the very first wagon, which you'll see in the next photograph. Apologies, my photography isn't as legendary as our Master of this Thread. Starting from left to right.... We have an LNER Dolphin wagon, scratchbuilt using a Cambrian Sturgeon as the main structure. This one has been modelled without doors, they were often discarded at yards. This is obviously carrying lengths of rails. The next, again another Dolphin wagon, this one has the doors, there was three rather large doors on each side. This particular wagon is carrying a small amount of ballast, sleepers, some fence posts and wire and a rolled up tarp. The tarp and fence posts were added for a bit of variety, recommended by the wagon master himself Jonathan Wealleans. I think I might add another piece of rope to the left of the one already there... The last of the Dolphin wagons, this one is carrying mostly ballast with some sleepers in the middle, less as exciting as the previous one. If you want to know how I made these wagons you will have to keep an eye out in BRM in the future...... Moving down the train we hit these wonderful examples of GN ballast wagons, not 100% accurate, mostly the buffers that will need changing eventually but they look the part. From left to right: I made this GN ballast wagon by using the cut and shut method on a 51L (Wizards) NER plate wagon, as I say the buffers are incorrect for now, the axles boxes as well but luckily they're covered by tarps to protect them from ballast dust. The next two wagons are Hornby, these require little altering and the paint job, again the buffers but they give the impression of the wagon I worked from in Tatlows book. Next we have a 51L (Wizards) NER G1 wagon as the tool van, this was the very first whitemetal kit I built.....and Tony broke off one of the W irons, woke up one morning to find him taking a soldering iron to the freshly painted wagon! luckily he's not a bad bloke and I trust him...... Moving on we have a 3D printed ECJS full brake as the mess van, this was a pain in the backside to paint but I think its turned out alright. It didn't like my southern end fiddlyard entrance/exit so the middle wheel has been raised every so slightly, so its essentially a four-wheeler now....don't tell anyone. Last but not least the brake van, I finished this on Saturday. It's a DS GN ballast brake van purchased from WM Collectables, I was surprised to snag it up as normally kits are gone before you can blink. Finished off with a tail lamp on the back, I promise Tony. I am quite pleased with how this train turned out, It makes me proud when I look at it as its all my own work and nothing is quite as satisfying as that. Is it perfect? No, but its mine! Now to finish the other train project...the meat train. Again, apolgies abut the photos.
    52 points
  5. A quiet corner of rural East Scotland 4mm | Resin cast from a scratch-built master | laser-cut MDF windows | Modelu gutter fittings | DAS Modelling clay setting
    51 points
  6. 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.......
    50 points
  7. And here's a low angle view of the same scene.
    50 points
  8. Standing by the fence by that 'pesky signal' I used the zoom lens to get the feeling the train was on top of you!!!! Far, far away in another galaxy a Dean goods slides serenely along towards YOU
    49 points
  9. By late 1940, it had become clear that this war wasn't going to be over any time soon. The War Department, looking to increase its number of ammunition depots across the British Isles, made contact with Sir Handel Brown, owner of the Ward Fell Slate Quarry and Skarloey Railway, enquiring as to the purchase of some of the old disused slate workings. Sir Handel Brown, wasn't too keen to sell off parts of his quarry, with slate production increasing due to wartime demand. However, he did wish to do his bit for king and country and agreed to a lease of the old workings to the W.D. Goods work was already increasing on the Skarloey Railway, with timber and the aforementioned slate production. With this new addition of ammunition trains, it became clear very quickly that the two old engines No. 1 'SKARLOEY' and No. 2 'RHENEAS' wouldn't be able to handle the work alone. The Government, in this time of national crisis agreed to the loan of two diesel locomotives to the railway. However, until they arrive (which could be some time).....No. 1 and No. 2 will have to cope as best they can....
    49 points
  10. 37418 enters Edinburgh Waverley with a Speedlink service... Much of the rake seems to be made up of china clay bogie wagons... an OBA... a BBA steel wagon... ...and tail-ended by three china clay slurry tanks...
    49 points
  11. Peering over the wall at Charlie Strong's scrapyard.
    46 points
  12. 45 points
  13. I've just spent a most-enjoyable weekend demonstrating at the East Midland (Nottingham, Clifton) Model Railway Show. I'm told numbers attending were around 200 (which was 50% down on last year, just prior to the first lockdown, and a third of the figure from 2019). A sign of the times, I suppose. Those who did attend, enjoyed a very good event. May I please than the Bulwell Club for putting on such a good exhibition? May I also thank those with whom I spoke, either to explain what I was making or fixing their 'dud' locos. Amazingly, in all but one (a dead motor) I was able to get them running again! Thanks, then, for all the generous donations to CRUK. This was my modest stand at the event. I was also given the opportunity to photograph Geoff Brain's amazing colliery layout in O Gauge. This will be featured in the Railway Modeller in due course.
    45 points
  14. Just a 56xx pootling long pulling a mixed freight train from the valleys!!! Now I have sorted this 'end of the world' problem and that is to move the camera so the end of the line is obscured by the bay signal arm...... Simple or what?
    44 points
  15. Final check round before lights out at Exhill Works
    44 points
  16. Apologies to all, but I need to make an announcement regarding the MRJ and me. Despite that fact that the address for Cygnet Magazines is the same as for my business in Bath, I have no involvement with the production of the MRJ, its subscriptions, or any advertising or editorial issues. Cygnet publishing remains in Didcot, I simply send on all mail to their address without opening any of it. Their telephone number remains as before, 01235 816478. Yes, it is confusing to have their postal address being the same as mine. I agreed to do it at their request to help them out at a difficult time. I appreciate that it is confusing and have sympathy for anyone who is confused. In addition to which: They still do not use email at all for any of the above purposes. It is unfortunate that they do not use email. I like everyone else wish that they would. The guest editors are known people, some of whom frequent RMweb (and other places), and some of whom make their contact details available electronically. These seem to me to be reasonable "contact points" for editorial contributions, but these folk will not be able to help with subscription or advertising issues. My business simply hold stocks of the MRJ and sell it to customers on a retail basis. I also purchased all of the back issues from Cygnet when everyone had to move out of Didcot, so I can also supply back issues (including to the trade) of all of the magazines that I still have in stock. Apologies for appearing to labour a point, but I am receiving increasing numbers of queries by email regarding these matters. I will no longer be able to respond to them as they are getting in the way of my own activities. I still love the MRJ and hope it continues for a long time yet. Simon Castens
    43 points
  17. No. 2 'RHENEAS' propels W.D vans towards the Ward Fell ammo depot.
    43 points
  18. I filled the bigger gaps on the signal box structure this morning with Humbrol Body Filler (the small gaps will be covered by the paint) and cleaned them up when the filler had dried. I then fitted the operating floor windows and the roof, temporarily, to see how it all looked. The platform will hide the Down side brickwork up to the bottom of the locking room windows so it doesn't matter that it's a bit rough. The Up end will, however, be quite visible. The Up side, the back of the box, will also be seen easily... ...while the Down end will also be largely out of sight. The right-hand side of the brickwork here will also be covered by the platform so the missing piece will be hidden too. The windows are not glued yet, just held in by friction, and I couldn't get the locking room windows to stay in place on their own at all. Nevertheless, for the first time I have a full impression of the complete box. Though I say so myself, I'm quite pleased with it. I'll paint the inside and then switch to making up the interior fittings before adding a chimney, ventilators, drain pipes, etc. and painting the outside. I'll add the steps up to the door after I've made and fitted the platform. The final job will be to add the nameboards - watch this space for more information about those.
    43 points
  19. Oxford Rail's J27, with replacement chimney and dome from Dave Bradwell, looks at home on a train of mineral wagons in some Pennine scenery.
    43 points
  20. We are still travelling along the Cumbrian Coast Line today with some photos from St Bees amd one from Whitehaven. All were taken on 30th July 2004. Whitehaven view north 30th July 04 IMG_4366 St Bees DRS Class 33 33030 down 30th July 04 IMG_4360 St Bees DRS Class 33 33030 down 30th July 04 IMG_4362 St Bees signal box 30th July 04IMG_4358 St Bees view north 30th July 04 IMG_4357 David
    43 points
  21. 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
    43 points
  22. More from Newcastle station today. Newcastle Class 101 going away 23rd Oct 84 C C6610 Newcastle 43086 up ecs for Newcastle to Kings X 17th Jan 87 C8188 Newcastle 47592 up parcels 1st June 89 C11958 Newcastle 47822 ecs to Heaton 1st June 89 C11966 Newcastle 43089 at rear of train down 3rd Jan 90 C13901 David
    42 points
  23. Al (Barry Ten) and his lovely wife visited today, not only to collect many models he'd bought some time ago but also to show me some of the projects he's working on or completed. Including............ A 27XX. A 'Bird'. A 'City'. A Cambrian 2-4-0T. A Dean Goods. A 61XX. An E1. The 'Battle of Britain' he's shown on here of late. And a 'Schools'. All of the above ran superbly. Just by way of a comparison, here's my 'Schools' (rather well-painted by Ian Rathbone). Thanks for bringing these locos, Al. You can tell us all about them in due course, please.
    42 points
  24. It's the last train of the day and after bringing up empty slate wagons, unusually there are no loaded to collect. So, it's 'light engine' down the valley although there maybe some empty vans to pick up at Glennock. Driver William 'Bill' Thwaite, has decided to let young fireman Ben Taylforth have the regulator for the return working. With little work for 'RHENEAS' to do on the down gradients, Bill keeps an eye ahead as Ben takes No. 2 carefully over the forestry crossing.
    42 points
  25. Grandson Time. Bradley has been here today and has done some more pictures just for you. We have come up with an idea and from here on in there will be a small figure in the bottom rh corner as his trade mark He’s here all day tomorrow as it’s an inset day so I expect some more pictures…..
    42 points
  26. Ahhhh...this seemed a good idea for a picture a few moments ago?????
    42 points
  27. The Joy of Commuting “Usual train - cancelled. Next one loses time hand over fist. Had to stand all the way to Oxted. To top it all, I get half way across Station Road and the bus pulls away. B****y marvellous; another dinner with peas like ammunition and gravy welded to the plate!”
    42 points
  28. It's good that RMWeb is working again, many thanks to Andy and others. The photos which should have appeared yesterday will appear in about 4 weeks time, don't worry, there were nothing very special. It will be four weeks as I always keep about a months worth of photos ready to upload in daily folders. Today we travel to York with a couple of colour photos and some much older black and white ones. Things have changed a bit since they were taken. All but one of the photos were taken by Dad. York 156490 Leeds to York Aug 90 J11615 York LNER V2 4771 and 08337 28th July 86 C7657 York A1 60121 Silurian down ecs 1953 JVol2073 York B16 61443 down l e April 52 JVol6115 York D49 Leeds to Scarbrough c1952 JVol4211 David
    41 points
  29. Announcing major system malfunction. I am currently away from home and admitted to hospital with major heart failure involving mitral valve and atrial fibrillation. The consequences of this mean that I am not feeling my scintillating best and appear to be set for a long stay in an attempt to provide a fix for feeling the less than special way I feel now. I am receiving excellent treatment from my local NHS once I gained admission by kicking in the front door ( A&E) . I am keeping in touch and will continue to do so as long as I possibly can. Best regards to ANTB friends Ian
    41 points
  30. A few more from Newcastle in the late 80s and early 90s now. Newcastle 56134 down coal 10th July 87 C8636 Newcastle Royal Mail battery powered trolley July 88 J9627 Newcastle 47597 ecs for Newcastle to Liverpool 28th Aug 90 C15352 Note the size of the "9" Newcastle 158784 Newcastle to Liverpool May 91 J11930 As usual Mum had gone with Dad to look at trains - with a cup of coffee!! Newcastle 142520 11th June 91 C15906 Newcastle 91002 up 22nd June 92 C16917 David
    41 points
  31. No. 2 'RHENEAS', passes over the crossing in late October, 1940. Sir Handel Brown, the owner of the railway and slate quarry was recently showing some military types around some of the old quarry workings. Old Pete Taylforth reckons they are planning an invasion! His nephew Ben Taylforth doesn't particularly care, as long as he can still fire these little old engines, on this lovely little railway in the East Sudrian Fells.
    41 points
  32. Hey, there.... Like me new wheels?
    40 points
  33. Next the boards either side were built, again removeable to allow access to the boards behind. Altogether three more pieces in this giant jigsaw puzzle The Leeman Road section, which lifts out easily, ties the shed to the coal yard. The coal drops have glued in position, and rails fitted. A few photos of my customers work on the permanent way that has progressed in parallel. The loco yard is starting to take shape. I'll be posting regularly again now that I'm working on the layout again. Peter
    40 points
  34. Something is going on at Ward Fell....all very hush hush....
    40 points
  35. J67 on my O Gauge Layout 'Mission Road'
    40 points
  36. Local passenger train arriving at Encombe Town, looks like a busy day as the service has been beefed up with an old clerestory coach.
    40 points
  37. Morning all. No modelling at present, as expected, due to the demands of work. However, a new loco has arrived at Sheep Towers. A Bachmann ex-SE&CR C class. Weathered by Mick Bonwick. Already mapping out the layout to build around it............. Rob.
    40 points
  38. Now for a picture that we can all recall doing in our youth. Standing on a bridge waiting for the train to pass under..... In my case it would have been when the family lived in Little Chalfont in the early 60's and I could walk about half a mile and stand on a small road bridge that was over the Metropolitan Line running between Chalfont & Latimer Station and Chorleywood Station.....normally a BR Standard Class 4 and usually 4 crimson coaches would roar past....umpteen coal trains pulled by something or other!!! Remember.....
    40 points
  39. A mixed bag taken at York between 1971 and 1987, mainly in dull weather. York Class 101 ecs down Nov 71 C742 York Class 101 York to Leeds May 74 J3685 York Class 47 Liverpool to Newcastle and V2 4771 ecs for York circular The Northumbrian Limited Sat 7 Apr 79 C4389 York V2 4771 Scarborough Spa Express 3rd Aug 86 C7874 York 150240 Manchester to Scarborough 13th July 87 C8687 David
    40 points
  40. Dean Goods heading down the branch line....
    39 points
  41. Some photos from Pontfaen Yard for your perusal.
    39 points
  42. There you are, was having withdrawal symptoms, I suspect AY has been battling hard to get this back up and running so thank you for all your efforts. Life has been carrying on at a sedate pace on LM and one day later than planned here is a re-badged train passing through Encombe Town station sporting the GWR roundel to both loco and carriages. The original manufacturer applied wording/badges where removed using the time honoured method of T-Cut left on for 10-15 mins to the area in question then carefully washed off with a damp cotton bud. With the loco tender I removed all the weathering and name back to the original colour to the entire main side panel then re-badged and weathered as a whole area so their would be no issues with joining old to new. Same process to the coaches but much smaller area of brown but again embracing a whole area approach so no weathering jointing was visible between old and new. Weathering applied using my method of varnish with a hint of roof dirt in it applied in vertical downward strokes.
    39 points
  43. Trains around Cramlington for this afternoon. Cramlington Class 254 Kings X to Aberdeen Oct 84 J8194 Cramlington tamper down Nov 87 J9352 Cramlington Class 101 S800 Morpeth to Newcastle Nov 87 J9353 Cramlington Class 37 up l e Oct 84 J8186 Cramlington Class 143 143005 Newcastle to Morpeth Nov 85 J8460 David
    39 points
  44. Out for a bit of a drive today and I found a nice little place to stop, just outside of Westerham Station, a country lane that provided a place to view the line into Westerham, what better place than this in the quite of the Kent countryside to stand and stare for a few moments and watch the goods train arrive. Time To Leave, All the Best Adrian.
    39 points
  45. 20052+20029 take a rest between duties.
    38 points
  46. The crew of Peckett B2 Olwyn prepare to stop to pin down the brakes on their train of architectural stone, from Woodhead's quarry, on the Calder Vale Mineral Railway. Every bit of braking power will be needed to descend the 1 in 18 bank to Brookfoot.
    38 points
  47. The ECML south of Grantham at High Dyke and Swayfield in black and white for this afternoon. Simply a few of my photos before I started to take colour slides. The 1969 photos at High Dyke were probably taken early in January. Scan-131201-0011 D5586 Swayfield Class 31 D5586 down freight September 1968 Scan-131201-0014 Swayfield Class 55 up ex pass September 1968 m High Dyke Class 45 up ex pass 1969 DMImageQ06 m High Dyke Class 31 D5672 light engine in sidings 1969 DMImageM03 m High Dyke Class 25 down vans, Class 31 in distance 1969 DMImageR03 David
    38 points
  48. 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.
    38 points
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