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  1. Evening, Today was spent doing virtually nothing, except the third and final very thin gloss coat was applied to LMS 5354 New Zealand, aka what I named my GtV. Here’s a rather atmospheric shot of the varnish drying.
  2. The long clerestories can be tarted up if desired, without too much work. I think they can then be made into acceptable "layout coaches", to use a Tony Wright term. The more recent printing technique gives a bit of relief to the panelling, not as flat as when they were originally released. (Incidentally, the pre-production shots did indeed show full moulded panelling, but presumably this was dropped due to the difficulty of putting the paint on, using 1980s methods). The main problem is that the lining is still simplified, so needs the black adding, and the droplights and bolections painted dark red. The centre coach here is a Mallard kit, sandwiched between two upgraded clerestories: The coaches can also be improved by reworking the bogies (opening them out to remove plastic where it shouldn't be), and replacing the corridor bellows, adding end handrails etc. Reworked lining and droplights:
  3. The green one is on a standard Hornby Sir Dinadan chassis but with Flying Scotsman wheels 27mm instead of 24mm and Hornby cylinders and valve gear which I think came from a Tender drive Black 5. It was done 20 or maybe 30 years ago.
  4. I think it does work. A Bubble Car or Skateboard are short trains, no matter how long the train set is. A pair of Tractors with a 25 wagon, boxes train is a long train if your train set can fit it. So you use your average size train, say a Tram as your 1/3rd length. This will give the desired effect as Graham mentioned. Shorter or longer trains will look correct as well.
  5. I've long been interested in the Stainmore line, and have many articles, photos and books on the line, though not much immediately to hand. There was quite a turnover of engines at KSE, with often newly overhauled locos being sent there for a period, when they were capable of their best and reliable work on these most arduous of lines. It was only in the post war period that analysis methods became advanced enough to allow class 4 engines over the iron viaducts, and the 4MTs allowed double loads to be taken over the summit compared to the class 2 engines used previously. They worked freight almost exclusively, with all mineral trains banked westbound and loaded eastbound trains too. After the NER origin locos had departed, regular passenger trains used Ivatt 2mts and standard class 3 tanks, but their reign was short before the DMUs arrived. The mineral traffic was diverted away by 1960, and the remaining 4MTs were only seen on the summer Saturday excursion trains, which they had also worked in previous years.
  6. I find that happens if I leave the fluid on too long. Also, letting it dry and burnishing with tissue paper gives a good finish.
  7. Thanks, my Mac says "browse". That brings up the search box, type in ".box" in the serach box, then scroll down to the file I wanted, click on it, press the button at the bottom and by magic it goes across to Templot. Luckily no need to do anything else. Thanks, things do seem to be getting a bit easier.
  8. At the time the MEE didnt have a gold medal, so silver was better than it seems
  9. G'Day Folks I'm also going for Little Bytham, it's the families hometown, going back to pre 1790's, many an ancestor is buried in the area. manna
  10. “Oh heck, missed the register again this morning.”
  11. 1 point
    Why is it I always seem to build rolling stock in threes, does anyone else have this quirk? Firstly I completed my Norwich & Brandon Railway corn wagon kit. This one was from a lovely drawing in the HMRS collection of a frankly very rare beastie. An act of parliament authorising the construction of the N&BR was passed on 10th May 1844. The contractors were Grissell & Peto, consultant engineers Robert Stephenson and George Parker Bidder. Officially opened on 29th July 1845 the railway had already lost its title to the Norfolk Railway following a merger with the Yarmouth & Norwich Railway a month earlier. In the meantime the Eastern Counties Railway was making great progress and eventually swallowed up the NR in 1848, the assortment of Eastern Counties lines amalgamating to form the Great Eastern Railway in 1862. Thanks to Simon Turner for making the excellent masters for this and the next two kits as well. The second is a Midland Railway end door goods wagon of 1847. The drawing reputedly originated from Derby works and is dated 1847 but beyond that we know very little. The wagon is certainly typical for the period with wooden head buffers, a simple drop lever wooden brake and doors in one end pointing to a period when wagon turntables were plentiful and turning such a vehicle before or after loading was commonplace. Often loads would be sheeted over and the high round ends provide support for a canvas. The third is a little different, an open carriage truck of the London & Birmingham Railway. This one has a delivery to make, a cabriolet by James Braby of Lambeth to his 1837 patent no.7279. The patent document shows several vehicles including a very charming omnibus, Shillibeer style, which I may well be tempted to model at some point. Braby started out as a road carriage builder but found himself drawn into railway carriage building like many of his contemporaries and supplied several early railways with carriages. They're photographed at Bricklayers Arms. Please don't ask how on earth they came to be south of the Thames in 1845...! Now I have to find three more things to make!
  12. I have a friend who was in 4RTR who thinks you may have been involved with the Regiment at the time when all their Chieftains were each issued with one round of ammunition and seventy Elsan toilets. A fairly cra**y day for various reasons but one bright spot - this evening I finished tiling the roof of the goods shed. I think I shall definitely invest in one of the line drawing thingies that HH showed. Dave
  13. Well, it’s been a while, but I’ve not been entirely idle; that LNER open did eventually get finished and I’m reasonably happy with how it turned out. At the same exhibition (remember them?) I bought a couple of cattle wagon kits, a Parkside LMS diagram 1661 and a Slaters MR. I made an start on the LMS one in the early days of lockdown, although the build stalled (I can’t remember why) and it got stashed away in a box in this state. These two opens (one LMS, the other MR) had been hanging around the workbench for far too long, but are now close to finished. They just need door bangs (almost always the last thing I add) and a bit of paint and lettering. Really must sort out some more appropriate motive power, but more of that some other time.
  14. Hi Rich, Looking in the garage tonight, there is certainly quite a bit to keep me going over Autumn and Winter. I have also somehow managed to order 2 Strathclyde liveried class 320s and Dapol are releasing the 156 in that livery, they won't look right on Dallam so may need to build them a home........ Cheers Simon
  15. The GWR Ballast wagons we have on the SVR are; 40841 (P5 of 1893) 60562 (P2 of 1900) 60906 (P14 of circa 1915) 80603 (P15 of 1935-7) 80684 (P15 of 1936-7) 80225 (P15 of 1937) 30903 (P18 of 1939) If you need snaps, just browse my Flickr. I do have snaps the Didcot ones too
  16. This website indicates how many Ivatt 4MTs were allocated to work on the Stainmore line, and where they were shedded: http://www.stainmore150.co.uk/stainmore_story/BR_standards.html The “BR database” site shows engines allocated to the two sheds mentioned ( Kirkby Stephen and West Auckland): http://brdatabase.info/sites.php?page=depots&subpage=arrdep&id=289 http://brdatabase.info/sites.php?page=depots&subpage=arrdep&id=591 These are historical lists, so you’ll have to scroll through to find the Ivatts - they’re just described as “4MT”. There may be a cleaner way of listing just the Ivatts, but I don’t know of one.
  17. They did, I was just trying to add a bit of context to what I was saying and make the point that you aren't the only person who would like some kind of guide to fitting sound to every model. I didn't feel like you were asking me personally, I just felt like I could help given my experience in selling speakers, decoders and fitting sound. And if someone tries to help you then you should accept their help, and if you don't like it then politely ignore it. Don't say things like 'I don't know who you are and what your business is' because I don't need to prove to you that I can answer your question, nor does anybody who tries to offer help to you. Unfortunately that wont happen, but you must know from your recent experiences which companies and individuals might not have seen the best side of you. Thats not necessary, just respect what people say to you and accept the help they are trying to give you. Richard
  18. The Clasp VB mineral, from further up the page, is done. The skip lorry is also complete with transfers.
  19. Your pickups look too short and too thick. I use .35mm phosphor bronze wire (one piece each side - there's no point in splitting it) soldered to a pcb pad in the same position but taken to the far side of each wheel, not the nearest point. All looks OK otherwise so far.
  20. Re: Grantham and Viewpoints What must be several years ago now, I was privileged to have a good afternoon looking at the splendid Grantham layout, while it was being rehearsed for a public appearance. It was like having a show all to myself, with the afternoon light bringing out the detail and colour and especially the splendid teak coaching stock with immaculate glazing. It looked especially good when viewed from near track level - with no-one to tell me off for kneeling on the floor! No pictures taken then I'm afraid. The only picture I have that might bear posting is from an earlier occasion when the North End Pilot was having a run-in on the main line (with no crew visible!) I've been deeply fortunate to have seen Grantham several times, and there is always more to see and admire. The only problem is running out of superlatives!
  21. They are Bing coarse scale wheels, made from zinc and designed to run on drawn brass “Lowko” track created by George Winteringham, later owner of Precision Models Ltd. The ones on the tender are even worse! I’m seriously considering getting some Slaters ones to replace them. At some point an Ace Trains four wheel bogie will replace that on the front. Really the engine needs a new tender entirely, as the original Bing one has been lost to time and the current one is for a Hornby O gauge LMS 4-4-0, as are the wheels. I have given some thought to making my own copy of a Bing tender, but need to do some more research and acquire some tin snips etc.
  22. For what it's worth, despite the derision in some quarters for the old Lima/Hornby Ringfield mechanisms, if you do fit extra pickup and extra weight they can run beautifully with virtually zero stalling.
  23. An update to these and a heads up if you're using a blackening fluid. Make sure it's a good quality one as a cheap version leaves them flaky and needing more work whilst the Ammo by Mig burnishing fluid [as used by aircraft modellers on photo-etch] was used here to better effect. Photo and knowledge courtesy of @toboldlygo
  24. Again, just a couple, still covering sickness, MOD crewe to Leamington which was light loco and actually continued to Eastleigh without stopping at kineton as there was no traffic to be added I should end up with it again in the morning to Donnington near telford 66752 I then got asked to do an extra move at the end of the job hams hall to landor st with 66789 which wa s then carrying on to Gloucester to pick up some vehicles to take to sims metals in newport landor to telford then Hereford tomorrow (best part of that job being I get to go to hereford models before my train home!)
  25. Today's photos are a few miles south at Morpeth, still in Northumberland. Morpeth 47018 up p w Nov 86 J8731.jpg The loco is in railfreight grey not an odd pinky green! Morpeth 56112 up coal Dec 87 J9389.jpg Morpeth 43075 Kings X to Glasgow QS Aug 88 J9640.jpg Morpeth 43063 up 26th Jan 91 C15559.jpg Morpeth 37083 29th Oct 92 C18120.jpg David
  26. Morning, No school today, è magistrae are having an all day conference to determine the returning plan. Oh dear. So time to have a fry up. Yesterday a very very crude chain was made for the GtV, to go in the Hornby coupler the previous owner fitted.
  27. I do tend to be less ambitious in terms of layouts in the hope that I can be as self sufficient as possible and I have very little RTR. When I take layouts to shows, I often look around and try to work out how many other layouts have every item of motive power and every single carriage and wagon built by hand. I see them rarely and when I do the layouts are usually about as big as mine. Around 10 years ago, when Ken Hill and I were discussing our next layout, we nearly built Leicester Central in GCR days, to fit one wall of his 40ft shed. The need to build a substantial layout plus a huge amount of locos and stock was just too much for us to take on, so we ended up building something much less ambitious. I have plenty of GCR locos and we have plenty of goods wagons but little GCR passenger stock. If the stock had been available RTR and we didn't need to build every single item, I could have probably persuaded Ken that it was a good idea. As it was, the idea was dropped as neither of us wanted a project that would drag on for many years before completion.
  28. When we visited Germany with CF, quite a few years ago, a couple of times we heard “I remember this - from up here!” Tim
  29. In vivid contrast to a thread elsewhere on RMweb, where Hornby did a limited edition loco named for Captain Tom Moore, with part of the sale price going to his favoured NHS Charities. Jolly good. But not a few scumbags have snapped these up and are now selling them to the highest bidder on ebay, thus actually making a tidy profit out of a charitable effort. Some people in this hobby are despicable.
  30. Afternoon, haven't posted for a couple of days. Yesterday was a trip into Bromley and then preparing for my Zoom German lesson and today I have a telephone consultation with my GP about my heel. Which may result in a face to heel consultation in the distant future. I checked my BP, 131/76, so not too bad. I may even do some modelling this afternoon! Bill
  31. Correct. In addition, remove all catenary contacts.
  32. Little Bytham on 3rd July 1938 !
  33. Someone asked me a similar question the other day, they asked if I could add a guide to my website to say which speaker is best for each class of loco. It's impossible because there's different decoders needing different speakers, different sound files suiting different speakers, in many cases theres multiple manufactures making the same loco class (such as Bachmann, vitrains, and Hornby all making a OO 37) and they all have different space available. On top of all those variations, would you then recommend a speaker thats a direct fit or one that needs minor work work because it would sound better, or would you suggest the best possible speaker regardless of how much work is needed? and what if the best option is two speakers? There would be so much information that nobody would be able to make sense of the guide. The only real ways to do it would be to buy a load of speakers and experiment, or watch good quality YouTube videos (played through decent speakers) to try and gauge for yourself which speakers you like. Once shows are back on you might be able to hear certain speakers there but even then its impossible for someone to have every speaker available to listen to with every sound file Richard
  34. Hi all, Here are couple of pictures to show how far I have got. Wheels are painted. 6 wheel tender repaired. Both tenders have been painted and transfers added. 6 wheel tender has had water scoop/brake handles added. brake pipes added to both engine and 6 wheel tender Coupling hooks added to engine and 6 wheel tender. Lamp brackets added to engine. Engine number applied to front buffer beam( A hell of a fiddly job). Everything painted black. New tender coupling made to fit the Hall drawbar. Real coal in 6 wheel tender. Unable to replace coal in the 8 wheeled tender due to it being a once piece body shell. train type discs made and fitted for the moment. Just waiting for the name plates and to number the cab sides. then a coat of matt varnish.
  35. Many years ago I had a number or part built 3.5" and 5" gauge locos. I had been given these, sadly, by the widows of model engineers who had gone to that greatest of railway workshops. (Up or down which ever takes your fancy). I never had any use for these as I had neither the workshop facilities nor the time to finish them off. So I gave them away to others who were looking for projects to work with. although I was offered money, I took nothing, not wanting to profit from the generosity of those who's given them to me originally. Since then, I seem to have been looked down upon very favourably, and today was a fine example. I have just been given about £400 worth of various Albion Alloy metal section, both spray and tins of Humbrol paints, various fluxes metal blacks and solder and a storage rack/cabinet. 'I know you will use this stuff, or get it to people who will use it and appreciate it. Just give a donation to the Air Ambulance' was the request. So perhaps it is true that you reap what you sow.
  36. I think that if you ask a dozen modellers their thoughts about why they build model railways you will get a dozen different answers. Recreating a scene from the real railway as accurately as possible is nowhere on my radar, yet for others, it is the ultimate goal. Mine would to have some decent quality models, preferably ones I have made, blending them together into a believable layout, based firmly on real practice, that holds my interest when it is time to operate it. Many very well known layouts fall down on that last bit but Buckingham satisfies everything apart from the bit about me making them, although the tasks involved in keeping it running are almost as much fun as making things.
  37. 33012 Basks in the early morning sun at Seven Mills Sidings.
  38. No juice to Bomo until 1967 either may have caused a bit of a problem past Pirbright Junction. Juice didn't reach Kent Coast until late 1950s.
  39. Making some headway on the body now. The only issue so far was the roof is a just under 1mm too narrow in width. I cured that by cutting it a half and adding an infill. That meant the sliding roof was now not wide enough, so scratch building it was the answer. There will be no work on the WB tomorrow, other things to keep me busy.
  40. Ever since this kit (LY02) came out I have been thinking about building it in 0 gauge. It looks so evocative in the photo. https://scalescenes.com/product/ly02-canal-wharf-boxfile-layout/ I started by mocking up the base using foamcore and printing the dock out: I want to use actual cobblestones. My efforts at finding suitable ones have come to nought so far. The Slaters products are unsatisfying. Phil at Intentio says he has some so I will contact him. I have to admit, the size of the thing does look small: 25" x 17". Here's my Terrier posed to get a sense of scale: I am well along with building "Structure A". I am looking for ways to make things in plastic rather than card. I bought myself some Lcut industrial windows that are close but exact. Here's the basic structure: There's a lot of "heavy card" doubled and even tripled up. I used actual card for the back wall but for the side walls I used 3.5mm foam board. I finished the front wall today: Here, I have posed it on the structure but it is not glued down yet. The windows look good I think. The arch at the top had to be reshaped. The printed brick lintels had to cut out, brick spliced and replacement lintels glued on. The replacement lintels came from Scalescenes brick paper pack. Currently working on the water tank in styrene. I also have the main doors made in styrene, waiting for paint to dry. More to come soon. John
  41. Hello Derek, Have you considered getting one of those spinning computer chairs. You can adjust the height and they are really mobile when you want to move about. They take all the weight off your joints and are quite manoeuvrable once you get the hang of it. They come up on freegle quite frequently so you could get one at the cost of a car trip at your local group. trustytrev.
  42. (Click the picture for video) This is an important video to me, one which has taken a considerable amount of research and production, it features no less than 18 locomotives types ranging from a Dean Single to a BR blue class 47. It is also the last production to take place on my layout in its current form as it is now packed away. I really must say thank you to the members of the RMweb forum for their kind assistance in researching this video, also the web page for Nine Elms. Similarly I am grateful to the many drivers and guards who have given me real life experiences of working milk trains. It’s a very long video at 33 minutes and I will be providing a time code index to the four main sections later. Stay tuned for more, regards and stay safe. Mike. Loco type appearing at least once listing: GWR 1361 class GWR Dean Single GWR 14xx class GWR King class GWR Prairie class SR K10 4-4-0 SR M7 0-4-4 SR Q1 0-6-0 SDJR 7F 2-8-0 SR King Arthur class SR Merchant Navy class Ruston 48 Class 08 shunter GWR 57xx Class 14 Teddy Bear Class 35 Hymek Class 52 Western BR Class 47
  43. S&DJR 6 wheel Mail van by Mousa Models (Bill Bedford.)
  44. The fact that these coaches are regularly reissued suggests that retooling, from Hornbys perspective, is not needed, since they are very good sellers.
  45. Personally, I see nothing wrong with the longer clerestory coaches. I have over twenty from the various train packs, like the 1908 Olympic livery, Western Troop pack, Flying Dutchman, GWR 100 year pack, etc., plus standalone models released as single units and see them as a well applied livery which would be very expensive and difficult to reproduce. I do not miss the panelling or the oversize couplers and see the coach as a representation of an older body style. I would never even consider changing the couplers or modifying the body sides to be more period correct as life is too short for most of us other than the few officiandos who demand scale fidelity from a body tooled back in the 1980's. These people even complained that the Rails dynamometer car was inaccurate at GBP125.00. How much do these "experts" want the average guy to pay per coach so that the few are able to find no fault? I feel that the majority are more than happy enough with the current versions and that if the experts want the ultimate in scale fidelity then they can commission a model for themselves and let the rest of us access a reasonable model at a reasonable price, albeit with its known faults.
  46. Not exactly soon but this is the project they are required for. I do have enough steam stock to work the layout before the OHLE is completed though - I hope it won't take as long as the original did, I think the LNER started installing masts here in 1939. For the moment Herculaneum Dock takes up a fair bit of space in the shed but there's room all round it. The fiddle yard was originally designed for use with with Wentworth Junction but still needs some pointwork to connect to the colliery branch - this will be just this side of the control panel. The other side of the shed is a lot clearer, the new boards will be nowhere near as wide as Herculaneum Dock which is 4ft wide at the back end of Brunswick shed.
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