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  1. Now that the best part of 60 Mk1 coaches have landed I’m slowly filling them with passengers. It does make a huge difference seeing full coaches passing instead of the usual modelled empty rakes. I’m using the Preiser seated figs, hot glued into place with their legs chopped off. There’s also lots of standing figures including guards and photographers leaning out of open windows - these from Modelu. Also been busy painting a lot of pipe loads from skytrex, these await the wooden frames painting. Pleased with these too, they fit nicely in the Heljan OAA’s. Finall
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  2. Cavalex Models are pleased to announce a newly-tooled Class 56 in 4mm. The model is already significantly advanced and currently at the tooling stage, having been in the works for the past few years. All variants of the 56 are being tooled, to accurately cover all 135 locomotives produced between 1976 and 1984. The Cavalex 56 has been designed completely from scratch, based on original works drawings from both Electroputere and BREL. We have incorporated numerous innovations into the model which we’re looking forward to showcasing. Whilst the 5
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  3. As you will see there are still jobs to be done, but I think it does now look like York station in the late 1950's. It has been a huge pleasure to have the chance to be involved in the project, especially now that we can sit back, look at it and run trains. Peter
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  4. Computer on and I've done some trolling back through some 5000 odds photo's I've taken since this layout started in 2008. Since I started posting on here in 2017 not only have my photo technique improved so has the number of pictures taken has seemed to take off as well. So this what I have found. 28 - 02 - 2010 Station building just finished and the corner site building in place - no Goods Shed yet. 28 - 08 - 2011 Originally the corner site building was stone paper but I wasn't a fan from the moment I finished it but decided to p
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  5. Not much is happening on the layout at the moment as I am putting a new roof on the workshop later in the summer which is a major job, not least dismantling those parts of the layout that can be and covering up the rest. I have, however, been building stock as seen over the last couple of pages. The latest addition to the loco stud is one that I have wanted for a long time as they were common at Bath in the 1920s, a Kirtley goods. The loco is built using a David Eveleigh etch, Association wheels which I fitted with extended axles and a 7mm coreless motor. The etches are not without
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  6. Want to do something that is fiddly but well worth the effort try fixing some decorative spars to a thatched ridge. Started on the back slope so if it went wrong I could remove and no one would be any the wiser!!! About an hours work there!!! Ordinary thread used in Smokey grey but will over paint to weather.
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  7. Mogul 5355 passing by. Here I have tried something different by switching off the LED lights, using the main room light and the portable daylight bulb on the tripod but without the diffuser umbrella. Gives the hint of a shadow and sheen on the boiler. Then I tried it in monochrome
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  8. Trains at York for today. York Class 47 1764 Newcastle to Liverpool Nov 71 C744.jpg York Class 254 43095 Newcastle to Kings X 3rd Aug 86 C7858.jpg York Class 101 York to Selby July 87 J9052.jpg York 150234 Scarborough to Manchester 13th July 87 C8671.jpg York 156479 Liverpool to Scarborough 28th Aug 90 C15366.jpg David
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  9. Bridges over the River Tyne at Newcastle again for today. Newcastle Metro on QE2 bridge 18th Feb 91 C15591.jpg Newcastle King Edward Bridge up Class 91 18th Nov 95 C20642.jpg Newcastle King Edward Bridge Class56 up empties 18th Nov 95 C20647.jpg Newcastle King Edward Bridge HST down 18th Nov 95 C20650.jpg Newcastle Metro on QE2 bridge and Class 156 on King Edward Bridge 18th Nov 95 C20632.jpg David
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  10. Around Ulgham Lane crosssing in Northumberland again today, over a 7 year period. Ulgham Lane crossing 43064 up 19th March 88 C9359.jpg Ulgham Lane crossing 37083 down dolofines 19th March 88 C9360.jpg Ulgham Lane crossing 37506 down pipes 13th Feb 93 C18274.jpg Ulgham Lane crossing Class 56 down empties May 93 J13873.jpg Ulgham Lane crossing 91005 down16th Dec 95 C20667.jpg David
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  11. More from the Blyth and Tyne today, on the section from Winning to Cambois and North Blyth. Freemans crossing 56006 down l e May 85 J8290.jpg The bridge caries the A189 spine road. Cambois A4 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley with support coach Gateshead to Cambois 10th April 95 C20033.jpg Cambois wagon repair road July 90 J11002.jpg The three grey wagons are Alcan hoppers. Cambois Blyth west staithes July 80 J7033.jpg This is the section between the yard and the working part of the staithes over the h
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  13. Views along the Newcastle to Carlisle line for this afternoon. Prudhoe 156443 Carlisle to Middlesbrough 31st Dec 93 C19258.jpg Dilston crossing east of 4771 Green Arrow Hexham to Darlington via the coast 5th July 87 C8627.jpg Fourstones Class 156 Carlisle to Midllsebrough Aug 92 J13309.jpg Greenhead Class 156 Sunderland to Carlisle 29th Aug 95 C20539.jpg Haltwhistle view east 26th Feb 94 C19307.jpg David
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  14. The Unicorn PH is back home and though not totally finished (to my eyes) it will remain there whilst I decide what, if any, I need to do next. A couple of iPhone pictures. That whole area has really changed over the last few years and I am pleased with the results. Decision pending on the other pub but I expect I will rebuild it as it is looking a bit dated and faded now…….what it will be well that’s for another day!
    36 points
  15. I've just got back for another day working on 'York' and we have agreed to call it the end of the first stage, although there will be the odd day over the Summer as things arise. Here then is a set of pretty pictures. More below..........
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  16. This is one I painted for Mike many years ago. I can’t remember how it was powered, perhaps Mike can say. The prototype eventually became BR 26600 after being in store for most of its life. Ian R
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  17. Challenged (I unreasonably felt) to find sunshine in County Durham, I stepped outside ...
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  18. Bristol models B1... I never did manage to complete mine and it too ended up being chopped up for ballast weight. None of the sub assemblies, boiler, cab, frames etc seemed to be able to fit to each other.... I'm lucky enough to be able to build better B1s these days, this will be 61264 from the 7mm scale DJH/Piercy kit. An interesting discussion regarding gearboxes, the vast majority of mine are ready made - ABC or MSC. I've only made up a handful of kits where those motor/gearbox assemblies won't fit. I don't like doing them, which is curious, as I should be qui
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  19. Hi Tony Carrying on with the BI theme, this was Hornby B1 61039 Steinbok, which I weathered then renamed and numbered to 61025 Pallah as I had photographic evidence of it on Haymarket MPD. Regards David
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  20. This week seems to have been taken up largely by eating and drinking (not that's there's anything wrong with that) - first a big industry dinner on Tuesday with over 400 people present - a great occasion - then birthday drinks on Wednesday and finally my birthday dinner yesterday. Nevertheless, I've had time to finalise the location for Wheal Veronica kiln and got most of the way to erecting its baseboards. The kiln needs to leave room for the road that crosses the bridge at St Enodoc Down end to execute a double bend round the back of the kiln. To accommodate this, I decided on an
    32 points
  21. B1 waiting time meets A4 on the Fair Maid. Someone rummaging in the dark recesses of a store has finally found a headboard for it.
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  22. As someone who's studied the history of "bang seats", and even been strapped into a couple, I can maybe clear up a few misconceptions. While the very early seats were very definitely high-altitude only, the great majority of modern seats are what is known as "zero-zero" rated - i.e zero feet and zero speed. And those that aren't are still rated as things like "zero-70 knots" or similar (zero feet and 70 knots forward speed). As for the question of how high the seat would need to go for parachute deployment, the parachutes deploy very quickly in modern seats. In the ear
    31 points
  23. Some interesting items to photograph today.................... Built from a Judith Edge kit, this NE electric (what's its wheel-arrangement - 4-2-2-2-4?) was a first on Little Bytham. I'm told, a splendid kit! And this SR push-pull set, modified from Bachmann RTR items. Thanks for bringing these, Ian.
    31 points
  24. BATH GREEN PARK in 7mm THE UP MAIL 92205 arrives 18.56 platform 2 on Bath duty No 2, the 15.40 UP MAIL. The loco alternating daily with Bath duty No 1 The Pines Express and gives the loco a lighter duty on alternate days as Bath duty No 1 comprises 2 trips up and down the line in 24 hours, nearly 300 miles. The UP MAIL so called as it conveys mail in vans attached to the front of the train which are conveyed on to Bristol connecting at Mangotsfield station with the northbound mail train from Bristol. Such was the importance of this train on the S&D that it had priority
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  25. Wagons roll....yeeha
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  26. Getting there slowly Not quite finished yet
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  27. Before we drift off onto other topics altogether, I'm responding to the invitation above to comment - but perhaps not exactly as Tony (W) intended. I'm with Tony (Dibateg). I can usually 'do' gearbox assembly, but I always approach it with trepidation ... By sheer fluke - and the real reason for compiling this post, is that this afternoon's job was indeed to put together a motor gearbox, as part of this commission build. And look whose gearbox it is! (supplied by the client so I didn't choose this, although not to say I wouldn't have). The parts laid out in
    30 points
  28. A Pannier and Peckett at Sheep Dip. Rob.
    30 points
  29. The 8.26 Up Nottingham, the Mark Lane Flyer, as it was known. A Top shed top link job, which brings Quicksilver today.
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  30. Meanwhile over to our reporter on the ground.
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  31. This morning's photos are from a visit to the Norfolk Railway in October 1977 - the only time I've been there. A few more photos taken that day will appear in due course. Sheringham Fowler 0-4-0DM Dr Harry Hunslet 0-6-0ST Ring Haw Oct 77 C3587.jpg Sheringham GER J15 564 Oct 77 C3590.jpg Sheringham Hawthorn Leslie Pony and Kitson Colywn Oct 77 C3592.jpg Sheringham Kitson 45 Colwyn Hawthorn Leslie Pony GER J15 564 BR railbus Oct 77 C3584.jpg Sheringham Peckett No 5 and
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  32. 8749 arrives at Blackney with the morning empties for the colliery.
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  33. A bit later than usual today. Another look at the Tyne and Wear Metro today. The photos run in a clockwise direction starting at Backworth and end at Ouseburn, on the way back into Newcastle. The link is to a schematic map for those who do not know the system, along with some other information. https://newcastlegateshead.com/plan-your-visit/maps/nexus-tyne-and-wear-metro-map Backworth 4027 St James to Pelaw 21st Feb 96 C20764.jpg Whitley Bay Pelaw to St James Feb 92 J12996.jpg
    29 points
  34. Dirty B1 hustled away to the carriage sidings, which allows well cleaned 61130 to bring in the Grimsby-Kings Cross.
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  35. For a bit more alternative modelling (non-steam and N/2mm scale) here my latest project. My aim was to make a 1973 Bedford TK 220D box truck, which is something like this: So far I've managed to make some parts for it. The cab is a 3D print from Osborns Models, the body and chassis are made from styrene sheet and the wheels are from Tomytec. With the parts just plonked in place it looks like this. Still some work to do but hopefully I'm getting there:
    29 points
  36. Good to see you, as always. You'll remember my briefly showing you a B1 I'm working on........... Another Replica/Bachmann body, Comet frames and a DJH motor/gearbox. A very sweet runner (rather sweeter than the loco I showed you with a High-Level 'box in it - which I didn't build). I know this subject has been aired before, but I made the frames yesterday evening and painted them, leaving them to dry overnight. This morning, no more that ten minutes were spent installing the DJH combo; the result, perfect running. 'You pays your money and you takes your ch
    29 points
  37. My appalling ignorance where wagons are concerned comes into sharp focus now, so I am still thinking about this part of the poll. While I do that, here is the formation of the train behind Champion Lodge, which is shown as having been on a two day cycle, mainly round Peterborough on the first day, but venturing as far as Bury St Edmunds on the second. All very logical until one comes to the non corridor car tacked on the end. Understandable in an ad hoc formation, but this is from the Carriage Working book.
    29 points
  38. Gutter and downpipes added so the weighbridge/yard office is finished I’ve enjoyed doing that
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  39. The 8.35 from Kings Lynn appears under Spital Bridge, framed by lovely signals. If there were commuter services to PN, this would be one of them, nicely timed to get to City centre workplaces for an 0900 start.
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  40. We follow the A1, which does not stop here, as it heads for the end of the PSR, and harder work for the fireman.
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  41. We had a visitor today. David, who had spotted the photos of the lines of red buses outside the station posted on this thread, and the absence thereof on the model, and decided to help us fix it in one go. And yes, buses come in 3s! Thank you. Peter
    28 points
  42. There were two local arrivals scheduled for 8.35 am, the one from Kings Lynn via the M&GN, and another from March. The Ivatt from Kings Lynn is getting closer.... but the B17 from March has already arrived.
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  43. Back to the 9F tonight, and another angle as it threads between the signals.
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