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  1. 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
  2. 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...
    42 points
  3. Ahhhh...this seemed a good idea for a picture a few moments ago?????
    42 points
  4. 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…..
    40 points
  5. 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
    40 points
  6. 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.....
    39 points
  7. 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.
    38 points
  8. 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
    38 points
  9. 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.
    38 points
  10. 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
    38 points
  11. 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
  12. 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.
    37 points
  13. Local passenger train arriving at Encombe Town, looks like a busy day as the service has been beefed up with an old clerestory coach.
    36 points
  14. A selection of photos taken at Morpeth for today. Morpeth 47017 up freight May 86 J8569 Morpeth 43080 Kings X to Aberdeen Dec 86 J8739 Morpeth 43050 down going away 17th Jan 87 C8179 Morpeth 56073 up coal 22nd Aug 90 C15277 Morpeth 37083 with ballast brake from yard Oct 92 J13563 David
    36 points
  15. Last night I thought I'd spend half an hour detailing the two NBL types 2s. Two hours later, and after another half-hour at lunchtime today, they're done. First I fitted a crew - another pair of Bachmann fellows. These needed even more drastic surgery than those on D601, with both legs amputated at the hip. Too bad. Next were the discs. I had fitted the blank half-discs at the inner ends a while ago and, now that I'd decided that these locos would only work Class C trains, I fitted the appropriate discs and remaining half-discs to the outer ends. I also removed the front coupling from D6306 as It won't be needed, then added some of the moulded end detail. I couldn't quite match all the bits up with the holes in the buffer beams, and there weren't quite enough bits to go round either, but I went as far as I could while leaving room for the couplers to swing. Speaking of couplers, I had previously fitted the inner ends with Hornby/Roco close couplers but these still left rather a large gap, so I tried a pair of Kadee no 18s that I'd recovered from some secondhand wagons. They've resulted in a much closer gap. All the diesel fleet is done now, so I'll carry on working through the steam fleet as the mood takes me. Some of the tender locos can have fixed lamps but the rest, and all the tank engines except the 2-8-0Ts, will need steel lamp brackets and magnetic lamps. I'll leave those to last.
    36 points
  16. Whilst searching for something else I stumbled across an old pair of B set coaches built years ago from Comet kits. These are the diagram E129 and I used them on my BLT long before Brent was considered. 8750 pannier tank 4679 does the honours. The coaches were also painted by myself and are cruel in close up but not too bad to a blind man on a galloping horse.
    35 points
  17. A complete change this morning. I sorted out my Merit loco crew, which I like to use for RHD locos as the driver has his left arm raised. For some reason I only found 13 drivers but 16 firemen, of whom two seem to be of different lineage - the one at the front in the darker blue overalls and one in the back row whose growth seems to have stopped at about the age of 12. Very odd. Anyway, they're now all stuck to little pieces of black styrene sheet, which in turn will be stuck to the footplate. A quick touch-up with matt black paint and they'll be right for work but for the moment they're all lined up like the terra-cotta warriors. As I was working with the drivers it struck me that the pose is very reminiscent of John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. Perhaps I should give one of them a white suit. After lunch, @Stubby47 Stu will be pleased to hear, I started ballasting round from St Enodoc. Once I'd got into the rhythm I found this quite relaxing. As I've said before, it's not a quick process but the steady progress keeps me interested. Having got this far, I reckon that three or four more sessions will see ballast laid as far as Treloggan Junction.
    35 points
  18. At last, after eleven weeks of enforced sitting around, I was able to go into the railway room (AKA. The garage), and continue where I left off before my incident with the chair. Since the weather warmed up in March, I had been running some trains. It was then I found a fault with inter baseboard connections on the last scenic board. So, because I am not, now, able to lift the boards, I waited for my eldest son to pay a visit. He lifted a couple of boards down for me to work on, and am now waiting for a return visit to put them back. Meanwhile, I spent my time running and testing my stock of engines, using just the station limits. I was pleasantly surprised they all performed well, after a long time in their boxes. I did do a bit of passenger operation using the shortened layout. Here is the layout in early July, just before my enforced layoff. The local, all stations, passenger from Skipton to Kirkby Malham was hauled by a Kirtley designed 0-4-4 well tank.
    34 points
  19. With the loaded slate collected, 'RHENEAS' begins to descent along the mineral extension to 'Skarloey', the passenger railway terminus.
    34 points
  20. Trains at Alnmouth and Buston Barns for today, so we are still on the ECML in Northumberland. Buston Barns 43068 and 43050 down 19th Oct 85 C7238 Buston Barns 47523 up parcels April 91 J11901 Buston Barns 37184 down tanks Aug 92 J13284 My Citroen BX is parked at the entrance to the field track. Alnmouth Class 254 up Nov 84 J8217 Alnmouth Class 37 down ballast Sept 86 J8693 The train is in the distance in the down loop, which is between Wooden Gates crossing and Alnmouth. There is an up loop as well. In the foreground is the remains of Alnmouth goods yard. The grey line in the left distance is the sea. David
    34 points
  21. Time for today's goodies. Having seen what Tim could do with an A2/3 if it was given a complete repaint, I decided I'd like to have one which was in virtually ex works condition, as it looked so good before Tim weathered it. Going through shopping dates in Yeadon, I found there was really only one candidate, Chamossaire. But you already have that one, I hear you cry, and I did. I feel though that the Hornby model in true green is better than the DJH one, so that went to a good home. I knew where I could find a photo of 60514 on Doncaster shed, dated September 58, and obviously ex works, so I sent that to Tim. That one was black and white. Tim then found another, in colour, taken same time from a slightly different angle, so that was how it would be. Here it is, complete with the features that were unique to that loco, and bearing the slight features of weathering that Tim saw on the photos. When talking to Tim about this, it became clear that two could be done together with some cost savings, so i got another, which was transformed into this. 60517 was a Heaton engine, and not commonly seen down south, but I've always thought it had one of the best Pacific names, and coveted it for over 20 years. Not as clean, but beautifully and subtly different. I left it a bit late to take these, and the light was going, so I may take some more tomorrow, but these show what a great job Tim has done, once again.
    34 points
  22. Driver Bill Thwaite move's 'RHENEAS' under the aqueduct, while fireman Ben Taylforth does a check on the overflow pipe. He doesn't like the look of that steam leak around the frontend either. It is 1940, and rumour is rife around the local hostelries, of the War Department's interest in Ward Fell.
    34 points
  23. Hooray, the brass plate has arrived for the Dukedog so now her days are actually numbered from here on in.....
    34 points
  24. Hello Tony and everyone, While I've got nothing to contribute regarding that wonderful colliery track, I thought I'd update you on what I've been doing. First up is a case of making do with a lot of spare bits and pieces from Dapol and Farish. A Dapol A3 body married to a Farish A1 chassis with a Farish V2 Cartazzi truck. Quite a bit of the Farish chassis block needed to be machined and ground away to allow the body to fit and it does show up just how much Dapol stretched the coupled wheelbase to fit scale driving wheels. The tender has been temporarily borrowed from an A2 but I'm sure I've got another A1 tender drive somewhere which I'll convert into one of the 1936's streamline non-corridor tenders. The dome is a replacement from DCC Supplies and (so far) is the only component purchased for this Frankenstein's Monster. I modified the A1 drawbar (including shortening it) and epoxied it to the V2 Cartazzi truck. The loco will be backdated to an A1 and will likely become 'Tracery' in 1937-40 condition. I've not forgotten my BFK twin set and have been slowly designing and added 3D printed components to the etched body. I've still got the underframe details to do.
    34 points
  25. So what have I been up to so far? First up the roadway regained its 'no overtaking' lines. Crash barrier finally added either side of the overbridge to keep the traffic off the railway! Top side of bridge. Then it was on to the job I haven't been looking forward to! Site prep for the addition of the gates to the MoD sidings. After a lot of faffing about plus swearing the gates in position. Rear view of the gates now awaiting rectification to fencing and ballast etc. Ballasted and fencing altered to fit. Not perfect but I should've done the gates before the fencing! Once all these little jobs are done everything will be weathered etc to blend them in, but at least I made a start finally on finishing the extension. All being well it will all be done in time for the Tolworth Exhibition in November.
    33 points
  26. The 12:30 Elland to Hipperholme service, seen at Brookfoot, on the Calder Vale Mineral & Light Railway, just before the outbreak of the First World War.
    33 points
  27. He’s back but without the army!!!
    33 points
  28. Between York and Newcastle for this afternoon's batch of photos. Tollerton Beningborough 91023 down 24th July 91 C15974 Sunderland Bridge 158775 Liverpool to Newcastle 24th Oct 95 C20571 Plawsworth Class 43 down Oct 92 J13553 Chester le Street Class 91 down 24th Oct 95 C20588 Low Fell 47568 Poole to Newcastle Aug 87 J9188 David
    33 points
  29. Oh go on then...... A couple of Chamossaire.
    33 points
  30. 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
    31 points
  31. I'm currently disposing of a great friend's model railway collection as well as an extensive library of books, photographs and research material, not because he has died but because he has advanced Alzheimer's disease and is in a nursing home that is costing his wife the best part of £1,000 a week. The model collection is in a much more niche part of the market than RTR 00 equipment so the potential avenues are more defined but even so, the work involved is considerable. The worst aspect is knowing that my friend has no idea that he was interested in railways or models and all his memories of them have disappeared. Dave
    31 points
  32. 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.
    30 points
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  34. On my last trip back to the UK in February 2020 I purchased an Airfix RAF Recovery Set model kit with the intention of civilianising the vehicles to resemble ones that might have been seen in 1950s Britain. I converted the kit's Bedford OX tractor unit to something more like a Bedford OY by extending the chassis and building a flat tray. It is finished as a vehicle belonging to the Radstock Co-operative Society; I have no idea if they had anything like this but its certainly something that could have been. And I completed the crane as belonging to a local engineering firm, Evans. They had a depot near the top of Frome Hill; I used to pass it on my paper round as a youngster in the mid 1980s. The site is now a small housing estate. The glazing is probably the weakest point, I had many goes at cutting clear plastic sheet (from Roxey Mouldings material). I didn’t manage the crane’s quarter lights. The transfers I made up using our home laser printer. The ones for the Bedford truck were meant to be yellow/gold on the brown but I couldn’t get a good enough density so changed them to a darker brown. Planning forward, and in the absence of having any fresh HMRS BR carriage numbers, I had hoped to be able to use the same process for numbering some carriages, but that might not now work. I’ll need to do some further playing around. These have been on the go for more than a year, I’m glad to have them done and look forward to building some more railway stock. Kind regards, Iain
    30 points
  35. More sedate now as an old Dean Goods passes by with a short freight train
    30 points
  36. Rather delayed, here, as requested, are more A2/3 pictures. Yesterday was spent walking rather a long way to pick up my car from the garage, and then picking myself off the floor when I saw the size of the bill. Four new injectors don't come cheap. A quiet day today allowed time to get some trains going, and to dream up a special Bergen boat train to justify the unexpected appearance of a Heaton loco. Here are the first images. More to come, but they will take longer to process, and the Osteopath has told me I mustn't spend too long at a time in front of this thing.
    30 points
  37. Last for today.... In the Ward Fell exchange sidings, No. 2 'RHENEAS' simmers patiently, waiting for the next load of slate waggons to come down the incline, circa 1943.
    30 points
  38. A little 'not before seen' sneak preview of the updated buffer beam with the coupler to one side... (ignore the oblong rivets, they've already been fixed... more new will be posted soon )
    30 points
  39. Simmering at the exchange sidings, after the 16 mile climb.
    30 points
  40. Some trains on the Cumbrian Coast line today. Both Askham and Kirkby are to the north of Barrow. Askham 156428 to Carlisle 29th July 04 IMG_4321 Askham 156428 to Carlisle 29th July 04 IMG_4322 Kirkby in Furness 29th July 04 IMG_4327 The smoke was from a bonfire. Kirkby in Furness 153 324 up 29th July 04 IMG_4331 Kirkby in Furness 153 324 up going away 29th July 04 IMG_4332 David
    29 points
  41. Another one of Tony's sale of kits a month or so ago. It was finished off as Hornet's Beauty, but this name was already represented by another kit running on the layout so it was changed to one of the most northerly based Pacifics on the ECML being a regular visitor to the Waverley and Haymarket Shed. Some more details were added to finish it off for the late 50s plus a couple of coats of Klear to give it more depth. It is a very good runner and fits in fine. Yet another loco, when will it end!
    29 points
  42. It appears there are army manoeuvres happening on LM. I heard all this noise and commotion coming from the railway room. You know who is up there!!!!! I have been assured all has finished and sanity has been restored to LM…..! More standard pictures have been promised for this afternoon.. Anybody else suffer with an army training ground on their layout????
    29 points
  43. An arrival from Harwich is at Platform 6.
    29 points
  44. Whilst standing on the occupation bridge with Tommy and Tony we spied the Dukedog heading our way Please note the very difficultly modelled cobweb in the trees!
    29 points
  45. 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!”
    29 points
  46. Swooping low over the town, our favourite Squadron Leader fires of the camera for this aerial shot.
    28 points
  47. What is that hiding in the undergrowth? A few months back, I broke the axlebox on my 'incline wagon'. I was rather annoyed with myself as I'd done a particular effective rust finish on the body work. All was not lost however, for I had a cunning plan, but I knew that I needed to weather the underside of the wagon first. Once I'd finished the weathering of my client's models, I used what was left in the airbrush to spray the wagon's underside. Once finished....it was time to take its place on the layout. I had been inspired to do something like this, from a photograph in the Boyd book of a couple of up turned slate wagons adjacent to the exchange sidings at Nant Gwernol. One can just imagine that many years prior, a runaway on the incline had ended up in such a position and been left for nature to reclaim.
    28 points
  48. Belle Arrival Beneath a threatening storm, the stock, now having disgorged its privileged clientele awaits the pilot for removal, whilst the engine attracts some admiring glances before its release to Loco.
    28 points
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