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  1. It didn't take too long to set up. You know, I can't even remember whether Keyhaven ever took a trip down the M5 to Taunton. The years become a blur. If I did, here's a reminder. If I didn't, here's something new. But old. And gone the way of all old layouts. Keyhaven was built as part of a six square foot challenge we held back in 2008 I think. A simple rectangle with enough square inches left to have a simple stick fiddle. Purporting to be a seemingly forgotten quay scene down in Hampshire which was the method by which the Southern and BR transferred stock over to the Isle of Wight. Add in a bit of engineering industry for the nearby boatyard, oil facility for the boats, a small fish dock and some anonymous buildings to the left which were part of the Solent Sea Salt Company and that's yer lot. The Peco Code 75 track was largely inset into a concrete surface, not real concrete you understand as I hate heavy boards but cork and fab foam infills. The ferry is an Artitec standard gauge ferry that I don't think is in there range any longer; I've still got that tucked away and some of the other bits including the linkspan gantry, loading crane and assorted loose bits. The water is a simple layering of PVA and gloss varnish over a mucky blue. The layout's backdrop is the Solent, just near Lymington but in the photos below replaced with images replicating where the layout purports to be. The engineering works uses interior scene photos to give the illusion of some depth inside it when viewed from low down. A Bachmann 04 Chassis and Silver Fox resin-bodied 07 shunts the ferry with a MARC Models ferry reach truck. The Blue Peter end of the boards had the structures and pipe bridge (with obligatory straws when you could still pinch plastic ones) shielded the three lines heading off-scene. Having had to dig a faulty point out at one stage the pointwork was left a little more open. Tube trains in Hampshire? Well they must have passed through somehow. Most figures at that time were Dart Castings, a couple of workmen loaf near the bows, or maybe it's the stern, of Solent Green. I don't see many fishing boats around the Solent but surely there's some fish in there? Drivers need to take it easy shunting the ferry or there's some explaining to do. Seemingly the sea salt from the pans on Keyhaven Marshes was highly sought after within the chemical industry but only yielded a wagon or two a week. As the layout often sat near the desk there was often a chance for a nighttime shot. I can't remember the make of the yard lamps but they plugged in and out of lovely embedded sockets.
  2. Chapter 1 - Dawn Raid Early one morning I was rudely awakened to a loud banging on the front door. Opening the door in my dressing gown and slippers I was confronted by two swarthy men apparently dressed in in 1970s British Rail inspector uniforms. They were very polite. Too polite. “Good morning sir we have received reports of less than model behaviour at this address.” “What kind of behaviour?”. “ Well I'd rather not discuss it on the doorstep if that's ok with you.” I looked across the street and saw the curtains twitching. One of the inspectors followed my gaze. “Friend of yours is he sir?” “No that's Eric at number 52, he's an N gauge nutter.” “We don't use the n-word any more sir, it's now a nutter modelling using a reduced track gauge.” I showed them in. “Yes, we've received Credible and True reports of train racing at this address.” “Train racing?” I asked, with as much surprise as I could muster. “Yes, two trains are on separate tracks. Going in the same direction. And you see which one is faster. ” “I've no idea what you're talking about officer!” I blustered “I think we better see your layout if you don't mind . Is it in the loft, spare room or shed? I think it's in the shed isn't it sir?”. “How do you know that?” “Well it has a rather large green British Rail totem sign saying STEVE’S TRAIN SHED so that was a bit of a giveaway. I've been on a course you know.” Grudgingly I led them to the shed and let them in. Together they a low whistle and scratched their heads. “Does your wife know how much all this cost sir?” I shuffled uncomfortably, said nothing and looked at the floor. “I see, we’ve been putting it on parliamentary expenses haven't we sir.” “Ah-Ha!” he said , pointing to the controller ”A classic indication of train racing if you ask me. I notice it's an analogue DC layout but the twin track controller has both switches in the forward position where I’d expect one to be in forward, one to be in reverse if the trains to be going round in opposite directions." He looked around “Well we have been busy here, so can you explain that?” He pointed a stubby finger at the track. “Yes that's track underlay” I said “what's the problem?” “Yes but it's foam underlay and it’ll crumble - in 15 years you'll be ripping it off again and doing it properly!” “But it was quicker than cork, glue and granite chippings” “Quicker? Quicker? In some sort of hurry are we sir? On the Great Railway Challenge are we sir? Trying to get the layout done for Christmas are we sir?” “And what have we here, a Blue Pullman 1960 to ‘73 next to a Eurostar 1994 to 2017!” “It looks like we've been mixing our eras haven't we sir.” “And this. An evening star resplendent in BR green. So what can you tell me about the Evening Star sir? “It was the last steam engine made for British Rail in 1960?" "Precisely sir, and there was only one of them, so how come you've got two on your layout? I suppose you're going to give me some weak excuse about one being tender driven and the other being loco driven are you?” “Well yes, I was going to sell the slower one on eBay when I got round to it” “That's what they all say.” Another item caught his eye. “A very nice 1970s HST train in original BR blue sir”. His expression changed to a frown. “Oh dear oh dear the buffet car appears to be next to a power car, not in the middle where it should be, so the passengers have to walk all the way down the train to get something to eat! Also we seem to have mixed Eastern and Western region mk3 coaches. In the same train? "They were a snip on eBay... " I meekly muttered. My heart sank as he uncoupled an HST power car from the rest of the train and deftly removed the body. I knew I should have screwed it down. Having removed the body his expression turned darker. “Oh dear sir we appear to have have a digital DCC sound chip. And a loudspeaker. And it's running on an analogue layout with no chance of the benefits of DCC digital control or getting the sound to work! ” He replaced the loco body and turned to me. “Perverts like you make me sick, you pretend you’re all in with the latest technology and DCC chips and sound and pay lip service to finescale modelling but underneath it all you're just playing trains. You self identify as a model railway enthusiast but you're really not taking this whole modelling thing seriously are you?” He turned to his sergeant. “I think we’re looking at a 5 to 6 stretch here. Worst case I’ve seen this year. Better take him down the station.” “Paddington Green?” I asked “No he's a light brown bear colour actually but that's not important right now.” “Can I pack a few things, maybe a R214 gravity ore unloading set, a bag of plastic coal and small oval of track?” “No you won’t need that where you’re going.. Get yer trousers on sunshine, YOU'RE NICKED!" If you have been affected by any of the topics in this story please DO NOT phone our helpline as the operatives are quite frankly sick of old blokes like you banging on about how much better everything was in the 1970's, forgetting about the three day week, oil crisis, inflation at 20%, shops closed on Sunday and only three channels on the TV. And the Austin Allegro. Coming soon The Rivet Police Part 2 - Banged Up
  3. This is Diddington. 4mm scale, OO gauge. The line depicts an East Anglian branch line terminus nearing the end of its days, with a tramway to the village of Upwell Drove.
  4. Hello all, I today attended a regional hospital for a Prostatectomy following cancer diagnosis at Christmas. I was second in line for the operation, and ready to be taken down, when my surgeon arrived to tell me that the operation had been cancelled. This was due to delays on the day, and staff being reallocated/retrained to serve on general wards to support general admissions. I was told that the operation is probably to be delayed until the Autumn, which - given the stage of my cancer - is still likely to be operable, but will inevitably impact the likelihood of a clear prognosis thereafter. I accept wholly that this is a result of the upturn in admissions due to Coronavirus and that I was particularly unfortunate to have been ‘bumped’ having gone through the whole pre-op procedure, however having experienced the hospital and staff today (and encountered other patients and their families) I would make the following plea. Please, please follow the government guidance and follow self isolation and/or social distancing relating to your age and vulnerability. The preparations being made on the wards are deadly serious, making way for multiple casualties in what will be harrowing environments. Staff are being retrained to cover general admissions and provide specialist care required of the current outbreak. Macmillan Nurses will be redeployed on general wards. The words ‘war-zone’ were mentioned by staff on multiple occasions whilst I was there today. THIS IS REAL. I overheard a couple discussing the recommendation that over 70’s would need to self isolate from the coming weekend with the words ‘they’ll never keep me locked up’. This is concerning, and whilst I fully understand that many 70 year olds are more spritely than myself (a mere 50 year old), such behaviour will lead to behavioural ‘contagion’ and wider disregard of guidance. Honestly you do not want this disease, or to be in any way a part of it’s spread. I know it will be hard but please stay in as guided, minimise direct contact with others and tough it out. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, there is an increasingly active support network for the isolated and vulnerable. This forum can offer a strong part of this for us hobbyists. For my part, I now have to wait and see what the health service can provide later in the year. For the time being I remain far more concerned over this outbreak and it’s wider impact, than my own cancer outcome. I am sorry if these words are alarming - I have not taken writing this post lightly. At this time there remain inconsistencies with policy which are difficult to understand, however please do what is within your control and together we can beat this thing. I remain grateful to my specialist surgeon who has been honest and frank with me today, I wanted to share this with you. Best Wishes, Neal
  5. Well the chickens have been sorted, me and Jazz have been social distancing and the campers have been fed so time to set up for the show. Over the years we've brought Highbury, Tucking Mill and William Smiths Wharf down, as well as demonstrating so this year, through the wonders of virtual multi-tasking, we can bring them all! HIGHBURY TM and the Wharf and finally, Foxcote at home Back for a demo later Jerry
  6. New Accurascale Exclusive Announcement! The Irish Deltic! We are delighted to announce a new addition to our Class 55 Deltic range, the little known Irish Deltic! After English Electric delivered the 22 production Deltics to British Railways, CIE, the Irish transport authority, contacted English Electric with a view to converting the design to 5ft 3 gauge for evaluation purposes. English Electric duly obliged and D3333 was delivered to Dublin a year later, resplendent in the CIE black and tan livery. In honour of the class and their association with famous horses, CIE named the locomotive after the most famous horse in the land. The locomotive was duly tested on services to the west of Ireland, including the famous 'Craggy Island Express', which is faithfully replicated on our model with appropriate headcode display. Very few photos of this locomotive survive, but we are delighted to offer it in OO gauge form as part of our Accurascale exclusives range. Price for DCC sound is £333.33 and is strictly limited to 333 pieces. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to our Chinese factory for getting this sample to us, which we further cobbled together from parts. The Chinese; A great bunch of lads. Order today!
  7. Let the show begin. Andrew Burnham has kindly agreed we can use these images of Gare de Brindille that were taken by Ian Manderson for Continental Modeller. They are way better than anything I can do!
  8. Right, I've managed to dismantle the layout from Bedroom four, load it into the crate and get it delivered here. Roads quiet and not many people around to help me unload, apart from two very stern looking people in the car park. Bit of a delay in setting up as I trip over a cone left by the door!!!! Luckily I was able to find a space in the corner of the room that was the exact dimensions to the room it came out of so setting up was easy. On the way I asked a couple of locals for directions, to be honest they didn't really pay attention.... Anyway we got here, that's me and the layout safely here and car parked by the lorry that had arrived ahead of me Lorry backed up and huge discussions about how to 'safely' unload the layout Popped across the road and asked if these gents could help as they didn't seem to busy! Is that AY reading a paper? Once we had got the layout off the lorry and out of the crate needed to move, luckily found some trolleys so we could wheel it into the hall Now where to set up, had trouble finding someone to ask... then over in corner of the hall standing in the imitation potato field was the person charge Had to wait a minute as he seemed to be measuring out the positioning of some boards We are in and setting up...... See you later when we are ready. OK, who forgot the extension lead?
  9. I started this a couple of days before the lockdown started. Class 310 scratch built from plasticard. Even the power bogie is hand built using gears from a surplus Vi-Trains 37 bogie. 310 alongside my 304 that is also under construction. Andi
  10. Whilst I'm looking for that extension lead. Here are a few stills that are some of my favourites
  11. Hi all, Now that bloke wanting photos has gone and the stock is on I would like to introduce you all to........... Charwelton into the 80's The layout as we run it is a what if scenario if the Great Central Railway had stayed open instead of closing. The layout was original built by the Wolverhampton Model Railway Club and was run by them as 1950/1960s steam. the layout spent several years on the exhibition circuet before being sold on. After a chance checking of ebay one morning by one of the CBMDG group and a text message being sent round telling us what they had found and should we buy it, resulted in a van heading north to the end of the earth (past Newcastle) to collect the layout. Now as BR blue modellers (with one also modelling L&YR 1920s) we couldn’t keep the layout as 50s/60s so it was out with a master plan to convert the layout to DCC, run BR Blue locos and stock and refurb the scenery to bring it in to the 80s. Here is a taste of what it is like when we are exhibiting at a show, being 36 ish foot long it may have fitted in the hall at Staplegrove but nothing much else would. The layout has a presence on rmweb We also have the following social media presence Facebook instagram Twitter www.cbmdg.co.uk - still under construction Photos are used with kind permission of A York/BRM
  12. Andy suggested I post some pictures of Little Bytham on here. Being a 'permanent' layout (built by a team of modellers) this is the only show it'll ever go to. It's built in OO, and represents this famous ECML location in the summer of 1958. It appears regularly on Wright Writes. I hope the show is a great success!
  13. Sorry it's taken a while to post this morning. Firstly I had to allocate the ticket numbers from yesterday's donations, cross-check everything after Paypal's system wouldn't display the statement properly on Saturday and then move on to the draw itself. I shall come back to that bit! I would like to thank everyone who participated in the prize draw and the fundraiser this weekend whether that be by chipping into a worthy cause or by being involved in the quite magnificent layout and demo topics of our virtual get-together yesterday. That was quite stunning with some superb contributions, a lot of imagination and hard work went into that from contributors, some learnt new videoing skills and put themselves out there. Well done to all. @Stubby47 had put so much into organising the planned event and carried this right through and managed the non-prize draw donations in addition to keeping the fun rolling on. That was an important part of it all; that everyone enjoy themselves and that's very evident. I was looking at the interaction going on and have never seen so much 'like' and other reaction buttons being clicked within the topics. There's plenty of pages but aren't the pages enormous with all the imagery etc. - everyone played great roles and replicated the timeline of the real event. I would like to thank the hobby's trade who got behind this all and helped with the fundraising specifically: Accurascale Bachmann Europe Cavalex Models Footplate Models of Kidderminster Hattons Model Railways Heljan Hornby Kernow Model Rail Centre Locomotion Models TMC 247 Developments So how much did you raise for NHS Charities Together? Prize draw: £7108.48 Charity Auction: £155.00 Virtual kitchen donations: £655.94 Which makes a total of £7919.42 Give yourself a round of applause! The money from my end has been paid over to NHS Charities Together now. Stu's arranged his one separately as below. Moving on to the draw itself; here's a bit of boring Excel, all the donations were converted to the appropriate number of tickets, random numbers drawn and the details pulled out through VLOOKUP - here's the really, really exciting draw. So, our list of winners is as follows: I will shortly start contacting everyone in turn to take their choice from the prize list. Well done everyone and thank you so, so much for being part of a magnificent event.
  14. Morning all. Sheep Dip is up and running. In terms of prototype location etc, I've not thought about that too much. It's just a product of my woolly brain. The above vidjoe explains a few aspects of the layout. I apologise for my delivery which is in the somewhat hushed tones of a Welsh David Attenborough watching a family of gorillas. It was recorded quite late with the family in bed.....not my usual noisy self. Anyhow. ...... Sheep Dip follows what is now an established process. The basis, as ever, is the larger of two tables supplied as a pack by IKEA. The size is 120cm x 40cm and 5cm deep. Light and square. This is then boxed in with 9mm MDF. Trackwork is PECO Code 75 streamline, all points being either LH or RH small radius. The points are worked by way of 'Pokey finger ' Go is provided by a Gaugemaster Combi. No isolating sections. Ground cover is DAS to raise the level up. Ballast is Woodland scenics, suitable concealed with a variety of static grass and fine flock. All stock is RTR and the buildings are all Bachmann RTP. Everything is weathered using mainly Humbrol weathering powders. Sheep Dip has taken roughly three months to get to this point. It's not finished with the main area of work required being around the engine shed which needs a floor and the buildings can then be bedded in. I do hope you enjoy your visit. Finally, I have a suitable layout to run a few Pecketts on...... I hope this demonstrates what can be acheived in a short period, using readily available materials to produce a small workable, fun layout. It can be used at home or taken out to exhibitions........or not. My thanks to Mr York for making the vidjoe possible and for the tinkly music. Without his input it would have been a far more tricky process.......( Probably impossible). Additional thanks go to my daughter for the loan of her skateboard. I hope you enjoy your visit. Rob.
  15. Morning all, I've been reading through the feedback we've received and have made several more improvements, including: Roof overlap Full length footboards (on 6 wheelers) Coach ends - vertical beading only Brake pipe centered and handed on each end 4w 5 compartment has had the compartments re-spaced 6w brake has had the compartments re-spaced and duckets centralised Full brake doors re-spaced Rain strips added Vac pans added (in lieu of air cylinder) Emergency brake equipment added Buffers changed to more realistic length and design Drawbar hook plates added J hangers added Oil pots on roof moved to more prototypical positions Gas and electric lighting will also be included on relevant liveries with associated gas tanks/battery boxes. Cheers, Dave
  16. Kyle of Lochalsh - 2mm Finescale Originally built in Barcelona in a box file and transported to a small UK exhibition in hand luggage via a well known low cost carrier, the layout has since had two makeovers. The idea was to try and take the main ingredients of one half of the station and capture it as an extract. The scenic section of the layout is approximately 600mm x 105mm. Track is built using the (at the time) newly introduced 2mm Association easitrac with turnouts built in copper clad and code 40 rail. The era set is BR blue starting with class 24’s which gradually evolve into class 26’s and finally the large logo class 37/4’s. When conceived the layout was originally DC and has now been upgraded to DCC with locomotives gradually fitted with sound chips. Gotta love a grubby noisy tractor! Feel free to ask any questions and as I am on my own today I will be grateful if someone can take over the controls during the obligatory nips to the loo and then grab some pasties en route back
  17. Every now and then, it's my privilege to photograph a truly-outstanding model. Such was the case today. Master modeller and his masterpiece - Dave Wager delighted at seeing the MR/M&GNR girder bridge finally installed. Aren't I the most lucky guy? Two dear friends produced this for me, just to be able to say they've contributed/made something to/for Little Bytham. Jamie Guest did all the CAD work and Dave built it, painted it and weathered it to perfection. We dare not count the hundreds of hours which went into this........ But, if ever a model looked 'real', this is it. Well, I think so. Words can't express my thanks, but they're truly heartfelt.
  18. A rave from the grave! We were at the very first gathering IIRC. It was our first public outing. Regrettably it is no more due to 'wood warp' but....all the essential bits do still exist......! All pictures courtesy of Mr Nevard and Model Rail Magazine. And finally, The Captain's lovely little 14xx on the 'Dawlish Donkey' of 1998.
  19. 70 points
    It was gloomy yesterday so I turned the layout lights on and tried running a few trains in the dark. Daft, but oddly fun. Anyway, a few random pics of variable quality. The station in general, I need to lightproof the roof more next time it is off. This is a lucky pic. I cant really see the from of the station building so its just done by point the camera at the mirror on the end of the layout and hoping. The resultant image is then reversed in preview. Through a window. Atmospheric, a bit....
  20. Getting towards the end of the day now but here are a few stills from Clinkerford.
  21. Melbridge Dock Built by Phil and Brian Parker Gauge: OO Size: 9ft by 2ft (6ft scenic section) Era: Late 50s to mid 60s Melbridge Dock started life in the early 1990s as a follow-up to our first layout The Cawood Wistow & Selby Light Railway. We learned a lot with this early model, mainly to build something small enough to be erected at home. Unless you are a wow on the exhibition circuit, you'll not get to play trains if it won't. Nor will there be the chance to really test the layout to work out all the bugs. We also knew that the whole thing would have to fit in the back of a Mk1 Ford Fiesta. All this placed significant restrictions on the model, but as it turned out, they probably made it more successful. An early decision was that we wanted to do something industrial. At the time, shows were full of country branch lines and having just built one, we fancied something different. The plan is based on a GWR station found in a magazine, but re-worked to change all the proportions. You can see that the platforms should be where the quayside is for example, and we added an extra siding. Anyway, let me take you for a tour where I'll try to answer many of the questions we used to be asked at shows. All the buildings, with the exception of a Ratio hut, are scratchbuilt. We've used Daler board card covered with Slater's Plastikard. Our warehouses are imposing because that's what real ones tend to be. Modellers used to be very keen to build tiny warehouses, but there's no need to be scared of big buildings. Mock them up with cereal packet card and then live with them for a while to see if they look right. The stone warehouse is loosely based on one found in a book on the Kennet & Avon canal, and the brick one is Gloucester Docks. Melbridge Dock dates from an era when your choice of RTR wagons was very limited, and most of those needed extensive work to bring them up to scratch. Consequently, you'll see the products of Parkside everywhere. This wagon though is a Keyser plastic kit - and it's the very first wagon I ever built. Since I didn't know about metal wheels, and couldn't afford them even if I did, it ran hopelessly. Sawn in half and poking out through the doorway, it's perfect to hide the fact the building is less than 5cm deep. A little layout needs detail, but since the space to fill isn't huge, you can afford the time to add it. Detailing is my favourite part of modelling anyway, so I went to town. Here we have a scratchbuilt hut inspired by one I spotted on Henry Hollingsworth's amazing 16mm L&B layout. The man eating his lunch actually has 4mm scale sandwiches on the paper beside him and he's feeding ducks on the water below. The harbourmaster's office is based on Weymouth and came from a plan in an old model railway magazine. Because of this, many people recognise it and enjoy it all the more because of this. The camera is a little cruel, but on the layout you don't notice the less than perfect cutting. At least I don't notice and everyone else is too polite to say anything. We both love boats, especially working boats and Clyde Puffers are our favourites. Early on we decided a Puffer was essential, so my dad scratchbuilt this one from balsa and plywood. The name is classic Neil Munro and the model based on a boat we found on the Crinan Canal. That vessel was called Auld Rekie, but later became The Vital Spark for a BBC TV series. The Puffer is a bit fragile, so is attached just before the show opens. On board are the crew from the 1970s BBC TV series, videos of which we watched many times while building the model. A few years later, Easdal joined the fleet based on another Puffer my dad had taken a trip on while on holiday. They let him steer it in a straight line (the safest way) for a while, so we were always going to have a second boat. This one has a full hull which meant I had to make a hole in the water. Don't do it kids - waterline models are much easier to use. Incidentally, the water is plaster, painted with Humbrol enamels and then given 7-8 coats of Ronseal yacht varnish. We carry some spray polish and give it a shine every morning as during the day, little fingers creep on to see if it's really wet! I can't get interested in coaches - they all look the same to my eye. However, this set are based on the real train found on the Devonport Dockyard Railway. This site was so large that to stop workers hanging on to wagons, they built a set of coaches. This is actually the second rake, the first having outside strapping which I though looked a bit fiddly to scratchbuild, and anyway, would be out of period. All the models are made from from Plastikard with Kenline whitemetal fittings and run on Bachmann wheels. With 3-link couplings and no brakes, the real things must have been interesting travel in. A fun feature is that on the compartment coach, there was a plate beside each door listing the ranks permitted to use it. One enjoyed an electric light powered by a battery under the seat and padded seats. Needless to say, there was also a lock on the door to keep the riff-raff out. As well as the wagons, most of the locos are kitbuilt. You simply couldn't buy industrial prototypes at the time. The Y7 is a Steve Barnfield kit, built by the man himself after mine was stolen on the way back from a show along with the rest of my stockbox, toolbox and camera bag. Steve helped me with the costings for the insurance claim, so I commissioned him to build the replacement model. I asked for it unpainted as I don't like running locos I don't have a hand in. The claim later formed the subject of my first article for BRM in 1997 so, depending on how much you like my writing, something good came out of it. We have far too many locos for the layout, because I enjoy building kits, so a display case was added on top of the fiddle yard so people could have a proper look as well as extending the display by a few feet. You can see a full listing here. Sadly, this box made the display too large for the Fiesta so we started to hire a small van. This wasn't ideal as it made us a more expensive prospect for exhibition managers, but the car with its less than 957cc engine was getting a bit tired. Later on, the model fitted into a Ford Escort, VW Type 2 camper, Peugeot 306 and Berlingo perfectly. That's one benefit of small layouts, they are easier to move. We do have some RTR stock. This Mainline 03 diesel always runs the first train of the day. It's a tradition with no real reason other than superstition. All the track is built using Code 75 rail soldered to PCB sleepers - cheap and flexible. We needed tight points to fit everything on the baseboard. Cobbled track just has a checkrail added and then Plastikard infill. Wagons generally stay on even though I see @AY Mod managed to nudge them off for the photo. The wagon turntables don't work, they were enough of a pain to build as it was, and I can't think of a realistic way to pull a wagon in to the warehouse. Cable shunting is fiddly and involves too much "hand of god" and no-one makes a working horse. Even if I solved these problems, OO wagons don't move with the right amount of weight so I'd spend an age joining cables to locos only for the wagon to wobble off the turntable unrealistically. There's also the matter of where it would go, on this layout, straight into the back of the control panel. The moment I spotted this Wills Finecast crane tank, I snapped it up. The model is very tail-heavy and also highly geared. I've not built another loco that will wheelie! One of the joys of this model is that you get to consider a whole host of interesting prototypes, most of which still aren't available ready to run. I'm a bit of snob, once a model is available RTR, the kit is retired to the display case to avoid "It it Bachmann mister" questions. People have paid to see something different is my opinion so, odd-ball locos are the way to go. It's not just locos either - at Tring show, one of the first visitors spotted the Puffer and gleefully informed us that Langley made a kit. He then asked when we would replace our model with the kit and wasn't impressed when I told he we wouldn't. There is nothing wrong with the Langley model, I've built one and it's superb and well worth the price, but we were happy with our boat and see no reason to change it. The conversation moved on and it became painfully apparent that the gentleman concerned memorised the adverts in his latest model railway magazines every month and could tell you the price of everything, but probably didn't know one end of a screwdriver from another. I'm a model maker first and foremost and see RTR models as raw material. I once caused apoplexy with a visitor by sawing the coupling off a new Standard tank so I could test it on the model to see how well it would shunt. Not for the Dock you understand, but a future layout. I even offered him the unwanted coupling, but this didn't seem to calm him down... Couplings are Sprat & Winkle Mk1's operated by permanent magnets under the track. The steel chains are from the EM gauge society and a lot easier than making your own. I like the Mk1 as it's quite a discrete coupling, but reliable and robust enough not to need tweaking before the show starts. While the finescale boys are resetting their AJ's first thing in the morning, I've got a mug of tea and am heading to the second-hand stall. My scruffy open wagon is a deliberately battered Cooper Craft kit filled with interesting detail. It lives in the front siding and the challenge is to shunt that siding over the weekend without pushing the scratchbuilt trolley off the end. Magnet positions were set using wagons, but then I added a few longer wheelbase vehicles and this make operation a little more interesting. Of course, since we have to run this thing for two days, this is important. We don't bother with a timetable, just putting wagons from a randomly made up train in the correct siding. No-one really notices that there's nothing more to it than this, but we don't get bored if there is plenty of chat, and that's important. We've even invited really keen visitors around the back to have a go at quiet times during a show and they seem to enjoy it. Who needs a massive space to build a satisfying model railway? It's one of the reasons people enjoy looking at the layout. Finally, a quick look in the fiddle yard - I know you've been craning your neck over the top of the display box to have a peek. It's nothing more sophisticated than a 3-way point operated with a switch box. Originally, we used a Peco point, but the Romford wheels didn't like it very much, so courage was summoned up to build our own, and to date, it's been perfectly reliable. I hope you've enjoyed your tour of Melbridge Dock. Please feel free to ask questions. If I'm honest, it's the chatting that I enjoy more than the operating!
  22. I'd like to thank the majority here for their patience before we arrived at this point; the team really did hope to be able to bring everyone a show and have been agonising for days about doing the right thing (but not having enough information to determine what is). I've read rubbish (particularly on Facebook) from people (most were probably not going anyway) demanding it be cancelled and that a statement is issued immediately. Balance that with traders who really wanted and needed to have a good show, some with stock specifically bought in for the business the event would generate them, as this is likely to be the last significant event for some time for some of them where the show circuit is a very important part of their business. We know many layout owners and their teams have personally agonised balancing their personal concerns with a spirit of not wanting to let people down so we thank them in particular. And in the middle of that are the visitors who we owe a duty of care towards and if the official advice is that large indoor events should not be held then we have to follow that advice too. We are sorry and we hope everyone can have a safe weekend.
  23. We seem to be living through uncertain times. After doing some research and a lot of thinking over the weekend, Jan (Mrs R) and I have decided to self isolate ahead of any governmental advice. We're younger than the suggested 70 year cut off point but Jan has one of those underlying conditions, heart failure, so an infection would hit her hard. One of the things that troubled us was telling our friends that we would be withdrawing from social life. Turns out that two of them were of the same mind and the others have been very supportive. My guess is that a good number on the forum will have had this thought or will be having it imposed on them in the non too distant future. I thought it might be worth starting a self isolating support group for those who find themselves a bit shut away from other social contact. As well as not feeling alone with the issue there may be practical advice to be had. I'd like to think we could damp down the sorts of ill informed fears which have led to panic buying and instead work out how to tackle issues such as how to take sufficient exercise when stuck in at home, in a positive and productive way.
  24. It is with great regret I must report the passing of Adrian Swain earlier today. He had battled long and hard with cancer in recent years. I first met him in 1971, and a little later in my father's model shop, as he used to stock Adrian's 4mm kits, right from when he first started out as a manufacturer. His name was known to me before this however, as I enthused over an article in the October 1965 Model Railway Constructor on detailing the first two vehicles for his parcels train. I was 13 at the time and read the article on a bus, travelling home from a hard day's trainspotting at Bournemouth Central! In recent years, after he had placed his business in suspended animation due to his health, and we would have periodic two hour phone calls. The first hour would be about models and the second about politics and reptiles [in which we both shared an iterest]. Although banned from this forum for a period in recent years, he takes with him an almost unrivalled knowledge of some areas of our hobby, particularly perhaps, that of freight stock from a certain era. No doubt details about the procurement of his ranges of kits will appear on the model forums in the coming weeks and months, and in this regard I will have an announcement of my own to make reasonably soon. Meanwhile, a very sad day for many of us. David Parkins Modern Motive Power
  25. Who'd have thought it.... Had a visitor here today, so had to work flat out to get something running and tidy up a bit. Two things spring to mind, most of the wheels need some lubrication and I need to dial down the lamps on the WD. At least they are in the right place....
  26. You may consider this cheating, but no photoshoppery was used for this image: It's simply a matter of taking the layout to the scenery... Al.
  27. I took Ladmanlow, with it's new extension, out into the countryside this morning: Al.
  28. Hi all, Here is a selection of photos taken by AY for the current issue of BRM featuring my layout 'DENT STATION' these were not published but certainly deserve an outing.
  29. At 11.11am this morning the last bit of track was connected to form the outer loop of HLJ. It’s only taken just over 5 years... Once this curve and the junction/crossovers immediately before it are wired, the first train will set out on its inaugural lap. Probably have trusty old 37191 with 36 full MGR’s me thinks.. I celebrated with a cup of Yorkshire tea and will throw another 2kgs of coal in the blender this aft to create some more coal loads. Just awaiting the inner loop (Huddersfield Line) frames. Once the tracks laid on these thats the track done. I’ll be back on the scenery tomorrow. Happy days
  30. Ladmalow Sidings. Here's a selection of black-and-white images from the layout: Al.
  31. KNP

    Little Muddle

    Waiting for Pete What's that all about I hear you ask Well....good question. So, pull up a chair and let me tell you a story! One sunny morning a GWR delivery lorry arrived in the Little Muddle goods yard to pick up some packages. These had arrived yesterday and had been securely locked away overnight in the old LMS grounded van next to the goods shed. Upon arrival Des, the driver drove into the yard and was pointed in the direction of the old grounded van where he reversed the lorry and parked by the loading bay. George, his assistant, went off to find the key. He was told to speak to Pete as he had the only key!! but Pete was nowhere to be seen and after tracking down the Yard Manager, George was told Pete would be back in a while. Des and George readied a space in the back of the lorry and sat down to wait for the key to arrive. After waiting what felt like an eternity and still no sign of this key, Des decided to sit in the sun and read his paper. George meanwhile felt he ought to check the covered area load was safe, so he had a quick peek behind the canvas cover. This is the point we arrive on the scene. Des reading his paper, George checking the covered area and...... still no sign of this elusive Pete with the key So they wait
  32. I started doing some modelling today for the first time in quite a while. My sister got seriously ill towards the end of November and sadly passed away on January 12th. Being her next of kin, I've tried to be with her as much as possible through her illness, taking it in turns with my partner Chris and my youngest daughter Sophie to sit with her as she progressively got weaker. It has been very difficult at times but they have been fantastically supportive and it's been a real team effort. So now we're in process of trying to tie her life up neatly, whilst organising and preparing for the funeral. It does feel like walking through treacle at times, whether sitting on the end of a phone trying to talk to the right people for all the everyday dealings in my sister's life, trawling through her address book looking to contact all her friends to tell them the sad news or simply trying to get the funeral right for her. During this time, there has been some spare time between visits, but my concentration has been so shot to pieces it's been impossible to do anything tangible. However, I've had some real relief, some nice moments looking at this thread and all the great modelling and the discussions. I know most on here will know exactly what we are experiencing through your own experiences. But I feel I owe a vote of thanks to all for relieving my stress for a while - albeit unwittingly - with your ever interesting contributions. Thanks Clem
  33. The story so far. After years of playfully browsing eBay, buying up all sorts of mismatched 00 gauge model railway track and rolling stock and putting it on parliamentary expenses, the chickens finally come home to roost in our hero's herb garden. Grassed up by person or persons unknown for crimes against finescale modelling, the charges are severe. They include TWO Evening stars, mixing Eastern and Western region coaches in the same train, getting the buffet car in the wrong position, running a DCC sound loco on DC , using foam track underlay and the heinous crime of Tracing (train racing). Our hero now faces the full might of THE RIVET POLICE. Read on if you dare. Chapter 2 - Banged up. Mercifully the trial was very short, I was fast tracked, just 3 days in court. My barrister advised that my case was hopeless so I threw myself on the mercy of the court and pleaded guilty. I asked for 43 other cases of poor signalling, out of scale wheels, bad scenery and a ducking giraffe to be taken into consideration. The sentencing was all a bit of a blur, I just remember a few key phrases from the judge such as “the worst case he'd seen in months”, “a shocking example to the youth of today”, “depraved acts” etc. When the sentence came there were gasps from the public gallery at a stretch of 7 years hard modelling. I’d be an old man by the time I came out - mainly because I was an old one going in. I looked up to the public gallery, where I saw my tearful wife being comforted by the man next to her. I only caught a glimpse, but he looked very much like Eric from no 52, I couldn’t be sure, what with the false beard and Groucho Marx glasses. Still in shock I was led away by one of the guards. He tried to cheer me up “Don't worry son, keep your nose clean and get up to exhibition standard and you'll be out in three." The model prison was not quite what I was expecting, as I was led to my cell with my pile of regulation uniform - maroon carpet slippers, brown corduroy trousers and beige cardigan. The first thing that hit you was the smell, a faint mixture of PVA wood glue, copydex, and plastic cement. And the noise - there wasn't any, just the quiet tinkering of inmates working on their layouts. They had the pale ghostly modeller's complexion of people intently working on layouts for up to 18 hours a day. My cell was originally designed by the Victorians for three people - but it was just me in there. On the wall was a tatty centrefold of a class 52 western locomotive and a pile of dog-eared “Rail Only” magazines lay in the corner. The cell was bare of the usual prison comforts except for standard 8x4 ft layout board, a big pile of balsa wood and polystyrene, basic track components, an airbrush, some spray paints, PVA wood glue, soldering iron, a cutting mat, Dremel drill & bits, a collection of of blades, jewellers’ screwdrivers and two boxes of plasticard. Luckily for the prisoners we had several well-heeled music industry patrons on the outside who saw us alright. You soon got used to endless repeats of Atlantic Crossing, Tommy and Kylie's Greatest Hits quietly playing over the PA. It was a small price to pay for siberian goose down duvets, memory foam mattresses, 50-inch TVs, 4 course dinners with a lunchtime buffet and a free vend coffee machine which served a great cafe latte. When the Market Deeping Just Giving restoration fund passed the £1m mark, some of the club members came out of retirement and got back to their old trading jobs. Speculating wildly on the London derivatives market, the club lost its charitable status and was now regulated by the FCA. They didn’t care, the fund was now over £23m and they were officially the richest model railway club in the world, soon to bring out their own range of Class 66 locomotives. In Hogwarts colours. It was only fair that they chipped in for the deep pile carpets, soft close toilet seats in the ensuites and a complete repaint in Farrow & Ball colours. In the model railway brotherhood we look after our own - “we wuz faaamily”. Inevitably in such a powder-keg pressure-cooker atmosphere things were bound to kick off occasionally, like the time they ran out of grilled salmon on lentils, or substituted custard creams for bourbon biscuits at elevenses. The guards were well prepared however, and had a Jenny Agutter look alike on standby that could be there in 30 minutes. When the smoke machines kicked in and she ran down the main hall in her Victorian Railway Children bonnet and cloak, shouting “Daddy! my daddy!” the commotion stopped dead. It was hard to riot when you’re blubbing your eyes out. My first day in one of the re-education classes - scratch build track assembly - came as a bit of a surprise when the tutor walked in. She was a striking woman in her late 40s, cream cashmere sweater and tight pencil skirt. You could just imagine her taking off her glasses and shaking her hair loose in slow motion like some sort of shampoo ad. The guy next to me nudged me out of my trance and whispered “Miss July 1995”. Over the coming weeks it soon became apparent that the rehabilitation tutors were all former glamour models and Playboy bunnies from the 80’s and 90’s. It was supposed to reduce the re-offending rate but for some reason that nobody in senior management could quite work out, it seemed to increase it. Initially saying they wanted a job in modelling, the tutors were universally all warned against it by their school careers advisors, citing the shame and dishonour this would bring their families. I guess the world had a different attitude back then. Instead they turned to taking their tops off for dodgy magazines, and it was only now, years later that they could fulfil their childhood dreams of serious railway modelling. Linda Lusardi knew just about everything there was to know about block signalling techniques, while Samantha Fox demonstrated an amazing skill with an airbrush for weathering locomotives and wagons. Melinda Messenger was first rate at static grass and making superb trees from pipe cleaners and coloured lichen, but refused to talk further about trimming the perfect bush, complaining we weren't taking it seriously. When Abi Titmuss delicately took my hand and guided it in our track ballasting class I felt electricity run between us. I looked hopefully into her eyes, had she felt the spark too? Evidently she had. She looked at me crossly “I told you to turn the bloody power off when doing this, you and your sweaty palms I just got 15 volts thank you very much!” For a while I thought I was really getting the hang of finescale modelling, what with managing to lay nearly three feet of track in the first month: a few short years and I’d be out. Unfortunately, my hopes were dashed at the next layout inspection when my sleeper spacing was found to be out by 2 and in some cases 3mm and I had to rip it all up and start again. I could see I would have to knuckle down, stop watching Netflix box sets of the world's most scenic railways and get on with some serious modelling. Life at the model prison turned into a dull routine, the days turned into weeks and weeks turned into months, gradually putting together an exhibition-quality layout that would get me out of here. Then one day I got the call that I really didn't want to hear. A small weasley man appeared at my cell door. “Hello trackpin, what can I do for you?” I said. He winced - he should really have been grateful that we all called him TrackPin, as his real name was Ivor. Ivor Lowcock. “The Fat Controller wants to see you in his office. Now. This was serious, when Grouty asked for a favour you better not refuse if you knew what was good for you. I gulped and walked down the corridor, wondering what dire fate lay in store. In Part 3 - An Offer I can't refuse, we discover that every man has his price. Do you know yours? Readers are reminded that a GCSE in nuclear Physics is not mandatory but would be beneficial for the next part.
  34. Finally the Glasgow to Liverpool sleeper train is completed. For the first time today it ran into the station hauled by Coronation Class locomotive 'City of Liverpool". The seven coach train is made up of seven Comet coach kits, Each coach has pickups so we can add lighting at a later date. The corridor connections are made up of two 3D printed components and remain in contact with the adjacent coach around any of the curves, Weathering is next as they are a bit too clean at the moment!
  35. Today we’re excited to announce our new rolling stock project in OO Gauge, Genesis 4 & 6 wheel coaches. In the mid to late 1800s, the many operating companies in the UK were producing their own versions of the 4 and 6 wheel coach, which introduced many features onto the railways - lighting, continuous braking and even upholstered seats for all passengers. This led to them being a very common sight. Many designs consisted of only a handful of coaches, built to fill a specific need. These would also only wear the colours of the company they were built for. A good number were absorbed at the 1923 grouping and some found new leases of life on branches that were in need of simple stock to run on them. Some were taken into departmental stock or used by sheds and depots as simple stores vans and used until the 1950s. Project Genesis faithfully represents the trains of the Era 2 & 3 period and brings modellers the opportunity to run a detailed train of coaches in liveries not normally seen in ready-to-run form. Product Specification Lit and unlit options Lit versions have an 18 pin digital decoder socket Warm yellow LEDs used on lit versions 6 different body toolings 2 fully detailed underframes Optional lower footboards Full brake rigging Fine detailing on panelling Painted interiors Optional semi-permanent coupling bar representing a coupling chain 3 types of wheels (Mansell, 3 hole and disc) 3 types of roof furniture (oil lamps, gas lamps, electric lights) Removable centre wheelset on 6 wheel coaches Sliding centre wheelset on 6 wheel coaches for tight curves Fully lined liveries to the original company specifications Unique running numbers between single coaches and packs Carefully selected running numbers to fit with companies numbering systems Packs of coaches to create an instant train RP25 wheel profile NEM pockets Minimum radius - Radius 2 (438mm) Tooling Variations 4-wheel chassis 6-wheel chassis (features removable center axle and replacement framing) 4-wheel bodies (4 compartment, 5 compartment and brake) 6-wheel bodies (4 compartment lavatory, 5 compartment and brake) Coach ends (plain, footsteps, 4 wheel brake, 6 wheel brake) Roof furniture (Oil lights, gas lights, electric lights) Coach Types Using the above tooling variations we are able to produce a range of coaches. These include: BT - Brake, Third Class T - Third Class S - Second Class F - First Class C12 - Composite (First and Second class) C13 - Composite (First and Third class) C123 - Tri-composite (First, Second & Third class) CL - Composite Lavatory Liveries Batch 1 For our first batch we are initially releasing 7 main liveries with a mixture of coach types between each livery. These will be available from Q1 2021. GWR - Great Western Railway - ‘Chocolate and Cream’ livery with brown lining GNR - Great Northern Railway - ‘Teak’ livery with yellow and blue lining LNWR - London & North Western Railway - ‘Plum and spilt milk’ fully lined SECR - South Eastern & Chatham Railway - ‘Crimson Lake’ lined LMS - London Midland & Scottish Railway - ‘Midland style’ crimson LNER - London North Eastern Railway - ‘Pre-war brown’ SR - Southern Railway - ‘Maunsell Olive Green’ with yellow lining British Railways - Departmental Batch 2 We are also announcing plans for a second batch of coaches with further liveries which are not covered as part of Batch 1. These are available to pre-order but at this time do not have a confirmed release date. We will provide more information following the release of Batch 1 in Q1 2021. GCR - Great Central Railway brown and grey GER - Great Eastern Railway chocolate L&Y - Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway brown and tan MR - Midland Railway crimson LSWR - London & South Western Railway brown and tan BR - British Railways crimson NCB - National Coal Board blue Batch 3 We will be producing a third batch of coaches which will be available following on from the release of the first two batches but are not currently available to pre-order. Currently proposed liveries are: North Eastern Railway Caledonian Railway Metropolitan Railway Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway Longmoor Military Railway Further BR Departmental examples Pricing Coaches will be available as single items as well as packs of four. Coach numbers will be different between single coaches and those from packs. Single unlit coach - £30 3 pack of unlit coaches - £85 4 pack of unlit coaches - £110 Single lit coach - £36 3 pack of lit coaches - £99 4 pack of lit coaches - £135 Availability Delivery for Batch 1 will begin in Q1 2021. Not all models will be available at the same time but all models within a specific livery will be released at the same time. For full information on the project and to read more information visit www.hattons.co.uk/genesis
  36. Well we’ve set Black Country Blues up in record time - Andy York was on hand to capture the first workings, one of which would you believe, was from St Blazey... I saw some members wearing masks earlier - you’ll need them in a bit...
  37. Just finishing off this frame. It’s taken 3 weeks from scratch so it’s a bit overdue as I aim to complete one in 2. That said it’s been a complicated one. On the high level I’ve added a PW portakabin. This is an Intentio kit and very nice it is too. I added the window grills, used the talc on wet paint method to try and get the ‘pebble’ effect and scratchbuilt a brass door instead of using the wooden one (inc) as it was a tad too thick. The truck is an IXO diecast model from Spain. It’s actually a SAVA, who back then made the BMC/Leyland FG under license. I dismantled this, converted it from left hand drive to right hand drive, filed the bottoms of the tyres down (so it sits better), added a sleeping BR PW chap in the passenger seat, (much of whose head I had to remove) changed the no plate to a British one before giving it a coat of dirty black. Probably overdone it a bit but hey ho
  38. Hi all, Here's a look at the proposed six wheel full brake that we've designed. We propose to add 2 full brakes (with different running numbers) to each livery already announced. Again, we'd love to hear feedback on this as it is always useful. Cheers, Dave
  39. Andy's been a bit swift getting his camera out to take a few snaps of the train set, so here's a few for you. Waiting in platform 2 for the road ahead is a pair of Class 20 locomotives, 8145 in green livery and D8077 in blue, destined for East London with a loaded coal train made up of 16 ton mineral wagons. Peak Class 46 number 153 passes through on the Down Fast with an express service to Newcastle, the rake consisting mainly of BR mk2a coaching stock. In the background a mixed freight takes the Up Slow through platform 1. Leaving the station area behind on our journey to the motive power depot at Hornsey Road, we catch a glimpse inside the garage where a team of fitters are busy working on various motor cars. Making their way back to the Midlands from East London with an unfitted rake of empty HOP21 wagons are BR Derby type 2 locos 7576 & 5189 awaiting a clear road. An unusual visitor to the area is this 6-car Swindon built Trans-Pennine DMU heading for Finsbury Park with the 1Z24 'Footex' special full of Hull City fans who will be watching their team play away at Highbury. Moments later, an Up Pullman service slows for a signal check on the last leg of its journey with Deltic 9009 Alycidon in charge. Meanwhile a LMR Division DC lines Class 501 glides past with a Broad Street to Hornsey Broadway terminating service. Nearing the depot we pass pockets of industry, including Fordhams milk distribution depot located on Hornsey New Road. Kaff's doing a roaring trade, as you would expect around lunchtime. We'll take a break now and have a snack before we get to the depot - I've heard Kaff's burgers are to die for!!
  40. Ahoy-hoy and morning each... breakfast is terribly slow my establishment this morning, I am going to have to shout at myself to hurry up soon... Canute Road Quay made its first ever 'public' appearance at the 2017 event so I am very pleased to virtually return. My other layout Fisherton Sarum, see later in the thread, attended way back in 2010! Although I am an SW exile I am very proud to not to have missed a single Taunton 'Do' in some role or other... have you checked out the catering thread yet...go on you know you want to... Anywho back to Canute Road Quay... Canute Road Quay is a dock / quayside layout located somewhere around the Canute Road area within Southampton Docks operated primarily by the Southern Railway between 1946 to 1949. Occasionally it can be operated in different eras such as early or late British Railways periods. The trackplan is based on the ‘Timesaver’ shunting puzzle incorporating a short run around loop and kickback sidings. A small 1ft fiddle yard utilising short cassettes allows for an additional length of the main headshunt and a quick change of rolling stock. The other two shorter sidings / headshunts will be just about able to hold either 2 or 3 off box vans or an SR Bogie Van B and a small shunting loco such the USA Tank or Adams B4. The very front edge of the layout has been modelled as a dockside wall and the siding at the top right-hand corner includes a small loco shed albeit single road and in semi low relief, being a sub shed of, and a similar look to the one actually at Southampton Docks. For simplicity, the buildings are mixture of modified Ready-to-Plonk resin low relief type warehouses as the backdrop at the left hand rear, the two front buildings are LCut Creative laser cut acting as scenic breaks Trackwork is a mixture of open sleepered and inset track as seen around such docks / quays to give some variety to the surfaces. Further details can be found here or on my blog here https://grahammuz.com/category/canute-road-quay/ The pictures below are copyright and courtesy C Nevard and a couple more pictures copyright and courtesy M Wild (taken on a sunnier day...) The layout is DC so none of this DCC Jiggery Pokery so whilst I do not have sound fitted locos I commissioned the production of an 40 minute ambient sound file that plays on a loop via a speaker under the baseboard that includes over 30 sounds such as not only loco noises but that of actual shunting, buffering up, wheel squeal, boats, voices and of course seagulls. Some of these sounds can be heard on the video clips below Feel free to ask any questions.
  41. With Little Bytham as 'finished' as any model railway is ever likely to be, perhaps some overall images to show that 'completeness'? Once again, my most-grateful thanks to all the contributors.....
  42. Ok, here's a photo that includes track, ballast, road-surface, grass, fence, gate etc.
  43. I thought for some while about posting this picture as its predominantly of the colliery which has its own thread but is also very much part of the Bath layout. Ive decided that the Foxcote thread will be reserved for pictures and posts relating to when the colliery goes out to shows with more general views here. This fairly iffy phone snap of 7F 81 on an up freight was taken from the operating position by the main S&D fiddle yard and gives a good idea of the view down the layout. Twinhoe bridge is in the middle distance with Combe Down looming up at the end of the room. The colliery is a bit on the busy side! I can only run as far as Bath Junction at the moment so the second picture is 7F 88 on the down line ready to drop down and bring the freight back up to the fiddle yard - oh the fun of playing. The hole in the backscene will be disguised with a bridge once Ive selected a suitable prototype - and made it!
  44. After all the recent posts focussing on the Colliery side of the layout we leap to the other end because yesterday I popped in to see JBS who has painted the short stretch of backscene behind bridge 44 and the river. I shall finish the scenic work on the country section before doing any more here but couldn't resist propping it in place to see how it looked. John has made a fantastic job and I'm really pleased. Considering it was painted remotely from the layout It will need remarkably little tweaking to match the foreground which, itself, has a long way to go. The horizon line is a couple of inches lower than the other side of the room, the break being at Combe Down/ Devonshire tunnel and this has worked well. There will be distant hills visible behind the sheds, punctuated by the odd crane in Stothert and Pitts yard but for much of the layout length the foreground buildings of the latter and the gas works will mean that the sky will dominate with the odd distant hill glimpsed between. The policy of focussing in on certain areas of the layout, treating them almost like mini-layouts in their own right has been a success, starting with the Midland shed and followed by the Tucking Mill/Combe Down area. The station area is next. Jerry
  45. Well, not long to go and it's been interesting to see some of the speculation in this topic, some nuggets may be spot on but the majority are way off. I can reveal that there are some items we've not seen before, some items that we have seen before, some items that we thought we'd never see, some items that some thought we were going to see and some things that, once seen, cannot be unseen. There; that's all sorted now. Full information rather than my useless summary above will be available at 09.00 in the morning. I will now close this topic down and can have a breather until the morning.
  46. Quick summary of today... Heljan announced more 02’s new variant class 86/4 and 86/6 mark 2 in O gauge 86 / 25 on display weathered 33008 plus immaculate 33050/051 New 27 due imminently Dapol no announcement but samples for 21/29 (on the boat) 59 early next year 63xx Paint samples on display Accurascale KFA wagons on display 55 Body’s on display Rawie Buffer stops on display (one will have LEDs) KUA announced Narrow Planet 4wh Planet Shunter in OO gauge (3D kit with glue on etches and motor bogie) Rails NER railcard EP on display (Heljan stand) Oxford J27 on display.. this looks a real beauty New tank wagon in display KR models GT3 on display Announced a Fell In oo **** I am converted ! If you want one you don’t have long to order... credit cards accepted, contact details and addresses available and Keith is a good chap in person... no more excuses I’ve ordered. Hornby 45379 due in days 6201 on the boat More 66’s (1:1 copy of Hattons plans) Bachmann 24s/Crane/158/37 on display 94xx in Black 45 EP body unpainted 2HAP paint samples on show Locomotion 9400 on display Model Rail 1600 on display (looks like a 3D print) Think that about covers the big boys...
  47. Not sure if these may have featured before but I found them whilst going back through some photos on the iPad. Just a few random shots of Midland in Bristol, in no particular order.
  48. A few more photos of Sheep Dip and in particular our resident Peckett. This time, taking a leaf from Al's Ladmanlow, we go all a bit monochrome. Pretty much in the style of 'Visions of Steam ' by Cavalier and Silcock. Rob.
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