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  1. Andy Y

    The scene's setting

    I've had an itch for a long time. An itch to model a canal interchange shed; I'd initially looked at the still intact Chillington Wharf on the west side of the Stour Valley route from Wolverhampton High level. Photo by D.J.Norton I came across this picture in the steel terminal's office whilst I was given a tour of Chillington Wharf by staff showing pre-nationalisation activity with bolsters and opens with the sort of loads which would come from a rolling mill. This would have required a board depth greater than the space I wish to now place the scene in. Moving onwards; not a million miles away from the spot though was a similar interchange shed, built by the Midland Railway off the Wolverhampton to Walsall line tucked away behind the British Steel site which sits beneath the level of the junction just SE of Wolverhampton High level station. The shed disappeared in the 1950s when the land was acquired by the steelworks but it's not a ridiculous premise to see that shed last a few decades more in the shadow of an expanding works. The shed and basin are long gone now but the site can still be seen from the access road to the works here. Details are scant as it wasn't of conventional photographer's interest really, a couple of line drawings on a local history site including side elevations plus an end photo from Bob Yate's book shown in the introductory blog entry. The scene will not be a true recreation due to some compression needed, realignment to fit a workable space and the wish to give something with a little more operational interest.
  2. Well I do need somewhere for the ever-increasing fleet of "that's cute" purchases to stretch their little legs, this is true.
  3. Some people keep their diplomas, certificates and Oscars in the smallest room; I just make do with a small ever-revolving library. I'm sure I can't be the only one can I? Anyway, a shot of three books coming out of the reading room neatly summarise what this project will be about.
  4. This advert is COMPLETED!

    • FOR SALE
    • AS NEW - as purchased (unused)

    4S-018-001- Dapol L&SWR B4 0-4-0T Southern Black with Sunshine lettering 'Normandy' - as preserved. Purchased to set aside for adaptation for a future project, as Dapol will be releasing a tooling variation later this year closer to what I need this is going up for sale. Boxed and tested, unused on layout. Postage to UK address included, contact for overseas shipping. Manufacturer: Dapol Catalogue Refs: 4S-018-001 Southern Black with Sunshine lettering 'Normandy' - As Preserved RRP: £110.00 Gauge/scale: 16.5mm gauge, 1:76 scale OO Era: 2 to 5 plus industrial and preservation Company/Operator: BR Weight: 92g Body: Plastic Chassis: Die-cast metal and tungsten Minimum Curve Radius: 371mm (R1) Wheel Profile: RP25 Couplings: NEM mounted tension lock Accessory pack omitted. ELECTRICAL/MECHANICAL Power System: 12V DC Motor: 5-pole skew wound motor to shaft drive DCC Provision: 6-pin socket Pick-ups: Brass plate contacts to axles Lighting : Firebox glow Drive System: Geared to rear driving axle Flywheel: Yes Traction tyres: None SERVICING Body Removal: Remove 4 screws and keeper plate, move NEM couplings to access 2 further screws. Lubrication: Access to lubrication after removing keeper plate Packaging: Plastic trays within cardboard outer and foam lining

    £95.00

  5. It has, the content blocks are causing loading speed issues and it's being looked into. In the meantime the only solution is to do without.
  6. No, I found him doing something he shouldn't have been.
  7. Shed wars and a terrier fight at 2100.

  8. Sorry all, this really is embarrassingly poor. All I can do is sit and wait it out.
  9. Not being slow to take up a golden opportunity whilst we were down in Margate Phil and I had an hour to ourselves in the Visitor Centre early one morning to wallow in nostalgia and play with the toys! Visitor Centre information - https://www.hornby.com/uk-en/hornby-visitor-centre
  10. There is method to my inconsistencies which may, or may not, become clearer in the not too distant.
  11. Prototype-centric special interest categories have been moved into a Prototype sub-forum.
  12. But you were so unequivocal and definite in your absolute belief in your assertions.
  13. Drop them a line asking them to shelve it as you've already decided you don't like it.
  14. The whole Gallery area is having some fixes made and will be reconfigured.
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