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    Welsh 009 Freelance
    Late Victorian Cambrian

    I have always been interested in railways, ever since I watched a loco on a suburban train disappear under a bridge and we all ran across the path to see it appear on the other side. It was helped by reading the railway series by W R Audry, the originals are so good.
    I then read, 4 Little Engines. It would be wrong to say that it changed my life but it was the start of a love affair with narrow gauge railways which was fuelled by holidays in North Wales from my late teens onward. The Ffestiniog was closer to where we stayed and the first time I had the chance to go to the Talyllyn I decided to climb Cader Idris instead. It was a good call really as I have often since been on the Talyllyn but never climbed Cader Idris again, and am unlikely to in the future.
    The 4 Little Engines fixed in my mind that the narrow gauge railway I would model would have to connect to a main line railway as a feeder line and although the Traeth Mawr and Twill Ddu Railway does not share the same station its timetable means that those who live in the 'Big House' can get to London conveniently.
    The late Victorian and Edwardian period were the heyday of railways so I set my time period as 1895. This is fine for narrow gauge as all you change is the people around it. However, as it was having to be a feeder I began to investigate the local railway which was the Cambrian. When I found that I would have to build the standard gauge first it became 'interesting' as I have yet to tackle soldering brass and this could make life difficult but kits are becoming available and I will have to persevere.
    Trips on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch cemented in my mind the idea of 'school trains' which of course the Twill Ddu runs, hence the need in Traeth Mawr for some schools that are more than the local village school which everyone leaves at 12 if they stay on that long.
    These are the reasons behind my modelling but having set it in 1895 I am enjoying the history which you have to learn to recreate the flavour of the period.

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  1. Nigel, Thank you. It saves me looking. It is an interesting question about do I want it to blend in. In this photo of the restoration it is a white colour which I find a bit strange so I went for blue. I try not t fix the roofs down, which is harder the longer the coach but work really well in 009, so the inside can be visible. Once the roof is on not much can be seen inside, I agree. Mikkel, No, no bright stars in the sky, not that I looked. I think I like the red one but probably will go with the blue as blue appears to be the MSLR First Class colour. You can just image the conversation on the platform. She: "Is that not the Compartment dear?" He: "No, the colour is all wrong, it is red, not blue." She: But it says ;First' on the door?" He: (patiently): "It may well do but the colour is wrong. Perhaps we have the wrong coach. The GWR use red." She: "But it says MSLR on the carriage side." He: "Typical GWR ploy to tempt in unwary passengers." She: "Well, I am getting on anyway." He: "You have not got your ticket." She: "Quick, pass it through the window." He: "Do not blame me when you are lost!" She: No, I will just write when I get there and you can come and find me. Bye." He: (Waving to the moving train) : "Yes, leave me to sort out the mess. Still, if it was the right compartment at least I have got out of going to her mothers." The really boring bit is that all the carpets will probably be the same for each company.
  2. I suppose I ought to post something to make it look as though I am doing some modelling. We went away last week to North Wales, to celebrate the fact that we went there together for the first time forty years ago on our honeymoon. ( I still need to finish off the representation of our honeymoon cottage, but more of that, if anything happens in another post.) We stayed in on a farm in a cottage with the name of Beudy Bach. How romantic. To save you looking up Google translate, it means, Small Cowshed. It had, fortunately been modernised. So before I went I packed up my modelling, plus some old projects and took it all away never to touch it until I packed it back in the car to come home. So this is pre holiday. I went and paid a visit to 'Rugs R Us'. I googled 'blue' rugs' and these are the main ones that came up looking from above. I need one for the MSLR tricomposite, two for the LBSCR Saloon, although they may be both the same, and probably one for the GWR First, but I need to check on that. Having saved an image I then pasted it into Paint and then Word. I found that it was 376 pixels wide for 10 cm. I then calculated how many pixels I needed for the width between the seats and the length along the floor. The top row is the trial row. I always like to do things in stages. The difference in widths is the difference in compartment size. Having printed them out I cut out the correct width ones and tried them out. This is the First Class compartment of the tricomposite. You will notice that it is now painted. (Yes I know it needs touching up.) The blue is Humbrol 25, which is not quite right and the wood is Humbrol Middle Stone, 225. The carpet is not quite long enough but close enough I think. I then tried another one. (No expense spared, eh?) Someone will say. 'Those colours really clash.' Do they, I have no idea. So if you were a director of the MSLR, or Carriage and Wagon, Superintendent, or whoever buys carpets for First Class compartments, which would you choose? Or would you choose something completely different. (The other blue one is going in the LBSCR Saloon.) So, not a lot, but it kept me amused for a little while. If you have been, thanks for looking.
  3. Well done for getting into BRM; I hope you know I think your modelling is amazing. Probably a good job that you did not mention that it was made from sequins and pound shop scrubbing brushes.
  4. May I thank you all for your hard work over the years. I have enjoyed the polls immensely. I am sure you will find plenty to do in the time freed up by stopping the poll. I wish you all well.
  5. Congratulations! (I always wondered why I got congratulations when I had not done anything until someone suggested that it was because I had got my children through to responsible adulthood.) Traeth Mawr was basically conceived as a layout for the grandchildren. My son asked me to build it and make it so it could be transported to his house. He moved so that will not happen. I still need to make the point motors actually work but at the moment they are quite happy just running them in a circle. I have had requests from the eldest, 'Can I run your special coaches?' 'Only if you are careful.' They usually are. It then becomes not some selfish indulgence but something for the family. The last time it was put up, and it has not gone down again was because we were having two over for a sleepover and my wife insisted I put it up so they could play with it. Win all round.
  6. What a beautiful Loco. Unfortunately it is the doubly wrong company, neither Cambrian or LCDR, and is the wrong century. Perhaps eventually a cheap one on EBay.
  7. Interesting. It will be a first if you model a horse with a nosebag, beat me to it by about five years at my rate of working. One of your tags says 'Diorama', will it be that or the bridge with two fiddle yards? There is not a lot of LCDR stuff although Turbosnail keeps on threatening to do some 3D prints and distract me from the Cambrian. I assume that you have followed the cross London trains thread?
  8. Jonathan, Of course I am being too narrow in my description, and thought about what I could use. Any straight sided bottle will do. Your post made me think again and look at the 'Raspberry Lemonade' that my wife has just finished. Just need to find the funnel.
  9. Compound, No, we do not have a cafetiere. My wife has never really liked coffee so taught herself to drink it as a social exercise and usually takes it very weak. I am not sure I could justify one just to bend coach roofs.
  10. Northroader, Thank you, I have all the pictures that you posted and they have all been very useful, so thank you very much.
  11. Well, I have not done much but things have progressed a little bit. I decided that I ought to do the roof. I realised that my usual jar was too short and found a large olive jar. it was just long enough. I did my usual of marking in felt tip a vertical line on the jar then taping down the pre-cut 30 thou plasticard with masking tape, then cardboard on top, tied down with boot laces wrapped around it. Boiling water is then poured into it, the wife warned not to touch as it is 'HOT' and it is left overnight. I took it off and it seemed fine. i was about to sort out the oil tops:- You will notice that it is curved at one end. I looked at the jar and then noticed near the bottom was a slight ridge. It went in the recycling. (I think.) I found my old whiskey bottle. Before I could find a funnel we went on holiday. My wife was sorting out an irrigation system for her vegetables in pots. My whiskey bottle volunteered. When we returned it had fallen off the pot and had landed on one of the few paving slabs we have. I have yet to drink enough whiskey/ port or whatever to make a replacement. You will notice that the coach does not have any seats in that compartment. No, I had a pang of, 'oh dear this is not good enough'. My defence was that the website had been changed since I last saw it so that I had never seen the images Northroader posted. I looked at the 'last changed date' and found that it was after I had bought the coach. Why I did not download the images of the inside I will never know. I wondered if I could get my trusty Stanley knife and prise the Ratio seats out. I managed to do it without to much damage. Someone had decided to spray the coach with primer so that it was possible to smooth the ridges. It meant that the polystyrene cement only stuck to the seats and the paint which is why it worked. I bought some 'T' section plasticard for reasons best known to me at the time. Yes, it was again to make certain that the floor was fixed securely to the coach, so needed at least a contact with the seat and the seat with the compartment wall. They seemed a little high in comparison to the Ratio seats but I asked a Stadden lady to try them out for me. She was delighted and said she had only been in Third Class before but found that she fitted all three classes perfectly. Although the 'T' was a little higher at the end than the Ratio seat, it was flat, whereas the Ratio was curved so the seat was actually in practise the same height. I did not take out the First Class seats even though I thought they might be a little high. I then put the flat backs in, and the drawing of the coach supplied, was invaluable as I knew how high to make it. New seats, no backs but seat dividers. These were drawn on 10 thou plasticard. The back was drawn using a Ratio seat that had been removed and the front drawn freehand. Having done one, the rest were then traced around the first one. They were painted with Humbrol 225 Middle Stone, not very well to try and simulate streaks as per picture. The white bits will be painted blue. They have arm rests, so rectangles of 10 thou were cut, and a slit made down the middle and they were pushed on. The ones at the end were left as they only need the armrest one side and I have no idea how to do that. (The yellow squares are 10 x 10mm.) Finally while I was working on the underneath, the First Class seats fell out, (paint again the culprit, so I took the opportunity to cut off the top part of the Ratio seat. It will be much easier to attach the dividers and paint the seat like this. Also they are nearer the correct height. I shall probably do this to all my seats in future . Seat covered in dust but marked for compartment divisions. If you have been, thanks for looking.
  12. Is that the one where they went faster than the speed of light and disappeared? The space ship looked like a gyroscope.
  13. I think it shows the quality of the programs that I enjoyed them when they first came out and thirty years later in the 90s, (1990s that is), my sons enjoyed them as well, despite the fact that some of the technology was outdated.
  14. Mikkel, I have no problem with it. I do not lose things when they are sitting on it, so it gives a fairly good contrast. I also have a pale green and a pale yellow one which are larger, (I am not sure why I have two), but I bought this one because it is quite small, 300 x 220 x 3mm, and was originally for taking away with me, but as I now have the tray to sit on my lap it gets used all the time.
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