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  1. I have spent most of my modelling time during the last six months repainting, repairing and completing coaches and vans. Many vehicles were only fully painted and finished on one side So I have had plenty to go at. There is much still to do too. I’m really enjoying completing old models, which includes bringing the whole up to my current standards. ATM I don’t get so much enjoyment out of operating the railway though.
  2. A few photos taken just now. A southbound freight eases out of the up goods loop at Whinburgh South after being recessed last March. If that’s not a long enough delay, the Hawick bus is crossing the line at Slitrigg level crossing after waiting six year for the gates to open !
  3. I’ve just completed a conversion of an old Bachmann Bulleid corridor compo into a semi open brake 3rd using Comet sides. Unless the 1966 Waterloo -Aberdeen excursion hauled by 4472 included one of these, it’s very unlikely they ever ran on the Waverley Route but my layout has an Anglo-Scottish diagram incorporating SR stock :-)
  4. And the other side pre glazing and proper fitting
  5. Here’s another Hornby sleeper with Comet sides. Still got some finishing to do.
  6. Progress on Upgrading another Hornby Mk1 sleeper using Comet brass sides. I’ve sprayed this one with Railmatch acrylic maroon Paint and gloss varnish which gives a rich lustre to the finish, which is very pleasing. I’ve also added Comet corridor end plates and Bachmann commonwealth bogies. Hinges, coach board brackets and bump stops are made from brass lacing pins.
  7. i remember helping out at the York show, around 1978, when setting up in The De-Grey Rooms, Allan asked me to help him unload his van. He placed a large model of a steel / chemical works into my arms, which I was to carry up the stairs to the exhibition hall - not heavy, but I wouldn't have liked to have dropped it! He was either very trusting or not too bothered - he certainly played down his talents. He spend some of the weekend photographing some of the more rickety ancient buildings.
  8. The coach side weathering looks good. Don’t forget to do the underframe, unless this one has just been overhauled. Railmatch ‘framedirt ‘is a good base colour, and I use ‘roof dirt’ to represent oil contamination. A Very light touch of ‘brake dust‘ can also bring out the detail
  9. My Dad built a gauge 0 garden railway which, as young children, my brother and I would operate with ‘selected’ friends all day and every day whenever we could - using the imagination to fill the gaps in reality. As I grew older I learned more about railway operations and signalling, and learned how to construct track, signals and rolling stock. My Dad took me along to an operating night once a week at another garden railway in Heworth (York) built by Doug Hutchinson, a professional railway operator who made sure everyone followed the Absolute Block regulations and timetable. Another work colleague learned the trade as a member of the Crewchester team. Nowadays, I think the equivalent opportunities are provided by the heritage railways - quite a few Signallers and Train Crew have migrated from the likes of the Severn Valley to the main line
  10. Here is a Hornby (Triang) car with replacement brass sides from Comet and Bachman Commonwealth bogies. The body side length is a perfect fit.
  11. Some recent Hornby and Mainline upgrades using Comet sides and Bachmann bogies. Another sleeper and a BSK are waiting in the queue.
  12. The Mainline window surrounds are a bit chunky and the version I bought was badly scratched on one side. The coaches done so far are hand painted (5 coats including Undercoat and varnish) but I have obtained a tin of Railmatch aerosol maroon for the next few. The lining is HMRS pressfix - not too onerous.
  13. And it goes on .... the next job
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