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  1. Just a little bump to add in some newly confirmed layouts for the open day. As before, if you are local to Derby and would like to come along please do get in touch.
  2. Thanks. According to the Stoneybridge Structures website they are based on North Eastern Railway examples.
  3. Made a start over the last couple of evenings on the water tower for Ffarquhar Road. The tank panels are from Stoneybridge Structures, and are laser cut from Rowmark/Acrylic. They just needed glueing to a 40thou plasticard box: Basic shell for the base completed tonight: Next step is to clad it in some suitable stonework. I also acquired a pair of bufferstops from the same company, which are rather nicely laser cut from MDF and Rowmark/Acrylic: Very easy to assemble in only a matter of minutes. I also managed to sort out the door into the station building so it’s of a much more accommodating height now: This also needs to be clad now in some suitable stonework.
  4. Hi Annie, of course you can, I shall look forward to seeing it in action on your digital creation. Not long returned home after a long weekend in slightly wet mid-Wales. A much needed few days away with the husband, spending a very enjoyable Saturday at the Talyllyn Railway for Edward Thomas’ 100th Birthday Gala. Jolly good fun with Corris No.7, Stanhope and Diana visiting for the weekend: Four loco lineup at Wharf on Saturday morning. KS Sirdar “Diana”, KS Tattoo “Stanhope”, Winson Engineering Corris No.7, KS Tattoo Special “Edward Thomas”. ET and No.7 double-headed the first and third trains of the day. On the return at Abergynolwyn. “Diana” and “Stanhope” doing footplate rides on the temporary 2’ gauge track at Wharf. Falcon “Sir Haydn” in the afternoon sun at Wharf. It was oh so quiet at Abergynolwyn this morning when we called in on our way home… …the quiet didn’t last long though as “Edward Thomas” arrived with the first train of the day. All in all a very lovely weekend!
  5. Thanks Corbs Last night I started work on the station building for Ffarquhar Road. Just the basic shell has been built so far, but I’m pleased with how it’s coming along considering the last time I scratchbuilt a building was a very long time ago! The main building will house the stationmasters office and a small waiting room for passengers. There is also a small lean to extension that acts as a goods lock up as there is no goods shed at the station. Stationmaster Porter has arrived to check over the construction work. There may need to be some adjustment to the main doorway as he won’t fit through it in his top hat…
  6. A few months ago I ordered a new set of nameplates for the Wellsworth & Suddery locos. These arrived the other day and have now been painted and fixed to the first three locos: MW K class “Thorkell” ex LBSCR A1 “Edric” Hudswell Clarke Countess of Warwick “Ogmund”. And a little group shot of the three of them together:
  7. Many thanks to Chris at Minerva for an excellent job - “Thorkell” has now been sound fitted. I feel like a kid in a sweet shop!
  8. The traditional meeting place for our local group has been the Brunswick Pub in Derby. Obviously owing to covid that's not been possible so we've been having a zoom pub meeting instead where beer and other beverages can be consumed whilst we talk. It's been quite nice actually as we can see some of our more far flung members from York and Wales on a regular basis rather than the usual once or twice a year at shows.
  9. Wellsworth and Suddery Railway Hudswell Clarke “Ogmund” arrives at Ffarquhar Road with an early evening passenger tram: Before returning to the junction it collects an empty wagon from the siding: Managed to get one side lined out this evening during our pub zoom call, and the other side and rear of the bunker will be done another evening.
  10. The Trent Valley Area Group is pleased to announce our January 2022 open day (COVID-19 restrictions permitting), which will take place on Saturday 29th January 2022. We will be back at our usual venue: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Hall 36 Uttoxeter New Road Mickleover Derby DE3 9GE The open day runs from 10am to 4pm, and entry costs £4 which covers the cost of the hall. Layouts (confirmed so far as of 31/08/21): Hensbarrow - 0-16.5 (Chris Russell) Ffarquhar Road - 7mm standard gauge (Neil Blair) Phil Traxson will be bringing one of his layouts King Edward Street - 0-14 (Simon Jones) Bunny Mine - 0-14 (David Rae) - making its debut in a newly extended format Trade: Association Modelling Goods EDM Models Port Wynnstay Models Tea, coffee, bacon cobs and cake will all be available, and there is also The Nags Head pub across the road along with Tesco. If you’d like to come along and bring a layout, demonstration, whatever you like do please get in touch. Most importantly we look forward to seeing you in January!
  11. The Trent Valley Area Group is pleased to announce our January 2022 open day (COVID-19 restrictions permitting), which will take place on Saturday 29th January 2022. We will be back at our usual venue: Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Hall 36 Uttoxeter New Road Mickleover Derby DE3 9GE The open day runs from 10am to 4pm, and entry costs £4 which covers the cost of the hall. Layouts (confirmed so far as of 31/08/21): Hensbarrow - 0-16.5 (Chris Russell) Ffarquhar Road - 7mm standard gauge (Neil Blair) Phil Traxson will be bringing one of his layouts Trade: Association Modelling Goods EDM Models Port Wynnstay Models Tea, coffee, bacon cobs and cake will all be available, and there is also The Nags Head pub across the road along with Tesco. If you’d like to come along and bring a layout, demonstration, whatever you like do please get in touch. Most importantly we look forward to seeing you in January!
  12. The basic track work has now been cut and laid in place to check clearances etc. This should give you a nice overall view of the layout and trackplan - nice and simple but plenty of fun. Shades of the WC&P at Ffarquhar Road as W&SR “Thorkell” arrives with one of the W&S bogie Tramcar coaches: Later in the day we see ETCo No.5 “St Machan” in the loop in the process of running round it’s good train:
  13. The cork trackbed has now been laid across most of the board, and I’ve had a little play this evening: Feels good to get something moving, even if it is temporary!
  14. Thanks Mike. Yes, but only to my local show in Derby. Going to look at getting some of the Screwfix metal trestles which are a bit narrower but also height adjustable which will help. Thanks, much appreciated. Spotted your version of “Seahouses” over on your thread. I do love the North Sunderland, such a fascinating railway and will be looking forward to seeing your progress on it. There was much discussion this afternoon with Mr Young about the layout, and a few useful tweaks have been made to the overall design: - Train lengths will be kept short. The maximum is 700mm which is equivalent to a Terrier, 3 wagons and a brake van. - To aid that I’m going to use cassettes in the FY. Initially there will be three: passenger tram, goods tram and a mixed set. - A suitable view blocker is needed to screen trains entering/exiting the layout. We agreed that a water tower next to the loop would do nicely, and create a nice scene and some interest at the same time with locos stopping to take on water when they run round (it will also give the operator time to move the cassette to the other line). - A suitable building to act as the station building has been identified which will fit nicely in the space available and won’t overpower the layout. - A cunning plan for the backscene and the hinged board extensions has been drawn up. - I worked out that I can leave two wagons at the loading dock in the loop headshunt and still have plenty of room to run the Terrier round - Oh and it’s booked in for a show already - our open day in January 2022 - nothing like a deadline!
  15. Thanks Northroader. There are grand plans for a layout round one end of the garage at some point, but I definitely need to keep the first layout simple I think. Yes I’ve been following Tom’s Sudrian work for a little while now, he’s doing an excellent job with Scaca Fell Forestry Crossing. Scenery will be a bit limited, but I don’t mind. If needs I can always add on some scenic extension boards.
  16. Layout planning take two! Having mulled it over plenty, I came to the conclusion that the previous layout plan didn’t really do it for me, so back to the drawing board. This time I think I’ve cracked it, and am much happier with this plan already. Presenting the Elsbridge Tramway Company’s moorland terminus at Ffarquhar Road. Built as built of the tramways extension to Ffarquhar and the stone quarry at Anopha Fell in 1901, the terminus was situated on the outskirts of Ffarquhar bounded by moorland and the road into Ffarquhar (hence the name). It’s a simple plan, but will give me the main things I want from a layout at the moment: - easy to set up/take down so that I can set it up in the house - transportable so able to take it to our local show - caters for passenger and goods traffic - most importantly simple. The last time I built a layout was over 15years ago when I still lived at home before I went to university! There’ll be a loading dock at the end of the loop headshunt for livestock traffic. The goods siding in the background will hold four wagons comfortably. The white blobs represent the line of the platform which will be 5-6mm above An overall view from what will be the viewing side of the layout. No.4 “Sigmund” awaits departure with the tramcars plus goods van. Fiddle yard will be off to the left - just a two road sector plate. Later in the day Wellsworth & Suddery Railway “Edric” arrived with a short goods train. I’m not sure the W&S bosses will be happy that one of their goods brake vans has disappeared up the tramway! What do you think please folks?
  17. Tom, The layout is looking utterly superb. It all feels very natural with the colours you’ve used - I love it! Fantastic news about the RM article too.
  18. I'm really enjoying these Broad Gauge cheer up pictures Annie, they are lovely. Thank you.
  19. I think that looks rather good like that Rob. It has a feeling of open space that will suit an East Anglian byway model nicely. I'm looking forward to seeing this one progress.
  20. I made a decision that I wasn’t happy with the finish on the Wellsworth & Suddery liveried version of “Edric”, the ex LBSCR A1, so over the last couple of days this has been stripped back and repainted. I’ve gone for a simpler colour scheme this time, reflecting that this was a later addition to the fleet than “Thorkell” which carries a two-two green livery. Last night I made a start on the lining, and have completed one side so far. I’m just debating at the moment as to whether I try and line out the splashers as well: As the W&S version was being repainted, I’ve borrowed the nameplates from it to complete the later NWR version of the same loco, post A1X rebuild: Hmm, some sort of pesky temporal anomaly appears to have formed allowing the two versions to appear side by side…I must investigate!
  21. James, Re the 517, if you haven't already can I suggest picking up copies of Great Western Journal Nos. 74 (Spring 2010) and 75 (Summer 2010) as these contain a comprehensive 2-part article on the class. There is also Locomotives Illustrated No.60 (GWR 0-4-2Ts) which is again very useful. Both of them have lots of useful detail and photos.
  22. That looks superb Tom, especially the last photo looking down the line (and up the forrestry track). The weathering and finish on Rheneas is very nicely done.
  23. Took some of the tramway stock outside at lunchtime today for a little impromptu photo shoot given how nice the weather was:
  24. Lots of delightful cattle vans featured on the last page - plenty of ideas for the Directors of Elsbridge Tramway Company to consider. The Directors of said company raised the question of if the Directors of the West Norfolk Railway have perhaps considered sheep as a source of traffic, and present their current design of sheep wagon for inspection: Entirely their own work, and not at all cribbed from those hale and hearty Caledonian folk north of the border…
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