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About TrevorP1

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    On the WM & CQ
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    Most things that are loud and fast and that includes our Jack Russell...

    Railway wise... the west country, Scotland's class 37s, the products of Swindon - steam or diesel, Maybach music. Deltics are cool too. I admire designs that stood the test of time, for instance GW Castles, Gresley Pacifics and HSTs.

    I like some American stuff, especially E and F units...

    Other things. Motorsport - especially rallying, animals, beer, photography, cars, live music, travel. Too much really!

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  1. You've got me on that one...? (or perhaps I shouldn't ask!)
  2. This pretty much where things stand at the moment. The fiddle yard and lifting section are completely intact. I have also salvaged for re-use the trees which Carol made for the layout and all bar one of the Peco Bullhead points. The points have had the modification to the crossing recommended by @Chamby in the Peco thread. I will need one of the new single slips which on inspection of the samples at Warley seem to have the insulated section in front of the nose lengthened to deal with the shorting problem. 80% of the running lines will be on an embankment raised above the L girders of the main framework by about 60mm. Below and in front will be a track leading to cottages and at the far end a few farm buildings. At the right hand end of the picture trains will come 'on stage' from behind the farm buildings and trees to run into the scene over a small bridge. I also hope to create a cameo of the famous 'white river' near St Austell. Just by the spirit level in the photo the framework will be extended out slightly to incorporate as large a sweeping curve as I can. The Linhay will be in the far corner and I intend this to be pretty much a 'set piece' about 6-700mm long. I have a scale plan of the project which I'll put in a future post. This scene is my inspiration. The footpath on the right will be wider - as it is today - but below the line. In reality this is accessed from Burngullow Lane, hence my name for the project. The railway line will obviously curve to the right in my 'scene' and the clay works will be much smaller - those at Burngullow were among, if not the, largest in the area. I don't think there will be room for the cottages on the left, I'll see how it looks when the track and makings of the embankment are in place. The area by the pannier tank is the weighbridge. This is the obvious place for the signal box in my version but we'll see.
  3. As before,1960 give or take a year but Rule 1 will prevail because I would like to run a Brittania, a Star or even a D1000 on suitable trains. Ultimately, I'd like to have a group of trains to represent different periods from say, 1950 up to about 1965. Agreed. This is something I have taken on board over the last few months. I have seen a couple of beautiful layouts at shows recently where a lot of 'the action' was hidden in a cutting and folk could see clearly only about 4 - 5 feet.
  4. Painting and lining. Very, very frightening things!
  5. In my last post I alluded to the fact that a change may be afoot. After much serious consideration over a period of several weeks (Act in Haste, Repent at Leisure etc.) I took the decision to dismantle the scenic side of the layout in order to make a fresh start. There were some things I liked, particularly the sweeping curve and the cluster of agricultural buildings but there were aspects that disappointed me. Specifically: Because I had adhered as much as possible to the real Grampound Road I couldn't see enough of the trains. They were partially hidden by the lie of the land or the station platform. Although I am happy to watch the trains go by, it would be nice to do something different now and again. I am happy, no in love with(!) the area so I couldn't move far and eventually settled on Burngullow junction - or at least an impression of. I hope to incorporate enough of the real location for folk to say "Oh, that's Burngullow isn't it". Except that it won't be. I'll put a plan up soon - dreckley? - but the the pointwork at the junction will be there with, along with a spur heading off to Drinnick Mill. There will be sidings on both sides of the line as per the real location but there will be no room for the huge clay dries. However there should be scope for a Linhay about 6/700mm long x about 150mm. Of course the whole thing will be on curve - the real Burngullow is almost straight. With this scheme trains can come and go to Drinnick Mill (involving reversing across both main lines as per the real thing) and also down freights can be held to let others pass. 80% of the above will be on a low embankment so that the trains are in full view and also dining the scope for a cottage and farm buildings alongside but slightly below the line. The dismantling has been done and new materials have begun to arrive. Positive things should happen next week. Family duties call now but I'll update regularly.
  6. Thanks to the advice of @D-A-T of this parish Carol bought me a Circuit Specialists soldering iron for Christmas and this proved an excellent choice. There was therefore absolutely no excuse not to press on with my new year resolution. Building a brass coach kit has been on my 'must do' list for a long time and here is my first attempt. For those unfamiliar with the products of Swindon, it is an H57 restaurant car and will be for use in my mid-50s Cornishman set. The Wizard/Comet kit has been used and I found it an especially enjoyable experience - one which I intend to repeat. Although it is always possible to do better I found it much easier than I thought. Although some use of adhesive is required it has put me off glue for life! I'm sure Tony will approve The general aim is to finish it off next week and then put it aside to be painted when the warmer weather comes.
  7. So familiar Gilbert, and not just in the public sector.
  8. Thanks Chris. I hate to seem carping and appreciate it is a test shot. We are also fortunate that we are able to see the model so early in it's production. However, I've seen a few models lately where coupling mounting almost seemed to be an afterthought. The point is that if the chassis stays at it is the fitting of any sort of discreet coupling is going to be a needless challenge. Anyway, thanks for your comments and the chance to see the model - indeed the chance to have a 16XX!
  9. Say what you see... I know this will upset some but the first thing I saw was an ugly carbuncle of a tension lock coupling poking way out in front an otherwise beautiful little model. Surely in this day and age a more discreet mounting - to the proper standard - can be devised?
  10. Agree about the higher level Gilbert. Very good.
  11. Not only does being on RMWeb encourage me to spend money on toy trains it's now acting as a holiday agent! Saw this and we both said YES instantly. Booked for three nights on our journey to parts further west!
  12. That’s an interesting project with the Post Office vehicles. You’re giving me ideas - which is bad, because I have enough on the go already!
  13. Being the cynical old grump that I am; in my opinion that is nail, head, huge great hammer.
  14. I’ve come across a lot of Bachmann wheels that have a very rough surface finish. Possibly that may have something to do with the issue.
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