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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. I have one of these which I intend to modify into a camping coach. The couplings are moulded onto the bogie and fitting an NEM pocket would require some work. As the bogies are BR Mk1 type perhaps the best option is to replace them with Dean type such as those from Stafford Model Works on Shapeways. Hope this helps.
  2. Continuing with the 'scenery first fix' I've reached the signal box and station building. With the exception of the goods which I have a drawing for, the mock up buildings have been sized from photos. They are not quite right but near enough for the moment. The retaining wall around the 'box caused some head scratching but I got there eventually and I think it's about as right as it will ever be. The low wall along the platform is stone whereas that behind the 'box is brick . One assumes the brick part is a much later addition when space was needed for the new 'box. Oddly (to me at least) the locking room of the signal box is actually built into the retaining wall. I didn't twig this at first and wondered why nothing looked right but massively zooming in on a corner of one of my Riley photos showed it. Then the penny dropped with something I couldn't work out on one of the photos of the part demolished station on the Cornwall Railway Society web site. A feature which I hadn't understood was in fact the back wall of the locking room still in use as the retaining wall. When the time comes, the forecourt side of the station building will have to be a complete guess but as it will never normally be seen I'm not going to fret over it!
  3. I really like that Gilbert, somehow puts me in mind of Cuneo’s famous painting of Clapham Junction - but a much better engine! I’ve cropped it a bit tighter to see how that looked. Or maybe let the engine come a bit farther... Excellent photo though, one of my favourites of all you’ve done!
  4. I have it on my phone just in case. It might be useful to find friends at shows or other functions etc. but then many of my friends often have their phone stuffed somewhere where it can't be heard - that's if it's turned on at all!
  5. The discs are held on with Tackywax John. I’ll source a set of Dean bogies for the clerestory. I expect I’ll run a few ‘funny’ trains in the future (Deltic, Scottish Class 37s - don’t ask!) and I’ve always hankered after a Single a few clerestories...
  6. With my scenery head on some good progress on the railway this week. I've decided to get on with as much of the messy stuff as possible - what builders would call a 'first fix' I suppose. Much plaster bandage and many scraps of ply, foam board and card have been wielded. At last last things are beginning to look like the real location. Platform building - I may well use Ade Moore's kind suggestion for the edges - may be a little more tricky now but knowing my clumsiness I would have dropped some kind of scenic stuff all over the finished article had I done it the other way. I'm pleased at the way the deep cutting at the down end now hides the sharp curve in this location. Trains burst out from under the road bridge as they must have done in real life. However, as I suspected, it has become clear that to continue the cutting along the down platform as per the real GR would seriously inhibit the view of the trains so I intend to stop it short and replace with a field or somesuch. In another departure from reality, one of the 'new old' Hornby clerestories had been ordered from KMRC to become a camping coach in the yard. I just cannot resist the opportunity. As a child I was fascinated by the real thing at Falmouth and could not understand why my parents preffered a nice cosy guest house in Melville Road! For reasons such as these Grampound Road may well become St Stephen Road when it comes to making the running in boards... Some photos. 7715 heads west with a Class K goods and... ... safety in numbers, a pair of NBL type 2s on the up Falmouth - Paddington. I am conscious that most of my stock needs weathering, some even needs building. There is so much to do but there again that's the idea!
  7. We've been back a week from our 'Grand Tour' of the west country - including 18 days in The Duchy - so as the Welsh rain teems down again (heatwave????) it's about time I updated this thread. The rural area east of Truro is one of my favourite parts of Cornwall but then I have so many 'favourite parts of Cornwall'! We passed through the 'real' Grampound Road a couple of times but it is so different to what it must have been 60 years ago that it didn't seem worthwhile to spend any time there. Nevertheless spending time in the surrounding countryside, soaking up the atmosphere and noticing colours and distant views seemed time well spent. There was also the customary visit to Camborne where I was relieved of some cash in a very helpful, polite and efficient manner! Back on the 1/76 version of Grampound Road I've just dealt with the coupling on my second KMRC Warship. The montage below should explain better than words but those who own one will know the original is very long, poking way out in front of the bufferbeam. My fix involved cutting back the pocket to about 2mm in front of the drop section, then slotting in a Bachmann short tension lock. The two then being drilled and pinned with a piece of brass rod. Lastly the ends of the tension lock were snipped off. I've also used Araldite to secure one and Plastic Weld on the other - I'm not sure if either will be effective but the pin should be all that is needed anyway. It can be seen that something like 5mm to 6mm has been saved. Although I hate tension locks they are expedient for me at the moment but the same idea could be used for many types of coupling. This morning postman brought the Cobalt point motor I need to finish part 2 of my fiddle yard mods so I can get on with that now. I've taken the opportunity to replace the SS types originally used in this area. There are just three left on the layout now. They are an interesting product and idea but I've found them tricky to live with. They are well made, can save space and are ideal in tight locations. Unfortunately they are not for me but I hesitate to 'knock' them - unlike couplings from just about every manufacturer and those who seem to have random wheel standards!
  8. The backscene really does add to things Gilbert. In your efforts to get the best compromise, the book ‘Creating a Backscene: A Railway Modelling Companion’ by Paul Bambrick is a very interesting read. There is a useful section on horizons and vanishing points which might be of particular interest.
  9. Thank you John. If my efforts turn out as neat as Stoke Courtenay I will be well pleased!
  10. With our annual visit to Kernow getting nearer, nothing much is likely to happen on the railway for a few weeks but I did get a chance to put together some cassettes the other day. The wood was cut at the same time as the legs and L girders etc so it was just a matter of assembly. I've done three at the moment but will do some more as time goes on. These will take four Mk1s but I anticipate doing a few in shorter lengths. The pics are self explanatory I think. The moveable end stops are the same material as the base so they are a snug fit and can be moved up and down the cassette. I think an early mod will be to put some more short 'spacers' on the top.
  11. I generally use a piece of scrap wood, the 'business end' of which is wrapped with a small piece of bubble wrap held on with masking tape. This gives a firm enough pressure to hold coach or diesel loco bodies. By the way, Halfords rattle cans for me. I find them very forgiving but perhaps it was all that practice years ago when spraying my old bangers!
  12. Thank you Ade. I'm afraid the first link wouldn't let me in but I've downloaded the platform file to have a play around with. I'm not a massive fan of brick papers but if it's good enough for Tony Wright on Bytham's platforms then perhaps it ought to be good enough for me! The final surface will be a good few weeks away yet but it needs thinking about and getting right. From memory the platform at Glyndyfrdwy is similar to that at Grampound Road. I'm not sure about Carrog but we are only about 45 minutes away so it's an excuse for a trip out there when the sun deigns to shine again. The little cafe on the platform usually has something tempting as well!
  13. Over the last couple of weeks I've been having a look at the platforms. Nothing startling but here is progress to date. The 'walls' are balsa, pinned and glued whilst the 'tops' are foam board. I intend to build the walls out with embossed plasticard and the top surface will also be plastic sheet (with cut-outs for the buildings) so that I can finish off the edge nearest the track to a nice smooth curve. A visit to Llangollen is called for to get details of the edge slabs and the supporting brickwork underneath. I don't fancy cutting out dozens of edging slabs but I can't think of another way at the moment. This view also shows the makings of the point rodding lead off from the signal box. The pieces of card laid on the up side are the footprints of the station building and the signal box. Card mock ups of these will follow when the platform is down. There are cut-outs in the trackbed for the point rodding stools on the up side. Painting and ballasting beckon...
  14. Thank you Nick. I've put in some hard work over the last 6 months but I'm pretty happy the way things have gone. Much has been learned! I'm in a position now to be able to work on several different areas as time/mood permits rather that beavering away at one type of work all the time. I have an 'after the holidays' project list mind and at the top are the fiddle yard and it's control panel as mentioned yesterday.
  15. One of those good days today. A pal with a varied career as a driver on the big railway but who took early retirement dropped by for a trip to Rhuddlan Models, lunch at 'the local' and 'playing trains' this afternoon. We ran though a short sequence of prototypical formations and had jolly good fun. After a crash course on the PowerCab Jim did what he was paid to do in his career and I 'touched wires together' to make the points work (!). Only 2 problems, one with a coupling falling off an RTR wagon and the other when the point operating muppet didn't check that one had gone over fully - of course the time I forgot was when it hadn't, not helped by the lack of proper switches of course. I'll only be tackling odd jobs over the next few weeks but after the holidays I'll get the final arrangement of the fiddle yard sorted so that I can get on and build the control panel. I've managed to make a start on platform building though - more on this when I have photo.
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