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  1. Nice to see this re-starting. If you could extend the line past New Engine yard a bit it should run right past my house!
  2. Hi Mikkel, Thanks for the comments. One of the reasons I cut back the canopy was that if a single wagon was shunted in, it could be tricky to uncouple it! The other reason was that I'm not sure how common (if at all) a flat roof spanning the whole track would be. The roof vent was actually very easy to do. As described way back in the thread, the main dairy building was cobbled together from a couple of Airfix/Dapol engine shed kits, so the roof vents are just using the left over bits from the kit. Why I didn't do this when I first made it I don't know! It certainly finishes off the roof, it looked somewhat bare before. One of these days I will get round to sorting out the backscene...
  3. It's about time for another periodic update from slumbering Mayshill! I have been doing some changes to the dairy area - I was never completely happy with the layout, it didn't seem to fit quite right. So I have had a bit of a re-arrangement and modification. The existing arrangement looked like this: The new arrangement looks like this: I have: 1. Cut the canopy back so it covers the loading platform and about half of the wagon to be loaded 2. Rotated the building that was against the back-scene and put it against the end of the main building 3. Put the boiler house in the space vacated by action 2 4. Extended the loading platform to the right 5. Added a vent type thing to the roof 6. Moved the buffer stop to the right, giving a slightly longer siding There is still a bit of tidying, and work to do in the far corner but I am generally quite pleased with the new arrangement. Apart from that, not much else happening on the layout, lots of operating and a couple of additional kit built wagons added.
  4. Hi, I'm afraid I have no information on 5812 and its allocation or history - I can't even remember why I chose that particular locomotive! Recently I have upgraded the loco with new wheels, and changed the 'G W R' to 'Great Western'. Unfortunately, one of the plunger pickups has failed, so the running has deteriorated a bit - I need to try and find some replacements. I probably also need to add some washers to the new wheels, as they are a lot finer than the Airfix originals so there is a lot more sideplay.
  5. I think the before and after shots show a good amount of progress, given the size of your layout etc. I wish I had that amount of space to use, although I think my progress would be even slower!
  6. I've gone all early Dart Valley Railway... 1638 in DVR colours Along with preservation chums 4555 and 4588 On 1638, I have painted the handrails green (bunker, cab and tank sides), added lamps and coal and shortened the nasty front coupling. Etched plates and crew are on order
  7. Jules

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    Lovely station building - I shall look forward to seeing the rest of the layout develop
  8. The station is looking really good Neal.
  9. Jules


    Looks like a lovely layout - would like to see some more pictures!
  10. Sad news indeed. My earliest memory of the meninblack is my Dad telling my older brother to 'turn that racket down'!
  11. Some lovely scenes there
  12. Hello They are all code 75 small radius points. I would have liked to have used medium (or even better, large) radius points, but I did really have the space.
  13. I shall be watching your progress with interest! Always nice to see another GW layout, especially a through station.
  14. The station building (and the Toads) are looking really good. I'm jealous of the space you have!
  15. A pannier takes on water before the return trip up the branch
  16. Thanks Johnster for that detailed account of how you do your weathering. I've done quite a lot of the last part of Step 6, just need to work on the steps preceding it!
  17. The only reason is is because I haven't really got round to it! I have nothing against weathering, but it is not really a skill I have mastered yet. I have 'weathered' a few items, mainly wagons. So far, I have only done r-t-r items, nothing I have kit built!
  18. Hi Doug, Thanks for the compliment - it's nice to hear that my humble efforts have helped to inspire someone! Jules
  19. Here are a few more random pictures of a recent play operating session 3202 waits to leave with the Monster and Giant 4588 arrives with a goods train, does a bit of shunting and then departs
  20. Hi, The majority of the locos are from Bachmann, 4 * small praires, a 57xx, 64xx, 2251 etc. There is also a Hornby 52xx which is a lovely runner, but a bit big for a small branchline terminus. I also have a couple of Airfix 14xx and one of the Hattons/DJM 14xx, but they are all indifferent runners so don't see much use. Most of the locos I use can be seen in the previous pages of this topic.
  21. Time for another update! I've had the last week off work, which despite not being able to have our two hotel breaks as planned, it was a pleasant week off work. As well as doing some tasks around the house which we normally don't get the time/can't be bothered with, I have managed to squeeze in a bit of modelling time. First on the bench, picked up at last years Bristol (Thornbury) show, is this old Mailcaoch GW 'Giant'. It is based on the Monster van, but with corridor connections, and internal framing. I have assembled it, and as shown, have performed a few test runs to make sure it negotiates the curves and points. The next couple of pics shown the Giant and Monster together. I now need to do the usual painting and lettering
  22. I have four of them, I have to resist the urge to buy any more! They all run smoothly and do what is asked of them. It is always a joy to catch-up on your layout, I am very envious!
  23. Hi Robin, According to the instructions with the kit, I believe it is a diagram 361. This was fitted with vacuum brake. Dia 364 was similar, but with a through pipe only. Hope that helps Jules
  24. Another wagon joins the fleet! It is one of the newly re-released Slaters ex MR fruit vans I think there might be a few more joining it over the coming weeks!
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