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  1. I was shocked and saddened to hear the news of Chris’s passing. I was privileged to meet Chris a number of times at different shows over the years and he was always willing to provide advice and encouragement. I was fortunate to be able to buy one of the last remaining Ixion Manning Wardle’s and it gave me the impetus to get into industrial O scale modelling. His modelling was an inspiration to many of us. My condolences to Chris’s family and friends and to Chris B.
  2. Chris Looks excellent. Really looking forward to this and if it's as good as all the previous Minerva models, it will be superb! Stephen
  3. Paul Wow, you are good, some really excellent research material there. In 7mm, I have a number of the Peco 27T tippler kits and the ABS 26T tippler kits. The Peco kit looks pretty close to either diagram 1/180 or 1/181 with correct heavy duty 4 shoe brake gear and RCH buffers. It has the 9’ wheelbase and the higher 8’ 9” body side. I need to finish the lettering and wagon number and add some more variety to the weathering. The ABS kit represents the later diagram 1/184 26T tippler with 10’ wheelbase and the lower 8’ 5” body side with roller bearings and heavy duty buffers. I have added tie bars to the one ABS kit I have built although I know many of the unfitted ones didn’t have them so I may remove them. I need to take a photo of the finished model. Both kits represent unfitted tipplers. I have enough kits to make up 2 rakes of 5 tipplers each with the 27T tipplers predominating as per the prototype in the early 1960s. As you have said, the tipplers are a fascinating subject in themselves and the weathering possibilities are endless! Stephen P.S. Sorry, I didn't mean to hi-jack your thread with 7mm tipplers!
  4. Those of you who, like me, have a passion for East Midlands ironstone railways will be delighted to know that Julian Peters has released a DVD version of his father’s 1988 VHS release “Ironstone Lines of the East Midlands” (Volume 6 of "The Ivo Peters Collection"). Ever since I took an interest in these railways a few years ago, I have been trying to get a copy of the VHS tape after seeing it on YT (since taken down). I tried charity shops, market stalls, second hand bookshops, all to no avail and had practically given up ever seeing it again. Over those years, I had regularly checked out the Wolverton Rail website as they had listed the VHS version as being ‘no longer available’ in the hope that a DVD version may eventually be released. I hadn’t checked for some time, but a couple of weeks ago, I went onto the website and there was the DVD version, released in December! My DVD arrived last week. I know a number on here already have the VHS version but for those who haven’t seen it, I think it is superb. I sense it captures so much of the feel and atmosphere of the ironstone railways, my favourites being Storefield and Cranford, representing a couple of the smaller railways. I understand Wolverton Rail is the official distributor of the “Ivo Peters Collection” series. I have no connection with them except being a very satisfied customer. Stephen
  5. Paul I'm really impressed with what you are doing here. It's great to see another ironstone layout and puts my decidedly sluggish efforts in 7mm to shame. You’re absolutely right to keep track to the minimum. I have tried to do the same with my developing layout but you have the advantage of a higher track to space ratio. I like the idea of the gauntlet track and its looking great. I was intending to include one with my weighbridge but I'm not sure I've got the space and certainly not the skills to make a working one. However, I do like the inspection platform. I'm sure you've seen it but Eric Tonks has a photo of the one at Buckminster which (helpfully for us) is right next to the weighbridge. Yours looks spot on to the Harlaxton one. Nice work! Really looking forward to following your layout build. Stephen
  6. The Ruston sounds great. I think the background scrapyard sound also works really well and adds an extra dimension to the scene. Just wondering what I can use as background sound to an ironstone yard. Probably just Paul Chetter's birdsong and some distant quarry sounds ... Stephen
  7. Just finished catching up with this thread. Absolutely lovely work, especially the attention to detail. And as for those gorgeous Rustons ... Keep the pictures coming. Stephen
  8. I'm delighted it was my 'Minimum Space Layout' from 2011 (!) that got you started in 7mm. I was inspired (and continue to be) by some of the superb 7mm modellers on here. Your weathering is very convincing and I just love what you have done to the planked van. The corrosion on both the van and the 16T mineral wagon is particularly effective. Keep up the great work. Any thoughts on a layout plan yet? Stephen
  9. Thanks Giles and to everybody who has shown their support since I posted my update. Things are improving slowly and I’m trying to restore muscle wastage with leg exercises etc. I would like to get on with some modelling, perhaps kit building but need to be careful about using adhesives which may affect my respiratory issues. At least layout planning only involves sitting at the PC! Stephen
  10. As I haven’t posted on this thread for eight months, I feel some sort of explanation is called for. In case anybody wondered, my planned quarry layout will still happen although, for a variety of reasons, progress has been non-existent in that eight months. Just to recap, after our house extension project was finished, SWMBO allocated me a space in our new shared study for a layout board measuring 3650mm x 900mm. However, as everybody knows, model railways and their associated paraphernalia create a lot of storage demands. Stock, track, scenic stuff, tools and bits and pieces not to mention many years of magazines all need space. Luckily, my wife had for some time been thinking of putting our garage to better use. We are fortunate to have a double garage but this was full of ‘things we might need in the future.’ SWMBO says it was at least half full of miscellaneous railway ‘stuff’ (the current car has never had a home there). The garage was built as double length rather than double width so we decided to divide it equally so there was still space to park a medium sized car in the front half if needed. After we had cleared everything out except for the ‘essentials’ left in the front half, we had a fire-proof dividing wall built between the two halves, a new insulated ceiling, window installed, all walls and floor insulated and valences fitted complete with hidden lighting . It already had some nice glazed double doors recycled from our old conservatory. When everything was dry and the walls, woodwork and valences painted, we put down carpet tiles. To be truthful, my wife shamed me by taking on that task with great enthusiasm and made a fantastic job of it! The dimensions of the new room are 4700mm x 2380mm (approx. 15’ 5” x 7’ 10”) with a width of 700mm for the main board and 600mm for the other. With hindsight, I had realised that the 900mm width of the layout in the study was too much, especially with a rail height of 1420mm. I’ve therefore cut the study boards back to 700mm as well and this has made more space for moving around, important when sharing a space, and also reduced the risk of banging heads when opening the cupboards underneath! The work on the garage was completed by the end of September last year. However, my part of the deal for taking over the new railway room was that I needed to sort out (in some sort of order) years of accumulating model railway stock of various scales and origins. There was also the not so small matter of many years of railway and model railway magazines to deal with. All this is taking a long time. Non-railway interests, holidays and life in general have also meant that there has been no time for the layout or anything much else railway related, including posting on here. At the end of January, I was determined to make a fresh start on the quarry layout regardless of life’s other interruptions. Unfortunately, this ‘new start’ coincided with me going down with Type A ‘flu and pneumonia. I ended up in hospital for two weeks with the first week in Intensive Care. I was on oxygen to assist my breathing and on IV antibiotics and ended up losing a stone in weight. I’ve been home now for nearly three weeks and have just finished another course of antibiotics as there is still some residual chest infection. So much for the ‘fresh start’! At least I now feel well enough to sit at the computer and start thinking about layout designs again, particularly with the new railway room giving me an opportunity to expand the quarry layout or indeed consider other options.
  11. Jim I thought I recognised some of these pictures. The last three photos, the FP7A to the left of the station building, the wide landscape and the last one with a wider view of the station are all by Nicholas Morant, CP's renowned official photographer. The others may also be by Morant. These three photos are in J.F. Garden's book "Nicholas Morant's Canadian Pacific", with the FP7A one in colour. The first part of its caption says: "In the fall of 1951, freight No. 85 approaches Banff station, slowing down to pick up train orders. With FP7A No. 4033 leading, Morant photographed the operator about to pass train orders to the crew using a train order hoop ...". Morant took the landscape at Massive (west of Banff) "... class T1b "Selkirk" No. 5929 has Train No. 7, the westbound Montreal section of The Dominion in tow ...". The caption for the last photo starts: "On a summer day in 1947, Morant made a photograph of Train No. 7, the Montreal section of The Dominion as it arrived on schedule at 11.30 a.m. ...". I'm not sure if J.F. Garden's book is still in print (my copy dates from 1993), but it provides a fantastic record of Morant's sublime photography. Well worth getting. Stephen
  12. Hi Barnaby Just catching up on your thread. You've done a great job on all those droppers and it will certainly make things more reliable. No more problems with loose fitting rail joiners. Which cosmetic rail joiners will you be using? It's all looking good so far. Stephen
  13. Wow, nice 'Landie'! And the dragline's not bad either ... Stephen
  14. Chris Looks very nice in black. Not sure I can justify another one though ... Stephen
  15. Hi David I've only just caught up with this as I was searching for something (which I've now completely forgotten what!) and the search result brought me to this thread. Really pleased to see you getting this project off the ground and I just love the back story. And using the Weetabix box to mock up the buildings is just brilliant! Don't tell me it was coincidence ... Keep us the great work - you've made more progress than I have in months. Stephen
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