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  1. And so for the third and last set of pictures illustrating the sequence. We're now well into the 1960s and here the fourth of the banked trains growls up the bank behind a EE Type 4, assisted in the rear by a Std 4MT 4-6-0. The eagle-eyed might recognise that this is in fact the Joueff version, which I acquired over 20 years. Provided its wheels are kept clean, it just keeps going, albeit not very fast. The tank wagons are Tom's work. The next banked train is one of the 'star' turns, our recreation of the well-known Halewood-Bathgate car trains, transporting new Ford Anglias and Cortinas to the Scottish distribution centre. Steam locos almost literally digging their own graves. For a bit of a change, we used an Ivatt 'Flying Pig' 4MT 2-6-0 as the banker on this turn. They were allocated to Tebay at the time but weren't often seen in use as bankers; they tended to work the local pick up goods turns (see below). Back down the bank she goes, encountering the Ammonia train heading up the bank unaided. The tankers are again Tom's work. He used to work for ICI you know. The Freightliner train slips down the bank ... with two rather distinctive containers included. Hmmm! Well, we were in the land of the caramel wafer, my favourites (other chocolate bars are available) The steam railtour. This working is cycled round between 3 locos. Here, newly preserved 7029 'Clun Castle' recreates the 'Castle to Carlisle' railtour of October 1967. The chasing car didn't quite get there quick enough. Aha - there's that pick up goods. Based on a Derek Cross photo at this spot, it ambles down the bank, within a mile of its destination. The Ivo Peters visiting party duly takes note. And this is the final (sixth) banked train of the sequence, a nameless Brit assisted by Tebay's filthy 75039. This train is an example of the banker being there for protection purposes as much as anything as any self-respecting 7MT should otherwise be able to manage this modest load. But note the raft of unfitted 16T mineral wagons, meaning that the latter half of the train is unbraked. Nowadays a somewhat maligned term, 'Modern Image' is probably the best description of this train at the time, the finale of the sequence. The anonymous 1967 Royal Scot is our only full blue / grey rake, including two of the new-fangled MkII coaches. The times they are a-changing... Hope you enjoyed them. And now I believe that nice Mr Wealleans is standing by with his own take on the weekend.
  2. Needs to be pre-war Stanier, ie non-Porthole. There's always those Period IIs in LMS livery for 1930s Midday Scot... (oops - did I give something away there?)
  3. Continuing our run through the schedule, we're still in the classic 1950s steam era. I had to be quick to catch the Up Royal Scot accelerating down the bank with Tom's 46232 'Duchess of Montrose' in charge. At Greenholme bridge it meets the combined Glasgow / Edinburgh express. Here's the latter train in its wider view. This is the third of three full blood n custard rakes but note the difference with this one - not a MkI in sight. This was a less prestigious train so was not upgraded with MkI stock until the late 1950s. So that allows us free reign to make it a glorious mix of LMS stock, centred around a 12-wheeled restaurant car. As well as Stanier stock, earlier Period I and Period II vehicles can be seen, a mix of RTR and kit built, three of us contributing. Also of note is that this is the second banked train of the sequence. Nothing more than a Jubilee were usually allocated to these workings. A game crew would 'go for it' - but I've chosen this to be a banked train for a bit of variety as all other banked trains are goods / freight workings. Iain's renumbered Bachmann Jubilee 45584 'North West Frontier' is at the business end. We move forward a few years now to witness the Birmingham-Glasgow express tackle the bank unaided behind Barry's K's kit built 46210 'Lady Patricia'*. Now all but two coaches are in the newer maroon livery and the loco has the revised emblem. The core formation is an eight car set, with a Stanier 12-wheel restaurant car as the dining provision; the load is made up to ten with a full brake and a Period I all third strengthener behind the tender (*Lady Patricia was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria, originally Princess Patricia of Connaught, relinquishing her royal title when she got married. I just googled that. Educational as well) Hard on its heels is the large Crewe-Carlisle parcels which is double-headed to tackle the incline. Iain's 70044 'Earl Haig' leads. This is a popular viewpoint, showing the full length of the incline. Reaching the so called 'bridge of sighs' (in the sense of 'almost there!' - someone told me that over the weekend), is the third banked train, my full van train. Banking assistance is provided by Barry's Fairburn tank, having just slackened off the pushing effort as the main train accelerates away ... into the fiddle yard. The way the schedule was working out, the previous Fowler banker (from the Glasgow / Edinburgh express) has recessed so this is a depiction of the time when the Fairburns finally usurped the Fowler bankers after their 30 year reign on Shap. And now we have another prestige train. None other than the Euston-Glasgow 'Caledonian' express, introduced by the LMR in 1957 as their response to the ER 'Talisman' service. This is VIRTUALLY the correct formation (we don't yet have the correct Stanier Brake First at the London end) but otherwise carries the correct roof boards etc. The 'star turn' is 'Sir's 46245 'City of London', a DJH kit build on account of the loco's appearance at Little Bytham on her 1963 ECML railtour. However, Camden's finest is kindly being made available for Shap exhibition outings and doesn't she just look the part? Within a few years, the magnificent Duchesses were regulated to freight workings and here is our last sighting of one, my No.46248 'City of Leeds' slipping down the bank and into history with the 'Maiden Lane' fast, perishables working. Coming the other way is 45736 'Phoenix' on the Perth Express, recreating the 1964 scene that my father captured on his cine camera (see BRM March 2020 digital edition!) Tomorrow night - the diesels appear!
  4. It was originally mis-read by one of our party (who shall remain nameless) as the welding show. Now that would have been worth a look at ...
  5. Thanks Tony, Not photographically to your standard but to say that the pleasure is all ours to host such a magnificent locomotive as this. 46245 'City of London' was reputedly one of the best Duchesses and, not surprisingly, highly-prized by its home shed of 1B Camden. I've certainly seen pictures of the loco on the prestige 'Caldeonian' working so, although the loco is well within itself hauling this up the bank, it's an obvious train to allocate her to. One erudite observer over the weekend 'knew his stuff' and immediately spotted the 'right loco on the right train' and did indeed confirm that it was a popular choice for the working. So its use on the layout isn't just about it being a lovely model, for me it goes beyond that in being able to create a little vignette of the past in model form. Yes - better inter-vehicle arrangements a completely fair comment. I'm just concentrating on getting the formations themselves 'correct' and the locos at the front in non out-of-the-box condition ... then we can hopefully move on to improving other aspects as you highlight.
  6. OK, the first pictures are back from the developers... The sequence starts with a 'statement of intent', namely the 1930s LMS demo train - if Hornby's release date for the full Coronation Scot set of coaches come to pass then by this time next year this will be the full Blue n Silver apparition. Just gotta be done... For the time being, No.6225 'Duchess of Gloucester' crests the summit with a lightweight express. We now move to 1952(-ish) and here our 'new' train, the afternoon Carlisle-Oxenholme stopping train - formed from a NE Region set borrowed off a Newcastle-Carlisle service - heads down the bank. Coming the other way ... One of the 'star' trains (well, I think so), the early 1950s 'Royal Scot', a full MkI 'Festival of Britain' set, seen on the Shap Wells embankment, is headed by Polmadie Duchess 46224 'Princess Alexandra', heading for home. A quick sprint to the summit (ha!) for another view of the train. I must put on record the contribution of the 'hand of Wright' in relation to this train. 46224 has been repeatedly objecting to being asked to work this train (can't think why?), slipping and slithering about on the incline and then mangling her valve gear. Well, a visit to Tony's loco clinic resulted in a stern talking to and she then worked faultlessly all weekend. Thanks Tony! Another classic LMR WCML train, the Midday Scot is the most prestigious 'Up' train and was entrusted over the weekend to none other than 71000 'Duke of Gloucester'. The work of Roy Mears, this loco is on temporary loan and - unlike the prototype in the BR era - acquitted herself (himself?) very well. A more expansive view of the train, another 11 coach formation. Of note is the fifth vehicle, the D.1697 kitchen car, flanked by first and third opens. You might JUST be able to make out that the final vehicle is in a different livery, namely a WR Choc n Cream BCK representing the Glasgow-Plymouth through coaches that were conveyed on this service north of Crewe. Bit of an anomaly - should really be some ex-GWR stock in the standard blood n custard at this time. This set now just needs its roof boards and a headboard for the loco. And now our first banked train, a typical 1950s lengthy express goods train. The loco is - for now - an out-of-the-box Stanier 'crab' 2-6-0, high priority for individualising. Just dropping off the rear however is already personalised Fowler 2-6-4T banker No. 42424, a resident of Tebay shed for 30 years. This and most of these pictures were taken 'live' so this is an action shot, hence the blurred appearance of the wagons nearest the camera. You can just see the target board on the front of the loco - Tebay shed trip working No.92. Within minutes, the loco is freewheeling back down the bank towards Tebay. I panned on this to try and catch the loco in focus ... not displeased with the result. No.42424 now just needs a visit to the weathering shop and all will be well. Next train up the bank is a fully fitted, limited load, entrusted to a Patriot without banking assistance. Another loco in the queue for blinging... 45543 'Home Guard' ends this first set of pictures, taking her leave of us at the summit. Back with another clutch tomorrow, all being well.
  7. Decent bit of video of us at approx. 7 mins in, courtesy of DCC125 on YouTube.
  8. Anyhow... Time for some pictures from an exhibition. Here we are, at start of the day yesterday when most of my pictures were taken. With a good complement of operators, I went linesiding for the first hour and there will be a sequence of pictures in subsequent posts with the results. At busy times, we were gratifyingly two or three deep out the front, folks seemed to enjoy the regular procession of trains, following the rolling time period sequence from early 1950s to 1967 (repeat, ad nauseam). Very pleasant to have the company of Madame 'tricoteuse' Wealleans ... ... however, not such a good idea to ask her to provide explanations to the public, who have duly scattered to the four corners of the SEC, save for one young viewer. ONLY JOKING! What this view does show is the running order info for interested viewers (top left) More to follow once I've reluctantly done some 'real' work...
  9. Exactly so (and well spotted). There are one or two locos still awaiting the weathering shop but generally we do indeed try to weather according to era, usually based on a representative photo or two.
  10. Preliminary examination of D400 did not detect any wonky / damaged buffers. EE Type 4 was observed to have a buffer that had popped out of its mounting when setting up on Thursday so may be a case of mistaken identity?
  11. Fantastic!! I shall be making a bee-line and see if we can fit one on Shap's Freightliner train for the weekend! (I love the caramel wafers!)
  12. Last posting before Glasgow, featuring more work on coaches: The Gresley D.115 TK Hornby conversion had its sides affixed and here has had the cream followed by custard (!) spray treatment. Meanwhile... Another vehicle targeted to make its debut is the kitchen car for the Midday Scot. Tis is a Comet kit for a D.1697 LMS Kitchen car (pre-Stanier), which was kindly assembled by Mr. Duck of this parish. He left me to sort out the ventilators so, following careful study of photos, this is what I came up with. The so-called ventilators above the square windows are actually from an etch for a planked wagon end, upon which I have scribed additional lines before fitting as shown. Now with custard and cream treatment. Might as well do the two together. And these are their portraits taken just, as they will appear at Glasgow. I don't think you have to be too eagle-eyed to spot that neither is QUITE finished ... Interiors mainly. I'll get them fully finished for the York show. Hopefully ... See you in Glasgow, if you're going. Otherwise, there'll no doubt be some sort of post-show report.
  13. Seriously Gordon, many congratulations. Looks to be running pretty well to me...
  14. LNER4479

    Camden Shed

    Just to point out that you will lose one stabling point for a train by doing this, as you'll need to leave the front section of road 3 (say) empty to allow the locos to run forward before gaining the reversing loco road through the fiddle yard. And then you'll need to back the replacing loco on (off Crewe North!) to avoid having a rake of coaches stranded in the fiddle yard without a loco on. Yes, I think that's right - only necessary for the up fast roads. Certainly make things quite interesting for the operator of the 'Crewe' end of the fiddle yard.
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