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  1. chips are though... (with Ketchup, gravy or curry sauce)
  2. Oi! There's only four 'allowed' in that shed-side road ... not SIX (only four isolation sections worked in)
  3. When you refer to pinning the track do you actually pin through the sleepers or tack them down by using a broad-headed pin put in next to them? I find pinning through Peco sleepers almost always results in some unhappy distortion of the plastic and ruins the look. MANY years of using Peco track has taught me to pin it lightly such that the head of the pin is just kissing the top of the sleeper. The pin is largely determining the lateral alignment but of course you can also - unwittingly - influence the VERTICAL alignment if you bash the pins down too hard(!) One thing I always do nowadays is press the sleepers down ever so slightly where I'm about to pin. If there's too much vertical movement, then that could indicate an unwanted dip and / or corresponding 'high spot'. A bit of packing (sliver of card) underneath the sleeper concerned before pinning usually does the trick to even things out. The ballasting afterwards will hide it all subsequently. Second photo from the bottom looks like there is quite a length of unsupported ply - which I assume is 9mm? Or will there be some light sub-framing under the ply and on top of the main legs/stretchers? Having suffered from wibbly-wobbly ply in my last project I'm concerned now about bracing it regularly and frequently. As mentioned in the post, there's more structure to add yet - I'm probably going to add a load of transverse battens in that area (approx every 12 inches - but avoiding potential point motor locations!) to give it sufficient support. Also, there'll be extra legs such that the battens are supported every 2 or 3 feet. For my exhibition layouts, I use ply throughout, cutting 3in or 4in strips to act as the battens to create a lightweight but strong box structure. That usually sorts out the wibbles and the wobbles.
  4. Yes, another enjoyable day at 'London Road'. Three specific tasks undertaken. In order: Can you spot the difference? One of those niggling 'round tuit' jobs tackled first before we get on to the fun stuff. Although, I do quite enjoy doing this sort of stuff as well. The top right point here was unable to be motored from underneath due to proximity of timberwork and (I think) hinge. Anyhow, I reckoned it could be worked like so, powered by its corresponding point (bottom left), using nothing more sophisticated than a couple of MerControl (GEM) angle cranks and some 1mm steel wire. So the difference is that ... top picture points (crossover) normal; bottom picture reversed. I routinely use one Peco motor to drive two points in a crossover in this way, they're usually powerful enough, particular with a CDU involved. And now the real fun stuff - tracklaying! This is the throat of the loco depot, always going to be left hand curved points to the fore. I was a little apprehensive when I originally drew it up because it looked a little tight but trusted my traditional 'graph paper and known radii' way of working and this turned out to be the kindest combination of said points. And hour or so later and ... Starting at the rear, two roads - each holding three locos - that are the engine shed roads. Then a longer road that will be alongside the shed wall, capable of holding four locos. Then the pit (ash disposal) road, with the coaling road (featuring the impressive coaling tower) alongside, with its attendant coal wagon siding. We had a play around with the coaling tower and decided that it worked best positioned such (probably not QUITE so close to the turntable) as it leaves an unobstructed view of this nearer end of the shed, where locos will be more on view, plus some manual point changing required so you don't want it (the tower) getting in the way. I took this view 'cos it's the pits, man! If you remember back a while(!), the roads were carefully positioned, marked out and then rectangular slots cut in the ply as the basis for three pits, two (inspection pits) outside the front of the shed and the main ash disposal pit. So the track had to go as shown. The Peco track is pinned each side every fourth sleeper as its straddles the pit then the middle section of the sleepers can be cut out whilst still maintaining the gauge. This also influenced where the coaling tower was best sited - as you can see, an extra bit of board will have to be grafted on to accommodate the coal wagon siding. This view shows how the road out of the fiddle yard climbs (steeply!) between the depot and the goods headshunt. Barry's been doing some great work installed the stone wall sides and - of course - ballasting. Already beginning to look 'interesting' with the different levels and falling / rising gradients, as it often was (is!) in inner city areas. Leaving the completion of the depot trackwork to another time (that extra piece of board needs sorting first), so to the last job of the day. The previous visit had seen the battening pieces laid out on the floor where the main terminus is going so now it was time to go up aloft and start the baseboard supporting frame work itself. Although the overall shape is known, I do tend to make it up as I go along in terms of where the legs go and how it's all fastened together. One constraint here was a storage cupboard which you can see in the far corner. In order to both accommodate and access it, the battening has to bridge its width hence the use of a couple of sturdier pieces compared to the more usual 2 x 1. More supporting structure needs adding, but this piece of temporarily positioned (for now) 6 x 2 ply is roughly where the main station and platforms will be. Beyond will be 8 foot or so of station throat to get us out onto the main circuit top right. All good fun. Nice to see a plan drawn out on paper actually taking shape in practice and - more or less - working out as planned.
  5. Insert Tab A into Slot B ... Very impressive! Looking forward to inspecting it tomorrow - hope we left enough space between the tracks ...
  6. Well, whilst we're still in glorious LNER mode: Here's Tom's delicious Coronation set photographed (by Tony) on the layout at the Nottingham 2016 show. Plenty done to the layout since in the intervening (crikey) 5+ years. Absolutely! Not sure if I can do this on the next three pages(!) but here she is, Tony's recreation of that classic pre-war colour scene of said loco. And yes - the original photo clearly shows that she was at least this grubby (the work of BarryO on this occasion). Of course, the previous nine pages were almost as notable, the last built batch of A3s: 2508 'Brown Jack', 2507 'Singapore', 2506 'Salmon Trout' ... (etc). Quite a few of them will have run on the layout as well but not sure if I have pictures of many of them to hand!
  7. Before we lose the thread on this lovely memory of (over) three years ago, can I crave your indulgence for the moment on one train in particular? Tony's photo above shows this train from the prototypical lineside viewpoint, but here it is on the set-up weekend two weeks earlier. One thing of course that we're not able to do routinely on Grantham is to run the trains in scale length formations - the layout would have to be twice as big to do that ... plus the extra stock building; there are limits! So the 'retro' weekend was an almost unique opportunity to set up something like this - the 'famous' (well, only if you're in to 1930s LNER) 10.10 Leeds departure from Kings Cross. All those classic pre-war King's Cross line ups naturally focus on the departure of the 10.0am 'Flying Scotsman' but there's always at least three other pacific hauled trains in the background. The 10.5am was the relief - inevitably known as the 'Junior Scotsman' - and the 10.10 was the Leeds service (some years it was 10.15, I believe). There was also a 10.20 Newcastle train. FOUR mainline express departures in 20 minutes! Classic pre-war railway operating - any goods traffic heading towards the notorious two track bottle neck at Hadley Wood (only eradicated in the mid-1950s) would be queued on the slows at Greenwood box to allow this 'wave' of expresses a clear path. We depict the 'backwash' of it all at Grantham some two hours later, with the Flying Scotsman, Junior Scotsman and the Leeds train following in quick (if we're slick!) succession. Anyhow - at the retro weekend, we depicted the full formation as follows: At the head is the experimental cinema coach which was trialled on this service for a short time. Lovingly recreated by Roy Mears - I understand it has seats inside it!! There follows a classic three-coach through portion - BTK-TK-BCK - in this case to Harrogate Then the 'core' of the train, none other than the unique GNR quintuplet dining set. This was one half of its regular diagram; it returned on the evening businessman's express back to London. And then, just look at the coaches bringing up the rear? ANOTHER three-coach portion, this time a BFK-TK-BTK for Bradford (showing just how important a destination that was regarded as), the BG is also for Bradford, so these four would have been dropped off at Wakefield. And then, at the very rear, a BTK-BCK two coach portion for Hull, detached at Doncaster. 15 vehicles in all (ALL kit built - other than the leading vehicle, take a bow Jonathan I believe), remarkably TEN of them being brake vehicles (if you count the first vehicle as such). I love this sort of stuff and it was very satisfying to assemble such a train and run it on such a setting. What's more, my signature loco - LNER 4479 - nothing more than a detailed (me) and beautifully weathered (Tom F) Hornby product - actually managed to shift this lot reasonably competently, I seem to recall, Tony?
  8. I did think that BUT in a similar manner to our period, the cascade principle was in operation so plenty of work still for the previous generation (maybe the Singles might be stretching it a bit) By way of example, in 1931, Grantham shed had 13 Pacifics allocated against 16 Atlantics. Translate that back 20 years and the 2-2-2s and 2-4-0s would still be around in numbers. Not to mention the bewildering array of older 0-6-0s for the prodigious goods traffic, supplemented by some 0-8-0s ... and maybe even an American 2-6-0 perhaps? The GNR and the LNER were notoriously parsimonious (in the latter case badly affected by the 1920s/1930s slump/depression)
  9. WOTSPLURTHCOUGH!!!!!!!! Sound of mouthful of tea being spluttered into a large steaming hot bowl of porridge I WAS enjoying. Time to get stuck into your stash of late Victorian/Edwardian 2-2-2s, 4-2-2s, 2-4-0s, clerestory coaches (etc) Tony...
  10. I had heard that Bob Essery was ill but not about his passing. Thanks Tony for letting us know. I never met or knew the great man but, together with David Jenkinson, his writings have always been inspirational to me as one with a lifelong interest in all things LMS/LMR. His books 'Railway Operation for the Modeller' and 'Freight Train Operation for the Railway Modeller' are amongst the most referred to books in my modest library. Thanks, Bob - and RIP
  11. Nope. I'm off to do something more interesting ... like installing point rodding ... zzzzzzz
  12. You expect me to watch 1hr 2mins of wirescrapenloks?
  13. Only if you’re really, really well-behaved… Of course, my friend! York should be the next opportunity, the layout’s attendance has been confirmed. Mind you, we’re not exactly short of 9Fs on the roster…
  14. PS - in that (very pleasant) trawl through just, found the following (from the 2010 celebrations) Wot's this then?
  15. Well, thanks for that Lez. Certainly makes it more than worthwhile posting the pictures if it has that effect. I love Germany (can you tell?). No special pre-conceived reason; the Harz in 2006 was my first taste of it and I just keep getting drawn back, each time discovering some new place to explore. Been to all four corners of what is an utterly fascinating country and, as you say, so much history (not always of the right kind, but history nonetheless) tied up in the place. Here are some highlights: Trier and the Mosel for German Railways 175 (2010) Dresden (amazing city) for Zittau (pictured) and Radebeul (2011). Meiningen and Rodelblitz ski train (2012) Leipzig station concourse (Europe's largest railway station measured by floor area) ... ... Platform 24 exhibits ... ... and Cranzahl for the Fichtelbergbahn (2015) Remagen / Rhine including the Vulkan Express (one for the D&E fans) (2016) Ruegen Island and the bizarre former KDF 'holiday camp' (3 miles long) at Prora. Also visited the Rasendar Roland NG steam railway and ... The 'Molli'-bahn (2017) Oh - and not forgetting of course ... MiniaturWunderland in Hamburg (been twice) Also been to Cologne (multiple times), Berlin, Hannover, Freiburg (Black Forest), Nuremberg (see earlier), Munich ... Hope to see more yet, God willing. Right - really MUST get back to some modelling now!
  16. Cripes, don't get me started on the Harz or we'll never get any modelling done! First visited in 2006 - a lot more than six inches up the Brocken on that occasion! Fell in love with the place instantly, not just the railway but also the locale, especially Wunderbar Wernigerode Had a Mallett on the Selketalbahn (as a change from the usual 2-6-2T) (2011) Even brought along Mr King of this parish and his good lady (2017). Must have been over ten times now, last there in autumn 2019, prior to the lockdown. Fingers crossed, I've been allocated my first GRJ tour there in February ('Harz Mountains in Winter', 19th Feb) - six places still left ... We keep talking about doing a 'Team Grantham' visit out there - Mr & Mrs Wealleans are (over)due celebrating a significant milestone...
  17. Just a few from our final day, to complete the story - home in one day from Nuremberg on Tuesday (16th), with news reports swirling of impending lockdowns (some of which have since turned out to be true). A chance item of interest, in terms of the OBB-run NightJet service. But just take a look at the monitor - this should have been through here at 0408 - photo taken shortly before 0730 - by which hour this train should have been well on its way to Vienna! Our train (shown as the next - IC2162) replatformed as a result. A quick scamper therefore over to Gleiss 14 where IC2162 was indeed waiting for us. We were due to take this as far as Stuttgart ... except that it never made it that far! It came to a halt at a little wayside station called Weinstadt-Endersbach, some 12 miles or so adrift. A helpful German translated the unintelligible (to us) announcement to say that there had been an incident (he actually described it as a 'crash'!) and that we would be stuck at the place for 'an hour' - coincidentally the same time as our connection onwards in Stuttgart! I've travelled on enough trains in my time to know that 'an hour' is likely to get worse in such circumstances and with a Eurostar to catch further down the line, clearly a Plan B was required in short order. I have to say that I quite impressed myself by quickly finding a number for the Weinstadt taxi service, fortunately getting through to a good english speaker who said a taxi would be there in 20 minutes. True to her word, it was, by which time we had 28 mins to catch our onwards train. Happily, we made it to the 'entrance' to Stuttgart main station with 9 minutes to spare ... except that it turned out that Stuttgart main station is in the throes of a major rebuild(!) so it was a good 4-5 minutes trek through temporary walkways in the middle of a building site until we saw the welcome sight of our ICE to Paris!! This photo therefore is with a huge sigh of relief. Our train just arrived - 2 mins early - on the left, with our Eurostar connection comfortably secure. PHEW!!! (pavement cafe outside Gare du Nord). Eventually got home at 2200, none the worse. Day 2 test duly taken - negative - and submitted, as per UK entry requirements for vaccinated persons. The final act of current travel requirements therefore duly discharged. In case one or two might regard such an exploit as bordering on the reckless (not least because of emerging news from the places we visited - not known about at the time of booking), let me explain. The idea for a trip was on account of my fellow travel companion having just retired after 40 years on the railway and wanting to mark the occasion - together with an element of he going 'stir crazy' at not being able to undertake any sort of travel for nearly two years. More pertinently for me however is that fact - as some will know - that it's my great delight to be signed up as a Tour Manager for Great Rail Journeys holiday company (any others out there?). I was registered two years ago ... just as the pandemic was about to break out so I haven't (yet) done any euro tours as a TM. I did a couple of UK-based ones in the summer but it's european tours - starting by Eurostar from St Pancras - that is GRJ's 'stock in trade'. There are tours planned for 2022 and passengers are booking on them. Subject to abiding with whatever travel restrictions are in force at the time - and barring any ban on non-essential travel in the countries concerned - they WILL run. So - for me - this was a great opportunity to try out and experience the 'new normal' in terms of foreign travel requirement. It's likely that such requirements that we experienced will be with us for some time yet (maybe years?) so at least, when I have 20-30 passengers in tow, I now stand a fighting chance of knowing what I'm doing and can advise / guide them accordingly. Notwithstanding, I hope the last few day's posts have been of interest. And now, back to the modelling.
  18. So Day 6. No trains today, as we were local in Nuremberg. We did, however, find ourselves a form of wheeled transport - e-scooters! Quite the rage in certain european cities, although not without some controversy it appears. For visitors with limited time available though an ideal way to get about. Some people though just have to overdo it ... he's not with me. Now then, one or two might recognise what's in the background here. Nuremberg does of course have an uncomfortable period in its history to come to terms with and we are indeed at the infamous rally grounds site. In the background is the never-completed KongressHalle, designed as a huge assembly building in the style of a Roman amphitheatre. In the middle is the Grand Strasse, big enough to land an aeroplane and aligned such that it is pointing straight at (or away from in this instance) Nuremberg's historic castle. Most chilling(?) of all, is the surviving part of the enormous rostrum struture, overlooking the Zeppelin Field where the 1930's rallies were held. You can look out across - and freely stand on - the 'fuhrer's podium' to take in the huge scale of it all. It's a weird feeling. Nowadays used for diverse things such as rock concerts and motor racing(!) it's a public park, place of remembrance. There's a Dokumentation centre here also, though I've previously been round that, so we didn't go in on this occasion. Instead we returned to the city centre ... And used the scooters to see the walls ... ... Hangman's bridge(!) ... ... main square (with bimmelbahn and beautiful fountain) ... and, best of all, the castle (one of europe's largest, I understand, with strong links to the Holy Roman empire). The scooters were GREAT. You pick one up, ride it for a bit, park it up, have a break, find another one, use it ... all the time, the App is keeping track of how much of your daily minutes you've used so you can pace yourself. In the end, we were well inside our allocated 200 minutes ... and less than 10 euros for the day (subject to checking credit card bill when it rolls in). Last time I was here, we didn't see half of the city as it's quite a trek to do it all on foot.
  19. And so, to complete our little travelogue (which sounds like we did it just in time!), here's Part 3, starting with Day 5 (Sun 14th) A 0900 departure ... ... by RailJet ... ... to Munich. Gleiss 11 model shop closed, it being a Sunday. Mind you. couldn't have afforded to buy anything from there! And on from there to the fascinating / historic city of Nuremberg, our base for the final two nights. Now we were staying for real on German soil. Germany being Germany, there's an additional Digital Entry Registration form to fill out ... sounds quite officious but relatively straightforward. Having done so, no-one was interested in it - still just wanted to see the Covid 'passport'! Of course, no visit to Nuremberg is complete without a visit to the DB Museum! Their equivalent of our NRM. Which claims to be the oldest railway museum in the world, having first been established here in the 1880s. It's significance is that, from here, ran Germany's 'first' train, roughly their equivalent of our Liverpool-Manchester, in 1835, the first loco being designed and built by the Stephensons. On the right is a 1952 replica of said loco - Der Adler. Two of the really interesting exhibits are in the adjacent yard area, in fact inside a semi-temporary building, erected following the disastrous fire here in 2005. Here's the first of two related exhibits with links to Grantham / LNER 1930s. 4-6-4 No. 05 001 is sister loco to 05 002 which held the world steam record until exceeded (just!) by Mallard in 1938. Unbelievably(?) the record holder itself was scrapped so it's this loco that survives to tell the tale. Before anybody chimes in, mask wearing WAS compulsory and I did wear it at all other times. But there was no-one around at this point so I removed it for 10 seconds for this photo - I'm clutching it in my left hand! More or less alongside is one half of one car of a 'Flying Hamburger' (Fliegender Hamburger), the high-speed diesel service that Gresley sampled for himself in 1934 ... before deciding that he could do much better with steam (sensible chap!) and hence the streamliners that we depict on the layout. Nevertheless, an historic train taken in the context of world rail history. There's a very interesting display inside the main museum showing how the high-speed diesel network was being developed, a foretaste of today's ICE network. I've also previously visited Leipzig Gleiss 24 where a complete unit is displayed (might even be operational, I'm not sure)? Outside, some ... er ... other locos are displayed. No doubt a wire-scraper fan will enlighten us. Day 6 travelogue to follow shortly ...
  20. More info and pictures of HSTs in the fatherland on this thread: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/134767-hst-125-class43-photo-and-videos/&do=findComment&comment=4601071
  21. Lovely stuff, isn't it? If you're out and about in cold central Europe climes, you can't go far wrong with a steaming bowl of goulash (soup). Hungarian in origin, I believe? I love the German cuisine in general - wild boar or venison with dumplings and stewed red cabbage, there's a plateful to savour. Enjoyed a dish along those lines in the (excellent) hotel restaurant in Salzburg after the trip out to Berchtesgaden. I'll pass on the currywurst though ...
  22. Day 4 (Sat 13th) and the weather (as forecast) reverted to cloud and occasional rain. Have been here before (twice), but never actually been round the place (not really the thing for a nine year old daughter, as she was at the time). Unfortunately, the rail journey option wasn't available as the line was closed for four weeks engineering block. We hailed an Uber taxi who took us direct from our hotel in a little over 30 mins, in truth far quicker than rail or replacement bus alternative. Amusingly, as we crossed the Austrian / Germany border, the driver donned his FFP2 mask! In case you're not familiar with where we are, this is the hillside overlooking Berchtesgaden in the very south east tip of Bavaria and we're at the site of the former Nazi encampment. The Dokumentation centre here is now a place of learning and reflection (can't really call it a 'museum' as such), very much in the spirit of 'lest we should ever forget'. Covid 'passport' asked for once again, together with mask wearing. It pulls no punches but I'll spare you the more graphic pictures (which you just look at anyway, rather than photograph). Part of the former underground bunkers system is also available to walk round. Back outside for a welcome breath of fresh air, the Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle's Nest) can be seen atop the nearby mountain. I HAVE been up there before but not open this time of year. It was hidden in cloud for part of the time so wouldn't have been up to much on this occasion. Down in the valley, the town itself can be enjoyed for what it is - An attractive Bavarian ... town! After showing our Covid 'passports' once again, this time it's goulash soup. Yum! Tomorrow - time to move on again.
  23. Thanks for comments / interest so far. Re Salzburg - been three times before. It is a lovely place - mind you, I like Vienna too, both great cities. I HAVE done the SoM half day tour previously (with No.1 daughter). It IS indeed great fun ... but not really my travel buddy's 'thing'. Same applies to Wolfgang's gaff. He was however quite taken with the Mirabell gardens (only a short walk from our hotel) Even entering into the spirit (sort of) on the Do-ray-mi steps. The morning mist meant that the city centre itself wasn't really at it's best though, the castle hidden from view. We cut our losses therefore and brought forward our planned afternoon trip. Boy, were we glad we did. Jumping on a train, within a few miles the mist had gone and we had some spectacular views heading south through the gorge towards Schwarzach St Veit. But better was to come. Courtesy of a 3 minute cross-platform connection at Schwarzach (they do things like that quite routinely out there), we arrived here, another of my fave Austrian locations. But I've never seen it before in QUITE such near perfect lighting conditions. Simply stunning. A slice of Apfelstrudel and a mug of Gluhwein set the seal of a wonderful couple of hours (once we'd showed our Covid 'passports' at the cafe) Where to next?
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