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    Modelling ECML from mid 50,s to 1963/4 or so. Enjoy modifying locos and coaches though have less success with scenery!. Have far too much stock already but keep buying and building more.

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  1. That's a lovely little wagon, Tony , and will make a nice cameo. It reminds me of when i was a newly appointed management trainee in the Civil Service, and every month, 4 or so of the fitter lads would go down into the coal cellar to keep the chute clear to get the coal inside. Hard, hot , sweaty work but great fun, and great teamworking, looking back. Imagine asking staff to do that now. The models I was building at the time, 50 years ago, have been getting a spin today, and folk might be interested/amused/horrified. . The N7 is the original Wills version with Belpaire firebo
  2. Here are a couple of my old locos. The N7 is the original Wills version with Belpaire firebox, running on a Triang Jinty chassis with X04 motor. I did fit Romfords but that was all - no brakes or anything else. it is reasonably prototypical on my ex-NER rake, as lots of coaches were transferred to the GE. The J17 is a BEC kit, and I think it was the second I built, in 1973. it originally sat on a Triang chassis, However, at one time Fenwicks in Newcastle had a Hornby franchise, and you could get some real bargains. I was picking up Hornby Gresleys for £20 and fitting Comet etc etched sid
  3. That's incredibly kind of you, Sandhole. I do still have a few models from my earlier days,, a Bec J17, Wills N7 and an Airfix Railbus on a Scratch chassis spring to mind. I did a K4 and K5 around the same time as the K1/1 and I'll dig them out and see how they run. I'm actually thinking of relaying the scenic parts of the layout with code 75 and N gauge ballast, and try to make a better stab at the 3rd rail. Could be a project for over the winter.
  4. The chassis is now wired up, and I'm really pleased with how it runs with the (cheaper) High Level motor - fast when needed, but controllable down to a crawl. So no excuses not to fit the valve gear, not my favourite job. the chassis gives the option for either a detailed or simplified version of the valve gear. Being simplified myself, I'll go for the latter. The cylinder block and motion bracket are in place to check clearances... the latter is particularly worth watching, as it sits very close to the outer rim of the leading drivers. The whitemetal cover is there to check the fit against t
  5. As it's a Sunday, there aren't sufficient Express diagrams for all of 64B's Deltics, so it has been rostered on a Mail to Newcastle. I imagine there will be a sufficiently important job to get it home to Edinburgh, otherwise the passengers on a Stopper will get whisked between stations rather more briskly than the usual B1 or V2. After that, a G5 67341running light heads for Heaton, It has been giving trouble. literally, but now seems to running well. I confess this is one kit which will be replaced if and when the TMC RTR model arrives, as it seems to need adjusting every time a
  6. That is a very nice K3. I'm building one too, and finding whitemetal a bit of a pain after etched kits, weight advantage notwithstanding. On mine, I'm using one of High Level's small iron core motors, which fits nicely and allows me to drive off the centre axle. Photos show progress to date.
  7. High Level do a couple of iron core motors, and I picked one up with my last gearbox order. I thought i'd try it in the K3 and it fitted nicely, and runs well too. It is the 1020 version- they also do a 1015. At £9.50, it seemed worth a punt. My locos don't do miles, and the trains are fairly short, with any gradients on the layout accidental, but I'm unsure how the motor would cope under stress. It does seem, visually at least, better built than the cheaper Mitsumi's, and ,when tested on the layout, performed nicely. The shaft is 1mm, and I got the worm from Chris at High Level. I'm not sur
  8. Like many, I have a few locos which would be well out of place in my modelling prototype. The K1/1 was "cut and shut" a good few years ago, largely from a Replica B1 if I remember correctly. The tender was cut to represent the 3500 gallon variety. The loco runs on a Bachmann K3 chassis, taking advantage of the underscale (for a K3) driving wheels. I have a Dave Alexander K4 chassis etch which I'll build one day...maybe. I dig these anomalous locos out from time to time. Perhaps it is on an SLS Special and is heading home?. It passes Little Benton South, the a couple of minutes later is at
  9. The chassis' are essentially complete, and the motor installed. I soldered wire to the chassis to represent sandpipes. The cab and roof are just there for photographic purposes - there is a fair bit of detail provided for the cab and most will be done before finally adjusting and soldering it in place. On another thread TW built a DJH 8F in 10 minutes and said something like "I'll knock up the valve gear tomorrow morning". I should be so lucky... but that's the next task.
  10. The HighLevel Roadrunner Compact+ sat too low in the chassis, and the motor wouldn't fit. Perversely, I had a Roadrunner+ -the 3 stage version- which at some point I had struggled to get running, so I had a go at that, and all was easily sorted. Obviously leaving well alone for a few months is worthwhile. It fitted to the centre axle, as I'd hoped. , but I needed to be pretty brutal to the firebox to allow it to clear the motor. However all seems well, and the motor is still invisible in the firebox, and there is no protuberance into the cab, which is a pet hate of mine. So I'll so
  11. A bit more progress on the tender. K3's built after 1936 were equipped with vacuum brakes, and a few were at 52B, 52D and 64A, so I'll go for one of those. The only problem I have is that a couple of my existing K3's also have the vacuum tank, when they probably shouldn't. Yeadon does say tenders were swapped fairly liberally, but I'll change the ones I already have. The next big job is to get the loco chassis finished. The instructions suggest driving off the rear axle, but I'm going to try to use the centre with a Highlevel Compact+.
  12. Gateshead's suitably scruffy "Bittern" is held at signals, running light back from Edinburgh. The loco is an original Wills kit. I bought a Comet chassis for it, but, even though I'd built a number before, I just couldn't get it to work, so stuck the body on a Hornby chassis, A couple of weeks ago I sent for a replacement valve gear and cylinder block, and tried again. I actually got the damn thing working virtually first time using most of the original valve gear, replacing the rear "crosspiece which holds the 2 sides of the valve gear together ahead of the motor with a piece from a broken Ho
  13. After the excitement of the unlikely spotting of the W1, things have returned to normal at Little Benton North, as my collection of local J27's are all out together. The superheated loco furthest from the camera is from NuCast, the one coming under Halls Bridge is the original Dave Alexander kit and the nearest is his last version.
  14. A couple of folk have asked me, via PM, to post on the SEF K3. I won't do it to death, as there must have been plenty better than me who have built it, but I'll put up a few photos, as much to show the difference between the current kit and the original Wills. Thanks to Richard (Bucoops), I can see where some of the smaller pieces go. The tender bears no resemblance to the Wills version, and builds up in 3 parts as shown. the centre axle floats in a slot. You get the option to build either the stepped or flush versions, with either high or low coal plates in the kit. I didn't like th
  15. Those instructions are just what I needed, and I've already spotted a couple of things I would have done incorrectly, so many, many thanks.
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