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  1. Long, long ago in what seems like a galaxy far far away, I bodged a K4 from a Replica B1 and some other plastic bodies, now forgotten, using the GBL Magazine locos. I cut back a standard 4200 gallon tender to produce the shorter smaller version, and stuck the whole thing on a Bachmann K3 chassis. Around the same time, Dave Alexander was selling the main etch for his K4 kit at local shows for £1 each, and I bought a few, and have used bits and pieces since on various projects. I have no idea if it will work, but I dug the body, now sans chassis out today, plus a set of frames, and wil
  2. It's becoming almost impossible to show anything original on this layout, so I'm not sure how to go forward, but in the meantime, here are a couple of shots looking South. Sunderland had a couple of N5's for a short time in 1957/8, before they were sent to New England to see out their days. I doubt they ever got to Newcastle, but in my Universe, my loco has taken a short rake for storage in the sidings. Judging by the 104 passing on the main line, the rake is not too far from withdrawal, having lost it's role on Alnwick and Berwick stoppers.
  3. I too am really offended not to have been mentioned by name... it's just not good enough ( a bit like my modelling). Some folk are just too ruddy sensitive. By all means, take a bit of care with what you post, but also recognise the nature of the beast which is online posting.., quick and easy, communication,... and don't analyse every word to look for hidden nuances which don't exist.
  4. The chassis is more or less finished, and the footplate assembled to check for any issues. Some material was removed from it around the wheels to avoid shorts, and that's in OO- EM modellers presumably have to do even more, and there is not that much metal between the gap for the footplate and the footplate edge. Otherwise, assembly was the normal type - wishing I had 3 hands, was ambidextrous with asbestos fingers. I'm building this N9 with the shorter tanks and bunker, and there is a half etch to show where the reduction is made. Once done, the superstructure can be started.
  5. The SEF K3 is now fit for duty, and has an all-stations Berwick-Newcastle including a highly unlikely Buffet. The loco will now manage any rake I have, so that was the aim of the re-motoring, Though there are plenty of photos of this class on passenger duties, but I havent seen any in the North East, though I dare say they exist. Most K3's were used on fitted freights between Tyneside and Edinburgh, and I suppose there were enough B1's, V2.s and Pacifics between Gateshead/Heaton, Tweedmouth and St Margarets/Haymarket to handle passenger turns. Heading north, a J73 takes a shor
  6. I have been asked to show the N9 build, so am happy to post the odd photo. So far, there is nothing too difficult about the kit, though I haven't really got very far. The coupling rods are laminated and are designed to float on the centre axle. I usually fit rigid rods on my low-tech OO non-compensated chassis, - i.e. I never try to split them if that is how they come on the etch - but nor do I join them up if they come in parts. For an 0-6-0, I have never found it makes any difference to the running. On this kit, only a quick turn of a broach to clean the holes produced free-runn
  7. Jamie Swap it with another wheel, and see if it stays in place, or if the new one in the centre wheel also comes loose. It may be that a thread somewhere is slightly worn. either in the wheel or on the crankpin. I use superglue on the odd occasion this happens, and it is often on the axle, usually the middle one, where the motor/ gearbox exerts pressure on moving the coupling rods.
  8. Morning Andrew. We all play with trains for a variety of reasons. My layout, which at my age (71) is likely to be my last, was chosen to represent where I did my spotting in the late 50's\early 60's, and is all about personal nostalgia. It is also all my own work, so is time and cash limited to what I can do with it. So I,m afraid that, although I get as much right as I can,, worrying about what I got wrong is not high on my agenda. I do read about things like train formations, and have " improved" mine over the last few years, but I'm not obsessive about it. Actually, I run the layo
  9. I am interested in what an authentic rake of coaching stock for a particular service should be, but only from an academic point of view. In practical terms, even with a loft to play with, I only have space to run 4 rakes of expresses, and even then of no more than 10 coaches. So I have a reasonable Lizzie, and could have a Scotsman,Talisman, and Heart of Midlothian, but would then have no room for any of the ordinary expresses or reliefs, which give me the chance to mix and match stock, yet keep the rake reasonably real. So I go for the generic, knowing that the rake is theoretical
  10. The 1227 from Taff Valley Models is a nice motor, and pretty economically priced. I have tried the K3 on a 9 -coach rake, and it has both speed and torque. It just about fits the boiler of the K3, which had already cut to allow the drive off the centre axle. It has the very odd arrangement, similar to Mitsumi's, with the position of the fixing screws leaving the motor "skew" in the gearbox. Certainly, it would be a fight to get this motor into anything smaller than the K3, though would be a good fit for something like an A5. What's next. The pictures show the state of my pile of ki
  11. I actually prefer/enjoy the "modern" way magazines use pictures, accompanied by illustrative text, to show how to build or adapt a model, and certainly don't see it as "dumbing down". Given the adage about "a picture tells a thousand words" comes from 1911, it can hardly be ascribed to the influence of social media. But as I hardly ever buy them nowadays, nor can stand at the stall browsing whilst Mrs Rowanj goes around Morrisons with the shopping trolley, it is all a bit academic. Sometimes this thread can start to resemble "Last of the Summer Wine". When I were a lad...
  12. There isnt much point in posting if you dont also include where you went wrong. The K3, an SEF kit, is back on test, after I discovered that, despite running well "light engine", it wouldnt actually pull a train. I replaced the whitemetal tender with a Bachmann top, modified GBL outside frames, and checked that all wheels on the etched sub- chassis ran freely. It still didn't work, so I had to admit that the problem must be that the small Mashima motor just didn't have enough beef. I replaced it with a Taff Vale 1227, and all is now well. I'll keep the plastic tender, so need to ge
  13. The 4MT is another loco which doesn't get out much, though 42085 is actually OK for Little Benton, up to a point. It spent most of its' life on the NER, though mainly around Darlington. However it did have a brief spell at Heaton where it worked the Newbiggin trains. Here, given the preponderance of 1st Class accommodation, it seems to be on a Special, possibly a Company trip from the Rowntrees Factory at Fawdon to the coast, or perhaps inland up the Wansbeck Branch to Rothbury. The leading coach is an Isinglass resin kit, and the rest of the ill-matched stock a combination of Hornby and modif
  14. Hi Richard. I'll follow this with interest. I too am a "compensation virgin", and my pair of G5's built from NuCast kits, can best be described as "adequate", so a better loco is needed. Mike Meggison built a few of these kits, and his thread is always worth a look. John
  15. I have a pair of original Wills Finecast kits running on Comet Chassis, and today finds them passing Little Benton South. Unfortunately for the spotters, they are "common as muck" Gateshead locos which would have been seen many times. The little so-and-so's", of which I was one, don't know how lucky they are to see sights like this. Bittern has an Edinburgh-Kings X, which it will come off at Newcastle, and probably hand over to a 34A A4. The Tetrarch may be on a semi-fast, with stops at Morpeth, Alnmouth, Berwick and Dunbar before getting to Waverley. I have too many locos, and a sm
  16. These are a couple of my locos that I'm pretty fond of - both LRM kits. The J25 is actually my favourite, but it was a bit "light-footed" so I added a bit more lead, and tackled a couple of the vans which were a bit stiff around the wheels. So the N8, (which for some reason were fully lined out by BR), heads the meat and fish empties to Morpeth where they will be added to trains to Amble, Alnmouth and Chathill for local marts, or sent on to Tweedmouth. The J25 has the ballast train, still a work in progress with a Catfish sitting unstarted on the workbench. Alongside that is a
  17. The basically complete 104 heads for Alnwick - at least that's what the destination boards says- though it may be taking the long way round from Central to South Gosforth Car Sheds, - 52J. Over the coming months, I'll do more to the interior and add some weathering, especially to the underframe. Best wishes for Xmas and 2021
  18. No, it,s Bachmann. It doesn't get out too much. It is just as it came out of the box, when Modelzone were at good source of sale stock in their Newcastle shop...now long gone.
  19. Re Scalelink wheels. I'm currently trying to resuscitate a chassis failure with as many parts from the spares box as possible. Included in the project is the use of those wheels. I have used them before, and found them satisfactory, though there are pros and cons. Pros- they are readily available, they fit Romford axles. Romford crankpins fit, they fit squarely on the axles, are in gauge in OO, service from Scalelink is excellent, and they take Paypal, for those who like it. Cons - the wheels are generic, so no use to those who need a precise match of size/no of spokes
  20. I wish I could get away with Gibson wheels, Paul. As you say, they are less than half the price of Markits. My latest kit-build also confirms that, at times, you can build a loco cheaper than the RTR alternative. I got this K3 from EBay as an unbuilt SEF kit with chassis and a full set of Markits wheels, plus a Mashima and mount for £80. The motor and gearing had seized so was replaced from the spares I had. It was on its' first run on the layout this morning, so I thought I'd post a "show your work" photo here.
  21. 61984 joins the fleet, having passed its' test first on the test track and then on the layout. It is in work-stained condition, rather than filthy. Gateshead, and to a lesser extent Heaton, get a bad press for the external condition of their locos, and I admit it does them no favours to see a filthy A4 on The Flying Scotsman. However, the engines themselves had the reputation of being very well maintained mechanically. i suspect that lack of cleaning was simply down to a lack of manpower. The Railway competed locally with the NCB and Shipyards for staff, and those who did choose a caree
  22. Tyneside saw a few K3's, normally on fitted freights to Edinburgh. After Heaton's B16's moved to Yorkshire, K3 and V2's were the stock in trade on these turns. I never saw, nor have seen a photo of a K3 on a passenger turn, as was often the case down South. I probably have too many of the class, but picked up this kit for £80, including chassis, wheels, motor and mount. It is the latest SEF version, and I built it more or less out of the box. 61984 was at Heaton and Tweedmouth, so would have been a regular sight at Little Benton, However, for the plastic trainspotters, this is a "cop", a
  23. Interesting, Paul, as I suppose I hadn't thought of Mike's V2 as a kit in the classic sense. I have one, and it's certainly a fine body, and given that I stuck it on an old Bachmann chassis, and used a spare Bachmann tender, it certainly came in at well under £200. Is Mike still producing them? But to build one for under £200 in the "normal" way? I think the body was £40 (can't quite recall), the Bradwell tender is £65 or so, Comet V2 frames £45, High level motor/gearbox £40 (double that for a DJH) , driving wheels £15 per axle, and bogie/tender (say £5per axle) £30. Then there are
  24. Tony's usual erudite post covers the RTR v kit-building ground very nicely, and and i couldn't agree more that there is more than materials cost to distinguish the two parts of the hobby. However, even those who don't commission a £1000 professional build would need to spend at least £230 on a V2 kit to build it themselves. Do PDK make one? I suggest that most modellers who build things do so, at least in part, for the pleasure of the building activity. How important it is, as it clearly is to Tony, that something one owns on ones' railway is "unique", is a matter of personal preference.
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