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  1. The BP tank wagons have been collected from the sidings, and given the signal to head for Tyneside or beyond. in the meantime, my Clayton Class 17 - a Silver Fox kit- has a typical duty on a short goods, Then the time machine kicks in again, and we leave Status Quo on our trannie, and hear Cliff and Billy Fury, as Dave Alexander N10 takes the ex-NER rake an an ECS back to storage, probably at Morpeth.
  2. The time machine has leapt to 1960. I don't have too many diesels, and, frankly, they are pretty bog-standard and don't get out much. However, like the young lad watching the trains go by, this is the sort of scene I remember becoming more common as I ended my spotting days. The 24/1 is renumbered as a Gateshead loco, as is the Lima 40, on the fully-fitted goods heading to Niddrie. Crepello has an Edinburgh -KingX relief to the Heart of Midlothian, and is a GBL body on a Lima chassis.
  3. This is probably an early-morning "workmans' train, diverted to get a faster run to Central via the ECML rather than the usual route to Manors. It will also allow connections at Central to far- flung outposts like Sunderland, ot even Middlesbrough. Although the coaching stock is old, it still gives a comfortable ride, and the G5 can go on forever. The date is probably 1951.
  4. Thanks, John. I knew the Mitsumi's were designed for other things - car components, CD players etc. and was/am usually happy to live with them fitted askew. I have usually got them to fit into a boiler, with some judicious filing. One is being used in a J27 under construction in this way. I was a bit more surprised that the Taff Valley motor was drilled like thi, but in an A4 boiler, there is plenty of room. Just to horrify proper modellers, I actually found that securing the Mitsumi's by the lowest screwing point,, getting the meshing in place on a the motor mount, I can then solder the motor to the mount at the top to keep it in the traditional upright position. I've done this a couple of times, and it works, but I'd only do it with a cheap motor- just in case.
  5. The chassis is almost complete - I'm not sure whether to bother fitting the brake rods- so just the small matter of fitting the motion and motor. The gearbox will be from Highlevel. I have a few so will see which one fits, probably a Highflyer, The motor is likely to be a Taff Valley Models 1227, a nice powerful motor, but again, one which fits askew in the gearbox. Why are motors drilled this way? The photo cruelly shows a brake which needs adjusting, and the whistle looks a bit like it has been bent forward,
  6. Thanks, Jon. There has been a great degree of happy nostalgia with this kit- i did build a couple of Wills Pacifics back in the day, with a modicum of success, but they are long gone. One thing I wasnt going to do was build the tender as per the instructions, which say "assembly is straightforward". To be fair, it mostly is, but I couldnt see myself using the plastic tender wheels, running in the bare whitemetal axle holes. The tender sides and frames are a substantial one-piece casting, and I vividly recall hanging on for grim death, trying to keep 4 pairs of wheels in place and the tender square, while the epoxy hardened. Soldering may have made life easier, but I still would have needed an extra pair of hands. Anyway, I decided to build a dummy chassis, then remembered I had a SEF etch which came with an A2 chassis I built last year. It is designed to fit all the A2/3/4 family, and has the brake gear supplied with the etch. Photo shows it almost complete. Have a go at yours, Jon. It will take you back into less accurate but happy modelling times if you are anything like me. john
  7. A couple of "proving" pictures of the Wills A4 show show a couple of places which need tidying up. Other than the standard kit, I fitted a couple of pieces of Plasticard to represent the bottom of the firebox- this would be hidden if the valances were fitted as in pre-War condition- and an ashpan lever . I had a couple of goes at the casing for the smokebox number plate, and it looked OK in real life, but the photo does it no favours. The plates on the boiler sides with the emblem from HMS KINGFISHER were not included in my nameplate pack, and I'll have to see if my efforts to represent them work out when the loco is painted. The Comet etch for the trailing pony truck also look a bit bare, so I'll try to add some detail to fill them up.
  8. The NuCast J27 and Wills A4 currently on the workbench must have nearly 100 years between them. The Mitsumi motor now fits in the J27 chassis , in its' Markits mount. These motors used to be available at £10 for 5. I usually got a dodgy one in the batch, and certainly wouldn't recommend them for a loo doing high mileage but for normal use with a reasonable load, I haven't had a problem once they are up and running. The main problem is that they fit askew in the motor mount or gearbox. I have seen descriptions where the motor or gearbox has been drilled so the motor sits normally, and I'll have a go at that one day. In the meantime, the motor is "fatter" than it needs to be, so a fair amount of metal needed removing from the firebox of the J27. Quite why the motor was designed that way is a mystery. It's years since I built a Wills A4, and the 4 part boiler is still a pain, hence the Milliput filler. But the overall look of the streamline casing is as good as any ,in my opinion, after all these years. This will be 60024 Kingfisher. I have been admiring the finish on some wagon kits here and there, so revisited a couple of bog-standard Parkside kits. I run a Tweedmouth - Newcastle relief Meat and Fish which was a (very) early morning train when a relief to the Scots Beef or one of the Aberdeen Fish trains was not required. I dirtied these two wagons using Tamiya weathering chalks when I had them on the workbench to add some weight. I have a couple of unmade kits to complete the short rake - I don't have a photo of the actual train, but suspect it was not always particularly long, as I assume there were no vans, or not too many, from Scotland in the train. John
  9. This is my only rake of mineral wagons- a mix of RTR and kits. They were actually fairly rare at my prototype - 21T hoppers were the usual fare- and were more normally seen as odd wagons in a mixed, usually pick-up, freight. The loco is a Dave Alexander Q7- a gentleman very much missed , particularly among those who model the NER,
  10. Hi Simon , yes ,I spotted them and made the edit. I was lucky to have a photo of an appropriate loco for the spare DJH tender I had, left over from a D20. Even then, I doubt it would suit a lot of folk, but I was happy to stick it behind an old Bachmann loco It makes a nice change. I haven't spotters Colwick loco for Andrew in Yeadon, and suspect he, quite rightly, would source a bettr tender from the likes of LRM
  11. NER tenders on J39 locos is a bit complicated as I discovered to my cost. Yeadon lists 3 types used , 1475-9. Ordered 1934 with ex Raven A2 4125 self trimming tender 3081_3098 .Ordered 1940 Ten got 4125 gallon tenders ex D21 and eight got 3650 gallon ex D17. Numbers 3081-7/9 got the smaller tender. Quite a few of the 1940 batch were at Colwick . I can PM the relevant pages if it will help John
  12. Hi Andrew. As luck would have it, there was a twice- weekly pick-up goods from Scots Gap on the Wansbeck Line which carried a Dia 210 specifically for the Hedgehog Mart which was held every Tues and Fri at the Auction Mart at Marlborough Crescent in Newcastle. The train ran to Morpeth and then on Tues came straight down the EMCL to Central, and on Friday used the Blyth and Tyne Route via Bedlington. The usual loco was a Blyth J27, which is fortuitous, as I have been playing with an unmade NuCast kit with a whitemetal chassis, I have filed out the gap to take a Markits Slimline Motor Mount, and have fitted a cheap Mitsumi motor. The loco will be built as 65863, one of the final ones to keep the extended smokebox, despite it having been de-superheated in 1959. There are a couple of photos of the loco on North Blyth Shed in this condition in 1962. When not on Hedgehog Duty, it will find more normal work on my rake of 21t hoppers. John
  13. A Bachmann chassis version for me , please.
  14. I have been steadily developing my non corridor stock, as I found myself unhappy having only RTR Hornby LNER, excellent though they are. In the distant past, I had built a couple of Kirk kits but was unhappy with my work fitting the roof and the underframe details. Funnily enough, the lack of flush glazing, which seems to be the major issue for many, didn't bother me. Anyway, this rake has my Isinglass 6-Compartment Brake, and an all-1st Kirk with MJT fittings sitting alongside the Hornby stock. The DJH A8 has an SLS Special from Teesside and Sunderland which will take the West curve at Little Benton Quarry and head for the long closed station at Ponteland, and possibly the even longer closed end-of-branch at Darras Hall.
  15. I wonder how many of these have been built over the years. This is an original Wills A4 perched on a Comet chassis I "won" it a few years ago for peanuts and it has lain in the pile since then. To be honest, without Lockdown, it would probably still be there, but now Gt, Northern is done, I thought I'd tackle it. It is what it is. , a kit of its' time, with castings as rough as the roads, but it should be possible to turn it into the definitive "layout loco"- probably Kingfisher. I also found an unbuilt Comet D120 4-wheel brake, which I think will be built alongside the D&S ex-NER kit. The Comet kit only has the sides and ends- the rest must be sourced. Though Comet list the required parts, I was surprised to see they include their LMS Stove underframe rather than the LNER version. So far, I haven't tracked down a build of this kit, but I assume it has been around for years so possibly someone an point me to a link?
  16. A much more likely sight would be 60060 "The Tetrarch" on this Newcastle-Edinburgh semi-fast. The loco was a common sight on Tyneside, and seems to have been well-liked at Heaton and Gateshead. There are pictures of her at all points on the ECML. Being a common sight, she was, of course, despised by disappointed spotters searching for a cop. Loco is an old Wills kit on Comet chassis. The leading coach is the a Hachette £2.99 magazine effort, modified to a BSO . Comet sides, PECO interior.
  17. 60113 ran well on the test track, but developed a loose driver on its' maiden run in service, so is back in the works. It was seen from time to time at Newcastle, normally on Parcels or Reliefs, but would have been sent back to Doncaster pretty sharpish, and there is no evidence of it further North. I "restored" the loco, which has lain in the spares box, with a Wills A3 chassis and misc. bits of valve gear etch and will persevere to get it running properly- it's nearly there.
  18. Still rough around the edges, but getting there. Better than just sitting in a drawer, anyway.
  19. The chassis from the scrap/spares box in all it's g(l)ory. Perversely, it runs really well, at least for now. I also started the much needed work on the body. Filler around the footplate curve where it joins the cab, and the boiler converted to a dia. 107 ( I think the dome was in a slightly more forward position, but I'll leave that well alone. Reversing lever on the RH side, ashpan lever on the LH, and, also on that side, a rod from the cab, through the footplate - purpose unknown to me- something to do with the lubricators? The cab numbers also grated, so they too will be replaced.
  20. 60052 "Prince Palatine" has an Up TPO for Waverley. The loco is a GBL body on a Hornby chassis. The tender is a tender-drive body, cut back to appropriate dimensions, on a modern Hornby chassis. The loco is ex-works, literally, as its' valve gear locked up in classic Blue Peter fashion and the crosslink snapped at the crosshead joint. I sent for, and received, a replacement set, then remembered reading that, although most models are built with that joint in a pivot, it actually should be rigid on the crosshead. As an experiment, I soldered it up, and now have a spare set of valve gear. This was the test run, which it passed.
  21. I largely follow this thread to see other folks' modelling, so, in that spirit, here is the result of my latest effort, During Lockdown, I built my first etched coaches, and here is the rake as of now. It is pure ex-NER, Worsley Works, D&S, and ArthurK J77. The scene would be impossible in RTR and I cant really see it ever BEING possible. Even if it were, and the quality were to far exceed my efforts, it would be less satisfying for my personal preferences. It's obviously a Summer Saturday, and possibly the weekend of the Bedlington Miners Picnic. Extra trains have been drafted in, and the J77 has been despatched to Heaton Yard to collect the ex-NER set, which will be used as a shuttle between Morpeth and Newsham . The splitting distant shows the train will leave the ECML at Benton Quarry Junction, take the electrified North Tyneside loop to Backworth and then head up the Blyth and Tyne Mainline. With any luck, passengers will be able to do the same thing in 2022. Incidentally, the Bedlington Picnic was where I had my first date with the current Mrs. Rowanj in 1968.
  22. It's obviously a Summer Saturday, and possibly the weekend of the Bedlington Miners Picnic. Extra trains have been drafted in, and the J77 has been despatched to Heaton Yard to collect the ex-NER set, which will be used as a shuttle between Morpeth and Newsham . The splitting distant shows the train will leave the ECML at Benton Quarry Junction, take the electrified North Tyneside loop to Backworth and then head up the Blyth and Tyne Mainline. With any luck, passengers will be able to do the same thing in 2022. Incidentally, the Bedlington Picnic was where I had my first date with the current Mrs. Rowanj in 1968.
  23. I said this on an earlier post on the Worsley Works Ex_NER Clerestory. One thing not supplied are the guards dockets, so I need to try to source either an etched or whitemetal version of those. I had a nice exchange of e.mails with Allen at Worsley today, and he corrected me - there is an etch in the kit, which I didn't recognise, so I am happy to put the record straight. John
  24. Here is the current state of play re 60113. The valve gear is now working, after a bit of a fight. The trailing bogie is fixed as per the Hornby method, with flangeless wheels. The leading bogie came from a Bachmann A2, and I used the Comet part, as also used by most modern Hornby A3/4s etc as the fixing point. The cylinder block is from a Comet A3/4 kit, but I adapted it- the break can be seen- to represent the bulkier and higher sides of 113 compared to the original. Once pick-ups are fitted and I'm satisfied that it will navigate my less than stellar trackwork, I'll start to tackle the body,
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