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  1. I would agree with the above. I had a look in colour rail and couldn’t find anything different. The area you need to watch is the tender as I think Mallard had the cut down back...I think...
  2. Thank you - that is amazing! I've done very little of late. I did manage to mark out the bay and runaround platform and then cut the hillside. We have to have our roof replaced tomorrow so hopefully there won'[t be any issues for the layout.
  3. At the end of over the peak 2 there is a picture of a LST train being assembled from the limeworks mmediately south of the viaduct. Fascinating to hear they had to make the trains up from smaller sections crossing the up line to do so! So you would have had some trains on that section I guess. I've never seen a picture of a train from the limekilns and quarry to the north of the station but I guess there would as some time being a service from there.
  4. I'm now a homeschooler of 3 children - to be fair they've been pretty good. However things have slowed down at Litton & Cressbrook.... The other thing that's slowed me down is that I've been trying to work out the width of the platform on the up side of the main line. It will be platforms 2 & 3 on my layout - on the real Millers Dale it would have been platforms 4 & 5. With help of Paul Bolton (thanks Paul) I found a diagram of the station on the MRS archive site and worked out the rough widths. I cut some templates out but initially I thought they looked too thin at the ends however, I do think it's right. I've done some embankment work which I think makes a big difference. I tried to work out the 'right' distance between the road bed and the start of the embankment and then cut it there. I hope that it looks ok. I think the geology / earthworks is a big feature of a peak line layout. I put some more tracks and templates down to give an idea of how things will look. I don't know how long I'll need to wait for slips and curved points in bullhead though. finally I did get a 1P - lovely little loco! r I'm managed to get a bit of work done on the points leading into the bay. With the help of I found this more challenging then I thought it would be because
  5. Hijack away! It looks excellent. It’s amazing how even the polystyrene scenery changes the look. feel free to post more stuff anyhow. For me the ‘railway in the environment’ is one of the things I’m trying to achieve in this layout. I tried to plan it in from the beginning with the baseboards being above the frame so I can sink some bits of it and raise up some others. I think the other challenge is to get it geologically correct...that’s another challenge though!
  6. Glad to hear it! I’ve just found the pic didn’t actually upload . I’ll try again.
  7. Happily We’ve managed to avoid being flooded by the great Ouse over the past few days though we’ve had new record water levels. hopefully I’ll get round to doing some stuff today and take some pictures. Just for the moment though I did stumble across another water jolly Dale pic featuring a down midland home signal on the up side of the line.
  8. Thanks David! Just for comparison here are a few 'real rails'....
  9. Sounds lots of fun Malc and that's the most important thing I think! I did some track painting tests today on some old track. Not sure what I think really... It's sleeper grime with various shades of brown on the rails.... Various.... This is here for the Railmatch dark rust Humbrol 118 Humbrol 62 Humbrol 186 Matt 29 Sleeper Grime alone
  10. I know it and have driven by many times! that would have been my dream but I got the 1980's in Chesterfield instead... I have was as a kid always fascinated by all the tunnels in Matlock Bath and seeing bits and bats on the way to Buxton to see mums friend there. She lived on Ash Terrace right next to the line that joins the Midland and LNWR - in fact in the famous photo of the loco which has come down the embankment you can see the laundry next to her end of terrace. Mum used to do dog agility training just behind the turntable - I was very impressed with how much Peak Rail had done and how much interesting stuff there was there...but that would have been no substitute for the real thing! Thanks Malc! Rich
  11. Hi. I’ve had a look through my books and E M Morton’s pics on David Heys super website and all I’ve managed to find is that it was a colour light in August 1955. My gut reaction would be that originally it was a distant and was replaced by a colour light. That’s what happened for Bakewell’s up distant I believe.
  12. Thanks Al. What ballast is that please?
  13. I'm on annual leave this week so I've been doing some work in the loft. Firstly I've wired up some more points. I can't say soldering is my fave thing but since I've started using DCC concepts flux and solder I've had more success. I've tried to solder to the base of the rail as I don't like the wires showing. I've also discovered the merits of files and a fibreglass pen! Also I've been doing some viaduct surgery. It's based on the short 3 arch viaduct north of Millers Dale. I based the proportions from the drawing of Headstone viaduct in Bill Hudsons book. A mate of mine who is a master carpenter built it with me but did about 90% of the work so the credit is due to him. He did a super job. However in the summer I found a website with the actual measurements and the distance from the arch top to the parapet was too large. So long story short I removed the ply road bed with the cork on which saves me about 12mm and makes it just about correct. So what I'm going to do is add in some ply between the supports and then stick a layer of 1mm styrene sheets on top to be the new base of the road bed. Then I'll run it through a bandsaw to bring the parapet height down too. That's the plan! One last thing, in the previous layout I just sprayed the track with Railmatch sleeper grime with geoscenics 2mm limestone. I was planning to paint the track itself with a different brown colour but didn't get around to it before we moved. Would anyone have any suggestions as to other ways to make the track look good please?! Finally, it seems like my friend here is a model railway fan. I test ran my Peckett - he followed it round the loop with great interest.
  14. Thanks Malc for your comment - might I ask where you lived please?
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