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    Rly modelling, research, photography, train travel

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  1. Thanks Les All well here - about to go away for a couple of days with the caravan now that it's permitted again......... I tend to go with natural, fairly grey granite chip ballast, except for the sidings and yards which are done in a pretty grotty earth covering. I get annoyed when I see goods yards with immaculate stone ballast which the old companies would never have spent money on - particularly the NBR! A lot of the ballast in this area is now more reddish stone than granite, as well as you say, stained with brake dust.
  2. I was “inspired” by a pic of a (real) EE Type 4 at Arbroath the other day, and went for a few diesel shots on the line today. 4 diesels beside the old NBR North yard pictured over the “shed that never was,” with some of the rolling Angus hills and Arbroath mills in the background. The Type 2 has disappeared northwards and the fitted freight behind the Type 4 rattles and sways to a stop at the Up gantry - methinks the driver has overshot slightly……... Meanwhile the Type 2 splutters northwards along the “re-opened” Forfar line, (which neatly takes it to the North Storage Lines). Tomorrow’s heavy rain clouds are massing above….. All in all, quite a fun running session. Kind regards Ken M
  3. The cobbles look as though they've seen lots of traffic and rough repairs - the ones through Dundee's docks were very similar and played havoc with car suspension as I remember.... and the loco's not bad either!
  4. Correct - 46464 is going (back), to Aviemore where it ran for a while quite few years ago before somebody lit a fire without checking that was water in the boiler, which not surprisingly caused some damage, taking it out of service. It was moved down to Bridge of Dun for general restoration, but lack of resources meant pretty slow progress. There is now and agreement with the Strathspey to take it back and complete the job. Details on the Strathspey website.
  5. You're correct - it is Scoonie Hobbies which is pretty low on stock at the moment, but the banter with the friendly staff makes it very worthwhile to visit.
  6. A - nother birthday took me to local model shop in Kirkcaldy to come away with a second Ivatt class 2 loco to match my other one acquired some years ago. They now nicely reproduce the "Arbroath Twins," 46463 and 46464, which alternated serving goods traffic to Arbroath. Some reasonably quick work with craft knife and methfix transfers renumbered the "donor" loco 46460, as 46464. Also pictured is a nice BR standard unfitted livery brake van, bought at the same time. Some weathering to do, but the "twins" will serve the layout very well. You're correct - it is Scoonie Hobbies which is pretty low on stock at the moment, but the banter with the friendly staff makes it very worthwhile to visit.
  7. So you want me to fit the shorter engine/tender connectors, then?
  8. A pair of Ivatt class 2's going about their duties in Arbroath yard. They look suspiciously clean.............
  9. A - nother birthday took me to local model shop in Kirkcaldy to come away with a second Ivatt class 2 loco to match my other one acquired some years ago. They now nicely reproduce the "Arbroath Twins," 46463 and 46464, which alternated serving goods traffic to Arbroath. Some reasonably quick work with craft knife and methfix transfers renumbered the "donor" loco 46460, as 46464. Also pictured is a nice BR standard unfitted livery brake van, bought at the same time. Some weathering to do, but the "twins" will serve the layout very well.
  10. Group 2: Queen Street and Victoria Street at their junction with Colvill Place which bridges the southbound main line. A trespassing shot looking along the southbound platform, (platform 2 as was, now platform 1). Newly "armed" bracket signal on the southbound line from Montrose with St Vigeans Junction signal box in the far distance down the hill. More than enough for just now - must get out into the sunshine, and the garden.............
  11. Especially for Reinder, but for general consumption as well - some pics around the layout yesterday. Group 1: A warts and all shot of one half of the layout - you can see why my wife is always nagging me to tidy up beneath the baseboards. The loft access is on the LHS via an old but very good Slingsby ladder. The central loop line needs landscaping! Looking down on the main booking office and Keptie Street bridge. My version of the loco sheds with the former NBR North goods yard on the left - someone must have been cleaning out the ashpit - it looks too clean... A rural view of the Forfar loop line as it crosses Brothock Water.
  12. Sorry for misreading your name - too impetuous by half! Glad you like Scotland - there's a lot to like.
  13. Thanks for your kind comments, Reindeer - I've never spoken to a reindeer before.............. Is English your second language - only joking! I'll do some general view shots for you later, Sorry for misreading your name - too impetuous by half! Glad you like Scotland - there's a lot to like.
  14. A long time ago it was suggested that I post a pic of my Arbroath North signal cabin at night on this thread - Here it is then......... Quite a big file, but there is a fair bit of detail.
  15. Thanks for your kind comments, Reindeer - I've never spoken to a reindeer before.............. Is English your second language - only joking! I'll do some general view shots for you later,
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