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  1. Talking about the Duchess of Atholl reminds me of the day a friend brought a rather battered version to visit. Being 3-rail, she couldn't run on my layout, but still managed to look stately:
  2. A visiting Wrenn "Clan Line" lends a 1950s aura to the Dorking Garden Railway, below. I wonder if Wrenn cheated and just used the HD West Country body and chassis, which is presumably too short for a Merchant Navy (and maybe even for a West Country) .
  3. Indeed. What a superb railway. I followed your Facebook link to where you have scores of fine photos (somehow the most realistic ones often seem to be in black & white, but perhaps that's just my conditioning from too many old railway books!). The pictures here are also most effective in showing how you've managed to capture just what an NG line might look like. Thanks for sharing the very atmospheric results of your hard work.
  4. Thanks to all those of you who contributed thoughts in response to my query about replacing Hornby Dublo metal wheels with insulated alternatives; there's plenty for me to reflect on. Meanwhile, here are a few photos of the Hornby Dublo 8F enjoying winter sunshine on my Dorking Garden Railway:
  5. Wagons Roll! A question about re-wheeling Hornby Dublo 3-rail wagons As I now only run a 2-rail railway, I want a good solution to replacing Hornby Dublo metal wheelsets with insulated ones. Is there an effective way of putting modern needlepoint wheelsets into those tinplate retainers that clip inside HD wagon axleboxes (and coaches, for that matter)? If so, I haven't found it yet. Or can anyone please recommend a source of Hornby Dublo compatible insulated wheelsets? Thanks for your help. Here's a photo of some of those wonderful cast-bodied mineral wagons in the snow last year:
  6. Hornby Dublo pictures here I've just stumbled across your fascinating thread. Some people may also like to see a few photos of occasional HD rolling stock in action on my 00 garden railway: https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/84103-dorking-garden-railway-videos-in-00-scale/&do=findComment&comment=3066227 https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/84103-dorking-garden-railway-videos-in-00-scale/&do=findComment&comment=1936593 https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/84103-dorking-garden-railway-videos-in-00-scale/&do=findComment&comment=2016039 There may be a few more if you skim through the thread. Hope they're useful!
  7. Adding smoke effects to a model railway I've taken up smoking! A first attempt is shown in this video (please ignore the opening INVALID caption inserted by software gremlins): https://youtu.be/meFiPPiyLRk Plenty of scope for improving on these faltering first steps - as well as for getting the hang of the new video editing software.
  8. Catching the Winter Sunshine We've had quite a few uncharacteristically sunny February days recently, but last weekend was the first opportunity to dust off the railway, polish up the track and get something running. These photos feature the DGR's stalwart BR Standard Class 4MT, first caught here crossing Foxdale Bank: Then here whistling a greeting to the Throstlebeck Sidings signalman And finally a bit of late afternoon glint (shame the offside front steps are missing, but such things tend to happen on garden railways): In between the still photography I was shooting video and trying to introduce smoke effects -- but that's another story.
  9. Thanks, Paul. Fortunately I found those coaches secondhand (and very cheap). They are old Graham Farish brand, and if you look carefully you may see they are lettered LNER and have a woodgrain teak effect. Of course this wasn't how Annie and Clarabel were finished, but it's probably close enough.
  10. Winter Sunshine Seeing today's bright weather, the Fat Controller suggested Thomas should show off his new brake pipes and front coupling by posing for some photos with recently-arrived Annie and Clarabel. Even the troublesome trucks were happy to join in the fun.
  11. 'Tis still just about the season, so a very Happy Christmas to all our readers! Here's a suitable photo, of Jubilee "Hong Kong" with its parcels train heralding the delights of Christmas:
  12. There's a much better documentary in National Geographic's "Seconds from Disaster" series called "Wreck of the Sunset Limited". In contrast to the over-dramatised mystery of Medical Detectives, this 45 minute programme makes clear the obvious cause, which was a bridge originally designed to swing, without stops but with CWR laid across it, which was then knocked out of alignment by a barge which had taken a wrong turning in fog. Sadly, it the train had been running to time, it would have reached the bridge before the barge. The programme hasn't always been accessible in the UK, but is currently here: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4i17ve
  13. Australian Narrow Gauge - Dawdling through the Dandenongs The recent weeks of murky weather haven't been conducive to garden railway operations, so it's good to recall the more cheerful days of September and the Indian summer we enjoyed. One afternoon we had a very special visitor in the form of Frank with his Baldwin-pattern 2-6-2T from the Victorian Railways 2'6" gauge line in the Dandenong Ranges. This line, now preserved as the Puffing Billy Railway, was built in the early 1900s and saw some hard times, although it seemed to be surviving alright when the following photos were taken during its early decades. The fireman waves to the camera during shunting activities at Gembrook Number 6A dawdles through the Dandenongs with a goods train The driver keeps an eye out as the train runs across the Northern Viaduct... ...from where it's best not to look down!
  14. We Shall Remember Them It seems appropriate today to post photos of Wagons-Lits rolling stock, including dining car 2419D in which the armistice was signed exactly a hundred years ago. These models by Liliput and Pocher arrived as a gift from Philip when I went to last month's ever-excellent O Gauge American and Continental Exhibition at Winchester. The photos would have been taken either during the First World War or very shortly afterwards, at carriage sidings somewhere, possibly even those at Landy outside Paris. The Wagons-Lits rolling stock is being serviced before being attached to various international expresses to run across Europe as through coaches, or indeed as complete trains in various versions of the Orient Express. Many of these services continued to run despite the war. Dining car 2419D, which had only been built in 1914, was taken out of service in September 1919 and preserved for its historic significance. Eventually it came to a sticky end, and the car bearing that number seen in France today is a renumbered stablemate. Eventually the varnished teak gave way to the more modern blue livery. Here's a sleeping car in teak. All ready for intrigue! 2419D again and a sleeper, both in teak: This end shot of a dining car shows the space-saving storage lockers provided each side of the corridor connection:
  15. Thanks Paul. Yes, anyone who knows anything about Thomas understands that Annie and Clarabel are bogie coaches, not four wheeled jobs. I'm on the lookout for a couple of secondhand ones that I can respray to the right light-brown colour, but as our grandson is only three weeks old, I don't need to rush.
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