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    I'm lucky in having a converted loft for my modelling, room enough for a roundy roundy, but instead there's a series of half finished layouts, BLT sort of thing, on shelving round the room. I work in O scale, as I like the bulk, but not the cost, so everything gets done on the cheap, mainly scratch building with very slow progress.I tend to model things I've never seen, old pre-group British Isles, 1900 European, and transitional Amerilcan "fallen flags", and then there's the "whimsy" side of things. You'd be right in thinking I've got too many interests, I'm just very fond of railways all round, and always have been. (All my working life was with BR) Since joining RMweb I'm really enjoying seeing different persons all doing fascinating work with their take on modelling. A bit like being in a really good model show and club in the comfort of your own home, but more basic than that, it’s the people you get to know through this web, which I value.

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  1. Thanks for putting that link in, Stephen, most informative. Makes me fancy another prototype to model, as if I’m trying to do too much, now, Ho hum.
  2. One interesting placing can still be seen at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway. It’s fairly clear that the livestock and the wagons weren’t left standing about.
  3. Fair enough, I love them to bits, it’s just unfortunate timing.
  4. Having kids is all very well and good, but then they have kids, and next thing you know “mum and dad, could you look after the girls this weekend?” What happens Sunday? yeah...
  5. Mmmm? http://irishrailarchives.ie/index.php/2019/05/03/dublin-blessington-tramway-archive-photo-feature/
  6. That was the line that served Oradour, scene of the infamous SS massacre. The village was totally abandoned and left as a memorial, so there’s bits of the tramway still there left running through the village. Theres a tale of Nazi gold linking into this, with a Briton getting incarcerated by the French Revenue service, but that will have to keep, and let Kevin get some track down.
  7. Lightning stripes. Nice and dignified.
  8. So pushing on with the Beep, the handrails were gently tweaked out, (they’re a push fit) and the window glazing popped out. Then try to strip the paint off, time was I would just let it soak in a tinful of hydraulic brake fluid, and a wrinkled paint skin would nearly float off. These days I use Phoenix Supastrip, which involves more effort, you might get some blistering, but there’s a tendency to combine with the paint in a kind of sludge. Then it’s try to shift this with white spirit, wiping with a tissue, then repeat the cycle, to eventually get there. I fancied having a freight Beep, rather than a passenger Beep, so I trimmed the train heating bits off the short hood, then blanked and filled the holes. The bodyshell came in a Taylor Trucks box this time, (they’re an American manufacturer specialising in commercial road vehicle models) and I’m glad to say the resin was much better to work on, not at all as brittle as the previous one, which came in a RMT box. Then cement in double thickness strips of .060” styrene sheet, around the inside under the deck and across the ends. Pads of the same go on top at each end to mount the Kadee 801s on. The deck of the Atlas switcher is trimmed to fit inside. You'll see that outside frames, also plastikard, have been added under the deck, with dummy side bogie frames on the outside, and a brace across both ends. Then a primer coat of grey, and a nice serviceable coat of black paint on top. I say black, but I always mix in quite a bit of grey with the black, so it’s really a charcoal grey shade, and you do get a bit more light reflected off it. it’s had a run along the line, making a terrific clatter, very surefooted and purposeful, so now to finish the paint job and put the handrails back.
  9. The fun place to be was Dunston Staithes, over on the other side of the river. You had a few hopper wagons loaded with coal, and J72 0-6-0t at the back end, setting off on a charge out of the sidings at the bottom, and climbing up a steep incline through a reverse curve on to a high trestle over the river. The stop had to be judged a treat, as there was nothing beyond the buffer stops but a drop into the river. The loco cut off and ran back down, then the hoppers were worked by gravity, to be spotted over the drop, and the doors released. The coal would tumble down into the ships hold, with plenty of dust, then down the Tyne and the east coast, mainly to London power stations.
  10. Move the Buckower Kleinbahn to Surrey? https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=buckower+kleinbahn&client=safari&hl=en-gb&prmd=nimv&sxsrf=ACYBGNSz9VSC7gbsgIQhjKgwB7nNEfM2Ew:1579346245545&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwijsMWfg43nAhXgTxUIHchgDkcQ_AUoAnoECA4QAg&biw=1024&bih=698#imgrc=X4HAatxDVvMUWM&imgdii=LyUmQ5uiLYK-RM
  11. Roco do a BR169 in HO? https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Roco-4128-B-Electric-Locomotive-Br-169-DB-Mint-Boxed/352844623516?hash=item52272dae9c:g:zaAAAOSwsw9dwcR9
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