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    Not close enough to North Devon or the Kominato Railway!
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    Pottering with 0 gauge with a 1970s80s slant - both French and BR blue locos - weathered. Also interested in wider European O gauge - Plus French & Japanese rural railways / North Devon Railways / narrow gauge and industrial railways.

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  1. I was at Peterborough Nene Valley Saturday and grabbed a quick coffee at Railworld and saw 804. Glad it still exists.
  2. Ballasting now complete and smaller details starting to go in. Incredibly useful is a Poundland small umbrella (other umbrellas are available!). The channel sections on the umbrella will be used for guttering in the buildings. Some of the small rods from the umbrella are excellent for point rodding!
  3. Really interesting thread. I’ve had a soft spot for 48 and 88 DS Rustons for many years; always being very taken with the immaculate red 88 DS at Hilsea gasworks in the early 1980s. I’ve just purchased and part built the excellent Bowater Models gauge 1 88DS loco kit. The kit is in laser cut resin sheet. Was a joy to build. Efforts so far are in the attached photos. I plan to finish the motorised chassis (whole lot purchased from Bowater models giving change from 140 pounds). Usual disclaimer applies; I’m not linked to Bowaters Models - just a delighted customer. https://shop.bowatersmodels.co.uk/collections/motive-power/products/1-32-scale-ruston-88ds Further detailing of my loco; beyond what’s in the kit; to occur - Notably hand rail fitment. The prototype pictures posted on here are an absolute blessing - much appreciated Paul
  4. Track has seen an overall spray of Matt brown and rails painted with a rust shade of Tamiya acrylic paint. The attached picture shows the full length of the scenic section: Fiddle yards to go in both ends. Despite the compact size I have another four buildings to scratchbuild. As I create multiple cameos. Track is PECO flat bottom and both points have PECO micro switches wired in; for reliability. After some minor tamping (well track realignment) the ballasting will begin. Points will be controlled by my favourite approach - wire in tube.
  5. I’ve cracked on with building work for the layout these past few days and this morning given the German rail bus a run. Jugoslavian Railways acquired from Germany these machines and they subsequently ended up with Croatian and Serbian Railways. A repaint into Silver and Blue is set to occur. Efforts focused on the building at right in the picture. Converted to use as a bar. All buildings in shot are scratchbuilt using A3 foam board with laser cut window frames acquired at an o gauge guild event in Winchester in 2018. All of the buildings require guttering and down pipes, plus chimneys and weathering.
  6. Cracking on with the layout today. Notably Work on the river - Perspex box section (from a PECO box for roof tiles cut up and inserted to the river Channel then painted with PVA glue. Several more layers of PVA to come; once first layer has ‘gone off’. Plus I am on with the next building - the old waterworks/mill which now serves as a bar; opposite the station building. Finally (and at the start of today. I spray painted the station platform - it’s MDF. Initially spray painted Halfords grey primer. Then 10mm edges masked off for the length of the platform. Unmasked surface then sprayed dually with white and grey primer. I’m pleased with the effect. all the best Paul
  7. Cracking on with scenery. Electro static grass applied yesterday. Then some work on the river today and the next building. Few photos of progress and a map to follow this weekend to show the layout. all the best Paul
  8. So my O gauge layout is firming up. I settled on top left hand corner of Serbia. Before Christmas I built the station building using foam board; then over Christmas started the low relief buildings. I’ve imagined a branch line close to the border with Croatia. I did hours of research on the internet looking at buildings in Serbia to get the look right and the colours of the buildings before I started construction. The baseboard is 6 foot long; almost like a guitar shape - wide at one end. Track is PECO flat bottom and laid before Christmas - I’ll post a track /layout diagram this week - mind it’s only two sets of points; giving a single track running line and two sidings. Rolling stock wise; I have my scratchbuilt Croatian Co-Co diesel which is nearly finished. Plus a German ‘sinobus’ railcar - a Lenz model. Jugoslavian Railways purchased the rail buses second hand from DB. Then at the collapse of Yugoslavia the rail buses were divided among the former constituent parts of the JZ rail business - including Croatia and Serbia. The model unit will need a respray from German colours to blue/silver of Serbian railways. Plus a few diesel shunters on hand. The Croatian station building - I built in 2017/18 - see earlier in this thread will appear on a layout at some stage in the future. More photos will follow. Stay safe. Paul
  9. Some photos to follow in next few days - but first a wider update. The project has morphed into wider Balkan railways project - so is now set in the top left hand corner of Serbia - meaning an excuse to run Croatian; Serbian and Hungarian rolling stock; as there is a confluence of borders. My scratch built Croatian railways 2044 class diesel had stalled the past 8 weeks as I’ve pressed on with the baseboard; track laying and scratchbuilding town and railway buildings. Having track down will drive me to finish the loco. The original baseboards - two 4 foot boards hinged to one another were so heavy they were scrapped (well recycled). I plan to exhibit the layout but original boards so heavy. So watch this space! I’ll amend the title of the thread too. Stay safe and well. Paul
  10. About your point on overlap of steam and diesel Barnaby hope the following helps Southern Region steam ended Summer 67 Western Region steam end of 1965 - but odd overlaps - Bath Bournemouth steam (on S&D) until March 1966 Midland Region August 1968 Eastern Region 1966 (I think) Preservedbristishsteamlocomotives.com has a table by loco class and by year Hope that helps. Paul
  11. Thanks so much Russell. I do love the NZ EMDs. Some more progress to come on the loco - it’s my first scratchbuilt diesel. Split a great base for the area and the night sleeper from Split is still hauled by an EMD; with a mix of day and night coaches and a car carrier wagon. Heaven is the 2153 Split Zagreb with a 2044 class loco; powering up the steep gradient from Split and a glass of dark beer; with the carriage window open!
  12. Bogie side frames are all cut and I’ve started the layering to build up the thickness. If I was really clever I’d make a resin cast. As it was I made a paper template - took a few attempts until I was happy - then started cutting the plastic. Will work on over the weekend and post further progress. Paul
  13. You are very welcome Guy. I worked for the railway (still do); and had a real interest in wagon types. The 1980s saw large scale use of PGA 4 wheel hopper wagons for aggregate including ex salt carrying PGAs. The early to mid 80s started seeing (new) bogie stone hoppers appearing at both Whatley and Merehead. In the 1988 shot of Pride of Whtley youll see a bogie hopper (TOPS code PHA?) which carried Tarmac related aggrgate. Paul
  14. 2nd VGA nearly finished; had a run out today with the other VGA wagon I built plus an OCA wagon I built some ten years ago from a Mendip Models kit. Cracking on this pm with the Vanwide; working on its brake gear.
  15. Here we go - 261 at Whatley in July 1987 - Im fairly sure that Pride of Whatley arrived by October that year - it was certainly working when I went back to Whatley in 1988, late October. Both my photos/copyright. Paul
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