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  1. Hi John, I sometimes have the urge to model the interior of Glasgow works, just for this reason - to photograph "works in progress"! Martyn.
  2. 6123 finds itself in the works once again (not unlike the prototype I understand), owing to a shoddy nose end paint job last time round, which has irked me ever since. Modelstrip has got rid of most of the old paint but I didn't want to use anything harsher due to the many bits stuck on (as "fussy" front ends go, this one is right up there.....); I still managed to dislodge a marker light and headcode disc, as well as pushing a windscreen in though, and further work is needed before any new paint is applied.
  3. It's not beyond the realms of possibility that a third siding could have been added if it was needed. Did the layout incorporate the gradient into the platform/loop? Photo from the line up from Holywell Junction, showing the grade into the platform (just beyond bridge on right side, where the gradient eased), more or less where the point into the loop was, with goods yard on the level to the left side. (NB beyond the bridge has been substantially infilled since closure.) And looking in the same direction from where the Coal Office once stood at the end of th
  4. Thanks for that Bob, how sad regarding the club rooms and loss of layouts. Shunting with the 2 sidings (level) plus loop line (on a gradient) is broadly similar to an Inglenook design with a restricted headshunt, but longer sidings obviously, plus the need to finish up with 2 brakevans at the front and rear of the train. The passenger operations are very basic with a Push/Pull train of course.
  5. On 25th September 1981, the DVR Directors hired a BR Class 100 DMU for a final management run along the line from Layerthorpe to Dunnington (it was not the final train however). Having built such a unit from Worseley Works etched sides & ends, using a Hornby DMU as a base, this can now be replicated. The BMC van used by the PW gang can perhaps now be fixed in place, it usually resides near the platform gate but is a little hidden from most angles. Possibly not the best location for it either!
  6. I have been working on some rolling stock so I set the layout up for the first time in about a year so a running session could take place. A Bachmann Mk.1 Suburban coach has been repainted BR Blue to represent that used on some of the 1977 Steam services, running with a Mk.1 BCK. My reworked model of "Joem" (relined Mainline body on a Bachmann chassis) has had the wheels sprayed black and the connecting rods picked out in red as running at the time and the chassis given a service, wheels cleaned etc. Vacuum pipes have been added and a crew is next on the list to distract the eye from the
  7. Hi Sion, I replied to your PM before seeing this, the only other specifically WM&CQ one is a Buckley Traders Wagon for shipping narrow gauge traders brick wagons from Buckley to Connah's Quay, converted from a Hornby 4 plank wagon. I need to cast some NG Traders wagons to load it with. Martyn.
  8. I don't have any plans currently for more units but if that changes I will let you know Martin. I was just thinking with your ability to cut sides out as and when needed, it would be easy to make several of the same type, if you have suitable donors. Cheers, Martyn.
  9. Looking good Nick, looking forward to more pics of Traws in due course.
  10. Are you thinking doing more of those you have already done, or something not already covered?
  11. Indeed Neil, 5370 and 5380 were the locos in question! I have the former, the latter may be added at a later date, along with 5389, who knows! Never mind the 26's, 24's with the Glasgow sealed doors and central discs running in 1972 in blue is a Mastermind subject in itself!
  12. Hi John, When I started modelling this period I wanted to capture "typical" liveries from the period - this turned out to be a far more complex topic than I initially thought, where so many livery / number / arrows variations existed that a massive number were one-offs, or almost so - as an example a photo at Eastfield shows 2 class 27s together - one in green FYE with no stripe; the only one so treated iirc, the other in 2-tone green FYE, of which there were only 2! So it really is a minefield! Martyn.
  13. No I don't have either of those books as it happens! I put a request for info in regarding 5150 on a Facebook group and ended up with 3 or 4 photos showing both sides (as you say it can be a nightmare finding photos of both sides from the same time!) One was of the loco next to Cowlairs Signal Box in 1972 (iirc). I did 2 of my 3 Hornby 29 conversions the same way, mounting them on Bachy class 25 chassis. The third (6107) had the Hornby motor bogie replaced with a plain block and is fitted with Alan Gibson spoked wheels, though they are largely invisible. Thanks for the
  14. Hi Neil, Thanks. I did wonder at what appeared to be a single exhaust haze if it was the sole blue class 21, as it doesn't seem to have the vents either end of the central roof hatch either. Your class 20 looks very good, looks suitably "different" with the bodyside numbers, a style I quite fancy copying at some point if I find a blue one. Yes, the rarity of the green 105 vehicles with full yellow ends is what made me decide to repaint the DMBS blue; iirc there were only 4 or 5 cars so treated, and one of the photos I have seen is formed thus. I
  15. The layout had been packed away for a few weeks due to other household priorities but was set up last night so that a Gaugemaster CDU could be added into the wiring, along with some neo magnets for uncoupling in a couple of locations. A fair bit of running then took place, just to check both worked as intended, obviously! A little paint and scenic treatment will hide the magnets, a figure or barrel (or similar) will be used Trackside to mark their location. And some shunting around! Hornby rebuild 6107 is currently unmotorised so was a useful Guinea pig for this.
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