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  1. Just beginning to dip the aged toe into 1:100 - still nothing really definite as yet, but I thought it best to try a few buildings for a start, to make sure that I like the scale. The Three Mile House is a tribute to the late John Ahern, whose little book Miniature Building Construction has been a source of delight to me for many years. Based on his sketch of The Duchess of Albany pub, which was an Ushers house in Salisbury, my effort has been transposed to a Dales of Cambridge pub in East Anglia. It isn't finish
  2. John, de rien, c'est mon plaisir! Thanks for your kind words. To be honest a lot of these pics were taken as shots on proof rolls after I had done a restoration or repair, so they are not "fine art" or anything, merely things that caught my eye, but it's nice to share them on here. Best, Mike
  3. Thanks for your encouragement! Shortly after crossing the viaduct the line divides, and here on the left 141 TD 740 climbs strongly away towards Lavaufranche, while the line at the right descends through the tunnel towards the abandoned coalfields at Lavaveix les Mines, and then onwards to Aubusson and Felletin. I always think that this pic looks as if it was a photograph of a model railway, rather than the real thing! 1952 Welmy Six As a little diversion, here are a couple of photos taken in Felletin, now the terminus of the line on the right in the
  4. Here's a pic of what I think is a Sprague-Thompson trailer car, - it's in a field not far from where I live! RATP, the Paris metro, usually run a Sprague set, pretty original except for upgraded brakes(!) on the Jours de Patrimoine, usually the first or second weekend in September. Cheers, Mike
  5. Bit of a false start there! No sooner had I posted the first pic in this thread than France Telecom began the installation of fibre optic internet in this part of Creuse, and although it's very welcome it has caused a lot of service interruptions. Anyway, a couple of infrastructure pics. 1952 Welmy Six Having left Gueret the first stop is Busseau sur Creuse, once a busy junction for trains from the extensive coal mines in the area but now only handling a couple of daily passenger trains in each direction. The relative size of the station in an otherwise quit
  6. I have lived in Limousin since 2004, and although I am an avid rail enthusiast, I also enjoy(?) restoring and using vintage cameras, so here are a selection of photos taken when the two interests coincided. They are not in any particular geographic order, and I cannot be certain of dates, because of a couple of computer disasters, and film cameras don't have exif data! And on the subject of cameras, bear in mind that most of these pics were taken with various folding cameras, some dating from before WW2 and the youngest at least 60 years old, so they are not the same as digital c
  7. OK, thanks for your encouragements! I'll start a thread, and see how we go! Best, mike
  8. Thanks for your encouragement! I have a lot of photos of railways and trains around Limousin, but another of my hobbies is restoring vintage cameras, so they are mostly black and white. Do you think there would be any interest on here, if I were to start a thread? Best, Mike
  9. Yes, until the early 2000's there was also a daily through train from Clermont Ferrand to Bordeaux via Brive le Gaiilard, but this got cut back to Ussel - Bordeaux a few years later, and has now disappeared altogether, as has the other Clermont-Bordeaux service via Limoges- Montluçon. Here is the class 67 of the afternoon Ussel- Bordeaux, backing on after running round the four coach train at Tulle, in I think, 2009. At least one if not two of the coaches were corridor stock, - this was the last time I rode in one of these in revenue service in France. Mike
  10. I agree with Campaman, that pdf's are ideal for sharing drawings - I've never used Libre Office, but it sounds pretty good. Another good program for graphic design for models is Inkscape, which is what I use. It is free, can open or save in a wide range of file types, and can even be made to save in Autocad .dxf, for use in CNC devices like plotters or laser cutters. It's default format is .svg , scaleable vector graphics. It is a good compromise between simple drawing programs and a full blown CAD suite like Autocad, which I reckon is a bit over the top for model buildings, but I hav
  11. Very nice model. Alex! Well done! Mike
  12. Chapeau! Very imaginative, and beautifully realised, Well done! Mike
  13. Rear View Some time ago, I showed the photo below of New Prospect Lane, and it gives some idea of the frontages of the houses in the lane. They are all based on Scalescenes 'Row of Cottages', but because I wanted them to descend down a slope they are built as pairs of semis, rather than a terrace. I also used these buildings to compare different materials for construction, mostly with the aim of weight reduction, but also ways of easing construction, and this rear view shows some of my efforts. Except for the fourth pair, I used 3mm MDF for the gab
  14. Thanks for your interest and encouragement. I am slowly working towards making a little video of this model, but to be honest I'm a little bit out of my comfort zone, so it's going to be a while! As for starting to move - yes, it is strange to see wagons begin to move with no apparent motive force, but I should explain that R&R were built for another layout, where they were used to move stock in and out of hidden sidings from a traverser, only rarely appearing "in the flesh" and when they did, the origin of their movement was unseen. Coupling the motor vans to an unpowered l
  15. More Road Vehicles Mid 1950's AEC Mercury. This is another Base Toys hybrid with a scratch built frame for the tank and pipe trays. Like most British vehicles of this era there was no power steering, so when parking alongside a wall or loading bay it was usual to leave the front wheels in a position that would reduce the effort on the steering wheel at low speed, when beginning to move off again. I have tried to reproduce this effect in some of the trucks in the model. Here are some pics of how it was done. First, a section of the chas
  16. I hesitate to comment on someonelse's thread, especially this superb series of dioramas, but do so only to answer the question about the figures. They are undoubtedly made by Modelu - they are 3D printed figures, the result of scanning real people in 3D, so they don't get much more authentic! They come un-painted in scales ranging from 1:148 up to 1:19, and there are many footplate figures in the range , both steam and diesel/electric. They are amazingly realistic! No connection, just saying. https://www.modelu3d.co.uk/ Mike
  17. Motorised Vans continued. Here's a few closer pics and description of the motor vans: The motor is a little Mashima 1020, driving through a 108:1 gearbox, both of which came from a High Level L&Y Pug conversion, which I never carried out, and the whole thing is axle hung, much like many full size diesel electric locos. In order to get a reasonable degree of traction from the 12.5mm dia. wheels I machined grooves for traction tyres in the wheel treads, and made a mould to cast the massive lead weight. Long screws from underneath hold the weight and three bra
  18. Thanks for sharing this! I've really enjoyed looking at your progress, it's very imaginative - makes my efforts look very prosaic! Best, Mike
  19. Kevin, you are too generous with your praise, but many thanks! It isn't fantastic modelling, but it is, perhaps, a little different. There are quite a lot of things that I would do differently if I do another layout, but that is what test beds are for - to show up flaws or highlight problems! For example, the axles are still running in the plastic bearings, instead of decent metal ones, so they are wearing at an alarming rate, I have yet to build a properly working R/C signal, and so on, but it keeps the grey cell from sleeping!! ( I have found some more detailed phot
  20. Rolling stock or Motive power? I like the idea, on a small layout, of having what appear to be rolling stock, but are in fact motive power - they allow more complex movements than would be possible with only one loco, without making the layout look cluttered with a second loco. Also, loose shunting was almost universal in the days of mixed freight and mineral yards, and motorised vans can do it very well! This was one of the main reasons for building New Prospect Lane, to provide a platform to test some different ideas about train control and operation. There is noth
  21. Hello Alan, glad you enjoyed my ramblings! Now, for cutting pockets and apertures or for cutting grooves and trenches, nothing beats a small router - they will work in any kind of wood or composite, and with very little modification they are just as effective in foam. What needs to be done is the base of the router needs polishing, so that only light force is needed to guide it. The base of the router is fitted with a guide bush, and a template, either inside or outside, is made which controls the path of the router cutter - depth of cut is set on the router itself. I use a
  22. Bill, yes, it was just the same in the numerous little yards in the Forest of Dean, mostly steel mineral wagons either loaded or empty, lots of 'em, but it was all done at walking pace or less, much loose shunting, with the shunter walking alongside the wagons to put the brakes on! Trying to get these slow speed effects in a model is what led me into radio control in the first place! Best, Mike
  23. Kevin, many thanks for your kind words! The pic is from a layout I started some years ago, when I got back into railway modelling - I still have it but it's unlikely ever to be finished - too big, too complex, and badly thought out! Still, it's what got me interested in smaller layouts!! Best, Mike
  24. A bit about Gronks and Speed These 08's were the most numerous of any class of locomotive built for Britains railways, just under a thousand were built before production ceased in 1962. They had a 6 cylinder turbocharged English Electric diesel producing 350 bhp, weighed 50 tons, and almost all of them were governed to a maximum speed of 15 mph. So, pulling or pushing a 20 ton brake van there is a starting load of at least 70 tons, and despite having a lot of tractive effort (35,000 lbf/160kN) for a relatively light engine, they do not accelerate like a modern car! (Consider
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