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Signalman Rich

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    Bath, England
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    GWR broad gauge, Light railways, Somerset & Dorset Railway, Modelling locos and stock in card

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  1. Hello John (Archer) Jim Read, the author of the article that Johng (above) posted in the GOG Gazette has a blog that is worth looking at. He has several small layouts that he has built on his blog, as well as info on economically building locos, wagons, a controller etc. If you Google " Jim Read model railways" it lists his blogspot and also lists his writings on RMweb - a very useful resource for those of us interested in economical 7mm scale modelling. Try http://ogaugemicro.blogspot.com As an aside I would recommend re-joining the Gauge O Guild. One gains access to the Gazette Archive as well as the Forum which continues to be a fantastic resource of advice on all sorts of practical modelling topics. Each Gazette ( four each year ) has reviews of current products and loads of 7mm scale adverts that are worth their weight in gold to aid finding particular castings or kits. The 'Traders' section lists and provides links to most if not all the traders who provide 'stuff' in 7mm scale. I hope this may be helpful. Best wishes Rich
  2. I left home at 5.54am on Saturday and after a trip of 115 miles arrived at Railex in time to have a breakfast ham roll and sit in the car park watching some red kites swooping and diving and generally enjoying themselves in the skies over Stoke Mandeville while the trains rattled by on the adjacent embankment. A thoroughly agreeable start to the day. What followed was one of the best, if not the best, model railway show I have ever attended. Things to like? The superb quality and variety of scales on offer in the layouts, an excellent range of traders ( and yes, I did overspend ) and a splendid venue, not too hot, not too cold, with places to sit down to look at the guide and decide where to go next. The aisles were a comfortable width even as the day progressed and the crowds grew. It was good to see others taking advantage of the opportunity to sit down and have a chinwag or a sandwich without feeling they were in the way. I came particularly to see the Cameo layouts, and was not disappointed by the quality and variety. They were all inspirational in their way and I hope that we shall hear more from their makers in the modelling press. There must be many tips and constructional lessons to be learned from such superb modelling. Perhaps their constructors could share their secrets. I would particularly like to thank the exhibitors, traders, the members of Risborough and District MRC for their efforts in organizing the show, including the selfless members of the Car Park team who stood out in the sunshine yesterday directing us punters in such a helpful way (hope it did not rain on your parade today). Those who travelled from near and far seem to have enjoyed themselves despite the efforts involved in getting there, setting up, taking down and getting home again too, hopefully tired but happy. Was it worth all the effort? From my perspective - I should say so! See you all next year! Best wishes Rich
  3. Thanks for your expertise Compound. I have shown my ignorance of matters Midland! I was thinking of the pretty little Johnson saddle tanks which I wrongly attributed to Mr Deeley. I had in mind the photo (Plate 27 in Midland wagons Volume One by R J Essery) that shows a shunter's truck that has a large box that seems to go the full width and length of the body rather than the smaller central collection of boxes with lift-up lids. The deep footboards might go further in hiding any downwards projection of the battery. I don't think Tricky would have any problem in making either of the tank engines, given his quality modelling and his lovely Johnson 0-6-0 on the layout. Regarding battery size: I have next to no practical knowledge of radio control or of the batteries, but read Giles Favell's article in MRJ 271 and was impressed by their rectangular shape as fitted into the trailer of the mechanical horse. That might be suitable? Either way I am sure that Tricky will find a solution and hopefully write about it, too. Best wishes Rich
  4. Congratulations! Following your build on RMweb and in your articles in MRJ has been an inspiration for me to pay more attention to details. It was a great pleasure to see your layout 'in the flesh' and to chat briefly about the potential for smaller batteries and their use in tank engines. Thank you for travelling up from Royal Tunbridge Wells and showing what I think will be considered to be a real milestone in 7mm building. I look forward to seeing more from your workshop in the future, maybe even a little Deeley 0-4-0 saddle tank that is radio controlled! Keep up the great work! Best wishes Rich PS Enjoy your book choice, it is well deserved. PPS Didn't the Midland have shunter's trucks (attached to their 0-4-0s?) - could be a great place for a battery!
  5. Lovely detailed modelling as ever, Mike. Thanks for the tip re: making the chamfers using nickel silver guards inside the frame voids. I hope to make Railex on the Saturday to see the Cameo layouts amongst other things. I will also be at Warminster with Alma Street Quay. Please stop by and say hello. It will be good to meet you. Best wishes Rich
  6. Don't knock the background, Mike. Looks like some good ideas for storing long thin bits. Are they Pringles lookalike tubes on the right with a cut-down cola bottle on the left with the rear section left to lean brushes etc against? Looking forward to further progress. As usual your layouts are an inspiration. Best wishes Rich
  7. Congratulations on the birth of your grandson. I am sure he will admire Grandad's wagon building like the rest of us. Lovely work as always. Best wishes Rich
  8. Hello Tricky, First: Congratulations on being one of the finalists in the Wild Swan Cameo competition. Thoroughly deserved, given the outstanding quality of your modelling. Second: For a low-tech approach to ambient sound the little Mini kits by Velleman might help. The Voice recording/Playback module MK195 records 90 seconds of sound that only requires a button push to activate. I went into the garden at about 4.30am to record the dawn chorus. Put the circuit boards into a small wood/MDF box about 100mm cube with a 50mm hole drilled in one side with Forstner bit for the speaker and it provides a little background noise that is not too oppressive. If you fancied a trip to a preserved line on a day when they run freight trains you might even get some shunting sounds..... An alternative is to use the Mini kit MK 134 Steam Engine sound generator for a loco. Choice of speed and volume, plus a generic whistle gives a little extra background ambience. I have no connection with Velleman other than a satisfied user. The kits provide a fairly simple soldering exercise, carefully done, and helpfully they each run off a 9 volt battery. The kits are both quite economically priced. I bought my kits from the sadly disappeared Maplins. Here is a link to the Vellemann page. http://www.velleman.co.uk/contents/en-uk/d4_Audio.html Hoping this may be of use/ interest. Best wishes Rich
  9. Having just come upon this thread, and thank you all for the detailed information on wagon sheets, it has just struck me from looking at the photo with sheets used as a 'pool' that the numbers appear to be on both sides of the sheet. (see the left hand 'pool'). I have never read any information on this system (numbers on both sides of sheet) being used anywhere and may be completely barking up the wrong tree but the numbers on the nearest side and the left side (of the left pool) are the same, so it must be a single sheet that has been used, rather than doubling up and two sheets being used, which is what I thought might have happened until I looked again at the numbers (10003 in both cases). Any thoughts anyone? Best wishes Rich
  10. Thanks for posting these superb photos. Like rust, brilliantly observed modelling is brilliant the world over. Truly exceptional and inspirational. Best wishes Rich
  11. Jol, Thanks for your reply. I wondered who Mr Bore was. I should have thought to check my copy of "The Trainmakers - the story of Wolverton Works" by Bill West, in case there was any information. ( I just did. He was Carriage Superintendant from 1865 -1886). There is no mention of any building, pre-fab or otherwise that I have found yet in Mr West's book. Although there is a plan inside the front cover from 1906 it shows a Timber gantry, Timber Hoist, Timber stores and Timber drying shed, but nothing about buildings I am afraid - so the search will have to go on. Best wishes Rich
  12. Mike, Your attention to detail is an inspiration and the painting and inscribed planking of the inside of the wagon is subtle and 'real.' I hope you don't mind an addendum to the comments about wooden standardized buildings. Nick and Jol, Last night, while doing some quiet bed-time reading of some old HMRS Journals, given to me by a friend, I came across this quote by Philip Millard from his research into LNWR Minute books which were/are held at the Public Records Office, Kew. (HMRS Journal Vol 10 No 4 p95 Oct-Dec 1979). It does seem to suggest F W Webb as the source of the design of standardized buildings even if it was the drawing office that produced the plans. "Wooden Huts July 1880. " Mr Webb showed plans of a new cabin which would be far superior and cost less in repairs than the old carriage bodies used generally for the purpose." In the following month it was ordered that these new standard cabins should be supplied in the future, and that Mr Bore was to dispose of the old carriage bodies which will no longer be used as cabins. Until this date old carriage bodies had been supplied to places throughout the system for use as mess-rooms, stores, lamp rooms and offices, but thereafter the standard wooden huts were used. These were supplied in three sizes, 8ft x 8ft, 16 ft x 8ft, and 24ft x 8ft and were also widely used as booking offices and waiting shelters" Hope this is useful. Best wishes Rich
  13. Jol Thanks for the links on the Warwickshire railways site. What a wonderful resource! The photos of N&S as well as the ones of Flecknoe ( lnwr flek1324b) shows the buildings that are very similar to the ones at Pentraeth. The Pentraeth, Rhyd-y-saint, and Ceint buildings in the photos in BRJ are very similar to the ones at Napton & Stockton although Pentraeth was a mix of buildings as in the photo I referenced above. The one at Ceint was painted in a very dark brown (using the info on paint colours below the 1324b photo, while fencing was the buff colour. Red Wharf Bay Station was also a long slim building made on the same lines as N&S but the planking was horizontal rather than vertical, with quite wide planks. The lower section below the windows was a lighter shade of brown and the upper level from the bottom of the windows was the cream/buff colour. The Red Wharf Bay station is quite like the Gravelly Hill station building in that it used the horizontal planking, but GH has wider sliding doors and a short awning all along the front. RWB has single doors and individual canopies above about the width of the door. Thank you for your helpful input on LNWR station design. The BRJ article said that the RWB branch was completed 1908/9 while the buildings at N&S were opened in 1895. I wonder how much earlier the standardized building design began to be used? Given the early standardization of loco production it seems reasonable to think that the buildings with modules must have been fairly early. Mike, Apologies for taking your wonderful builds off at a tangent, but hopefully it will provide some food for thought for when you start your layout. Best wishes Rich
  14. Nick, Thank you very much for the reference to Anderson and Fox and their information and the window / door dimensions particularly. I have been thinking about a small halt with one siding as an extension of my Cameo layout and your info is invaluable. Reminder to self - "another must have book to source!" Jol, Regarding my post about the Red Wharf Bay branch and its buildings. I found the British Railway Journal (issue Number 1 October 1983) with the article with lots of photos, including each of the stations that have the garden shed type of building. My Memory! The size of the buildings were 15' x 7' according to Roger Carpenter not 16' x 8'. I must admit that seeing one of the modules listed by Nick was 15' 7" long did give me pause. There is a couple of photos on Google images for Pentraeth station. One is this photo if the link works: https://www.peoplescollection.wales/items/8153 That shows clearly the collection of smaller buildings on the platform. Ceint halt also had one of the darker painted 'huts.' Mike, Hoping that my comments and the ensuing extras from Jol and Nick have only helped if you do decide to go down the country station route. Best wishes Rich
  15. Jol Thanks for your detailed reply. I too have Jack Nelson's book but have never taken a ruler to the drawings to gauge the exact scale. They are wonderful drawings. I only wish that my drawing efforts were anything approaching the quality of his precise work. However, in my comment on buildings for Mike's intended layout I had in mind the 'garden shed' types, that form a collection of buildings on lesser used lines like the Red Wharf Bay branch. (There may be some photos on the closed station website - I must have a look) I have the BRJ stashed away and will look for it later. The photo I am thinking of is of a 2-4-2 tank with the two converted trailers used on the branch at Pentraeth on opening day. I am sure it is in one of my LNWR books, but have not been able to find it yet. It shows the collection of sheds, some sideways on, some end on to the platform. That would explain why I wrote about the 16' x 8' dimension. I will have a look for both later when my wife gets up. Sue has to rest her spine in the afternoon after all her surgeries and my magazine collection is in a cupboard in the bedroom. Mike, Thanks for your kind comments about my little cameo layout. I understand why you are working on stone walls for your prospective layout if it is to be based on the Cromford and High Peak. I am sure you will sort out a technique based on your samples. They look very good to me. Of course if you decide to go with an industrial scene then brick paper / plastikard bricks / embossed card bricks may well be your new best friends! My favourite industrial view is of 'Chopper' tank number 2250 with a train of early four wheeled stock passing some old industrial buildings in Birmingham. You probably have seen it already. ( page 29 in LNWR - Pre-grouping Railway Scene No 3 Edited by O S Nock, published by Ian Allan 1980). Leeds MRS made a model of the buildings and there were some drawings they produced in (I think) an old RM from the 1960s. I hope you have wonderful time with your family in Australia and enjoy the relaxing cycle rides. Best wishes Rich
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