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  1. Weary of paint and modelling clay, as the coal/minerals yard starts to look presentable, I thought I would try posing some stock. Herewith my efforts. Sorry about the backgrounds. A 71 pretending to be a 74 pops into the minerals siding with a special delivery of tar. Said tar wagon is taken off by the yard shunter, releasing the 71. Now we return to Speedlink air-braked services... The aggregates merchant sets about filling and emptying wagons. The 'old school' Lima 33 w
  2. Killing time waiting for the modelling clay ballast to dry on the left of the yard, I made myself a few wagon-loads of various minerals for my POA wagons. Cut an oblong of card or plasticard to fit the Open, mould a lump from floral foam and glue it to the former. Paint, or cover with glue and chippings: The wagon on the outer left has two, incorrectly shaped, 'heaps' glued to a base, unpainted. My first attempt, this will be re-done. The inner left is an experiment of coating the foam heaps with modelling clay and painting with acrylic for sand (three coats plus t
  3. Having waited a week for the modelling clay to dry, on closer examination I see my method of squashing and scraping with my thumb a large lump of modelling clay across and into the track has caused the sleepers to move and distort: My how I laughed! Thankfully, this was done for only one-third of the layout. For the right hand sidings (general merchandise) I will make little 'sausages' and cut them off to push down into the sleeper gaps. For the passenger station viaduct, I will be using granite chippings and P.V.A. glue, so the problems will differ, no doubt. 'Let
  4. Spent Wednesday covering everything with what looked like Cornish china clay, but was far less romantic: Hobbycraft air-drying modelling clay. It gets everywhere. However, I filled the 'four foot' almost to my satisfaction, and must now pluck up courage to attempt not to glue up a point. Thankfully, it takes about a fort-night to dry, and it is freezing cold and snowing outside, so a good reason to find something else to do, or at least start wondering whether the cracks will show under a couple of layers of acrylic paint. Such a shame I had to dismantl
  5. It has been added to my procurement list for Easter, along with Andy Gibbs's offerings and a few others from Amberley (the Hereford trains title looks very useful as well). Looking forward to reading it very much, and hope it does well.
  6. I was concerned not everyone would know the location if I wrote just "Broad Street" - the years are passing so fast, would the youngsters here know of it? My father used to take me on an annual tour of the London termini when I was at an impressionable age, and this station's atmosphere of melancholy neglect has been something I have wanted to convey in a model ever since, quite apart from the architectural style (although I have no space to construct a full building). I am pleased to say there are several photographs on the internet of the station in its last days, better able than mine to
  7. Snow is falling, which is reason enough to assume air-dried modelling clay will not cure properly in a freezing cold garage as ballast, so I have put the viaduct passenger station frame in situ, and come indoors for a cup of tea and an early brandy paanee. The station, of which one will see little of the building, is to be my homage to Mr William Baker's 1865 London Broad Street, the memory of whose derelict, un-loved, Renaissance atmosphere still haunts me. Quite whether it will be worthy, only time will tell. The frame was a case of 'one step forward, three back', as I glued an
  8. An A.B.S./Speedlink day to-day. The coal bins have been painted, and thanks to Oasis bought before the latest confinement, some mounds of minerals have been put into them: three piles of 'coal' painted an undercoat of black, and various mounds of 'aggregates', one coated in Woodland Scenics medium buff ballast. Two more 'green mounds' await painting. The coal merchant's top-loader is fitted with a bodged, larger, shovel from Plasticard, with a 'weights' box added to the rear after the digger was removed. The blue 'sack hopper' (?) was improvised from more Plasticard
  9. I can only echo the approbation in the previous comments posted here. Came across this via You-tube, and an excellent layout. I look forward to seeing it at an exhibition one day. One silly question: where did you get the 'VTG' non-telescopic-hood ferry-wagon model, please? Is it the Roco HO? I would like my own, as I remember them as the only thing seen at the Crawley New Yard 'Dor-to-Dor' warehouse on the rare occasion I rumbled past on a train, but thought they were only available in the 'Cargowaggon' livery, or forthcoming 'plain'. Thought them rather romantic, being 'fore
  10. Having tried scoring 2mm. plasticard to make coal yard bins, and been disappointed with the results, I spent the weekend making up something better looking with balsa-wood OO 'sleepers' (30x3x2mm.) instead. Slapped some paint down to delineate the areas on the mineral siding (coal, aggregates, chalk and china clay), and knocked up the start of a hopper for the coal merchant to fill his sacks. Also managed to remove the back 'grabs' off the JCB models. All in all, I am pleased with the progress. Alas, I still can not get the hang of the focussing, so the photos are not wonderful,
  11. Alas, preparations for Christmas have interrupted progress, but I attempted a 'photo-shoot' to-day, and have tried to add header pictures. The main picture is a view across the mineral yard, with 73 113 departing with a train from the agricultural warehouses (one needs to use much imagination to see the cardboard boxes thus!), and I hope I have added a view in the general goods yard-to-be. This weekend I hope to start building coal- and aggregate-yard pens. Scoring squares of 2mm. plasticard to look like horizontal sleepers did not look good (and proved my eye-sight is not as goo
  12. Many thanks for this; I did not know the sizes varied so much. I had thought of seeds - I am a curry-holic - but could not find any so small. I scrounged a lump of Phurnacite from my parents' coal bunker, and a OO scale ovoid works out at 0.5 mm. The only way I can think of modelling a heap so far is making a 'dome' of modelling clay, carving the end out of a pencil point into a hollow oval, and then going slowly doolally trying to 'imprint' the oval 'cobble' shape over the clay 'heap' before it all dries out. I think mustard and cummin seeds appear far too large. My partner, a keen garde
  13. Thanks for the photograph. I am still bracing myself to try and build a coal-elevator. Did you include the pens in your model, and if so, how many, please?
  14. Sorry for reactivating this thread, perhaps under false pretences. I hope this is thought legitimate. Marking out my coal yard last night (declining 1970’s B.R. (S.R.) for a medium-size market town), I have been looking at a few sources for size and number of pens. How many have people used on their layouts? I found a photograph of dear old Eastbourne’s, and had to reach for the lavender water: https://www.flickr.com/photos/mcxv/4565850995/in/photolist-vtx3Vd-7XtbqT-pSfXpc-q7ouxL-gj47z3-gj3N4r-gjhr9b-gj4o3Z-gj3PwW-gj3TQX-gji6wH-gj4N3F-gjiJgV-gjiQtV-gj4sDT-gj3UfJ-gjhF
  15. Apart from problems with 0-6-0 shunters stalling on the 3-way 'king' point, all is going well with the layout so far. Thus tempting fate, I hope to start sawing the plywood sides of the viaduct level to-day, plus re-number a Dapol '73', and try and see where the shunters are losing power on the afore-mentioned point. I posed some rolling stock this morning for a 'vacuum-braked wagon-load' photo-shoot to send to a chum, which might be of interest, working along the layout from 'north to south': The sherry tubes are where the grain/flour/sugar
  16. @Allegheny1600 Thanks for your advice. I admit funds are low at the moment, so I could not act on the recommendation for a few months yet anyway. Best wishes to you all.
  17. Thanks again to you all for giving this your attention and advice. I will get the Dividers and graph paper out at the weekend, and measure the rail lengths of the three 'routes' through the turn-out. If I construct a paper template of the wheel-base, I can see if/where it is encountering 'dead rails', and then follow this up. Will keep you posted. Best wishes.
  18. Thanks for the E-Bay suggestion, @vikingsmb . Just one final silly question: do the 03/04 and 07 models have flywheel drives, or is it just the later Hornby 08? I will check for availability as well of the 04. Many thanks for your help.
  19. Thanks for your kind remarks. I had a loft layout when a child, so this was my first thought, especially as we had the roof re-done last year. However, owing to the truss design, it would mean climbing over a 3' high bracing timber in the middle, the hatch is only about 2'-square, and there would have to be major spending on installing power. I thought a smaller layout, more accessible, would be more likely to be finished, although I would dearly love to have a big 'continuous run'. The double-slip I considered, but was not sure they were that common in little shunting yards. I
  20. Thanks to you all for your information. I admit I had not heard of the 04 model; am I right in thinking there were up-dated flywheel models done of both the 03 and 04? I am finding the models I like were all made five years ago and have now sold out... I doubt my technical abilities to wire up a match-truck or fit added pick-ups, alas. Struggling yester-day with shakey hands trying to re-number a Heljan 73, I would rather find something 'straight out of the box' if possible. As to the cause, from what I can see it is the large number of "lumpy frogs" on the 3-way that appears t
  21. The model world is awash with 'shunting planks', I know, but I hope my design might be of interest to a few readers, and maintaining this diary might spur me to keep working on the layout. The track plan (9'6" x 2'6") is thus: The red line denotes the boundary between the two levels. Inspired by a diagram by Iain Rice, I can claim no credit for the ideas. I am working on the lower layout at the moment: Below is before I started track-laying, with the upper (passenger station) board, 'Atherington Victoria', balanced on timber to give a
  22. Having installed a Peco 3-way insulfrog point as the 'King' on my yard, my aged Mainline 03 stalls on it repeatedly, so I would like to replace it with a shunter with a flywheel-drive. Is the Hornby 08: https://www.Hornby.com/uk-en/shop/locomotives/diesel-electric-locomotives/br-0-6-0-class-08.html the only such OO scale shunter thus (suitable for a Southern Region layout), or does the Heljan 07 have a flywheel mechanism tucked into that little 'bonnet' as well? I assume there is no 03 model with a flywheel mechanism. All recommendations gratefully received. I might
  23. Eager to dust off my second-best frock coat and start saving my pennies for the Restaurant Car experience I was too poor to enjoy when younger, I saw then on the firm's web-pages: "Covid-19 Social Distancing Seating – Bookings of two passengers will be seated together at a ‘guaranteed window table for two’ with a mandatory supplement of £35 per person charged." On top of a charge of £310 each for the "Pullman Dining" menu (unspecified), am I alone in thinking this is 'a bit off'?! And why do they discriminate against single travellers, demanding a minimum of two person
  24. Many thanks to you all for your kind advice, and replying so promptly. I will get on the 'phone and see what is around. I did not want to sound like a total numpty to them: 3.3M is a useful length to me, and I am glad to hear it is a 'standard'. With best wishes and thanks for giving this your time.
  25. Sorry to ask what is probably a daft question, but I am trying to find some ten foot (3.2M) lengths of 2"x1" for the underframe of a 2'6"x9'6" baseboard. I have asked a few baseboard manufacturers and they say the longest they can do is six feet. This (two boards) might be my only option, but if I can find a builders' merchant who sells 3.2M/10' lengths of timber, I am happy to have a go at making a frame myself. I saw these on Travis Perkins' web-page: https://www.travisperkins.co.uk/planed-softwood-timber/redwood-planed-timber-standard-25mm-x-50mm-finished-size-20-5
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