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    WCML, electrification, Class 90s, DB Cargo uk AC traction, other electric locos, Class 86, 87, 88, 89, 91, 92. Other DB locos. Historical steam train routes long since disappeared, the Leamside line (Washington, UK), Consett to Sunderland steel works line and Ouston Junction (nr Chester-le-street)

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  1. The only thing I'd like to see someone get round to sorting is some decent WCML catenary more than just single track masts, electric tracks go from A to B in most cases and even allowing for layouts which in alot of cases are loops, alot also have sidings or terminus stations, therefore a gantry to terminate the overhead wire into - or in the case of the marshalling yard where multiple tracks are ended in parallel, see Crewe Basford Hall or Mossend down sidings for example, there are many many others, yes, folk can scratch build these, but at the same time, we have had the PECO and Dapol single masts out for sometime, and the advancement of OLE around the country is growing all the time with the GWML and MML electrification projects, and not to forget the number of electric locos coming on to the model railway market, in the form of Hornby's Class 87, Bachmann's Class 90, the forthcoming Accurascales Class 92 and the Heljan Class 86, please oh PLEASE can we have some proper multiple track masts done - with the droppers compatible for PECO if possible - and if possible some of the accessory gantries like the terminating track gantry. Thank you, Kat Johnson Street IEMD
  2. 90035 looking good there Ben, i cant wait to see 90018 in DBS. It's nice to see some DBC/DBS/EWS 90s starting to appear.
  3. 19th September 2019 Well, what an interesting evening was had by me last night, seeing the layout two thirds complete. I have attached a handful of pictures below - and I'm going to create an album for these.
  4. 18th September Its been a while since there was any update from me on Johnson Street IEMD, so I thought I'd write a blog update about the plans and whats happening in general with this. Layout Tomorrow (Thursday), I am hoping to have a snagging session where I will actually get to see the layout with my own eyes as I am having a viewing with the builders. This is going to give me a chance to iron out any small cosmetic issues - sometimes things can get lost in translation which means you get lkess than what you had been hoping for and when you are spending a decent amount of money, you want it perfect. There have already been some aspects of the layout which when the scenic work was done, i indicated i was than happy with how they had approached certain scenic aspects and this is a chance for me to get it back on track - in general the team have done a really good job with most of this. Here and now, most of the trackwork scenics are done, the recent snagging issues I have highlighted are: 1 the holding siding just opposite the electric shed is being extended to go as far as the bridge to accomodate more than just an 08, it should be big enough for a 60/66 or a 90 and will be electrified. 2 the diesel/long term maintenance shed hard standing needs to have a section of this fully concreted over for vechicular movements - i like the oily/diesel spillage look about it but it needs to be practical also. 3 bays for parking around the main office building on site Locos Deep in a loco repainting booth in the heart of England lies two Bachmann DB 90s awaiting final touches and a 66 to drag them back to Johnson Street IEMD, 90's xxx and yyy will be accompanied back to leafy staffordshire by a DB Class 66 zzz. One of the 90s will be DCC sound fitted and the 66 also will be mated to DCC Sound, the second 90 will be DCC fitted for the time being. Catenary I have agreed with an expert catenary maker to create some great OHLE gantries for the layout but here and now they are on hold till other financial commitments are taken care of - and one or two locos are sold on ebay. Signage/Branding I have got all the signage needed for the layout from Sankey Signs most recently, Allan is well worth getting in touch with if you need a comprehensive depot pack doing and he will tailor this to your needs. I will post some further pictures on here once I have seen the layout in its current state in the next few days
  5. Ok, so, a few months ago, I wrote a mini-blog entry on waiting for the Bachmann Class 90, well, yes, great, fab, super, its's now here and most of the modern image OO gauge readers out there, all getting used to their new acquisitions, spare a thought for the perfectionistas ... I have had through my hands not one, not two, but three, yes, three !! Bachmann 90s ... all in a bid to have one of the first Bachmann 90s to wear DB. Now, as fortune would have it, i should hopefully be taking delivery soon of two DB 90s, one unusual one and one fairly bog standard one - one which will have sound and one which wont. Well, it seems to stand to reason, most 90s, (aside from the GEML lot 90s 001-015) seem to spend their lives operating in pairs, you know, safety in numbers keeping them safe in case of predatory 66's... haha... ok, so, two DB 90s . . . . and I will also post a seperate blog regarding branding/signage - as there have been some developments along these lines also. But, yes, big news two 90s, not one... both in DB colours.. I cannot wait to see them.
  6. I can very much see one or two of these dyson-ing away at JohnsonStreet IEMD in the not so distant future
  7. The latest update from Johnson Street IEMD 16th August The emphasis of detailing work has moved from the area around the Electric Shed to where the long term maintenance shed, fuelling point and storage sidings sit. This area will be non electrified and will see a hive of activity from the weekly fuel tank arrival and departure plus the maintenance access and shunting of locos being worked on away from the main depot access and the Overhead Electrification. Picture One A view of an empty pre-open Shed Two - to be termed the ''Long Term maintenance shed'' taken as if from an amature drone Picture Two Taken by one of the Site Appraisal teams from DB Cargo UK whilst the site is being readied for their use - the fuel delivery point will be accessed by a once weekly delivery of a single tanker brought by rail to the site by a DB 60 or 66. Picture Three The Site Appraisal team leaving the Long Term Maintenance Shed having done their visit caught on the soon to be fitted bridge CCTV Picture Four The amature drone captures the team leaving the Long Term shed. In time, I expect that several long term storage locos will sit just beyond the fuelling point, a Bachmann 90 in EWS or in RfD. I am currently mulling over the idea of a former RfD90 - maybe 90025 being DB logo'd still in RfD grey as a depot shunter for operations under ''the knitting''
  8. Latest pictures coming in from the team building the layout, this is the long term maintenance shed, this area wont be electrified but there may be electric locos sat here - both for maintenance and in long term storage. Pictures 1 & 3 show the concrete hard standing area in what will be the inside of shed 2 Picture 2 shows the turn out for access for locos into shed 2 and to the left of this - the beginnings of the road access to shed 2 Picture 4 one of the two relief warehouses which sit on the land outside the electric shed
  9. Friday 9th August Its been a steadily positive week on the layout front. 1 My layout signage arrived from Sankey Signs - great job there 2 I am hoping to see the start of the catenary coming together 3 My rebranded DB 67 arrived back 4 I found a nice little DB Class 60 for my model shop to play with (to get fixed up) 5 and finally.... a DB EWS Class 90 (035) has been parked up in Stafford for the week with a Class 325 parcels EMU :-) Nice to get back my newly rebranded DB Class 67 in the latest DB colours with the slogan on the body Locomotive fleet As of 9th August 2019, my ''United Colours of DB'' locomotive fleet looks like this. (1) Hornby DB Cargo Class 08923 TTS fitted (2) Hornby DB Schenker Class 60007 Switch on to Safety livery - DCC TTS fitted (3) Hornby DB Schenker Class 60062 DCC Sound TTS fitted - rebranded and reliveried professionally (4) Hornby DB Cargo 60100 DCC sound (pre TTS) - rebranded and numbered professionally (5) Bachmann Ex-EWS-DB Class 66002 DCC sound fitted - rebranded and numbered professionally (6) Bachmann DB Cargo Class 66009 DCC sound fitted - rebranded and numbered professionally (7) Bachmann DB Cargo Class 66065 DCC ready (not completed yet) (8) Hornby DB Schenker Class 67018 DCC fitted - Maple Leaf (9) Hornby DB Cargo Class 67028 DCC Sound TTS - just back from rebranding (10) Bachmann ex DRS DB Blue Class 90034 DCC Sound - rebranded and reliveried professionally (not completed yet) Future Loco Plans (11) Bachmann DB Cargo Class 90018 DB Schenker Pride of Bellshill (12) Bachmann DB Cargo Class 90024 Malcolm Logistics (13) Bachmann DB Cargo Class 90028 Sir William McAlpine (14) Bachmann ex-EWS DB Class 90037 Spirit of Dagenham (15) Accurascales Scotrail Serco Class 92010 DCC Sound (16) Hornby Scotrail Serco Class 87002 DCC Sound (17) Heljan Scotrail Serco Class 86401 DCC Sound
  10. Great work with Bachmann 90s Ben ... i'm looking forward to seeing your 90018 and 90031 in DB and EWS respectively. Kat :-)
  11. A weekend away for me, and nice to come home to find that Johnson Street IEMD is still moving in the right direction. Attached are the latest pictures which show the beginnings of the entrance to the yard area, the continuation of the scenics work going on to bring the layout to life also... but pictures always go soo much further ... so do enjoy... Picture 1 - a great example of layout building snagging, the shunter siding is too short, and will be extended slightly so that a DB 60, 66 or 90 will sit comfortably here, rather than just exclusively an 08, after all this will be an electrified siding. Picture 2 - the undercoat stuff before the grey road surface goes down... and the road access area to the right hand side of the layout for the long term maintenance shed and storage siding Picture 3 - the long term maintenance section of the shell, pre scenic work Picture 4 - 60007 getting about on the layout, sat on the headshunt access to the Long Term maintenance shed Picture 5 - foliage at the end of the shunter siding Picture 6 - depot entrance beginning to take shape
  12. Ok, so full steam ahead... the latest pictures of Johnson Street IEMD have come through, Picture One shows the main access into the depot area from holding sidings area which will feature in the not so distant future, these will head off to the right of the depot scene under the town scene and enter that area on an electrified twin track configuration from the depot entrance... but more to come on that later in the year. The progress made today being the weathering and shrubbing of the southern end of the electric shed area by the raised road bridge area. Picture Two shows the new office building which is going to sit in front of the electric shed as a personnel access point. This being configured as two storey building with an upper deck access point for out-door break areas including smokers area which in time will feature safety fencing, table and chairs etc Picture Three shows Class 60007 parked up in the left hand holding side next to the electric shed, these two lines will be electrified also. Picture Four shows the electric shed from the rear with the proposed shutters in different positions, this is what we will likely be going forward with The depot wll in time be home to a clutch of Bachmann DB 90s, the first of which and one of the first to see the light of day, 90034 in ex DRS DB, one or two Accurascales Class 92s as well as a handful of Diesels, 60s, 66s and 67s. The catenary is currently being readied and will be designed to be compatible with PECO's single mast catenary and also the multi-track gantries in the future alongside the 3D print stuff sourced elsewhere.
  13. Locomotive fleet As of 3rd July 2019, my ''United Colours of DB'' locomotive fleet looks like this. (1) Hornby DB Cargo Class 08923 TTS fitted (2) Hornby DB Schenker Class 60007 Switch on to Safety livery - DCC TTS fitted (3) Hornby DB Cargo 60100 DCC sound (pre TTS) - rebranded and numbered professionally (4) Bachmann Ex-EWS-DB Class 66002 DCC sound fitted - rebranded and numbered professionally (5) Bachmann DB Cargo Class 66009 DCC sound fitted - rebranded and numbered professionally (6) Bachmann DB Cargo Class 66065 DCC ready (not completed yet) (7) Bachmann DB Cargo Class 66101 DCC fitted (7) Bachmann DB Cargo Class 66136 DCC ready - TMC Exclusive model YIWU London (8) Hornby DB Schenker Class 67018 DCC fitted - Maple Leaf (9) Hornby DB Cargo Class 67028 DCC Sound TTS - intention to correct this late 2019 (not completed yet) (10) Bachmann ex DRS DB Blue Class 90034 DCC Sound - rebranded and reliveried professionally (not completed yet) Future loco plans (11) Bachmann DB Cargo Class 90024 Malcolm Logistics DCC fitted (12) Bachmann DB Cargo Class 90028 - DCC Sound (13) Bachmann DB Cargo ex-EWS Class 90037 DCC fitted (14) Accurascales DB Cargo Class 92009 DCC Sound
  14. I asked the guys who are building the layout to photograph the progress of this - and for sometime it seemed like i was asking too much, but today, it seems like progress has been made, not just on the build itself, but the development of this for my RMspace. Looking left to the right, picture number 1, 2, 3 and 4. 1 If you were travelling along on the soon to be completed bridge feature which runs across the layout, you would get a view similar to this before the shed was built - and overhead line equipment was erected. 2 A drone's eye view of the electric depot as of 24th June 3 The ballasting work done outside the tracks into the electric shed area 4 Looking over from the spur to the freight yard and branch line - from a would-be drone
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