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    Playing guitar, playing squash, playing trains. And a bit of photography and walking the dog.

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  1. It struck me that "layout topics" was a better place to post updates on my modelling progress so the above link should show the history to date..... The most recent progress has been in the vicinity of the loco shed where the ground-work is being worked on. The pic shows part of the scene before the water cranes have been embedded. Peco inspection pits were sunk into the baseboard before ballasting etc. The camera has revealed a crooked chimney stack that i must rectify. The turntable is fully operational and uses a "Locomotech" motor attached to the spindle underneath. I managed to do this following good advice posted on RMWeb, essentially making the point that the well of the Peco turntable must be firmly braced underneath to prevent distortion when a loco is driven onto the bridge. Alignment with the approach roads is by eye and there's no room for error! The coaling stage is a Metcalfe kit with added detail whilst the approach ramp and over-run are knocked up from mounting card with polystyrene packing and plaster covering. The main running lines disappear under the road bridge into the storage loops - 18 in all.
    Excellent show with some superb models and a huge improvement on previous years. A shame there weren't a few more traders!
  2. Most of the main line(s) have been ballasted over the Easter period using Geoscenics 00 gauge ballast that looks about right to my eye. It's been glued with the standard watery mix of PVA into which I'd stirred some grey paint mix to tone down the appearance. The remaining ground has been textured with ordinary sand and painted dark grey. Further work will be done to add patches of grass/weeds etc. The WD and the Black 5 have recently been weathered by "Grimy Times" and look great! Also note chevron on distant signal arm now correct - a fine pointed felt tip did the job! Barrow crossings made from balsa were installed at each end of the platforms before ballasting.... Chimneys made from wooden dowelling have recently been added to all buildings and this has made a huge difference in appearance Finally, a view looking down the length of the station area with the WD taking the Marylebone line with a loaded coal train.
  3. Oops!! Well-spotted - clearly the work of the devil! I checked all of my signals and all other distant arms are correct (honest) so the offending arm will be re-painted forthwith.
  4. Thanks for the kind comments. Re the HO scale kit (Pola? Heljan? can't remember) check out "London Road" model railway on you-tube as the same kits are used as part of the back-drop.
  5. It's been a long cold dark winter since I last posted but here goes for anyone interested....... The basic concept for this imaginary layout is the re-location of Culworth junction on the ex-GC to a more urban and more northerly location. Thus, locos and trains are those that might have rubbed shoulders at Woodford Halse or thereabouts but with the odd bit of modeller's licence. That said, attached are a couple of pics showing newly installed signals at the "south" end of the layout where the lines supposedly to Banbury and Marylebone diverge. The larger gantry "controlling" access to the down main line and loops from the Banbury direction has been modified from one built for a previous layout. The smaller gantry (to the left) with three home starter signals "controls" the three up loops on the Marylebone side and has just been constructed from a cut-down Ratio Pratt truss gantry populated with Ratio LMS signals. All signals are non-working and I freely admit my modelling skills are not up to anything else! The B1 has charge of the York-Bournemouth (Southern stock) whilst the Patriot has no business being there but may be on a football supporters' special .... The other picture shows the development of the small goods yard at the "north" end of the station where a bit of track realignment has allowed for the addition of coal staithes (balsa wood, recovered from a previous layout) and a protective fence made primarily from balsa. Current work in progress is ballasting the main line(s) but it's slow going ....
  6. After the long hot summer, the railway room finally cooled to a bearable temperature. Indeed, the main lines imitated the real thing by distorting despite what I'd regarded as adequate expansion gaps ... So scenic work on and adjacent to the removable section has finally been resumed. The base of plaster-covered polystyrene was first of all covered with a static grass mat cut to shape and this has provided the base for further embellishment using good old flock powders, lichen and yet more static grass. It's beginning to look reasonable to my eye but there's still scope for further improvement. The large trees shown in the photos were cobbled together from stalks of heather sprayed with mounting adhesive and enhanced with bits of lichen and flock powder. Each tree is made of several sprigs bound together with thin wire (from a picture-hanging kit) and with the "trunk" then covered with fire cement. The lineside fencing is made from matchsticks drilled to take redundant guitar strings. Once planted in the ground, a bit of Colron wood dye is used to stain the wood a dirty brown colour. As usual, the camera is a harsh judge and picks out the imperfections, not least the gaps at each end of the removable section. In reality, the gaps are barely noticeable and anyway, the trains draw the eye!
  7. Been following this thread with interest and enjoying the pics. I travelled on that July '68 steam-hauled train to Windermere from Carnforth and then back to Preston tender-first. I still have my log of the run. This link will take you to a picture taken at Windermere. http://www.steamfinale.co.uk/html/othe_places_2_63.html The picture was published in "Steam Railway" 10 years ago and I was subsequently contacted by a retired engineman from Lostock Hall who enjoyed the occasional reunion with, amongst others, the crew of 45110 on that day. It was a pleasure to be able to send some A4 prints in response. Must go and sit on the patio and cry into a cold beer.
  8. Appreciate the comments. I've carved up a grass mat today and glued it down. And, yes, I can see it's the basis for further work! See link ... http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/2255/entry-20780-a-bit-more-scenic-work/
  9. Attached pics show a bit more progress on the road/canal scene. Buildings have now been bedded into the landscape and bits of detail added - chimney pots will be added to the buildings in due course but it's not a current priority! The landscape is a base of polystyrene covered in a plaster mix with plenty of PVA incorporated and then painted dirty brown/green. A Javis Scenics static grass mat has been carved up today and glued down as the basis for further landscaping. Fencing and shrubbery should help disguise the gaps at either end of the removable section ... A 72XX has charge of a down tanker train whilst a Grange has been looped with the up milk empties.
  10. Thanks for the positive response - in the absence of any earlier comments I'd already taken a punt on a sheet of static grass plus some loose stuff so I'll experiment when it arrives. Groundwork has already been constructed from a polystyrene base covered in a plaster mix. Some pics of progress on my layout are in my blog but groundwork is now complete and waiting for grass etc.: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/2255/entry-20711-a-stroll-by-the-canal/ Nice work on your layout, though!
  11. Does anyone have experience of using Javis static grass mats for basic landscaping? Any views gratefully received.
  12. It's been a cold few months so limited work done in the railway room/man cave. That said, I decided to attempt to model a canal scene as I regularly walk the dog along the nearest towpath. The pics show work in progress but with the canal now in situ. It's a piece of thin ply mounted on bits of scrap wood, painted a dirty green and with several coats of gloss varnish added. The lock gate is knocked together from scraps of balsa reinforced with a few ordinary pins cut to size and a few other scraps from the "bits" box that no modeller should ever be without. The bridge is obviously a Metcalfe kit adapted to the location (purchased on a very enjoyable first visit to "Grimy Times" in Warrington a few weeks ago with this in mind); the width of the arch dictated the canal/towpath dimensions! Lots of detailing still to do to embed the canal-side house and pub as well as the inescapable messy bit of hacking the polystyrene landscape formers to shape and covering with plaster etc. To complete the scene for the camera, there's a Bachman Hall on an up express comprised mainly of old (40-yr old at least) Hornby Thompson stock. These started life as teak-finish coaches, resprayed a suitable maroon (Halfords spray can - Damask Red, an old BL colour; I had a mini once that matched!) and lined and lettered. Bogies have been replaced and flexible paper corridor connections added. All this was back in the day when I was first modelling on a "shoe-string"' but they still look good to my eye!
  13. ... and it's a rat's nest but it works! The shed throat is also wired into a switch on the station control panel using good old analogue "cab control" allowing the smooth transfer of locos between controllers as required. Attached a couple of pics of the completed depot pending scenic work as time permits. It must be a Sunday as it looks pretty full .... There's even a visiting "Castle" on shed. One of the locos is an old Ks kit (Johnson 2F). Back in the 70s, buoyed by my success in building a Wills J39 on a Hornby 0-6-0 chassis, I attempted this one. The body and tender weren't a problem but the chassis defeated me - no way could I get it to run. The conventional wisdom at the Hull MRC (that I was a member of in those days) was that Ks chassis were rubbish - period. So, the loco was tucked away for 20 years or so but it put me off kit-building... Then, I came across a guy at an exhibition in Swindon who was promoting a kit-building etc. service. The short story is that he built a chassis using Romford wheels and motor and it's trundled round a succession of layouts ever since! I've lost his business card but my recollection is that he was Dave Walker from Coventry neck-of-the-woods. (It's the only bit of model building I've not done myself if you discount ready-to-run items.)
  14. I bought the ECM c.1982 and it's still my preferred control unit. It's currently powered by a Hornby Dublo A3 transformer that came with my first 3-rail train set c.1961!
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