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  1. Keeping them to a timescale sounds difficult...but also awesome. You have your own little loco restoration going on. It must be like being part of the action! XD
  2. A question I’ve always wanted to ask since I first started watching the videos: where does the tunnel go?
  3. Anyone want a cool profile name?


    I suggest ‘AutoTanker’!


    ha aha ha ha

  4. I was thinking about adding at least one OO scale narrow gauge locomotive to my 7mm models when I also thought of a funny idea: I could use N scale models to represent smaller gauge ride-on trains as well, similar to that of 7 1/4 inch gauge models (I know that isn’t the correct scale) This would be used, along with the OO scale narrow loco, as a fun thing to put in a 7mm wagon. I am planning on building the OO scale narrow loco first because it is easier. I was hoping that someone else had done this N scale idea so that I could see how they did it but so far I haven’t found anything. Any information on building a OO scale narrow gauge loco would be greatly appreciated. (The locomotives in the photo are not the ones I will be using in this mini project)
  5. Castle Rock has everything. Mainly trains but still... A replica of the L30 Zeppelin was proposed by those of the Riverside Works and the east of the town was the least blown up in the war so it’s tramways are still there. As for classic cars: they’re all over the town.
  6. These locos are looking great. The transformation from a good loco to a brilliant one is fascinating to see!
  7. I’ve gone and created a whole fictional town in the countryside that revolves around railways! I designed the Castle Rock Heritage Railway to be like a heaven for railway enthusiasts (or at least my idea of heaven ) with preserved locomotives like two Q1s and several ROD 2-8-0s and a whole Blue Pullman. It also has space for aircraft and naval vehicles too, along with the town’s love of armoured vehicles. It sits in the middle of the ‘Big Four’ railway companies and was shared by the GWR and the LMS. One of the main parts of the railway is it's workshops, the Riverside Locomotive and Wagon Works. Locomotives can be heavily overhauled in a matter of months or a year. The Works also scratch-builds extinct locomotives like the Bulleid Leader or a version of the 4-6-4 LNER W1 ‘Hush Hush’ locomotive. I also made it because it’s easier to model a preserved railway in O gauge because there are no region or era limits. I have a Southern E4 loco with an LMS brake van and a 16t mineral wagon. (I hope this contribution to this Topic is any good)
  8. I’ve been to see the Famous Trains layouts and they are superb. Definitely worth the visit.
  9. I often model Games Workshop vehicles but never actually play the game with them. I just like to make them look cool. I also use them as a safe way to practice painting skills b e f o r e I try and paint an expensive O gauge model XD First photo is my prized Daemon Tank. Second is my conversion of the Chimera tank into a mobile Naval crane. The crane is a Hornby yard crane. Third is my normal Chimera tank.
  10. The wooden backboards of the diorama are being scaled up ready for cutting. The shed building will have a stronger wooden frame too, which both holds up the shed building and secures the backboards too. The wood backboard will come around the front too, becoming level with the inset track. I am now planning on how to add the lights into the building. I aim to have the diorama completed by the end of this year.
  11. I found this photo of some tanks which take the idea of camouflage to a whole new level. They’re disguised as coal wagons! I reckon this could be a fun thing to model and if your layout is for exhibitions then it would be funny to see if people at an event know why the wagon looks a bit weird. The tanks are hidden under tarpaulin coloured as local coal and freight companies. Once I get a flat wagon I am going to model this for a laugh but with a rough shape underneath to be the tank rather than getting a tank kit and hiding it away forever.
  12. The dead and the deader



  13. It’s interesting to see the change from a simple Lima 33 to a superbly detailed Lima 33. That is quite brilliant. (I’m trying to find one myself but I’ve only found a wrecked 4F so far)
  14. (The military base is to be given a name but for now it is just ‘the military base’) The whole town was used as a military storage area because of how relatively remote it was. During the First World War, the first military base to be built was positioned near the river and within earshot of the railway. Many locomotives, and eventually tanks, were stored at this base. The locomotives most commonly stored there were the GCR 8K 2-8-0s built for the Railway Operating Division (ROD). Despite being hidden away in the British countryside, the base was the primary target of a bombing that destroyed Castle Rock’s terminus station and the immediate surroundings but only caused the damage of a few military buildings and missed the base altogether! The military base was still in use by the Second World War, expanded to contain more vehicles and weapons. At one point there was even a Lancaster bomber stored there. The base became home to the War Department’s 8F and WD 2-8-0/2-10-0 locomotives plus many Austerity saddle tank locomotives. It became a target for yet another bombing run and three quarters of it was destroyed. Miraculously the rail yard was left rather untouched, with only one locomotive being destroyed. After this the war ended and it’s contents moves away and many of the locomotives sold on. What was left of the base was demolished in 1970 and the area is now part of a housing development. Castle Rock is covered in pillboxes and it is not uncommon to find one in a field or woodland. One of the most famous pillboxes sits right in the middle of town and can only be accessed through a tunnel linked to the council house. (The council house was where the military officers and officials stayed) A small part of the base is preserved in the corner of the housing development. It is now home to a Cromwell tank, what’s left of an Austerity saddle tank loco and other bits of military history.
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