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  1. Here's the boiler house with a coat of humbrol light stone, and the chimney with an attempt at dry brushing with darkened red brick over the original red brick coat. I think I'll leave it at this for a while, see how I feel about it. I've also finally stuck the machine house roof on, replaced the windows and fitted some dryer exhaust vents. It's a bit cobbled together using parts recovered from the old layout - it fills a gap in the backscene with a purpose. Also in view - I gave the trolley bus a bit of a repaint, I'm happier with it now. Still needs some trolley poles in the raise
  2. If I remember an article in Railway Bylines correctly, there were originally 2 in the class used on the Mound Junction to Dornoch branch, the final one broke its crank axle, the replacement was a 16xx of all things!
  3. Yes, that's how I interpret it, the crank you have drawn on the low gear spigot, it could be transferred to the high gear spigot concentric with the red circle.
  4. This is indeed your option B. Regarding the hoist, looking at this photo; the hoist chain or cable is wound onto the drum on the same axle as the large pulley wheel, so you get maximum mechanical advantage, at a guess about 10 to 1. The big pulley is driven by the continuous chain loop around the small drum at the bottom of the post, this has one direct hand crank drive (left hand square spigot) for light loads (1 to 1), and has a geared drive from the right hand square spigot via the larger pulley / disc / gear furthest from the upright on the left hand shaft again at a guess about 10 to
  5. Yes, thanks for the feedback, I'm glad someone else thinks it's too dull, yellow too. I'll recoat with something less dark, maybe white with a hint of yellow, or I think I've got some light stone but that is enamel, if I leave the existing paint a few days overpainting with enamel should be ok? The sort of appearance I'd like is shown in the photos below, though I think they are overexposed. I've not tried to paint a weathered, faded appearance before so it is an experiment. Reeds seemed to paint all it's buildings, corrugated iron and concrete in a pale cream at one time. However some of
  6. I earned a black mark from Head Gardener this afternoon when I managed (mis-managed?) to drop my secateurs into the shredder. Thanks to the amount of stuff already in there, even with my slow reflexes I managed to turn the machine off just as it jammed, no significant damage to the shredder (slight ding in one blade of the whanger) but the secateurs are most definitely dead. Luckily they were 'my' pair, ones Head Gardener had replaced as they were not sharp enough for pruning, but ok for me to chop up bits for shredding or the brown bin. So a bit of a dent in this month's allowance to replace
  7. The other thing I've been working on is a low relief boiler house for the paper mill at the back of the layout. The stock preparation building and machine house were recovered from the previous layout and butchered to fit, leaving a gap in the backscene. There was a mixture of boiler types and building styles at the mills I worked in or was familiar with, and the result is a mishmash mostly representing east mill Stirling Boiler house at Aylesford. I made several cardboard cut-outs to try in the gap to get an idea of what looked right, then transferred the chosen one to PS sheet. The skin
  8. I've also done a bit of painting, finally the turntable got painted. The girders are Humbrol slate grey, I'd expected it to be more like GWR wagon grey, but it is quite green (Honister slate?). The 'wheels', halved GF plastic wagon wheels, were glued to the ends of the deck and the wheel treads and support rail in the pit painted with a dulled silver / steel mixture. I had decided to remove the two spur tracks beyond the 'table as I want the space for some scenic development and they were unpowered anyway - originally to catch overshoots and park one or two of my hangar queen locos, but they c
  9. The cold and wet weather has put me off doing much in the garden, so I've spent some time spoddling around on my layout. A first foray into ballasting trying out the 3 types of material I had to hand, from front to back in the photo; medium brown woodland scenics ballast (bought years ago for the OO but never used), fine brown woodland scenics and the pale stuff is some of Head Gardener's horticultural grit sand (taken with permission) with the grit sieved out in the tea strainer. I've used Ballast Bond for the latter two, it works well without prior wetting (with so much cardboard geology I h
  10. Found this photo https://thetransportlibrary.co.uk/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=86597&search=Maidstone+East of a down boat train in 1951, shows the down bay with what I think is a post war tin HAL in it. The fence on the down platform edge is interesting and the starting signal would suggest direct departure of passenger trains in the up direction from the bay was possible via the double slip. There is another photo on the same site (select Maidstone East) which shows the down end of the down platform before the access ramp from the ticket office was removed to accommodat
  11. There was a double slip in the down line leading into the down bay / dock and sidings - a bit of prototype for everything. Speed was low here as the down trains had reached the foot of the bank down from Barming and rounded an almost 90 degree lefthand curve, before the S bend though the station and Week Street tunnels immediately onto the up grade to Bearsted, a nightmare for boat trains. The middle road was reversible, and in the autumn a BRCW type 3 was sometimes stabled in the centre road in case trains needed to be banked, especially up to Bearsted (the gradient was 1 in 88 I think, mainl
  12. In the days I used to work in Maidenhead (late '80s), on arrival back in platform 6 at Reading one evening we heard a warning broadcast over the tannoy for passengers on platform 5 to keep well away from the rear end of an arriving HST. I nipped over to platform 4 to find out why. There on the back of the HST, on the curved underside of the nosecone was a football sized brown lump - a swarm of bees. The train duly departed for London with the swarm still attached. It had been hanging on the back at least since Didcot.
  13. I had a similar accident with mine about 50 years ago (how time flies), the chimney broke off and never sat straight again. I may be trying to teach you to suck eggs, but I recall a speed restrictor on the side of the chassis, it comprised a springy strip that pressed on the projecting end of one of the gear shafts, and the pressure was adjusted by a small screw. The main problem was to restrict the fully wound speed to a reasonable degree meant the loco came to a premature halt. Not a very sophisticated governor. No longer with us I'm afraid, oh for some foresight when I was younger.
  14. Some sporadic activity over the last week or so, I'm trying to concentrate on one area rather than flit about from one project to another. So quite a bit of progress on the brewery / raised road and station. Painting - one of my weak areas, I've painted road surfaces, the fences and now the station footbridge is in hand, and typically is looking the worse for it. The 'witches nose'* bank under the building by the bridge has had filler applied and the retaining wall, though the first attempt proved to be tight for clearance. The inner circuit is supposed to be a goods line but I'll probably run
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