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David C

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    Currently modelling ex GWR BLT in 00 (Woodstowe) and building a Bavarian BLT (epoche III) in HO scale, but previously have built layouts in HOe (Austrian), 009, N gauge (German DB steam) and 0:16.5. Member of the Model Railway Club, Kings X

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  1. Thanks for the response. I hope the flirts come out of lockdown feeling refreshed and raring to carry me to and from from Liverpool Street at some time in the near future ..... On the other hand, they may be a bit tired by 23.30. Its probably past their bedtime. Regards David C
  2. As we seem to be coming out of lockdown, there is the possibility of train travel again, which raises the question of the reliability of the Flirts. Are they any better than when 5630 asked the question nearly a month ago? The reason I ask is purely selfish. I'm a member of the MRC and I hope that sometime in the not too distant future Keen House will re-open. Normally, I catch the 23.30 home to Ipswich from Liverpool Street. What happens if its cancelled due to a faulty Flirt? I know the train companies prioritise the last service of the day for obvious reasons, but if there is a sudden failure .... I could go for an earlier train just in case, but that would mean less time in the bar! David C
  3. Thanks for your responses. Just had a look at the Railtec site - looks very interesting and very reasonable and will certainly try them. Now I'm no longer restricted to Stokeford or Stokehampton or variations thereof, I'll have to think of a decent name for the junction...... David C
  4. Were all toads allocated to specific locations or were any common user? Having replaced the brake vans on the Woodstowe branch (which is set in BR days) with the Hornby versions, I ought to "brand" them with the name of the junction station. As the layout is freelance, I will need to invent a name for this imaginary junction and then make up the name by cutting and pasting transfers. The favourite is "Stokeford" - its the easiest one to do by using a decal sheet which includes Stoke Gifford and cutting out the "Gif". An alternative would be Stoke Hampton by cutting out "Wolver" from Wolverhampton. Most prototype toads that I've seen are branded with the name of the junction rather than the terminus, presumably because goods trains start and end there. On the other hand, it occurred to me that not all toads may have been branded with the name of any station to allow their use anywhere on the system. If so, that would save me the bother .... Any GWR or WR experts out there know? Thanks in advance David C
  5. This is an outstanding piece of work. Beautifully composed and executed. I'm not overly excited by dockside layouts and find most of them rather unrealistic - this is one of the exceptions. David C
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    Spraying involved a Halfords rattle can of Ford Rosso red, the only one of several on the RAF Kinloss list of BR carmine equivalents available at my local branch. I can’t recall what I used on the E147 brake compo – I think it was VW tornado red, but wouldn’t swear to it as I no longer have the can. There is a difference between the Hornby and the brake compo paint jobs, the former being less orange-y and slightly darker, but this I will have to live with. Ford Rosso red certainly looks a lot better than the sludge, not quite maroon and definitely not carmine livery that the E98 came with. David C
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    Woodstowe is operated using timetables from real branches, one of which is Cardigan. Passenger traffic on this line was pretty minimal, almost all services post WW2 needing only a single coach. Nevertheless, to maintain the services (3 trains plus a mixed), 3 coaches were required. In the mid to late 1950s, these seem to have been non corridor vehicles, either brake compos (dia. E147) and brake thirds, the diagram of which chrisf of this forum identified as a dia D109. Now I built an E147 some time ago using Comet sides, Bachmann bogies and Hornby roof and chassis, the rest being scratchbuilt from styrene. I had plans to build some more suitable vehicles, but never got round to it. Then Hornby produced the Collet non corridors to their currently very high standards. There was some discussion on here about whether or not the 4 coach sets these particular coaches were marshalled in were ever broken up and used as singletons. Seeing a way of avoiding having another go at a dia. E147, which was hard going and pretty tedious, I assumed that some of the 4 coach sets were separated and that a couple of the D98 brake thirds were allocated to the Woodstowe branch. All the threads on here about these latest coaches from Hornby have almost entirely been positive – and quite rightly so. But coupled next to my dia E147 brake compo, which had been finished in BR carmine, the difference was striking. Hornby’s idea of BR carmine is much too dark, in my view, so I set about rectifying this. Dismantling the coaches was relatively simple as the things are held together largely by clips. The bits which were glued together (mainly the glazing) didn’t have much adhesive applied and could easily be prised off. Only one window, the odd one to the guards compartment, proved impossible to shift, so it got covered with a carefully cut out piece of masking tape.
  8. Yes, definitely of interest. Please upload as many as you can be bothered to. Thanks in advance David C
  9. That's the way I keep my car looking presentable ...... David C
  10. As DavidCBroad suggested above, have a look at real timetables for NER branchlines. Great Western Journal was very useful in this respect for my own layout (Woodstowe) and gave very detailed timetables (including goods train timings) for several GW branch lines. Where you would go for similar information for Richmond, I don't know - isn't there an NER Society who might have such info? Usually, histories of branches include some copies of timetables, which would give you a starting point at least. I remember reading somewhere (can't recall where) was that Richmond as the railhead for Catterick army camp. Nowadays, we forget how much military traffic there was on the railways right up to the end of the 1950s and possibly into the 60s as well. I believe that the track to Richmond was strengthened to enable big locos (B1s and even V2s) to use it to haul quite lengthy troop trains, but this would also involve equipment. Imagine how heavy a train carrying, say, tanks would be and how powerful the motive power to haul it would be. (That said, I don't know that the line did ever carry tanks!) This apart, there was also other traffic which many branch lines handled. Not only were there the usual pick up goods once or perhaps twice a day, but there may also have been mixed passenger and goods trains. This adds to the potential for interesting operation on a layout. Tail traffic carrying meat, milk, fish, parcels etc would often be added to passenger trains, allowing for yet more shuffling at your terminus. I suggest a bit of research would come in handy. Someone somewhere must have written a history of the Richmond branch surely? Hope this helps. David C
  11. Midland Red: 11 82xxx locos allocated to Newton Abbott on various dates from January 1955. All had moved away by October 1956. See Pannier Tank's post on page 1 of this thread and http://www.brdatabase.info/locoqry.php?action=class&id=726202&type=S&page=alloc for full details of the locos' allocations before withdrawal. Warning: you waste hours on this site - I have! David C
  12. Politics aside (fascinating though it is), getting back to first few posts on this thread, the 82xxx class locos which were based briefly at Newton Abbott in the mid 1950s worked the Kingsbridge branch as well as the Moretonhampstead line. There's a not very good photo of two of them together on RMWeb somewhere or other ... Its the reason I acquired a 1:76 scale version for Woodstowe .... 82001 was built in 1952 and only a very few years old by the time of my chosen period (mid 1950s). I reckoned it would have been a bit dirty, but not that unkempt and that is how I weathered it. Whilst browsing in the Model Railway Club’s library one evening sometime later, I came across a photo of it on a goods train on the Moretonhamstead branch in about 1955/6. It was immaculate! David C
  13. An amazing achievement by Andy York and Phil Parker and all the others responsible for organising this event. Some brilliant modelling - in some cases, I had difficulty working out whether the photos were of models or prototypes. Thanks to organisers and modellers alike. David C
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    Hi Nestor Good to hear from you, too. Long time, no see. Are you likely to make it to KH when it re-opens? Or Ally Pally, if we are fully out of lock down by August? Thanks for the compliment about my scenic work. The pics don't really show up the bald patches, just the horizontal fibres. The one thing modellers of a certain age have in common with their layouts is a tendency to develop baldness! The static grass on Woodstowe can be revived whereas my receding hairline can't be cured with a Flockit! I haven't started a new thread on Weidenstein (as my bit of Bavaria has been christened) largely because I suspect most members won't be terribly interested in any models which aren't set in this Sceptered Isle ... I will post more on Woodstowe fairly soon .... Regards David C
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    I haven’t posted anything on this thread for getting on for 3 years now, largely because there’s been nothing to report. A move out of London to Suffolk restricted modelling time so I have been concentrating on building my 1:87 bit of Bavaria. Woodstowe has spent almost all of the intervening period boxed up as exhibition invites had dried up, so there was no incentive to erect it. Apologies to Regularity who posted a comment on here in 2018. I simply didn’t spot the notification. Weidenstein is now almost complete, but I have been struggling with scratchbuilding the last structure for the layout, the loco shed and associated gubbins. One might imagine that such buildings were fairly simple – they are here in the UK, after all – but not in Bavaria. Having abandoned version 1, I got half way through version 2 when I decided it wasn’t good enough. The thought of starting version 3 was distinctly offputting, so I chose to put the project on hold, erect Woodstowe and play trains for a while. Woodstowe had not been forgotten whilst my patch of Bavaria was under construction. I had acquired some stock for it, but beyond replacing the tension locks with DG couplings and a bit of weathering, they had hardly turned a wheel. They were all RTR, so nothing out of the ordinary. The layout itself was still in good nick, although some of the scenery needs refreshing. Woodstowe was “greened” using mostly static grass applied with a home made tea strainer/fly swatter and the results were not brilliant. Even 8-9 years ago, the results were not brilliant with most of the fibres lying horizontally. For Weidenstein, on Andy Y’s recommendation, I purchased a Flockit from Greenscene and the results were much, much better. There are a few balding bits on Woodstowe as well, so before I put the layout away again, these will be dealt with. David C
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