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  1. Last week off for a while so cracking on whilst the sun has disappeared and the rain comes down. The TMD has had a few oil drums and barrels weathered, road numbers added amongst other things. The upper shed has had a pile of hedgerow dumped on top (though not yet stuck down) to give an overgrown look but actually it's to disguise the small gap in the backscene sky join. I've been weathering some stock recently including the old Dapol Mk2D TSOs and BSO, as well as renumbering and weathering a BG NDV today (80710). Just need to do the roof on the BG now. A few
  2. Off next week Ian, then back for 3 weeks in August before another 2 weeks as holidays so would be good to bring a few vacs over to Exford and see how it's all coming along mate. Let me know when you're free or having the next get together. Cheers.
  3. Couldn't resist the new Bachmann 117 in Blue/Grey. L426 has arrived. Never know if they will sell out and become rare and more expensive so took the plunge whilst stocks are good. Have to say I am very impressed with this model, although coupling the thing up and getting it on the rails was a mission in itself, eventually done upside down in the six foot to get the pin couplings aligned properly which connect the internal lighting. Just couldnt seem to get along with the coupling assistance tool but now it's on the rails I won't be removing it again, maybe to detail the fronts and re
  4. Not much to report the last 4 weeks or so. But I'm going to be back in the garage this week and hoping to have a new arrival on the rails although I don't know how long it will be before my brick sheets arrive. Will be back on next week after some work has been done.
  5. Nearly the end of another round of furlough and most of the TMD is now done. All of the passenger services for the timetable have been added although I don't have headcodes for all of the HST services or any of the DMU ones. The sidings ballast is currently drying. Still waiting on brick sheets to finish the scenics, but some mountboard has arrived courtesy of Mrs.P visiting hobbycraft yesterday so I can complete the shed roof. A few photo's this time no loco's but just of the empty TMD section. You can see the storage roads for Acton Green
  6. Went up in the loft and retrieved the last remnants of the used flexible track from Westquay which has been cleaned and painted ready to be laid to finish the sidings on the TMD. On a heavier note my brain is fried as I have decided to put together the passenger timetable for Acton Green as planned for the Summer 1987 timetable period, with loco diagrams (but by gum not for HSTs or DMUs as don't have the diagram data and don't own enough stock ! ) 2 days spent rummaging through the BR Passenger timetable which has seen better days and is missing a critical page from Table 116 and fro
  7. Whilst tidying up the garage yesterday I came across a box which had a strip of backscene from Westquay rolled up inside it. Almost enough to cut down and use as a backdrop for the TMD, just a gap to fill above the shed which I'm sure I can construct something to hide or paint the join. As there's no sign of the materials for the retaining walls yet I've decided to make the backdrop a little more rural even though the TMD is set at the London end. Just waiting for some more track to lay and complete the last 2 sidings now. I also have finished the fuel office and added a little bit
  8. Coming along very nicely mate. Hope the Z21 programming all goes well, looks like you've got it covered Cheers, Stu
  9. It's looking good Rob. I like the pipework from the tanks. Looking forward to seeing 31413 when she's done too. Cheers, Stu
  10. Right then. Lockdown savings duly spent now. First job was to get a 6 function Imperium decoder for the new 121. This is now running so much better at slow speeds and has full lighting functionality so very happy on that front. Also I couldn't resist to purchase 33025 from Kernow with an ESU Loksound v5.0 SWD Sound decoder. I know it's the old Heljan body but it will do for me and my layout. This evening I finished off lightly weathering the bits of the white roof that have not been done at the factory to give it a better look. I also managed to fit the small speaker in to
  11. Progress on the fuelling point so far. Structures similar to the Bachmann Kit I have on the main layout, but all made from old bits of card, plastic strip, copper pipe, wood and a bit of Wills corrugated sheet. Not the best pics but it's coming along. Need to finish off the fuel hut and storage tanks now. Fuel point has dual fuel points for 2 locos if needed. Cheers, Stu
  12. Hi Rob, Sorry to hear there's not likely to be a job to go back to. My company is running furlough teams doing 3 weeks on/off at a time so I hope as the year goes on there is still a job in the future for me. It's been a bit of fun having some time to do some modelling as supplies have been limited I'm glad I never chucked out the offcuts box for sure !! Hope things pan out OK mate. Cheers, Stu
  13. Some ballast has arrived this week enabling me to complete the ballasting of the lower level of the TMD. Just need to grime up the 4 foot on the last lines down there now. I've also been continuing painfully slowly with the TMD roof and also started a template to scratchbuild a fuel point, but to be honest once the weather turned this week and being back on furlough , just ran a few trains around Acton Green. Which can be a terrible thing as it gives me too much time to think and contemplate things, but for now I'm pressing ahead whilst there is plenty to still do on this layo
  14. I guess so. LOL. That reminded me of something I did once also. Just looked it up in one of my books. March 17th 1987 must have done a 17 to Reading West to do 50043 on the 06:50 Westbury-Padd from reading West to Reading then a 33 back to school !! Was my first recorded run behind 43 as well.
  15. Cheers Western Aviator. They were good old days. Often I'd leg it home from school , get changed and jump on either the 17 or 33 in to town. If I had the money I'd jump on the 16:00 Oxford-Padd (if it was a Vac of course) to see what Old Oak was turning out on the commuters.
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