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  1. Yes I like a challenge but the real reason is that by modelling in a scale that very few use and in a material that is often looked down on I end up with models that are unique, even if they are nowhere near the standard of some modeller's work or ready to run models.
  2. I thought some of you might like to see my latest S Scale models which are DB Silberling passenger coaches. These were the standard regional/ suburban coach found every where in Germany. The had a distinctive fish-scale like pattern on the special no rusting steel used for the bodyside. This is difficult to reproduce in model form but as you will see there is a way! They are once again built almost completely from card - just the bogie inner frames and wheels are metal. The sides are print outs of photographs of the sides of the latest Piko HO models which have been re-scaled from images found on a review of the models on a German website. The roof is card with a little epoxy resin used as a filler on the roof end domes. The models are run as a two coach push-pull train with my BR212 diesel - this makes an ideal 1970s/80s branch train. Full details of construction are on my model blog on my website: https://www.steverabone.com/sscalewebsite/building_a_silberlinge.html
  3. I'm afraid that my layouts are not portable and the baseboards are actually supported by the walls on brackets. In any case my exhibiting days are over as I ceased to enjoy it. This link will take you to a short video of the layout in action. http://www.steverabone.com/sscalewebsite/German video with sound.mp4
  4. The latest digital issue of TRACTION is now available on Pocket Mags and the print issue will be on sale on October 1st. We start this issue with a detailed look at Irish Rail in the 1990s when the railways of the Republic of Ireland were a Mecca for railway enthusiasts wanting to experience the locomotive haulage of almost all trains outside the Dublin suburban area. David Clough and Steve Turner take us back to those years when orange and black diesels ruled the rails. David Hayes concludes his study of the UKF fertiliser trains whilst David Ratcliffe provides details of the distinctive wagons used on these trains. Dave Allen remembers how difficult it was to find information about railway operations in the 1980s; fortunately he recorded some of the workings of Class 25s in the Aylesbury area. Jason Hickling, a driver from Saltley depot, describes his experiences of driving freight trains from the Birmingham area to Crewe and how he used his break there to photograph locomotives in the diesel depot. Our two photo features show the contrasting scene in the Peak District and at Finsbury Park depot. John Baker concludes his series of articles about the paint schemes applied at Eastfield depot in the final years before it closed. In TRACTION MODELLING…. we feature the marvellous 4mm scale layout Perry Barr set in the Birmingham area which is complete with scratchbuilt overhead catenary. In the review section there is a look at the superb Irish Railway Models A Class/001 locomotive
  5. Since I'm mentioned above I thought I should chip in. I model in S Scale (a brilliant scale by the way and I can't imagine going back to 2mm or 4mm again). I think it's important to remember that there are basically two approaches to modelling in most scales. The first is one where you use what are termed finescale standards - these usually need sprung or compensated chassis. The second one, which I've adopted because I don't want to go down that route is a pragmatic one which I know I can achieve given my skill level/ lack of anything approaching a workshop. Everything on my layout has been built on a slightly strengthened card table. Using wheels with slightly more forgiving profiles - e.g. Alan Gibson EM gauge flanges or Markits - I do not need to compensate my loco chassis. If you look at my website "blog" you'll see that there are a 2-4-0, a 0-4-4Ts, an outside framed 0-6-0, a 0-8-0 and a 2-6-2T all built using the simplest of chassis - in many cases I have even cut the metal for the frames using heavy duty scissors rather than using a piercing saw. They run well and didn't take that long to build. Obviously they won't be able to run on a layout where the track is constructed for finescale wheels but I doubt I will ever want to do that. http://www.steverabone.com/sscalewebsite/indexpage.htm There is a mention in a previous post of using tender drive units based on the old Airfix Fowler 4Fs and Royal Scot models - these are still available quite cheaply on Ebay. I've now started using these for more modern locos. The ones in the photo are intended for two German outline electrics - an E44 Bo-Bo and the one on the right is for a small 4 wheel loco used on the Oberamergau branch. They use Alan Gibson wheels on S Scale 1/16th axles but could also use Markits disc wheels. Now all I'm really saying is try a simple approach to make a start in S Scale and if you want to upgrade to a more demanding type of modelling do that later.
  6. Yes it is a fascinating story and one which the author, David Hayes, had to do and enormous amount of research to discover how complex these flows were. I'm sure you will enjoy part 2 and the collection of images with it. There is also a feature about the wagons used in the next issue.
  7. Anybody who is interested in writing about this subject please contact me.
  8. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed this issue. I really enjoyed researching for the Cambrian Class 25 articles as I missed out on travelling on the Cambrian between 1965 and the 1990s. Traction 266 preparation is well underway and I can confirm that both UKF articles will be in that issue.
  9. We start this issue of TRACTION with a look at the neighbouring stations of Manchester Victoria and Manchester Exchange. Whilst Exchange has long been closed, Victoria remains a major station albeit totally different in appearance compared to the 1980s. David Clough’s images take us back to this once fascinating location with its varied traffic. Former railwayman John Baker returns with his account of the development of loco liveries at his home depot at Glasgow Eastfield, this time concentrating on the ‘large logo’ period. David Hayes starts a new series about the UKF fertiliser trains and reveals that UKF did not mean United Kingdom Fertilisers! Bill Jamieson describes his impressions of his visits to the Woodhead Line concentrating on the last day of operations. If you have ever wondered why rail travel is so safe Colin Boocock’s article ‘Cracks, documents and standards’ will go some way to explaining this. The days of locomotive haulage on the Cambrian are long gone but we can relive them through photographs. Gavin Morrison’s photo feature recalls the last few summer Saturday’s when pairs of Class 25s brought long trains of Mark 1 coaches to Aberystwyth. TRACTION MODELLING features a superb N gauge layout, Bluebell Summit; it’s based on the West of England main line in the blue period complete with ‘Westerns’, Class 50s and HSTs. It features stunning scenery, including a large viaduct, and full length trains. Our review section looks at the marvellous new Bachmann Class 24/0.
  10. Inspiring model making. I bet they were horrible coaches to travel in though.
  11. We start this issue of TRACTION with the first part of a series of articles about the liveries applied to locomotives at Eastfield depot in Glasgow. A former member of staff, John Baker, reveals some of the intriguing details behind the development of the ‘Eastfield Style’. David Hayes concludes his description of coal traffic to Ironbridge power station, this time concentrating on the period from the 1990s until its closure in 2015. Our European feature looks at the development of Swiss electric locomotives in the 1960s and 1970s which produced some of the most successful Bo-Bo and Bo-Bo-Bo designs ever to run in Europe. To coincide with the announcement of the forthcoming Accurascale’s Steel Coil A wagon model, John Dedman has searched his photo archive and looks at one of the last flows of traffic that used these wagons. It conveyed imported steel coils from Hamworthy in Dorset to Llanwern in South Wales. Keeping main line diesels in running order is a mammoth task and the Western Locomotive Association ‘Western Ranger’ bogie overhaul is no exception when it comes to funding this type of work. Members of the society explain what is happening. The humble Class 73 electro-diesel drew Lancastrian Tom Heavyside down to the south of England to photograph these locomotives hauling freight trains. He has chosen a selection of images for our enjoyment. Keith Widdowson’s contributions to TRACTION are well known and this time it is the turn of his travels behind the Brush Type 2s. He first encountered the class on suburban trains out of Moorgate and King’s Cross in the 1960s. The ‘Little North Western Line’ between Settle Junction, Morecambe and Carnforth has always been in the shadow of its more illustrious neighbour the Settle and Carlisle Line, but it is by no means an uninteresting route. Gavin Morrison’s selection of photos gives an idea of some of the types of traffic that used the line before it became a real railway backwater. In TRACTION MODELLING we look at an intriguing N gauge layout based in spectacular scenery in the north of England and features lots of variety in the traffic to be seen. In our review section we look at the superb O Scale model of the ill fated ‘Clayton’ Bo-Bo diesel.
  12. Ring 01778 391180 and ask for back issues.
  13. You can almost certainly get it from most WH Smiths shops otherwise the subscription dept should be able to help Tel. 01778 392012
  14. The model has now been painted and will be weathered shortly to make the lining less obvious. Everything above the footplate except boiler fittings is from cardboard.
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