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  1. A quick update, now that the track work for the east end if the yard is largely finished. Just (!) around 60 cosmetic chairs to add over the track rivets, then it can be sprayed before TOUs are fitted and the board turned over for wiring and installation of point motors and uncoupling magnets. No hurry! Geraint
  2. Jay, The brass kit is produced by Dave Bradwell. I have two in the cupboard to build. I've also started an ironstone hopper kit from 51L - etched chassis and resin body - seen here in a part built state and in the queue for finishing in the coming months. A bit 'out of range' for Middleton Top, but confirmed seen at Friden, is is a Palbrick B, and I have a couple of etched kits for those too. It seems that the further east you go on the CHP, the more you're restricted to opens, minerals, hoppers and water tanks. I don't have the pot
  3. Jay, The vans could be either for the milk shipment or the sea shell delivery. Not sure of the specifics - do you have a date for the photo? The nearest van appears to be unfitted. As for the hoppers, I read somewhere that the 21 tonners were not allowed on the inclines, maybe because of their wheelbase, but more likely because a run of 2 would have exceeded the run limit of 38 tons. The ones on the photo are more likely to be LMS iron stone hoppers. Regards, Geraint
  4. Hi Mark, For my P4 Friden layout I have TOUs mounted under the boards, with 1.6mm dia brass tubes running up through the board and cork underlay and 0.7mm brass wire inside them, soldered to the point blades and to the bottom end of the tube. This allows a degree of torsion of the wire, but the tubes can still flex a little. To make the assembly more rigid, which also maintains the correct clearance at the toe of the blades, I've made tie bars using 1.0mm x 0.5mm U section brass. A short length of the U is filed flat and bent through 90 degrees to form an
  5. Jay, Here's the Peckett (Works no 1669 of 1924), taken in May 1951 (cty T G Wassell). A later view in 1955 shows it out of use in the works sidings. Here's the Pug at Cromford in May 1952 (cty A J Cocker). There was also a Sentinel shunter at Killers after WW2. As far as the NLT numbering is concerned, the four locos went through 2 renumberings during their stay in Derbyshire. 7505 - 27505 - 58850 7515 - 27515 - 58856 7527 - 27527 - 58860 7530 - 27530 - 58862 Of the four, the 58862
  6. Jay, Three more to add to your list - A Caledonian Pug 56020 spent a short amount of time at Cromford in the early 1950s, presumably before the J94s took over. I have a couple of photos of it shunting there in May 1952. Here's my model of it posed at Middlepeak Top. An LMS 350HP diesel shunter (forerunner of the 08s) number 12006 was involved in trials on the line on 7th April 1959. Here's a photo of it at Parsley Hay before the run (photo - E R Morten). It later disgraced itself trying to get around Gotham! Finally, Ki
  7. Richard, Just to illustrate my previous point, here's a photo of my old layout "Middlepeak" showing the results of ash ballasting with the black sand. It was laid dry, then secured with the conventional mix of thinned PVA with a drop of washing up liquid, before weathering slightly with the airbrush.
  8. Hi Richard, Just wondered if you'd considered sand? Although I model in 4mm and 3.5mm, I've found it gives a very fine texture, which also helps to bring out the detail in the track. When I did my previous P4 layout, Middlepeak, I used some fine black sand, which I think came from the weight in an old washing machine, which gave an excellent representation of ash ballast. Not sure if that's as readily available these days, but might be worth a try. Happy New Year when it comes, Geraint
  9. Jay, Same to you and yours. Hopefully 2021 will allow us to get together 'on site' with a beer or two! G
  10. Hi Jonathan, Here's a photo of one of the Mark 1 units, upside down to show the detail. The two tubes are soldered to a suitably gapped piece of paxolin, which in turn is fixed to the sliding carriage. The tubes go up through the baseboard and underlay and a length of brass wire runs through the tube, soldered to the blade at the top end. The length of wire gives a degree of flex to the blades, which is helpful. The wires can be soldered to the tubes at the bottom end, which helps to keep the blades at the correct height relative to the stock rails. Regards,
  11. I felt I had to prove that the last 5 months have not been entirely idle, so here's a quick update on progress. Boards 1 and 2, covering the east end of the yard have now been joined and are sitting temporarily on the old Middlepeak legs to allow better access for track building. With the exception of two sets of point blades, all of this track has now been built and various tests with the Peckett and the battery controller show that everything is OK. Stretcher bars and a few cosmetic chairs around the rivets will then be added before an initial coat of paint across boa
  12. Looks like the tram driver playing chicken with the swing bridge - reminds me of the bus drivers taking their chance with the traffic lights on the Cambridge Guided Busway! Geraint
  13. Apologies - these are quick shots from my phone! G
  14. Jonathan, Another source, which you may have, is this book from Alistair Lofthouse, with steam era photos from E R Morten, largely 1950s and early 60s. Geraint
  15. Jonathan, The Welch photo comes from Mike Bentley's "Scenes from the Past 2, The Railways Around Buxton" (Foxline). I can scan from that and the other relevant Foxline books if you haven't got them. Let me know what you're looking for in particular. Geraint
  16. Jonathan, Buxton did have one, beyond the signal box, just before the goods yard lead joined the up road. Just visible above the rail bus on this photo taken by M S Welch in 1967. Regards, Geraint
  17. Jay, The Simplex body is scratch built in plasticard. Likewise the McConnell tender, using drawings in Harry Jack's HMRS article. The six-wheel version is now available as an etched kit from London Road Models and on my 'to be built' shelf! G
  18. Jay, Here's a photo of the beast (Derbyshire Stone No.3) at Killers in 1962 - Original from Jim Peden. Compare it with No.2, which looked all the more 'home made' - photo from John Windle. Finally a pic of my model of No.2 on Middlepeak. Tenshodo motor bogie with P4 wheels and quite a reliable little loco, provided that you keep the wheels clean! G
  19. Jay, This is a Simplex or Motor Rail shunter employed at one of the quarries (probably Killers) for internal movement of wagons. I think this one survived at Bowne & Shaw's in Wirksworth until the late 70s, although probably not in working order. I remember seeing it peeping out of the undergrowth on one of my visits there. Killers had a second machine with what looked like home made bodywork, which was more frequently photographed. Regards, Geraint
  20. Al, In general the later Midland tenders were left as 6-wheelers, I think because they were introduced in the 60s, after Middleton Incline was closed and water traffic came in from Buxton. The former LNWR tenders always did have the centre axle removed, and could therefore be used for the remaining water traffic up Sheep Pasture Incline. Regards, Geraint
  21. Hi Jay, Coming along great and the variations in colour in the grass really show up well. One comment though - shouldn't there be a bit more scree showing on the surface of the tip in the background? As you say, "now for the walls"! Cheers, Geraint
  22. Jonathan, When you say 'flexible' does that apply in the vertical direction too? Mine need to accommodate slight variations in ground level. Looks good though! Geraint
  23. Jay, Those look great. Are you planning to "string" them? I've always shied away from that, on the grounds that it's very difficult to get the lines thin enough and with the appropriate amount of sag. Some people use EZLine, but being elastic that ends up taught and not very convincing. I did read somewhere of an idea that you somehow lay the line flat with the correct sag and then apply superglue over all but the last 10mm or so next to each pole, where you need some elasticity to maintain the right shape. Sounds a bit fiddly, but it might work. Regards,
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