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  1. Thanks John. I think there is an REE one, but mine is from LS Models
  2. Thanks guys. I have a brown-liveried bogie postal vehicle (LS I think) which I can run with passenger trains, and a few wagons like the photo above which I presume aren't NPCS so would run in goods trains. I also have this rather nice vehicle (REE)
  3. With my UK modelling hat on, I'm a fan of parcels trains, but I can't recall seeing any photos of such trains in France. Did they have them - early SNCF period especially?
  4. And some reminders on what the trackwork looks like. For health reasons I haven't done anything more on the track since July 2020, but I hope to recommence soon. In a way it's probably just as well because information acquired since then has meant a change in some alignments in the station, hence the mismatches between the platforms and Templot that might be apparent in the photos above. The original plan was done in Templot from a 1:1250 or 1:2500 OS map, and if that was all I was ever going to have all would have been right with the world. Then along came the acquisition of a station roof plan from Network Rail, which shifted some platform alignments, albeit by a pleasingly small and manageable amount. Similarly, the (then) new ability for Templot to do tandem turnouts changed some approach angles slightly and required some on-the-spot changes to some crossing positions. (This actually made more sense of the updated platform alignments!) Then about a year ago I acquired some extracts of a 1:480 station plan from the late Glen Woods and had them blown up to 4mm scale in a print shop. This forced a more significant change in alignments, especially on the Brighton side, so if I had laid more plain track much of it would have had to come up. Silver linings and all that. So now I will use the platforms to gauge the track through the station, moving outwards from the V.
  5. Some snaps yesterday at the Scaleforum Multi-venue event in Devon.
  6. Very sad. I've not spoken to Len for several years but C&L and P4Track Company components have underpinned my modelling for a long time. The bulk purchase of P4TC point kit components I arranged with him have eventually gone down on Lewes in the last 18 months or so. RIP Len.
  7. So, what is a mockup for? In some cases it can be as detailed as, say, a test build of a new etched kit; or it can be, as in this case, a quick and simple exercise just to get a feel for what the final build might look like, and to verify that it looks sufficiently like the prototype. Therefore, with Evergreen tube, stripwood and magic tape, the next phase in the main station area mockup has been the principal support columns and beams. As mentioned previously, I have had to make some minor changes to the column positions, with the guiding criteria being 1) the rows of girders have to be the same distance apart, and 2) the edge of the overall structure is a scale 8 feet from the platform edge as stipulated in the Network Rail plan. Some of the columns are not quite vertical due to drilling error on my part - the 'proper' columns will have brass cores (don't ask about the basal detail yet!) and I will find a way of ensuring their verticality. The process, whilst a bit rough, has given me ideas about what to do and what not to do when I start the 'proper' one. For one thing, this won't be like Liverpool Lime Street or Manchester Central in level of detail: frankly the upper bits won't be seen under 'normal' conditions so things like girders and trusses will be more 'impressionistic' making use of bulk laser cutting etc (I really ought to fire up the Silhouette cutter again) even though there is considerable detail variation. I'm not getting any younger and this is a solo project - I'd sooner spend the time on the trains and track etc. Anyway, here are some views and a couple of real photos for comparison. The double deck station building facade at the back is for now just the platform buildings stacked like containers in these photos. I might end the model at that point and kick the 'roadside' part of the station building into the long grass for now - I can print out some more of the modular elevations for mockup purposes. For the roof itself I did start on doing some profile sections first, but I'll probably just channel my inner Pythagoras and let the roof sections create the 'relief' on their own.
  8. Taking the benefits of 3D a bit further, I've been doing some quick and dirty mockups of some of the station structures in true Blue Peter style with Daler board, PVA, magic tape and ply offcuts. So what you see here are the main platform buildings, the overall footbridge and staircases (floor only), the luggage ramp and the lift tower on the Brighton platform. The tinplate-like effect on the platform buildings is from cutouts of rescaled drawings of at least one pair of these obtained from the Network Rail archive print library https://nr.printstoreonline.com/ . What you don't see yet is the overall roof in the V of the station. I do have a plan of this from Network Rail, and an architectural elevation found on the internet, together with the station plan used to do the platforms, all of which are a huge advantage. However, there are minor discrepancies between them, possibly due to a difference in scaling in the horizontal and vertical directions on the NR roof plan (or in the printer I used to scale it up). It's not a lot (<5%), but to match with the station plan I may have to improvise a little.
  9. I've not done much on this for the last year for several reasons, but I have just been sorting out the essential platform configurations using the plan I acquired from the late Glen Woods last autumn. That plan is more accurate than the OS map I originally used to do the Templot plan, so some of the Templot alignments are no longer correct and need redefining by the platforms. Fortunately I hadn't started to lay any track through them yet. I used a second copy of the station plan to cut out and use as templates to jigsaw the platforms in 9mm ply - thickness will be increased when I am finally happy with the shapes and clearances, i.e after track laying. Having got them into position overlying the overall plan, I fixed them in place with 6mm bolts. I could then remove the overall plan and replace the platforms over the original Templot base - showing up the need for realignments. There will undoubtedly be some sanding and/or spokeshaving to do when the track is laid to make sure stock doesn't foul the platforms. Next will be some mockups of the station buildings, including (gulp) the main overall roof. I went to Lewes a few weeks ago to take more photos and measurements (with the approval of the station manager) to add to the collection I already have.
  10. Consolidated video of Scaleforum 2019
  11. Hi, many thanks and yes it is, I recently put up some film of Eridge at that show. We did one more show (Carshalton & Sutton) with Eridge in that form; it was then dismantled because of baseboard warpage and rebuilt. The new version hasn't been to any shows yet but I filmed it in its clubroom in late 2016. There is an infrequent blog on it at
  12. Responses from the FRS forum pointed me at Precision (I thought someone did European colours) who have some left in their 'clearance' section but not both the ones I need; more promisingly it was suggested that Halford's Hyundai Electric Red and Ford Ivory might be good substitutes - certainly easier to get hold of.
  13. Is there a source of railway colours (enamel or acrylic) covering French stock? Or even close equivalent car paint. For now I'm looking for SNCF autorail red and cream. TIA
  14. Thanks guys, considering I came out of hospital with my left arm basically a dead weight hanging off my shoulder the brain has done a good job rewiring itself Terminator-style. Could have been a lot worse. I can't quite do really intricate stuff yet but with the assistance of as many jigs as I can lay my hands on I hope to do most things and be back to 'normal' in a few months.
  15. Having been largely incapacitated from modelling since July following a mild stroke, my wallet has been doing most of the work. Some early (riveted) OCEM coaches (Jouef, from Ebay) Later OCEM coaches by ModelsWorld DEV AO coaches by REE Postal coach by LS Models Pair of Piko 67400s The larger Italian cypress trees were made by John Farmer; the other trees are by MBR in Poland. My left arm and hand have now recovered sufficiently to start work on the fiddle yards. These are 5 ft long and will be cassette-based, with the main boards being Kingspan foam from Wickes faced with 4mm ply. I hope to be able to get back to real modelling (ogives, signals etc) in the coming weeks.
  16. Hi David Yep, that's it - I obviously missed that photo. The Liliput pair includes a C10 like that - the angled section between the side and door is characteristic - and a similar A2B6 composite with the first class in the centre. Many thanks!
  17. A follow-up non-OCEM question. I have two Liliput coaches ref. L350006 which, despite having the FRS' copy of Encyclopedie des Voitures SNCF in front of me, I just can't identify. They have inset end doors only, riveted sides (but may be rebuilt), square-cornered widows and nearly arc-roofed profile without any downturn at the ends. They have some characteristics of Bastille coaches but otherwise I'm a bit stuck. Does anyone know what they are? I can put photos up if necessary. One thing the encyclopedie doesn't have is tables of coaches by running number - maybe they just changed too often to make it a practicable proposition! Thanks and festive wishes
  18. Is there any designation to distinguish between corridor and open configurations, or were they all corridor?
  19. I understand from last night's Spotlight that track lifting has commenced and will take a couple of months.
  20. In the book Sur les rails des Causses et des Cévennes (page 61) there are two photos of ex-PLM six-wheelers on a Beziers-Bedarieux train, hauled by BB electrics.
  21. David, I've requested the Encyclopedie from the FRS library via Roger. I might be in touch about the dossiers, but for now I think I have enough info to work with. Joseph, I've got some 6-wheel stock (Fleischmann) and will consider some detached couchettes.
  22. After nationalisation, would coaches have stayed mostly in the area of their previous owners, or did they become a bit 'common user'? Or to put another way, should I try and stick with Midi-purchased vehicles, or would (say) PO or PLM coaches be acceptable?
  23. Many thanks all, useful stuff. I've just seen a copy of Encyclopdie des Voitures SNCF on AbeBooks for £232! I'll keep a lookout for copies of the Le Train references - I'll need much the same for the DEV AO stock as well in due course. I might try through the FRS as well after checking the Le Train catalogue. This is a bit like a French modeller researching Maunsells, Bulleids and Mk1s!
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