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  1. That LEX tram is rather nice. I had a play on the real thing last summer...as good a reason as any to get it in model form
  2. Indeed. The line the layout is based on was noted for its shorter trains. Up until the early 80s it was home to a wide range of old (some pre-war) multiple units. Even the freights were usually no more than five or six wagons, with small locos such as the ED62.
  3. Progress so far on my lockdown project (now with its own thread on here). All of the main structures are in place, so now for the many little detailing bits to add.
  4. Another picture of the silos For my cement works, the primary fuel for the kiln will be coal - more scope for rail traffic! This requires another loading hopper, crusher and conveyor at the opposite end of the works. The conveyors are needed due to the restricted space and awkward angles. The whole ensemble in place. Now time to bed everything in...
  5. The reason for Kenekimura being more than just a small wayside platform is the cement works. The Iida line a few of these small concerns, which generated a small but steady stream of traffic for the line. For me, the works had to be quite small in order to fit the layout, but large enough to justify being rail served. Also, despite carrying out lots of on line research, nothing quite fitted the bill. So, the works are entirely freelance - although I did research how the cement making process took place, so the works are a plausible as I could make them in the space available. The entire structure is made from 20 thou plasticard. There are two main structures, which contain various crushing and mixing processes, as well as a small kiln. The main building roughly in situ. The second main structure, with loading shed. The track and cement wagon are for clearance purposes. Starting to take shape. The internal gubbins are from an airlock used for winemaking. Nothing particularly prototypical about it...just various crushers, mixers etc. hidden in the body of the shed. The silos are Red Imp kits. Inside the loading shed. The loading pipes are wire and the shafts of cotton buds. The limestone is unloaded to the hopper, then to the main crusher, and then on into the shed. Painted and located (still some tidying up to do at this point, as well as a stanchion needing adding). The original chimney was too short and stout. This was replaced by a section of pipe grabbed from the winemaking stuff (about a 1/3 was grabbed...still plenty left for wine siphoning)! The Red Imp silos were nice models, but too small for what I wanted. Their replacements come from a length of 2cm diameter pipe knocking around in the shed. Two lengths of about 8cm were sawn off, then a piece of 10thou plasticard was wrapped around them. The various pipes were from microstrip and the usual cotton bud shafts.
  6. I caught this Bosnian freight train between Mostar and Sarajevo through the window of a coach I was travelling on, back in September 2017. Managed to get a fairly sharp picture of the trains, especially bearing in mind the coach I was travelling on was doing about 50 mph...
  7. Picking my favourite photo is a bit like choosing my favourite film or song - it can vary. That said, this one is certainly up there, taken at Minami near Hiroshima in September 2019. Transition time on JR West, with one of the new E227 'Redwing' set passing by one of their class 115 predecessors. I must admit I do rather like the all-over yellow livery.
  8. Unfortunately our club's (Liphook & District MRC) show - due to be held on 18th October in Bordon - has now been cancelled. Here's to next year...
  9. My first railway photographs since February! 73961 heads 73965 southbound through Pulborough with the 11:31 Tonbridge West - Seaford track recording train. Running about 30 minutes late at this point.
  10. Apologies if mentioned earlier and I have missed it, but the Mid Norfolk have purchased 18 Mark 3s, mainly for their Polar Express services. There are 3 DVTs there as well. So at least some of these carriages are staying in Norfolk.
  11. If you are just after a DB BR64 (running number not important) then there are a fair number on eBay at present. You can get a Fleischmann or Roco version (albeit older models) for between £75 and £150. The pricer models will be the Trix and anything DCC (especially sound). That particular model (Roco 62200) is out of production at present, but it was a widespread and popular design, so H0 versions crop up frequently.
  12. I would definitely cover that polystyrene edge. It looks okay now, but it will be vulnerable and one little knock will expose bits of white.
  13. Thanks Paul. Hope there is something here to set the creativity going! Japanese 0 gauge is most definitely a specialised subject, I would be interested to see how that turns out...and the DD51 is an impressive beast in N and H0, would love to see one in 0! I have been keeping an eye on your Croatian 0 gauge...looking good.
  14. As mentioned in the opening post, the layout is based on the Iida line. This has long been a popular theme for Japanese modellers, mainly down to its long association with older rolling stock, as well as short modellable freight traffic (which finished as late as 1997). The line's popularity is helped by the abundance of ready to run offerings; Kato for example produce a wide range of suitable multiple units, particularly the 1960s/70s. It was these wonderful units which attracted me to the line, as well as the diminutive ED62 locos, as well as the older ED19 (a Kato version arrived at Dreyfus Towers the other day). The layout is actually set during the change-over between the older EMUs and the class 119 sets (the pale blue and white unit featuring in earlier photos). Lots of variety. I came across the following website (in Japanese, but Google auto-translate suffices perfectly well), which gives a good indication of the variety of units on this fascinating line. http://kokuden.net/mc53/sub.htm/sub2.htm/sub2.html
  15. A few of the pictures show the platform which, given the space available and the curve of the track, also needed scratch building. In keeping with the overall size of the layout, it isn't too long - it will easily accommodate a two car set. The station building is at ground level at the canopy end of the platform. Again, the main structure is built out of a mixture of 10thou and 20thou plasticard. The platform top was measured out in paper, before being cut out from the plasticard. The concrete fencing was 10thou card with microstrip supports. The canopy was nabbed from an old Greenmax tram kit, trimmed to fit the platform. The platform with the station building in place. On the layout the building is raised so there isn't the huge step between it and the platform! The platform was painted by a mixture of Railmatch enamel paints, then lightly weathered, before a liberal coating of matt cote. A white strip on the platform edge (maybe a little late for the setting of the layout - 1970s - early 80s) was from a Kato road marking set, sealed with more matt cote. The bench and ornamental flower bed were salvaged from previous layouts.
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