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  1. About 300 yards away. If it's still there. It's closed at the moment for an upgrade and there was a gang removing old rail yesterday but I think a 5 doll gantry would make a great improvement over the single line at the foot crossing...
  2. Thanks Steve. I'll sort that today. I've done the clips, they just need editing..
  3. Many thanks for that! I had a photo sent to me by John Robinson of 47165 withdrawn at Horwich with what looks like another in front of it and a rebuilt Barton Wright saddle tank behind it which I used as a reference for weathering. Always nice to hear peoples memories of locos in service and I can imagine they did rather waddle about with that short wheelbase and outside cylinders! Cheers JF
  4. Here's the Lockdown Loco with a bit of paint and weathering splashed on. It represents the loco when at Bolton in about 1965. I may have actually seen it when I was taken down to the shed as a 3 year old by my brother whenever he got lumbered with looking after me! It's still a bit of a noisy runner so the motor gearbox will be swapped for a better one when funds permit, but I think it looks the part now. I printed a home made front number and shed plate which will have to do for now. Once I've mastered the etched signal parts production, I'll have to learn how to do numbers and works pla
  5. After much soldering, swearing, burnt fingers and nearly running out of black spray paint, the NER Iron signal bridge is finally ready for sending to its new home. All LED lit and and servo'd up, tests are complete and it actually works! I've lightly weathered it with a thin wash of neutral shades to tone down the brightness. The staging was was painted from a palette of about 6 colours as it's brass rather than natural wood. I'll do a youtube video of it working if anyone is interested. Lastly, there's another GWR stop signal with scratchbuilt sightbo
  6. It's a lovely pint, quite rich and treacly but not too sweet. Perfect for this time of year. I've tried the market porter and that ones a bit sweeter. It's probably even nicer at the right temperature but the only place I can store it is in the garage. I have to decant a jug and let it warm up in the house for half an hour Trouble is, I can't invite anyone round to assist with it and 72 pints may take a while to consume with just me and Ruth supping it. Just hoping I finish it before it turns
  7. Thanks Steve. The nearest I can get to a pub is the cask of beer I have in my garage at the moment. Which I purchased from the pub when it closed for the lockdown. It's ok but the low temperatures aren't doing it any favours
  8. Happier New Year Dear reader... If I still have any!! Further progress on the "Lockdown Loco" or "Tier 4 Tank" as it later became... Once the chassis was assembled and proved I moved on to the upper works. The footplate is quite something, made from the same thickness Nickel Silver with a further brass overlay over almost all of it. As I think I was missing a page or 3 from the destructions, I was sort of on my own with quite a few bits of this but I battered it together using a mixture of solder, assorted photos, luck and imagination.. The cab fron
  9. Well! Happier New Year to all our readers! The final project that I started last year was something a bit different. Well, for me anyway. After a diet of mainly GW and SR signals left me wanting something to tickle my fancy so this beasty is going to be an NER gantry, complete with slotted signal arms. It will be LED lit and servo operated. The main gantry part is made from much altered MSE GNR gantry parts.. The dolls are also MSE but the main sized arms are Scale Signal Supply. The rest of the arms are MSE but not quite the right ones as those are not
  10. Possibly better with a piece of 3/4" ply cut to specifically fit the area. That way it touches the entire area to be supported. You could then fasten it at each end after jacking it in position to take out the dip. JF
  11. I decided to dip into my stash of kits to do a "Lockdown Loco" between all the signal projects This turned out to be a Mercian Fowler Dock Tank 0-6-0T. My last loco was an ex L&Y one and although this one has more Midland influences, they were built at Horwich. This is to be my first loco with Walshaert's valve gear so hopefully it'll be reliable and won't start shedding wibbly bits all over the layout when it's finished. After reading through the instructions I decided to start by modifying a few bits almost straight away. The coupling rods as supplied ar
  12. I recently had the pleasure of test running one of the pre production engineering samples of the Ellis Clark presflo wagon on my garden railway. It has coil sprung axleboxes and ran superbly within a mixed rake of other wagons. Looking forward to these being available next year! JF
  13. Thanks Mike, looks like the fold over flanged edges have done their stuff. I'm trying to "improve the breed" so to speak.
  14. Still Busy at the signal bench! Due to the sad demise of the model layout at Saltney, I had to retrieve some of my older signals. I plan to refurbish them and either use them myself on some layout or sell the better ones on. The first re-furb was an LMS co-acting arm signal that had the old cast whitemetal arms on. Both had broken off so I used it as a test for my new etched LMS upper quadrant arms. A new LED was needed in the top lamp too. Next up is another SR lattice post signal. Once again I'm using my own etched arm, disc face, backblind and weightbar assembly
  15. Been there, got the T shirt! I was in the signalbox at Chester at the time too!! JF
  16. The Coke Wagon turned out OK and is now painted and ready for some serious weathering.... Here it is on a running in turn! More Soon JF
  17. Latest signal off the bench is an SR (Ex LSWR) gallows bracket, based on one that was at Swanwick and taken straight off the drawing that's in the SR signalling book by Mr Pryor. The post and finial are MSE, The bracket is scratchbuilt and the arm/weightbar/backblinder and TC diamond are my own etched ones. Its LED lit but will be manually operated. I've had some more sheets of etch shiny stuff delivered from PPD with the production version of the LMS running line to loop brackets, Nicholls pattern Upper quadrant arms, SR corrugated upper quadrants, and a very useful little etc
  18. Hi Rod, Its still up at Freckleton in Lancashire, about 275 miles from where I live. Until lockdown, I was travelling up there by train and staying in nearby Preston, staying for about 5 days and working all day on it. I'd be doing that about every 6-8 weeks which just about equals the number of visits I was making when I was still living a mere 80 miles from it and travelling up there on a day by day basis about once a week. I'd love it if a company would scan it and produce it as a 7mm scale model but its probably a bit niche for that. I think Stockport had some almost ident
  19. Hi Rod, Here's how the bus looked when I'd just finished painting it back in March, just before lockdown. I managed a 10 mile test drive, put it away and I haven't seen it since sadly.. Was hoping to see it a month or so ago as I was planning a quick trip up to Lancashire to grab all the seat cushions and backs for renovation but lockdown V2.0 got in the way. Cheers JF
  20. I see what you mean Rod. There's a few that are quite tight there but could possibly have point motors at a right angle to the points with a 90 degree crank to transfer the motion. Others, as you suggest, could have wire in tube under the adjacent tracks to point solenoids at the front of the board. Your foam underlay can really help there as it makes it easier to pass operating rods under the tracks. JF
  21. Nice. Is the diagram produced on the computer too? Been looking for the UNO font for ages... JF
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