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  1. Apologies for the lack of updates - I've been flat on my bed in a dark room with recurring migraines every few hours for the better part of this week. I phoned the doctor's surgery about an appointment this morning ("Oh no, you can't book an appointment. We'll get a GP to call you for a 'phone consultation later today...") and waiting to hear back. Work began on the interior of the saloon on Sunday, but I feel this selfie taken during one of my short bouts of verticality sums up how I've been feeling since: Normal service will hopefully resume shortly.
  2. In which case, I wonder if I could get away with "vestigial panelling" in white around my windows, and leave the bolection mouldings in varnished wood. Might need a very fine paintbrush though...
  3. To clarify, I was meaning to keep the mouldings blue, but pick out only the bolection mouldings (or even only the outer part of them) in white. Something along the lines of this (and yes, I realise these are all droplights, rather than bolections...)
  4. Unfortunately, blue with white upper panels has been my carriage livery for a while - I've already got a fair few carriages repainted in said livery! It is to match the locomotives, which are also in a matching blue - an approximation of GER livery. That being said, would not claret and white be ripping off the Caledonian? Or claret and cream the LNWR? I'm aware of Nile's LMWR livery - I believe a while back there was a "snap!" moment - both of us seem to have nicked the idea from the Furness. That being said, there are many examples of railways with similar liveries - how many railways had varnished teak, for example? Or shades of maroon?
  5. Well, after another weekend of moving, what better way to spend a quiet evening than in some wanton destruction with screwdriver and hacksaw? The soon-to-be family saloon was dismantled, to find there were partitions between compartments, and seats in the end coupe compartments. I've kept some of these for now, removing the ones which separated the saloon into two compartments. The glazing was one strip of acetate per side, held in place by the partitions, so this was cut through with a scalpel and removed from the saloons. The footboard that came adrift has since been reattached. However, I had to wait until I got home to my hacksaw before the next stage could continue - removing the columns in the middle of the saloon compartment. This has now been done, and the bolection mouldings need a little dressing with a file, but we're starting to get there... This has made me ponder a potential change to the GSR carriage livery, however - I'm considering whether it would be appropriate to pick out the window frames/bolection mouldings in white, to give a more continuous area of white between the waist and top panels, especially where long lights are used. I had also noticed that on my corridor conversion of one of the clerestories, I wasn't happy with how little white there was to be seen around the windows. Thoughts would be very welcome. As a reminder of the current livery:
  6. And enough stealing of the club layout for backdrops - my photoplank layout got moved to the new flat today. Couldn't resist plonking some buildings and stock on it, although I realise I still haven't finished half the scenery on it yet. Still, another step towards getting the new place more homely. Now, time to clean up and pack up that 3D printer...
  7. I'm reminded of a bridge in the US which is locally known as the Canopener Bridge, which even has its own website: http://11foot8.com . As the address suggests, the bridge is 11'8", and it was argued could not be made higher by raising the railway (owing to level crossings nearby) or lowering the road (making the road too steep and insufficient space to allow long vehicles to level out. There's a height gauge, a big, tall-vehicle-triggered "OVERHEIGHT MUST TURN" sign, and the traffic lights at the junction ahead of it won't turn green if there's an overheight vehicle until several minutes have elapsed. There is video footage of over 150 collisions with the bridge, as someone's set up a webcam in an office window overlooking it. I believe it's recently been raised to 12'4", and *still* something's collided with it.
  8. Well, the question of weathering the wagons got a little more urgent: Being Slaters kits, they pretty well fell together, and now they just need the insides painting, some tension-locks fitting and some coal loads. Both of these were built at the club meet this evening. A dive into the archives brings up this photograph, from The Great Southern Railway in Photographs (Achingham Press, 1987) LSWR 0415 Class no 487 delivering what would later become GSR Family Saloon no. 37 to the works at Linton, June 17 1897. History does not record the source of this carriage, as the ledgers for that year were lost in the fire of 1917.
  9. I do have a copy of The Art of Weathering, although given it's a book on painting and colour usage, I find it very strange that 90% of the photos of weathered models and the processes involved are in black and white! I must have another read through it at some point... (Those last three words are becoming a recurring theme in this thread). Thanks to all for the advice, plenty of things to think about there.
  10. That's helpful, thanks to both of you. I think the thing is that I'm so used to seeing BR bauxite and grey wagons weathered, but private owners are a bit of a new thing to me - the club has three standard gauge layouts, all set in the 1950s-60s BR period! I presume a major part of so many coal wagons being painted black was in fact that it didn't show the coal-dust-grime?
  11. Northlight Engine Shed, as any fule kno... [Edit: Must refresh the page to check for new posts between putting the kettle on and posting!]
  12. Yesterday I received a gift from the postman (is it really a gift if one pays for it oneself?) - three POWSides wagon kits (pre-lettered - I don't fancy rub-down transfers at the moment!). In the pack were two wagons local to Linton (A H Scard of Ash on the SE&CR, and T Bowler of Brookwood on the LSWR), a sheet of transfers for LBSC cattle wagons and brake vans, and, out of period and location, a Robert Reid & Co 7-plank wagon (RCH 1923 type) based in Raynes Park in SW London, where I spent about 15 years growing up. This one will not end up on the layout, but I've never seen this livery on a kit or RTR wagon anywhere, and I wanted it, so. A shelf wagon. I'm still waiting for the final wagon I ordered (White & Beeny of Hailsham) to arrive, although a note was included apologising for its absence and reassuring that it would be sent as soon as possible. The sides have been given a coat of matt varnish (sprayed), and will get another coat before I try assembling them, as I've heard horror stories of the lettering coming away on peoples' fingers. I also intend to weather the two black wagons, although I'm not sure how I'll go about making them look grubby - adding black coal dust is hardly going to be noticeable! I then spent another evening spent working on the Radial at the club. Over a couple of hours of chatting, layout operating and a little research, I managed to add about 3.5 inches of lining to one side of the loco, but that was all of the curves on the bodyside, so I'm fairly happy with that progress. Still a few small spots to touch up, and I'm not quite convinced by the cab cutout lining here though, so I might go back and redo that. I also got a much nicer portrait of the numbered side: Must get around to lining those steps though!
  13. Model Railway News, December 1963. I find this web page, combined with the excellent collection of old magazines we have at my club, to be extremely useful.
  14. Perhaps we could run an excursion service, to connect with the Blackstone and Marshland Railway company's services?
  15. The Great Southern Railway are pleased to announce the purchase of a new piece of rolling stock. It is intended to convert this carriage into a family/picnic saloon, which may be hired for outings to anywhere on the Great British mainland. The GSR are already in negotiations with the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway, the North Western Railway and the West Norfolk Railway to offer accommodation at their attractive holiday hotels at Oak Hill, Wellsworth and Castle Aching respectively, and the Board hope to be able to announce agreements with other companies in the future.
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