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    My main OO collection of steam, diesel and electric locos plus matching stock mainly consists of the following:
    Locos and units named after yours truly, places and relatives, where my family and I have lived over the years;
    Steam locos that are now preserved that were allocated to depots where my family and I lived over the years with matching pre-nationalisation carriages chosen only from those types that are represented in preservation;
    Some models of prototypes built in Birmingham where I was born (mostly DMUs);
    Depending on the amount of room at my disposal and the availability of models, I model in both OO and N, and arrange things so collections in both scales complement each other.

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  1. My nearest model shop of any description is about a mile away, but they only sell radio-controlled cars, model aircraft and ships. However I've bought basic materials from there including enamels, glue and styrene sheets. People will have to be more creative in searching out and visiting non-railway modelling shops for those sorts of material. I haven't visited a model railway shop since just before lockdown but until the virus is more firmly under control and with restrictions on using public transport I'll have to accept I cannot browse or rummage through used boxes as much
  2. gc4946

    New Hornby Rocket

    R3810 pack charged to my card and posted today from Rails. I pre-ordered one of Rails' forthcoming open carriages, because I don't know if Hornby might ever release them as an add-on pack.
  3. Completed basic scenic work including erection of Faller barbed wire fencing (used up all my remaining stuff) and wooden fencing fashioned from Ratio fencing (much of it used up in the process) with planked 20 thou styrene sheet. Next stage is to prepare platform fittings and signs.
  4. Much progress has happened since my last update: - rail sides darkened and hydraulic buffers (Triang) fitted; - platform and stairs fitted; - remaining retaining walls painted and attached to board. I didn't like the weathered, bricked up end wall so gave it coats of duck egg and black. The next phase will fit remaining platform fencing and gates, extra stair rails, railside fences and general scenic landscaping.
  5. Today I began painting the baseboard, platform and weathering the walls. Additional parts have been prepared for fitting.
  6. After gauging tests, I had to cut back both overhanging platform edges by 3mm. All is now in order and here are two generations of Met-Cam DMUs in the terminus. The platforms are long enough to hold 2-car 155/156/158/170/171s.
  7. I've gone through my spares box and identified long-stored items that'll be incorporated in this module. My last visit to a model railway exhibition was at Keighley on 14th March and I stopped ordering any model railway items online a fortnight ago.
  8. I've postponed the concept of a car park over a station. Instead I've come up with the idea of an urban terminus which has seen better days. Its name hasn't been decided yet. In the late 1960s/early 70s BR demolished most of the station building and its imposing side walls except to retain one bricked-up end wall where the main station building stood and one section of each of the side walls in order to allow passengers to enter from the side entrances. Otherwise the terminus is unstaffed. It's used up many of my styrene offcuts and some parts in stock especially the stairs
  9. BR Provincial's 155s were grounded for a time in late 1988 and early 1989 due to door faults, especially opening whilst in motion. I remember 156s substituted (and travelled on them) on Portsmouth Harbour-Cardiff services. They gradually returned to service from Spring 1989. I owned a Dapol 155 at one time but it looked poor even against a Lima 156 so quickly disposed of it. My NSE/Southern Region collection has a 156 instead, although restricted in its geographical spread and timescale.
  10. This'll probably be my last model train acquisition for the time being. According to Hornby's website, their R3810 Rocket train pack isn't due now till this summer. It's Hornby's R3260 2-HAL no. 2653 as first running in 1939. Therefore I now own a 2-BIL, a 2-HAL and the one-off 2-HIL.
  11. I'm assembling parts to build a station with multi-storey car park over part of the platforms.
  12. I've ordered HMRS Pressfix BR mixed traffic lining transfers to finish off my modified (older ex-Dapol) Hornby extended bunker Terrier as 32646, which I remember stuffed and mounted after withdrawal as a pub sign on Hayling Island. Once completed the Terrier will share duties with my Hornby M7 30031. However I don't know if Hornby's Maunsell push-pull set still have separately fitted door handles fitted, otherwise I'll assign the M7 to parcels and freight.
  13. Today I rearranged layout modules in the spare room in order I can easily extract this layout if I want to run trains. I tested various clearances - the main findings are: - the longest locos that I can use in the headshunt if running round are M7 0-4-4T, N2 and N7 0-6-2Ts; - max length of loco hauled carriages in platform loop without stock fouling are 2 x 57-footers or equivalents; - the platform is long enough for a SR EMU to clear the station throat but will impede running round, so a freight train will have to shunt whilst the EMU is out of the station.
  14. The Maunsell-liveried 2-BIL set arrived and I now have all the elements ready to operate "Westfield Priory" in pre-WW2 era. At the moment there's no Southern Railway-hauled freight services, it's all done by cross-London trip freight provided by other companies.
  15. Due to the delay in arrival in UK of my pre-ordered R3810 Rocket train pack until spring in the meantime I identified and purchased a Hornby R3161A Southern Rly 2-BIL no. 2041 on an auction site at an attractive price, now awaiting delivery. I wanted an example in Maunsell's lined livery and a low-numbered 2-BIL. 2041 was built in November 1936 originally numbered 1964, re-numbered in January 1937 (source: bloodandcustard.com) to go alongside my condenser-fitted Oxford Rail N7, of which the gear was removed from the class between 1935-38 (source: lner.info)
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