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  1. It might have become clear to some that I have a mild obsession with 'the lowest form of station': halts. We had a good old chat about them in this thread https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/122841-halts-in-all-their-glory/?hl=%2Bhalts+%2Bin+%2Ball+%2Btheir+%2Bglory But, I would like to open 'a new line of enquiry': Halts at which trains terminated, ideally branch line passenger termini that were halts. There is an old, and erroneous 'modellers' rule' that no termini were Halts, but it is a falsity. Heath Park Halt got mentioned in the previous thread, and I've become aware of two really good ones recently, Berwig, and Moss, both near Wrexham, and both having signals relating to level crossings, and I know there was one in South Wales somewhere too, but can't remember where (Barry Railway??). Combe in Cornwall probably qualifies too. In all these case, the line continued beyond the Halt, to a goods facility. How many others were there? Were there any where the line finished altogether, no goods continuation? Were any worked by loco-hauled trains that had to run-round, or are they all worked by motor trains or railcars? As a reminder, a Halt isn't necessarily a request stop (good job, in the case of termini!), its defining feature is that it has no facility to issue tickets. We should probably admit GWR 'platforms', which I think had limited and/or part-time ticket issuing facilities. Nothing post the abolition of the term 'Halt' in its original meaning, which I think was in 1967, especially since 'nearly everywhere' would qualify! Kevin
  2. Good Evening All... Recently, thanks in no small part to the Trainz activities of Mr Lancaster622, I have had a growing interest in all things GCR. My long-dormant desire to model a bit of the Met/GC joint line has been reawakened! Add to that the LNWR and GWR lines in that area of Buckinghamshire... I possess a Bachmann GCR 8K (LNER O4) in BR Early Crest livery, which I picked up for £35 at Warley last year. I bought it with no specific aim in mind, but the other day the prospect dawned on me that I could use it to model the earlier GCR Class 8A 0-8-0, a loco of which I have seen far fewer models: (Image taken from: https://www.lner.info/locos/Q/q4.php) As best as I can tell, though I'm probably very wrong, is that the main difference is the wheel arrangement. The boiler diameter is larger on the 8K, but only by a matter of inches. This would be a very simple conversion, I think, though I'm not entirely convinced. Does anyone have a drawing for the 8A that I can use to compare with the 8K?
  3. So I’m trying to Build a OO gauge LNER V4 from scratch or more so lit bashing. I live In the US so getting a V4 Model would be hard and I don’t think any manufacturers make a RTR V4 so I decided why not do it myself. I’m going to be using a Dapol V2 Kit as a base for the Loco, I’m going to Have to scratch build a tender since the V4 and the V2 have completely different tenders. I’m also going to try and scratch build a 2-6-2 chassis. Over all this seems like a simple project, only time will tell.
  4. After buying a K3 and some Graeme King resin K2 parts at Warley yesterday, I thought I'd start a workbench thread to show just how good the resin castings are. The first thing I'll do is to clean up the castings and drill holes for handrails, chimney, dome etc. After that I'll see what needs doing to the K3 chassis to get it to go inside the K2 body and then I can start on valve gear and adding detail parts. The attached photos show the main components for the project. Jamie
  5. There has been a great deal of discussion of Branch Line Termini on RMWeb, with examples being cited from railways all over the place, but people still getting a bit foxed on occasions by the 'whys and wherefores', so I thought it might be interesting to discuss a DIY approach, which might lead to feasible-freelancing. So, sticking with Britain, and the 'classic' era from c1890-1960, and starting with a really, really simple BLT, with a view to gradually building-up complexity as matter progress...... Three termini of a very simple kind, suited to places with very limited traffic: The first is simply a single track, ending at a platform! It can clearly only be worked by something that can be driven from each end, an auto-train/motor-train, or some sort of railcar, because there is no facility to 'run round'. No signals, because the section from the passing-place on the right is worked "one engine in steam", probably using a train-staff. Is it worth modelling? Well, maybe if you like weird and wonderful railcars. Is it prototypical? Certainly the LT branch from Acton Town, known as The Acton Shuttle, was pretty much like this, and there were probably others in the classic period. Second, I've continued the line beyond the passenger terminus, into a 'non-passenger' area. Now, this non-passenger area could contain all manner of loops and sidings, an entire non-passenger railway in fact, but passenger trains are banned, because there are no facing point locks, signals, block controls etc ..... it isn't safe! There were several BLTs like this, some where the passenger train, having dropped-off its human cargo and hence become "empty stock" went into terra-incognita in order to run-round, others where the passenger service was run as in the first example, but goods trains continued, for example to a colliery. Worth modelling? Definitely, and a good way of doing things if you want a long, thin terminus on a shelf. Third, a place where run-round is accomplished by gravity. The line slopes down into the terminus. First move is to arrive, and allow the passengers to alight, then reverse to beyond the points. The handbrake is then applied on the coaches, the loco is let into the siding(s), then the coaches are 'drifted' down to the platform under the control of guard, before the loco emerges and re-attaches. Realistic? Yes, there were several places like this, although the operating practices tended to get a bit 'interesting' at some, with trains being run under handbrake control while passengers were on-board. Worth modelling? I'd say so, using either powered coaches and wagons or real gravity. Is this interesting? Does it help? Have I got things right so far? Is it worth progressing to more complex/conventional designs?
  6. Hi everyone, Can anyone tell me if they know where a reasonable set of drawings have been published for the LNER J72s? I have a copy of the weight diagram but what I am looking for is the kind of scale drawing that would be useful to a modeller; a GA drawing would also fit the bill. Thanks in advance. Regards, Alex.
  7. I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who is willing to sell a 4mm kit of the above prototype, please. I'm not sure what kits have been produced over the years, but I don't mind if it's whitemetal or etched brass. Just be interested to see what's out there and hopefully purchase a kit from someone willing to sell one for a fair price. Many thanks. Update - my thanks to those who have responded. It now looks as if a kind soul has a kit that he can sell me.
  8. This is my first post on RMweb so please go easy on me As a child I had 6 or 7 LNER locos but as I went through my teen years I lost interested and didn't have time for the hobby, in the last 2 years I have got back into it and have now managed to collect 23 LNER Loco's several coach and wagon rakes to. I have the Hornby 80th Anniversary silver jubilee set and flatly refuse to accept the Hornby LMS attempt at the Silver Jubilee coach's as they are so wrong, but in order to buy a set I would need to remortgage the house. Same goes for the Coronation coach's they are both so expensive. I managed to get a copy of the schematics for both sets and soon realised the old Triang Thompson coach's had similar windows to both sets. This got me thinking, could I make both sets on a budget? CORONATION COACH PROJECT 1. Measure out and mark where you need to cut: 2. Score the coach: 3. Cut the base which slots into the chassis to allow you to break the coach apart: 4. Check to make sure you have all the parts you need and sand the ends down: 5. Glue together: 6. Fill all the joins: 7. Sand down smooth: 8. Paint with primer to highlight any imperfections: 9. Cut the chassis and roof to the correct length, create a new coach end and test fit: 10. Cut the streamlined chassis sides from plasticard and stick in place: 11. Paint & Apply decals: Below is the finished product: 2 down, 6 coach's to go plus the observation car which I have not quite worked out how to make yet SILVER JUBILEE PROJECT I have used the same method to make the Silver Jubilee coach's however I have also added plasticard strips around the windows: The finished product: I am 90% of the way through making the triplet which will leave just one more pair to complete.
  9. Just discovered the following video showing Dave Simpson scumbling a full size LNER Thompson Carriage.
  10. In his book "Gresley's Coaches" published in 1973 Michael Harris wrote "Class designations (1,2,3) were numerals 7 in. high over the gold (9 1/2 in. over shading) to the same shading as letters and numbers and were placed on the lower panels of the doors. Special vehicles - 'Restaurant Cars' and 'Sleeping Car' had lettering of the same size as the class designations". Modellers, transfer manufacturers and carriage restorers took this as gospel and to date model carriages and restored vehicles have carried 7 in. high coach branding. The problem with the above is in reality the size of this lettering should be 5 in. high over the gold and comparison of incorrectly painted carriages when compared to official photographs look odd. In frustration a few months back I decided to email Fox Transfers with the correct specifications and really did not expect it to get anywhere. Instead I was pleasantly surprised to get an email back and positive feedback that they might do something about it at some point in time. The incorrectly sized transfers had been in their range for 20 years and I was the first person to comment on them so again I thought it might happen one day. A few days ago a package dropped through my letterbox with samples of the revised 5 in. high lettering. Wow. Now the effort for them to do this should not be underestimated. The transfers are screen printed with a separate screen for each colour so a lot of screens had to be remade. What is more they have not limited themselves to just revising the 4mm versions but have revised the 2mm, 7mm and Gauge 1 versions as well. Well done Fox and my apologies for doubting you would do it. To the best of my knowledge this is the first time accurately sized LNER coach branding transfers have been made available. For anyone interested in further details the revised transfers can be found as follows: 4mm/00 – FRH4320/5: https://fox-transfers.co.uk/lner-teak-coach-branding-79095 2mm/N – FRH2320/5: https://fox-transfers.co.uk/lner-teak-coach-branding-79098 7mm/0 – FRH7320/5: https://fox-transfers.co.uk/lner-teak-coach-branding-79096 Gauge 1 – FRH10320/5: https://fox-transfers.co.uk/lner-teak-coach-branding-79097
  11. Hello! Quick question regarding the LNER's streamlined services: It is well known that for the three A4 hauled streamlined services, the LNER tried to allocate dedicated locos to dedicated stock, in matching liveries, however, as one can imagine there were times when this was not practical and various loco's could be found hauling these services (be it a blue A4 on silver stock or vice-versa and in some cases, other classes altogether). Despite this, I am not aware of any LNER green A4's having "dropped on" to one of these services. Does anyone know any better on this matter as I would be interested in running some streamlined stock with my model of No.4493 (and whilst I am aware of 'Rule 1', it would be nice to find a historic basis should it exist). Cheers James
  12. I have just picked up a tender drive Hornby FS for a fiver. It was a non-runner with broken valve gear and missing wheel set on the tender and missing plastic tender body. I have since fixed the valve gear. I was thinking of converting it into an A1 but after study of the real ones, I have noticed that the running plate has a different shape to it, along with other major differences. So being an amateur modeller with a limited budget what do you think would be best - to convert into another A3 with smoke deflectors (some sort of BR livery) or an A1 (same livery)? (Please say in comments)
  13. First post to my new Workbench thread. I intend to post occasional updates on my latest projects. Current main project is building a Gresley ex GNR 65'6" Kitchen Car (diagram NE58) as converted from the 1906 Sheffield Stock Restaurant Car. I have tackled this by some heavy duty bashing of Kirk kits. I mainly used 1st and 3rd class sleeping cars, but needed a lot of joins - particularly on the Kitchen side as shown below. Despite looking a mess, it actually joined quite well as you can see in the next picture. I had to do quite a bit of sanding, filling and beading replacement, but it's now starting to look like the coach. I couldn't find windows with the correct ventilator pattern in my box of Kirk sides, so had to choose some of the right size, and add the ventilators using plastic strip. The GNR style door toplights were drilled and filed out. Next I need to tackle the underframe - some interesting gas cylinders there! Will post an update once the underframe is complete. Andy
  14. Hi all can anyone tell me if this is a genuine photo, or is it a "photoshop" job. These look like German locos to me, although they could well have been brought over for testing. cheers Marakas
  15. I’ve finally decided to take the plunge and start a topic on this subject! My intention is to model this area in OO (and OO-9 for the gas works Railway). The layout will be set in the LNER period - notionally 1938 but with some latitude. Why start the topic now? Well, at the start of the year I set myself a few modelling goals (finish all the half built kits etc). Those goals included two that I think this topic will help me with. Firstly I will build at least one of the scenic boards this year - going public will make me do this! Secondly I want to improve my photography skills - we’ll see if that happens! Jon
  16. Hello all. The time has come (the walrus said) to talk of many things: of track and trains and scenery; of timetables and Beeching... Well, not quite, but we may as well get started. I'm Gavin, and I have finally reached a stage where I can begin my layout of a lifetime. I have a 40' x 20' space to put it in, I have an awful lot of stock ready and waiting (the majority of which appeared on a previous layout that appeared desultorily on RMWeb, called 'Starlingford'), and I have a clear(ish) idea of the trackplan. It will be a 4-track mainline with a pair of branchlines - one rising 4" or so; the other dropping fully 8" to a quayside (that will itself be a fully independent 'dogbone' loop), which means that the mean track level will be 11" above sea level (so as to give sufficient clearance for ships 'passing' under bridges). Baseboard construction will be open-frame in 9mm ply with the main ribs spaced 15" apart. Track will be Peco bullhead throughout, wired for DC but using busses (which ought to make conversion to DCC at a later point, should I ever choose to go down that route, far more straightforward). Points, slips etc will use electrofrogs (or, rather, live unifrogs). As I've never done any of this before, expect to see pleas for advice/help! I intend to box a bit clever with eras. Although it will most often appear in an LNER 1930s/40s guise, I intend to make it possible to post-date it to BR days through some cunning switching of stock and vehicles. The pace of building will be slow. I have time and space but not much by way of disposable income; a slow-and-steady accumulation of bits 'n' pieces leading to flurries of progress is likely to be the way in which this works. My passion is the scenic side of things; my dread is the electrickery. I expect, by the time I'm done with the (hundreds? thousands?) of dropper wires the layout will require, to be able to feign a degree of competence, but I'm starting from square 1! In the meantime, and in order to get this thread moving in the way it ought, here are some pics of initial forays into developing the permanent way. The layout requires at least 8 bridges of various types, ranging from small stream-crossers to an almighty 4-track monstrosity to take the mainlines through 90 degrees on a 4'-radius curve (the inspiration for the biggun, incidentally, is Newcastle's King Edward VII bridge, albeit radically bent). Fortunately I really like building bridges and have made a good start. I now have 3 bridges in various stages of completion. The first is a twin-track trestle bridge for the lower branchline. It's (nominally) based on the one at Portmadoc and, while it requires 9 stone piers to complete it, enough exists to give you a reasonable idea of what the end result will be: The second is the viaduct that will carry the Up Slow line across the same body of water as the lower trestle bridge. This time my inspiration was the Oykel Viaduct at Invershin. As you can see, there is still some painting and construction work to be done (handrails are missing on one side; I have yet to work out the drop of the land beneath the stone arches, with the implications that has for the necessity for piers) but, again, the basic structure is there: Finally, I have a T-section girder viaduct for the upper branchline to cross the feeder river that creates the water feature the aforementioned bridges will cross. This is the only one (so far) to have been available as a complete kit in its own right, being made of laser-cut 3mm MDF. It's also slightly different in that the track on it is standard Peco Code 75; I wanted the closer sleeper spacing for the bridge span. Unfortunately I don't have a picture of it to hand, but I'll get one put up at some point. So that's the current state of play: a long-term build of a layout of a lifetime, featuring dramatic scenery and scale-length trains. I hope you enjoy the journey with me. Regards, Gavin
  17. A Parkside Horsebox kit has been sitting in the cupboard and is one of my holiday builds. I decided to fix the ends to the floor first in an endeavour to keep it all nice and square... A steel rule was used as my 'square'. The sides were then fixed one corner at a time to ensure nothing was fixed on the wonk. The solebars did not want to go in their slots on the floor. They had some thinning etc to get them in the grooves, plus they were a smidgen long. The internal compartment dividers were fitted, including the grooms seat. Would the seat have had a lifting section in front of the toilet door? Or maybe shortened like the seat in a brake van where is next to the stove. Was there no direct access to the horse box itself?
  18. Atso

    Hadley Wood

    Hi all, I thought I'd start a new thread covering my attempt to build a layout of Hadley Wood station in N gauge. Firstly, please don't expect lightening progress on this (the boards haven't been built yet!), as I've got plenty of things I need to do for another people, but I've wanted to make a light start on this for some time. I've built and abandoned several layouts over the last few years as none seemed to satisfy me. It was a visit to (and operating) Tony Wright's 4mm scale 'Little Bytham' layout with a few friends that finally convinced me that the problem was that I was trying to pack too much into my designs, that they were becoming unrealistic and that modelling an actual prototype would be more fulfilling for me. I looked at several prototypes for the basis of this layout but all my initial preferences exceeded the available room of 12' x 3' by quite a way - Hitchin would have been my first choice but I'd have needed 20' to do it justice! Feeling a little down that I might not be able to model a prototypical location after all, I remembered Hadley Wood. (Unknown credit) For those who don't know the station, it is a compact station on the ECML flanked at either end by tunnels (approximate 416m apart or 9'3 in N gauge!) with New Barnet to the south and Potters Bar to the north. The tunnels proved to be a bit of a headache to both the GNR and LNER as it force the line to narrow from a quadruple to double stretch of mainline - this was a major bottleneck on the system that wasn't quadrupled until the late 1950s. As I'm modelling the 1930's it'll be an intensively worked bit of line. Up until the quadrupling work, a small goods yard of two sidings and a head shunt was provided. Originally, the sidings were put in place (1885) to allow the delivery of building materials for local housing - part of an agreement reached between the GNR and a local property developer to build the station in the first place (the developer had to pay a rent/fee to the GNR until a certain number of properties had been build and inhabited). Following the completion of the housing, the sidings were turned over for coal and general goods (hay being something Hadley Wood apparently had in abundance). The station also had an historic railway figure attached to it for a time. None other than one Herbert Nigel Gresley lived in Hadley Wood (until the late 1920's) and used the station to commute in and out of Kings Cross (and wherever else he was needed)! A plaque was installed at the station a few years ago to commemorate this. Unfortunately, the quadrupling work and later electrification forced the removal of most of the old station and today only the staircases to the platforms survive. However, the drawings for the station building are apparently held at Kew Gardens and several photographs of it have started surfacing.
  19. Hi all, I feel that my original N gauge L1 body (designed c. 2009-10) is looking a little dated now. Also, when I originally designed it, a suitable donor chassis was not available. Originally, it was done as a one off commission with a custom built chassis (by N-Stars of Holland) and only added to the Shapeways shop as a scratch aid following several requests. Since then the Farish 2MT has been released with has an almost perfect coupled wheelbase (and driving wheel diameter) for Thompson's L1. I've still got a way to go with the final detailing of this one. The body pictured above covers nos. 67740-67765 as built by the North British Loco Works. Ultimately I'll be doing the Darlington, Stephenson & Hawthorn and earlier North British versions as well - leaving only the prototype (no. 9000/67701) not covered. The old version is still available from my Shapeways shop but will be withdrawn once these versions are uploaded - that might be a few months yet as I'll need to do the test build (and any revisions from that) first. Also the second revision of the locomotive below is about to start its test build (noticed the missing snifting valve behind the chimney on the one below!). A hopper bunkered V3 to go along with the V1 above is also in the works. Both the V1 and V3 are designed to fit the Farish N class chassis (or rather will be once I've stopped making silly mistakes in the CAD - fingers crossed this time!)
  20. When I rediscovered my old Scotsman I also found another of my childhood trains, this one an old Triang Transcontinental train set that I picked up second hand back in 1975. Shortly after buying it I repainted it silver & red and covered it with Southern Pacific logos which it ran under until being put away in a box in the early 80's. The plan is to strip it back and repaint it as near to the original blue/yellow livery as I can get and at the same time extend the rake out to include a second some car and a dinning car.
  21. Hi All, I am attempting to create a layout which will allow me to run large express passenger trains in a continuous loop along with branchline traffic. A halfway house between true prototypical running and enjoyment. I wanted a station to add a bit of operational interest. My interest stems from seeing long express trains running through shallow cuttings. My choice for LNER is simple I was born in Doncaster and stories of my Great Grandfather and Grandfather (LNER/BR drivers) have always interested me. I have searched for small stations along the ECML and found one which I believe offers me a good base to start modelling, Tuxford North. My focus is the 1920-1940 LNER period. Tuxford north has one bridge at the south end (right on the plan) which will provide a scenic break, the north end I am still unsure about at this stage. I have tried to maximise the viewing area by adding a shallow sweeping bend along the layout this will (if my calculations are right) give a 3.2m viewing area rather than 2.6m if I had left the track straight (with 90 degree Hornby 2nd radius curves at the ends). I have a room which can accommodate a 3.6m by 1.8m layout. Anyway here is the plan and a few photos. http://www.oldtuxford.com/ry/ry.asp?NextPhoto=ry12 http://www.oldtuxford.com/ry/ry.asp?NextPhoto=ry07 I have limited knowledge of model railway creation any advice to improve the layout would be greatly appreciated. Cheers Sam
  22. gobbler

    Great Eastern/LNER

    I am an avid scratch builder in 4mm scale and am looking at getting some more books with drawings. I model GE/LNER eastern region in the late 50's transitional period. I already have Peter Tatlow's "A pictorial record on LNER wagons" and "Historic carriage drawings vol3" Can anyone recommend any other books/ material worth getting that has good drawings and info? Cheers. Scott.
  23. Hi all I've come across a couple of pictures, like this one, showing LNER locomotives hauling modelably-short trains of 12-wheel Pullman cars. Can anybody tell me what kind of Pullmans they are and whether they are available as models? I'm aware Hornby did some 12-wheel cars but they were flat-panelled while these don't seem to be. Are there suitable kits? Regards, Gavin
  24. Hi, Does anyone have photos of ex-LNER steel sided bogie sulphate wagons showing livery in BR days (1948-1968). I've seen a couple poor quality that imply that they were wagon grey with 'Sulphate' markings, but want something more able to base a model on. This prototype is the Parkside OO kit, or N gauge Farish RTR. I have a rake of the latter and want to repaint them to the correct livery, as they look wrong in the RTR finish. Thanks, Alan
  25. Please does anyone have any information about metal bridges having ballasted decks? Preferably on the LNER, North Eastern Area, prior to 1948. I am basing a model on Langley Moor Viaduct on the ECML, (otherwise known as the Deerness or Dearness Viaduct, but not the now-demolished one on the Durham Bishop Auckland line.) I think that it is now has ballasted track, but I suspect it would not have originally built that way.
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