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  1. So a few hours ago I was taking the chassis off my two Hornby 0-4-0s. A D class and smokey joe. Then I wondered what the D class would look like with outside cylinders. So i cut off the front ladders and voila.Along with that i sanded the roof smooth, and sanded down the buffers so they weren't glossy anymore (seriously why dont Hornby just use metal buffer heads? it can't cost that much.)I did all this so i though why not try and make it into a semi realistic free lance industrial loco? Since it would be nice to try my hand at detailing, and what would be a better start than the infamous 0-4-0? I can always buy another if it goes wrong. I think this could serve as a nice guide for younger, not so experienced modellers like myself on how to detail cheap locos without having to use loads of specialised equipment, e.g. power tools. At the moment I'm thinking of sanding down the moulded handrails and replacing them with ones made from paperclips, and perhaps some new, larger buffer heads made from poster pins? If anyone knows any other ways i could detail him up and just generally make him more realistic, please tell me. I'm sorry if this post isn't that well written, I'm not very good when it comes to large blocks of text.
  2. Lately, I've been on a freelance streak and after watching classic episodes of Postman Pat and the original Bob the Builder series, the way those vehicles were designed interested me and I was thinking of using them on my layout that would be suited for the current rolling stock I have with me such as the Hornby Four Wheel Coaches and the 0-4-0 tender engine I have with me. Several models of Postman Pat's van as well as two models of the Post Bus would receive a whole new leash on life even in a simplistic cartoon-like environment. It's like something drawn on paper and then translated in 3D models. Some of the Bob the Builder vehicles (Scoop, Travis, Lofty, Muck and Gripper or Grabber) would be repurposed as construction with a new coat of paint and the eyes painted over as well as a minor alteration or two in the case of Lofty. Pat's van would also be a butcher's van, a bakery van and a greengrocer's van. One post bus would remain as it is while the other would be a school bus of some sort. I know they are kids' toys but they are rather nice and possible to adapt and convert into faceless vehicles even in a cartoony-toylike style. Just alter some details, repaint them, add some glazing in and there you go! I am aware, judging by the images, that some of these are old Take-Along models, but with the right screwdriver, they can somehow be removed. Along with some ERTL vehicles, there is a possibility to make something out of something old and discounted or something cheaply-made. Not only that, but I can make some figures from scratch between the 1:76 and 1:64 scales that fit in just fine.
  3. Since 1977, Hornby has been producing their Four Wheel Coach model in many liveries for years. Around the time I was born, they mainly produced them in LMS crimson lake as well as GWR chocolate and cream (and not to mention their (former) Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends range). Years later, when I discovered the Hornby Railways Collector Guide website, I was amazed and astounded to learn that they also produced S&DJR and Caledonian Railway coaches. Sure, the model may seem very toy-like and dated these days in terms of detail and prototypical accuracy, but then again, it still has that quaint charm in it. However, it did get me thinking - what about the other liveries they ought to do but probably never got round to...yet? That's where I came in and afetr doing some research into the coach liveries at the time, I decided to present a showcase of the liveries of some of the coach liveries that would have been. London & North Western Railway - plum and spilt milk with white roofs South Eastern & Chatham Railway - maroon with white roofs Furness Railway - white and blue London & South Western Railway - salmon and brown North Staffordshire Railway Victoria Brown (originally claret) and white North Eastern Railway - standard light green (surprisingly for me) London, Brighton and South Coast Railway - olive green (which is the same livery for the Maunsell coaches), pale and middle green, olive green and white and umber and white (Yes, I know there are a lot of choices but the one I would use would have to be the umber and white aside from the pale and middle green which gives a two-tone effect) Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway - dark yellow and dark brown (or ochre yellow and burnt umber) The trouble when it comes to liveries is deciding which ones suit you and your lcomotives and rolling stock best. Normally, the purist modeller would be the historically-accurate type (which I can be sometimes) but by the end of the day, it's your hobby, it's your layout and you can run whatever trains you want on it just for the fun of it. Because of the fun I am having with these coaches on my layout which got up and and running recently since the lockdown began, I gave myself the chance to make a Tankenstein and now this. When I get ahold of some spare coaches, I will work on those projects and share them with you all here. So watch this space for more details!
  4. Having acquired a freelance 0-4-0 tender locomotive, I thought about making some more freelance coaches of my own. The Queen Mary bogie brake van interests me as I see potential in short bogie coaches reminiscent of the old Bing O gauge coaches from the Pre-War era. These are the coaches I intend to recreate using two Queen Mary brake vans chassis-wise. For the coach bodies, I would use either Hornby's 4-wheel coaches mainly the old Annie and Clarabel coaches from the old Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends range or Budget Model Railways' Coach Kits merged together. Once I obtain the parts needed, I will be taking photographs of the coaches in progress.
  5. After seeing the first video for the Argonne Forest, I became inspired to try to do my own layout again, with the Scale Scenery base boards making it much easier for me to start my layout. I have tried to make a layout last year. However, I became nervous and abandon it. This time, I really want to see it through and to help me do that and find encouragement, I would like to keep updating this blog with my plans and progress for my layout. After purchasing the baseboard and some track, I plan to make a little yard that would serve a small Brewery and a small good shed along side it for the nearby village. Have the track plan as the above photo, with the long siding serving the Brewery and goods shed. The Brewery will be placed to the far right, built on top of a raised platform of broken stone sheets from Wills, roughly where they are placed as below. This will be cut to shape to fit in to the limited space, although I am unsure as what material would be used to support a rough platform in real life. Thinking possible using offcuts of the material to form the front of the platform, or using some Metcalfe stone brick work underneath. For the Brewery itself, I am currently waiting for the kit I will use to create the brewery, while planning to use a photo to show the inside of the storage area, A this idea coming from the Argonne Forest. I would also be looking to wire up an LED light inside and in a couple other locations in the Brewery. This will be a learning experience on how to power this on a model railway, as I have never fully built one. Talking about wiring for lighting, I am considering using point motors for the two points. As I have one Hornby controller, I am unsure if this can support both the lighting and points so will be looking for advice and researching about powering the points and lighting. Have noticed one thing I may need to look at with my 87xx, as coupler frame is not wide enough for the points, which it forces the wagons to sometimes derail when passing over a turn. I am very much looking forward to this journey.
  6. I’ve had an idea. I’ve got a work-in-progress OO 6’x4’ layout started, and recently took a liking to realistic Sudrian modelling, so I intend to create a layout based on somewhere on the fictional isle - albeit in an altered timeline. This topic is for discussions for anyone who models freelance or Sudrian railways and has some tips to give to a prolific 12-year-old.
  7. This is something I have been doing for a while over the last fortnight. I'm not sure if anybody here has done something like this. This was based on an old brake van body I found at my local model railway dealer. It was in such a sorry state, so I bought it along with a chassis, a pair of couplings and a new set of authentic metal wheels and took it home. I cut down the chassis to make it fit within the body using a piece of plasticard to hold it together. The cracks in the braking were filled in with Milliput and painted over. The livery is grey just like the Midland Railway and LNWR brake vans. In case you are wondering, the letters WM mean West Midlands Railway just like the new train service in my town of Kenilworth. The brake van is gonna be part of this set with the freelance 0-6-0T I announced on the Pugbash/JintyStein thread. I am gonna find some suitable rolling stock for it to compliment this train set I envisioned in my mind.
  8. I’m hoping to begin designing my first ever 09 layout. It will be based in the Cotswolds in the Cirencester/ Stowe on the Wold area but completely fictional. At the moment it’s called The Foxwood and Deercombe valley and has 2-3 villages and a market town. The village of Foxwood is based on Castlecombe, Owlpen and Bibury. Haresfield is based on Upper and Lower Slaughter, Slaughterford and Ford near Castlecombe. Deercombe is the market town and it’s based on Tetbury, Burford and Stowe on the Wold. There may be a 3rd village called Badgersbrook but it depends if I can fit it in. There will be rivers, inns, pubs, manor houses and farms too! The layout will have buildings and structures based on real Cotswold examples. I hope to feature my round animals from my sculptures and paintings with widened horse drawn vehicles too. my animals look usual because they’re all based on spheres or ovals. Any ideas would be most helpful because I’m a near beginner, I designed a freelance 00 Cotswold based layout called Horsecombe but unfortunately a house move cancelled the project, it was based on the midland railway on a fictional branch similar to the Nailsworth line. I still have the plans and with hindsight it may have worked better as a narrow gauge line instead.
  9. Hey, all. Those of you that know me know that I love kitbashing. But I also love finding surprising items like kitbashes of freelance designs and such online when I'm looking for things. So inspired by the Bargain Hunters thread and my friend Corbs' Pugbash thread, I decided to create this thread with the intention of showcasing and discussing the cool, unusual or just plain odd second-hand creations we RMWebbers have found for sale while surfing the web. I'll start things off with the item that made me think of starting this thread in the first place: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MODIFIED-Hornby-OO-GAUGE-REPAINTED-LNER-BLACK-0-6-0-STEAM-LOCOMOTIVE-4812-T17/131633861634?hash=item1ea5fd5402:g:X0gAAOSwo0JWJ0l3 This interesting LNER themed freelance 0-6-0 goods engine from the Rails of Sheffield eBay listings.
  10. It was in a September 2019 edition of Model Rail I saw Ben Bucki recreate the late David Sheperd's paintings of the final days of steam using toy locos in the same respective scale. The more I read that article, the more I was impressed and inspired. The first thing that came into my mind was, "I really should do one of these. I must make one of those." The setting I chose for the project was Turn of the Century which focuses on a typical LNWR railway station between the Victorian/Edwardian period. I decided to make a locomotive from said-era for this project on O Gauge - a George Whale mogul. This was a drawing I cobbled together in sprite form. It's based on the LNWR George the Fifth Class and the LNWR 19-inch Express Goods 4-6-0 but as a mixed-traffic 2-6-0 mogul. This is something I hope to recreate using old-school methods our grandfathers once used. The parts must be actual accurate kit pieces and the loco is gonna be a push-along model with working valve gear. One question comes to mind - how do you make a loco chassis from scratch in any gauge?
  11. Hello all, I've decided that I want to try and be a bit more active on this site. Some of you may recognize me, others may not, so here's the low down on what to expect on this thread. Basically, you'll see a lot of RWS based models, reaching for accuracy of the engines seen in the books, with a blend of some more prototypical aspects and some personal touches and changes I've added. Of course, I also do have some other models I'm working on that aren't related to the RWS at all, so you'll be seeing some normal and modified normal models here as well. Thoughts, comments, etc., are appreciated.
  12. Hi all. So I've had this itch I've wanted to scratch for quite a long time. I'm a huge fan of the Discworld books by the late Sir Terry Pratchett, and I'm a particular fan of the penultimate book in the series, Raising Steam, in which railways finally arrive on the Disc. This book is a real treat for railway nuts. Sir Terry really did his research, and consequently there are lots of references to railway history and lore that act as easter eggs for the likes of us. Ironically, given that it's a comic fantasy novel set in a world of magic and myth, the railway is portrayed far more accurately than in most "serious" works. So for a long time, I've wanted to pay tribute to the book with a micro-layout depicting the Ankh-Morpork and Sto Plains Hygienic Railway. While going through some boxes of stuff, I recently found quite a lot of stuff that inspired me to actually get going and start work. For non-Discworld readers, the Discworld is a flat planet flying through space on the back of a turtle. At first glance, it's your standard fantasy world, with dwarfs, trolls, wizards, witches, vampires etc. But it tends to subvert the old fantasy cliches - the nameless city guards are the heroes, the wizards spend more time on childish bickering than on actual magic and the Grim Reaper is firmly on the side of humanity. Here, you can find geriatric barbarian heroes, explosive dragons and an orangutan librarian. The biggest city on the Disc is Ankh-Morpork, which over the course of the series becomes a vividly realised location with elements reminiscent of London, Venice, Budapest, Seattle, Tallinn and in fact just about any old European or American city. It's been undergoing something of a Renaissance, gaining a free press, a modern banking system and, of course, the Discworld's first main line railway. The books specify that the railway runs out of New Ankh, the suburbs of the city which, conveniently for me, aren't mapped out. The layout itself will depict a small temporary terminus on one of the suburban branches of the AM&SPHR and feature a typical Ankh-Morpork street scene. So far completed are the backscene and the first of the houses, because I seem to be working backwards on this one. Pictures to follow as soon as I can get them uploaded.
  13. Edited 28/08/19 to further support canonical changes and discussions with Sem and other members. Good evening all! I've decided it's finally time to make a proper layout planning (and eventually building) thread, freeing up space from my workbench, which I will now dedicate solely to the publishing of any rolling stock work I undertake. It only makes sense to me, really; I'm sure people find it very interesting skimming through and seeing a track plan here, a repaint there, but it will probably flow better in the long run if I separate the two. Who knows (I'm just hoping I don't live to regret this decision...!) I suppose it is only pertinent to repost some history (amended to fit with the Madame Noir canon), and so, here we go...! (Sem I hope you're paying attention if you're nicking my layout idea! )     ~ Blackstone-in-the-Strait: A History~ (Cartography courtesy of Sem, 2018) - Alex ~ Bibliography ~ AVS1998 (2018): http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/120275-alexs-workbench-srlbscsecr-1920-1930/?p=3145424 My workbench thread; this post onwards saw a lot of discussion and development toward the history and lore of Blackstone, including the aptly-nicknamed Madame Noir. AVS1998 (2018): The Madame Noir Papers: A Missenden Mystery http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/135313-the-madame-noir-papers-a-missenden-mystery/ A fiction based upon the town and some of its occupants. Catford, N (2018): Misused Stations: Dungeness. http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/d/dungeness/ Sem (2018): Blackstone West, his rendition of the Brighton side of the town and station. I wish him luck! - http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/131941-blackstone-west-getting-started-previously-sem34090s-pre-grouping-layout-planning/
  14. Thought I'd start doing this little in-character thread for KLR lore as I want to make a "be-all-end-all" thread of canon and am sick of accidentally contradicting myself. Hope you like it. A Personal History of the Kelsby Light Railway, by Sir Jacob Bradleigh Introduction It is a dozy Friday afternoon in the June of 2018. I am sat out in my garden with a glass of wine, reading a book and watching my two boys and the dog run around the grounds with a football. My wife wanders around behind me gardening, having a bit of free time as the baby is asleep. A plume of steam is visible at the bottom of the garden; the railway my family owns runs there, and it's time for the afternoon goods. My wife hears the whistle and walks over. "Jake", she asks, "Can I run something by you? I've been thinking. I was looking through the library this afternoon and realised just how few of the books actually talk about us... or more specifically that." She points down the garden at the massive green Adriatic tank rolling in reverse through the station on the hill beyond and over the bridge that crosses the Little Ouse. So here I am a couple of weeks later, writing this book about the railway I own and that my family has owned for over a hundred years. First I would like to preface with a quick rundown of who I am. My name is Sir Jacob Bradleigh. I am the sixth and incumbent Baronet Bradleigh of Hewe, great-grandson of the esteemed Sir Edward Bradleigh I through his daughter Emily. My becoming Baronet was something of a scandal - the previous Baronet, my great-uncle Edward II, died with no heirs, thus ending a five generation long string of direct succession, but specifically asked for me to be his successor when everyone thought that it should be my grandmother. Knowing Nana Em though she'd probably have declined anyway. I am the youngest to become Baronet since Edward I and (for some reason everyone always points this out) the only one to have a university education (Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Lancaster University, Crovan's Gate campus, Class of 2012.) The stately home overlooking the railway I described in the first paragraph is the Elizabethan country house of Hewe Manor, in the county of Norfolk; my family have lived here for generations, and I was quite literally born here. I live there, as already mentioned, with my long-suffering wife of six years Juliet, our two sons Edward and Leonard and infant daughter Eliza, my grandmother Emily (the well-known former railway engineer), my mother Amanda and an excitable German Shepard named Tess. Sadly not my father; my father, the late Lawrence, died fighting in the Gulf War shortly before I was born. Now onto the crux of this book. Well, in all honesty knowing me this'll be less a book and more a stream of consciousness string of ramblings recorded into a tape recorder, planted pretty much verbatim onto paper and vaguely edited to create something somewhat enjoyable to read or at least halfway informative,but whatever. I wish to talk about the history of the Kelsby Light Railway as I know it. Partly inspired by my wife's aforementioned comment, and partly because the Hatts did it with the North Western and I'll be damned if Bertie and his grandfather get one up on me. Joking aside, in the same vein then I will be talking about the history of the line's locomotives as much as the line itself, and also a lot of my personal thoughts on these subjects. I hope you enjoy.
  15. The original KLR opened in 1903 to a rather lukewarm reception and was really the brainchild/personal plaything and folly of the local peer, Baronet David Bradleigh (Hewe Hall, the Bradleigh family's home, is clearly visible from the line) and being the community minded sort decided to build a line to serve the local villages. He'd planned to extend it further than where the line currently ends but died in 1913 before he got the chance. By this time though his son took over and the locals all had grown to regard the railway with affection. The nicknames for the locomotives even became their official names (one of these - the original opening day locomotive, No.1 "Bulldog" - still exists and still is regularly used on the line despite being over 110 years old). The railway kept running through the Great War, but when the Grouping happened all hell broke loose as the Bradleighs did not want to give it up. Eventually a deal was made and it became an odd joint ownership between the Bradleighs (who had more than enough money to make it work) and the LNER, who would occasionally dump excess locomotives, usually barely working ones that it was not practical to repair, onto their hands. The KLR would then repair these using whatever they had, not really being in a position to turn down the extra motive power, or dismantle them and cobble them together into something else for the same reasons, and soldier along as always. In the BR days however, the railway began to suffer and eventually the Beeching Axe fell and hit the line. However, protests led by the Bradleigh family and the locals managed to save the line - just. However, they were now totally on their own, and powered by a fleet of cobbled together and failing locomotives. Somehow, the line survived, even struggling past the official death of steam, and continues powered by its little fleet of largely unique, often bizarre modified locomotives, a clumped together collection of stock consisting of whatever the Bradleighs could get their hands on, and a never-say-die, can do attitude that has allowed it to survive - although now assisted in part by English Heritage. Far from being purely tourist, this is still a working railway thanks to the very isolated nature of the villages it serves, often moving around livestock between markets, aggregates to the small quarry on the line, or odds and ends from all over the place. It remains truly a curiosity amongst the many railways of Great Britain. This is the formal page for the construction of the KLR layout itself, and the history above is a slight edit of the history I came up with on my original workbench thread. Finally getting around to making this thread as I'm hopefully finally getting somewhere and need somewhere to put all the discussion about the KLR layout itself. I now have my measurements of the interior of the shed that I'm building it in. If you are one of my friends amongst RMWeb's Pre-Grouping modellers and freelances, welcome to the real meat of my RMWeb career. And if you're new to reading my threads... Welcome to the Kelsby Light Railway! I hope you enjoy your stay. As always, any assistance is fully appreciated. Now the hard part. This really is the logical spinoff of this conversation with James Harrison. And it's about time I started this. I intend to model the KLR in its entirety, but my plans may have run into a tiny snag. At the moment I have six stations and two other minor stops in my mind. Problem: I'm working in 00 gauge and I'm working in an old shed that is half of a former stable (can't use the other half as it's boarded off and full of freezers.) I have 2.55m x 2.40m (about 8' 4" x 7' 10") to work with in terms of floor area. I also need to keep the door (opening outwards and in the bottom-right corner of the room as one enters) clear. This should be interesting.
  16. For those of you who read books about trains and train stories as well as playing with toy trains, what if we could actually interpret fictional trains as models we can actually run? What if we can all make model trains from our imagination using Junior locomotives or creating stuff from scratch? Well, I have been looking at various vintage O Gauge model trains and I am interested by some of the freelance designs in Pre-Grouping liveries. If you have read or seen the original illustrations of The Three Railway Engines, the William Middleton illustrations made the trains very toy-like. I thought it was fun seeing as Bachmann made the Junior locomotives in their range but sadly no longer do. These models I found rather nice and would love to have owned one if I ever do come across one. The interesting things they did was not only re-use the HO Thomas models, but they also interpreted a junior version of a J94 0-6-0ST. That model would;'ve been nice as Wilbert the Forest Engine had he been introduced in the TV adaptation. Speaking of Bachmann Thomas models, I am turning my Bachmann James model into a freelance Midland Railway 2-6-0. Of course, I made the handrails out of Milliput stuck them on the sides of the cab. The face and eye mechanism were removed and a Midland Railway-style smokebox door and a milk-churn safety-valve was added atop the firebox. The lamp was also removed and a new one was made from scratch with a bit of wire and Milliput to hold it in place. Add a spot of superglue to hold them together and here we go. The cab steps and running-board steps I have yet to add on and that will come in due course. I might try and do something with my Bachmann Gordon model left over from a project I once started but never got round to finishing it, and as you can see on my Sudrian Engines thread, you'll know exactly what I mean. That itself, however, is another project for another day. Also, please tell me what are your thoughts on Junior locomotives and freelance rolling stock - I'd love to hear you comments.
  17. I've been having some... issues with a build. For those unfamiliar with my workbench thread (which is probably most of the people on this site in all seriousness), this is Peter, the No.3 locomotive for my layout, the Kelsby Light Railway. Or rather, it should be. This little... thing has been the bane of my existence for the past month or so since I attempted to begin construction on it. It has gone through several iterations but has never managed to get past this point. It is supposed to look, roughly, like this: Herein lies the issue. Finding a motorised L&Y Pug, Hornby, Dapol or otherwise, for anywhere close to a reasonable price, is difficult to say the least. In fact "immensely frustrating" is probably a more accurate term. And with Hornby looking more and more like it's about to potentially go under totally it's likely only going to get more difficult as time goes on. So I come to you, those who are more experienced and talented than I, for help before this little black chunk of plastic makes me lose my mind. Is there an alternative route? Are there any other very small saddle tanks I can use to provide Peter with a cab and chassis for a reasonable price? And that doesn't use that generic Hornby 0-4-0 chassis that goes like the hammers of hell?
  18. Having decided that the designing of the KLR itself might not be the most appropriate for the workbench thread on the RTR forum, I've set up this thread for the making of the actual railway and the towns and villages that it runs through. Let's begin then with the obvious - the K of the KLR itself, Kelsby. Trying to recreate a small, typical East Anglian town is going to be difficult. I already designed the station in full a few weeks ago back on the workbench: :but what I want to focus on now is the village around it. I will be waiting a while for the actual construction of things - best to have a baseboard before I actually begin putting things together, but it's good to plan ahead and know what I want. This is a thread for brainstorming, since I like getting input from you far more experienced modellers. Right, let's go Town Planning for Dummies!
  19. Having followed and admired the creations of masters like Nile and Corbs it is with some trepidation that I offer my latest attempt. In the April 1976 edition of Railway Modeller was an article entitled The Plastic Prairie, concerning the building of a GWR 39xx in plasticard. I followed the article and built my version on the recommended Wrenn/HD 0-6-0 chassis. It worked well for its time but could have been better and eventually I sold it. Ever since I've wanted to build a more modern version and looked at the Bachmann 45xx as a possible chassis donor. A friend with a laser cutter kindly offered to cut out the body parts as set out in the Railway Modeller article and initially I intended to just use the 45xx chassis with the cylinders and connecting rods removed. However, on disassembling the loco I was impressed by the weight of the body parts and realising that the 39xx used the same boiler as the 45xx I decided to use as much of the 45 as possible. The first task was to cut and straighten the footplate which then provided a firm base on which to build the laser cut body parts and incorporate the 45xx boiler, smokebox and firebox. This is the result, 3916, not perfect the 45xx wheels are too small for a start and the photos show up many imperfections but as a working representation of a class 39 it works for me. DCC fitted and capable of running on the relatively tight curves of my layout .
  20. I have a question to ask the board, seeing as I apparently do not have as much knowledge of vintage 00 as I thought. I was scouring the vastness of eBay a few days ago while looking for parts for my usual RTRbashing adventures and came across this chunky burgundy tank engine shell amongst a job lot of 00 gauge body shells. I am relatively knowledgeable in old Triang, Wrenn and Hornby but am not familiar with this tank engine. I did not purchase said lot (choosing instead to buy four Triang blood-and-custards to modify into workable coaches), but the question nagged at me for a bit so I posed the conundrum of its origins to the regulars on my workbench thread. Sandhole suggested it was maybe a bash of several shells but I am not totally convinced, to me it looks too clean. So I ask you for a second opinion, and maybe even a positive identification if you can. I will, however, certainly be buying it next time should I see this thing again.
  21. Taking a leaf from the book of my frequent assistant / inexplicable fanboy DoubleDeckInterurban, I've decided to place a lot of my more outlandish or in the least case wildly bizarre locomotive and stock concepts onto this thread here to clear the air in my head a bit. And believe me there's a lot of them. Most of them will be in the form of probably quite bad Photoshop mockups, similar to those some of you may have seen in my Workbench thread. You are free to attempt to build any of these, so long as you let me know and let others know the initial idea came from this page. The only payment needed is to give credit. Let's start then with one some of you may be familiar with if you read my Workbench thread. I put this up here again now because... actually, it's quite a good idea, in my mind anyway, and I want to share it with those that might be willing to try and build this little thing. So, men and women of the jury, I present Exhibit A: The Brakevan Tram.
  22. I thought I’d open a discussion inspired by some of the others here, in particular SkinnyLinny and his GSR project, on creating a believable freelance pre-Group layout. This is very much an armchair modeller thread as though I’d really like to build a layout along these lines, I am heavily committed to another one on a very different theme and will be for some years. Still, everyone needs a bit of a break and a change of air. When I say “freelance” I mean a fictitious company, with fictitious stock and possibly even a fictitious location. I don’t mean the many “might have been” layouts that imagine a historical company building a line where one didn’t exist. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about those, and my sketchbooks are full of drawings and layout plans for an SER branch from Canterbury to Herne Bay or a short branch from Grove Ferry (on the Canterbury-Ramsgate line) to Wingham. I actually started building Wickhambreux but work circumstances intervened and it never got further than the track laying. One problem with making that sort of line believable is that our Victorian forebears were so active in railway building that every line that made economic sense was built, along with many that didn’t. That branch to Herne Bay for example was proposed several times during the nineteenth century but the promoters could never raise the investment. After WW1 the route from Canterbury to Herne Bay would become one of East Kent’s busiest and most profitable bus routes, but that is also because there was a lot of residential new build in Herne Bay in the 20s and 30s delivering passengers that weren’t there in the 1890s. Another “might have been” approach is to imagine lines that were built having had a different history. One example I’ve tinkered with is to imagine the Leatherhead to Horsham line having fallen into the hands of the SER rather than the Brighton and thus Horsham having a separate SER station. Anyone who knows Horsham station today might look at the sidings now used by the engineers and their alignment to the Warnham line rather than the Crawley one and surmise that was once another company’s station, rather like Salisbury GWR was in relation to the LSWR one. These ideas still involved a historical railway company, in my case the SER/SECR. What would really be interesting though would be creating a completely fictitious company. That though throws up an entirely new set of challenges. But first let’s consider period. Unless the idea is to create not just a fictitious railway company but an entire fictitious country (have any Scots ever considered the railways of an independent Scotland btw?), our imaginary railway would have to be pre-1923 and the Grouping into the Big Four. Pre-grouping though is three or four distinct periods. There is the early experimental period, which is interesting but probably not what we are looking for here. After that there are really three distinct periods characterised by different types of locos and stock and by general appearance. The period of expansion, covering the Mania years of the 1840s and 1860s and going up to 1870 or so, is characterised by small six wheel locos, 2-4-0, 2-2-2 and 0-4-2 as well as the ubiquitous 0-6-0, and mainly four wheel carriages. There certainly were many railway companies in existence then who later merged or were absorbed into others. Things like signalling were in their infancy and even city stations might be out in open countryside as the area aound them was still in the process of being built up. The period of consolidation, the decades from 1880 or so up to the end of the century is when we start to see larger passenger coaches – six wheelers and bogie coaches – and larger engines to haul them. Single driver locos are falling out of fashion and the 4-4-0 design becomes dominant. In urban areas tank engines start to appear in numbers. Signalling regulations are being applied and using locomotives to shunt yards becomes standard – and thus wagon turntables fall into disuse. The last period, the Edwardian period, is where all the components of the steam railway are present. Engines are larger, commuters and rural branch passengers may still be enduring box like four wheelers but the long haul passenger now has reasonably comfortable bogie coaches, even in third class. Goods stock has also moved on with RCH designs for mineral wagons and other common user stock making things more standardised. There are also considerably more trains as increasing prosperity means more demand for travel. So what period would you set your fictitious company in? My choice would be the middle one though I must admit a Crampton single hauling an express of half a dozen four wheelers with curved quarterlights does appeal. Or what about a long boiler 0-6-0 with a string of dumb-buffered mineral wagons? If you create a fictitious company do you also need to design your own locomotives. This could be a little fraught given that few of us would know how to design a working steam locomotive. Maybe the attraction does lie in designing that express loco with eight foot drivers or the suburban tank engine with a driving position at both ends. Probably most of us though would be satisfied with designing the cosmetic bits of company style, cab shapes and dome styles, that sort of thing. Then you can build around the bare bones of a real locomotive – wheel diameter, boiler and firebox size, cylinder position and so on – and create your own design. Since real loco design in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century often re-used the same boiler and firebox designs it would also be feasible to take the basics of a successful 0-6-0 and create, say, a 2-4-2T passenger tank design. The other route to take is to imagine that your fictitious company bought off the shelf from the major builders such as Sharp-Stewart or Beyer-Peacock. Beyer-Peacock was much more successful selling abroad than in Britain so it might be interesting to imagine yourself as one of BP’s few loyal British customers. One way of doing this might be to anglicise (or re-anglicise) some of BP’s locos for the Dutch StaatsSpoorwegen, bringing things like funnels and domes down to fit within the British loading gauge and discarding the things like feedwater heaters that Continentals liked but which had little appeal in Britain. Of course the real fun in imganing your own company lies in choosing your own paint scheme. However even that requires some research. The Victorian and Edwardian colour chart was very limited compared to ours, and some colours – blue for example – were often tried and then discarded because they didn’t wear well. So to be believable, your chosen livery should be based on pigments available a century or more ago. Food for thought?
  23. Hello. I am RedGemAlchemist, but you can just call me Red. New here, long time reader but only just joined. I've been modelling for years as general (Warhammer 40k) but only now been able to start building a model railway despite having wanted to for years. Well, living out in the middle of nowhere (aka mid Norfolk) gives me plenty of peace to do so (though sharing a house with three cats and my mother doesn't) and I've finally gotten round to at least attempting to build one. It's a freelance route, in the vein of my favourite members of this forum. Corbs, Nile and Edwardian have been big inspirations to me and thus that gives you some idea of what I'm probably going to be doing. In other words hacking apart RTR locos, bodging them into something interesting (or in my case probably incomprehensible - I'm a caretaker of an industrial yard, not an engineer) and probably failing to get any work done and procrastinating by going off topic or rambling as I am wont to do. So, without further ado, welcome to the badlands of Norfolk and Cambridgeshire and welcome to the Kelsby Light Railway, my probably borderline nonsensical fictional railway. Here is what I have so far, as I didn't think of actually making this account earlier. KLR No.1 (a slightly modified Triang Nellie, no idea if the chassis works and still not completely painted yet as I don't have the paint necessary to actually do the livery atm, so un-numbered works grey it is at the moment. Yes I know I forgot to remove the sculpted handrails before undercoating it, but I'm not removing them now and ruining a perfectly good undercoat and I personally can live with them just this once.); and two of these old Hornby four-wheelers which I've painted into... something. Chocolate brown and bronze, which I quite like but I'm not sure about you guys. Judge me kindly please as I'm kind of playing by ear. EDIT: I've tried but the pictures do NOT want to go the right way up, despite how I edit them. Not the flawless start I'd hoped for. SECOND EDIT: Fixed it. Apparently converting it to a different file type works.
  24. EDIT: This project is now finished and the kit is available from my Shapeways shop here. Features include: sprung buffers, NEM pockets, flywheel drive, pickups on all wheels, cab detail, etc. Due to the variability of the 3D printing process, I can't guarantee that everything will be a perfect fit, but the test model featured in the video went together easily. If you do decided to make one, please let me know (by private message or thread post) any feedback you have so I can make improvements to this kit and any future ones. Read on for an insight into the design and build process! An instructions and parts list sheet is attached, and the posts in this thread can help supplement this. Original post below: _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Does 3D printing count as scratch or kit building? I've put this thread here rather than in the 3D printing forum as it's not about the process, rather about using a basic shell as a starting point to build up a model, which in my opinion is more like resin kit building. If it's in the wrong place, I'm sure someone will let me know... Anyway, I had a modified Hornby 0-4-0 chassis from an experiment into reducing the gearing to make it a good slow runner. This was mostly successful, so I felt like I had to make a body for it, which will be equally as experimental. One of my sources of inspiration was the Maunsell 0-6-0 diesel shunters (more info here) with the sloped windows in the lower cab, so here's the story: during development of the 350hp shunters (designed to compete with the Z class steam shunters), Maunsell also designed a smaller 0-4-0 version to compare against the Terriers and the like. Being short of time, some of the work was outsourced, hence incorporating some industrial shunter design into the mix (I should probably work on this justification a bit more, but I wanted to get on with the model! It's supposed to be fun, not super accurate). I drew up a basic shell on CAD, then got it printed by Shapeways (only £12!) in the 'Strong, White and Flexible - Polished' material as the shell was only ever going to be a base to detail up, so there's not much detail in it. First job, make it fit the chassis. The dimensions are approximately the same size as a Terrier, only slightly shorter, so the chassis needs cutting down. Once done, the body is a tad wonky... Adding some microstrip spacers cured this.The footplate needed a little massaging on the inside to allow the wheels to rotate freely - this took surprisingly long, and the help of a dremel, so they weren't kidding when they called the material strong! So now I have a decent starting point and I need to add: cab interior (to cover the motor), roof, handrails, access door handles, lamp irons, buffer mountings, buffers, coupling hooks, steps and anything else I can think of to improve the detail. TS01 Instructions & Parts List.pdf
  25. Many, many, years ago when the only colour on the covers of model railway magazines - or indeed inside them - was the title bar, and when the price was still in shillings, there was a series of articles describing an author's layout under the title "Fact and Fiction in Cheshire". It was a big layout covering LMS, GWR and LNER and the reason for the title was that the layout was both prototypical in operation and had freelance aspects in the form of connections and services that might have reasonably existed but in actual fact didn't. Over the years this "might have been" approach has proved popular and I have certainly sketched out ideas that were based on a tweak of the historical narrative. Some ideas I have had for SE&CR themed layouts have involved lines that were only mooted actually being built, such as an SER branch from Chilham to Faversham, to lines that were built but not in the historical way, such as musing that the independently promoted Leatherhead to Horsham line was snapped up by the SER (whose line to Reading crosses it near Dorking) instead of falling into the hands of the Brighton and thus Horsham had an SER terminus as well as its LBSCR junction station. The wildest ideas involved a mediaeval storm scouring out the Wantsum and thus in the 1840s, Reculver being an important port worthy of a line from Ashford. None of those ideas advanced much beyond the sketch book phase, though I do have a photocopy of an 1840s 25" to the mile OS map of Horsham on which I pencilled in a diversionary route from Warnham to my SER terminus on what was then the edge of town. The reason for doing that was to identify potential buildings to include in the scenery and thus to fix the location of my fictitious station. Facts in other words to sustain a fiction. To some extent the driver was to create a model which meant something to me, and if I didn't like the real railway that was there or if it was impractical to model that, then create an alternative fiction. Thus, because I wanted a light railway and I wanted it set in my locality, I dreamed up another part of the Colonel Stephen's empire called the North Sussex Railway that meandered from somewhere near Horsham to the mainline at Gatwick Racecourse. And I actually started building this. I didn't finish it but a friend took the part-built layout off my hands, borrowed the stock I had built for it, and did a lot more work on it. I believe it was exhibited at the Beckenham show this last weekend - its third outing. I have continued the idea of building what I like - fact - and linking it together through some fiction, to my present layout. This is still under construction and will be for some years - it is after all my retirement project - and I hope to report progress in this blog from time to time. However, to give an example of this fact and fiction melange, let's consider a branch of Starbucks The fact is that this branch of that Seattle coffee chain is real, and also that I personally have consumed many coffees, croissants and frappacinos there, usually while perusing their copy of the Bangkok Post or using their wifi to read the online version of the Guardian. It's also a fact that it is an interesting building well worth making a model of. The unfortunate fact is that it is not by a railway line, it is not even close to a railway line. However it is on a main road, and main roads frequently run alongside railway lines. So my model will sit just in front of the backscene on a similar road to the one it is on, except that on the other side of the road is the railway and not some hotel/apartment complex. The railway tracks are also based on a real location and have, in reality, a road running alongside. Just a different road. On that particular road is a location where I snapped a scene I would like to include on the layout That should be possible. However the facts now need to have a fiction to tie them together. The building under construction here is an extension to the Siriraj Hospital, and its construction required the closure of the Thonburi terminus on the Chao Phraya river and the renaming and upgrading of Bangkok Noi halt to becoming the new Thonburi station. That closure and relocation did actually make it possible to fit a decent representation of the factual trackwork of the present Thonburi into the space I have available, but I don't want to stick to the factual because that means I can't include my flights of fancy. A fictitious station then. How this fiction fits into the factual State Railway of Thailand is something for a later blog. For now though I have a Bangkok terminus with locomotive servicing facilities but just a shack for the station building and a line that clearly went further at one time. All pretty close to the factual Thonburi. On the other side of the road though is not the Bangkok Noi canal but a street from the other side of the city. Will this merging of fact and fiction work? Well I hope so. In the meantime construction of Starbucks proceeds
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