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  1. Hello fellow modellers. Its been a while since our last engagement on this forum so I hope its still ok to post in small suppliers. The rumors of our demise have been greatly exaggerated, but the rumors seen on our Facebook page are true! Chivers Finelines is BACK! Trading under the name Five79. My father Roger Chivers is still retired and my brother Simon (slimrails) is spending his free time with his wife and children, hopefully he will join me in the future, but for now its just me. I'm pleased to announced the first kit from the 4mm Range is back available for purcase: RC416 - LNER dia 120 4w BY Pigeon Brake Van kit. *Post & Packaging £3.80 per order. Coming Soon from the range..... 4mm RC463 BR (LMS) Long low wagon Dia 2069 RC464 LMS Bolster wagon Dia 1674 RC465 LMS Tube wagon Dia 1675 RC473 BR Dia 1/120 21t MDV Mineral wagon N-gauge RC1072 ZCA Seahorse open wagon RC1053 Rebodied SSA scrap wagon designed to fit onto a Peco 15” Chassis (not included) RC1073 OTA Timber wagon RC1068 OCA open wagon I am aiming to get near all the range back into production, which is well over 100 products, below is the list of kits I'm currently working on, this is not a complete list, As you can see, its a pretty big list i'm working through, Prices will be released as the kits are, and we won't be doing pre-order. We are aiming to send products out within 3 working days of payment, obviously this is subject to change. Thank you for all who have supported the Chivers brand for the last 40 years, All the best, Matt Chivers Five79
  2. Hello everyone. I produce a range of 3D printed resin body kits for 009. The current range of models are: Kerr Stuart "Skylark style trams. Long & short tank varients Ravenglass & Eskdale style Manning Wardle 0-6-0 Clogher Valley style tram Freelance Manning wardle 0-4-0 Freelance Kerr stuart 0-4-0 Vertical boiler Sentinel Kerr Stuart diesel Hudswell Clarke style diesel. Ruston style diesel 009 loco detailing parts 009 "pug bash skirt" And finally I also offer a kit building service. You can view the models by clicking here. I also have the models listed on shapeways, here.
  3. Coron is the working title for my new 009 layout. With every other week off for the next few months I have lots of spare time to make use of. Some of that is going to be spent on this project. I wanted something small and self contained (no external fiddle yard or stick), with operating potential. Inspiration came from a recent article in Back Track about Holywell Town. This was a small terminus in North Wales, readily adaptable to a compact model. This is my sketch of the prototype. The bridge across the middle forms an ideal scenic break, with a sector plate hidden behind it. Moving the access road ramp to the middle will help hide it as well. This is my plan. The idea is to use materials I already have to hand where possible. For the baseboard I found one I'd made earlier, it's two pieces of foamboard stuck together and coated with shellac. It's 30x80 cm which turned out just big enough, and very light. Much time was spent trying out various combinations of points and track. The train in the photo, at 12" long, is the longest that will fit. The plan settled on uses a 12" LH point and two Ys. The sector plate will be top right.
  4. I'm finally committing to a long-standing concept I've had. Martinson & Co will be a micro-layout with a gauge of 9mm. I plan to represent a small yard with two spurs. The whole of the operation will sit inside a shoebox of about 15x14". For a little added convenience, I will have a fiddle 'stick' out the side of the box, just to allow off-scene management by the 'Hand of God.' I will plant a couple of uncoupling magnets to allow for hands-free operation on scene. This is about the arrangement I've seen will fit so far; And I've posed it here with the only bit of railway scenery I have built. The goods shed is a Peco item, if I remember correctly. Like I've said above, I plan to show this yard as packed ashes or similar. Part of that plan is burying the track almost up to the railhead. I've seen a handful of recent articles in Model Rail about the subject, but I don't recall solutions for the points. Does anyone have any tips? What would I need to do to assure reliable operation? As I plan to bury the track, I don't fancy digging up the cover to solve faults. The point is a Peco Streamline item, with a wire connecting the two lines. Some of you may have noticed I only referenced the gauge, not the scale. I've also mentioned I wish to represent something like packed ashes. That's my trick. I want to peg or magnetize any buildings & scenery. Doing so, I wish to make such things modular. I'll be able to switch scales in a heartbeat. Go from OO9 to HOe/HO 2 1/2 to UK N to Japanese N to N, just by running a different train and buildings! I went with the name of Martinson & Co for two reasons. My name happens to be Martin, for one. My other reasoning is Martin seems to be a reasonably consistent name amongst European languages, as does the suffix -son. One name plaque covers most prototypes. What does anyone think?
  5. Evening all, thought id start my own thread for this one rather than do blog up dates which i always forget to do. JUst finished another deltic so i thought its time for something different. Iv always wanted to have a crack at DHP1, probably one of the most elusive prototypes that only lasted 3 years or so. Having scoured the internet for pics & info and found as many articles in mags that i could i have kept an eye out for a Heljan Clayton going cheap on Ebay for a while. I got a chassis for 20 odd quid a couple of weeks back, it runs but is slow but for the time being it will do. No bodies were floating about on Ebay, i dont think iv ever seen one on its own on there so i emailed Howes and Martyn supplied me with a full body. I sat for about a week thinking up a plan and finally started cutting plastic a couple of nights ago, heres how it began: Chassis demolished and cab section removed, plans were scanned in from an article in a magazine and blown up to scale, DHP1 is usually described as bigger than a clayton but its acually shorter, the cab is a lot longer than a clayton, bonets shorer and wider. Checking things over, it looks like 9mm has to be taken out of the Heljan chassis & body, bonnets widened by 5mm or so as well the bonnet side doors moving around. Out came the razor saw & circular saw in the dremel, the Heljan body cut in 2 and the first bonet removed, i wanted to keep as much of the door details as possible as they are identical on DHP1 so it was a case of slowly but surely for the first bonnet to make sure i got the cuts right, basically making it up as i went All went well thanfully, as you might be able to see i actually cut throgh the runing plate rather thank slicing the botom of the doors to ry keep as much detail as possible. After that it was time to split the bonnet down to be widened, nice bit of masking tape to keep things straight on out came the razor saw. THe next thing was to move the 2 cupboard doors towards the from of the nose, so that meant cutting and swapping around the doors/vetnts to match how they were on DHP1, luckily the doors are exactly the same, so no need to fiddle too much, just a case of cutting straight and not wrecking the detail. Once the panel was removed, the rad grill was sliced off, filed flat to be re used to fill the gap up (glued back to front hence why its green). plasticard was stuck behind to give a good place to fix the re aranged panels All was looking well for this side so repeated the same on the other side except i kept the door with the 2 louvred panels for use later on teh cab sides so substituted some plasticard. The area towards where the cab will be might look scrappy now but most of it will be hidden behind the new extended cab sheets when i get round to it (or thats the plan anyway) so ill sort them later. At vthe moment im just concentrating on getting the bonets sorted. After all the cuting of the bonnets sides was done & set it was time to get the 2 halves back together but 5.5 mm wider, bit of a faff at first but a couple of plasticard stretchers went in frst then a strip of thick stuf was cut and cemented into the gap, for strength and also to start building up ready for filler. Widening really does change dthe look of the ends, just to show how much wider it is heres the streched bonnet sat with the unaltereed end inside, nearly a perfect fit! PLenty of plasticard later all was set and when offered u to he plans is just a bout spot on, that was Sunday night and i couldnt believe how much id got done so spurred on i did the other end tonight, so i now ave 2 matching bonnet sections. So thats where i am now, loads still to do, fill, fill, fill is the next job and onces im happy i will be marking out & cutting the new rad grill at the front and the indicator box and then figuring out how to make the louvres on top of the bonnets too. Then the cab oh and cut the chassis and create some new battery boxes....... and there was me thinking ill have this done in no time!! Anyway i best be off, apologies for any spelling or bad punctuation. Next time ill try get some more background info on DHP1 added too for anyone who wants some more info. Cheers for looking James
  6. So , the plan is to build a 6 x 2 layout of an imaginary rolling mill built to the rear of the Scunthorpe site sometime in the 70s onward period. Which would also feature some preserved tours allowing to use steam engines . The layout will depict a rolling mill which people will be able to see into where semi finished steel will arrive and rolled steel will depart. The layout will also feature narrow gauge which will transport mill equipment to the nearby workshops. As work progresses I will add more but for now here are just 4 pictures of some of my locos which will be running the layout. In total i have 7 janus locomotives that will be used. With one 02 and one Yorkshire 0-4-0DH. Steam engines will range from mostly those avalaibe as rtr. I hope I can make the mill itself something brilliant after working inside a mill for nearly 10 years .
  7. Welcome everyone to the beginning of my Narrow Gauge adventure!!! I have been planning this for quite some time, and as I now seem to have some stock building up I thought it was time to give it it's own thread. So let's start with a little backstory into the NC&GLR: Fact In November 1898 an application was made by; Charles Henry Corbett Esq., Albert Turner (Timber Merchant), and Edward Geoffrey Ramsbotham Esq. for a railway running from the LB&SCR line at Groombridge to the village of Nutley, with several intermediate stations on the way. The line was primarily to be used for transporting timber from the Ashdown Forest. However come 1899 it was obvious that the scheme would fail, not only because of objections from landowners and groups trying to protect the forest, but also because of the terrain that the route was planned over, including gradients that would have been very hard for locomotives to overcome. Fiction Luckily this is where Sir Jon Melbourne III, 2nd Baronet of Oak Hill stepped in. Sir Jon had always wished that his father had not sold the Oak Hill Railway, and so seeing his chance to get one of his own he came to the rescue of the quickly failing NC&GLR plan. He remembered his trip to Traeth Mawr in 1895, and the “small railways” he had seen there. He suggested to the promoters that what they needed was a narrow gauge line, this would allow them to alter the route to avoid “troublesome” land owners, and he said “if they can manage Wales then the gradients here will be nothing!” Sir Jon was quickly welcomed into the scheme, and he organised at his own expense a trip to Wales to view the narrow gauge lines there. The promoters were convinced that this was the way to go. A new route was planned based on a track gauge of 2’3” avoiding the landowners that had objected before. This was submitted to parliament in 1899, and with the landowners objections removed the plan was accepted, and powers granted to the NC&GLR to begin construction on their new line. The Layout So far I have not begun proper planning of the layout, however I have a space of 54" x 35" to work with. I am hoping to get both a running line that can have passenger trains running on and a small shunting puzzle, an interchange with standard gauge would be nice, but is not essential. The Stock Locos So far I have got 3 locos for the line, 2 of which have been seen at some point over on Oak Hill. The first of these is Skarloey: The plan for this engine is for it's face to be replaces with a smokebox door, and for it to be converted into it's early open cab type, and a repaint into NC&GLR livery. The loco was acquired second hand by the NC&GLR and as such is the oldest loco on the line having been originally constructed in 1865. This will primarily be a goods engine The second is the 0-6-0ST built from an Airfix Pug with a Graham Farish Castle chassis: There is clearly still a lot of work to do on this loco, and I will get around to it eventually. This loco was built new for the lines opening, and is used on secondary passenger services. The third loco of the line, and the primary passenger loco is a Small England, built for the line to designed acquired from the Festiniog Railway based on a loco seen on the Twll Du during the trip in 1899 hired from the Twll Du to help with increased traffic during WW1: This loco has been my project for the last week and will be the subject of it's own post in the future, I have a chassis for the tender and just need to get an outside cylinder 0-4-0 chassis for the loco. Hopefully I will be able to get one of these quite cheap. The blue seen on this is to be the livery of the NC&GLR I am planning on lining with LNER white-black-white style lining, which I assume I can get from Fox Transfers. Each loco will also have a name, number, and the company initials on them somewhere. Goods Stock I currently have only 2 bits of 009 stock these are both from the Peco range. The first is a goods van: and the second is an bogie open: I hope to add a lot more stock to this in the hear future, and hopefully some bolsters for carrying timber since that is what the line's primary traffic will be. That just about covers everything for now. I hope you have enjoyed reading, and I look forward to bringing you updates at some point in the future. Thanks for looking, Gary
  8. I have been toying with the idea of a 'switchback' 009 layout (I carefully avoid the term "warren") for some time now in a space 6' 6" x 2' 6" fully contained, as a saleable project. I'm quite keen on the Roxey Mouldings kits for the Cypriot Railways locomotives, but I am also interested to know what, if anything, is available for 9mm gauge in the American line. There were a lot of 2' gauge lines in Maine and Philadelphia in the early part of the 20th century and it would be interesting to know if any kits are available for rolling stock in this scale. Any pointers most welcome, Steve
  9. Hi all, I recently started my second ever model railway layout. The first was a Thomas layout in July for a train obsessed 4 year old's birthday present. I then thought it was time to do something for me. As an amateur Great War historian and former Combat Medical Technician with the Royal Army Medical Corps, I really should combine the two and so I am modelling 20 Casualty Clearing Station (CCS). 20 CCS served the 46th North Midland Division (Several soldiers were killed from this division who were born in the same village as I in Leicestershire). The CCS was based at Boisleux au Mont for most of 1917. Boisleux was an important rail area. Having the layout for this CCS offered me the opportunity to model British, French, American and German troops as well as 00 and 009 scale railways. As a boy I loved soldiers and models. I can now do them again The videos I will post on Youtube will show it's progression and some of the historical photographs. Here are some of the plans and the area in 1917 and today.
  10. Following on from the last entry, I must first thank the contributors for giving me ideas and offering suggestions! This post won't really feature any solid plans, but will give an idea of avenues I could take, and inspiration I can use on my quest for a new layout (or two!)... TL,DR: The next layout will likely be set around RAF Calshot/Fawley refinery/Lepe/Southampton Waterside (although I haven't totally ruled out the IoW yet!) I'd like either a combined OO and 009 layout, or one of each connected by mutual fiddle yard I can't decide whether to have: modular, double-sided, multiple self-contained layouts, or something else... I must design for what will fit in my small car - no board longer than 4ft, preferably no wider than a normal interior door frame, although I'll stretch to 3ft if necessary. Either way I'd like something both unique, and fun to operate! I know there's a lot of text here, but if nothing else, do take a look at the photos and renders as they'll give a good overview of my ideas. And now, the long version... I thought planning my next layout would be relatively easy, but I've been giving it a lot of thought over the past two weeks (with many hours spent doodling and playing with 3D models in an effort to squeeze real locations into a minimum space), but the designs kept getting larger and more complex, and I kept finding interesting sites nearby that are crying out to be modelled. Either way, I'm certainly no closer to something that I'm totally happy with! Regardless of whatever ends up being built, I feel relatively confident in saying that it will be inspired by areas surrounding (and including) Calshot; I'm of course a sucker for coastal scenes, but there are also a lot of very interesting areas to be inspired by here. Not only are there quaint seaside locations, but they are intermingled by some pretty serious industrial sites! I guess in the real world we'd call this contrast an eyesore, but in model form it creates intrigue. SECTION 1: The narrow gauge (009) My first thoughts naturally turned to a layout based on Calshot, Ashlett Creek, and Fawley. The idea (ha!) was to keep things small, and produce 3 small boards; each capable of being a standalone layout if I didn't have room to set them all up in one go. However, my best intentions were sidetracked even at this very early stage by the idea of a standard gauge circle of track, which in turn set each module to be 762mm wide; a little too wide, really. For some reason I kept this size going for a long time despite never adding any OO gauge in the designs! Let's take a look anyway: Above: A lot is going on in this screenshot, but it shows a few progressions of ideas. The bottom-most doughnut would is a simple non-scenic test track featuring a 3rd radius circle of 009, plus 3rd and 4th radius circles of OO gauge track. Above that, we have a 3-part circular layout featuring two scenic, and one non-scenic boards. Next up, the middle pair of designs show the same diameter circle, but with an elongated egg-shaped section comprising of two larger scenic boards (with the rest non-scenic). Finally, the top right set shows a fully "presented" version of that idea, with one board (Ashlett Creek) mocked up as an additional scenic module. Let's take a closer look at that one board: Above: Using rough dimensions from Google Earth, I mocked up the two main structures; the tidal mill, and the pub "The Jolly Sailor"; both of which were partially built on Old AGWI Rd. To form a continuous run, a non-prototypical spur is run behind some trees on the edge of the mill pond (at the rear). I've always said Ashlett Creek would make a very attractive scene with very few modifications, and indeed it would easily stand by itself as an exhibitable layout (although with only two sidings, perhaps three if you count the rear spur; not exactly a thrilling layout to operate!). Above: The tidal mill at Ashlett Creek is a very dominant building. Looks like I've modelled it a little too small (height wise), but the general atmosphere is there. Note the quay, which once had a standard gauge steam crane to offload barges brought from Eling Wharf. These materials were things like sheet metal, and concrete piles; all used in the construction of the oil refinery a mile or so away. Two narrow gauge tracks also terminated here from the refinery for the same purpose. Above: Just to the left of the mill is The Jolly Sailor. I already started a model of this when I was building Old AGWI Rd. The old narrow gauge railway ran to the right of the pub. As you can see, it's a very modellable location, and needs little in the form of compression. I'll likely leave off a few of the later extensions to the pub though! Above: Another look at the Ashlett Creek module, but this time with a slight modification shown on the right hand version; the backscene height (and thus also the pelmet height) has been dropped to see how low I can get away with it being. I'd say this is the absolute minimum, coming in at 200mm from baseboard edge (at pub height) to the bottom of the pelmet; that's 150mm less than the left hand version. The overall effect is interesting, whilst it might make it look somewhat cramped with the lower headroom, the layout certainly appears a lot wider. As noted, I think I misjudged the height of the mill, so this may actually turn out to be too low... Either way, I usually prefer a tall backscene as it makes you feel more involved in the scene, by completely removing everything outside of the scene itself. In reality, a pelmet this low will be an issue unless the layout is shown at eye-level, which of course is unfair at exhibitions as it stops children or people in wheelchairs seeing the layout. Typically, a lot of exhibition layouts have relatively short backscenes with a gap until the lighting pelmet (i.e. the pelmet is located higher above); particularly layouts operated from the rear. Unfortunately this isn't good when it comes to photography for obvious reasons! Fortunately, I prefer to operate layouts from the front or side so that I can also engage with the audience; so a tall backscene presents few problems. This does make the layouts considerably bulkier though, which is why I don't permanently attach my backscenes and lighting rigs/pelmets. Above: Using the exact same 762mm x 762mm board size, I've also shown how I can condense Calshot to form a second module. I've just noticed the hangar is too far left and covers the track, but you get the point; it fits in nicely. Whilst the small spit was covered in hangars and workshops, there were also plenty of places to "park" seaplanes, so I've tried to keep it feeling relatively open, and only model the hangar in low relief (as on the original two Calshot layouts). I usually avoid half-relief structures unless they can be well camouflaged, but with structures this big, you'd be looking at a large baseboard otherwise; and this is the smallest hangar! Note the two small structures either side of the hangar that will be used to try and hide the exits; both are prototypical. Above: The hangar and small rightmost building on the render can be seen here in a photo I took back in 2009. The little cottage was built in I think 1900 as a coastguard building, and was eventually incorporated into the seaplane base here as a store and medical building. The hangar dates from 1913, and is of a "Belfast Lattice Truss" type (a barrel ceiling supported by a wooden lattice truss). To the left were a myriad of warehouses, a powerhouse, and more ancillary structures. Note the name given to the hangar; all the main buildings here had names assigned to them to celebrate prominent figures, and their involvement in RAF Calshot. Above: I visited the spit again in 2010. On this trip I even took a look inside the old castle. At one stage the castle accrued several ugly additions to its roof; not least a coastguard room and weather tower. These have long since been removed and the new coastguard tower seen in the background is the modern replacement. The view from the top of the castle is rather nice, but I bet the view from the coastguard tower is even more impressive! I'd love to keep my model of the castle and incorporate it, but it's such a huge structure that it would take up an entire layout by itself; especially with the moat as well! Above: Something I haven't modelled before is "Top Camp" - the accommodation camp at Eaglehurst, which the narrow gauge railway at Calshot ran from. I knew that I didn't want a large scene for this as practically all the buildings are the same style, but one photo inspired me in particular; this showed a store and the 3-road engine shed. Outside the shed were two wagon turntables which were used to shunt rations over to the cookhouse adjoining the various mess halls. This 45 degree (instead of 90 degree) module is much smaller at around 300mm x 500mm; including large curves that cut off most of the corners. The track curves do look a little on the harsh side though, so will need checking if a module like this is built! Another thing to bear in mind is that any continuous loop would have to go behind, as this is a dead-end module. Above: Most of "Top Camp" was demolished, but there are a few buildings to have survived. Here's St George's Church; a stones throw away from the original loco shed; and shows the typical construction style of these buildings. The surrounding land has now been turned into a cemetery. The old officers mess (off-shot to the left) was turned into a pub after the RAF base closed (which was later known as The Flying Boat Inn). Unfortunately, it closed due to low demand in the mid 90s, and burned down in 2001. Above: Eventually I realised that 762mm would be too wide to fit through most doorways, so I came up with some reduced size "standardised" modules; one of 500mm x 500mm, and one of 600mm x 600mm. Again, these have 90 degree curves on the front edge, and are curved halfway along the other two sides to form a sweeping backdrop. Here you can see my attempt to fit Ashlett Creek in. It's a little tight on the 500mm module, but perfectly achievable on the 600mm one! However... then I realised a problem (a.k.a the problems with circular/double/multi-sided layouts) ...is a circular layout/double-sided layout really "fit" for exhibitions? Unless you've got a very small layout that can sit on a table (ala Ted Polet's Nixnie - an excellent example of how to do a double-sided layout), or you're on the very end of an aisle/have space all around the exhibit (which is extremely unlikely at shows unless you're put into a small room on your own); probably not! These layouts are a lot of fun (especially for children who like to follow the trains around), but sadly there's a reason most layouts are rectangular, and typically have one viewing side. Double-sided layouts in particular are really interesting, but I find harder to pull off effectively in an exhibition scene. Above: Eventually I realised a problem with these 90 and 45 degree corner sections, regardless of size. Can you see what it is? Look towards the left side and you'll see that the jetty is halfway in front of the backscene, and therefore half off it; that's a photographers' nightmare! Our eyes may be good at filtering out backgrounds, but cameras most certainly won't be. This is a big no-no in my books (and is exactly what Old AGWI Rd suffered from). The problem with "missing" backscenes around curved layouts is not something I often see mentioned in the railway modelling "circle" (pun not intended!); and it results in it being incredibly hard to photograph more than a small section of the scene in one go without there being a missing backscene somewhere in the shot. I've seen many an exhibition layout "ruined" by either the lack of a backscene entirely, or the inability to frame a photo in the way I'd like due to the curvature. A double sided layout where the two sides have full-wrap around backscenes, and the curve is hidden off-stage (and thus are more akin to two separate layouts) would solve this problem, but then you lose the nice "flow". Ted's first solution for Nixnie was to purposefully create one significant feature (a wooden trestle) on the curved end piece to force the viewer to look mostly from this one angle on the curved section. The other way Ted reduced the problem was by planting a large amount of trees in strategic places; mostly behind the trestle to hide the backscene edge, but also on the corners of the board so that you can still get some oblique angles with a background of trees rather than people! You'll never get it perfect, but Ted's methods are both really effective and also subtle ways of doing it if you are determined to have a curved section. Despite having just moaned about layouts with curved edges, the "problem" is that I don't like square/rectangular boards! Yes, you can call me a hypocrite now! I typically find it more natural to let the scenery more or less dictate the shape of the board; or failing that, to curve the edges substantially as seen above to give more flow. The problem is not only is it more difficult to build and store the boards, but you end up making those unintentionally unflattering angles for photography as already mentioned. Even my layout Sandy Shores suffers from that to some degree, but I've tried to set the important features towards the middle or rear of the layout to help offset this. As with all railway modelling, compromises are therefore the name of the game, and whilst I'd love to have all manner of whacky board shapes, it's probably best if I compromise on board shape if I am to get some decent photos by the end of it! Here's a slightly more subtle curve that may work a bit better (although obviously still leaves potential for some angles to have a partially missing backdrop): Above: This is where the designs got bigger again, but this time not in width, but in length. 900mm (3ft) x 400mm (1.3ft) is still perfectly manageable though, and would easily fit in my car. (It's about a foot less than Sandy Shores in length). This means that we now lose the nicely flowing circular layout, and end up with what is essentially a rectangular box, presumably with a hinged or removable fiddle yard behind. The end of the jetty is perhaps a little close to the board edge for my liking (taking photos of it would be hard), but other than that it's a lot better. It goes to show that there's a lot to take into account with layout design, likely more than you would initially think (and I include myself in that category, as I totally forgot the amount involved, too!). SECTION 2: The standard gauge Even though every layout except Sandy Shores has had some OO, none of it has been operational since 2011 or thereabouts. That means that none of my standard gauge locomotives have even turned a wheel for 9 years! I started off thinking about a layout (preferably with a circle of track) that I could finally give them a good run on... ...however, realising that even a third radius of OO track was not only unrealistic (i.e. too sharp), but also very large, I'm leaning towards a 4 board stack-able "roundy-roundy" test track for this purpose. To satisfy my cravings to shunt goods stock, I'd have another layout either on its own, or as part of the narrow gauge layout. With regards to the round test track, I haven't thought about many specifics, other than it likely having an inner circle of 009, and one circle of 3rd (+ maybe also a 4th) radius OO track. This really needs to be as slim as possible, hence the idea of splitting it into four, and stacking the boards for storage. In reality, the depth of the boards needn't be more than some 35mm PSE and 9mm plywood; much less than my default 100mm as shown in the earlier renders. Of course, a circle of track is not exactly fun to operate; hence the idea for a separate shunting layout. This train of thought (if you'll excuse the pun) wasn't helped by suggestions of a standard gauge terminus in a sort of Isle of Wight guise. I must say, the idea of an O2 along with some nice old coaching stock still being used on a BR branch line very much appeals to me! Of course, that is a possibility, but in actual fact the tipping point was re-reading a few books on the various railway systems along the Waterside*... * The Waterside, Southampton. Not marked on any maps, but is a local name given to the west side of Southampton Water; so the section of coastline from Eling to Calshot. First, A Brief History Lesson To cut a very long story short, the original plans for a standard gauge railway along the Waterside proposed a line from Totton to Lepe/Stone Point - a farmhouse on the coast in the absolute middle of nowhere! The reason? Well, the original somewhat optimistic idea was to tunnel a railway underneath the Solent to Cowes, on the Isle of Wight (only 2.5 miles away, compared to 11.5 miles from Southampton). This idea fell by the wayside, eventually, but not before more plans were drawn up for a 470 yard pier at Stone Point for Steamer services to the IoW and Channel Islands. After many, many years, a plethora of plans, land purchases, test drilling, and a bitter rivalry between the LSWR and the SM&AR/M&SWJ; it was the LSWR who ended up getting a line, but not to Lepe/Stone Point, but to Fawley oil refinery, which was, at the time, under construction. This was said to be the terminus... "for now", as there was consideration being given to extend to Calshot; which is partly why both of my versions of Calshot had standard gauge track. Clearly, the LSWR never got over the threat of the M&SWJ building a line to the IoW, and potentially taking their lucrative custom... which is strange considering by this point: The tunnel idea had long been branded unworkable A pier at Stone Point would've been relatively un-sheltered and thus not really suitable for steamers The LSWRs' own steamer and IoW rail services were in full swing Any line would feasibly have to join up with the LSWRs' own line at Totton, and thus would be subject to their terms and charges The M&SWJ had already filed for bankruptcy! Anyway, the point is, that gives me a lot of scope for some "realistic" alternative history for the Waterside area, and further west to Lepe. Above: With the idea in my head sown, I set about making a few variations on the Lepe/Stone Point theme, albeit without a 470 yard pier because that would equate to a 5.6m long baseboard, minimum! The design shown is large, but still narrower than Sandy Shores. Note the Artitec HOe ferry (with the track removed as it's purely used for cars), and the station canopies which are a representation of those once found at Lymington Pier. Yes, that's a small lighthouse on the hill, as well as 4 coastguard houses, and in the foreground, the "watch house". The latter was used to look out for smugglers trying to navigate the Beaulieu river! The coastguard houses are very pretty, their walls being covered in multi-toned slates; something you don't often see in this part of the UK: Above: As mentioned, Lepe is a pretty beautiful hamlet. There's not much room between the houses and watch house, so any plan would need to be single track; and even then I think it's a little optimistic! In reality, the railway would be much further to the right, and definitely wouldn't go behind the watch house; but I can't not have these beautiful buildings on scene! There's just one slight problem with this plan, and is one that all my OO gauge layouts have faced; there simply isn't enough length before the station to make passenger services entertaining to run! In fact, that also applies to Sandy Shores; the platform is immediately after the scenic entrance. Assuming I did build such a scene, goods would definitely account for most of the traffic on the line. I'd likely treat the layout as an inglenook (perhaps including the platform line, which I suppose could double up as a freight loading platform) to make things more interesting. Rolling stock would be a variety of 4-wheeled wagons, and whilst 4 wheel coaches would be nice, perhaps the Hornby Push/Pull Maunsell set would be more useful given the later period I intend to model (40s-60s) That said, there's not a lot of length to accommodate a passenger train, so maybe a single coach is all that is required (I've got my eye on this Maunsell ex LSWR 58ft comp). Motive power wise, The B4 tank and USA tank are particularly strong contenders, and maybe the O2 and a Southern Terrier as well. Thankfully, there are also a few in my existing collection that would suit; notably the Q1 (albeit a bit on the long side), the BR standard class 2, and BR class 03/04 diesel. Everything else I really ought to sell! SECTION 3: Where to now? Well, it always helps to start off with a list of constraints; perhaps that's what I should've done first instead of leaping into condensing real life locations into random board shapes and sizes! I've not been at home for the past 2 weeks, so haven't had access to the track that I'd rescued from Old AGWI Rd, but that, along with some cardboard mock ups, will be a good way to go about planning in earnest from here on out. Above: I'm currently leaning towards the idea of two self contained but join-able (via a central traverser fiddle yard) layouts; one depicting an alternate history of Lepe, and the other a mild alt-history of Calshot. Time will tell if that's what I end up building though! Ideally, I'd have more room for the standard gauge layout, but I'm trying to downsize here; plus, all boards would have to fit in my tiny car in one go... Of course, there are plenty of other inspirational scenes! From Hythe pier head: ...to places like Poole Quay, Hamworthy Quay, So'ton Docks, Lymington Pier, the IoW stations... the list goes on! Well done if you made it to the end; there was certainly a lot to trawl through, for which I apologise. Any comments or suggestions are wilfully received, as always!
  11. Hi all. Thought it was about time I started a new venture, this time into the world of 009 and Narrow Gauge Railways. I've also have an interest in military vehicles, and thought this new World War 1 Themed Trench Railway would be a great combination of both, especially with the number of WW1 themed locomotives and rolling stock coming to the current market. Originally I had no set time period or location for the railway, but after doing some research on the Great War, and the Narrow Gauge Railway Network that service the front lines, I was captivated. The layout will be set during the Battle of Amiens, one the final major battles during the War. The battle heavily saw the use of armor and military vehicles, including the first official tank on tank battle. During this time the Allies re-captured many of there Trenches, Vehicles and parts of the their Narrow Gauge network that had been captured in a German offensive a few months earlier. The layout itself will be 4ft by 2ft and depict an Allied Field HQ (not sure of the correct term to call it), where Tanks and Military Vehicles are serviced and prepared for the next offensive, along with troops and Artillery Battery. The site will naturally be served by a Trench Railway, which will feature a mixture of Allied Rolling Stock, as well as some captured German Stock too. Below are some plans for the layout, along with boards and a number items purchased, ready for the build, including the layout's first locomotive, the Minitrains Trench Baldwin 2-6-2T (I know it's really H0e Scale, but it hopefully it won't look to out of place). Anyways, I hope to bring you lots more progress, pictures and videos on the build in the not too distant future. Let me know what you all think!
  12. I was alerted to these by their creator over on NGRM last year and bought some to try out. As the kit pile diminishes with all this modelling time these reached the top! Dave’s shop on Shapeways has more too I made life harder by choosing the cheap versatile plastic! They needed a lot of careful sanding, filling and painting. I eventually got there though Well good enough for me. They fit the Kato 11-105 chassis, this is where I’ve got to.
  13. Like everyone else, filling time during this unpleasant period, I had a check of what 009 rolling stock I possess & did I need another Really Useful Box (RUB) layout ? Of course I did! So here we go with Kidmore Gravel, although on completion it'll probably be christened something else. Essentially a small gravel or ballast yard is off-stage at the layout rear. Loco & load will enter & shunt load at the tipper drop into a waiting lorry / van before reversing out to be refilled. A small loco shed, from a Wills corrugated chapel (needed to raise by 4mm to accommodate loco height) will service the spare loco with oil from a small storage tank. Perhaps I'll also add a coal pile. The image shows the built SMS baseboard, don't have a spare RUB box yet, with track in position & a selection of buildings primed for painting .... not in their likely finished positions. Straight forward electrical feeds, just two, with non motorised electrofrog points. The latter a safer bet with four wheel locos (Kato 103 / 109 chassis).
  14. Welcome to another of my workbench type topics. The idea is to gather all my narrow gauge modelling in one place rather than have it spread over several topics. I'm going to start with a layout that I've been recently rebuilding. This started a few years ago as a HOn30 project on which I could display and shunt my 3D printed American stock. As usual this project stalled and it's been doing a good impression of a shelf since. I used insulation foam (the pink stuff known as Spaceboard) for the main structure, I had a 4ft x 8in bit left over. It's surrounded by 3mm MDF, all glued together with PVA. Track is Peco 009 mainline track and points. Point control is with modified servo motors driving wires in tubes. The tubes are buried in trenches cut into the foam surface. The micro-switches on top of the motors are for frog polarity switching, the wires for each point are also buried in the trenches. More recently I developed a desire to build a small 009 layout on which I could do a bit of shunting. After drawing up a few plans I had another look at this layout. I thought that the addition of a couple of points (that I already had) would turn it into a suitable plan. This creates a run-round loop, with a platform at the top. The headshunt at the right end is long enough for a 009 loco. This looked easier than starting from scratch, so I got on with track lifting. I soaked the old track with water and then prized it up gently. Because the layout was originally designed for American stock fitted with Microtrains couplers I had fitted a couple of Kadee under track magnets. These are far too strong for 009 stock fitted with Greenwich couplings, so I had to dig them out. The resultant holes were filled with bits of foam from an off-cut.
  15. I’m trying to find some articles about Ted Polet’s Craigcorrie and Dunalistair 009 railway, it’s a very inspiring layout with interesting locomotives too. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  16. Greetings! Well, this CoVid milarky has no doubt caused lots of us to try and pass our 'stay at home' time in a way which is of some benefit to us, and it's pretty much the same here. This little portable layout was initially started around 2 years ago as a little project to keep me busy. The basic plan had been in my mind for a while after thinking about what I wanted out of it, what I fancied modelling, what I was capable of! and what was available. The single baseboard, which measures 6' X 1' was 'available' in that there were suitable lengths of timber in the garage and enough ply to put a top on it. Initially that's how it was, 6' X 1', and perfectly flat. Cork underlay was laid, Peco flexi track was laid, ideas came into my head, track was moved and relaid, jigsaws came into play, one or 2 trains ran for a bit........and then I lost interest! So, back to this weekend! The board had been put in the loft and when a neighbour asked if I'd anything to put in his skip, I went up there to retrieve an old carpet which meant moving the baseboard. As these things do, my interest was piqued, the board was brought back into the daylight, an over just a couple of days all-sorts has happened! They say a picture paints a thousand words, so here for your delectation, I present.....THE HOLLYCROSS RAILWAY COMPANY!! First up, a track plan....of sorts. Everyone likes a track plan, see what's going on etc...
  17. For my first layout thread I thought I would cover the build of the 009 layout I'm in the process of planning. The Plan so far: - A fictional terminus station set in north Devon. You could call it a fictional branch off the original L&B route I suppose. - Basic idea for landscaping is based off of Woody Bay with land rising behind and falling in front of the track which itself will be on a down gradient towards the fiddle yard. - It will be a mix of L&B prototype structures and kit/scratch-built where needed. - DC control with isolators controlling train movements. - Sector Plate fiddle yard capable of handling 4 3 coach trains at capacity. - Currently un-named, Some ideas: Blackmoor Vale, Bratton Moor. Suggestions welcome. Name Chosen Porlock is a village with a steep hill between Lynton and Minehead. It's a bit far for and extension to the L&B but I think it works. - Will be available for exhibitions once complete/presentable in the south of England although others considered. Current progress: Track plan finalised as can be seen below. Track laid, wired and now fully tested Control panels almost complete Scenic work started. If there is interest I will try and update regularly.
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  19. Quick question to anyone that has the Dundas Hudson V tipper (DM37). I need to know what the maximum width is on these for a little side project within the present layout. Thanks
  20. Free to a good home. Ten (10) dummy coal loads for Nine Lines brand Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway coal wagons. They are moulded in black polystyrene Approx dimensions: 38.5 mm long x 24mm wide x 10mm high Regards, Geoff
  21. As some of you may know, I recently started a new job with the team at Railway Modeller Magazine, down in Devon! Which of course, ment I've had to leave home. While I'm finding a place of my own, I'm currently living out of a Hotel Room. However, I didn't want this to stop me from get on with modelling projects, so I've dicided to building a layout! The layout will be a follow on from my 009 Scale WW1 Trench Railway - Amiens 1918, set in the Argonne Forest. The layout is another Wrapping Paper Box Micro, using the Scalemodelscenery BB018 Baseboards. Here's a few photos of the start of the project, showing the track plan , the baseboards assembled and my work boxes. The first video update on my YouTube Channel will hopefully be coming very soon. Certainly is going to be challenge!
  22. Members who have ventured into my shop (A2B Model Railways, Matlock Bath) may be forgiven for thinking that they have seen this project somewhere before! In truth they probably have. The plan was to develop a simple 2ft square baseboard into a basic circular 009 layout during the first few months of the shop's life, developing a wintery scene to form part of a Christmas window display. Things stalled and the layout ended up acting as a shelf for some 009 stock for much of 2019. The track was glued down and some polystyrene was glued to the board to begin the scenics back in June 2019, just before I headed to Fawley Hill for filming of the Great Model Railway Challenge. In August, I marked the shop's first anniversary with a demonstration of scenic modelling. Part of this was to add balls of screwed up paper to build up the central section. A quiet evening recently allowed more progress to be made. My daughter, Amber, lent a hand as we built up the plaster bandage layer in the centre. I am not setting a timescale on this project now, but the hope is to make progress before the main summer season in Matlock Bath so that the layout can be displayed in the window. The previous plan for a winter scene has given way to plans for a park scene.
  23. Just moving the contents of the blog over to this thread as easier to update here and get any comments or advice. Started this layout in April 2018 This is a layout to keep going with modelling while my main 00 layout is in storage. Limited space in current house means I cannot build anything larger. The Box - April 2018 For a few months I had being on the look out for a small box of robust construction, ideally with handles, a lid that would fit in with the rest of the lounge furniture and not look to obtrusive. A lucky find in Hay on Wye led to the purchase of just such an item. The depth of the box was important, it is about 100mm deep on the inside. I wanted to build a small model railway, being a 00 modeller and having a few 009 items of stock, 009 was the obvious choice for scale. The size of the box is small but not impossible. I wanted it to have section control, point motors and lighting. The only item that would be outside of the layout would be the controller, but everything else would be built into the lid. Several purchases of balsa wood and other models followed. I want the layout to basically be packed with detail I want it to take me a long time to build it with care taken over the design and build.
  24. With the advent of 009 RTR trains and setrack I've been thinking about a project to demonstrate that a compact, but still interesting, 009 layout can be built without too much actual modelling involved. The idea is to use Peco 009 setrack and suitably adapted ready made buildings, and RTR stock. I already had some of the 009 setrack, combined with some N gauge setrack I tried out some ideas. This was an early attempt, the station building is a Hornby Skaledale cricket pavillion. Some time later I'd settled on this basic design. I've limited its size to 3 feet by 8 inches to make it a shelf sized layout. The headshunt at the right end is long enough for a loco + 1 wagon (Skarloey is about the same length as a Baldwin 4-6-0). The gaps in the station run-round loop will be filled by half length track pieces I will have to make. This is to make the loop long enough to fit a train of 3 wagons plus brake van without making it too long. the track in the upper left corner will be hidden, the 'fiddle track'. Moving on a bit, I bought some extra track and some buildings I thought I could use. This is the final iteration before fixing the track down. I've made a basic board from some 3mm MDF and strip wood.
  25. I originally posted this in Layout Topics but I've had no feedback and think it would probably be better here - I certainly hope so. Anyway, this is where I am so far... Work moves on slowly! I've bought five sheets of XPS foam which I will glue/laminate to make the baseboard before wrapping them in MDF to protect the edges. I've also bought an SAS2-IR Shuttle from BLOCKsignalling. My plan is to wire up the bottom line and into the station (on the right) so I can leave it running on its own and have a separate loom to power things if I want to play... Next job is to cut and glue down the cork trackbed - any suggestions on which is the best glue - I was wondering if using Copydex might give a bit of flex and so cut noise both for the cork and the trackwork - as it's on foam I'm hoping that don't need to worry about it fouling a drill Also in the process of mocking up the planned buildings in foamboard. I'd also still like to be able to retrofit it for DCC so still need to work out where I need isolating fishplates... Any thoughts on that would be gratefully received.
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