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  1. Many of you will have followed my trials and tribulations through both of the Kirkby Luneside threads. It should be apparent that I have learned a very great deal since the original KL commenced in 2012 and I hope the trend continues in the new S&C manifestation. KL(2) was supposed to be my "forever" layout. Started in August 2015 it was progressing nicely until June 2018 when, with perhaps a year to "completion", it suffered a rude awakening - and was ripped-up into the skip. The reasons for this have been explained in detail (see page 220, or thereabouts of KL2) and I've had no regrets about the actions that had to be taken. A house move eventually followed and now, over 2 years later, I'm in a position to start on Gill Head. It would be an understatement to say that I'm looking forward to building something (other than garden landscaping - the last 6 months) again. It will come as no surprise to Lunesters and casual thread-viewers that the new layout HAD to be S&C, and be dominated by the scenery (and the latter has nothing to do with my walling "fetish"!!). KL, and especially KL2, used Kirkby Stephen as the outline template. Having nearly-completed scratchbuilt station buildings and goods shed(s), and the available space (around 16' x 9'6"), guided my choice for the prototype I'll use here. 3 S&C stations caught my eye: Kirkby Stephen, Lazonby and Armathwaite - all have the elements I require. And as David Jenkinson points out in his 2001 book "Historical Railway Modelling" - these are HIS favourite S&C stations AND they are all nearly identical in arrangement, standard Midland rail format. Having used KS for the last layout, AND having a full point-rodding plan for it (many thanks again to John Wardle (aka Old Gringo on here), given the small differences between the 3 stations, it seemed churlish to change just for the sake of it. So Gill Head will use the KS template, though the slight reduction in layout width compared to KL2 will force some compromises. As you will see, eventually. SO - the station area will be similar to KL2. What about the rest? Every layout I've ever built has had some kind of hillside element to it. The "Fell", as it came to be known ("Lunefell" according to Andy (uax6)) got bigger and bigger. The KL2 Fell, likened by Mike (Dent) to Jabba the Hutt (lying down) was about 12' long, 3' deep and over 2' about rail level. Containing a quarter of a tonne of plaster, it dominated the scene.... Gill Head - NO FELL. To balance maintaining the KS option for the station area, a number of changes HAD to be made to keep me interested and avoid a straight replication of the last layout. You will know my love for building viaducts- and how can you have an S&C scenic layout without one? Arten Gill has always been my favourite (2 views attached), so there'll be an 8' long, 20" high, 8 arch version of this wonderful structure in GH. The L-girders will be arranged to allow the scenery to FALL to about 3 feet BELOW rail level, kind of making up for the lack of a Fell!! Add in the adjacent cuttings and we should get some height variation. And room to add in WALLS!! Cuttings? How about adding in the large brick overbridge ("occupation bridge") seen at the North exit of Kirkby Stephen? And even nearer to the station exit, I'll add in an underbridge based on the one at Armathwaite (number 324). Lots of scenery, embankments, cuttings, walls, GRASS (in joke - hi Bodge) etc..... So there you have it for the moment. This is a brief outline and MUCH more will be discussed, I'm sure, as we progress on the layout. I'll stop here - but you are very welcome to comment. Oh, by the way, the layout is FULLY planned out with appropriate contours, cuttings, board-sizes etc etc. I'm saying nothing about all that at the mo. For later. Jeff
  2. Just got these flyers in the post today from R Parker. Good to see some new 'old' stuff in 4mm scale at last as OD have got a bit too modern for the poor postwar people who inhabit my layouts!
  3. I'm about to embark on a model of Middleton Top on the Cromford & High Peak in Derbyshire. I've been researching the line a few years now and originally started a model of Cromford Wharf some time back. This was shelved after buying a 300 year old cottage to restore in the lovely town of Wirksworth; just a stones throw from the C&HPR. Nearing the end of this project and figuring out what space I had for a model I decided Middleton Top would be spot on. A group of interesting buildings huddled together on a Derbyshire hillside, with tracks cutting through the bleakness and a J94 on the horizon. What's not to love about that! A few other modellers on RMWeb have tackled the C&HPR. Members Alister_G, Middlepeak and Mim have all provided inspiration and help so far and a quick search will reward you with some outstanding modelling. So onto my model. I'm currently just getting outside the planning stage; luckily the line is quite well documented and I've gathered a decent collection of photographs and plans to work from. I've settled on the early 1960's period - I just love J94s. Traffic was mainly limestone in plank wagons and later hoppers along with water carried in modified old LNWR tenders. The railway was constructed to join two canals, the east end at Cromford winding North West to Whaley Bridge and was built in a similar manner with some unforgiving inclines and curves. Two of these inclines operated on rope pulls with winding engines located at the top. Cromford Wharf to Sheep Pasture being the first (modelled by Robin Whittle btw) then Middleton Bottom to Middleton Top with each section between inclines being operated by one loco in steam. Here's some photos to give the flavour of the site:
  4. Tortuga


    Having argued with myself for sometime, I’ve finally decided to cease further development on Gibbs Sidings, strip it down and start again. Firstly, having just become a dad, having other expensive hobbies (vw camper and surfing) and (as a result) not having as much time, Gibbs Sidings was becoming too much of a monster to cope with. Secondly, me being me, not being able to come as close to prototype as I’m honestly happy with was beginning to bother me and a chance viewing of “Cwm Prysor” really brought this home. As a result, I’m starting again. This time I’m focusing on Rylstone on the former Grassington Branch as the focus is on short freights and mineral trains with minimal excursion traffic. However, I’m still in the research phase: I have a track plan; I’ve found (on the ‘net) some photographs of locos and trains; I’ve even got hold of a WTT (albeit an LMS one from 1945...), but more info would be useful! So, while I get to work on the baseboards, can I put out a general request for information? I’m after WTTs from the ‘50s/60’s, photos of workings and any details of Rylstone Station itself...
  5. Hi everyone, well I've been lurking long enough. Having started building my layout I'm at a point where I thought I'd share what I have. Essentially Green Leaf is a busy London brewery based in the early 1960s in West London. I like beer, railways and Ealing Studios films so this is an attempt to marry all of those topics. In the late 1930s Ealing made a film about a small brewery Green Leaf being pushed out of business by a large one, Ironside. I've only seen clips of the film, Cheer Boys Cheer. Anyway, Below is the diagram and if people are interested I'll post progress. Tim
  6. I managed to purchase the Faller kit (120275)segment turntable some months ago, it’s still in its shrink wrapping. Im hoping to build a Quay/Harbour layout which will incorporate it. It will act as substitute for a couple of points to some low relief warehouse and as a engine release from the incoming goods line. I imagine the line coming from the left (hidden by a building) At the rear of the layout low relief warehouses and at right hand end further warehouses etc which I could shunt one or two wagons into. The motive power being 0-4-0 / 0-6-0 steam or diesel Well at least that is the theory and all to be housed on a 60” * 18” Tim Horn baseboard which I already have. The fiddleyard would be a additional 12” / 18” I would like the Quayside to be at the front very much like Canute Quay All I need now is a suitable plan. All ideas and plans would be most welcome. I need this project for the winter months as I’ll will have plenty of time with no Stafford Exhibition to be involved in exhibition bookings. Keep safe Terry
  7. Noticed this forthcoming tome http://www.mnabooks.com/ Put my name down....looks like a must have for anyone interested in the 1960s railway Phil
  8. Well, I must admit..... I was unsure whether to start a thread, unsure of what the reaction may be. However, some nice comments have been said in my Cwm Prysor thread, so here goes. As something more affordable, and varied from my layout across the Welsh Mountains. My mind has turned back to what I loved from my childhood. Rev W Awdry's 'Railway Series'. This intends to be a fairly faithful interpretation of what Awdry depicted in his later books, and what he writes about in his book on the history of the North Western Railway/Region in 'The Island of Sodor, It's People, History and Railways'. My intention is to look how Sodor/NWR interacted with BR in the 1960s. Sodor is supposed to be a physical real place, situated off Cumbrian Coast between England and the Isle of Man. I have a fascination with wagons, and I'm intrigued how BR stock would have interacted with Sodor's own NWR stock. From the Reverend's own writings, Sir Topham Hatt (I & II in particular) tended to buy wagons from the other companies/BR.
  9. Could not believe that it was over a year since I posted an update on my five year mission to actually complete a layout to a reasonable standard. Still not there yet but much progress has been made. The old Photographs can still be seen on the archive (follow link in my signature), so here are some new ones. Approaches to "Buchanan Street" Buchanan Street Frontage The cutting at Northbridge Gateside Goods Station under Construction, Based on High St Glasgow Buchanan Street Booking Hall DMUs at Mavisbank Jim
  10. After spending ages in the modifying RTR section, the time has come to actually build a layout for my creations. So here is Chart Sutton on the Weald of Kent Light Railway. The WKR took over the planned KESR extension to Maidstone and hoped to link to the mainline at Headcorn and to the line from Maidstone East to Ashford at Lenham. Finances dictated that the latter never happened and the Headcorn section was abandoned leaving Chart Sutton as the terminus of the truncated line. Top left is to the fiddle yard, top right is the end of the line, bottom right will be a small engine shed and bottom left will be to a separate platform/loading area for hop pickers trains and the hops themselves. This was originally a passing station on the line and while the down platform remains, most of the up platform will have been removed, save for a small section used for normal goods. Behind the station will be a low relief village street scene and a small signal box will hopefully hide the fiddle yard entrance. Any questions or suggestions feel free to comment!
  11. Have been giving this some thought for a good while now so hopefully concepts are reasonably robust - but would welcome further ideas from the forum please, especially from operators. So what was wrong with the original layout? Boards too heavy Vulnerable in transport Too many nuts and bolts Fiddle yard capacity limited meaning insufficient operational variety Too much scenic stuff to add at set up Lacking in the sort of scenic detail that holds viewers when no trains are running What was good? Reliable trackwork - Peco code 75, copper clad sleepers at board joins Electrics - never ceased to amaze me how reliable things were electrically - set up, plug in and off we go. Rolling stock collection Working signals Intuitive control system Scenery - drew many very kind comments Scale train lengths Ability to leave something running to entertain when woffling Thoughts here will inform new layout so please chip in! Cheers Phil
  12. St. Mungo lies at the end of a short branch of the Cathcart Circle. Construction of the line began in January 1883, the same time as the first section of the Circle. It leaves the Circle at a junction just south of Queens Park station and heads in a roughly northerly direction ending near the south bank of the Clyde, opposite Glasgow Green. Although on the Clyde, the river is really too shallow for serious shipbuilding but there are factories and housing developments which the line was designed to serve. There was also a short spur to the Southern Necropilis for the transport of finished stone for tombs and monuments. Just to the south of St Mungo a second junction heads to form a junction with the line from Dunbrek to Bellgrove, leading to Queen Street station. A useful link, but it was rarely used until the late 1950's. The station was originally going to be named Adelphi Street but an influential member of the Board of Directors of the Caledonian Railway, who were to run the line, suggested St. Mungo, the patron saint of Glasgow, who, until now had been overlooked, and this was unanimously agreed. A prestigous name for a small station. Housing developments at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, along with the various industries, ensured healthy receipts despite competition from the tram network. However, the line was singled at the beginning of the 1950's as an economy measure. Despite this, the line was electrified, along with the rest of the Cathcart Circle. This was authorised on 27th April 1956 but work didn't commence until 8th November 1960, electric operation starting on 27th May 1962. However, the line to the Queen Street route was not electrified at this time. Initially Drummond class '171' 0-4-4T were used on the passenger services, soon to be followed by the delightful class '104' 0-4-4T and then the CR standard '439' 0-4-0T, the latter two handling the bulk of passenger services until after Nationalisation. Freight traffic was in the hands of various 0-6-0 locomotives, both tender and tank. Occasionally elderly G&SWR locomotives could be seen on some services, but they didn't last long. After Nationalisation newer LMS and BR Standard 2-6-6T began to appear, soon ousting the CR locos on passenger turns, whilst Black 5's and Standard 5's took over freight duties, of which there still was a considerable amount at this time. DMU's were introduced, on a gradual basis, in the late 1950's, and these were concentrated on the Queen Street service. So successful they were on this that the service rose to 10 trains a day each way from the previous 4. Classes seen were 100, 105, 107 and 108, with 3-car 120 and 126 sets appearing at the weekends on the popular "Six Lochs" tours. By 1962 steam had been eradicated from the line, the freight traffic now been dealt with by classes 17, 20, 21, the occasional 24 and 25, 26, 27 and latterly 29. Sometimes an 06, as well as the shunting products of NBL and Andrew Barclay would appear on short trip workings. For it's size the station was extremely busy at times. Due to it's small size, and short run-round loop, and also that several of the factory sidings could only be shunted by trains in the down direction, upto 4 freight services a day could be seen in the station waiting for a path. Several nearby businesses sent parcels by rail, and this justified the use of upto 3 vehicles at peak times, such as Christmas. Also, on a Friday night, a sleeping car service was provided. This usually took the form of a composite sleeper, bsk and parcels van for the London traffic. This train was taken to Central station were it was attached to the main service for it's journey south. Don't go looking for St. Mungo, it's not on any map of Glasgow, although Adelphi Street is were I said it is. I've been fascinated by railways in Glasgow, and the Cathcart Circle, for years. I've also thought that St. Mungo would be a good name for a station, so after dabbling in N gauge for a long while I decided to take the plunge with EM. Why EM? Why not? I like the appearance of the track, and re-wheeling diesel loco's, dmu's etc isn't really difficult, and I enjoy track building. So this is going to be an exercise in going EM as cheaply as possible, as I have limited income. This isn't as difficult as it may seem, especially if you chose items carefully and are prepared to do a bit a work. You may have seen my thread in scratch and kit building, Roja's EM bits & bobs. It isn't too difficult to modify and change models to make something a bit different from straight out of the box. That's it for now. Cardboard baseboards and track next! Roja
  13. Greetings, Oh no! Not another one! Yes! I'm at it again, but this time there is movement, honest gov! Many of you know I’m currently building Horrabridge. Unfortunately, I currently lack the space to keep the layout up permanently. This, coupled with a lack of time, has been the main barrier to progression: work on the layout can be described as glacial at best. I haven’t built a layout properly before. Whilst at college, I did build a small terminus one summer holiday; however, once I went to university all work halted and I made the decision to ditch it about 12 years ago. Having not built anything for years, I made the decision a couple of years ago to embark on a smaller project. Initially, I settled on a smaller version of Boscarne Junction (St. Breward); although, I discovered that 9ft by 1ft would produce a very compromised version of what I wanted to create and too much time and energy would be diverted away from my primary goal: Horrabridge. St. Breward was vastly becoming a monster, almost 17ft long – 2ft shorter than Horrabridge! Last summer, I made a decision to focus my modelling back on Horrbridge and spent a long time planning a smaller layout based on that branch. Thus, all the stock would be compatible with the main goal and I could learn/improve my building skills before starting on something bigger. I thoroughly enjoyed watching @NHY 581 creations at the last two RMWeb members events, @Captain Kernow and @Tom F respective creations have also been very inspirational. So thank you, gentlemen, your work provided me with the necessary kick-up-the-backside! The Launceston branch isn’t short of stations. These range from simple halts, to through stations and junctions. One station I liked was Coryton. Coryton, located on the Tavistock to Launceston section of the line, was a simple affair. A single platform, with a goods loop, headshunt and end-loading siding. A bridge acted as a convenient scenic break and the track plan was rather charming. I looked at trying to fit this into 6ft by 1ft, but it just didn’t work. Back to the drawing board. Marytavy was another simple design, but again was a little too long. In the end, I settled for a very simple scheme: platform, kick-back siding accessed from a headshunt. Two points and very few buildings. The station will take the name Whitchurch Down Halt, but I’ve added the siding. In my world, Whitchurch, a suburb of Tavistock, is slightly larger than it was in reality. The GWR opted to install a small siding, primarily for coal and agricultural traffic. The actual station had a very small shelter, made from corrugated iron I believe, very similar to the one at Clearbrook. Until the late 1950s, a porter would issue tickets during the day: the halt being under the supervision of the Station Master at Tavistock. Whitchurch looking towards Plymouth. Circa 1960 Post closure. Looking towards Tavistock. My version of Whitchurch Down will have a small timber-built station building, based on the Wills kit. I also have a couple of lamp sheds from the late Mike Casey’s Bodmin layout, which will add further Western charm to the scene. The platform will be constructed from plastic brick sheets: this is one of the few ‘genuine’ features! The baseboards are laser cut examples from Tim Horn (3ft by 1ft). These were part of a trio, but the middle board has been removed. The middle board will be used as half of the fiddle yard. I will have to carefully remove the integrated backscene: a job for Messer Brinkly senior and his jigsaw! The scenic trackwork will ultilise the new Peco Bullhead plain track and points. Fiddle yard trackwork will be Peco code 100: I still have some code 100 track left over from childhood which can be re-used. DCC will be used to operate the locomotives and possibly the pointwork in the fiddle yard. Back-scene wise, I’ve taken a number of photographs depicting various Dartmoor scenes. I plan to get one turned into a printable backscene. Anyway, that’s enough for this post. More to follow! Please do feel free to comment and chat on my thread. Kind regards, Nick.
  14. So getting the house ready for an additional family member, i lack the space to continue with my bigger exhibition planned layout. So I’ve chosen to start something a little bit smaller that I can take to exhibitions. Using scale model scenery’s modular base board BB017 which fits into a Christmas tree box. The plan is a fictional siding off the western mainline in east Brislington of Bristol. East Brislington is also served with a main line station that has 3 platforms. Two of which serve the up and down lines and also a third that serves as a terminus for a branch line down to join the former Bristol & North Somerset railway which linked the city to the towns of Somerset coalfields. The station section will be featured on 2 other boards in the future, but for now it will focus on the sidings.
  15. So what does one do on the eve of a royal wedding with the wife and daughter out and setting up a celebration tea party? One reveals one's plans for a small N gauge layout. I have never managed to complete a layout, my attempts have always been somewhat half-hearted or over-ambitious. Without further ado, the plan is below. This is unashamedly based upon/inspired by Steve Farmer's excellent Lymebrook Yard. The track plan is pretty much identical. His layout is beautifully executed and if I can come up with a first layout that is 50% as good then I'll be happy. There will be some differences though... The layout will be set in the transition era ca 1961-1966 The layout will not be based upon an actual location but the intention is to have a cross-city branch line feel, hinting at a south Manchester location without ever explicitly being so. I'm toying with the idea of using overhead catenary for the mainline to add some interest with "Electric trains stop here" signs and as an excuse for diesel traffic (to access the non-electrified goods yard). Alot of the traffic will be cross city DMUs and, whenever my ambitions and skills grow, I'd like to try to represent some class 304 EMUs. On the electric front, a couple of Class 86s will be backdated and will manage cross city empty coaching stock or parcels services (it's probably a bit unrealistic to have a class 86 pulling a 3 coach express). Steam locos will be lingering with a Fairburn 2-6-4 tank, couple of 3MTs and a few others. There will be plenty of green diesels making an appearance too. Why does building this layout appeal to me? I grew up in south Cheshire where a train ride to Manchester was the ultimate excitement! The layout will be a manageable size and hopefully it won't be too daunting. I already have a fair amount of rolling stock that will be suitable Things I'm a bit worried about Carpentry! I have the baseboard assembled but adding the elevated sections and backscene will be a challenge for me The stream. How easy is it to countersink a stream into a flat baseboard? Will it be worth the effort? Drilling accurate holes for Cobalt point motors. I know, I should get one of their template kits. The name? I'm thinking about calling the layout 'Trinity Road' (to me it just sounds like every city should have a Trinity Road and for some reason the quasi religious feel appeals to me). Any comments or questions are welcome! Thanks Nigel H
  16. Huggy


    I started work on my first 00 layout in January 2016, having completed a "test piece" in the form of a little 009 project, more a diorama that has some moving bits than anything, because I had no previous layout building experience, and wanted to try various aspects of the hobby before committing to anything bigger. I have "previous" as an aeromodeller, RC sport flying jobs mainly, so had a fair supply of tools, balsa wood, adhesives, and decided that railway modelling would make a pleasant change from making aeroplanes that I then get to fly much less than I'd like to due to the UK climate having, it seems to me, taken a right old turn to the bloomin' windy more often than not. I still like to get out in the fresh air, but on those wet and windy days, with retirement complete, railway modelling has taken a prominent place among - now I think about it - a fairly barmy amount of other hobbies! If this sounds a bit familiar, that may be because you're one of the comparatively few who have had a look at my Blog page, where progress up until about last October was chronicled on occasion; I'm hoping that a few more views will be had on the wider forum, and welcome as many comments as you like to add to my modelling know-how acquired so far! Tillingham is a small through station on a Southern BR branch in pre-Beeching days, originally built by the SECR in the vicinity of the North Downs, in an attempt to reach the increasingly prosperous town of Maidwell Spa, via the valley of the River Till. They didn't quite manage to take a lot of traffic off the LBSC, who got there first, but have a terminus on the lower side of town that serves a livestock market, and such commuters as find the London terminus reached by changing trains on the former SER main line more convenient for their city jobs. At one point, Tillingham had hoped to become a growing dormitory town, and after a couple of near-misses by the Luftwaffe in WW2, what damage there was and what funds could be drummed up by the soon to be nationalised Southern went into a new approach road, pedestrian steps, and a car park, with plenty of SR concrete involved. But Tillingham didn't grow much after all, the short platform didn't need lengthening, though most passenger services call, and there's a regular local service on the line. Freight traffic in the late 50s period is reasonable, with a few local businesses including a sawmill, and a chalk quarry down the line in the Maidwell direction still despatching a few loads to the cement industry, while the market at the bigger town is becoming run down. Rumours are that an oil company wants to build a terminal on that site (which it will, if I run it in the early 60s instead!) which might at least keep the line open longer in the cuts yet to come..... That's the back story out of the way. The 4mm version of the station and part of the as yet to be modelled town has to fit my very limited attic office/hobby room space, and while at 1200mm x 1200mm, which is the largest I could comfortably accommodate and still move about, it's not quite a Micro layout I wanted to achieve a "roundy round" configuration in any case, and with only one of the two 1200 x 600 baseboards scenic, and three and three fiddle sidings at the back of the raised centre piece that will hold some low-relief terraced houses, a pub, and either a builder's yard or garage, when I get into that phase of the project, I think I'm managing to get quite enough into the layout without, hopefully, making it look too silly or crowded. So, here's a quick selection of images of the progress so far, with a few notes. The basic boards and track layout on the scenic side of the layout. The raised portion will hold the townscape and backscene, there are three fiddle sidings to the rear, one of which will be cassette fed. The poly sheet land form is covered with traditional plaster bandage and painted. I left a few patches showing white, to show a few outcrops of chalk, this being around the Downs. Second photo above shows the same area after ballasting (remind me to use N gauge for 00 next time - it's too lumpy!) and grass sheet coated with static grass and odd foliage. Some trees will likely follow in due course. New pedestrian access steps were added under BR Southern around 1950. Ratio stanchions used; I found that job, and the steps themselves, very fiddly, hence it looks like the vandals have been at it later in the decade...... Not totally pleased with my concrete representation at this point, but.... ...much more pleased with the efforts with the platform fencing in SR style panels and walls around the carpark, although the latter is a bit too thick due to landscaping errors. Still learning! The usual Humbrol enamel mix of matt grey and sand used on the platform fence, downloaded printed sheet on the other walls etc. Coal office and staithes made as a change from doing track and landscape work, it's the Ratio kit, and I have a couple of sack-heaving fellows ready to take up employment with the coal merchant in due course. When I get round to painting them; seem to need a LOT of light to do detail work like that nowadays...a familiar story to many of you elder modellers I suspect. General view of the Goods yard, Superquick shed weathered up a bit, coal yard temporarily in it's place (all buildings remain unfixed at this stage, the board has to be transported back up twisty stairs to my "lair" from the workshop - our old kitchen - I share with Mrs Huggy, who makes jewellery. And helps carry baseboards, if I'm lucky!) Two locos acquired so far. Yes I know; it's an M7, not a likely runner on an Eastern section line, but I haven't got an H yet, and it my have wandered in from Guildford or somewhere. My first effort at Loco weathering. The 2MT tankie is unmolested - this number is on the one now restored on the Isle of Wight isn't it? I have a Bachmann Class 205 DEMU set set aside for use in "later period" running. I'm not going to be mega-fussy about what I run, to be honest, but DO want to get hold of a 'C' Class 0-6-0 one day, as well as an H Class. I did order one of the soon to be released Class P tanks in a mad moment... it will pop up as a preserved visitor I guess, and I have already got a true Micro layout in the planning that will suit it nicely Finally, another shot of the grubby Goods Shed - I like a bit of grime - an "under construction" barn for the corner layout farm, using photo-realistic concrete block prints, , and an overall view of work so far. Note - the derelict looking station building is also work in progress, but I bought it cheap! The rusty old loco at the bottom of the overall pic is a Wrenn R1, that is very old but was the right price and quite nicely "distressed", and runs reasonably well for it's age. The diesel is nothing that was ever likely to be seen on a BR(S) branch, but again, it was cheap, and runs very well indeed, since I added a few more electrical feeds to the track. Phew! That's it, the story so far, have a look at my Blog if you want to see the bare basics so far, apologies to anyone that has already had most of this blurb sent their way, but I hope the change to the main forum will stir up a bit of interest; I will link this to the Southern / BRS section later. Ta ta for now. http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/2140-huggys-blog/
  17. I've just completed a major upload of Motorail brochures to my photo gallery. Years uploaded so far are 1965/6/8 1970/2/3/4/5/7/8/9 1981 and the covers only (so far ) for 1983/5 and 1990. There are a lot of pictures of Motorail services to. Hope these are of interest.
  18. For those who do not have an interest in small sized diesel depots, I am sorry but this was one of the early ones to be built, exhibited and published, so I am partly responsible. Little did I realise the number that would be built after it. Pig Lane Diesel Depot was built in the late 80s early 90s and was scrapped when I started to build Hanging Hill. The base boards were falling apart, it was the third layout that they had supported and were never that well made in the first place. The baseboard top was the side of a tall cupboard my first wife no longer wanted in our flat's kitchen. It measured 66 inches by 19 inches. I designed Pig Lane using good old Peco templates and a few locos to check siding lengths and clearances. This series of photos were taken by my good mate Ian Metcalfe for an article that appeared in the then supplement of Rail, Model Rail in April 1995. For its size I managed to get quite a bit in and was able to, in the words of an ex Stratford driver, "Operate it like a real depot". Sometimes I wish I had not rushed headlong into building a bigger version, Hanging Hill but made a similar sized depot based on Pig Lane but with slightly less features. To start with a view of a DP2 entering Pig Lane. The loco was converted from a Lima Deltic, one of my very early conversions. With this shot Ian managed to make the scene look busy without anything happening, much like some people I have worked with. Another lovely shot by Ian. It just feels like one of the small sheds on the GNR line with the diesel classes presented. Today many modellers could reproduce this with models available but in the 1990s I was one a small band who modelled the classes we wanted, one of the Baby Deltics and both BTHs are deformed sheets of Slater’s plastic card, in some circles they would be called scratchbuilt. D5900 is a Triang type 3 cut and shut. An aerial view showing the track plan from the fiddle yard end. I will post more photos later on.
  19. I've been hanging around here for a while now, so maybe it's time I started a thread about my layout, Forest Road and Effingham Junction. Firstly a bit about what it is, what it isn't and how it came about.... It isn't a fine scale, scratch built, hand carved, exhibition standard model railway, so if that's what you want to see, it's probably best to look away now.... It isn't a model of the real Effingham Junction either. So what is it then? It's a large(ish) 00 layout built primarily for operation and based on the Southern Region around 1960 give or take a few years. Yes, another transition era Southern layout, but back in the day when Dad and I started our first layout in Granny's spare bedroom this was up to date stuff and Southern layouts were not fashionable. The magazines back then were full of GWR. That first layout had Wrenn fibre based track and it was Southern Region. I know it was cos we ran EMU's by Tri-ang and Hornby Dublo. There was also a third unit hand carved by Dad from Tri-ang suburban coaches and a Kitmaster motor bogie. All very crude and unprototypical, but as far as a seven year old was concerned it was the dog's dangly bits. OK so we also ran a Hornby Dublo Deltic and a Duchess of Atholl with LMS on the tender and a blue Sir Nigel Gresley with LNER on the tender, but it was deffo a Southern Region layout, so there! My layouts have been Southern ever since, in sheds, lofts,and spare bedrooms, a succession of running, but never completed layouts due to frequent house moves, followed by 10 years without a layout at all while we lived “over the shop” so to speak. Modelling then was restricted to building kits on a tea tray on my lap. In 1995 my wife and I moved into what we hope will be home for the rest of our lives and the following year I was lucky enough to be able to have a purpose built railway room constructed above a double garage and utility room. So Effingham dates from around 1997. It's still very much an evolving work in progress due to limitations on my available time. Not much scenic work has been done, and that which was done has suffered greatly from upheavals during subsequent layout updates “under the hood”. It probably won't get a concerted effort on scenic work until I am able to retire. (One day, Rodney). It also tends to suffer from extended periods when I can't get to it at all. It's not intended to be a model of any particular place, but is supposedly on the fringes of Sarf London somewhere. You'll probably see trains from all sections of the Southern, plus cross-London transfer freight traffic and some general inter-regional trains too. So if it's not a model of Effingham Junction, why the name? Well before the layout was started, I was given a sign. No, not Divine Inspiration, but a redundant street sign given to me by a colleague. It reads “Forest Road Effingham Junction”. A Southernish sounding name that appealed to my juvenile sense of humour. The sign went on the wall, and the layout has been Effingham ever since. Alan
  20. Hi everyone. Having seen some impressive layouts I thought I'd share my attempt with you. I've had N gauge since I was younger and my dad got me into model railways as well as the 12" to the foot scale. Having had most of it in storage for a long while (that's what parents houses are for right?) I finally had somewhere to put it a few years ago so my first layout in a long time was planned and started back in 2016. Now it's not progressed much in that time but recently (especially as there's not much else to do!) it's starting to get somewhere. General ideas for the layout consisted of: Fictional location somewhere in the Midlands under BR Western Region (with some running rights for Midland Region trains) 1960s era to allow running of steam and diesels Continuous loop to leave some trains running whilst other things go on Station with platforms long enough for 5/6 carriage trains Fiddle yard to store trains not in use MPD area Some industrial sidings/canal wharf The area to build the layout was an L shape (two walls of a room). After several iterations this is the plan I came up with (the tracks in the bottom right leading to the fiddle yard on the 2nd wall located above my desk). Baseboards were constructed in normal fashion of timber frame with 9mm plywood top. 3 separate baseboards were created (one for the fiddle yard, 1 for the corner (L shaped) and 1 for the rest in case of the need for deconstruction at a later date). Most of the track was laid and the wiring complete and all tested by June 2016 leaving the layout looking like this: I'll come back tomorrow with more posts showing the progress from then until now.
  21. Hi everyone, I must admit that I wasn't sure where to put this question as it covers prototype, livery, and modelling questions, however since the origin of this is regarding repainting 00 wagons then I thought I would go for here. I have the following wagons that are in liveries that don't fit in with any of my current modelling; rather than dispose of all of them I thought about repainting the appropriate ones in BR livery. The period I am looking at is well into post-nationalisation so were the following wagon types in revenue service in the early 1960s? LNER Toad B (Hornby model) LNER Toad D (Hornby model) LNER 6-plank open (9' wb unfitted - Oxford Rail model) LMS 5-plank (unfitted wooden solebar - Bachmann model) LMS 12t van (late type - unfitted - Bachmann model) The easy bit is that I have both the transfers, and a range of colours that claim to be BR Freight Grey of the period (at least there could be some variety to shade and tone). Many thanks for any help with these. Regards, Alex.
  22. OK. Today, Google Images is not my friend... I've been steadily amassing as many pictures as I can find of Waddon Marsh station*, and the nearby power station, as well as images and drawings of the other stations on the line, but I am really struggling to find any decent images of the Croydon gas holders, cooling towers and gasworks, not just the power station. To date, Google Images, disused-stations.org etc etc have been really useful but not for shots of the gasworks... Is anyone aware of a link to any images of these? Also, does anyone know (roughly) when the wooden platform at Waddon Marsh was replaced and the approximate date the signal box was taken out of use? Any period photos or links to images of (West) Croydon and surrounding area would be most welcome. Prior to the ubiquitous 2EPB, was it the 2BIL that was a regular on the West Croydon - Wimbledon line? Many thanks, Pete. * I've had a long fascination for the place, I grew up just a mile or so away.
  23. For the past year or so I have been busy turning my garage into a comfortable room 5.3m by 3m with modelling desk, work bench, heating, lighting, power and of course, space for a layout. I have also been planning and constructing said layout. I have been very motivated and so haven’t had time to post anything but now feel I have something to show. Fact South Shields, at the mouth of the River Tyne, has a very interesting, and rarely modelled, railway history. The North Eastern Railway line from Newcastle was electrified in the 1930’s using a third rail system and these trains lasted until the mid 60’s. Running on the same tracks were steam and diesel trains to Sunderland and beyond and summer trains to the likes of Blackpool and even Kings Cross. The Harton Coal Company introduced overhead electrification in 1908 and during the 1960’s NCB steam and diesels worked alongside the electrics on the Harton system moving coal and stone waste between the various pits and the riverside staithes. It is a fact that the Harton system was so efficient in dealing with local requirements that there was spare capacity and, for some time, coal was brought from other pits outside the system to be teemed at the staithes. This gives me an excuse to operate BR steam and diesels alongside NCB electrics, steam and diesels via a proposed exchange yard. Fiction My idea is to try and represent various elements of these railways by re-writing history and representing certain features in an imagined setting. In my version of history, decisions were made by South Shields Corporation, the North Eastern Railway and the great and the good toward the end of the 19th century to capitalise on the magnificent beaches of South Shields and to develop the area for the emerging holiday industry. Land was purchased and other land transferred between the Harton Coal Company and the North Eastern Railway to enable a double track line to reach the Bents Park area of the town and a new terminus station was built, with convenient access to the beaches, parks and promenades, and to the new hotels, guesthouses and infrastructure which were also planned. Being opened around the time of the Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee, the new station was named in her honour. The HCC line to Whitburn Colliery, home of the Marsden Rattler, was also transferred to the NER along with HCC running rights, and this gave holiday makers access to more of the beautiful coastline and charming promenades. Just after the Second World War a new Butlin’s holiday camp was built on a former quarry site and this proved very popular during the 50’s and early 60’s. The new prosperity brought more industry to the area which was served by new goods facilities and this, along with the passenger and coal requirements required a small engine shed to be built. The Plan South Shields Victoria.pdf The plan takes much inspiration from my favourite layout, Chris Pendleton’s North Shields. I was lucky enough to have seen this layout “in the flesh” on two occasions and was totally engrossed both times. Even with no rolling stock visible the typical north eastern setting was evident, and very reminiscent of my childhood memories around Tyne Dock in the mid to late 60’s. I would also mention Ian Blenkinsop’s Marine Park and Tyne Bank layouts, featured on this site, as being very atmospheric and influential. Much thought went into the final plan and in order to make it comfortable to access a fiddle yard to terminus arrangement was adopted. The layout is not to be portable so is constructed using ‘L’ girders, cross beams, 9mm plywood tops and 2mm cork trackbase. A rotating sector table type fiddle yard feeds a double track mainline which rises up to the station while a single track goods line and a single track NCB line drop down to the exchange sidings alongside, but below, the station. It is supposed that the goods line joins the main line off the layout. A goods depot similar to the one at Monkwearmouth and an engine shed, based on Hartlepool, are at high level and a small NCB coal depot for landsales is located off the low level exchange yard. Peco code 75 points are used along with the new bullhead plain track. I have found SEEP solenoids to be reliable but the in-built switch often fails so I have hot glued a Peco changeover switch onto the Seep unit and use this to switch the point frogs. Points are to be operated using Peco levers built into control panels located adjacent to the various action areas. The layout will be wired for DCC using NCE controllers via three districts using under board bus-wires. Couplings on all stock are DG type and strategically placed electro-magnets will be used for uncoupling. Operation will focus on three areas: The three platform station will handle local electric trains to Newcastle, non-electric local trains to Sunderland and Middlesbrough and steam/diesel hauled services to points further afield. Parcels traffic will also be worked in between these passenger services. General goods traffic will be processed in the goods depot and trip workings will be run from here to an off-scene branch serving a quayside, a small oil depot and a ship repair yard. The low level exchange yard will handle coal from the Harton system and from other collieries to the staithes, along with empties the other way. The yard will be wired for Harton electrics and there will be a mix of BR steam and diesel with NCB electrics from Harton and Westoe collieries and steam from Whitburn and Boldon Collieries (these were never electrified). Progress Baseboards are built, all track is laid and bus-wires are run below the baseboards. I have commenced attaching point motors and dropper wires to the bus-wires. Next will be to build the control panels and connect to points, signals and uncoupling magnets. The signals are yet to be made. Some buildings, from previous layouts, will be re-used where suitable but there are a lot of new buildings to construct including a typical NER train shed with semi-circular roof (as per North Shields). I did consider copying the peaked roof of the actual South Shields station but reasoned that a replacement station would use turn of the century architecture. I hope you find this interesting and I welcome any comments. Regards, Tom
  24. I'm looking for late 1960's early 1970's vehicles. Busses trucks vans etc. I am especially looking for MK4 Ford Zephyr & Zodiacs. I do not recall ever seeing any MK4's made in OO scale. Am I wrong? or would it be possible to have them 3D printed to scale? Any help locating some would be much appreciated. Thanks
  25. Wonder if you folks can help again after much success with the ballast wagon topic. I have a fair load of Meldon Photos saved from various internet sources one thing I can’t see is a water tower or the like to service the USA Tank or the G6 or whatever was in service there. Must of had something there? Cheers.
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