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  1. Don't know if this has been posted previously, so here goes: http://www.didcotnewburyandsouthamptonrailway.co.uk There is a proposal to reopen the DNS using the original track formation between Whitchurch and Didcot and then running parallel to the A34 south of Whitchurch with proposals to open a link with the main line at Micheldever or further down towards Romsey/Southampton. Apparently re opening the station at Winchester Chesil and using the Hockley viaduct adjacent to the m3 are non starters. The benefits being suggested are a further route for the diversion of freight traffic from Southampton to the North and a direct route from southampton to Cambridge etc via the Evergreen 3 route.
  2. Hello all, Does anyone have any information on any ex-LSWR T9 Greyhound 4-4-0s that worked on the Didcot, Newbury & Southampton metals during the 1950s and 1960s? I'm looking for numbers specifically, so I can find out what variant of Greyhound was used (narrow or wide splashers, six or eight axle tender etc). Any help would be appreciated.
  3. Hi Everyone. I want to test the water with an idea for a thread before I put loads of stuff up here. As some will have seen from others of my ramblings I have an ambition to represent the Didcot Newbury and Southampton line in my newly liberated cellar. I am near enough now that I can smell it so it's time to start detailed planning. I wondered of there would be interest in a thread using the Iain Rice book "Layout Design" published by Haynes as a basis for planning the layout. I would provide a case study of how I use the book, chapter by chapter, to plan my layout. What you get then, is a layout planning thread and a book report rolled into one. Interested????? Shall I go on????
  4. G-BOAF

    Railway Flight

    Flew 'up north' today, originally wanted to get to Shildon for C1 Atlantic launch, but logistics from Durham Tees Valley and timing from my pilot were difficult. Instead passed some other interesting railway sites (also some now historic pics of Didcot from 2012...): National Railway Museum - South Yard in foreground (or is it really a contender for 'how realistic are your models...) National Railway Museum - Great Hall. A Class 55 Deltic (presumably KOYLI) lurking outside the 'Works'. York Station in background York Carriage Works, with new turntable to the left York Tear Drop Site Asfordby Test Centre (Old Dalby Test Track) - Brand New London Underground S-Stock awaiting test. I counted 9 units in total Asfordby Test Centre - LUL S Stock and Class 47 47714 in worn Anglia livery Didcot Railway Centre (2012) with Power Station in background Didcot Railway Centre (2012)
  5. Hi all, It seems to me that there are many closed railway lines in England that would be useful today for freight and commuter traffic across the country. That seems a fairly simple and or obvious statement in itself, but let me explain. I can think of two railway lines in Britain which could have been of use to the economy and the transport industry. The first is the Didcot, Newbury & Southampton Railway metals between Oxfordshire and the port of Southampton, which would ease congestion around the Southampton port area, provide a more direct route to the old Great Western Main Line near Didcot Parkway. The double track backwater railway would see a good mixture of intermodal traffic from Southampton, defence traffic from Wiltshire in the west and commuter services could link the south coast with the tourist centres of Oxfordshire in the north. There could/would also be a considerable amount of coal, oil, construction materials, steel, vehicles, timber and waste traffic as well. Cement trains from Westbury could also feature. I doubt the line would be electrified but it's always a possibility. The second railway is the Great Central Main Line, which opened in 1899 and closed in the late 60s. A double track line from London to Manchester via Rugby would see in my mind a lot of freight and passenger traffic, many different diesel and electric locomotives and a wide range of freight traffic. It would be an impressive modelling achievement for the modern image modeller or railway club. I can only think of so many other railway lines of this length, calibre and engineering achievement that would be of immense benefit today. Can anyone else? The modelling potential makes my head spin. Cheers, Jim.
  6. So I’ve been doing some thinking… I have ‘episodes’ at random times every few months where I go into full layout planning mode where ‘I say to hell with the lack of funds, time constraints and no space whatsoever for a railway of any size, shape or form, I want to see what I can come up with in my head’. Being an international modeller of British railways I’m limited by resources such as books, DVDs etc. and the range of models from which I can use. I found a reasonably cheap Hornby Terrier in BR Black and a T9 ‘Greyhound’ which are two locomotives I’ve always been in love with, as well as three coaches, a range of open wagons and vans, buildings, vehicles, figures, scenery items and a lot of other stuff. I then wanted to know if it would be possible to make a prototypical and historically accurate layout that is somehow unique, offers endless running opportunities, and there is always some interesting scene to look at. I’m a fan of the GWR Modelling website and looked on there for some ideas. I wanted to run ex-GWR stock behind a Southern Region locomotive and I didn’t really fancy setting it in the southwest. I wanted to run a beautiful T9 through a leafy Oxford landscape. I found something close enough to it. I decided on the Didcot, Newbury & Southampton Railway, a forty-six-mile-long rural backwater railway that was dreamt up by a small railway company and eventually became a battleground in the Railway Wars between the Great Western Railway and the London and South Western Railway. The eventual resolution came that although the line was built by the DN&SR, the majority of it would be operated by the GWR. The line was split by the GWR in two. The Northern section stretched from Didcot to Newbury and the Southern section from Newbury to Winchester. Stock was exchanged at Winchester and the LSWR manned the railway from Winchester southwards. The line was also unique because of its architectural merits: many of the station buildings were double-storey red brick structures, many of which survive today and are instantly recognisable by railway buffs. There were sections of line that were proposed but never materialised: including loop lines and a few branch lines as well. Moreover, there has never been a more interesting location to model GWR/SR workings. I would plan to model the line during its decline in the 1950s and early 1960s. I’m caught between modelling an actual station on the DN&SR route with passing loops and sidings, or a short branch servicing a quarry of some kind (I have no idea what sort of minerals were mined in the area, but I’m not really a big fan of coal trains). The line was worked then by Western Region ‘Collet Goods’ 0-6-0s and 4300 2-6-0s and by Southern Region Q1 0-6-0s, T9 4-4-0s and Standard 4 2-6-0s. Southern Region operations extended to Enborne Junction on 2nd April 1950, leaving only the Didcot to Newbury section to be operated by the Western Region. I plan for a railway extension south of Enborne where the Western Region still had running rights on one of the branch lines (my layout). But what about the Terrier, you ask? While the GWR often allocated its most ancient stock to the line, and I suppose an elderly tank engine should be no surprise. The Western Region had acquired two Terriers from the defunct Weston, Cleveland and Portishead railway in 1940 and put them to work on the Bristol Harbour lines before working at Taunton (later Newton Abbot). My engine of focus, WC&P No. 5 ‘Portishead’ (original number No. 43, ‘Gipshyhill’) was stored at Swindon in January 1950. It was later scrapped there, however in my fictional universe it would have been sent to work the DN&SR branch line extension in March 1950, a month before the Southern Region takeover. Its prominence would have been of interest to trainspotters to see it working away in the quarry, or taking the afternoon passenger service to one of the stations on the DN&SR. Perhaps I won’t build the branch line layout if I decide to model a through station on the DN&SR, and maybe just have the Terrier work in the yard behind a few empty wagons. The possibilities are making me dizzy. What does everybody think of this? Does it sound prototypically correct and feasible? I’m a stickler for accuracy but I also like questioning the ‘what if’. I’ll make a post on the prototype questions page about requesting photos of the line during the 1950s, as well as plans and photos of the buildings on the line and questions about stock such as which Greyhounds worked the line. Another post I might make may be dedicated to the Terrier. I just want to know everyone’s thoughts on the DN&SR and maybe get an official page going to discuss this magnificent little backwater railway that offers so much modelling potential. Cheers.
  7. The 2016 RMWEB Tour of Didcot Railway Centre 31st July 2016 Hi All, It's back! I have again agreed with our centre manager and Andy Y that we could have another day to meet at Didcot to have another one of my traditional 'access all areas' tours of our site. I have entertained people of all ages on these tours so it is open to my fellow RMWEB members and family members of all ages! The date decided upon was Sunday 31st July 2016. Locomotives could include, Railcar No. 22, Railmotor No. 93 and large Prairie No. 4144. I will update the loco roster as we know what is happening on site! Saint No. 2999 Lady of Legend is looking very impressive at the moment and is not that far off. County No. 1014 County of Glamorgan should be sat on its wheels by then too. Churchward Saddle Tank No. 1363, 72XX class No. 7202 and Sodor railways No. 1 have seen much effort and all show noticeable progress. No. 4079 Pendennis Castle will also now look a vast amount more impressive as she now sports (albeit temporarily) her boiler and is in the final stages of her restoration. We will also be able to see behind the scenes in the Carriage and wagon department too! The new 'Controlling the Trains' exhibit building, in conjunction with the Swindon Panel Society is now making major leaps forward, not least of which is the delivery of said panel! I had a look this afternoon and it is an impressive beast... As before, I will do a proper modellers tour where I will take you behind the scenes and enable you to look in all the workshops and stored collections of vehicles. If there is anything that you specifically want to see, measure, look at, go inside of or crawl over then let me know and we will see what we can do. The only obvious restrictions would be on any stock or items on the running lines of course - squashed patrons don't go down well with management... However, if you don't mind waiting until after the trains are put back in the box for that vital item that needs measuring I am sure that something can be arranged. It's been done before! As per last time, the signalling box key will find its way into my pocket so there will be an opportunity to go and have a look at the box and the incredible level of authentic restoration achieved with this building. I will also steal a carriage key from somewhere so we can inspect the interior of some of the vehicles not normally accessible to visitors. The plan as always would be to get yourselves to Didcot and take any rides in the morning and I will take an early lunch and start the tour at 12:30hrs, meeting you at the entrance kiosk at the top end of the site. I would like to put a cap on the group size of 50 as any more than that and it gets a bit confined in the various works. I will rope in my fellow GWS tour guides again too! So then, who wants another look in the best GWR toy box in the world? All the best, Castle
  8. Hi All, In what is fast becoming an annual event, I have agreed with our centre manager that we could have another day to meet at Didcot to have one of my 'access all areas' tours of our site. The date decided upon was Sunday 27th July 2014. We have lots on site to offer. Firstly, a Southern interloper in the form of T9 No. 30120 will be joining us along with auto-fitted Collett pannier tank No. 6435. The latter will enable the running of auto trains using our autotrailers Nos. 190 and 231, which we have been unable to do since the withdrawal of our own No. 1466. Also on site will be Railmotor 93 and the only fully restored Churchward Autotrailer No. 92. Progress on our project locomotives including Saint No. 2999 Lady of Legend, County No. 1014 County of Glamorgan and Castle No. 4079 Pendennis Castle will be there to inspect as will the impressive output of the Carriage and wagon department. As before, I will do a proper modellers tour where I will take you behind the scenes and enable you to look in all the workshops and stored collections of vehicles. If there is anything that you specifically want to see, measure, look at, go inside of or crawl over then let me know and we will see what we can do. The only obvious restrictions would be on any stock or items on the running lines of course - squashed patrons don't go down well with management... However, if you don't mind waiting until after the trains are put back in the box for that vital item that needs measuring I am sure that something can be arranged. As per last time, the signalling box key may well find its way into my pocket so there will be an opportunity to go and have a look at the box and the incredible level of authentic restoration achieved with this building. I will also steal a carriage key from somewhere so we can inspect the interior of some of the vehicles not normally accessible to visitors. The exciting prospect of seeing two GWR broad gauge locomotives alongside each other in the form of replicas Firefly and Iron Duke will be on the cards this year - the first time in modern preservation that this has been possible! As for what will be running on the day, I am going to try to get management to give us No. 6435 on the day in auto working format for you to enjoy - I will see what can be done. There may also be another exciting locomotive development or two but those are on a need to know basis for now... The plan would be to get yourselves to Didcot and take any rides in the morning and I will take an early lunch and start the tour at 12:30hrs, meeting you at the entrance kiosk at the top end of the site. I would like to put a cap on the group size of 40 as any more than that and it gets a bit confined in the various works and at that size I may rope another volunteer or two in to help with the tour. So then, who wants a look in the best GWR toy box in the world? All the best, Castle
  9. Hi All, For this weekend only, the brand new saint, No. 2999 Lady of Legend, will be appearing in plain black livery prior to her final GWR paint scheme being applied. The press release is as follows: The Saint’s boiler is now in the frames and has been clad, the fittings and remaining pipework are being fitted, which it is hoped to complete by Christmas; in the meantime, we are working towards an official launch for No. 2999 Lady of Legend next year – hopefully in the spring. Prior to the launch, we have agreed to display the locomotive in a black livery, which is now being applied, prior to final painting in the Edwardian lined green livery which she will carry in service. We are planning to display the Saint in this condition at Didcot over the weekend 17/18 November – she will not operate any trains but will be posed for viewing and photography. She will also not carry the 2999 Lady of Legend plates, but on one side will be 2908 Lady of Quality (the plates of which are in the possession of the Great Western Trust) and on the other side 2983 Redgauntlet with a red background – the latter are replica plates. The weekend comprises exhibition only days where the history of the Great Western Railway is captured by our unique collection of buildings, locomotives, carriages, wagons and other artefacts. Here is a little teaser I took a couple of weeks ago to whet the appetite... I hope you can make it! All the best, Castle PS: The No. 4079 team and I will be working on our project loco on Saturday. Please come up and say hello!
  10. Hi All, Well, it's that time of year where Castle offers you a look round the great GWR toy box that is Didcot Railway Centre on Sunday 30th July 2017! All the usual treats are on offer including in an in depth tour through all our exhibits and workshops, the unrestored wagon and coach collection, the annual special guest appearance by Stationmaster Mike in one of 'his' signal boxes and a chance to look at anything you want that isn't moving or on a running line. I don't currently know what the rostered motive power will be but I will let you know when I know! Anything that is moving or on a running line can be viewed after the toys have been put away at the end of the day by just asking and being prepared to hang around a bit afterwards! If there is something special you would like to see, measure or photograph for current or future projects then please let me know and I will see what we can do. The answer is nearly always yes, no problem! We are also entering into intercontinental visitor territory as we will be welcoming Mr On The Branch Line and his good lady to that little corner of an Oxfordshire town that is forever GWR. So, if you want to come and have a first look round, meet up with fellow RMWEB members, see how we have progressed on some of our restoration work up close and / or just come a long to have a good look at the premier collection of GWR rolling stock with knowledgeable guides (and me!) then book a spot by either posting a reply here or sending me a PM. We usually start up by meeting at the main gate at 12:00hrs so everyone can have a ride on the trains before hand and then go all afternoon until about 16:30 - 17:00hrs. Children are welcome and in fact are encouraged as long as the supervising adult looks after them as we will take you behind the scenes. I look forward to see you there for some 12":1' scale fun! All the best, Castle Nos. 4079 and 7202 (amongst MANY others!) await your inspection!
  11. Hi All, The World Famous* RMWEB Tour of Didcot Railway Centre Sunday 29th July 2018 A bit later than normal - sorry everyone! The final ok was granted by management on Saturday and I was a bit busy on Sunday with other things steam engine so here we are! For those that haven’t been before, my team and I will show you the whole of Didcot Railway Centre, taking you behind the scenes and giving you a chance to look at anything and everything you want to see as far as is possible! You can make prior requests to see things either before, during or after the tour and we will do our very best to let you see, photograph and / or measure what you need to! There will be trains running that day (when I know the roster, I will let you know - there will be a guest engine on site) and we will also tour Radstock Signal Box, the Carriage & Wagon Works, the Carriage & Wagon Storage shed and the locomotive works as well as all the normal visitor attractions. We have a great time and we also get to meet our fellow RMWEBBERs and put faces to names! We ought to give you a little sample of what is to be seen - how’s this? The plan will be for you to get in as soon after we open as possible and take your train rides and have a spot of lunch, visit the shops, etc and we will meet up at the entrance kiosk by the main gate at 12:00hrs. From there, we will do our tour and we are usually done by about 16:00hrs after tea (the main motive fluid for railway preservation, coffee is substituted by some) has been drunk and the world has been put to rights. There is parking across the road from Didcot Parkway station and the centre is accessed through the underpass in the station itself. The other way to get there is of course by train! So - I will ask the question I ask every year - who wants to come and have a look in the largest and greatest GWR toybox in the world? All the best, Castle *After OTBL and his good lady joined us last year, I can definitely claim this now! They have the longest distance travelled so far for the tour - it will take a bit of beating! Can we do it?
  12. I've been lurking on RMweb for a while and have been inspired by many topics, so thought it about time I started to share some of my own models and hopefully inspire others. I currently don't have room to start building a layout, but my plan for the future is to build a layout depicting part of the old Didcot to Newbury line. Being from Didcot I use to enjoy going for walks along the old track bed, especially in the summer. Anyway, the layout will have to wait, but I have started building up some of the rolling stock. First off is a kit built Martin Finney 'Duke'. Thanks to Brassmasters for re-introducing the MF range, this is the second MF kit I've built, the first being a GWR 47xx. I have only just finished the Duke, although a coal load still needs to be applied to the tender. Next is an old Hornby Dean Goods with a High Level Chassis. Much fun was had building this as it went together really well. Now a couple of wagons, the brown vehicles are from Parkside and the PO Wagons are from POW Sides. That should be enough for now, I have a few projects on the workbench and will update more soon. Cheers ADK
  13. Hi All, It's back! I have again agreed with our centre manager and Andy Y that we could have another day to meet at Didcot to have another one of my traditional 'access all areas' tours of our site. I have entertained people of all ages on these tours so it is open to my fellow RMWEB members of all ages! The date decided upon was Sunday 26th July 2014. Locomotives could include, Railcar No. 22, Railmotor No. 93, pannier No. 3650 or large Prairie No. 4144, which should be fresh from overhaul and nicely run in by then (the replacement front end steam pipes are being picked up next week and the paint is going on as weather temperatures permit...). I will update the loco roster as we know what is happening on site! Progress on our project locomotives including Saint No. 2999 Lady of Legend, County No. 1014 County of Glamorgan, Churchward Saddle Tank No. 1363 and of course, my personal favourite, Castle No. 4079 Pendennis Castle will be there to inspect as will the impressive output of the Carriage and wagon department. Amongst others, the rebuild of 1902 4-wheeler Dean 1st / 2nd composite coach to Dia. U is looking amazing in skeletal form and the the long awaited refit of the interior of 1932 Collett Super Saloon No. 9113 Prince of Wales to Dia. G61 is also underway. There are many upgrades to the infrastructure of the railway centre at the moment too and progress on building the new 'Controlling the Trains' exhibit building, in conjunction with the Swindon Panel Society is underway as are a number of upgrades to the Railmotor shed. The Ex Wantage Road bus garage is largely complete now and awaits fitting out. As before, I will do a proper modellers tour where I will take you behind the scenes and enable you to look in all the workshops and stored collections of vehicles. If there is anything that you specifically want to see, measure, look at, go inside of or crawl over then let me know and we will see what we can do. The only obvious restrictions would be on any stock or items on the running lines of course - squashed patrons don't go down well with management... However, if you don't mind waiting until after the trains are put back in the box for that vital item that needs measuring I am sure that something can be arranged. It's been done before! As per last time, the signalling box key will find its way into my pocket so there will be an opportunity to go and have a look at the box and the incredible level of authentic restoration achieved with this building. I will also steal a carriage key from somewhere so we can inspect the interior of some of the vehicles not normally accessible to visitors. The plan would be to get yourselves to Didcot and take any rides in the morning and I will take an early lunch and start the tour at 12:30hrs, meeting you at the entrance kiosk at the top end of the site. I would like to put a cap on the group size of 50 as any more than that and it gets a bit confined in the various works. I will rope in my fellow GWS tour guides again too! So then, who wants another look in the best GWR toy box in the world? All the best, Castle
  14. Hello chaps, I'm planning a layout that isn't exactly on the cards but I needed some assistance. My prototype is the Didcot, Newbury & Southampton Railway and I was considering either modelling one of the through stations on the line or a ficitional spur from the line. I used the brillant GWR Modelling website to help me in planning this but I was curious as to if anyone has any photos or designs of the buildings of the DN&SR. I'm interested in station buildings but moreso in signal boxes, goods sheds, storage sheds, huts of any description, water towers, yard cranes, bridges, tunnels and level crossings. I'm sure something that will come up but as I am an international modeller I have some difficulty in acquiring certain resources like books. Any help would be appreciated!
  15. My aim for 2014 is to start my new OO layout. My modelling priorities ... 1. A standard GWR 1930's 4-road through shed with turntable (e.g. Didcot) 2. Continuous Run, with Junction station to Branch 3. Long Branch Line with Terminus (based on Kingsbridge) 4. 6 coach main line trains; 2 or 3 coach branch line trains 5. Lots of shunting potential 6. Some local industry (e.g. Creamery) 7. No fiddle Yard 8. Aim for 3' radii curves on the main line 9. DC, but convert to DCC eventually The layout room (my loft) is 6m by 3m. There are some structural bits in the way (to keep the roof up) so I'll work around these. So far I have: put in a ladder; removed the cold water tank; insulated the loft (it now looks like the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle); put in lights and power. Now in the process of building the baseboards. And as its in the loft, I thought I'd have a go with Extruded Polystyrene baseboard tops to minimise warping. The no fiddle yard choice might cause some questioning so let me explain that one. Whenever I go to exhibitions I am always peering at the back of the layouts to see what is there; and if friends come round they comment "oh, you haven't finished this bit with no ballast then"; and probably above all ... I enjoy shunting and so need the space for this. Most of my stock is old, up to 40 years old, so I'll go for Peco Streamline Code 100 track with Electrofrog Points and with Peco point motors. I do not have the skills or patience for finescale modelling. Bits I have never done before ... - A layout this size (my previous layout was 12' x 6') and that was 30 years ago - Electrofrog points - Electric Point Motors - Flexible Track - Gradients - Signals - DCC (but I did have Zero 1) - Using Extruded Polystyrene for baseboard What I'd like from you. Inspiration, ideas and advice. Realistically, its going to take me 3 years to build and have something I am happy with; so I think lots of encouragement along the way would be terrific! Your help to ensure that the plans and are as operationally and prototypically sound as practical. e.g. I know little about railway operations or signals, but I know there are many on here who do. But lets make one step at a time, and think about the overall layout. It is going to be Great Western, but no specific period (other than 1900 to 1947 so no need to worry about Broad/Mixed gauge!), however, if you want a datum for track layout etc, then lets go for the 1930's to fit in with the shed. And I do not have a specific location, but as I like the Kingsbridge Branch, so lets says its based in Devon.
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