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  1. Hello all I'm involved in a group at Shipley Model Railway Society building a layout in EM of Clayton on the Queensbury Lines (Bradford). The layout is in its early stages so not much to report on that yet, but my plan is to document as best i can the the building of the locos & rolling stock i have for the layout. I might start by first saying that after a 15 year brake from the hobby to pursue girls, music & beer i'm now 30 & have two boys 2years & 5years (both mad on railways) & a lovely wife, life has slowed down to just the right pace to pick the hobby back up again. My modelling experience as a 'youth' was a bit of RTR modification & building the odd Parkside wagon so not really pushing the boundaries of what's possible. Now back on the model railway track my intentions are to try build all the locos & stock i want & to keep things as finescale as i can make them. Anyway enough wittering on about me & down to the modelling.... First out of the blocks is a New Southeast Fincast N5 kit, i bought this at Warley show 2012 & it sat in its box at home for about 6 months then, i plucked up the courage and started it, my first loco kit. I decided to start with the chassis & having read the print off the clubs copy of Iain Rice Etched Chassis Construction book i felt confident. I'd made my mind up to go the compensation route & using High Level horn guides & blocks i started. I cut out the half etch square around the leading & middle axle holes for the horn ways & then soldered up the frames using the EM frame spacers, i used a long piece of 1/8" bar through the rear axle bearings as a guide to help with squareness. To get the horn blocks in i used some London Road Models tapered axle jigs through the horn blocks & placed the assembled rods on the end of the axle jigs to get the right wheel spacing. I was given some romford wheels of correct size to use while constructing the chassis, it will end up with Gibsons. I have cut out a square slot where the rear axle goes to allow for a radial truck which i built from scrap etch off cuts held in place with a piece of guitar wire to keep it central & also acting as a spring keeping the wheels firmly on the track. I picked up a high level load hauler+ gearbox second hand from a show for £3!!! but was missing the worm so i called Chris at high level & he was more than happy to supply a new one. At the same time i bought a mashima 1420 from him for the N5. After a bit of forward planning i realised the gear stretcher part of the gear box was a stage to long to fit in so i cut off the first stage of it & reassembled it to the next stage along the stretcher. Pickups, pickups, pickups.........so many options & everyone seems to have their own way & some people have success where others fail & vice versa. Split chassis really appealed but i felt this might be a leap to far for my first loco kit, so, i settled for wipers but i wanted something a bit more stable than the standard thin phosphor wire on the back of the flange. I came up with the idea of using very thin 1mm wide phosphor bronze flat strip. I started by making six small rectangles from copper clad approx 1.5 x 5mm & glued them vertically to the inside of the frames inline with the tyre of the wheel & soldered fine wire linking them electrically. Then i cut the phosphor bronze strip to about 20mm lengths & bent them to an uneven 'U' shape appox 3 x 3 x 14m & soldered the short leg to the copper clad strip allowing the bottom & other leg to go over the top of the frame & down behind the back of the wheel tyre. Not the best photo of the pickup arrangement but its the only one i have that shows how i've done it. This is the chassis ready for painting. I'll have to leave it there for now, i must go & do some work. Many Thanks Chris
  2. Locomotion Models and Rapido Models have just announced that they are working together to produce exclusive OO gauge models of the legendary GNR Stirling 'Single' No. 1. The model will be produced in four version with either Stirling or Sturrock tenders, with or without DCC sound. Laser-scanning of the prototype is taking place at Locomotion in Shildon today! Here's what has been reported so far on http://www.locomotionmodels.com/ Look out here and in the June edition of BRM for more information. "Locomotionmodels.com and the National Railway Museum in proud association with Rapido Trains Inc. are pleased to announce the production of the GNR Stirling Single No.1 in ‘00’ Gauge. This highly detailed locomotive is the latest in the exclusive range of models that make up the ‘National Collection in Miniature’. Initially, there will be two model variants of the GNR Stirling Single No.1 both being also available with ‘Sound’. The first model will feature the Sturrock tender, while the second model will be paired with the locomotive’s original and current tender. DCC Ready with Sturrock Tender click here DCC Sound with Sturrock Tender click here DCC Ready with Original/Current Tender click here DCC Sound with Original/Current Tender click here Models will be available Autumn 2016 -end-
  3. London Road Models have introduced two new LNER/GNR 4mm loco kits. The first is for the LNER J5 (GNR J22) 0-6-0. This further addition to LRM's range of LNER/GNR 0-6-0 locos has the body etched in brass with a nickle silver chassis. Fittings are mainly brass fittings. The kit includes a jig to help with the accurate forming of the one piece cab side/roof. Price, including tender is £112.00 The second is for the LNER Q2 (GNR K1) 0-8-0. The kit was developed by Frank Davies for the Shipley MRS “Clayton” project. Beautifully designed, it is etched in brass and nickel silver with optional parts to build inside valve gear, which can be made to work if required. Castings are mainly in brass. Price, including tender £140.00 Wheels, motor and gears are required to complete either kit. Further details can be found on the LRM website; https://traders.scalefour.org/LondonRoadModels/locos-tenders-chassis/great-northern/ or by emailing London Road Models at; [email protected]
  4. does anybody have a drawing for a GNR horsebox Dia 352, 10ft wheelbase, ive got a few pics off the net but with only the aforementioned wheelbase and the length over buffers to work with, i'd rather start with a drawing than have to make on myself from the pics
  5. Hi All, I am attempting to create a layout which will allow me to run large express passenger trains in a continuous loop along with branchline traffic. A halfway house between true prototypical running and enjoyment. I wanted a station to add a bit of operational interest. My interest stems from seeing long express trains running through shallow cuttings. My choice for LNER is simple I was born in Doncaster and stories of my Great Grandfather and Grandfather (LNER/BR drivers) have always interested me. I have searched for small stations along the ECML and found one which I believe offers me a good base to start modelling, Tuxford North. My focus is the 1920-1940 LNER period. Tuxford north has one bridge at the south end (right on the plan) which will provide a scenic break, the north end I am still unsure about at this stage. I have tried to maximise the viewing area by adding a shallow sweeping bend along the layout this will (if my calculations are right) give a 3.2m viewing area rather than 2.6m if I had left the track straight (with 90 degree Hornby 2nd radius curves at the ends). I have a room which can accommodate a 3.6m by 1.8m layout. Anyway here is the plan and a few photos. http://www.oldtuxford.com/ry/ry.asp?NextPhoto=ry12 http://www.oldtuxford.com/ry/ry.asp?NextPhoto=ry07 I have limited knowledge of model railway creation any advice to improve the layout would be greatly appreciated. Cheers Sam
  6. Having long been inspired by the efforts of such giants of this forum as Mr Welleans and Mr Parks, and equally frustrated by my own inability to keep my projects on track, I have decided that chronicling my attempts to recreate a section of the LNER in miniature is the way to go. So without further ado, here are some shots of my current project; a Toad D from an Airfix BR standard van inspired by Mr Welleans attempts. And a cruel close up of the one completed end. Unfortunately the drill was then eaten by the plastic(sorry Simon), and since I've just moved house, I can't find my set, so no more drilling until I do. However, I did manage to do the ends before the snap: And, perched together I think things could have gone a lot worse:
  7. A couple of years ago I acquired a job lot of two and a half Kitmaster Stirling Single kits - three locos and two tenders - just because I'd long wanted a model of one of these stylish machines despite being an NSR/LMS/GWR modeller with no particular interest in the GNR/LNER. I have wheels, motor, etc to build and motorise one in EM gauge in GNR livery, and have already 3D printed GNR 6 wheel carriage bodies to make a train to go with it. The other two will be static display case models, also in EM, when I get around to building them. My problem is, the tender in the Kitmaster kit is of an older design, with which the Stirling singles apparently did not run in service, only No1 being preserved with this style of tender by the LNER. The NRM rescued a suitable tender later and have just restored it to display with No1, and this more authentic combination looks much better. See: http://nationalrailwaymuseum.wordpress.com/2011/01/24/a-tale-of-two-tenders/ and https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151550223591136.1073741826.20340411135&type=3 My question is, can anyone point me to exactly what the dimensions of the "new" authentic tender are, so I can make it by 3D printing to go with my model(s)? (3D printing thread at: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/64692-nsr-brakevan-in-4mm-scale-by-3d-printing/) My bookshelf has very little GNR/LNER material and the GNR tender drawings or sketches I can find have absolutely no dimensions on them. A copy of a General Arrangement would be ideal, a scan of a modellers drawing would do. The 3D print can then be made available to anyone else who wants it via Shapeways or imaterialise. Also, while tapping the brains of GNR experts out there, which locos did run with the earlier type of GNR tender from the Kitmaster kit, eg 0-6-0s that I could easily scratchbuild for the display case? Many thanks Mark Smith (5D_Stoke)
  8. Hi there I'm modelling the GNR in Lincolnshire (Wainfleet and Havenhouse) in 4mm and as a part of that I've been creating some models using 3D printing in 4mm scale on Shapeways. At the moment I've modelled railing posts and crossing gates as at those two stations, I've some platform lamps that I'm testing soon, and a GNR G1 (0-4-4T) that used to ply its trade in the 1920s in the area, but which could be found as far afield as KingsX and West Yorkshire. The lineside models are good through LNER and BR days. In the not too distant future I'll be putting out an Ivatt single for a friend. You can see the details on http://www.gnr-models.com/ and https://www.shapeways.com/shops/gnrmodels . I realise the scope of what I do is fairly narrow, and the models are a result of my modelling area of interest, rather than creating them specifically as a cottage industry. If I were to rescale some of these existing models, in theory, would they be of any interest to S scale modellers? And if I put together future models for my layout and added them to Shapeways, would there be any mileage to me keeping an S scale version in mind while designing them? cheers Jason
  9. With the impending release of new kits for the Howlden 45' stock, I'd like to have at least one finished in GNR livery. Having realised that the HMRS GNR transfer sheet only contains post 1906 extended lettering I won't be able to use the original Howlden livery, i.e. small letters, class designations spelt out on the door waist panels and a monogram on the door. Nick Campling, in his Historic Carriage Drawings, states that most pre-Gresley coaches got the newer livery before the grouping, but having searched through all the books I can think of I can find no photos of either six wheeled or short bogie coaches wth the post 1906 livery. So can anyone point me to a photo of any of the shorter coaches with the later livery?
  10. Having taken the plunge in stripping the cab of the A3 prior to making the roof removable did I continue with the F8? Nah! I am sure that it will come as no surprise that it didn't take much encouragement from Chris for me to start on one of the coach kits that she bought me for my birthday. This is some of what's in the box - for this particular coach I am still waiting for the underframe and bogie etches. Having had a read of the quite comprehensive instructions available for download from the kemilway site it reckons about a hundred and fifty hours to build a coach depending on experience. Having had some of these kits in 4mm some years ago I had an idea what to expect and this is where I got to after 4 hours yesterday. The floor pan folded up and the inner ends curved with the formers soldered in. Both sides have their separate bottom panels soldered in. Even though I had filed of the etching cusps I struggled with the first side to get the panels in flat etc. with a couple needing to be dropped out and repositioned. On the second side I made doubly sure that I had removed the cusps and I put a slight chamfer on the edges of each panel. This meant that they snapped into place with ease and I soldered up the second side in half the time it took for the first - a lesson learned for the next one.
  11. Hello all. i have a very nicely scratch built LNER E1 2-4-0 body with built LRM tender that I've recently bought from a well known auction site & I'm needing a drawing or suitable info for scratch building the chassis & for checking all is just so. If anyone can point me in the right direction that would be most appreciated.ive had a look on the isinglass site & couldn't find anything so I'm unsure where to look next. Pictures to follow. Regards Chris
  12. Hello everyone. I'm Mehmood, I've modelled LMS pre-group constituents in EM sporadically going back over forty years, but recently gauge-widened my mindset by 0.63mm to P4 following the acquisition of the recently late Joe Worrall's boards and trackwork of St Albans Abbey, all 26 feet of it. I was also able to acquire some of his rolling stock before he passed away. Since then I've been variously renovating parts of the boards, researching the gaps to fill, and reviewing my existing EM to move it to P4. The renovation has mostly been repairing rail end damage, not too bad fortunately, adding cosmetic C&L chairs to the bare Brook-Smith track, patching up the scenery and adding finer details like point rodding. I need also to build two overbridges, the signal cabin, 4 2-doll signals, the station building, goods shed and ancilliary buildings around the perimeter, including a facade for the Royal Vetinary Corps based adjacent to the yard. I'm hoping to build up the stock to a reasonably interesting assortment, though I'm only really short on the GNR leg of the line. If I can think of a way of retro-fitting baseboard joints that will be both robust enough and accurate enough without lots of joggling every time, maybe I might be able to exhibit it in a year or two. (It was not intended for exhibition as Joe had built it, so although the track lines up perfectly except for eight rail ends that have been buckled, it is only aligned using M6 bolts through 2x1 softwood timber.) Oddly, given St Alban's' position on the Midland Main Line, I don't have a role for my somewhat larger quantity of Midland stock, which is more main-line oriented anyway, so I also still have vague notions of a Midland through station somewhere, but recently came across Barry Norman's plan for Marple (Midland and MS&L joint) in an older MRJ. An astonishingly busy prototype in its heyday, 96 train movements in one hour, or something of that order, in the 1880s when trains to and from Liverpool were divided or attached from or to their Manchester portions, and all in a compact location with a well defined modellable arena. So at the back of my mind I have the intention of recreating Marple or something similar, in P4 instead of EM. Though to cover that era, I'd need to be making a shed load of 4 and 6 wheel carriages and Johnson engines in shades of green too. Meanwhile back at the workbench, I've got one segment of the GNR approach to St Albans Abbey with rails being retrospectively chaired up with carved up C&L chairs, and the orange-coloured brick GNR pverbridge under construction. Plus about 150 scale feet above that I have a segment of my "study circle" i.e. a double track oval of P4 under construction with properly chaired rail. That is an experiment to see how far I can reduce the radius before my stock falls off the track as it goes in the shop at 18.0 or 18.2mm and comes out at 18.83, give or take the odd bodge. It also provides a home for my main line stock. Currently 3'11" radius is not a problem, and it goes down to 3'9", 3'7" and 3'5" when the inner circuit is completed. I suspect the six-coupled stock may struggle without drastic work to increase sideplay, but so far the problems have arisen more in the trackwork than in the engines - what is a nominal 3'9" sometimes mysteriously transitions to somewhat tighter radius, but my trackbuilding to fine tolerances is improving. I would never have gone down this particular road but for a chat with Tim Venton last year about his fabulous Clutton and the fact that he also has sub-four-foot radius curves and if I remember correctly, even an 8-coupled that will negotiate them. Enough for an intro, now back to work!
  13. Great Hotton is now officially 1 year old and to celebrate I’ve given it a new blog home here. I'll still be posting links to relevant updates and info on my 3d modelling on this blog.
  14. In a fit of trying to catch up with all the wagon kits I seem to have accumulated, I came across a white metal GNR vegetable wagon. This is actually a 10 ton, 6 plank, 19 foot wagon with a cage to extend its height. Now I've got around to making it, I've discovered that I've lost the instructions somewhere along the way. Not even sure now who produced the kit (I suspect D&S or David Geen), but it consists of a white metal body with brass etching for the extension. Fortunately there's a photo in Peter Tatlow's LNER Wagons book (vol. 1) which gives me most of what I need to go on, but does anyone out there happen to have the instructions? Cheers, Simon.
  15. I have recently completed the CADs for a new series of coaches, the first two of which should be ready by March next year. These will all resin, with only the commode handles and buffers metal. The prototypes chosen are the GNR 45' Howlden, brake third diagram 277 and composite diagram 129. If these sell well enough then the brake composite diagram 189. These are the CADs for the diagram 277: ...and the fret with all the small bits:
  16. This batch of negatives has been with me for several years and features, predominantly, GNR locomotives: https://mikemorant.smugmug.com/Latest-uploads-and-queries/Recent-uploads-Ireland/ At the moment it resides in my web galleries devoted to Recent Uploads but they will be moved across to my extensive Irish collection in a month or so. That collection is here: https://mikemorant.smugmug.com/Trains-Railways-British-Isles/Irish-railways There are some nice Swilly steam shots amongst them but none at Buncrana unfortunately
  17. One of my old school friends just posted a link to a short British Pathe film of the old Great Northern/LNER sleeper depot at Hall Hills near Boston. It is very interesting to see the machinery in operation, cutting up, soaking in creosote, fitting chairs, etc. Also of interest is the trackwork, a mixture of standard and narrow gauge. The link is :- www.britishpathe.com/video/sleepers/query/boston+lincolnshire
  18. London Road Models GNR/LNER/BR D3 4-4-0 29 GNR D2 class with a flat footplate were rebuilt to GNR D3/LNER D3 4-4-0s from 1912, as depicted by this new kit. 19 lasted into BR days, the last being scrapped in 1951. Four different cabs were fitted over their working lives, early or late Ivatt, Stainmore side window (3 locos) and finally that fitted to number 2000 (later 62000), a Directors loco. The kit provides all these cab options plus the parts to provide the other minor variations they carried. The kit is etched in brass, with a nickel silver chassis. The chassis can be built to OO, EM or P4 gauge and has standard 6mm horn block half etched cut outs for those wishing to fit compensation or springing. Lost wax brass casting, spring buffers, etc. are included but motor wheels and gears are required to complete the model. Either of the two existing Ivatt tenders from the LRM range are supplied with the kit, the Horseshoe or Self Trimming types. Priced at £120, the kit is now available by mail order and will be on sale at the York MRS exhibition over Easter weekend. London Road Models products can be found at www.londonroadmodels.co.uk and can be contacted by email at [email protected] or by post at P.O. Box 643, Watford. WD2 5ZJ
  19. Two questions. Has anyone got pictures of the wooden station buildings? There where two basic types from what I can tell from looking on the internet. Which I believe to be 50 & 70 feet in length. Each side of the triangle had a small and a long building. The Keighley-Bradford and Keighley-Halifax sides had the longer buildings on the inside of the triangle and both large and small buildings appear identical. The Bradford- Halifax side however had the longer building on the outside and from what I can tell the two buildings there were a mirror image of the others. Can anyone confirm this? My next Question is the colour. I'm presuming that Queensbury received a coat of paint after the second world war along with all other LNER stations. This should have been Green and cream. Cream paneling above waist height and green below was normal. Would the window frames have been green also. They don't appear to be white in any of the pictures. The station closed to passengers in 1955 and I doubt BR ever sent the painters in, so confirmation again please? One thing for sure is grime seems to dominate. Same for the signal box (only the East box remained after the war) which looks like brown to me in black and white pics but it's green, right? Edit: One last thing. When did the awnings get taken down? Any information would be ggggggrrrrreat!! Regards Shaun.
  20. For various reasons, late last summer work all but stopped on my Great Hotton layout and has not really continued since. Thoughts turned to a small shunting layout to tide me over and after some procrastination and false restarts on Great Hotton, the idea of the shunting layout had become so firmly stuck I decided to give it a go. Planning and construction started in late April and this short series of posts will bring us up to date. I intended to restrict myself to a single 4' x 2' board (plus fiddle yards) that would need to be completely portable and easy to carry. I wanted it to be in the West Riding/Bradford area in the 50's/60's for common use of stock. Small goods stations were looked at but were generally too large so I considered the possibility of modelling a small part of a much larger complex. The obvious place was the sprawling Adolphus Street Goods complex on the east of Bradford centre. These vast yards grew up as the GNR and its predecessor the LB&HJR moved somewhat piecemeal into Bradford. Passenger stations, goods sheds and engine sheds were built and often re-tasked to other uses as bigger or better buildings were built closer to the city with the GNR eventually abandoning it's Adolphus Street station and sharing the Exchange station with the L&YR from the 1870's. The Adolphus Street train shed became a rather grand goods shed, known as 'A' shed, whilst the original LB&HJR grain shed became 'E' shed. The LB&HJR engine shed became a stable block and the original GNR engine shed became a carriage shed (later 'D' shed) when the adjacent Bradford Bowling MPD (aka Hammerton Street) was constructed. Purpose built goods sheds were the 'B' and 'C' wool warehouses and 'F' banana warehouse. This last seems to have been a later addition, partially built-on and accessed from the original LB&HJR 2-road coal drops on Dryden Street. The yard area behind the coal drops was framed to the east by the banana warehouse and the stables and to the west by the grain shed, behind it all was an embankment carrying the original LB&HJR main line (on a 1 in 40 incline) heading down to Adolphus Street train shed. Since a coal drops was something I wished to incorporate and due to it's partly contained nature this part of the facility was chosen. Whilst researching, some new images became available on the Britain from Above website showing the site (the bottom right corner EPW054318) and I was also delighted to find that quite a lot of the coal drops still exist in industrial use as well as a part of the banana warehouse wall and the steps up the side of the coal drops. A photographic and measurement survey was undertaken of the remains. Our friend the Google camera car provides further insights not viewable by the general public: Google Street View 1. Google Street View 2.
  21. Hello I'm very new to using this forum so please forgive any errors i may make. I'm involved with a project modelling Clayton Station that was part of the GNR/LNER Queensbury line in Bradford. The era we are modelling is early 20s to late 30s. Were having great difficulty finding photos of any era of the station & goods yard at Clayton & also research photos for rolling stock Passenger & freight in the area. There is a hand full of photos online & in a couple of books that we have & are aware of, so this is a plea to anyone who could guide us in the direction of any more photos or even has any in a private collection they would be happy to post on hear for us to refer to. Any help would be greatly received & of great use. Kind regards Chris.
  22. After doing a lot of reading of this site and taking in the advice that's been given, I'm decided to move from the armchair to the basement and start a layout. Taking the lessons from my aborted layout attempt at the beginning of last year, from which I learnt how to do a number of things wrong, I'll be (hopefully) creating a representation of Wainfleet station in Lincolnshire. Wainfleet Station opened as a single line terminus on the Wainfleet and Firsby Railway in 1871. The extension to Skegness was completed in 1873, and the line was then doubled in 1900 as the number of holidaymakers to the coastal town increased. The golden years for traffic were the 1930s. The line was due to be chopped by the Beeching Axe along with miles and miles of railway in Lincolnshire, but somehow it survived, although as a shadow of its former self. Goods traffic ended in 1964, and the footbridge and canopy were removed as the station became unstaffed in 1969. Although the goods yard track was taken up quickly after closure, the shed lasted a long time after that as a place for storage. Now called the Poacher Line after the Lincolnshire Poacher, trains still serves the town hourly to both Skegness and Nottingham. Well that's the background. I'll be modelling the layout as a double tracked loop around the walls of the room. There were a few reasons for choosing this station and for modelling it as it was in 1964: it's my home town! there are goods shed, station buildings, crossing gates, weighbridge, signal box, and unusual footbridge (gulp) there is a sharp curve just after the station that will tie in with the curve that will have to happen to put the layout in the room. local traffic is varied: stopping service to and from Skegness, coal, cattle, sugar beet and others. doing an around the walls loop means that I can run longer excursions that act as through trains to Skegness - essentially watching the trains go by plenty of different engine types, many of which are or will be available rtr - B1, K3, J11,J39, 4MT, DMUs such as the Derby Lightweights, 105, 108. An Atlantic would be nice, I'll keep my fingers crossed. I've found some books on the subject, and spent the last couple of months going through them. I've also been all over Google, Flickr and eBay looking for old photos and taken the opportunity to take photos myself of what's left. to my shame I didn't have a tape measure, so I went by numbers of bricks and standard door sizes for most measurements. Finally Bing Maps and Google StreetView have been great for checking details such as signals. So the model will be of the mid-1960's but as this is for me, I'm going to do a "what if" and pretend that the yard wasn't lifted which will mean that I can run the trains I remember as a kid in the 1970's and 1980's. To that end I've a 31, 47, 37 (all Lima from years back that I've cleaned up and put decoders into), and a couple of class 20s.If I'm going to do a "what if" I'm also going to run Oliver Cromwell that ran a Jolly Fisherman special a couple of years ago. Anyway, here's the station plan, the main station area can fit on an 8'x3' board, and the curve on the left pretty prototypical, the one on the right isn't as the track that side was straight. I'll keep the rest of the loop simple for a while and concentrate on the station area so that I can make sure I get it done. And here are some photos I took this summer: This one shows a bit of the tight curve at the end of the station, I remember the squealing wheels! Edited the post to get it to make more sense and to amend a date.
  23. Having been brought up near to the Queensbury lines in Bradford, I have always wanted to model one of the stations on this line. The obvious choice is Great Horton on the original Bradford & Thornton Railway which was just round the back of our house where we lived which had a bank of coal drops, large stone built goods shed, a passenger station with wrought iron and glass canopy. The surrounding rugged industrial West Riding landscape had a couple of mills and terraced housing close by. Another potential candidate is Denholme station on the later GNR extension to Keighley which has to be the ideal compact station layout for modellers having a tunnel at each end of the station! The picture below typifies the 'Queensbury Lines' in the latter days of operation with a run down appearance, unkempt locos and lack of traffic. On the 21st October 1963 WD 90054 of Low Moor Shed is seen running towards the Queensbury end of Clayton Tunnel on its way towards Bradford after shunting Thornton Yard with a solitary brake van in tow. A wonderfully evocative colour image from the camera of D.J. Mitchell which appears in the full colour book - GREAT NORTHERN OUTPOST Vol 1. The Bradford & Thornton Railway. Available from: http://willowherbpublishing.co.uk/ I am aware of a group of modellers who are recreating Clayton station in miniature but was wondering if anyone else is building (or planning) a layout based on a location on the Queensbury lines.
  24. Scale7JB

    Filling time..

    Hi everyone, hope you are all getting on with the new RMWeb... I must admit, I'm not at the moment, but I'll eventually get used to it.. I placed my order with Scale Hardware on Thursday, it was shipped friday, so as you can imagine, I'm rather excited about the delivery so that I can get another large chunk of the remaining work done and ticked off of the list of things to do on the K2. In the meantime, I have been working a little more on the lubricating pipes. I bought some stainless steel tube from Perfect Miniatures the other day which is teeny !! 0.33mm Internal Diamater.. about 0.5 mm O/D (I think) so I have been able to create the tiny fittings which I think force oil from the lubricators under steam pressure into the cylinders. A 7mm steam heat pipe next to it for scale.. This one took an hour or 3 after which it decided to ping itself onto the carpet, but I'm pretty happy with it.. Should look lovely when it is all piped up to the lubricators I reckon.. JB.
  25. Just finished a nice easy build of one of the ubiquitous wooden shelters to be found on very many platforms of GNR(I) stations. OO gauge, built from Wills embossed sheets, various thicknesses of Plastikard and Microstrip, Ratio Midland Railway signal box windows and various odds and ends from the spares box. Shall be hunting down some poster boards, travel posters and a lamp (for above the door) to round it off. A very enjoyable way to mark the commissioning of a new workbench!
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