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  1. Hi there, Hoping this is the correct place to be posting this query... I'm wondering whether or not anyone would have any information on the subject of the availability of 4mm scale passenger coaches that ran on the Isle of Wight railway network anytime between the 30s and 60s, preferably. I'm beginning to build a small layout of a station set there and am not sure if I'll be able to get hold of some stock to run on it or if I'll have to scratch-build / modify existing available models. The more prototypical correct, the better I suppose. Thanks in advance for any help, Andy.
  2. I took the bull by the horns this morning in order to start experimenting with my ZTC DCC kit, and bought a secondhand Hornby Terrier from Alton Model Centre. I managed to shoehorn a decoder inelegantly into the cab. This involved removing the floor of the cab (in fact I removed more than was needed there is now a gap between the footplate and cabsides). There was some rewiring of the inside of the loco, but the job was comparatively easy. This chip only has four wires (which helps) but no doubt it is bigger than a modern equivalent would be. There is no room for the original weight which was in the bunker and toolbox, so I must replace that with some lead sheet. If the decoder were sprayed black it would be less obtrusive, and the addition of crew, especially leaning out of the cab door, would improve things further. As for what I think of DCC - well the jury is still out. I imagine modern systems are easier to use than ZTC, which seems to lose all memory of the loco once it is turned off, needing a complete reprogramme every time I turn it on. That cannot be right.............................! Lots to learn, obviously. Progress today also on the control panel for the hidden sidings. Chris
  3. Hi, I have a plan to convert the Hornby LNER clerestory or Ratio midland coaches to resemble loosely some Isle of Wight stock. But can anyone help with what paint (manufacturer and colour) i would need to represent them in BR condition? I think they ran in both green and red at different times. (An aerosol would probably give me the best finish as i'm not the neatest with a paint brush ) Can anyone suggest what decals I can use for the numbering and lettering as well and advise on a varnish to seal them? Thanks
  4. A scratch build project to build one of the little Isle of Wight steam engines that could be considered a standard design on the island during the time of the Victorian era steam railways. They were standard products of the manufacturers Beyer Peacock and were also exported to other countries around the world. A drawing worked up on a CAD computer programme Using the 3D capabilities of the program Paper fold up models made from the plans, the bigger tank became plastic reality, it was meant to be an 0-6-4 of the Irish SL&NCR Paper models in pieces showing construction. This is as far as it got trying to print the planned pieces onto plastic sheet worked but the ink easily smudged making it impossible to cut out accurately and the project stalled.
  5. All, I though someone might be interested in my conversion of an EFE tube train to operational. I've got plans (but no space) for an Isle of Wight layout, so this has been aquired Obviously it needs a power bogie, but I also thought it needed better training bogies as well. Getting into the body requires the underframe casting to be prized off, and 4 screws can then come out To give room for the Tenshodo the floor above the bogie needs to go (but the seats can stay) I kept the outer frame of the EFE, mounting it to the Tenshodo using one of the brakets supplied with the bogie and to stop it rocking, I added some L section to either end I had to bend the bogie mounting braket to get the right ride height For the trailing bogies I've done my own etch and added extra pickups Jon
  6. I am starting work on the hidden loops which will lie behind Cowes and the line along the Medina. To do this I had to get a sighting shot on how Cowes would fit, which is what the photo shows. The track templates are generated by the Trax3 software. Behind are some Peco turnouts (the hidden section will be laid using Peco Streamline. Important things here were to see where the turnouts would be in relation to the baseboard frames (I'm using underslung Peco turnout motors on the hidden section) and also in relation to the baseboard joints. Everything good so far. First objective is to get the hidden loops and sidings operational which means making the decision on DCC vs Analogue, and building a control panel. Well, DCC has won the day and I've dug my ZTC511 out of the box it has been in since I bought it in ?2007. And I'll attempt to fit a chip into an O2 in due course. Meanwhile I can test on analogue. But for now the first task is simply to screw down hardwood strips for the baseboards joints (glueing PCB sleepers thereon) and cork sheet for the trackbed. But in the 30 degrees heat, even with an (obviously underpowered) air-con unit, it is hot work. BUT, we are underway on the great project! Chris
  7. Immaculate locomotives and rolling stock passing through magnificent scenery and freshly painted stations heritage railways are excellent subjects to model. Many of the model trains made by model railway companies are based on locomotives and rolling stock on heritage railways. Sometimes you can even buy ready made or kits of stations like Dunster, Sheffield Park, Shillingstone or Highley. Heritage railways welcome photographers and have stock books and drawings of the station buildings. The railways are well known so visitors to exhibitions will recognise the prototype. Several models of the Swanage and Bluebell Railway already exist so it is clear that it can be done. Some stations like Corfe Castle and Highley are small enough to fit in a reasonably sized layout or you can just watch the trains go by on a model of Corfe Viaduct or Victoria Bridge on the Severn Valley Railway as shown in the picture. Terry Jenkins from the South Dorset Modellers built Victoria Bridge and we are planning to incorporate it in a larger layout including Highley and Arley stations.
  8. I'm planning to convert a Dapol 0 Gauge Terrier to an Isle of Wight prototype. It may be a fairly long term project as I first have to break down a model into its constituent parts and I find this initial 'destruction' of a good model to be a careful, pause and think about it process. If anyone else is going to try this and not wait for Dapol to produce an IoW version, this will hopefully be a forum for sharing techniques and experiences - mistakes and all! Obviously, the first step is to decide on a prototype and to avoid a bit of work, I've chosen W3/W13 Carisbrooke. This loco was a Southern introduction and had been rebuilt to A1X before it was shipped to the island and so had the sandboxes moved to below the footplate - one job saved. It did have a boiler change on the island but retained its original 'copper top' chimney to the end - two jobs saved. The main changes to be made will be the bunker extension, common to all IoW Terriers, various boiler pipework changes and the small details like lamp irons, hooter in place of whistle and push pull fittings. Also, since it had no condensing pipes, the removal of the expansion vents on the tank top and replacement with a circular blanking plate. At the end of the whole process will be a new paint job and the fitting of name and number plates, already obtained from Narrow Planet - and an excellent job they did of them at a very reasonable cost. This is the start of it all. and the target
  9. I'm busy wiring the hidden loops and staging sidings. This board has the most wiring of any because I am using electric turnout motors in the hidden sections, as well as infra-red detectors for automation, and a separate control panel for the hidden section which will hang off the Newport viaduct board. 10 turnouts, 8 infra-red detectors, spread over 7 separate boards, though most of them will have less wiring than in this picture. I'm keeping an index of connections and colours as I go, which from experience I know is invaluable. Peco motors and PL32 switches are being used - I have had bad experiences with SEEPs before and also with the cheaper and more simple Peco accessory switches. I was a bit worried about the quality of my soldering so I watched a few Youtube "how to solder" videos and found that most people seem to struggle in the same way I do. The joints are ugly but they are secure and that is what counts. Progress is slow in the sweltering heat. The two main assets needed for success are patience and method. Chris
  10. JZ


    With the arrival of the Kernow/DJM O2, thoughts have turned to building an Isle of Wight layout. This is something I have fancied doing for a long time, perhaps inspired by a summer evening in 1963 when my father to me, aged 7, for a walk over St.Boniface Down and we sat and watched trains in Ventnor station. While Ventnor would make a fine home layout, to my mind the station buildings get in the way for exhibition viewers. With that in mind, I looked for other locations along that stretch of coast where similar conditions could exist. First thought was for Bonchurch. But a line to here would possibly have followed a coastal route from Shanklin, via Luccombe and probably continued to Ventnor. Then I had a look at Niton and hatched a couple of ideas. First was to have the line to Ventnor Town/West turn east at St.Lawrence and run along the Undercliff. Second was for the line to run to Niton from Whitwell and through a short tunnel to Niton Undercliff. The second option is, I feel, better for exhibiting, as it has a convenient scenic break, the station can be at the back with a chalk cliff behind it and the open goods yard at the front. Work will not start until the new Peco bullhead track becomes available and in the meantime I will get some stock built. The full fleet of loco's arrived yesterday and the coach behind is a converted ratio Midland suburban.
  11. I completed the model about a week ago, with some small changes made since then, Such as realistic coal, and a touch up of paint.
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