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  1. Good Evening, Layout Build Update: Lots have happened since the last update so let's catch up... I had to face facts between when I wrote the first part stating "I hoped to have an operational trackbed by Christmas". This couldn't happen simply because the layout requires 2 more Bullhead LH points and 1 more RH point, plus the new Peco Code 75 Bullhead Double slip has not hit the shelves yet, and this is the most critical piece in the layout's operational design. Peco stated it was to be in production in January of 2020, so hopefully I'll be able to get the point in Mid 2020, while I focus on getting the rest of the track work. But I have been able to move my first locomotives on MEP which I have being using a brand new Gaugemaster Combi controller. I have plans set to purchase the second scenic board, alongside purchasing the wood to form the back scene. This way I can have everything together before the the first pieces of underlay and track go down. Signal Box With the Signal box, work has been steady going but it has been finished. Being the first piece of MEP complete, with the Quints shortly following. Since the last update I was able to get my hands on the LCUT Interior kit, build, paint and fit this into the box and purchase a Model U Signalman, and most importantly he has a cup of tea in his hand. (Railway's run on tea) Carriage & Wagon Update: Coaches: The first set of two, being the LNER GE's mainstay Suburban coaches between 1935 -39, the Later LNER Gresley Quint Articulated Set has been completed, you can read the progress on my blog updates. This has given me a boost for the build as a whole and has allowed me to feel a lot better as I had fears that one base board wouldn't take the set. Combined with the recent tests at my local model club and having rectified any issues with the bogies, I can say they run very smoothly through code 100 point work and knowing how good Peco's Code 75 Bullhead is, I've become very confident in the coaches operation on the layout in future. This photo (Left) was used in Part 7 of the Quint build. So as you can see the glue n glaze hasn't been applied yet. This photo (Right) was before the transfers were applied but the stock was operational. Wagons & Vans The only major thing that has occurred is the re-numbering of all my LNER duplicate vehicles, this includes; 4 Oxford Cattle Vans - 2 Bachmann Fruit vans, 1 Bachmann Fish Van and 1 Hornby LNER Toad B Brake Van, they have now had there printed numbered replaced with new numbers allowing more accurate modelling and the ability to run a full set without having to see eg. 196152 on all my wagons in the fleet, it's just nice to see different numbers on all the vehicles. For those interested the numbers are decals which have come from 'Old Time Workshop'. In addition to this I have also slightly weathered them, and particularly for the Bachmann Fish & Fruit vans I have painted there roofs grey. Plus the White walls on the tyres of the fruit vans have been removed by painting them in mix of humbrol black & dark grey. Eventually I'll look to weather the under frames so show brake dust and other grime. The Oxford Rail Cattle vans look no different accept the number change, I will need to weather them, but do it in such a way where it matches the weathering on the wagon. I'll be looking into how these vehicles weathered over time, to ensure the best result. Moving to kits Furthermore work has also progressed as I was able to get my hands on a Chivers LNER Pigeon Van, I've painted the LNER Teak effect, but focused on the grain effect which these vehicles had. As some with know this vehicle is used at the NNR combined with there LNER Quad Art Set, but this will not be carried out on MEP as this will be part of the Mail train that will be seen on the layout in future, in this photo I have applied the decals to the model, numbering the van as 6847. Also because of the recent cost of Bachmann's latest weathered LNER Fish Vans I felt I didn't want to pay £21.50 for a LNER Fish van when I could pick up the Parkside kits and complete them for less than £21.50. So with that said I picked up 2 LNER 10 ton, 12ft Fish Vans, these being slightly longer than the Bachmann model (which I assume is based on the 10ft variant) however I do think the 12ft version looks much better than the 10ft so think it's a win in that regards. These kits are awaiting there Vacuum pipes, once they have arrived I intend to fit them and the steam heating pipes. Further work is required there and will be seen in future updates with the rolling stock. MEP Locomotive Fleet Update LNER J15 7649 & LNER J15 7847 These two make a return to MEP after departing for weathering, 7847 has been fitted with a set of Ramsbottom Safety Valves and lightly weathered, demonstrating how it may have looked at Cambridge in 1936. Interestingly the engine remained their till 1940, so it would have likely been seen at Stratford on freight working, so more than welcome on MEP. As for 7649, this was based a Stratford from built in 1899 till 1939 when she moved to Colchester and back to Stratford the same year. Interestingly a photo in the Yeadons Book on LNER J15's demonstrates the loco hauling a pair of Quints (10 Car set) what I have deduced as set No's 39 I, considering this was a heavy train at this point, it's quite impressive to see a J15 doing this working. She will be part of the group of engines which is designated to haul the Quints on MEP along with other LNER Passenger services. That way the layout has two J15's performing two very different roles. So that completes the end of the blog for today. So thank you for reading! Thanks Tom
  2. Having not progressed further with the layout it was about time I started to focus on the layout more...Here's the progress so far. I found myself watching a video on You Tube by Everard Junction, in this video he was laying his track to be more in scale to what he was actually modelling. At the time I was using this to make notes and use it to develop my skills base, until he showed that he was using a Peco Code 75 single slip as a place holder for his future bullhead variant, he stated that 'Peco intended to keep the geometry of the slips the same' So he didn't need to worry about the point not fitting into the same space. So because of that very small piece of information I was able to begin, the major kick start for MEP. As I do not have access to a double slip at home, nor do I have enough money to afford the slip, I went to Peco's website and found there track diagrams, where you are able to print off diagrams for various pieces of point work, following the information by Everard Junction, I printed out the correct Code 75 Double Slip. With that said, I began by placing the relevant track in the correct places, marking it and then placing the track in close proximity, once doing that I could begin to work the track down toward the stations. The Up line was the most simple, only requiring a LH near the tunnel entrance and near the end of the board close to Platform 1. Whereas the Down ( Heading towards the platforms) had a LH to connect forming the loop, entering a Double Slip and a second LH Point splitting the track to form P2 and the siding. Cutting the track was the main aim to get a foothold of what the trackplan was going to look like once the track was together, this was also where the photo of the double slip would come into play as it would give me a guide for the placement for the rest of the track. Simply because the double slip is the most crucial part of the layout build. Following this I began cutting the track, placing the points roughly where they were going. Cutting the track down was always the fun/ difficult job, but using a rotary saw was great to get the accuracy, as you can see in the photo below I am one RH point missing which splits between the double slip and the Up road toward the fiddle yard. From this point (Photo's Above & Below) I was sufficiently happy that the track plan was decided, then began the process for gluing the cork down, once I began I realized after rolling it out that I didn't have enough (which was very annoying) myself and Rob (who's part of the W&RMRC) we cut the cork down so we could build a shoulder and had enough to do the current set amount of track covering the baseboard. Once dry I'll cut some strips to form the shoulder edges as the track moves towards the tunnel mouth. Following getting the track to this point we began the plan to lay the cork underlay, following a few photo's from various reference points from the 1930's around the East End, I was able to gain an understanding for the signalling and ballasting, as most track like this tended not to have high shoulders as it tended to be level across an area like this. However the shoulder drops off near the back of the board to allow for the signal box & New LNER Concrete P-Way Hut. This is as far as I was able to get with the layout that day, I allowed the glue to dry for a good two and a half hours (with some small weights on top) before we put the board into the car, and laid the weights on again. A 30 minute drive home in a warm car (which helped) I carried the board inside the house and waited till the glue had sufficiently dried before I thought about rough placement of the track and back scenes on once again. As you can see the difference a good nights sleep makes, the photo on the left shows the glue drying still, though this photo was taken the same evening that the cork had been laid. But waiting till the following day I was able to focus the work and put everything back into place for now before I begin to focus permanently placing the track work, but again I cannot do that until I've bought one more RH point and the Double slip which we currently have in the form of the Peco cut out. Finally on mixed note, the Mile End Park Locomotive fleet has come back to full strength, with the return of the '1500' As my LNER B12 4-6-0 returned to the layout from Hornby quite un-unexpectedly. The model returned and sadly didn't operate, bare in mind the model had already gone back to Hornby on 3 other separate occasions , making her return the 4th time!! I got to the end of my tether at this point, so I decided to fix the problem myself, long story short I found the tender or Motor on the engine has been wired incorrectly, therefore the whole model was shorting out. A simple job of swapping the wires and the engine was purring like a kitten, in addition I found engine had been flooded with oil, so I had to clean it up, I mean I know it's a steam engine but it really didn't oil covering the pick ups and wires I did have to wash my hands after all that!! But never mind, she runs, and the 1500 (B12) along with my 2800 ( B17) will be the main 4-6-0's to operate MEP. So I'm very glad to have the layout up to strength, I just need to focus on the LNER N7's now to build up that section of the fleet and hold out for an LNER E4, J17 & J19. So until next time folks thanks for reading Cheers Tom
  3. Since the last update, it's been mainly lots of little jobs. Nothing too major in terms of project advancement but it's all in aid to finish the project off. To start off, with coach No.1 being the 1/3rd Composite (Originally built 1st/2nd Comp) I spent two days painting figures, there are fairly basic figures which you can buy off eBay for £1.50 getting 25 figures in each bag. I bought enough so I have 94 figures in total and to date I have finished 28 figures, fitting 20 into the the comp. The intention is to fit 18-20 figures per coach, showing that the set is full of passenger depicting a typical "crush period" for the Quints when running. At the time of writing I have 8 finish figures which will go with another 12 set of undercoated figures awaiting there turn for painting, these figures will then move into the No.2 coach. As per the photo a bit of a production line has begun. The next job followed on, getting the rest of the compartment seats into White Primer, following this I painted the seats into Red for 3rd class seating, allowing for time to dry I then painted the partition walls into white. I must say it is really nice to see them all painted, really did bring the inside to life. Further too this I then began a bit of experimentation this involved looking at the LNER Quad Art set at the North Norfolk railway to gain an understanding for how the coaches looked on the inside. Next job, sadly this is given away in the top left photo, yes the bogies. I thought it was about time the bogies were painted, this being a fairly easy job, as the brass bearings were already fitted the bogies only required them to be put into primer and painted into black. once fitting the white walled tyres I have to say the Quints are really starting to look the part. It's all these little jobs which do add up when you've spent nearly 3/4 days carrying this work out. With that all done, the next job will be to work on the roofs which I will be collecting the correct sized versions at the festival of Railway Modelling at Peterborough this weekend from Isinglass Models who will also be present at the show. So until next time. Thanks
  4. Since the last update, major changes have occurred within the club and how this layout could/will be built, much like the LNER and latterly British Railways, the W&RMRC has gone under a massive rationalization scheme, as club members are now building 1 Exhibition layout each which reduces the amount of layouts to 4. Those being: Wiveton - M&GN 1949 Corpusty & Saxthorpe - M&GN 1920's Cromer Esplanade - M&GN 1950's Mile End Park - LNER 1935-1939 Of course, the model club has an M&GN theme as it's based at an M&GN station, my layout stands as the lone as the only GER/LNER themed layout. Further discussions have broken out as to the goal that the club is trying to show. Of course, Mile End Park has taken the back seat for quite sometime recently, and with Inglethorpe Rd hitting a few snagg's due in course to other circumstances. One project has to come first over the other. SO MEP Mk2 is now back to full power and on the frontline. Since the layout has been sitting on the back burner, myself and the club began talking about what we wanted to see on the layout circuit, feeling that there wasn't enough good LNER -M&GN layouts, and if we saw them at a show it was few & far between. So the group has been working on each layout, trying to fill a gap which we feel is a criminally under modelled theme. The Layout: So the aim of the layout is to give an example of the very intense services out of Liverpool St, to do this we will need multiple locomotives, coaching stock types and regular freight duties not to mention light engine moves. I will agree that it will be simply impossible to operate a 100% replica of how intensive the services in this area were, but myself and the club are gonna have a bloody good go at it. The Layout has been planned in standard DC, with the plan to have 2 mainboards at 4ft Long by 1.5ft wide and the fiddle yards being big enough to take the LNER Express Service "The East Anglian" giving maximum length coupled with a good amount of width for the layout to give a proportionate operational depth. So the only thing that can be said is a I'm glad for a large amount of change the layout has seen and is about to see, I hope to get the first board made in the coming months and set something up for the layout, Inglethorpe Rd blog will close down for now but I will re-open it at a later date, so I can work on this as my main focus. More updates to follow... Cheers Tom
  5. Before I begin I'd like to say that the service provided to me by Isinglass was brilliant, followed by the sheer quality of the kit which arrived on my doorstep yesterday. What came in the kit To begin, I began by inspecting all that came with the kit; Sides & Ends Sole Bar (Underframe) Roof & Roof Vents Bogies Seats & Partition walls Extras In the box, I found 3 little boxes clearly marked as to what coach was - Box 1 containing the Composite and Brake, Box 2 containing the 3 Middle coaches and Box 3 contained all the extras. The Build So to begin the build, I started off with the usual test fitting and filing, this continued for some time until I began fitting all the coaches of the set, followed by this was the test fitting of the seating and partition walls. This concluded the night as this took some time to complete. With the coaches put into this state, I put them onto the Layout (Mile End Park) behind my LNER N7 and think what will be in the not too distant future...This evening I took the coaches to the workbench and began the work necessary to prepare them for primer, although there are still brass fittings to be added I thought I'd get a rather nasty job out of the way, that being in the form of the windows, all 148 of them needed the flash removing. Not a particularly fun job I must say but it needed doing none the less. While this was being done I asked my brother to put the seats of the Composite into White primer, sadly we would have completed all the seats however we ran out of white primer. But the seats were completed never the less. The next job involved the bogies, this was a job I was worried about, mainly because I received a test bogie created by Issinglass and with my attempt to fit the wheels into one of the slots the bogie shattered!! With this in mind and since then Issinglass has revised the design to include space to fit brass bearings and allowance for fitting the wheels into the bogie, I found fitting them to be very easy and successful. As you can see the bogie fits snuggly in-between the two coaches, in addition, the pegs which form part of the articulated segment of the coach. After a bit of time waiting for the primer to dry I took the Coponsite coach seats and began painting them, Red for the 3rd Class and Blue for First Class, following this and allowing that to dry I fitted them into the comp to see how they looked. I have to say I'm rather impressed by the work. Finally, I put the Quint together on the layout on their bogies for the first time, behind the LNER N7 7993, so all in all not bad progress from the last two nights I must say!
  6. It's been a busy weekend, but sadly it's all over but thanks to a day off today, various parts of the project have been able to be completed. Bringing myself one step closer to finishing this project to enable me to crack on with the Layout. To make this a simple piece, this weekend, I was able to pick up my roofs for the Quints from Isinglass Models at the Peterborough Model Railway Show on top of that I was able to get my hands on some 3/32" Nickle Rod. This rod is only just too big for for the bogies but this varies as I found out as all 6 bogies took to the rod differently , 2 of the 6 bogies did not require filing down to get the rod through, however all the coach connectors required fining out to get the the rod through. Since the photo below was taken all the rods has been cut down to a shorter length so it appears more hidden up when running. The example of that work is on the right. Another job to get the coaches ready for testing I needed to fit removable NEM couplings, fortunately I have 2 spare from 2 Hornby J15's so I removed the coupling and glued the pocket onto the underside of the two bogies by Sunday Morning the glue had dried and I was able to place the coupling back into the the pocket so testing could begin. The next job was to test them, so I went to my club layout on Sunday, and straight of the bat, the coaches ran fine without any derailments, I took a few video's and have put them onto my You Tube Channel, showing them running on the club layout, Marriott's County at the Whitwell & Reepham Railway. Since these videos were taken, a few more pieces have been completed. The next few job's carried out today was mainly the fitting of the roof vents, with that the roofs are obviously printed in Resin, but leave a small amount of film and distinct lines on the roof tops which must be removed. Just a bit of sanding down with some sand paper resolved this. Following this and turning the roof over there's a clearly marked spine on the underside of the roof, which gives aid to the modeler when looking for the center point, using the the drawings provided as a guide I was able to get markings for the where the vents are supposed to go, using a permanent marker I marked along the spine to guide me so where the drill needed to create the wholes on the roof. After doing this I test fitted the vents only to find that I needed to use the drill on the other side of the roof so the vents would fit through the hole. After a few hours work I finished all 5 roofs and got them into white primer. I will look to get the underside of the roofs hand painted into white by this weekend. So currently this completes all the structural work for the coaches, the next phase of the project includes fitting the door locks, handles, under frame gear and finally the stage which is white undercoat before painting. So I shall leave you with this photo, and bid you a good evening Thanks Tom
  7. A Happy New year to my readers, Sadly, like all good things this project is nearly at an end, but with the end of this project it allows me to begin and continue the MILE END PARK layout build. As I said at the beginning of this project the quints play the most important roll on the layout, acting as the mainstream of suburban working into the capital. This and other pieces of rolling stock which I have been working on for sometime in the background have allowed me to build quite the operational roster for the layout as a whole. Of course the aim will be to have two operational Quints on the layout and I'll likely do a comparison blog on the Early & Late sets At the end of the last part the coaches were left ready to go into primer and being the painting phase, The first thing I did was put the coaches into all over white, this way there would be a better application for the paint when it is applied. Once completed I masked the Yellow up and had the coaches painted all over black. Removing the masking meant that I could look into painting the teak coat. Having spoken to a number of people about the teak process, it became clear it's not something you can easily replicate with a paint brush, this is why looking at Hornby's LNER 61ft.6in stock is quite difficult to match or even attempt to replicate. Teak is something that LNER modelers have to work at and practice even after that the coaches will all look different, which is exactly how they would have looked back when operating under the LNER. So, with this in mind I wasn't too worried if the coaches looked very different from each other. I took an old Hornby 4 wheeler and practiced this effect, because my nerves gave out. I refused to do the quints first, having recently built a Chivers LNER Pigeon Van kit, I tested the teak effect on the body side, with a stiff brush and giving a very high result. I thought "okay I'm ready to do this". So a few day's ago I took the plunge and painted the full set, with a good set of results. The final task was the paint the window frames on the doors, with was a job which needed a steady hand and a very fine brush. All but one of the coaches had this done, and I'll let you see in the video below which one it was. Following this, I took the coaches out on test at my model club at the Whitwell & Reepham Railway, in this I was able to run an LNER N7 with a Quint of Teaks. I think it looked very smart, the video below demonstrates this. There are two video's available showing the teaks operating on the layout. After a bit of running in and a good number of photo's taken which make the header of the project. I will say the coaches run extremely smoothly now and that Isinglass has done a fantastic job to insure that they've not causes or had any problems when running. After a bit of time I took the coaches in for the final little jobs, painting any area's where the black had some of the wood paint applied, this also went for the foot boards, and some of the coach ends. I then began the task of painting the door handles and grab handles in LNER Teak (Brown) paint, a result which has turned out quite nicely. Concluding the paint work, I gave the Quint's roofs one more final coat of paint, just so I can have a really smooth and nice surface. With that completed only a few job's remained. Transfers In terms of what I like doing the most, transfers are my favorite task in modeling. Having modeled Military tanks for many years and not actually completed any railway kits, I must admit I was getting quite excited about finishing this project. Following the drawings, I noted that LNER coaches have the LNER lettering and Numbers at each end of the set, however they are opposites on each coach. Which was an interesting thing to get used too. (Above) This was one of my favorite details to add to the coaches when I completed this end, it made the coach end stand out and it certainly looked different! Having completed the transfers, this is a major milestone for the whole project. At this point I'd like to say I'm very happy how this has turned out, the paint work has set off the transfers and I think it certainly looks like teak. I do look forward to doing an Early Quint set and the East Anglian at some point just to have another challenge and see set out the backbone of Mile End Park's operational fleet. In the next part which will be the end of this build, I'll aim to put the final coat of white on the roofs, apply a Satin varnish on the sides & Matt varnish on the ends, followed by re-gluing a few seats, applying Glue n Glaze to the windows and finally sealing the figures into the coaches for the last time. So until next time...
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