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  1. Hello all! I'm an Australian, recently retired, and thinking about my first layout. At this stage, I have much to learn. My initial selection was a Timesaver, which has it's own thread here. This is on hold until Bachmann actually release their new J72. It was a definite newbie mistake to believe that it would be available when the manufacturer said. I now see that it hasn't even made CAD yet, so it would seem that there is considerable waiting to come. This thread is for my "Plan B": an attempt at creating the Banff trackplan from Ian Futers' most excellent book: Modeling Scotland's Railways. As my wife's family came from Banff, and she has cousins in the Aberdeen & Banchory areas, modelling Scotland might win a few brownie points. Besides, I like Scotland, having recently visited all these areas (and more) on a start-of-retirement-trip that is just ending. I would prefer to model pre-WWII, but comments on the other thread have shown that there disappointing little support for the GNoSR-area for this period in RTR. As a beginner, I would like to start with RTR before diving into kit-built locos and rolling stock. Start simple and build on that. The residents of these forums have already been most helpful on the Timesaver thread. Thanks in advance for your continued wisdom, support, advice and patience here. I'm really looking forward to the next year or so.
  2. So I've decided to start something new to ease lockdown boredom now Handsworth Goods is pretty much done. I picked up a pair of Billy Bookcase shelves from the free spares bin at Ikea just before the whole Covid debacle with the intention of putting up shelves in the pantry. Now you and I both know that's never going to happen so I commandeered one for a new project. Obviously the shelves are very compact so I went for a slight variation on an Inglenook, unfortunately having to use Hornby settrack (eurgh) due to The Great Peco Track Shortage of 2020, but to be perfectly honest it works fine. The other thing I've had in the back of my mind for a while was to build some form of dock/quay/wharf/canalside layout so figured that was a decent place to start. My better half is from Ellesmere Port originally and I ended up down a serious rabbit hole a few weeks ago after discovering the Britain From Above archives had some superb aerial shots of Frost's Mill that once stood just minutes away from where some of her family still live. Drawing inspo from this, and a few other areas around what is now the National Waterways Museum, I started to form a rough plan in my head which I then mocked up in Tinkercad - the eventual plan being to 3d print as much as I could on my Anycubic Photon. The idea is to have a rather dominating section on the right loosely based on part of Frost's Mill, with the rest of the buildings being pure fiction, but hopefully quite aesthetically pleasing. More to come!
  3. So you may remember that I currently have a board which is 102cm by 40cm but no ideas what to do with it. I attempted to build two different layouts with it. I wasn't a fan of the Industrial one and Fimber Halt didn't have enough operational interest. I'm still sticking to the Industrial theme.
  4. I've been hankering after another micro lockdown project after finishing Frost's Mill, I had another Billy Bookcase shelf left over so came up with a few ideas of what to do with it. My plan is to build another Inglenook, this time with decent Peco track instead of the Hornby settrack I had to use on the last one, along with DCC servo point control and frog switching. I managed to snag probably the last pair of Code 75 wye points in existence a couple of weeks back and since then I've been picking up a few other bits - a Wills occupational bridge, good store & a Ratio water crane set. I won't be doing anything quite as adventurous as Frost's Mill, I'm having initial thoughts of setting the layout on an embankment somewhere in Wales, all fairly bleak, dark & wintry. I picked the name 'Garnswllt' for no other reason than I've built some mimic diagrams for Welsh Water for that location as part of my Job a few years back, the layout itself is not based on any real location. I have a couple of working lamps on the way and I also want to fit the Goods Store with lighting, as well as having a few 3d printed braziers and a Fire Devil flickering away to hopefully create some decent atmosphere. Made a bit of a start over the last couple of days. I've built up an embankment from some flooring underlay and started carving out space underneath for all the electronic gubbins. I did manage to get it wired up and working last night too so more updates soon!
  5. Stop the bus! Shock, horror, probe! Baz starts on a layout! (WIth a lot of help from LNER4479 and others) People who know me know that while I may have started layouts I have always had an excuse not to finish it. I have helped people with their layouts from Club layouts to individuals own and group layouts. Well, 4 years after having a loft conversion undertaken and with a realisation that tempus is fugiting a conversation with the owner of Grantham and Shap (who is now available for layout design commissions) who produced a draft plan to fit the available space. It can't be fastened to the walls of the room so must be free standing but not exhibitable. I have more than enough stock to run the layout as LMR, BR(NE), steam and diesel. I needed a station, engine shed, goods yard, industry (colliery as it happens) and a test section which let locos and stock run around a largish mainline "loop". After a bit of discussion the plan is as shown below We will finalise the "fiddle yard" as we develop the layout. A date was fixed, some 2" by 1" (or rather the metric equivalent) was bought along with various screws, brackets etc.and... a start has been made. Once it was agreed where the baseplates would fit.. Wood was measured and sawn then fastened together The baseplates will act as the support base for the baseboard "legs" With the various gradients suggested we need a flexible approach to locating "legs"/ "supports" for the baseboards themselves - which will be 9mm play. . At the end of todays' session LNER4479 had finished the baseplates of one side of the layout left hand end... right hand end We finished by discussing the shopping list for more wood... and some coach builds for backdating Shap from 1967..More background to the layout to follow! Baz
  6. So , the plan is to build a 6 x 2 layout of an imaginary rolling mill built to the rear of the Scunthorpe site sometime in the 70s onward period. Which would also feature some preserved tours allowing to use steam engines . The layout will depict a rolling mill which people will be able to see into where semi finished steel will arrive and rolled steel will depart. The layout will also feature narrow gauge which will transport mill equipment to the nearby workshops. As work progresses I will add more but for now here are just 4 pictures of some of my locos which will be running the layout. In total i have 7 janus locomotives that will be used. With one 02 and one Yorkshire 0-4-0DH. Steam engines will range from mostly those avalaibe as rtr. I hope I can make the mill itself something brilliant after working inside a mill for nearly 10 years .
  7. After I built a reasonably successful layout in two three shoeboxes, I want to build another small layout. I've been switching between 3 or 4 different (purely theoretical) designs for several months, but now I've fixed on one and I'm somewhere I can start to show things. The plan is for an extremely simple, 2-siding industrial yard. The fiddle yard will depend on the type of box I use; if the lid hinges end-on or is removable I can build a sector plate, otherwise a simple track-on-a-plank approach will be used. Operational interest will be derived from a simple 4-wagon shunting puzzle, as well as a fully-functional mechanical crane in the foreground - a modified Kibri "Fuchs 301 excavator" kit, and the need for a scene it's deep mechanism can be built into in is the entire reason I'm building this layout. The scene is set as "somewhere in Birmingham". Time-wise I wanted a stricter period than my previous layouts, and preferably as early as possible in order to run steam; research indicates that the Fuchs 301 crane wasn't produced until 1958 (40 years before I was born!), so that's when we are. It was also only produced in Germany, but I will refer you to my modeller's licence! Perhaps the paint factory, "Arrow paints" (subject to change should I find a better name) brought one over as an experiment. Anyway, this era fits well with my current rolling stock and other road vehicles. I'll also incorporate a gate and wall in this corner, as I've always enjoyed the view of looking "into" a model over a gate. The backdrop building is the Scalescenes free-with-Hornby-Magazine "creamery" kit, which I've re-purposed and branded as a paint factory. It went together very well if a little hap-hazardly on my part, and I included a few modifications; the windows were drawn onto transparent film with a sharpie rather than printed, and the entire building was sliced lengthways before adding the canopy, such that it can be dismantled to fit in the box whilst hiding the joint. The voids left between layers provide an excellent place to add some tabs, which slot the whole building together. The scenic break in the foreground will be provided by a water tower, with pipes running over the tracks to the factory. I bought a second-hand Hornby model in order to use the tank portion, which features details that can't be produced easily in card. I've turned said tank upside down to give an open top, and intend to scratchbuild a new base with Will's embossed brick sheet and add some components from a Ratio GWR Water Tower kit I have in the bits box. Again, the tank needs to be removable to allow the box to close. The working crane was built over Easter, with the challenge of getting 3 functions to work remotely: rotation, boom, and winch. The base is a mechanism built using meccano parts, and the crane's chassis is sat on top. The superstructure is fixed to a tube of tightly-rolled paper which passes through the chassis to a pinion gear in the mechanism below, driven by a worm gear on the input shaft. Within the paper tube is an empty ink tube from a biro pen; this is connected to a larger gear down below, and is used to spool the boom cable inside the superstructure. Within this tube is the winch cable itself, simply passing from a handle shaft below all the way to the tip of the boom. I'm still undecided on whether to use the cab extension section; it allows the theoretical operator a much better view into wagons and gives the HO model more presence, but it also looks a bit ungainly. I still need to source an HO operator figure! That's where everything stands so far. I should be able to shoot a video of the crane soon, and after that I need to build the water tower base, and find a box to put this all in!
  8. First on my workbench, respraying and detailing a Bachmann Class 158. The end goal is a "Spotrail" Transport Scotland livery158 712. Initially dismantled and the old livery removed, primed with the standard Halfords Primer. The doors were sprayed in the Transport Scotland Silver/grey, then masked up ready for the base blue of the livery. Took the opportunity at this point to drill out the door interlock orange bodyside lights. Sprayed up in blue, then a coat of Hornby Gloss varnish. Once the Gloss varnish had dried then the fun properly began, transfer time...... Excellent transfers from
  9. As progress on my Cwmhir layout is rather slow and I need to set up things in the shed to continue I fancied a micro to build on holiday, use indoors and maybe even exhibit locally. I rather like the scalescenes kits and their boxfile layout gave me the idea to do a 5+3+3 shunting puzzle using two boxfiles and a fiddle stick. The plan: is to Scalescenes Boxfile layout as the end of the sidings and put the points in another boxfile with more scalescenes buildings around them, fiddle stick for headshunt. This will be a S.Wales industrial complex set in 1929 - 32 (as Cwmhir is). Locos: GWR 57xx, 1854, 850 O-6-0 Panniers (I Also have a kit built 1361 but don't think it runs reliably enough). Stock: Mixture of Kit built goods vans and opens from the big four. Wheel standards / gauge: All with Gibson type wheels set to oo-fs standards (Cwmhir has C&L track). I'm not going to build new stock for this so this is fixed. Issues: 1)What track to use? I have some peco code 100 points and track, It'll be buried so doesn't matter about the appearance BUT will have to test whether stock will run on it. Can I just shim out the flangeways? Alternatively I'll have to scratchbuild the track but I'm not sure I have enough finescale rail. 2) Concrete hardstanding. The scalescenes kit has some nicely detailed concrete hardstanding but is this appropriate for the 1929-32 period? If not what would be more likely? 3) Orientation of buildings. For some of the buildings I could really do with a mirror image of the scalescenes kits. Is there an easy way to do this? 4) Do I add a brake van into the mix (Arrive with van next to loco propelling, van has to end up at the tail of leaving train)? I've got some nice small ex-TVR/RR vans that would help to add a sense of place. Kits bought and downloaded: Boxfile layout, Low relief warehouse, Industrial Water tower, Industrial warehouse (non-rectangular). Card on it's way, time to play with the track and finalise the planning. Comments welcome.
  10. Summers seventeen, and winters too, had passed since the day I first realised that, as an adult, my boyhood enthusiasm for model railways had returned. That is a long time to spend in the Modeller's Armchair, and so, last Spring, I finally forced myself to make a start. Life had other plans for me, however, and it is only now that I can make a start in earnest. So, what is this layout? Well, it is really just an idea and a few model buildings at present, but the intention is to model a small independent line, set during the early Edwardian period and located in West Norfolk. The model, which will be to OO Gauge, is of the terminus of one of the branches of the West Norfolk Railway, so will take the familiar BLT to fiddle-yard format. It is unlikely to prove one of those cleverly compact layouts, whose ingenuity demonstrates a true grasp of the subtleties of the craft of railway modelling. Indeed, I seem likely to waste a good 50% of the layout's area setting the scene and trying to convince you that you really are in a Norfolk village at the dawn of the Twentieth Century. However, it's really all about the scene I see in my mind's eye and I have a particular picture that I want to create. There is no baseboard. There is a track plan in only the most general sense, in that it has not yet been committed to graph paper, or Templot or, even, the reverse of a convenient envelope. There is no track purchased as yet. No stock is ready. The ruling constraint at present is that everything - buildings, scenery, locomotives and rolling stock - must be produced from what I have available and can easily and inexpensively fabricate. Now, after 17 years of day dreaming about model railways, I have accumulated all sorts of bits and bobs, so this should not be as difficult as it may sound. Hopefully before too long there will be the budget for track and any other essential items. I expect the layout will be DC, and that my childhood Duette will come out of retirement to serve until something more state of the art can be justified. Thanks go to Mr Phil Sutters of this parish, who made a smart, proper, version of my hand-drawn insignia for the West Norfolk Railway, and to Shadow, also of this parish, for the most splendid poster. BACK TO THE FUTURE: This post was edited on 27 August 2018. I now know what I could not at starting: The road is long, with many a winding turn, but a friend at every corner. Nevertheless, it is all too easy to become lost, or to find oneself going back on oneself in this most rambling of topics. Recently the Castle Aching Parish Council answered the calls of bewildered parishioners and appointed an Honourable Remembrancer or Indexer, Runs As Required, to whom we are all very grateful. SPRING 2019: The changes to RMWeb have enabled me to add updates very easily to the Index - it's just a question of time - and the exercise is already proving helpful to me in unearthing stuff. EDIT JUNE 2019: It would seem that the original links inserted by our Honourable Indexer (those given as post number) no longer function, so, I shall need progressively to replace them. FINALLY (for now): A distillation of Castle Aching lore and background history is in the (slow) process of compilation as an Achipedia Entry So, without further preamble, welcome to CASTLE ACHING INDEX KEY: + means more below; ++ means and on subsequent pages Castle Aching: The Armchair Years; My First Railway; Childhood Steam; Village Buildings Cottage Backs - Model; Cottage Backs - Inspiration; Ahern's Shop - 1; Ahern's Shop - 2; Ahern's Shop - Building used; Bailey St Cottages - 1; village layout -1; Bailey St. Cottages -2; Bailey St cottage - building used; Bailey St cottage complete; Dodo 1, August 2016 Progress, Aerial View Showing Village Layout, Dodo 2, September 2016 Progress, Perspective Modelling; Bailey Street Cottages December 2016; Village at the start of 2017; Dodo Complete; Modelling techniques: #615; Building Prototypes: #8; #104; #231; #246; #263+; #390; #397+ ; window paint and colours; carstone: #560; #564+; carstone texture #591; History #243+ ; #458+; Almshouses: #720; Privy, Geology: Clay deposits; Castle - and prototypes #457 uniforms #1151 Drill Hall: Complete 1+; Complete 2; Aching Hall, pyramids and estate railway #500; #502; #514; estate locomotives #534; Prototype features: Period shop fronts #25; #116; Rural dress #59; Advertisements & signs #69; Edwardians #462; People and prominent personalities: Rural Dress - 1; Lord and Lady Erstwhile, T O’Doolight: #1165; Local Families; Matters Ecclesiastical: Diocese and Bishops of Norwich Military: The West Norfolk Regiment - Military History Re-Written Figures Figure painting technique - 1; Pett & Stadden compared; Size of Pett figures; Holmes & Watson; HO & TT Figures+; Rustic Mechanicals; Norfolk views: countryside: #338; #443; #454+; coast: #1141+ Activities; Cycling -1; ; ; Road Motors, Traction Engines etc.; #952 #958; Layout construction: First board & castle hill; Baseboards & village, September 2017; Legs!; Piggy-backed rear boards; Further Progress; Track Bed; Track Planning; Track Planning; Track & Ballast; West Norfolk Railway: Insignia #1 History of the West Norfolk Railway: #781; #788; #1083. Maps: A reasonably complete but approximate System Map (April 2019) Locomotives: General: Locomotive Roster 1, WNR Locomotives, Revised Locomotive Roster, Spring 2019 The first locomotives: E B Wilson+; Stephenson Long Boiler+; WNR No.1 WNR No.1 - Notes on prototype; WNR No.1, WNR No.1; No.1 & its Prototype; The dome; Sharp Stewart 2-4-2T- WNR No.6, Ex-Cornwall Minerals (WNR 8 & 9)+; ; Neilson & Co 2-2-2T kit; McDonnell/Beyer Class 101/J15; Class 101/J15; Locomotive Livery: 'High Victorian' Ideals+; 2019 Painted Sample Sheet; 2019 Thoughts on Livery; Carriages #133++ #177; suitable prototypes#362; #788; #806; #818; #10417; and history, how to be modelled #373 , Summary: Planned Types; Original Coaching Stock: ; 1870s 4-wheel stock: 1880s Mainline Stock: ; 1890s Mainline Stock from Triangs; Triang 6-wheelers; Triang 4-wheelers; Triang 4-wheelers; Triang 4-wheelers; Triang 4-wheelers; Triang 6-wheelers; Tram coaches: Rails and grab handle; Second hand stock: ; Coach Stock Livery: 1890s Brake Third - livery trial; Rattle Can Tests; Victorian Colours & Rattle Can Test; Lining attempts on sprayed coach; More livery thoughts & trials ++; Armorial Badges; Prototype WNR Armorial Badge; Mr Sutter's V1 Badge; Mr Sutter's V2 Badge; Mr Sutter's V3 Badge; Coach lettering; 2019 Trial: Brush Painting & Posca Pens; ; Annie's Virtual WNR Coaches++; WN Coach at Norwich (M&GN)++; Goods Stock: WNR Opens: #4; POs+; private owner wagons #197; #1942; #4319; #8107; Coal Merchant wagon+; Israel Turner; Israel Turner; Metropolitan Pyramid; Goods Break; ; Wagon Livery: Lettering; Lettering; WN-GE Joint Bishop's Lynn Tramway: Coaches: #133++; #166+; #177; #190; #354; #366; – suitable prototypes: #145; #155; #367+; Permanent Way and Infrastructure: Castle Aching track plan #620; #630; #670; #888; #1186; #1195; #1198; suitable prototype permanent way, evolution of WNR track #7164 #7219, wiring, signal diagrams and equipment, track building #887; point and signal operation#5953 #5976++; Trestle Bridge (East Barsham) 1, Trestle Bridge (East Barsham) 2, Pintsch Gas: Small Plant+; Coach Fittings; Coach Lighting; Highbridge Gas Plant; Castle Aching Station architecture Wateringbury, Battle & Downham Market proposed, Aylesford, Suitability of Neo-Jacobean, Aylesford/Wateringbury style adopted, Wateringbury meets Alston, Preliminary Sketch, Improved Sketch showing platform elevation, platform, model , extensions and evolution of Castle Aching station WNR System: Routes & branches: Achingham Branch: Coast 1133+ ; Birchoverham Staithe, #1142; Wolfringham Branch: Wolfringham, #1144; #1167; Shepherd's Port First Imagined; Wolfringham 1, Level Crossing; Shepherd's Port; Norfolk Minerals Railway: Nearby Places: Smoxburgh, the Hall, the Acton-Tichingfelds #467; Achingham: Equals Fakenham; Royal Connection & Norfolk Yeomanry: Royal Visit & Escort; Yeomanry Uniforms; Entraining Horses; Norfolk Yeomanry+; Sources of traffic: Agriculture and industry #3891; Coal: Staithes #1136+, Coal Traffic 1, Collier Ships 1, Seaborne Coal 1, Coastal Shipping 1, Coastal Shipping 2, Iron smelting: Shale oil: Oil in Barrels; Tank Wagons; Sulphur-rich clay deposits; Other: Coprolite: ; Fish oil and guano: #571++; Heglioland Guano Concession; Gravel #1612; Beer, livestock, pyramids, tourism #1171; Lamp Oil; Other Railways: Great Eastern: Locomotives: No. 552 Class 0-6-0 #1152; No.1 Class; GER No. 230 Kitson tram, 1878, Millwall Extn+ Coaches: Royal Train; Coach colour; 3D Print Coach Fittings; Wagons: GER Open Merchandise wagons Link, GER Opens Components; Giraffe; Gunpowder Van; ; Infrastructure/permanent way: GE Ballasting; Midland & Great Northern: Norwich City; Suitable visiting locomotives #5958+ and rolling stock and how to model them. Real POs for East Anglia: F Warren; Coote & Son Other: S&DJR Luggage Van; W&UT Brake Van; German Colonial++; Uganda/EA+; SE&CR Gomshall accident; GW Triang Van Third Conversions; MS&L Coach Style; LSWR Early Adams 4-coupled and Beyer Peacock similarities; Independent Locomotive Builders: Beyer Peacock #11902++, Beyer Peacock 0-6-0s, 1; Beyer Peacock 0-6-0s, 2; Class 101/J15; Beyer Peacock A Class 4-4-0T in Bilbao!, Beyer Peacock 2-4-0T & Met D Tanks, LSWR Early Adams 4-coupled and Beyer Peacock similarities; Sharp Stewart: Types of Sharp Steward 2-4-0Ts 1, Sharp Stewart 2-4-0Ts, Types of Sharp Stewart 2-4-0Ts 2; Neilson & Co: Queensland 0-4-2+; Hunslet: Quarries at Launceston; Other: Drewry Railcar IOW; Minor Railways: Eskdale, Southwold, Colne Valley & Halstead: #777; Liskeard & Caradon+; NLR Coaches (Easingwold); NLR Coaches (Catterick Camp); NLR Coaches (IWR); Estate, narrow and minimum gauge: Eaton Hall 1, Thorpe Light Ry 1, Launceston 1; Model Miniature Ry; Cadinen+; Furzebrook; Trams: Electric, horse and steam+++ The Glorious County of Norfolk: Norfolk Churches (Shereford), Norfolk Churches (Shereford) 2, Norfolk Churches (St Lawrence, Castle Rising), Norfolk Churches (Little Snoring), Norfolk Churches (Wymondham Abbey); Water & Sewerage, Water Supply, Hillington Hall; Off Topic, degrees of: 10 degrees right: Inspiration: Madder Valley: buildings and composition +400; Brick Works; Interesting non GER/MGN/Norfolk prototype contributions # 4605++; Stockton & Darlington Rly/Darlington & Barnard Ry/South Durham Union: surviving station at Barnard Castle #389, Gainford; Long Boiler 0-6-0s+; Railway Posters #425++ Isle of Eldernell and the Fens: #474; #478; Mereport #725 Relief of Aching Preserved Steam: Tanfield Railway #481; Steam at King's Cross; Lincoln; Butley Redux #974; #980 Edwardiana & Victoriana: Emu Wine & Curried Prawns; Early Colour Photographs 1; Early Colour Photographs 2; Roads; Roads 2; Roads & People; Edwardians+; Penny Farthings; LNWR Motor Car Van; LNWR Fruit & Milk Van; World's Best Sausage; Servants' Dress; Dress; Bicycle Combination; Camp Coffee+; Gunpowder Mills+; Tin Tabernacles+; St Michaels, Aigburth; Victorian & Edwardian Military: Naval Brigade & Military Train, Egypt, 1880s, Naval Brigade Painted Figures; Troop Trains 1++; Yeomanry Camp; Royal Berkshire Yeomanry; Volunteers on Camp; Infantry Uniforms+; Yeomanry; Rifle Volunteers+; Troop Train - Horses in Cattle Wagons; Cavalry Trains, Ludgershall+; GER Troop Train, 1914; Suakim Railway; Inns of Court Rifle Volunteers; Volunteer Cyclists+; Cycling+; Great Yarmouth Drill Hall+; Drill Halls++; Inns of Court VR figures+; LB&SC Rail-mounted gun+; Victorian Infrastructure: Pumping Stations, Water Towers, Waterworks; Village Pumping Station; Small water & gas supply Horse traffic: Pantechnicon; How Horses Move+; Pantechnicon; Architecture & Buildings: Available Roofing Materials; Church Orientation, Norfolk & Generally+ Grand Crimean Railway: Idea Introduced; Balaklava Wharf, 1856 layout concept; 20 degrees al sinistra sinister; weird but interesting stuff #10378++ #8954 Remarkable Railways: Lartigue Monorail #11972; #11977; Claud Kinder's improvised Chinese loco; Fowler's Ghost; Caillet's Patent Monorail; The Impulsoria!; Eastern Counties Inspection Combo; Fire Queen; Spurn Head; Mad Ludwig's Coach; Pyramids! Stirling, Falmouth, Stirling 2, A Room of my own: The Cabinet; ; Off the dial: #6950 #8957+ Pre-Raph of the Day #4550 et seq The sublime Miss Agutter #895; Clara; Railway Children; Waterburys Detrain; Ripping Yarns: Winfrey; Boy's Own Rugby Cover; ; ; ; Out of Control: The inimitable Miss T: On a Pony, The Boy: On a Zebra, The Incomparable North of England: Whorlton Suspension Bridge; Tees Cottage, Saltburn, Saltburn 2; Snow November 2016+; State Coach, Raby;
  11. Hello, I have been incredibly busy and have been occupied by moving house, cycling, working and family! We will be insulating and bricking up the front of the garage next year That will give a 5m by 2m space. I have been thinking hard about what kind of layout I want to build and have considered: 1) lakeside branch 2) ballachurlish 3) Fort William However as I have lots of midland region stock... but not so many locos as I had to sell some off I have found Stranraer as a good possible location. It has two terminus stations to model in the sixties and the locos appear to be 5MT’s and Black Fives with the occasional tank thrown in. I will begin layout planning soon but does anyone have any ideas for what to model in this space? Kind regards Time frame NOW EDITED 1959-1964...
  12. I have made a little shunting layout on my windowsill in my bedroom. it has three sidings and a head-shunt. This will probably become an exhibition layout sometime in the future. I've thought up a backstory for it but haven't thought of a name yet. It is a fictitious industrial yard located near Sheffield. The yard was fomerly part of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincoln Railway (MS&LR- Predecessor of the Grand Central Railway) In 1923, the yard was in a joint ownership between the LMS (London Midland Scottish) and the LNER (London and North Eastern Railway). In 1948 it became BR property. In its heyday, it was a busy and important yard. Trains would come in via the mainline link, the locomotive would then uncouple, run round the train and wait at the other end of the train. The yard shunter, (normally a J94 0-6-0ST later, a Class 08), would attach to the train and gradually transfer wagons into the warehouse siding to be loaded/unloaded. when the final wagons were put into the siding, the brake van would be detached and left in the loop. the shunter would then reattach the brake van to the end of the train. The locomotive would then couple up to its train. The shunter would then return to it's designated siding and the train would leave the yard. the process would then be repeated with the next train. That's all I got so far. let me know what you think. James
  13. I currently have two cardboard bits that i have used to make this layout: However, I was not happy with the layout even though it looked good. i needed more space to do what i wanted to do.
  14. My Ruston Light Railway layout is a HO scale micro layout 2.67 square feet in size, measuring 28.5 inches long x 13.5 inches wide which is designed to fit in a storage box only slightly larger than the layout measurements. My original idea for this layout was to see how small I could build a micro model railway layout, using standard (that is, un-modified) motive power, rollingstock and trackage, that was still interesting to operate. The layout models both ends of the line, rather than the trackage in between the ends, so the layout represents the fictional locations of Ruston Junction at one end of the layout and Ruston Town at the other. The layout track plan is shown below. Ruston Light Railway Layout Track Plan The layout has a only 2 turnouts (2 Peco Setrack left-hand turnouts), and about 33.5 inches (85cm) of other track. The turnouts were purchased specifically for this layout, and the other trackage is recycled from previous layouts. I had thought of using a double slip instead of two turnouts to try and add some extra siding length, but as the cost of the 2 turnouts was much less than the cost of a double slip (or even a single slip, for that matter), I decided to sacrifice any extra siding length I might have gained by using a double slip in favour of less expensive track. The layout depicts a British standard gauge light railway that interchanges with the mainline somewhere between London and Bristol. Motive power is very small switchers such as the Ruston and Hornsby 48DS. A Hornby DCC Ready 48DS and flat wagon was purchased specifically for use on this micro layout. Hornby 48DS shunter with flat wagon, being tested on my Petra “Pizza” layout.. One thing I did notice during testing was that the Hornby 48DS did not have very good slow speed control with the controller I tested it with (an old Hornby P5P controller). So in the otherwise very simple wiring for the layout I added a 470 ohm 10 watt resistor. This dropped the voltage to the track roughly in half, which has produced good slow speed control for the 48DS. For passenger services, either a single brake van or a short 4 wheel coach will be used. For freight services, a small collection of a few 4 wheel freight wagons will suffice. I have the flat wagon that was included in the 48DS purchase, and purchased a 4 wheel ventilated van, and might order one or two other wagons. As far as testing of the concept of this layout, I have run the 48DS and flat wagon around the layout, and with the few more carriages I plan to purchase, it should be an interesting little layout to operate providing about fifteen to twenty minutes so of operating time. I am thinking I might also add a auto reversing module to the layout for the passenger services so I can activate it and just watch the trains go back and forth on the layout if I want to.
  15. Having just looked at my first post I think it might be worth adding a bit of a proper introduction to it after nearly ten years. When I built Goathland I had no idea at the time that it would morph into what it has and think despite my enthusiasm recon it might take another ten years to finish Grim-Up –North.(GUN for short). GUN is my attempt to amalgamate 4 Yorkshire based layouts into one super layout. Goathland has been extended by 5feet, had a repaint, new tress and signals installed since we moved. When we looked at this house I had a vision of the spider infested double garage becoming the ultimate modelers man cave. It has now been dubbed “The Warehouse” by Andy P. Rewired, insulated and dry-walled it is now home to Goathland, Queensbury and a loop that incorporates part of Bradford Exchange. I’m aware that I’m seen by some as a butterfly modeler but at the end of the day it’s all the same project. The idea is to be able to run trains from one place to another or if the mood takes’ just sit and watch the trains go round. Sometimes mojos can wane and although retired at an early age there are times when time simply doesn’t allow or energy fades. Modeling is my passion and I like a challenge, some models involve an enormous amount of work and when it all finally comes to fruition should form a very enjoyable layout. This first post needs some pictures on it so enough with the waffling on and here are some of the models and some of the layouts. Below I have retained my original post. So the shopping is now almost over. The only things of much use from the local model shop are basic materials such as scenic`s, plasticard and paint. A full scale plan has been drawn up and a new blade waits in the jigsaw. The scenery around Goathland lends itself to open plan base boards and having purchased two thick insulation sheets months ago there`s no turning back! As with Dunster (my last layout) all the structures have been completed over the winter months including a curved viaduct. I should mention at this point that half this layout will be fictitious and that it is scheduled to appear at the model railroad show in Medford Oregon during November. The design will include; Continuous running The fiddle yard from Dunster, with modifications Reversibility, 180 degrees to be viewed at home from the operating well or the front at exhibitions Plug and play base board connections Infra red remote control of points Gradients Code 100 track, with electrofrog pointwork. Working signals Full lighting Comments more than welcome. Regards Shaun
  16. A number of factors have led to me considering the possibility of producing a simple and small shunting puzzle layout to keep me entertained, be able to operate at home and possibly exhibit without the need for such a large operating crew and logistics. Firstly, I do not have the space to have Fisherton Sarum completely set up at home. Secondly, the arrival of the excellent Model Rail Magazine commissioned USA Tanks, and already having a kit built Adams B4, got me thinking about knocking up a quick dock / quayside type scene, but obviously not based directly on a specific Southampton Dock location, I did mention earlier my issue with space… Hence the name of Canute Road Quay to maintain a Southampton’ish identity. I have often enjoyed operating (‘playing with’) shunting puzzle layouts usually based on the classic ‘Inglenook’ design. For Canute Road Quay I have decided that I have approximately 4ft x 1ft of space in which I can fit an adaptation of the slightly larger than the ‘Inglenook’ puzzle the ‘Timesaver’. This includes the addition of a small run around loop. I am also allowing for the top left line to exit through to a hidden single cassette (utilising the same foot long locomotive cassettes that I use on Fisherton Sarum) to allow for more operation and stock changing. The very front edge of the layout will be modelled as a dockside wall and the siding at the top right will be a small loco shed albeit single road and in semi low relief, being a sub shed of, and a similar look to the one actually at Southampton Docks. The other two shorter sidings / headshunts will be just about able to hold 3 off box vans and a small shunting loco such the USA Tank or Adams B4. I will on the whole be remaining in my usual 1946 to 1949 Southern Railway time period; but will allow for the occasional change in era/area (perhaps the odd industrial loco)! I will use a Tim Horn laser cut baseframe to result in a professional looking letter box type presentation with a built in front lighting pelmet. Buildings, for simplicity and quickness will be a mixture of modified Ready-to-Plonk resin low relief type warehouses as the backdrop at the left hand rear, some laser cut versions for the buildings acting as scenic breaks towards the front a at least one scratchbuilt such as the engine shed. Trackwork will be a mixture of open sleepered and inset track as seen around such docks / quays to give some variety to the surfaces. As procurement of track, baseframe and some of the buildings has already commenced watch this space for more updates… Further information on Canute Road Quay can also be found on my blog at www.grahammuz.com
  17. Hi all, I thought I'd put a topic up here about the little layout I've been building for/with (mainly for at the minute!) my kids (definitely not for daddy, definitely not... hmmhph). It's evolved from a very simple loop a on a pair of old doors to something slightly more permanent. We don't currently have a space to leave the layout up permanently, so I've kept the pair of 2.5' x 4' door panels, which can be brought into the kitchen for quick running sessions. The panels are aligned with wooden dowels, and clamped with toggle catches. Seems to be holding alignment well so far... In the 5'x4' (max) space, there is only really room for a single track (using 2nd radius curves), and no passing loops or storage sidings. The design also constrained to only use whatever code-100 bits I'd recovered from a previous layout! It's roughly split into two sides, a small station + yard (kind of inspired by Rannoch), and a engine shed (kind of inspired by Kyle of Lochalsh). Always had a fondness for the West Highland, so that's as good an excuse as any! There will be an over-bridge, tunnel, and hill up the middle, so hopefully there will be some element of coming-and-going to the trains running round and round! Mocked up with some track, before I started chopping holes in the boards (at which point my wife reminded me that we were meant to be keeping them to use as doors again in the future -- oops). The tunnel will be at the far end, as per the track plan above. I've used transition curves into the 2nd radius corners to try and smooth things out a bit. Even though it's for the kids, I still want to enjoy building a model The lima deltic hauling two blood and custard coaches is highly prototypical for the WHL of course... I started this around Christmas, but ended up lifting, spraying, and relaying the track to include some foam underlay (2mm 'fab foam') -- this gives a bit of a ballast shoulder, but unfortunately little/no noise deadening properties... Each sectoin of track has it's own droppers, which hopefully improve conductivity... It was then sprayed in Humbrol earth (#29) to tone things down. The track was laid into a bed of PVA (also tried copydex, with little difference), covered with ballast (mix of N-gauge granite and some fine red scatter), and the excess hoovered off after 15-20 minutes. That technique is quick and neat, but struggles to get enough depth for the thick peco sleepers. At the baseboard joins, the tracks are soldered to brass screws driven into the boards. So it's taken me until now to get the layout to a basic operation state. The main line is laid and ballasted. The yard is laid, but not ballasted yet. The engine shed roads still to be done. That's enough to have some fun running trains around for a while. Next steps will be to finish the basic control panel, and the start doing the major landscaping. Finally, what will be the driver's view emerging from the tunnel into the small station and yard...
  18. Please note that as usual the ideas change as the story continues, so enjoy the journey but don't expect the opening post to resemble the last page! Hi, Yes it's me again with another idea. I wasn't going to bother starting a new thread, but it was suggested that even if it doesn't get finished (like all the others) people may get some ideas and tips.. So here it is: The layout itself will be a tail chaser, I normally go for layouts that consist of lots of freight movements and shunting, so this will be a bit different for me. The idea is that the layout represents the approach to a station, location is not finalised yet, but I'm airing on somewhere between Newport and Cardiff, I could call it Carport or Newdiff station?? I'm afraid i don't have any pictures to post yet, but to date all track is laid on the main board, however it's not fully wired yet. I've also started on the scenics, which to be honest isn't my favourite bit and don't feel I have the artistic flare like others on here. So I'll be keeping it simple and try to represent the built up town area. I do have a bit of a quandary at the moment in relation to the fiddle yard. I've steered away from tail chasers because I don't like the limited operation of the same freight train going around in the same direction every time. In the real world there's usually a return working, so I'm trying to design a FY that will basically have one or two through lines for the up and down lines (so I can just let trains run of i choose to) and the others dead ends, representing their final destination The idea being that the train will have to come back out and onto the opposite line for the return journey. The problem then is changing ends. The option I could use is to attach another loco onto it for a bit of variety and light engine movements.. I'm rambling now, so I'll quit while I'm ahead, my next post will include pictures to give you a bit more of an idea of the latest venture. Thanks for looking, especially if you're one of the die hard followers who's witnessed all my previous attempts. Scott
  19. I’m looking at a compact GW Branch Line in OO Gauge. The initial proposal was for a portable 8’ x 4’ layout that could be set up in a shared home office, but increased home working has ruled it out. An idea for a layout in the cellar was quickly deemed non-viable. However, this prompted some creative thinking and an alternative idea for a lightweight portable layout has been suggested… Layout Criteria The basic criteria is for a OO-Gauge GW Branch Line (flexible period: 1915-1945) with train length up to 40” (3 coaches plus Loco). I want a station with a visible full-length platform and Station Building, a couple of Goods Sidings with a Goods Shed and Loading Dock, an Engine Shed for the Branch Loco and a Carriage Siding. Track is Code 100 and I have some track and Streamline points, and still run a couple of Airfix locos. I’m happy to incorporate Setrack curves, preferably 20” or 3rd Radius (min. 2nd Radius). Control is DC. The Portable Layout Puzzle The puzzle to solve comes in three parts. 1. I have use of a small outbuilding for a workshop. It isn’t suitable for a layout (it’s small and unheated), but it is somewhere to build and paint baseboards, glue down cork, ballast track and solder. As noted by @mike morley in the previous thread, it is essential to have somewhere for this work, and combinations of modules up to about 8’ x 2’ at a time can fit. 2. With somewhere to build modules, I can set up a portable layout in a room belonging to one of our grown-up children, who’s just been offered a Training Position and is staying in her student digs away from home (so she’s mainly away, but needs her room for a permanent base). 3. The only condition is that the room is unaffected and the layout can be cleared away when needed, which is fair enough. It will mean careful baseboard design to create something lightweight and easily movable – almost like building a small exhibition layout? This is not an area where I have any experience myself, so guidance and advice will be appreciated. I’ve therefore separated the next two posts as follows: First – the possible layout space. What do I need to think about for a lightweight portable layout? Second – some ideas I’ve had a quick look at. There will be others. Keith.
  20. Index of main themes: Page 1: Vans, Class 29; NCB "Ebbw ". Page 2: NCB "Ebbw ", NCB "Islwyn", Class 29. Page 3: Class 29, Class 37 restoration. Page 4: Class 37, NCB feed van, early Class 26 air brake conversion, fishing boat build. Page 5: Class 126 RTR bash. Page 6: " " " " " " Page 7: " " " " " " Page 8: " " " " " " & Crinan lorries. Page 9: " " " " " " & Crinan lorries. Page 10: Crinan lorries, Mk.1 BFK conversion. Page 11: Mk.1 BFK & RB. Page 12: Mk.1 BSO conversion. Page 13: Mk.1 early TSO build. Page 14: Crinan Buses, Class 29 roof. Page 15: BRT Grain Hopper "blues". Page 16: Class 126 TCK. Page 17: Hornby Class 08 restoration. Page 18 - 25: Class 303 DC kit build. Page 26: Dapol "Pug" to Fowler 0-4-0DM "Churchill" conversion. Page 27: Dapol Class B to Class A tank wagon conversion. Page 28: Bachmann TTA to TTV conversion & more vans. Page 29: More vans; resleepering Peco points; BRT Whisky Grain. Page 30: BRT Whisky Grain discussion. Page 31: Derwent Valley Projects; DVLR rolling stock & class 04's. Page 32: Derwent Valley Projects. Page 33: more Triang Mk.1 Cut n' shuts. Page 34: Triang Mk.1 Cut n' shuts, Bachmann 04 axle swap, Dapol Presflo. Page 35: Presflo & BRT Blues, Dapol class 29 preview. Page 36: Class 29, DMU musings. Page 37: Class 107 DMU. Page 38: " " " Page 39: " " " Page 40: " " " Page 41: Presflo completion. Page 42: DMU Footsteps. Page 43: Class 29 to 6123 discs conversion. Page 44: P&T 06-32 Tamper build. Page 45: " " " " Page 46: " " " " Page 47: Completing the 06-32 & Trackside Morris to DVLR BMC van. Page 48: Class 126 DMBSLi repaint Page 49: Another Class 126 TCL build Page 50: " " " " " Page 51: 126 E&G powering Page 52: New layout! & Class 24/1 redux. Page 53: Class 24/1 redux details. Page 54: Class 46 fettling. Page 55: Class 46 & 25 mods. Page 56: " " " " . (Index is so I can hopefully find it again!) This is a thread for my various loco & rolling stock projects, which can be anything from simple weathering through to heavy RTR- bashing. My philosophy is keep things as cost effective as possible, using RTR, kits and scratchbuilding, and tailor things to my requirements and compromising where needed. I am not a perfectionist or rivet counter so there is no suggestion that my way of doing things is the right way, it is just my way and I aim for a "viewing distance realism" rather than perfection. Comments, questions and discussion are welcome. Martyn. Edit for title change.
  21. Layout Background August 2020: The era of the layout is set 1995-98 for the station. I have been collecting new trains to run during these years. Any suggestions are welcome, hope you will be following my progress...
  22. Having not been doing anything at all on the model front for about six months, and coinciding with a move that has resulted in all the modelling stuff in boxes, and a garage full of those boxes and others, I have been inspired by this forum to get back to it, start a thread, and use it as one of the motivators to get things going. It's also here, of course, as a record for me of how I got to wherever I get! But it's not that simple. I'm actually going to start two threads! This one is where I hope that my primary (for now) Newcastle Emlyn layout will see the light of day. This will be a 9' x 2'3" (later 12' x 2'3") plus fiddle yard layout in OO. The second, though the first layout to be started, will be an 8' x 1' test plank layout that will allow me to test out ideas in the fields of electrics, track laying, and other scenics before using them on NE. So that's the plan. I'll kick this one off with a couple of topics outlining my requirements and why I've made some choices that I have made. Then get on with what I've got so far in the way of a plan. I should point out that this thread has come before I've cut any board, so it may be a while in the growing. But I'll welcome comment and suggestion as I'm going along. Index to the following pages giving page and post number: Requirements - Requirements - Detail: 1/2 - complete Planning - Planning - From original map: 1/3 - complete - Planning - Improvements: 1/4-6, 1/21, 2/26 - Planning - Engine shed extension: 1/9 - Planning - Compression details: 1/13 - complete - Planning - Mimic diagram: 6/133, 6/139 - Planning - Adding details: 6/134 History - History - Timeline: 3/58 - History - Newcastle Emlyn 1896/97: 16/387 - History - Timetables: 3/59 - History - Timetable charts: 6/135, 6/146, 8/187-192 - History - Could have been (broadgauge): 6/136-7, 7/171 - History - Coracle: 7/172 - History - Beer: 8/197-9/202 Prototype inspiration - Prototype inspiration - Bodmin visit: 2/42 - complete - Prototype inspiration - Videos - B&R 94 - Steam North of Swansea: 1/7 Rolling Stock - Rolling stock (Locomotives) - Locomotive roster, by year: 16/380 - Rolling stock (Locomotives) - Cader Idris (from L&Y 2-4-2): 3/70, 4/91 - Rolling stock (Locomotives) - Class 517: 4/82, 5/110-11 - Rolling stock (Passenger) - Coaching stock - initial thoughts: 4/95-5/105 - Rolling stock (Goods) - BR 22-ton tube wagon PD kit: 11/269 - Rolling stock (Goods) - BR 16-ton mineral (riveted) PD kit: 11/270 - Rolling stock (Goods) - GWR Mink D PD kit: 11/270 - Rolling stock (Goods) - TPO traffic: 7/161-2 - Rolling stock (Goods) - GWR Python A PD kit: 9/203-220, 225, 231, 11/253, 260-1 - complete - Rolling stock (Goods) - BR 16-ton mineral PD kit: 9/224-5, 10/228-38, 11/258-9 - complete - Rolling stock (Goods) - Cambrian Railways 2-plank (Cambrian kit): 16/387 - Rolling stock (Goods) - V6 Iron MINK (Ratio kit): 16/387-99 - Rolling stock (Goods) - 1886 TOAD: 16/387-9 Buildings - Buildings - Main station building: 14/327-15/359 - design - Buildings - Engine shed - Design in Silhouette Studio: 15/360-372 - Buildings - Engine shed - Cutting: 15/372-16/378, 16/383 Scenic work - Scenics - trees - Woodland Scenic start: 2/35 - Scenics - multi-era - Replacable people: 8/185-6 - Signals - Signal diagram details: 5/121-6/130 People - People - Dylan Thomas' grandfather: 6/142-4 - People - A C Stadden figures: 6/145, 7/164-170
  23. After many months in development my outside cylinder and inside cylinder 0-4-0 tender engine bodies are available for sale from my Shapeways shop, together with a matching tender. Thank you to everyone on RMweb who provided advice and feedback. The Shapeways pages have a little information about assembly and painting, and (with permission) I'm going to give some more detail here. The Parts These are the parts. In addition to the two 3D prints, you will need an outside cylinder Holden or Caledonian Pug chassis (for the outside cylinder variant) or one of the inside cylinder tank engines. For the tender you will also need 12mm wheels with pinpoint axles and the coupling of your choice. You must separate the body and the chassis of the donor locomotive. Removing the body: Outside Cylinder For the outside cylinder engine I do this by sliding thin plastic wedges (guitar picks are ideal) between the cylinders and the valve chests, then twisting them. It's best not to use screwdrivers or any other metal implements, because these are likely to damage the plastic. Removing the body: Inside Cylinder To free the inside cylinder body from the chassis, undo the screw at the front. Removing the body reveals a metal block at the back that is also held in by a screw. Once the screw is removed, it is necessary to gently twist the block in order to get it out of the chassis. The Motor Retention Spring The motor is held into the chassis by a wire spring and the ends of this spring are formed into little loops. These loops may well stick up (in some cases they stick down) and interfere with the body. So you must either bend them out of the way or snip them off with wire cutters. The rear coupling hook must also come out. The tender is hollow, and it's worth adding weight by filling it with something. I've used plaster - not Plaster of Paris, but a stronger resin-impregnated plaster from a craft shop. Painting The remarks here about painting apply to both the tender and the locomotive. You can apply modellers' acrylic paint directly to the plastic. The plastic finish is rather grainy and you might want, before starting, to fill and sand the surface. But I find that the normal application of paint results in a reasonably smooth surface. You will often hear that you should apply several thin coats of paint. And it's true. The first and second coats will look awful, but by the third or fourth coat you will start to get a nice even finish. If you try to apply a single coat of un-thinned paint then you risk getting a lumpy finish. When I was ten years old I had never encountered modellers' acrylics, only enamels. Obtaining clean white spirit or turpentine required the help of adults, and storing several colours of thinned paint was beyond me. Also I didn't have the patience to apply multiple coats. These days, with acrylics, it's much easier. You can mix the paint a little bit at a time with tap water (sometimes I add a tiny drop of washing up liquid). And if you're in a hurry you can apply a second coat after half an hour. Painting in Progress This picture shows a single coat each of green, grey and red. Some grey paint from the cab walls has splashed onto the floor and back-head. This doesn't matter - they will be painted black anyway. The grey on the funnel cap, dome and safety valve (a single coat) is a base for the gold paint which is coming later, because this doesn't cover the white plastic so well. After three coats it's starting to look better. Four coats of the colours is enough, and now I've added masking tape before applying black. Note that some paint will leak under the masking tape, but it should be possible to touch up afterwards. This was the penultimate coat of black. The dull gold colour on the exposed brass is from a "Molotov" acrylic pen. Later, I added gold acrylic paint unthinned from a paint pot. This kept its shine a little better. The cab roof is glued on with PVA wood glue, which works well on this porous plastic. The gloss finish is a protective coat of varnish from a spray can. The beading around the cab sides and windows has been picked out in gold. The lining is a home-made waterslide transfer (more on this later) which should be applied to the glossy finish. After applying the lining, I used masking tape (this is 6mm Revell tape) and the Molotov acrylic pen for painted boiler bands. Again, it was necessary to touch up the green paint after removing the masking tape. Alternatively, you could use waterslide transfers for boiler bands (see below). Finally, I sprayed on a coat of semi-gloss varnish to take away the shine. But since I wanted the exposed brass to remain shiny, I masked it with tape first. Lining Transfer After trying several other techniques, I settled on using waterslide transfers for lining. Many model shops (online and real-world) sell paper for this, either transparent or with a white background. The transparent paper will only work if your background colour is pale, which meant that for this dark green I used the white-background paper, which meant in turn that I needed to include a good match for the background colour. This is the latest version of the the lining transfer image, suitable for both the inside- and outside-cylinder engines (and the tender): You need to have basic knowledge of image manipulation (I use the GIMP) and you should: Replace the red with the best match you can achieve for the colour of your locomotive. Change the lining to the colours of your choice. Add locomotive names and numbers or railway names as appropriate. Print the image at a resolution of 20 pixels per mm (otherwise it will be the wrong size). Use the best colour settings that your software and printer offer: telling the printer that it is printing on glossy photo paper will probably help. It's a good idea to print multiple copies on one sheet, to provide some spares and to avoid wasting the paper. At all times you should follow the instructions that came with your transfer paper. These will probably tell you to let the paper dry after printing, then spray on varnish. You should cut the transfers out leaving a coloured border (but no white) around the lining. Nevertheless, after applying the transfers there may well be a white fringe, which must be touched up with paint (which is why you need the best colour match you can achieve). The three strips are intended to be used as boiler bands. You must cut them to length yourself if you use them. Selecting a colour match To choose a suitable green for the outside cylinder engine, I printed grids of candidate greens (example below - the numbers are red, green and blue values) and then selected the one that seemed to be the best match to the painted engine. It's hard to make this selection, because changes in lighting conditions will make you change your mind. It helps if you put a blob of your colour on each square, but it's still difficult because the paint will have a different texture, and will thus look different in different lighting conditions. When printing a grid of candidate colours, you should use glossy photo paper and the same software/printer settings that you will later use for the transfer. How to make the grid of colours is outside the scope of this very long post, but if you contact me I can give you a hand (whether or not you're using it for one of my products). And if enough people contact me then I'll put details in a separate post. Painting the locomotive black is of course much simpler - you don't have to hunt for a colour match. Next I'm going to try an overall black with a coloured boiler and coloured panels within the lining. This should work even if the colour match isn't good.
  24. So, I have been slowly developing a layout for a little while now (umm, like 8 years) and bits of it have appeared here under various guises. After a serious refurbishment of the railway room (longer, more light, less dust, to be brief) I have got the mojo properly back and thought the time has come to unify all under a single thread. In broad terms a 4 track 1930s ECML OO roundy-roundy with a station on each straight section. Somewhere around Grantham-Peterborough. Slightly lacking in originality, but I've gone too far now to start adding in wierdness... First side has a station and a wagon repair yard (previously on here as 'Meakin Brothers'). The station, to be named Loxborough, is fairly small local one that doesn't even have a platform for the up fast; On the other straight leg we have a more important station, Fenton St Michael's, which is a mainline station and a branch terminus (think Tallington); I'll come back and post more details later, but here's a little teaser from Meakin Bros yard; (I've just noticed the incomplete wagon that has slipped into the rake, rather soiling the image... must do better next time...)
  25. I have a Bachmann OO Fairburn that's not running smoothly and seems to be binding. I believe it might be the pins that hold the coupling rods on the driving wheels – Too tight. To remove the coupling rods, do I just pull the pins out with pliers, or like Hornby models, require a spanner to remove them? Any advice would be welcomed. Kind regards, Mookie.
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