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  1. It's a while since I've posted many photos, so I thought it is time to have a new ongoing thread. The photos were, as usual, all taken by either Dad or I from the early 50s to the present day. The quality will vary depending on the condition of the original slide, the camera and film used. I'll try to avoid ones I've used before. Some are taken from my sets on flickr, others are ones I am still working on having scanned some years ago. The locations will probably be fairly random. Other threads of my photos include: Dad's black and white photos: http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/69274-dave-f-more-photos-added-21-june-from-1947-to-1955ish/ This is a newish thread covering France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark etc (or at least it covers bits of them!): http://www.rmweb.co....-19th-may-2015/ A short thread: http://www.rmweb.co....h-january-2014/ My own black and white photos: http://www.rmweb.co....-30th-december/ I'll start today with a few from the Lune Gorge etc and Shap. Dillicar troughs LMS Class 5 down goods Aug 65 J308.jpg 298.2 kB Low Gill Class 47 Manchester to Glasgow April 68 J1265.jpg 253.93 kB Beckfoot Class 50 D402 Euston to Glasgow, work on M6 in background April 68 J1258.jpg 342.69 kB Beckfoot Class 50 D405 Glasgow to Manchester April 68 J1264.jpg 307.92 kB Greenholme 37379 & 37373 down cement 24th Aug 90 C15316.jpg 342.94 kB David
  2. Thought I'd change my tactic's a little, and have a topic based on my Exhibition layout, rather than a blog to follow, anyway here's my most recent progress, hopefully I'll get a few more updates within the next few weeks. Track work Of course as Peco has been busy and I am sure the Double Slip will come out when it can, so recently a brief focus has turned to ballasting, now this is a job which I must admit I wasn't happy with so the likelihood of it remaining down on the board is low. However for a first go it's not too bad however there are issues with some ballast catching on the flanges of the locomotives & rolling stock. You will have to trust me when I say that the photo does not do the work I have carried out any justice. Since that photo a lot of work was carried out to clean the track up and ensure smooth running. Locomotives I have recently taken stock of a new LNER D16/3 No.8802, in recent history Hornby's LNER D16 suffered with poor weight distribution which in turn meant the locomotives would wheel slip and have a very low capacity to operate any significant load. Particularly on track which has any incline the locomotive simply will not pull it, so on occasion a run up was required to get it up there!! However a friend of mine bought the LNER Apple Green Claud 8900 'Claud Hamilton' now this seemed to operate in a much better way than either of our original LNER Black Claud's ever did (This was the first batch Claud No.8825) I recently took 8802 to operate on a layout which has gradients and is designed to haul to scale length trains and the locomotive performed beautifully. 8802 will replace my current 8837, as 8837 will be renumbered to carry another number as the original 8837 has the double snifiting valves which this model has. This also ties nicely with rolling stock, however since building my LNER J68 in O Gauge and I recomend you have a look through, I recently gained a large amount of confidence to purchase & build brass kits of LNER locomotives for this layout. Hot off the press news @David Eveleigh is looking to produce the LNER(GER) T26 and for those interested the Little Sharpie. This locomotive will become a welcome edition to the MEP Fleet, with the potential of having 2 in the future. LNER E4 7504 seen here in 1936. This will be the locomotive I look to replicate... ( Photographer Unknown) Rolling Stock On a final note, having found David's work on the internet I am very happy to be able to decide to look into ordering 5/6 of these lovely looking coaches from David. To begin with we will focus on the GER 6 Wheeled stock, and put them into the LNER Colour scheme which was effectively painted Teak. Not a nice colour for such lovely coaches but it is a necessary job. I may eventually purchase the same set again and look to do them in the GER Crimson colour scheme. Eventually I plan to have 4 of the 4 Wheeled Stock as one of the 6 Wheeler's will sit among the 4 wheeler stock. A much more cost effective way of modelling then purchasing a higher priced LNER mock up from the Hattons Genesis coaches. I will note that those coaches are great for people looking to get basic coaches for there Pre-grouping locomotives, and both being at a very competitive price David's product at £37 and Hattons at £30. Personally that extra £7 is worth the money as a modeler you can pay for the detail and the accuracy which the Hattons model will not give you if your a serious modeler like myself. Photo's above are the property of eveleigh creations 2020) On another plus planning has begun for purchase of the Isinglass LNER 52-6 Teak coaches which were a regular site on the LNER(GE) Section, I have begun with purchasing drawings and within a few weeks of this coming out I should have the first of the 4/5 coaches required. The aim will be to use them in a variety of passenger roles mixing them with the Hornby 61ft 6in types as that was regularly seen on the LNER(GE) Section and something I wish to replicate. So all in all lots going on and lots being planned it's just a case of getting the beginning items for this layout together!!
  3. 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.
  4. KNP

    Little Muddle

    Well after much nudging and prodding I have decided to add Little Muddle to this forum. The layout was started as a permanent one in our forth bedroom back in Jan 2009 as an 'L' shaped layout around two walls and then in July 2013 the next section was added to give a 'U' shape. How do I know the dates well I sensibly wrote the starting dates on the framework as I knew I would never remember them in the future. The layout in based somewhere around the Bristol area and was to depict a railway running through a prototypical English countryside with trees and fields aplenty. Most of the current pictures where taken on either on Air Pad 2 or an I-phone 5s as I was using them as a modelling aid. I find a picture highlights problems or issues far better than the naked eye can as the camera narrow downs the viewpoint. Though I have posted over 70 pictures on the modelling galleries some will be used again here but I propose to take even more new pictures in the future which I will post here. The main aim of this layout was to model the countryside with a railway passing through it and not the otherway round. To support this I have modelled over 320 trees to date, with more planned, of which only one of them is ready-made I have over 1200 pictures so I won't be short of a few in the short term and some might be of interest anyway showing the timeline of this layout. There have been many changes and tweaks to this layout over the years as I have better ideas, new techniques and pure changes of mind........do we ever finish our layouts? Here are the first batch of pictures of Little Muddle
  5. After a short (4 year) hiatus, from modelling in general, and also 4mm modeling, I have decided to make a return. This thread will mainly be detailing and outlining the motive power for my planned layout/representation of Guildford shed. The thing that really prompted me was seeing the wealth of SR offerings from all the different manufacturers, it was an extremely reasonably priced S15 from Hattons that kicked things off again a few weeks ago. First up was detailing one of the excellent Hornby Maunsell coaches. Painting the door at the end, adding a belt to the alternator (if that's what it actually is) flipping the bogie and removing the rear most coupling. I also quickly tried to make the interior a little less plastiky, you can't really see anything anyways, but I know it's there! To bring it back to the S15, which I have to say is an absolutely amazing creation. One thing that really stood out was the fall-plate, a small detail I know, but all the small details are what make a model - right? So I decided that the Schools class and the T9 both needed a change. Nile, of this parish, used this technique, and I have shamelessly used it myself. Here it is sitting between the rear most handrails of the cab, you can also see here the tender drawbar that I made from plastikard, as the Hornby one was too far away on the 'long' gap, and too close on the 'short' gap. Here it is with some mesh PVA'ed on top to look like checkerplate. it can pivot up and down, and I think it's an improvement over the oddly angled glued fall plate these locos come with. The T9 doesn't have the mesh on yet, but the cab is so narrow, I might try and attach the fireman to the fallplate, we shall see. The final thing I've been working on, is SR route discs, i'm still unsure if these were used with reporting numbers on them during SR days, or if it was all just post nationalization. A good use of some 7mm transfers that would otherwise be in the bin. That's all for now, I'm currently in the process of sketching out plans for a layout. Updates as they happen, thanks for reading guys!
  6. Well the secret’s out now - welcome to the official start of the ‘Hills of the North’ project! (otherwise known as ‘Carlisle’) It was over two years ago now that myself and Barry O of this parish were having one of those fatal ‘chance’ conversations. It went something like this: ‘For the 2017 Warley show, we’re thinking of putting together a 1967 themed area to celebrate 50 years of the Warley club. Any ideas, thoughts?’ ‘Hmm. What about a layout depicting the railway ‘as it was’ 50 years ago?’ ‘Well, I’ve got a few green diesels I could make available’ ‘Fascinating time on the big railway 1967 – not too many places left where steam was still active … hang on a minute!’ ‘What?’ ‘Well, I do actually need to build a section of the line up Shap anyway for the Carlisle project…’ Thus was the die cast. This is the concept drawing. We would make use of the Grantham fiddle yard (to save time) and build six scenic boards, the 4 ‘straight’ ones depicting the ‘classic’ spot at Shap Wells that are part of the Carlisle plan, plus two additional curved boards depicting the scene at Shap summit to make it into an exhibition layout. This was duly accepted by an equally enthusiastic show manager (Paul Jones); all we had to do now was to build the thing under a cloak of secrecy! Construction started in earnest in March last year (following Grantham’s appearance at the Nottingham show). I was keen to set the thing on a gradient and replicate the banking arrangements. As well as adding to the spectacle, this would add some operational interest over and above being a pure ‘parade’ layout. Some initial calculations showed that a true 1-in-75 would have been just a bit too difficult to make work satisfactorily in roundy-roundy format (too much height to lose round the back, through the fiddle yard) so I eventually settled on 1-in-90 as a reasonable compromise. The arrangements at the summit, although somewhat compressed, allow the basics of the operation here to be replicated, centring around the bankers ‘dropping off’ (whilst the main train continues onwards) and then crossing over to return back down the bank to Tebay. The siding alongside the box where a banking engine can be held pending a path back down the bank is included, as is the up freight loop. To enter the scene at the bottom end, the bridge at Greenholme was far too good a device not too use, particularly as it curves the right way. Thereafter we have just simply chopped out the following three miles of railway to take us on to the Shap Wells scene. Just to prove that we do run the diesels as well! Although my own preference is for pure 1950’s steam. My grateful thanks for others who have contributed so willingly to enable us to put together this madcap scheme. Special mentions therefore to Paul Bolton, Tom Dewdney and Craig Thompson, comprising the scenic team. Also Tony Wright who willingly took on the challenge of creating preserved LNER No.4498 in 1967 guise, as well as making some other locos available, including two ex-Stoke Summit Brush Type 4s(!). Not forgetting Barry ‘the ballastmeister’ himself of course who could be found on ebay acquiring blue/grey Mark 1s like they were going out of fashion, as well as subjecting some stock to his weathering prowess. Copious pictures taken of the build, so I’ll gradually post those over the next few months to tell the full story. The layout now goes into storage for six months as we revert to some further work on Grantham but Shap already has its own diary of show bookings beginning to take shape so, if you weren’t able to make it to Warley then hopefully it will be appearing at a show near you in the not too distant future. Welcome aboard!
  7. Evening all, I thought it was about time that I started a thread for my photography. I hope that's ok with the mods! I'm in the process of uploading some older pictures to my site, so I thought I'd share a few here to kick things off. Tanfield Railways 2018 "Legends Of Industry" gala Lambton Austerity No. 60 at Terrace junction Dunston Power Station No. 15. powers up East Tanfield bank Twizell at Bowes Bridge
  8. Nantford Spinney is a tiny halt just short of Nantford Quay on the 17.5 mile meandering branch line from Northwell Junction. In truth holiday makers travelling the line tend to remember crossing the magnificent iron-girder bridge adjacent to the halt spanning the river Nant, rather than the halt itself. There's every chance you'll have missed seeing the halt altogether. After all the Sunshine Special you were on didn't stop there. And with that first whiff of sea air you'd have been too excited about the prospect of a week-long holiday at the south coast seaside. And so finally your train drifts into Nantford Quay, draws to a halt, and your holiday in this quaint little seaside town can begin. So. Welcome to my latest layout which reprises the idea I explored a few years ago of a simple rural branch line which filled my garage. That time it was OO gauge and by keeping it simple there was a sense of a layout in a landscape. This time it's in N gauge. From fiddle yard to station throat there's around 18' of track to give trains a chance to stretch their legs. Nantford Quay is deliberately simple. A station with main and bay platforms and minimal goods facilities. The main interest for me is in watching a variety of trains trundle through a landscape. Progress so far is that the baseboards are made. Track is down but needs some ironing out to ensure reliable operation with small tank engines. Scenery is underway. And there's some creative thinking going on about the fiddle yard; could this morph into Northwell Junction? Now that the layout is well underway I thought it might be fun to start a thread, share progress (and set backs!). The layout has come together quite quickly - one of the advantages of lockdown being less distractions. I have to say that previously I'd have spent a lot of time pondering and getting bogged down; after all there was always "next year". The current situation has made me think carefully about that assumption and has definitely influenced the way I'm tackling this layout. Anyway thanks for reading and let me know if you'd like to see more about the layout as it progresses. Andy
  9. Hi all after a few years of modelling I thought I would brave it and share what I have made so far. currently in the pipeline I have my own personal exhibition layout Ropley based on the Mid Hants Railway in 2010-2013. I have chosen Ropley as I have many childhood memories here and is a place I'm very fond of. Ropley was started I was new to the modelling world. Ropley is based in preservation era something I have only seen done on a few other heritage lines. Ropley is based on the Mid-Hants Railway in Hampshire and is where the railway main base is for it railways fleet. here at Ropley they store all their locos here and is where restoration projects take place. something I am keen to represent in model form as it is something that isn't done everyday for most layouts. At Ropley other than a 2 line platform passing on a single line, there is also the main restoration sheds, a carriage repair shop, boiler shop, loco yard for all operational and stored locos, and is also where the diesels are kept as well as the steamers.
  10. Contents View from the end of the platform Rush Hour on the Little Angel by Andy Taylor Regauging Hogwarts Express by Ben Bucki Building a Drewery railmotor by John Mileson Getting all fired up by Mark Thatcher The Woodland Cottage garden railway by Dave Skertchly A Merry time at Merryvale by Mark Thatcher Beeston Castle from Thermalite blocks by Rik Bennett The Lyme Regis Radials by Alan Macfarlane Product News Mailbox Diary Dates/Next Month Just what the vicar ordered by Vaughan Collier
  11. Hi All, I am just starting out in 7mm after a 40 year break from railway modelling. Given the wealth of ready to run GWR locos and stock, I have decided to go down this route and this past two weeks have started to acquire some locos and rolling stock and some track. I will be going DCC. I have been looking for a prototype to base the model on and had just about given up. I did not want to model somewhere which has been done to death by other people. Building a fantasy location was not really what I wanted either, but I had almost resigned myself to that. However, yesterday I discovered what I think could be the perfect candidate to base my layout upon, Malmesbury Station. It has a nice track plan plus an engine shed and goods shed. Last night after my wife had gone to bed I laid out some track on the living room floor. I think it might to possible to fit this onto two or perhaps better, three six foot x three foot baseboards. Obviously the layout will not be to scale, but with follow the look of the original. There are a lot of good photographic references to Malmesbury online even down to drawings of the station, engine shed and goods shed. I am also toying with the idea of a garden layout.... Cheers, Ade.
  12. So a few hours ago I was taking the chassis off my two Hornby 0-4-0s. A D class and smokey joe. Then I wondered what the D class would look like with outside cylinders. So i cut off the front ladders and voila.Along with that i sanded the roof smooth, and sanded down the buffers so they weren't glossy anymore (seriously why dont Hornby just use metal buffer heads? it can't cost that much.)I did all this so i though why not try and make it into a semi realistic free lance industrial loco? Since it would be nice to try my hand at detailing, and what would be a better start than the infamous 0-4-0? I can always buy another if it goes wrong. I think this could serve as a nice guide for younger, not so experienced modellers like myself on how to detail cheap locos without having to use loads of specialised equipment, e.g. power tools. At the moment I'm thinking of sanding down the moulded handrails and replacing them with ones made from paperclips, and perhaps some new, larger buffer heads made from poster pins? If anyone knows any other ways i could detail him up and just generally make him more realistic, please tell me. I'm sorry if this post isn't that well written, I'm not very good when it comes to large blocks of text.
  13. So following on from my Stoneferry engineering micro in the 7mm section I have had another bash at something else. Some scrap wood has been staring at me for ages so along with some spare peco track and a re-found draw runner I set to work to see what would fit. Paul
  14. Contents View from the end of the platform The Peckforton Light Railway Revisited by Rik Bennett Popular Poplar by Mark Thatcher How to Haul a House brick by Dave Skertchly Living with rail clamps by John Dunford Improving Accucraft's IOM G Van by Dave Booth An Edwardian railcar by John Mileson Church Hill Swanage by Stephen Wise Product News “Talyllyn” from Bowande by David Pinniger “Hogwarts Express” train set by Ben Bucki Mailbox Diary Dates Level Crossing the garden path by Graham Austin Buy this issue of Garden Rail from World of Railways.
  15. Following the successes of Tornado and Lady of Legend, it has got me thinking about new-build replicas. Hopefully, The Unknown Warrior should be steaming by the end of this year. I am, in fact a member of the LMS Patriot Project. After looking up various new-build steam loco websites, I was hoping to join the LNWR George the Fitfh Project as well as the LNWR Bloomer Project. Here are some questions I hope to share with you. What is your fave new-build replica steam loco you are looking forward to completion and why? Would you support it? Would you consider making a model of it? If yes, what scale? I'm looking forward to hearing what you guys think!
  16. The W&LLR re-opened on 1st August. To discover what is on offer please see this short video.
  17. Rocks by Rail (the old Rutland Railway Museum) can be found between Cottesmore and Ashwelll Villages in the beautiful County of Rutland. (LE15 7FF if you are more tech-savvy than I am and can use a SatNav, herinafter referred to as 'The Bitch in the Box') 19 acres of spoilt countryside. Actually, just a very small part of what was once a very large tract of spoilt countryside, as millions of tons of Ironstone were extracted form the surrounding area. Over 1 Million tons per year at one stage from Exton Village alone, which all passed through what is now our little museum. Since all that finished over 40 years ago, Rocks by Rail has won a bit of that green & pleasant land back from Mother Nature, to try and recreate just a little bit of the hive of industry. I have been volunteering there for about 18 months, and with our beloved leader His Andy Yorkishness's permission to start a thread, I thought you would all like to know a bit about it. We have a bit of everything to do with ironstone. From the rock itself, through Draglines & Excavators to the wagos & locos used to haul it all away from the tipping dock. Whetted your appetite? Being Rutland ( a bit 'posh' round 'ere), there is no Thomas the Tank Engine. In stead we have Sir Thomas, the Tank Engine. SirThomas Royden, 14" Barclay, no 2088 of 1940 running a passenger train into the main platform. (The ONLY platform!!) Ruston Face Shovel in operation at our Mock Quarry. We are lucky that there is an outcrop of Ironstone in the old empties sidings, which allows us to demonstrate the loading of Ore Trains. In the past, these sidings would have been full of empties awaiting loading at the Tipping Dock. After the loco had filled the sidings with empties in the morning, they would have been run down by gravity to the Tipping Dock, over the weighbridge and on down to the main sidings ready to be marshalled into Block Trains. A 4mm scale model of Sundew, at the time, the largest Dragline in the country. The model measures over 5' from tip of the Jib to rear of the superstructure. Something like 380 feet, full size. The only bit left of the original machine is one of the cabs, which we are restoring on site. If you would like to know more, please see http://www.rocks-by-rail.org/ Or ask away on here and I will do my best to help. If I don't know, I know a man who does, and I'll ask him!! I will be keeping this thread updated from time to time, with News, Running Days, and whatever else I think may be of interest Regards & thanks for reading this far Ian
  18. It has been mentioned in another topic (Peacock to Poland) that a little engine from the UK ventured to Poland for the Wolsztyn Parade that took place on 4th May. I promised to upload some photos of said parade and thought a seperate topic would be more appropriate and with luck here they are. The day started well. Rain was forecast but Poznan dawned overcast with the sun doing its best to break through. The 0949hrs Poznan Glowny - Wolsztyn was my chosen method of getting to the parade. However before that departed there was the matter of the 0930hrs Turkpol charter to depart. Hauled by OL49 69. There was quite a crowd at the platform end around the loco so I only managed to get a quick full frontal shot in. Meanwhile nearby SM42 616 awaited its next duty Then it was off to Wolsztyn. By the time my train arrived in Wolszstyn the forecast showery rain had started. Rebuilt SM42 1231 was the station pilot The weather definitely put a lot of people off this year. Where the security staff are standing in the background is normally packed. Instead two hardy souls share an umbrella. Only another 2 hours to wait before the steamy madness commences. A whisp of steam can be seen rising above the SM42. This was the Peacock The weather by this time was beyond showery rain and just one long shower. More to follow
  19. I have lived near Weymouth for about 13 years now and have been interested in the harbour tramway only in the last 3. After recently completing my first test layout, the Kingbarrow Railway Centre, I think its the right chance to build the layout that's always been in my head. PLEASE READ: This thread is about the layout of the real place, but can I please stress that there are already Weymouth Tramway modelling threads and talks out there. I do not want this thread to be used to discuss about the tramway, arguing about a resurrection, or the usual "I remember seeing this when I was a kid'. I want to keep this thread clean to what i'm modelling, so information on the part of the line i'm recreating is fine as long as its actually about what I'm doing. With that out of the way, here's a little bit of backstory to gather an idea about the Weymouth Tramway. The tramway was opened in 1865 along with the Weymouth & Portland Railway next to it. The harbour line served the harbour which was located a mile from the main station at Weymouth. Passenger services started in 1889 and despite a short cease in services throughout the wars, freight services ceased in 1972 and regular passenger services in 1987. Special railtours carried on up until the 2nd May 1999, and the branchline remains in a 'Permanent Out of Use status', despite reports in 2016 saying they have closed it. The section I will be modelling will be Cousins corner. Here, a large warehouse and various businesses were situated on the harbour corner wedged in-between Commercial Road and the town lifting bridge. The tramway first started out on a straight section and took a really sharp turn on approach towards the town bridge, but in 1938 a large curve was built to accommodate larger rolling stock, and finished in 1939. My layout will be built how it would have looked like just after the war, so the site looks well used and doesn't look too 'bright and clean'. These pictures are featured from John Lucking's book on the tramway, and various pictures from the internet. Here's the original track plan of what I will be modelling, also a comparison with the track layout before the large curve was put in. a 1956 railtour. I will have cars and goods placed in the middle of the curve and inner track to fill up space. The section heading towards the town bridge. The curve before the new one was built, but is a great picture for modelling the buildings The small coal transfer area which will be an interesting asset. The curve right after construction. The curve after paving, this is how I will have mine modelled. I will try to include a crane even if its just out of the period! The Model Version: I will try and keep the same feel of a long sweeping curve in model form, however due to the space available it might have to be slightly lighter than it would be if it was properly scaled down. It wouldn't be to the point that its 3rd radius curves, but enough to fit in my room nicely! Here's the plan,using the illustration because i'm lazy, using the brown lines being the baseboard and blue the backscene. The rolling stock will be easy o come across and I already have one of Heljan's locomotives in the form of 1369, which is the sole survivor of Weymouth Tramway locomotives, even though it worked on the tramway the shortest at just 2 years! I will like to break some annoying news however, this layout isn't being built anytime soon. I have just finished my heritage layout so I don't want to jump to another project yet. I would like to display it at next years exhibition which is at the end of next October, so the baseboards will most likely be finished at the start of 2019! I can make some of the buildings and collect stock in the meantime so this page will be active. I just wanted to create this thread in advance so I can keep the idea strong and get people interested in it. In the mean time I will be testing the poly filler effect on my O gauge ironing board layout, linked below! If you have any questions, ideas, improvements, or anything else then please feel free to comment below, but I just want to keep the content related to my build please. I can't wait to hear what people have to say about this project.
  20. More " where are these" queries: Ive attached four old photographs from my collection. I don't know what they are or where they are - but I have a feeling they may be Irish - possibly Northern Counties Committee? Ive numbered them up for ease of discussion. No.16 is on Postcard format marked "W Clarke 79 Princes Avenue, London N13" and also "photo by H C Casserley". No.17 is also on postcard format but with nothing to indicate source etc. No.18 a a straightforward darkroom photograph - but has the number "49" pencilled on the back. No 709 is also a straightforward darkroom photograph. It has no markings on the back.
  21. Hi all, I dabble in a bit of preserved modelling. I currently lack the space for a layout but have been using the lockdown as an opportunity for catching up with the locomotive and carriage fleet. My collection spans a vast number of regions and locos and so there is always something different to be working on. Being a fairly young volunteer at the WSR, my soft spot is for Western Region locos. Having been inspired by this forum for many of my locos I thought I'd return the favour hopefully to inspire others. I'll start off with a few past projects undertaken. One of my recent challenges has been to bring the Heljan 47xx Night Owl up to standard. This involved a fair bit of work including a full repaint and renumber but I'm happy with the results as seen below. Apologies for the photo quality! I've also been going through my fleet and ensuring they all have real coal, a crew and lamps/discs. Subtle bits of weathering applied to P Class Bluebell to represent the loco as she ran at the SVR Autumn gala in 2017. A4 60009 Union of South Africa originally a single chimney example has been renumbered, detailed and weathered, appearing as she did in c.2018/19 where the loco was working so intensively there was limited time to clean her. Currently working on a A1 to A1X conversion on a Hornby Stepney, 3 x Hornby Castles and a GW H33 Diner (Not strictly preserved but to run in BR(W) displays on the WSR layout of which I'm an operator). Pics to follow... Any questions ask away!
  22. Over the last few weeks I've had the time to build a steam era N gauge BLT with west country overtones. There's nothing radical about it, but to give the trains room to stretch their legs, I've allowed some 16 feet of track between the fiddle yard and the station throat. I was aiming for a railway in a landscape and a chance to develop scenic skills. Open top baseboards were new to me, too. And something of a revelation! The track plan is below - as I say all fairly traditional! The line runs out of the fiddle yard across a valley and winds it's way eventually to a small seaside station. The trains I'm planning on running are early and late crest BR and at present include a pannier tank with autocoach, a B set, a 5MT with a rake of southern region coaches plus CCT for a "Seaside Special", and a 4f with up to 8 assorted wagons. The upcoming Sonic 56xx is also calling to me. This is still a work in progress with lots of fun to come working on the scenery. But my thoughts turned a while back to the fiddle yard design. Now, having enjoyed the initial build, it occurred to me that the fiddle yard needn't be a fan of parallel tracks. Why not think of it as another terminus - perhaps a junction - with the scenic break representing several miles of the branch line? This is where I'd really appreciate some help and inspiration. Can anyone help design "the other end" of my BLT. The area is 5'3" x 18", flat baseboard already built. I'd like to include: a turntable to turn the tender locos; perhaps a ramped coaling stage; the implication of a junction from which the Seaside Special "comes" from other parts of the network; some storage for a variety of goods wagons, e.g. cattle, coal, vans; nothing too urban - no Minories (got the T-shirt). Peco Code 55 Programming track - I recently invested in a Prodigy dcc controller which needs the prog track to be electrically isolated; could this perhaps be a dummy scenic track that hints at the network beyond? Any ideas would be most welcome, and thanks to anyone who read this far! Andy
  23. Long time since I posted in my Blog. Been away and then ... Positive thing about the Lockdown is more time to finish items in the "Roundtuit" pile. I had a number of locos acquired without motors and gearboxes. I had some motors and gearboxes so... take a High Level gearbox and a Mitsui motor, add to an existing Wills 4F and a 4F with tender cab.. do it again and A 4F with a high sided tender I had a couple of Model Loco Kits Black 5s with totally bunged up Portescaps. Afte a lot of hard work, cleaning, taking gearboxes apart, checking motor connections I have (temporarily at least) coaxed them back to life. Repainted into BR lined Black (still boiler bands to do on this loco) and a kit built Jinty.. bought from EBay.. not put together quite right but now fixed.. Now it is a Brunswick loco for use on HerculaneumDock
  24. Contents View from the end of the platform On the Editor's workbench Return to the Bryandale Railway by Ian Stock Kit Bashing a 0-6-2 Roundhouse Fowler into a 2-6-2 goods locomotive by David Baker A Colonel Stephens rail lorry in 16mm scale by John Mileson Modular layouts by Alan Macfarlane Skip wagons by Geoffrey Hanking All Right on the Night by Dave Skertchly Something to a-spire to by Mark Thatcher Product News Accucraft Isle of Man G van by Mike Buttell PLine Fowler Jackshaft locomotive by Andrew Mountfield Mailbox/Diary Dates Pizza layouts by Alan Damar
  25. Hi all, I have been following various threads for some time and in the new year I will finally be in a position to build my own layout. The rough idea is to have a continuous run so that I can watch trains going by, but with a station and good yard so that I can shunt about in the yard as and when the mood takes me. As the plan is set in the steam era, I have added some carriage sidings and a turntable/ coaling facility too, although I am not precious about these and if they have to go for space reasons then so be it. I am about to move house, so have only been able to knock up a crude plan via PowerPoint while on my lunch break rather than using actual track planning software, but once I have access to my laptop again I will try and draw it on AnyRail, so some items my move around or depending on space. Attached here is the crude mock up, if anyone could cast an eye and offer any advice/ feedback then it would be greatly appreciated Thank you in advance Luke
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