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5 hours ago, St Enodoc said:

Oh dear, that's torn it.

 

Yes, serious error of judgement! :(

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I mentioned a couple of posts back that I find building wagon kits very theraputic, and given that one or two family health issues have stood in the way of much serious modelling - plus that I have a drawer full of unmade wagon kits - I have taken the opportunity to complete a couple more, plus repairing another pair that had been shunted into a siding.

 

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Most of these 8 are structurally complete and just waiting the paint shop, lettering and weathering, but a couple have details such as couplings or brake gear to be completed.

 

Looking along the line from the foreground, right to left, we have an LMS 12T van (d.1664) and an LMS 6T fish van (d.1885) both from Cambrian kits, then a Private Owner Grain wagon (Parkside), followed by two MR / LMS 8T covered vans from very old Slaters kits, picked up on Ebay. As you can tell, I like variety especially in my van trains!

 

Bringing up the rear are first, what was originally a Hornby circus van, and is now part-way through conversion into a NE / LNER 10T ventilated refrigerator van, followed by an SR 10T dropside wagon (d.1301), and finally an SR ballast plough & brake van to d.1748 which was acquired RTR from it's maker, Marc Models; it has a few problems which I am resolving, however the biggest is that whilst it is quite well painted & lettered, it is an Engineers Dept vehicle and should actually be in red oxide with Venetian red ends - so the question is, do I want to strip and re-paint it, or can I live with it?

 

I am undecided - but here they all are from the opposite end of the line:

 

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I am embarassed to mention that there are four more part-built kits currently on the workbench, by Slaters (x2), David Geen, and Maple Models and so I think that these will have to be cleared before all move into the paint shop  - but then I really must move on to completing my E5-X, and E4-X locos - the first of which has been in build for far too long!

 

Nevertheless, the unbuilt kit draw still contains much to go at, so it will get re-visited in due course!

 

Tony

 

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After further efforts I have almost cleared the workbench of 'wagons in progress', including adding some of those from the cripple drawer; one wagon was scrapped in the process, as being not worth the effort - and probably cheaper to replace, if needed. One wagon - a Maple Models kit for an LSWR low sided van - remains on the bench as I will need to order some suitable underframe parts if it is to be completed. To be honest it is an awful kit, very much of its day, and made from brittle, semi-transparent resin but it is unusual, and so I will persevere for the time being!

 

Two Chivers LMS Low Low wagons turned up half finished in a drawer and these plus a Slaters MR / LMS 8T high sided coke wagon have now joined the line waiting for the paint shop:

 

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Since then, some primer has been applied:

 

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and from the other end of what is now a rather longer queue:

 

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So now we are down to top coats, lettering and then weathering; some of the LMS wagons will end up in bauxite and I did have a spray can of bauxite primer, but unfortunately it seemed to explode paint in all directions and had to go in the bin!

 

I remain undecided about the fate of the ballast plough - to strip and repaint, or live with it?

 

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It seems a nice model!

 

Tony

 

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On 06/10/2018 at 08:34, Tony Teague said:

 

Chris

 

There certainly seems to be a lot of interest in LSWR stock.

I looked at the Loddon L11 before finding he Martin Finney kit:

 

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Thanks for your kind comments and continued support.

 

Tony

 

Same here, but modelling in N gauge means there's even less choice available. Especially for Drummond fans.

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4 hours ago, CarriageShed said:

 

Same here, but modelling in N gauge means there's even less choice available. Especially for Drummond fans.

 

Sorry to hear that - I'm not really up to speed with what is and is not available in N - perhaps 3D printing might offer some answers?

 

Tony

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2 hours ago, Tony Teague said:

 

Sorry to hear that - I'm not really up to speed with what is and is not available in N - perhaps 3D printing might offer some answers?

 

Tony

 

There's the Union Mills wide-cab T9 with 6-wheel tender in N, which comes up quite well when lined and detailed. There's also the underpowered Dapol M7.

 

With a bit of hacking the T9 could produce an L11 even if the wheels are a little large, but there's no fully acceptable watercart available, or any other type of Drummond tender loco. 3D is definitely a promising way forward though, and I'm keeping a close eye on developments.

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Tony, 

 

Your rake is looking fantastic, it looks like we have both been working on similar things.

 

As for the ballast plow - Strip and repaint! :crazy_mini:

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6 hours ago, Jack P said:

Tony, 

 

Your rake is looking fantastic, it looks like we have both been working on similar things.

 

As for the ballast plow - Strip and repaint! https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/uploads/emoticons/default_crazy_mini.gif

 

Jack

I am sure you are right!

I am just a bit reluctant because it looks pretty good as it is, but I shall have to bite the bullet as it will be running with a rake of large ballast hoppers which are already in the Engineers Dept livery.

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After a photographic visit to Tyseley Loco Works this morning, I managed a little more progress on the wagons this afternoon.

 

All are now painted and the first three have been lettered and numbered and admitted to the operational fleet:

 

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These are an L.G.W. (private owner) grain wagon from a Parkside kit, an LMS 6T fish van (d.1885), and an LMS 12T van (d.1664), both from Cambrian kits. I decided not to weather them at this stage, partly because I have yet to weather the majority of the existing wagon fleet, and besides, I just want this large batch of wagons off the workbench!

 

Hopefully a few more will be cleared over the next few days!

 

Tony

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36 minutes ago, Tony Teague said:

 I decided not to weather them at this stage, partly because I have yet to weather the majority of the existing wagon fleet, and besides, I just want this large batch of wagons off the workbench!

 

 

They're not off the workbench until they're weathered! :)

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This may sound hard to believe but it seems that in Churminster Goods Yard, the wise words of Mick Bonwick were not heard!

 

In the early hours, it now seems that the three unweathered wagons were picked up the the Yard shunter, P class no.1555:

 

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They were attached to the Down Pick-Up goods:

 

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Before two wagon loads of beer from Wadley's Brewery were picked up from the Goods Shed and shunted onto the front of the train:

 

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With the shunter's work done, it retired to the headshunt as daylight started to return :

 

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which allowed the train to move up, ready for departure in the Down direction behind the train engine, No.693, a 'black motor'!

 

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Last seen heading in the direction of Eastleigh!

 

Tony

 

 

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I take it you can only move certain stock under the cover of darkness in case they are seen by a certain person????

 

Lovely pictures.

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One of my (many) obsessions lies with having as many trains as possible accessible for immediate, or almost immediate running, rather than having them stuck in a drawer, so as you can imagine, despite the existing storage roads accommodating 'quite a few' trains,:laugh: I am always looking for new places to increase storage! :o

 

A week or so ago, I woke in the middle of the night thinking "cassettes"!! :crazy:

 

And so it was that for the last two days my good friend Giles Walburn (with minimal help from me) has been installing access for a cassette system which will connect with the twin exit roads from the existing lower fidlde yard:

 

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I am aiming for about 5 'cassettes', each of which will be 1.5m / ~5' long and so should accomodate 4 or 5 coaches or around 12 wagons, plus a loco:

 

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The cassette tracks are formed from angled aluminium and these connect to the entrance road electrically via two large brass clips (apologies for poor pic quality):

 

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The track feed is controlled by the setting of the entry point, and this cannot be set when no cassette is present because a microswitch is fitted underneath the cassette, which is in circuit with the point motor feed; this also powers an indicator light on the Control Panel to show whether a cassette is in place or not.

 

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Trains will need to reverse in order to regain the cassette road, but can be driven out.

 

I am already working out how to fill the cassettes!

 

Tony

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Tony,

 

if if there was ever a layout which proves that you can never have enough storage, then yours is it. You must have over 80 trains ready for service now, including the cassettes!

 

 I’ve also been dabbling with cassettes, so far made out of wood with Peco track. They seem to work, but my carpentry is a bit messy on the storage box, so the system will need some fettling. They’re a useful addition, but a bit of a fag compared with having stuff actually on the layout.

 

Andy

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10 hours ago, Mick Bonwick said:

 

Just above their installed position - on a couple of wooden 'brackets' fitted to the front supports of the top fiddle yard.

Planning for 5 cassettes, which are quite narrow at about (from memory) 50mm wide.

 

Tony

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28 minutes ago, thegreenhowards said:

Tony,

 

if if there was ever a layout which proves that you can never have enough storage, then yours is it. You must have over 80 trains ready for service now, including the cassettes!

 

 I’ve also been dabbling with cassettes, so far made out of wood with Peco track. They seem to work, but my carpentry is a bit messy on the storage box, so the system will need some fettling. They’re a useful addition, but a bit of a fag compared with having stuff actually on the layout.

 

Andy

 

The way I see it is that there is still too much stock in drawers!

But you are right - loading a cassette is never going to be as good as pushing a button to activate a train on an installed storage road!

 

Tony

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A further batch of those wagon kits are now completed (excepting weathering - shh!).

 

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I had to use some old Modelmaster waterslide decals for the "SR" on the meat wagon below, and I found them far less satisfactory than the HMRS pressfix ones I have used everywhere else. I have ordered some more of the HMRS variety and may change these when they arrive.

 

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These four wagons are already being shunted away by the resident P class loco, so just two or three of the more problematic wagons remain to be completed.

 

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Then I really must get back to some of the higher priority jobs that I keep putting off!

 

Tony

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1 hour ago, Tony Teague said:

 

Then I really must get back to some of the higher priority jobs that I keep putting off!

 

 

Like weathering.

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6 hours ago, Mick Bonwick said:

 

Like weathering.

 

I might have known it! :rolleyes:

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A few miles south of Churminster the RAF requisitioned land some years ago, on which to build an airfield, and whilst its precise location must remain a secret, I can reveal that the perimeter fence has recently been renewed.

 

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The white blobs around the outside are actually outcrops of chalk, since the location is somewhere up on the downs - but I must say that the chalk looks in bad need of weathering!

 

This area is still very much work in progress which is why I have not shown it before, but I am actually quite pleased with the security fencing which is by Ancorton Models, although the cruel camera shows up where the barbed wire needs straightening! Perhaps a light dusting with Testors might also make it less shiny - it needs not to be visible in the moonlight!

 

Tony

 

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2 hours ago, Tony Teague said:

A few miles south of Churminster the RAF requisitioned land some years ago, on which to build an airfield, and whilst its precise location must remain a secret, I can reveal that the perimeter fence has recently been renewed.

 

I'm not sure that the Land Rover should be in the same photograph as the aircraft. :(

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