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Great Southern Railway (Fictitious) - Mr. Adams' Finest and a Family Saloon?

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Well, it turned out that my box of transfers isn't at the club after all...

I've lined out one-and-a-half splashers, but I'm not very happy with them - I need more practice, and these will get a lot of touching up in several sessions over the next week or so - so these will probably get repainted at some point in the near future. The lining was painted with Citadel acrylic paints and a very fine brush. I know that a bow pen would (with some practice) provide much better results, but for the next little while, funds are going to be very tight. Not only have I just had to replace my laptop, but I've found out that I'm likely to have to move house in the next few months. This may mean completely redesigning Linton, we will have to see.

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I know what you mean about the absorbency of card, I've had that too, and I agree with Jim, if you get the end beading glued down then it won't move/break.

 

Over here (Canada) you can get Shellac in a spray can, is that an option?

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I've not encountered spray shellac but I'll certainly look into it! Does it still impregnate the card as well as brushing it on? 

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Even polyurethane is fine at a pinch for treating card.  One of my now very old card 'O' gauge coaches was sealed with polyurethane before painting and it's still fine even after lots of being handled and taken to exhibitions, a house move and being stored away in various boxes.

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My box of transfers has appeared, so further work has happened towards the lining of the Radial tank.

 

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I'm still not convinced by the curved lining, but it's getting there. The lining makes a huge difference to the appearance of the livery! Below the loco is seen posed with Kingfisher24's Highland Loch (which started out as an Oxford Adams Radial, and which donated a bunker full of coal to mine:

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And when I got home, I couldn't resist posing it on the shelf with some LSWR-liveried carriages I had lying around. I can see this being a rather nice train when completed!

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Not much to report I'm afraid - modelling time has been limited over the last two weeks, with the discovery that my flatmate has bought a house. Paperwork is still being done with mortgage brokers and solicitors, so I still have a little time, but I have been spending most of my free time flat hunting. This, of course, also means that plans for Linton are also up in the air at the moment, although I am hopeful for one particular flat which would have the necessary space...

A little work has happened on the lining of the Radial, and I have added some slim tension-lock couplings to two carriages which I bought at the Glasgow show back in February - decently bashed-about Triang clerestories which look to be intended to be LSWR 45-foot carriages, as the brake matches some drawings fairly closely - which had been painted in Southern green and were being sold for a song (£15 for both, if I remember correctly). A quick respray with Phoenix chocolate and salmon (after removing the lettering transfers to prevent show-through) and I have two carriages which, while not perfectly accurate (the waist panelling isn't deep enough for a start!) are perfectly plausible LSWR carriages which fill a gap in the roster until I can build more appropriate ones. The builder has done a fair chunk of work on them - adding footboards to bogies, completely new underframe equipment (although the lighting dynamos and battery boxes had to go and I'll be fitting lamps to the roof soon enough). I need to do something about that droopy front buffer on the 1st/2nd composite though! And yes, I know that technically such a train should have a brake compartment adjacent to the locomotive. I'll get around to it!

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All has been quiet in Linton, for too long! But no longer. It is the time of the annual migration southwards to warmer climes, for the Uckfield show. Always a highlight of the year, although the journey down, traditionally by overnight Megabus (sadly no other overnight travel options are available, at least not on my budget!) is usually less fun. I'm looking forward to seeing Gary (BlueLightning) again, and to meeting a few others from the Pre-Grouping section of the forum. 

Anyway, it is about time for the epic 12-hour journey to begin... If you live closer to Uckfield than Edinburgh (454 miles by road, according to Google Maps), what's your excuse? :P

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Looking forward to your arrival!! I shall be ready to grab you from Polegate in the morning!

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Excellent. I'll see you there at 09:05. I stand corrected. The journey is but a piddling 11 and a half hours!

 

Eight and a half hours on a coach. Why do I do this to myself. Ah well, here we go! 

 

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Bon Voyage

 

I cannot be there but I am farther away, by a bit of a margin.

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On 27/01/2018 at 10:02, Killian keane said:

Sounds very interesting, I recommend you read the fictitious history of the South British Railway by mr R.R.J. Plummer as published in the Autumn and Winter 1968 editions of trains illustrated

Interesting, has this article been reproduced somewhere online, or does it require searching around for a copy?

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On 18/10/2019 at 00:34, GWRSwindon said:

Interesting, has this article been reproduced somewhere online, or does it require searching around for a copy?

I'm not aware of it being published elsewhere, but the magazines do show up for as little as £1.50 buy it now on eBay. No comment on international postage, though. I might have to have a look at getting hold of copies myself.

Today was the first day of the Uckfield show. An excellent show, as per last year. With it being very busy today, I didn't get a chance to get many photos of the layouts, as it was very busy, and amongst my stewarding duties, I spent an hour co-operating Aerodrome Park with Gary (@BlueLightning). However, I did manage to get around some of the stalls, and have walked away with a nice little haul:

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A copy of Southern Style, Part One:  London & South Western Railway, a copy of Private Owner Wagons by Peter Matthews, which has lots of useful drawings as well as notes about private owner operations, a Chatham Kits LCDR 3-plank drop-side open, a Prickly Pear SER 4-plank open and a SE Finecast Billinton brake van. These should keep me busy for a while!

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44 minutes ago, Skinnylinny said:

I a Prickly Pear SER 4-plank open and a SE Finecast Billinton brake van. 

 

Oh dear, I fear I will be following in your footsteps. Do you know if the SEF brake van can easily be adapted to the 4-wheeled version? As far as I can see, the 6 and 4-wheeled vans are virtually identical above the water line, though the 6-wheeler is shown as 2" taller. I missed out on the Prickley Pear SER wagon at Scaleforum as I was out of cash...

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5 minutes ago, Compound2632 said:

Do you know if the SEF brake van can easily be adapted to the 4-wheeled version?

 

Answering for @Skinnylinny as they are currently sat at my workbench building the brake van! The instructions say it can be "converted to a diagram 1568 4 wheel brake by removing the centre axle boxes"

 

and Paul of Prickley Pear was only around as a visitor, although he had a few kits with him allowing Linny to grab one.

 

Gary

 

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13 minutes ago, BlueLightning said:

 

The instructions say it can be "converted to a diagram 1568 4 wheel brake by removing the centre axle boxes"

 

 

Hum... the diagram shows 9'9" wheelbase as against 5'0"+5'0"... I'll look forward for a report on the build!

 

Am I seeing the axleguards/boxes/springs cast as one piece with the solebar?

 

13 minutes ago, BlueLightning said:

and Paul of Prickley Pear was only around as a visitor, although he had a few kits with him allowing Linny to grab one.

 

 

My wallet escapes again...

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2 minutes ago, Compound2632 said:

Hum... the diagram shows 9'9" wheelbase as against 5'0"+5'0".

 

Just measured the brake van kit, the overall wheelbase is 39mm

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Well, that went surprisingly well - Gary showed me the basics of whitemetal soldering, and a thoroughly pleasant couple of hours later, I was the proud owner of a substanially-complete (it needs couplings, handrails, painting, glazing and the roof adding, plus brake handles for the verandas as the ones in the kit were a bit tall) Billinton brake van. 

So pleased am I with this kit that I'm going to go back to them tomorrow and buy a bullion van and possibly a set of single bolster wagons from them too!

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Welcome to the wonderful world of white metal soldering!

Duncan

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Great to meet you today, Linny, though a blow that SEF had sold out of the Billinton brake van! I consoled myself with a Parry dumb-buffer from the opposite corner of the hall. Can't go to an exhibition and not come way with a wagon kit!

 

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It was excellent to meet you, too, @Compound2632, as well as @TurboSnail and others. I ended up walking away with a fair few kits:

The SEF Billinton brake van, plus a bullion van and a pair of single bolster wagons from them too, a Chatham Kits LCDR 3-planker, a Prickley Pear SER open (as an exchange with another Uckfield club member for two of my 3D-printed wagons. Plus, another few trades have ended up with me having a few resin LSWR van kits, an LSWR cattle van, and a D&S SECR brake van to add to the collection.

Modelling time at home is a little limited right now, although I'm waiting to hear back about another flat (still looking to move fairly soon), which I'm hopeful about - this one has space for Linton as planned, plenty of storage, a dishwasher (hurrah!) and is less than a five minute walk from the office, so... I'm trying not to be too hopeful, but still...

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So, good news first: I got the flat! Move-in date is still uncertain, but should know by Tuesday. There's space for Linton as planned (although I may end up mirroring the track plan, we'll have to see), which is good, because when I came back to Scotland from the Uckfield show by train to London and overnight coach, I was bringing something with me that I haven't mentioned yet: 

 

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Three of Linton's baseboards (the scenic ones, for now, while I work out how to arrange the fiddle yard), which Gary ( @BlueLightning ) very kindly provided. I must admit, the coach driver gave me some funny looks as he loaded them into the luggage compartment, and there are a couple of scuffs to the edges as a result of the journey, but nothing which won't be hidden away at the back, under scenery. 

It feels kind of weird knowing that I already have the track, and in a week or two I should have somewhere to place the buildings I've build so far... Linton begins?

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Yay the baseboards reveal themselves!!

 

Can't wait to see the layout begin to progress!!

 

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Well, it's only been nearly 70 pages of procrastination planning and preparation!

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Minor update: Move-in date will, in fact, be tomorrow! Given I've not started packing things yet, I'm expecting to take about a month to move during evenings after work. However, the boards, being temporarily located nearby, might actually be one of the first things to move in. Exciting times for the Great Southern Railway.

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