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On 06/02/2021 at 16:09, Hunslet 102 said:

The bus depot fits in nicely with the station, a good addition to showcase a few buses together.

You have captured the colour of the eau de nil on the PD3 superbly, did you mix it yourself?

yes, but I can't remember the formula!  I think it was paint supplied by Jim Poots, and some extra duck egg blue from my own stock. 


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One of the most pleasurable aspects of our hobby, is spending an hour (or three!) on taking a little corner of the layout which has been quickly set in place when building, but not properly "finished". Though there's always something more to tweak...the "bus station" was one such, but I've recently spent a few hours on two other areas, before beginning work on a loco conversion,which I keep putting off for some reason!


At Ardglass (to feature in Railway Modeller sometime in the next year DV) there was a row of cottages which sit half over the controller. I built them from plastic card nearly twenty years ago. At long last i fixed them in place and added gardens etc;  I think they still look quite appropriate.




And before anyone asks, no there are no chimney pots, in the village I grew up in there was were some very old cottages and they didn't have them!



Gardens are a bit cramped, of course, but the back windows have nice views of the trains, unless blocked by carriages left on the narrow Gauge siding!


2103874548_ardglasscottagegardenend.JPG.13af5af6f420076de91c761355285e3c.JPGThe end cottage has a wee bit more garden with room for a shed and a tree! 


The other area is a narrow gauge halt near the Stranraer motive power depot. It was also on a previous layout, though facilities have been improved, there's an ex-bus shelter now. There's even someone waiting for a train!  The"Ballylumford"  station name board, I had lying about for years  from a friends 009 layout. The two 6 wheel coaches come from the same source,  No1 on the narrow gauge is a little Roco continental H0e 0-6-0  - I've made it look a bit more irish/british (I think)  and it's nickname on the line is "Tiny".....after all it's not much bigger than the Wickham trolley in the background.








The final pic is just a crop of one above but I think captures the atmosphere of a narrow gauge railway, stepping back in time. I think mine adds a lot to my pleasure ! The man standing on the platform is a little metal one from an unknown manufacturer -possibly  pre war Hornby Dublo - he's wearing  "Plus 4" trousers, once beloved of golfers.




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A newcomer on test on the Ballycrochan line, No 99 in NCC maroon.    I think they look well in this livery; transfers by railtec and lining HMRS. Name/numberplates Guilplates; dome by Alan Gibson, and top feed by 247 Developments....

Tablet snatchers by Highland Railway Society; they are a little different from the Lochgorm ones I used before, but require no soldering together of tiny bits...! Quite a "cast list"


It's mostly new "bits" on the cut down Hornby 4P chassis, with a Bachmann/Mainline LMS tender shortened. I use the orignal smokebox and front end, and the cab roof. 


The train is 5 Bachmann LMS panelled 57' coaches; someday i may renumber them, they look well, though not actually correct for NCC.



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