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I spent this evening working on my fleet of Class 90s while waiting for the filla to dry. 
 

I weathered the horn grills on all of them as these had been missed out. Quite surprising how many people do! 
I think this greatly improves and enhances the fronts of the model. 
 

 

90048
 

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90028

 

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90047

 

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90042 

 

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90047 also received some extra work. I painted the ends of the pantograph red as per the real thing and finally got round to adding the rerouted jumper cables. 
 

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all these are little changes but make big differences and are the difference between being right and being wrong. 90042 and 90028 are pretty much there now and how I want them. 90047 and 90048 need their battery boxes changing to the design on the Powerhaul model and those will be as prototypical as I’d like them too be. 

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Happy days!

 

I managed to get hold of another Hornby Pretendolino coach pack on eBay for a pretty good price - or the best price I felt I could get in this case. This means I have a complete Pretendolino  set now along with a spare buffet which I’ll sell on once the work is completed to the set to make it an accurate Pretendabellio. 
 

the list of work to be carried out:

 

- Modifications to the roofs on all coaches. 
 

- Modifications to the windows on one side of the buffet coach 

 

- Abellio Greater Anglia decals including coach letters. 
 

- Renumbering on appropriate coaches. 

- Fully repainted interiors into the correct colour scheme. 
 

- Detailed interiors with coach lighting and passengers. 


- Prototypical LED lighting fitted to the DVT. 
 

- Weathering at the end!


 

 

 

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12 minutes ago, Stan68 said:

At last! I look forward to see it behind your Powerhaul Class 90 in the grey!


The Pretendabellio wasn’t hauled by FL 90s. 90034 was hired in around the time the Pretendolino was leased to AGA. It was often seen hauling the set both when it was in service with Virgin and AGA! so that will be dedicated to the set as well as my Anglia 90s as and when they get made. But for now, the FL 90s will have to suffice!

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50 minutes ago, RPNaylor0301 said:

Awesome - genuinely love the pretendolino livery, would’ve been nice to see the mk3s get a little more time on the TPE proving runs. They looked great with the 68s. 


The pretendolino is definitely one of the best and one of my favourite liveries the mk3s carried. It was very eye catching and a very good mix of colours. 

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On 08/11/2020 at 23:26, WrattingRoad said:

I spent this evening working on my fleet of Class 90s while waiting for the filla to dry. 
 

I weathered the horn grills on all of them as these had been missed out. Quite surprising how many people do! 
I think this greatly improves and enhances the fronts of the model. 
 

 

90048
 

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90028

 

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90047

 

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90042 

 

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90047 also received some extra work. I painted the ends of the pantograph red as per the real thing and finally got round to adding the rerouted jumper cables. 
 

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all these are little changes but make big differences and are the difference between being right and being wrong. 90042 and 90028 are pretty much there now and how I want them. 90047 and 90048 need their battery boxes changing to the design on the Powerhaul model and those will be as prototypical as I’d like them too be. 

Hi Jack, nice touches- I had weathered the horns on 048 then cleaned back the yellow to leave the front fairly clean as it wasn’t very mucky in the pics I had but it fits in nicely with the others. I’ve got those chassis bits for you so if ever we are let out I’ll get them to you! Cheers Jerry

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6 hours ago, Squirrel Rail said:

Hi Jack, nice touches- I had weathered the horns on 048 then cleaned back the yellow to leave the front fairly clean as it wasn’t very mucky in the pics I had but it fits in nicely with the others. I’ve got those chassis bits for you so if ever we are let out I’ll get them to you! Cheers Jerry


Hi and thanks Jerry. 
 

Most pictures of 90s I looked at did feature black/dirty horn grills across the board. As in all the liveries I have. Although funnily enough, 90042’s didn’t seem to get as dirty, either that, or they done a better job of keeping it clean!

 

Thanks for the chassis bits. Let me know when you plan on doing them! 

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Havn’t posted in a while, I didn’t do any work on the layout last week due to things arising in my personal life but this week, I continued and I’ve made pretty good progress. 
 

The concrete hard standing is pretty much finished, although I may continue to work with it a little as there’s a couple of places I’m not totally happy with. But for the most part, It’s how I want it.  I wanted it to be fairly smooth with some small imperfections in places so once I was happy with the sanding, I moved onto painting. This was done by first using Plasticote Suede as a base colour:


 

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I then used watered down grey paints making sure to use different shades of grey and used my finger to help blend them together. It took the paint a few days to dry but once it was dry, I lightly sanded places I wasn’t happy with or I thought could be better. The dust that forms when sanding can be smudged back into the filla with my finger and this will change the tones if needed and improve things. 

 

Here’s how it looked on its second day of drying. 
 

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and here’s how it looks now after sanding when fully dried and smudging in the dust. 
 

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very pleased although im not quite sure about the dark around one of the fuel points so may try and lighten that up. I’m also undecided about the ‘ring’ next to the inspection pit. Could pass it off as a near-recent patch up, But i also can’t help but feel that it looks ‘in your face’ random and rather sloppy. The big difference in shade surrounding it makes it worse so I think some more experimenting will be needed. 
 

 

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the pit is more or less finished now, I just need to add the grated walkway flooring. I blended it in with the hard standing as best as I can and the inside was hand painted using different mixes and shades of grey again for variety. Then weathering washed were used just to add a bit of streaking and other weathering. 
 

 

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Wow what a fantastic layout you are building. 

Love the little extra details you have added to your locos and the scenery. 

Looking forward to seeing your next instalment. 

Keep the up the good work. 

 

Phil 

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Looking great as always Jack! Just been catching up on here as have mainly been following on your Facebook page!

 

Catching up on the track cleaning challenges under OHLE, if it helps at all, when I had my old Wells Green TMD layout on the circuit back in the day my low-tech solution was a Peco track rubber glued to an 8-inch angled stick of wood, and it did the job surprisingly well for a complete bodge! :lol:
 

Look forward to seeing what comes next!

 

Cheers,

James

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23 hours ago, WrattingRoad said:

Havn’t posted in a while, I didn’t do any work on the layout last week due to things arising in my personal life but this week, I continued and I’ve made pretty good progress. 

 

 

It sounds like you feel the need to apologise? Don't. Yor layout is coming along nicely (& faster than you seem to be giving yourself credit for).

It is a hobby to be worked on as & when you feel like it. You are certainly making a lot faster progress than I am...but I am learning how slow it is to replicate a real location. It is rewarding though.

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2 hours ago, porkie said:

Wow what a fantastic layout you are building. 

Love the little extra details you have added to your locos and the scenery. 

Looking forward to seeing your next instalment. 

Keep the up the good work. 

 

Phil 


thanks Phil!

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57 minutes ago, James Makin said:

Looking great as always Jack! Just been catching up on here as have mainly been following on your Facebook page!

 

Catching up on the track cleaning challenges under OHLE, if it helps at all, when I had my old Wells Green TMD layout on the circuit back in the day my low-tech solution was a Peco track rubber glued to an 8-inch angled stick of wood, and it did the job surprisingly well for a complete bodge! :lol:
 

Look forward to seeing what comes next!

 

Cheers,

James


Thanks James! 

 

Facebook is what I’m most active on to be fair, I sometimes still forget I’m on rmweb now ha! 
 

Cleaning under the overheads I wanted to keep as easy as possible to minimise knocking/breaking anything, the track cleaning wagon is perfect, works wonders and completely minimises the risk of breaking the ohle  - only risk is if a derailment occurs but it ran faultlessly on both lines when I tested it so *touches wood* I should never have a problem with it. I can just leave it running round the layout while I do other things which is always good. 
 

I suppose it’s not worth while or harder on a layout like Wells Green TMD as it’s not a circuit/loop so cleaning with a wagon becomes a bit more hands on as you need to keep an eye on the loco pulling and shoving it around the place! I still need to test the wagon on the reception road and electrified siding but I doubt there will be any problems.  I hardly use it at the moment (the reception road)  but will do once the facility area is more or less complete so I can have proper movements happening in the depot. 

cheers!

 

jack 

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37 minutes ago, Pete the Elaner said:

 

It sounds like you feel the need to apologise? Don't. Yor layout is coming along nicely (& faster than you seem to be giving yourself credit for).

It is a hobby to be worked on as & when you feel like it. You are certainly making a lot faster progress than I am...but I am learning how slow it is to replicate a real location. It is rewarding though.


thanks  Pete. 

when I see some decent sized layouts and then hear the owners say how they built it in less than a year, my mouth  drops! :O
 

I’m trying to make the most of second lockdown being at home - I’m normally away over the weekends but the two lockdowns we’ve had means I had to stay home but this of course means more modelling time! This speeds up the build which is always good,  so to waste several nights is quite annoying. But I just wasn’t feeling like doing anything at all. 
 

The layout is two and a half years old now - coming up to three years old if you count the original track plan! So sometimes I feel like I havn’t done a lot but I do what I can when I can! 
 

I’d love to model a real location, but the places I want to model,  I’d need a big big space available :laugh_mini: I’d love to model Norwich or Ipswich - the latter you’d need a warehouse for if you wanted to include the station and marshalling yard. Being an intermodal fanatic, I’d model the yard before I’d model the station!
 

Wratting road isn’t big enough for a real location to be effectively modelled but I do take lots of ideas and inspiration from real places in East Anglia. This gives me something to work from and aim towards, I can look at it and know whether or not I’ve got it right!  I personally don’t strive for ultimate accuracy (unless a class 90 is involved somehow :rolleyes:) but I do work to a fine margin - I can normally see if something is a couple of mm out/off or maybe even <1mm if I’m working with much finer things. Tolerance is important in such small scales but I do take my hat off to those who get every little detail spot on!

 

anyway, thanks for the kind words.

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8 hours ago, WrattingRoad said:


when I see some decent sized layouts and then hear the owners say how they built it in less than a year, my mouth  drops! :O

 

You can do things the quick way but that allows the RTR products to determine the look of a layout, or you can be a little more fussy & make it look how you intended.

There is nothing wrong with either approach but, for me, the latter will ultimately be more satisfying.

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The fuel point road is now fully installed, I’m very happy with it!

 

 

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Its made using rail and chairs from C&L fine scale. The rail is code 75 bullhead and the rest of the layout is standard code 100.  Surprisingly, it doesn’t look bad at all next to eachother. The other option was code 82 but after seeking advice, code 75 seemed the most sensible option - I’m sure it’s not prototypical but in this scenario, I don’t care as options were limited! It was either this, or try and botch it using code 100 and modifying the sleepers on standard track. I did debate finding someone to 3D print me some code 100 rail chairs but I’d already bought the gear from C&L. 
 

I always intended on doing this for the fuel point rather than just have it normal ballasted track. It’s not like it at Ipswich so it won’t be like it on WR. And it makes it a little different to everyone else’s layouts. But boy, it was very time consuming and I take my hat off to the EM/P4 modellers who are fully dedicated to hand building all of their track!:king:
 

after reinstating one of the fuel point canopies, I gave it a full test run with success. 66418 being the test loco and officially the first loco to enter the fuel point. There’s also JUST enough clearance between the loco roofs and the canopy :boast:

 

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I just need to make a couple or small extensions so I can fit two 66s in the area and then they will be finished. At least these won’t take nowhere near as long :laugh_mini:


 

 

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That’s both canopies now fitted back onto the fuel points and I wired up the lights too then as well. I threw another 1k resistor on (they come with one already fitted) to bring the brightness down a tad but I may swap it for a 5k at some point. The area already looking atmospheric which I like! 
 

 

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The fuel point road had its extension fitted too, need to file down one of the rails as it isn’t quite flush yet. Two class 66s can now squeeze in the area. 

 

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On 22/11/2020 at 10:09, WrattingRoad said:

That’s both canopies now fitted back onto the fuel points and I wired up the lights too then as well. I threw another 1k resistor on (they come with one already fitted) to bring the brightness down a tad but I may swap it for a 5k at some point. The area already looking atmospheric which I like! 
 

 

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The fuel point road had its extension fitted too, need to file down one of the rails as it isn’t quite flush yet. Two class 66s can now squeeze in the area. 

 

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Hi Jack, just caught up with the fuel point updates - looks fantastic and can’t wait to see the finished area, cheers Jerry

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Nothing exciting happened on the layout this week, unless woodwork is your cup of tea!

 

work was horrendously busy this week so I wasn’t able to start anything major. But I managed to spend this afternoon fitting the remaining backboards outlining the boundary of the scenic section. 
 

 

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I filled in any gaps between the boards with polyfilla and will leave it go off end will paint them up tomorrow.


A bit of work will be going on in the scenic break area as I need to do a bit of rearranging and altering til I’m happy! That’ll be a job to do soon. There will be a road scene going in and I need to scratchbuild the two bridges I’ll be installing so once those are at a complete stage so I can make the surrounding foundations and scenery. 
 

 

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On 24/11/2020 at 22:47, Squirrel Rail said:

Hi Jack, just caught up with the fuel point updates - looks fantastic and can’t wait to see the finished area, cheers Jerry


Hi Jerry, we’ve been speaking over PM so much, I forgot you commented on the thread! :blink:

 

Thanks for the kind words though, will be getting in the greenery and ground cover and surrounding scenery before the detailing will be going in.

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Something I did make a start on this week is my Pretendolino DVT - turning it into the Pretendabellio DVT! It’s a simple matter of removing the virgin branding which I’ve done. 
 

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I also modified the lighting clusters, filling them in and then painting the whole mould a dark grey colour - in real life it’s almost black but the light from the phone camera flash makes it seem much lighter. I drilled out the night time light too for future proofing if I want to add night time running mode. I need to fit new lights as Abellio fitted 82126 with LED lights featuring bi directional marker and tail lights. Hopefully, I will have hold of something  very soon that’ll be able to accomplish this!

 

 

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Ive emailed railtec about the decals so hopefully will receive a responce as I need the AGA logos for the whole set as well as AGA lettering and numbering for the coaches. 

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