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The continuing life of “Bench Road”


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On 08/09/2021 at 13:01, Barnaby said:

Any build news WRT?

Hello Barnaby, unfortunately there’s been no progress on the layout this week as I’ve been on early shifts at work and unfortunately the creative side of my mind would rather collapse into bed after an early. I have also been preparing for a trip to Wales, to namely the Talyllyn Railway for their gala this weekend and beer festival. 
 

This evening I had to do the steam test on one of my live steam engines to prepare it for the trip. 
 

 

When I get back from Wales I’ll be on lates so normal service should resume on Pontfaen Yard.

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Hello WRT, don't forget to pack your camera too.

 

That's spooky, I use to work for "Tom Rolt's" son Richard who was an engineering designer and had a business in Bromyard.   His dad Tom had lots of involvement at the Talyllyn Railway and as your Loco shows had one named after him.

I managed Richard's business so he could have extended holidays and generally be absent from the factory.

As long as I dealt with the factory running, kept the free coffee on tap, kept the secretary in tray topped up, saw that the build time line for the kit was on time he was happy. 

 

Best

 

 

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On 29/08/2021 at 11:16, WelshRailTog said:

Right, part number for the air tanks is W17 so you’ll need two of those and a W20 for the box at the front of the bonnet.

Just to say the air tanks and RHS box have now turned up from DJH so thanks for your help with this. 

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Hello folks, 

 

Not much going on at the moment as I’ve been sorting things out in the house!

 

Did a bit more work on the new class 122 from Dapol. A really lovely model, to be used by the yard to ferry important Navy officials to and from the AD. (Bit of a stretch I know) 

 

D1052 is on the work bench at the mo having its dcc decoder fitted. It’s due to go off to be sound fitted at some point in the new year. 
 

37401 will hopefully go off in a couple of weeks for its sound fitting. 
 

I’ve added a bit more greenery and details which I’ll hope to take some more photos of tomorrow.

 

 

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11 hours ago, WelshRailTog said:

Hello folks, 

 

Not much going on at the moment as I’ve been sorting things out in the house!

 

Did a bit more work on the new class 122 from Dapol. A really lovely model, to be used by the yard to ferry important Navy officials to and from the AD. (Bit of a stretch I know) 

 

D1052 is on the work bench at the mo having its dcc decoder fitted. It’s due to go off to be sound fitted at some point in the new year. 
 

37401 will hopefully go off in a couple of weeks for its sound fitting. 
 

I’ve added a bit more greenery and details which I’ll hope to take some more photos of tomorrow.

 

 

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See you have a better class of driver than scruffy lot employed by the previous owner nicely turned out complete with a tie :boast:must have been the effect of moving Lazy Joe from the site. 

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Good (early) Morning folks,

 

Before I had to head off to work this morning (0430 start) I decided to do a little bit of shunting and take a few photos.

 

 

Not much actual layout progress, as I’ve been building wagons (photos to come)! 

 

Really enjoying the style I’ve gone for for the layout, next priority is to get all four 08s sent off for weathering. 
 

WRT

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Afternoon folks,

 

Today I had a delivery from those folks at Rails. Four Box Vans to strengthen the fleet. 
 

After they had been unpacked I did a bit of testing with one of the 08s. I’ve got about 30% of the collection going off to be weathered in the next few days.

 

A short video of this morning’s shunt can be found here: https://youtu.be/qGLPaAE6u74

 

 

WRT

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On 22/09/2021 at 23:58, WelshRailTog said:

Hello folks, 

 

Not much going on at the moment as I’ve been sorting things out in the house!

 

Did a bit more work on the new class 122 from Dapol. A really lovely model, to be used by the yard to ferry important Navy officials to and from the AD. (Bit of a stretch I know) 

 

D1052 is on the work bench at the mo having its dcc decoder fitted. It’s due to go off to be sound fitted at some point in the new year. 
 

37401 will hopefully go off in a couple of weeks for its sound fitting. 
 

I’ve added a bit more greenery and details which I’ll hope to take some more photos of tomorrow.

 

 

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That looks like our resident Brian Daniels reporting for duty before he retired!

 

Regards, Deano.

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On 07/10/2021 at 01:15, 47606odin said:

Are you going to paint the wagons green and yellow as internal users?

 

Probably not, the Trecwn ones went from Bauxite to RF, they didn’t seem to have the stage that many MOD vans went through. As well as them not strictly being internal user wagons, just MOD Allocated for transfer between 3 separate MOD/RNAD sites.

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Took the plunge....

 

Been deliberating about getting an airbrush for a couple of years now. Finally took the plunge after some good advice from a friend. 
 

My main use will be for weathering, although there will still be some stock that goes away for weathering, it allows me to basic rolling stock and smaller locos.
 

Still getting used to it, but pleased with my progress so far.


I started off with a Warwell, which seemed to come out nicely. Then did a few box vans, followed by the two 08s and 05. 
another coat needed in places but not bad for a first attempt.

 

I’ve also been working on some more scenic details by hand, bit more rust on the fuel point. 
 

Still lots more to do. 37401 will be heading off for sound fitting in the next few days. 
 

WRT
 

 

 

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Great first effort on the weathering. What I would now do on the locos, buffer beams and yellow ends, is with a cotton bud with a little thinners on, (enough to dampen the cotton bud so that it doesn’t drip when you squeeze it with your fingers) wipe in downwards direction to remove most of the dirt, as these areas would get cleaned from time to time. So this gives a representation of cleaning, yet leaves dirt in recesses and around bolts and rivets which is a desirable  effect. You can also use a soft flat brush wiped downwards. I’d start with the 05 buffer beams

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Great stuff with the weathering. I'd agree with 47606odin's comments about removing most of the dirt leaving stuff in the recesses etc with a downward motion, after that you could then go back over it with a light coat of your weathering mix and build up layers of dirt as would happen in the real world. Also check the 05 buffer beams as the bit under the buffers seems to have been missed by the airbrush. 

Look forward to seeing more pics. :good:

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Morning Folks,

 

Not much has occurred since my last posting, as I’ve mainly been working on a few items of rolling stock. 
 

37401 should be back from Overhaul and sound fitting in the next week or so.

55002 has now been lightly weathered. 
D3316 has left the collection.

3/10 Warwells have left the collection 

 

New additions are 

Heljan 37099 BR Blue

Heljan 37403 BR LL

Heljan 20008 BR blue

Heljan 25043 BR blue

 

The long siding has now gained a Demic 12T van. Sadly this rolled off the workbench to its demise, I have therefore used it as a spares donor before weathering and dumping it in the siding.

 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Hal Nail said:

Very convincing although I'd be far too tight to abandon a wagon!

 

How have you done the leaves on the roof?

A light coat of PVA and a small sprinkle of Javis Leaves. There oo scale, but I find they look better for scatter than O ones. 

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