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  1. Happy New Year everyone! I’ve written off January to clear & tidy the basement and office all of which look like a demolition sites. (see pics) Having applied this treatment to my newly spotless workshop (see other pic!) I’m cracking on with building the 10 Heljan MPD depots for the fiddle yard. Going to super detail these, how I’m not sure at the moment. However the fiddle/marshalling yard will have working ground signals on all 35 roads, (inc dead end siding) 5 of the working 1m high lighting gantries I’ve mentioned, various foot gantries for the staff, dummy point motors, about a ton of ballast (god I hate ballasting), walkways, portacabins, offices, concrete trunking and more signals. This will be the fictitious area of the layout and not to be confused with a slice of Healey Mills to the east of it. I really enjoyed watching the long MGR’s pulling into the yard whilst another one next to it started to slowly trundle away. I’m even mulling over adding a new section going forward with 3 giant cooling towers (these would have to be at least 3 metres high) and a working MGR unloading facility. To make room for this I’d have to use the idea of building onto trolleys which roll up to the side of the layout. Couple of years away this to be honest .. Anyway the copper & brass has arrived for the lighting gantries so best get cracking with the blow torch
    33 points
  2. A visit to the Yorkshire Dales Railway (now the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway) at Embsay in April 1990 this morning. The photos show some infrastructure and stock, nothing was running that day. I'd been to the funeral of a relative and had called in on the way back to Northumberland to have a quick look round. Embsay 11th April 90 C14289 Embsay 11th April 90 C14291 Embsay 11th April 90 C14292 Embsay 11th April 90 C14293 Embsay Hunslet 11th April 90 C14298 Embsay Hunslet Wheldale 11th April 90 C14286 Embsay MD&HB No 36 11th April 90 C14300 David
    28 points
  3. And here's Launceston Castle coming through the down platform at Stoke C. I quite like this angle looking across the station. John C.
    25 points
  4. 6697 heading West. A loco from the Welsh valleys pulling at least a couple of grain wagons from Scotland into the West Country......
    25 points
  5. As mentioned a while back my north to west train is about to take a rest for a while to free up a storage loop for the Wolverhampton train with its refurbed restaurant car. Here are a couple of shots of it heading west to north behind a Star...... ... and another pair of it returning towards Plymouth the following day with Launceston Castle in charge. Those Stanier coaches were unlikely to have been seen on such a train pre-war, I know. Probably even less likely to be seen coupled to a GWR carriage still in the 1928-34 livery, but the Hornby Staniers are nice models and I like to give them an outing occasionally in place of the Bachmann period 1 vehicles. (I guess some ancient LNWR vehicles would be even nearer the mark?) John C.
    24 points
  6. April 1993 at Lucker in Northumberland now. The photos were taken from the overbridge to the north of the site of Lucker station. RMWeb had a glitch when I uploaded the images so they are not in quite right order. Lucker 37689 and ano down April 93 J13782 Lucker 56095 up April 93 J13833 Lucker Class 47 down freight 7th April 93 C18408 Lucker DVT up 7th April 93 C18410 Lucker Class 90 down Kings X to Edinburgh April 93 J13780 David
    23 points
  7. Work underway on the cattle dock. Gone for side conversion of the loading bay, I understand it was a local project....! Buffers moved back to give room for one cattle wagon only at a time. Concrete base added to form an area for run off for......well you can guess!!...into central drainage channel. Metal gate to be fitted where shown with a another gate & fence at top of ramp where the mock up had decided to lean over just as I took the picture. Existing fence will have additional bars to look like it has been strengthened. A bit of a hybrid really but it does give me reason to run cattle wagons into LM.
    22 points
  8. Yet another shot of the A1. Well it is a very nicely cleaned Top Shed engine, after all.
    22 points
  9. Army loco 'Llanddewi No. 1' shunting in Bethesda Yard, prior to working back up the Light Railway to Llandewi:
    21 points
  10. A few days ago I started building three Peco/Parkside container wagons – the current discussion on wagons was the kick I needed to get going again with them. I had, many months ago, started the preparation – filing off the flash, drilling holes etc – but I got distracted. There was also some good inspiration on RMweb (a thread on Conflats from 2013 – sorry, don’t know how to make a link) much of the imagery by jweallans, and his pages on The LNER Encyclopedia website. On mine, the bulk of the work is done: L-R, a Conflat A with FM container, Conflat A with BD container and a Conflat S with DX container. I will add weight to the containers as opposed to the wagon undersides. The DX container will likely be sheeted as I’m unsure what load could easily / successfully hide the lead weight that I’ll use. There’s nothing particularly special or noteworthy about them. I do like to carve off much of the brake shoe moulded detail and replace it with brass, such as the Bill Bedford brake safety loops and I like to put in the various brake rods and levers. On the Conflat S there will also be safety loops on the brake shoe cross shafts. I have added loops to the containers corners and wagons bases for the securing chains. I have made up vacuum pipes, screw couplings and I’ll fit Gibson sprung buffers once painted The securing chains are based on Roxey shackles and hooks. These are them being made up. The shock/spring absorber (I’m assuming that’s what it is) is made from 1.5mm OD tube with wire loops from soft brass wire (untwisted picture hanging wire) to secure the hook and shackle, all carefully soldered. They’re a bit overscale but they’ll do. I had no chain and am waiting on the arrival of some cheap super fine stuff from the far east to finish them off. Kind regards, Iain
    20 points
  11. Tony Here's a taste for you of 10000. These were taken before I started to play around with it. The detail in the unusual cab is most impressive. Since then I've removed the troublesome steps and have refitted them below the valence and further in from the edge. I also removed a small amount from the top of the step fittings and reduced the depth of the actual steps. On one side I've also chamfered the edges. Its all a bit of trial and error to see what works best before I decide whether I need to make some from brass. I'm also likely to remove the moulded handrails on the steps and replace with wire but I've left them there for strength at the moment. I've reduced the overall width from 44mm to 40.6mm. It doesn't interfere with any of the platform edges on my layout now. Andrew
    18 points
  12. Your shackles look rather nice Iain. I think I will have a go at adding the shock absorber next time on mine. For what it's worth, here are my efforts. The conflats and BD container are parkside kits and the 'a' type insul container is from Bachmann. Shackles are from Roxey I made it fun for myself by fixing the container to the bed before making the shackles.
    17 points
  13. Hello Dave, my son bought me a Mercian Models kit in 7 mm for my birthday, some years ago. He asked me to build it and make it go but it was for his son, who was six months old at the time. It was nice to build, and in the kit were included parts to build either open or closed cab. I built the open cab version, and finished it in plain black, and to 0 gauge fine scale standards. It was compensated and runs very well with its Mashima motor and gearbox. Being a fully paid up Yorkshireman, I couldn’t waste the additional parts, so a part kit, part scratchbuild appeared with full cab, compensation and big Mashima and gearbox. I finished it in crimson lake, which puts it running prior to 1911? Here are a couple of pics. One shows the open cab version behind. I note they are gathering dust. Derek
    16 points
  14. When light is so scarce, I have to take more pictures of the same things, as time to put together more trains is limited. So here is more of the same, but at least featuring two locos rather than just the one.
    16 points
  15. Tony, Yes, there are more! Here is another selection from 2016/17. To finish a couple of trainspotter type views circa 1958; The first one highlighting what so often happened at the lineside being distracted by something else. When on hearing a loco whistle, a fast run towards the lineside fence was attempted, but still too slow to see the complete loco for identification purposes. The second one captures a trainspotter in the deep south in a state of joyous disbelief on copping PAPYRUS hammering along. Did this really happen with it being so far from home? Eric
    15 points
  16. Thank you all for your kind comments regarding Leysdown. See below a photograph of pull-push fitted SR Class D1 0-4-2T No. 2605 hauling SR Pull-Push Coach Set No 756 at the station. Given the earlier discussions in the thread, the model of the locomotive was originally constructed by John Taylor from a etched Albion Models kit for his now dismantled Dyke Station P4 layout (MRJ 111). The locomotive has had a few changes over the years including conversion to DCC sound. Happy New Year.
    15 points
  17. Well aged, surprisingly nuanced and subtle with overtones of oak and an exotic finish…. ….and the whisky looks interesting as well…
    15 points
  18. Thanks for all the kind comments, and yes the 68 does sound rough (but kind of nice!) a few from today, Doncaster to ratcliffe and back Shunt driver posing! Waiting at hexthorpe, colas locos passing by And empty in ratcliffe Back into decoy 66789 passing by Keep saying I should model these ex 507 barrier vehicles Freight 321 unit and the Cemex 66 which appears to have had a good wash! Back in Monday for a basford hall to bescot and back job
    15 points
  19. I've never seen that film before. By 1974 I'd been in the RAF eight years, done a tour on Hunters in Singapore, a tour on ground attack Phantoms in Germany and was starting work on the air to air missile test establishment at Valley in Anglesey. I was once in a short recruiting film about Phantoms that was made when I was doing the conversion in 1970 but have been unable to find it again on the internet. I've tried posting it on TNM but the file is too big and I'm not tech savvy enough to figure out how to get it sorted out. If anyone knows how to go about it I could send them the file on wetransfer to get it done. Dave
    14 points
  20. I’m really sorry to hear that, Rick. I tend to disregard anything I read about the coronavirus in the popular press: very few newspapers (if any) are able to resist writing sensationalist headlines and alarmist articles. Diphtheria still kills, rubella still kills, influenza still kills - but alarmist stories about diphtheria don’t sell newspapers or get clicks… Let’s be very blunt here: unlike what the headlines imply coronavirus infection does not automatically lead to symptomatology; symptomatology does not automatically lead to hospitalisation and hospitalisation does not automatically lead to intensive care treatment and poor outcomes or death. I think that the omicron variant is a reason for cautious optimism: the data so far suggest that for the majority of people who have been vaccinated the omicron variant will cause little and tolerable symptomatology (if any). Yes, there will be a few that will get very ill despite vaccination - but this is true of all viral diseases (including influenza which regularly culls the elderly). BUT If you are not vaccinated, then all bets are off! The problem for the health services around the world is although the omicron variant results in a very low percentage of serious cases, because it is so infectious and highly transmissible, even a small percentage of a large population is still a number that most health services will struggle with. SARS-CoV-2 is here to stay but with new treatments and vaccines that can be quickly modified to cope with new variants (“quickly” in the drug development sense), Covid-19 will become just another viral respiratory disease that will cull the elderly and the genetically unlucky - like influenza - but leave the majority of the population mostly untouched. Time to get on with life - even if it’s not quite the same as before the pandemic.
    14 points
  21. I don’t think I have been so confused about which day of the week it is as during the present holiday week. Odd things like mail (special Covid test last week) arriving on a Sunday and model railway items being delivered today. I ordered some 009 points last night from a local retailer and as he was passing he dropped part of my order off to me. We had a nice chat especially as his van then wouldn’t start and I managed to park a car near enough to jump start it. Fortunately the Fiesta was quite adequate as getting to the battery in a modern Land Rover requires removing a plastic cover. The cover is not as I thought to keep moisture away from the battery but to keep it warm. Anyway I am just keeping myself to “is it bin day?” or “are we expecting any deliveries today?” instead of proper days of the week now. Tony
    13 points
  22. Renumbering a lot of my Pre-tops O Gauge Locos into early Tops around 1976-79. 37054 is the first.
    13 points
  23. This morning Veronica had a Pilates session so in a spirit of goodwill I took her there by car rather than leave her to grapple with the vagaries of the Sunday bus service. That left me 45 minutes before I needed to pick her up and Bunnings is only 10 minutes further away, so... I went to see whether they'd got any 9mm marine ply and yes they had! Moreover, the nice chap with the saw was able to cut it for me so I came back with three pieces of wood, two big ones that will go to Pentowan in due course and one smaller one that, together with some offcuts I already had, will finish off the Polperran baseboard top. Success! After lunch I cut the Polperran tops and their supporting joists to size and laid them in place to check the fit. All was well, so I fixed the joists to the baseboard structure. I left the joists over-length pending the final design of the Pentowan approach and scenic sea wall/beach/sea area. Easier to chop them back later than to add bits on. Separately, one of my ancient Mainline/Bachmann panniers stopped working a while ago. I opened it up last night and found that a couple of wires had snapped off the decoder - not sure why, so I tried soldering them back without success. Today I removed the decoder from my old Mainline/Bachmann Mogul (which, having been replaced by the Dapol one, is now enjoying a second life as a useful source of spare bits for split-frame chassis). I'll change the decoders over and reprogram the replacement so that 7715 can go back into service.
    13 points
  24. Oh how I wish this could be posted as a 'sticky' at the top of every Faceache page......it would stop so much damage.
    12 points
  25. If it's any help, I built a pair of curved 5' x 1.5' baseboards out of Kingspan off cuts and 12mm ply (ends) and 4mm ply (sides). You can pick them up between your thumb and forefinger. By the time the track is added you need to pick then up with... a thumb and forefinger. I'm getting to the stage where I'm adding a permanent backscene from ply with some stand off blocks made from 2" x 1" offcuts. By the time all the scenery is added and with the backscene fitted it might require two hands to pick it up, but only to make sure the lift is stable. Rather than use Kingspan, next time I'd be tempted to buy in the densest EPS styrofoam board I could buy. It will cut with a hot wire cutter: Kingspan will not cut with one as it is is a different formula and is known as XPS foam.
    12 points
  26. I haven't seen DH, he must have been at the Bar in the Mess on urgent business.
    12 points
  27. i think it’s been trialled recently but don’t know much more about it really Day off today, popped to the station to get a bike ticket for tomorrows job and a traction engine went past crewe to bescot the. Warrington to landor st tomorrow
    12 points
  28. I’ve used powders to try and vary the shades of colours on the fire irons so they’re not a uniform colour Difficult to show in a photo Thats it now though, I don’t want to bore everyone with appearing to post the same thing
    12 points
  29. The layout is currently in its TOPS phase c1980. Here are a few images from today. Trains await departure - the Bachmann 25 will be due for the chop when more of the better models appear: P1080843m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr HST, now with TGS, which were being inserted into the sets in 1980, new Bachmann 117 and Heljan 25: P1080842m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr A pair of the new Bachmann 117s: P1080847m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr Bachmann 45 modified to represent an ETH fitted one, with Bachmann Mark 2f stock: P1080845m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr
    12 points
  30. More progress on the DJH Raven A2.............. Handrails and vacuum ejector pipe. Like most NER (and GWR) locos, the main horizontal handrails carried on over the smokebox door in a continuous curve. As anyone who has to make the feature knows, it is an absolute fag! Normally, I do the whole thing in one go, but the nature of the smokebox door (which includes the front ring, to which a central top pillar is attached) means that technique is impossible (at least as far as I'm concerned). So, I split the process into three operations - the two main horizontal handrails, then that curved front. A dictionary of profanity is as useful as the soldering iron! I represented the little gadget on this side of smokebox adjacent to the handrail with an old-fashioned 'football' handrail pillar. Not too much now, before she's off to Geoff Haynes for painting. Then.................
    11 points
  31. At some point the flight deck can become the modeling table. When I served on the Hawk, I walked the perimeter of the f/d several times; very close to a half mile.
    11 points
  32. Some more images, taken today. Single units: P1080866m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr A Class 46 awaits departure: P1080864m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr Carriage sidings with diesel depot in the distance; P1080863m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr A grubby Class 45 - the set is in the formation of a Nottingham-Glasgow service c1980: P1080862m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr Class 33/1: P1080861m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr Cross-country unit: P1080860m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr Looking from the MPD towards the station: P1080859m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr A Class 25 (Heljan) takes the empty stock of a sleeper into the carriage sidings: P1080857m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr Class 50 on a TPO: P1080856m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr More Class 33s: P1080855m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr Class 40: P1080854m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr A view of the station: P1080853m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr Cravens DMUs: P1080852m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr A Class 45 departs with Mark 2f stock: P1080851m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr A Class 47 on Mark 2a/b/c stock: P1080850m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr Locos await their next turns: P1080849m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr Class 37 on HBAs: P1080848m by Robert Carroll, on Flickr
    11 points
  33. Hi Jon, would be great to see some pictures of your locos when they are finished - the fact they are GER isn't a problem, I don't mind a bit of thread drift although I am still keen to see some more of the MR etches people have built and hear their experiences with them. My M is going through the paint shop at the moment, I will post pictures when it's finished. Currently on my little front room bench are more David E etches, a rake of MR arc roof coaches which will form a Bath, Bristol local. These have made up very nicely, vac pipes, couplings and interiors to go - painting can wait! John Aldrick has kindly sent me some samples of his generic coach floor pans and ends in readiness for another mainline rake but before that I'm etching to have a go at a pair of Nigel Hunt 483s. Jerry
    11 points
  34. I do not profess to be an expert about the details of the V2, so will refrain from adding comment to what has been posted already about this model. As a purchaser I thought I'd post some of my own observations here, and show a comparison with Bachmann's previous model, which I also own. I have purchased 60845 in BR lined black livery with the early crest, this particular locomotive spent 18 months allocated to Woodford Halse between Spring 1950 and Autumn 1951 - so apart from the shed code used on Bachmann;'s model, it is an ideal model to run on my Eastern Region (ex-Great Central) layout. First impressions are very favourable, it is crisply modelled and runs very smoothly straight out of the box. As Bachmann's DCC sound version of 60845, first impressions of the sound file are good, perhaps not quite up there with the best but perfectly acceptable, although some adjustment of the relevant CV's will be required to properly synchronise the 'chuffs' to the wheel rotation. Whistle sounds are crisp and bright, albeit unusually operated using F4 and F8. A couple of issues emerged during running in. Firstly, the model comes fitted with flangeless wheels in the 'trailing bogie' (Cartazzi truck), hanging low enough to run on the rail surface. Surprise surprise, these bridge the insulation gaps on Peco Code 75 Bullhead turnouts, consistently shorting out and stalling the loco. Fortunately the supplied replacement 'flanged' wheels were fitted and fixed this problem for me, though modellers with R2 curves on their layout will also find this fix problematic as the flanged wheels require a minimum R3 (505mm). The second issue I'll come to later. Some comparison pictures then, between Bachmann's new V2 and the model that it replaced: Firstly looking at their faces: 4771 is the 'old' model on the left in LNER green, 60845 the new one in BR lined black. 60845 has yet to have its front coupling hook and vacuum pipe added, as it is still undergoing acceptance trials following its receipt from Kernow Models! The re-tooling here is obvious, much crisper mouldings, much greater detail and generally showing the level of refinement that you'd expect in 2021. As I said before, I won't comment on its accuracy as a model, just those points that are obvious to the 'average' purchaser. The only obvious thing to me on the new model is the minor loss of crispness in the rivet detail on the top of the smokebox, presumably a consequence of the moulding process. A similar level of detailing is observed around the cab and tender area. The tender itself is substantially different, although it bears a 'family resemblance' the detail differences are many and obvious. To my mind the coal load is poorly modelled, though this plastic component falls out easily and will be replaced with the real stuff as and when the loco passes its acceptance trials: I also thought it worth illustrating the revised arrangement between the tender and loco underneath - new model on the left (below). This is very different - the Cartazzi (trailing bogie) arrangement is simply a fixed axle with a lot of play, it is lightly sprung and goes round R3 curves (20" radius). On the right, the old 'swivelling' arrangement. The tender wheels clearly have been remodelled to allow electrical pick-up, though why have Bachmann reverted to having a plastic section in the middle of the axle??? I can only see this giving reliability problems in years to come... The electrical connection between the locomotive and tender is very different to the little white 4-pin plug we have become accustomed to. The arrangement used here is large and unwieldy but mostly hidden from the normal layout viewing angle. Its design will be familiar to modellers who also have the 'Blue Pullman'. Bachmann have also supplemented this with the same pivoting arrangement that they use on bogie coaches, that opens up the gap between loco and tender on corners... : That rigid connector and its pivoting arrangement leads me to my main issue with this model, from a running perspective. As a light engine, the model runs very freely and well: first impressions were excellent and the model traversed the entirety of my layout without issue. However after the obligatory 30 minutes running in, I put the new V2 on the front of a train, a freight totalling 34 axles of RTR stock (5x 4-axle bogie bolster wagons and 7x 2-axle open wagons). This relatively modest load pulls on the tender to such an extent that the coupling between the tender and loco becomes stretched even on straight track, and consequently gets swung off-centre as if the loco is traversing a curve. On straight track, this results in the tender 'crabbing' behind the loco, offset from centre about 4-5mm: this effect is very obvious, occurs with both examples of the new V2 that I have seen, and occurs every time the train travels on a straight section of track after traversing a reverse curve. I'm still scratching my head over how to fix this... any ideas? Apart from that, it is a lovely model, runs well and it looks great in the BR black livery. But I'm definitely scratching my head about what I can do to fix the dodgy tender coupling....
    11 points
  35. Morning all, It is a frigid 16 degrees outside in Fahrenheit, with a windchill of -1. Some light snow fell yesterday but melted immediately. It rained a few days earlier so there was a “pond” in the yard this morning, frozen over. It can just about support my weight. The rest of the ground has taken on the appearance and feel of permafrost, but is lacking in woolly mammoths and saber toothed tigers…. I managed to turn up a third bogie wheel yesterday morning using the hacksaw method suggested by Andrew. It does take a while but works. The other wheels have been painted and it’s looking rather nice… Douglas
    11 points
  36. Work still ongoing on the cutting, but a 4-image panorama from 30 minutes ago.
    11 points
  37. Happy New Year A good start to the new year with a bit of work on some coaches. first up the toplight third has had its underframe painted and is now ready for service. Also a good start on the F24 slip, the end has had the rivets embossed above each of the end steps along with soldering the droplight in position. The side was prepared drilling out the holes for the handrails, embossing the door stops, drilling for hinges (although one set need redrilling as the holes are clogged with solder). With this done the ends and sides were assembled in the usual way. annoyingly I forgot to prep the roof before fitting. The drawing supplied with the kit is wrong (it has been printed too large) and is not dimensioned, so the correct roof vent locations needed recalculating before marking up. The holes will all be drilled with the Dremmel to ensure as little force is used as possible
    11 points
  38. Thanks Jeremy, I hope you are well. The 92 has come out nicely, but I must say most of the credit there lies with the guys at revolution who have put together a brilliant model. When first opened, the model almost had a 'toy' look about it. I don't mean that in a bad way, but the more modern locos tend to look that way (in my opinion at least) when modelled well and completely clean and new. The model has taken very well to a light weathering. The class 31 below is probably a slightly worse final model, but somehow I am more proud of this one because it needed a lot more effort with wire hand railings on the cab front, washer nozzel covers, bufferbeam and boggie modifications. All of which are at the absolute limit of my modelling skills, but have been a fun challenge, even if not done perfectly. A huge thanks to Duncan for this model as well, both in help with sourcing the correct transfers and tips he gave a while back about roof detailing which were put to good use on this model. I am looking forward to getting them both out on the layout before long. All the best, Dave
    11 points
  39. That was for building the plastic kit....
    11 points
  40. She IS a lovely little dog. I hope she’s enjoying a well earned “retirement” Lucy (10), like Shona, has gone white around the muzzle - sadly reminding us of how quickly they grow old. The only thing wrong with dogs, all dogs, is how short their lives are. Apart from than that, they can be perfection in companionship. iD p.s. If you think Shona is overweight, try and persuade Mrs ID to cut back on the treats - a pound or two less and Shona’s joints will really thank you (my joint pain has improved after weight loss - works for humans, works for dogs…). Older dogs do tend to suffer from joint stiffness and other skeletal problems.
    11 points
  41. Interesting observation, and one I've thought about Hornby for a while now. Looking at their recent past when it comes to non-steam prototypes, there would seem to be a "follow my leader" aspect. For years the "wise old sages" of the model world would routinely claim no-one would ever release any 3rd rail units, dismissing them as "boring", "mundane" and niche. Then Bachmann stuck two fingers up to the purveyors of received wisdom and released the CEP and EPB. This led to Hornby's "Marmite" VEP which despite it's detractors sell for silly money second hand on eBay, which, as a company desperate for easy cashflow to balance the books, you'd have thought someone at Hornby would have noticed and been releasing more, but then also released their range of "electric kettles", steam era EMUs which are as "Modern Image" as a Merchant Navy but which seem to have done OK for them, and has been a market they have kept to themselves. But. If Bachmann hadn't done the CEP, would Hornby have done the BIL and HAL? Probably not. The same pattern emerges with overhead electrics, where after Heljan's false start with their 86/2 the sages were quick to condemn overhead electrics as sales lemons, never to be developed beyond the aged Lima 87 and Hornby 86. Once again, Bachmann stuck two fingers up and tooled up the 85 - and roughly in parallel, committed to a 90 when Hornby decided to go for an 87 (speculation on my part, but I suspect a spoiler given the 90 is pretty much an 87 mechanically, from a model perspective, and would have been the obvious follow on for Bachmann). Again Hornby waited until Bachmann had proven the naysayers wrong to join in with a model - and when Cavalex announced their intention to develop a 91 and Mk4, Hornby dive in with a spoiler announcement, clearly having been shown by others that electrics can sell. Had Bachmann not done their 85, Hornby would have been happy churning out their near 50 year old 87s and 86s for ever more, no doubt. In fact I'm amazed they've let Denmark come back with an improved 86, snatching a model they clearly think of as "their territory". On that basis, I wouldn't be surprised to see an updated 86/2 as a shot across Heljan's bows. However, I still think a first generation DMU may yet emerge - it's a market Hornby have let Bachmann take from them, now Heljan and to a lesser extent Dapol have also made a mark, yet Hornby only have the 30 plus year old 110 and ex Lima 101 (nice above the chassis, not so good below). Could this be the next move in the game of "follow my leader?" This is important. Hornby get the junior trainset market and are the undisputed leaders in that field. They also get the pretty kettle on the mantlepiece market. However, not to put too fine a point on it, that market will dwindle over time, not vanish, but dwindle. In the meantime, a whole generation of modellers in my age cohort will see Hornby as irrelevant because they don't make the same kind of range and breadth of non-steam outline models as their competitors. They really could do with a post-steam market analysist who preferably has an active eBay account so they can see where the nearest thing to a free market we have is trending price wise. Don't think Mr Kohler has that skill set.
    11 points
  42. Just one more look. Something different tomorrow, I promise.
    10 points
  43. Planes, trains & automobiles May 2021 This was a longer circular walk starting at the Fullers End Footpath Crossing at Elsenham, Essex and follows paths through the triangle of lines forming the entry to the Stansted Airport branch to the edge of the airport and back, passing back and forth under the M11 as well. There is a network of tunnels and streams and some very steep sided hills. The route uses a foot crossing located just as the double track into the airport becomes single for the tunnel. Gritty urban in a rural setting! The Land Sheriffs were patrolling the tracks and tunnels when I passed through. Fullers End Crossing Later on the route the footpath crosses a few hundred yards before the tunnel at Tye Green Crossing https://abcrailwayguide.uk/tye-green-public-level-crossing-essex. There is a SPAD indicator, some sort of storage area full of scrap track panels and other bits and pieces. All pics were taken from places of safety/publicly accessible with various lenses - basically from the stiles on either side of the crossing. The tunnel entrance is obscured by trees and infrastructure so I did take one whilst walking across (with a 300m telephoto!) to get a clear view. I was hoping to get above the tunnel entrance or alongside to get some shots of trains going in and out as there are paths around it it but the entire approach and tunnel mouth are surrounded by thick belts of trees so impossible to photograph except from the crossing If you follow various paths you come up the hill that the tunnel goes through and the Stansted control tower comes into view, along with the aircraft. Then loop back to Fullers End. I will dig out the details of the trains at some point!
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  44. Something like that. Once upon a time I had quite a nice 009 layout that had to be dismantled so that Aditi could use the room as a study. I have tried to restore the remains of the layout but if I want to use any of the locos and rolling stock it will be easier to make something simple to play with. I also have some HO narrow gauge stuff too. They may appear as well. I will make the new layout much lighter, the old boards used mdf, timber and plywood. The new ones will be styrofoam with thin ply if needed. They will be constructed outside but hopefully will be light enough to be carried inside so I can play trains when it is a bit chilly in the garage. Tony
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  45. Another couple of kit efforts relating to containers... I am rather happy with the paintimg of the deck on this one. Not sure what happened to the XP decal though. Probably attached itself to what ever I was wearing at the time!
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  46. Good evening, everyone, and thank you, russ p, and David, for the new year greetings and good wishes. I hope you’ll both have a prosperous new year. Well, this evening I’ve found a photo’, by Jeremy Chapter, on Flickr, of a 4 car class 104 BRCW DMU, on the 15.48 to Scarborough, with the driver clearly making preparations in the cab, whilst at the adjacent platform 5 is a 2 car Cravens, class 105 DMU, with a former Scottish DTCL , E56471. The date is the 12th September, 1975. Best regards, Rob.
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  47. Last of my Holiday repaints of Steam Engines - J69 in O Gauge re-worked from LNER to BR(E)
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  49. Here's a sight that'll gladden a few hearts. I do have - ahem - rather too many of these squashed LMS vans so I've come over all Clive and going to have a go at creating one out of two. The spare chassis thus released will come in useful as I've got a few of the old 1970s Mainline chassis that ought to be consigned to history. My recently built ABS LMS van is there for reference. I'll let you know how I get on...
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