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  1. Over the last fortnight, I've been working on this standard design N.E.R. design wayside station building. It's based on a few stations which made use of this design. I'm using drawings from Aysgarth, but have made some minor alterations in using barge boards and stonework profile from Kirby Moorside and Sinnington on the Ryedale branch. Materials, as with most of my buildings are Slater's plasticard, re-enforced with 1mm plasticard sheet and various sizes of Plastruct. The stone sheet is Slaters 7mm scale 0420 Stone Courses, which translates to roughly 9" high stones when used at 4mm scale. This weekend I've started to add some paint. The stonework is grey primed, then two coats of an off white/grey, then lightly brushed WWS concrete dust weathering powder. Some stones have then been picked out with the same weathering powder, but with a trimmed brush to apply more pressure and precision in where the powder goes. I've also been working on the bay window this weekend. A somewhat fiddly job, which I think will now be painted before fitting the windows and frames. The paint scheme will be for the N.E.R. period as per Goathland and Levisham are on the NYMR.
  2. Well that’s put a smile on my face. I like that a lot Paul!
  3. It's another sunny day in the Vale of Pickering as Class B No.860 passes Wilton Carr gatehouse with the daily Scarborough to Helmsley pickup goods.
  4. I'd still be interested to find out. The impression I got for the N.E.R. was there were workings, which included mineral traffic (so that is interesting to hear the Tyneside electric system can be added to that list) which would have a specific headcode and that sometimes included a disc like what was seen on the Southern Railway. But for regular workings, eg express passenger, pickup goods, regular passenger etc, the impression I get is these were standard across the N.E.R. network. That is my guess though, and I could be totally wrong.
  5. Thanks @DCB, I have a small shunting layout using Peco bullhead, so will give Smokey Joe a try on it. I'm fairly sure I've done this before and it was ok though. That sounds like a good idea using DPDT switches for all the sections. I will give the track plan a re-work.
  6. Thanks for your reply @Jeremy Cumberland, this certainly gives me something to think about, and to know the general concept of switching the goods yard or mpd control between the up and down controller as a sound approach is good to hear.
  7. I'm about to embark on a reasonably large scale loft layout tail chaser in 00 scale. The scenic section will use Peco Bullhead track and therefore unifrog points. I intend to power the frogs. Each individual section of track will have droppers to a bus wire. For various reasons, I feel DC is the best choice over DCC. My 8 year old son has models such as Smokey Joe which I imagine will not be an easy prospect to hard wire a chip, nor do I particularly want to modify his models. My father also has a loft layout running on DC. We frequently share locomotives between each other. I have tried running DCC fitted locomotives with the DC cv option turned on and find the quality of running on DC is usually not as smooth compared to being fitted with a blanking plate. I don't really want to be refitting blanking plates every time models need to run on his layout. I still intend to wire the layout so DCC is a possibility in the future however. So turning to DC, I want to keep things as simple as possible, but at the same time offer flexibility in operation. There will be two running lines - one controller for each. Crossing over between the up and down line is something I would like to explore the options. My fathers layout has one crossover - with isolation on the crossover line. Both controllers then have to be turned on, the correct direction set on each and the power balanced. This is to put it bluntly, arduous and therefore the crossover is hardly ever used. I have included below a first draft of the station track plan. The up and down lines are shown in orange and purple. There is then an mpd in blue and a goods yard in green. Under this plan, the mpd and the goods yard can both be accessed in the same way. From one direction access is direct, then from the opposite line access is made via a diamond crossing. Both would be isolated from the running lines on both rails at the positions where the orange or purple change to blue or green. Which controller is providing power to the goods yard would be by means of a DPDT (double pole double throw) on-on switch. I think that is the correct type of switch, but could be wrong! A second switch of the same nature would provide the same logic for the mpd. A final addition would be some isolation protection for the running line if the diamond is set to be accessed on the opposing line. I've really only followed my own logic with this concept and have no idea what other modellers do. What I would really like to ask is whether this is a sound approach or if there are alternatives? There is for example no direct crossover between the up and down line with this idea. Any feedback and ideas would be greatly welcomed.
  8. Here is another old 51L kit I've put together this week. An N.E.R. diagram F2 insulated van.
  9. Re the buffer type.... I think that is because No.1759 is based on the new build. No.2093 is the one to get in N.E.R. period condition, with tapered buffers.
  10. Having a closer look at these in the flesh at Model Rail Scotland today, they look superb... I noticed the Central Division P7 of 55985 has the drop buffers painted black rather than grey. This looked a bit unusual I thought given the P6's and P8's on show were grey. The archive photo of wagon 55985 I would have said they were grey also.
  11. Here is a Rapido "Not Quite Mink", or as I've dubbed it "Not Quite G8", which is the N.E.R. diagram it represents. There are some details which aren't quite right... holes in the solebars, vents on the body ends, axle boxes, brake lever, but these aside, it's a pretty nice model and the livery application looks great. I've fitted three link couplings to the models plastic hooks, which appear strong enough to be put under load in a train. If the hooks fail, I'll look to fitting some metal ones. Other than that, the only job has been to apply some black paint on the wheels and to weathering powders, mostly soot to tone the pristine finish down.
  12. I've now got all of the windows, doors and gutters fitted on the station building. Downpipes and canopy remaining to be added. Also some internal walls to avoid seeing windows through the building.
  13. After a bit of measuring, I realised it only needed a whisker of opening up the hole to fit the Smiths links. 0.55mm increased to 0.6mm. Hopefully the plastic hook is strong enough, as it doesn't look straight forward at all to fit a metal hook.
  14. A little job this morning was to fit the Narrow Planet numberplates to my N.E.R. Class B. This is a NuCast kit, which I purchased last year - built, but had it re-lined and renumbered. A very nice smooth runner.
  15. Maybe, but there isn't much there to make them bigger, so finding some finer chain links would probably be preferred.
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