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Keith,

 

Modelbahnwerkstatt have brought out the V80.  Not a big class numerically but very typical on Bavarian branch lines once the BR 64 had retired.  Have a look at the Spur Null Magazin web site.  If you are interested, the British importers are Anthony Ellis (A & H Models) and John Hayward (Team Track Trading).

 

Your bid for 36 has been accepted.  But note that 93 to 99 have been taken by the passenger stock, so the lights can be turned on and off.

 

Everyone,

 

So far today I have fettled the track to get smooth curves.  After supper there will be a session cutting cork into strips to fit between the sleepers - this will save on ballast.  Any reduction in poundage (both monetary and weight) is to be welcomed.

 

Bill

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Ballast.  I've been experimenting and the following brew may work.

 

I have an abhorrence of granite ballast.  It weighs a ton, costs a bomb and turns green when glued down.  I used walnut shell on Beaulieu but my cheap source has dried up.  The manufacturer used parrots to masticate the shells but the Home Office immigration controls has dried up his labour supply and parakeets don't satisfy his quality control.  Basically they chatter all through the shift.

 

Woodland Scenics produce walnut shell ballast but at an estimated cost of £1 per foot of track.  Ouch!

 

Nick Taylor has made me aware of an alternative.  This is oyster shell, which is sold by the more rural pet shop as chicken grit.  Cost is about 10% of the Woodland Scenics product.  It needs a quick whirr in my redundant coffee grinder and a shake through the kitchen sieve.  I mixed oyster shell and walnut shell in the approximate ratio of 10:1 and showed it to Nick on Saturday.  He agreed it looked like limestone ballast but thought it was, well, just too clean for a barely maintained branch line. 

 

 The answer could be the addition of coal dust.  A whizz in the aforementioned coffee grinder and a shake in a tea leaf holder (out of a Christmas cracker) and it has darkened the ballast.  It looks better than granite and is a lot lighter. 

 

Next job is to stick it down on the layout.  Then see if it looks right.

 

Bill

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Exhibition diary.

 

One of the problems about exhibiting a layout as work in progress is reaching a consistent level of development across the layout at each show.

 

So for Erith on 25/26 January 2014, I will have ground cover over all the scenic area, a passenger platform and hopefully will have completed the ballasting.

 

The next show is a local one day event at the Bertha James Centre, Masons Hill, Bromley on 22 February 2014.  I doubt if there would be much advance other than tidying up the ballasting and developing the ground cover. 

 

Then there is Burgess Hill on 17 May 2014, for which Chris has an RMWeb thread.  The mail decision is whether there is time for the backscene to be painted, which may depend on the availability of the artist.  Other than that there is a water crane to build, buildings to light and one never knows what goodies will be acquired on my trip to Germany in April.

 

Bill

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Today has been spent in the garage making and gluing down the passenger platform.  A dive into the house for a coffee, then back out  to start the ballasting.   There is an oil filled radiator out there, but it's only taking the edge off the cold.  And a choice of Radio 3 or Classic FM.

 

Bill

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Ballast update. I've applied the ballast to Board 1 - and it's come out too dark. So I've washed out most of the coal dust from the mix. At the moment my double radiators are home to Philly cartons containing wet ballast..

 

Bill

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A very quick update as I prepare for Erith. Nick came over a couple of times (suffering with bronchitis) and we persuaded all the Cobalts to behave themselves. So the layout works. I've nearly finished the ballasting, using my patent walnut/oyster mix with a variable addition of coal dust; glued down with dilute Copydex with a squirt of washing up liquid. I've got a week for this lot to set solid.

 

From Thursday onwards I'll be covering the front boards with Hydrofibre.

 

Bill

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At Bill's request, here are some photos of Höchstädt at Erith. I will leave to Bill to do the captions.

 

Erith was an excellent show for both layouts and traders. Höchstädt survived the outing well with only a few minor problems - more than can be said for my back after lifting it. I need to think carefully about layout weight and transport.

 

Tony.

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Thanks to Tony for taking and loading the photos.  The first pair of photos show a BR 64 and three Thunderboxes arriving at Höchstädt.  It must be the first train of the day as the milk is being loaded into a Kühlwagen.  Then we jump to mid morning as the freight train is standing on Gleis 3; note the guards van immediately behind the locomotive.  The Postwagen is in the third and fourth photos, standing in front of the freight facilities, which are part of the station building; this is the work of Peter Smith of Kirtley Models and is a model of Muggendorf.  The rest of the photos concentrate on the arrivals end of the station with the Köf fussing about.  Note the (empty) beer garden and the election poster of Konrad Audenaur from the 1957 election.  Three years have passed so its a bit faded, but hasn't been defaced at Fränkische Schweiz  has a hotbed of the CDU.  The trees in the beer garden were grown by Jacquie Perrat of Ceynix Trees.

 

Bill

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 Höchstädt was out at Burgess Hill this Saturday and here are the photos. The comments are Bill's.

 

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The Prussian BR 78 draws forward with empty stock

 

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whilst the Köf sits in the refuelling road.

 

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An end view of Höchstädt - on the left is the BR 78 and a brace of bogie Umbauwagen with the Köf beyond, a BR 64 arrives with three Donnerbüchsen, whilst the Postwagen waits by the goods shed.  The station lights do look good.

 

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A close up of the BR 64

 

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and another one

 

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as the BR 78 departs.

 

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The BR64 runs round its train.

 

Tony

 

 

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Tony,

 

Nice photos. Shame about the gut overhanging the layout in the third photo.

 

If you look at post #33, you will see the station name shown as HÖCHSTÄDT on the front of the building. A member of the public commented that umlauts were not included on capital letters, so the name should be HOECHSTAEDT. We elucidated he had done his national service in the north of Germany. Tony spent Saturday evening checking his sources and proved that umlauts were employed in Bavaria. So we don't need to repaint the station building. However, no conclusions about northern Germany.

 

Bill

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For northern German examples, look at the name boards at LÜBECK and MÖLLN. Plenty of Umlauts there. However, at Gößweinstein the name is written GÖSSWEINSTEIN as there is never a capital “ß“. 

 

Font depends on the era.

 

Tony

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I purchased a political poster at Buseck in 2013..... It's a CDU poster of Konrad Adenauer - "Keine Experimente!". It look great, but it was pointed out to us that the CDU didn't campaign in Bavaria, leaving it to its CSU partner. So TonyA has researched Bavarian posters of the late 1950's / early 1960s, and I now have a selection of eight posters, including the CSU poster of Konrad Adenauer - "Keine Experimente!".

 

I have plans of how to present them on Höchstädt. Maybe Tony can publish them on RMWeb, but unsure whether they are in copyright?

 

Meanwhile I'm experimenting with the backscene, taking note of comments on other threads..... Working on the country end of the layout first. The townscape will be done later.

 

Bill

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Regrettably they are all copyright and from a variety of Internet sources. However, if you are interested, try a Google image search for "Wahlplakat Bayern 1958" or whatever your favourite date is.

 

Tony

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Bill, nice to see Hochstadt in the modeller. I do keep looking at the Piko BR64 and railcars and thinking you could make a nice German branch like Hochstadt ;)

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Bill, nice to see Hochstadt in the modeller. I do keep looking at the Piko BR64 and railcars and thinking you could make a nice German branch like Hochstadt ;)

Paul et al,

 

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Andrew Burnham gave me a portfolio of photographs, which I feel able to use now there is a later issue of Continental Modeller. Note that the copyright is held by Peco. Here is a taster; let me know is you would like more, because there is a fair amount of work to reformat them for RMWeb.

 

Bill

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Good to see a bit of appropriate diesel power at Höchstädt.

 

Of course, at that date it should have the large silencer (Schalldämpfer) on the cab roof but then the sound chip would be wrong.  :jester:

 

Tony

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OK Guys, the whole train actually belongs to Keith. In my view it looks good (or as good as any smelly can look), sounds good but is a little s0d when we try to use the automatic uncoupler. Best uncoupled manually.

 

Bill

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Today my will weakened......and I was persuaded by Harvey at the Hobby Shop at Faversham that the new Heljan AC Cars Railbus would look good.

 

No, I says, its not German and won't fit on Hochstadt but............ resistance was futile.....

 

Keith

 

 

PS: maybe DB did borrow one from BR to see how they compared to their own railbuses.......

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The layout looked good when I saw it at Telford last year. Since them I have been slowly collecting German 0 gauge stock towards the day when I start building my own DB layout. Cant wait... but I have to until Ramchester is nearer completion.

 

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Another batch!  A few of the freight train, with possibly the best view of the beer garden, then the Kiss BR 78.  An impressive beast and pretty heavy as well.  It has been known to get away from the operator, with a detrimental impact on the Prellbock.  post-11383-0-47401400-1432849727_thumb.jpgpost-11383-0-88349900-1432849759_thumb.jpgpost-11383-0-11113500-1432849826_thumb.jpgpost-11383-0-95266000-1432849851_thumb.jpgpost-11383-0-84321900-1432849897_thumb.jpgpost-11383-0-92631500-1432849923_thumb.jpgpost-11383-0-39037400-1432849951_thumb.jpgpost-11383-0-89415500-1432849976_thumb.jpgpost-11383-0-62765900-1432850002_thumb.jpgAgain a reminder that the copyright is held by PECO.

 

Bill

 

Edit - the BR 78 also had a detrimental effect on a cow! 

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