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So the good news is a week on and the panel and board have been connected up and duly tested. Trains have run, generally in the directions they were intended to and generally without falling off, though there is one rail in the slip that needs glueing to the slide chairs as it's wandering a bit. The...
Source: The Strawberry Line | 16 Dec 2017
Zimbabwe has been in the news a fair amount of late I do hope it makes a turn for the better as it is one of the most stunning countries in the world and with some of the friendliest and gentlest people too.  This news prompted me to remember my visit there, in 1989 immediately after leaving univer...
Source: highland miscellany | 14 Dec 2017
I've had a train - Bachmann Peak D41 on Rumney Chassis plus four Bachmann MK1s performing a test run through the storage sidings. The test traversed Board 9 to Board 18 and involved a number of successful forward and reverse moves - I really must register on Youtube and take some videos.  Wirin...
Source: barrowroad's Blog | 12 Dec 2017
Well not golden, rather inspiring and exiting.I've been invited to help backstage with Kyle of Sutherland at Railex next year. As a prelude I spent a very enjoyable day in Skipton being introduced to the layout and its creator.Also, much to my surprise, I've been invited to show Tredethy Wharf at Sc...
Source: Grogley Junction | 12 Dec 2017
Note, that is plant (singular) rather than plants (plural), this isn't about sticking on more stringy grass even though there has been a bit of that too.  The whole of the 'works' end of Fen End Pit has been rebuilt so this means I need to reinstall all the working sand processing plant, the ti...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 11 Dec 2017
With an afternoon spent taking no1 daughter to a birthday party, I haven't managed to get as far as I would have liked on the county.  I have redone the con rods recessing filed down Markits crank pin nuts into the rod (then re testing to ensure it still works).   With this complete I pr...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 10 Dec 2017
Up until now I have been using various gloss varnishes to attempt to make Brettell Road look wet. The results have been somewhat mixed especially on the ground itself. So I’ve given a few AK interactive products a try, still water and wet effect. Here are a few pictures of the results so far (...
Source: P4NewStreet | 10 Dec 2017
I can draw a line under my Dapol GWR railcar project as its now weathered and finished. The new numbers came from Steve at Railtec transfers (click here). Here are some pictures of the end result. ...
Source: P4NewStreet | 10 Dec 2017
Moving on to the clyinders, the initial assembly was very straight forward, although rather let down by the ridiculous amount of filing needed to get the cross head to slide  Once I got the first Half moving I realised that I've cut the rod too short. What I don't understand is that with t...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 10 Dec 2017
As a break from working on Centenaries, today I have been working on the County chassis (the wheels for which arrived with the Centenaries.) Given the chassis frame was built rigid, and I am building in OO, I have decided to try the Markits wheels along with their screw crank pins. The latter wer...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 9 Dec 2017
A new addition:BR Class 03 where briefly used on the Wenford Branch when they replaced the WR 1366 locos and before Class 08s took over haulage along the branch. A couple of years ago I'd purchased a High Level Chassis kit along with Gibson wheels and all the bits to build a chassis for an 03. Thou...
Source: Grogley Junction | 9 Dec 2017
I'm glad I started to put the year in my blog updates as progress has slowed! Pleased to report that the panel/frame for Cheddar has reached my 'that'll do point', for the time being at least. I finally managed to get the MSE lever frame into some semblance of working order. I think it is probably o...
Source: The Strawberry Line | 8 Dec 2017
Onto part two, the second side followed the same approach as the first, with an awful lot of plastic removed from the side to clear the windows. I have also added a fillet of superglue to reinforce the area above the inset doors to provide additional strength. I have also made a start on the roof...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 7 Dec 2017
While I wait for the Romford screwdriver and crank pins needed to finish my County, I have gone back to working on my Cornish Riveria Express project.  Having already built two thirds and a left hand brake, etched have now arrived for the restaurant pair along with the composite. The latter is...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 7 Dec 2017
With the motor sorted out I cut away the molded hump (as well as the seats) and added a new floor from 20thou plasticard.  The replacement seats were from DC kits (I think).  The interior was then sprayed a reddish colour as that’s what pictures seemed to show. I added some curtains (drawn u...
Source: P4NewStreet | 30 Nov 2017
The Cargowaggon twins are now nearing completion, with the second half assembled as per the first and then fitted with the castings for the axle boxes and the springs. It now just needs to be fitted with one part (which I have no clue as to the purpose) and the lashing eyes etc. before it can enter...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 30 Nov 2017
Its been a long time since I last worked on the Comet A20 kit, mostly because I didnt have the required drill to get on with adding the roof vents. Having finally dug one out in order to finish off the Cargowaggon vans, I carried on and fitted the vents to the First.    It now just needs t...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 30 Nov 2017
Following from last week’s post, here are a selection of further photographs from Benfieldside’s outing at the South Hants show, starting with a few around the platforms. One of the charms of the layout are its buildings; typically constructed from cereal packets – good old fashio...
Source: highland miscellany | 26 Nov 2017
As mentioned last time I planned to use a Brassmasters 7ft bogie for the none powered end of my GRW railcar. The Brassmasters bogie is longer overall than the Dapol one – you can see the adjusted one at the top of the picture. Here is the bogie in position with pick ups on the far side. The ne...
Source: P4NewStreet | 24 Nov 2017
One of the key stock items for Wheal Imogen are the vans for bagged clay, for the 1980s this is well served with a mix of VAA/VBA/VDA and VGA along with a couple of long wheelbase Cargowaggons. Whereas for 1998 I am a little light, with just the VGA and Cargowaggons. ​Out of interest when did they...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 23 Nov 2017
A little more work on the TDA,  I have added another coat of filler to the ends which are now nearly finished, the buffer beam detail has been added from the scrapbox (along with depening the headstock with a strip of plasticard). While the underframe detail has been started, (it just needs the...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 21 Nov 2017
Time to finally finish off my 14xx from DJM 58xx conversion, fitting the replacement plates.  I started by removing the DJM plates (I used a new scalpel blade to flick them out), I then checked the replacement Modelmasters plates in the hole (if anyone s interested they are a direct fit). I end...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 21 Nov 2017
Back when the Bachmann 150 was released, I foolishly started thinking about how it could be improved. The plan had three elements, rebuild the chassis of the powered half with a full interior and a black beetle, replace the glazing with a more appropriate level of tint and replace the window frames...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 20 Nov 2017
Benfieldside has just completed its first outing for what is believed to be 17 years and whilst honesty dictates that we must admit to some glitches; especially first thing, on the whole it went really very well.  As I have a fair number of photographs (some with thanks to David Brandreth), I will ...
Source: highland miscellany | 20 Nov 2017
Back in 2009 I started work on building a TDA slurry tank, while these were not actually used in Cornwall (instead dedicated to Quidhampton), the other Quidhampton slurry tanks did appear in Cornwall (and I rather liked the prototype.) The initial stages of the build are covered here, http://ww...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 19 Nov 2017
Well its been a long time since i posted any updates on the progress of this topic , mainly down to the New Premises Issues, which can be found here http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/blog/35/entry-19433-eridge-mk-2-update-new-premises/. In September 2016 i took the plunge to have the ...
Source: Eridge Mk 2 - rebuild of a P4 layout | 19 Nov 2017
Unfortunately we had to vacate our "shared" clubhouse at Cobdown and so in March 2014 we became a club with a large layout and no premises - not a good combination ! Hence the lack of posts.... but that has now changed.  The entire layout was stored Thanks to Richard in his garage while a new c...
Source: Eridge Mk 2 - rebuild of a P4 layout | 19 Nov 2017
For a long time I have had a non runner Bachmann 57 in virgin livery sat in the to sell pile, last weekend I decided to do something about it. Stuck the virgin body on eBay and bought a shell in railfreight distribution which is much more useful for Wheal Imogen.  Getting back from Sevilla tod...
Source: The Fatadder's Modern Workbench | 18 Nov 2017
A bit more progress over the past week with Boards 18 and 20 sorted today. This leaves the lift out section to wire followed by a start on the wiring for the cobalt point motors.  Board 18    Board 18 top view    Boards 17 and 18    Board 20  Attached Thumbn...
Source: barrowroad's Blog | 14 Nov 2017
One wagon I have wanted to model for some time is a Siphon F, after finding a bargain part built K's kit on Ebay at the weekend (including a set of Mallard Models 9ft American bogies) this evening I have made a start on finishing it off. The bogies were an interesting build, with a brass core a...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 13 Nov 2017
Being a little alternative (a.k.a. railway enthusiast), when it comes to preparing for a friend's nuptials, the flesh pots of some poor unsuspecting city do not come up to scratch. Instead, when Chris (of OTCM) decides to have a stag trip, he chooses to go around a grimy steelworks - well you wo...
Source: highland miscellany | 12 Nov 2017
Flanders fields the poppies blowBetween the crosses, row on row,That mark our place; and in the skyThe larks, still bravely singing, flyScarce heard amid the guns below.We are the Dead. Short days agoWe lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,Loved and were loved, and now we lieIn Flanders fields.Take up ...
Source: Grogley Junction | 11 Nov 2017
This weekend, we're on the road with St Merryn in Lincolnshire. You can see the layout at the Spalding Model Railway Club's 2017 exhibition: Exhibition Saturday 11th Nov: 10am-5pm Sunday 12th Nov: 10am-4.30pm Springfields Event Center (PE12 6ET) See you there?...
Source: The South London Area Group | 10 Nov 2017
In just over a week from now, I will be down in Portsmouth for the South Hants Model Railway Club’s annual show.  Despite being a one day show, I find the show to be a good quality finescale show and the crew down there are very friendly, so it is definitely worth visiting.  You can find det...
Source: highland miscellany | 10 Nov 2017
Dapol have recently released a 4mm scale model of the GWR streamlined railcar.  The model depicts one of those ordered in January 1935 to lots 1546 and 1547 meaning it can cover railcars number 8 to 16 (number 17 was ordered at the same time but was a parcels version).  Overall first impressions a...
Source: P4NewStreet | 9 Nov 2017
One topic that seems to come up fairly regularly on forums and Facebook groups is weathering track. I thought I’d do a mini article on my thoughts and how I approach this subject. As always other methods apply. The prototype As with any modelling activity you need to look at the real thing if ...
Source: P4NewStreet | 9 Nov 2017
Further progress on the wiring with Boards 14 and 15 now partially complete. The immediate object is to wire the complete circuit of the double track main line. Boards 14 and 15 are storage yard boards on which the bus bars are now fixed as are the inter board 'jumper' cables. The UTP cab bus units ...
Source: barrowroad's Blog | 6 Nov 2017
My class 25/0 is now done. Here are some pictures. I don’t normally like a pre-weathering shot as its not finished yet. But some people do. Below some now customary moody shots.(well you kind of expected the last one didn’t you?) Wagon News As I mentioned in one of the post scaleforum po...
Source: P4NewStreet | 3 Nov 2017
My article in the new issue of Model Railway Journal - it makes me ridiculously excited to see my with in MRJ!And if this era interests you, there's more on West Halton....
Source: Eastmoor | 1 Nov 2017
My last post recounted the difficulties that I was encountering correctly wiring up a slip and the technique I had arrived at to overcome this,  This precipitated various bits of advice including an alternative approach provided by Richard. Richard’s solution is certainly a little easier than...
Source: highland miscellany | 29 Oct 2017
I currently have 3 projects lined up that involve taking a razor saw to old Hornby models. This is the first one and to be fair there’s a lot more Bachmann in it than Hornby (but that wouldnt fit the title as well!). Class 25/0 This has been on my to do list for years. When we used to help my ...
Source: P4NewStreet | 25 Oct 2017
Again, after much thought, I proposed a further trackplan for consideration to Mr Severs and he very promptly came back with some sound advice. So unless someone can offer any further constructive advice I think the below plan for "stage one", Polbrock engine shed, will be rubber stamped "Approved"....
Source: Grogley Junction | 25 Oct 2017
As you may be aware my friend Phil has taken over the wagon bits and kits side of Colin Criag’s useful range and set up Stenson models. Its hoped this will grant Colin more time to develop stuff as well as new things Phil wants to develop himself. One of the new bits is this rather handy etch ...
Source: P4NewStreet | 22 Oct 2017
Couplings The subject of couplings tends to come up at most shows. Each have their own ideas whether manual or autocouplings are best. I’m firmly in the manual camp and within reason I like couplings to look like the thing they are supposed to represent. Yes I know the infamous ‘hand of ...
Source: P4NewStreet | 18 Oct 2017
30 Years Since the launch of Railfreight Sectors - see more at West Halton....
Source: Eastmoor | 18 Oct 2017
Since July, modelling time has been allocated to wiring the layout. The scenic section of the layout consists of boards numbered 1 to 9 and these are the ones I am focused on at present. This part of the layout is divided into a number of power zones - 1 and 2 the UP and DOWN main lines. Zone 5 the ...
Source: barrowroad's Blog | 16 Oct 2017
I have been continuing with the wiring of Glenmutchkin, but have hit a snag; one that I should have been ready for – the wiring of the slip,  I had been aware that a diamond crossing was a challenge to wire and I was suckered into thinking that the switches on a slip could over come the chall...
Source: highland miscellany | 8 Oct 2017
After a rather disheartening afternoons work on Brent, I've switched to a spot of loco modelling to reinvigorate motivation.  So 4547 and 2921 are both now fitted with etched plates from Modelmasters, the Saint is really coming together now. It just needs a chimney and cabside step fitting t...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 8 Oct 2017
One of the things I wanted to replace as I rebuilt Fen End Pit was the original lighting rig. It was constructed out of 6mm MDF, used florescent tubes and had some rather questionable main power. The layout is a slightly different shape than before so reusing the rig would have involved a lot of rec...
Source: Fen End Pit's Blog | 7 Oct 2017
For various reasons I haven't really updated this site very much over the last year or too, but with a new project coming up we decided a blog to document it would be very worthwhile and provide a nice record of progress. So if you have chance please do pop by - West Halton SidingsIt's over on Wordp...
Source: Eastmoor | 2 Oct 2017
A little time in the paint shop this evening has seen the first coat of Rover Brooklands green on both the 5813 (P4 for Kites Croft) and 1004 for Brent.  The only slight issue with the car paint is that it is difficult to get into the corners, my logic now is to spray some into a cup and then b...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 1 Oct 2017
Not a lot more progress on any real modelling this week, motivation is rather lacking in the post holiday lull.  The other day I picked up a can of Rover Brooklands Green from Halfords, described in the RAF Kinloss list as being a good match for GWR green.  The first two items of stock hav...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 30 Sep 2017
Just to let you know I am at last able to sit at my computer and workbench properly again so expect some new photos shortly...
Source: IanMacCormacModels | 28 Sep 2017
As I'm now layoutless again I have decided to build a tiddler above my bed. Any input or ideas would be appreciated. So far thinking along these (railway) lines... I'm now thinking of doing a series of micro layouts to iron out ballseybodgycockupadoodoowz could you please provide ideas on the...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 26 Sep 2017
The interruption in fresh posts has been caused, in part, by a recent trip to Norway – a country with some particularly fine railways (why else would we go there – well actually there are a fairly good number of reasons!). The trains (or Togs in Norwegian) start almost immediately –...
Source: highland miscellany | 26 Sep 2017
That's right, starting a new project instead. got MANY THINGS right this time, a lot went right, learned a lot, BUT...  But...  BUT...  I am highly frustrated and so was forced to scrap it due to angry bear.  ...
Source: Knuckles' RWS, P4 & SCC Blog | 25 Sep 2017
Ever since it's release I have wanted to get a DJM/ Hattons 1400 class, the only problem being that while Newton Abbot had a number of them allocated, they were not used on the Kingsbridge. (At least I have not seen any evidence of use on the branch). Further more there were no mainline turns en ...
Source: Stock for Brent 1947 GWR | 23 Sep 2017
Whilst it is fair to say that one of the highlights of the weekend that OTCM have not mentioned - Oly's ashen face on Sunday and his continuing insistence that he is never drinking again - here is a quick report on the trip to Expo EM. The Model Railways of Oly Turner and Chris Matthews It...
Source: highland miscellany | 11 Sep 2017
When looking for a quartering problem, don't overlook the obvious.Faced with a pronounced stall on the very first test run after fitting the DCC chip and uniting the body and the chassis, do check that in putting the two together, you haven't squeezed the front steps on each side slightly togeth...
Source: Beer and Buckjumpers | 3 Sep 2017
Work on Cheddar is so slow at the moment. I seem to be doing quite a lot but for minimal signs of meaningful progress. With the wiring on board 4 finished, I've started on the control panel that will be attached to the back of the layout at this point. I'm using 2 lever frame kits from MSE; one is o...
Source: The Strawberry Line | 24 Aug 2017
One of the most characteristic features of the Highland Railway’s locomotives for many years was the louvered chimney.  This was fitted to almost all of David Jones’ locomotives and although some lost them over their lives, most retained them until withdrawal.  Indeed this style of chi...
Source: highland miscellany | 20 Aug 2017

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