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  2. Something I have been working towards for some time now... A model of the Brush Type 4 Co-Co (Class 47) D1677 named 'THOR'... This was actually the second '47' to receive the nameplates August 29th 1966), as the first, D1671 (September 1965), was scrapped after being involved in a fatal accident on the night of December 16th/17th 1965 , involving derailment by a landslip and susequent collision with a Class 37 (EE Type 3 Co-Co), D6983, which was also scrapped... D1677 was later numbered 47 091 (1974), then 47 647 (1986), then 47 846 (1990) This is a Lima body (Lima L204633) in BR Two tone green with yellow front and canb windows, on a Hornby Railroad chassis, with TTS DCC Decoder fitted. The nameplates are from Modelmaster. I have removed the old numbers, 47 369 and backdated the cab areas into Yellow Panel livery, from the Yellow end and windows. The new numbers are 'Wolf' rub-down from Modelmasters... a pity there wasn't a complete number for D1677, it was fun! I have also cut out the headcode boxes, and drilled out the tail lights... and fitted a driver in each end. Lighting is a distinct possibilty... sometime! ;) The headcodes are temporary ones, from an old Hornby Class 37 sheet... Couplings are Kadee NEM, #18 or #19 I think...
  3. Provence Metre-Gauge Railways - Nice to Digne

    The next step along the Nice to Digne railway line takes us from Saint-Andre-les-Alpes into the next valley - the valley of L'Asse.
  4. More mucking about with New Walmington Pier

    I'll do my best John, but it's not easy whilst exhibiting!!! Cheers, Dave
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  6. More mucking about with New Walmington Pier

    Hi Dave pictures please if you get the opportunity. regards John
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  8. More mucking about with New Walmington Pier

    New Walmington Pier will be at the Bishop's Stortford Railway Society Exhibition on Saturday 18th August at Birchwood High School, Parsonage Lane, Bishop's Stortford CM23 5BD.
  9. Provence Metre-Gauge Railways - Nice to Digne

    This next post focusses first on the Station and buildings close to it at Thorame-Haute. It highlights a local festival and the importance of the chapel adjacent to the railway station. The blog then takes us on from Thorame-Haute to Saint Andre les Alpes. In a number of these posts I have been picking up some images from '' as there is now a rail simulator version of the Nice to Digne line.
  10. Provence Metre-Gauge Railways - Nice to Digne

    Its been highlighted to me that in my last post in this series I did not provide details of Thorame-Haute Viaduct. In that post, I provided rail-level images and then rushed on to the site of Thorame-Haute Station. This short blog is an attempt to rectify that mistake! I guess you could also see it as a bonus for patiently bearing with me as I meander along the line between Nice and Digne-les-Bains!
  11. Provence Metre-Gauge Railways - Nice to Digne

    The next stage of our journey takes us out of the catchment of the River Var and into the Valley of the River Verdon. .... The centre piece of this section of the line is the 3.5 kilometre long tunnel which links the valleys of the Verdon and the Vaire together - the Tunnel de la Colle Saint Michel.
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  13. MOD Kineton and its Railway History

    I was challenged to look at MOD Kineton by someone who read my blog on Bicester Military Railway. This post is the result. ....
  14. Leberecht, my Prussian H0 layout.

    Oh dear! Another long time between updates. My excuse is that I have simply been too busy to write anything! Now that I am taking a short break, I can do a catch up although I’m sure I missed taking some pictures that may have helped explain things. Firstly, I built a small triangular ‘filler’ board for the corner where the layout turns through 90 degrees - this provides a base for some scenery beyond the railway itself, supports part of the backscene and hopefully, provides a way of getting rolling stock onto the traverser (more on this later). Now the weather had turned threatening so I re-assembled the whole layout in my box-room and gave my Prussian motive power a running test, this was very therapeutic and enjoyable. It also served to show that certain of my locos are unsuitable for use on the layout, sadly the lovely Weinert T13 0-8-0T is of too rigid a wheelbase to handle one short but tight curve and my Roco T14 2-8-2T is just too poor a runner - no real surprise there. Also, few of my tender locos will be suitable as they are too long for my little turntable. My scenic expert, Doug had lent me some plaster cast samples of various items, including some lovely “old fashioned” platform sections. These showed that I needed to raise the area around where such items will be installed so I built up the area using strips of Woodland Scenics roadbed. Once this was done, the platforms looked much better. Now, I had to tackle the job that so many folk hate - the ballasting. By now, time was running short and I had to get the layout to a certain state before I could take it to my very good friend, Doug’s house so that he can work his magic on the scenery. So, I had to get a move on! I decided the least tearful way of doing the ballasting was to simply mask everything off where I didn’t want any ballast to appear. Once the masking tape was in place, it was a simple matter to use a small spoon and apply the ballast. Now, I have had some dreadful experiences with ’real’ stone chippings in the past so this time, I am using C&L lightweight ballast, which I believe is made from crushed Apricot stones - it is supposed to be quieter than regular stone and was quite easy to apply. It seems much less abrasive of the finger ends as you work it into position. Once in place, I lightly moistened the area by gently spraying with ‘wet’ water, then applied diluted scenic glue from Woodland Scenics that does not set hard. The trick now is once the glue has seeped into position - get the masking tape off quickly as it is a nightmare once everything has dried in place. By rinsing each piece of tape in a tub of water as it came off the board, I was able to recover quite a lot of ballast too. No sense being wasteful, I always say. Amazingly, each baseboard must have taken at least 8-10 hours to ballast but that includes all the cleaning up of all the rails after each session. Before I painted the sides of each rail with rusty coloured paint, I spent some time cleaning off the little pieces of grit that had glued themselves to the rail, this was another rather tedious job but worth it, I feel. The beauty of working on a portable layout is that it is so easy to separate the boards and turn them around to gain easy access to each side, saves a lot of backache. In anticipation of this job, I had invested in a “Rusty Rails Painter”, a miniature paint roller with a drip feed type applicator. This made painting the rail sides go very much faster than when I’ve used a brush previously. However, I still used a brush to do the finishing touches on the points. With a spell of clear weather on the horizon, it was back outside with the layout so I could now get the whole track-bed weathered. It had been a long while since I last used my airbrush so that got a thorough clean first, then a few practice blasts before I hit the track. After a couple of deep breaths, I did it, from both sides of the layout, first with grey then with track colour, cleaning the railheads both times. Remarkably, this job took only a couple of hours of quick work. I had also started on my back-scene boards which for now, are simple strips of thin plywood, some recovered from other projects and are to be painted a neutral pale to mid grey. When coming to shield my traverser from public gaze, here is where I came across a hitherto unforeseen problem. The backscene has to shield the traverser including when at it’s fully extended position, otherwise the traverser is useless. When set up in my box room, the wall prevents the traverser from fully extending but in the open, it reaches beyond the width of the baseboard. This would mean that the backscene has to be supported in fresh air! My only visible solution was to build a baseboard extension for the traverser board and having done that, I thought that I might as well add a matching scenic extension board too. The layout has now grown by three new baseboards however, only one of which is for home use and this was always planned anyway. I was now in a position to finalise the backscene boards which then let me make a start on building the scenery ‘proper’. At this point, I was committed to adding “hills” directly to the main baseboards when Doug informed me that he had never worked on sectional layout scenery before and he wondered how we would avoid the very obvious joins between the baseboards. This was now panic time for me as I have never gotten beyond this point before and was in brand new territory. Somehow, a flash of inspiration came to me - something to do with the new extensions for the traverser. I reasoned that I needed one scenic section for home use (slim) and one separate section for exhibition use (broader). This gave me the idea of individual lift out sections that would have no joins in them as the sections can now span across two or more baseboard joins. I felt this was the kind of thinking that Iain Rice (a railway modelling and writing hero) might approve of, hopefully! I gathered up all my remaining pieces of plywood but still had to form the larger section from two pieces and when it came to gluing the pink foam* boards onto the sub-board, I weighed everything down with all the heavy objects I could easily lay my hands on. 24 hours under approximately 150Kg worked quite well. Now it was time to start carving the hills themselves - the smaller section I had attacked with an old bread knife but I found that quite hard going so with the larger section, I thought of using my hand saw. This worked well enough for the major profiles then I switched to my surform and was able to finish my landform quite easily. With some logistical changes occurring at Doug’s house with regard to space issues, we agreed to work on my scenery together at my house so I cleared an area in my big shed and set Leberecht up there, ready for a site inspection by Doug. I’ve now ended up with Doug’s impressive collection of scenery building supplies at my house and additional jobs! I had built the faces of my cutting too close to the track, leaving no room for actual scenic treatment so we agreed that I will cut that area back somewhat. This will allow us to add some treatments that should completely disguise where the terrain joins are. Having worked almost full-time on the layout for the past few weeks, I am taking a couple of days break - mainly for family matters so that’s all for now, Folks, John. *Why are these so hard to obtain in the UK?
  15. Llyn Cefni: A section of the Amlwch Branch

    Latest progress... Bridge 22 The basic superstructure of the bridge is nearly there, I decided to completely re-start the span again, and this was the result... A photo of the real bridge 21 for some direct comparison. Board 4 Materials were delivered yesterday to build the rest of the boards for this layout, much much MUCH cheaper than buying laser-cut boards! Built to the same dimensiond as the Grange & Hodder product, I've made a 45* corner board... I used the same dowel alignment system as the laser-cut boards for continuity. Alignment of the boards tested. The Board now has a layer of polystyrene glued on ready for the cork to go on for the track which of course will give us my alignment for the track. The next steps will be to trim off any surplus, lay the cork, then I can begin to build up or reduce the landform around the layout.
  16. Provence Metre-Gauge Railways - Nice to Digne

    This is an aside from the string of posts about the Nice to Digne Line. The valley of the River Var has been prone to flooding over many years. A friend mentioned landslips which occurred at Annot in 1994 and 1996 as a result of heavy rains. The 1994 incident was part of a much wider catastrophic event affecting the whole River Var catchment area. The link below provides some details of the 1994 floods: The volumes of water involved in the 1994 floods were unbelieveable!
  17. Priestfield Depot

    Something from BBC:
  18. MOD Ashchurch and Ashchurch Railway Station

    That is where most of the MOD trains run to and from transferring vehicles.
  19. All Cars Stop Here

    All Cars Stop Here - OO scale Hong Kong influenced micro-layout. has now grown up enough to cease to be a workbench item as it is nowbeginning to look like a tram layout! Works Car 400 sitting by the incomplete yet operational emergency crossover. Hobby Scenes road cones protect the work site and Caboose Industries 208S Switch Throws provide point operation (I used to model HO American). Bachman HKT Car 56 and Corgi Citybus Volvo Olympian at the west end of the micro. All Cars Stop Here - 05/08/18.
  20. Priestfield Depot

    The photo is Hong Kong Tramways Whitty Street Depot which i will be visiting next January whilst on a cruise from Shanghai to Singapore.
  21. Priestfield Depot

    Some background to the layout. After seeing trams on a layout at a model show I thought about adding one to my 'big layout' thisled to me dismantling that layout yet again to incorporate some trams. I started to look for some inspiration and found 'terminus, all change' here. After reading about the Hong Kong tramways online I came up with the idea of a micro layout that I would actually get finished. Afterlooking at what I already had in my railway room I came up with this layout and set to work. Using a huge amount of 'modellers licence' the idea behind what you see is 'what if' London had never got rid of its trams and the tight twisting streets continued to need smaller trams rather than the new 'tramtrains' that run around Croydon.
  22. Priestfield Depot

    They say 'Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery'!
  23. Priestfield Depot

    I have been a long term stalker of this forum and now it is time for me to contribute something myself so welcome to my shelf layout 'Priestfield Depot'. I have taken a huge amount of inspiration from piermasters layouts 'Terminus, All Change' and 'All Cars Stop Here'. The layout measures 117cm X 17cm and was originally an ikea cd/dvdshelf. This layout has been put together over the course of about 3weeks using only bits I had laying around from my main model railway layout that never seems to get finished. Tram fleet currently consists of 4 peakhorse trams numbers 11,15,22 and48 these are not motorised (yet?). I also have 2 Bachmann red Hong Kong trams, that I have added advertising to. There is still plenty to do to finish things off but it is currently in presentable and usable (playable) condition.
  24. Bicester Military railway

    It seems as though this railway is all but abandoned. It appears that way when travelling through the site. If anyone knows any better, it would be good to hear from you. I have seen pictures on the internet, with notes about the railway, which say that it was last used in 2014. I only came across the railway by accident as I explain in my blog: Much of the site has been sold off. The northern half of Graven Hill Depot is now an estate of plots for self build homes! (
  25. Staffs Rail General Photos

    A couple of intermodal trains in Stafford earlier this week.
  26. Aberforth

    It could be less flat but went for the easy option. It can be improved later anyway. Working on ballasting at moment.
  27. Provence Metre-Gauge Railways - Nice to Digne

    After a detour up the tramway to Guillaumes we continue on our way towards Digne and travel as far as Annot.
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