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  • Gender Male
  • Name John Edge
  • Location Leigh, Lancashire
  • Interests H0 scale!
    British, American and German/European outlines. Have tried almost all the other scales and prefer H0 by far so will stick with it to the grave.
    Likes historical and modern railways, real & model.

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  1. Leberecht, my Prussian H0 layout.

    Oops! Another too long a break between updates. To be frank, although there has been some progress, it has been of the brain numbing variety, which is why I’ve found it difficult to discuss it much. Once I had all the track laid and running moderately successfully, I gave the layout a bit of a shake down and was quite pleased with it. This did show that I needed to get the points motorised in order to be able to get the electrofrogs energised, so that my small steam locos can operate with some reliability. Splitting the boards with a view to working on them upside down, I realised that I needed to protect the ends of the track. My usual way of doing this is with ‘C&L’ track end protectors but it had been a long time since I used one. So, being less than careful, I managed to break the first two of my 12 that I had in stock, until I got the hang of bending them again. Some filing. Ready for soldering. Then, I made a horrible discovery: I actually needed not 12 but 24 of these little blighters! Not only that but they were out of stock at C&L and everywhere else I could think of that might sell them, including eBay. I placed a “wanted” ad on one of my favourite forums and thankfully, a kind soul helped me out. Having received another six packets of these things, I set to work, cutting them out of their frets, cleaning them up, adjusting them so I can bend them to my specification, bending them, soldering and finally cleaning them up, it was then that I realised I now had too many!!! Yes, I need 24 in total not an additional 24, stupid man! D’oh! Oh well, they will come in handy for any future plans. Too many! Now it came time to fit them to my boards/track and I realised that I could use a 16mm Forstner bit to help set them into my timber. I do have the same size flat wood bit but the Forstner bit makes a much better job and I find, easier to control. Prepping. However, this meant an additional delay while this new tool arrived so I started something else; The station building! Here is my Kibri 39492 “Bahnhof Reichelsheim” station building with it’s main component parts laid out; A little bit of ‘Googling’ revealed that a similar building was built of yellow brick so I thought that would make a pleasant change from the supplied red brick so I set about a repaint. This also means that I must also repaint the loco shed, of course. I also needed to paint the window frames as white window frames is a much more ‘modern’ thing. I chose dark brown ‘Oak Beams’ as a suitable colour as that appears to be similar to the pictured building and I have no way of knowing for sure what the original might be. Cheers, John.
  2. Which railway modelling mags do you read?

    I find that "Railway Modeller" is best for general types of article, if you want more D&E era stuff, go "Rail Express" and if you want 'fine-scale', go for "Model Railway Journal". That's it! In my very humble opinion, the other railway modelling mags in this country are thesame as the "red top" "newspapers" i.e. total garbage. I also read some of the Continental magazines like "Eisenbahn Kourier" and "Model Eisenbahner" and they are real magazines, highly informative, well written & researched, entertaining and accurate. British magazines could learn a lot from them. Cheers, John.
  3. Leigh MRS 2018 Exhibition

    Leigh MRS Exhibition 2018 Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd September 2018 Organiser: Leigh MRS. Venue: St. Joseph’s Hall, Chapel St, Leigh, Greater Manchester. WN7 2DA. Open: 10.00 - 17.00 both days Admission: Adults £5.00 under 15s free (must be accompanied by an adult) Amenities: Free parking, refreshments, disabled access. Features: 10+ working layouts, trade stands. Contact: 01942 895030 Steve Jones, Chairman.
  4. Leberecht, my Prussian H0 layout.

    Thanks, Guido! Oh! Another month or more has passed but at least, I have my initial track laid and (very) roughly wired in. Looking towards the turntable and loco shed. Looking along the line of wagons towards where the quarry will be, on left. Here, you can also see where the wall mounted display unit, has been raised by about 8 inches. This gives a fairly level ‘clear area’ for the future backscene. Believe it or not, raising this unit took a full days work, partly due to having to move and clear, adjacent shelves. Turning the corner, quarry behind. Onto the traverser. I think I have left this picture as a link - if you look closely at the enlarged image on Flickr, you can just see where I fitted the Kadee undertrack magnets. I did some testing and although they will still attract metal axles, they are sunk a little deeper than normal to try and reduce that effect, while still giving reliable uncoupling. I have spent a few days testing the track (of course!) and these big modern diesels worked fine. What I hadn’t counted on was the superb current carrying (& storing) capacity of these superb ESU diesels, they just rolled straight over any dead sections as though they weren’t there. Try even a big 0-10-0T let alone a tiny 0-6-0T and they stall all over the place! So, I now have to split the boards and turn everything over in order to fit point motors and micro-switches in order to feed the dead sections. Only then will I be able to properly test the layout with the small steam power for which this layout was designed. Cheers, John
  5. Leberecht, my Prussian H0 layout.

    Here is the traverser with all tracks glued down and electrical connections made, 1 With a train on and almost ready to go, 2 I had to reduce the track height at the entrance to the traverser very slightly so used some thin copper-clad sleepers and while I was at it, I added a re-railer section, I have tested it and it does work. This is only needed while I have not yet built a locking mechanism to keep each traverser track in perfect alignment with the exit track. 3 I don’t know if you can really see from this picture but the baseboard adjacent to the traverser, had suffered a slight distortion. It was simply too much up and down movement for my little trains to cope with so I cut out the entire foam roadbed out and inserted a finely sanded down piece of curved plywood in place, then re-laid the roadbed, it’s not absolutely level but much better now. Serves me right for not using the very best plywood available. 4 As you can see from here, I still had to glue some thin strips of card under the track. 5 I believe that it is bad practice to cross baseboard joins on a curve? 6 Sadly, it was unavoidable here, I have used soldered copper-clad sleepers again to reinforce the crossing, I really hope that will be sufficient. At the moment, these are not cut through but they will have to be when time comes to split the boards. Thanks to a colleague on a forum who made the suggestion of having a removable section of track, this is how I plan to overcome this problem, probably the four copper-clad sleepers and four plastic ones on either side, complete with road bed and attached to a thin piece of plywood. Cheers for now, John.
  6. Leberecht, my Prussian H0 layout.

    Some progress, at last? After building my baseboards, painting them and glueing on the initial underlay, modifying and fitting the turntable, I had come to a grinding halt. Family crises aside, such a delay can only be described as running out of steam! Suddenly, my motivation and enthusiasm came back and I was able to contemplate the next job which is track laying. I laid out some track, very loosely and pretty much according to my plans and I liked how it looked. TRACK PICS Next, I marked alongside the track for where the roadbed needs to go. SKETCH PIC Then, wouldn’t you know it? Late in the day, I discovered that my last bottle of ‘Copydex’ had dried up! So next day, off to the shops and resupplies purchased, in smaller bottles this time. A couple of days work and the roadbed was more or less finished and I can start laying actual track. ROADBED PIC. I realised that it was pretty important to work out how to get power to traverser before laying any track so I set to and gave it some thought. The answer came to me in a flash of inspiration when I realised that I need two wires and I had two metal runners. So, I soon made up some wires and connected it all together, a test run proved the concept worked although I don’t know if it will last well but I made a lot of connections to be as sure as possible. TRAVERSER PICS The traverser fully prepared for track. Until next time,
  7. THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

    Thanks, Jack! Glad you enjoyed it. Those are some lovely pictures of "the sidings" there, I must confess, I nearly missed it! It was only when my mate, who is a bigger 'German H0' nut than me, dragged me back and said to look at the detail, that I realised just how well executed this layout it: it's brilliant! Cheers, John.
  8. THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

    Sadly, Obbekaer has had to withdraw due to health reasons. Philip Sweet, the shows co-ordinator has arranged with Chris Mackenzie (of Timpdon and Ffuglen fame) to bring his diorama of Manod Quarry in its place. Since the vacant space is next door to Roger Markland's art exhibition, it was thought to be interesting to have a model based on how the National Gallery protected its paintings from bomb damage during WWII. Chris volunteered to bring his other diorama, Duffield Bank, and a few other bits and pieces to fill the gap. Both dioramas are to 1/12 scale and 50mm track gauge.
  9. THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

    Franklin (On2, 1/48th scale, 1/2in gauge) Franklin is the latest part of my foray into North American narrow gauge modelling, and is the portable terminus of a small 2ft gauge branch line up the Kettle River valley. At home, this feeds into my 220ft long 3ft gauge mainline depicting narrow gauge operation in the Rockies of British Columbia. This new section is based on the 2ft lines in Maine, USA, and was originally inspired by the exquisite Bachmann models of the typical Maine Forney tank engines. The station is mainly based on Bridgton, on the Bridgton & Saco River Railroad, but some of the buildings are from the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad, both in Maine. (c) Bob Harper I agonised for some time as to whether I should stick with the Bachmann 00 track gauge of 16.5mm, or re-build the locos and stock to true 2ft gauge, and the masochist in me finally won. Built to American ¼ inch to the foot scale, ie 1/48th, the track is all handbuilt to ½ inch gauge. Some of the locos are re-gauged Bachmann, whilst the rest are brass imports from the Far East. Most of the rolling stock are now kit or scratch-built models of genuine Maine vehicles, with the correct long, narrow, and “hunkered-down” look of the prototype. Operation is from the front of the layout, and uses the Lenz DCC system with sound and lights in the locos.I have just moved up a technical notch, and can control the trains wirelessly using an App on my i-pad. Glaisden (EM, 4mm=1ft, 18.2mm gauge) Glaisden depicts a fictitious station on the Calder Valley main line in the early 1960’s. Research into the design of stations, buildings and structures from around the West Yorkshire area has led to the island platform concept being based on Elland while the station buildings are based on Heckmondwike (L&Y). The goods shed and coal drops come from Halifax and the track plan is an amalgamation of features from Elland, Ossett and others. Structures are from a number of materials, including plastic, MDF, brass and plaster, some of which may not be that obvious when painted. The locos and rolling stock are a mixture of modified ready to run, kit built and scratch built and belong to those helping to operate the layout as well as myself. Some are typical of the 1960’s Calder Valley scene, while some rely on a bit of modellers license, for which I hope we will be forgiven. Hawthorn Dene (N scale, 2mm=1ft, 9mm gauge) This N-gauge layout represents the North Eastern Region’s Durham Coast mainline, somewhere around Easington in the late steam/green diesel period. The old Hawthorn Dene Colliery no longer winds coal. Its winding gear has been removed and the shafts fitted with fans. The washery and screens are still in use, mainly preparing household coal for merchants and for the nearby landsale yard. Waste is still sent to be tipped on the beach, both by conveyor belt and aerial ropeway. (c) Andy York, (BRM) Colliery locos bring empties from the exchange sidings to the South for weighing and taking on to the screens, while full wagons are removed from the screens , weighed, and taken either to the exchange sidings or North to the Hawthorn complex. Meanwhile the main line sees a procession of expresses, local passenger, fitted goods and coal trains, which seem not to disturb the inhabitants of the pigeon lofts on the bank. Buildings are typical of the area. The underbridge is based on the one at Easington Colliery- the different parapets are a result of a partial rebuild, possibly following a derailment.
  10. THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

    Just to confirm some changes; Glenngarry the funicular railway layout has had to withdraw due to illness and is now replaced by: Campbell’s Quarry (16mm scale R/C) (c) Phil Parker (c) Phil Parker Also, on the traders front, unfortunately, C&L models will not be able to attend either.
  11. THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

    Camel Quay (OO, 4mm=1ft, 16.5mm gauge) (c) Ray Wilton Camel Quay is a typical North Cornwall ex-LSWR station on the River Camel that could have been on the Rock-Delabole Railway had it been built. The station, with its station building, goods shed, and signal box, bears a resemblance to Padstow on the opposite side of the river. There are local pull-push passenger services and trains from Exeter and Waterloo including a portion of the ‘Atlantic Coast Express’. The quay, with its sidings, sustains a small coaster carrying china clay brought down from the local quarry in wagons and a small local fishing fleet. The High Street has a traditional public house, railway hotel and a few shops served by the local Bedford OB bus service to surrounding towns and villages. The era depicted is of the early/late BR period with typical examples of the BWT, O2, M7, T9, ‘N’ and Class 22 locos with ‘Carmine & Cream’ and BR(S) Green/Crimson coaching stock. The layout is DCC controlled and all Locos are sound fitted Cirencester (M&SWJR) (P4, 4mm=1ft, 18.83mm gauge) (c) Dave Barrett This station in Cirencester should not be confused with the GWR terminus on the other side of town. It lay on the Midland and South Western Junction Railway running between Andover and Andoversford and linked the north and Midlands to the south coast, in particular, the docks at Southampton. Running through a mainly rural area, local traffic did not become significant, but as a through line it developed an important use during wartime and for military manoeuvres on Salisbury Plain, providing a vital link for the movement of supplies and men. During peacetime, the link to the docks provided income from seasonal fruit and vegetable traffic and to service the port and ships. The lack of income meant the company was unable to afford sufficient stock to maintain the service during peacetime let alone during wartime and they were frequently forced to borrow from other companies. They were loaned locomotives and coaches by the GWR, MR and the LSWR. During military activity, a great variety of stock could appear providing me with a great excuse for modelling almost anything I fancy. (c) Dave Barrett Cirencester was the workshop location for building and maintaining the company’s stock. These are under construction and they will sit behind the main station buildings. To the north, towards Cheltenham, the line is double tracked but to the south, only a single line existed. There seem to have been many changes to the track layout, with most plans that I have seen having the access to the siding behind the signal box and the works and goods shed combined, however, there is evidence that at one time there were two separate links and this is the configuration I have modelled. I have tried to date the line at around 1919 which justifies a variety of stock from other companies as well as the MSWJR itself and include some extra unusual movements.
  12. THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

    Also, this same weekend and worth a look; “The Christmas Cracker” a good looking swapmeet at the Museum of Transport, with free heritage bus from Manchester Victoria railway station. Camden Shed 1B (O gauge, 7mm=1ft) Camden MPD! For railway enthusiasts, the very name invokes nostalgic memories of this fascinating place. What boy (or even father) could resist peering out of the window of a passing train to see what was ‘on shed’ that day. Although not particularly large, being the dedicated Motive Power Depot for London’s Euston station, it was one of the few places that top link express locomotives of the LNWR, the LMS or even the early British Railways, could be seen in abundance and in close proximity to one another. Often a smokey place, it was nevertheless a thrill for locospotters to watch the non-stop action from the nearby bridge or if one was so lucky, enjoy a visit to this hall of giants. cc unknown. The model shown represents the northwest end of the MPD where most of the action could be witnessed. Locomotives still facing south, enter the depot from the engine line at the left-hand side and proceed tender first, to the turntable. After turning, which takes 11/2 minutes, engines reverse back past the water tank to the coaling plant. After coaling, engines pass behind the shed and workshop to the ash plant where the fire would be cleaned and waste ash discarded into skips for loading into wagons for disposal. Beyond the ashplant, locomotives proceed to the headshunt and approach the rear of the depot, chimney-first and now facing northwards, ready for cleaning and minor servicing work before preparation for their next duty. Engines requiring more serious attention are directed into the workshop behind the shed. All engines worked to ‘diagrams’ which determined their duty usage from day to day between servicing and so it is on the model. The clock shows the time of day and the relevant portion of the Depot Schedule based upon the actual requirements of the LMS Autumn 1947 timetable is displayed alongside the shed so that the onlooker may follow events. Depending upon circumstances, the clock may be stopped or speeded up. As in real life, ‘spotters’ must wait to see which locomotive is allotted to each service. The period represented is loosely from 1935 to 1947 in order to display the several liveries which LMS locomotives carried before Nationalisation. In real life, few streamliners retained their colourful livery to be seen alongside locomotives of the same class in the 1946 lined black livery.
  13. New Ulm, MN

    I reassembled New Ulm recently as a good friend was travelling quite some distance for a visit. He also likes ‘big steam’ so here is a short record of the event; Proto 2000 C&O “Berkshire” 2-8-4, however on the C&O they were known as "Kanawha" types. These were a wonderful class of 90 steam locos, designed by the “Van Sweringen” brothers, built by Lima. Almost exact replicas were also used by the Nickle Plate (NKP), Erie and Pere Marquette (PM) roads. Broadway (BLI) C&O “Texas” type 2-10-4. These were an enlarged version of a 2-8-4 similar to the Kahnawa’s above but built for the Erie. There were 40 examples and they had 69” drivers, big for such a large wheelbase and they were very powerful. They were so successful that when the Pennsy needed more heavy freight locos in WW2, these were the design copied. P2K C&O 0-8-0 switcher. I have fitted a sounder decoder and speaker to this and blown my own sounds for it. If I say so myself, it sounds rather good. Rivarossi “Allegheny” 2-6-6-6. These were yet again, an enlarged version of the “Texas” type above. However, this would have made a 2-12-4 so they split the chassis into two, making it an articulated loco and added an extra axle to the trailing truck because of the huge weight of the firebox. These massive locomotives vie with the UP “Big Boys” for title of “Worlds Largest” steam locomotives. They may not have had the length of the UP’s 4-8-8-4’s but they were heavier at over 600T and much more powerful at 7500Hp compared to a Big Boys 6200Hp. Two of these could shift a 135 car, 10 000T coal train over the ‘Allegheny’ mountains or single handedly move the same train over relatively flat terrain, they were beasts! There were 68 built in total, 60 for the C&O, 8 for the Virginian. They are also why my online name is taken from the first example. For more information see: Cheers, John.
  14. Leberecht, my Prussian H0 layout.

    Here are two of my all-time favourite locos; Weinert T9.3 Weinert T13 Both pictured rather incongruously on my American layout, in lieu of Leberecht being very unphotogenic. I must admit - these are both ready to run items, not built by me but by the factory! I dearly wish I could claim that I have built them but no, I am not that good a modeller! The T13 I won on German ebay after I had been selling off my American 0 scale brass(!), which was how I could afford it. Now, I did do some modelling with this one as when I got hold of it, it was seized up having been presumably sat in a display case for several years. I stripped it down, cleaned and degreased it and re-lubricated it and when it was working well, I digitized it - it is still a little noisy but runs very well. The T9.3 I won at an actual auction for a fair price, it also came with a 'free' Weinert V65! This runs well enough but still needs digitising and as a mate said, could do with its lights making working. Funnily enough, I also have two Fleischmann T9.3's and one Trix T13 - these will be for exhibition use as no way would I take the Weinerts to a show. So, I am a bit of a chequebook modeller but only when it suits me - the Trix T13, in particular, is a far cry from the Weinert one. Cheers, John.
  15. Leberecht, my Prussian H0 layout.

    Hi All,Now that summer is finally over, I hope to start making some progress with this, along with other projects to come.I have done very little with this layout since my last post but a couple of important things have happened.I have managed to clear all the junk from on top of the layout that had imperceptibly built up over time. It is amazing how one just places something with the intention of sorting it later, then something else and before you know it, the layout is invisible and it has become merely a storage shelf, well no more!A bit more messing with the track layout and I shall start glueing.Also, I realised that "Irgendwo" (somewhere) is rather too common a name for me, I wanted something different. This fact was hammered home at the recent(ish) ERA show at Edgbaston where there were at least two other 'Irgendwo's.So! What to call this layout?Trawls of the internet proved inconclusive and studies of online maps became brain numbing, then it dawned on me. A colleague had suggested that I place a statue outside my station of Fieldmarshall Blucher as he was instrumental in helping to defeat the French at Waterloo. Reading up on him, what a fascinating character he was. I've still not located a suitable figure of him to be my statue but I could pay tribute in another way.Therefore, my new name for the layout is Leberecht!As in Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher.I think it sounds promising, how about you guys?Cheers,John.