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  • Birthday 06/21/1916

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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

    Bridgwater S&DJR (O gauge, 7mm=1ft) CC Tony Wright The line from Bridgwater to Edington was opened on 21 July 1890, being built by an independent company, the Bridgwater Railway Co. It had been ‘independent’ in name only having been promoted and operated as an extension to the S&DJR system. The station building was built of local brick and had the appearance of an LSWR design. It stood at right angles to the two-bay island platform, upon which a canopy was built covering over half its length. The goods yard, complete with shed, had ample facilities to handle many commodities including coal, bricks, tiles and livestock. A single road engine shed of brick construction was also built, together with a 50ft turntable in front of its entrance. The shed, although extended in 1898 to accommodate two locomotives, was not used to stable locomotives overnight and was subsequently leased to the Co-op in 1928 for use as a store. CC Tony Wright Until 1942 there was a 48 chain (1056 yd) extension from the cattle dock that swung through 180o to provide access to the brickworks and wharf facilities and the east bank of the river Parrett. The station was renamed Bridgwater North in 1949 when it came under British Railways ownership, to avoid confusion with the larger Great Western Railway (GWR) station in the town. When the line to Edington was finally closed in 1954 a new spur was laid from the S&D yard to connect it to the GWR docks branch. The goods yard remained in use until 7 July 1962 and the docks branch finally closed on 2 January 1967. The station is modelled in the summer of 1904. Further information about Bridgwater can be found at
  8. THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

    International Rail in Manchester! With just 8 weeks until THE Christmas Model Railway Show opens, the Manchester Model Railway Society is delighted to announce that it has been chosen by the Italian company JellyModels for the launch of its product range in the UK. Despite its name, the company is a manufacturer of very rigid high precision specialist models! JellyModels is just one of over twenty specialist traders who will be attending the event but the stars of the show, as always, will be the visiting model railway layouts. Most of the layouts have appeared in the national modelling press recently, so the exhibition offers a great chance to see some of the best model railways in the country at a comfortable and convenient venue. The exhibition caters for the whole family. As well as an impressive selection of high quality layouts, there will be a number of activities for children, a wide and varied range of traders, demonstrations of modelling techniques and other, less common, attractions. Exhibition coordinator, Philip Sweet said: “The choice of THE Christmas Model Railway Show for this product launch reflects the reputation for innovation, and the continuing high regard with which the Manchester Model Railway Society is held. I think we were also chosen because our exhibition is a very friendly, family show in comfortable surroundings which is very easy to get to. Our excellent transport links – we’re about 250m from Piccadilly station meant that 6% of our visitors last year travelled over 100 miles to see us and 75% of our visitors used public transport.” In addition to the models and traders, this year’s exhibition will feature the work of talented local transport artist Roger Markland, whose paintings of railway scenes are highly regarded, and a small display of material linked to Sir William Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer of the LMS who was the Society’s Honorary President for 27 years. Children are admitted free and advance tickets are now on sale from the Society’s website. As last year, there are activities for children, including the chance to win a complete model railway set! The exhibition opens on Saturday 2nd December at 10am (though advance ticket holders will be admitted earlier) and continues on Sunday 3rd, at the comfortable and well-appointed surroundings of the Barnes Wallis building on the University of Manchester’s northern campus on Sackville Street. It remains the ONLY model rail exhibition to be held in the centre of a major UK city. The Society website contains details and pictures of all the layouts and much more information about the exhibition. To be kept informed of developments as the Exhibition takes shape, join our mailing list by emailing:
  9. THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

    Banbury (N scale, 2mm=1ft, 9mm gauge) CC Ian Lampkin Banbury station lies on a busy cross-country route between Birmingham and Didcot, where it joins the Great Western Mainline. The Chiltern Railways mainline towards London Marylebone diverges a few miles South at Aynho Junction. There is a lot of freight traffic, mainly container s to and from Southampton. Chiltern Trains operate the majority of passenger services but Cross Country trains have two an hour each way and First Great Western have a local service that terminates at Banbury. Until January 2011 there were Wrexham and Shropshire loco hauled passenger trains. Chiltern Trains have now introduced loco hauled trains on weekdays between London and Birmingham. CC Ian Lampkin Peco fine-scale code 55 track has been used with SEEP solenoids to operate the turnouts. All buildings have been scratch built from plastic sheet and are as close to scale as can be from scaling from photographs. Great use of Google maps and Google Streets has been made to check proportions and locations of buildings relative to each other. Rolling stock and locomotives have been detailed and are from manufacturers such as Graham Farish and Dapol. Control is via Digitrax Digital Command Control. Turnouts are also controlled via stationary decoders. To control both the trains and turnouts, we use iPods and iPhones running an app called Wi Throttle. This then communicates with the DCC system via a wireless router connected to a laptop that runs the free software JMRI. The laptop is connected to the DCC command station using an interface called Loco Buffer. Touchscreen PC’s are used for the track plan and turnout control and showing their status.
  10. THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

    Excellent! Look forward to seeing you there, buddy. Annascaul (OOn3, 4mm=1ft, 12mm gauge) Photo (c) Paul Titmuss Annascaul (Abhainn an Scail) is a station on the 3ft gauge Tralee & Dingle Light Railway, County Kerry, which opened in 1891 to passengers and goods traffic. Spring 1939 saw the end of passenger trains and the daily goods was discontinued in 1946. This left the once monthly cattle trains as the only source of revenue and these services came to an end in June 1953. The station was one of two intermediate passing places on the railway. Collecting information for the model has not proved to be as easy as first anticipated and new facts are still coming to light. Lots of photos were taken here by railfans but buildings were obscured by stock and steam and the infrastructure was definitely not of prime concern. Four trains run representing the T & D. Watch out for others though from Irish lines, the Isle of Man and even French metre gauge.
  11. THE Christmas show - Manchester 2 & 3 December 2017!

    Hi All, Advance tickets are now on sale here: Please see website for details of traders: And layouts booked: It’s sure to be a great show. John.
  12. New Ulm, MN

    A couple of photos showing preparations and at the show. Although my grain silos are much smaller than the original, I very much wanted to recreate the large red “Welcome to New Ulm” seen on the top of them so, after some experimentation, I selected a suitable font and size and printed the words out. I had to cut them up in order to stick them onto the silos. Here is the result, the red ink bled slightly but it just looks as though the weather has been at work. I also had to change the sign on the little servicing facility, not entirely successful but I’m reasonably satisfied with it for now. Here, you can see where I added a cut-out picture of the real New Ulm water tower. Again, not totally successfully as you can easily see the join between the original back-scene and the picture but this was my third attempt at matching the blue. Unfortunately, this water tower was demolished a few years ago and I couldn’t find many decent photos of it online. There were ladders and signal antennas sticking out from it so on photos, it looked to have ‘fuzzy’ edges and so I felt it difficult to cut around the actual tank, perhaps I should have persevered though. Several people remarked upon the ‘spacious’ feel of the layout, I was very pleased by this. I should have taken more photos but was so very busy, next time hopefully, although I didn't receive any further invitations at the show, oh well! Cheers, John.
  13. Leigh MRS Exhibition 2 & 3 September 2017

    Well, that was that! All the planning and preparations not to mention, hard work is all over now. I enjoyed it and I think most of the others did too. It’s too early to say how well we did but at times it was rather quieter than we would have preferred. At other times there certainly was a good “hubbub” going on. A friend of mine who is a trader, professed to have done “okay” so hopefully, we have made enough to carry on for a while yet. By all accounts though, when even large venues like Warley are relatively quiet, it does make one wonder how long shows will be able to continue in their current form. Some ‘snaps’ I managed to take on Sunday morning; A lovely ‘industrial’ scene on Jenny Kirk’s “Grove Street Yard”. Fred Holt & Brian Chawners lovely little TMD. Edward Farms charming “Much Snoring” Leigh MRS own N gauge “Weir”. St. Miran Junction by Kevan Jones David & Sue George’s “Arcadia, Pennsylvania” - lovely American 0 scale. St. Michael's Road by Romily Methodist Railway Modellers. The very impressive “Ross Creek” by Ian Clarke in Australian H0 scale. I really hope to see this again. “Leighmoor Bois” by Phil Delnon. 50 or 60 year old Hornby Dublo that still works very well. Leigh MRS own “Bickersleigh Colliery” looking atmospheric and showing that ‘Sentinel’s are rather popular! Finally your’s truly own “New Ulm”, American H0 in the prairies. Cheers, John.
  14. Leigh MRS Exhibition 2 & 3 September 2017

    It seemed like a good day yesterday, not packed out but a steady stream of visitors all day. I was rather busy with my layout but that’s what I thought. Let’s hope for another decent day today.
  15. New Ulm, MN

    Welcome to my little slice of America! I’ve modelled the Chicago & North-Western railroad way on and off since the early 1990’s. When I say “modelled”, I guess I should really say collected stuff for this line! Although when one builds rolling stock, does detailing, renumbering, weathering as one collects - that is modelling, of course! Anyway, I never got around to building a layout to run my models on, just ran them on either my own test tracks or on other peoples layouts. Not terribly satisfying but there we were. I even went down various other paths, sometimes for years at a time but no matter what happened with other things, I always stuck with the C&NW. A few weeks ago, I spotted on a UK forum that a fellow US outline modeller, Dan Spalding, was selling his layout called “Galatia, KS” and I liked this layout anyway so I jumped at the chance to get hold of a ready made US style layout. Negotiations took place and I arranged to travel down to the Princes Risborough (Buckinghamshire) show where Dan was exhibiting Galatia for the last time. I had a very enjoyable session learning how to operate the layout ‘properly’ (with car cards and ‘spots’) then Dan and his colleague kindly showed me how to disassemble the layout, we loaded it into my car and away we went. I then had to spend quite some time reorganising my ‘big shed’ as my half (it’s shared with my better half!) had gotten untidy with too many half finished projects on the go, woodworking jobs, household items needing repair and so forth. At this time, I was also suffering a mysterious fatigue that would cause me very low energy levels so this was slow going. In fact, I had only just managed to loosely erect the baseboards and connect them together when it was time for a holiday. Two weeks later, nicely refreshed (thanks Greece!) and once I had caught up with work again, I could start getting “New Ulm” ready for operations. So, why New Ulm and where is it? Well, one of my ‘distractions’ had been modelling and researching the railways of Bavaria and one of my discoveries was that they once served the town of “Neu Ulm” - this sparked something in my memory and I was able to find out that a number of German settlers from Neu Ulm had settled in Minnesota and gave their town the Americanised version of this name. What’s more, they had brought some of their skills with them and they had set up a brewery here too. At one point I had the idea of doing Neu Ulm (Germany) and New Ulm (America) as similar layouts, that fell by the wayside but the name has stuck. This part of Minnesota has rolling hills and the town of New Ulm is in a hollow so locomotives have to work quite hard to get out of town. This must have been a heck of a sight and sound in the period from the late 1960’s through to the early 1980’s as the line New Ulm is situated on was called “The Alco Line” (from Winona, MN to Rapid City, SD) due to it being a line that the C&NW concentrated most of their Alco locomotives on. Alco’s are well known in US outline circles as being very noisy and claggy machines as well as being amazingly rugged and long lasting! Unfortunately Alco shut down in 1969 so to find there locos still running on a ‘class 1’ railroad in the early eighties was quite something, hence the line drew quite a following. Unfortunately for me, my collection of Alco’s is quite limited so for the moment, I am forced to operate with EMD’s which pushes the time frame forward to the mid 1980’s onwards - sadly, only until 1995 as the C&NW ceased to be after that time. The line itself is still running however under the ownership of the “Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern” railroad (DM&E). I believe they even still run some ex C&NW locos, now in the smart blue and yellow livery. However, back to the layout. It is all DCC as I am an electrical numpty and I don’t ‘do’ wiring, my vision goes haywire when I see more than one pair of wires! Under this layout is a little bit more than one pair of wires so I’ve had to take my time and trace things out. Fortunately Dan laid everything out very logically and marked up what goes where. I’ve had to do some minor swapping and changing as my digital system is NCE and was not quite compatible with Dan’s Digitrax system. Once I’d done that, the layout was working again and I can have plenty of fun, switching cars around. I hope you’ll enjoy my progress as I work through my stock, continuing detailing and weathering and fine tuning. Some of my photos on Flickr; D'oh! Must put the end handrails on this MP15! Silly boy. As this layout is appearing for it’s first time under my stewardship, at the Leigh show this coming weekend, I thought I’d better introduce it here! Cheers, John.