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  1. 10 points

    Cyber Bullying

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  2. 9 points

    It's Official, I'm Old!

    Well, as of 10pm (ish), yesterday, I became a grandfather! Isaac,Benjamin, 8lb 13oz, arrived, after about a day of labour, at Lister Hospital, Stevenage. Parents, James (my eldest son) and Abby, and baby Isaac are all doing well. I met and held my grandson today, great feeling! Jeff BTW, James has recently passed all his necessary tests and training, and has started working for FCC at Biggleswade.
  3. 9 points

    Basford Parkway

    At last, a weekend where I'm free to do what I like! Not often I get some time to myself... anyway, on with today's progress. I've been looking at the depot and thought that I should rebuild it so it looks more like the track plan I'm following. The whole of the scenic area will have flexitrack code 75 rails and so nothing is going to be stuck down until the track bed is down and built and the order of new track has been made. Thus meaning I have to continue playing with code 100 until further notice. The depot in the track plan uses 2x 3-way points which I don't have, so I've had to make do with using 5 set-track points that I had spare. Although the track plan isn't 100% accurate, you get a feel for how it will look (using set-track points mean there's less room for the straights and so cannot fit as long-a trains as I wanted, but it'll do for now). The Overall View The Fueling Points (2-lane fueling, 1 short lane for stabling for shorter locos like 73s, 20s, 08s etc) The Main TMD which can fit 2 full 4-car 350s, 3-car mk3s and a 2-car mk3 set with DVT The Staff Car Park Enjoy! I know it's not much progress, but I'm doing as much as I can without breaking the bank...
  4. 8 points
    Bill Jones

    Fordingbridge & Verwood

    As a new member, today, and following a couple of requests to show my layout progress to date I thought I might post a few photos to allow people to see how it has progressed over the past couple of years. It is a section of the old Salisbury & Dorset line with two of its stations, Fordingbridge and Verwood. Both stations had good facilities, especially Fordingbridge, but neither had a head shunt. I chose these two as the goods areas are entered from opposite ends to each other, which gives me a great deal of interesting shunting movements. Starting with Verwood, as with all the layout still much to do. Then onto the Station building, goods shed and signal box for Fordingbridge. Fordingbridge more or less as it is so far. All buildings and structures are scratch built using photo, diagrams and architects original drawings where obtainable. I've tried to keep each station as close to the original as possible within my space constraints. Hope I've not over burdened you with these, it could be a while before I dig the camera out again. Thanks for looking Bill
  5. 8 points
    Oo, my Christmas avatar is getting uploaded that day too I'd like to see a 365 and a Dominion Of New Zealand model. I would also like to see the 2012 'releases' actually be released. I'm hoping they are using this time to improve the 91 model... Yeah right.
  6. 7 points

    Horsted Keynes, OO

    Hello all. Name is Matt, I'm sure most have seen it, but I'll post it up in it's refreshed state, after 2 years of sitting making repairs and changes. The layout is around 6 years old now, based on the preserved station of Horsted Keynes on the Bluebell Railway. Built originally on a budget, with not much money for buildings, rolling stock ect... it has now been built up in terms of looks, detail, rolling stock, and locos. I have now collected or built most of the locos, and have some of the well known vintage rolling stock which is now the main focus where I investing time and money to improve the stock list. The track is all Peco, points are all Medium type, powered by Seep motors. Platforms are made from wood, and finished with card, and brick texture sheets, N gauge ballast and grass on a roll. Station buildings are A4 superquick kits which have had some coverings made up for them to make them look as per originals. The small WH Smith stand is made up of the coffee stirrers which you can get from various places. Canopy supports are from Hornby canopy kits. Main station building is a Wills/peco kit bash, the canopy which was overhauled and rebuilt a few months back is from ABM railcraft card kits, made from 2 of them, again a kit bash, but was un happy with the card canopy supports, so I designed some replacements which were then 3D printed, and available on Shapeways. Signal box was done by Hornby Mag a few years ago now, part of the Scaledale range, a nice detailed resin building, which I have also detailed up a bit and put an interior kit in, done by Springside, mounted on a piece of plasticard inside the box, with an interior light. A few shots of the layout and stock, can find various shots on flickr, Youtube, and the website which has a full list of stock and locos. Any questions feel free to ask.
  7. 7 points

    Terminus, All Change!

    Backscene completed!!! 29 inches of Metcalfe low relief housing. Now I'm going to regain my sanity!!! Dave
  8. 7 points

    Plwmwerth Uchaf / Upper Leadworth

    Decided to snap up a 3D CAD drawing of the layout just to see how things would look. And from what I've made, I think the layout will be great! Drawn everything to scale where possible using official measurements. Things like the footbridge and shelters are just rough ideas still. Enjoy!
  9. 7 points
    Jim S-W

    P4 New Street

    Sometimes I just get an urge to do something new or something that I haven't done in a while. This week I had a bit of a hankering to do something with brass, not like bunging a few CCU's together but something more creative, something from scratch. My intended victim, an isolation mast from the Eastern end of platform 12. I suppose I could have built a standard (ish) mast but ive done those before and fancied something a bit different, something that's a bit of a crowd pleaser I suppose. So a drawing was made, some section picked up from Modellers Mecca and the soldering iron and mini drill fired up for a couple of sessions at my workbench. Heres the result of my labours. It went together surprisingly well and despite the use of Colin Craig's insulators and my own etch for the registration arm it's all good old-fashioned fabrication work. I have to admit im pretty pleased with how it turned out. Close up of the handles and brackets for the isolation gear. A typical 'platform enders' view of the interesting bit! Question is now, is the urge satisfied or have I just made it worse?
  10. 7 points
    Here's a small update Which has my new signal box which I fitted lights too also a new br blue 37 which I am really pleased with I have added some more detail to the yard I added a few photos for you to look at cheers simo
  11. 7 points
    Bob Hughes

    Hornby 2013/14 releases

    Over priced tat.
  12. 7 points
    Jim S-W

    P4 New Street

    Hi All Some more under the roof pictures just for the hell of it. Cheers Jim
  13. 7 points

    November 2013 MPOTM Entries

    My latest tractor working the test train.
  14. 7 points
    Bob Hughes

    2014 challenge discussion

    A scratch build appeals to me too, however we might need some definitions sorting out. With houses, bridges, sheds, stations and the like it's fairly clear that you would start with the basic materials (card, styrene sheet, plywood etc) and build up from the ground but would scratch building aids such as Wills sheets, window frames etc be allowed or does everything have to be hand made? Likewise, with locos and rolling stock, it is widely accepted that ready made wheels, axles and electric motors can be used but what about complete mechanisms? Would a scratch built body on a commercial underframe be acceptable? I'd suggest that, for the purposes of a proposed scratch building exercise, the definition being to make something, anything, that is not derived from a commercially available kit or RTR item, ie you assemble the bits, wherever they are sourced from, to your own plan instead of somebody else's. Kitbashing tends to refer to using a single kit or ready made model to make something similar. The term can also be extended to combining two or three kits when making your model but it is often seen that scratch built models do incorporate odd pieces from kits providing the finished product bears no similarity to the intended form of the kit. For instance, using a kit loco's chimney, dome and buffers with a home made boiler, cab and running plate to create a completely different class. This is especially relevant with companies like the GW and LMS which had a lot of standardisation and interchangeability of parts among their loco classes. These same ready made parts could probably be bought separately as scratch building aids anyway so using bits from your scrapbox from an abandoned/failed kit is not really cheating as I see it... Also anyone without access to a lathe is going to find it pretty near impossible to make such parts as buffers, wheels, chimneys and even handrail knobs!
  15. 7 points

    Basford Parkway

    My mate Danny (dc_western) came around yesterday to have a cheeky little bash on the layout for the afternoon. Another excellent day was had, and so here are the photos taken on Basford (more to be found here on Tref Abergelli's topic). 66301 by Javelin395, on Flickr 56095 by Javelin395, on Flickr 56095 (2) by Javelin395, on Flickr 37049 by Javelin395, on Flickr Enjoy!
  16. 7 points

    Tref Abergelli a Depo Lôn Pwll

    Thanks Carwyn for the translations! As always, Welsh isn't easy and so when it came to introducing 'Abergelli' into the name, it changed... oh well. I've decided that the gates into the depot will be featured on the front left hand corner of the extension meaning I get to display my new sign Right, down to business...
  17. 7 points

    Franco's pictures

    Just to start the experience I put here some pictures I took last summer. Location is the station of Rivarolo Canavese (I live in a small town near there) terminus of a local railway operated by Turin's public transport company Hope you'll enjoy them TTR emu ETR Y emu Diesel railcar Aln 668 for services on the non electrified section from Rivarolo to Pont Canavese
  18. 7 points

    Network South East Class 67

    Hopefully this time i will actually be able to contribute and the thread doesnt get locked. Heres the latest Hornby Class 67 being resprayed in Network South East livery, Started on Friday, and got the stage below today, so a work in progress, should be finished tomorrow or wednesday. Lee
  19. 7 points

    Network South East Class 67

    And the finished locomotive, Lee
  20. 7 points
    The prices of a lot of these models are outrageous! £123 for a 2-car train pack? £164 for a Class 395 pack? £189 for the Brighton Belle... again? Coaches.. up to £45! Single locomotives in the hundreds whilst railroad locos are into the £80's... and a train SET... £400. A TRAIN SET?! With 'elink'? Whoopdy bloody do. Another digital unit that probably still isn't as good as other ones. And that Eurostar repaint? I bet that's the old design with a new paint job. No lights, no metal panto, no super detail... I bet you. None of that. And of course, the biggest disappointment... No more Intercity MK3s. Disappointed! Overall.. Can't say I'm impressed by any of the releases. Nothing looks that great and the prices look ridiculous. Very put off Hornby products now seeing those prices. I don't feel I would be getting value for money at all. I'd want some sort of reassurance that spending that much would be worth it.
  21. 6 points

    My Resprays

    Will start off with what i have done this weekend (2 ov them), started these on Saturday morning, finished on Sunday night, 37419 in DB Schenker livery, super detailed at 1 end and fitted with legomanbiffo sound chip. Hope you like, Lee
  22. 6 points
    hi guys here we go...the layout i am building is going to be ddc controlled the base board is only 12ft x 4ft its going to be a small town station some where in east anglian within network southeast the platforms will take dmu,s and four coach diesel hauled trains there will also be lots of freight passing thourgh also i am going to add a diesel fuel point and some stabling sidings progess will be slow but i will keep updating as often as i can i have uploaded some pictures to show you guys how far i am with it any feed back will be welcomed cheers simon
  23. 6 points
    The Dapol Detached House Build. from the Ffrwd Locks Archives.... 2013... Having got hold of a Dapol Detached House Kit, I am working out how the internal layout should be for mine. The period I am aiming at with this house is the 1950s, the same as with Ffrwd Locks. So far, I have also been modifying window holes, and using CAD (Card Aided Design! Connflake Box mock-ups) to help me visulise the space available. You may be interested to know that this kit was used in a "Scenes From Life" piece by James Lavery in the May 2010 Hornby Magazine (Issue 35), where he made them as "under construction"... He put the canopy over the front door on "back-to-front!" It must have been the moulding mark that is on the "Top" in my kit that made him thing that was the "bottom"? Some photos, etc. The Hornby Magazine "Scenes From Life" under construction version... From a book on Airfix.... Airfix kit in a bag... In this photo the Detached House seems to have been reversed... Some other Airfix Trackside Models... Another, earlier Airfix Book, by the same author... And now... My model... First workings... Rough workings... Windows blocked up with plastic card, "rendered" with ash from the fire... Guttering from Wills materials pack. Some furniture made from Cornflake packet and paper (CAD!). The stairs are part of the steps from a Superquick Farm Barn (Bits Box.) The Red Door is from the Airfix Booking Hall Kit. (Bits Box again.) The leading dimensions of the house... It has been a "thing" with me to try and make sense of the interior of any building kit I have made. The "current" (There have been changes over the years.) Superquick Country Station Building takes a bit of working out. For example, there has to be some stairs inside the booking office to get up to platform level, but there isn't much depth to fit them in. The "thin" platform buildings can just about accomodate a small Ladies, and a couple of Waiting Rooms, but I built a seperate "Gents." I did the same with the Ratio "Castle Cary" Station Building Kit. (See Ffrwd Locks for that one.) Something that needs to be thought about with Dapol Kits. Made in Wales from Re-cycled plastic. I have heard that more recent Dapol Kits are made from a "softer" plastic, in order to make the moulds last longer. Certainly, some older Dapol kits I have (From the Northwich days, pre the Winsford Fire.) are made from a "harder" plastic that "rings" more than the modern stuff, and retains its shape. The Airfix Kits were made with a hard Poly plastic as well. It does seem that there is some merit in the idea to source "Old Stock" kits for crucial models, there is usually less "flash" as well... Today I have been working on the base of the model, and thinking hard about the interior... The kit first came out in 1957, so is a real classic now. The kit is full off "errors" that were obviously made to make the size and complexity of the kit within bounds... I am now finding the overall size to be a bit small as I try to make some sense of an interior. (It seems that a lot of buildings are nearer HO (3.5mm-1Ft) than OO (4mm-1Ft) so more buildings fit on a small layout... quite a few "Merit" (now PECO Modelscene) models are also nearer HO scale...) I have had to concede defeat in my hope to retain the side chimney, even just using it for a small boiler takes too much room up, and I have made a blanking patch for the chimney, and also shrunk the two side windows towards the back. The Stairs have been constructed, and I am now working out some more details of the interior. Placing the front and back walls together has revealed that putting a straight wall from the "inside" of the garage door would impinge slightly on the large centre window (The kitchen...) on the back wall. The garage length across the house is just long enough for a Standard Vangard (Oxford Diecast), but a Ford Popular (Also OD) fits even better, leaving a bit of room at the "back" of the garage. I was hoping to put a wall across the garage, to leave a small utility room. It does not look like there is enough room though, even with the Ford Pop in residence. The layout for the interior flues for the centre chimney is causing some head scratching, but I am now thinking of splitting the flues to come down either side of a central corridor above the garage, with a small room on either side. The main bedroom is a bit tight for space, and I am working out how to get a bathroom and WC in as well. Progress has been made on the house. The base is just about done, just a few details to sort out. (The hedges were messy to make...) I have painted the rendering, added the "roof" over the front door and fitted the walls together. The windows have been coloured white, and are in course of being glazed. The dividing wall of the garage is in place, as are the stairs (with the pantry and meters/etc. housed under them.) All this has been making me remember the layout of the various houses I have lived in... interesting! More Photos... The hedges are "Green Scouring Pad" cut into strips, and covered with Green "Turf" scatter and some Woodland Scenics"Foilage". White PVA stays sticky for a long time. UHU sets quicker. I have used both here... Superquick Paving. (Old stock.) Airfix Station Fencing (Old pre-used.) With Square Section Evergreen Styrene Posts. The gates and dividing fence came from a job lot of parts, unknown manufacturer, along with the Wills detailing pack of chimneys, guttering, down-pipes, etc. The washing line is Slaters Plastic rod uprights, and thinner "rod" for the line. (Needs some washing next...) The grass is a mixture of Green "Turf" and a lighter green fibrous scatter. The Coal Lorry is the Cooper Craft AEC Flatbed kit with Merit/PECO Coal Sacks. The cars are both Oxford Diecast. The figure is from the original Bachmann Scenecraft 1950s "Train Crew" pack. The base is Cereal Packet, painted with acrylics. The render is painted with an mix of Acrylics. Black, White, and Yellow Ochre. I have been continuing to look around at the various houses I pass, and have decided the roof will be Red Tiles (Basically a Red-Oxide Colour) as these are quite common on houses that seem to be from the same period as this one. Incidently, there are some Semi-detached houses in Upton that are very much the same as the Metcalfe semi kits. Some of the "Metcalfe" Houses in Upton, Chester. The house interior is still in work (the windows were only pushed into place in the photos...) wall paper is a distinct possibility. The washing on the line will come, but I may move the line first. As it is I would get muddy feet putting out and taking in the washing... As I am most certainly a hoarder, and love to buy bags of bits from Train Fairs, etc., I have a fair amount of bits and bobs. Some of it is even organised! The roof has had its first coat of Vermilion mixed with burnt umber acrylic paint. (Black, White, Green, Burnt Umber acrylic paints available in large(!) tubes from "The Works" the "cheap" book and art shop chain. Also sets of small acrylic tubes, brushes, etc. etc. Woth a look! Also some Railway Books, and one of the Airfix books came from there!) More photos. The first floor is progressing well, with the bathroom. master bedroom, and two small bedrooms allocated. The master bedroom now has a fireplace, with a clock on the mantlepiece, and a mirror. The flowery wallpaper shows that Mrs. has some say over the decorating! It was thought more recently I believe that having a mirror over the fireplace encouraged people to stand in front of the fire, potentially catching alight! The ground floor is still awaiting work. The front door will have to be re-hung to open the other way, towards the outside wall. The front door won't open outwards, just towards the right hand wall, rather than to the left. The outside. I have added cills over the back door, and the garage door. (Rain Strips?) As the Garage was built in, I thought the builders would have arranged the roadworks for the sloped access across the pavement. (The sliding garage door is also to be added, based on one I saw in Bedford.) TV aerial and waste pipes stil to be sorted. The coal bunker will come, along with the Dustbin(s), possibly a shed for the lawn mower, and several other details up my sleeves (it is a bit uncomfortable! ;) ) The roof tiles. I have been looking very hard at houses, and noticed that some have shaped tiles on the roof "corners", with ridge tiles on the ridges (!). Some have ridge tiles over the "corner" joins, and some have half round over these joints. The roof as supplied only has ridge tiles on the ridges, so mine therefore has the shaped tiles on the "corners". This build has certainly made me look more closely at houses lately! ;) The bathroom window has the lower panes "obscured"... I have actually now added a house number. An easy one...No.1. (But only after these pics were taken...) Now I need to think up and print out two road names for the corner. And add the bins, and a coal bunker... etc. etc. ;) Piccy Time... The Interior... Ground Floor... Almost all made from various cardboard, paper, parts of some railway posters I had printed ages ago, and various marker/ Felt Tip/ etc. pens. Both Floors... The complete house without curtains... And with curtains... The Garden Shed. Basically a shortened Wills Garden Shed (2 in the kit, but they are a bit long. Ideal Model Railway sheds in fact! ;) ) with a card and paper replacement roof. With a bike... The drains in place, and the shed, etc... The garage doors can just be seen here... assorted pics to finish for now... Well, apart from road names, the house is just about finished! The TV ariel is made from plastic rod, as is the mounting bracket. The coal bunker is a bit of a "cheat" for me . (This is the first ever "Ready to Plant" Resin structure I have bought. A pack of 4 from Bachmann Scenecraft. Bought from Modelzone... :o) The Dust-Bin is one of the Merit / PECO Modelscene ones. The lid is a separate part on these. The side gates are made from parts of the Ratio GWR Wooden Station fencing and gates. (In stock for ages, and re-used.) Some House Photos taken outside. General view... From higher up... Shewing the Dust Bin and Coal Bunker.... The TV Repair Van is on a call.... Update 2015...Apart from the TV Ariel succoming (falling of after getting hit by something!) the House is "in store" awaiting the re-build of Ffrwd Locks...
  24. 6 points
    Had fer few DRS 37s arrive tonight on Banks road TMD...
  25. 6 points
    Another DRS open gone!! but not forgotten Weather wasnt great,but the depot had good selection of locos!! Was also nice to chat to some of our MRL members too...
  26. 6 points

    MRL Modular Idea

    Here at MRL, we've been thinking (I know it's dangerous), what if we had a modular layout that people could add too and therefore exhibit at exhibitions, you may remember our previous of tiverton steel works, which unfortunately lasted as long as the British Summer. However we have a new idea, which we think we can make successful if we all work together as a team. Plans are afoot to contact a well known DIY shop, and look at the costings behind making a generic pack, with wood cut to size, all brackets and screws provided, so the modeller would have a blank canvas to work from, but they would all be the same size, ( therefore no oops moments at exhibitions when they don't quite fit right!) Of course, if you feel you have some better suggestions, do go ahead and say! :) We are looking for ideas, but it would be a 'roundy roundy' I'm to provide the bit that goes round, we will simply slot more modules into the fiddle yard to ensure it can flow all the way round (also means we can some nice long trains too!) We are hoping to bring the cost of the boards down to around £30 each, this will include diagrams to cut holes, all bolts screws and wood would be included in the pack and all you have to do is pop it together. Anymore ideas, please add them below! Many Thanks Richard
  27. 6 points

    Crown Street TMD

    New arrival in the shape of the BR Mk1 generator coach in Network Rail livery. This is a model rail exclusive and has been on order since last year, I think it will go well with my other Network Rail wagon in the breakdown train.
  28. 6 points

    Crown Street TMD

    Just a small update on the little things I have put on the layout tonight. Nothing major (still haven't done the points....) But I have ordered some extra stuff for the layout and something for a plan I have up my sleeve for the summer.... So tonight I decided to take a break from school work and do some more on the cosmetic side of the layout. When I was ordering said supplies for said plan I decided I might as well chuck in a few extras as I had just found my stack of 'inspirational articles in here' magazines, one of which was signalling equipment. So I order Peco AWS ramps and TPWS grids and some Wills cable trunking (along with two Transits because the workers were getting tired of walking ) So I have spent this evening digging a trench in the cork for the cable trunking and painting and assembling a TPWS grid and AWS ramp, the latter only requiring painting. Personally I think they look really good, and I don't think they are seen enough on model railways. Anyway, just a few pictures for you guys :) Lewis Forgot to mention that I have only done half the cable trunking, in the last picture I have just rested the other section down to see what it will look like
  29. 6 points

    Basford Parkway

    Thanks Neil! 2 weeks into our course and already Caz and I are tired. Saying that we had changed 6 sleepers at the eastern end of the Ribble Steam Railway so that'll explain it. Enroute home we called into the model shop in Preston which happened to be just down the road from our hotel. Despite having our 'weekly visit' yesterday, Carwyn decided to make a small purchase in the form of Hornby's Tornado in the latest livery worn by the celebrity. Before Carwyn got his train home, we managed to get a quick layout bash which allowed Tornado to be chipped and tested. Here are a few photos for you to enjoy: Tornado crawls along the viaduct coming to a red signal where it was reversed into the terminus platforms to access the outer loop Basford Parkway by Javelin395, on Flickr Basford Parkway (2) by Javelin395, on Flickr After a bit of manoeuvring around, Tornado is seen on-shed (lane 3) Basford Parkway (3) by Javelin395, on Flickr Fun over, now time for what I purchased! Don't get excited, it wasn't anything like a loco or item of rolling stock. Picked up a Peco L/H electrofrog point, a length of concrete Code 75 flexi and some Code 100 to 75 converter tracks which have allowed me to connect up the depot for the first time since the new track went down. However, the depot still remains dead due to a few reasons: I've run out of insulated fishplates so the depot pointwork onto the mainline, although connected, would short out Due to the nature of electrofrog, there will eventually be two insulating fishplates and so no power to the depot I'm not yet ready to get out the soldering iron and wire up everything (he says) Also to that my DRS transfers from R3sprays in Falkirk have arrived and so I hope to start applying the transfers over the next couple of days. However, the WIPACs, fuel tanks etc haven't arrived yet and so I ideally don't want to start applying transfers until all the little bits and bobs are attached. Give it a week though and everything should be sorted. Still awaiting an email from Brian at Shawplan Enjoy!
  30. 6 points

    Network Rail Mk3 & DVT set

    Watch the progress of the 'refurbishment' of my Mk3 DVT and four Mk3 coaches into Arriva Trains Wales's WAG Express. I've always wanted to model this paticular train, even when it was class 57/3 hauled wit Mk2s and Mk3 buffet. But, with Hornby announcing an ATW class 67 for 2013, and with them not supplying any coaches nor a DVT, Im left with no option but to model it myself. I will be using: - Hornby Mk3 DVT, ex Virgin. - Hornby Mk3 Standard Opens (TSO), x3 - Hornby Mk3 Buffet (RFM), with 4 big windows. This is a long term project that I hope to finish before Hornby releases the ATW class 67. As per usual, please comment on my work, and give me some feed-back, so I know where I go wrong! Thanks, Caz
  31. 6 points

    A small layout

    The crane almost finished And on overall shot
  32. 6 points

    Old and new class "37" photos...

    North wales coast 1990,two tone grey 37402...
  33. 6 points

    Welcome to our new forum moderator!

    We would like to Welcome Chris (chris47709) to our Forum Moderator Team! Chris is a long standing member of our forum and a fantastic contributor to our forum, he has accepted a place on our Moderator Team. He will be getting involved in the running of the forum as well as helping out.
  34. 6 points

    MRL Member's Day 2013

    Hello from the exhibition! Danny (dc_western), myself, Dave (37401), Richard (Geo Ghost), Daniel (Stevenage91), Ryan (TheModelMan) and Bob (Blackcloud Railways) are all here having a whale of a time!
  35. 6 points

    Network Rail Mk3 & DVT set

    Today I heard on the local gen that a test train was due, and would be the first time a NR DVT was being used in revenue earning traffic. Here's what happened on the train's maiden test duty. 4Q82, Derby RCT - Ty Gwyn TMD I was travelling on the local bus service, when we arrived at Tryweryn LC, unusually for the time of day with its gates closed. I was on my way to DB Schenker's Ty Gwyn TMD to get a shot of the test train. Lucky I had a camera on me, as the test train went through, complete with a 'tarted-up' 67018 on the front. Here's what I got from the unusual viewpoint of an open-topped double decker bus. http://mrlforum.co.uk/forums/index.php?/gallery/image/3343-31/ http://mrlforum.co.uk/forums/index.php?/gallery/image/3344-32/ http://mrlforum.co.uk/forums/index.php?/gallery/image/3345-33/ http://mrlforum.co.uk/forums/index.php?/gallery/image/3346-34/ http://mrlforum.co.uk/forums/index.php?/gallery/image/3347-35/ http://mrlforum.co.uk/forums/index.php?/gallery/image/3348-36/ So the bus arrived at Ty Gwyn station, which is just a short 10-minute walk from the TMD. I arrived with class 67 still ticking over, and the train being prepared for an out and back run on the main line between Ty Gwyn and Tryweryn, taking in Tryweryn Freight Depot aswell... http://mrlforum.co.uk/forums/index.php?/gallery/image/3350-38/ http://mrlforum.co.uk/forums/index.php?/gallery/image/3351-39/ Any comments, good or bad very welcome. Bear in mind this is my very first attempt!!
  36. 6 points

    Network Rail Mk3 & DVT set

    And after the first session in the paint shop... http://mrlforum.co.uk/forums/index.php?/gallery/image/3328-nr-dvt-mk3-view1/ http://mrlforum.co.uk/forums/index.php?/gallery/image/3329-nr-dvt-mk3-view2/ Let me know what you think!! Cheers
  37. 6 points
    Challenge Accepted.
  38. 6 points
    Here's an assortment of pics taken last year with various stock...
  39. 6 points

    Network Rail Mk3 & DVT set

    Hi there, i have already done this set and the end results are worth it, although u must admit it is quite an expensive set to do as the transfers come in at £35 for the set. Some pictures of the set i did. Lee
  40. 6 points
    David Hennessey

    Tarvin Heights M.P.D

    24/02/2013 Having put the acquisition of motive power on the backburner throughout 2012 to concentrate funding on the major work on Tarvin Heights, I felt it was time to get hold of some more locos. Model Rail Scotland 2013 was a great excuse to do so, and I came back with not one, or two, but three beauties! We'll start off with a very interesting piece. Model Rail magazine, in association with Bachmann, recently commissioned a limited edition of 47475 in BR 'Provincial' Trans-Pennine livery. Although the layout is set in the privatised era, there's nothing wrong with a little late British Rail action... Anyway, here is 47475 herself, and boy does she look a stunner! "Oh no, not another one?!" you might very well exclaim, but having been impressed with Bachmann's excellently modelled Freightliner 70, a partner for 70006 was in order. 70003 stands at the signalbox: Until now, the motive power on Tarvin Heights MPD has come from the ViTrains and Bachmann stables respectively. However, the taboo is now broken, with the arrival of my first Hornby product in many years of my interest in railway modelling. Hornby's DB Schenker 60074 'Teenage Spirit' (a Rail Express magazine exclusive) is the first 'tug' to grace the scene at Tarvin Heights MPD. Here she is at the signalbox: To accompany the exclusively modelled 47475, Bachmann and Model Rail magazine commissioned a two-coach pack; A Mk2 First Corridor and a Mk2 Tourist Second Open, both in Trans-Pennine livery. Both vehicles well detailed, including route stickers in the droplight windows! Here they are at the signalbox: Another Model Rail Magazine exclusive, was another Bachmann two-coach pack: Two Mk2 vehicles in Regional Railways livery. They are made up of a Mk2 Second Brake, and a Mk2 Tourist Second Open. Seen here at the signalbox: Freight traffic hasn't been neglected; more of it should be appearing on the layout really! I've decided to put it right; starting with a trio of Bachmann BP fuel tankers (one example seen here at the signalbox). A quartet of Heljan Dogfish waggons also appear at the signalbox: And finally (on the rails for now, at least), a duo of Flangeways 00 scale BR snowploughs (both in Railtrack livery; one example seen here at the signalbox): More road-vehicles have also been acquired from the superb Oxford Diecast range. They are a quartet of Ford Transists (1x Merseyside Police, 1x Royal Mail, 1x RAC and 1x Network Rail), and a Land Rover Discovery: I also got some more Bachmann figures (police/security, track workers and more businessman) and lifting jacks, but you'll see them sometime soon... Anyway, that's it for now. Till next time...
  41. 6 points

    Tref Abergelli a Depo Lôn Pwll

    Sorry James, unfortunately the 37 was sold to Peter (trains12) who has given it a new home. Completely forgot to send you the picture, and it was only until now when I realised I didn't send you it. Anyway, an excellent day was had at the National Slate Museum's model exhibition in Llanberis today. The usual team consisting of my good self and Carwyn (37116comet), but it was also great to see a few other MRL members including Jamie (7APT7), Peter (trains12) and Neil (class66). Thank you to all who made today really enjoyable, and especially big thanks go to Neil and Carwyn for providing stock for the layout. And Neil, if any of your locos need any new homes, let me know ;) I'm especially a fan of 37514 and 37417 as they were just absolutely stunning! Right, enough text, time for some pictures Took 131 today, the best 9 were selected and uploaded to Flickr (I don't like putting more than one picture of the same train on my page unless it's a feature/special working outside exhibition time). http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheekymonkey56/8478475081/'> http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheekymonkey56/8478475081/'>Tref Abergelli by http://www.flickr.com/people/cheekymonkey56/'>Javelin395, on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheekymonkey56/8478476431/'> http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheekymonkey56/8478476431/'>Tref Abergelli (2) by http://www.flickr.com/people/cheekymonkey56/'>Javelin395, on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheekymonkey56/8479565904/'> http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheekymonkey56/8479565904/'>Tref Abergelli (3) by http://www.flickr.com/people/cheekymonkey56/'>Javelin395, on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheekymonkey56/8478476903/'> http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheekymonkey56/8478476903/'>Tref Abergelli (4) by http://www.flickr.com/people/cheekymonkey56/'>Javelin395, on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheekymonkey56/8479565320/'> http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheekymonkey56/8479565320/'>Tref Abergelli (5) by http://www.flickr.com/people/cheekymonkey56/'>Javelin395, on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheekymonkey56/8479564692/'> http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheekymonkey56/8479564692/'>Tref Abergelli (6) by http://www.flickr.com/people/cheekymonkey56/'>Javelin395, on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheekymonkey56/8479564124/'> http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheekymonkey56/8479564124/'>Tref Abergelli (7) by http://www.flickr.com/people/cheekymonkey56/'>Javelin395, on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheekymonkey56/8479563634/'> http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheekymonkey56/8479563634/'>Tref Abergelli (8) by http://www.flickr.com/people/cheekymonkey56/'>Javelin395, on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheekymonkey56/8479563100/'> http://www.flickr.com/photos/cheekymonkey56/8479563100/'>Tref Abergelli (9) by http://www.flickr.com/people/cheekymonkey56/'>Javelin395, on Flickr If anyone else has any photos (I know you do Jamie, you took loads! ), please do share them here for the world to see :) I enjoy seeing other people's perspectives on the layout.
  42. 6 points
    Good night all! And what a wonderful evenening it is! Well, a simple message does not do justice... so here is something else. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!! Seriously, all you guys are just so amazing and awesome! Nearly two years I've been here now and wow... that has gone by sooo so quickly it seems. So, I thought.... being new years and all... I'd give you all a specialll message from mee! You're all fantastic! Seriously. You are all such amazing people! I love being part of this community and I love all you people here! Members and staff alike. You're all soo talented and awesome and it's such an epicc pleasure to know you all. So my friends... I wish you a very happy... very awesome... and possibly a slightly tipsy or do-la-lally random new year!! And thank you. Thank you for being who you are and being awesome at that! Jack, thank you for your help here over the years and being an all round great chap! And also rest assured, you will be assimilated into the herd in due course ;) Phil, thank you for all the hard work you've put in here and being an awesome guy! Rich, thank you for having one of the most awesome first names ever. And also for helping to start what we have here! Dave, Danny... thank you both for being awesome. Jeff, thank you for your the number of times you've helped me out over the past couple of years and at the model club. Daniel (S91), thank you for being a great friend. Though you need to smile more lad :) And I will make you smile! 7APT7, thank you for the many likes you have given me and being a great guy! Chris, Peakdale, 37425, TAB, Bob, Crownstreet, Sammer, SamTrains, Catapult, Pendennis, Jim, Tim, oorail Bigada, Comet, dwestern, trains12, Staffsrail, Parkhead, and so many many many many more of you! I cannot list everyone as my mind is slipping away from me at this time of night. But all of you, mentioned above or not... thank you for being all awesome and a great and fantasticc bunch of people! My friends, keep on rocking, and keep on being awesome. I'm proud to be here and know you all! I wish the best for all of you in the grand year of 2013. This is a year for more awesomeness, and also for celebration more so - we survived another predicted appocolyptic date. Again. Huz-frigging-zah! And with that, I bid you good night... before I pass out on this beautiful comfy keyboard once again... So all the very best to you all! Regards and love to you all! From your future over-lord and master of the world, the resident Brony, the random one... the one who I'd like to mention is NOT drunk (just quite quite tired and rather random minded)... All the best once more! -Richard
  43. 6 points
    Organic trees, whatever next? Using some of the techniques in Gordon Gravett's book but mostly adapted from other sources, this tree is based on organic materials rather than a wire frame. It stands about 20cms and looks just like the trees alongside the line at Wayford.
  44. 6 points
    Jim S-W

    P4 New Street

  45. 6 points
    Hi All Some extra Photo's I left on my Camera, so these are of the Station end and Dock side... Any Question and your comments... or if you LIKE IT... Peter does some excellent modelling... Jamie
  46. 6 points
    Some of the wagons for the layout : Cambrian Tunny, Chivers Grampus and Hornby Shark
  47. 6 points
    Farmer Giles has just driven to the yard to collect some seed, please note that in the 60's only the emergency services and armed forces were the 'other' users of the Land Rover - it was another twenty years before it became a fashion statement. Their robust quality is legendary, over 75% of Land Rover produced are still on the road - try finding a Mk2 Cortina. Tim
  48. 6 points

    Basford Parkway

    Sorry for the lack of updates chaps... not had much time nor money meaning the layout's been a sitting duck for the past few months. However, had some family relatives around today, one of which has always wanted to have a play with a train set, so I decided to lay some track down and create a basic single-track loop with some sidings for him to run some stock. Nothing worth taking a photograph of really, but I did snap up this one of the three trains that were found in the sidings before I got out a few more bits and bobs. With Christmas quickly approaching, the purchase of the necessary parts for the track bed will be bought and hopefully I'll have space to start laying some track. Saying that, I am going for code 75 rails on the scenic area meaning I need to buy a whole load of track... It'll be worth it afterwards!
  49. 6 points

    It's 70012 all over again...

    All over rail news websites today... A brand new American EMD-built GT46C-ACe locomotive was being unloaded from a ship onto the dock when suddenly, the chains suddenly decided to snap, sending the loco flying to the ground, making quite a bang. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvyIrsZ7Zhs&feature=plcp Thoughts please! Bet they weren't very happy when it went. Maybe someone needs to start redesigning the chains and make them much stronger. Was nearly 2 years ago (Jan '11) since the dropping of 70012 at Newport Docks.
  50. 6 points