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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?
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    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

    Pen y Bryn

    Hi all, here's some of my layout, started about twenty years ago, left for about twelve, but started again a couple of years ago. SMP Finescale track with scratch built points, buildings mostly scratch built, some kit loco's. Phil
  22. 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
  23. 6 points

    Box Road Sidings

    Photos working fine from PC, must be my phone!
  24. 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
  25. 6 points
    Had fer few DRS 37s arrive tonight on Banks road TMD...
  26. 6 points
    Blimey, nobody's posted here yet.... Ah well, I'll get the ball rolling then, shall I? On Monday 19th May 2014, DB Schenker Teenage Spirit passes the signalbox at Tarvin Heights MPD, with a short engineer's train in tow. (Dedicated to Stephen Sutton, who sadly passed away this month from cancer, aged 19. R.I.P)
  27. 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
  28. 6 points

    My Resprays

    Well, here it is, the finished product. 37421 in Colas Rail Freight livery. :-) Lee
  29. 6 points

    Basford Parkway

    Thanks Jamie. Will do! Talking of which, here's one I snapped earlier... Basford Parkway by Javelin395, on Flickr
  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

    Pen y Bryn

    Here's the track plan. Engine Shed Detail. Cold foggy morning. 57XX
  33. 6 points

    Beresford Junction

    Evening All Forget all those freight services - it's back to passenger workings... I've got 37/4 and 37/5's running the services. To improve the running, I've decided to add the close couplings with the following results Before: After: Time to start constructing a station now. Phil
  34. 6 points
    Hi Team, Click on this: http://www.eastbank.org.uk/charter.htm
  35. 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.
  36. 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!!
  37. 6 points

    Tref Abergelli a Depo Lôn Pwll

    Been another productive day on the layout. The post man came this morning with my two lengths of flexi-track and a bag of ballast (the other parcel with my point work is due tomorrow). Brought out the brown paint and covered the baseboard with the stuff to represent mud (so if there are any gaps in scenery, the show up as brown rather than pale wood colour). Also made some signs for the front of the layout so people know what it is etc. I'll update you all tomorrow when the point work has arrived.
  38. 6 points

    Tref Abergelli a Depo Lôn Pwll

    Took the layout into the garden to have a photoshoot but realised that due to the low backsenes, I ended up with a large white house in the backdrop. A quick trip upstairs to grab a 3x1ft board and the spare sheet of backscenes from Tref Abergelli solved the problem. Enjoy!
  39. 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
  40. 6 points
    Part Deux.............................. Enjoy... D421
  41. 6 points
    Here's an assortment of pics taken last year with various stock...
  42. 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
  43. 6 points
    Ive now got all four 97"s,they are. 97303 and 304 are weatherd.97301 and 302 are still clean :) ive used the bachmann body shells which have spring loaded cab doors!! and all chassies are 21 pin...
  44. 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
  45. 6 points
    Jim S-W

    P4 New Street

  46. 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
  47. 6 points
    Richard, The Provender store is an RTP from Scenecraft, the trick is to blob some paint on each leg and very carefully place it. Then, using the paint marks, drill shallow 8mm holes in the ground to depth of about 3mm so that the building is 'planted' in the ground surface. The grass is merely puffed around the edge of the building's footprint which is painted dark earth -B&Q emulsion Hanna. The greenhouse looked too 'up market' for the goods yard's veg plot, so here is the lovely 'tatty' shed and it does need bedding-in. Tim
  48. 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
  49. 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!
  50. 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.