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  2. In August 2019 my wife and I belated celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary by having a few days away. We chose to stay West of Llanymynech in the Welsh Borders.While we were there we travelled the length of the Tanat Valley, following as closely as we could the route of the old Light Railway.Much of the time on the journey we were looking across a couple of fields and noting a slight rise in the land along the line of the old railway!We started the journey down the valley from Pennant Melangell and it's picturesque church. Intriguingly, there was a small museum in the church tower which included a number of things relating to the old Light Railway.Sadly, we timed this excursion badly and were unable to visit the visitor centre at Nantmwr. It was closed in the days that we were in the area.This post gives a great deal of background information about the line and the Tanat Valley. I hope, in the next post to follow the route of the line as best as possible.http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/09/18/the-tanat-valley-light-railway-and-the-nantmawr-branch-part-1You will note that one of the reference documents used is a GCE project report about Llangynog and the railway which I came across in St. Melangell's Church.
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  4. Another Forest of Dean Colliery. .... Flour Mill Colliery. ....http://rogerfarnworth.com/2017/09/30/the-flour-mill-colliery
  5. The industrial history of the Forest of Dean is such that the intensity of activity was high throughout the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. Innovation was rife and nowhere was this more true than in its transport infrastructure.In, what history will ultimately regard as, a very short period of time, tramroads were built and became the dominant form of transport. They waned and were replaced by broad gauge railways which in turn lost out to what was the dominant but probably inferior standard-gauge. For a time, all were active in the Forest at once. .... http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/09/15/different-railway-gauges-in-operation-the-forest-of-dean My wife and I stay in the Forest of Dean most years. September 2019 was no exception. We stayed in a cottage close to what were Cannop and Speech House Collieries which were both rail served when they were active collieries. I have already posted about Cannop Colliery as part of this series of posts. It seems appropriate that I post something about Speech House Colliery.http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/09/14/speech-house-hill-colliery-and-railway
  6. (Part 1)....... New Walmington Pier 009 Edwardian Seaside Pier Tramway (www.newwalmingtonpier.com) This is the start of the autumn/winter layout overhaul before its 2020 exhibition season starts next February. Today I got rid of the God-awful Peco 009 buffer stops and replaced them with 3D printed track bumpers https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pack-of-10-x-009-narrow-gauge-post-type-buffers/323850036820?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649 Here's the before and after photos. The big job to come is repainting the white edging of the pier which involves removing several coats of the white paint and replacing the plastic railings with laser-cut ones. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Part 2)........ All Cars Stop Here 請在此站停車 00 scale Hong Kong Tramways street scene (www.hongkongtramlayout.webs.com) The 80M Hong Kong made 'Tram Stop' transfers cracked and flaked once dried rendering them useless, I replaced them with a self-adhesive print of the card backing and cut them to fit. The other simple job was to add the crossover wire to my dummy overhead and both items make a difference!
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  8. Hi John, This layout will not last that long, about two more years before dismantling. To you, me and many tramway modellers it was supposed to be dug up road and track being installed. To the public it looked like a sloppy finish and possibly some exhibition managers felt the same. I tried to take out the points and replace with curved track, but I was risking almost total destruction of that part of the layout, so the points have been secured for crossover and the operation set for single track shuttles with more than one tram used and that is quite common in smaller tram layouts and it eases my back!
  9. Hi piermaster But wasn't the crossover supposed to be an eyesore of dug up road and track? Perhaps revisit and refresh the whole thing including the dug up road and track Perhaps also have a sneaky hidden electric points operating system a well. Just a thought. Regards John
  10. After 5 shows so far this year the layout is looking a bit scruffy and the eyesore of a crossover doesn't help, so after the October shows (Aylsham, Norfolk 5/10/19 and Colchester 29/10/19) I will replace the crossover with an S curve and keep the operation simple to ease my back. The Emergency Crossover to be replaced by a double curve and remaining front track left redundant.
  11. Took New Walmington Pier to the Norfolk & Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers meeting on 07/09 to check out an electrical problem, after several attempts I simply replaced the power connection track. Why didn't I think of that earlier in the day? Just ordered some appropriate buffer stops to replace the corny looking rustic style Peco 009 bufferstops. The God Awful Peco rustic narrow gauge buffer stop to be replaced with something more appropriate.
  12. This 4 wheel BR green shunter has appeared at the wagon works.
  13. Hi John, Thanks for the kind offer of the container, but I can get a cheapy HO one at my favourite model shop in Norwich when they do their cancer charity fundraising event later this month. Knackered flat car in my case would be sufficiently weathered so as not to readily identify its origin, it would still be a good enough runner and have couplers. Still need to work out board size, so track planning is way off at the moment. There would be minimal road vehicles - just a couple of unmarked vans. I've just ordered Knightwing high security pallisade type fencing for three sides of the layout. Should be making a start in November. I have a busy month in September and a long holiday in October. Cheers, Dave
  14. Hi piermaster I have a spare 5t Jap container if you want it I only needed one and annoyingly they come packed in threes good for wagon loads But not if you just want a store shed like I did. Be aware Japanese HO is 1/80 but should still be OK as a store shed. Knackered flat car sounds more like a convert to end loading ramp to me as even per-way engineering stock has to be in good running order it just might not look the greatest Hmm tough call one or two points for the layout I am greedy I would go for two . Out here at least a mechanics / refueling truck and a bus or crew cab truck is usually not to far away from where the tamper or other machine's are working So possibility for other details but road vehicles tend to identify where your supposed to be you could also get a cheapo Tyco hopper car and convert it to and icicle breaker if you want something a bit different in the yard you already have a USA flat car. On track machines are pretty universal but everything else tends to Identify a place and time. regards John
  15. Thanks Buz and Chris, I don't want to give this micro a defined identity, it is intended to be generic as in anywhere in the world so that rules out a Class 04 and hopper wagon! The Japanese containers are now out of stock, but I can get an HO scale container for next to nothing out of the junk box at a model shop. I intend to use Knightwing Pallisade Fencing as it has strength and has the beefy look of security fencing. As far as I know, only UK & Irish OTP travel to sites without support vehicles, so I have a knackered US Flat Car which will become even more knackered and unidentifiable to carry one of the mobile site huts as seen in the Kibri kit above. Early days about the track plan yet, but will probably be a two track 'tuning fork' or a three track 'Inglenook'. There will be no covered stabling, On Track Machines prefer all weathers! And no fuel points as they are easily refuelled by one man and a 100 litres drum which is more than enough for a night's work. The photo is of DR73919 in the two-siding On Track Plant Depot at Ely 20/11/2013. Keep watching this space!!!
  16. Excellent! I seem to recall you've had this idea floating around for a while? Be good to see it.
  17. Hi piermaster Sounds interesting are you going to have an 04 class and engineers ballast hopper for variety? looks like you need a Jap 5t container. https://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10429222 I don't know if you can get it in the UK but nylon fly screen would do for the fence in your picture. regards John
  18. Planning next micro-layout: Although not strictly British Railway Modelling, Track Maintenance Machines or On Track Plant are usually Austrian (Plasser & Theurer), German (Vossloh), French (Geismar), or Italian (Donnelli) built machines for rail customers and contractors worldwide and therefore have a uniform appearance. On Track Plant Depot. Having been up close and personal to some of these machines during my railway career, I'm gathering stock and structures for a simple HO scale micro layout where these machines would be stabled and serviced. As OTP Machines are fairly generic worldwide, then the layout will also have a generic theme. Watch this space!!! One of three London Transport Plasser & Theurer 07-16 PU Ballast Tampers on test at Linz Yard, Austria. 1980 Peterborough On Track Plant Depot and Training Centre. 01/11/2014. Broxbourne Network Rail On Track Plant Depot 24/02/2018. Stock & Structures for the new layout: Kibri 'Forestry Set' but really permanent and mobile site accommodation. Bachmann Spectrum (USA) Plasser & Theurer OWB 10 TRAMM (Track Repair And Maintenance Machine) Bachmann Spectrum (USA) Plasser & Theurer 07-32 Ballast Tamper.
  19. Colas Rail track machine 'Panther' at Chester on Sunday.
  20. BRman

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    Chris this sounds like an interesting project, Colin Peakes modelling work is fantastic and has produced some lovely dioramas. Look forward to seeing your progress.
  21. I am working on completing a book about the Central Var line of Les Chemins de Fer du Sud de la France. About 75% of the way through the work now and reviewing my post of the length of the line to the West of Sillans-la-Cascade. I have realised that I omitted an important element of this section of the line - that It provided access to a number of mines. Two closest to the line were open-cast bauxite mines. Both were situated near Rognette which also appears not to feature in my original review of this length of the line. This revised post covers the section in question. .... http://rogerfarnworth.com/2019/08/19/ligne-de-central-var-part-13a-sillans-la-cascade-to-barjols-chemins-de-fer-de-provence-85
  22. buz

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    Hi Chris If your just having a bit of a play with OO9. This would be a good one requires only one point (make it a properly wired live frog) one maybe two lengths of flex track Bachmann Skarloey and upgrade kit from Narrow Planet I could not find a reference for the Corris coach but I am sure some one made a kit for one, could be interesting to run the coach with a four wheel open wagon with the mail Corris did once have a Royal mail contract Way back when it was a full running railway and used a steel ?? four wheeled wagon for the mail. A download of the plan for Corris station is available from the Corris railway on line shop the cost is one pound sixty seven pence. OO9 Locos and rolling stock can be pricey but on a small layout like this where what is needed is such a small quantity should not be an issue. I Personally think keep it straightish and perhaps do a series of interconnected small modules with a Welsh theme something like this?? its worth a read if you can get to it. http://ngrm-online.com/forums/index.php?/topic/13113-waldbahn-eusserthal-updates-and-news-from-my-forestry-layout-in-009/ There are some nice video's of small narrow gauge layouts on YouTube You could even have a look at Minitrains Track and see if you can fit a loop in that space but it will be tight and Minitrains field railway track is not compatible with Peco track the rails are 002" different in size not sure which way. http://www.minitrains.eu/sources/Gleisplanung-10-2016.pdf No the church is not Corris, its a dead ringer for somewhere else I forget where but it is a model of a particular church it would look good though. regards John
  23. Chris

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    Despite never having visited, I have a keen interest in the Corris railway. Aside from the Thomas the Tank Engine links (I was a huge fan of the books as a child, with a particular fondness for the Skarloey railway) the only other explanation I have is that I always develop an affinity to the smaller, sometimes more downtrodden. It’s evident in my choice of sports teams (Crewe Alexandra and Derbyshire Cricket Club) for starters! Anyway, as I start to dabble in 009, I wondered if the Corris railway actually offered a good possible starting point. Corris station is, simply, a tuning fork. The line then runs in front of a Welsh slate wall, behind which is housed a church. The line can be seen roughly drawn in on the photo above. This got me thinking. I have a Tim Horn ‘scenic board,’ just 25 centimetres deep by 45 centimetres wide. What if I made the curve out of the station more severe, bending it around the wall in front of the church (see red line on photo below)? The blue dashed lines are purely there to indicate a back scene, although I would imagine the the layout would end at the station fence on the right hand side, with the track being sandwiched along a wall at the front and the church wall. You might spot that there is a lot of inspiration taken from the excellent ‘Shifting Sands‘ by Colin Peake. The slate walling looks like it could be fun to do, whilst the church is as close as possible to a dead ringer as the church in the Dapol range. All in all, it’s a project that I am feeling very excited about. The first job is to work out f I get the flexi track to bend appropriately.
  24. I’ve even had layouts that went wrong!! I built two micro layouts that looked great on my bench but were a disaster at exhibitions! One even got dumped in the local tip on the way home!!!! I sold the stock at the exhibition. To think I nearly did that to Walmington Pier Tramway which thankfully became New Walmington Pier, and the rest is history!!
  25. You have some great pictures of locomotives and rolling stock. I do like the class 66s and 68s.😉
  26. Hi Jack this is a great thread, you have an interesting variety of locomotives. I hope your loft layout build goes to plan and it will be nice to see some pictures of your build progress.
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