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My Hopes Were Dashed! All week, I had been planning to pick up two 12mm RH Peco points from a local hobby shop on Saturday morning and then in the afternoon i...

Moving With The Times A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Warminster 2017 According to MRJ, "The emphasis of the show is very much on modelling and the creative side of the hobby, and layouts, traders and demonst...

Project 17 - Rodding Continues I forgot to break the sleeper ties for the rods to run straight through beneath the rails. What you see instead is truncated lengths each ...

Muswellbrook V3.6 While I didn’t do any modelling today I did spend some time thinking about my layout plan and decided to take a trip upstairs, check some measurements and test out an idea I’d had. All...

A Holiday Observation and Other Things Well, the sheep finally got tired of watching the trains go by and decided to have some lunch. Train watching Time for lunch On ou...

Great Central Model railway exhibition 2017 The GCR's modelling event each year continues to grow in scale. A quick look at the website confirms that all the stations have some display...

Travelling public. While I fret about the roof rack I’ve been adding seats and passengers to the railcar so it looks like it is doing something useful rather than trundling around in circles. I say seats, they...

Grime Street takes a break... Well work on it does, its still out and about and more may well still happen but Im currently messing with something similar but set a few miles sout...

Small project: upgrading running boards Years ago, when the first etched-metal running boards became available in HO scale, I thought they looked quite nice, far better than the us...

1338 Update 2. Todays work at Crymlyn A shop has involved adding detail and minor fitting to Kitson 1338. A long dreaded task has been to fit the piston rod s...

Story Telling and Layout Design? A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Model train company's x-rated figures are flying off the shelves Naughty and saucy figurines on sale at Liverpool's iconic Hatton’s Model Railways...

Trev’s Trains At the end of 2016 I was relocated at work which allowed me to move back home and commence some planning and preparation for my home layout: the one I’d always wanted to build but never been...

Looking Like A House Now A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Popular model railway club set to leave its two sites following rows A MINIATURE railway club that has given rides to thousands of children is being 'evicted' from two sites.

An exotic garden railway feature Buying presents for my dad isn't easy. He doesn't do technology or flash stuff. No point buying sweets either since he went sugar free. Wi...

Chailey MUM AND TODDLER GROUP: At St Peter's Church on Chailey Green, takes place every Friday from 9.30am. This is free of charge and coffee, tea and biscuits will be available. If you or anyone you know would be interested in coming along please contact th

Player, or Builder? There’s a question…. I took Shelfie to the Warminster show last weekend, a round trip of 430 miles just to show the layout for one day. I don’t often do one day events, but occasi...

Invite to attend Old Oak Common We have been invited to attend the last ever open day at Old Oak Common, as this is where the layout is based on its a real privilege to be invited t...

An internal user from a spare bogie bolster When its too hot outside to do anything sensible, why not slap some paint on a wagon. This LMS bogie bolster wasnt in my plans, so I hatched a...

Holloway Goods - Using Mr Peco's Nuts Hi All Its been a long time since Ive had the time and inclination to work on my model railway. However I recently been working on coupling des...

Model railway firm's x-rated figurines The raunchy figurines of tiny plastic couples making love are selling out fast...

Modified Hall pt7: Finished (Almost) So with an envelope from Fox waiting for me as I got home from work yesterday, it was time to crack on and finish off the Modified Hall. The fir...

Back to the 70s in BRM I'm taking a trip back in time in July's issue of BRM. Presented with a Metcalfe card kit for a corner shop and told to do something interes...

Wordless Wednesday #158 A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Announcing Pacific Car & Foundry Ex Post RBL & XLI in N! Wheels of Time is happy to announce a brand new tool - Pacific Car & Foundry 50-ft* Exterior ...

Evans & Bevan An EVANS & BEVAN wagon from an earlier Crymlyn A shop contract is seen outside Graig Wen loco shed awaiting minor running repairs. ​The mod...

Phoenix Asset Management to launch mandatory takeover offer for troubled Hornby Phoenix Asset Management is to launch a mandatory takeover offer for troubled toymaker Hornby after picking up a majority stake in the firm.

Phoenix Asset Management to launch takeover offer for toymaker Hornby Phoenix Asset Management is to launch a mandatory takeover offer for troubled toymaker Hornby after picking up a majority stake in the firm.

SDS models NR class and AN AOQX AOQF SAR SOC lead ore wagons, and ultra modern container flats Hi All Here is some pictures of the latest work from SDS models. SDS is working on tweaked version of the NR class, the attention to detail ...

Steamy train accessories shop sells model figures that are a little bit naughty The German manufacturers have also been known to offer miniature doggers, prostitutes, peeping Toms and nudists - as well as amorous pigs...

In The Gallery A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Model railway firm selling X-rated accessories showing tiny couples having sex MODEL railway fans are spicing up their displays with X-rated accessories that show couples having sex. The tiny plastic figurines are in hot demand from model railway store Peter’s Spares in...

Murray River Bridge new layout construction day 12.5 Hi All Chances for a full day of work on Murray River Bridge have been hard to come by, but I have managed to get the most difficult part of...

Warehouse Wednesday: Workshop doors There's not much to say about this week's photo. I spotted these fantastic 50s looking workshop doors in Loughborough. Perfect for ...

Garsdale Railway Workers Cottages These will certainly be a challenge! When I used the AnyRail program as a guide to get an idea of all the buildings positions and their sizes on the...

Fen End Pit - Track completed and wired on the new works board Over the last month Ive managed to complete the track laying on the final board of the rebuilt Fen End Pit. This board is completely new and will fea...

Bizarre model railway kit depicts people having sex The x-rated accessories are selling well - with fans buying them to construct a 'vulgar hotel...

GWR Modified Hall Pt6: Finishing the chassis As it is still far too hot to go in the garage and work on Brent, I am getting on with finishing off the Modified Hall. The first task tonight...

And now for Something Not Quite The Same My Hornby-Dublo 3-rail layout at the Woodvale Rally last weekend. 12 x 6, seven baseboards, three of them scenic. Hornby-Dublo track throughout...

Bay Area Prototype Modelers 2017 meet Once again, the annual June meeting called Bay Area Prototype Modelers (BAPM) has taken place, and it happened last Saturday, the 17th. The ...

1338 Update 1. Back at Crymlyn A shop work has restarted on the contract for Kitson to build a locomotive for the Cardiff Railway company. The foreman is ple...

Barry Island railway museum site trashed by vandals Thieves broke in and stole rail artefacts, smashed vehicle windscreens and threw paint over them.

Prototype for everything: Unconvincing water colours I'm a bit picky about model water. In the UK, it should be brown. Not blue, or bright green. So, imagine my surprise when I arrived at boa...

Modified Hall pt5: modifying the chassis Now I finally get onto the interesting bit, modifying the chassis to correct the mess Bachmann made of the design. I started by removing the bu...

Farewell, Soyokaze And...

The Show Must Go On! I cannot believe it has been over a year since I last posted in this blog. The story of the 2016 Weston on Trent Model Railway show has been told in...

Heywood tank in 006.5: transfers arrived... Well I've been quiet for a few weeks, with good reason...

Wickham Station (Well what is left of it) Hi All, I've never really photographed the Newcastle line much over years; I guess I just took it for granted that it would always be the...

Forward and Onwards Well I have finally finished making the seven piers for the trestle. When you compare the original dowel to the end product there is a few h...

Yaaaarrrr! Didnt see it myself, having better things to do, but my good wife informs me that the one-handed pirate(?) on Poldark had a Mummerset accent implausi...

Pitch Perfect A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Brandbright hopper in Garden Rail It's time to get my hand back in with a quick review in Garden Rail 275. My subject is Brandbright's latest kit - a hopper wagon origina...

Laying track and underlay Lot of work and progress in the past couple of weeks. After receiving delivery of all the Peco track from Hattons, Ive slowly started laying it down...

Scalefour Society AGM, Watford 18th June 2017 The Scalefour Society AGM moves around the country each year, with the North London Group hosting it this year with a small show. DEMU were invited to the show and so Natalie and myself set off to...

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Sounds good – audio effects for layouts We've had trains with sounds but how about this...

Five unusual (and fun to watch) ideas from around the world for your next model railway layout Five unusual (and fun to watch) ideas from around the world for your next model railway layout. The post Five unusual (and fun to watch) ideas from around the world for your next model railway layout appeared first on Model Railway Engineer.

Figures, Part 6: placement In the previous posts in this series, I have shown several aspects of figures, as I prepare them for use. (The most recent post, concluding ...

5 inch gauge western at the R.S.M.E Nice to drive but very powerful and is the only one in this livery in the UK i have been told and if you want a chance to see the western champion at...

Building up the Fleet AC Locos in N About twenty years ago I was faced with the problem of how to try and model the West Coast Main Line in N, but with only the Farish 87, and the Lima...

Cut and cover story It’s been what seems like a phenomenal length of time since my last post. Things just seemed to constantly get in the way of doing any work on the layout. Then I did my shoulder in and couldn...

Ventnor West Photo Survey, 18th June 2017 Heres a large handful of shots of Ventnor West taken this morning. The signals are at odd positions and angles because they have not been permanently...

A viaduct takes shape. I have been pottering on with the viaduct. Most of the formwork is in place so I have begun to work on the details and cladding. The original had lin...

Finishing Off Some Jobs I had Friday off this week, and wouldn’t you know I spent some time in the shed late morning and in the afternoon after mowing the lawn...

Project 17 - Rodding Commences Now for one of the more tricky parts, not only in model construction but also for prototype technical understanding. I confess to being no...

7mm Narrow Gauge 2017 When you recive a ticket for an exhibition through the post listing you as a "Special Guest" then you've really no choice but to along...

Farwell to an era Time to call it. It's the end of an era. I poured a glass of whiskey, topped it off after a few sips, then...

Two steps forwards and one back After an uncharacteristic burst of optimism, my base line pessimism has reasserted itself. I have built three points and tested them by running a cou...

Some Victorian figures Having carelessly misplaced my vernier gauge, I resorted to a bit of painting. Ive had some new cast 4mm figures knocking about in a margarine...

Cardboard Ashbury Stock, Part VI Last week a small package arrived containing whitemetal buffers...

Garden sheds! EWS and Freightliner 66s Taking advantage of the sunny weather to grab a shot of my 2 Bachmann Class 66s together. 66068 in EWS livery and 66552 Maltby Raider in Freig...

A Complete Whitewash A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Railway job... Just had an interesting job come in from an agency I havent worked for before. Basically, clearing an accumulated backlog of NCR and related paperwor...

London & Croydon No.5 'London The London & Croydon Railway ran its first trains in 1839, and typically for Railways of that period with no facilities to build its own locomoti...

Saturday Film club: R186 signal box It's Fathers Day tomorrow, so I hope you are all rushing out to purchase something suitable for your aged parents. Of course, if yo...

Peopled out I am a pretty extreme introvert who works with people all the time, so come this weekend I really needed a little down time. Ironic then, that I spent a chunk of it painting some 1:50 scale people...

Converting Bachmann Class 166 to Class 165 Good Evening All, So I am a modern image modeller (I admit, expecting to be somewhat frowned upon) and i need some help. What with times on the railw...

Middleton Railway hosts guests and model exhibition On Wednesday (14 June 2017) the Middleton Railway held a “Chairman’s and President’s Day” to showcase our railway and its achievements over the years. Our Guest of Honour was Lord Richard Faulkner of Worcester, President of the Heritage Railw

Grounded van bodies 13. Here's another body, again spotted whilst out running; This one can be found in Hayfield, Derbyshire (SK030871), al...

Some more diesels I noticed a picture on a layout thread and thought ..that looks familiar! So, for your delectation I present: A Bachmnann Peak EMd by the customer,...

Great Central Weekend Busy weekend due at the Great Central Railway at Quorn. Exhibition looks good and some interesting trade exhibits. This is the EP for Dapols LSWR B4 At first glance it appears popular with th...

Two-day model railway exhibition in New Mills New Mills and District Railway Modellers will be showcasing five model railways at New Mills Town Hall this weekend.

Braking point Since my last post I've exhibited Underhill at the Bala Lake Railway model railway show and I had a very entertaining weekend despite the la...

Redditch Model Railway Club reaches a half century REDDITCH Model Railway Club is celebrating after reaching a very special milestone.

Hereford Society of Model Engineers With my new Engineering in Miniature role looming, it's time to get out and about a bit. My first trip out was to Hereford Society of Mo...

Railway club in search of new home A Rockingham model railway club’s need for a new home sparks calls for a men’s shed.

Dia 51 Full Brake – Test Build Part 1 Following the last delivery from the etchers, it was time to get on and do the first test builds. First up was the dia 51 Full Brake. This vehicle was one of the later coaches from the Highland R...

The excellent new OpSIG book The Operations Special Interest Group or OpSIG has just published an outstanding book about prototypical operating practices and how to impl...

Another "tinplate" point I have just made another point by cutting and splicing together a straight and a curve from Andys (Severn Models) T4 kit. There will be more to come...

Mind The Gap A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Delving inside a Peugeot door mirror I've owned my Peugeot 206 for around 8 years now. When I bought it, the most obvious fault was the passenger side door mirror being wrap...

Gladiator models LMS 2P 0-4-4 Lemon / Stanier tank loco. LAST LMS LOCO BUILD This completes my 14month back - to back LMS loco kit build project. I discovered that the Canon 1833 motor is intolerant to any h...

Bakewell station canopy progress It has been a busy week finally finishing the canopies on the Bakewell station project. The supporting struts have now been put together and add stre...

Wordless Wednesday #157 A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

50008 Thunderer gets the treatment Missing etched nameplates but pretty much there with the weathering, one of the locos I remember seeing as a kid 50008 Thunderer in its unique...

Some Pics from Grafton The last stop on our way home was at Grafton Station. There were no trains due for quite some time, but there were people around. ...

Model Railway Show in this weekend Visitors are able to travel on full size heritage trains between themed exhibition areas at stations.

Warehouse Wednesday: Burton pipe bridge Stepping off Burton-on-Trent station last weekend, I couldn't resist taking photos of this pipe bridge. Yes, I know, I'm weird. I sh...

Story of an Engine Shed, part 2 I can now update on this subject. In the last entry, I placed several photos and will repeat one, namely, the shed in the wrong place In the end, I...

GWR Modified Hall Part 4: Tender Lining Following on from my pre work modelling session, this evening I have made another step forward on the modified hall. I have decided to go with the Ba...

Peak Exhibition 2017 Peak (Bakewell) Exhibition 2017 We had a family trip out to Bakewell on Sunday to see the 2017 Peak Model Railway Exhibition organised by the Chesterfield Railway Modellers. It isn’t a huge s...

Grampus test etch A few years ago I was working on a fleet of grampuses (yes that is the plural before anyone asks) for New Street but the project stalled when I decided i wanted to etch new baskets, door bangers an...

Basically just an excuse for pictures! Brettel road now has its final front and backscenes added. More work to do on the fronts yet but its starting to look like a proper layout!Here is a view of the warehouse with the new backscene in...

A GWR Modified Hall Pt3: Tender conundrums This morning I was woken up at a ridiculously early hour by both children, having settled them down and got myself ready for work I glanced at the cl...

New Priorities I went out early this morning to cool off from the current heatwave hitting southern France and had a hard think about modelling priorities for the n...

The Long Drag to Garsdale - Garsdale Signal Box Pt2 After the initial assembly of the box, it was obvious to me that from the operator / visitor view point that the interior would need to be furnished. T...

Displacement Activity A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Bassett-Lowke lever frame? Thinking caps on again please. Spotted on the same stand I bought my tube train from, who made this rather nice lever frame complete...

An operating session with upgrades I have been modifying the operating scheme I use on my layout, to add more realistic car movements and also to create more complexity in a f...

Quick Mineral Loads After a mad flurry of restoring some old Airfix 16T minerals I turned to doing a few loads for 3H Coke Hoppers. Two of these I built a long time ago,...

Modified Hall pt2: an experiment in lining A little more work on rebranding of my modified hall, as mentioned previously I have started redoing the boiler lining from bachmanns red to orange...

Urban Transport - With a difference! Back in May half-term we had a holiday in Italy, and made a couple of day trips into the nearby city - Venice. Everyone knows Venice is an u...

A New Battery for Railcar No.3 When it was built in 2008, railcar number 3 was fitted with a Strikalite six volt rechargeable battery pack; nothing lasts forever, and after nine years of service, the battery pack was in need of...

Decisions - decisions It’s a while since I’ve posted anything here and this entry is more in the nature of a ‘placeholder’ than a description of actual progress. It is har...

The dream If space and budget was no option the dream layout would be a station that is, now I’ve relocated, not a million miles away from me; Arley Station on the SVR. It has a lot going for it. First...

All aboard! Redditch club makes tracks for Severn Valley Railway IT was all aboard for the Severn Valley Railway as members of Redditch Model Railway Club continue their 50th anniversary celebrations.

Model railway club hosts exhibition in Knowl Hill Train lovers were in for a treat at an annual model railway show on Saturday. The Marlow, Maidenhead and District Model Railway Club hosted the event at Knowl Hill Village Hall. More than 20 exhibits were on show, just two of which were from outside

HONLEY TANK: - That Da**** Class 101 Again! The other day I got the now rare chance of a quiet running session and started with the newest unit to traffic, the Met Cam lightweight or Class 101...

Muswellbrook V3.4 While the rain we’ve had over the past couple of days doesn’t equal the downpour of late March in intensity or quantity, it did bucket down and it turns out the leak hasn’t been f...

Help! Hi Guys, Im building a modern image layout but need some help with rolling stock! I already have a layout, mainly steam and green diesels so Im a bit...

All aboard model railway group Despite their annual exhibition being derailing, I'm pleased to hear Leicester Model Railway Group is still going apace. "Leicester Model Railway Group, founded in 1949, is still very...

Signals Branch Pricing Update Well, after waiting for a couple of weeks on tenterhooks it seems that about 95% of my signals and other items on my Signals Branch Shapeway...

Dapol Class 08 'O' gauge 'Gronk' in the works. When Dapol’s ‘O’ gauge Class 08 appeared late last year, I couldn’t wait to get hold of a BR blue ver...

All the gear, no idea At a recent show, I suddenly noticed that the hall had got a loot brighter, and the "sun" was coming from behind me. Turning around,...

Photo from Facebook June 11, 2017 at 06:17PM Updated train room panorama. via Facebook Pages http://ift.tt/2aiL3Xc...

Pair who stole model railway collection must pay back cash TWO thieves who stole and sold a treasured model railway collection have been ordered to pay back what is left of their ill-gotten gains.

Epping MRC Exhibition 2017 The 2017 Epping Model Railway Club's exhibition at the Thornleigh Brickpit Stadium was on again over the June long weekend in Sydney. I was ...

Open Day at Rolleston-on-Dove station, Sunday 25th June 2017 Starting with the model railway, Rolleston-on-Dove, this developed into a community project to uncover and restore the remains of the actual station...

Some more wagon weathering work Managed to get another couple of wagons done for my privatisation era engineers train between DIY jobs this weekend! The MTAs are all still numbered...

Cardboard Ashbury Stock, Part V I fitted some whitemetal torpedo vents (from Dart Castings), and used plastic strip to form rainstrips. Then I started to paint the roof. ...

Muswellbrook V3.2 It seems as if the elements are against me and everyone else this year. We’ve suffered another round of heavy rainfall over the past couple of days and it’s a long weekend! :-) However...

Boom! There Goes the Budget Again. Yesterday I was at a local hobby shop and in a moment of weakness, I purchased two pieces of Tillig dual gauge diverging track to replac...

Rush Job A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Judging time in London Last weekend, I was down in London running the Double O Gauge Association's annual modelling competition. As usual, we had a fin...

Man your knives I've picked up the other 3 sheets of printing for my steamship. No idea why it continues to load this way I wish that the guy who dr...

Strange sort of evening... Came in from a day out and about around Lincolnshire, turned on tne tv and discovered Warren Gatlands lugubrious comments on the latest from the Lion...

Weekend wiring! Wiring continues apace on Smestow. Made a start on the control panel, Non of this new fangled DCC trickery here! When I started planning t...

Bye Bye Bye ... A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Project 17 - Ground Signals Hitherto I made ground signals from matchstick, hole punched plastic and bent wire. For something so small this is fine but for Swanage Loco...

Cardboard Ashbury Stock, Part IV The body now has been glazed, had some seats fitted, and has been secured to the chassis. There is still a lot of work to do. Th...

The mid-day goods arrives Following the departure of the 12.10pm to Epple peace descends upon Cill for three quarters of an hour, enough time for the signalman to have...

Visiting the Southern Highlands Layout On our way to Sydney, we stopped into Glen Innes to visit Rohan Fergusson. He had invited us to check out his re-incarnated Southern Highla...

EWS wagon weathering - a before and after comparison A work in progress MTA versus a fresh out of the box example! Improved by a few washes of enamel paint and removing the tension lock occupiers...

Saturday Film Club: Tram modelling This week has seen the European Tram Driver championships take place in Tenerife, so let's travel back to the days when trams had only...

AMRA 2017 Show S scale Display Well another show has been and gone and I think we all had a good time This year our contribution was somewhat less than we have previo...

Basket case? Your opinion, dear reader, is required. Obviously, as you are reading this blog, you are a person of exquisite aesthetic taste and style and I require some feedback on the latest addition to the HB...

Quick milestones. A fairly brief but successful visit to the club on the 27th. After my last visit I wasn’t able to get to the club for quite a few months...

Saturday morning Before I head of into the great outside for my 1:1 projects, here's a progress report on the ships. Plonking the wharf down on the work ben...

When the mainstream met modelling miniature railways I received a couple of messages last Friday night to the effect that the new edition of ModelRail magazine (no. 236) contained an article by...

Riding trains in Japan During much of the month of May, my wife Mary and I were traveling through Japan, starting in Tokyo and seeing much of central Japan, includ...

Which way do I go? A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Taree Almost last stop for the Day was at Taree Station. if we waited around another hour there was a chance we would see a train coming through...

Garden Steps A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Wickham trolley - done ON and off, I've been carrying on with the Wickham Trolley last mentioned here an embarrassingly long time ago. Most of the effort ...

Ger/lner/br 4-4-0 D161/2/3 Claud Hamilton Locos For Sale I have for sale 2 x Blacksmiths Models Claud Hamilton locomotives. These kits are etched brass nickle silver with additional lost wax castings as seen in the photos. They have not been star...

Sound Decoder Hi all, New to DCC, using a Gaugemaster Prodigy express, fitted decoders to a number of Locos. All working fine apart from a TTS A4 sound decoder, So...

Heywood top wagon in 006.5... To follow on from the Ruston Proctor kit, and my Heywood and Hunslet scratchbuilds, I've started work on suitable stock for the 006.5 projec...

Getting the Roof Right At the recent Modelling the Railways of NSW Conference, I purchased a 4 wheeled lourve van kit from Casula Hobbies. This particular kit...

Stop off at East Maitland on the Way Home After the convention had concluded and we were very generously invited to visit a couple of layouts (more about that in future posts), we ma...

Tinplate tube train 20 well spent? Spotted on a stall at the recent G1 event, I couldn't resist this interesting 3-rail tube train. My first thoughts w...

DCC conversion of older Hornby locos As Ive started to slowly lay down track and Im waiting on some more supplies for that, I took the time to fit DCC decoders to the fleet of older Horn...

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Gladiator models LMS 2P 0-4-4 Lemon / Stanier tank loco has left the paint shop First shot after leaving the paint shop today. Not my finest of paint finishes but I`m pleased she now looks like a Stanier loco.

Cardboard Ashbury Stock, Part III Whilst the kit was still in one flat piece, I fitted wire handrails. Then I scored the roof at 1/16 intervals and rolled the body up. Ive had previou...

Murray River Bridge new layout construction end day 11 Hi All Here is the latest update on the construction of Murray River Bridge at the end of day 11. http://youtu.be/mdW6zxGz-zo Enjoy Sc...

Muswellbrook Our next stop was Muswellbrook, that is if we don't count roadwork sites, and pit stops. Again we hit the jackpot with trains galore all th...

Muir Hill rail tractor (Branchlines) I have realised, with the comments running forwards reading down the page, this sort of blog entry will make more sense if I put the progress updates...

Starting To Put It Together A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

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Warehouse Wednesday: Colby station With the TT races currently on, it's an excuse for me to head back to 1993 and my first visit to the Isle of Man. Despite shooting ...

Moves are afoot. I have in the last few months fielded a few enquiries about exhibiting the layout from exhibition managers and followers of the blog. I thou...

Tri-ang Hornby Romford Wheels conversion. Assistance please. A while ago i mentioned that I was converting an old Tri-ang Hornby Loco (a Class E2) to be fitted with Romford wheels to run better on my layout. Af...

Jinty Progress and the new Test Track With moving house there's been little time for modelling, however I have been getting some done - firstly my Jinty conversion, using the ass...

The East Shumala stock pen, Part 4 Awhile back, I posted a short series of descriptions of work on the stock pen at East Shumala on my layout. The general background for small...

Oooh that will be my new gas cooker! With apologies to Monty Python! Received a coupe of packages last week which has helped move things along a bit. First up, I received two whit...

Progress Shot This photo gives a better sense of the planes that will be formed by the plaster board once it’s installed. I’ve asked the builder to install a small door on both sides of the room to a...

One Of The Uk’s Biggest Model Railway Shows Comes To Leicestershire From the 16th-18th June 2017, the Great Central Railway in Leicestershire will host one of the country’s largest model railway shows. Over the three days, more than seventy model railway layouts of all shapes and sizes will be showcased under forty

Wrists of steel The first job with the kit was to glue it to some 1/16 card stock, as it was printed on the cheapest paper I could get. I took the opportun...

Another project! Another project to satisfy my modeling needs! Whilst between work on 9E Ive decided to take on 52A Gateshead. The layout will be 18 x 5 and set aroun...

An update Good morning! It has been getting quite hectic at the moment with everything happening at once, the house move being the main cause for the cha...

Cardboard Ashbury Stock, Part II I had long ago decided that a flat finish would not satisfy me, that I would prefer to introduce the beading and panelling onto the carriage s...

The Long Drag To Garsdale - Garsdale Signal Box pt1 At the start of this blog I posted some of the pictures of my version of the Midland type 4c signal box that took some time to construct. The first p...

Honley Tank: - Bowton's Yard signal cabin A careless picture; I seem to have left detritus below the foundations! This gives an impression of how its going to look. The basis is the Scal...

16mm scale Ruston With my new role at Garden Rail in mind, I need a 32mm gauge railway. And for that I need some 32mm gauge rolling stock. Fortunatl...

Finished the boards Its a public holiday in Germany today and the wife is away so this afforded me two rare luxuries i) cook bacon ii) spend almost the whole day potteri...

Movement At Last! It’s been something close to ten months since I first attended an open house to view my new home on a beautiful Spring day last August. I loved the house from the moment I saw it but what rea...

Day 2 First Stop After stopping at Tamworth for the first night on our road trip to Sydney, we hit the road early and not far down the road we stopped at Wer...

Putting Down Roots A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Project 17 - 6 Month Review This is one of three micro layouts I had in mind to build, thinking they would be quite quick to create. After all I had read of such layout...

Next, the engine shed More ballast has been added, completing the left side of the turntable. So now I need to finish and add the engine shed, already started several mont...

Trestle - ing onwards Slow work over the last week has finally seen a few piers for the trestle assembled. I need to assemble the trestle so that I can build the...

6029 Finished Hi, Once again, it has been a while since updating my blog. These days I find Facebook a little easier to keep updated as Facebooks photo ...

Pick-up tool David asks: I seem to remember that you posted (some time ago) about using a glue (?) tipped tool to hold a fine part while placing...

I think I have a problem Being a simple sort of a chap, I have spilt the world into two types of people, Railway Modellers (even those who model the SR) and Non-Railway Model...

GWR 2721 pannier Ive recently revisited an old project which I first mentioned back in 2010, a shocking seven years ago: http://www.rmweb.co...

Sproston - "it's a horsebox Geoff!" Afternoon people, have been looking around for a small project - to fill a couple of days of otherwise idleness, and I suddenly remembered the Corgi...

EMUs of the WCML (and other visitors) in 'N Two 501 sets coast into Harrow on a Euston to Watford local service. A Kenny O to Perth Motorail passes on the Down Fast. On the Slow Lines two eigh...

Delph - Contrast in chimneys Wow! It looks like I havent posted anything since last December. I suppose thats because there hasnt been much to share of late. I finally finished t...

Status Report - 3 June 2017 A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Ravenglass Visitors Just a few pictures of 'Shifting Sands' from the Hull club's Summer Show in their HQ building. We were lined up with the two other narrow ...

Scaling it up. Previously on the blog I've discussed paper models as a cheap source of ships for modeling a port. A long time ago I purchased an online m...

Bakewell station canopy issues Having spent many hours over the Bank Holiday weekend constructing the canopy of Bakewell station, I was not happy with the way the glue had dried on...

Cardboard Ashbury Stock, Part I In my last entry I casually mentioned that I had started work on some ex-Metropolitan Ashbury carriages. These are card kits by Street Level Models/...

At last, a bit more progress! Having not, for one reason and another, had much building time lately, it was good to get on a bit in the last couple of weeks. The basic terraformin...

Lightweight concrete, or perhaps not. I had a rather mad idea. I could make all the formworks for the viaduct and bridge from stuff, and then fill it with a casting plaster, effectively t...

Back Into the Shed Saturday afternoon, following a good lunch and a morning at my Son’s soccer match, I ventured to the shed for some very productive activ...

Jointed Carriages for the Eastern Counties Having just finished London & Croydon Railway No.5 London, (details to follow in another blog soon), Ive turned my attention to a long standing a...

Railex 2017 Best layout? Horfield. Why? They gave me some cake. And this blog CAN be bribed. Seriously though, there wasn't a duff, or ev...

Castle renumbering: Spitfire pt4 Spitfire is now (finally) finished, I had real problems with the HMRS transfers not sticking. Eventually after a couple of failed attempts at using v...

The local scrap trip - a short freight Having shunted the scrap yard, local shunter 08648 is in charge of the trip up the short branch back to the BR network. My Bachmann Clas...

More scenery added More scenery added to Legge Lane over the past few days, including track painting, ballasting, ground cover and now an embankment. This...

White flags on extra trains Most years I attend the Railroad Prototype Modelers fall meet in suburban Chicago (a meeting long known as “Naperville” for the then-site of...

Creating the London Underground (Overground?) My quest to build some Underground stock started off as a gimmick, one un-motorised set between some match wagons being hauled round by a 47. It didn...

House Start A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Miniature railways to ride on in Coventry and Warwickshire Do you have a train mad youngster? These little railways may be worth a visit...

Saturday Film Club: Train spotting on the Lickey Incline Just a short film today. A couple of weeks ago, I was doing some filming standing beside the famous Lickey Incline. While there, I took...

Raise the roof. German builders think a roof isn’t properly made unless it weighs almost as much as the house it is covering: our apartment building has a tree trunk forming the roof ridge line, supported by...

Building Garsdale Junction The Restroom Just finished off both the waiting rooms glazing details, as far as I can go at the moment. May need to come back to those later o...

Next Stop Cassino We made a quick lunch stop at Cassino town centre before heading over to near the railway station for our next few shots. I wanted to ge...

Take a Brake... I prefer Parkside 7mm rolling stock kits over their 4mm versions. Their 7mm versions have much finer detailed chassis parts...

MR/LMS Open wagons Time to complete a small set of open wagons. A slaters 3 plank plastic kit and an Oldbury Models whitemetal version snapped up on ebay...

West Coast in N Have just about finished a 10 year project, although a few minor things need completing, the layout is now in its fully functioning state. A l...

New England Prototype Modelers Meet, June 2-3 2017 A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Trackplan Heres a pretty basic trackplan to give an idea of the project. The 2 tracks leaving Spittal Town diverge in the vertical plane; the Berwick branch cl...

Model train track will weave for a record 74 MILES through Scotland The miniature steam train will set off on top of a plastic track and travel the whole 74 miles - ending up in Inverness, Scotland - while people tune in to watch the journey on television.

Y12 Banana Van. A banana van recently repainted waits outside Crymlyn A shop. Our foreman is not happy as Dai the paint has gone on holiday and has forgotten t...

Getting Started Background Weve moved back to the North Northumberland coast after living around here for a while a few years ago, during which time I fell in l...

Photos from Old Casino Our next stop was Old Casino. Luckily I found my way up a small lane and crossed over the railways line and made our way around to Old Casi...

LOOKING BACK: Architect turned vicar spends 10 years creating Bolton-inspired model railway VICAR of Christ Church in Harwood, the Rev Arthur Dobb, showed off his model railway in December 1973.

Dead G12 Model railway magazine nerds will know that the camera de jour for toy train snappers is the Canon G12. A high end compact, it produces...

LOOKING BACK: Architect turned vicar spends 10 years creating Bolton-inspired model railway VICAR of Christ Church in Harwood, the Rev Arthur Dobb, showed off his model railway in December 1973.

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Water replenish Meanachs river was looking rather flat, like it had run dry. After 2 top ups with realistic water its now looking more flowing. Originally made with...

A 1B, Part IV (plus a couple of other bits) So, this evening my first task was to complete the 1B. This amounted to adding the loco number to the bunker rear and painting the safety valves and...

Lessons Learned A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

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Layout Tear Down Status Report - As of 1 June 2017 A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Image Problem So the Wednesday after Aylesbury saw three Railway modellers sitting down for coffee in the excellent Devon Coffee House in Exeters Queen Street...

Surveying The Scene A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

June Website Cover When modelling a specific location it is fun to recreate a scene on the model railway from a photograph of train(s) at the protot...

Tinsley Duffs Trio of Class 47s get the Tinsley treatment. One of my favourite 'Tinsley namers' is 47367 Kenny Cockbird, complete with Cockney sparro...

Garsdale Junction Building the Station Carlisle Waiting Room has progressed along to the point of detailing the window frames. Of course I apply the 3 feet viewing rule at the moment. Hope...

Build a Barclay and look under the sink Time for a little bit of a magazine catch-up. If you wonder why I write these posts, it's partly ego (look at me, I'm in print), but mostl...

Wordless Wednesday #156 A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Robert Hudson 300 cu. ft. V-tipper wagons in 7mm More commission work. I have previously built three of these wagons for the same customer but this time, instead of NCB lettering, he wants the St. A...

Tar tank weathering. The first blog entry in a long time but I thought it best to post this here as it is comission work, rather than anything to go on one of my own layo...

Welcome to June Am_Fet writes: Well, its been a busy wee while sine the last update on Waihao Forks. A lot of that was taken up with going broke, findin...

Creating a wine tank car, Part 3 In the previous pjost in this series, I completed the addition of two more domes, and a longer dome walkway, on the way to my stand-in tank ...

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