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Molten metals paint At the IPMS last year, I came across Darkstar "Molten Metal" paints and was very impressed...

Stuck in a Siding - an 'Abandoned Miniature The outstanding tasks on the scenic test piece seen in the last two posts has now been completed, including adding my usual light wood surround from bass wood and some final adjustments to the scenery in the form of...

Cassilis Branch Terminus Update I have been slowly moving along with adding more scenery to my Cassilis station in between those other life matters...

Making Clapham Yard Usable Again It looks now like we have a continuous lighten from the southern end of Clapham Yard all the way around to The Risk...

Model Railway Fans Social Drinkie Night Following the success of last months event, we are doing it again...

BEXLEY MODEL RAIL SHOW 11th Dec This show is held in Welling in the London Borough of Bexley on Sun 11th Dec from 10am to 4pm...

Hotline train sets Searching eBay for monorail stuff, I discovered that in the 1970, Mattel produced a futuristic train set called Hotline...

Frustrations Firstly because, for one reason and another, I haven't been able to devote much time to modelling...

Pantomime Horse The new service carriage 125 is rather unusual in that it is one ended...

Broad gauge rail - still in use! Admittedly, it's in use as a gatepost, but that's not bad for metal over 100 years old...

Various things, don't panic In the aftermath of the show I've started various jobs on and off the layout...

Ferrocarril del Pacifico In 1902 the Southern Pacific, under Harriman administration, acquired the Cananea, Yaqui River and Pacific Railroad, and began construction near Guaymas, Mexico towards Guadalajara...

Project 16 - East Field Part 2 Squeezed into the corner of the baseboard is station cottage, a Wills Finecast plastic kit I built in the late 1980s...

Model railway open at Gainsborough this Bank Holiday Weekend Model railway open at Gainsborough this Bank Holiday Weekend Market Rasen Mail Those looking for an attraction this bank holiday weekend should visit the Gainsborough Model Railway, says Society chairman Chris Wragg...

Dumb buffers made of wood Narrow gauge locos don't often have buffers outside of Talylln land...

Is your goal really a gaol? There is a perception that model railways, unlike other modelling hobbies is not so much about individual models, as about layouts...

My New Favorite Roof I am in the process of assembling a FOS Scale liquor store kit...

Thornycroft Sidings video #3 This time the G6 shunting engine , arrives with empty lowmac wagons, and departs at night with some PB class lorry chassis, heading from the Thornycroft Factory to Basingstoke Station...

Straight Down The Middle So now the vital central window pillar is in place on the front of 150 it's time to pose the question whether we have captured the look of the real thing?...

Plumbing the cab The first one I tried wasn't man enough for the job but a change to a fresher tool allowed me to carry on even though I was using a pin vice rather than a power tool...

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COMMUNITY: Gainsborough Model Railway Society Those looking for an attraction this bank holiday weekend should visit the Gainsborough Model Railway, says society chairman Chris Wragg "Our railway has something to offer for all ages...

VIDEOS: Railway model maker unveils miniature masterpiece of 'Notlobia' in Bolton basement IN a basement beneath an old shop in the town centre, a secret world has been quietly taking shape...

VIDEOS: Railway model maker Les Cliff unveils miniature ... The Bolton News IN a basement beneath an old shop in the town centre, a secret world has been quietly taking shape...

Warehouse Wednesday - Square chimney Digging through my photos, I was amazed to discover that you could count the number found on one hand's thumbs...

Aug 22nd 2016 - Devil in the Details I've been rolling with the detailing phases and it's working out wonderfully...

Caulfield Model Railway Exhibition 2016 I made the trip down to Melbourne over the weekend to visit the Caulfield Model Railway Exhibition...

Route cards, Part 16 — model uses In recent months, I have posted a series of descriptions of route cards, on the basis of several groups of prototype cards provided by Ralph Heiss and John Holmes...

Change in freight-rate structure is a revenue neutral model: Railway Board member Change in freight-rate structure is a revenue neutral model: Railway Board member Hindu Business Line The Railways has chosen to alter the freight rate structure for coal, hiking rates for short-haul traffic, and...

August update On the modelling front, I have been continuing EVER so slowly on PK's gas and fuel depot kits for the Club HO layout...

Rio Not So Grande Now the Olympics are over I may be able to get a little more modelling done...

Sandbox handles Normally once I start sticking castings on a locomotive, the model begins to come to life, but not this time...

Save the Date: Sydney Model Railway Exhibition Save the Date: Sydney Model Railway Exhibition Toy & Hobby Retailer The diversity and quality of the entrants that make the Sydney Model Railway Exhibition one of a kind...

A new coach In the box was one of the coaches that I had ordered from Shapeways...

Refurbishing an old 4mm scale friend... Many moons ago, I wrote a blog entry about a surprise barn find and the traction engine I'd like to find within...

Ripping up Clapham Yard The loco locked away in the siding with the 10 ballast wagons...

New Adventures In Etched Brass Pete Harvey of PH Designs pressed this fantastic kit into my hands at the Warley show a couple of years ago, but I've only just gotten around to putting it together...

Time to turn the soldering iron off After a quick wash, I couldn't resist and bit of polishing with fibreglass pencils, just to get rid of the worst of the kettle descaler experiment...

A Town Like Alice at Caulfield model railway exhibition 2016 To do something different we operated A Town Like Alice in ultra modern era with lots of GWA rolling stock...

Making a start on the left hand upper side. I was recently asked for a track plan but I thought a satellite style image was better so here it is...

RailArt 2016 Kidderminster Railway Museum Aug 27th - Oct 2nd Just bringing your attention to The Guild of Railway Artists Railart 2016 Exhibition...

Boxcar & Pulpwood Car - Completed Here's a couple shots of the completed HOn3 26' boxcar and four-wheel pulpwood car...

Random Updates A bit of new work happening despite the lack of reporting, an HO standard gauge four-wheel wedge-plow is being built on a logging disconnect for a friends backwoods logging line...

Post show... The last time I had a chance to post on here was last Sunday and there was everything to play for...

Technique 2 - The Grass Grows Long Progress on the test piece seen last week has come on at quite a rate...

A trip to the freight yard in the late 1970s, part I I recently purchased these slides because they reminded me of the feeling I had as a kid upon visiting the ol' freight yard...

Well and truly plastered... Life has been getting in the way of my modelling for the past few weeks, home improvements, outings, and the task of converting my vast selection of slides into digital form taking up most of my spare time...

A Week of Leisure I was on holidays this week and did spend quite a lot of time pottering around doing modelling activities...

Running Repairs Himself has been confined to barracks by some unseasonal Scottish summer weather of late - note I said unseasonal, not unexpected - but that has given him the chance to catch up with some odd jobs which needed doing...

Sail the Bismark! This will of course be based on absolutely no facts, but it won't stop them...

Model railway exhibition on 21 August at 10:00 Events news from the York Press...

Photo from Facebook August 20, 2016 at 04:08PM Home About Me Concept Layout Gallery PC/Conrail Equipment Pennsy Equipment Track Plan Videos...

A Trip to Whitehall One of those places being Whitehall, a nano hamlet hardly any distance out of Hemyock...

Selecting model tank car placards I have discussed this topic before, but want to add information in this post about a useful source of information for placarding...

New bumper required The Bantam tug makes an excellent rescue boat - it's manoeuvrable and strong, but after helping shove a yacht with a duff rudder towards the bank, I find one of the wooden bumpers has fallen off...

Part Missing from Fine Detail Left and Right Bracket Signals I have just found that there was a Signal Lamp Blind part missing from the detail parts on my Left and Right Hand Fine Detail Bracket Signals released recently...

Photo of the day Coaster and Amtrak trains at the 1915 Santa Fe Depot in San Diego, California...

Project 16 - East Field Part 1 This is the site for East Field, Clark's Lane and Station Cottage...

Model railway derailed by vandals Model railway derailed by vandals NBC Nebraska FILER, Idaho Several months ago, model railroad club member Doug Christensen donated his outdoor rail set to the club in order to share it with the masses in Idaho...

First Class Roof Perhaps it was because I uttered the magic words, "There's no rush", or maybe a summer of non-stop garden rebuilding and home-making has brought on withdrawal symptoms, but Himself has knocked up a roof for 150...

What a difference 19 years makes Tony took his on a medium format camera which had an adjustable back to improve the depth of field - the first model railway photographer to use this sort of kit...

One Last bit... I hope you all didn't find the last blog entry of the Victorian trip too long or boring, but it was good to get it out there...

Odd dream. Nightmare, really. The dream had me going away on a business trip to meet some Japanese business folks...

New Buildings I'm aware that the posts on my blog have been few and far between recently, however I could never see the point in posting about nothing and progress has been such that there has been little to write about...

Done... For some reason the publisher needs a hard copy as well as the digital format...

Melbridge Dock in BRM While we exhibited Melbridge Dock at Doncaster earlier this year, Andy York took the chance to point his camera at it...

Full steam ahead for new model railway exhibition Full steam ahead for new model railway exhibition Isle of Man Today South Quay Halt Model Railway Exhibition, next to Island Tyres and Exhausts on South Quay, Douglas, features around 20 different models with the...

LJ Models The article noted that LJ Models had been in operation for around 25 years, and quietly producing an extensive range of HO and N scale products...

Operating on David Parks’ layout The well-known HO scale layout of David Parks, called Cumberland West, models the B&O and Western Maryland in Maryland and West Virginia...

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Model railway derailed by vandals Model railway derailed by vandals KMVT FILER, Idaho Several months ago, model railroad club member Doug Christensen donated his outdoor rail set to the club in order to share it with the masses...

Great Railway Journeys The latest addition to the bookcase is this reprint of Bradshaw's 1963 Handbook otherwise known as "Bradshaw's Guide"...

RailWells 2016 This was our first visit to Wells and also my first vist to Railwells...

Hole In The Middle Tearing up my usual rule of only having one project at a time one the go I've taken the opportunity, while Himself is working on a roof for 150, of starting work on its twin, the service car 125...

Pimp My Pug As mentioned previously, some quick detail upgrades were recently visited upon this humble L&Y 'Pug' as a prelude to a weathering job...

Warehouse Wednesday - Valves in a box Tucked away behind Alexandra Palace, I found this black box with hand wheels...

The Sunshine Report. Another exhibition done and dusted, the Sunshine Model Railway Club by their reports had a reasonably good turn out over the weekend of the 6th & 7th of August, to myself it felt busy at times but not too crowded,...

Wordless Wednesday Clan Home Albion Yard Gallery for Warley About Fifteen Minute Heroes Projects / Review Page Albion Yard Images Exhibition Manager Information & Diary DCC Sound Pannier Conversion Severn & Dean Bob Barlow RIP...

Gamecock in 009: pickups and details... This included a balance pipe, injectors and clack valve, sandbox actuator lever and sandbox and toolbox...

Popular model railway exhibition Railwells raises money for charity By OliverHulme Posted: August 16, 2016...

Lance Mindeims LAJ railroad, and the "should-ers" Here is an interesting post by Lance Mindheim regarding fans who think he has gone off the rails, modeling a little section of the LAJ, he outlines that there are a lot of people who "should" other modelers, to...

Barclay chassis testing Powered an half-century old H&M Clipper, it thrashes away on the rolling road nicely enough...

August 14th Update: Planning, and Modules, and Scenery. Oh My! Sneaking in time around the edges of my real life items seems to be working out nicely...

Free Shipping this Week from Shapeways Shapeways this week only are shipping all orders over $25 free...

IPhone Quick Update Video: August 2016 Overview After a day of technical difficulties, I finally got a video filmed to give an overview of where I am at the moment...

Result! Reading reviews is dangerous, but this one on Amazon made me smile...

Top Hat-Trick I have deposited the body of 150 with Himself so he can form and fit a brass roof for it...

Pimp My Pug A spare hour or two over the weekend found me dabbling with this Hornby L&Y 'Pug' that has been in my collection for a good 10 years or more without ever receiving the attention it deserved...

Route cards, Part 15 — additional examples Recently I wrote four posts to present prototype examples of freight car route cards; the most recent contains links to the prior series...

Painted primer Stripping this chassis down will be a faff so I've treated it to a brush coat of lovely Humbrol primer...

Plastered again I spent another evening last night soldering and glue gunning and ended up with all the basic land masses in place and all the lighting wired and working...

Merseyside model railway business steams ahead with sales increase following Brexit Since the Brexit vote, Hatton's has seen revenue increases of almost 70% in the EU, as well as a rise of more than 28% in the UK...

Back to Doing Some Fencing So on Tuesday and Wednesday this week I decided to do some more work on the Murwillumbah Cement Silo...

Working on Some Locos Early this week most of my time was spent working on a couple of locos...

A little bit of stop-motion animation It's another free book Sunday and this week I've been working with the Sport Bulldog I built last year and "Parker and Wild" builders yard that's quite a lot older, to produce an advert...

Progress on the Barn I've been using the following photograph as a colour guide for the stone work on the barn...

Happy Ending I was really pleased the end piece cast perfectly first time, which is no mean achievement when you consider that it includes both an undercut - from the beading - and the very thin brass tongues which stick out at...

Project 16 - Yard Crane There is no proprietary scale model of this distinctive hand operated 7.5 ton yard crane that once existed at Crewkerne and cranes in the real world exactly like this do not, as far as I am aware, exist today...

It just needs a bit of T-Cut... After a slightly random conversation at the model boat club, I find myself custodian of this GWR station lamp...

Technique The piece uses a couple of new techniques that I have been wishing to try for some time, but firstly Peco 009 track was modified with all sleeper webs removed in a similar manner to previous dioramas...

Merseyside model railway business steams ahead with sales increase following Brexit Since the Brexit vote, Hatton's has seen revenue increases of almost 70% in the EU, as well as a rise of more than 28% in the UK...

Svanda and Morton Stanley go west Our thanks to the two gentlemen who worked non stop all morning to get it all done at a beautiful location...

One week to go... I've had a couple of extremely long evenings working on the layout this week and have grabbed every other moment to tick off little jobs...

Weathered wood With the repainting of the 7 plank progressing more to the warm dark shades of browns, I thought I'd try a different approach with the Bachmann 5 plank wagon...

Coach Building Explained My latest book is about to be published by Crowood Press, going on sale from 22 August 2016...

Pickups Using a bolt allows adjustment off the loco, although I just bent the wire with it in place...

Mersey model railway firm sees sales soar post-Brexit Mersey model railway firm sees sales soar post-Brexit Liverpool Echo Brexit isn't to everyone's taste but one Merseyside model railway business has seen sales soar since the EU Referendum vote...

Pevensey Bay Heatwave At the end of last month I took Awngate to the Pevensey Bay exhibition, and how remiss of me not to have reported back!...

More about railroad wheels I have written several prior posts touching on railroad wheels...

Coming on at pace... The row of ten T008 Low relief Terraced houses from Scalescenes are coming on a treat...

Plastic Fantastic I decided I was as happy as I would ever get with the size and shape of the brass base layer for the curved end of 150 so I have progressed to fixing the styrene layers on top...

Brakes Anyway, the whole lot hangs together OK with everything attached to wires poking from the chassis...

Wordless Wednesday playing trains! Playing with them this evening was actually really enjoyable particularly adding parcels stock to the mix...

Weathered Wood Well the attempt at creating a bare wood effect on the old wagon is going OK but I'm still ending up with warm browns not the more washed-out effect I'm really after...

Success for model railway exhibition BRIDPORT and District Model Railway Club have hosted a very successful exhibition - the 30th their exhibition manager Bob Ahrens has organised...

And now time for something completely different... Any hobby or interest can bring together great friendships and last weekend it was put to the test when a group of five headed off to Victoria sans wives to have a complete train weekend...

Status Update I also divided the back of the layout having two scenes, one shows the line leaving staging at the bottom and climbing up and the scene behind it is part of the towns' industries mainly a siding for grain and one...

VR Western Victoria

Warehouse Wednesday: Industrial corner When I look at my viewing stats on Flickr, this photo is often in the top ten most popular for the day...

Here’s One That Nearly Got Away! 009 Society Sales Open Day at Brian Guilmant’s 31 July 2010 Somehow I managed to create an album using Picasa 3 offline, then uploaded it and it went into Google Photos, where I was able to insert the captions to the photos...

More Harriman pictures SP Lines with Texas & New Orleans sublettering * WP MOW * Ferrocarril Del Pacifico, Division Rescue Crew...

Gamecock in 009: more Peckett progress... I've added the water tank lid, and smokebox door handle in this view...

Tracing Tuesday Once the sections are tested I'll remove the switches and trace the wires into the main loom to the...

Back to Work on the Layout I previously promised a post about the layout after a number about 3D printing so here we go...

Rectank Finale Here's a sneaky peak at the finished Rectank wagon, built from one of the latest 'O' gauge kits from Just Like The Real Thing...

100,000 hits And even our Ruski comrades who seem to be interested in Aussie railways lately...

Curved Ball This is going to be one of the make-or-break moments building my model of 150, getting the curved observation end to both look right and perform a key structural function...

Wrap the cylinders A few moments with the gas torch warming it up helped a bit...

N scale Harriman coaches coming! In the meantime, here is a pic of UP two-tone gray coach...

Sticking Down the Buffer Stops The buf fers were all made to the L&Y pattern by Chris Arthur a while ag o, however to fit them in the goods yard some plaster that was laid down a t the end of some sidings needed removing, as per this slightly fu...

Shunting with Steam - Heywood Style A few days in Cleethorpes last week meant a little time was spent at the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway...

SP tank car decals are back There has been extensive writing by me and others about SP tank cars and their modeling...

Children wowed at Chadwell Heath model railway club open day ... Ilford Recorder 24 People of all ages enjoyed the Ilford and West Essex Model Railway Club's open day yesterday...

Instagram Instant updates from the Dent Workshop...

RMCQ Strathpine Exhibition Photos Well I finally got the photos uploaded from the weekend's Model Railway Exhibition at Strathpine in Brisbane...

Boiler won't sit down Which is why I mention that all did not go well when I first mated the Barclay body to the chassis...

Would work Today I managed to get some woodwork done and so end up with the back and end-back scene woodwork installed...

Bentley Model Railway moves from Chippenham to Calne MEMBERS of the Bentley Model Railway have been hard at work transforming their new home after a £95,000 move from Chippenham to Calne...

Plan 9 From Outer Space This is Plan 9! This is the one that actually worked!" - Jerry Seinfeld...

Some more plastic bashing I fancied a diesel shunter for Brettell Road. I was quite taken with the idea of bringing my decades dead mainline class 03 back from the grave with a High Level Chassis but as I though about it I drifted away from...

A modern takeover If you can call diesels modelled as they appeared 30 years ago modern, a few have escaped from New Street and ventured to Brettell Road...

Illuminating secrets What we have here is a typical midland type yard lamp from RMLectronics, link here They kindly supplied me an incomplete model as I wanted to change the flat ladder supplied with one of Colin's 3d versions...

Out all Weekend So this weekend started with a modelling night down at Simon Says Hobbies and Games...

Support Structure I ended my last post writing about how the body shell of 150 is going to be a rather flimsy affair until I can get the rounded observation saloon end fitted...

Free book! Outside my railway modelling life, I'm a bit of a novelist - you might have spotted the link to my literary blog on the right hand side of this one...

Theakston - Rusty and Dusty The last time we saw the Roger Chivers Theakston wagon it was still in bare plastic...

Operating with “sure spots Sometimes this would be an obvious requirement, such as placing tank cars to be loaded alongside a loading rack, or placing a hopper of coal over an unloading trestle...

News from Llangunllo... My modelling time has been severely restricted over the past week, in fact other than a little pondering and experimentation hardly any progress has been made...

More wires and some holes I spent a long evening last night with the soldering iron in action...

Bentley Model Railway moves from Chippenham to Calne The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald...

Bentley Model Railway moves from Chippenham to Calne The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald...

Project 16 - Horse Box I mentioned previously that Crewkerne Station was noted as a dispatch centre for calves...

Denny's workbench A couple of days ago at the model railway club, Graham approached me brandishing a bound edition of Railway Modeller magazine...

A ride on the Bure Valley Railway. I took a drive down to Aylsham this morning , so I could take a ride on the Bure Valley Railway...

25 June 2016, Oxfordshire NG Railway Modellers Open Day, Steventon The third open day held by the Oxfordshire Narrow Gauge Railway Modellers was again held in the excellent village hall at Steventon, not very far from Wantage, which light railway enthusiasts will be very familiar...

Three Dimensions Time to join the five castings together to see if they resemble carriage 150 in any way...

Boiler fitted Being whitemetal, my getting it in slightly the wrong place at first didn't matter, a sharp knife was enough to carve the hole in the direction required...

Weathered wood A few years ago I built a 7 plank private open wagon and tried to paint it to represent bare weathered wood...

A return to the Wells & Walsingham Light Railway. Although I enjoyed my last ride on this miniature railway, I had no intention of repeating the experience...

A Town Like Alice rolling stock update Just to fill you in on progress with the ultra modern version of A Town Like Alice...

Next stop, retirement, for railway's long-serving Bob Next stop, retirement, for railway's long-serving Bob Midweek Herald Bob Phelps with one of his model railway engine designs and Peco chairman Michael Pritchard...

The Barclay's back With a little more time to finish personal projects, I've hauled it out, hoping to finish the model off...

12 amazing photos of Padstow model railway that will take you back in time John Lambert's model shows Padstow's railway in 1954...

Wires I grabbed a couple of hours today and started work on the dreaded electrics...

In The News A good few months back I'd responded to an appeal for articles for the 009 society magazine, 009 News, by writing a short piece about Awngate...

Wayblls, Part 51 — more on prototype in-transit bills In a previous post, I explained in a simplified way how in-transit shipment privileges worked, and what prototype transit waybills would look like...

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Social drinkies tonight in London fro model railway folk Anyone into model railways, come along tonight and have a social night, if your new or experienced, come and learn or give great advice, all drinks at normal pub prices and we have the whole venue from 7pm...

When I'm Cleaning Windows With apologies to fans of George Formby here's a quick snap of the two sides of 150 with the resin film...

Sunshine Model Railway Club's annual exhibition returns Sunshine Model Railway Club's annual exhibition returns Star Weekly If you're looking for something a little different to do, look no further than Braybrook Secondary College, where the Sunshine Model Railway Club's...

Warehouse Wednesday: Camouflage It's a little known fact that moch of the design and development of military camouflage was developed in Leamington Spa...

I Spy Blogspots have an add on where you can put a hit counter on your site that allows you to know whether it is worthwhile to continue posting or not...

An Amazing Coffee Table Layout And the presentation is outstanding!...

Gamecock in 009: more progress... James Sent from my iPhone...

Taking stock of where I am I'm taking a look at my layout an making another list of TO DO items and items I'd like to purchase in the near future...

Kitbashing a rail crossing One of the items I needed to work on got addressed recently and I was super happy about it...

Traveling scenes I took advantage of my travels to scope out some train related locations - sneaking them in around the edges of a family trip...

Axminster model rail enthusiast is making tracks Bob Phelps retires after 52 years as a designer at Peco and is heading to live in France...

Rectank Reverie Here's a quick peek at progress on the 7mm scale JLTRT kit of an ex-War Department 'Rectank'...

MERG speed control part 2 Half an hour's relaxed work while listening tot he radio and look what I have - a working speed control!...

The clock is ticking At the beginning of June I started with the best intention to really crack on with Tredethy...

Two's A Pair This feels like the moment when my model of Observation Car 150 properly exists now that I have successfully cast both of the main body side pieces...

August Website Cover Noteworthy BR Trains on the West of England Mainline #3 Exmouth & Sidmouth To Cleethorpes...

MERG speed control part 1 Many are complex projects that if I'm honest, are over my head, or at least offer facilities that I'm not likely to need for the sort of layouts I build...

Making tracks In a busy evening with the Dremel and a drill and jigsaw I have laid all the track in Underhill Town...

Southern Pacific wheel production I have written several posts about modeling railroad wheels, and will provide links below to prior posts...

More babies! On the heels of my previous assembly and weathering of a couple of Hi-Tech De...

Faversham MRC Exhibition Two day exhibition on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September 2016 at The Abbey School...

Wiring Update Anyway, activity continues at a methodical pace with the track laid on the helix and all the top deck wired now for power...

Construction at Full Throttle So far I have completed two bases but not yet put the wheels on them...

Around The Yard At last the new station is 95% finished so it can be placed on the platform...

10000 I'm pretty sure I've show John Webb's wooden model of ex-LMS 10000 before...

Diorama... I've decided to put the eight houses onto a diorama and not on the layout...

15 May 2016, Beds & Bucks NG Modellers Members Open Day, Barton Le Clay Click Here to View the Photo Album for this Report...

Patching A trip down to PECO in a couple of weeks for Svanda to be snapped for CM...

B Side Whatever, this is the other main bodyside piece of 150 which has had its second layer of detail added and has been glued onto a piece of thick styrene sheet ready to be used as a master...

Beatties Model Boat Catalogue 1967 So said SN Beattie inside the ochre cover of this A5 sized publication...

REC 2016 Exhibition The Railway Enthusiast Club are holding their annual show at the Woking leisure centre on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September...

Rectank Reverie I've spent a pleasant few days assembling one of the latest 7mm scale kits from Just Like The Real Thing, depicting the ex-War Department 'Rectank' flat wagon...

Project 16 - Down Platform Furniture On the previous layout I set up a cameo scene based on a photograph of passengers standing on Axminster station near its foot bridge...

Hot Air Engine If you fill in enough surveys for the Guardian, they give you 50 quid to spend at Amazon...

Model trains in Castle Hill Model trains in Castle Hill dailytelegraph.com.au Also on show will be the giant Springfield layout made by members of the Hills Model Railway Society based in Baulkham Hills...

A shout-out to Rapido Trains I happened to travel Tuesday to the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento to do some research on a couple of topics...

Developing the goods yard... Llangunllo goods yard, if you can call it that, is as simple as they come, being typical of those found out in the back of beyond...

Board meeting The baseboard is complete apart from the back scene supports but those are in hand...

Moving Along Well progress has been slow but steady over the last few weeks...

Ross Rotary Club presents the forth model railway exhibition Ross Rotary Club presents the forth model railway exhibition Hereford Times OVER the weekend of August 20-21, Ross-on-Wye Rotary Club will be holding their forth Model Railway Exhibition at John Kyrle High School...

Cast First Time There's nothing quite so encouraging as a new master and mould producing a perfect casting at the first go...

Mannin When the big box arrived last week, my dad and I were in a hurry to get it open...

Helping preserve Deeping St James's railway heritage Photo: SG140716-110TW...

Warehouse Wednesday: Converted hangars Last week, I looked at the grass-covered hangars at Cosford...

Chimney Pots... As promised here is the way I make the chimney pots for my houses...

Radio Control Van No.3 The van contains batteries and radio control equipment, and powers several of the electrically powered locos...

More trees and bushes I've busied myself doing some more trees and bushes...

Burnham and District Model Railway Club support St Margaret's ... Burnham and Highbridge Weekly News St Margaret's Hospice would like to thank Burnham and District Model Railway Club for their support to the charity...

Burnham and District Model Railway Club support St Margaret's ... This is The West Country St Margaret's Hospice would like to thank Burnham and District Model Railway Club for their support to the charity...

Engine Side Mastered I think the first side of 150 is ready to be covered in pink gunge to make one of the two moulds which I will require...

Model railway day EXMOOR Coast Railway Modellers are offering an exciting day for all railway enthusiasts on Saturday, August 6, by presenting Exmoor Rail...

Colron replacement Sean asks: I came across your Blog by pure chance I was looking for information about a replacement product for colron wood dye, for use on plastic stone kits any info would be a great help...

Gamecock in 009: bodywork... James Sent from my iPhone...

Examples of Richard Hendrickson freight cars I showed his open-car loads in two earlier posts, links to which are below...

A happy customer service story It's the second one to be installed, the first having rapidly fallen to bits because the electrician brought in to fit it bought cheap rubbish...

Bringing Up The Rear. It's been a while since I last worked on a brake van, so I decided to try something different with this Bachmann model...

Almost Done... As you saw in my last post, I cut out all of the out building parts ready for them to be assembled...

Gamecock in 009: chassis finished...

Working to a Plan The first thing that I did on Saturday was to check out how the ballast heaps had dried on my 11 ballast inserts for my ballast wagons...

Palmy Rail-X 2016 Again this year I joined the peanut galley to make models while the masses loo on in mostly bemusement...

Fresh Air Himself has set a new benchmark in the drive for customer satisfaction with the glazing for the Disco Car...

Flash - saviour of the universe! According to the label, they were returned models that had been checked and were OK...

New photo from Facebook July 23, 2016 at 03:25PM Pennsy in the foreground, Colorado Midland in the back...

Project 16 - Station Throat From left to right, down headshunt, down main line, up main line, up siding, goods shed siding, crane siding...

Large scale model aircraft - Cosford 2016 Perhaps a little less of the later would have been nice as it was at the 15mph limit that the 1/3rd scale WW1 planes can fly in, but otherwise ideal...

More progress on the warehouse Starting with bedding in the building and adding the now familiar neglected feel to the end of the sidings. Just need a light airbrush of general gunk colour to tie it all together...

It just came to pieces in my hands... However continued thinking reached the conclusion that it would be a diorama that cannot be displayed as it has no cover, and would be a little oversize just for photography...

Route cards, Part 14 — still more examples This is the fourth post in a series which primarily displays a range of prototype route cards from the collection of Ralph Heiss...

Groveton Scenery With the main portions of the mill structures complete, I turned my attention to the scenic elements of the Groveton paper mill area...

Groundwork Days... The point rodding has been postponed yet again, as I didn't really fancy the idea of firing up the soldering iron in the current heatwave...

New Doors Part of my plan for building Observation Car 150 is to make use of my existing masters...

Bachmann Action Depot As I say in the film, I wondered if the mechanism could be converted for a more scale layout...

Many Happy Returns.. What you see above is just that, in the foreground is some 3D...

Mudcreek Days and Model Railway Weekend are on schedule Mudcreek Days and Model Railway Weekend are on schedule Kings County Register / Advertiser The Nova Scotia Division began building its railway some eight years ago, Timmons noted, and it regularly attends model...

Getting Dirty With the body colour airbrushed I opted to brush paint the remaining colours, it really didn't seem worth the effort of masking up when the job is easy enough with a brush...

7mm halt, overhead wires and a Toad in BRM There's more scenicing going on than normal from me in this month's BRM...

Wordless Wednesday #131

Sentinel 7109 Re-Joyced! 9th July 2016 was a day for celebration as Sentinel 7109 was officially renamed 'Joyce' by visiting Antiques Roadshow expert and railway author Paul Atterbury...

Porthgain in 009: plates fitted... These have added the finishing touch to my model of Porthgain - and look great!...

Side One The most rapid and dramatic progress during a carriage build comes right at the start of the process when I make up the first of the body sides...

"It was twenty years ago today" That famous opening line from the Beatles' Sergeant Peppers album seems appropriate for this post as it marks 20 years since work started on Philip's Creek...

The Miner's Fed. Already looking a bit grubby, the National Coal Board's new Sentinel diesel has been at work on Maudetown Colliery's rail network for the past few weeks...