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Successful scratchbuilding just takes good bodging Making models from scratch is a concept that terrifies people, but it shouldn't...

Swing 2016 Last Saturday I headed over to Bognor to the SWING exhibition, which has now established a reputation for having a good selection of industrial and narrow gauge layouts...

Full steam ahead at Ely and District Model Railway Club's 38th annual exhibition Left: Peter Wright and Adrian Wright, B17 Steam Locomotive Trust...

More Ab Stock A few more air-braked wagons have entered service over the weekend, with a distinct early-1980s feel about them...

Carriage Kit Some time last year the carriage works crew told me, on their word of honour, that the next two Superbarns 117 and 118 would be identical to the recently out-shopped 119...

Burning the midnight oil This photo shows the state my boat was in after midnight a few days ago...

Vehicle loading on flat cars This post discusses one approach to the interesting issues and challenges when various kinds of vehicles are loaded on railroad flat cars...

Train buffs head to Middlesbrough's popular model railway display Annual exhibition has been held in the town since the 1950s...

Finally My Two 73 Class Locos Make the Roster She was representing the Cricket Supporters manning the canteen at the Brisbane Eisteddfod at my son's school hall...

Tar Thank You Well the last posting on the blog letting the Russians aware that we are aware of them watching this blog has paid off...

Model Lifeboat Day 2016 No-one likes car parking duty much but as I own a hi-viz jacket and am quite happy to stand around being useful, I volunteered to do it for the KMBC lifeboat day this year...

Fancy a house with its own model train railway? This could be right up your track Fancy a house with its own model train railway? This could be right up your track Huddersfield Examiner It's a veritable Aladdin's cave, filled with railway paraphenalia including a model railway complete with East...

The Final Steps I've been putting some final touches to the Disco Car 121 this week such as the footsteps and the vac pipes which run along each side beneath the frame...

Project 16 - Up Headshunt Looking back at the proposed track plan in Part 1 there are three single turnouts ahead of the Up Headshunt...

Fixing a loose hammer head It's been kicking around on my bench for a while and found much use as a weight when I'm sticking things...

Pecos Run, spring of 1990 I have gotten a few requests wanting some more coverage of B...

Castle Cary man 'devastated' after model railway collection stolen Castle Cary man 'devastated' after model railway collection stolen Western Daily Press A WOMAN from Castle Cary "dreaded" telling her husband that most of his model railway collection had been stolen...

Castle Cary man 'devastated' after model railway collection stolen Castle Cary man 'devastated' after model railway collection stolen Western Daily Press A WOMAN from Castle Cary "dreaded" telling her husband that most of his model railway collection had been stolen...

A NEW STATION BUILDING part 3 The building has progressed slowly over the past few weeks but fitting the windows and doors and with work on the awning it's nearing completion...

No panic, just let me at the plastic "You realise it's just over 3 weeks to the boat club open day don't you?"...

Route Cards — 10: Southern Pacific This post is connected with, but not about, waybills, so I have not treated it as a segment in my ongoing posts on waybill subjects...

53'-6" Welded Construction Fish Belly. . . Here is a production photo of our Denver & Rio Grande Western general service flat...

Socket To Me No one has ever go so far as to accuse me of being a finescale modeller, and if they did I'd soon be able to show them things to disabuse them of the notion...

Tank engine progress... Here you can see the pair looking almost finished - but it's always the finishing touches and weathering that take more time than you imagine...

Safety first - clamp it! Temporary or exhibition layouts have one huge advantage over those firmly screwed to a wall - you can flip them on their backs for access when wiring up...

Wharf IV Now I just have to come up with a jig to knock out 20 sets of wharf pilings...

Wordless Wednesday #9

The start of a new venture For the last few years i have been interested in laser cut models and have been contemplating a venutre into producing some laser cut kits for Australian modelling, obviously with a focus on WA buildings but...

Warehouse Wednesday: Not a warehouse, but looking like one Once upon a time, if houses were built beside a canal, they faced away from the water as if to ignore it...

A surprise While down south I was asked to help identify an NZ120 collection as part of an estate...

Groveton Paper Mill I have been doing some layout work away from the layout recently...

The not-so great train robbery: Model railway worth thousands stolen while owner in hospital The not-so great train robbery: Model railway worth thousands stolen while owner in hospital Western Daily Press Thousands of pounds worth of handmade model railway parts that were the result of 65 years of work...

Model railway worth thousands stolen from Somerset elderly man who took 65 years to collect pieces Thieves struck while the unnamed victim was in hospital where he had been receiving treatment for the past few months...

Theft of model railway equipment in Castle Cary Theft of model railway equipment in Castle Cary Avon and Somerset Constabulary Parts of a model railway worth thousands of pounds have been stolen from the home of an enthusiast in Castle Cary...

An apology After my previous post, I noticed that Trackgang now sells S scale kits...

Pipe Quartet Adding the vacuum pipes to a carriage is something I have to psyche myself up for...

Sentinels Ready To Roll Having added the final touches over the past few days - and wrestled with the Maskol on the windows, which had been left on for far too long!...

Another solution looking for a problem A friend pointed me at this, a colleague had used one in a project to make a tablet computer accessible to anyone with vision problems who need feedback when operating a screen...

May Planning iPhone Quickie Video I have a day off planned this week - or, at least half a day...

That “bad decal” project, Part 2 The replacement decal set, the modern Microscale 87-0414, is highly recommended to anyone still hoarding an old version of this set, because the old version simply has the wrong characters...

Govt to spend Rs280m on construction of Bahawalpur Model Railway Station Govt to spend Rs280m on construction of Bahawalpur Model Railway Station The Express Tribune BAHAWALPUR: Rs280 million will be spent on the construction of Bahawalpur Model Railway Station, Federal Minister Saad...

Former Lincoln model railway shop could become gaming cafe B&H Model shop at 13 Corporation Street in Lincoln has been a model shop for many years but closed its doors on January 18...

A question. The occupants of La Casa Dandruff have been on holiday down south...

A Beginners Guide to Model Railways In a day, I can't cover a huge amount of ground, but the plan is to build a photo-plank and wire it up...

Annual Open Model Railway Exhibition Annual Open Model Railway Exhibition Newton News Shildon Model Railway Club's Annual Open Weekend Exhibition will take place at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon on Saturday June 4 and Sunday June...

ExpoEM 2016 Review I spent much longer at this exhibition than expected, 2 hours to see 14 layouts...

A wire fence More fencing, this time a wire fence built from two sizes piano wire and some metal mesh...

Closer Still We're almost at the finish line with just the track to be laid on the helix now...

Modelling the Railways of NSW #33 For the first time in 13 years, I ventured down to the Modelling the Railways of NSW Convention...

The Wrong Kind Of Weather Entry number 1 from the British Rail book of excuses for not getting much modelling done...

Ruined barn identified When I started work on the Skytrex ruined barn casting, someone suggested it had been mastered by David Wright of Dovedale models...

They are watching... Since my changeover to the "dark side" as some have termed it, I expected people to loose interest in this blog and drop off...

Ely & District Model Railway Club holds its 38th annual exhibition this month Ely & District Model Railway Club holds its 38th annual exhibition this month Ely Standard The club consists of a group of individuals who have a common interest in railways, who have joined together to help build...

Derby 2016 I've seen Derby Roundhouse on TV a few times and it always looked a fascinating building...

Replacing bad decals Here I refer to decals which are bad representations of the correct lettering...

Council cabinet approves loan plan for Ashford International Model Railway Education Centre Council cabinet members have approved plans to loan cash to fund land being purchase by a model railway centre...

Project 16 - More Signals The single Down Home and Up Starter Signals were reclaimed from the previous build...

Golcar Lily Day 2016: Everything you need to know Golcar Lily Day 2016: Everything you need to know Huddersfield Examiner Golcar Lily Day 2016 will take over the village tomorrow, with live music, dancing, stalls, food and drink and more...

Sentinel Duo Eagle-eyed readers may have seen an NCB blue Sentinel being used to help plan my gas works diorama a week or so back - I've been titivating a pair of Sentinels for my colliery fleet...

On The Decks My customer took umbrage last week when I described him on these pages as demanding...

NG chassis ideas required My plan is for a scratch built body but apart from that I'm very open to ideas...

Porthgain in 009: more lining... James Sent from my iPhone...

Photos for a happy Thursday! These are photos of our HO scale 62-ft Gunderson Flat Cars...

Japanese Modules by K Ryouichi Just a few in house Japanese modules set up by someone I follow on YouTube...

Table and chairs The ability to produce perfectly cut out parts never ceases to amaze me...

Glandular Replacement Now the proper job has to be done to stop the water leaking in the first place by renewing the gland packing...

Atropos Schull & Skibbereen Van Kit I was informed that these were being discontinued, so I decided there and then to buy one example each of what was still available...

Loco No.2 Retires I noticed a severe lack of power during it's most recent - and last - run...

Model railway show attracts the crowds in Rickinghall It was jointly organised by Diss and District Model Railway Society and the village hall and saw 18 model track layouts set up in the hall and a marquee...

Wordless Wednesday 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...

More tales of the river bank... Despite the distractions of the fine weather, and gardening duties, I've still managed to squeeze in the odd modelling session...

The future of the hobby Read this - including the comments! Outstanding.Filed under: Shout out, Thinking...

Polpier House review: mass self-catering on the Cornish coast Polpier House review: mass self-catering on the Cornish coast The Independent If you do get itchy feet, however, its a five minute stroll downhill to Mevagissey, with its pretty harbour, small aquarium, model...

Greenwich, Meantime I've had a change of plan with what to do next on the carriage...

A Glimpse Of The Gas Works Andrew-Barclay 0-4-0T No.4 Poppy rumbles down Mindale Street before passing through the gates of Parpinton Gas Works...

Warehouse Wednesday: Around the back of a bit of art deco From a railway carriage, Flavel's factory is an art deco gem.Admittedly one that is now buried behind dirt and many years of modification, but a gem nonetheless...

The June 2016 issue of AMRM is at the printer Distribution will begin shortly and it should be available everywhere by Monday 23 May...

Tomytec Mini Train Operation Set For roughly $85 plus shipping , you can have a little train to run your Japanese small scale figures around on!...

An operating weekend About a week ago, I enjoyed an operating weekend in San Diego...

Thunderbird 2 in N scale Most of the mags are around $16 bringing the total up to around $1280! Yikes...

Rail fans create dream shop Rail fans create dream shop Andover Advertiser The art of constructing model railway scenes has made leaps and bound over the years...

Terraced Row... To break up the look along the row, I've used two bay window options for a couple of houses, and used one of the options of the T022b download, to make one of the façades pebble dashed...

Magazine One year on and number six is out...

It's A Gas! Now the road, pavement and buildings are complete , it's just the smaller details to add now...

Porthgain in 009: lining started... For this I utilise Fox N-gauge transfers, in this case BR Express Passenger...

Mortar lines My normal method for colouring brickwork involves mortar colour paint and a selection of brown colour pencil crayons...

Watch the Millennium Falcon take off from the runway at Miniatur Wunderland It's a huge model airport with dozens of planes and associated airport vehicles, all of which can move around on their own...

Basingstoke Transport Festival - Thank you On Sunday 8th May , we attended the Basingstoke Transport Festival as guests of the Thornycroft Society...

New Terraced Shops... As you know, while we have been having the work done in the house, my craft table was pack away and out of use...

The Brisbane Model Railway Exhibition Wrap A slightly older house on the Puffing Billy layout...

Four Marks 12th MODEL RAILWAY EXHIBITION Model railway layouts of various scales for all ages.Demonstrations, Trade stands, Refreshments and Tombola...

Tiny Landrover Some time ago, I spotted this short wheelbase landrover while wandering around town...

Jung Cn2t new from EuroNG... I'm pleased to share my next kit, to be released through EuroNG...

Ely & District Model Railway Club Model Railway Exhibition Refreshments will be available as well as outdoor events...

Comings and goings It has been a while since I've posted on here as I've been very busy in the 'real' world...

New England Prototype Modelers Meet - June 3 & 4 2016 What goes on at this meet? Well, there's the model display room...

Prepping for the May Show - Amongst Other Things. I will post later in the week about the May Show...

Derby 2016 Albion Yard however has developed a voracious appetite for DC controllers lunching two of them, for no apparent / logical reason...

Ramsay's Guide The 9th Edition of the "bible" for model railway collectors has arrived...

Phaffing about The last month after knocking over the depot shed, work and life has conspired against me...

On track for new home On track for new home New Zealand Herald TheTauranga Model Railway Club is charging full steam ahead with plans to move into a new permanent home at last, picking up new members along the way...

Show time reminder As guests of The Thornycroft Society our Thornycroft Sidings N gauge model railway, is scheduled to appear at: The Basingstoke Festival of Transport, War Memorial Park, Crossborough Hill, Basingstoke, Hampshire,...

Electrical wars: Part 9: contacts for a turnout Nearly all the turnouts on my layout are hand-thrown, and most rely on point-to-stock-rail contact for electrical continuity of the route through the turnout...

Unimat 3 collet chuck. I've been looking for a collet chuck for my Unimat 3 for a while now...

Model rail club marks milestone More than 300 people attended at Stamford Welland Academy, on Saturday...

Bits Beneath The Disco Car has reached the stage where there are all manner of small details inside, outside, above and underneath to add to it before it can be declared finished...

Project 16 - Down Starter Signal I did not plan to make a signal at this stage in the project...

The full Beatties set? This week, thanks to a lucky ebay purchase, I think I might have completed my collection of Beatties wagons...

Soyokazi Stories: Lost, Found, and Indifferent Jet black and glistening, it glided past smoothly and quietly...

Spirit of Exmoor Well one of those is true, it is complete structurally and in detail...

New Kiwamura Section is GO! I wasn't sure if it was going to be a large land section with tunnels set for the tram and high speed rail or if it was going to be a bridge...

All aboard for rail exhibition in Lutterworth All aboard for rail exhibition in Lutterworth Harborough Mail Lutterworth Railway Society is hosting the Model Railway Exhibition at The Lutterworth Sports Centre in Coventry Road, Lutterworth...

Days out: North York Moors Railway, Pickering FOR a truly magnificent day out, look no further than the North Yorkshire Moors Railway...

It's A Gas! Just made a start on a new diorama for issue 223 of Model Rail magazine...

Bulwarks! Now the deck is fitted and level, I can work out the bulwarks - that is the sides of the boat above the deck that either keep water out, or in depending on how high the waves are...

Wordless Wednesday #127

Throwback Thursday, its all over now Well a couple of years ago I wrote that it's all over now, Albion Yard doing its final show at Warley 2013, or that was the plan...

TBT - 1980's Detail Parts I was doing some cleaning up around the workbench and came across 2 items purchased a while ago to help with freight car detailing and modeling in the 1980's...

Messing about with the river... I filled in the old river bed, and built up the ground around it with layers of 5mm foamboard...

Brisbane Model Railway Exhibition 7th and 8th May Just a reminder that the best little model railway exhibition in Brisbane will be held this coming weekend 7th and 8th of May at the RNA showgrounds in the Marque in side show alley...

Former Cinema Ariston to become a model train museum Former Cinema Ariston to become a model train museum The Florentine The building, part of Cecchi Gori's empire until his enterprise's collapse in the late 1990s, has been bought by marquis Giuseppe di San Giuliano...

One Hour's Work So having had a play about with the positions of the new buildings Himself decided to request an alteration - he thought the garage wasn't long enough...

Wonky deck I foolishly used the plank lines on the vac-formed boat hull as a guide when fitting the deck...

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More about caboose cards As part of the development of waybills, many modelers also include locomotive and caboose cards...

Wordless Wednesday #8

Primed progress... All three shown here have been primed ahead if painting - there is also the Andrew Barclay 'Porthgain' primed...

Marbleup models Westrail DB class locomotive kit announcement. This is take on Tarcoola SA the junction between the Trans Australian Railway and the Central Australian Railway...

Warehouse Wednesday: Old tin shed This barn makes me feel old.From 1982 to 1988, I used to walk a mile and a quarter each way to school...

How to install a TCS Wow sound decoder in a Trainorama GM class locomotive I have uploaded two videos onto youtube for your viewing pleasure, shows GM20 fitted with a TCS Wow sound decoder...

The Buffett model is widely worshipped but little copied Sadly, there are no discounts on NetJets, the pay-per-flight private aircraft operator...

The House In The Corner A little bit of scenic work has been taking place over the bank holiday weekend...

Cabin V2 I liked the front windows so these have stayed but the new design has all the panels the same width, including the door which had been far too narrow before...

What's Up with Intermountain Trucks? For some reason, and without any obvious cause, I have had a truck on more than one of these cars just fall apart...

Updates from your friendly Wheels of Time HO scale 62-ft Gunderson Bulkhead Flatcars and Plain Deck Flatcars should be on the way to your dealer and in-stock but going fast...

High Density Insulation Foam In order to 'bridge' a large gap associated with a window located in the wall on which the shelf layout is attached, I opted to use some high density insulation foam...

Motor-Bogie Rebuild Branded Keykits I guess it's pretty old, but it looks like a Wrightlines motor bogie, which is currently unavailable...

Putting labels on boxes ... But I did manage to find time over the weekend to put the finishing touches to my model of Lightcliffe signal box and also to the 'box for my own layout based on Coniston...

The Lingley Local I've been messing around with Photoshop, trying to conjure up a vision of yesteryear, as the local passenger train, unusually headed by a Fowler 2-6-4T, departs Lingley Green Halt, sometime in the early 1960s...

Improved running in The Collector and a non-runner in NGW Over in Narrow Gauge World magazine you can read about my RH&DR armoured train build...

Trucks and snubbers, Part 3 In the first post in this series, I described truck spring arrangements, and some simple snubber designs...

Visit to Darren's Place Yesterday a group of us had the pleasure of visiting Darren's place to see the updates on his layout...

Test-fitting Demeritt Cannery Entire building is Evergreen styrene - based on the one of two prototype photos I managed to turn up of the building...

Back To Normal... Back at the end of January, my wife and I decided to renovate our tired looking living room...

Recycled tramway rail. I've been nosing around the Goyt Valley these past two weekends looking for remnants of the railway built to serve the construction of Fernilee Reservoir...

Lots of Detail Items to be Worked on This detail driver was inspired by watching the video at Darren's yesterday and just understanding that some of these crossing loops were miniature microcosms of activity instead of being a desolate site...

Feeling Blue There are some signs that Himself is getting back into the groove after an enforced six month modelling moratorium...

May Website Cover Promotes the next public outing for our N gauge Thornycroft Sidings layout...

It was 20 years ago today... 20 years ago this weekend, I saw the advert above attached to the van in the photo...

Organising The modeling room has been,for want of a better word, a tip for quite a while now...

Buxton shed is no more. Buxton shed has finally been completely flattened in the past week...

A cool business to model from the early 1990s My pictures are much better now that I have purchased a competent scanner...

Southern New England Railway Maps A few years ago at one of the CVRHS conventions Jim Murphy displayed a series of original, color Southern New England plat maps...

MERG morning After my session over at Pete W's playing with Leamington Spa, I felt the need to know more about the rather funky little DCC controllers in use on the layout...

Model success for railway club Model success for railway club Keighley News VISITORS flocked to Keighley Model Railway Club's latest open day...

Glandular Diversion My recent article, ' Glandular Fervour ', showed the gland packing replacement task ahead...

Empty Vessel It's unusual for me to build a carriage without an interior, but, of course the whole point of the Disco Car was that all the furniture was stripped out to make way for the 'dance floor'...

Project 16 - West Field Pt.3 The field on the left is created from two shades of green static grass...

Can't get stuff for 3mm scale? So goes the typical refrain every time the scale is mentioned on forums...

Slow Journey Through the Layout Time to ramp up the production levels and do another little music video style tour of the layout...

Being a Dipstick Why did the rear engine require so much less crankcase oil than the front engine to reach the dipstick half-full mark?...

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Throwback Thursday Pannier Today it has a retro sort of charm to it, with it's cast body and basic chassis...

Truck springs and snubbers, Part 2 My first discussion of trucks and how they are sprung, included description of some ways in which snubbing by friction was introduced into freight car trucks...

Wordless Wednesday #126

Lms Coach Complete Although I ended up rushing the painting and lining stages, I'm not sure that it's obvious when looking at the finished model...

Shunter tinkering in BRM I can't be doing without of the box ready to run locomotives on my layouts...

Hudswell in 009: tweaks before airbrush... Spot the difference? Side on it's clear to see the sides are a little dirtier now - and there is a streaking from the water filler down and onto the top of the cylinder...

The Disco Car Rides Again! It's a long way from being finished but I couldn't resist posing 121 for a sort of pre-works portrait the other night when I mounted it on its bogies and placed it on a length of track for the first time...

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Warehouse Wednesday: Brick substations If I stroll to the railway station, I pass this interesting little building...

Harkness The next instalment in our journey into EM made a quiet debut at the recent Rochdale MRG exhibition...

Glandular Fervour In February 2016, when Sentinel 7109 took its first self powered trip in decades, it was clear that there were a few problems...

Lichen and moss Some time ago, Airbrushes.com sent me a Lifecolor Lichens and Moss pack...

Wallace E. J. Collins II Collins II was born in Huntington, Suffolk County, New York on May 16, 1923. He graduated Fordham Prep , Fordham College , and Fordham Law School...

Disappointment As Fry Model Railway Delayed Until 2017 North County Leader Newspaper...

Hudswell in 009: first step of weathering... This consisted of my usual blend of three enamels, Met53 , Matt33 and Matt98...

Upgrading a simple freight car kit I received an interesting challenge in an email a few months ago, and the idea has been rattling around in the back of my mind ever since...

Lms Coach Progress Further to the previous post, the Palatine Models chassis is now adorned with a super-detailed Dapol LMS brake 3rd body...

Seven and a quarter Simon 'Stig' Hargraves in charge, CF brings up the rear to add ballast...

Track I rather enjoy building my own track from sleeper strip and plastic chairs, as for me, its far more satisfying than using off the shelf flexi track...

Magazine review time While on the way out to pick up a few bags of premix cement, I was able to stop off at the local magazine shop for the latest issue of the Railfan...

Getting Closer Then I can complete that part of the loco depot roads and following that, the lift out section and the helix...

An Open And Shut Case Another small job I got done this weekend - because I'm not getting much time to do any big ones, frankly - was to fit the corridor connections onto the Disco Car...

Hudswell in 009: clean and sharp... This is the foundation for some distressing and weathering in the coming nights to prepare it for service on a forthcoming top secret project!...

Track lifting... The last train is a reincarnation of the first train, which was my Liliput diesel which formed the basis of my O&K conversion...

Railex 2016 28th& 29 May Aylesbury 43 Missenden Abbey Railway Modelling Courses...

Turf? Spreading a coat of PVA, I sprinkled the flock powder and patted it all down...

Selecting an era to model In January of 2015, I boldly wrote a post indicating that I had finally settled on an era...

Print a wall Joshua's train set is getting regular use, but he's keen for it to look more realistic - which means finding ways to hide the plywood and gaping holes between the levels...

Stuck in a Siding Some progress to report on the "under repair" Avalon Line coach project, which has now reached completion...

Thornycroft Sidings video #1 The O2 passenger train passes the Thornycroft factory on it's way to Cliddesden...

Finishing the wooden fence Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest...

Special event for model railway enthusiasts Special event for model railway enthusiasts Leigh Journal The Bassett-Lowke Northern Railway Exhibition and Swap Meet will take place at St Joseph's Hall, on Chapel Street, between 10am and 4pm...

2002 Running At Tenterfield A few days ago I visited my friend Peter Krause to give 2002 a bit of a run on a longer length of track than I have available...

Full steam ahead for Wyre Forest model railway show Full steam ahead for Wyre Forest model railway show Kidderminster Shuttle MODEL railway enthusiasts in Wyre Forest are on track for a fun day when it hosts a show in Stourport next month...

Barcoola layout video on youtube Hi All Stumbled across this youtube video of Barcoola at the 2011 Caulfield Model Railway Exhibition, Barcoola features at the 5.00 mark and through to the end of the video...

Fencing Contractors get Some Repeat Work The fencing over the uneven ground was the issue but relatively easy to complete...

Leamington big and small As I was taking a train trip on Friday, I couldn't resist snapping shots to try and match the real station with Pete's from yesterdays photos...

Last rites... Well today was the penultimate day of trains on the original EJ&KLR - as tomorrow will see the track lifted ahead of it's relocation...

Deutz out in the garden... The LGB Deutz with modified roof has been out on the garden line today...

Make The Connection It's not been the most productive of weeks on the workbench...

Project 16 - West Field Pt.2 The white plaster surface was painted with green kiddies paint, its more like emerald green than grass green as that is what I had to hand...

A visit to Leamington Spa Modelled in 7mm scale, this is part of Pete Waterman and his team's superb recreation of the place where he first became interested in railways...

Southern Pacific’s Dayton Depot in May of 1980 One of the more popular posts on Rails West covered train orders and old school railroading...

Toy Town and Sweet's Shoppe progress I plan on spots for my parents as well, including one for my Father who passed away back in 2011...

All aboard for model railway exhibition and swap event The Bassett-Lowke Northern Railway Exhibition and Swap Meet will take place at St Joseph's Hall on Chapel Street between 10am and 4pm...

More gauge posts Standard gallows post with a bar along the top - twist and lift...

De-blinging 1 'Stephanie', the pride of the line; but even on a special engine, one can have too much 'bling'...

Trucks, truck springs, and snubbers I have chatted a number of times, over the years, with modelers who have little or no idea how freight car trucks are sprung, nor how the truck mechanism works...

Flying banana? The railcar becomes very Battlespace Turbo Car and that's never a bad thing...

N•ex Suzukawa Ayako takes her son for a ride on the Narita Express!...

Mainline 42 Warship Clunking Noise Fix & More Bachmann used the 1970s Mainline Class 42 Warship body with a few extra details for its own Class 42 and added their own chassis, motor and bogies...

Load gauge The rule of course is don't read instructions and don't read the label...

The Inter-Valley 125 I wrote the other day that I'm developing a backlog of carriage projects and here's one of them, the FR's latest 'Service Car' 125...

Diesel railcar review time As far back as the second post in the project, someone helpfully pointed me at: GWR Diesel Railcar Saga where the builder assembled the kit but had to find a new bogie mechanism because the kit supplied version...

Sirdar in 009: finishing details... James Sent from my iPhone...

Warehouse Wednesday: Leamington Spa goods shed Like any station of reasonable size, Leamington Spa boasted a good shed...

Spoiler... Six hundred and eighty two rail chairs later, all the track has now been laid, wired, tested and awaits a little cosmetic detailing, before ballasting takes place...

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Liverpool Exhibition this weekend The Exhibition will be held on 23th and 24th April 2016 and will be located at Merchant Taylors' School The Ian Robinson Sports Centre...

Truck and wheelset modeling In a previous post about my new shop track alongside the roundhouse at the town of Shumala on my layout, I mentioned the installation of a wheel track, as a radial track coming off the turntable...

Front Engine Sludge Vertical Sentinel locomotive engines were designed to allow for water to accumulate in the crankcase sump, the lowest part of the engine itself...

Locos? A recent trip to the East Midlands throws up all sorts of conversations with Mrs F...

Show Time As guests of The Thornycroft Society our Thornycroft Sidings N gauge model railway, is scheduled to appear at: The Basingstoke Festival of Transport, War Memorial Park, Crossborough Hill, Basingstoke, Hampshire,...

Disco Domes One of the design features which I think has always made the FR 'tin cars' easy on the eye is that they have very few hard edges...

Mortar lines and judgement The painted stones having enjoyed a nights drying time, I gave them a wash with Games Workshop Agrax Earthshade to bring out the mortar lines...

An Explanation of my Modified Eureka Models NSWGR D50 Lighting Like all other QSI decoder controlled locomotives, by default the dynamo / generator and headlights, etc...

Porthgain in 009: ready for primer... The final touches shown here include the cab detailing, a rear bunker plate and handbrake, sand boxes and cab foot steps...

A longer fence I have built a longer fence, and put it down more permanently on the layout...

Spring model railway exhibition in Helston Spring model railway exhibition in Helston Falmouth Packet Helston and Falmouth model railway club are holding a spring model railway exhibition this weekend...

Sadleirs 60ft container oh wow! Here is some shots from Glen of Sadleirs, new 60ft containers...

DCC Concepts 2016 Product Announcements Directly usable for NCE, Roco and Lenz Usable for both NCE Power Cab and NCE Power Pro Systems with switch on PCB and clear LED indication of Power Cab Power availability 50% more panel connections front and back...

LMS 57ft CHASSIS This etched nickel silver carriage underframe kit is from the Palatine Models range and was a joy to assemble...

Drinking tea and painting stones The centre of the social area in our club is home to 4 table...

Roaring Camp Dixiana Shay The Dixiana, Roaring Camp Engine #1, is one of three engines designated a National Mechanical Engineering Historical Landmark...

Narrow Gauge South 2016 Last weekend was Narrow Gauge South, held at Sparshotl, Winchester...

Porthgain in 009: more details... Porthgain, my Andrew Barclay tank on a Grafar 04 chassis, has been a slow build but with the fitting of cab handrails, roof supports and feed valves, along with some water tank lids, has come alive!...

Progress It certainly came as a surprise to Dad and Dave, when they stumbled to the edge of the layout and looked out over where there was once a layout they enjoyed riding on...

Still Doing Fencing A few cattle and sheep wagons trying out the clearances in the Nammoona Ballast Siding...

Back To The Dance Floor It took up all my modelling time last week but I finished casting and packaging the kits to replenish the stocks at the Narrow Planet web shop...

Adjusting the Lighting on a Eureka Models D50 Class - A Bit of a Re-wire. Now what this meant was that the headlight and the white front marker lights were then tied together electrically...

Coleshill Model Boat show And then I wasn't as it was cancelled, something to do with a disappearing organizer...

20 February 2016, Narrow Gauge South West, Shepton Mallet And I am very pleased to say that they did this superbly! Once again it was a fantastic, friendly and inspiring day and everybody that I spoke to thought the same...

Exmoor Rail - Sat. 6th August The venue is The Minehead Eye, Mart Road, Minehead, Somerset, TA24:5BJ...

Electrical wars, Part 8 It includes benchwork basics, some scenery procedures, planning ideas, and even thoughts about structures, but the core of its usefulness is the electrical sections...

Swedish spark arrester chimney - now available from Narrow Planet. After I'd finished the chimney I was just about to enquire about casters when Stephen from Narrow Planet contacted me...

Project 16 - West Field Pt.1 This is the actual field to the North West of the station that is to be modelled...

16mm Society AGM 2016 A bit of a flying visit to the 16mm Society AGM at Peterborough this year...

Re-Chained Malady Last time I wrote about fitting the two drive chains, I'd been concerned that one chain seemed much slacker than the other...