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July Website Cover Noteworthy BR Trains on the West of England Mainline #2 Surbiton - Okehampton Car Carrier With the summer holiday season swinging into action the website cover features the first of three holiday trains...

Bexhill MRC Exhibiton 2016 The Bexhill model railway club have there Exhibition on Aug 13'th...

Catastrophe Himself returned from holiday last week to an unwelcome surprise...

M wagon body Four plastic sides, easy enough you might think, and you'd be nearly right...

Throwing a little light on the subject Generally I'm not really a fan of layouts with lights as many of them tend to look like Christmas trees...

'I'd always wanted to build one' – Memories of the Flying Scotsman and Mallard inspire Letchworth pensioner to build ... When Dave Hodges-Jackson was five or six years old in post-war London, he used to spend whole days watching the trains at London King's Cross station with a platform ticket during the school holidays...

PFE lettering post-WW II, Part 2 In the first post in this series, I showed an example of a mixed-up and incorrect paint scheme on a model of a PFE steel ice refrigerator car, along with some of the information needed to correct it...

Dave Hewitt Long time readers will have seen mention on many occasions of a little company called Unit Models...

An Army Train Thanks to Arthur and Peter...

Ole! Note the thick cork that will aid creation of deeply ballasted modern track...

More than 200 model railway fans view 16-metre long recreation of Bath's Green Park Station 0Share 0Share 0Tweet 0Share...

Warehouse Wednesday: Gawler goods shed Since I'm building an Australian wagon this week, it seems appropriate to present an interesting building from the same country this week...

Demeritt Cannery Completed I put the finishing touches on the Demeritt Cannery yesterday...

Memories...

Improvisation I've been rather lax in letting my stocks of styrene strip dwindle, which means that quite often at the moment I'm finding I don't have the right size just when I need it...

2 Waratah Models NSWGR O gauge PHG for sale I am selling 2 unmade in the box O gauge PHG guards vans by Waratah Models for a friend...

M wagon chassis Apart from this, chassis construction is pretty conventional to anyone familiar with a Parkside or Cambrian kit...

Trains actually RUNNING on my layout for a change I cleaned up the tracks and wheels for some out of town model railroader tour folks, so I have video of running trains now...

Soyokaze, Shizuka, and Kiwamura June 2016 I like taking a snapshot series every once in a while to make note of what I'm making progress on and what I'm not touching...

Historical Parallels 240 years or so ago, a group of people who were largely the descendants of English colonisers, but who felt increasingly estranged from their ancestral home, decided that taxation without representation was a drag,...

M wagon Tucked away in a box of souvenirs, is a Steam Era Models Victorian Railways 'M' Wagon...

PFE lettering after World War II Because I model the Southern Pacific in 1953, I operate a considerable number of Pacific Fruit Express refrigerator cars, and it happens that 1953 was at the culmination of a series of small but evident changes in...

Detailing the Fettler's Camp Between Glenapp Loop and The Risk This is the area between Glenapp Loop and The Risk Loop which was ballasted on Friday afternoon...

A modelling update Still needs a lot of work filling / sanding and scratch building but I'm...

Boxing Night Carriage 117 is at the stage where there are seemingly no end of small jobs to finish it off, such as the various bits and pieces which live beneath the frame...

Flettner boat Power is provided by the wind catching the central tube which spins powered by a motor in the hull...

Neko Works cartoon Karmann Ghia Part of my catch-up involves clearing the detritus on my modelling board...

The first Rails West structure! Western Warehousing is in service! In this post, I'll share a little on weathering and signage...

Exmoor - Paintshop Progress Having set the loco aside for a few days I re-started work by tidying up a few areas that the photographs had shown up...

Sixteen metre-long working model of Somerset & Dorset railway station to go on display Model railway fans will get the chance to check out a 16 metre-long recreation of Bath's Green Park Station at a special event...

Ballasting blues Ballasting is not one of my favourite jobs, and it would appear that I'm not alone...

Seating Installed I doesn't quite give you the full 60 second adjustment time 'like it says on the tube', but it's not a completely instant bond and I was able to shift the seats and tables slightly after I'd dropped them into place...

Model making in the Rothchilds garden If you've seen the issue, you'll know that much of the action was filmed at Exbury Gardens, home to the Rothschild family and their garden railway...

Prototype parts storage vs. junk That may be okay, since certainly there are plenty of instances in the prototype of piles of junk...

Project 16 - More Roding, Ballast & A Water Crane Nevertheless I must have been in a good frame of mind because I quite enjoyed it this time, almost therapeutic...

Lights and O gauge in BRM In the July issue of BRM I'm finishing the retail park diorama started last month...

Wordless Wednesday #129

A Couple of Bracket Signals and Some Ladders The following renders of the 3D file for the left hand bracket shows the detail I have managed to achieve...

Last Of The Big Spenders The reason is that I've been looking around for something to fit together resin components that offers the solid bond of regular 'Super Glue' and yet allows for some adjustment, but doesn't take at least half an...

Warehouse Wednesday: AP Leamington Years ago, Automotive Products was Leamington Spa's biggest employer...

Fort Stockton yesterday and today , Part II This post shares what Fort Stockton looks like today, actually this month...

Exmoor - Paintshop Progress I then masked off the smokebox, footplate edges, buffer beams etc, essentially anything that would not be body colour...

Atropos Schull & Skibbereen Van Kit - Part 2 Progress with this project is still very slow; sanding the top of the van sides to match the roof profile took ages, and was extremely boring!...

This year’s Bay Area RPM The annual RPM event in the San Francisco Bay Area is called BAPM and was held this year on June 18, at the same private school site in Richmond where we have met for several years...

Going With The Grain Although an excellent kit in many respects, I've enhanced this Parkside Dundas 7mm wagon by scribing the flat plastic sides with a wood grain texture, both inside and out...

Telephone box resource According to the note in my album, this K6 telephone box photo was taken on 26th October 1991 on the Coventry road in Cubbington near Leamington Spa...

Late Alterations Whilst Himself was on holiday I sneaked into his study and liberated the Disco Car from the workbench in its half-painted state...

Something's going on There is nothing that lifts ones enthusiasm than an impending exhibition date, as I have done some extensive work on Victoria Street since its last outing at the AMRA Caulfield exhibition during August 2014, I have...

Merit bus shelter Struggling to find photos of rural bus shelters for a project, I mentioned my plight on MREmag.com...

Theakston - Fantastic in Pastic At the recent 7mm NGA AGM at Burton-upon-Trent Roger Chivers had examples of his second O9 plastic kit on sale...

Resettable handwheels for the Unimat 3. Resettable handwheels are, as far as I'm concerned, a must on a lathe...

Heavitree Gap rebuild progress With another exhibition coming up, we took the opertunity to upgrade the Heavitree Gap area, the 'gap' was expanded, and thanks to Dave the rocks were blended perfectly!!...

Where Did The Weekend Go? This time it was about the blow down board in the loco area in Westgate...

A coal stage for Splitters Hi Everyone, A little bit of progress on the facilities for Splitters...

Epping Model Railway Club Exhibition 2016 As usual, the second hand stall was very popular for sellers and buyers alike...

PW Trolley Presumably home adapted, it's one you could happily build a model of without worrying about some pesky RTR wallah coming out with one...

The first Rails West structure! Glacial progress continues on the Rails West layout! The first structure has appeared on the layout...

Fort Stockton yesterday and today , Part I This two-part series will share what Fort Stockton looks like today, actually this month, and what it looked like in the recent past...

'A tongue that tastes like tin, a static charge... I've been intrigued by static grass planting for a while now and have seen some very nice work...

Chicken And Egg Harbour Station's pride and joy 150 and its more humble companion 125 come as a unit...

Cassiopeia sails! A rare sunny moment on Thursday saw me finally sail my latest model boat - and I'm pleased to say that it has turned out very well...

Zee time for Z scale iz NOW! I was just paging through the HOBBY SEARCH email update catalogue and something caught my eye...

Rising from slumber The Slipper Boy story is featured in the June 2016 BRM, which seems a good way to mark the end of work on this layout...

Coal traffic on my layout Some while back, I wrote a series of posts, describing how I planned freight car acquisitions to arrive at a particular car fleet that I believed was suitable for my 1953 Southern Pacific layout...

442 class The JUMBO 44206 repainted into the SSR scheme 44224 in reverse livery from the PTC era, at Cardiff workshops...

Travellin’ Light 3142 has failed at the terminus so 3036, being the only available loco, has been dispatched to assist it and its consist back to the main line...

Southern Diesel Shunter I've just added the final touches to an interesting loco conversion project, recreating one of the three diesel-electric shunters built for the Southern Railway by English Electric in the late 1930s...

The Ghost Train - 1941 I'm working late, but wanted to put this out into the world...

Viking in the garden Sadly, the real Viking is a bit broken at the moment and unlikely to ever return to traffic...

Vacation! Wheels of Time will be on vacation from June 17th and will be back after July 3rd...

Hornby Magazine June 2016 Issue... I have spotted a couple of errors in the captions to two photos in this article...

Model railway enthusiast builds dream set in shed Model railway enthusiast builds dream set in shed BBC News He has spent his retirement creating the model railway - which he calls the Dream City Railway - in his shed and garden at his home in Sheerness on the Isle...

A Z20 at Morpeth Station ! I've been working on a Morpeth based theme for something like 16 years...

A visit to the "Engine house" Some close up details of the steam manifold and vacuum ejector on the BR standard 2-6-4T...

Allocated Seating I haven't had much time to progress my latest Superbarn carriage since I last posted about it but I did have a spare hour last night to clean up and assemble the castings for the interior...

Project 16 - Up Platform Furniture Starting at the east end of the platform we have mother and children...

Super glue? Power Flex is a lot of packaging around a small tube of gel glue...

Constructing a new scene on Splitters, part 3 I know, I know, three posts in less than three days! Let's just say I've a little ground to catch up on...

More photos of our N scale Baggage-Horse Express cars Top car is rebuilt into all baggage-express configuration...

Lazy River... Its been far too pleasant to be stuck indoors lately, so apart from applying another fifteen coats of varnish to the river, little else had been done on the layout, that's unless a little ballasting counts...

The challenges of modelling gum trees With a significant amount of time unavailable for layout construction activities, I was scratching around for a few relatively simple tasks that I could undertake until I can get more time to focus on the...

Train-mad granddad spends 20 years building 3000ft model railway The model railway, which has more than 100 trains, is so big it spills out of the garden shed and into the back garden of Roy James' home on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent...

UK pensioner splashes out £250000 train set UK pensioner splashes out £250000 train set Daily Star TRAIN lover Roy James has splashed £250,000 on a model railway which took him 20 years to build...

March & District Model Railway Club visit to North Norfolk Railway The restaurant coach and the recently restored picnic coach...

Model Event at Great Central Railway Model Event at Great Central Railway LoughboroughEcho.net MORE than 60 layouts will be on display at the Great Central Railway's Model Event this weekend...

Warehouse Wednesday - North Parade Worcester If anyone knows a more architecturally elaborate warehouse in the country, I'd be interested to see it...

Constructing a new scene for Splitters, part 2 The office building is a simple build, however as I'm always up for trying something new I had a go using some different weathering ideas on this one...

Constructing a new scene for Splitters, part 1 There is a corner of the layout that has just had basic scenery on it for far too long...

News in brief: 20 years of model train spotting net £¼m railway The model railway that a grandfather and former trainspotter spent 20 years building in his back garden is now estimated to be worth more than £250,000...

Electrical wars, Part 10: DCC refinements In a recent post in this series about my efforts to conquer electrical problems, I depicted my installation of a circuit breaker device which permitted separate layout districts, each with its own circuit breaker...

Hedging my bets What I have now done is add a fence and a hedge along the middle section of line which was previously open to the cows in the field and the public on the beach...

Toady Tuesday Nope, not the shuffling queue of hooded, hook nosed disciples heading to a convenient internet portal to join the weekly disembowelling of a toy train manufacturer, but an update on my Toad...

Train-mad Roy James builds 3000 square foot model railway in his garden shed Train-mad Roy James builds 3000 square foot model railway in his garden shed Daily Mail This train-mad grandfather has spent £250,000 building an 3,000 square foot model railway in his garden shed - because his...

Family fun day at model railway club Family fun day at model railway club White Horse News WEST Wilts Society of Model Engineers will be holding its annual family fun day at the White Horse Country Park next weekend...

Lufwaffe revenge Most of the line at this end is laid on 4" wide building blocks; slight engineering overkill, but easy to remove being let into a hole, levelled up and the track screwed to them with 25mm No4s...

Aaaand Stretch! One of the hazards of casting is that the rubber moulds deteriorate sometimes at unpredictable rates...

Hy Fidelity A restrained weathering job was required for this Hymek, with most of the dirt restricted to the bogies and fuel tanks...

More than 100 people turn out for model railway exhibition in Burton More than 100 people turn out for model railway exhibition in Burton Burton Mail The 7mm Narrow Gauge Association held its 36th Model Railway Exhibition at Burton Town Hall at the weekend...

Goofy's Baggage Car My all time favourite model railway wagon is Triang's Giraffe Car...

IPhone Update Video: Prep for a Layout Visit I'm getting things ready for a little layout visit planned in a few weeks, but I took a little time to give an iPhone update on the way things are progressing...

Model military railway on display in Liss Model military railway on display in Liss Petersfield Today A MODEL railway of the old Longmoor Military Railway has been set up at Liss railway station...

Bideford Model Railway show raises thousands for charity Bideford Model Railway show raises thousands for charity North Devon Gazette A model railway show organised by two Bideford shops has raised £2,000 to help vulnerable young people in Uganda...

Beam engine for sale Spotted in a local auction house, this 1:12 scale model of a Stothert & Pitt beam engine looks pretty good...

Spring operating sessions I also included express reefer movements for the early cherry crop in May, and early apricots in June, as I had done in an earlier session also...

Thornycroft Sidings video #2 This time the G6 shunting engine , is organising its loads of covered lorry parts on 1 plank wagons, heading from the Thornycroft Factory to Basingstoke Station...

Tractor heaven at the Kenilworth show Off to the Kenilworth agricultural show last Sunday Oh Arrr...

Now Here's A Surprise Find My inlaws discovered hidden in a drawer this mouse eaten 1934 edition of Practical Wireless...

Milton Keynes Model Railway Society Open Day Following the success of our last open day, we are delighted to invite you into our club once again at our next event...

AoC and outside Above and below are a couple of snaps taken in available light of the AoC...

Nammoona Ballast Siding Progresses The cattle unloading ramp, with fencing in front of the back scene...

White Heat My previous supplier has decided to drop it from his range so I've searched around and ordered a similar product from another firm...

And Anther Photo Visit the post for more...

C2 in 009: cylinders and footplate... I've beefed up the cylinders using various thicknesses of plasticard and superglue...

Banger Blue Experiment "You've got to experiment", as Graham Taylor was fond of saying while England manager, while picking the likes of Carlton Palmer and Andy Sinton instead of Chris Waddle and Peter Beardsley...

A boat project meets the deadline I'm pleased to say that my "Chairman's Challenge" boat is ready for this weekend's KMBC open day...

Fry railway to return in 2017 The long wait for the return of the beloved Fry Model Railway to Malahide is nearing an end with confirmation that work to make the village's iconic 'Casino' building its new home is to...

Some simple EM conversions... Locomotives are obviously more difficult to convert, but there's plenty of help available, online and in the model press...

Rubber Time Again I'm about to cast another handful of Superbarn body parts after receiving a couple of requests...

Ruminating on Humbrol paint Sage advice for model painters is to buy fresh tinlets when performing important work...

C2 in 009: chassis and boiler... Now what's this? A real blast from the past! I first started planning this in July 2014...

New scratch bridge building - ONWARD! Popped the photos up and I'm finally making time to write about them...

We are crazy for the little details... Wheels of Time all new N-scale 80-ft Baggage-Horse Express cars...

Project 16 - Station Master's Garden All except the grass and soil are reclaimed from the previous build.I may as well repeat the details that I first posted in 2011...

It's the Pit Well what a wet weekend we had here in Sydney and everywhere along the east coast of Australia...

Completed Its taken many evenings checking Trademe, buying small collections just for 1 or 2 items, and passing the unwanted on to others...

I name this vessel... Cassiopeia was played in the series by the amusingly surnamed Laurette Spang...

A NEW STATION BUILDING part 4 After a couple of weeks a bit more progress has been made with attention to the roof which was built as described when constructing the Station Masters House.This time an awning had to be taken into consideration...

Wordless Wednesday #10

Trucks, truck springs and snubbers, Part 2 A month or so ago, I posted a description of how prototype truck springs are arranged, and some of the challenges we have with our models in reproducing those arrangements...

SP Harrimans on YouTube Check out SP Harriman coaches in commute service behind steam...

Descisions, descisions It occurred to me that Underhill has an exhibition booked in August, Borth y Gest show and then in September, Great & Small III and the new station isn't even started yet!...

Spot The Difference Once again 'Waller's Law' - which states that no two FR carriages are identical - has been proven to be true...

Warehouse Wednesday: Corporation Green I have a theory that back in the 1950s and 60s, if the local council owned anything, the painted it green...

HMS Belfast Last week being half-term we had a family day out to London - meaning braving over-crowded trains, that's if it hasn't been cancelled!...

Compulsive, not impulsive, communicators In a recent email to a friend, I wondered why some people were so rude and uncivil on electronic media, and opined that hobbies are supposed to be an escape...

Randolph Coal and Ice I arrived back home last night after a great weekend at the New England RPM to find this sitting in a box on the front steps...

Mere Model Railway Exhibition Mere Model Railway Exhibition Western Gazette The Fourth Mere Model Railway Exhibition is to be held at the venue listed below...

Perth railway exhibition celebrates 25 years of modelling excellence Perth railway exhibition celebrates 25 years of modelling excellence The Courier Perth and District Model Railway Club's annual exhibition will celebrate its 25th anniversary later this month...

New Corporate Id For Northern Franchise?

First sail On a quiet, but dry, evening last week, my dad and I snuck down to the model boat club to test our challenge boats...

Sirdar in 009: ready for weathering...

Photos of our new N-scale 80-ft Baggage-Horse Express Cars WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD: Small Parts - Not for children under 14 years...

Making an exhibition of myself... In advance of the Bala Lake Railway gala model railway show I was in a great rush of all sorts of things some railway related, some not...

Parlor Game Quite frequently I find my attention diverted to a wish list of carriages I would like to get around to making models of...

Time to put on weight Fortunately, the kitchen sink is plenty big enough, both in length and depth as well as being handy for worktops allowing all the lead mangling equipment can be close at hand...

Some pics I have played around with my phone camera today and found it to be very impressive...

4 to 16 The on-going as far as here is concerned is the Art of Compromise which now has a few lamps dotted about...

More railroad stories Awhile back, I wrote a post to point out some of my own favorite sources of informative railroad stories, stories from which I learned something about prototype operations and work...

Making Sleepers The guys are coming over on Tuesday, so I best clean up the shed a bit...

What's that on the cover of Model Rail? No-one was more surprised than me when this popped up, but I'll admit to being a bit chuffed...

Getting the decks right However, getting the deck right is critical to having a realistic looking model...

Into Loco 2002 has spent a bit of time puttering about on the section of Morpeth I have set up in my workroom...

What a load of rubbish! As a diversion from the ongoing build of the Exmoor 0-6-2T I recently raided the bits boxes and produced a range of lineside clutter that could grace the yard of a future O9 shed or workshop scene...

New England RPM - Day 1 Up in Enfield for the New England Railroad Prototype Modelers meet...

A long haul The thing is, not many people are prepared to give up their wicket irrespective of their score...

Boring Structural Bits There's been some unspectacular, but nonetheless important, progress with my current Superbarn project...

Project 16 - Station Car Park At Crewkerne the car park slopes slightly from the station building to the siding, or maybe the siding is on a rise that eases the car park gradient On the model however, the siding is flat and the car park gradient...

Brimingham Tram Trams have finally arrived at the Ian Allan bookshop in central Birmingham...

Bonus Corner Shop... Over the past couple of weeks during my dinner breaks and weekend work, I've tinkered away making a T022c Corner Shop from Scalescenes...

New Facebook Page - PR Art Services I invite you to drop by regularly and like or share the page...

Make it again Phil The methods was fine, make the pieces with the legs facing each other on the sheet so speed up marking out...

The Future of the Hobby - One Man's View - Interesting I occasionally visit a blog by Trevor Marshall who is modelling a Canadian branch line in S Scale called Port Rowan...

A wheelset work area Recently I posted a reflection on the modeling of trucks and wheelsets...

A little more progress... Having recently returned from taking a break in the sun, I still find myself in holiday mode, which, when I come to think of it, is a bit rich, coming from a man of leisure...

Peterboro' Tractors Forgot to post these pics last week - a pair of English Electric's finest was spotted while waiting for my train home from Peterborough last Friday evening...

Aide-Memoire It isn't only Boston Lodge which has a problem producing identical carriages...

Back entrance At the back of my boat, there is an entrance to the rear cabin...

Preparation, Preparation, Preparation Much of the work involved in making a model is preparation rather than construction...

Its pondering time again Its been a while since the last post, with little if anything happening at Essence, I have taken somewhat of a break from the hobby since Liverpool last year, have had some viral infection for some months that is...

June Website Cover Noteworthy BR Trains on the West of England Mainline #1 The Meldon Ballast...

DEMU Showcase Kirkmellington is appearing at DEMU Showcase in Burton this coming weekend...

Warehouse Wednesday: MOD brick building It's design shares all the architectural style found across the country...

Train plan: Tell 'em they're dreaming Train plan: Tell 'em they're dreaming Courier Mail All Gauge Model Railway Club president Ron Parker said while he did not want to get into a political debate, building one would be a significant challenge...

Waybills, Part 50: in-transit shipments—prototype The basic idea here is that many products may undergo processing, modification, or storage at an intermediate point on the way to their final destination, and a fair tariff should reflect that...

Triple Grey Brush 4 Rooting through some boxes in the attic I came across a ViTrains Class 47 that I'd forgotten all about...

First Coat I told Himself there was no urgency on getting the Disco Car painted, which means, of course, that he's started work on it immediately...

Front end filler work It's all very well having a curved roof, but at the front of the wheelhouse, it needs to slope down...

A Post From Wichita Kansas For some reason I have not been concentrating on it much lately...

How to draw a gentle curve I wanted a gently curved profile but struggled to draw this on a sheet of plastic...

500 Type EVA Shinkansen in N scale My friend Rios passed along the site that spoke about the N guage version and it looks grand...

Maunsell shunter in 4mm A short final push this week to get the Golden Arrow Maunsell shunter done...

I'll Just Be 5 Minutes That phrase has got to be one of the biggest fibs in the English language, now that we no longer send cheques to each other in the post!...

No Motivation Again! I have not done much model railway related activities this weekend...

Calendar, May 29: Magic Circle, Swiftsure, model railway Victoria Model Railway Show, with operating model railroads, 10 a.m.-4 p.m...

Flowers good enough to eat Before this there was another flower that could have been real, not sugar...

Portraying geology on the layout My layout is set in the Central Coast area of California, near the city of Santa Maria...

A bit of East comes West I am currently designing a warehouse for the Rails West layout...

25 May Update Stic came by and we made some progress on the "transition" area between the layout and the new south end staging yard...

Project 16 - Up Sidings The void beneath Misterton baseboards is where we store our Thornycroft Sidings layout, which has been away recently for exhibition and photography...

Not such a bargain 2mm thick cork for 3 quid a roll? Not bad from a high street bookseller you might think...

Tree phobia A Town Like Alice These trees have been made from Super Trees armatures, i bought a box yonks ago...

All aboard for the Burlington Model Railway Club open house All aboard for the Burlington Model Railway Club open house InsideHalton.com It is on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the railway centre in Hidden Valley Park in Aldershot, on Hidden Valley Drive...

Swan View Kit Progress

All our yesterdays Not that it's been an intense process, I just fiddle once in a while...

Labour Saving? It is open to debate whether resin casting carriages ends up saving you much time and effort over scratch building the parts in styrene...

How to build a locomotive climbing frame Phil Parker I've been making models most of my life starting with a bag of balsa offcuts and a trail of badly painted Airfix kits...

A Few Words about the 21 Pin Decoder Interface and an Interesting Afternoon Here is a well written report which backs up my ongoing dislike of this 21 pin decoder interface debacle and the growing use in Australian locomotives by some of our manufacturers...

Throwback Thursday, back on track! As they are solenoids they change with quite a thump too...

Gloria sic point motor I don't know if I mentioned it but Arnold lane Wharf is going to Bala this weekend coming as part of the Bala Lake Railway gala...

Rats - At The Double! Having put quite a bit of work into these two Bachmann models - and studied the finished portraits - I've now resolved to replace the original glazing with some Lazerglaze from Shawplan / Extreme Etchings...

S gauge, a working van and playground J94 in BRM This month I tick off an item on my model making "bucket list" as I dabble in S scale.This half way house between OO and O has appealed to me since I first became aware of it in a 1983 issue of Scale Trains...

Wordless Wednesday #128

Operating on the SCN It operates over the route of the former South Pacific Coast narrow-gauge line to Santa Cruz over the mountains, standard-gauged by Southern Pacific about 1906 and abandoned in 1941...

Ashford On Track To Get £4 Million Model Railway Centre Ashford On Track To Get £4 Million Model Railway Centre The London Economic Ashford in Kent is on track to get a £4 million model railway centre which is expected to attract up to 500,000 visitors a year to South...

Work Continues on Groveton Paper Mill Inspired by my efforts on the brick facade representing a portion of the overall paper mill in Groveton, I looked over other kits and materials on hand, and also spent some time studying the layout area and planning...

Beer and trains... Charlie and I walked down on Sunday night to our decent local real-ale pub...

Amazing model of old Aylesbury railway station to be displayed in complete form for first time this weekend A detailed reconstruction of a long-lost Aylesbury railway is set to go on display in full as part of an exhibition this weekend...

Pre-Fade Checks I took my client's model of the 'Disco Car' 121 over to Himself's place the other day for a wee test run just to check for any snags or alterations required before it gets painted...

Warehouse Wednesday: I need a garage like that! Tucked down a side street in Leamington Spa is this unusual building...

Sankei Good Old Diorama Series : Buffet B I had the house to myself and I was sick, so the choice to actually sit and build the paper kit I was sitting on came a bit easier...

That one again I got taken to task by a member of the Croydon club over the weekend about not posting enough on here...

All aboard for Sompting rail exhibition All aboard for Sompting rail exhibition Shoreham Herald Hundreds of model railway enthusiasts attended a new locomotive exhibition this month at Sompting Village Hall in West Street...

Traveling model railway exhibit rolled out June 1 by Burlington's Friends of Freeman Station Traveling model railway exhibit rolled out June 1 by Burlington's Friends of Freeman Station InsideHalton.com Friends of Freeman Station is rolling out its traveling model railway exhibit Wednesday, June 1 at...

Model railway show returns to Bideford Model railway show returns to Bideford North Devon Gazette The North Devon Charity Model Railway Show will return to Bideford Pannier Market on Sunday, in aid of the charity Amigos...

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 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...