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Model railway exhibition raises funds for Scouts A MODEL railway exhibition at Settle raised £334 for Ingleborough District Scouts funds.

Dapol Class 73s in OO gauge. A long term plan to replace my Lima Class 73s (EDs) with the new Dapol one is finally getting underway with the acquisition of two brand new models, both labelled as No. 73 138. One will be renumbe...

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

End of an era for town's model and hobby shop ON October 25, 1979 a fledgling model and toy shop opened its doors for the first time, in the centre of Grimsby on East St Mary's Gate - catering for many hobby enthusiasts. many generations...

Repair the old lorry Checking Owen's Bridge over before it's trip to Ally Pally, I found the lorry had become detached from the board and was rattling around...

Nothing to See Here Well, that’s true of the top side, where nothing visible has happened of late but there is progress when you look underneath. I have spent more than a few hours soldering dropper wires on abo...

1964 Pontiac GTO… and icons for your layout Many of us model little (or big) icons on our layouts. They can be cultural icons, historical icons or anything that strikes a chord with us and connects us to a larger place, time or feeling. Th...

2 Plank Ibertren chassis and plasticard.

Local Peach Stand in Fort Mill, South Carolina - Model Me! I went out for a hike this morning to stretch my legs and try out my new Canon EOS M5 Camera. This is their new all digital system and so f...

Work restarts on Folkestone East After mothballing the layout for 18 months whilst I worked on other projects, I have finally flung the dust covers off the layout and started to deal with some problems with it (I admit to making a...

Project 17 - Coaling Platform The platform is made from 18mm thick soft wood covered in decorative stone paper and the surface painted with black emulsion. The coal s...

Welcome Arkwright I was lucky enough to buy a Hornby Peckett and have followed the conversion method first (well to me) explained on the emgauge70s website. This involved cutting the cylinders off, adding pack...

Clapham and Building I went to a local Buy and Sell this week on Tuesday evening. The main aim was to pick up a large radius Peco Y point for Clapham Yard. ...

Larger Scale show 2017 Second show of the weekend, this time just around the corner from me and for those interested on O gauge and above. To be honest, t...

Sanderson, 1968 — Part II In Part I, we two came into Sanderson in the late afternoon with box cars for Big Bend Wool and Mohair and two empty open top hoppers for scoria loading. After little a little action, we took on w...

Coupler boxes I got in contact with the guy who had designed the Berwick coupler boxes mentioned above and on sale at Shapeways. I asked him if he thought...

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

Nottingham 2017 Nottingham show wasn't on my calendar this year but when BRM acquired a new editor and he expressed a desire to go along, I offered to cha...

Ugly duckling Much capacity in the remaining brain cells has been taken up trying to make a working frame on which I can build the Hoefelbachbahn Railcar. Having two bogies of entirely different dimensions seeme...

March Hobby Weekend - Heaven! My wife took the kids on a little three day weekend journey, so I toughed it out at home...

Is EXPANDING! No, I'm not expanding. I'm expandED. Larger than life! The Model Railroader's Notebook dates back to January of 1989 when I started colle...

Video - Bits and Bobs Just some progress shots and a video. I put another Greenmax kit together - still love them. This particular kit come...

Model Railway Show Raised £2,500 for Charity Model Railway enthusiasts from many parts of the country have helped to raise £2,500 to support children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities as well as young people battling life-th...

Chemical repackaging, Part 3 In the previous post in this series, I had completed the Design Preservation kit (no. 103, “Cutting’s Scissor Co.”) that I chose as the str...

An old battered shed There is not much room on the layout for any structures, but I wanted at least one building of some kind. I settled for a battered old shed ...

Have some rail good fun with Tring and District Model Railway Club Tring and District Model Railway Club will hold its annual Beacon-Rail Spring Exhibition next month.

Off to Ally Pally An early(ish) start for me today as I'm bound for Alexandra Palace for this years London Festival of Railway Modelling. My plan is to ...

013 The Smart Industry X-Change System (SIXS) - More Structure Kits At the recent train show I was able to complete my list of necessary kits, mostly for tanks, plumbing and piping. Mostly I was looking ...

We Have The Technology A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

HBLR a distraction in 006.5... So it was bound to happen, I tried to resist for as long as possible, tell myself I was only building the models to use on Tim's new 006.5 ...

News from the partwork world A couple of interesting bits of news from the partwork world. First, DeAgostini are releasing a Build your own Thunderbird 2 mag. ...

DRD transfers A major gap in the model transfer market has up until this year been dry run down numerals for locos and stock. The previous supplier of choice, Replica Railways have had to stop manufacture and th...

Wordless Wednesday #19 This web site is for information, stories, how-to's and other things relating to my model railroad, featuring the rail lines in and around St. Johnsbury, Vermont circa 1980. The model railroad features the Maine Central, Boston & Maine, Canadian Paci

Bunnies, Frogs and Life’s Little Nudges Regular readers might have noticed that I have had a bit of a ‘blogging lull’ in recent weeks. It goes like that, doesn’t it. What I love about life is the way in which it give y...

Happy new workshop! Back at the end of February I took delivery of my new workshop (Shed!) The last month has seen progress in installing electrical services, w...

Atropos Schull & Skibbereen Van Kit - Final I can't believe it has taken me a year to complete this wagon, but I finally got round to finishing it. The brass fittings supplied in the kit were fixed to the body using cyano adhesive; the...

Shunting ad infinitum You may recall that I found this plan of a small urban goods yard in Brighton, and commented on its suitability for a model. (All maps from the National Library of Scotland site, under creative com...

Warehouse Wednesday: Canalside concrete fence On a stroll a couple of weeks ago, I spotted something that I'm sure I've seen many times in the past but never really appreciated - cas...

012 The Smart Industry X-Change System (SIXS) - Pictures of the Chemical Plant I had a chance this morning to sneak up to the chemical plant and take photos. This is Sunday so it should be asleep with fewer people runn...

BayRails 2017 Among the 40 or so operating weekends that are held around the country is our local one here in the San Francisco Bay Area, called BayRails...

Rail winners at model show PRIZES have been awarded to winners at Keighley's record-breaking annual model railway show.

Big following for miniature railways celebration Railway displays drew in a crowd of 1,000 visitors as a South Tyneside club opened its doors to celebrate their model hobby.

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

Narrow gauge Wickhams on the Isle of Man If I can't fit a standard gauge chassis under the Wickham, then I need a narrow gauge prototype. On this blog, when we say narrow gau...

14xx Frustration.. There’s a bit of an Irish answer kicking round with this one, in that if you want to finish up with a good chassis, I wouldn’t be starting from here. When buying a model for use, my pri...

A Point to be made It was my own fault that I chose a curved point to build for a siding on the outskirts of Eden. The siding sits inside a 180 degree plus c...

Project 17 - More Trees More trees in autumn colours have been planted behind the engine shed completing this corner of the layout. The furthest tree and closest ...

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Fake SPUD reveals problems... One day, I dream of having a workshop where my pillar drill can live set up and ready to go at all times. That would mean jobs like t...

The Atlanta Train Show The Atlanta Train Show is the best train show in the Southeast. Its sponsored by the NMRA's Piedmont Division and is never disappointing. ...

New Post from Facebook March 19, 2017 at 11:50AM I’ve planted a flag on Facebook for my forthcoming HOn3 Rio Grande Southern First District model railroad: http://ift.tt/2noXqY5 from N Scale Juniata Division Model Railroad http://ift.tt/2aiL3Xc...

Time for a brake No, not another modelling holiday nor a Kit-Kat but completing a task on my RT Models Hudson Tipper rake. The eagle eyed visitors to our previous exhibitions will have noticed the rake were n...

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

Minimum gauge Hunslet in 006.5: colouring it in... Text to follow. James Sent from my iPhone...

If it Could... With this weekend having the third Saturday of the month, that meant that we had Anthony’s Operating Session in the afternoon scheduled fo...

Old programme Spotted at the railway club, a 1983 Coventry N gauge show programme. From the days before DTP. When text had to be typed on a typewriter ...

Saturday Film Club: Hungarian narrow guage Today's video comes from a suggestion by Mark Howarth. He says, I'm really enjoying Saturday film club. I came across this film abo...

Sanderson, 1968 By B. Smith (Note: B. Smith is embarking on an exciting new chapter for his LCN RR layout. Rather than just operating in 1990, he will be embracing multiple eras while maintaining reasonable effor...

Heywood Model Railway Group Annual Exhibition Heywood Model Railway Group is holding its annual exhibition at Rochdale Town Hall over the weekend. The exhibition...

How your child can have a go at driving trains in model railway Ormesby Hall's annual model railway show takes place this weekend, featuring a Thomsas the Tank Engine layout...

Electrical wars, Part 14: slaying an elderly dragon Yep, even those dragons that are long in the tooth sometimes crop up on a layout and have to be slain in their turn. Most of my prior posts ...

Book review – Creating cameo layouts We all get older. Even Iain Rice gets older. That young whipper-snapper with radical ideas on P4 modelling and on layout design is now an elder statesman of the hobby. Fortunately he writes in j...

Market day Midday at Woernritzhausen. The Railcars are recharged during the midday lull, one here and one at the junction with the standard gauge at Rietheim. Such passengers as there are at this time travel o...

A book report I periodically share books that I find particularly good. Here is a short installment in the series. Both are older books, but very much worth acquiring if they are of interest to you and you can...

NEK Track Schematic One of the requests I had from previous operating sessions was a track schematic that operators could refer to to better understand the layo...

Not As Easy As It Looks A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Basingstoke Model Railway Exhibition (UltraHD and 4K) - Model Rail Forum Model Rail Portal & Community Forum featuring News, Reviews, Building and Collecting. Helpful Model Rail Resources, Links & Shopping.

March 2017 update Just a quick update as to some work done on 19/2 as a result of staying in doors due to a heatwave that came through. I am looking at replac...

Replacement Wickham seats This isn't the greatest kit for a Wickham trolley as a few compromises have been made along the way. The most obvious being the seats...

Twickenham MRC reaches out to local people on March 25th - Model Rail Forum Model Rail Portal & Community Forum featuring News, Reviews, Building and Collecting. Helpful Model Rail Resources, Links & Shopping.

Lima Class 117 DMBS to DMS - Pt 4 The reason I have a Western Region Class 117 is because I thought it ran on the LSWR main line when the Western took over Southern services ...

Your community events in the North East: A pop-up café, model railway exhibition, Easter egg hunt & more This week's community events written by you includes Newcastle, Jarrow and Forest Hall...

006.5 Coupling Trials... With my experiments in 006.5 I needed to look into coupling options and I decided I would try and develop my own small magnetic couplings s...

Go back in time at King’s Lynn model railway exhibition A model railway exhibition is being staged on Saturday, March 25, at the London Road Methodist Church in Lynn in aid of church funds.

Soldered Wickham body Since the mystery Wickham kit is made of great big lumps of whitemetal, work starts with some low-melt soldering. Even for a beginner, ...

Contract out your fencing Fences are a fact of life in both urban and rural environments and in my quest to 'model the ordinary', they are certainly a feature that s...

Wordless Wednesday #149 A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Neat little structure in Roswell, New Mexico to model and more I love buildings like this. Not easy to model, but what character! Here you can see where the tracks used to service the structure. Unfortunately, Rancher’s Supply appears quite closed. Howe...

Just a spot of finishing off Recently attention has returned to the main warehouse with the top floor being finished off and the ceiling added. I decided on a sort of rest room that wasn’t lit. I quite liked the idea of...

15th March 2017 It’s been running for a while now and many of you have already found it but for those who haven’t I have a Facebook page. I’ll be posting much the same content as here but I hope...

Building Guadalupe Fruit, Part 4 In the previous post (see: http://modelingthesp.blogspot.com/2015/05/building-guadalupe-fruit-part-3.html ), I showed the basic building as...

The train's on time: Brierfield Model Railway exhibition Preparations are well on schedule for the next Brierfield Model Railway exhibition, with a range of models set to feature from a spectrum of era.

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

SDS Models NTHF VTGX and PTLY Gas tankers review - the Review Hi All SDS have released the VTGX, NTHF and the PTLY Gas Tanker. I originally posted on these back in 2015, http://barcoola.blogspot...

Model railway exhibition on track to attract up to 1,000 people to Jarrow An annual exhibition is on track to be another model event in South Tyneside.

Warehouse Wednesday: Farringdon & High Holburn Station A trip to London last week too me to Farringdon & High Holburn station to meet up with some friends. The old building, as seen in t...

Preparing Thakeham for Lancing Just a few days to go until the Sussex Downs 009 group show at Lancing. Since most layouts there are 009, HOe or similar, though there is an...

Lima Class 117 DMBS to DMS - Pt 3 This is about flush glazing the DMS windows using vacuum formed transparent plastic. There are several video tutorials on YouTube that d...

Mystery Wickham kit Earl King is one of the people responsible for me being involved in railway modelling. His enthusiasm pointed young Phil at the hobby so...

No) O9 January rolled on in to February, February rolled on into March...

Time for a little operating The local came into town pretty light today. As is often the case, the yard crew in Trinidad did an iffy job of blocking. Three empties for the C&C RR interchange and two loads for Carrizo Spr...

Thousands attend annual model railway exhibition Organisers say about 3,000 people flocked to Godmanchester at the weekend to enjoy the annual East Anglian Model Railway Exhibition.

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

Dust and muck I can't stand seeing people messing around with the wrong tools for the job, especially when the right tools are easily available. Whic...

I'm too easily distracted. I'm currently on a spot of annual leave from work, so along with the responsibilities of the school run, I have been reliably informed of ta...

011 The Smart Industry X-Change System (SIXS) - 03 Walthers Cornerstone Tank Car Oil Loading Platform 933-304 A guide to hints, tips, techniques and products related to the hobby...

Model Railway enthusiasts make tracks at annual exhibition MODEL railway fans enthusiasts made tracks to Leamington College at the weekend.

Chemical repackaging, Part 2 In Part 1 of this series, I attempted to describe what a chemical repackaging business is, and the ways such a business can work. I also sho...

Model railway show attracts record crowd KEIGHLEY's 42nd annual model railway show is being hailed as a record breaker.

Record numbers make tracks for Keighley model railway show PHOTO GALLERY KEIGHLEY's 42nd annual model railway show is being hailed as a record breaker.

Marking Time and More Planning On Friday night the complete compliment of our modelling group (Darren, Geoff, Brendan, Grover and myself) turned up at Simon’s for his ...

Book review – Model Railroad Planning 2017 The new year has come around again and it’s time for this year’s ‘Model Railroad Planning’ from Kalmbach. I get this annual publication every year, and it is almost always...

Normal service will be resumed... Tomorrow. Probably. New PC has arrived and I'm busy sorting it out so all the stuff I use is where I want it.

Train Show Treasures! Let's go shopping at the train show! I picked these up at the Asheville (Fletcher) NC show...

009 Brake A new brake van for the current 009 project. Once again, built largely from scrap on an Ibertren brake chassis. The sides an inner end ar...

Hunslet in 006.5: ready for primer... After a few hours on and off in the last few days the Hunslet is ready for primer...

2 Expos in 2 Weeks Pendon Last weekend was my pilgrimage to Pendon. I first visited Pendon when The Dartmore Scene was housed in an old RAF hut nicknamed ...

Maps (and planned structures) of the layout (Conclusion) In Parts I and II of this series, I shared overall maps and described my structures in place or planned for the east side of Carrizo Springs, the primary town of the layout. In this post, we&#8217...

A Northern railway world in miniature THERE are plenty of events coming up for enthusiasts of railways in miniature.

Board 2 Well after conducting successful loads trials from the last post, it was time to get the saw out and start into the next baseboard. It wou...

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

Saturday Film Club: Radio control cake! You may have noticed that I'm partial to a bit of cake. And a bit of radio control modelling. What do you get if, like this Hong Kon...

The other railcar Being of a rather lazy disposition, I am reluctant to go to all the bother of getting out the spray box and paint, rattling a can for ages and going through the other faff involved in spraying on t...

Events All your local events, music, theatre, comedy, car boot sales and what's on in Basingstoke...

010 The Smart Industry X-Change System (SIXS) - Putting on the Top #2 Ok, let's finish the yob. I put the large section back on the benchwork. Even with all the weight I put on one end (closest to the cam...

Maps (and planned structures) of the layout (Part II) In the last Rails West post, I shared a couple of key maps and a little history. (Click here to see Part I.) In this post, I’ll share some details on structures and planned structures. As a...

We are shipping! We are glad to announce that we are shipping our HO scale flatcars through the next week! Thank yo...

PICTURE GALLERY Leamington and Warwick Model Railway Society exhibition SOME 2,000 people made their way to an exhibition hosted by the Leamington and Warwick Model Railway Society. There were 20 working layouts on show last weekend at the Leamington campus of Warwickshire College. The club, which has been researching th

And finally... Model railway enthusiasts and volunteers are being sought for an ambitious plan to lay a model railway track along Scotland’s Great Glen. The bid, to be filmed for a TV show, involves laying 74 miles (119km) of track from Fort William to Inverness.

Maps (and planned structures) of the layout (Part I) The above photo taken in Three Forks, MT in 1980s captures much of what the Rails West layout is all about–short trains in lonely, beautiful country evoking many of my favorite places and sce...

Sci-fi and Fantasy modeller magazine to close A sad announcement this week - the next issue of Sci-fi and Fantasy modeller magazine will be the last. For those not familiar with the ...

NCE system up and running A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

PFE car washing I have mentioned the practice of Pacific Fruit Express in washing its cars, until the early 1950s when their request for funds for a mechani...

Keighley model rail show KEIGHLEY’s 42nd annual model railway show takes place this weekend.

Keighley model rail show KEIGHLEY’s 42nd annual model railway show takes place this weekend.

Brass Signal Range Withdrawn Well, I ordered another brass signal and had it rejected because it appears that Shapeways doesn't allow sprues on their 'Precious Metals'. ...

Mineral Magic New 'O' gauge kit under trial. The last two days have been spent building a brand new kit from Just Like The Real Thing, portraying th...

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

Forestville Model Railway Exhibition 2017 Last weekend I attended the Forestville Model Railway Exhibition hosted by the North Shore Railway Modellers' Association (NSRMA). As I had...

Full steam ahead for the Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Society Exhibition The Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Society Exhibition on Saturday and Sunday attracted rail enthusiasts young and old from across the country.

Bill and Scotts most excellent adventure part 3 The copper basin! Globe AZ the Geeps are for switching the plant, definitely ex works The Lordsburg Turn at Lordsburg NM at su...

An Introduction to 7mm Narrow Gauge Modelling Thrust into my hand at the weekend, the latest publication from The 7mm Narrow Gauge Association - An Introduction to 7mm Narrow Gauge Mod...

AMRM April 2017 issue is being printed The April 2017 issue of AMRM is now in the process of being printed and should start appearing in your hobby shop, newsagent or letterb...

Model rail enthusiasts making tracks The Leamington & Warwick Model Railway Society Exhibition attracted rail enthusiasts young and old from across the country.

Assembling couplers The type "E" couplers i ordered from Protocraft arrived a few days ago, and today I assembled them. As advertised, it took some filing and d...

Model railway exhibition has something for everyone Thomas the Tank Engine will be among the displays by The Macclesfield Model Railway Group this weekend.

Lima Class 117 DMBS to DMS - Pt 2 There are good interior drawings of the 3 car set here that show the seating and partition arrangements. Two panels of seating were cut...

What's 2.5mm between friends... So recently I've started to play with some minimum gauge models using the Busch feldbahn chassis that use 6.5mm gauge track to represent 2f...

Ruston Proctor in 006.5: primed... The Ruston Proctor prototype I showed a few weeks ago got a coat of primer and some surface preparation at the weekend...

Minories, Minories everywhere….. Once you start looking for ‘Minories’ type layouts, they seem to be everywhere. I suppose this is hardly surprising, as the layout of crossovers and a point to reach three platforms is...

Warehouse Wednesday: Ropewalk A trip down to the Portsmouthdockyard to see the Mary Rose among other things. One building sadly not available to tourists is the ropew...

Hunslet in 006.5: bodywork... The minimum gauge 'what if' Hunslet progressed again this evening as I fitted a body to the modified chassis...

Dawson Creek in 009: track laying... Last weekend the kids and I made some good progress on Dawson Creek and finished the track laying...

Weeds and rocks Since my last post on here I've been quite busy but not as busy as I'd hoped as I had to pull out of the Llanberis show due to family issue...

Design considerations Just mulling over a few new layout plans. Now I have more room for a permanently erected layout I'm considering what to build. I have alw...

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

Pliers rack Part of the preparation for the Doncaster show was to really clean up my modelling board. Not just put a bit of stuff away then sweep the...

009 The Smart Industry X-Change System (SIXS) - Putting on the Top Today we'll work on the top of the sections. For this industry we need a flat work space. Put on your safety glasses and hand me the screw...

Haven’t had a loads of finished things post for a while. So lets start with a buildings and a request, When I posted the image of the pub at night I was asked for a picture of the area in the light so here it isThis also shows the water tower I was work...

Three Old Boxcars A few years ago, while planning to do some airbrushing, I decided to plan ahead and paint a number of cars and locos even if I was not plann...

Railway exhibition returns AN annual Model Railway Exhibition is set to return for the eighth year – bigger than ever.

Modifying Interstate Oil, Part 5 This series of posts is about modifying a Walthers structure kit, their no. 3104, “Interstate Fuel & Oil,” to suit my layout space and also ...

Essex Junction Backdrop update A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

March And District Model Railway Club’s 11th annual exhibition hailed ‘most successful yet March And District Model Railway Club held its 11th annual and a€œmost successful exhibition yeta€ on Saturday.

Sheffield granddad hopes to make cancer-stricken grandson's dream come true by building huge Thomas the Tank Engine model railway A doting granddad is hoping to make his cancer-stricken grandson...

Book Review: Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik Publisher: Viking ISBN: 978-0670920549 A5 Softback 272 pages £9.98 Most of my work involved messing around with various materi...

007 The Smart Industry X-Change System (SIXS) - 02 Walthers Cornerstone Tank Car Oil Loading Platform 933-304 Tonight we'll work on the main structure and large piping. I tacked the guard rails to the platform with a little ACC just to hold them...

Turning new wheels for a Kato 11-104. The Kato 11-104, along with the similar 11-103, is a popular chassis among the OO9 fraternity being a cheap reliable motor bogie. Many kits ...

Clapham Yard Upgrade Continues On Tuesday this week, we ventured over to Arthur’s place and took a look at his excellently sceniced QR/NSWGR dual gauge layout. It truly...

Spring Has Sprung A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Rolling Thunder " An Enginemans Journey" by Strewart Anderson Hi All Just to let you know that there is an add for Stewart's Book in this months Motive Power Magazine. Contact details to buy direct...

Watercolour of the week: Lifford Lane Kings Norton No, not a new feature on the blog, it's just that I spotted this lovely image by Frank Taylor Lockwood on the Birmingham Museum and ...

Sussex Downs 009 Group Show - 2 Weeks To Go! Just two weeks to go until the Sussex Downs 009 Group's exhibition...

Tredethy Wharf at Lincoln show 2017 Last weekend was an excellent experience on a number of fronts. Firstly for the help I received from Gordon prior to the show and during. ...

Lima Class 117 DMBS to DMS - Pt 1 The Lima Class 117 DMU 3 car set was always shipped with two DMBS (Driving Motor Brake Second) cars. This arrangement does not match the pro...

Minimum gauge Hunslet in 006.5... Well I didn't plan on progressing this quite as quickly but I was poorly this week so had a little more day dream planning time and I was s...

Saturday Film Club: Hellingly on film Hat tip to Jonathan Clay for this one via Unseen Steam. A very short clip showing the Hellingly Hospital Railway loco working a ra...

Big door Now that the van is sitting on bogies I realised that second hand N-gauge undercarriage has disadvantages. The chassis the bogies came with* gets in the way of attempts to stop the wobble factor, s...

New Brass Signals added to my Signals Branch range. I have just uploaded eleven new brass signals to my Signals Branch Shapeways shop. These signals are lost wax brass castings from 3D printe...

Bill and Scotts most excellent adventure part 2 Hi All Heres some more shots from the trip, we managed to cover Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. Three of these states I ...

006 The Smart Industry X-Change System (SIXS) - Finish the Benchwork Its Saturday, so today we finish the benchwork. Yeah I know the post date isn't Saturday, and in fact its about a four days later. Usually...

Choosing ground throws I am among those who prefer that track switches be thrown as on the prototype, namely by hand in most cases. I am also among those who has i...

Model railway exhibition pulls into Leamington this weekend Leamington and Warwick Model Railway Society host their annual exhibition on Saturday and Sunday (March 4 and 5) at Leamington College's Warwick New Road site.

Rotary Club Model Railway Exhibition It’s all systems go for the 8th Annual Model Railway Exhibition being organized by the Rotary Club of Newton Aycliffe at the Youth Centre, Burn Lane, Newton Aycliffe DL5 4HT (opp. Tesco) on Saturd...

Houses On Hold A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Garratt repair A quick and interesting job has come my way - a minor repair to a Garratt. The return crank on one corner had come unsoldered from ...

Goods office Made from scraps.

Pair jailed for £10,000 train set theft A 38-YEAR-OLD woman who burgled her friend’s home and stole his valuable model railway collection from the attic has been jailed for two years.

Model rail enthusiasts to steam to annual show Leamington and Warwick Model Railway Society host their annual exhibition.

Do model railway enthusiasts have a one-track mind? As TV programme makers reveal they want to build a model railway across 74 miles of the Great Glen, Michael Alexander investigates the appeal. It’s a hobby that has been maligned as the dull cousin of trainspotting and the last refuge of middle age

TV show looking for help to create 74-mile long model railway in the Highlands The makers of a TV programme have unveiled ambitious plans to build a model railway across 74 miles of the Great Glen. Volunteers are being sought for the “slightly bonkers” plan. The bid, to be filmed for a TV show, involves laying 74 miles of t

BRM stuff this month After a quiet BRM issue for Phil stuff last month, there's quite a lot of me in the Spring 2017 issue: Editorial Yes, while we recr...

Andian Models Blv Kit On an expedition of discovery an Andian BLV, which was bought in 2012 at the Armidale Convention,was found just about 80% finished, yes in a box. So here goes with the new camera.A bit more detail...

People and tracks and planning - OH MY! And music for today's post - PINK MARTINI and SAORI YUKI :) I have several irons in the fire, as usual. It's looking like I might have ...

South Shore Model Railway Club to host open house The South Shore Model Railway Club Spring Show & Open House will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 11; and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 12 at 52 Bare...

Model railway show arrives in Kettering A model railway show takes place in Kettering this weekend.

March Website Cover A trio of engines on the eastern approach to Misterton in the early 1960s. A Bulleid rebuilt pacific is held at signal, An S15 departs the ...

Are You Ready To Run? A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

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Warehouse Wednesday: Gasometers Things that have disappeared from our town landscape - gasometers.We used to have two at the bottom end of Leamington, I remember them f...

008 The Smart Industry X-Change System (SIXS) - First Look at the Chemical Plant The chemical plant that I'm going to model has been around for a long time! Smells like its been around for a long time. I haven't had a c...

Hattons DJM 14xx Review H1410 It’s early 2017 and on the desk in front of me is the Hattons/DJM 14xx model. It’s almost a year late from original estimated delivery. Not that that’s an issue, no one dies or died because of it...

The Lancaster & Chester Railroad - South Carolina The Lnacaster & Chester is a railroad that just screams to be modeled! Originally narrow gauge, this 30 mile railroad is a lot of fun. Big...

Unloading high-pressure tank cars High-pressure tank cars in the transition era were identified as ICC Class 105A. Unlike many tank cars of ICC 103 and ICC 104 design, they d...

GWR stables - towards an overview GWR Model Railway Layouts. The Great Western Railway in the Edwardian era, portrayed through a series of micro layouts.

'Ambitious' bid to build model railway in Scottish glen Model railway enthusiasts and volunteers are sought for an ambitious plan to lay a model railway track along Scotland's Great Glen.

Tuesday Photo Click for a bigger view 44417 carefully propels a rake of empties up the gradient in to Polbrook Gurney Colliery. Note the ancient tip...

Tooled up for O gauge locos For a magazine project, I needed some loco tools. Looking around, there is a fair bit of choice but these are the two packs I ended up with...

Photo from Facebook February 27, 2017 at 08:03PM As promised, the proceeds from the sale of some of my excess equipment have financed my foray into the HOn3 world of the Colorado narrow gauge. Stay tuned for the Rio Grande Southern First District ca. 1938-1945! By the way, ...

Let there be headlights One of the diesel kits I have has a hole at each end for headlights, it seems a shame not to have a go at making them work, so I ordered a p...

Model railway exhibits to take over village hall RAILWAY enthusiasts are in for a treat as a popular annual event returns to Rainhill Village Hall.

Old Barn Ready A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Toy Fair report in RMMR Last month I headed down to the London Toy Fair, and the report I wrote from this can be found in the latest issue of Railway Magazine g...

005 The Smart Industry X-Change System (SIXS) - 01 Walthers Cornerstone Tank Car Oil Loading Platform 933-304 I recently purchased Walthers Cornerstone Tank Car Oil Loading Platform 933-304 to be used on the chemical plant. I'll probably add another...

94xx Tank – Thoughts On The Footplate With the chassis complete and test fitted thoughts turn to the footplate. Left hand side. One little point to mention, I mounted the valve gear rivet backwards on the coupling rods as the hollow ap...

Project 17 - First Tree Grown The land behind the retaining wall is Northbrook Cemetery with a few mature trees near the retaining wall. Whether or not I place grave head...

Keighley model railway show on track to be biggest and best yet KEIGHLEY's 42nd annual model railway show is on track to be the biggest and best yet.

Hull Test This past week I was away from home four of last six nights so modelling time was restricted so the progress I’ve made has been startling considering this restriction. When I got some time at...

Powering Along in Clapham Yard Yesterday I picked up some styrene as I was planning what I was doing to do this Friday at the modelling night organised by my local Hob...

Another prototypical Minories….. Reading the July 2011 Railway Modeller, I came across another ‘almost’ Minories design, and a very attractive one at that. This is the ex-LSWR station of Windsor and Eton Riverside. W...

Narrow Gauge Southwest 2017 - Not so small but delightful! Shepton Mallett is a bit of a trek for me, but the promise of 75 little layouts in one place made me think it was worth the early start...

004 The Smart Industry X-Change System (SIXS) - Sidekick A sidekick is a part of the benchwork that attached to a stable base. Usually it only has two legs and just extends the layout in another d...

The Speedwitch freight car books The title refers to a series of books published by Speedwitch Media, Ted Culotta’s company, with the series title Focus on Freight Cars. Th...

Load Trials Load trials, more on that a bit later. To get to the point of conducting a load trial recently I have fitted the baseboard top to the sectio...

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

Ahead of its time? Dug this late 1970s Airfix 14xx out the other day. I recall it was one of my first weathering exercises around 1980 using airbrushing and dr...

Saturday Film Club: Re-use a monorail track Aerotrain was a French hovertrain project developed from 1965 to 1977 designed by Jean Bertin. Sadly, his death and the adoption of ...

Card work Now that I’ve finished making a locomotive, it is probably a good idea to make something for it to pull, this being its purpose in life. Long suffering readers will know of my fascination wit...

Delta Contraband I'm back from Utah! Did you miss me? I had great fun finding out that my ex-wife has filled my full model shop with all my other stuff. T...

The upside down test! If you are purchasing a Wheels of Time HO flatcar and our lumber load, here is something you can d...

Booths Siding in 009: planning and sketching... Text to follow.

Morpeth’s Big Day Out Last weekend came the time to bite the bullet and move Morpeth to its new home. A relatively hot real estate market has resulted in the sale of my current home (after the place being on the market...

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Putting the fun on the page How good should a model be to appear in a magazine? I ask, because for the last few months, I've been watching and taking part in a couple...

Photo break for your day: Even real railroads had problems. .. Photo break for your day: You thought only model railroads had problems with couplers. Well look a...

Full steam ahead for King’s Lynn club at open day Members of King’s Lynn Model Railway Club welcomed about 200 people to an open day last weekend to learn more about what they do.

Royal Scotsman Prestige observation car provides a challenge. I've spent the last two weeks working on an interesting vehicle in the luxury Belmond ...

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

Book Review: The Hovercraft. A history by Ashley Hollebone Publisher: The History Press ISBN: 978-0752-464794 A5 Softback 188 pages £19.99 Unusual forms of transport fascinate me. When...

Wordless Wednesday #148 A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Tank car loading platforms, Part 3 In Part 1 of this series of blog posts, I introduced my project of building two tank car loading or unloading platforms, using as a starting...

Bil and Scotts most excellent adventure part 1 Hi All, It's the first time I had an international trip with Bill, and what a blast it was! Most excellent. We were targeting the smaller r...

On track... Cork sheet as a track underlay is so 2007 darhlings...

Tonbridge MRC show 2017 #2 Now for the larger scales. First off is Mers les Bains, French metre gauge in 1/32 scale. Some typically French buildings (including the town brothel on the right) and all the engines and stock s...

Warehouse Wednesday: JC Amore Another photo from my wanderings in south Birmingham. JC Amore were steel spinners, and I'm not sure what that means. Making cables perh...

Narrow Gauge South West - The Final Curtain After 25 years of holding the Narrow Gauge South-West show in Shepton Mallet, the organisers (the Small and Delightful Railway Group) announ...

Photo from Facebook February 21, 2017 at 02:15PM Atlas Trainman GP15-1. Used Detail painted and weathered. DCC. PRR-style cab signal box. via Facebook Pages http://ift.tt/2aiL3Xc...

Woodsville Terminal In my last post I mentioned the Woodsville Terminal Railway Co. This was a fictional shortline created by Mike Confalone that he modeled bef...

New Post from Facebook February 21, 2017 at 02:15PM Your chance to own a piece of the Juniata Division! The following items are for sale… Contact me for price via FB message! PayPal only. from N Scale Juniata Division Model Railroad http://ift.tt/2aiL3Xc...

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

Soldering people File this one under "Things most people probably do but it's only just occurred to me." Needing to both assemble and modify a 7mm...

NRAIL thoughts and photos A little mood music for the post. :) Well, things are moving along. I have my lists and I keep making an effort to knock somethin...

Crowds roll into town for train exhibit CROWDS of rail enthusiasts turned out for the “largest” Monmouth Model Railway Exhibition earlier this month.

Massive model railway show steams into town PEOPLE are invited to come and make tracks as the first ever model railway show will steam into Maldon this weekend.

Looking for family members? Try a model railway! I'm appearing in a new (to me) magazine this month - Family Tree Magazine is the read for those interested in genealogy and discovering w...

Bicycle Parking Scratchbuild I started this post months ago and nevr went back to it. heheheh So, I'm just publishing it. It'll just be a picture process post. :) ...

003 The Smart Industry X-Change System (SIXS) - Finish the Legs I had some time tonight so I finished up the leg assembly. I added the cross braces on all sides so it is very strong. I wish I owned a le...

Test running session Sunday afternoon saw the "Three Amigos" put the layout through its paces. There were a few gemilins dispatched by my compatriots and a coupl...

NGSW 2017: Grindley Brook Wharf on the road... Tim and I were honoured to be invited to exhibit his layout, Grindley Brook Wharf, this past weekend at the 25th and final Narrow Gauge Sou...

Ruston Proctor in 006.5: etches fitted... So an enjoyable weekend at Narrow Gauge South West (more on that later), I picked up the test etch from Steve at Narrow Planet for the Rust...

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