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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...

Tank car loading platforms, Part 2 In Part 1 (see: http://modelingthesp.blogspot.com/2015/03/tank-car-loading-unloading-platforms.html ), I described the needs I have for pla...

Project 17 - Long Grass & A Miracle Glue I return to the long grass issue cited in Part 6. Instead of trying to apply the hemp with a static grass applicator, which was unsuccessful...

A short update. Not much to report, 821 is still up on blocks in the workshop (the workbench), then 800 decided to have an episode, so a quick trip to the G...

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

Creative Juices Have Been Piqued The week didn’t start off too well for me, as I was home crook on Monday. What better medicine than to sit at the kitchen table and bui...

Empty clay wagon train Well, I think, for the moment, the empty clay wagoms might be finished...

Cornish Engine House The latest building for my Forest of Dean project. Knocked up the last week on and off; a scratch built 'Cornish Engine house', which would ...

Photo from Facebook February 18, 2017 at 09:58PM The dismantling of Enola Yard is underway. Most of the structures and a little over half the turnouts were salvaged. The diesel house was not in awesome shape, unfortunately. Don't worry, the main portion of the layout is just fine ...

Doncaster 2017 Last weekend, the workbench moved to Doncaster racecourse for The Festival of British Railway Modelling. Rather than take a layout this ...

002 The Smart Industry X-Change System (SIXS) - Benchwork Construction Let's build the Chemical Products Solutions plant! I'm in an apartment now as the divorce proceedings drag on. No house in the near future ...

Farmer and wharfinger (maybe his wife?) Being regularly away from home for work has stopped me progressing Tredethy Wharf as much as I would have liked. This has had a major effect...

Decking I’ve made some steady progress this past week on the planked deck for the wooden pier at Morpeth. The core of the straight length of this structure is a 1.1mX220mm piece of 4mm thick plywood...

Saturday Film Club: Hover Rover I'm reading a very interesting book on the history of hovercraft at the moment. My Internet browsing history will reflect this as despi...

Explanation of Sidings In one of the photos on the last post, there was a photo showing a curved turnout going back towards Eden. This siding was an afterthought f...

The pipes, the pipes Many modern railcars have a bewildering array of pipes and wires for brakes and communication when running in or with a train. Mine is loosely based on the RHB ABe4_4-II and as such needs more bits...

49 Class In Focus 4916 in what I think is very underrated candy paint scheme CFCLA KL81 which was originally 4910 CFCLAs KL80 was originally 4904...

A safety reminder since the oilfield is hopping on the LCN RR By B. Smith The 1990 oil boom is creating a lot of traffic on the LCN RR. Rumors are the FRA may visit any day now, and with a regional chemical supply dealer taking over the local dealer in Pecos...

The postman calleth... And delivered a free carrier bag. With some content which will make very pleasurable reading. I may be quiet ...

Eighties Body Snatcher Throwback Ok mullet wearers, here’s a poptastic 80’s child for you. It’s an Airfix 14xx body with a Perceverance chassis underneath. Made in the era of Kylie, wads of yuppie cash, XR3i&#821...

US grain operators, a sneak peak Here are a couple of pics of some of the more interesting grain line operators, really interesting! Enjoy scott...

Video Of Port Rowan I was making a visit to a blog written by a friend of mine in Canada by the name of Trevor Marshall. I don’t get a lot of time to read other people’s blogs but Trevor’s is always...

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

OO Wickham Having found the 2mm scale Wickhams, I also dug out a 4mm scale whitemetal version. Fron Nu-Cast, this model pre-dates the Bachmann motor...

The Piedmont & Western Part 2 We continue our tour of the Piedmont & Western! Jim Thomas spent a great deal of time letting me earn my hours as a Towerman, which is ...

Creating a wine tank car As is evident from the handout I posted to this blog a month or so ago, I gave a new talk at the Cocoa Beach “Prototype Rails” meeting on wi...

An influx of mojo This week the modelling mojo seems to have awoken… for now. I’ve made a start on the Toad. It’s nothing too major at the moment; a flash of primer, a lick of Humbrol 67 Tank Grey...

Morrisville Turnouts Complete I finished off the work on the installation of the 2 turnouts in Morrisville that will provide an additional passing siding (see previous po...

Sugar coated criticism? What is wrong with some people? A guy posts a picture on Facebook of a steam loco that looks like it's had a tin of brown paint thrown at i...

14 January 2017 - SWOONS Members Open Day, Ilton, Somerset 2017 got itself off to the now traditional great narrow gauge start to the year with the 11 th annual South West 009 Society’s (SWOONS) mem...

31 December 2016 - Garry’s Railcars – 2016 bonus album! Almost everyone who is familiar with 009 will either know, or know of, Garry Whiting. One of the 15 founder members of the 009 Society in 19...

03 December 2016 - Dorset Narrow Gauge open day, Colehill, near Wimborne This was the 5th of these super little end of year events that Brian Guilmant and members of the Wessex NG Modellers have put on, This time...

29 October 2016 - Expo Narrow Gauge, Swanley Autumn is upon us, weather has turned, the clocks are going back to herald the months of dark miserable evenings, but Expong is with us to f...

N gauge Wickhams On the next BRM DVD, I'll be building an BH Enterprises N gauge Wickham trolley kit. To do this for telly, I needed some part-built mode...

Dawson Creek in 009: tracklaying... Text to follow.

Wordless Wednesday #147 A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

New Post from Facebook February 15, 2017 at 01:17PM Things are a’changin’ around the N scale Juniata Division. It’ll be moving locations across town in the next two months, but the rarely-photographed Enola Yard section will not be coming along to the new house. I plan to liquidate virtually all

Model railway exhibition a runaway success MONMOUTH Rotary Club held its sixth annual model railway exhibition at Monmouth Leisure Centre on Sunday 12th February.

Movement of sorts. The heading says it all as little has really happened on the layout now for some time at least in the moving forward way. Since the last ...

Destination for rail fans HUNDREDS of people headed to Monmouth Leisure Centre on Sunday (February 12) for the annual model railway show organised by the town’s Rotary Club.

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

Warehouse Wednesday: Square tower in Doncaster I've said in the past that most of the Warehouse Wednesday buildings are not beautiful. For me, there is a beauty in ugliness, or at lea...

J.R. Series 500 Type Eva - video and layout work Well, I got my birthday present! :) It's an eight car set, but I think I'm only going to run seven cars because...

A new run of N scale 60-ft Baggage-Express Cars A new run of N-scale 60-ft Arched Roof & Harriman Baggage-Express cars is in the works. We thi...

The Piedmont & Western Part 1 For the past few months I've had the great pleasure of operating on the fabulous Piedmont & Western Railroad in HO Scale. The P&W was build...

Return to the 94xx A while ago I started work on a Lima 94xx tank I’ve had from my childhood. The idea was to match it to a high level pannier or Collett chassis as a quick project. However after speaking to Ch...

Heywood Model Railway Group annual exhibition The Heywood Model Railway Group will be holding its annual exhibition at Rochdale Town Hall. Layouts owned by the club...

Despite the weather, the annual model railway exhibition stayed on track in Milton Keynes Not even the sleet and snow which fell during the weekend was enough to dampen spirits among model railway fans - with more than 2,250 visiting the annual Milton Keynes Model Railway Society exhibition at Stantonbury Leisure Centre.

I have a Theory ... For several years I have noticed that various NSWGR diesels from Trainorama and Austrains have become intermittent in their operation. This ...

Standard plug Before taking the workbench out on the road, I had to do a little upgrade to the test track that runs along the shelf in front of me. Y...

Why raise an issue that isn’t there? Over on his blog, Mike Cougill has been raising some interesting points about the diverse range of activities available to those who are interested in our hobby, and the similarly diverse level of...

Waybills, Part 57: Waybills in service In previous posts in this series, I have discussed a wide variety of topics for both prototype and model waybills; you can readily find any ...

Stick With It A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Black Hawthorn in 009: weathered... Ahead of NGSW this coming weekend I've been pushing on with my Brian Clarke inspired Black Hawthorn scratchbuild...

Type 5 Traction 'Tugs' and 'Sheds' rest on shed. Moving into the 21st Century, an array of EWS (and DB) branded traction looks well at home in the depo...

Time for community model shops? I used to drive by Barford village shop and Post Office every day on my way to work at a horticultural research establishment that is noth...

Families welcome to attend Syston Model Railway Society’s exhibition The annual model railway exhibition organised by Syston Model Railway Society takes place at Sileby Community Centre on Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4.30pm, (4pm Sunday).

John Coiley Award A blog recording the restoration activities and background of the UK's only remaining 1927 balanced, double-engined Sentinel steam locomotive.

Unimat 3 compound slide. A compound slide, or top slide, is very usefull on a lathe as it allows you to turn tapers. It sits on top of the cross slide, and is standa...

February 2017 update For those not following my Facebook page (which isn't updated that often!), a quick update. Back at the start of the year I bought myself ...

001 The Smart Industry X-Change System (SIXS) - Concept and Theory For those that don't know me, my profession is that of a Supply Chain Specialist. When a big corporation designs a new widget for public sa...

The Heat Up Here! This week I saw my Auscision car carriers arrive. I had to pick them up from the local Post Office yesterday morning as my wife was out...

Detail spotting - Airfix packing case Does anyone else get a bit of pleasure recognizing details on layouts at shows? Especially when they have been used in an interesting or...

Central Model Railway & Historical Society - CMR&HA Train Show 2/11/17 My friend Paul Kay and I drover over to Easley, SC for a train show held by the CMR&HA. Got to see some friends and enjoyed some On30. Mo...

My Gurus We all have been influenced by others at some point in our pursuit of model railroading. This post focusses on the folks who have profoundly influenced and inspired me. You may know some of them...

Newbury MRC Expo 2017 Layouts A railway is an object of length. Space for it is the biggest challenge for modellers. Where space is limited and you still want...

Photo from Facebook February 11, 2017 at 10:44AM Anachronistic though she may be for my 1956 era, HH1 number 374 is still a beautiful machine. via Facebook Pages http://ift.tt/2aiL3Xc...

Quick change toolpost for the Unimat 3. The Unimat 3 comes with a simple toolpost, capable of taking one tool which has to be set to centre height (cutting edge in line with the ce...

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

Pioneer On Pier A short video of Pioneer taking a short (very short) run on the new Morpeth Pier.

Stafford 2017 You know you've found your seat on the bus when some scroat has etched the word "Cake" into it. Half an hour later, after an enjoyable vin...

Brassed off This could get confusing. I seem to have managed to end up building one railcar while designing another. unusually for me there also seems to be some remote chance of them being finished. Just to m...

A Visit With Larry Knapp, On30 Addict Happiness is making new friends! I was pleased and privileged to visit with On30 addict Larry Knapp. I never met a Canadian I didn't like,...

Hendrickson auto car, Part 2 In a previous post, I showed the prototype for a model which Richard Hendrickson had begun, and which I inherited. It is intended to be a Cl...

Bahnfest - Gaugemaster Arundel - Model Rail Forum Model Rail Portal & Community Forum featuring News, Reviews, Building and Collecting. Helpful Model Rail Resources, Links & Shopping.

Model rail enthusiasts make tracks for Febex ALTON Model Railway Group members agreed their annual Febex ‘Making Tracks’ exhibition was one of the best they have held – and the 1,300 visitors who walked thorough the doors of Eggar’s School agreed with them! Held last Saturday and Sunday

Asphalt strip and growing dandelions The dandelions I made were meant to grow along the asphalt strip I wanted along the spur. And now, when the flowers had been done, it was ti...

Laying Rails It looks like Pioneer might get a short run out onto the jetty in a day or so, if my back can survive laying the rails. Ouch!

Doncaster this weekend Last year I took two layouts to The Festival of British Railway Modelling at Doncaster. This year I'm not taking any. Instead, visito...

Limping Along with Tools Now those of you that know me know that I can't STAND to be without my train tools. In fact, I'm the guy that started the legendary TRAINTO...

Better dandelions My last post showed how I created some dandelions, and it ended with me saying that I was quite satisfied with the result. Apparently that w...

Stowmarket railway club’s model train exhibition held in Needham Market on March 5 It is full steam ahead for a model railway exhibition held in Needham Market on March 5.

Black And Blue A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Into The Eighties A South Wales theme for diesel depot. The 1980s is my core era in terms of personal recollection and active enthusiasm; a time of chan...

Painted people Due to a tight deadline, the 7mm scale gangers were painted around a trip to the pub. Before I went, the skin received a coat of Lifecol...

First Look Our HO scale Lumber Loads is coming. We decided to revise layout of the flat mold, so it will fit ...

It's Electric! The Arduino is Cool! As some of you know I'm in South Carolina now, stuck in an apartment until I find a basement for the trains. With little space, limited fur...

Dandelions I'm working an an asphalt patch along the spur, and decided I needed some dandelions along with the other weeds surrounding it. So I sat out...

One thing leads to another On a couple of forums people asked for more details on the Lowmac compensation shown last time so… This is the underside. It’s best to set everything up with normal bearings first so th...

Wordless Wednesday #146 A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Warehouse Wednesday - Under a Brummie viaduct Here's a photo I've been looking for in my collection for a long while.Strolling around Birmingham, I spotted these modern industrial un...

My column in the February issue of MRH Regular readers of this blog will know that I am part of a cycle of writers who contribute to a column series in Model Railroad Hobbyist, a...

Thieves steal part of 720ft model railway track from engineering society in Sturry Police would like to hear from anyone who is aware of people trying to sell track to railway enthusiasts...

Art of Compromise The Art of Compromise (now renamed Y Fan) gets an occasional tinker. I'd detailed up a phonebox for the 009 project and somehow it didn't...

The Jetty I thought I might post a couple of quick shots of some of the pier timbers in place. These are very preliminary shots with the sleeper timbers just sitting on the piers, but it gives you the genera...

VIDEO: A Gentle Canter A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Milton Keynes 50: Model railway society claims naming first After Milton Keynes turned 50, a model railway society claims unique link to new town.

O gauge metal men I need a couple of 7mm scale figures for a diorama, so while at Stafford I spent a long while at the Ivertrain stand searching through the ...

Mugad declared model railway station Mugad, a small railway station 12km from Dharwad, has emerged as ‘Model Railway Station’ under the South Western Railway. The railway station got the tag for its effective implementation of the Swachh Bharat Mission. The effort fetched the statio

Stafford Model Railway Exhibition brings in the crowds From the nostalgia of steam through to the power of diesel, it was all brought to life in Staffordshire - albeit in miniature.

Full steam ahead to Stafford Railway Circle's world in miniature View all the latest pictures in the gallery, SLIDESHOW: Full steam ahead to Stafford Railway Circle's world in miniature, on Staff Newsletter.

Long time, no see It has been pointed out that I haven't posted anything since before Christmas, so happy new year everyone. I've been very busy at work and h...

Thieves who took £36 worth of metal from a model railway will cost owners thousands of pounds Part of a 720 foot railway track has been stolen from a model railway in Canterbury. During the early hours of Sunday (February 5) the miniature track of the Canterbury and District Model...

Canterbury and District Model Engineering Society derailed by track theft at its Sturry home Enthusiasts have been left dismayed after hundreds of feet of railway track was stolen by metal thieves...

Western Region Diesels On Shed Depot diorama goes back in time. For the first time in over a year, I managed to extract the crate containing modern diesel depot dior...

On the scene Exiting the vintage shuttle bus at Stafford show on Saturday, I pass some "youths" who had got of a couple of minutes earlier. They were b...

Project 17 - Night Scene I decided against magnets to hold the shed down as they would be visible inside this open structure. Instead I glued 1mm wire into each co...

Jig #1 An important milestone was reached today on the construction of Morpeth. I moved offshore for the first time and started work on the jetty that heads out into the Hunter River. This event wasn&#821...

Trying to Finish Some Projects I’ve been kept quite busy this week. On Tuesday evening I ventured up the road to Shelton’s place for our fortnightly get together. Shel...

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

Peckett in a shed I've been stupidly busy this week - the highlight(?) being glazing a loco cab at 1:30 in the morning when sleep eluded me. Once job ...

Christmas Layout Wiring (Not!) I promised a number of people that I would be making sure that the layour had at least the main elements wired up over christmas, so that it could at last run. But then it was a bit wet and cold s...

A chemical repackaging business For some years, there has been an industry on one of the sidings in my layout town of Ballard which didn’t have a building, just an inverted...

His name was Trigger... A couple of issues back RM gave away a single street trader's barrow. Logically this is a hand pulled item, but a little research threw up...

Project 17 - Some Groundworks and a Hut The hut against the back wall is labelled as a Staff Room on a track plan. This one existed until the Branch became a heritage line in the...

Exhibition A blog about the Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway modelled in n gauge...

Millport Model Railway Club AGM Millport Model Railway Club continues to entertain children, whilst transporting adults back to their own childhood memories.

Funds raised by model show to buy IT equipment for Raunds school More than 3,000 models will be going on show at an event raising funds for a school.

Saturday Film Club: London's Post Office Railway Last week we had one transport system I wish I'd seen working, the Sydney Monorail. This week it's a transport system I REALLY wish I'd...

Operating Despite Philip’s Creek being in existence for around 20 years, it is only in the last few years that I have given much thought as to ho...

J.R. Series 500-7000 Sanyo SHINKANSEN (500 Type Eva) (8-Car Set) Well, I hope I didn't screw this up. I had placed an order through HOBBY SEARCH months ago - six, I believe - to get this train. They fina...

Where (might) we be heading (maybe)? A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Rehearsal of the orchestra We managed to get set up for an early hour today so had time to indulge in some playtime. The new Barclay, no8, was just crying out to be run and to be allowed to sing. I’m very happy wit...

County Park Board studies possible locations for model railway display at Sunset Hill Park County Park Board studies possible locations for model railway display at Sunset Hill Park...

My Model Train Dreams do come true As a child I always wished for a train set, I wasn’t really into dolls and such. Motorbikes, sailing and flying model aeroplanes were much more my style… and train...

Puzzled Recently I’ve discovered that my interest in the railways has gone away from the modern image scene – which I worked on – and has become far more steam based. I’ve been to s...

Reengus, Sikar to be developed as model railway station:NWR GM Reengus, Sikar to be developed as model railway station:NWR GM - Reengus and Sikar railway stations of the North Western Railway zone in Rajasthan will be developed as model stations while three new lines will be laid in

Milton Keynes Moel Railway Exhibition - Model Rail Forum Model Rail Portal & Community Forum featuring News, Reviews, Building and Collecting. Helpful Model Rail Resources, Links & Shopping.

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

Book Review: Tasmania Railways in Preservation by Robert Sweet Publisher: Mainline & Maritime Ltd ISBN: 987-1-900340-28-1 A5 Softback 36 pages £6.95 Tasmania is an island state of Australia 2...

Wall goes up around America at miniature world in Germany BERLIN (AP) — A wall has appeared around the United States — at a popular miniature world attraction in the German city of Hamburg. Operators of the Miniatur...

REVOLUTION TEAs 'N' gauge tanks wagons get the weathering treatment. With the next issue of Model Rail magazine due out next week (9 Feb), here's a s...

A larger bush I have practised some more on making trees and bushes, with varying result. But I thought I should share the process leading to my latest cr...

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

Milton Keynes on track for model railway Milton Keynes Model Railway Society will hold its annual model train show next Saturday (February 11), which is one of the largest one-day shows in the UK.

Running Session Photos from Bill Dunn's Layout A while back now I promised to publish a few photos of a Running Day at Bill Dunn’s layout in Maleny from the 15th of January this year...

A Black Hawthorn folly in 009... A few months back I became aware of the drawings of Brian Clarke, and in particular was drawn to his wonderful book 'Slate Railway to Churc...

A fix for my freight line? A fix for my freight line? I'm not sure what it is, but I know I'd be happier with a loop instead of this odd, point-to-point setup. ...

Rolling stock magazine roundup This month's BRM has a bit of a technology feel. There's 3D scanning and printing and loads of other wow stuff including some incredibl...

Port Hope Model Railway Show returns this weekend One of the charms of model-railway layouts is that each is a world of its own.

Securing removable loads I have mentioned in a previous post a technique I use for some loads which are for flat cars. This is just to locate the loads securely on t...

A shabby sulzer for Stafford It’s show time again and I am heading north to Stafford Showground this weekend. Always a great show no matter what side of the barrier you are, we are looking forward to it. I have bee...

Inauguration – uh, make that “Backdrop” Day Review A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Front LHS Water Filter Valve Repair A blog recording the restoration activities and background of the UK's only remaining 1927 balanced, double-engined Sentinel steam locomotive.

SRI No 10 I keep forgetting to plug this here. No 10 is out now with the usual spread of subjects: East German HO, Wantage Yard in 3mm, Kadee couple...

Are grain operations the industrial shunting layouts of today? Its well noted that operators like lance Mindheim and Bernard Kempski are passionate about operationally intensive layouts, Lance with CSX...

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

February Website Cover One of my favourite views of Misterton is looking from West Field across Station Road bridge to the station. There is an air of mystery as t...

Warehouse Wednesday: Ugly West Brompton Heading to Olympia from home means changing from the tube to the London Overground at West Brompton. Quite frankly, it's grim. The sort ...

Disaster Recovery Remember back in September, I was struggling with the valve gear on the WD Hunslet build? At the time I thought I'd nearly got there, but s...

Trip Report - Going 'round the Southern New England Loop A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Springfield Report I'm back from the big Springfield show, and as usual, it was a great time. I did not hear anything about attendance, but it seemed very crow...

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Look Before You Leap I have recently obtained the timber for the next two baseboards coming off from Eden. Knowing that I am crap at carpentry, so much so that i...

London Toy Fair 2017 Last week, I made my annual trip to the London Toy Fair to bring back all the latest news. There were stands from Hornby, Oxford and even Ba...

An op session for Ops Weekend A long-standing Bay Area tradition is to have a weekend event put on by local adherents of the Layout Design and Operations SIGs (Special In...

The end of the line? Decided to have a BIG clearout! Thinking of selling "Steam on the Cambrian" Due to my health and the constant need to ask people to h...

Nearly Ready For Service A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

R2d2 It was the DeAgostini stand that did it. We chatted to a man building a Millennium Falcon and before I know it, my father is signing away a ...

Newbury MRC Show 11th February 2017/ - Model Rail Forum Model Rail Portal & Community Forum featuring News, Reviews, Building and Collecting. Helpful Model Rail Resources, Links & Shopping.

Project 17 - Exit Stage Left The problem at the west end of the layout, which mimics the prototype, is that there is no bridge, tunnel, building or vegetation to disguis...

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... Last summer we visited Disneyland Paris on our summer family holiday. While the kids were raiding the gift shop I found myself a toy - an et...

Just One More I couldn’t resist posting another photo of the crane with a wagon parked next to it. I think there might be a fair wait till the wagon is unloaded by the look of it...

Crane In The Scene Just a quick shot of the 5-ton crane in place and glued down with a bit of greenery applied around the base. I’ll probably come back and apply more shrubbery later but for the moment I...

Can't be Bothered with Modelling So school is back and I had three days off last week. Monday I took my son to school and Tuesday my daughter. I was the resident pack ...

Have you given up on your resolutions yet? Every year, the NMRA send me a magazine to tell me about voting and the like. I don’t subscribe for the other 11 months, as the BRNMRA magazine ‘Roundhouse’ is far better (or per...

London Model Engineering Exhibtion 2017 Time for a test-run driving in the capital. The MEE show provides a great way to do this with a fun show at the end of it. Unlike th...

Hotel Belvédère du Rayon Vert I love love love his hotel in France. From the WiKi: The Belvedere du Rayon Vert was a hotel in Cerbere, France, designed in the art dec...

Rolling along I cannot believe it's nearly four and half years ago that the empire expanded to five W class trams*, yet to have all in service at once h...

The Harry Potter train takes the prize on the first day of the Kendal Model Railway exhibition The first day of the Kendal Model Railway Club's 54th annual exhibition was declared a success as a queue formed outside the doors on Saturday...

The Auscision 45 – First Impressions After quite a long wait the latest Auscision offering, the NSWR 45 class, arrived at my local post office yesterday afternoon and I happily trundled down over to pick it up. I ordered and paid for...

Little Blue Engine A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Fake news and wagons sheets GWR Model Railway Layouts. The Great Western Railway in the Edwardian era, portrayed through a series of micro layouts.

Saturday Film Club: Sydney Monorail When I visited Sydney a couple of years ago, I was gutted to discover that the city had enjoyed a monorail service, but this had all fin...

First Run Into Saddlersfield Station This is some footage of Peter Krause’s layout Saddlersfield and the first “official” train to run into the station. Sorry about the quality, it was shot on my phone.

Electrical wars, Part 13: three-way turnout In this installment of my continuing series on electrical issues and (one hopes) their resolution, I identify another gremlin with which I h...

Svanda at Lenham Ex Swedish railcar runs under NSB ownership on Svanda The weekend saw the first exhibition of the year with Svanda which hasn't been out...

Book Review: Creating Cameo Layouts by Iain Rice Publisher: Wild Swan ISBN: 978-0953-877-171 A4 Softback 120 pages £24.95 I've always been a bit of an Iain Rice fan. Most of his...

Alice Springs layout changes Hi All Given the new year and all, I have started on changes to Alice Springs. There are a couple of key reasons behind these changes. ...

Model rail enthusiasts make tracks for Febex ALTON Model Railway Group is holding its annual Febex exhibition at Eggar’s School next weekend, on the theme of ‘Making Tracks’.

Thornaby Class 37 Shabby pre-owned loco transformed. I'm especially pleased with the quality of the paint job. Looks like a factory finish in the flesh! ...

5 Ton Yard Crane I began working on the Waratah Model Railway Co 5 ton yard crane kit a couple of days ago and it’s proved a nice diversion from the bigger agenda of finalising the scenery on the 3rd module a...

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

Empty Clay Wagons Just to prove I have been doing something relating to Tredethy Wharf during the last few weeks. I've posted a couple of pics below of the ne...

Railings My dad is building a 1:72 model boat that needs railings around the edge of the deck. Obviously we started by looking in the model railway w...

Notes from Olympia 2 (Toy Fair 2017) Further notes from the 2017 Toy Fair. Returning to the Oxford stand the Golden Valley 0-6-0 Janus Diesel shunter was available to view in painted format. Bear in mind these models have been handled...

Kirtley finished (well nearly) First up a short video of the inside motion doing its thing. There’s still a bit of work to do on the Kirtley – add a crew and the weather sheet, some coal and the wet weather effect bu...

Museum’s model train show CANVEY Transport Museum is holding a model train show when it reopens after winter.

Porter in 009: getting dirty... A good modelling friend commented as I was finishing off the Porter that I'd have to bring myself to make this model a little dirtier than ...

Warehouse Wednesday: Fishing huts Spotted in Scarborough a few years ago, these "huts" for fishermen are part of a new-ish quayside development. The roof is a walkway pre...

Notes from Olympia 1 (Toy Fair 2017) Today (24/02/2017) Oxford Rail announced a package of new products, of approximately 170 new items, 64 of them were rail related items. Of note for me were four items in particular, the GER/LNER/BR...

Modifying Interstate Oil, Part 4 I began this series of posts with some background on Richfield Oil Company, with reference to previous posts about bulk oil dealers (see the...

Stanley pupils enjoy day at Model Railway Club Primary 1 pupils from Stanley Primary School had a special day as they visited Kyle Model Railway Club at Irvine Station.

Fencing A little working up of the station end of the 009 layout with no name. Various bits of unrelated fencing and other bits of fluff.

Re-wheeling A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Weathering resources Richard asks: I notice from your latest entry on your Workbench that you are about to weather the water tank wagon. I want to try my ...

Recent work, and Springfield! A quick update on some things I have been working on. But also, this weekend, the big train show up in Springfield, Massachusetts will be ha...

Full steam ahead at Calne Model Railway Show VISITORS attending the Calne Model Railway Show were left chuffed to bits with the selection of track layouts and choice of products on sale at...

Train enthusiasts gather for model locomotive exhibition Locomotives were showcased at the Astolat Model Railway Circle event at Surrey Sports Park on Sunday...

No Cows Were Injured There’s been a lot going on over the last week or so and I’ve only had a small amount of time for working on the layout. I had a very rough plan to get the final layer of scenery applie...

7MB9 through Broadmeadow The first SCT train on the east coast came through Broadmeadow on 22/1/17. Three locos up front SCT004/007/006, one container flat, a whole...

Porter in 009: lettered up... Thanks to John at Precision Decals the DYMCO transfers arrived in super quick time so I've fitted the first side to the Koala Creek Porter...

Rusty water tank wagon A cruel enlargement but at least you can see the finished water tank wagon in all its "glory". Weathering was kept simple - the mo...

Floor Shine This time last year I was right in the middle of a demolition job. That was taking down the old South Coast rail HO version. And almost to t...

A Return Ticket to Buckingham – Part 3, the Automatic Crispin Peter Denny’s Buckingham branch was very much an operational layout; for many years Peter’s children – Stephen and Crispin – were his chief assistant operators. However, as...

G7 tank on lowmac A blog about the Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway modelled in n gauge...

A view from behind A blog about the Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway modelled in n gauge...

The show begins A blog about the Basingstoke and Alton Light Railway modelled in n gauge...

Working on Container Flats Last week at the club, a member asked me to make up a dozen 40’ container flats for him. So last Thursday arvo I went over to my local ...

More Meccano fire engines A few years ago, I told you about a talk I'd seen on Meccano fire engines. Well, after the latest boat club AGM, the same gentleman came ba...

Golden spikes I watched all of the presidential inauguration yesterday. Aside from any political views on this there was one phrase that I thought I heard...

Frangible-disk safety vents on tank cars I think most modelers recognize that the short cylinders on top of tank car domes are safety valves. They are a spring-loaded valve that can...

One Wall Left A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Making the NFL “Great Again Here’s a blog that has nothing to do with railroads, but maybe a few readers will find it of interest. Obviously, I love railroads, but I have other interests, including –history, conse...

Collingwood model railway club recreates romance of steam era Work underway to complete HO scale layout by July 1...

Saturday Film Club: Blue Pullman Did any of the Blue Pullman's survive the cutter torch? According to a corespondent on Facebook this week, one still exists converted to...

Vive la différence! WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD: Small Parts - Not for children under 14 years. Wheels of Time products are not toys and are not intended for children under 14 years.

A Barclay to bank on Having taken delivery of my High Level Kits Barclay from Karl Crowther last weekend, I have now added the finishing touches in readiness to our appearance at Stafford in 2 weeks time. Transfer...

Porter in 009: detail painting... Well I gave the satin black a few days to dry and it is looking good so I've been detail paining (by hand) the rest of the locomotive...

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

Going loco for Grimsby Town station AS a child many of us may have marvelled at our Grandad's model railway or enjoyed looking at displays in shop windows. For one man and his brother, both now grown up, the passion has turned...

Superglue and paint Once the wagon has been cleaned up, it was time for superglue. I know "real" modellers only use solder but I'm pragmatic and know whe...

Kirtley part 3 – ready for primer My Kirtley project has reached the stage that its ready for primer. Buffers are from Lanarkshire models whilst the whistle and safety valves are from Markits. I’ve replaced the steps and cab...

Tremendous’ trains raise £4k for Weston Hospicecare at Weston-super-Mare Model Railway Show The organiser of a Weston model railway show says his most recent event was a€˜magnificenta€™, after it raised more than A£4,000 for Weston Hospicecare.

Ellesmere Port railway station wins award Cheshire Best Kept Stations Awards have been presented...

North Bristol train event this coming Sunday - Model Rail Forum Model Rail Portal & Community Forum featuring News, Reviews, Building and Collecting. Helpful Model Rail Resources, Links & Shopping.

Calne near Chippenham Wiltshire event this weekend - Model Rail Forum Model Rail Portal & Community Forum featuring News, Reviews, Building and Collecting. Helpful Model Rail Resources, Links & Shopping.

Soldering done Dinky little wagon this one. 24mm long and weighing next to nothing. Soldering wasn't painful. All the joints were made inside t...

Wordless Wednesday #145 A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Modifying Interstate Oil, Part 3 I introduced the topic of my bulk oil dealer for the layout town of Santa Rosalia, intended to be a dealer for Richfield Oil Company, in the...

Pullman Green, Dark Olive and UPS brown What does Pullman Green, Dark Olive used on Southern Pacific / Union Pacific heavyweight passenger...

Chester station wins Queen's award Cheshire Best Kept Stations Awards have been presented...

Longfield Model Railway Exhibition back for another year The Erith Model Railway Society’s annual January model railway exhibition, one of South East England’s largest shows, returns next week.

Workspace Improvements Spray booth given a leg-up in the quest for comfort. I've finally gotten around to doing something I've been meaning to do for the past...

Model railway exhibition on right track for success MODEL railway layouts of all shapes and sizes attracted enthusiasts to Beaminster’s Public Hall for the Bridport and District Model Railway Club’s exhibition. Hundreds of people attended the winter show, which hosted nine exhibitors – including

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

Warehouse Wednesday: Uckfield watermill When I'm at shows, I like to go for a stroll. And when I stroll, I take a camera and photograph interesting buildings. At Uckfield show,...

Maine Central 564 - Good and Bad I wrapped up the majority of the work on my 1970s version of Maine Central EMD GP7 #564. This unit was painted in a simplified green scheme ...

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

Exmouth seafront demolition well underway ahead of £18m redevelopment Demolition is well underway at a popular Devon seafront ahead of a multi-million pound facelift. Exmouth is the subject of an A£18m renovation along the seafront, with East Devon District...

On the right track: Enthusiasts and visitors help signal success for major model railway show’s debut in Stevenage The decision to hold Hertfordshirea€™s biggest model railway event in Stevenage for the first time at the weekend proved to be firmly on the right track.

The first job is riveting Most of the building of this kit took place while I watched Sherlock on TV. Watched is a bit strong perhaps as I'm rubbish at actually si...

Rolling Thunder, an Engineman's journey By Stewart Anderson Hi All Stewart Anderson was a prolific photographer, published multiple articles, his first publication was d "liveries in the Landscape" ...

Coronation Street 25/01 Coronation Street Episode Guide – Wednesday 25th January.

Bognor Show Last Saturday I took my son over to Felpham near Bognor, for the Bognor Regis MRC exhibition. It's all you'd expect for a local club show, w...

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