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Seats In I've been rather putting off fixing the interior into place in carriage 150...

Project 16 - Crewkerne Tunnel Pt. 1 Visitors to my main website may have seen there the portal of Crewkerne Tunnel that is built into my Hewish Gates layout...

Warehouse Wednesday: Chris's mower repairs This beauty is found on the edge of the posh Midlands town of Knowle...

HO scale Gunderson 62-ft Flatcars and Look-alike Cousins ... Pre-orders for Wheels of Time HO scale Gunderson 62-ft Flatcars and Look-alike Cousins are almost due! See your favorite dealer or direct here at Wheels of Time...

PICTURES: Worthing Model Railway Club annual exhibition The exhibition attendance numbers were slightly down on previous years but the club was not too worried...

Banbury North signal box However, the visit was because the box is due to be demolished in a couple of weeks thanks to an upgrade of the line through the station...

WD Hunslet - Valve Gear After a summer of very little modelling, for various reasons, it's been nice to get the modelling tray out and pick up a project I started a while back...

Preparing for the road to Wigan Wigan is less than a week away so I had to stop buggering about with scenery, flip the layout over and find out why I had two semi functional point motors...

Model railway train, 10-metre buttock sculpture shortlisted for coveted Turner art prize Model railway train, 10-metre buttock sculpture shortlisted for coveted Turner art prize Toronto Star A giant backside, a mountain of money and chastity belts suspended from a ceiling: the Turner Prize once again...

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

Brass Bits On The B The latest B wagon is ready to be sprayed in its red oxide colour scheme...

North Sea Trawler With a maritime feel planned for the next issue of MODEL RAIL, I thought I'd try my hand at building a typical North Sea fishing trawler...

Most People Constructing Aircraft Models world record attempt Do you fancy being a world record holder?...

Understanding your industries Practically all model railroads include models of various industries...

C2 in 009: cab and tender... Both parts a perfect fit, this won't be a kit but I might make the parts available on Shapeways for people to use as a scratch aid base with an etch of parts through Narrow Planet for the tender coal rails, wheel...

SNE Wiggle Worm The answer lay in the approach the DWP took - the graphic designers for CN way back in 1961 obviously had the same issue linking the letters together...

Container Flats and Ballasting I also spent some time gluing some wooden sleepers into a track crossing at the end of Cassino Platform...

Making model aeroplanes I've always wondered what it's like working somewhere like this.All the work is so clean and precise, not like my bodgery at all!...

Rail fan's final project Rail fan's final project Hereford Times Having been diagnosed with five tumours in his brain, doctors have given 62-year-old Charles just a few months to live...

Worthing Exhibition 2016 I enjoyed a visit to the Worthing model railway exhibition with my son today...

Instant Diorama, just add MDF... A month or so ago I made mention of creating further micro-dioramas of a similar size to the abandoned coach scene, i.e...

PICTURES: Vintage cars and miniature steam engines at Wimborne Model Town To cap off the summer season, visitors enjoyed free trailer rides around the model town before hopping on a 1950s bus to tour the real-life equivalent...

Model Train Fair-Needham Market - Suffolk Stowmarket Model Railway Club are holding a train/toy collectors fair at Needham Market Community Centre in Suffolk...

Model train enthusiasts in for a treat Model train enthusiasts in for a treat The Northern Echo MODEL railway enthusiasts are in for a treat next weekend when a National Trust property opens its doors to allow visitors to come and see the train layouts...

Fencing Repairs One of the many little jobs on Himself's 'To Do' list is to fix some of the small instances of damage to the layouts during their cross-border migration and the time in storage last winter...

Wagon loads in The Collector Way back in the 1970s, TV show Blue Peter had a model railway...

Making more of a mess. I've established that sand makes passable ballast in my strange scale of 1:55, and putting black paint in the glue so it comes out grey makes it the right colour...

Auscision SCT001 ans SCT002 GT46ACe class weathering by Barcoola First, all the panels and grilles were black washed, using Humbrol paints a mix of matt black #33 matt grey #64 and a touch of grimy brown #98...

Top ten railroad books This post is about my favorite railroad books and the ones I reference frequently...

Find out why one member of the Swansea Railway Modellers Group is chuffed Find out why one member of the Swansea Railway Modellers Group is chuffed South Wales Evening Post TO some it's child's play but for Gwion Rhys Davies his love of model trains helped him get back on track after a...

Hornby 2017 Announcement – The Wainwright H Class! Keen viewers of our Social Media pages will not have missed one or two c...

Top Job Well some readers would have noticed that the words "in Transition" were included in the previous blog's title photo...

Project 16 - Return to Cattle Dock 'Followers' may recall I had an issue sourcing 00 gauge calves for the cattle dock pens...

LGB Harlequin In this case, the shops were shut but I'd had something on an eBay watch for a few weeks...

China buildings update: Piece was sent! Well, shortly after that, another package arrived containing the piece!...

Its that time of the year again. The Last full weekend of September is usually scaleforum weekend...

Harkness @ Halifax Harkness makes its second outing this weekend with Mr B senior and the RMRG boys heading over to Halifax The layout has moved on from its working demo debut in April with more mature scenery and some more stock...

The other half of the Hornby water tower A while ago I posted an image of the Hornby water tower building that I had converted to a disused pump house...

For the scratchbuilder. . . These days with everything ready-to-run, we want to let the scratchbuilders know that you are not forgotten...

Roll up for model railway exhibition Roll up for model railway exhibition Messenger Newspapers THE Tri-ang Society are holding an exhibition of model trains and toys at St Martin's Community Hall, Ashton on Mersey, on Saturday September 24...

Great Basin Getaway, 2016 The Great Basin Getaway or GBG is an alternate-year operating event in the Salt Lake City area, consisting of a number of fine layouts which are operated by visitors...

What If? With all the neat new stuff coming out in what one friend of mine described once as "designer plastic" - especially in HO scale - it's easy to feel like a kid in a candy store...

Full steam ahead at model exhibition Full steam ahead at model exhibition Boston Standard Stickney Village Hall are hosting the Boston Model Railway Society exhibition this weekend...

More B's There are usually part-built and untouched kits lying around in a drawer in a modeller's home and Himself is no different...

Seed scoop Trouble is, now I have a useful tool, I'd like to point people in the right direction to buy their own...

Indoors Too The opportunity arose to finally have my indoor layout room again...

It's slowly coming together The cottage and barn are almost finished but I've still to decide on the cottage garden...

Farewell Markeaton Park The news came through this week that the Markeaton Park Light Railway in Derby had closed, with one of the reasons cited as non-renewal of the lease when it expires at the end of the year...

Low Relief Hotel Update………………. I had to work again this weekend to cover for one of my colleagues...

Gnomes have been decapitated by heartless vandals Gnomes have been decapitated by heartless vandals The Sun DOZENS of gnomes have been decapitated after a gang of vandals broke into a model railway attraction...

Bridging the gaps Model Bridges There are several gaps to be bridged on the Greenwater River, by both road and rail...

Wordless Wednesday Wagon Works This entry was posted in Bachmann , blog , British Rail , DCC , dcc sound , Eastern Region , EM, finescale , flying scotsman , Great Western , HO, hobbies , Hornby , Kalmbach , Layout , LMS , LNER , Midland Region...

All aboard for model railway exhibition All aboard for model railway exhibition Leigh Journal A FIRST class event for model railway enthusiasts will be held in Leigh this weekend...

"Note, to-day, an instructive, curious spectacle"*... The entire structure takes less than two minutes to come down as the chain reaction works its...

Flying Scotsman in Shropshire: Fans flock to see a true British icon ... The legendary Flying Scotsman powered into Bridgnorth's Severn Valley Railway today to meet hundreds of fans, many of them waving flags or clutching cameras...

Warehouse Wednesday - Chubb's Lock Works You can't visit Wolverhampton, at least by train, and not be impressed by Chubb's Lock Works...

Links and things Driver of 175mph Japanese bullet train caught with feet up on dashboard The driver of a Jap...

There is always something on the go. With the modules not connected, this allowed some housekeeping to be performed between organising food relief and emergency sessions of the UN Security Council...

September 19th People and Parts I've started putting more people into the mix on the layout...

Daventry Model Railway Club 2016 Exhibition We are holding our annual exhibition at the Parker Academy, Daventry on Saturday 1st October...

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

Roll up for model railway exhibition Roll up for model railway exhibition Messenger Newspapers THE Tri-ang Society are holding an exhibition of model trains and toys at St Martin's Community Hall, Ashton on Mersey, on Saturday September 24...

Sunderland Illuminations: How much are tickets for Roker Park and where do you get them from? It will be in operation from 6 - 10pm every night of the Illuminations and the cost to go on is adults £4, children £3, or family ticket £10...

Wiggle Room No it's not a radical new design of carriage - although it's an interesting idea - it is in fact the chassis of our latest Superbarn 117 on test...

Cheap wood carving tools Quite why someone decided that these were a useful addition to the slightly eclectic stock, I'm not sure...

Photo of the day Train action from my morning train...

A message from High Level Kits I would appreciate it if you could keep your eyes open for my GER Coffee pot which was nicked from my stand at Expo EM North on Sunday 18th Sept...

Asphalt tank cars, Part 3 I introduced this subject with a post describing the use of prototype cars and showing one example of a model asphalt car I recently completed...

How close can trees be to the track bed? I've had more than one comment that the two skeleton trees seen in my previous post are too close to the track bed...

Spring into action Track laying I've started laying the track for the Level 2 radius with the help of some spring clamps...

Celebrate 200 years of yarn and cloth production in the Culm Valley Exeter Express and Echo...

Post show reflections Time flies when you're having fun and also when an exhibition is hurtling towards an unfinished layout...

Clever design from Ratio Opening the box I realised that the building is based on thier engine shed...

Is what you see what you get? Some years ago, a confectionary company caused a stir when children began to unwrap what they thought were Easter Bunnies...

Happy 1st Birthday Quite a lot has changed in a year and I hope I can achieve as much over t...

2016 Modelling the Railways of Queensland Convention I was lucky enough to pick up a prize in the raffle draw at the end of the day and selected a QR buffer stop donated by Queensland Scale models...

Fully Furnished After two weeks making masters, moulds and then castings I've finally assembled all the seats and tables to make up the interior of new Observation Car 150...

Book Review: The Martian Something a little oddball today - a book review that is nothing to do with trains or boats...

Hornby Networker DCC Conversion The Hornby Networker was never available DCC ready or DCC fitted, so it has to be converted for DCC use and hard wired, this is how I did it...

Community news from Watford, Three Rivers, Bushey and the ... Watford Observer A guide to community events going on in Bushey, Watford, Three Rivers and the Langleys...

Tings 2016 People certainly seemed to enjoy polystyrene cutting and static grass puffing...

Organiser's delight at railway show's success The organiser of a Weston model railway show says he is 'over the moon' after the event raised £4,000 for charity...

Car flow for an operating session When giving one of my occasional talks about waybills, or sometimes in response to blog posts about waybills, I get questions about how car flow is managed...

Swansea Show - October 1&2 - FREE ! Model Rail Portal & Community Forum featuring News, Reviews, Building and Collecting...

Santa train rides and cruises for Christmas 2016 Santa train rides and cruises for Christmas 2016 gethampshire.co.uk Christmas may seem like a long way off, but as with most calendar events it will soon come round...

Project 16 - More Ballasting This round of track ballasting takes us to the end of the buffer stops...

Creaming It A pleasant moment last weekend in Wales was seeing confirmation of another aspect of our models which we have, somewhat accidentally, got right...

N gauge road vehicles The bus is 5cm long and yet has just as much detail as the O gauge Corgi versions of years ago...

Museum marks 175th anniversary of Hayward's Heath railway station Museum marks 175th anniversary of Hayward's Heath railway station Mid Sussex Times Generous loans from the Bluebell Railway Museum, the Burgess Hill Model Railway Club and from individual enthusiasts mean that we...

Big and small models in BRM Great fun to do, although there's quite a lot of actual modelling since the interior has to be added as the manufacturer intends a coal load to cover everything...

DJM J94 Setting Higher Standards? Well the DJM J94 is out and on the streets...

Westbury model railway show chuggs along nicely AROUND 1,000 steam train buffs descended upon Westbury on Sunday for the third edition of the White Horse Model Engineering and Garden Railway...

N SCALE-RIFFIC - new additions No need for great descriptions or diving into details - it's pretty self explanatory...

Base painting: Bye Bye Plywood! Just some follow up photos from the base painting I've started...

Full steam ahead for gala event at Rudyard Lake Steam Railway in the Staffordshire Moorlands Train timetable will be running through out the two-day event...

Auscision RMX AQMX AQSY RQKY RQMF RQMY RCJY QQJY and PQFY 63ft flat wagon Barcoola Review Its been a long time coming, and the ubiquitous AN 63ft flat wagon is finally here...

Table For Two Such is my dedication to accuracy that I drove more than 350 miles at the weekend to the 'top left hand corner' to confirm some details about the interior of 150...

Cattle Class I've been easing my way back into the work groove this week, after a fortnight's R'n'R...

The October 2016 issue of AMRM is at the printer The digital copy of the October 2016 issue of AMRM is due to become available from Zinio on Tuesday 20 September 2016...

Warehouse Wednesday - Livery Street, Birmingham Model railway enthusiast Steven Spielberg has been filming " Ready Player One " in Birmingham and I went along for a look last week...

Trip through the layout Just photos and some music to enjoy them by...

China Offerings: Two more buildings I got two more buildings from Happy Sun Amy based in China and I'm still happy with the products...

Asphalt tank cars, Part 2 A few days ago I posted an introduction to the topic of asphalt tank cars...

Boxcar Building Kitbash I made good on my threat, actually kitbashing up a building based on a shop space I saw in Maryland when I was back there on vacation...

N•RAIL Music Video: Trains a runnin It's been a while since I did a video with a little more production value, so last night I put this together...

On the Level Well the last couple of posts haven't been about the layout but I have been working on it slowly but surely...

Weathering bauxite I've a fair bit of airbrushing kit in for review at the moment so needed a project or two to test it on...

Trying to Build Realistic Sound Templates My spare days are mainly being used to build fences and gates at this point in time...

All aboard! Sci-fi set takes top prize at model railway show in ... Herts and Essex Observer A first-class exhibition of model railways transformed a Bishop's Stortford school's sports hall into a bustling mini-train shed...

Mid-Atlantic Railroad Prototype Modelers Meet - Fredericksburg, Va. 30 Sept-1 Oct 2016 There will be usual model display room, chances to visit and kitbitz with other models, and to see some truly stunning models...

Modelling the Railways of South Australia Convention 2016 Whilst I stayed on in South Australia for three days after the Convention, it has still taken me another week to get in front of the computer to pen this short post...

Auscision models AQSYs finally arrive. Hi all Well after an eight year wait, AN AQSYs are here! Here are some pictures, a review will come in time...

Model train runs through refurbished bar at the Norwich Playhouse ... Norfolk Eastern Daily Press A model train set forms the centre piece of the quirky refurbishment of one of Norwich's most artistic bars...

Model train runs through refurbished bar at the Norwich Playhouse Theatre Model train runs through refurbished bar at the Norwich Playhouse Theatre Norfolk Eastern Daily Press Most of the work was carried out by bar staff themselves, including two who taught themselves woodwork skills to...

Creech Bottom at Great and Small... ABOVE: Narrow Planet 'Pamela' kit arriving with a tramway train including the 009 Society etched brass Stanton coach...

Minitrains madness... There are 24 on display here, a mixture of kit and scratchbuild from 4 or 5 builders at the show - although embarrasingly most belonged to Charlie, John and I!!...

Best Seats In The House Half a dozen lucky passengers get to sit in comfort at the business end of 150...

Visitors to Creech Bottom at WHR Great and Small... It is always a pleasure to meet members of the Facebook group and forum - and put faces to names, and even nicer when they bring stock to run on the line...

Minitrains vs Peco point geometry... I thought people might be interested in this comparison with a Peco N-gauge set-track point, which is identical in geometry to the new Peco 009 set-track points...

Sample Peco tippers... Designed and brought down to the show by David Malton, these are quite obviously based on the Hudson tippers and are beautifully proportioned and very very crisply moulded...

Live Steam 009... These are beautiful little works of art, entirely hand made with a nice sensible speed thanks to gearing to drive on the rear axle...

Leaving rail lying around There has been some trackwork taking place around Leamington recently...

Adamstown Station 12/9/2016 With an empty container train SSR's newly acquired C classes C506/C510/C507/C505...

Plug and Pray. Seriously though, is this more a case with Plug & Pray being the best term for our brave new world, that is if you want to go a bit further than plonking and playing trains?...

13 August 2016, Narrow Gauge Midlands, Water Orton On the road again, this time to a small community hall in Water Orton, in the eastern outskirts of Birmingham, just off the M42/M6 junction and a few miles north of the NEC...

Mick's Roving Reporter Photo Collections All photos in this Blogspot and those accessed in Picasaweb via the links in each report are my Copyright and may be saved for personal use only...

Model Rail Exhibition - Needham Market in Suffolk One Model Railway Club are holding their annual exhibition on Sunday Sept 18th...

A trip to the freight yard in the late 1970s, part III In the last post, I indicated I'd share a few more freight car shots and more locomotives at work in yards in part III...

Not just boys and their toys Not just boys and their toys Evesham Journal Photographer Andy Compton called in at a model railway exhibition at Ludlow Racecourse and captured one of the amazing displays...

Foundry Roof Over the past two or three weeks I've been making steady progress on the Stoney Creek Designs foundry kit that I wrote about here in my last post...

Working Back Towards Dutton Park Saturday was a right off as I had to go the AGM at the Club...

Fashion advice Appearing on the catwalks in Paris soon, a range of clothes featuring photos of things I've built!...

Waybills, Part 52 — in-transit bills, model In a previous post, I tried to explain what the in-transit privilege consists of, and the way it is billed on the prototype...

Welsh Highland Railway meets its smaller counterparts for model gala Welsh Highland Railway meets its smaller counterparts for model gala Daily Post North Wales The railway's Great and Small gala, brought back for a third time by popular demand, features a number of model railway...

Full steam ahead as traction engines make their way to railway festival DRIVERS and pedestrians were met with an unusual sight as they made their way across Swindon on Friday afternoon in the form of a procession of...

Farm Painting Finalised There has been a burst of autumnal activity from Himself which bodes well for the winter...

Project 16 - East Field Pt. 4 Fin. The field is populated with horses, which is inspired from the area where I live as there are half a dozen fields round about occupied by horses from the local livery stable and riding school...

Guildex 2016 The walk from Telford station to the exhibition centre was wet...

A Few More Buildings Staying on the theme of buildings for one more post, I though I would put up a few photos of two buildings that I have completed over the past few months...

Fleet expansion The last few weeks have seen the expansion of our fleet, to service both Kirkmellington and Harkness...

Full steam ahead as traction engines make their way to railway festival DRIVERS and pedestrians were met with an unusual sight as they made their way across Swindon on Friday afternoon in the form of a procession of...

Slowly going Green... I've started to experiment with the 'Heki' and 'Noch' landscape mats that I purchased a few months ago, and so far so good...

Opening the door to Dawlish's past Opening the door to Dawlish's past Dawlish Newspapers Members of Dawlish Museum, the Local History Group, the World War One Project and the Model Railway Club, will be present to help connect with the past...

Traction engines take to the streets under their own steam today Traction engines take to the streets under their own steam today This Is Wiltshire A PROCESSION of traction engines will take to the streets of Swindon today ahead of Steam Railway Festival this weekend...

Traction engines take to the streets under their own steam today ... Swindon Advertiser The 101-year-old Earl Kitchener, one of the engines featuring in this weekend's Swindon Railway Festival at STEAM...

TINGS this weekend The plan is that I'm going to build a very simple layout over the two days...

Model railway show returns to raise money for Weston Hospicecare Model railway show returns to raise money for Weston Hospicecare Weston & Somerset Mercury The latest model railway show will have more than 25 model layouts, with some coming from as far afield as Manchester and...

Model Railway Exhibition due to steam into Wadebridge Model Railway Exhibition due to steam into Wadebridge North Cornwall Advertiser COME on down to Wadebridge School at Gonvena Hill, Wadebridge on Saturday, 17 September from 10am to 5pm for a chuffing good time when...

Clearance Test - Failed! This is a problem that I suspect only narrow gauge modellers encounter, when your new rolling stock doesn't fit your layout!...

Bodgery I was working on a whitemetal wagon kit that had lain part-built for years in a cupboard...

A Sentinel... Every now and then a model comes along that you can't resist, even though it doesn't suit your layout - or even fit the track!...

Class 11 finished off. Not a lot to say really, the class 11 is done and ready for service...

Revisiting a class 47 One of my early class 47s featured a Lima body on an Athearn PA1 chassis as below...

Project explores the historical journey of hop-pickers to ... Hereford Times A PROJECT exploring the historical movement of hop-pickers from Birmingham to Herefordshire is coming to the county...

Wordless Wednesday #15

St Albans South Signal Box - Extended openings St Albans South signal box will be open 10am-5pm on Saturday / Sunday 10th/11th September 2016...

Coventry Model Railway Club announces open weekend Coventry Model Railway Club announces open weekend Coventry Telegraph The Coventry Model Railway Club will host its annual open weekend later this month, it has been confirmed...

My column on trucks in the September MRH The September, 2016 issue of Model Railroad Hobbyist has just been released...

Andover Modelex 2016 I find myself being drawn to model railroads of the USA, as modelled by residents of that land...

Warehouse Wednesday: Hollymoor Asylum OK, it's the remains of an asylum, but ever since I was researching Hellingly, I have been interested in the subject...

Former Hatton's Model Railways store in Allerton 'to become late-night bar' If granted, it will see the venue open between 10am and 2am Monday to Sunday, with alcohol served until 2am...

On Its Wheels There's been a little bit of progress on 150 although it probably looks rather more significant that it is...

On Track Models Here's the latest Sprinter decorated samples from the factory...

The Barclay goes for a spin Last year I bought a little turntable for displaying models...

KMRy. 24' Pulpwood Flatcar Work is continuing on my small collection of On3 models, and closer to completion than anything else I've built in this scale, is a 24' Pulpwood Flatcar...

Weekend Bonus Build……………. This can be a bit of a chore, as nine times out of ten, there is more sitting around than actually doing anything productive...

Gallery: Cadeby flower festival paid tribute to steam Rev Gallery: Cadeby flower festival paid tribute to steam Rev Hinckley Times Teas were served in the grounds of The Old Rectory, around which the Rev Boston ran a narrow gauge railway and from which he managed a large...

0-4-0T Barclay Most of the muck is earth / track colour / black Humbrol enamels sprayed over the model and then cleaned away with cotton buds and kitchen roll...

Another Month... The article though is by Martin Collins about the Sussex Downs group layout, the Upsand Downs and Everleight Light Railway...

China Offerings: More Building Options from Overseas I gave a few Chinese building offerings a try recently and a few folks had mentioned that they were interested in buying them, but were not sure what they were going to get...

Introducing 'St Edwin' - Exmoor in Miniature After fitting the plates using matt varnish I applied a little light weathering to tone down the smokebox, cylinders, cab roof and buffer beams and added a finishing touch of an oil can sat in one of the bunkers,...

Asphalt tank cars Tank cars are endlessly interesting, at least to me, and one distinctive type is the asphalt tank car...

Clapham Yard is Almost Complete Only two weeks until the Modelling the Railways of Queensland Convention and I will be presenting a talk on Operations on Cassino, and then following up by doing some fencing work on a module from Giligulgul during...

Sound Check Himself has finished the painting, varnishing and final assembly of the model of Tin Car 121 in Disco Car mode...

Project 16 - East Field Part 3 In reality, and on this side of the railway, it is a green lane between two fields with high hedges but no buildings alongside...

Consistancy I'm inclined to suggest this is the same for all the best layouts...

A trip to the freight yard in the late 1970s, part II Here is part II to my series on the excitement freight yards used to generate for me...

Trying new things After a quiet summer for modelling, I have finally managed to sneak back to the Risborough club night again...

Model railroading is fun! At Wheels of Time, we have the great pleasure of bringing concepts into realities...

A week to go... This time next week and I'll be mid show at Dinas and hopefully enjoying playing trains and seeing lots of people...

New, larger venue for model club's exhibition Following the success of its inaugural exhibition, the Sleaford and District Model Railway Club has announced it is to move to a new, larger venue for next year's event...

Diorama Update... I know that there is a huge jump in the progress, but like I said in the previous post, I got a little carried away...

Bournville 2016 I know this because my driving licence still carries the souvenir 3 points I acquired for the back half of my camper van going through a red traffic light...

I'm still here As I have mentioned in the past I have had some ongoing issues with my sight after an accident a couple of years ago...

"Water water everywhere... I just love what some modelers are doing with water these days...

Armchair Critic So, the first few of the main saloon armchairs for 150 are cast and have had the extra details added in styrene...

Hero of the footplate Driving the Barclay is this slightly camp figure from the Border Miniatures "Heroes of the Footplate" range...

Gwr 28xx I recently obtained a secondhand Hornby 28XX, complete with replacement etched brass chassis and a whitemetal tender...

Trackwork wars In the present post, I will concentrate don the track part of the issue...

Throwback Thursday If you're like me that's akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic for all the...

September Website Cover Noteworthy BR Trains on the West of England Mainline #4 The Atlantic Coast Express The most famous named train on the Southern in the West...

Not matt Model railway frustrations No.65 - paint that should dry matt and doesn't...

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SCT Wagons get their first brush weathering job So I took some time this evening to get a stack of SCT wagons their first lot of brush washes...

Network Rail Inspection Coach After a couple of weeks of on-off work, the PH Designs Network Rail Track Inspection Coach is now ready for action...

DFS - Damned Fiddly Seats! I've been chewing over how I would make the first class seats for 150 for quite a few weeks - not in any kind of constructional detail, just thinking about how curvy and awkward they are...

Warehouse Wednesday: Wolverhampton Low Leverl Station On Saturday, I mentioned that I'd been for a stroll around Wolverhampton looking at old railway sites...

Bunyip – who built this locomotive? Wallaville is a small town, roughly west of Bundaberg in Queensland, that once had its own sugar mill and network of cane lines...

Back to the class 11 and a thought on coaches My class 11 is ready for a visit to the paint shop I prefer to give models a coat of undercoat when the basic work is done before adding details as this allows me to see any areas that need attention first...

Meet Barry The train shed, man cave call it what you like sits on one corner of the block well away from the house, so the wife can't hear the carrying on from running nights and other times when the train whistle blows on my...

Countdown to 50th anniversary train show at Hyndburn Leisure Centre Countdown to 50th anniversary train show at Hyndburn Leisure Centre Accrington Observer The Blackburn and East Lancashire Model Railway show will be held at Hyndburn Leisure Centre on Henry Street in Church on...

Lined out To help me, I made a little ruler from plastic that could be hooked over the tank edges - it's easier than measuring and as long as I don't lose it, it will be around for future efforts...

Is DAS OK? I managed to spend a few hours working on the layout this weekend and started by adding more DAS modelling clay for the base of the Cornish Hedges that border the Wharf sidings...

A shed and a lock-up First up is this small goods shed, adapted from a prototype built by Eassie & Co...

Adding to the car fleet From time to time, I add to my freight car fleet, even though I have more cars already than can populate the layout, by a factor of probably four...

Model railway exhibition at Ludlow Racecourse Model railway exhibition at Ludlow Racecourse Ludlow Advertiser THE allure of model railways never fades for 'boys' aged from six to 106 and for many 'girls' as well...

Amazing Glazing One of the most satisfying aspects of scratch building models is the challenges you have to find solutions to...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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