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The Fifth Day of New Layout Progress. This day was half used up in packing up, Alice Springs, Glen gave me a hand before nicking off for another golf expedition. Items progress...

Bridges, shunters, baseboard builders and a photo shoot in BRM May's BRM has been a busy one for me. A quick run down of my bits'n'pieces: I've taken Heljan's 1361 tank and added a bit of perso...

GWR Iron Mink vans Model railway kit build of a Great Western Railway Iron Mink Van from the Edwardian period in 4mm OO gauge...

Blue flags Most modelers know what a ‘blue flag” is. It is used to indicate people working in or around equipment, or some alteration or connection of ...

Southport Model Railway Society hosts family event this weekend Visitors can enjoy 14 outstanding layouts with lots of 'hands on' fun for children...

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

The fourth Day of New Layout progress This was a little stunted, as I had more than one thing to accomplish. However I managed to complete the frames for boards 10 and 11, thus ...

DB CLASS 66s Bright Red ‘Sheds’ Finished in Latest Liveries. Observers of the contemporary railway will have noticed the shift towards ...

Warehouse Wednesday: Terrys factory As I sat eating my cake (morning) or tiramsu (afternoon, how decedant is that in Yorkshire), the view out of the racecourse window was o...

Wordless Wednesday #153 - Atlas Plywood Corp, Richford VT (with other plants) A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Fountain Colliery! We Have a Name! I've finally a name for my Forest of Dean project - Fountain Colliery - it sort of sounds 'Forest of Deany', probably because of a well know...

Back To It After a fairly drawn out process of moving house I’ve managed to spend a couple of hours modelling for the first time in about six weeks. I’ve moved into a larger place and have options...

Latest Effort - Werris Creek Platform Starter Bracket Signal In line with my recent work on brass signals (last post) I have redesigned the Werris Creek platform starter bracket signal and had it print...

Wooden seats If it's O gauge, wooden bits can be made of close-grained wood. In this case I've used (I think) basswood, or as we call it, lime. ...

Well connected I've made a start on the wiring for Smestow. I know it might sound a bit backwards to some that I have started the wiring before laying any...

Trains and bikes as model railway show held in Keighley during Tour de Yorkshire KEIGHLEY Model Railway Club will host an open day at its premises on South Street on Sunday.

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

Heywood tank in 006.5: few details... A few steps closer with just an hour or so's effort over the weekend, my Heywood 0-4-0t now sports a few more details...

Booths Siding in 009: a shed evolves... A few months ago I began sketching ideas for buildings for my new layout 'Booths Siding' which will be a second 'Creech Bottom' layout feat...

Brass roof soldered to whitemetal sides Finally, some free time to carry on with the Wickham trolley. The obvious next job was to fit the roof. This involves soldering...

1971 – July – A polite correspondence The letters page of the July 1971 Railway Magazine produced some interesting snippets, but most fascinating was the style. Letter writing was still an art – no email, Fa(r)cebook or Twitter.

Too many shows? Late morning at an exhibition over the weekend. Almost empty rooms. Quality bad? No. Good publicity, name layouts and good parking etc. Al...

The new Broadway Limited tank cars As is common with freight car projects which involve assembly in China, the announcement by Broadway Limited of new 6000-gallon high-pressur...

Exmoor Rail 2017 - Sat. 5th August - Model Rail Forum Model Rail Portal & Community Forum featuring News, Reviews, Building and Collecting. Helpful Model Rail Resources, Links & Shopping.

Buildings and the march of progress Work continues on buildings for Brettell Road The big warehouse now has a roof (thanks to Mr Horn for his laser cut tiles. Just the bridges and front / backscenes to do on this board and I can call...

A visit to the Steeple Grange Light Railway. Today I found myself in Wirksworth. I went to compete in the Wirksworth Incline Fell Race, and as the Steeple Grange Light Railway was nea...

Some more road vehicles Oxford diecast continue to act as lifesavers in the world of road vehicles for more recent layouts. Yes, they do tend to go for the more exotic (or chavvy) versions but when it’s that or not...

Project 17 - Exit Stage Right The bridge forms an effective scenic break where trains exit the layout into a non-scenic fiddle yard. This photo shows the best viewing...

The making of a gully Some more work this week has seen formwork installed to allow the deep walls of the gully that will be in the background behind the curved t...

All on a Tilt! I shouted myself a long weekend so I had Friday off and went down to Jaycar to pick up some wire. On Friday night, a few of us ventured...

York 2017 Exhibitions always evolve and York more than most. Now in it's 55th year, there are certain stands that should be where you expect them to b...

Narrow Gauge convention part two Every narrow gauge convention I go to, I try and build something for the contest room. I have a couple of reasons for doing this.The ...

Backdating or transforming a structure on your layout By B. Smith I decided to change the below metal siding (Pikestuff, now Rix Products) structure to a brick sided structure to more closely represent a building like Alpine, Texas’ Big Bend Wool and...

Healthy living Never say my life isn't healthy. Lunch at the 7mm NGA Surrey Group's open day today, and later...

Two shows in one day I was rather spoilt for choice today, with several shows within striking distance, but I couldn't visit all of them. I did work out that I c...

Third day new layout progress Hi All I have made the executive decision to build a new fiddle yard for the new layout, this will be generic. Also be able to fit into t...

Fastrack Finescale – Mousa Models Cast Resin Wagon Kits I have been building a couple of Mousa Model’s kits lately; which has been a bit of a tale of the good, the bad and the ugly. Whilst the bad one will be written about in due course, this is...

Midland Railway D299 Open Wagon GWR Model Railway Layouts. The Great Western Railway in the Edwardian era, portrayed through a series of micro layouts.

Coupler boxes, part 4 I have finished the coupler install for the hoppers, also adding a few details such as cut levers and air hoses, and wrapping it up with som...

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

Saturday Film Club: Origami genius Like most people, I've folded a bit of paper. Mainly for aeroplanes but proper origami is fascinating. Some of the work in this film...

Repeating myself. Again. By dint of great effort I’ve managed to reach two weeks ago. Again. We have a set of new sides, laminated from three thicknesses of plasticard this time and two millimetres thick in total. In...

Phone box take 2 The last time I put this up here I got howls of protest from the BT engineers about land ownership and placement. As suggested by same, ph...

Phone box take 2 The last time I put this up here I got howls of protest from the BT engineers about land ownership and placement. As suggested by same, ph...

All on track at Brierfield Model Railway Exhibition All went according to schedule at the recent Brierfield Model Railway Exhibition, with all attractions running on time and all proceedings going ahead on track.

Tebay Lament BR 4MT 4-6-0 Recreates Last Days at Northern Shed. The current issue of Model Rail magazine features an article on various forms of ba...

Removing a Heljan Park Royal railbus body Alan asks: For several weeks I have be trying to find out how to remove the body shell from my new 00 Gauge Park Royal Railbus to insert...

York Model Railway Show 2017 For the 2017 Easter weekend, the York model railway show was held. Held once again at York Racecourses over 3 days. This year was the first time Natalie and myself had attended for a number of year...

Track Down Over the weekend I'd popped over to Gaugemaster to buy some track. Since my last few 009 layouts had used "recycled" points from an earlier ...

Building work carts In photos of Southern Pacific work areas around steam locomotives, such as garden tracks, one usually sees a few small carts. These likely c...

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

Mashima motor replacement There has been a great deal of gloom and doom in the model railway kitbuilding community at the news that Mr Mashima has retired and ...

Photo from Facebook April 19, 2017 at 08:25PM The Juniata Division arrived in its new home tonight. via Facebook Pages http://ift.tt/2aiL3Xc...

Shifting Sands - North of the Humber You may have seen mention last time that I needed to get Shifting Sands out of storage and wondered what on earth for...

Heywood tank in 006.5... Text to follow...

The void increases Well a week has gone since the start of the layout dismantling. Ever the optimist I hoped all would be smooth sailing, but seems the layout...

EHLR in 006.5: Estate railway planning... I've been away from my workbench over easter but took my iPad with me, and have been drawing up ideas and doodles for the estate railway pr...

Harkness at Liverpool 22/23 April Harkness is attending the Liverpool Exhibition this weekend Merchant Taylors’ School The Ian Robinson Sports Centre. Merchant Taylors’ School, Liverpool Road, Crosby, Liverpool, L23 0QP...

Mineral Magic 2 'O' gauge kit finished and ready for service. With other magazine projects taking priority recently, it's taken a while to add the fini...

New Southern Region book Pre-release copy arrived yesterday. Out very soon from all the usual outlets.

Another Shapeways Sale - 15% Off Cast Metals Shapeways has 15% off cast metals sale on at the moment. So brass models are the go! Have a look at my latest signals and NSWR C32 San...

Warehouse Wednesday - Haarlam Mill Part 2 Last week we looked at Haarlam Mill prope r, but beside it is another interesting building, or at least the remains of one. From what li...

Grounded van bodies 12. Whilst out running today (recce'ing the course of a forthcoming trail race) I found 3 van bodies around the back of a farm building, surroun...

C4 orders model railway series from Love Productions UK broadcaster Channel 4 has commissioned a new series from Love Productions featuring a group of railway enthusiasts, engineers and volunteers as they attempt to build the longest model railway ...

East Kent Model Railway Society open day in Whitstable Head to the Kent coast this weekend for the latest East Kent Model Railway Society open day.

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AoC Signal Box 2 Moving slowly forward with this. Due to my inability to leave stuff alone I've replaced all the stonework on the base with brick. This mea...

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

What's wrong with playing with toys? Interesting story on Toy News: Adult toy fans fuel market growth No great surprise to me. I've worked in IT. You find me a room of develop...

April 2017 update Over the last month or so the gas depot has come along nicely. I just have to add some finishing touches like a side fence/gate to the offic...

Station Stop - Richford, Vermont A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

A Visit to the Lavender Line, and a Visitor to the Bluebell Railway Looking for a day out on a bank holiday we decided to visit the Lavender Line at Isfield, near Uckfield. This is a small preservation group...

Popular Rickinghall Model Railway Show set to return A popular model railway show is set to return to a South Norfolk village.

Project 17 - Bridge Northbrook Road railway bridge is the final building to be made for the layout. The main structure is 5mm foam board (a lovely material to...

A transitional operating session I host several operating sessions a year on my layout, with the number varying from year to year. I have often shown photos from those sessi...

Appeal for model railway items MODEL railway engines, coaches, buildings and similar items are needed to help raise funds for repairs and maintenance at Watchet railway station.

You can’t do that! The title might be the (light hearted) reaction in some quarters to the project I hinted at over a month ago...

Loco shed for Evans Gap The process of constructing and landscaping a layout, I've found, can be quite a fluid thing. When I was putting together the original ideas...

Australian Narrow Gauge convention Apologies for not updating the blog lately. Life seems to keep getting in the way of modelling and not that much exciting has been happening...

Easter Egg Special! In the second ever, the first was 2014 and I can't understand why I haven't repeated it, Easter Egg special, I've bought 3 random Kinder E...

On the fiddle again! The fiddle yard for my new layout "Smestow" is just about finished. I decided to build a 360 degree rotating turntable type fiddle yard bu...

Nice Relaxing Easter Break On Tuesday this week, we had our second consecutive meeting at Geoff’s place. It was a great meeting. We just had enough there and we ...

HISTORY: We're not taking the Mickey, Disney did come to Chingford THOUSANDS of people flock to the Chingford Festival every year, but in 1952 one very special guest surprised everyone.

It Came Off In Me Hand A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

16mm Society AGM 2017 Here's a first. Because I couldn't make it to the garden railway show at Peterborough this year (busy selling ice cream at a local perfo...

The first day of Easter new layout progress Hi All So, with a bit of luck, I managed to get all of Easter off. Which means that I had time to start on some new boards. First th...

Second day of Easter new layout progress. So day Two, I was down to Bunnings first thing, and got a proper drop saw, to get all the corner blocks. So I managed to knock out all the...

Baseboard Finishing Touches Hexworthy will need a control panel, and like Awngate, the best place seemed to be the front fascia. The layout will sit on a shelf and be f...

Best things to do in Hamburg including Beatles tour Germany's second largest city is a diverse destination that combines a vibrant nightlife with a knack for reinvention...

Two Steps Forward and One Back Having taken a few days off to make a long Easter break and absent the family for a few days, I have set about the wiring of the layout as it has laid untouched for too long! First things first was...

Locomotive Renumbering The locomotive list has undergone a slight modification, and as a result, one of the locos - formerly number 9 - has been renumbered, and now carries the number 4. I had kept the number 4 spare...

Saturday Ramble. Up to Porthmadog for a few days a week ago. Every time I go to North Wales the trip gets longer and I find it harder to come home. Just th...

A milestone reached This is post number: since this blog started way back in 2005. I hate to think how many words that means I've typed! Thanks to every...

On the Level I just couldn’t let it go, and made Underframe 3.0 on when I probably should have been preparing for the end of year exams. As usual I’ve gone for the opposite extreme: great slabs of p...

Moving produce to your packing house Like many modelers, I am interested in produce packing, and perhaps I go farther than many, with six packing houses of different kinds on my...

Forced into a corner Well I was notified during the week by one of the narrow gauge drivers that they needed more baseboards and track to be made and laid. Fai...

On track for model open weekend at Gainsborough A humble shunting engine will take centre-stage as Gainsborough Model Railway Society holds its first open day of 2017.

Also In the Carriage Works A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Looking at a model with fresh eyes At Coalville, in an effort to promote the clubs lifeboat day, I took along the only orange boat that I own - my scratchbuilt Brede ...

West Huntspill's model railway to hold Easter egg hunt and train rides Published: April 13, 2017 West Huntspill's model railway to hold Easter egg hunt and train rides...

The Baseboard Core Phase 2 of the baseboard construction involved 5mm foam-core board, this is the stuff made with expanded polystyrene sheet between two layer...

'I cut the 2x1 and blew my nose Baseboard building. Not for a new layout and not for me, but for grandson 's trainset. He wanted something electric, so for Christmas a ch...

The traditional family business that’s always looking forward PECORAMA a€“ home to the Beer Heights Light Railway a€“ attracts more than 80,000 visitors every year, but many wona€™t realise that the manufacturing business PECO, always busy behind the scenes, is really where it all began. PECO began tradin

Fratton Model Centre - Portsmouth This find is down to my dad who visited in February and returned home with tales of a fantastic shop. By coincidence, a thread on ...

Some more distractions What can I say, I'll do anything than tackle outstanding work on the work bench. The annual leave / household maintenance has come and gone, t...

Wordless Wednesday #152 A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Leamington & Warwick MRS Show 2017 & Open Day The first show attended in 2017 was the Leamington & Warwick’s model railway society’s annual show. This is usually an excellent show. Natalie and myself attended both days, organis...

Little Flower Festival & Model Railway Show @ Eignbrook United Reform Church, Hereford Head to Eignbrook United Reform Church, Eign Street, Hereford, on Friday May 6 and Saturday May 7 for a free flower festival and exhibition and little model railway show.

Vision - Void & return Essence started out as a Vision, which had no name associated with the layout at the beginning. The idea of a layout was only ever something...

Art of the Compromise signal cabin 1 I'm slowly working my way through a Ratio signal box. Bought s/h from the club stall at the Croydon show a couple of years back. S/h kits ...

A Couple of Things I have been Battling Against OK, the title is just to catch your eye, no life dramas. Firstly, I have been working with a Shapeways Service Team member over the brass ...

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

Warehouse Wednesday: Haarlem Mill - Part 1 "That's an interesting building", I said as we passed by on the way to do some filming for BRM, "Can we stop off on the way back and tak...

The Crushing Weight of N Scale Time Management I've been playing around with blog posts titles. "The Crushing Weight of N Scale Time Management" is an attempt at being a little more int...

Narrow Gauge to Hexworthy A little while back, I posted about using map data from websites to plan imaginary railways. This was the route I plotted, for a narrow ga...

Building Guadalupe Fruit, an update to Part 5 In the previous post, Part 5 of the series, I showed my design and construction of the parapet to complete the main structure for Guadalupe ...

Eddie Izzard helps to keep railway weekend on track Actor and comedian Eddie Izzard delighted local children when he dropped in at a big model railway weekend at Bexhill.

L.Cornelissen & Son Wander around our capital city and you'll be disappointed by the lack of model shops. It seems that shops selling buttons can thrive...

Just for fun! Making things realistic like the real historic prototype is in our DNA at Wheels of Time. Here was...

Shapeways 10% Sale Still On I received another email from Shapeways tonight and it appears that the Shapeways 10% Sale is still running until sometime tomorrow so I mus...

Wiltshire's largest model railway exhibition attracts thousands IT WAS full steam ahead for train enthusiasts in Corsham this weekend as Wiltshire's biggest model railway exhibition attracted people in their...

Dozens of gnomes decapitated by vandals at railway attraction Around 60 stone and pottery gnomes have been destroyed during the late night massacre at at Echills Wood Railway in Kingsbury Water Park on Thursday, April 6...

Playtime's over: Shareholders are trying to oust the chairman of Hornby The chairman of toymaker Hornby, Roger Canham, is coming under pressure from shareholders, with the company forced to call a general meeting to determine...

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

Airfix QuickBuild Volkswagen Camper Van Look what I bought at Nottingham model railway show: First spotted at London Toy Fair 2016 in 3D print form, the final kit has just be...

Shapeways 10% off Sale I received this in an email yesterday at 9:24am for those that are interested but you would have to act fast (now?). En...

Porthgain in 009: old maps... So there are some wonderful resources on the internet these days. I searched for some old maps of Pembrokeshire and found these through an ...

Coupler boxes, part 3 The coupler boxes have now been painted and installed on the cars. My local hobby shop did not carry any colors that were matches to the car...

Southern Nouveau With Shelfie out on loan, the space it occupied has been filled with another project. This one has been on the back burner for a while, and is very firmly influenced by Ian Futers. Ian’s layo...

The Calm Before the Storm This week I have been relaxing with not much on the modelling front. Friday night I did venture down to Simon Says Hobbies and Game and...

Caolville Model Boat show 2017 A couple of years ago, Coalville show nearly died. Fortunately, it was saved by Iain from Component Shop and this years even was the be...

CP Rail Flatcar realism! Kudos to Bob Fallowfield with his artful weathering job of a Wheels of Time HO scale CP Rail plain...

Building Guadalupe Fruit, Part 5 In the previous post, I showed completion of the truck loading dock for this industry, arranged in the structure as an inset area. (You can ...

Porthgain in 009: surveying... What a wonderful day today in Pembrokeshire, and how better to spend it then on a beach...

Cutting down a motor shaft. Sometimes you need to cut down a shaft on a motor to fit into the available space. This can be done in several ways, most commonly using a c...

Cops hunt gang who broke into railway and decapitated the garden gnomes Devastated locals described the scene as a "gnome massacre" as thugs smashed 60 ornaments in a treasured Elf Village - just after locals had replenished the stock...

Project 17 - Water Tower The water tower is a fairly close representation of the Swanage loco yard tower as it existed about 1958. Sometime after and before 1962 t...

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

Saturday Film Cloub: 3D printed Starbug I've seen Starbug, and it's real. Or at least it's a real model and a good looking one. Bringing Red Dwarf back to our screens mus...

A bodge too far This is a railcar with issues. The sides are too flimsy and the construction wasn’t that well thought through. the glazing is a nightmare, and when I tried to glue the side in I found it has...

The dream in miniatures Over the years I’ve met many people who were planning to build a model railway when they retired. They were purchasing the equipment they would need to build their dream model railway. Sadly many of them never got around to the task. If this descri

WILLIAMSDALE a micro layout Williamsdale is a location on the Queanbeyan to Cooma Bombala railway on the NSW ACT border. The model by Peter Street is only about 1.5 metres in length and 450 millimetres deep. Armed with plans...

Coupler boxes, part 2 After having test fitted one of the coupler boxes on a car it was time to figure out how the couplers should be installed in the boxes. Fo...

Rochdale MRG – annual exhibition It’s time for the annual exhibition by the Rochdale Model Railway Group. The 53rd Rochdale MRG Model Railway Exhibition Sat 8th April 2017 – Sun 9th April 2017 The Coach House, Lodge Street...

Vandals massacre gnome village AGAIN at Echills Wood Railway in Kingsbury Water Park DOZENS of gnomes, which were donated by kind-hearted locals, have been decapitated AGAIN after a gang of youths broke into a popular model railway attraction – six months after the first...

Ian Lindsay website Well, good news the Ian Lindsay website has been updated recently in April. This site is particularly of interest to me as without his offer...

Bus For those with the much missed Keil Kraft kit knocking about in the drawer, a shot of the Chester Old Bill bus that tours the town. Of co...

Annie and Clarabel done RIGHT Many years ago, our model railway club built a Thomas the Tank engine layout to take to shows. At the time, the Hornby range of stock wa...

Soyokaze River Module, Farewell I said goodbye to my Soyokaze River Module recently. I had looked at it and I saw that it was dusty, covered with webs, and forgot...

Platform for traditional fun with model railways Old-style fun was on track over the weekend, when Tring and District Model Railway Club held their annual Beacon-Rail exhibition at Pitstone Memorial Hall.

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

Auto Parade 1958 Another buy from Ally Pally was a book on cars. The International Auto-Parade Vol. II, published by Arthur Logoz, Zurich seems to cover ...

Wordless Wednesday #151 A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Wordless Wednesday #151 A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Representing stucco buildings In a recent series of posts, I showed my steps in creating an industrial structure for my layout, which was modified from a Design Preservat...

SSR BGKF 1111L grain hopper This SSR's latest acquisition ex PacNat bombay door discharging coal hoppers that SSR have modified with a fibreglass lid. I think this par...

Ruston Proctor in 006.5: painted... It's had a few false starts, the finish on the Ruston Proctor, but I'm finally happy enough that I can being to add some weathering...

Warehouse Wednesday: Propped up buildings, large and little Couldn't resist this pairing. First we have a wall in part of Alexndra Palace braced while repairs and development of site takes place: ...

HO-scale 62-ft Gunderson flatcars and look-alike cousins are. .. Our Wheels of Time HO-scale Gunderson flatcars and look-alike cousins are now in-stock! They featu...

Hartington signal box and hut. Yesterday, needing to give my legs a gentle spin after a hard run at the weekend, I grabbed my bike and headed down the Tissington Trail. Th...

Put The Rubbish Out A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

So what did you buy at Ally Pally then? I don't really understand it, but people seem to like to post "wot I bought" stuff on-line and so to immerse myself in the zeitgeist, I will...

Dawson Creek in 009: track wired and testing... So it didn't take as long as I feared, just a few hours with a soldering iron, some wire and a drill and Dawson Creek came to life this wee...

Giving away your babies The sharp eyed will have noticed that in my Ally Pally post on Saturday, I mentioned that I had arreived with two layouts but left with non...

A couple of neat visitors come to Carrizo Springs–one new, one pretty old. A couple of General American 50′ RBLs recently came to Carrizo Springs. I love these two cars. They represent the closing legacy of two of my favorite fallen flags–the Rock and the Wab...

Building Bridges… #6 Modelling ‘Road Bridge 1’ – Adding stone detail Added another bit of stone detail to ‘Road Bridge 1’ today. This time I’ve turned to the laser cutter again to create the detail. T...

More on my tank car fleet Awhile back, I posted a series of descriptions about how I chose the model freight cars that I did, to make up my operating fleet. One of th...

Generator Set Builds Earlier this week we had a bit of rain and wind up here. But that was nothing compared to those up north and in the Gold Coast Hinterla...

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

Garden Railways in RMM My contribution in this month's Railway Magazine guide to Modelling is an introduction to garden railways, just in time for the 16mm ...

Back to the future indoors Well, after some time running trains inside I came to the conclusion that for O gauge the room really was very limiting and to be honest I h...

Work starts on a new layout... Michael Campbell's blog about his model railways. Building model railway layouts in 009 (OO9) scale...

Inspiration for a Limpia Canyon Northern Customer By B. Smith In 1976, the ATSF still had a full-time agent at their depot in Alpine, Texas. He claimed the boxcar sitting outside the depot one visit (June, 1976) was for the Safeway in town. I did...

April Website Cover Features a Class 117 DMU pausing at Misterton station during its journey from Yeovil Junction to Exeter Central in 1964. View the cover he...

Ally Pally 2017 Strictly speaking, The London Festival of Railway Modelling, but we all call it after the iconic venue. Busy weekend. Friday required an e...

Taking sides. Again. Having made the ugliest chassis in Christendom, something to cover the thing became an urgent priority. My plan was to make four sides and build a sandwich arrangement. The neatest two sides would...

Trainorama Nswgr Ru Wagons For Sale I have 6 as new RU wagons for sale 3 factory weathered 25327,25307,25340 and 3 unweathered 24473,2970.24294.Asking price $55 each plus postage will accept Paypal as payment and will combine post o...

A new way of describing O9 After much discussion between O9 modellers we can proudly announce a new system for sub-dividing the definition of O9 as a scale / gauge combi...

How to get free steam train travel at Dean Forest Railway One of the most well-loved tourist attractions in Gloucestershire is offering free entry for residents only. This weekend, those in the county can travel on the Dean Forest Railway line for...

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

Debbie Does Morpeth Well I’ve had an interesting 48 hours. After tropical Cyclone Debbie got through with the mid north coast of Queensland she decided to make a show of leaving by dumping almost 400mm (about 16...

All aboard for Coalville Last weekend it was trains, this weekend, it's the first model boat show of the season. For the last couple of years, I've head...

Loads of scrap We are all familiar with scrap as a load for open-top cars, usually gondolas. Scrap could be generated in a wide variety of manufacturing pl...

King’s Lynn model railway display goes back in time Railway enthusiasts were in their element during a model railway exhibition at the London Road Methodist Church, in Lynn, on Saturday.

Going Around the bend Yes slow progress but in the last week I have well and truly gone around the bend! I have finally laid the track around the Snug Cove area ...

A shed, another Wickham plus loads of video in BRM More Wickham action? Yes, in the April 2017 issue of BRM, I'm building an O gauge trolley for the diorama I put together last month. ...

Wordless Wednesday #150 A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Leander Architectural Open Day. Leander Architectural is a small foundry based in Doves Holes, Derbyshire. They specialise in cast signposts, plaques, etc, see their websit...

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

Warehouse Wednesday: Advertising hoardings When I built the hoarding backs for Flockburgh, I had the devil's own job finding out what these things looked like. Eventually, I made...

Scale Rail International 11 Out now - details at the link to your right.

Forest of Dean Colliery Update Progress is now moving forward at a good rate. So much so that I hope to be taking it to a show in Warminster on Saturday the 17th of June. ...

Biggest Little Railway, Toy Trains on Telly? My mate Mr Parker (philsworkbench) gets the low down on a telly project to be filmed this summer, sounds bonkers, and fascinating in the same sentence!

A Jolly Good Show Well the Sussex Downs 009 Group Show at Lancing went really well. Though I don't know why it's taken me over a week to get around to reporti...

Boxhill Station The final fling for my N gauge layout in a box was to be Ally Pally. Here, the new owners would pick it up and take it home. Winnin...

Waybills, Part 58: more on managing bills I was sent an interesting question following a prior post. Andy Love asked about how my newer waybills have affected the process I use to ha...

Locomotives great and small at Severn Valley Railway's Open House Weekend LOCOMOTIVES of all sizes will be in full working order at the Severn Valley Railway's Open House Weekend.

Hunslet in 006.5: named and plates... Now this has turned out very nice indeed, the lovely etched 'Hunslet' works and name plates arrived from Steve at Narrow Planet this weeken...

Black Hawthorn in 009: Lady Jane... I'd originally hoped to have these name plates fitted in time for NGSW when the Black Hawthorn made it's debut - alas they weren't quite re...

A Heywood loco in 006.5... So it's started already...

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. ...

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