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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...

Happy New Year A New Year and new modelling challenges I’ve been rather busy recently, so railway modelling has had to take a back seat and it’s a bit late, but Happy New Year anyway. Fortunately, at...

Dawson Creek: planning in real life... So it becomes real, it's funny what you find on the internet. I can't believe I found an image of an original share certificate issues by t...

Porter in 009: in black... Since my last update on the Porter I have finished off the detailing and primed it, so this weekend saw the application of some satin black...

Davenport in 009: home straight... Well with a full complement of glazing fitted it was time to 'finish off' my Davenport Gas Mechanical in 009...

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

A Knightswork? Looking for a quick and easy project to kick off the modelling year, I dug out something bought at ExpoNG a few months ago. Described b...

Bought by Many expands niche insurance role Group to start offering its own policies in sectors ignored by mainstream suppliers...

Austere Peckett The opportunity to test run and see some new locos destined eventually for Kirkmellington was taken during the hour before opening at Stevenage. Our Peckett, Dodo, looks and runs really nicely and...

A Salted Tub An oddity on my fleet of stored O9 wagons was a Black Dog Mining WA25 mine tub, a recent purchase from ExpoNG in 2015. It came with the Gnin...

Cameo Layouts My good friend Paul Marshall-Potter has written a very good review of the latest release from Wild Swan Publications, and I refer you to his review if you want a bit more detail, but all I will say...

A couple of layout visits As part of my trip to Florida for this year’s Prototype Rails meeting at Cocoa Beach (which I described at some length in a previous post, w...

Pioneer Makes A Run I thought I could justify this ever so slightly digitally “enhanced” shot on the basis that it helps me imagine what the pier will look like once trains are running on it. Well that’s my excuse...

Hard Landscaping I’ve been home a few days but have only managed a couple of quick sessions on the layout since arriving back. Some rodents decided the wiring in my car was edible so I found myself with a lot...

The week in pictures: January 7-13 Each week we present a round-up of photos taken by our staff photographers for the Maidenhead Advertiser, Slough Express and Windsor Express. Check them out in the slideshow above.

I've Been Doing a Bit of Travelling Not much has been occurring on the layout this week. I have spent some time with pen on paper thinking about a couple of detail items t...

Vintage steam boats Vintage model making has always interested me and this week a friend sent me a link to a fascinating blog post about Ted Vanner, model b...

More trees for Splitters For a while now I've had a few trees half finished above the workbench. In the spirit of the New Year I thought it worth finishing them up. ...

Photo from Facebook January 14, 2017 at 06:48PM The latest addition to the Juniata Division's freight roster courtesy of Atlas and M B Klein. via Facebook Pages http://ift.tt/2aiL3Xc...

Project 17 - First track laid At Swanage the ground level in the vicinity of the shed is level with the top of the track sleepers. On the model the track is fixed to the...

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

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

Don't get caught out by winter opening hours You've got a day off with the family, it is fairly dry for the British winter and you are frantically asking Google what fun things there are to do in Somerset with the kids. You strike gold and...

Saturday Film Club: Roadrail Landrover Mr Macdermott has come up trumps with this selection for our Saturday films, and by that I don't mean a fluffy haired American Presiden...

Reasearch and Development Freelance modellers have it made. It basically means anything goes or do what you like. Design your own rolling stock and locomotives and y...

Creating Cameo Layouts (Iain Rice / Wild Swan Books) Iain Rice is well known for his many books and articles on layout design, and railway modelling across a wide range of subject matter. ‘Creating Cameo Layouts’ is the latest modelling b...

From mock up to model... Welcome to the new look Llangunllo blog, I've been given a free hand to chop and change things as I see fit. By way of introduction my name ...

Back To Work A perfect kit for a winter's evening. First day back at work today, on Friday the 13th no less! Despite the several inches of snow outs...

East Devon District Council and Exmouth Fun Park owners in dispute over seafront development offer An embittered disagreement has arisen between the owner of an Exmouth seafront attraction and the district council over whether he rejected an offer to be involved in its £18m redevelopment of...

A New look, for a New Year... Towards the end of last year the spammers and trolls struck again, why they picked on me I wouldn't know. In truth I've grown tired of it al...

Shopping list 2017 Bachmann announced their 2017 (and probably well beyond) release at the weekend, and also the unfortunately much smaller number of Farish N gauge releases. I have put a few pre-orders in, for if a...

If you want your photos in print, get them on-line The latest edition of the Collectors Gazette includes a few photos of my APT models, both Hornby and wooden. Many people would ...

Another Hendrickson car project Among the modeling items I inherited from Richard Hendrickson were several in-progress car projects. One of these was a W&LE gondola, which ...

Rail strike: search goes on for job Failing Grayling can't do badly John Crace Commuter pain leaves transport secretary up the junction in the Commons...

Dawson Creek: planning planning planning... So despite not having a baseboard and only recently making a start on rolling stock, my plans for a US outline 009 layout have been making ...

Create a world in miniature Capture macro scenes of miniature figures in real-life situations with this great close-up technique.

Pensioner avoids jail for sex attacks on schoolboy A PERVERTED pensioner who carried out sex attacks on a schoolboy he met at a model railway club has been spared jail.

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

AMRM February 2017 issue is about to become available. The February 2017 issue of AMRM has been printed and should begin distribution shortly. It is scheduled to be available everywhere by Fr...

British Rail design references Last week, I mentioned the discussions I'd had over the choice of colour for a station name. At the time I mentioned the BR design guide ...

New Post from Facebook January 11, 2017 at 05:54PM Noticed that the etched grills on my BLI Alco PAs are warped… from N Scale Juniata Division Model Railroad http://ift.tt/2aiL3Xc...

Photo from Facebook January 11, 2017 at 05:54PM Via Facebook Pages http://ift.tt/2aiL3Xc...

Wordless Wednesday #18 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,

Wordless Wednesday #144 A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Revised production schedule. .. Wheels of Time revised factory schedule for our HO scale 62-ft really cool GBEC Flatcars - Prod...

Clapperboard warehouse Looking through folders of old photos taken at exhibitions, I found this building. I like to go for a stroll around during shows and sna...

Cocoa Beach 2017 Last week the 16th annual Prototype Rails meeting was held at Cocoa Beach, Florida, in the same Hilton Hotel we have used every year, and o...

Trains running N•RAIL video - January 2017 HAPPY NEW YEAR! Ok...

Ruston Proctor in 006.5: test print arrives... Last week my 'test print' of the Ruston Proctor arrived from Shapeways and it didn't take long to get it out and find the Busch H0f cha...

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

Half Baked Garratt Hi, I hope everybody's New Year started well. I have not made as much progress with my Garratt as I would have liked. The front engine u...

Warm memories of a 1970s childhood in 'the greatest little Britain in the world FOR just a decade, Dorset boasted a tourist attraction that excited visitors from all over the country.

Cheap tools aren't a bargain On my workbench I have a plastic dial vernier. It's an invaluable tool for matching drill bits in my miscellaneous box of leftovers w...

Stevenage show & Eskmuir Eskmuir is making an appearance at the Chiltern Exhibition in Stevenage this weekend. Chiltern Model Railway Exhibition 2017 organised by the CMRA will be held on Saturday & Sunday 14th & 1...

Morrisville Turnout Work As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am adding a turnout in Morrisville at the suggestion of my operating crew. It will provide a second (a...

In pictures: Model railways go on display in Cox Green More than 400 people enjoyed the displays at an annual model railway exhibition. Organised by the Maidenhead and Marlow District Railway Club, the exhibition was held at the Cox Green Community Centre, in Highfield Lane,

Pete Waterman steams into Transport Trust Pete Waterman OBE – best known as a record producer / songwriter, but also a railway expert – has accepted an invitation to become a vice president of the Transport Trust, the UK charity dedicated to the preservation

NK81 the AK cars 9/1/17 Today while I was at work the Missus went to Kotara Station to photograph the AK cars with 4702 and 4701 up front Till next time ...

Why do modellers hate model shops? The recent news story about a bookshop owner asking people for a 50p entry fee to his shop has appeared at a time of interesting comments o...

The Carrizo Valley will now have some well-fed Cows Ponderosa Feeds has now begun operations in Carrizo Springs. It took over an old tool shed built by the CB&Q in the 1930s. It has minimal infrastructure–an office, a couple of augers a...

Model railway exhibition set to steam into new Stevenage venue After 30 successful years in St Albans, Hertfordshire’s premier model railway exhibition arrives at a new Stevenage location next weekend.

Project 17 - Minecraft Torch to Theatrical Lighting If your child or grandchild has one of these Minecraft Torches then you will know they stop working in a short time if handled roughly. T...

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

I Seem to Have Lost my Mojo Again So following a pretty intense period of Model Railway operation, I seem to have lost my mojo. While I have undertaken quite a few railw...

Photo from Facebook January 07, 2017 at 09:37PM Here's another option...

Appliance repair From xkcd earlier in the week. Across the world, tinkering types recognise the problem and are nervously laughing...

Fantastic Gift from my Boss I was pleasantly surprised when a box from my boss arrived this vacation. I opened it and found a wrapped gift. Within that, a...

A New Years Catch-up from I wanted to catch Rails West readers up on a few things. (Very shortly, I will debut a post on Ponderosa Feeds. It is now close to completion.) Below are a few items related to the layout and subj...

Making time Well 2016 has gone and so has lots of lost modelling time. My young family and unexpected work requirements away from home have eaten into my spare time that was previously used for modelling...

The 10 best things to do in Southport in 2017 These are the town's best-rated attractions and tours according to independent reviews...

Saturday film club: Making model cars New feature time! For the next few Saturdays, I'll be highlighting interesting videos found on the web. Most will be railway based, bu...

Handout for wine tank cars This is a handout for a clinic about tank cars used to transport wine. It represents a kind of second edition of a clinic presented in 2010 ...

Saddlersfield Station Some of you may remember a video I posted last year of my scratchbuilt 20 class running on the layout of a friend of mine by the name of Peter Krause. At least one reader mentioned the station buil...

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

A frozen lake doesn't stop play Yesterday morning, the car had to be scraped clear of a thin ice layer, but the day dawned sunny and bright so I decided to head down to...

N scale passenger parts available N scale passenger parts are available for the kitbasher. Go to DETAILS page .

Blackburn historian known as the ‘tram man’ dies A BLACKBURN historian known as the ‘tram man’ has died.

Dawson Station Another delightful minimum space layout….. Dawson Station is my portable 1′ x 4′ n-scale model railroad layout and is based on the Hull-Oakes lumber mill located in Dawson, Oregon...

Station refurb, a grounded coach and painting people in BRM Bit of a mystery around part of this month's BRM.I've been refurbishing the Stamford East station building we have acquired. Lots of stickin...

Remembering Tucktonia, the original Little Britain FOR just a decade, Dorset boasted a tourist attraction that excited visitors from all over the country.

Three little engines Modelling may have been a bit thin on the ground lately, but Christmas has brought an interesting bunch of new projects! At the back the...

Wordless Wednesday #143 A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

WIN: Tickets to Weston’s Model Train Show in aid of Weston Hospicecare One of Weston-super-Marea€™s most popular family events will return this month a€“ and you could win a family ticket to enjoy the day.

Dawson Creek: Shinohara HOn2.5 track arrives... An exciting post Christmas parcel arrived this week, containing the Shinohara HOn2.5 (or H0n30 / H0e / 009 / OO-9) track...

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

Coal stage revisited The start of the New Year had me addressing a few things on the modelling front. I spent a little time working out what conventions / shows et...

The next project - Polbrock Engine Shed? During more nights away for work before Christmas and last evening while in rainy Stalybridge, I've been continuing to consider what comes a...

Warehouse Wednesday - The Elephant We'll start the year's prototype building photos with something a bit different. "The Elephant" as it's commonly known, after the cr...

The End of Steam on the Yass Tramway When the NSW Main Southern Line pushed south from Goulburn in 1876 there was no easy way for the line to serve the bustling little town of Yass and so it bypassed the town and the idea of the Yass Tramway was born. That

A beet loader model This post is to show photos of a beautiful model of a sugar beet loader, built in HO scale by John Tabler and loaned to me for photography b...

Peckett appreciation…Loch Dhu’s newest locomotive. Despite my best intentions, the new Hornby ‘Peckett’ 0-4-0ST locomotive proved to be totally irresistible! I chose the plainest one offered by Hornby for Loch Dhu Distillery which was s...

Talks for model railway enthusiasts at Shildon museum RAILWAY modellers can sharpen their skills and learn more about their hobby at a series of talks.

Society on track to stage model railway show in Pratts Bottom THE Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Ian Payne, will open this year’s model railway show at Pratts Bottom Village Hall in Norsted Lane on Saturday, January 14 at 10am.

Society on track to stage model railway show in Pratts Bottom THE Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Ian Payne, will open this year’s model railway show at Pratts Bottom Village Hall in Norsted Lane on Saturday, January 14 at 10am.

Odd modelling ideas #20171 A couple of interesting modelling challenges from the Daily Telegraph for the New Year…. First, the Crystal Palace Subway. It’s been more than 60 years since a train last pulled up to the for...

Partwork season again 'tis the season to start buying models installments, or so the TV and boxes of part 1's in Smiths tell me. First up, we have Build the Bac...

D59 Class Locomotive Kit & RTR ModelOkits in conjunction with DJH Modelloco are proud to announce the launch of our new kit and ready-to-run model of the D59 Class Locomotive in Coal or Oil Burning format. Below is the link to t...

A Return Ticket to Buckingham – Part 2; Peter Denny’s Modelling When I was still in my shorts, I used to peruse my father’s extensive collection of railway magazines for hours on end – the Railway Modeller, Model Railway News and the Model Railway C...

Groveton NH Video Happy New Year! Thanks to all those who take the time to check out my blog and see the latest on my layout. I enjoy putting information and ...

Adding a Touch of Rheidol? It appears to be the time of year for raiding the 'grey' projects box - those almost complete models in primer awaiting the inspiration to c...

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

Review of 2016 The past year has been another busy one for the Daventry area.

What next in 2017? What will 2017 bring? If I knew the answer to that, I'd be a rich man. I can however, think out loud about how I'd like this blog to ...

Happy New Year! Goals for 2017 A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall GWR Model Railway Layouts. The Great Western Railway in the Edwardian era, portrayed through a series of micro layouts.

Operating Session 31st of December 2016 The second 12 hour shift of my 24 hour timetable Operating Session was successfully completed on Saturday afternoon with the help of 6 regul...

January Website Cover Happy New Year! This months cover features 'Thornycroft Sidings' and promotes its next outing to the Astolat MRC expo. on 22nd January in ...

It’s 2017 – Happy New Year A Happy New Year to all our readers! What will 2017 bring? I hope that I will get more modelling done, and have a number of projects lined up, having purchased a range of bits and pieces. I can...

2016 And All That As 2017 rolls in, we're reached 11 years of blogging over here on the workbench and what a year it has been. Starting with the sad ...

Dry Land I thought I’d make a quick post as I’m unlikely to be making another one for a couple of weeks due to holiday plans. I managed to get a series of jobs done on the layout that I wanted t...

Progress at Santa Rosalia I haven’t written about the town at the end of my mythical Southern Pacific branch line, which is Santa Rosalia, for some time. In fact, the...

Photo from Facebook December 31, 2016 at 03:34PM I would still like to incorporate some version of a busy yard in the new layout...

Photo from Facebook December 31, 2016 at 03:30PM Via Facebook Pages http://ift.tt/2aiL3Xc...

Orienteering, 2016’s Last Writes The last few hours of 2016 ticks away, outside low cloud envelops this deeply rural welsh valley and the log burner is crackling, filling the Barn with warmth. There’s no s...

To) Absent Friends A big deal is made in certain circles about the so called 'curse' of 2016, and it is true that it does seem that more well-known individual...

December 2016 update Another month has passed and only a small amount of progress has been made on Tredethy Wharf. My wife and I hosted this month’s (December) ...

Craig's Running Session - 31 Dec 2016 This afternoon I ventured to Craig's place for a running session on his layout, Cassino. I must say, this is the best session I have atten...

Review Of The Year - Part 3 A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

I built a beetle Thanks to the generosity of my sister, I got to spend a few evenings building a Lego model of a VW Beetle. Long term readers will k...

Whats in Store for 2017 Well another year is drawing to a close, so I thought its a good time to outline whats in store for 2017. From the top, Alice Spring...

Listening to my operators Through the 5 operating sessions I have held so far I have received some good feedback on the layout and the operations. Some suggestions ha...

Photo from Facebook December 30, 2016 at 12:19PM Yet another iteration...

Landmark Events 2016 Landmark Events on Dales Peak during 2016 January 2016 At the beginning of the year I had just started boarding out the back wall of the shed. March 2016 March saw the construction of the workbench...

Model railway group steams into Castle Gresley for open weekend A model railway group steamed into life bringing with it the fascinating history of bite-size trains. Gresley and Wychnor Model Railway Group has now concluded its winter festivities with the...

Something different. How does one make a layout a little different and offer some other entertainment. A narrative requires conflict in an effort to define a her...

Detailedstory Fishtail braid tutorials were one of the top most popular Google searches when it came to the beauty category.

Transrapid 07 I've always been fascinated by Maglev and monorail systems. In model form they are rare, but a few hints saw me receive a tatty box cont...

Photo from Facebook December 29, 2016 at 02:58PM If I could resolve some track problems on the existing layout and reuse it...

Photo from Facebook December 29, 2016 at 01:38PM More trackplanning ideas. Sure, I could fit way more in here but I'm trying to model more of the rural stretches of the PRR. via Facebook Pages http://ift.tt/2aiL3Xc...

Clyde Puffer... As you may remember from my last post, I said I was about to commence the building of the T030a Clyde Puffer from Scalescenes. It was sup...

The Cruel Sea Things have progressed sufficiently on the mill structure that I’ve commenced initial work on Morpeth’s fourth and final scenic module: the river/pier module. I’ve been very lucky...

Christmas Operating Session - 27th December 2016 My traditional end of year Operating Session for the 27 th December has come and gone. I only had 7 visitors but we ran quite a few tr...

Full steam ahead into the New Year THINGS are getting steamy at Coldharbour Mill Working Wool Museum on New Year’s Day as its expert steam team blow away the cobwebs and steam up the Lancashire boiler to provide a family day out rich in history.

Review Of The Year - Part 2 A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Session With Iain - 28 Dec 2016 Iain, whom I met at Anthony's running session, was kind enough to spend some of his time with me to run a session on my layout. We began a...

No space for the buffers? At the station end of Ruston Quays, there is a big hole in the fascia support. It's there because I found the DMU operating on the shuttle ...

Signal Boxes and more Signal Boxes Sorry, I have been at it again. I have uploaded a HO NSWR 'Cheap' Signal Box to my Signals Branch Shapeways Shop. The 'Cheap' Signal Box ...

Locomotives for the layout I have written several posts in the past about my choices for model locomotives to operate on my Southern Pacific branchline layout. One sta...

Wordless Wednesday #142 A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Model railway enthusiasts converge on Keighley MODEL railway enthusiasts from across the north made tracks for Keighley.

A Return ticket to Buckingham – Part 1; A Running Day For my 100th post we ought to choose an interesting topic, so it is fortunate that I recently wangled a return invite to visit Peter Denny’s Buckingham Great Central on a journey back home f...

Photo from Facebook December 27, 2016 at 09:23PM Some more brainstorming on possible configurations for a new Juniata Division. The right side is meant purely for scenic running. via Facebook Pages http://ift.tt/2aiL3Xc...

Warehouse Wednesday: Cement silo For the last Warehouse Wednesday of the year, something a little different - a cement silo. This can be found on Foxes lane, a shor...

Land of Make Believe Well I might just squeeze in another post before the New Year. This post title is the name of a song from the Moody Blues, my favourite mus...

Huge model train collection worth 'millions' donated to Ipswich museum After being kept in secret for decades, a giant collection of model trains is donated to an Ipswich museum, west of Brisbane.

Swanning About What we need is sufficient accurate information, not tentative suggestions.

World largest Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg mesmerises millions According to Frederik, co-creator, it was an idea that popped into his mind when he was visiting the Alpine city of Zurich in July 2000.

Review Of The Year - Part 1 A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

14 things you didn't know about Gainsborough Students at Queen Elizabeth High School in Gainsborough have come up some very interesting facts about the town. Did you know any of these? 1. Towards the...

Not so local bus Where is this photo taken? The Lake District? No. It's on the road to Leamington Spa station. 190 miles from the lakes. This bus ha...

I am Slipping G’day, Well as the title suggests, I have been slipping when it comes to updating my blog. As Bob Stack mentioned in his Blog a few m...

Minories #3 – alternative Minories….. The last couple of posts on Minories have given enough ideas for any number of successful layouts. But I’ve been playing around with the basic idea, and have a couple of ideas that could hav...

Rock stand All being well, my sister is now the proud owner of a lump of rock. I'm not exactly sure what sort of rock it is, and probably wouldn...

Hornby Masterclass Peckett W4 R3427 Perhaps the phrase of the latter half of this year regarding a few ready to run locomotive releases has been ‘gamechanger’. Go back a couple of years or so and there’s no way you...

SP's Instructions to Station Agents, Part 5 This series of posts began with a description of the Southern Pacific document called Circular 39-1, entitled Instructions to Station Agents...

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

Merry Christmas Merry Cnristmas to all my blog readers. As usual, I hope Santa has brought you some lovely presents and your day will be filled with hap...

Merry Christmas First of all, I’d very much like to thank those readers out there in Internet land for following and reading my blog. I’d hope that the...

Another baby for the layout (BN!) Tangent Scale Models has done some real solids for us BN and BN predecessor modelers of late. After recently releasing the 4740 covered hopper in Great Northern and Northern Pacific, Tangent then...

Merry Christmas! A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Talking Point: Kickstarting a rail renaissance A national campaigning organisation has unveiled a bold vision of what rail services in Central Scotland could look like, greatly enhancing the opportunities for fast, frequent and environmentally-friendly travel, both i

Merry christmas everyone! GWR Model Railway Layouts. The Great Western Railway in the Edwardian era, portrayed through a series of micro layouts.

Down in Santa's workshop While in the Leicester Square Lego store (I just went in out of curiosity), I bought myself a Christmas decoration. A pair of elves work...

Kirtley part 2 The Kirtley kit came with wheels (00 obviously) I think they might be Romford. The above picture shows a comparison with a scale wheel (Gibson) and highlights a problem with 00 gauge steam loco&#82...

More little projects... I'm keeping my mantra of "Any work is good work" for my hobby stuff.I made a real effort to drag myself through work projects this week and...

Driving home for Christmas A couple of years back in the run up to christmas, and a hundred thousand or so less hits ago, Davide at thenightflier blog, kindly allowed me to link to his ‘Drivers’ view fr...

Model enthusiast's basement a shrine to St. Marys railway history, circa 1972 Norm Fielding, now a resident of Mississauga, worked his first job in St. Marys after immigrating from Scotland...

Seasons Greetings from Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Seasons Greetings and Happy New Years from Rails West. When I was growing up, there was something special about seeing trains around Christmas. On Christmas eve, w...

Project 17 - Swanage Turntable I scratch built this motorised turntable before I built the layout module shown in Part 1 of this series. The turntable is the pre-1967 vers...

Boxing Day Comes Early A blog about a 009 narrow gauge model of the Ffestiniog Railway and Welsh Highland Railway...

Selwyn The Sheep Ovine logo adorns a Welsh 'Tractor'. With a longstanding interest in South Wales-based Class 37s, I recently came across a few images of...

Cracking Up I thought I’d post a close up photo of the cracks in the “render” to demonstrate what I was saying in reply to the comment John made yesterday about adding extra distressing. I al...

Hold Down Point Levers At the Liverpool exhibition in October I asked Anton of Uneek Castings if it was possible to cast his #600 levers in brass as the original white metal levers had a tendency to bend and ultim...

Hornby Peckett 0-4-0 R3429 I don't buy RTR locomotives. I like to kit build small industrial steam engines. And yet here is a small industrial in a box from Hornby...

Wagons - an Estate of Mind I often say that when I find myself tinkering with wagons that there is some indecision in the air...

More on modifying Interstate Oil I began this series of posts with some background on bulk oil dealer modeling and what I’ve previously written about it, and a start with mo...

2016 In Review Well, what can I say about 2016? It's been a very quiet year as far as this blog is concerned, to be honest I haven't had that much to post...

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

Windows While I had already started preparing the window castings yesterday, they still needed to be glazed prior to installation. I got onto that job this evening and glued the castings into the apertures...

Binding magazines cheaply As we reach the end of the year, many of us will have piles of unbound magazines that need organising. Buying the correct binders is ...

What's On Listings 22-28 Dec 2016 What's On Listings 22-28 Dec 2016 Lancashire Evening Post Tel: 01772 750179. Preston and District Model Railway Society: See: prestonanddistrictmrs.org.uk for further details. 8-10pm every Friday. Unit 12, Aquaduct Mill,

Colour Applied It’s nice to have some time to devote to modelling prior to trooping off to the rellos over Christmas. I’m also heading overseas for a couple of weeks in the new year so I want to get a...

Success and progress. My visit to Keighley on Saturday 17th was brief but good. First step was un-soldering the white wire from the switch for the frog, whic...

Another Shapeways Sale - 20% Off Well, Shapeways is at it again with another great 20% off sale for Frosted Detail and Strong and Flexible materials, the only materials I us...

Wordless Wednesday #141 A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Developing model rail station still pending The decade-old promise of developing railway station here as a model one is yet to be fulfilled. Chandrababu Naidu had assured of...

Minor derailment at Carrington 21/12/16 Today at Carrington, there was a minor derailment of a WGBY 01005K grain hopper 4911 AND 4917 clear the remaining wagons Just after...

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

Blockwork I wanted to demonstrate how relatively quick this method of using DAS as a modelling medium is in getting good results. I was off work today and spent a couple of hours working on the mill. I spent...

Warehouse Wednesday: The Royal Spa Centre Regular readers will have spotted not a lot of actual model making going on around here recently. The reason is simple - time. As well as my...

Test shots / HO lumber loads Here are some test shots for our HO scale Lumber loads. Enjoy!

Internal Combustion for the future generation! Last Christmas my Son was given an Airfix kit for an Internal Combustion Engine, and last weekend we finally got around to building it. It's...

A Job for Grandpa, Part 2 - Face time I mentioned in my most recent post ( A Job for Grandpa ) that I anticipated the biggest challenge of the 'rebirthing' job would be the cre...

Market Rasen Mail A Market Rasen perspective on news, sport, what's on, lifestyle and more, from your local paper the Market Rasen Mail.

Open days for model rail society Gainsborough Model Railway Society is holding its last open days of its 70th anniversary year on December 27 and 28.

Mucky Mirrlees Quick weathering job sees 37901 finished. As the Christmas holiday approaches and with the next issue of Model Rail magazine done and ...

Post-Christmas rides offered in Keighley model railway track KEIGHLEY parents have a rare chance to take their children for model train rides during the Christmas holidays.

Masonry I managed to get the wooden carcass of my mill building covered with DAS Modelling Clay over the last couple of evenings and tonight I started to work on the surface of the model to give it some de...

Minories #2 – Out in the suburbs If you leave London, and head to the other end of the commuter lines, a Minories like design, sort of ‘mini-Minories’ is another option. Iain Rice published this excellent design, loos...

Vehicle hold-downs The diescast models in yesterdays post we photographed against a white background. This wasn't as easy to achieve as you might expect. The r...

The tank car tariff I have often heard modelers who try to research tank cars and tank car fleets complain about the Official Railway Equipment Register (ORER)...

Photo from Facebook December 19, 2016 at 02:36PM An oldie but a goodie...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Christine and I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year". I would also like to gi...

Project 17 - Swanage Loco Yard This project has been on the cards for some years, ever since I discovered Small / Micro Layouts built into the Ikea APA storage box*. The lay...

Sixth Anniversary of this Blog - Some Numbers A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

One of the earliest model railway locomotives up at auction in Winchester Pete Waterman, Neil Young, Roger Daltrey and Peter Snow all do it. Frank Sinatra and Peter Sellers did it. Rod Stewart apparently hires extra hotel rooms on tour to indulge in it. ‘It’ being the innocent and highly p

Dawson Creek: Porter details and a plan... So aside from the obvious teasing about the name similarity to a 90s teen drame, my plans for Dawson Creek continue...

UGL recent happenings In recent months some Tangara trains have been receiving some attention For a short time these narrow gauge UGL class loco...

New tractor and bus for the collection Collecting is all about the thrill of the hunt. There's loads of fun in finally tracking down an elusive item for your display. I'm plea...

Improving the Oxford Rail North British Jubilee Wagon As I mentioned in my previous post the Oxford Rail Jubilee wagon is a pretty good rendition of the original but it does have a few small issues and is fundamentally the wrong colour! Actually, the...

Hey, coach! Most of what I've done this week has been un-remarkable but the scenery on the new layout, probably just called 'Castell Coed', has mad...

That Was the Wrong Decision or I Shouldn’t Have Done That! This weekend, with my Operating Session fast approaching, I decided to start relocating my trains back to their start positions for the ...

Minories #1 – the original design There are few model railway plans that can be deemed ‘classic’. One surely must be the late Cyril Freezer’s ‘Minories’ plan. The plan was the result a flash of inspi...

Scalextric "Supersound" The companion unit to the Hornby Supersound unit I looked at a couple of years ago, if anything it's worse than the railway version. ...

Discover the history of Gravesham's ever-changing railway network More than 150 years of history has been tightly packed into a new book documenting Graveshama€™s railway network.

December update A quick update to show progress on the layout. The first thing you see as visitors walk in the door is this curve. I have been wanting ...

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

Model trains on show in Yatton Nailsea and District Model Railway Club’s open day was held in Yatton and people were able to survey and control a vast array of miniature trains.

Festival was tree-mendous THERE?were Christmas trees galore as St Peter’s Church in Wrecclesham hosted its popular Christmas tree festival, which according to organisers was a “great” weekend, with a steady stream of visitors on both days.

Festival was tree-mendous THERE?were Christmas trees galore as St Peter’s Church in Wrecclesham hosted its popular Christmas tree festival, which according to organisers was a “great” weekend, with a steady stream of visitors on both days.

Rendering I’ve managed to get some work done on the mill building this week. My method of applying DAS modelling clay to my buildings requires some sort of form work to the rear of the window and door...

GWR hand lamp Last week, a generous chap from the model boat who had been cleaning out his loft gave me this. He wanted rid, and though I might like i...

Beam me up. Among my other possibly flawed but sincerely held opinions, I think that no locomotive is complete wothout buzzbee stripes somewhere on each end. These are preferably black and yellow, although gre...

Casino design gets approval Local councillors have given the green light for the conversion of The Casino building in Malahide to a venue for the beloved return of the Fry Model Railway to Malahide.

More bulk oil: modifying the Interstate Oil kit In a previous series of posts, I discussed several approaches to modeling bulk oil dealers, an important rail-served business in nearly ever...

Wordless Wednesday #140 A blog about model railroading - specifically prototype modeling in HO scale in the steam-to-diesel transition era.

Trying a little tenderness. I never planned for Brettell Road to be populated with anything other than tank engines but as with most things I have planned it’s all gone a bit wrong! So… I present you the Brassmas...

Train buff chuffed to drive steam loco A former Pecorama employee returned to catch up with friends and colleagues last week - and ended up driving a train.

Dawson Creek progress... My North American themed 2ft gauge 1:76 scale project has been progressing at a snails pace this year for various reasons but two recent de...

What's that on the trackmat? One reason to use a trackmat (I refuse to call it trakmat) is that it give the appearance of scenery, even just in printed form. There are s...

New Work Space... What a couple of weeks we have had, here in the Heath household. Not to go into too much detail, we have welcomed our oldest Daughter and o...

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

Volunteer of the Week: Levi chugs away at the Railway museum As a train clickety clacks down the track, so does one young volunteer’s heart beat to that rhythm as he talks about his volunteer time at the Railway and Forestry Museum.

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

You can't solder to Hornby track, so how do you get the electricity in? Phil from in front of a layout he is trying to wire says: Arghhh!!! I'm trying to solder wires to some old Hornby track and the stuff won'...

Railroad museum adds Bethlehem Steel train layouts A freight train chugs past the blast furnaces of the once-mighty Bethlehem Steel, taking visitors at the Lehigh & Keystone Valley Model Railroad Museum in Bethlehem on a journey back to America's industrial roots.

Additional information posted on our HO Lumber Loads We have posted more information on Wheels of Time HO scale Lumber Loads. Please scoll down to FAQ...

Mirrlees Pioneer Class 37/9 conversion complete. With the new issue of Model Rail going on sale this week (MR230), here's a few images of the subject o...

Wordless Wednesday 3D printing (Coast Line Models) They’ll be coming, you can start with ‘excellent’ though :0)...

End of year slow down Work on South Coast Rail has almost ground to a halt recently due to house renovations taking up the slack time.We have had five windows rep...

Shelf layout design An interesting clinic presented at the NMRA MCR “Thoroughbred Limited” Convention May 13-18, 2015 by Philip Gliebe. It’s interesting as this is an American looking largely at UK branch line...

Warehouse Wednesday: Veron Building Despite it's outward appearance, the Vernon Building in High Wycome isn't a 1960s office block, it's a series of industrial units. A qui...

Lumber Loads by the train loads! Pre-Orders are due. Lumber Loads from Wheels of Time for the HO scale modeler is coming! Pre-orders are due. We will g...

Op session testing I recently wrote two posts about rebuilding a couple of turnouts on my layout, to manage electrical power routing with a Tam Valley Depot “F...

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

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