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The Beck Bridge - Terraform After assembling the new diorama structure I filled a few gaps with filler and gave everything a coat of oil-based gloss varnish as a sealer. Once this was dry the side pieces were flatted back and then given two coats of matt black paint. A third coat will be added right at the end of the build to make sure everything looks fresh.

Helston and Falmouth Model Railway Club spring exhibition Train lovers will be able to see a number of different stations all under one roof this weekend - although they will be in miniature. Helston and Falmouth Model Railway Club will be holding its Spring Model Railway Show this weekend, in the north site hall of Helston Community College.

EMD300hp in 1/48 scale… I've been building this EMD300hp switcher from a '2 Doors Down' kit in American O scale for a customer in Canada… It's a love…

14th Australian Narrow Gauge Convention Held every two years in Australia the recent Easter convention held at Erina on the central Coast north of Sydney was my first one I attended. Having come across to the dark side now around three years or so, I missed the last one held at Geelong in Victoria.

Fort Victoria model railway will close for good unless buyer is found A POPULAR Isle of Wight tourist attraction will close at the end of the summer unless a buyer can be found. As previously reported, the Fort Victoria model railway is up for sale - but the owners have now decided to shut the doors for good if no-one wants to take it on.

Brake! At the National Garden Railway show a couple of weeks ago, and item of rolling stock caught my eye. It wasn't a kit or ready to run model, but Mark Thatcher's little brake van. The model did many circuits of the track, its squeaky wheels annoying people, and by the end of the day, I wanted one of my own.

Aberdeen youth group helps revamp train station A Boys' Brigade group has helped to spruce up a north-east train station. The team from the 53rd company visited Dyce Railway Station, where the battalion is based, in order to carry out work.

Getting the most from older models. In September I will be doing a demo at Scaleforum entitled getting the most from older models. Regular readers will know I have a bit of a thing for starting with old models that many will have long ago consigned to the bin. To this end I thought id look at a couple of old building kits too.

More Nostalgia A while ago I mentioned a lovely little book from Hoxton Mini Press that featured images of the east end from the 1960s to the 1980s. Now theres an equally as great follow up featuring 1980-1990. OK still not Brum but the period is about spot on. Loads of great street scenes, vehicles and less than pretty buildings.

Alignment As you can see the the bottom of the picture, these were simple wooded pegs - the same as you get in most pieces of flat pack furniture - and over 25 years or so the receiving holes tend to widen and the fit becomes less accurate. So he's carrying out the same procedure he did with Bron Hebog last year and has retro-fitted two piece metal units.

Fourth bite: The Stables This provides an excuse to incorporate another favourite scene of mine, namely the roadside views into Vastern Road yard in Reading - including those lovely trees in the foreground, as seen in the excellent GWRJ articles on Reading goods by Chris Turner and John Copsey.

Saturday Film Club: Easter 2018 on the Isle of Man Some film from the Isle of Man this time last year. Plenty of railway action for your bank holiday! Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to FacebookShare to Pinterest I've been making models most of my life starting with a bag of balsa offcuts and a trail of badly painted Airfix kits.

Spring clean up sale! We found a bunch of resin casting for UP 69-ft Common Standard postal baggage-express cars and SP…

Waybills, Part 63: filling out In previous posts, I have explored many aspects of what waybills are and how they are used, always with the goal of informing model operations. Many of these prior posts can be found by using the word "Waybills" as a search term in the search box at the right.

Narrow Gauge in the Somme Sector - by Martin J. B. Farebrother, Joan S. Farebrother - Book Review Something a little different for me although I guess like many wargamers, I do have at a minimum a passing interest in model railroading. My father was a fan of model railways and had an extensive layout in HO under the house in his retirement, with an Australian outline layout, particularly the New South Wales Government Railways.

Dyfrdwy Tramway: Diesel trio in the sunshine… What a good Friday, what lovely weather, and the Dyfrdwy Tramway has seen a little action this afternoon, with three diesels in action and…

Early "keep alive" experiments It appears that in an attempt to overcome erratic running over points and crossings, Hoy of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway experimented with the Druitt Halpin thermal storage device, the stea…

The Beck Bridge - Supersize Me With the cat food box sliced horizontally in part 3, measurements were taken to allow the construction of a sturdy base for a larger diorama. As outlined in The Saga Continues, this takes the form of a plywood and timber structure very similar to that on 'The Headshunt'.

My second model locomotive My second ever model railway locomotive recently turned up when I was looking for something else. In fact, when I found it, I realsied it was what I'd been looking for. The model is a Hornby R302 Jinty 0-6-0 tank engine.

Established seaside resort tourist attraction offered for sale Turnover of £77k was generated last year, despite a limited opening season Turnover of £77k was generated last year, despite a limited opening season.

Wagons roll…! I've been a busy little bee in the last week or so as I'm on leave and staying at home. First thing I did was to paint and then weather the 009 Society kits. Next job was to add a filler piece behind the coupling on the new NP Bagnall. Previously the cab overhung the coupler preventing coupling loops hooking on.

Garden Rail May 2019 Big stuff this month in Garden Rail. We've the largest Product News section ever - 7 pages full of new models - mostly because I was on a mission at the recent Midlands show to grab as many photos as possible. If you like your railways ride-on, the Chris McKenzie should inspire you.

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Model Railway Club to host Easter open day CHECK out four different model railway layouts and have a go at driving the trains yourself this weekend. The Thelwall and Grappenhall Model Railway Club is hosting an open day on Saturday at Grappenhall Community Centre on Bell House Lane. Admission is £1.50 for adults and 50p for children between 1pm and 4pm.

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