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3 x 1 Plank A personal quickie I worked on last week for me between commercial jobs, all on a 3x1 plank. The inspiration is the Wisbech and Upwell Tramway, a mostly unfenced railway that ran next to, or actually along the road in deepest Cambridgeshire through to the 1960's.

Shakedown I mentioned in passing on here a few weeks ago that we have a new locomotive project - a Backwoods kit for the Lynton and Barnstaple Baldwin… Bron Hebog is all packed up and ready to head 'home' to the top left hand corner of Wales this weekend.

The Sharing of knowledge and other distractions Now that I have a bit of real estate to play with, and with the layout in the spare room, combined with all sorts of fun I get up to in the shed. I believe now that I may have it good.

UNIMOG ODYSSEY. Part 4 As explained in previous posts, I've been building a Revell 1:24 scale Mercedes Unimog over the past few months. Work ground to a halt for a while, due to holidays and work commitments. But, the bodywork is now starting to take shape, with the cab painted and ready for glazing and the rear load deck and gritting hopper assembled.

Finally getting to the Backdrops Over the past few months when not getting distracted, I have made a slow start in addressing one of the major unfinished aspects of Philip's Creek, the lack of backdrops around most of the layout.

Painting the GVT wagon After a coat of grey primer to provide a nice base colour, I've painted the GVT wagon with the lighter base colours from a Lifecolor "Weathered Wood" set. For variety, a "replacement" plank uses the mid-colour. Ironwork is Revell Anthracite Grey, quickly becoming my favourite colour enamel.

Las Vegas may get a real railway station again SINCE Amtrak closed down its passenger-rail service through Las Vegas in 1997, train spotters looking for its station have had to go to Miniatur Wunderland, a model-railway museum in Hamburg, Germany.

Strictly Come Casting The ladies in my house love to watch the various non-entities you've never heard of attempting to dance, and this is good news for me because it means every Saturday night there's a window of opportunity for me to disappear into the man cave and get on with a project with absolutely zero risk of me being accused of ignoring them!

Tings 2018 The International N Gauge Show can be a bit of a mixed bag. Some years, I don't find anything particularly inspiring, but I'm pleased to say that this year was very different. It seems that all the high-quality RTR in the scale is starting to feed through to exhibition layouts.

Walkways and sidewalks, Part 4 This thread about walkways and sidewalks is really a kind of reporting of my own efforts to remedy my lack of these features on my layout. Anyone visiting industrial or railroad facilities will find that almost any area frequently traversed by employees, or worked in by employees, is paved in one way or another.

Scale model to bring Long Melford's historic railway to life at exhibition In response to our Looking Back picture special on Long Melford's now-defunct rail line, featured in the September 13 edition of the Suffolk Free Press, the Bury St Edmunds Model Railway Club has shared a preview of a working scale model of the very same station.

Take a ride on the railway at Peco For those looking for a family day out, they need look no further than what is on offer in East Devon.

Saturday Film Club: Finsbury Park diesel depot An interesting film this week. It appears to be unedited footage from Pathe News taken at the then very new Finsbury Park diesel dept. There's nice footage of D5598, so new that it wasn't even fitted with the characteristic "ears" for the windscreen washers.

Super Duper Barn In the last post about the carriage I had just begun the process of cleaning the flash from the windows, and I managed to get that completed, made up the corridor connections out of styrene and glued them together into a basic bodyshell.

Harris "No Loss" brush review Faced with a "garden room" requiring a coat of yacht varnish before winter, I headed to the local DIY store for some new brushes. I've always been pleased with the Harris "No Loss" range. Unlike slightly cheaper brushes, they don't seem to moult hairs as you paint.

Hornby signs Warner Bros deal for Harry Potter and DC superheroes franchise Shares in model railway manufacturer Hornby jumped more than 30 per cent this morning as it was announced the collectables group signed an agreement to create products using the Harry Potter and DC superheroes franchise.

What's On Listings 20-26 Sep To announce an event or gig, call 01772 838196 or email [email protected] Theatre. Blackburn. Russell Watson: the UK's best-selling classical crossover artist. From £36.50. 7.30pm. King Georges Hall, Northgate, Blackburn. Tel: 0844 847 1664. Fri, Sep 21 only.

Garden Rail - October 2018 We've a bit more American outline on the cover this month, all the way from sunny Quinton in the West Midlands. It's interesting that in garden railway terms, readers aren't put off by non-UK prototypes in the same way they are in the smaller scales. I don't receive the tantrums other editors find themselves on the end of at least.

Thoughts on operation Because I have been interested in realistically operating a model railroad since I was a teenager, I sometimes am surprised to hear modelers express lack of knowledge or even lack of interest in operation.

Dagenham-based model railway club celebrates successful annual showcase weekend The Ilford and West Essex Model Railway Club held their third annual showcase event in Dagenham.

Rebel Without A Tender We've always quite enjoyed making a cheeky reference to the politics of the railway or happenings, such as the model of the crashed car at Bron Hebog crossing which - as I expected - was a talking point at weekend among those 'in the know' who came to look at the layout.

Warehouse Wednesday: Steel water tower Spotted at the Churnet Valley Railway, this steel water tower.I'm pretty sure it's not an original railway structure, but then the railway hasn't built it from scratch either. My guess it the tank was bought in and mounted on new steel legs. A useful industrial structure, the modelling challenge would be the raised stars on the panels.

Some thoughts on wagon loads. Ok, it seems a little odd to start a post on wagonloads with a couple of vans but they do give away subtle signs that they are actually earning money and not just trundling around. Chalk markings and labels are the give-away here. The chalk markings are done with a sharp chinagraph pencil which allows you to smudge them and rub them out.

18th September 2018 Exhibition season always ramps up this time of year. This coming weekend i'll be at Scaleforum helping Mr Horn with his baseboard business. Hard to believe a year ago was Brettell road's exhibition debut at the same show. Scaleforum 2018 A few weeks after will see Brettell Road's 2018 show at Cradley Heath.

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