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Track Building – Part 2

In Part 1, I outlined the plan to build new point work for Minories for the expanded fiddle yard. Here’s how it went, starting off with how it ended up – the full sized layout up in the library at Keen House. Most of this work took place in 2016 and 2017, but it’s taken …read more.

May 31, 2020

Young MRC – Wagon Workshop

Although Young MRC meetings have had to be suspended, here’s an update from one of our regular attendees Ali and his dad Andy on some work they have had a chance to do at home. One of the projects I have been working on during lockdown and beyond was to sort out all of the …read more.

May 31, 2020

Class 419 “MLV” – Prototype history and a kit built model in OO Gauge

The Class 419 Motor Luggage Van was once a familiar sight on southern region boat trains at Platforms 1 and 2 at Victoria station. Here Chris outlines the prototype history and how he’s constructed the Replica kit in its later striking Royal Mail red livery. The Prototype In the decades before the advent of the …read more.

May 30, 2020

Sarum Road – Part 3 – Assembly and the aftermath

First Assembly The boards went together without any major problems except one – I should have allowed an extra 1/8″ to for tidying up the edges of the board tops and in two cases I had to swap the tops for backscenes – more of them later. Also, I had forgotten to drill the holes …read more.

May 28, 2020

Class 456 EMU

In the late 1980s, the success of the Network SouthEast sector, led by Chris Green, brought about an upsurge in the number of commuters on the railways. On the former Southern Region third rail lines into London, four car Class 455 EMUs had been plying the rails since 1982. Operations were normally conducted with 8 …read more.

May 25, 2020

Laser cut coaches

Like many Railway Modelling addicts I was born sometime in the middle of the last Century. At that time The Hobby (my capitals) was pursued in a cultural climate where television was monochrome if available and heavy industry was commonplace. Being a master craftsman was a mark of distinction. Computers were unknown to the  general …read more.

May 24, 2020

Constructing an Ian Kirk ‘O’ gauge Siphon H – the hard way!

I decided to do things the hard way when building a Siphon H, instead of choosing the quick and easy (and more sensible) option. I soon nicknamed the project ‘Monty Siphon’ as at times it was almost like a Monty Python sketch, where I stumbled from one problem to the next. First a little bit …read more.

May 24, 2020

Trapezium Baseboards for Minories

The classic Minories layout is a terminus to fiddle yard design – and that is what we built back in 2007 and how the layout has operated for many years and with a good team of operators we’ve presented a slick service of peak hour trains running in and out of the station’s three platforms …read more.

May 23, 2020

Lynton and Barnstable – an embryonic “OO8” project

I have always had a soft spot for the Lynton & Barnstable railway: a narrow gauge railway but with standard gauge style. Over the last couple of years we have holidayed a few times in North Devon, visited the area and, of course, the preserved railway itself. A grand little line, that is becoming a …read more.

May 22, 2020

Sarum Road – Part 2

Jumping the gun a bit – here are the completed baseboards and legs. The legs are ballasted with camping water bottles! The white structures on top are dummies for the viaducts, etc to be built. Tools The tools used (so far) have been: Tape measure Carpenter’s marking gauge Bradawl Modeller’s knife Straight edges 3′ and …read more.

May 21, 2020

Corridor Connections – improve the appearance of coaches

Hornby and other manufacturer put in a great deal of effort to ensure that an appropriate model is as accurate as possible within the tooling process, and produced at a price that we can afford. But there are extra touches that make a real difference – including closing up the corridor connections so there is …read more.

May 16, 2020

Sarum Road – Story of a OO gauge layout – Part 1

“Sarum Road” is a model of part of a locomotive depot set in the year 1956 in South London. The yard is small but busy, with a selection of Southern and BR types, as well as occasional LMS and NE locos that have crossed the Thames on transfer services. On the viaduct is a shuttle …read more.

May 14, 2020

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