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York Road – Permanent Way takes shape

As Young Timothy has been valiantly polishing lumps of coal dust for his latest green painted shunter,  I have made a start on the crossover formation for the tunnels to the North of York Road station. The running rails for one of the turnouts are now in place, and I will start putting chair plates …read more.

Dec 30, 2020

Done Any Modelling Lately?

MRC President Tim Watson takes a look back at 2020 2020 didn’t start like any other in the Watson household. We had almost completed a four month  massive rebuild of the back of the house to make it wheelchair-friendly for Cecily: family Christmas dinner was achieved with some ingenuity laced with dust, but it took …read more.

Dec 29, 2020

PGA – Repaint programme

Having satisfied myself that the adaption of the Lima wagon  to EM works, I decided to move on to painting.  I had a pretty wide selection of bodies and existing liveries, which would easily show through new paint. So first job was a good soak in IPA – not the Greene King from the bar, …read more.

Dec 29, 2020

2020 Review – Cancelled Exhibitions and the birth of our on line shop.

2020 has been a very different year for The MRC. We started off with plans well advanced for the London Festival of Railway Modelling – the layouts were lined up, hotels booked, stewards and working parties had volunteered, vans and other logistics sorted. Then with less than a week to go, what we had feared for …read more.

Dec 28, 2020

A new Hogwarts trainset for Christmas

It is a great treat to open a trainset on Christmas Morning and it is about 60 years since I first did. I had noted this set when Hornby first announced it. It is a joint collaboration with Lionel and only the Hornby version was meant to be in the UK but somehow my daughter …read more.

Dec 28, 2020

Class 321 build for Ingatestone – Part 1

As Tom S pointed out rather longer ago than I remembered, a few of us are supposed to be building the EMUs for the Club’s OO layout project Ingatestone. My experience of 321s is on the WCML in their earliest days from the late 1980s where they had taken over from the Class 310s (with …read more.

Dec 27, 2020

Updating Lima PGAs – Suspension and Pedestals

I’m gently building some rakes of block freight that might run around the outskirts of London in the late 70s / early 80s, taking advantage of some of the more recent high quality releases like Accurascale’s PTA/JUA stone wagons, but also going back and assembling collections of older models as I find them cheaply.   …read more.

Dec 26, 2020

A rummage through the box – and 6 buildings emerge

I have not been entirely idle since my last post, although I am not sure whether what I have been doing counts as productive.  My scrap/gloat boxes get bigger and bigger, and I felt I just had to take some of the old junk and sort it out. Charitably, one might call it “upcycling”. Uncharitably….. …read more.

Dec 25, 2020

“Valour” in 2mm

After a long stay away, Valour has now gone through Ian Rathbone’s paint shop with final re-assembly and a bit of weathering in St Albans.  Ian has made an outstanding job of the lining.  It will be good to see the engine in service at the head of a 1923 Pullman train on CF, but will need …read more.

Dec 24, 2020

“Trains Around the World” – now on line to watch

In a brief window between lockdowns, we were delighted to welcome Chris Jackson, the Editor in Chief of the Railway Gazette Group to Keen House to present “Trains Around the World” – The travels of an international railway journalist.  We recorded the talk, and you can view it here: Please subscribe to the channel when …read more.

Nov 28, 2020

Bedding In – York Road (and York paving) – Part 8

We’re now beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel for the upper works of the YR tube station. The ‘plaza’ has now been paved using printed paving paper – in this picture update.    

Nov 28, 2020

1950’s overhead 25kv line project nears the end

Ingatestone received its overhead line equipment in the 1950’s which is mostly still in situ today.  Our OO layout has reached a milestone after the completion and installation of our brass replicas, scratch built by Tony Rees.   Board One was moved out of  Keen House to Tony’s home so he could continue the work …read more.

Nov 22, 2020

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