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Sunday, 9 December 2018

Sunday on Shed

I am running a series of photos every Sunday that were taken
in my trainspotting days.
The Ian Allan spotting books are dated
1979-1983
All the photos were taken during these dates.
I reckon i have something close to 200 photos here, all taken in the Corporate blue period from all over the country. The idea is to post One, maybe Two photos depending on what mood i am in. 
There is allsorts, some with trains, some just looking down the line, some out of focus, some to dark, some to light, some you may ask yourself, 'what the hell' Some i don't know exact dates, some i don't know numbers but they are all going to get posted.
I ASK ONE THING
   You are welcome to use the photos but it would be nice if you would copy the link or give some credit to the guy that took em. ie ME Colin Lockyer and/or THIS BLOG.


Sunday, 2 December 2018

Sunday on Shed

I am running a series of photos every Sunday that were taken
in my trainspotting days.
The Ian Allan spotting books are dated
1979-1983
All the photos were taken during these dates.
I reckon i have something close to 200 photos here, all taken in the Corporate blue period from all over the country. The idea is to post One, maybe Two photos depending on what mood i am in. 
There is allsorts, some with trains, some just looking down the line, some out of focus, some to dark, some to light, some you may ask yourself, 'what the hell' Some i don't know exact dates, some i don't know numbers but they are all going to get posted.
I ASK ONE THING
   You are welcome to use the photos but it would be nice if you would copy the link or give some credit to the guy that took em. ie ME Colin Lockyer and/or THIS BLOG.


Monday, 26 November 2018

LSWR wagon kit

Some months ago at an exhibition i picked up a very old Lswr wagon kit. A bargain at 3 Quid.
The body was already made up although i had to unglue one end as it rocked a bit on the four corners. The body was constructed from 1mm plywood.
It appeared that all parts were present.
Trying to work out what type of wagon it was became a topic in its own right.
The Lswr built a number of Bar/open wagons but after consulting the bible, a came to the conclusion that it is one built from around 1901 to Dia 1309/1310 mainly because of the resemblance to the fox chassis.
The phot below shows all the parts in the kit.

What did intrigue me was the thin plastic strips with rivet detail punched into them, what a good idea. i had to be very careful with these as they had become very brittle.

It went together very well. I had to supply the sheet bar made from 1mm round bar and the half moon pieces at each end made from brass strip also the door stop on the chassis beam made from the same brass strip. 

The only thing missing is the draw hook on the buffer beam, i had runout so when they arrive they will be fitted.

The finished wagon. the scrawl in the bottom left hand corner does say 'Exeter' made to look like it has been rubbed off ready for its next destination to be chalked on the side.
Another note with these wagons was that the number was placed one plank lower than the lettering.

What more could you ask for, for just 3 quid.
Chuffed to bits with this little kit, just some 'Sprat & Winkles' to fit and she will be ready for service  


Sunday, 25 November 2018

Sunday on Shed

I am running a series of photos every Sunday that were taken
in my trainspotting days.
The Ian Allan spotting books are dated
1979-1983
All the photos were taken during these dates.
I reckon i have something close to 200 photos here, all taken in the Corporate blue period from all over the country. The idea is to post One, maybe Two photos depending on what mood i am in. 
There is allsorts, some with trains, some just looking down the line, some out of focus, some to dark, some to light, some you may ask yourself, 'what the hell' Some i don't know exact dates, some i don't know numbers but they are all going to get posted.
I ASK ONE THING
   You are welcome to use the photos but it would be nice if you would copy the link or give some credit to the guy that took em. ie ME Colin Lockyer and/or THIS BLOG.


Friday, 23 November 2018

Pine Road. What to do?

It's been a while since i posted anything on Pine Road. After a long hard thought about this, i have decided to part with the layout. The only reason being is to make room for a new project. I have found this a rather hard decision to make. Being the first 'real' layout i have built. 
I just couldn't bring myself to break up the layout it deserves better, and would rather it go to a good home and someone else can perhaps take it further. It would not take much to turn it in to a roundy roundy or add a fiddle yard to one end, i have used its fiddle yard for something else.

Getting sentimental here. Perhaps i am trying to reach to a certain modeller that can take care of it and really wants Pine Road and can take it into the future. wouldn't it be nice to see it at future exhibition. Someone that has more time than me, that can expand on it.

Yes.  i have already edited it twice now.

Pine Road is coming up for its 12th Birthday. It has been to a few local exhibitions and has featured in Railway Modeller April 2016. The layout is in good working order but the backscene could perhaps do with replacing. It is "L" shaped 9ft long and 4ft wide up to the thatch cottage on the left in one of the photos.

You will find loads of information about the layout on this blog and on
No stock will be included. The curtain and shelving that goes below the layout will be included. The next owner would have to arrange a van or have a big estate car to collect, as a guide it will fit in a Ford Galaxy, just. 

Payment, well, this is a difficult one, Whats it worth ????. i would like something for it to fund the future project but i am not asking thousands of pounds like i have seen some up for. we are in the hundreds as long as someone has the room and is willing to give it a good home, i am flexible. bare in mind, it is not a 'Childs' train set  

If you should be interested then PM me and we can discuss its future.






Sunday, 18 November 2018

Sunday on Shed

I am running a series of photos every Sunday that were taken
in my trainspotting days.
The Ian Allan spotting books are dated
1979-1983
All the photos were taken during these dates.
I reckon i have something close to 200 photos here, all taken in the Corporate blue period from all over the country. The idea is to post One, maybe Two photos depending on what mood i am in. 
There is allsorts, some with trains, some just looking down the line, some out of focus, some to dark, some to light, some you may ask yourself, 'what the hell' Some i don't know exact dates, some i don't know numbers but they are all going to get posted.
I ASK ONE THING
   You are welcome to use the photos but it would be nice if you would copy the link or give some credit to the guy that took em. ie ME Colin Lockyer and/or THIS BLOG.


Saturday, 17 November 2018

0 Gauge Terriers

What's this all about then, you may ask!

I,ve been rather busy lately, what with exhibitions etc, the blog has been somewhat neglected lately but anyhow a little story to tell.

Some months ago after an evening searching around on eBay, (always a bad idea after a couple of beers) i came across an 0 gauge Terrier that was selling at a very reasonable price. what is one to do, putting in a silly bid thinking that's the end of that. A few days later, you have one this item. Oh heck. Well, it was cheap.

I know nothing about 0 gauge so why would i need a terrier and more importantly, what's all this going to lead to? I later learnt that its actually made from brass and one that was produced by Finescale Brass 
It was a bit battered with wheels not fitted although they were in the box. After a bit of a clean up, it ran faultlessly. 
It needs painting. After a chat with Finescale Brass he put me in touch with a guy. Warren Haywood his site is worth a look. I duly sent the model off to him explaining my requirements.
Now, you all know my love of anything LSWR and knowing that Two Terriers were purchased in 1903 by the LSWR for the Lyme Regis branch, Nos 668 Clapham  becoming LSWR 735 and 646 Newington becoming LSWR 734. They were both different in many ways. After all this they weren't particularly successful on the branch. 
I am aware that the model is not strictly accurate for No 735 its actually more an Isle of Wight version but in Lswr livery, i couldn't resist the temptation.
Finescale Brass 0 Gauge Terrier LSWR No 735
 Warren has done a superb job on the livery. It's not the easiest.
Finescale Brass 0 Gauge Terrier LSWR No 735

Finescale Brass 0 Gauge Terrier LSWR No 735

Finescale Brass 0 Gauge Terrier LSWR No 735

Finescale Brass 0 Gauge Terrier LSWR No 735
 Lets fast forward to the Taunton Exhibition.
I was aware that Dapol had brought out an Lswr version of there Terrier. Cheltenham models was opposite our stand and i spent the weekend looking at No 734. I succumbed on the Sunday and bought one. Now we have one, DC and one DCC with sound.
Can this hobby of become an addiction? well, it would appear so.
Dapol 0 Gauge Terrier LSWR No 734

Dapol 0 Gauge Terrier LSWR No 734

Dapol 0 Gauge Terrier LSWR No 734

Dapol 0 Gauge Terrier LSWR No 734
 The Two of them back to back
Dapol/Finescale Brass 0 Gauge Terrier LSWR No 734/735
 Front to front
Dapol/Finescale Brass 0 Gauge Terrier LSWR No 734/735

Dapol/Finescale Brass 0 Gauge Terrier LSWR No 734/735
 Oh boy, do they look good together. A marriage made in heaven.
I have since bought crews for them, They will have real coal added and some weathering. They look so good i am somewhat reluctant to go much further than that.
They are a slightly different green but then Sun, Sea and sand can cause havoc with paint.  
Dapol/Finescale Brass 0 Gauge Terrier LSWR No 734/735
 Is this going to be the start of an 0 Gauge layout, probably not but there is something ticking away in the back of my head, perhaps one day as ones sight begins to fail.
I have got my beady eye on some of these though