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When i left school back then i was lucky enough to enroll on an engineering apprenticeship. I think this lead me in good stead. I was always one of those children that pulled things apart but actually put them back together again. My first engine given to me at the age of Seven, a Triang Princess Elizabeth. The rest as they say is History. Later in life i got back in to Model Railways and started building Pine Road. This could lead anywhere so i hope you enjoy my Blog.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Parkstone Goods and a trip to EUROTRACKS

I was invited to take 'Parkstone Goods' to

It was a good chance to actually take some good pics of Parkstone Goods, something that i keep meaning to do but never got round to do it.

Class 37 brings in a coal train from South Wales. The coal will be taken down the branch by George Jennings, the coal was used to fire the kilns. 
Class 37 222 pulling out on its way back to Poole
A Class 33 this is number 33 117 one of the pushpull examples.
33 117

09 025 having a break after shunting duties. It was a regular visitor around Poole and Bournemouth, so much so, someone even added a "HW" shed code to the 09 for Hamworthy  
09 025
33 117 has just dropped off a train of empty pipe wagons, it has ran round its train and is awaiting a clear road back to Poole.
The wagons will be taken down the branch to be loaded with pipes made at the South Western Potteries.

Class 33 117

 George Jennings puffing up the branch. Parkstone had a strange track arrangement in the yard, Not available from Peco! 
George Jennings

 A view across the yard with the Purbeck hills in the background.
Mineral wagons are waiting for there turn down the branch.
View across the yard

The Coal office, notice the weight bridge beside the coal office and not in front as is usual practice. 
The coal office
 The Coal staithes, notice they are next to the line as contrary to popular belief, this has often been discussed in "Railway Modeller"
I have proof!
Coal staithes 
 The branch goes off to the right, the line to the left is the line to the coal staithes. Notice the old ash pan, presumably for the use of George Jennings. 
The crossing
 A Black and White version.
George Jennings and the Purbecks 
 I love this photo, so much to look at here. The Purbeck hills in the background with Brownsea Island below. Parkstone Bay can be seen below with a few yacht masts above the hedge row. The typical Southern concrete storage shed to the right, an old ash pan and the Southern hooped gas lamp. The ground signal protects the branch entrance to the yard.
Ignore this signal at your peril. 
George Jennings
 Looking down on the goods shed from the corner of Alton Road and Osborne Road
Corner of Alton road and Osborne road
 The retaining wall, bridge and railings are the only thing that remain. The bridge is made from precast concrete components, although from the Bournemouth side of the bridge the original stone arch single road bridge is still in place. 
End stops
 Your typical white van man waiting for his next job.
Cup of Tea Burt?
Don't mind if i do, Charlie. 
Time for Tea
 "Oh Burt, you going to do anything today or ya just gunna prop ur van up.
In Transit and an old AEC
 Up the 1 in 30 gradient to the yard.
Wagons roll
 This view is almost identical to a photo given to me by Colin Stone, the Author of the book
'Rails to Poole Harbour'
Empty wagons
 Here we are, ready for action.
Me on the right and my good friend and chief operator, Nigel on the Left, he's my right hand man, so, why you on the left then.
He's on your left and my right,
Confused, you are now. 
Me, on the right and Nigel
 Come on George, where are you, we gotta get down the branch, there waiting for coal. Naughty trucks! 
Waiting for a tow down the branch
 Hey, Nigel was on top of the world all weekend.
Set up ready to go 
 There you are George, Trucks are awaiting.
George Jennings on the branch
 A view across the yard looking towards the Bay
The yard

B&W version of George Jennings

Towards the yard entrance

Brownsea island and the Purbeck hills

Quite a spacious yard

Finally, one for you Phil Parker Although technically not a cake, more a pastry but very nice indeed. 
Cake, well Pastry really!
I would like to thank the organisers of the Solent Model Railway Group for inviting me and for putting on a great show. 

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Exton Quays. The Station Building

It is.
It has a station building.
Exton Quays has a station building!
Based on the one at Breamore (but its not Breamore).
Still a bit to do but its there in all its glory.
Exton Quays station building

Exton Quays

Exton Quays

Exton Quays Ariel view

Station Building
 Breamore had an unusual feature. The lever frame was placed on the platform after the signal box was taken out of use, this allowed the station to be operated by one man. (i wonder what the unions had to say about that)
I have never seen this modelled before so i thought it would be a good feature on Exton Quays as the lack space for a Signal box is evident. 
Exton Quays

Ok, i cheated, these are the 'York modelmaking' tiles but repainted and weathered. I have used them before on the Goods shed for 'Parkstone Goods' and found them very good.

The lead guttering where the roof turns a corner is nothing more than grey insulation tape.( apply before tiles)

There is one drawback with embossed 'Plasikard' turning the the corner, try as i might it is really difficult to get the bricks to line up.
The ridge tiles are strips of Evergreen angle strip, filed and painted.
Exton Quays Chimney
 The Awning, not yet completed. We have the green bits to do and add the glazing. 
Exton Quays
 Coming along
Exton Quays
An old photy
Exton Quays
 And a touched in one, ok i was bored!
Exton Quays

Sunday, 11 February 2018

King Harry's coaches

For something completely different,
Or as i hinted in a previous post, a trip to the DARK SIDE.
King Harry's Coaches.
Have a look, you can hire these out.
Anyway, back to the story.
My Boss use to work on these when he left school and he had organised a trip on one.
I was asked if i could paint a model of a harrington Cavalier in the King's Harry livery.
I was duly presented with one of these
and a photo
Well, this is the result
I blame the camera but the green is a lot darker in real life.

 I used some 'Crafty craft' printable transfer paper for the logo on the back but its only as good as your printer. Trying to print something that's 14mm x 6mm, it's small