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Announcement. Chassis Jig

I have been banging on about an announcement for a little while now.  Well, today is the day, i won't make you wait any longer. so ...

Saturday, 30 June 2018

Heljan Class 07


It all looks a bit clean.
So, i have set about the task, to weather it a bit.
I have even managed to fit a "Sprat & Winkle" coupling Although this took a bit of hacking up under the chassis area.
Warranty invalidated.
It has also been fitted with a 6 pin chip and is now ready for action on Parkstone.
Our next exhibition with Parkstone goods is at Bridport on the 28th July 2018
Bridport Model Railway Exhibition
Be aware that if you are going to fit sound to one of these, the only place that there is room for a speaker is in the cab. Both bonnets contain a big chunk of metal.




Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Exton Quays a Warehouse.

As with all railways, they need a reason to exist.
Exton Quays is no exception.
There use to be a Fertiliser plant near Topsham, Guano was imported from South America it was unloaded on the quayside and transported to the plant by train. Finished products were then forwarded by train for delivery throughout the country by train.
Its finished, this is my take on "what might have been".
I have also included some photographs of the layout so far.

Nearly finished.
Exton Quays
 The hoist is made from scratch
Exton Quays

The transfer are home made and printed on "crafty Craft" transfer paper. 
Exton Quays

Exton Quays

Exton Quays
 A brushing of 'Smoke' weathering powder finishes off the chimney stack a treat. 
Exton Quays

Exton Quays

The finished warehouse, just needs bedding in.
Exton Quays

Exton Quays

Exton Quays

Exton Quays

Exton Quays

Exton Quays

Looking across the platform 
Exton Quays

Exton Quays

The Running in board.
Exton Quays

Exton Quays

Exton Quays

Exton Quays

A quiet sunny Sunday afternoon.
Exton Quays

Exton Quays

Exton Quays

Looking up the Bay platform.
Exton Quays
 Through the tunnel mouth. Its hard to think that this layout is only 5 feet long
Exton Quays
 You know i like my Black & White photographs.
Exton Quays

Sunday, 24 June 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, 17 June 2018

SUNDAY ON SHED

As this seems to be the general rule theses days of having a theme on your blog, linked to a particular day of the week, i thought i would join in on the act.
HENCE,
SUNDAY ON SHED
Back in the day, sort of late seventies early eighties, these were my trainspotting days. I took photos, don't you know.
Bare in mind that i was no Photographer back then and some of the picture were taken on an old Kodak instamatic camera (remember them) 
This is the plan.
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, every Sunday from now on.
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.
I will probably post this note on each Sunday as these photos have never been seen before, you know, a bit of credit Please!

As this is the first one, you get Two, you lucky people.
Gives you an idea of the sort of thing you are going to get.  




See you next Sunday, if nothing else appears during the week.

Friday, 15 June 2018

Exton Quays, A small warehouse

As with all railways, Exton Quays really needs an excuse to exist.
If anyone knows the area, a Fertiliser plant you to exist near Topsham and went by the name of Odam's. They use to process guana that was shipped in from South America.
So.
I set about building a warehouse. After viewing various photos, it became apparent that not a lot was going to fit, especially on a layout of this size and its location. Looking to become one of those 'Suck it and See' situations. No forward planning in this department.
I picked up an issue of Railway Modeller June 2018 and in there is an absolutely stunning layout built by Bob Aldermen, St Martins Wharf. On page 441 is a stunning warehouse that the gentleman has built, it got me thinking.

Odam's fertiliser factory
 Thought i would do something slightly different and change the colour of the brickwork, the idea being to Railway built structures from other buildings on the layout.
Odams Fertiliser factory
 The chimney has come from.

I think the fact that the brickwork is different actually works well.
Still some way to go.
Odams Fertiliser factory


Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Heljan Class 07

Yes, its here.
I have been waiting for some time for this.
Parkstone needs one as they ran from Bournemouth to Poole and the Hamworthy branch on a regular basis.
Heljan's Class 07, 07 005 one of the 'Pushpull' fitted ones used mainly for shunting carriage stock from Southampton Docks.
Weather its right or not, i haven't checked yet but you have to give it to Heljan, it certainly looks the part. I have never heard of a bad running Heljan product and this is no exception, running is superb straight from the box.    
Heljan Class 07 07 005

Heljan Class 07 07 005

Heljan Class 07 07 005

Heljan Class 07 07 005

Heljan Class 07 07 005

Heljan Class 07 07 005
 What more can you say.