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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.

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Hornby Terrier, the old one.

What's going on?

After learning about the Two Terriers that were bought by the LSWR for the Lyme Regis branch in 1903,
i seem to have attracted some sort of addiction.
It all started with an 0 gauge brass kit, (I don't actually do 0 gauge)

 then a Ks 00 gauge one turned up No734 that someone had painted to perfection, new chassis fitted and now runs a treat.

 I also have Two in Southern Railway Green.

 Dapol decided to Release there 0 Gauge version, funny that they happen to release 734

That's Five, oh yes  and the Hornby Isle of Wight No12 version.
Why i have this, i have no idea

So, on eBay in the week, the latest edition turned up, well new edition to me. This is not Hornby's new version but not realising that Hornby had done a limited version through the collectors club, it was duly purchased.
That makes seven, then.

   No more, please!

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Adams G6 part 3, Wimrail and something new.

Firstly, i would like to thank everyone for looking at my 'Grumblings' on this here Blog.
20,000 views. WoW!

Wimborne model railway society's exhibition was brilliant, thank you again for all the amazing comments on Exton Quay.
We had a brilliant weekend at the show and hopefully we have encouraged others to have a go. I must say a BIG thank you to Nigel for the help given to me as second in command. The Teacher taught the apprentice well.
ba14eagle posted a cracking video of Exton Quay. I am towards the end of Part 1.

Anyway, lets get back to the Adams G6.
This seems to be going on for a long time but exhibition etc has been taking up a lot of my time.
Not a lot to report other than it has now been painted, as i am a glutton for punishment we are going back in time back to the LSWR days. This is for a future project something i have wanted to do for a long time, no layout decided upon yet but a plan is taking shape. It will join the Terrier and the H13 Railmotor. Easton?????

Adams G6

Adams G6
There is going to be an awful lot of lining to do.

And now for something completely different.
I have wanted one of these for a long time. One popped up on E whatsit some time ago but lost out. Not to be beaten again, i won one (i will not disclose how much)
But, oh isn't she beautiful. Its part built but still a lot to do. I can feel this will involve an awful lot of head scratching, a few pints of 6X and all the patients you can muster, without going insane and ending up in some institute where they wear White coats.

For those that don't know, its Drummonds personal inspection coach, otherwise known as the 'Bug'
Built in 1898 and entered service in June 1899. There is a long story attached to the 'Bug' but it was still around until 1940

That's all folks

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Model Railways and fashion

As we know fashions change. 
I have been more aware of this lately since building Exton Quay.
One of the main questions that kept cropping up and was rattling around in my head for some time, what colour to paint the frontage?
In days gone by it was acceptable to just varnish the frontage and been done with it.
Mortomley by Steve Saxby, a cracking layout and the frontage really sets it off.

We went Through the 'Black' fase, where every layout that ever existed had a black front and black curtain.

Louville lane was a nice shade of Green/Grey

Your getting the drift on this, i can tell.

Horsley Bank, is the work of Stephen Howe an absolutely stunning layout. He took the plunge and painted it brick red but boy does it work well.

Pine Road was green, so when it came to painting Exton Quay, i can honestly say that i've never remembered seeing a blue one.
In Fact the official name is Duck egg Blue.

It would seem that Blue is the colour of the moment, the colour to be seen in on any Catwalk, sorry Exhibition floor!
as i have found another one.

Woody Lane built by Steve Fackrell.

It's Blue don't you know.
Do you know what, yes, i feel a song coming on.