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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.

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Kernow/Bachmanns Class 205 "Thumper"

Couldn't resist any longer.
I have been looking at one of these for months, actually years but the cost kept putting me off. The good old saying "things come to those that wait" which my parents regularly drummed into me came true.
Kernow/Bachmann went all out with this one, can sort of see why its priced like it is. 
Look at it, its gorgeous, a superb and well detailed model.

I think a new layout may be on the cards soon. EEK

Number 1122 was built 02/58 and survived until 02/80 as a 2H a 2 car unt. Built at Eastleigh, although the frames were manufactured at Ashford. Famous on the Lymington branch for a while. 
It should have been the saviour of many a branch line, but from what i have read, just wasn't given the chance. Ringwood to Poole via Wimborne, Bournemouth to Salisbury via West Moors. Dare i say, even the Somerset and Dorset. 
I get the impression that somebody had already decided that these lines were to close. Today, could have been so much different!
Anyone that travels up and down the A31 will know what i am talking about.

Bachmann DEMU Class 205
 A close up of the driving car front.
Bachmann DEMU Class 205
 You can not knock the detail. 
Passengers will be added when i fit the sound chip from Legomanbiffo.
Bachmann DEMU Class 205
 The first class area, clever they put them at the opposite end to the engine, need peace and quiet while reading the Telegraph. 
Bachmann DEMU Class 205
 The Driver trailer end. 
(couplings have been removed, we wont be needing them)
Bachmann DEMU Class 205
 The cabaling, door handles and lettering is very well done.
You could almost grab the door handle, open the door and jump aboard.  
Bachmann DEMU Class 205
 Just superb.
Bachmann DEMU Class 205
 Even the lettering is well applied.
This is the weathered version even the overspray on the windows is acceptable.
Bachmann DEMU Class 205
 I can't fault it.
Bachmann DEMU Class 205

DC Kits

Credit where credit is due.

After having a small problem with my Class 37, fitting it with one of Legomanbiffo DCC sound chips, the lights would only work in one direction. (nothing to do with the pop group)
A phone call to Biffo, a quick chat about things to try just to clarify that is was the chip and not Bachmanns famous problem with there contacts not making contact with the chassis.
I sent the chip back to Biffo on Tuesday afternoon, with a letter explaining the problem.

Biffo had explained to me that he is amazed at the amount of modellers that sends things to him without a note saying, address, name of person, what they want done or any contact details, Doh!

The Chip arrived back to me Thursday morning, That's service for you. I can't thank Biffo enough for his quick service. I think Royal mail deserves some credit here as well.
I have used a few of Legomanbiffo chips now and will continue to do so.

Disclaimer; i have never met Legomanbiffo in person or have any relation with him. he just seem a knowledgeable and helpful guy. 


Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Modelling the British Rail era

If your thinking of modelling the BR blue era, there is one book that I think is worth investing in. Even if you were around at the time, it's sometimes difficult to remember exactly what was what, how you remember something may be slightly different than the way it actually was.

Modelling the British Rail Era ISBN 0 9507960 8 5
Writen by Ian Fleming, Steve Flint, Ken Gibbons and Jeff Taylor. All well known names in the modelling world. First published in 2001 it's still of value even today. If you can find a copy it will be invaluable.

The book covers a wide variety of issues. A history of British Rail and it's goals, The Corpoate image, How stations changed, stock that was used, how trackwork changed and was developed, right down to when to use a brake van, there are even some ideas on layouts and how to model them.
Find a copy and enjoy.

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Drummond's "bug" the final

She is finished. 
After 4 months of soldering, bending, filling, glueing, cursing, bashing, bodging and anything else you can think of, yes, she is complete.
I have to say, and not trying to blow my own trumpet but, she looks stunning, I am well impressed, she (or perhaps I should say, he) runs really well. If you were at the Great Electric Train Show you may have seen her, sorry, him.
Even complete with a detailed interior.
I thought he needed something better than your average box. Searching on your usual bidding site I found an old antique type cigar box that I thought might be ideal....
........complete with a detailed inlay, describing the real thing and the model.
A couple of small jobs to do, add balance weights and number on side of carriage.
This is something that I am proud of and will cherish for a long time.

Class 73 Dapol cab interior

Well, she's back together. Well worth putting a driver in her.
May have a look at some Lazerglaze for her but am thinking it may be problematic, you see, it's like this, the glass is used to hold the cab section in which in turn is the part that is used to screw body to chassis.
Happy days

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Class 73 detailing cab interior

I thought now that the Class 73 is running fine, the cab interior could do with sprucing up.
A driver added and a spot of paint, it looks a whole lot better.
I shall fit them tomorrow when the paint has dried.
It makes a big difference having a driver, especially seeing that the cab lights are on permanately, something perhaps to look at in the near future.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Dapol's Class 73 running issues

My Class 73 from Dapol has always had running issues. Many tests and playing around didn't solve the problem. One afternoon was taken up to try and get to the bottom of this. 
Running each boggie on to a piece of paper, as soon as the first axle rode up on the paper it would just stall and I noticed that it was practically  lifting the loco off the track,  balancing on the rear axle only.
The boggies are not pivoted from the centre point but just in front of the two inner axles. There are 4 plastic lugs on each boggie for it to ride on, this limits any sideways, up and down movement of the boggie. Me being me, I cut off the 2 front lugs on each bogie and haypresto, plenty of for and aft movement.
Redoing the paper test, wow problem solved.
Really, that easy. I have been playing with this, on and off for weeks.
Further tests will be carried out, may have to attach a piece of spring wire but so far its looking good.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Railway scenes at Poole in the 1980s

Every now and then YouTube springs a surprise on you. A video appears on the screen which you can relate to, something that stirs the emotions and brings back all those happy memories of your childhood. 
Credit to Colin Stone for coming up with this one.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

The Great Electric Train Show

Last weekend, well what a weekend, a very enjoyable time at the show, plenty to see. Exton Quay was well recieved and met a fellow Cameo Compitition modeller.
I would like to thank Mike Wild for inviting me and all the staff for putting on an excellent show. Even the A34 was running fine for the journey up and back.

Parkstone Goods at Poole exhibition.

This Sunday coming (20th October 2019) Parkstone Goods will be returning to Poole exhibition at Poole Grammer school, always a good show.
The new class 37 will be making an appearance, fitted with Legomanbiffo sound and Dapol's 73 will also be making an appearance.