Nicks workshop mutterings

Various railway orientated modelling projects in my new workshop/railway room.

cameo final

Well, I had a great time over the weekend. The variety of entries was really good and it was lovely just to be there as a finalist. The first and second places were well earned and the rest of us[four layouts] all received very generous vouchers.

First place went to Newton Heath;

And second was Bristol Midland;

The others were;

Callaton Cameo

Bottom Works sidings

Dewerstone

And of course Lananta Quay

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Cameo Final at Railex

Well the layout is packed and well tested and all the locos are cleaned. Test run went well which may be a bad sign!

I’m looking forward to seeing all the other finalists and meeting all the conspirators. Should be a great show…………

Wheelwrights for Pendon….

For a change I have started building a new model for Pendon Museum. This is the Wheelwrights. The building itself is fairly basic but has a feature of a large window made with overlapping glass panes. The main feature of the building is a detailed interior which hopefully will be lit in the night scene.

When in the scene eventually it will be located quite close to the viewing glass.

I have completed the shell of the building and have been working on the interior. Details for this have been obtained from photographs found on the internet as well as a visit to Tiverton museum in Devon where they have a mock up of a wheelwright.

The brickwork is embossed Flemish garden wall bond and still needs tidying up and weathering.

The lapped glass main window is made with strips of Perspex stuck with Humbrol Clearfix and mounted behind a frame of thin card with the whole lot mounted in the opening cut out for the window.

The interior was initially lined with Howards Scenics embossed card and painted to represent dirty whitewash. The various benches, wheel horse and saw horse are made from a mixture of 1/32″ plywood, balsa wood and obechi strip. A raid of my stock boxes produced bits of carts, wheels, saws and buckets.

The next stage is to work out how to install a light tube from the base up into the roof without impeding the view of the interior!!!

LanantaQuay – wildlife

Spring is sprung

The grass is riz

I wonder where the birdies is ? ………………..

A cormorant perches on the rotten hulk drying its wings while Herring Gulls fly over the trees, some ducks come down the creek and two very large rabbits graze on the shore line watched over by a couple out for a walk!

Final resting place!

Yeoton Wharf

Yeoton Wharf has now been installed as a permanent but non operating exhibit in the museum of the South Devon Railway at Buckfastleigh. The museum curator was looking for something to demonstrate the difference between the old 7 ft Broad Gauge and the standard gauge to complement having the Broad Gauge locomotive ‘Tiny’ in the museum. If you are in the area go have a look.

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Hawthorn class Broad Gauge locomotive

I have now virtually finished ‘Hackworth’ a member of the 2-4-0 Hawthorn class of Great Western Broad Gauge locomotives. It’s mainly scratch built using etches produced for me for the footplate, splashes and valance.

The loco is finished in its final state with double buffers to facilitate working mixed gauge trains. Because of the fine tolerance between wheel and valance I elected to use a slightly smaller driving wheel to prevent shorts. The cab and boiler blackhead remain to be done as well as a suitable crew.

Lananta Quay- finalist

Wow! I have now been informed that Lananta has been selected as one of six finalists in the Model Railway Journal Cameo competition.

I shall be at Railex in Stoke Manderville in May when the final judging will be done. I feel honoured to have been selected even if it doesn’t win. I am ‘flying the flag’ for 3mm modelling and for the Broad Gauge.

Also notice that I have added ‘Quay’ to the layout title to better describe the scene modelled.

Newbies update

I have now finished the small GWR 850 class saddle tank and have been running it in on Lananta. It is finished in the late Victorian livery of dark green with Indian red frames and wheels.

I have also revamped the cassettes for Lananta so that they are now compatible at either end and I have improved the alignment of them with the rest of the layout. Slowly the general running of the layout is improving!

Also in planning is an extra Broad Gauge locomotive. I have started building a GWR 2-4-0 Hawthorn Class loco which was featured in the latest edition of the Broad Gauge Society Broadsheet. The loco chassis is almost complete and I am now waiting for some etches for the footplate and the intricate valances.

The chassis has a beam compensation with High Level Miniblox horn blocks. The gearbox is a High Level compact+ mated to a 1015 Mashima motor. This will fit up into the firebox and leave the cab free of intrusion apart from the final drive spur gear.

The one I have chosen is ‘Hackworth’ which will be finished as running towards the end of the Broad Gauge when it was fitted with double buffers to enable it to run mixed gauge trains. More about this later when the etches have been delivered………

Newbies………

Here are a couple of new additions;

Firstly is an ex L&Y Pug for use on Lakebank. This is a 3mm Society kit originally built to 12mm gauge by the late Don Hanson, a member of the South Western Group. I have converted it to 14.2mm gauge by moving the wheels out on their axles and also moving the outside cylinders further out to give clearance. This is a very characterful loco complete with a ‘waddle’ as it moves along. The two wagons are also the work of Don.

Secondly is a model of a GWR 850 class saddle tank, now awaiting painting. This is from a kit produced by Andy Shillato of the 3mm Society with additional hand turned brass dome and safety valve and buffers from a plasticard version I built about 20 years ago. The chassis is compensated and driven by a high level gearbox mated to an open frame Mashima motor. This loco is destined to be part of the standard gauge stock on my new diorama layout ‘Lananta’.

Lananta- finished!

I have now basically finished the scene. Here are a few pictures;

‘Mary’ is tied up alongside the quay with Broad and Standard Gauge wagons waiting to be unloaded…..

A Broad Gauge passenger train pulled by Bristol & Exeter Railway ‘Pearson’ 4-2-4T drifts into Lananta. A local fisherman attends to his boat while friends look on though the small child is more interested in the train….

The small station at Lananta which is based on the station building from Symonds Yat on the Wye valley line….

Standard Gauge LSWR Metropolitan(Plymouth) Tank shunts the Quay sidings…..

Details of the busy activity at the stone built end of the quay……

GWR 517 class 0-4-2T with a standard gauge local passenger train enters the scene over a wooden trestle bridge spanning a brook feeding into the estuary at low tide. There is still a disc and crossbar signal which has not yet been replaced by the more up to date semaphore type…….

Here a Broad Gauge passenger train is leaving the scene. The disused lime kilns and the remains of a rotting hulk can be clearly seen….

‘That’s all for now folks!’

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