Monday, March 30, 2009
Caught the 12.20, diesel hauled service to Stonehenge works and back. This is an unusual railway, mostly used by locals it seemed, and one which is hemmed in by houses for much of its route (even more to follow should housing plans come to fruition). The fields second is pleasant but not fantastic. The highlight has to be the numerous road crossings, controlled by two blokes with red flags, who jump off the train prior to the crossing and then get back on afterwards. This makes the journey somewhat stop-start.
Our journey was behind the big blue (ex Channel Tunnel?) diesel below.At the Leighton Buzzard (Page's Park) end, there is a large engine shed (with a public walkway around the back for viewing purposes), a decent shop and a cafe. Parking is plentiful and free.
at the other end is the works, with much going on and a few displays to look at plus a small crafts and drinks shop.
Thomas and I went looking for other locos and found this little lot...
Including this beauty! 590 anyone?
Saturday, March 28, 2009
- Seats for the longer bowsiders 19 and 20 were completed and glued in.
- 6 carrs have been found to need attention to their ride height and these are being attended too.
- Diamond mesh has arrived from scale link for the mesh on two bug boxes (zoo car and the forthcoming porthole bug)
- The mounting method for bogies has been settled (more on this in a future post), but requires the acquisition of over 60 3mm scale wheels. Dad is at a 3mm exhibition to source these.
- The WHR funkey has had air horns added and a hole drilled in its top light for the exhaust.
FR/WHR 2009 carriage formations have been announced (may change) as:
B: 111/105/14/107/120/104/Van 5
E: 2100/2010/2044/2041/2042/2045/2020/24 + B cycle wagon
F: 2115/2090/2043/2040/2060/2021/2022/23 + B cycle wagon
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
and Rhyd Ddu nameboards.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Yesterday, Dad and I unexpectedly had the chance to get on with K1 when the kids had a long sleep. In addition to the parts already done by myself, Dad added the wheels and 20T gears to the axles, popped them into the frames and added the buffer beams including overlays. Then the flycranks were sawn (with a piercing saw) out of their fret (lost wax brass), broached and crankpins added after they were tapped 14BA. These are stored ready. I added the dome to the boiler and the headlights/filler tops to the tanks after drilling the correct size holes. The gearboxes have also been folded ready. So the loco looks like this now:
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
So, moving on...more 10 BA nuts arrived and nearly every carriage now has them added to the floor above the bogie pivot holes, now that this is my favoured approach for bogie attachment.
Also 4 FR barns No.s 104-107 have all had roofs added and in the case of 2 which don't come with interiors (the worsley ones) these have been added, although they are just hacked down standard liliput interiors, and so sport a central gangway, not the 2+1 arrangement that is really correct. will anyone notice?
Much research has been done into NWNGR and heritage WHR train formations to ensure that I've got the right carriages to run behind Moel Tryfan and Beddgelert. A post about this will follow.
A small amount of scenic work has also been done on the layout, particularly in testing different forms of fencing.
I have a bit of a quandary over the bugs...I have attached the roofs prior to painting, which sounds obvious, but with a fixed floor, we have a glazing issue - I would obviously add this after painting, but wouldn't be able to.....ummmm..... what to do???
oh and a surprise email last week meant that I now have a decent (excellent actually) drawing of FR 1st obs 102. Happy days.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
First the bad news.
In attempting to solder on the tricky Pullman 2115 roof, I unfortunately mangled one of the windows and broke the cant rail above it. This took a good 30 mins to 'correct' and it's not perfect yet, although I think it passable. Claire thinks I'm being pedantic! It's the far window in the image below...
oh dear, anyway...
There will eventually be 4 seating styles in my stock. My guiding principle is that I want a base on which seated passengers look right, but that is quick and easy to install - I've too much to do to waste time building correct interiors at the moment (I may return later though). Firstly there is longitudinal seating of the parkside pattern - example below. This will be used in most heritage and NWNGR stock where its appropriate.
and Thomas helped me add the first layer of slate dust and small chippings to the 'tip' at the back of the other layout (which still hasn't got a name, so remains 'Nant Gwernol' for now).
I'm also making the platform signs for Rhyd Ddu at the moment, using slaters' plastic letters.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Monday, March 09, 2009
a load of carriages have had interior seating added:
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Saturday, March 07, 2009
So, to catch up, I now have 31 carriages with roofs. cool. That means I can nearly make up 10 trains. Needed now for the grand 11 train plan are:
- 2090 (wait to see how it comes out of Boston Lodge)
- 2010/2100 (kits required - worsley works are working on these using photographs [2010 is actually very similar to 2043 etc] and a photograph of a drawing for 2100 is freely available on the WHR project site - official drawings are hard to come by for commercial kit purposes)
- 2045 mentioned above needs thought to avoid undoing the paintwork done already.
- 2115 domed roof needs thought, but my test on car 110 has worked fine
- 1000 - another domed roof
- The Pickering brake needs an underframe, although it has a roof now
- NWNGR brake No.1 (underframe complete, needs body constructing/roof).
- Quarryman brake (needs an underframe and a roof)
- Representative FR set: need 100 and 124 (scratch building underway), 114 and 112 (roofs needed, these are next on the workbench).
Friday, March 06, 2009
Here's the buffet car done too. Bogies were also assembled for this.
The pickering brake was harder - the duckets stood up too much, so the roof had to come off, and after some judicious filing, it now looks fine.
The Gladstone car has a roof, captive nuts inside above the bogie holes, new bogies with white metal axleboxes and (the ridiculously brittle) steps added.
But I did manage to complete roofs for the 2 semi-opens 2020 and 2021.
and the unusual 2042, with its beading between the windows and original style panels above the windows.
Thursday, March 05, 2009
There are quite a few carriages on both the FR and WHR with domed ends - most of the tin cars, the obesrvation ends and the Pullman 2115. I appear to have sorted a method for adding roofs to carriages with normal shapes, but what about these domes.
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
I have also finished the underframe of NWMGRs No.1 bogie brake and... on the layout a wall was added on the Tro Fridd curve and duly partially covered in burnt grass to blend it in to the scenery.
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Last night further tree planting (prototypical) occurred around Tro Ffridd and this practically completes the trees for Rhyd Ddu. Further bushes will be added around some of them and along the stream.
Once again the camera flash affects the colours here... However, I know have a D-SLR (and tripod) so I'll be taking some better images soon.
Monday, March 02, 2009
may also be followed vintage RTR stock such as the FR bowsider, curly roofed van and slate waggons...
watch this space!
[I do hope that the roco loco is 1) DCC 2) quality and 3) a model of David Lloyd George and not Merddin, as Dad has made such a great job of my backwoods kit that I wouldn't swap that!]