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Wagons roll…! I've been a busy little bee in the last week or so as I'm on leave and staying at home. First thing I did was to paint and then weather the 009 Society kits. Next job was to add a filler piece behind the coupling on the new NP Bagnall. Previously the cab overhung the coupler preventing coupling loops hooking on.

Garden Rail May 2019 Big stuff this month in Garden Rail. We've the largest Product News section ever - 7 pages full of new models - mostly because I was on a mission at the recent Midlands show to grab as many photos as possible. If you like your railways ride-on, the Chris McKenzie should inspire you.

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Model Railway Club to host Easter open day CHECK out four different model railway layouts and have a go at driving the trains yourself this weekend. The Thelwall and Grappenhall Model Railway Club is hosting an open day on Saturday at Grappenhall Community Centre on Bell House Lane. Admission is £1.50 for adults and 50p for children between 1pm and 4pm.

Weathering Coke Hoppers To compliment the current Skills Station module in Model Rail magazine, I've just been filming a few demonstration videos on various aspects of airbrushing. The most fun was the weathering element and a handful of Hornby's lovely BR coal/coke hoppers were treated to a few layers of airbrushed 'dirt'.

Wroclaw city guide: Where to eat, drink, shop and stay in Poland's colourful western hub If there's a feeling of "always the bridesmaid, never the bride" about Wroclaw, there's also a sense that this is slowly fading. Continually overshadowed by capital Warsaw and weekend break darling Krakow, the city, technically Poland's fourth largest after Lodz, has quietly been coming into its own.

Warehouse Wednesday: Visual Packing Driving to Ally Pally a few weeks ago, I was running early and decided to investigate a chimney I could see in the middle of some houses. What I found could be straight out of The Sweeny or The Professionals. Visual Packing is a small industrial building, parts of which must date from the end of the war.

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Pentewan layout update: redesigning the fiddle yard Progress on my HOe layout progress continues but I run into a problem that required a revision to the track plan of the fiddle yard. The original plan for my HOe layout, very loosely based on the narrow gauge railway in Pentewan in Cornwall, is a 6ft by 3 baseboard on which an oval of track would sit.

No real trains to top model show A LACK of real trains hit the model railway exhibition held in Corsham this weekend. Organiser Geoff Endacott said that ironically there were no trains to Chippenham due to engineering works, which resulted in a drop in numbers attending the show.

Ruabon Brook: layout stock… This pair of wagons are re-worked models from my childhood. Like the Dapol 14xx, they are a thread of a connection through my…

Lumber loads: an additional gondola I have mentioned several times in past blog posts that gondolas were often used for lumber loading along Southern Pacific lines. These were of course less convenient to load as well as to unload, but were pressed into service when there were not enough flat cars.

The Broads' lost rail link remembered at museum Six decades have passed since a railway line linking the Norfolk Broads to the rest of the country was closed down.

Two to go Yes only two days to go until the 14th Narrow Gauge convention gets underway on the Central Coast of New South Wales at Erina. Since going over to the dark side, black sheep or whatever you want to call it I will be attending my first convention.

Emotional reunion for former residents of Audley End station house There were happy memories and a few tears at Audley End station house when the former residents revisited for a peep inside what was once their home.

Battery box FAIL My Saltford Models Ruston is at least 30 years old, but since it had performed sterling service on previous temporary garden railways, I really wanted it to do a few circuits on the new one. The years have taken their toll on the glue joints.

N Gauge Motivation Monday In the past I've bought a used layout, in my case it was the layout that became Bawdsey. It is a good way of getting started in a new scale or gauge, and if anyone out there is looking for a flying start in N Gauge, there's a good example, 'Milton Street' being sold by a friend at the moment.

Massive model railway show to return to Thornbury A huge model railway exhibition will return to Thornbury next month. The 2019 Bristol Model Railway Exhibition will be spread over three large halls, making it the largest model railway show in the South West of England and Wales.

Red train running Finished in time for the National Garden Railway show, the wooden train was a star. It ran, after a little weight was added in the nose, faultlessly for several hours. All on the same set of two AAA batteries that I'd put in it for testing.I'm pretty sure it would have worked all day on a fresh set - amazing economy!

Why Aren't You Weathering Your Signals I can remember a time when weathering your models just meant leaving them out so that dust accumulated on them but these days weathering has become an important part of the model railway scene.

The Beck Bridge - Tectonic Shift A month or so ago I officially put the 'Beck Bridge' project on hold as I was not satisfied with the way the second version was developing. I was also struggling with getting a satisfactory water effect in the beck itself using a combination of PVA and Kleer floor polish.

How big are n gauge trains: photos and dimensions That's the big advantage of course as it means you can get more train action in a smaller space but you've yet to get your hands on one you may be wondering how small they are, are they too small to see and use? The picture above shows two similar locomotives in OO and N gauge side by side so you can compare.

Medford Railroad Park raises the gate on its 40th season Medford Railroad Park will open the gates for the 2019 season Sunday, April 14, and - weather permitting - organizers expect to see 2,400 people over the course of the day. It will be the 40th anniversary of one of Southern Oregon's most beloved parks.

National Garden Railway Show 2019 A year ago, I responded with the suggestion that the National Garden Railway show needed an actual garden railway by volunteering to build one. 12 months ago, this seemed like a good idea. As the event approached, this wore off a bit.

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