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Wiring looms Time to add some wires to Polar Bear. The basic circuit is pretty simple - batteries wired to the motor via a DPDT switch which will handle direction and on/off duties. There is an added complication that a pair of giant LEDs will be fitted in the ends.

Waybills, Part 68: Eric Hiser’s excellent articles In this post, I want to call attention to a truly excellent series of articles about how railroads managed the movement of freight. They are by Eric L. Hiser, an attorney and expert on Santa Fe history.

Mollington Road: Ground work… I've made a concerted effort to stay focussed for once, and rather than head off down another layout plan, I'm going to finish Mollington R…

Little people A good friend, and a fellow Tredethy Wharf operator, offered to paint a few figures for my Gricer Train. I gratefully posted half a dozen…

Jones Tank bogie rebuild. At the February Running Day on the CDOGG layout in Carlisle my Jones Tank, which was built some time ago did not run at all well, in fact she failed to negotiate the circuit at all.

Craig's Shed So yesterday and today were probably the first of many modelling days in the shed when I am not working from home or from work over the next short period. Both my kids are now home, Uni is online and school will also be after the school holidays.

The Virtual Model Railway show A few weeks ago, I pondered what the model railway world would be like without exhibitions. Well, we are now in that world so we'll see what happens. One event that appeared very quickly was the Virtual Model Railway Show on Facebook. For 48 hours, people posted photos of their layouts to the group and others wandered around liking and commenting.

The Making of Wynyard Lane Right, let's get back to this Blogging lark. It's been a tough six months for the Heath family, what with family problems, family health issues and the passing of my dear Mother. Blogging has been the last thing on my mind. I have however, been building the odd Scalescenes model when I've had the chance.

And to buy one would be greedy… Looking in my loco bits box I saw a bell from a Minitrains F&C and it looked just right for a tram, on the roof would have been too tall so in the front window seemed a good idea. I've also given the loco some crew which along with the bell help to conceal the inevitable Minitrains flywheel.

More vehicles In the absence of Scalefour North I have finished off a few vehicles that have been lurking near my workbench for a while now. Starting with a couple for New Street. A Ford Fiesta and Range Rover from Oxford Diecast.

This is the best thing you will read about Newcastle United today Eval; This is a brilliant Newcastle United read. Here at The Mag we love to hear tales of how people got into supporting NUFC.

Saturday Film Club: A history of Lego trains After yesterday's collectables, let's have some more bricks from Denmark. This film is mesmerising if you were a Lego building child. I remember some of the sets shown in the middle of this. Mostly remembering that I wished my parents could afford to buy me some of them.

Still 'ere I recently noticed I haven't posted for a while, mainly because I haven't had the time to get some new work done. Other things have got in the way at the moment.Thanks to Chinas recent gift to the world' we all seem to be laying low. I just hope we all come out of this OK.

Chasing Rainbows Well what an extraordinary couple of weeks it has been. We joked before the Lincoln Newark exhibition that it might be the last one we went to in a while… and making the decision to miss Narrow Gauge North it turned out to be so.

Pride of Gwent in OO… Gwent Coal in Newport had an ex BR Class 03, number D2181 as their internal shunter for many years. It's distinctive red livery came to my a…

Friday Update: Twenty Seven Three Twenty… Such good weather this week has seen large scale models being painted, they're often difficult to spray when the weather is colder and wett…

Princess The Engineering Consu… Garratt 130 inches forward still. Now the cladding is being sorted out on the real one Himself has added the brass strip around the boile… The camera can be unforgiving sometimes - this is not as rough as it looks when seen with the Mark One eyeball.

Heritage Lego VeeDubs I've always loved Lego and always loved VWs, so combine the two and I'm a happy man. These two VW panel vans date from the 1961-67 period when Lego made a range of HO scale vehicles. There were pickups and minibus versions of this model in a variety of colours.

Dyfrdwy Tramway: In shutdown… Well the kids are off school so work has slowed to a snail pace but I have managed to play some trains in the garden as some sort of mental…

Model railway engines and carriages stolen from specialist shop - a Bachman 31 - 519 worth £230. - a Bachman 31 - 517 worth £230. - a Graham Farish three coach set worth £135. Gloucestershire Police issued CCTV stills of two people they wish to speak to in connection with the thefts.

SD & AE locomotives on the SP A detail familiar to many historians of the Southern Pacific Coast Division but perhaps not to many other SP enthusiasts, let alone to non-SP people, was the presence in late steam days of locomotives of the San Diego and Arizona Eastern in various parts of the Coast.

How wide are UK roads in OO and N gauge How wide to make your model railway roads and pavements, from Model Railway Engineer, the multi-award winning modelling website.

Shops and brickpaper in the April BRM It's all the fault of Wycrail. During my visit to the show last year, I spotted the fascinating tramway layout, Upper Oreful Street. You might remember that we'd recently produced a London themed issue and I thought an LT tramway would be a perfect fit.

Clarity and sanity In these strange and troubling times, it is refreshing to read such a lovely post from my friend Matt:. Bonne chance a toi, mon ami! I am not the most prolific of modellers, but once in a while I do get on with it. Not being shy about having opinions, you are more than likely to see my views expressed here, rather than modelling per se.

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