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Sacrilege! Usually there's a long screw comes down from the top of the tank but it can't be used in this case because of the difference in the fittings on the top of 143's tank compared to the earlier batch of NGG16s which the kit was made to represent. The outline of the tank is clear to see here although it has yet to have the outer wrapper fitted.

Green Diesels At Work Much of my locomotives and rolling stock live for long periods in storage as I seldom have the space and time to set up my layouts and give them a good run. Therefore, it's always welcome when I'm offered access to other folks' larger layouts, allowing the locos to stretch their legs, so to speak.

The cheapest loco kit in the world, finished. Finally finished, the Phil Sharples loco is looking pretty good. Most importantly, I enjoyed mucking around with this kit quite a lot. Nothing earth-shattering took place, but I tried a few new things and I've some ideas for future project. The most important thing is the model is done.

Shrinking the world: why we can't resist model villages And from there it's just a leap away to Minimundus in Carinthia, Austria, a global aggregation of the White House and the Taj Mahal, and then just one skip more to France Miniature, in Élancourt, in the western suburbs of Paris, where the Eiffel Tower finally feels at home.

Small project: repurposing a covered hopper I have purchased a number of the superb covered hoppers in HO scale produced by InterMountain Railway Company, or IM, and really enjoy the level of detail and the distinctive look of these square-hatch cars.

Model railway club shares the passion [email protected] The Southern Alberta Model Railway Club opened their doors to the public and other train or model train enthusiasts this weekend to take a look at the work and additions they have added to their layout over the last while.

Wiring a battery electric loco Plan A for the Hunslet involved fitting a cheapo infra-red control system that I picked up at a show. That didn't work, so I've decided to wire it up with a switch for the moment. The bits are in the box with the rest of the kit anyway, so I might as well use them.

Nostalgia: Former Barrow Borough Transport minibus provides shuttle service ENTHUSIASTS for transport heritage had the opportunity to hop on a preserved Talbot Pullman minibus last weekend as Barrow Transport Group provided a shuttle link to Barrow Sixth Form College for the 56th exhibition by Furness Model Railway Club. The bus was supplied new to Barrow Borough Transport in June 1988 but only stayed for a year.

The Resurrection Having spent most of the previous quarter century being exhibited around southern and middle England it's been very rewarding to show to whole new audience here in the west of Scotland. Those with long memories may recall that Dduallt did make a cross-border raid to appear at the Model Rail Scotland show at the SEC in Glasgow once.

Yorkshire Garden Rail 2018 The show that used to be Elsecar has moved north to a new venue. From a heritage centre full of character to a 1970s concrete leisure centre that has a certain amount of different character if you like brutalist buildings. The move was forced on the organisers and they made the best of it.

Nostalgia: Model world of steam locomotives on show at Barrow A MODEL of a steam locomotive celebrating the traditions of the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment featured in a display of model engineering as part of last weekend's Furness Model Railway Club Exhibition. King's Own was built and displayed by Dave Fuller at Barrow Sixth Form College and is based on the LMS locomotive 6161 King's Own.

Saturday Film Club: Triang Battlespace mega layout As mentioned yesterday, I love a bit of Triang. Top of the pops has to be the Battle Space range of operating accessories and I've never seen a better display than this seen at a show in Perth. You can keep all your finescale rubbish - give me a couple of Turbo cars circulating on high level tracks!

Mayor welcomes capital for Casino Fingal Mayor Anthony Lavin welcomed the allocation of funding for Malahide Casino, as set down under the council's Capital Programme 2019-2021.

Motor Rail G-series: weathered… I've begun to bring the G-series to life with a light weathering to reflect a battered but well loved and cared for locomotive… This…

Electrical wars, Part 16 In the previous post, number 15 in the series, I described adding feeders to a stretch of track which was exhibiting a really difficult defect: intermittent lack of power. An engine operating on this track would be fine for multiple moves in both directions, then the track would be dead for a move or two, then the track would be live again.

Looking for 00-9 Scale Buildings? Looking for 00-9/HOe scale buildings? During construction of my layouts, I like to have buildings to test position, spacing and the like, and then replace them with my own later. Looking around for some 'test' buildings I came the two seen above on eBay.

Table Tops Anyway, I had a few minutes to myself the other night, and wondering what I could usefully get on with, I decided to clean up the interior castings and glue the table tops into position.

Get your voting fingers ready! 49 entrants can be seen here. Please take a look at each one, pick three and jot down their numbers. Then head over to the voting page to make your choices. All the entries are impressive and inspirational with really clever ideas that we can all take back to our own modelling efforts.

LNER 'TOAD B', Part 3 The finishing process proved to be swift and efficient, with the BR freight grey airbrushed lightly over a black undercoat, thus preserving a degree of shading between the planks and within recessed areas. This gave me a head start on the weathering, with general misted layers of 'dirt' following.

Garden Rail November Present me with some Isle of Man Railways for a Garden Rail article and you can be sure I'll bite. Our main feature this month is a beautiful selection of IOM models on their owners layout. Carrying on the theme, I've finally turned my sketch notes for the Manx station huts into something approaching a drawing.

Motor-Rail G-series: details, primed and yellow… The G-series has been an enjoyable build and things have moved along quite quickly alongside the commissions in smaller scales I've been wo…

Setrack layout in 009… As well as locomotives in all scales, I also take on layout building commissions… pictured here are the final shots of a layout built to…

A new challenge - Rail Express Magazine. The modelling bit… : Well, there was a surprise was in store for me for the latter part of 2018. Not my new hobby which I am yet to mentioned here, but being appointed as the new co-ordinator of the modelling pages of 'Rail Express' magazine or 'Rail Express Modeller'.

Hudswell Clarke 'Alpha' in 009… I've always had a soft spot for 'Alpha' - not just the shape but also the livery I think, the red lined green with black edging, combined w…

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