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Friday Update: Twenty-four One Twenty… I've been pushing on with large scale commissions this week, as well as finding time in the evenings or between models drying to press on wi…

Why do modern railway stations have to be glorified bus shelters? - Alastair Dalton The Railway Heritage Trust is axing its lavishly illustrated annual reports but its exemplary restoration work should be an inspiration to tomorrow's station builders. The highlight among the remaining printed documents about transport I get sent has been the Railway Heritage Trust's annual report.

Faller Hit Train The Faller Hit Train from the 1970s has been on my wishlist for around ten years judging from this post. A combination of utterly mad design and O gauge track appeals to me - more so since I got back into garden railways properly. Prices have always been a touch higher than I've wanted to pay.

Make a realistic texture thatched roof with this simple but effective technique How to make beautiful thatched roofs for model railway and dioramas. From the multi-award winning model making blog.

The first meeting of Stamford Model Rail at The Retail Data Partnership in Essendine is a a success Stamford Model Rail, which has been set up by Aileen Frisby from Stamford, met for the first time on Sunday afternoon at the Retail Data Partnership at the industrial estate in Essendine. Aileen, said: "It was lovely. It was really good.

O&K skip chassis wagons in 7/8ths… This trio of O&K skip wagons in 7/8ths are built from excellent Model-earth kits and have been finished and weathered for a c…

Full steam ahead as Casino Model Railway Museum reopens The Malahide community rejoiced on Wednesday as the Casino Model Railway Museum finally opened its doors, following a €4m restoration project. Fingal County Council oversaw works on the heritage building at the entrance to the town, which is the only thatched cottage Orne of its type in the north county.

Water Feed Pump Installing this set of water feed apparatus has been an interesting project. Using a kit from NIU Models and plenty of brass wire, the purpose was to recreate one of the two LNER 'A3s' equipped with an experimental feed water heating pump in the 1920s.

A challenge in the Hornby Collectors Club magazine If you visited the Hornby Collectors Club show at Gaydon last year, you could pick up a goodie back containing a Hornby mug and a wagon. I grabbed mine and used it as the material for a challenge in the latest HCC magazine. The wagon is a long-wheelbase open and if I'm honest, not one of the firms best.

First look at the new model railway museum in Malahide and we're impressed Housed in the Casino - a rustic 19th century thatched cottage in the heart of Malahide Village - the Casino Model Railway Museum showcases miniature handcrafted train replicas by Cyril Fry. Dundrum man Fry, who died in 1972, worked as an engineer with the Inchicore Railway Works.

Trouble In The Valleys The summer saw us taking Dduallt for its third showing in nine months, after receiving an invitation to represent the Greenock club at the… The festive season has been a bit of a washout for modelling, but on the last day of the year I found half an hour to have a go at making th… It appears my eyes may have deceived me, after all.

Waterborne Wednesday: Welsh fishing boat A nice simple fishing boat photographed in Aberystwith harbour. Not a big boat and the net handling gear at the stern is pretty simple, and therefore easy to model. The deck is full of nets and rope. It's not even that dirty, so a prototype to look to if you don't like grubby models.

All aboard: 'Unique' model railway collection returns The Fry Model Railway collection is to go on public display again after almost a decade, as its new home in Malahide in north Dublin opens its doors this week. More than 300 model trains built by Dublin engineer and railway enthusiast Cyril Fry are now permanently housed in the brand new Casino Model Railway Museum in Malahide.

Finishing touches After the brickwork is dry, it's time for some finishing touches for the hut. Windows and doors are painted. Glazing is carried out using Deluxe Materials Glue'n'Glaze. Guttering goes on after painting. I've used dull colours - Humbrol 147 pale grey for the white and Revel 8 for the black bits.

Sound DCC Hygiene My dentist occasionally gives me a lecture about practicing sound dental hygiene: by which he means brushing "properly", flossing and the use of teeny weeny little brushes that look like tiny pipe cleaners of the type my mother used to clean her cigarette holders with when I was a sprog and she wanted to look like Rita Hayworth.

SP caboose handrails I was recently asked about the color of handrails on Southern Pacific cabooses, which reminded me that I too needed answers in this area, for a Challenger brass cupola caboose I had received, painted but maybe not correctly.

Petesworkshop Dunrobin superstructure, parts in nickle silver are replacements or additions by the author The cab sides needed the top rail above the cab door thickening and the only way I could do this was to replace the whole side. I'm working on the new sides in the flat, adding the inner sliding windows which completely enclose the cab when closed.

Rainham model railway enthusiast has 'iconic life moment' as Hornby creates his steampunk designs A Rainham model railway enthusiast has had his futuristic steampunk designs patented by the British railway brand Hornby.

European interlopers… I took a few photos for use on my EuroNG Facebook page over the weekend, and couldn't resist getting out the Lyd2 and posing on East Works…

Weekend kit building… I managed a few hours on my own away from the kids this weekend, and although I'd love a model railway to go and 'play' with, at the moment…

Paint or pencil? Normally I like to colour bricks with pencil crayons, but for this model, I've gone for dry-brushed paint. I'm not really sure why. It just seemed like the right thing to do. The work is pretty simple - dry-brush Humbrol 70 everywhere followed by some other random browns that aren't very different shades.

Thousands of model railway enthusiasts descend on Blackburn THOUSANDS of railway enthusiasts flocked to Blackburn in October 1979 for the Blackburn and East Lancashire Model Railway Society's 14th annual exhibition, which took place at King George's Hall.

Blue Monday: How traditional hobbies like model railways can help your mood TODAY is officially Blue Monday, the most miserable date in the calendar, according to research, when the combination of bad weather, bills and length of time since the festive season makes us uniquely gloomy.

A lesson from 'Walkley and Wright' I spent yesterday assisting my Dad operate his new micro layout 'Walkley and Wright' at the Worksop Transport Exhibition. Built to a 300 square inch challenge the main board is 35 x 8" with a fiddle stick to the right within the area requirement. It's standard gauge but the presence of a Hornby Ruston lends it some narrow gauge flavour.

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