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Posted on: 1 Mar 2021, 20:56


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Hi The 7f was built by the Midland for the SDJR I believe but they did use it themselves . I have a picture somewhere that shows one crossing Park road Gloucester from the wagon works to the Eastgate (midland) station. I don't know if it was on the shed allocation it is a good looking engine some day i will track down the shed allocation for Gloucester. Gloucester railways were half GWR and half Midland the Orchard docks sidings and the wagon works were accessed via the Tuffley loop. Most engines were Midland and remained so up to and though the LMS to BR . You certainly have lot and varied collection of loco's . Jim
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Posted on: 28 Feb 2021, 17:37


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Yes since my return to to now the latest models do seem on the whole very good and generally smooth. I an very impressed with the Heljan 47xx though i have no diesels i feel sure it could hold it's own perhaps someone might try this. All the manufacturers are raising their game which is to the good for all. Although i have mainly GWR loco's i do have some from other companies and no doubt will be buying more in the future. I have a plan of sorts to have most GWR types in my shed for the period i am modelling in . Jim
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Posted on: 28 Feb 2021, 12:41


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Hi .I must of missed that information but yes prototypical although slow the 72 runs very smooth . All that's missing from my collection is a 52/42xx and the GWR version of the Robinson 2-8-0 then the large freight loco's section will be complete. Thanks 34C for your reply .Jim
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Posted on: 27 Feb 2021, 22:11


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Hi Just received a new loco well it's never been run but a few years old . A 28xx so not having a running layout at the moment i set up a test track on the floor not ideal i know but i needed to check it was working. So after some oil in the right places i ran it for a while forwards backwards turned it round and run it forwards and backwards again all good. While i had the track set up i decided to run a couple of loco's that i did not run last time(Christmas). One of which is a 72xx as i recalled it never went very fast in fact it must be the slowest running loco i have. I had to turn the controller quite far before it will even budge and on full power is about half as fast as the 28xx . I know this is a freight engine so will not be very fast, any way i'm wondering if the model is particularly geared that way to assimilate the prototype . To further test this i decided to put it front of some wagons thirteen war wells five Oxford and eight Hattons /Bachmann. and a GWR Toad. The Oxford versions are very light in weight where as the Hattons versions are quite weighty . Seeing as i have not had these run before i went the whole hog and loaded the three Oxford and ten of the twelve Airfix Sherman tanks i have on the wagons. As a side the Oxford Shermans have diecast hulls so are heavier than the plastic Airfix models.

The results were as :-this train made no difference to the 72xx no slipping and seemed to run not much slower than without pulling the train. The 28xx however applying to much power slipped but when applying power slowly pulled away ok though if you put full power would slip again so half power only. I also tried three other loco's 38xx , better than the 28xx , 47xx Heljan (very heavy model) pulled no problem at all excellent and a Bachmann 57xx , slipped badly to start but once going pulled ok. Has any one got any thoughts as to why this loco' is slow i have heard of complaints about this loco but not about its running. I am not bothered about the speed just curious that it should be this way .Jim
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Posted on: 25 Feb 2021, 20:40


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Hi Robert Looking fine i like the castle ruin and the way you have blended the your scenics with the backscene. Always impresses me when people get this right and can make or break the overall look. I also like the curved back scene i was not sure about this as i thought i would use this space to fill with buildings and or trees but what you have is very effective. Anyway looking good. Jim
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Posted on: 23 Feb 2021, 20:27


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Hi Robert Nice to see your layout making progress i can understand your frustration i think most on hear get that at some point . But looking at your pictures your making some good progress to me this is looking good. I agree with Alan it's your layout and it's not that your going to on tour with it. As long as you get enjoyment from it then all else is irrelevant anyone can pick holes in the best of model layouts most have to make compromises in any case due to space and there lies the crux. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing. Jim
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Posted on: 25 Jan 2021, 19:10


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Hi Where I live and work there are quite a few railway structures 90% of which are blue brick these were built late 1800s . Some of these indeed do have weeds growing out of them but to be fair they were well constructed and appear not to have had to many repairs done to them over time . Blue brick or engineering brick as we call them are very tough and good for use in damp conditions. Many homes were built with blue brick at ground level and in many cases it has taken up 100 years of the buildings life for there to be rising damp. I am modelling loosely the 30s /40s . Areas like platform walls would of course been covered in grime and more black or darker dirty blue to look at .So once painted will be weathered. Thanks for your help and replies. Jim
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Posted on: 24 Jan 2021, 16:50


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Thank you both they both look like good options . I have not tried airbrushing with enamel but using a brush for brick work works just as well. I have used Vallejo and i have primer though i'm new to airbrushing i 've done a bit and quite enjoying the challenge. I may try both the Phoenix could be mixed with white to make some variation or even black. At least i have somewhere to start. Thanks. Jim
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Posted on: 24 Jan 2021, 14:54


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Hi It my intension to scratch build some of the Railway structures on my layout for example bridges viaducts platform walls retaining walls ect. The reason is most of the structures around Gloucestershire part of Severn Valley were built that way by both the Midland and GW railways . I have not found any off the shelf kits with blue brick they are either stone or red brick so i intend to make my own . The problem comes to colour , you can buy red brick in different shades but i have not found any specific blue . My thoughts are to use different shades and/or mixtures of blue though i can see this could be problematic with consistency from painting session to session and even painting an eight feet long platform. I will have to make detailed notes of makes of paint and quantities for mixtures . I will most definitely have to experiment but where to start and with what colours . If anybody has any ideas that could point me in the right direction that will save me buying to many pots of paint some which i may never use. I will be using Acrylics airbrushing and or brushing. So I would grateful for any help. Jim
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Posted on: 1 Jan 2021, 17:30


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It Sounds like you are happy with what you have . How high off the floor is your duck under as a mater of interest ?You are always a source of very useful information and is something a I am looking at for myself to duck under or not. If I were using N I would not need a duck under either. Back to the layout sorry to go off topic do you have storage tracks behind the back scene if so how do you see behind it. Jim
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Posted on: 1 Jan 2021, 13:28


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Hi Nice work looks really good .It's a shame my fingers are to big I struggle with 00. N has come along way and what you have shows just that the thought you can have longer trains in more limited space is very appealing . Thanks for posting .Jim
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Posted on: 1 Jan 2021, 13:13


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Hi Nice to see your post, on my layout has been a bit thin on the ground. Sitting back and watching trains go round on there own without to much intervention is something i would like with occasional shunting operation. Would your storage yard be hidden if your are trying to have stock recognition . How would station announcements be made are you going to run sound loco's possibly with train running sounds pulling into the station brakes, whistles, steam releasing, passenger doors slamming ect. Or would these announcements be just on a computer screen. Either way it sounds very interesting and i will follow your progress. By the way for someone who does not like woodwork yours looks good . The only thing i would say is the ply may benefit from more support along the length something that may be possible to add if need be. Thanks for posting look forward to more updates. Jim
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Posted on: 31 Dec 2020, 12:53


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Hi This year i was intending to build my shed in the summer . However with both my sons undertaking renovations of there respective homes dear old dad has been recruited to help . I do so not because i have to but because i want to . At the moment i'm still working full time but will be retiring in two years time. My plan was to build my shed and have the layout in place in that time . The first layout was called Much Faffing which pretty much sums up my railway modelling . I''ll get there eventually . Well enough waffling (faffing) how far did i get, a couple of water filled trenches . I do have some materials for the floor and the cladding . In the last month I have aquired three new loco's and a fare few wagon stock also built a couple of wagons being a inspired by Derek of Thorton and others posting on his thread . Still a bit to do on my sons properties so it looks like the base for the shed may not start for a couple of months this might see better weather and more progress in the spring. So fingers crossed that 2021 will be a lot better in so many ways. Happy new year to you all please stay safe. Jim
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Posted on: 28 Dec 2020, 12:54


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Hi Dereck. You have done a good job on the wagons though i'm no expert . You inspired me to buy a couple of wagons myself, a GWR Mink and a Beetle. I can see what Graham was saying with the brass bearing cups pushing the axle boxes out of upright. It was a bit of a fiddle. I built the Mink next and the floor was twisted so i had to pack one of the axle boxes too straighten it . They both went together fairly well but i don't understand why one has metal wheels and the other plastic . Did you find this with your models ? I hope had a good and safe Christmas .Jim
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Posted on: 28 Dec 2020, 12:20


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Hi. Father Christmas was kind to me this year, must have been good. I also received an Hornby King and 61xx, the 43xx was on pre-order. As yet i have not been able to run them but i must say they look quality. I do hope that they run as good as they look . My two other 43's are the Bachmann versions with split chassis one of which is doing the split chassis wobble. I was hoping Bachmann would have replaced the mechanism like they have with other models but i won't hold my breath . I was thinking of setting up a test track in the loft but it has been snowing here which is unusual and is cold up there and not very comfortable. Although i have not run them i have been busy painting some wagons i built before the holidays. I hope you have all had a good Christmas and under the circumstances a safe one. Jim
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Posted on: 5 Dec 2020, 17:40


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Hi Just received 2x Lenz standard +v2 from Wickness Models very prompt service . Now just need some track to run these new loco's on . Aside from that i have been looking at the virtual Warley with the various videos one being Peco with some interesting
new additions to their bullhead track hopefully by the time i get to building the new layout they will have the full range . Jim
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Posted on: 30 Nov 2020, 19:13


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Hi Thanks Lenz standard it will be sounds quite reasonably priced to.
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Posted on: 29 Nov 2020, 18:14


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Hi The King has arrived that is King Edward V and very nice it is to. I look forward to running these engines . I know this is not a new release i think the first models were released a couple of years ago and this latest probably a few months ago . It was bought from Hattons and looks very detailed. I am now trying to buy loco's that are Dcc fitted but this one is Dcc ready so i will have to get a de-coder any recommendations ?Well so far i think that Hornby have done a good job we will see when i get a chance to run it as to how it performs .Jim
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Posted on: 28 Nov 2020, 17:38


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Thanks for the heads up on the pony truck . As i have no layout at the moment i will not be able to check or run in . I do have my grandsons small trainset which is currently in the garage awaiting further work over Christmas i will get it set up and give this and the King Edward and the 61xx both Hornby a good look and run in biggrin.gif. his year has been quite nice for Loco's normally i might get one although the 43 has been on order for some time and was bought by me . Thanks .Jim
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Posted on: 21 Nov 2020, 17:57


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Hi Just received my Dapol 43xx DCC Fitted it looks good so far . But i had a long week and a busy day so decided to de-stress with a couple of beers so not really in the ideal frame of mind to take an in depth look at it. The engine is one of my favourites as it had many duties and was found all over the GWR . I have two Bachmann versions that were running really well but only one is now running ok the other is not . I have not investigated the reasons for this but i suspect it is the split chassis problem which has dogged this model type from the original Mainline models. I often look at some modellers on you tube and one Sams trains is for me quite interesting he has done of a review of one of these models . Far from being experienced enough to say how good this is i thought he did a good job. When i get some time i will put some pictures up of my engine . Jim
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Posted on: 2 Nov 2020, 20:10


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Hi Thanks Julian for your interest i have got the ballast coming tomorrow so if it's dry on Sunday i'll be out digging some more holes. The shed is to have a wooden floor resting on concrete blocks led flat hence the trenches. Plenty to do but should be worth the effort though. Jim
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Posted on: 2 Nov 2020, 19:56


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Hi I only have a few loco's that are chipped and do have quite a few de-coders ready to install. I'm afraid it might be a while before there will be some track to run them on. As i said most engines are Hornby made in China i have not looked at all of them so i don't how many will have Ringfield motors. They did all run quite smoothly so i will try what you have suggested when i get to that time . Thanks again . Jim
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Posted on: 31 Oct 2020, 20:54


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Hi Has it really been 7 years since my last entry on my own layout . The garage did not work out and maybe i knew it would not, i always thought a shed would be more suitable . Anyway for a while like many others when you get a bit stuck you can lose your mojo . It was my intention to build a purpose built shed strictly for my model railway the size has been a bit of challenge . Firstly SWIMBO says it will take up to much garden after a little double glazing salesmanship i sort of convinced her of the value of a garden room should the time come the railway cannot be used. Secondly planning and building regulations Fortunately i don't need planning unfortunately it does come under building regs . This means that the structure has to be built out of non-combustable material . This has put the cost up and will delay things a bit. I was planning to start during the summer but i found myself working on my eldest sons flat refurbishment which is still going on but nearly finished . How ever my youngest son has now started his own project i suppose they are making the most of their fathers abilities while he still has them ha . To be fair the younger son has more building experience and has better use of his hands than his brother whose talent lies elsewhere

So I have started with the foundations and started digging ,i've filled 2 one ton bags of soil i've got some type one ballast , conti mix and cement on order due before the lock down should i end up finding some time and already have the floor joist . I don't now how much time this is going to take originally i was hoping i would have the shed /garden room up and in the dry by Christmas but i think that will not happen now. One of the trenches is now half filled with water so the weather is also playing it's part it will happen i just have to be patient. I have about 2 years before retirement not decided yet to stay on part time to help my pension this project is aiming for some of the spare time i will have when that time is here.

I will change the name of the layout when i start to build the layout which will be into next year . I am hoping to use some of the baseboards and track from Much Faffing . I was not intending on posting anything until i had the shed built but On my layout has been a bit thread bare lately . Not sure how much any body wants to see a construction of my shed but i will take some pictures any way and post if there is enough interest expressed sorry such a long post and no pictures . Comments welcome .Jim
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Posted on: 31 Oct 2020, 20:51


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Hi Has it really been 7 years since my last entry on my own layout . The garage did not work out and maybe i knew it would not, i always thought a shed would be more suitable . Anyway for a while like many others when you get a bit stuck you can lose your mojo . It was my intention to build a purpose built shed strictly for my model railway the size has been a bit of challenge . Firstly SWIMBO says it will take up to much garden after a little double glazing salesmanship i sort of convinced her of the value of a garden room should the time come the railway cannot be used. Secondly planning and building regulations Fortunately i don't need planning unfortunately it does come under building regs . This means that the structure has to be built out of non-combustable material . This has put the cost up and will delay things a bit. I was planning to start during the summer but i found myself working on my eldest sons flat refurbishment which is still going on but nearly finished . How ever my youngest son has now started his own project i suppose they are making the most of their fathers abilities while he still has them ha . To be fair the younger son has more building experience and has better use of his hands than his brother whose talent lies elsewhere

So I have started with the foundations and started digging ,i've filled 2 one ton bags of soil i've got some type one ballast , conti mix and cement on order due before the lock down should i end up finding some time and already have the floor joist . I don't now how much time this is going to take originally i was hoping i would have the shed /garden room up and in the dry by Christmas but i think that will not happen now. One of the trenches is now half filled with water so the weather is also playing it's part it will happen i just have to be patient. I have about 2 years before retirement not decided yet to stay on part time to help my pension this project is aiming for some of the spare time i will have when that time is here.

I will change the name of the layout when i start to build the layout which will be into next year . I am hoping to use some of the baseboards and track from Much Faffing . I was not intending on posting anything until i had the shed built but On my layout has been a bit thread bare lately . Not sure how much any body wants to see a construction of my shed but i will take some pictures any way and post if there is enough interest expressed sorry such a long post and no pictures . Comments welcome .Jim
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Posted on: 31 Oct 2020, 18:33


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Hi Thanks for the tips . Still looking at these conversions , i' will be using DCC so will have convert this loco i've heard that Ringfield motors are not the best for DCC running so i might at a later date convert this loco to a CD motor using one of these kits . Having looked on the net it seems there are more than one supplier of conversion kits. Has anyone had experience of any these conversions? Jim
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