Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Still Here, Still Alive

The title says a lot - and it's not a flippant one in the slightest. Over the last year (maybe longer?) I've not been well. And it's not something people talk about enough - it's not a physical condition, which makes it harder for many to understand. Depression and anxiety are subjects which many people feel embarrassed talking about, either as someone who is going through it or those who are around sufferers. Many people dismiss them, either through ignorance or small mindedness. Of course if you've never experienced these yourself, or haven't (knowingly) known someone who has experienced them, it's something which may be difficult to comprehend.


Some friends and family have turned out to be even more supportive and amazing than I could have hoped for! However some have been less impressive... You have thought I was contagious!

Hopefully there will be a few updates on here soon - I've done very little modelling over the last year really. I've had very little enthusiasm for many things sadly, but hopefully these things, as well as my own health, are improving.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Over the Ouse

Refurbished class 60, 60001, passes over the River Ouse via Goole Bridge.


There haven't been many updates recently, but normal service should resume soon.

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

A Morning in East Yorkshire


This is a nice civilised way to spend a morning - in good company, sat out int he sun by a railway line waiting for trains to go by!


I went out with my friend James for a few hours on Monday morning waiting in the sun for freight trains! Very civilised!


Click on the images to see the full size versions over on Flickr!

Saturday, 26 April 2014

York MRS 2014

Over Easter we visited the York Model Railway Show - it's very much an institution in the hobby I feel - if you're in Yorkshire and the North and you don't visit, you really are missing out.

New Bryford

One layout which was always a favourite of mine from its appearance in ModelRAIL, the old supplements, was New Bryford. So it was lovely to finally see it at the show! It's evolved and is still very much current - oddly it was much smaller than I was expecting, the photos on the original article made it appear much larger than it is. It's only 16' x 8', which is a size that many people could accommodate at home. Just the sort of layout which should be at a show!

Foston Mills

There was a great variety of exhibits at the show, the inclusion of a sub-exhibition of minimum gauge modelling was a lovely extra! There was also a good selction of larger scale modelling - Thomas loved a scenic G scale narrow gauge layout! There were a few good 7mm scale offerings too - I may have spent too much time with these. More on this another time...

Monday, 31 March 2014

Grid Farewell

Grid Farewell

York Station on 31st March 2004, the class 56 farewell tour - was it really ten years ago today?

Photo Call

Monday, 24 March 2014

In The Balance


Just a little bit of progress this afternoon with my class 08 - Brassmasters' balance weights have been added and infilled with Milliput. One of those satisfying sessions where you actually feel like you've achieved something by then end of it!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Two Days, Three Class 37s



A couple of days at Gilberdyke this week brought a total of three class 37s! Both were working track recording trains. Direct Rail Services 37607 and 37609 worked 1Q13, Derby RTC - Derby RTC via Hull and the following day 97301, formerly 37100, worked 1Q14 Neville Hill - Derby RTC via Hull. They sounded lovely!


A closer view of the class 97 passing - if you're modelling the contemporary scene, then I think they'd make a lovely subject for a model - Bachmann loco, Shawplan bits and glazing and PenBits bogies. Sorted!

Friday, 14 March 2014

The Statesman


On day one of a tour from Hull to Fort William, West Coast class 57s, 57314 and 57315 are top and tail of 1Z24 as it passes Crabley Creek Signal Box on the Hull - Selby line. It will take thirteen hours to complete the journey!

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Class 08 Improvements


Being spare at work today I managed a bit of modelling time - the longest session I've had in a long time too. Quite a nice bit of progress too with this one. New steps have been added using Crownline components recovered from a teenage effort, fitted with new handrails and a cross piece from brass strip. I have also fitted new springs as the Bachmann original are rather flat. These are from Tim Horn and are laser cut card. They are fitted over the existing spring and add a nice bit of depth to things. And they're only a couple of quid too! A big impact for little outlay in either time or money - highly recommended!

You can find them here.


Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Bob Crow 1961 - 2014


Yesterday brought a shock for RMT members with nes of the death of the RMT General Secretary Bob Crow at the age of just 52 years of age.

Enthusiasts, which I presume most readers here are, often don't see this side of the railway but it is just as relevant as any details about what livery a certain loco carried at a particular time. Whether you liked him or not, Bob Crow was someone who support and fought tirelessly for the benefit of the RMT membership - the next General Secretary will have a very tough act to follow.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

On Borrowed Time


Destined for storage within days, DBS' 60071, 'Ribblehead Viaduct', passes Crabley Creek Signal Box with 6J94, bound for Rotherham from Hull Docks.

I arrived for the late turn just as this was approaching so I managed a shot from the ground instead of the box for once!

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Euro Shed


GB Railfreight's euro-spec 66747 is seen here passing Broomfleet Signal Box with the 6C72 Hull Coal Terminal - Eggborough Power Station service. What makes it unusual is the use of JNA and KEA scrap wagons for coal traffic; GBRf have been using these for a good few months now however only in the last couple of weeks have they been seen in day light! Previously they ran empty to Hull Docks in late evening and came out full at around six o'clock in the morning.

However they are now running two return trips a day so the the first loaded working and second empty journey can be be seen at less unsociable times!

Monday, 3 February 2014

More Brake Vans


West Halton will need a couple of brake vans - I've posted about them previously here and here. I think I just like brake vans - much like signal boxes, there's something intriguing about what lies within! I found a lovely photo of a brake van at Frodingham depot on 8th June 1992, taken by John Dedman, click here to see it.

The date is absolutely perfect for my chosen time frame for West Halton so this is a must I think!


The basis will be a further Airfix brake van and a Dave Bradwell underframe kit. The underframe is exquisite! The results so far are very encouraging and despite the small size of components, once assembled they are stong and clearly a good deal of thought has gone into the design of the kit so it's not only very good in appearance but will last when actually used on a layout. And it's sprung too!


AT some point I'll write up what I've done with the brake van bodies in detail but if you buy the Dave Bradwell underframe, there's a section which covers modifications to the Airfix kit, which is well worth following. The only thing I haven't done is to mover the duckets upwards. I haven't done this on the previous one, so I wanted consistency, even if it's not strictly correct!

The brake van I'm modelling has had its end planking removed and replaced with, presumably, plywood sheeting. To replicate this I've used 5 thou brass sheet. Evergreen do 5 thou plastic but it's very flimsy so plastic isn't really suitable here if, like me, you've removed the planking to give the right appearance inside. The etched cabin ends are part of the Bradwell underframe kit, which do nicely enhance the kit!

Sunday, 2 February 2014

ModelRAIL 'Aureol'


Whatever happened to Lawrence Dickinson?


In the early nineties he wrote a couple of superb articles on diesel modelling which appeared in ModelRAIL when it was still a supplement in RAIL. The first I saw was an excellent article on modelling class 47s using the Lima model as a base. Former Rail Express editor Gareth Bayer mentioned this article in a comment on a post of mine here. The other was on modelling 40012 Aureol using a Lima model as the basis - the supplement came with RAIL No. 187, 11th - 24th Novemeber, 1992.


Bearing in mind that many articles from the old ModelRAIL supplements are very much of their time in terms of parts used - it's really only the last few years when we've had Brian Hanson's high fidelity 'Exreme Etchings' range from Shawplan - the results are amazing! 'Of their time' is not a critism, but a reflection of the very small amount of diesel specific components which were then available. The class 40 in this article is very much finescale; it's EM and features an early application of Dyna-Drive. It pre-dates Formil Model Engineering's superb loco/model specific kits too, so a there's a good deal of work in the installation here!


If you were modelling class 40s, even using the new Bachmann model, there's still much of the article which is just as relevent today as it was twenty two years ago. Given the results of the finished model, I do wonder why we've not seem more from Mr Dickinson (of the Ipswich RMA) over the years - maybe I'm wrong and have just missed other articles? If you know of others, please do let me know!