Thursday, 27 November 2008

Western Brakegear - The Conclusion

Just a quick this evening.

The brakegear from yesterday assmebled and painted. I do think it's worth the effort and really adds to the character of the locomotive.

The buffer beam and valance needs to be properly refitted; I only fitted it for the photograph! With the brakegear in place, you almost don't ntoice any problems with cab! I'm rather pleased with the result!


I know I mention my work and employer from time to time here, but today was quite an important day for GrantRail. Today saw the announcement that we are now wholly owned by VolkerWessels. This is significant step for the company and could be the start of exciting times for GrantRail - I even gave up half of my annual leave for today to hear our CEO speaking about it at head office - that's dedication isn't it?!

If you want find out more about it click here for the press release.

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Western Brakegear

This loco has been awaiting a solution for a while now. The plastic brakegear which is supplied by Heljan with their loco is quite poor really and once fitted is no where near the wheel treads! The loco is in 00, so the supplied brake gear may work in P4, but I haven't tried it with P4 wheels. Either way, whatever gauge is required I think this will look much better -

Heljan Class 52 Western with new etched brakegear.
I've begun to fit etched brakegear from Brassmasters. The detailing etches are intended to be used with the Lima Western but still provide useful parts for this example. It's not the easiest thing to fit to the Heljan model as the Heljan bogie base/keeper plate requires careful modification to remove the protrusions which cover the axle gear wheels. This leaves the bottom with holes which could allow dust and dirt in but thankfully the new etched plate for the brakegear covers the holes perfectly!

Friday, 21 November 2008

All in the details...

My office!
I haven't managed much of a contribution to any blog of late. As ever my big train set has taken up a lot of my time, so much that I found out that I have three weeks worth of holidays which I need to take before Christmas! So plenty of modelling time lies ahead. And I have a lot to do too! Varying from finishing off (finally!) the Class P1 for Botanic, which has been in a very-nearly-finished state for some time now, to finishing off brake gear on a Heljan Western using the parts from Brassmasters plus a few things in between!

Being slightly odd and looking forward to going to work, I tend to use my time out and about, as well as working, taking in the whole railway environment. So much so, that 'modern' layouts which don't have troughing routes present, for example, are really grating for me now! It does amaze me how little some modellers actually know about the railway - I'm still learning and I am aware just how little I know! But absorbing all this information makes me want to model things to a much higher degree of fidelity.

Have a look at the photo which accompanies this rambling post; first glance many people won't see anything other than a single track line. But look closer. Notice the signal in the background and the warning of a TSR (Temporary Speed Restriction)just in front of it. Heading back towards the photographer you'll see the troughing route winding its way along the line and the mileposts, both old and new. There's so much out there to inspire modellers, it's just a shame that so many miss it.