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!