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.