Update on Multi Purpose Plank

Well, to start with, it is no longer a O Gauge Plank – it is now multi gauge with OO gauge track, magnet and ‘spratt’ height gauge added.

Although I have moved more towards O gauge, I still have some OO stock left and due to rising costs I may well use the OO as a fall back.

The only thing I need to purchase for the plank is a set of OO rolling roads.

I have Glued the original O Gauge rolling road Box to the Plank and will do the same with any new OO rolling road.

Finally, yes there is room for a N Gauge Track, if put under pressure by my son.

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O Gauge Loco’s for Les Williams

Les is a very old friend and he paid a visit on Sunday. I have known Les for over 20 years now and he is an absolute delight to ‘talk trains’ with.

Les has recently purchased some loco’s and I agreed to help him number and weather them. The below photo’s were taken by Les when he arrived home.

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Oh and one Van

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I HAVE TO SAY——–Nice wallpaper Les!!!!!!!

 

O Gauge Multi Purpose Plank

After seeing the prices of O gauge rolling roads, and nearly falling off my seat, I decided to go my own way.

What I wanted:-

A metre of track to test Loco’s on – DC to start with – later DCC!

A Rolling Road to Run In Loco’s

A Fitted Magnet to Test ‘Spratt and Winkle Couplings’.

A Jig to ensure all ‘Spratts’ are at the same height when on the track.

A Jig for the Loops for use with the ‘Spratts’

A small work area for ‘fiddling’

Permanent DC Controller with power Clips.

Space to add a DCC controller and/or a tablet.

Storage for ancillary items, Rollers etc.

Well, attached photo’s are the results so far – Although I made this in ‘O’ Gauge – I would have thought that it can be done in any gauge, within reason! The cost so far is approx £80 as most items are second-hand, nearly new.

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Further work to be done on the storage boxes so will update as they happen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Needham Mkt Exhibition (ONE MRC)

This was a very sad day, on arrival at the show we were informed that after ten years this show was to be the last. Over the years I have exhibited or visited every show and have to say this was one of the most friendly and family orientated shows in East Anglia, it will be sadly missed.

During the course of the day my wife took some photos of the layouts nearest to us, here are the results.

Norfolk Coke and Tar (our layout)

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Levingly  – Barry Aldous

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Warren Hill – Terry and Bernard

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Bottrill Street Yard- Peter Rye

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A great day with great company – we will miss this Exhibition in our yearly calendar.

 

 

 

 

A Tale of two Heljan VAA (O gauge)

Some of you may have seen my Brown VAA disguised as a ZYA Stores Van on my O gauge layout Morlock Heath, it is a small engineers depot based in the late 80’s/early 90’s.

Having purchased a Railfreight Grey/Red VAA when they first came out, and with it not now fitting easily into my current plans. I decided to convert it to a Civil Link liveried version.

The research part of the project was a disappointment – I could not find a VAA in Civil Link that was repainted and converted to a ZYA or for that matter a ZRA. I did consider shelving the project or converting the van to a VDA that did get converted. In the end I decided to proceed with the project although it was in theory – fictitious.

As it was fictitious I did not want to spend a lot of money on the project and so some compromises were used. Civil Link branding is in Black – it  should be Railfreight Grey and twice the size. The buffer beams should be black not red. And the ZYA should be white on Black. How about some graffiti to distract rivet counters?

I have now put the brown VAA back to a ‘COV AB’ as one built-in 1969, just in my main era.

The Old

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Forgive me my  lapse in reality!!!

 

Update on O Gauge Fuelling Point (Ashwell Moor)

 

Work over the weekend was moving the Stabling Point to a Fuelling Point. Extra cork has been laid to increase the size of the ‘concrete’ hard standing. I have also put Balsa wood down to form the fuelling area. Some drains will be added between the tracks later. I took the opportunity to spray between the tracks on the fuel line with ‘track dirt’ and matt black.

I have added a rear wall to the Scenecraft fuelling point as only a one track operation is needed – this was some leftover bits from my terminal station walls.

I have ordered some more items to add to the working look of a busy fuelling point. – to be added later.

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I have now undercoated the complete ‘concreted’ area.

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O Gauge Weathering for Shaun

Another couple of O gauge Heljan Diesel Locomotives for a friend, Shaun Harvey. Shaun has recently appeared in a Model Magazine with his N gauge layout, but like a lot of us, he is moving to O gauge. I won’t go into his plans, but an exciting new layout is on the way over the next year or so.

These loco’s are numbered to the pre-tops system without the ‘D’ prefix. This puts them in the 1968-72 era. Both are light to Medium weathering and are DC at present. although I think Shaun has plans for DCC.

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