Friday, 22 June 2018

Quarry Sidings plus new Minitrains loco 009.


 Sid is having a quick five minutes rest as twilight arrives.
Quarry Sidings lends itself to these kind of pictures as, being on its own turntable, posing a scene is just a matter of rotating the layout.
Below are images of the new Minitrains Contractor Locomotive- Catalogue 2001.
Similar in style to a previous Eggerbahn product, this is an all new model- you can tell because running is excellent straight from the box.
The headlight illuminates when running in a forward direction-


Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Swanage Railway May 2018.

 Just a few pictures of Swanage during a dull drizzling day during May. So sorry about the photos being below par.
For some reason the last two digits had been removed from the cab of Sir Keith Park- i didn't notice until I got home. Maybe someone knows?










Monday, 18 June 2018

009 Woody Lane - weathering the track.

Oh the joy of retirement. One day 4mm, one day 3mm and another 009.
Woody lane is progressing slowly and this shows that the track has been weathered- the ballast has been mixed so need a steady hand and calm disposition to lay the mixture and secure it all in place-soon!
The track has been sprayed with Humbrol 29 , the point contacts having been masked and then touched up with a fine brush.
Doesn't look too bad so far!

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Dapol 4mm B4 0-4-0 Tank .


 I had forgotten all about this release from Dapol.
A good offer from Rails was acted upon and shortly after this little beauty arrived from Sheffield.
I know that ''it runs superbly straight from the box'' is a bit overused but in this case I will make an exception- it is absolutely stunning!
A couple of crew members have been fixed in place and but for some headcode discs it is ready for work. It has already worked Woodlands and this has given me some impetus to crack on with the 4mm layout.



Thursday, 14 June 2018

009 Dolgoch kit and chassis.

 This is as far as I have reached with the GEM Dolgoch. Yes I know I already have a Bachmann Skarloey which has been turned into Jasmine but I do like a bit of kitbuilding.
So, Neville Kent of N-Drive supplied the chassis which, after some slight modification is nearing fitment to the body. It is a bit tight between the top of the motor and the underside of the boiler but if it was easy everyone would be doing it!!

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

009 Quarry Siding- Securing the Premises.

 One thing I thought that Quarry Siding lacked was a gate to keep the undesirables out.
Looking through the bits box I found a PECO gate and post.
A quick coat of dull brown dry brushed witha darker tone saw the desired effect.
A quick twirl of a drill saw a couple of mounting holes created, a touch of glue and hey presto!
I had considered permanently attaching the JCB and tipper truck but having them loose allows for a change of era so I already have a Volvo digger plus a Bedford TK tipper to substitute the JCB and AEC tipper.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Quarry Sidings.

 I have spent time searching a Thesaurus for an alternative to Quarry Siding but to no avail. No local locations were plausible so I have decided to stick with the original.
However, I have painted the fascia and added the name from my wooden lettering previously described that was purchased from The Works.
Shown is the bare layout as purchased.
 I have been sourcing a short wheelbase tipper and other vehicles so that alternative periods can be substituted.