2017 – Cwm Prysor’s Time!

Firstly, a belated Happy New Year to everyone. You may have noted things have been rather quiet around these parts. I have decided to cut down my online presence as I felt I was saturating my work by posting on the FB page, modelling forums and here. It seems best to focus on one place, and […]

Operating the full layout….properly!

Today has been an eventful one! This afternoon I took delivery of the Cwm Prysor Fiddleyards from Tim Horn. Things didn’t go as smooth as hoped initially, regarding mating the boards to the main layout…..eventually though, we got there. Here is how things look now! Blaenau Ffestiniog/Trawsfynydd Fiddleyard below. The cassettes are split into loco, […]

Enjoying the Hobby

Apologies for the rather ‘basic’ title of this blog, but it sums up how I’m feeling at the point. I have now finished the landscaping on the other board that runs behind the railway. I’m rather pleased with the results from this, which was probably the hardest task landscape wise. The landscaping in front of the […]

All Railways Great and Small

Last weekend, I spent an enjoyable time in that wonderful country, Wales. The two days were spent admiring railways in 4mm and Standard Gauge. The plan had initially been made for me to also make a visit up to Cwm Prysor but the weather showed snow….so plans were changed! Saturday, Alan Buttler and I headed […]

Mineral Wagons – Part 2 ‘BR 16T’

Over the past week, my hobby time has been spent working on the Bachmann BR 16T I repainted in my last update. This was a project I had initially been dreading, as steel bodied 16Ts have a particular look, and many models I’ve seen just do not look right. When it came to adding the […]

Merry Christmas

As a post script to yesterday’s post. Cwm Prysor arrived this morning. Very happy indeed. A typical week day working, 5742 with a train from Blaenau Ffestiniog approaches what will be Cwm Prysor.   7428 sits in the loop preparing to shunt. Merry Christmas all! 🙂

Prysor for Christmas

Good tidings to all at this festive time of year. In the last couple of days I’ve been preparing the work room for the arrival of the layout. Tim Horn has worked exceptionally hard to bring my rough ideas into reality. From here, the real work can begin on turing this into an operational layout, […]

Picturing the scene….and another 74

Short blog update tonight. A modelling friend and fellow blogger suggested a pose my E147 paired with a Pannier. How could I refuse! 😉 The Coach is pretty much finished minus painting. I’ve ordered paints for the interior, which is what I’ll address first. In the meantime work is underway on another 74XX, this one […]

Playing trains in Wonderful Wales

I have just spent a lovely few days in Wales, as a mini Birthday Holiday. The plan was to spend some time doing some location searching regarding the Blaenau Branch, but most importantly to visit and operate Geoff Taylor’s layout, Barmouth Junction. Weather was awful on the journey over on Wednesday, with thick flog surrounding […]

Pannier Pentathlon

My current Pannier fleet. Five in total detailed and weathered (three 57XX, two 74XX). You could quite easily run an exhibition layout on these five, however variety is the spice of life and i’m somewhat addicted to detailing these Panniers, so there will be more of both classes. Five of Croes Newydd’s work horses, ready […]