Cwm Prysor – Fully Wired!

Good Morning all!
Very brief update. The layout is now fully operational!

I’m extremely pleased I’ve managed to do it (wiring was something I didn’t think I’d be able to do) and with some advice from Ken Gibbons and Andy Jones, the process wasn’t as difficult as I thought. Below is a quick video I made last night, just to show locos and stock moving over the new area. The point is operated with a DPDT switch, which switches the polarity, and manually switches the point.

 

Just the fiddle yards to go, and we can start thinking about scenic work! 🙂

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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.

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The landscaping in front of the layout will be catered for once the electrics are done, the priority with the rear being finished was because of the painting of the backscene.

Today I was demonstrating wagon building and weathering at ‘Thirsk Model Railway Exhibition’. It was an enjoyable day meeting new people and seeing friends. Good banter was had all around with Ian Fleming, Ken Gibbons and Jonathan Wealleans, who was showing his beautiful LNER coaches and wagons.

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Jonathan also had a couple of items for me, two corridor Collett Coaches he had built and painted for me as a part of some ‘horse trading’. One is an E152 Brake Composite which will be permanently coupled to a Hornby all 3rd. I’ve a photo of these two seen at Trawsfynydd and Blaenau Ffestiniog in 1951, with the all 3rd still in Chocolate and Cream, a nice contrast!

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The E128 will be run on it’s own, as a mixed train or possibly joined to another Hornby all 3rd (in crimson and cream).

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In the meantime, I really better look into making a start on wiring the layout, just so I can run something up and down. Once happy with this, I will complete the points and get those wired too. I also have the fiddle yard boards on the way, so hopefully in the not to distant future (by late October I hope) I will be able to run the layout properly.

 

Vintage LMS

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I’ve said it before, but I do have a thing for LMS Vans. The high sides and shallow roof profile make for a distinctive looking van. These two are both kits from  Cambrian Models.

Both of these van’s represent slightly older variants of rolling stock, than the more common ratio van diagram.

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First up is a D1676. These vans were built from 1924-1928, with 2956 examples being built. The vans were built as fitted and unfitted, but after finding a nice early 50’s photo in Geoff Kent’s 4mm Wagon Book 2, I went with unfitted. As I mentioned at the beginning, this is a good example of an older van, but it’s heritage is undeniable.

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The second van is a D1832A which are from a slightly later period than the previous van, batches being being built in 1929-1930 and 1930-1931. The actual sides (other than the corrugation) are pretty similar to D1676 and the same as unventilated D1663, which makes commercial sense as production models (I’ve a D1676 to also finish, but in bauxite).

Both caused a little bit of a headache after building, with both developing a wobble. Thankfully I found out it wasn’t something I had done, but down to a case of a poor batch of markits wheels. The vans suffered from roofs too short for the model (they only just reached the ends) so I added microstrip to give the vans their overhang.

They have been finished with Lanarkshire Models buffers and torpedo vents. The coupling hook and links are from AMBIS Engineering.

Regarding painting, I took a different route after talking to Geoff Kent at Scale Four North. A number of Geoff’s unfitted wagons are painted a lighter shade of grey which I found  to be Railmatch’s ‘late grey’. I did discover however that the grey came off with white spirits very easily, even with a coat of Klear on top and after 3 weeks drying time, therefore both vans had two spray coats of Gameworkshop ‘purity seal’ once the transfers were in place.

Prior to weathering I painted over a couple of planks with the same grey, but it has given a nice change of tone on several of the planks. Weathering was done in my usual way, several washes over the body, building up and taking away in places. The chassis is a mix of Matt Black and Revell 84 which was finished off with a touch of powder work. Roofs were painted a mix of Matt Black, Metalcote Gunmetal and a touch of Revell 76 Grey. They were finished with powders to give a good textural finish.

My attention now turns to a couple of Parkside exLNER  vans to finish, which with the two LMS vans will form part of my demonstration at Thirsk Model Railway Exhibition at Thirsk Town Hall, 31st July.

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She’s home!

With the weather finally dry last night, and with the help of a friend, Cwm Prysor was transported from my workroom, along a narrow landing and down a narrow flight of stairs. I’d forgotten how light the boards are, even at 5ft each so the moving through the house wasn’t as bad as I had envisioned.

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I tried to explain the branch goods workings to two onlookers. I don’t think they were very interested though.

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Next task will be to begin wiring (I’m hanging off finishing the points) just so I can have something running up and down and get use to working the Lenz system.

Only 16 months until it’s first show….. I better crack on! 🙂

First Train of the Day

Ok, the bleak whiteness does make it look like it’s still been snowing up their since Christmas!

The bufferstop has now been made, and the siding partially laid.

At 7.17am, 4645 passes the former loop, now siding….with the 6.45am off Bala, due at Blaenau Ffestiniog, 8.36am.

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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.
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7428 sits in the loop preparing to shunt.
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Merry Christmas all! 🙂

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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, with the eventual goal of having the layout on the exhibition circuit, however I intend to take my time with this, I see no need to rush this project.

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In the meantime, I’ve been working on another 74XX. This one is somewhat special in that 7428 retained her GWR livery until withdrawal on the 31/10/1962. Although she retained the livery, the photos I have show her in typical Croes Newydd condition (filthy), although the Great Western Railway initials are still very prominent (I read that shed staff highlighted it with chalk over the years).  As this started life as a Bachmann GWR 64XX, it didn’t have a smokebox numberplate, so I made one from some 10thou plasticard.

Weathering was done using several reference colour photographs, and the effect I feel works well, with the green livery slightly hinted at ‘just’ under the grime.

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To finish the scene, Modelu‘s figures bring the whole thing to life. You may notice the lamp missing from along the running plate, the reason for this is I will testing some prototypes of Modelu’s 3D printed lamps in the next few weeks.

Those that follow this blog and are interested in these Pannier tanks, may like to know that the Railway Modeller article on the subject of my 74XX conversion, will be in (I believe) the February issue.

Finally I’d just like to wish the followers of tfmodelling, a Very Merry Christmas, and all the best for the New Year.

Best Wishes

Tom