Have a Brake? Have a Ki…. Pipe Wagon

While the hordes flock to Warley this weekend to froth and dribble over the latest releases, I decided to focus on the workbench. I picked up a Bachmann Pipe and Tube wagon earlier in the year, before I knew whether I could actually use them. Thankfully, after discussing this matter with an ex railwayman who worked […]

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 […]

Mineral Wagons – Part 3 ‘Planked ex POs’

So from the 16T, I have moved onto the planked ex Private Owner. The RCH design is most familiar to ex railwaymen and modellers a like. When we tend to think of POs, it’s easy for our mind to only think of the brightly coloured wagons supplied by model railway manufacturers.  I think we have […]

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 […]

Mineral Wagons – Part 1

Keeping with the rolling stock theme in mind, I’ve moved my attention to mineral wagons. I don’t need a mass of them, but I certainly need a few (one/two per pick up goods). To be honest, I’ve been putting off working on a 16T, as I knew I would be venturing into new ground….certainly not a […]

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 […]

Toad in the Hole

I’ve finally got around to working on that very Great Western of all things, a Toad Brake Van. This isn’t anything fancy, it’s just a simple repaint with minimal detailing. Previous models I have found have been a pain to get into and due to excess glue, I have snapped stanchions off the body, so […]

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 […]

57’s coming out of my ears!

It’s probably becoming rather tedious now…yes another 57XX! 9793, another Croes Newydd long term resident (over 10 years). I’ve a couple of photos of her on the Branch, clearly all taken on the same day, one at Frongoch on a Bala-Blaenau train. The second at Trawsfynydd on the return working. There is also a couple […]