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 […]

Back on Track

‘Schools out for summer!’ the lyrics go, and my start to the Summer has been a nasty stomach bug. One week on, and I’m still not quite over it, but I’m getting there. It’s funny the psychological effect something like this can have on you. Last weekend I felt like giving up the whole hobby, […]

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 […]

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.

Cwm Prysor – Track Laying

Today I finished the laying of the track on the Main Line. It generally went well, although a touch of fettling was required on the track that crosses the baseboard join. As some of you may know, the loop at Cwm Prysor was taken out in 1951, leaving a dead end siding. It had niggled […]

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 […]