Sunday, 7 August 2016

Repainted Peco L&B 009 coaches

Thought I'd share a few snaps of a pair of repainted Lynton & Barnstaple coaches in 009

Sunday, 31 July 2016

2016 Threlkeld steam gala

Hi everyone,

Had a very enjoyably trip to Threlkeld for there annual steam gala. It certainly inspired me to think about a layout again! Anyway here's a few pictures from the day, there's more on my website here. so if you have a spare few minutes have a look!

Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 "Alpha"

Kerr Stuart "Joffre" No.3014 and Hudswell Clarke "Bronllwyd".

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Friday, 22 July 2016

Lambton Hetton And Joicey Colliery Remembered

Lambton Hetton And Joicey Colliery Remembered

What started off as a personal project to walk and photograph the remains of the Lambton Hetton & Joicey colliery railway, my local industrial railway. Over time this project evolved into a book so that I could share my findings and the history of the system with a wider audience. The book explores the remains of the various routes from the coalfields of county Durham to the staithes on the River Wear whilst also looking at remaining locomotives and rolling stock and where to find them.
Priced at £ 19.79 the book can be purchased from my online shop here:
It's also worth pointing out that with the code "JULY25" You'll save 25% till the 25th of July.

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Project round up ~009

I've had a good amount of projects on the go recently, some I blog about others I'll just share a picture of the finished thing. And sometimes I'll start a blog serious off and never do the part 2.....

So with that in mind I thought I'd do a post rounding up everything I've been working on recently. Before I start I will say I hate photographing my models I'm my own worst enemy and the camera shows up every imperfection that you can't see normally. But anyway onto the models!

Coaches and wagons
 A Bemo coach that I bought and repainted. I intend to use this as my railways modern stock...still undecided on a railway to model though...
 The vintage stock built from an Atlas tram coach. I wrote about this earlier but since then I've repainted the coach and removed some parts (matches). I think it looks much better now and will look great behind my TD Hurst steam tram.
 I scratch built a brake van using some bits from my spares box, quite pleased with how it turned out.
Also built some flatbed wagons for moving large lumps of slate around. These will look great behind my model of Sir Tom, but more on that latter.

 I think I wrote about this when I first got it. Originally painted a sort of orangey colour, which I fell out of love with very quickly. Name and works plates are on order from Narrow planet.
 A Tyneside models Bagnall, which I plan to model as Sir Tom from Threlkeld. I'll do a proper post on that in time though.
A Five79 Joffre, again more on this latter
 My backdated Five79 Corris No.4, needs a dust and a chassis....and a layout!
 Five79 freelance diesel on a kato chassis 
...and a Bachmann Brick with a unit models cab, lovely simple kit to build.
And finally a matchbox diesel shunter on a kato chassis, I've decided to sell this and it has now gone to the great auction site in the sky....or Ebay as it's known to normal people!

I hope you enjoyed this post, I'll try to post more often than I currently do!

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Nine Lines Welshpool & Llanfair Railway brake van kit (NL 11). A one day build

I have a bit of an obsession with brake vans and brake coaches and I'm always looking to add new ones to my collection. Recently I decided I'd try to build some more stock to go with my growing collection of locos so I acquired the Nine Lines Welshpool & Llanfair Railway brake van kit (NL 11), which you can get from them here.

I felt super motivated today so along with working on my next book I decided to do my best to build the kit within a day. I think the pictures speak for themselves but I'll annotate them where needed...

 The kit as it comes out of the bag. I must say it's really nice and very well cast
My first job was to cut all the parts for the chassis free and assemble them.

 Then it was on to the van sides....
 ...and attaching them to the chassis, this is always always a job I hate but it went together so easily
 And before long I had the main body finished
 Next came adding the roof, easy!
 And then onto the paint shop. I did need to fill a few places first then I gave it a quick spray of filler primer.
 Then a coat of brown paint, I'm not modelling the W&L so it's to be finished in a freelance livery.

The finished-ish model. I brushed some Citadel models ink over the model to give it a weathered and worn look. I'm really pleased with how it's came out and I plan to build more Nine line kits in the future, highly recommended!

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Converting the Atlas SLM tram Coach to 009.

I've recently acquired 3 Atlas SLM tram coaches for use on a future layout. I like the design of these but they are a little on the large side, still I decided to take one to see what could be done to it. My main inspiration was the balcony Coaches on the South Tynedale Railway.

With an idea in mind I set about dismantling the coach.....

If you plan to do a similar modification take care when dismantling the body, the plastic used for the metal work on the balcony is very fragile and is damaged easily. Luckily I was not reusing it.

I quickly decided that I would shorten the coaches slightly, with that in mind I cut the thinner sections of the main chassis ends off. 

I then removed the rounded sections of the roof to match the shortened chassis. I then quickly resembled the sections I was keeping to see if it all looked right. I was happy so I continued....

Next up came making the new balcony ends. These went through a few changes. Mostly involving the doors, which by the end had been removed as I didn't think they looked right.

The completed body awaiting painting....
During undercoating.

And the finished...ish model! In the end I went for a similar livery to South Tynedale.

And alongside another Coach to better show off the modifications carried out. In time I think I will convert the other two to match so that I have a full rake, although I'm very tempted to convert one to a brake this space....