Shaking the bucket

Being confronted with some expensive car repairs has forced a reassessment of my modelling priorities and I’ve decided that all equipment that is not directly of use on Broomloan Yard or Culreoch is going.
Below is the first wave of items.









Only D55 and 45120 have seen any kind of action and all the rest are as new, never having been run.
I’m looking for £65 for the lightweights. All the other diesels and the Fairburn are £50 each. I suggest £5 postage for first class or £8 for special delivery. I’ll make up any difference myself. There will be more locos, stock etc to come later. I feel this is a good moment to downsize!


Bogie Plate wagon




Last night, after an enjoyable day up at the SECC in Glasgow, I got home and after tea, started work on one of my recently-acquired Cambrian BR Boplate E plate wagons. Cambrian are good at covering the more niche end of the wagon market although it has to be said, a little more builder input is required than for say one of the later Parkside kits. The floor and sides, for example come in two and four sections respectively and butt joints are pretty much the rule.
That said, if you have experience building plastic kits of any sort, there’s nothing here that will hold any perils provided you take the time to assemble the deck and dropsides square. I had to use a little microstrip on the side/end interface but that may have been due to me bucking the recommended assembly method.
By contrast, the bogies themselves are very nice one-piece mouldings.
One other bit of work I carried out prior to assembly was to remove the moulded on buffer stocks from the ends. The remnants were carefully sanded and filed away and the hole prepared to accept a set of Lanarkshire Models buffers. B036 is the one you want if you’re undertaking a similar project.
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The last task was to fit three link couplings and the vehicle is now in the care of the paint shops.

It’s a surprisingly long vehicle in comparison with even the 22 ton plate vehicles and it certainly adds to the variety in a fleet destined to comprise many wagons handling finished steel products!

Introducing Broomloan Yard

You may have noted I’ve made mention of a project I’m thinking about lately, so finally I’m going to bring my ideas out into the open and tell you a bit about the Broomloan Yard concept.


(Photo courtesy of Urban Glasgow Forum)

Based to some degree on the erstwhile yard at Govan (a quaint fishing village on the Clyde), Broomloan occupies the approximate location that Govan did in the real world, with a few adjustments to suit my own needs. Essentially, Govan yard existed to serve the adjoining shipyards and associated industries and was originally built by the Glasgow and South Western Railway. There was also a passenger station at Govan but this was an early victim of Glasgow Corporations electric tramways. I’m still mulling over my intentions here.

Nearby was the extensive Princes Dock complex which was served off the Govan Branch but a line operated jointly by the three Lowland companies which in the early days meant that trains of the SouWest, Caley and NB could all be seen there. In the Broomloan scenario, a chord links the yard with Princes Dock allowing transfer freight traffic to use the yard as overspill during busy times.

By the BR era, the yard would have been operated by locomotives from Corkerhill and Polmadie, generally of ex-Caledonian design, such as 498 and 782 classes, but incoming and outgoing traffic might be in the hands of a number of types from not only the previously mentioned depots, but also from those on the north bank which offers the potential to bring in cross-city traffic to and from the docks in the hands of ex-NB N15 tanks from Eastfield for example. Naturally, there will be a constant flow of steel plate and beams for the yards, handled by such types a 812 0-6-0s but potentially larger types such as WD and 8F 2-8-0s from Polmadie, when these latter weren’t on their usual work hauling coal and ore from Rothesay Dock and latterly General Termius Quay.
Into the 1960s, most of these types fade away in the face of new diesel types, mainly four and six-coupled shunters and Type 1s. Standards and the odd Black Five would still carry steam’s tattered banner.

N15 loco,

The layout concept is still highly fluid at the moment but my current thoughts are to build the layout as modules that can one day expand into a larger layout if I move home in the future to somewhere layout friendly.

Control will be via pulsed DC and the track and rolling stock built to EM standards.
I spent the first seven years of my life in this part of Glasgow so whilst I was a little young to remember rail activity there (closed 1966) but it does add a personal connection.

One very unique feature about Govan was the end-on connection with the tramway that allowed the Yard at Fairfield’s to directly collect two or three wagons at a time and run them up the tram lines on Govan Road into the yard.
This was accomplished by using their own locomotive, an English Electric type 3B electric, to pick the wagons up and take them into the shipyard.

(PHOTO, Courtesy; Wayne Duncan via Flickr.)

This little loco survives today at Boness, naturally with out overhead tram lines!

It’s very, very early days as yet but as ideas form I’ll update the blog!

More 782 details

This afternoon I’ve been adding more detail to the 782 in the form of lubricators, fabricated from plastic rod and fuse wire. Additionally, I’ve produced false ends for the axles to mask the Markits axle nuts.
One other refinement I added before finishing initial painting was rivet detail for the smokebox and buffer beam.
These are actually decals from Archer transfers and surprisingly effective.








through a glass, divinely (stained glass at railway stations)

Once again proving that the railway is far more than just trains!
Reblogged from the excellent Beauty of Transport.

The Beauty of Transport

Stained glass is an art form which has been around for well over a thousand years. Initially brought to public attention through its use in religious buildings (when such institutions were practically the only bodies with the resources to commission work of this complexity and expense), it has since has spread well beyond its early uses, into domestic interiors and all kinds of public buildings.

As public buildings, it’s little surprise to find that many railway stations host decorative stained glass features. In the golden age of the railways, these spoke of the wealth and power of the railways in their prime. Even as the railways faced increasing competition from road and air transport, stained glass panels have still been installed. Sometimes they are commemorative of the local area in which the railway operates. Sometimes they celebrate the railway itself, and sometimes they are there simply as art, with no…

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Detailing the 782




The last few nights I’ve been adding the details to the 782 tank and she now has the handrails added.
Please try to ignore the state of the continuous smokebox handrail. It’s truly appalling – I always struggle with forming those accurately. There is probably a very simple formula or method to forming these but I’m damned if I’ve discovered it yet.
The 782 has a less common type of cab handrail and as a result I had to fabricate my own from scrap.
You’ll notice the steps have gone. Unfortunately, they didn’t stand up well to the forces I placed on them while applying the tank side rails. Old Gorilla Hands strikes again!
I’ve ordered replacement etches ones from Mainly Trains and in any case I wasn’t overly keen on the clunky brass ones. The MT etches are fairly generic and should adapt OK. As long as the scaling issues on earlier etchings have been addressed. Some of those early sets looked like they were intended for some new halfway house between ‘S’ and ‘O’!