Monthly Archives: December 2014

Where you’ve been and where you’re headed…

Well, there we are. Our wee blue world has completed another circle of the sun,bringing to a close a year of great change on a personal, national and global scale. It’s been a funny old year from my own perspective … Continue reading

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Duke goes Retro

A few months back I bought a Hornby Duke of Gloucester after finding out the one-off Standard 8P paid a good few more visits North of the border in the early days than I’d previously given the loco credit for. … Continue reading

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For Sale

I have here a brand new unused Bachmann Class 101 DMU in plain BR Blue livery. These go for an RRP of approximately £150 but I’ll take £95 plus postage. The model is in unmodified 00. I’m also looking to … Continue reading

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A winter’s day; in a deep and dark December…

Instant reportage via mobile communications! I’m giving Abi her morning walk right now and I thought I’d take a photo of this stretch of line; more of symbolic than actual importance these days. Whilst all the attention is now rightly … Continue reading

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Another step forward.

Tonight I primed and painted the loco frames and in addition cropped the motor shaft so the 1424 will sit comfortably inside the Smokebox. Having performed these tasks, I placed the body on the chassis to check the fit which … Continue reading

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Testing Times

The last two nights I have been working on the two 0-6-0s from earlier. Last night, I attached the rods to the J39, having tested the mechanism with the temporary nylon “crankpin bosses”. Once satisfied with the running qualities I … Continue reading

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Brass bashing continues apace

Last entry we had just completed one side of the cab assembly. Since then I’ve completed this and offered it up to the footplate. Tonight, I have been working on the side tanks. The thought of bending up the curve … Continue reading

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