obscure objects of transport beauty: railway telegraph insulators

An interesting article, bearing in mind, my weakness for old school telecoms equipment. 🙂

The Beauty of Transport

It’s time to open the doors to the gallery of obscure objects of transport beauty again. This week we’ll take a look at some more small items from the transport industry which are attractive beyond the needs of mere utility. The first is another porcelain wonder:

Photo by Daniel Wright [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] Porcelain LMS railway telegraph insulator. Photo by Daniel Wright [CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] I’ve enthused over the tactile properties of porcelain before, not least in the form of third rail insulators. The item above is an insulator too, although it’s a lot smaller (about 12cm tall). The copper wire is the clue; this is a railway telegraph insulator from the London Midland & Scottish Railway. According to the markings on its top, it is a model number 1, and was manufactured in 1941 by Bullers Ltd.

The telegraph system has variously been described as the Victorian Internet (as here) and the Railway of…

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First 2015 wagon projects near completion.

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Earlier in the year I stated my intention to instill some discipline into my building programme with a list of intended builds.
The first of these are now nearing completion as the Bolster D and E roll out into the spring sun. A bit of light underframe dusting with the airbrush and girder loads are yet to be added but otherwise the models are now ready for service.image

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Also nearing completion is this ex-LNERlong wheelbase CCT which has been converted to EM gauge and just awaits couplings. I’m not blown away with Hornby’s chassis arrangement as it doesn’t make for the best running but it’ll have to do for now.
The last item here is a 1937 Fordson 7V truck. Large numbers of these were built and many lasted well into the Postwar era, lending the type to my own purposes nicely.
This one was built from a Road Transport Images resin kit and was a nice enjoyable build. The cab still requires glazing and a couple of mirrors wouldn’t go amiss but I’m working on that. Whilst there are plenty of ready made models of commercial vehicles available off the shelf now, I find it more satisfying to create something individual of my own. I have a few more kits of this nature to build and they’ll appear here in due course.
If you fancy modelling 1/76 scale commercials though I recommend a visit to Frank’s website; roadtransportimages.com

Scalefour North, 2015

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Today, I spent a good day with a good friend at Scalefour North.
Always one of the high points of my year, it was, as expected a high quality show with a host of lovely layouts and useful suppliers. Some useful etches for this year’s planned wagon production were acquired along with a set of Mike edge’s handy little etches, designed to convert Bachmann’s Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0 to the BR Standard version. These latter are a very, very ubiquitous feature of the 1960s’ ScR scene, being as they filled the boots of the Jumbos, 812s, J35s and assorted four-coupled types on the lighter end of the region’s operations. This kit and its host model are planned to assume the mantle of 78026 on ‘Beatles-era’ Culreoch.
Subsequent kits may portray Hawick’s 78047 and one of the Stainmore locos of the 1950s.image

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The above images show the host of lovely layouts on display. Not only my perennial favourites, Portchuillin and Blackgill, but also, among others, Danby, Eastwood, Kerrinhead and Elcot Road. The latter was the complete opposite of my normal modelling interests, being 1980s era Network SouthEast but it really caught my interest due to the way it managed to pack a station, yard and operational interest into two 4′ x 2′ boards without looking remotely crowded. As a layout, it was perfectly executed; it worked and looked absolutely right.
Being the owner of four similarly sized boards now, I am rapidly running out of excuses not to get started on a similar kind of project!
It was also good to meet up with a number of friendly faces at the show today, both friends and traders.
Anyway, bedtime beckons so I hope you enjoy the images from the show!