The Far North – Let it Snow!

Some Topical ponderings, reblogged from the always interesting Highland Miscellany blog.

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With portions of the country suffering from a bit too much of the white stuff of late and with some trains embedded in both snow and mud blockages, I thought it might be fun to look back at the problems that snow caused one part of the Highland Railway’s system in the past.

Even though it was not as high as many other parts of the Highland’s system, its northerly position and exposure to winds makes the Far North line prone to drifting snow; especially where the line rises across the flow country between Forsinard and Scotscalder.  This has long been a sore to the Highland Railway and there are a number of fine photographs of snow ploughs in action.  Here are a few of them.

Believed to be near Scotscalder Station; what looks like a Barney in the rear and a Medium Goods to the middle – there is…

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Welcome to the new blog

Introducing the Kinlochlaggan blog; the present day Scottish scene in 4mm/OO.
Let’s give Eddie some encouragement with his new venture into the Blogosphere! 😊

E&G DBSO (Pt2)

These rather superb vehicles are edging ever closer to release so I think it’s timely to re-blog this interesting and informative post from the Scottish modelling scene’s very own Rudeboy, Bob Reid.

A Carriage Shop Miscellany

First announced back in 2013 these models have for a variety of reasons been a long time coming.  Personally, I think it’ll have been well worth the wait.  Whilst they are still at the pre-production stage  (these photo’s show the first “Engineering Prototypes”) it is clear that Bachmann have not only moved up a gear in terms of attention to detail but in doing so have also captured the look of these uniquely Scottish vehicles especially at the cab end.

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Although these vehicles were converted from plain Mark 2f BSO’s the conversion and the additional equipment involved made them quite unique, and Bachmann have captured all of the changes that were made to the vehicles well.  That is despite the fact that none of the remaining DBSO’s are in the original 1979/1980 condition having been considerably modified twice since then.
MK2F DBSO_2

* Before anyone goes off the deep end picking out…

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Electric Light Omnibus (Bus garage, Montague Place, Brighton, UK)

Always something fascinating in this excellent blog, whether it’s transport heritage, architecture or industrial design that floats your boat.

The Beauty of Transport

After a while, you start noticing old transport buildings, even when they’re no longer in their original use. There you are, walking down the street, when you notice out of the corner of your eye something that looks transport-y. And most of the time, when you research it later, you find out that the building has indeed had a transport-related earlier life. So it is with this week’s building. It’s still being used in a transport-related way, as a car garage. This is 25 Montague Place, Brighton.

25 Montague Place, Brighton. Photo by Hassocks5489 (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons On consideration, it quickly becomes apparent that car maintenance can’t have been its original use. It’s clearly too old. The shaped parapet gable at the peak of the main (western) elevation, and the Venetian window (three parts with an arch over the central section) suggest a building which…

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Watering a dead plant.

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Today, I reached a conclusion in my modelling activities following a frustrating attempt to replace a motor on a part-built kit chassis. It finally dawned on me that I was no longer getting anything like the enjoyment I once did from the hobby. I considered the various themes in my collection, postwar BR, 1970s industrial, Scottish Pre-group and 1980s Scotrail.

All are of interest, but the postwar era and industrial and some of the pre-group was to EM. Since I moved to EM in 2013, I had acquired much new good quality RTR that would be needing conversion to EM – a fact I found increasingly daunting, given the good running qualities and the finesse of much new output. Given some of the problems and potential difficulties in conversion I was struggling to get motivated. You only have to look at the finite clearances on Hornby’s recent Peckett W6 saddle tank to see the potential difficulties. Clearly it would be a very similar situation with the new 14″ Barclay keenly awaited from Hattons. I looked to the rather lovely Heljan Class 05 shunter in my display case with its excellent running and jackshaft cranks and had to admit that the likelihood of my getting comparable running qualities from it post conversion were as likely as BBC Scotland rediscovering professional journalism. And of course, in what hints at being a vintage year for those who model Scotland, an NB ‘C’/ (LNER J36) 0-6-0 has just been announced and there’s a strong possibilty that the long-spoken-of Dapol NBL Type 2 may finally appear within this solar traverse.

It all means a bigger pile of models to convert and when even the otherwise excellent Bachmann Porthole and Thompson coaches require complete bogie replacement for EM it is increasingly obvious that the Law of Diminishing Returns is increasingly applying in my sphere of modelling. The process of converting stock begins to overshadow everything, draining energy and distracting from the acquisition of other skills and wider enjoyment of my modelling. And of course there were the wheels themselves; you have a choice of user friendly but chunky Markits, Gibsons with finesse but fragility and occasional QC issues and frankly the worst crankpins ever made and finally, the admittedly excellent Ultrascale with an attendant six-month wait.

I would require the ability to re-generate like a Timelord were I to stand any chance of doing all this. Additionally, factors involving track came into play with the advent of high quality bullhead pointwork from Peco

Once the conclusion was reached that five years of toil had delivered precisely hee haw*, the final decision was easy; I am abandoning EM and returning to OO. That OO Finescale can be made to look as good as the more prototypical gauge widths is conclusively demonstrated by my own ScRSG’s Alloa layout. The moment I made that decision was a liberating one and I can already feel enthusiasm returning. Most of the converted rolling stock can be returned to OO by simply re-setting the back to back on the wheelsets. Some converted RTR can readily be put back to OO with replacement parts from the manufacturers.
All this will free up time again to do the kind of modelling activities where my true talents really lie.

As a much valued friend put it today when I was having a rant via text;

“James Watt didn’t paint the Mona Lisa.
Cuneo didn’t design the Forth Railway Bridge.
Leonardo da Vinci was just a freak!”

Aye, play to your strengths is the message and that’s what I’m going back to now so watch out; this blog will be getting noticeably busier in the coming weeks.

And if you are feeling all Calvinist and nailing your colours firmly to the EM mast there will be lots of Gibson, Penbits and Brassmasters goodies up for sale shortly too!

Finally; you know that I often like to add a musical footnote to my posts and this week I’ve obtained two CDs that have immediately really etched themselves into my consciousness, having hardly been off the player all week.

The first is Four Tet’s New Energy (appropriately, given the nature of this post!)
The posted track is ‘Two thousand and seventeen’. It’s a track that seems well suited to night driving and in fact I first heard it on 6Music’s playlist back in September, resulting in it becoming a bit of an earworm during a week of late shifts driving a near empty bus through Carlisle’s darkened streets!

The second is Ride’s Weather Diaries. Ride were around in the 1990s but largely escaped my attention though on the strength of this album I’m tempted to investigate their back catalogue. The posted track, ‘Pulsar, doesn’t in fact appear on the album but it’s a worthy statement of intent for the album’s content.

I recommend both Albums.
Four Tet – New Energy on Text Records TEXT046
Ride – Weather Diaries on Wichita Recordings WEBB510CD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pH5dCoy1Hg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtMx316Vpvw

*’Hee Haw – Rhyming slang; a polite Scottish euphemism for ‘f*** all’…

Wedgewood Green…

A day late but here is the A4 I mentioned. A re-brand and weathering exercise to produce 60006 Sir Ralph Wedgewood during the last phase of her service in 1964 when based at Ferryhill depot in Aberdeen.
During this time she operated the famous three-hour expresses between Aberdeen and Glasgow Buchanan St.

Sorry about the quality of the shots but given the lack of daylight and frequently dreadful weather in these parts in early January, outdoor photos are tricky to get. Still, I hope they give you an impression of the well-maintained finish.

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There is No Tory Government and Scotland is already Independent.

I have pondered Barrheadboy’s thoughts myself on a daily basis for some time now.

Barrhead Boy

I am fortunate enough to live in a beautiful house in an idyllic location of the world,halfway between Barcelona and Tarragona in Catalonia,it is a lovely villa 1 1/2 kil. up in the hills with a panoramic view of the Mediterranean.

I have this very unusual vista which all of the visitors to our home have seen and been as amazed as I am every day when I look down from my terrace towards the sea.

You see we have an optical illusion,I think it is something to do with the curvature of the earth that makes it look as if the sea is actually above my home, not over 1km below me,I call it my tsunami.

The first time I noticed it, it really did take me by surprise,it was one of those WTF Moments?

Today,like every other day,I will take my cup of coffee first thing in the…

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