Just to illustrate that snow has always been a problem for the railway I thought it was time again to share this well-known BTF film from 1955.

It features some good footage of the Stainmore line where the incident occurred and some interesting working practices that might be frowned upon in today’s more safety conscious world’


Harkness – images

Harkness is from the people behind Kirkmellington and is loosely based on the old North Sunderland Light Railway from Chathill to Seahouses.
This area is probably my favourite part of England; the Merse, south of the Tweed. Only the Eden Valley comes close for me. 😊
It’s lovely modelling too!

Kirkmellington - a journey into EM

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Building up steam with Diesels…


February beckons. For me that means that the difficult part of winter has been ploughed through successfully and as the days stretch out,  the sun appears as it  did today and I start to emerge from hibernation mode.

February sees the annual Model Rail exhibition in Glasgow and is invariably a weekend where I get back to my home city, even for a day and catch up with old friends in familiar territory.

Meantime, when I’ve not been at work over the last week or so I’ve been getting into my modelling again and when it’s not been cold, I’ve had a little dabble with the airbrush and weathering materials out in the kennel.

I’ve been gathering up the stacks of half done projects that have been building up over the last few years and making an honest effort to clear them now the psychological barrier of gauge conversion is no longer the issue it was.

The header image is of a Heljan Hymek in O gauge currently in its finishing stages with only the metallics to add.

It’s the same with the two models below, the top image being a Bachmann 08, portraying Balornock’s 13207 in 1956/7 when still in black.

The model still requires cab door glazing as I bought the Shawplan pack intended for the steel door version; this loco has wooden doors which have the smaller window.

Below that is a Heljan Class 27, portrayed as an Eastfield machine from 1965.

This model still requires the flexicoil bogie springs cut from the bogie moulding and re-mounted slightly inboard. This makes a surprising difference to the appearance of the model.

Once I have done this, hopefully on Wednesday, this and the 08 will receive a final light spraying of dust and the metallic treatment.


Both the models are therefore  works in progress and once completed you’ll see them here, hopefully under natural daylight. With luck, that’ll be over the next week.

Along with this pair, you also see 37 406, The Saltire Society.

Again, not wholly complete at this time, but displaying a heavily weathered finish, circa 1987.


As I said already. I’ll show them in more detail in a subsequent post when I’ll also share my current thoughts on the EM situation.

Modelling diesel power is probably less Adrenalin inducing than the activities shown in the video for toniggt’s Top Tune! 😊

Which Union is it to be?

A bit of politics for a Monday morning and I think some very important points are made in this piece.,
Expect some modelling input later though. 😊

Barrhead Boy

There will be a hard Brexit there is no other possible outcome, let me remind you what Theresa May and her Tory Government said on the border issue in Ireland.

The prime minister’s phase one of the EU agreement promised unreservedly no hard border, “including any physical infrastructure or related checks and controls.”

There is no way that can be done, except by either remaining in the single market and customs union or in a Norway type deal, however this will mean there has to be freedom of movement, the UK would still need to make the exact same financial contributions as now and allow legal oversight by ECJ.

All that would change is that we would have no MEPs and absolutely zero influence or veto over EU legislation.

That is just unacceptable to the right wingers and Brexiteer zealots, more importantly it is unacceptable to our foreign based, tax…

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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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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.


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.

* Before anyone goes off the deep end picking out…

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