The Last of the many.

Cowlairs works. Photo; Urban Glasgow Forum.

This week, after thirteen years of operation and probably a three figure total of locos weathered, to say nothing of a good number of builds, ‘Kingmoor Works’ closes its doors for the last time as relocation north beckons.

The last models have left the works in the last month or so.

This Heljan Class 60 is the last O gauge model to leave and is now back with its owner.

60002 Capability Brown, 1990.

The backbone of my work, however, has always been the 4mm model and fittingly, the two very last jobs were a pair of Sulzer Type 2s; a Heljan Class 25 and SLW Class 24 for Eddie Reffin’s, Glencoe layout, itself developing into truly wonderful creation.

Heljan Class 25.
SLW Class 24. Has to be seen in the flesh to be truly appreciated

On Friday, the great move north is finally effected and a new era begins.

Watch out for the rise of Hercules Works in the not too distant future.

More on the origins of the title in due course…

Closer.

Steam raised and ready to depart Carlisle!

You’ll recall in the last post that an offer had been made and accepted for the house. Things have indeed been progressing, slowly until a month ago but then accelerating rapidly to the point that I will be leaving Carlisle finally of the 30th of July.

As you’ll have observed, a process of packing and storage has been in place and this week the final acts in that process are taking place.

Meantime, following a trip up north in June, I found a suitable place in the coastal village of Inverbervie in Aberdeenshire, set in the Mearns country, celebrated by famous Scottish author, Lewis Grassic Gibbon. The place itself is absolutely perfect for my needs and set in such a nice place, about 5 mins walk from the sea, I can hardly believe my luck in finding it, no small help from a mate of mine – you know who you are and thanks again!

The third piece of the jigsaw is work and I have been lucky to get a transfer with work, to a small depot a few miles away. This saves me the anticipated search for some work again and couldn’t have worked out better.

This weekend, has been a mix of phone calls and on line chats to service providers as changeovers are set in place and visits to local friends. I also gave Scubaidh a trip out to Powfoot for one last attempt at the land speed record!

Next week, I’ll be writing this from a different place!

The transonic shock wave is not visible in this image!

Bang for your buck?

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Today, I spent an enjoyable day at the Wigan Model Railway exhibition. A good day was had meeting and conversing with friends, admiring the modelling of others.
Inevitably some money changed hands also as shows like this are good for getting those otherwise hard to find items.
A visit to the Shawplan stand proved somewhat expensive as a pile of much required Laserglaze packs and etchings left me £130 lighter. Mulling this over at lunch it occurred to me that this is roughly RRP for a new Hornby loco.
This got me thinking about relative values in the wider sense. Many modellers might spend that £130 on a new locomotive, take it out of the box and have it running round their layout for the rest of the evening.
In my case though, these Shawplan parts will, for the same outlay provide me with several weeks or months pleasure upgrading five locomotives and eight carriages.
It all comes down to what you want from the hobby but I think I got the better deal!