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81F

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 On the subject of Buildings, Dapol do some relatively easy to build kits. I rather like the engine shed. I built mine with the minimum of effort. I put together all the brick parts and spreyed them using brick red/rust paints then separately painted othe r pieces before putting them on.

 

I find plastic building kits a good way to start practising modelling skills as any damage can often be disguised by weathering or gluing "ivy" over damaged bits or blemishes (which cannot be done to moving vehicles!

Modelling the GWR in the Welsh Borders, and the Glyn Valley Tramway with quite a few bits from elsewhere!

81F

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 Just bought the Oxford Rail DCC ready Dean Goods. Although it will run on a 9V battery with no problems it shorts my Hornby Elite. I've phoned the supplier and will be sending it back today.

 

All other locos run on the track so I do not think it's the layout

Modelling the GWR in the Welsh Borders, and the Glyn Valley Tramway with quite a few bits from elsewhere!

81F

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 I used a dark grey undercoat for most of my layout as it is set in wales where most of the base roack is slate or possibly granite. It just seems to be a good base for all the other scatter materials and gives that grey dismal look of a wet bank holiday in north Wales!

 

On a previoous layout (set in Devon) I used a reddish brown to get the feel for that area and on my fist layout I simply used scatter over the white plaster of paris scenery which (accidently) gave it a Berkshire downs feel.

Modelling the GWR in the Welsh Borders, and the Glyn Valley Tramway with quite a few bits from elsewhere!

81F

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 @wtd

All I know was that it was built as an experiment. I would guess that it might be something to do with distributing the weight differently as I understand the coal and water capacities were the same. I remember seing a photo of it in my late teens and thought I must have one to go behing my Triang Hornby Hall.

 

My attempt to conbvert the triang tender only ended in tears with my Hall eventually ending up with a Mainline 3500gal tender!

 

More recently and as I happend to have some spare tender chassis I had thought of doing a cut and shut using two chassis only to find there was so many differences I thought I'd 3D print the frames and use the wheel, but even then I was thwarted as the six wheeled tenders use 4 foot something wheels while this one uses 3'8.

 

@PP

 

Thanks for the compliment, I'll probably put it behind a castlke. I've got a couple of duplicates so this will add something a little different.

Modelling the GWR in the Welsh Borders, and the Glyn Valley Tramway with quite a few bits from elsewhere!

81F

7 posts

@LC&DR

 TOPS was purchased from Southern Pacific and certain Americanisms entered the railway vocabulary as a consequence.

For example the guards van was coded CA, short for Caboose and 'train formation' became 'Consist'.  It had a language all of its own. When I started working in a TOPS office my world started to revolve around  'Yard Files', 'Train Lists' Consists', 'Releases', 'Placements', 'Pipelines', and such like futuristic jargon. And abbreviations relating to mini-programs (Apps to you youngsters) became part of our speech. We claimed wagons which were missing from another yard by 'TK'ing them, for example.

 

Happy days!

No wonder the goods brake van disapeared from freight trains during the '70s - no one could find a caboose!

lol :)

Modelling the GWR in the Welsh Borders, and the Glyn Valley Tramway with quite a few bits from elsewhere!

81F

7 posts

 As mentioned elsewhere I am trying to build theCollet 8 wheeled tender. My third test print is almost there just need to do a few tweaks before I can re print. The photo above shows it posed behinf one of my Hornby/Dapol castles with an old Hornby Tender body fitted on it temporarily and a close up.

 

My final choice of prototype will depend on which plates I can get for it.

Modelling the GWR in the Welsh Borders, and the Glyn Valley Tramway with quite a few bits from elsewhere!

81F

7 posts

 Thanks Dynax and Capitean

Modelling the GWR in the Welsh Borders, and the Glyn Valley Tramway with quite a few bits from elsewhere!

81F

7 posts

 @Dynax,

 

I have at least two of these coaches in rather poor condition so yo might have saved them from the bin! Can you tell me what size nut/bolt combination you are using to hold the bogies on or will you eventually re-rivit them?

 

Cheers

 

Steve

Modelling the GWR in the Welsh Borders, and the Glyn Valley Tramway with quite a few bits from elsewhere!

81F

7 posts

 

 My second attempt now with springs and scale 3'8" (14mm) Gibson wheels - but still not quite right.

 

Still a little too high and the newly added NEM pocket is too low so the third print (now on order) will hopefully correct this.

Modelling the GWR in the Welsh Borders, and the Glyn Valley Tramway with quite a few bits from elsewhere!

81F

7 posts

 Just taken delivery of a Bachmann S&DJR 7F to keep my Hornby S&DJR 2P company! I am tempted to fit a TTS sound decoder to the 7F - can anyone suggest the most suitable given the wheel size and whistle?

Modelling the GWR in the Welsh Borders, and the Glyn Valley Tramway with quite a few bits from elsewhere!

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