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Wimblehurst Road – Uckfield tomorrow!

24 hours to go – so will it be a case of burning the midnight oil?

Really pleased with the way the scenery has turned out although have not been able to do a backscene but have the lighting beam finished with one layout name on. Should of been a totem but had to be cut down to fit – ho hum.

As for the running – given the track a good clean and made adjustments to the 3 road fiddle yard exit with wire n tube, hopefully cured the gauging issue.

As for locos – have not managed to finish the Terrier (longest loco build in history) for a variety of reasons mainly not happy about the pickups and having a job with a lot of evening work the past couple of weeks has not helped. Still thanks to the good offices of the Mid Kent light railway the Colonel has been able to borrow some locos plus the Lee branch and the Amersham and district have contributed stock plus the Cobham light (my sincere thanks gentleman).

Today it is case of fitting end protectors and packing all that’s required for tomorrow’s early start.

Here are the pictures-


Wish me luck!

Wimblehurst Road – progress

Been awhile since I posted on the layout progress, getting ready for Uckfield in 20 days!

Completed the lighting gantry with the stanchions to paint and tidy up the wires.

Still a bit to do but getting there.

Wimblehurst Road up date 

Slow progress.

When you think October is a long way away now at the end of July!

Still lots to do. The Pickering Railcar is now motorised but need to sort out the weight issue.


Good news on the Terrier, I now have a working runnable chassis!


So next to the painting and finishing stage, need to research which one it needs to be.

Today took delivery of a LB&SC 54′ brake coach built for me by Andrew Barnes. An excellent model it is too and my grateful thanks go to Andrew for the time he has put it to building it for me.


In true Colonel Stephen’s fashion Andrew has also loaned me some wagons and a brake van.


Again a beautiful model. Thanks Andrew.

That’s all for now.

Wimblehurst Road – progress (with a small p!)

To hot outside to hot in but slightly cooler so time for modelling.

As promised progress on the Pickering 


Think I have worked out how to motorise it.

Terrier

Body complete all bar addition of Westinghouse pump – 3smr one I brought was too big for a wee tankie. Still not cracked the chassis though but think I might have found a way.


Signal + box

Added the Dapol signal which that nice Mr Stephens purchased off the Great Western as they had a couple going spare! The box in the background was built for me by Andrew Barnes (thank you Andrew) and a very nice model it is too.


Wits in a name?

How does the West Sussex Light Railway grab you Mr P.

That’s all for now, till next time happy modelling.

Pickering Railcar 

Started on the chassis and motor for the Pickering Railcar and hope to post pictures soon.

Boxing Clever

Just had to post pictures of the signal box built for me by Andrew Barnes.


A great piece of modelling. The box is based on the one at Norden (yes I know it is L&SWR) but similar boxes could be found all over the Southern in days of the semophore.

Have already identified a spot on the layout for it and just waiting a signalman from Modelu to complete the picture. 

My grateful thanks to Andrew for this masterpiece in miniature.

Slow Terrier, slow

Been awhile since I have posted on the progress of the Terrier.

Well progress is a lot slower than I would of liked. The body still needs a lot of work. As for the chassis, it runs direct from the power leads to the motor but pick up off the wheels does not seem to happen so will have to work at that one.

Still have till September to complete her for running on Wimblehurst Road. Here are the pics.

Colonel Stephens Pickering Railcar

My latest acquisition for Wimblehurst Road is a 3D printed 3mm scale body for a Pickering Railcar used by the Colonel on the Kent & East Sussex railway.

Originally drawn for 2mm scale by Alan of Etched Pixels he very kindly agreed to produce a 3mm version and uploaded it to the Shapeways website where I duly ordered and paid.

I must say the service from Shapeways is exceptional and arrived within 48 hours of being ordered. The moulding is of good quality, see pics below

Have not yet figured how to motorise it and there will be a fair bit of work to do but looks promising. The prototype had 3’1″ wheels which equates to 9mm in 3mm scale and the Society do some driving wheels which I hope will be okay more so for the gearbox too otherwise might have to use 9mm wagon wheels.

Here are some drawings courtesy of the Colonel Stephens Society of which I am a member.

Wimblehurst Road – Engines, engines everywhere and not one to run!

The joy of 3mm modelling is that if you do anything it takes time not like popping into your local model shop and buying the latest product from Bachman/Hornby and putting it on the track and run it (if that is your bag then good for you it’s your railway at the end of the day).

You may recall that I had the Terrier chassis running prior to adding pickups. Well added the pickups but just cannot get them to make contact, the wire I have is not springy enough so back to the drawing board.

However all is not lost on the chassis front as I have been making a chassis for an LB&SC E2, the body of which I picked up cheap at the 3mm secondhand stall at W Byfleet.

The chassis works prior to pick ups but have used a Linton kits motor with a Branchlines 39:1 midline gear box which with the supposed shortage of motors from Japan seems the way to go.

Here are the pics



The body needs a repaint and the front buffer beam is missing but apart from that hopefully good to go.

Wimblehurst Road has been invited to Uckfield in October along with an appearance at Beckenham too so a lot needs doing namely ironing the teething troubles from Croydon, adding lighting and backscene and building more stock, a busy 9 months ahead.

Checking the line

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