Link to RVR blog with announcement
Good news for the Rother Valley Railway.
Just had to post pictures of the signal box built for me by Andrew Barnes.
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.
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.
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.
The other Sunday saw Mr P and I visit the Erith show at the Longfield Academy. As usual the car park was packed so we parked a short distance from the venue.
A large show with fairly substantial trade support. Many of the layouts I have seen before, still a good show and very busy throughout the day which is good to see.
I had the great privilege of judging entries to the annual Croydon Model Railway Society yesterday.
Some fine modelling for which these pictures speak for themselves- congratulations to all.
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
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.