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Wimblehurst Road

Been awhile since I posted a thing on the layout.

Unfortunately had to pull out of the Pevensey Show as life has conspired against me namely lost of job and family illness.

However I have taken the opportunity to relay some of the track and also the point to the long siding which packed up.

As an inherited layout so to speak I have no idea of what wire goes where so also requiring the layout and replacing the Hoffman point motors with Cobalt ones.

Both at Uckfield and Beckenham found that operating from the front was not practical as you always need 3 people to operate so also building a central control panel to operate from behind.

Also considering replacing the 2 end boards – they are odd sizes, very heavy and a pig to transport, so 2 x 2’x1′ boards might be the order of the day instead. Might increase the width to 1’6″ so there is room for stock storage should I go down the traverser root?

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General Steam Navigation -35011

General Steam Navigation or GSN is a Merchant Navy class locomotive being restored to her original “air-smoothed” condition.

The loco is undergoing its retro fitting in Sellinge, Kent.

I have joined the GSN Locomotive Restoration Society and decided to go down and have a look at the work so far and lend a hand.

Today I went to give a hand and met Dave Williams who very kindly showed me round. The group based in Plymouth are having a working party this weekend and Dave was the advanced guard!

I soon was set to work removing the flaking paint off one of GSNs driving wheels. The Bullied Firth-Brown wheels are a wonderful design, but full of nooks and cranies!

It’s surprising how time flies when doing something like this, quite pleased with my efforts

A lot still to do on GSN and I hope to get down there again

More photos of GSN below

Wimblehurst Road update

Pevensey Show in July so starting to work on the layout now it’s warmer.

Relaid the track in the station area and replace the knackered point. Just got to rewire and ballast.

Primed the rear fascia and ends today, ready for an application of Rustin’s Black to match the rest.

As the sun is out have been spraying some stock. The push pull coach and the Southern PMV.

Terrier but 4mm

Dear Group

As per the title new tooling for Terrier in 4mm 00 see here https://grahammuz.com/2018/03/24/new-00-ex-lbsc-a1-a1x-terrier-announced-by-rails-of-sheffield/

Regards

Graham Muz

South Bucks

www.grahammuz.com

@grahammuz

Graham ‘Muz’

South Bucks

Modelling Southern Railway 1946 to 1949

Fisherton Sarum and Canute Road Quay

www.grahammuz.com

@grahammuz

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Cheque book ?

Is purchasing a 3D body, cheque book modelling? That is the question. Gavin Rose very kindly reduced his 4mm LBSCR E2 to 3mm to produce this fine body. Add a pair of 3SMR chassis sides and coupling rods, 14.2 chassis spaces, Andy Shillito motor, Branchline gears, Society wheels and no I would not say it is. The body is a means to an end.

Need to level the body but pretty pleased with the result.

3mm London Area Group meeting

Yesterday’s meet at Keen House covered resin casting with our very own Andrew Shillito demonstrating how to cast in resin with moulds he had brought with him. Wim Harthoorn provided the talk and gave example of the resin stuff he has produced for his Thailand 🇹🇭 railway which is 3mm scale on 9mm track and dcc to boot.

All in all a very enjoyable afternoon rounded off by a couple of pints 🍺 in the Parcel Yard at Kings X.

Photos above: members gathered round Andrew looking at him demo and then coaches produced by member Andrew Barnes (utility van and Crimson & Cream coaches produced by using resin method – plasticard formers and the Isle of Wight stock produced with layered plasticard using a method pioneered by Bernard Holland sometime ago)

Pictures above: Thai diesel produced using resin casting.

Stock progress

Slow but steady progress on the Stock front.

One SR 12t van finished today (to paint the chassis & roof? – answers on a post)

The other ongoing project is a 3D printed SE&CR push pull driving trailer as used on the Westerham branch (one half of a 2 car set). Initial green coat put on, floor from plasticised and coach bogies from MJT (yes we do them in 3mm scale). A lot to do yet, fortunately managed to pick up a copy of the Mike King SR Pull – Push Stock book which gives details of the interior and some decent photos.

That’s all for now.

What coupling

Over the Christmas period I have been trial fitting Sprat and Winkle coupling to some of my wagons.

Reflecting after the Beckenham show, not only was their a need for track laying in some parts but also a more reliable coupling system was found wanting.

The B&Bs are very sensetive to lumps and bumps in the track and for the crack handed like me difficult to put together. Yes their advantage is that they are unobtrusive but need to be finely adjusted.

So thought I would give the Sprat and Winkles a go. Until they are track tested I will not make a final decision – better get on with relaying the track then!

Happy New Year.

Wimblehurst Road At Uckfield

Fantastic photos from Adrian Colenutt of the layout at Uckfield, thanks Adrian.

Uckfield show

Had an enjoyable weekend at Uckfield show. Got to meet Olly and Chris (thanks for the help Saturday) and went to the social Saturday night with a lovely dinner and food pint of Harvey’s.

The downside – the layout behaved like a pig, total points failure all weekend plus ripped the track up from the 3 road fiddle Yard and then to top it all the long siding point blade dropped. Then there were the niggles, uncoupling Stock lack of engines, still all down to experience and hopefully Beckenham this weekend will be better.

Thanks must go to Tony P for his help on Sunday but my overwhelming thanks must go to Mr P not only for transporting the layout and operating help but for his company.

Here are the photos

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