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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.

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.

Give us a P…….

Had the opportunity to do some modelling being another year older and all that.

Started Andy Shillitos Linton Kits SECR P class in 3mm.

The kit is well thought out with tabs for locating the etch. I did find the tanks were handed and that I had 2 left hands instead of 1 left & 1 right but was able to overcome that. Had to do the boiler in 2 halves more my modelling skills than the kit design.

The castings are 3D printed rather than the usual white metal or lost wax so that should be interesting.

Here are a couple of pictures

Just valances buffet bean and course roof to add. As for the chassis I have a motor that should fit with my usual branch line gear box with Alan Gibson wheels to complete, just got to work out the pickups couplings and livery. Considering painting as below

(Photo from Project 27 blog)

This was the livery used by the SECR in WW1 reportedly for goods engines.

What of the Terrier you might ask? The chassis is a runner but the pick ups need sorting and I have found the roof which did a runner. So within touching distance.

The Pickering needs more weight and I am going to use the motor for the P for now until I workout how to weight it.

That’s all for now.


Wimblehurst Road At Uckfield

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

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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

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.

Mayflower to Brighton and back – Part 1

Valentines Day saw the good Mrs Driscoll and I travel to London Victoria to board the Valentines Day express headed by LNER B1 Mayflower  to Brighton organised by Steam Dreams for a special screening of the Film Brief Encounter which is 70 years old.

Image Steam Dreams guide

Image Steam Dreams guide

After a sumptuous dinner in the Weatherspoons above W H Smith washed down by a pint of Wandle ale, we made our way to platform 7 to await our train. Standing by the entrance it was clear to see who our travelling companions were as they too were clutching their cream coloured tickets.

Soon the unmistakable sound of a diesel filled the station and our train had arrived with a class 47 in Stratford livery as tail end Charlie.

Tail end Charlie

Tail end Charlie

County of Essex

County of Essex

Being coach K we did not have far to go and found our seats in good time. Promptly at 6.09pm we pulled out of platform 7 to make our tortious way over to the Brighton side with County of Essex giving us a good push up the steep climb to Grosvenor bridge and onto the slow lines through Battersea Park and Clapham Junction, in fact all the way down to East Croydon. It was quite a spectacle to watch those on the platform open mouthed or suddenly reach for their mobile phone to take a picture.

Good progress was made through Purely where the train took the line to Redhill by which time Mrs Driscoll and I were sipping the Chardonnay. Slow progress through Redhill and then fits and starts of speed. Pass Gatwick leaving behind the inevitable steam trail and the lovely smell that goes with it.

Three Bridges was passed with the new depot in the dark on the right hand side, over Ouse Valley viaduct and then Hayward’s Heath. As it was dark it was difficult to tell when in a tunnel as unlike modern trains our ears didn’t pop.

There was a good turnout of people at Hassocks as we steamed through as You Tube will testify – always good to see both young and old alike.

No sooner had we gone through Clayton tunnel then we were at Preston Park slowing for Brighton. Arriving at Brighton seemed to take an age. There was defiantly no shortage of steam on Mayflower’s part as she was blowing off furiously through her safety valve which was quite ear piercing!

Mayflower and her safety valve


Mayflower at rest

There was a veritable gaggle of people around Mayflower and the Steam Dreams Stewards had their work cut out herding us to board the coaches for the film.

Part 2 tomorrow.








Croydon Model Railway Society Exhibition

I had the honour and privilege of being asked to help out at Croydon MRS exhibition at Warlingham school last weekend. A very enjoyable weekend and say it quietly but I was helping out on a 016.5 layout Bodgit & Much Pottering owned by that nice Mr. Cameron (no not the prime minister, but him of St.Reatham fame). The layout ran like a dream c/w sequence timetable so could not go far wrong really.

Here are some photos

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I am sure you will agree some very nice modelling. It was amazing the number of people who commented on the trees which are made from real wood. Brian says he prefers real wood as it gives a more realistic affect.

So what layouts were there?

First off we have West Croydon which won best layout in show


Then a little further down the line we have Waddon by Wimbledon MRC

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And N gauge on an ironing board

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And then the big stuff – Eatonswell O gauge Great Eastern


This was its last show as the layout was up for sale, a bargain at £750(if only!) no stock or trestles.

There was also a lovely Cambrian layout the name of which escapes me (Mr. P?)

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Finally some 3mm – Lyndhurst

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And a bit of 009 by Ian Kirkwood

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All in some good layouts and sorry to those I missed. But just to show for exhibition managers you do get to play sometimes

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Well done Mr.P


Visit to the Swanage steam railway

As mentioned earlier, on the way back from Weymouth we popped in on the Swanage railway. Starting from Norden we met Battle of Britain class loco  Manston which was to be our engine (seen at Norden about to uncouple and run round).


After a 25 minute ride to Swanage we got off and Manston ran round for the return trip.


After a walk down to the seafront and a spot of lunch we returned to the station for the 2 O clock train – having a wander round the station I met up with a Cl.08 shunter which had brought in the carriages for the diner special.

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I would of got more photos of the class 33 instead it decided to move before I could get to the end of the platform


One thing that did tickle my fancy were the old posters – whether they are original or reproductions it is hard to say but it was good to see the Palace being advertised.


For the return journey we rode back in the Devon Belle observation car – for a pound supplement we treated ourselves to a ride in comfort. Very plush and lovingly restored with a history of the coach thrown in.

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Although we were supposed to leave at 2pm we did not leave till about 2.15pm. As I took a lot of video it soon flattened my batteries so unfortunately there were no more photos of the return.


A good trip – very impressed by the railway.


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