This magazine, this issue, is possibly ‘that’ copy for me. Many of us will have a favourite newsstand magazine and can recall a few issues that for them, made the difference, the one that got them hooked!
I remember this one and it’s stayed with me 40 years!, that’s sobering regarding time slipping past. The cover caught my eye, untypical at the time with an excellent representation of the Devon Coast, a Western Hydraulic with Mk1’s sneaking along the sea wall under the high sun. Forty years on that cover image still stands the test of time. In 1980 though, headlining the summer issue, it jumped off the shelf at me, and inside, for me the contents were even better.
Railway Modeller, August 1980, was the first Lochside article by Ian Futers. It was almost unique, I know, I know, shite grammar but if that phrase ever needed a non Murray Walker adaption this is it. At the time very few articles covered diesel operations and modelling, the mainstream firmly set in the ‘big four’ steam era. Ian depicted BR blue as ‘we’ saw it. A bit scruffy round the edges, weathered, and within largely steam era infrastructure. His diesels were detailed and modified RTR items. Lima Class 33’s used to make 26’s and 27’s, Hornby 25’s Wrenn 20’s and Airfix 31’s. Not only detailed but converted to P4, so they looked good on the right track too. That August article, (and following September one too) opened my, and a good number of friends eyes to what could be done. The back story had a good degree of plausibility to it too, and locomotives and rolling stock were appropriate for location and era, nothing out of the ordinary. Written in Ian’s captivating style it actually inspired me to look harder at the mundane, journeyman, or simply put, everyday life.
Shelfie3 is well underway in the planning, and a chance look back through some magazines reminded me of Lochside, and what it meant for me. Taking a leaf from Ian’s book, Shelfie3 will only have three turnouts, and a couple of catch/traps too. I’ve found a section of a CJ Freezer plan too, that works, and have found a similar prototype track plan too, so it’s starting to pull together nicely. I’m still undecided on the overall station terminus design, it needs to reflect down at heel, but plausibly open, and to have enough room for the trains to breath within the layout. Track is the Peco Bullhead code 75 and will be DCC/DC compatible. Fitting sound into DMU’s is already proving interesting to keep everything hidden!
Going back to eighties RM, if I can capture that era and feel of the crossover from the early seventies through to the eighties I’ll be well pleased. Back to the planning…
In the quest of transforming the mancave the question of Shelfie1 has arisen! Basically I no longer have a use for it, so should it be of interest I’d be happy to accept offers in the region of £400 for it. The tree lines on the retaining wall, have been recycled into Shelfie2’s woodland, and three of the background buildings are being retained. The removable crane is included, and the three images below show what’s available.
The following images show the layout with the diffuser trees as has been illustrated in Model Rail, BRM, and Hornby Magazine.
No stock is included and the buyer will need to source a 16v ac power supply for the Peco electrical points, and a Gaugemaster ‘W’ type of controller if staying DC. A DC controller might be available if required. All track is OO/HO gauge Peco code 75 or C&L plain track. The layout can be used in DCC but the buyer will need to source and configure that set up. Two fiddleyards are included, different length single track extensions. All lighting and fascia’s are included.
I can deliver (mileage costs required) or it can be collected from Newark Notts. Please contact via the comments section or the Facebook page.
It’s been a bit quiet of late on the blog, due to external influences both to do with the hobby and ‘life’, including a bit of man cave reconstruction! This year I’ve a couple of layout projects I want to do, Shelfie2 is very nearly complete, the cancellation of Scalefourum last year was possibly a blessing in disguise as it’s allowed a complete rethink and assembly of the lighting and backscene. Shelfie1 has been out on loan again to provide some lighting thoughts for a friend on his layout project which has some unique challenges.
The trees above will form the last bits of the woodland scenery for Shelfie2, and are the first examples of wire armature construction that I’ve used. So far I’m very pleased with them, they look like giving far greater flexibility that the plastic tree armatures I’ve previously used.
DMU’s have been featuring quite heavily in my behind the scenes messing about, I’ve always had the ‘Minories’ itch that needs scratching, and nicking a bit of another C.J. Freezer plan, might just get that done. 1967-1980 roughly fits the era I want to cover, Peco Bullhead Code75, and DCC sound operation, and an Urban Terminus, stepping away from trees for a while!
009 is also on the cards, a long felt desire to do a Snailbeach Railway layout is being given a ‘coat of looking at’ with a left field idea to make light railway looking track, that will still allow the use of ready to run stock. That too will be a ‘Shelfie’ series production with potentially a very different, and as far as I know, unique, (so far), display.
More on those projects in due course, in the meantime, happy new year, and thanks for staying the course!