Wordless Wednesday Brew Street

Chris Nevard

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Good Night and Thanks For Your Service..j

Well a few times I’ve mentioned on here that it’s game over. Today, it is.

Developments here mean that Albion Yard has ‘left the building’. All the neat stuff has been saved, and wiring, motors and some track too. But the core layout? Nup, gone.

It was a bit of a tough choice I’ll admit, even once recyclable stuff had been removed, however the trigger had been pulled, and the past is a foreign land.

The layout taught me a huge amount, presentation, reliability, serviceability, how to exhibit too. It helped develop some brilliant friendships, introduced some of my friends to exhibiting too, and has been a photo and film set in its lifetime.

A vote of thanks to those guys, and to the exhibition managers who accepted it, and the magazine teams who featured it.

Thank you to you readers. Some of you have followed this from the early fotopic and Yahoo group days, that makes the layout about fifteen years old. Makes you think that one, doesn’t it!

It’s been emotional geezers…..

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Great Central Grand Day Out

This weekend it’s the Great Central Model Railway show centred around operating real trains, and the Model Railway Exhibition at Quorn station. It’s the first time I’ve been as a punter and for £23.00 including all day parking very good value for money I thought. I’m not into preserved railway lines at all so this was a pleasant change, and the opportunity to get the drivers view out of the rear of a Class 101 DMU and inhale huge amounts of diesel fumes!

I did take the opportunity to catch up with some friends in the trade, and saw a couple of things of note on the Peco stand. Firstly the prototype medium radius Bullhead point was on display.

Peco Medium Radius Point

It looks the same overall configuration as their existing large radius point and will feature the unifrog design.

Peco Code 75 Bullhead point

The toe of the point and tie bar again appears to be of the same type as the existing large radius, with a single piece point blade joggled into the running rails.

I didn’t ask on delivery times, but as the crossings and slips are I believe estimated to be available at the last quarter this year, I’m expecting these to be 2020 release. If I can get delivery updates I’ll post them here in due course.

Next a pleasant signal box surprise from Peco, rather than Ratio or Wills. This kit going into the Peco Lineside Kit range as LK-201

Peco Highland Railway Signal Box LK-201

This is a Highland Railway Signal Box in 4mm scale. It certainly captures the look and feel of a highland box and tooling/production well under way, and I think will prove very popular.

Peco LK-201 Signal Box

Delivery on this one expected later this year it’s also got that light railway look, so I expect to see a few variations of it around as modellers modify the base model. The GWR wartime brick built Signal Box development model was also in evidence and a early reworking of the LNER grain van from the Parkside range in 4mm scale.

A little further up at the Dapol stand two things caught my eye, the first an early decorated sample of the 7mm 14xx tank locomotive.

Dapol O Gauge 14xx 7s-006-021s

Dapol 7mm 14xx

Dapol O Gauge 14xx

Like the Peco Highland Box earlier this model captures the character of the engine very well. Unlike their 57xx the inside valve gear is rigid for the 14’s, however the static representation is very promising. I can see this model being bought by people ‘just because!’

The next thing which caught my eye was a 4mm OO ex LSWR B4 tank locomotive in their ‘not quite perfect’ sale. These are items that have minor blemishes or problems that can be fixed with a bit of application, or ignored!

Dapol 4s-018-093 LSWR B4

The fault on this example is the cab steps not being quite square. The running is impeccable, the lead axle having a rocking compensation, and worth a closer look in the future. There’s some really good small engines available at the moment, this will be converted to an industrial locomotive, with a simple repaint for a future ‘Shelfie’ project.

If you’ve got time today or tomorrow, this exhibition and rail riding combination, makes for an interesting day out.

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Heljan OO Class 45/1

Heljan OO Peak Class 45

Today Heljan are announcing their all new Derby/Sulzer Type 4 in ‘OO’. This model is currently being tooled and featuring a large number of authentic detail variations – including the first-ever accurate models of ETH-fitted Class 45/1s. The first examples due in 2020. I’m very interested in this release as it shows manufacturer’s aren’t afraid to revisit ‘exisiting’ models.

Clearly there’s no significant blocks to producing a prototype in model form, that’s been previously released by a third party. Being an enduring and popular class, there’s likely to be sufficient space in the market for both products, the Heljan release being higher priced, but not significantly so. The Cads shown here indicate more detailing particularly around the chassis and bogie, so perhaps we’ll see a market split along the lines of those that want more detail, and those that prefer a more ‘basic’ model. With Heljan’s 25/3 going into decoration samples, and Bachmann’s 117 DMU and class 24 well advanced, recent Mk2 and Mk3 releases in BR blue, are we seeing the ‘Blue Wave’ coming ashore? We’re now well into the time line that many feel the hobby represents, the thirty to forty year gap for the alleged sweet spot in the market for manufacturers, where us geeks recall the heady days before wine, women, song, and all those other distractions capture our attention for a few years!

Heljan OO Class 45/1
45100 45101 45104 45106
45300 45304 45305 45402
45500 45501 45502

HELJAN’s next ‘OO’ gauge BR diesel locomotive project will be an all-new Class 45, celebrating the 60th anniversary of this popular class in 2020.
No fewer than four versions are being prepared initially, depicting vacuum-braked and steam-heated locomotives in split-centre headcode condition, dual-braked, steam heat Class 45/0s with rebuilt ‘sealed beam’ nose ends and, for the first time, accurate models of Class 45/1s with or without the high-intensity headlight fitted in their final years.

Heljan OO Class 45

With a good selection of ‘OO’ gauge air-conditioned Mk2 coaches now available, we are seeing increasing demand for an accurate ETH-fitted ‘Peak’ suitable to haul them. Class 45/1 is believed to be the largest sub-class of BR diesel locomotives never to have been available in RTR form. Our models will fill that important gap in the BR first generation diesel fleet.

The Class 45s are well known for the myriad detail variations across the class and our models will reflect that with a wide range of authentic differences according period, livery, sub-class and individual locomotives.
Variations will include open or plated boiler steps and roof hatches, bodyside grilles or plated panels (or a combination of both), original or modernised underframe tanks with air cylinders, optional inner sandboxes and boiler hatch covers and more.
The models build on the research and development that went into our well-received ‘O’ gauge Class 45 and many of the fine details seen on that model have been incorporated into its little sisters. Other features include a 21-pin DCC interface, NEM coupler pockets neatly designed as part of the bufferbeams, ample provision for DCC sound installation, LED lighting appropriate to each version and separately switched cab and tail lights.

Heljan OO Class 45/1
45100 45101 45104 45106
45300 45304 45305 45402
45500 45501 45502

The first batch will cover a broad cross-section of BR green, BR blue and special liveries from the early-1960s to the late-1980s. Production of each version will be strictly limited and early ordering is recommended to avoid disappointment.
Detailed design work was completed earlier this year and tooling is in progress and first releases planned in the third quarter of 2020. Suggested Retail Price (SRP) is £169, or £179 for factory-weathered editions.

Heljan OO Peak
Class 45/1

We’re also delighted to be working with Rails of Sheffield and Kernow Model Rail Centre to offer a trio of exclusive editions. Rails has selected D65 Grenadier Guardsman in 1960s BR green with small yellow panels and 45060 Sherwood Forester in 1980s BR blue with sealed beam nose ends. KMRC has looked to the final years of the Class 45/1s with 45110 Medusa in weathered BR blue with high intensity headlight and ‘unofficial’ Tinsley decoration. Further details are available on the Rails and KMRC websites.
All the above information about this project is subject to alteration. Look out for updates on the HELJAN Facebook page and in the model railway press.

Heljan OO Class 45/1
45100 45101 45104 45106
45300 45304 45305 45402
45500 45501 45502

HELJAN CLASS 45 MODELS
45100 – BR green D31
45101 – BR green D57 with small yellow panels
45104 – BR blue 64 Coldstream Guardsman with full yellow ends
45106 – BR green D65 Grenadier Guardsman with small yellow panels (Rails of Sheffield exclusive)
45300 – BR blue 45003 with full yellow ends
45304 – BR blue 45033 ‘Sirius’ with full yellow ends and Tinsley names WEATHERED
45305 – BR blue 45060 Sherwood Forester with full yellow ends (Rails of Sheffield exclusive)
45402 – BR blue 45133 with full yellow ends
45500 – BR blue 45110 ‘Medusa’ with full yellow ends and Tinsley names WEATHERED (Kernow Model Rail Centre exclusive)
45501 – BR ‘railtour’ green 45106 with full yellow ends, Tinsley diamond plaques and square headlight
45502 – BR blue 45118 with full yellow ends, orange cantrail stripes and square headlight

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Cover it!

Copyright Rutland & Stamford Mercury

https://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/four-arrested-at-welland-academy-after-vandalism-of-model-railway-exhibition-9070661/

https://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/144657-cancelled-due-to-vandalism-stamford-show-18th-may/&ct=1558185829

Really depressing news for the exhibition circuit today. Recently we’ve seen prototype preservation organisations suffer vandalism, and this is the first time (I recall) a similar issue  within the hobby at a show.

Please make sure if you’re exhibiting you make a realistic assessment of the value of your ‘stuff’, both for the organisers benefit, and yourselves. We all know we will never get back the true value of our time and effort in a claim, for some of these guys this will be the mental equivalent of a break in and vandalism at home.

For any reader whose work and labour of love has been damaged in this event, please try and dust yourself down, and push forward with the hobby.

So easy to write, so much harder to do.

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Wordless Wednesday (except with words)….

Yup still messing around with Panniers, this one, and a 74xx being done on mates rates for goodies for future projects! A few people have messaged asking why no updates for a while?

Last week saw me in Dolgellau, working on a Welsh project which has been taking a bit of time out of the diary.

Leaving Dog Leg as my late father in law called it, I followed part of the route of the Cambrian railway down through Llanidloes and out to Rhayader, I had a quick look at Tylwch station a site and location that has excellent potential for a shelf layout, but pressing on I headed up to the Elan valley and the Claerwen dam. The weather looked promising, and an opportunity too good to pass up.

From there I set off again, ‘off grid’ almost, to give the lefty a shakedown and a recce for the remote part of a trans Cambrian Audax route I’m hoping to ride later this year. That’s where the time is going, preparation for TinaT, if I can get the time, altitude and miles in.

Twelve miles without a soul or sound, a genuine ‘silent’ valley. It was like someone had pressed ‘mute’ very peculiar even for me living in a rural location.

So this is the first stage, I have an idea how remote and rugged the terrain is, and the mindset to do this with no ‘support team’ or easy access to assistance.

The next thing is choosing which ‘lefty’ to use, the mountain bike, or the Gravel bike? Even harder than choosing which Pannier to model!

This is not a Tour..

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N Gauge Motivation Monday

In the past I’ve bought a used layout, in my case it was the layout that became Bawdsey.

It is a good way of getting started in a new scale or gauge, and if anyone out there is looking for a flying start in N Gauge, there’s a good example, ‘Milton Street’ being sold by a friend at the moment. It appeared in this years February Railway Modeller if you want a good set of images and detailed information on it. The link below will take you to the sale page Milton Street

It’s one of those layouts that captures my imagination, and suits BR steam into 70’s and 80’s blue as the article images show.

So if you’re short on time, space, or want to try N Gauge, here is a real opportunity to get that quality kick start with Milton Street.

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