Sunday, 31 January 2016

Week 1 On The Newest Layout...

Well, it's been a week since Ollie delivered my layout, and I have now put 9 hours into it.

So far, I've added static grass, weathered the tracks, base coated the rock face adjacent to the tunnel, resurfaced the 'yard' area with Noch ballast and then blended the ash and ballasted areas into it. Today, I took a big step, having never used Celotex insulating board, and in 3 hours measured, cut, fitted, shaped, sanded and then filled the area forming the ridge and scenic pathway, which runs the length of the layout (8 feet).

I'm really happy at how it's shaping up and once I add the texture of the rock faces and the pathway, and get the grass all finished it will look pretty darned fine. Thence, I will add a wooden fence along the whole length of the path, and another to the front of the tracks. A few judiciously placed dry stone walls will break up the countryside as will a few hundred trees.

The brick retaining wall is going to be replaced with a fully 3D polystone retaining wall in a stone finish with bricked up arches . I have realised that because I spend my life working with miniature buildings and figures, I really prefer the 3D effect over 2D printed.

Ollie has a backdrop on the way to me (hopefully - LOL ) after the original he fitted suffered a 'failure event'. This should frame the whole thing rather splendidly.

The only down side is that I did not wear a mask and have fibreglass powder in my mouth, which is a tad uncomfortable.


Thursday, 28 January 2016

Zen Gauge...

Well, I've been hard at it since Ollie delivered my layout on Sunday...
The front has had a layer of 2mm static grass added, the ground has all been drybrushed with buff grey and I've made a start adding staining to the ballast. Now I have that awful wait for the PVA/flow improver and brown ink to dry, before I can get stuck in with more dry brushing.
Still for 4 hours, I am not unhappy at all, with the progress.
I should be able to get a few more chunks of foliage placed this afternoon.

Next, I need some blue insulating foam for the grey areas, as I am trying for a look a little akin to Darley Dale.... A scar in the countryside. The retaining walls are getting replaced with stonecast 'dressed stone' as soon as the supplier casts them up.

Odd though the very dark areas look in the yard, it's bang on as they commonly used ash rather than ballast once the yards proper, began, so you get a very stark contrast . The next dry brush will soften that slightly.

For buildings I am going with Hornby 'Lyddle End' which will all get repaints... Probably a loading dock, coaling point, signal box, and 3 sheds. Lots of trees of course on the moorland. The grey foreground adjacent to the yard will get assorted industry (think Darley Dale / Matlock again ). All in all I am finding this far more relaxing than any recreational figure painting I've done in 25 years...


Wednesday, 27 January 2016


Those of you with an interest in the wars in Rhodesia, may find some interesting reading and viewing in the store section of the Rhodesian Services Association, which, can be found here:

Monday, 25 January 2016

00 Gauge Layout Seeks Loving Home

I am seeking to sell my 00 yard layout, as I have 3 N gauge layouts under construction and I'm going with that scale from here...

72 x 18 inches, wired for both DCC and DC and currently fitted to an NCE power plate (included)

Manual points, free standing and great looking having had around 1 hour use.

All structures are fitted with the Woodland Scenics 'Just Plug' lighting system.


I can include the Powercab system (again 1 hour use from new) for £75 more with genuine UK power supply.


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Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Derby Model Railway Exhibition - A 'Must see' venue.

DMRE is a really good show, and is a favourite for my calendar, being held in the historic 'Derby Roundhouse' a traditional circular engine shed which has been renovated an repurposed as an event and social space.

It's a brilliant venue, and you can stand on the glass floor over the old inspection pits which are lit, and freak yourself out. The catering is very good, and Starbucks coffee is served.

The organisers as you may recall from a post last year, could teach wargames show organisers how the big boys play...

Derby Model Railway Exhibition - 7th & 8th May 2016

After the great success of the 2015 show, Mickleover Model Railway Group is proud to 
announce it will be holding its 36th annual Derby model railway exhibition on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th May 2016 at The Roundhouse, Derby. Bringing together a wide selection of high quality layouts and exhibits from across the country, they will cover British, European and American outline in a variety of scales.
The Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE (

Saturday 7th. Open 10.30am to 5.30pm 

Sunday 8th May. Open 10.00am to 4.30pm

Admission: Adults: £7, Under 14s: Free (when accompanied by a paying adult)

For further information contact : Alex Hall Tel: 07973 640746. E-mail:

York Model Railway Show 2016 - Easter Weekend

Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Next show

26th, 27th & 28th March 2016

At the Knavesmire Stand York Racecourse YO23 1EX

Open 10am until 5pm Saturday and Sunday

10am until 4.30pm on Monday

Admission: Adults £9.00 Child £4.00 Family £22.00

2015 held for 2016

Discount available on tickets bought in advance

Just click the ADVANCE ticket button for details

(Advance Ticket Office now open for 2016 tickets)

247 Developments

Al Models

ADM Turntables

Agenoria (Mike Williams)

Miniatures by Aidan Campbell

Alan Gibson

Bachmann Europe PLC (Display not sales)

Bill Hudson Books

Book Law / Santona Publications

C & L Finescale Modelling Ltd.

Caistor Loco


Ceynix Railway Trees


Connoisseur Models


D & E Videos - Realtrack Models

Dart Castings


Eileens Emporium

Freestone Model Accessories



Helmsman Model Rail

John Wigston - Railway Artist.

Langley Models


London Road Models

Megapoints Controllers

Milnsbridge Models.


Nick Tozer Railway Books

Parkside Dundas

Peco Products and Publications
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Phoenix Precision Paints

Picture Pride Displays.

Plus Daughters

Railwayania / Replica Railways

Realtrack Models

John Ross (second hand sales)

Severn Models


Squires Model & Craft Tools

Taunton Controls Ltd

Ten Commandments

Totem Signs

Trackside Signs


Wills / Ratio and Railway Modeller (combined Peco Products and Publications stand)

Wizard Models (Incorporating MSE and 51L)


York Modelmaking & Display Ltd