Wednesday words

Thought for the day: “Make your mistakes, take your chances, look silly, but keep on going. Don’t freeze up.” Thomas Wolfe.




Reblog – Return to Little Bytham with Tony Wright

Last weekend, I had an enjoyable time with my friend Simon Roberts, filming Tony’s Little Bytham layout. We had done a similar video last year, but this time we decided to pull out all the stops and try and make it a bit professional….well a little perhaps. I hope you enjoy it.


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3mm Coach for Wimhurst Road

Leafing through one of my Kent & East Sussex railway books the other day I happened across a picture of one of the North London railway 4 wheel coaches which have been preserved on the line. Further research on the net provided some colour photos. Spur of the moment purchases are a funny thing and it just so happens that I purchased one of Allen Doherty’s scratch aid kits of the very same coach  at Kingsbury about 2/3 years ago- so have commenced building the very same hopefully for Wimhurst Road next year. Here are the pics of model and the prototype   


  Wish me luck.

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Crossing gates for Wimhurst Road

For awhile I have been pondering how to do the crossing gates for Wimhurst Road. Unlike the larger scales in 3mm you have to build such items yourself. Whilst at the Wells show I picked up nickel silver strip, brass L angle and bar with gates in mind with the help of Mike Davy who helped pick the sizes at Eileen’s stand. I had also picked up at the Bridport show a Hornby level crossing cheaply for sizing. This morning I plucked up the courage to have a go, so out with the soldering iron and double sided tape and this is the result

One pair of crossing gates, enjoyable if a bit fiddly at times. 

Have to add more detail to them, whether to use a triangle or roundel and add supports. I am using Poppy Woodtechs boarding for the Crossing so need to figure out the installation and how to operate them, might be das finger poking as on the dairy gates at Hemlock rather than electrics, watch this space.