Layout Progress #11

The Model Railways of Oly Turner and Chris Matthews

There has not been much modelling on this blog of late, it is that time of the year over in Blighty where the weather likes to tease us hopers into believing we might have a decent summer. In the UK there is one thing you learn quickly, when the sun does come out you just go out immediately as you literally may be living through what summer there is.

This added with Chris’ preparation for the big day and well its all been a bit stale. Chris is up to his arse in DIY in his love nest and I have started a new job which means I am settling in with long hours and a light work load which can be tedious.

And there are a couple of modelling projects greeting me every time I go in the shed that I would rather did not remind me they existed.

But I…

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3mm Society, Railway, Railway days

Railex – Aylesbury 

Myself and the good Mr P went to Railex on Sunday. Not a bad show but a few of the layouts I had seen before elsewhere. This was the last showing of Pempoul by Gordon Gravett which is a lovely layout cannot wait to see his new one.

As I said many I had seen before so here are some that I hadn’t

Tollersbury Quay

Brilliant layout with the tide using real water going in and out


A lovely LSWR branch terminus

William Smiths Wharf

Exquisite modelling by Jerry Clifford of Tucking Mill fame


Trevor Nunes essay in M&GN modelling

Heybridge Wharf

Well couldn’t leave 3mm scale out could I! Mike Corp East Anglia branch which I had the privilege to operate – beautiful and to my mind best layout but then I am biased!

Lastly thanks to Mr P for being chauffeur after my sons stag night meant I was fragile on Sunday morning 😵


Railex this weekend

Hope to visit on Sunday

Kirkmellington - a journey into EM

We are all set up and tested and a few minor faults rectified so looking forward to this weekend. Hopefully we are doing the club justice as we represent it at our home show.
With the weather forecast for the weekend being “scorchio” and “super scorchio” to paraphrase a popular tv comedy of days gone by, I think we will be making great use of the resident ice cream van this weekend.

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Scott’s account doesn’t tally with video record of meeting

Inside Croydon

CROYDON COMMENTARY: At Paul Scott’s planning meetings, the public, even MPs, are sometimes denied an opportunity to put their case, while the committee chairman is observed acting as an advocate for his architect colleagues.
Inside Croydon recently published Councillor Scott’s explanation of his actions at one meeting in particular – which are subject to a complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman.

Here, ANDREW SADDINGTON takes issue with several aspects of the councillor’s version of events

In his comments on the Norman and Derrick Avenue development, Councillor Paul Scott concedes that, “…there is no doubt that it is a challenging site. It sits adjacent to the railway in an area that is prone to flooding. These issues were carefully considered by the officers, and I have no doubt that all the members of the planning committee considered them carefully too when deciding how to vote”.

Residents disagree with the assertion that…

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Lananta progress 1

Nicks workshop mutterings

For a challenge I have entered Lananta into the cameo competition launched in the Model Railway Journal recently. I have completed a lighting bar with LED strip which is mounted just forward of the front of the boards. I addition I have added a removable, roll up back scene to complete the cameo look. This brings the back scene higher up than the back frame of the boards. I shall use the back scene to set the limits of the scenery in front, In addition I have made two small trestles to raise up the level of the boards above the tables they will sit on together with raised supports fro the fiddle yards;

Track laying has started with the main branch line. The track is mixed gauge and is laid using 3mm Society Finescale track. Lengths of 14.2mm track were made up using the society track panels. The sleepers…

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Book review – ‘Locomotives worth modelling’

Hope Swanage are able to return the T3 to running order in due course


Our visit to the South Devon Railway did, of course, include a visit to the second-hand book shop.  (It has to be said, too, that we visited the bookshop at Buckfast Abbey and came out with a purchase.)  I couldn’t resist this gem.  I think I have a copy in rather better condition somewhere in the house, but for £3, it was a bargain and it would have been rude not to purchase it.

This book was an inspiration in my teens.  I think the Beckenham and West Wickham MRC library copy was almost permanently lent out to me.  I even spent some time building one of the locomotives described, a Holden 2-2-2 single.  I recall that it had a tender drive (probably K’s, and Hambling’s drivers, as they were the only people doing a 7′ driver in those days.  Even so, I had to remove the crank pin and tidy…

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Volunteers sought for some balsam bashing in country park

Inside Croydon

The damage plastic is causing to the environment is one of the themes of the 3 Rivers Clean Up, the annual three-week blitz to remove litter and invasive species in the catchment area of the River Ravensbourne, one of the Thames tributaries in south London.

Running from June 3-24, the 30 clean-ups attract hundreds of volunteers to help remove Himalayan balsam, in particular, plus rubbish from the rivers Ravensbourne, Pool and Quaggy.

The event concentrates on about 20 sites in four boroughs – Lewisham, Greenwich, Bromley and Croydon – and is run by Thames21, London’s leading waterways charity, the London Borough of Lewisham and The Quaggy Waterways Action Group.

The Croydon clean-up will be taking place in Norwood Country Park on Wednesday, June 14.

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