Railex Aylesbury 2018

Kirkmellington - a journey into EM

It’s May Bank holiday so it’s time for Railex Aylesbury presented by Risborough and District MRC.

Railex Poster

This year the show has been invaded by northerners with three EM layouts from Rochdale MRG (other northerners are also exhibiting rather nice layouts too).


North Ballachulish

Hebble Vale

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Lananta’s first outing

We had it first, thanks Nick

Nicks workshop mutterings

Yesterday I took Lananta to the 3mm Society AGM as a test run of ‘work in progress. This was the first time that the layout was run in exhibition form and it certainly threw up a load of problems which need to be fettled. Not least was problems with the alignment of the carrying cradles for the train cassettes.

Here is the layout ‘dressed’ for the occasion- ;

I really. Should have ironed that drape!! It is attached with Velcro and in addition there is a drape fixed over the top of the layout. This was very successful in preventing extraneous light affecting the scene and made the LED lighting more effective.

On the plus side, I received plenty of encouraging comments about the overall scene from members present.

All in all it was a good test and a lot was learnt about the presentation and operation under show conditions……

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ESNG meeting – 16 May 2018


After Sunday’s monster N-mod layout, and lots of members, Wednesday was rather more restrained.  But we still got trains running….

It was Terrier night, with my British Railways version (plus new Dapol Maunsell brake-composite.)

Derek’s ‘Bodiam’….

And Derek’s ‘Earlswood’.

Simon was running a PA-PB-PA set with a train of non-passenger coaching stock and other cars.

And last but not least, Chris’ EMU in ‘Jaffa Cake’ livery.  Surely one of the best liveries to grace modern rolling stock, but all too short-lived?

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Ready For Railex

Kyle of Sutherland

Other than five guest locos and Happy Hour visitors, the Far North line-up at Railex will look like this.

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All locos are lettered and numbered, they have the correct lamps for their duties, the driver and/or fireman are on the footplate, and there’s coal or oil in the tender, bunker or tank.

My latest loco for Railex, the recently painted and numbered ex-GWR 1649, had a quick run yesterday evening before I started to dismantle the layout.

1649 180519 4785       1649 steams into Culrain with the Dornoch coach

And that’s it.

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Kirklees Light Railway

Steve's 009 and 09 Adventure

On a misty day in April I visited the Kirklees Light Railway a 15 inch gauge line in West Yorkshire. It was a quiet, mid week timetable and the rostered loco was ‘Hawk’ a very elegant 0-4-0+0-4-0T Kitson Meyer. The main station is Clayton West and I arrived to find Hawk being turned on the turntable.

The KLR runs on an old standard line, built by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in 1879 and closed to passengers in 1983. The line was reopened as a 15 inch gauge line in 1991, and grew in stages until it reached its present length in 1997. The driving force behind the creation of this miniature railway was Brian Taylor. He must have been quite a guy. Not only did he get a light railway order and construct the line but he built four steam locomotives that are still used on the KLR. Hawk…

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Dirty work

New Hey to North Ballachulish

Since Ive been building North Ballachulish, one picture of stock on the West Highland line has always been crying out for me to recreate. Its of a class 29 at Fort William on a passenger working, and just behind the loco is a “blue spot” fish van for its working down South via the passenger trains. It’s in an appalling condition externally and just had to be modeled and added to the stock. At the same time the Alumina Presflos were done which means all the present stock is now finished and ready for Railex next week.


Fish 3Fish1Fish 2

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Hatton’s AB Review – RTR Coal Board

The Model Railways of Oly Turner and Chris Matthews

As the avid readers of OTCM are more than aware we’ve never been flush with cash here at OTCM towers and now as I currently bump blindly through my divorce I’m now tighter than a duck’s behind. This meant that I had to cancel my pre-ordered Hatton’s Andrew Barclays. I know, I can hear the violins playing from here, so here is a later than planned review. With added thanks to my new girlfriend for buying me it for my 30th (thought I’d ask for it in while the goodwill was still there)

Hot on the heels of the Hornby Peckett and Oxford Janus a ‘proper’ NCB tank engine was not far off and fair play to the Scousers at Hattons for taking up the mantle. These new retailer lead projects are bringing more and more unique and interesting models to the market. I am not sure the new Hatton’s…

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