Model Railway Exhibitions · Model Railways

Scalefourum 2017

The weekend of 23rd/24th September 2017, saw Natalie and myself return to Aylesbury for the 2017 Scalefourum show. For those unaware, Scalefourum is the main show of the Scalefour Society. I was eagerly looking forward to it after last years excellent show. Layouts booked: Brettell Road by Jim Smith-Wright. Industrial byway in the West Midlands… Continue reading Scalefourum 2017

Eversley Road* · Model Railways · Modelling

Finalising plans and choosing a name.

After a bout of  illness and being busy with preparing for and dealing with a new canine arrival to my other halfs house, I've not been to any shows or done much modelling as a result. However, I did manage (with assistance from members of the Scalefour Society and the Templot Club forum) to finalise… Continue reading Finalising plans and choosing a name.

Model Railways · Modelling · Woolwich Dockyard

First baseboards get built!

So this weekend just gone was DEMU Showcase, and I picked up the first of several (I'll get more in September at Scaleforum) baseboards from Tim Horn. Also visible is the star wars wall plaque I got as a gift for my other half (he's a big star wars fan!).   Thats all for now.… Continue reading First baseboards get built!

Model Railways · Modelling · Woolwich Dockyard

Woolwich Dockyard/Charlton Junction in P4

So, as some who follow this blog will know I've been working on a layout plan for the Woolwich Dockyard and Chalrton Junction area of South East London. I thought I'd bring the blog upto date a bit with all the details for the plan so far.   Key points of interest:   NSE 1988-1994… Continue reading Woolwich Dockyard/Charlton Junction in P4

Electrics & DCC · Model Railways · Railways · Woolwich Dockyard

Track planning (with Templot), DCC and baseboards

I've been trying to get my head around using the various software available for planning and controlling layouts, namely Templot and JMRI.   I've mostly figured out Templot now I think. A rough plan has been drawn as below:   I've been trying to figure out making it a bit more condensed (due to space… Continue reading Track planning (with Templot), DCC and baseboards

Model Railways · Railways · Woolwich Dockyard

The Diesel & Electric Show (Feb 19th/20th) and Networker (465/2) progress

attended (with Natalie) the Diesel & Electric Show on the 19th and 20th of February, the first time it has been held and first time I've been to the Telford International Centre. We were there helping out on the DEMU stand all weekend. On the Sunday I started working on my 465/2 conversion from Hornby… Continue reading The Diesel & Electric Show (Feb 19th/20th) and Networker (465/2) progress

Electrics & DCC · Model Railways

Making a start on baseboards and other items

So, in the last post I caught up a bit with what was planned and what had stalled plans etc. I've been researching baseboard construction recently and come up with a couple of ideas now as a result. Construction methods: I'm suspecting I'll go with plywood on a frame rather than my original thought of… Continue reading Making a start on baseboards and other items

Model Railways · Modelling · West Cromwell Road

London Festival of Model Railways, Alexandra Palace

I'm a bit late writing this as I was ill for most of the beginning of the week as a result of the days exertions. As per usual I went along with my friend Natalie, who graciously did all of the driving (again). This year we went on the Sunday (26th) and I had pre-booked… Continue reading London Festival of Model Railways, Alexandra Palace

Model Railways · Modelling · Nuclear flask depot · West Cromwell Road · Winterbourne Exchange

Nottingham Model Railway Show

Sunday just gone saw Natalie and myself go along to the Nottingham show. This show has always been a highlight I've found. It seems for me to find the right balance between the number and variety of layouts and the trade stands. It also I find is much easier to navigate than bigger shows such… Continue reading Nottingham Model Railway Show

Model Railways · Modelling · Railways · West Cromwell Road

Acton Town open day visit

Set off to what has been a very good event in the past later than originally planned. Getting to Hillingdon by car for about 11am and getting new S Stock on the Metropolitan line to Rayners Lane. All great till we (Natalie was with me) got to the depot and found a long queue. I… Continue reading Acton Town open day visit