Workbench Witterings #8 Taking a ‘brake’ from wagons rolling of the workbench

As I advised in my recent Covid, exhibitions, mental health and life changes post, in an attempt to restore my modelling mojo whilst on furlough I started to build a number of the wagon kits that I had added to the to do later pile over the last few years. The kits were all from … Continue reading Workbench Witterings #8 Taking a ‘brake’ from wagons rolling of the workbench

Workbench Witterings #7 what were these B4?

Following on from my recent Talking Stock #38 The Adams B4 tanks post that included a brief history of the prototype and also a review of the recent range of Dapol ready to run models, I have added a few of these to my fleet for Canute Road Quay and therefore renamed and numbered to … Continue reading Workbench Witterings #7 what were these B4?

Workbench Witterings #6 The SR Departmental shunter – DS1169

Since the announcement by Hornby that the little, and I mean little, Ruston and Hornsby 48DS 0-4-0 diesel mechanical shunter was to be introduced as part of their 2019 range, I always had it in mind that a simple repaint could be on the cards to create the Southern Region departmental shunter DS1169. Originally built … Continue reading Workbench Witterings #6 The SR Departmental shunter – DS1169

Inset track made simple see my article in Hornby Magazine August issue 146

The August issue No. 146 of Hornby Magazine published last week includes my step by guide on how to simply create concrete inset track exactly as I used on Canute Road Quay. This follows Canute Road Quay featuring earlier this year in the April 2019 Issue, whilst within the main layout article I briefly described … Continue reading Inset track made simple see my article in Hornby Magazine August issue 146

Quay industrial tanks for use on Canute Road Quay a @Hornby W4 Peckett and an @Hattonsmodels Andrew Barclay, albeit slightly modified…

Whilst many when asked about Southampton Docks will generally immediately think of the ex LSWR / Southern Railway docks with ex LSWR B4 0-4-0 tanks and later SR USA tanks, however there were a myriad of rail served private docks and wharves in the area including inner and outer docks and those along the River … Continue reading Quay industrial tanks for use on Canute Road Quay a @Hornby W4 Peckett and an @Hattonsmodels Andrew Barclay, albeit slightly modified…

The countdown to Railex exhibition, preparation is quay and some from the Workbench Witterings

It is now less than two week to go to Canute Road Quay's appearance at the excellent Railex exhibition organised by friends at the Princes Risborough and District MRC, being held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Stadium Approach, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP21 9PP on the 26th and 27th May  and I have been busy with final preparations. Even with a … Continue reading The countdown to Railex exhibition, preparation is quay and some from the Workbench Witterings

Talking Stock #36 The rebuilding of the Bulleid Merchant Navy Class and a touch of Workbench Witterings

This week saw the first of the new Hornby 'Original' Merchant Navy Pacifics hitting  the retailers, see my Talking Stock #35 post here for more details and also the full size 'Rebuilt' Merchant Navy Pacific 35006 Peninsular & Oriental S. N. Co. steaming in public service for the first time in 2017 on the  Gloucestershire and … Continue reading Talking Stock #36 The rebuilding of the Bulleid Merchant Navy Class and a touch of Workbench Witterings

Workbench Witterings #5 O2 and not an O2, is this more weathering I see before me

With a nod to the fact that today, 23rd April, is not only St Georges Day, but also the date on which William Shakespeare is understood to have both been born and this year the 400th anniversary of his death, hence the stretching of a few quotations from his writings (so much more than witterings) … Continue reading Workbench Witterings #5 O2 and not an O2, is this more weathering I see before me

Workbench Witterings #4 identity changing and weathering

At long last, assisted by a few days off work over the recent Easter weekend, I have finally completed a few outstanding items on the workbench. This has mainly been around renumbering, naming and weathering a few items of rolling stock so I thought I would share with you some of the locomotives that I have … Continue reading Workbench Witterings #4 identity changing and weathering

Workbench Witterings #3 a change of S15 identity to the Maunsell Locomotive Society’s 30847

This weekend I finished changing the identity of one of Hornby's excellent S15 Class 4-6-0 models to represent 30847 one of the locomotives preserved by the Maunsell Locomotive Society. I carried out the work on behalf the Company Secretary of the Society and it was a pleasure to assist him in getting a model of 30847, … Continue reading Workbench Witterings #3 a change of S15 identity to the Maunsell Locomotive Society’s 30847