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by alan_r
Sun Jan 17, 2021 12:12 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Ballast hoppers
Replies: 1
Views: 20

Ballast hoppers

I've got a set of these Hornby Minitrix ballast hoppers in grey with BR double arrows on them. I think they are European wagons, but released decades ago with 'UK' graphics as an easy product release. My question is: would they have ever run in the UK in these colours, or are they a complete fabrica...
by alan_r
Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 226
Views: 30290

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Just to emphasise how tight a fit the layout is in the new house, here is a closer view of the two ends, first the left end tight against the wall: P6_15.JPG Then looking at the other end, there isn't much gap between the edge and the window sill, though it does at least give a bit of a gap by the r...
by alan_r
Sun Dec 06, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 226
Views: 30290

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

It has been a busy few months - though not modelling, but moving house. I am so glad I decided to reconfigure the layout to potentially fit a more 'modern' house room size as that is what I have ended up with for the train room (couldn't agree on a house that didn't have my own train space! :D ). By...
by alan_r
Tue Oct 13, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Help with a Potential Trainset Roundy Roundy
Replies: 8
Views: 563

Re: Help with a Potential Trainset Roundy Roundy

Nothing wrong with keeping it simple - at least you will actually be finished and watch some trains instead of waiting years for your layout to get completed! You wanted ideas to make it more interesting and it looks like you are already changing the track around as takes your mood, so I'd suggest t...
by alan_r
Sat Sep 26, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 226
Views: 30290

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Thanks for all of the compliments. OO modellers enjoying an N gauge layout: What is the world coming to?! Must be Covid madness! :D I get the point about n-gaugers putting 'too much track' on the board. This was deliberately kept compact to ensure it was finishable, to experiment with some ideas and...
by alan_r
Sat Sep 19, 2020 9:07 am
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 226
Views: 30290

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Since railways are rarely viewed from the air (!) I took some lower angle shots which look a lot better :) P6_track1.JPG P6_track2.JPG P6_track3.JPG I have quite a lot of railfreight red wagons so thought I'd have a clear out and put them on ebay, so decided to take some final shots on the layout. I...
by alan_r
Sun Sep 06, 2020 4:12 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: A Christmas end to end
Replies: 33
Views: 1734

Re: A Christmas end to end

Ah - good to hear!
It would be a shame if your hard work got smouldered, or worse - set fire to your house, so good to know it isn't an issue.
Best to check though - I'm glad I asked the qustion :)
by alan_r
Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: A Christmas end to end
Replies: 33
Views: 1734

Re: A Christmas end to end

Good progress already and should be a nice one to follow. :) Bear in mind Christmas is cold so your fire will be on - have you checked how hot it gets in front when on as you wouldn't want to set fire or melt the layout/train? I remember leaving a toy fire engine in front of our fireplace as a child...
by alan_r
Sat Sep 05, 2020 8:26 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Cille Bhrighde - a Strathclyde influenced Minories
Replies: 11
Views: 866

Re: Cille Bhrighde - a Strathclyde influenced Minories

I like your red corner clamps! Where did you get those? :)
by alan_r
Sat Aug 08, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 226
Views: 30290

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Here is a view of the entire layout. You can't see much detail in it, but it gives a good view of the edges and overall setup. Edited to hide my clutter in the photo! Overall size 3.10m x 1.06m (10'3'' x 3'6'') P6_01.JPG This is a different view looking along from one end to show the front and back ...
by alan_r
Wed Jul 22, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: A Covid 19 Lament
Replies: 13
Views: 779

Re: A Covid 19 Lament

New Covid masks for the railway enthusiast :lol:
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by alan_r
Sun Jul 19, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 226
Views: 30290

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Having closed the gap by the office blocks, the scene looks a lot more complete P5_96.JPG Now having finished the 'backscene' (!) I decided it was time to populate the layout with some trains for a bit P5_97.JPG The plywood board gives plenty of future options for infill scenes and alternative build...
by alan_r
Fri Jul 03, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 226
Views: 30290

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

Now the card cutting is complete and all the elements fit the space, it is time to finally paint all the card a light grey to represent concrete P5_91.JPG It could probably benefit from some weathering, but for now it will do. If this turns into the interior of a station plaza then weathering would ...
by alan_r
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:45 pm
Forum: Personal Layouts - Under Construction
Topic: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge
Replies: 226
Views: 30290

Re: Reusable, modular layout base in N-gauge

The finished edge (unpainted of course) can be seen in this shot looking towards the station. The protruding part next to the station end is to form a foundation for the end office block P5_86.JPG The office block that surrounds the end of the backscene slots nicely into the end foundation and is no...
by alan_r
Thu Jun 25, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: General Model Railway Discussion / News
Topic: Unfinished business.
Replies: 10
Views: 539

Re: Unfinished business.

I know exactly what you mean! It was this thinking that inspired me to try an experimental modular method and remake different interchangeable modules, which I have to say was very successful from that point of view. Once 'finished' I then removed modules and made new ones, then when they were finis...

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