End2end wrote:Congratulations Gavin. You and Starlingford certainly deserve it
carnehan wrote:Haha, that's brilliant Gavin. Well done and well deserved. I miss the more regular postings of Starlingford.
Dad-1 wrote:Well deserved.
Like most I always look forward to new photos from Starlingford.
O.K now an awkward question - How's the weight control going ?
The other thought that occurred to me where DO you keep so many locomotives ?
I'd like to know as I'm running out of space.
Thanks awfully, chaps
I have been very busy recently, though sadly not with much railway-related stuff. After a series of resignations at work - Aberdeen, in keeping with its 'few years behind the times' reputation, is going through a pretty brutal recession of its own just now - I am a department of one. As such I have taken a few executive decisions, my favourite being a relaxation of the dress code, but it has left too little time for relaxing with trains...
That said, I have some irons in the fire. I have started scratchbuilding a four-road engine shed (I keep getting inspired by other people's projects - not least yours, Paul - so I've decided to experiment), despite not have a layout suitable for it. It's going to go into storage once it's done, I suspect, and will await the day when I have a layout on which I can put it! Still, I'm hoping that as a learning experience it will be of some use.
It was also recently the Aberdeen MRC exhibition. I was able to contribute a complete 8-car Queen of Scots rake, fully finished with coach headboards. The duplicate coaches (a brake third, kitchen third and parlour third) were also all renumbered to create an accurate formation. It ran on the club's exhibition layout, which, being DCC, was unsuitable for any of my locomotives, so a fellow club member donated the TTS A4 Gadwall to the enterprise. Like a clot I forgot to get any pictures, but I promise it looked good! Acquisitions included another maroon Hawksworth 3rd (have I mentioned that I got seduced into getting these coaches because I didn't have any coaching stock suitable for Lion, and that I don't understand why they haven't been better sellers? They're excellent - occasional issues with gangway shape notwithstanding - and their unpopularity means that these top-of-the-line coach models crop up brand new at ridiculously low prices. I got mine BNIB for £22!) as well as some more Oxford Rail LNER cattle wagons for the J15. I am enjoying the nerdish, spreadsheet-driven quest to identify 'set trains' for specific locomotives. I am also - slowly - acquiring the weathered b&c-liveried coaches that will accompany my weathered BR blue Princess Lady Patricia - a mix of Mk1s and 'portholes'.
I have also been working on detailing one of the Electrotren/Golden Valley Hobbies 0-6-0 shunters - mine is the black industrial tank Ajax. I have detailed it with a crew, lamps (in the shunter head code) and coal heaped in the back of the cab. Pictures to follow!
Geoff, my locos are stored under the fiddle yard. They are long, thin cardboard boxes with the locomotives arranged side-by-side The fiddle yard is built on an 8x4' piece of wood that rests on some 6"-tall supports that rest, in turn, on an 8x4" table. The boxes slide away into that 6" gap - all very neat and tidy! As for weight control...
Not much of an update, I know, but I promise 'workbench' pictures of Ajax soon...