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The pair of loading pipes for the waterside face of the Downing building.

A close-up of one of the pair; Several sizes of brass tube, section and strip went into constructing the support frames and pipe.

After basic painting, the two pipes were fixed in position on the waterside columns.

The inspiration for the loading pipes - photo taken from the canalside at Gloucester.

Another clutter item for the dockside is this gang-plank, modelled to an example also found at Gloucester.

The model uses plasticard for the planking, and a combination of brass wire and etched pieces for the handrails and lifting eyes.

The final item to make – give or take the odd piece of clutter – was the wagon loading gantry beneath the Downing bridge. This was again made mostly in soldered brass section, but with plastic tube and cord used for the extending bellows at the bottom of the pipe.

The gantry is pictured again after being fixed in position. The derelict structure can still be seen within the docks at Gloucester, despite having last seen use more than thirty years ago. A quest for any photograph of it actually in use for wagon loading remains unsuccessful however.

With assembly of items for the scenic area completed there was nothing left to do but get the weathering paints out! A start has been made on the tiled roof of the R&W Paul building, as shown in this view.



A bit more has been carried out to the office block with the addition of a canopy and extra detailing of the shop fronts.

Evergreen styrene sheet was used to construct the awning. Both .040” and .010” were laminated together to allow a rebate for the rain water guttering. Strips of 0.4mm x 0.75mm were then added to represent the ‘fins’ detail across its roof.

Shops for lease! These will eventually be fitted out with window dressing. Note the diagonal door handles, made from bent up paper clips.

The DMS bus is currently being detailed inside and out, and later will be on a regular service in and out of Lesney Park.



The layout was at last month's Shipley show, this general view showing the name board that was completed just prior to the event. The letters were laser-cut from 2mm MDF, with the board itself being 3mm material. Hopefully it resembles a signal box or ground frame nameplate - the type with cast iron letters screwed onto a wooden board....

The layout is still very much a work in progress, but the mill buildings were judged to be sufficiently complete for them to be awarded the Tony Jones trophy for best building on a visiting layout. This was quite an honour as this is a new award being voted on for the very first time! Evidence of work still to be completed includes detailing of the coal drops, street furniture and the missing piece of backscene!

This small office building has wandered around the layout over a couple of shows, but seems to have decided this is the best location for it to be permanently sited! Much work remains to be done on detailing the ground surface with weeds and other clutter, installation of cosmetic point levers, plus weathering of the road vehicles etc.



I've had these Lima class 31 locos a couple of years which came from Greg when he replaced his fleet with the Hornby versions.

Being only single motored, I've now fitted them with the Hornby Railroad motor bogies. The Lima pancake motor bogies are then used to double-motor other class 31 in the fleet.

Showing the simple mounting modification, and ease of removal for maintenance. For further details of previous Hornby Railroad conversions click here



Class 46 number 153 heads a southbound freightliner service through Hornsey Broadway, whilst D8231 heads for East London with a short block train of presflow cement wagons. D8231 is one of the latest locos for Paul James' Eastwell fleet, finished and weathered by Greg Brrokes.

Following on from the feature last month of parcels vehicles on Shenston Road, the opportunity was taken to record the Wibdenshaw & Hornsey fleet of NPCCS vehicles. First off is a pair of BR mark 1 full brakes tagged on the tail end of an Anglo-Scottish sleeper train (Bachmann).

A Ratio kit of an ex-SR bogie B. Certainly not the easist kit to put together and has suffered some minor warpage in recent years. Hornby produce this vehicle R-T-R now.

A Thompson full brake - previously a BG until the gangways were removed and plated over. (Bachmann).

An ex-SR CCT labelled as a PMV, which came this way from the Eastwell fleet, and is an ancient Wrenn model. In the words of Brian Williams it's still a fine piece of plastic moulding, given the model was originally issued about 50 years ago, and that the CCT below is recognisable as a K's kit due to the less sharp, and slightly 'rounded' finish to the planking.

A selection of parcels vehicles by Pete Johnson which are regulars at Wibdenshaw (not much call for them on Canada Street). All feature flush glazing and wire security bars added as required. (K's kit, ex-SR CCT).

Parkside kit of an ex-LMS CCT.

A BR mark 1 full brake (BG) in blue and grey livery and looking a bit grubby. Built in the day when it was common practice to splice up from a mix (and shorten) the Tri-ang Hornby BSK coaches, and stands up well to the Bachmann version.

An ex-GWR syphon G bogie vehicle, Lima based model from the modelling bench during the late 1970s....and (perhaps?) the time when Lima only did the outside framed version. An age was spent doing a [mad] convo' filling all the gaps between the framing with overlays, rubbing down, and then scribing the planking before adding the vents..... totally bonkers really, and probably should be replaced with the Lima RTR of the inside frame style in the name of accuracy.

Re-worked and detailed Lima GUV.

Ex-LMS GUV (Lima).

Ex-LMS BG (Mainline).

Re-worked and detailed Lima CCT.


September 2014
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