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I've been working on the traverser yard lately, as well as testing some recently acquired Sealion ballast hoppers. Unfortunately though no feature pics on the Sealions fleet yet, only loaded with ballast thus far and not weathered.

The table is 1140 mm long, and is of plywood and pine timber construction running over aluminium angle sections at the ends and using ball bearing wheels. Rail is Peco code 75 soldered onto copper faced strips from C&L.

An additional section off the end end of the table is for the purpose of a loco release or to store locomotives between movements. These roads are to refuge a locomotive the length of a class 20 or similar, plus one one guards van, or can hold longer locomotives such as a class 40. More refuge tracks will be added in due course.

I still have an interest in Australian railways, so this takes up a fair chunk of my modelling time. Progress on Lesney Park can therefore be intermittent, but a nice distraction from other projects.... a photo showing one of my Victorian Railways EMD T class 1st series (T1) with a short train of four wheelers loaded with brown coal. Behind this train can be seen a further four units I am adding to my fleet awaiting some weathering before they go into service. The VR T1’s are similar to the British Class 15s, even weighed in at 68 tons. The EMD model proved very reliable as a maid of all work, and travelled great distances from home depots.

A more close up pic of VR T1 models. Built in Australia under license from EMD, these were also a U.S. export design, some went to the Kowloon and Canton Railway, and many other places, and in several incarnations. Some with extended chassis and with C0-C0 or A1A-A1A wheel arrangements. Their body height from rail level is about the same height as locos on the BR (obviously aimed at the UK too) the exhaust stack however, would put them well out of gauge.



The latest on the layout front comes in the shape of a few more buildings, bashed about from various HO scale construction kits and sheets of embossed plastic card.

With a bit of toning down and additional detail added, the orange '50s style building will hopefully blend into the background.... so you can put your sunglasses away!

With the brickwork enhanced with a darker colour, it is now ready for a mortar wash.

This is one of a pair of Heljan class 47s that I bought over 2 years ago, which have only just passed into service at Hornsey. D1100 was a Holbeck allocated loco and was a regular at Kings Cross. Here it's seen heading a 1B66 Cambridge Buffet service.

The other has become 1932 (a Western loco which got about the regions quite a bit), fitted with ETH in 1970, and losing its steam heat equipment in the process.



A new feature for the waterside area on the layout is this dockyard tug, made from the Artitec resin model sold by Langley Castings. The level of detail within the crisp resin parts - most of the hull and deck being a single piece - make for a very quick and easy build of a superb model.

This detail view of the bow shows the slight tweak made to the shape above the deck to be more typical of a British vessel. The handwheels are from the 51L range, being more finely etched than the fret supplied with the kit.

A general view of the completed tug after basic painting. The colours chosen seem to be fairly typical of tugs found at various ports around the UK.

The wagon workshops have also seen some activity this month…..This BR brake van had been damaged during a recent show, replacement solebar, steps and buffers have been fitted using parts taken from a spare Airfix kit.

A new wagon type for the fleet is this Dia 2/072 ‘Flat ED’…..which certainly lives up to its branding! The model was inspired by a chance find at Bridgnorth, SVR, where a wagon of this design lies largely hidden under locomotive parts awaiting attention.

BR built only 32 of the type, which were similar to an LNER Plate wagon with the sides removed. The planked deck of the model was scribed in 1mm black plastic, with solebars and brake-gear adapted from a Parkside blue-spot fish van kit. The chain rings around the edge of the deck were cut from several scrap Lowfit body mouldings.

Another unusual wagon type also making progress is this Dia 2/002 ‘Arm ET’ 55T armour plate wagon. This is the longer / heavier cousin of the 40T Arm EL finished a few months ago, and again makes use of pieces from a Cambrian Models kit. The brake handwheels and shackles are again from the excellent 51L etched brass range.

TA far quicker project is this ex-GWR ‘Weltrol WH’ from the Mainline/Bachmann model. Drop in some EM wheel sets, add some 3-link couplings and a couple of route card holders and it’s ready for weathering……



Paul James has been by the lineside at Shenston Road photographing recent activities. D8223 & D8229 head a mixed freight past the goods loops next to BSC Shenston Works (both Heljan).

Brush 4 1665 (Heljan), with BR type 2 number 5201 (Bachmann).

Brush type 2 number 5809 (Hornby).

BR Swindon built D9535 heads a short trip freight (Heljan).

English Electric type 4 number D423 (Hornby).

Hymek D7056 hauling bitumen tanks. (Heljan)

Van and bitumen tanks.

BRCW type 2 number 5409 heads a southbound freight (Heljan).

Next up is a trio of Westerns new into service (Dapol) starting with D1005 Western Venturer.

D1028 Western Hussar.

D1054 Western Governor.

And now we step into the TOPS era, with 08951 heading for the steelworks.

Steel coils on the move behind green 40181.

These and other wagon photographs can be found in the Gallery & Projects section of the website.

Other wagons seen passing through en-route to being finished. This pair of scratchbuilt Limestone hoppers were started many years ago, and just need small details to finish.... including removal of cobwebs!

08951 shunting bogie steel wagons in the steelworks.

Ex-Tippler wagons in use for transporting ingot moulds.



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