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Deltics 9002 & 9009 at Hornsey Road depot, having been spotted by the group of youths waiting to catch the bus.

A Cravens 4-car class 105 DMU leaves Hornsey Broadway on a suburban service to Stratford, as a green class 08 loco hauls departmental wagons along the freight only branch.

A closer view of Long Row, with the addition of the even numbered buildings bordering the railway.

The building on the left started out as the leftover parts of a 'City Classics' HO scale construction kit with the addition of a pitched roof and detail bits & pieces, whilst the building in the centre is from the DPM range. The other buildings across the street are a mix of scratchbuilt and adapted Walthers kits.

Showing the expanding group of buildings by the lineside. Iron railings (plastic) from Ratio.

It's always good to share a tip, no matter how simple! After looking around for something I could use as drain pipe clips, the tube of a cotton bud proved to be just right.

A sea of blue featuring a 6-car Cravens unit making its way to 'The Cross' and about to pass an Anglo-Scottish service headed by Deltic 9012 Crepello. In the background a Brush type 4 fresh from shed emerges from the gloom of Long Row Tunnel, with a class 501 EMU stabled in the siding. The background buildings are nearing completion, which will then allow detailing work to be started in the foreground, including the LT station area and tube stock.



This month has been a bit of a break from the new layout, with various rolling stock projects progressing instead. First up is the Dia 2/072 Flat ED, B906811, now painted and weathered.

The 55T Arm ET, B908009, has also had its livery applied and weathered, and is ready for a steel block load to be added.

A clutch of Brush type 2s, which have been taking the slow line OMWB for many months, are finally getting close to completion. D5641 is a Finsbury Park engine with use on Hornsey Broadway in mind. Modelled to a photo from 1971, the ‘D’ prefix suggests it was an early re-paint into rail blue, but somehow dodged removal of the D in the livery revision of mid-1968.

A second Kings Cross suburban loco of the same period is 5595. All four locos are based on the Lima model, but with various detail improvements, including glazing and fan grills from the Extreme Etchings range. This was my first experience with ‘Laserglaze’ and I was hugely impressed with the virtually perfect fit of every panel – a real boon to the 4mm finescale diesel modeller.

Next is a Class 31/0 of the same era, 5501 was a long time Stratford engine, but may make the odd visit to Hornsey Broadway on an occasional cross-London freight. It will also suit Canada Street for Ipswich-area segways of 1969-71.

More specifically intended for Canada Street is 5670 in the 1973 livery style. The switch to a single central badge and cab-side numbers was to see the type through into the TOPS era.

Another first-time modelling experience this month has been a Judith Edge brass kit - the intermediate style of low bonnet North British 0-4-0. I have not found it an easy build, and have several burnt finger tips to show for progress so far……Improvised clamping with bent bits of brass, clothes pegs and superglue has now lessened the suffering for my art somewhat. Once the bits are together the result is truly superb however, and I look forward to starting a sister loco, armed with what I’ve learned on kit No.1.

A second view from a couple of days later, with the engine cover almost finished.



Continuing with the major redevelopment at Morfa Bank, most of the demolition work has been carried out with the remaining features bearing witness to the changes.

It might not look much at the moment, but all the scenery no longer required has been removed with most of the materials for the new build already acquired. This view shows the remains of 'wire in tube' point control, via omega loops to slide switches.

Showing the site of the old Glamolic Resins plant (now demolished). The row of small businesses will remain but the existing line will now head off scene to serve a spoil tip alongside the river. A small semi-derelict river quay will occupy the foreground and a run down coal tip as the scenic break.

Looking in the opposite direction, the link to the former low level yard is on the far right. This will remain but serving only a re-sited scrap yard and a fiddle yard representing the ingot mould foundry (the former half relief foundry from the earlier layout will be moved 90 degrees forming a new back scene in the distance), and the river quay dealing with steel exports. The yard tracks will remain as they were and the gap beyond the fence will become the new home for the re-sited buildings from the removed board.


Thank you for visiting EMgauge 70s to see what we've been up to, and we wish you all a happy 2015.


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