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With the kind donation of some SMP EM track from the editor of the EMgauge70s
website, the many parts that I had previously cut out from various thicknesses of
plasticard for the Newton Abbot traverser could finally be assembled (thanks Kier).
This aerial view of the traverser shows the scribed plastic-card to represent the
wooden decking, also visible is the electrical pick up points between the rails,
made from bronze strip, with the centre section awaiting its turn to be fixed into position.

This image shows the West side of the traverser with its end facias, the traverser table has been marked out for the wooden foot-treads.

The traverser table showing the first few foot-treads (over 160) made from plastic-strip, the rectangular spaces are for drivers to step down
from their locomotive to prevent them from twisting an ankle (Health & Safety 60s style!)

The East side of the traverser showing its cross support girders

The almost complete 83A traverser showing the added safety rails made from brass strip and right angle plastic-card, all thats left for me
to make are the 3x capstans, 2x lights and the overhead catenary post that will be located front left of the picture below. As can be seen on
the protruding platform is the already complete operators booth, motor and electrical cabinet, also complete are another 2 smaller
electrical cabinets and notice boards. Next stage once complete is to prime the traverser and then paint & weather.



The past month has seen good progress on the Blue Grain project using the etched parts for the underframe detailing. This view shows the
basic ‘jig’ for holding the brake lever pieces during assembly.

An example of a completed lever after soldering, on this one the ability to model the lever in the dropped position has been used. A 0.3mm
brass wire has still to be added in the missing bolt position, this then being fixed in a hole drilled into the solebar to secure
the V-hanger to the underframe.

‘Vat 69’ – an early pattern wagon, shows the etched brake lever system in position.

‘Good old Johnny Walker’ displays the brake rigging of the other side. A Triang ‘00’ gauge wagon of this branding, received as a Christmas
present when I was about 10, planted the seed for this project of some 45 years later!

‘Haig’ shows the slightly different etched parts as fitted on the later style wagon.

The bodyshell of the Scottish Region Class 20 has now been completed. Prior to lettering, a thin coat of Railmatch BR blue, in places blended
with some pale grey, was applied to cover the rather dark shade used by Bachmann.

D8095 would look to have been an early re-paint into BR blue to judge by the small arrows badge and lack of wrap-round of the nose end
yellow. But it was pictured still wearing this livery in late 1971, so provides a useful wide operating period for the purposes of the layout.

Canada Street is featured in two magazines currently in the shops - with a detail piece on the dockside inlaid
track in ‘Model Railway Journal’ No. 258.

….and a general layout feature in the ‘Railway Modeller’ for November, which leads in nicely to the return of
the winter exhibition season, with ‘Canada Street’ set to appear at the Wakefield show on November 17th to 19th.



There are several projects on the go this month, to include making a start on the first stage of weathering the Carflats. Once they are
loaded with vehicles the decking will be partially hidden, but anything's got to be better than bright coloured plastic! They are pictured
here in the works, alongside long-term resident class 501 (#2) and a selection of other rolling stock awaiting modifications / customising.

Deltics at the Hornsey Road fuelling point with the new shelters starting to take shape, made from some very thick plastic card and brass tube.

Also a return to the last bit of trackwork, showing this copperclad point being constructed in situ'. The geometry might not match any published
drawings, but I have found it a quick and easy (and cheap) way to build track for reliable running.

Showing the stock rails in place ready for soldering, with just the blades and check rails required before gapping, testing and wiring. The track
in the foreground is for a siding (awaiting bufferstop), and will be used to stable wagons after arrival, and before despatch to the stores (enparts)
fuel discharge siding (tank wagons), or vans for sending up the branch.

A view behind the scenes showing the bullet-proof H&M point motors (fitted with VCF type micro switches). I've never experienced one fail
in over 30 years of using them, and there's also something comforting about their clunk when you pull that switch!

To hide the point motors behind the retaining wall, these two buildings have been made from left-over bits of plastic card and windows from a kit.

A view looking towards the headshunt and boiler house after the application of some vegetation and track detail. The distance is deceiving in
this snapshot, with enough space beyond 2164 to switch a pair of class 25s. The structures surrounding the depot have been created to give
the illusion that they are built on lower ground, which not only justifies the retaining wall, but also keeps the overall height of the backscene
low at this end of the layout for social purposes.