Posted tagged ‘Central’

Now I do want these…

November 22, 2014

It had to happen, sooner or later someone was going to announce that they had one in development. Unloved, slow, noisy, smoky, bland and apart from a late 1970’s version, completely missing from the ready-to-run model scene, the humble and humdrum BR Suburban DMMU.

But riding to the rescue, making that characteristic farting noise and trailing plumes of blue exhaust, come Kernow Models who have commissioned DJ Models to produce 3 car class 116, 117 AND 118 units.


Picture: Kernow Models, via RMWeb

The specification of the new model is certainly impressive from the details already revealed, and I am certainly looking forward to these being released.

And the timing of the announcement is excellent, as my money had been hovering over the APT-E and the Hattons King. Both will no doubt be excellent models, but neither have a place on any layout I own or plan, likewise the GWR steam railmotor, also announced by Kernow/DJ Models today (although that one might be too hard to resist) they would be pure indulgence. Nothing wrong with that, but how much better something which can run on one of my layouts!

So, what should I pre-order? Which class or classes? How many? And will they come with the blinds down behind the cab?



Tidy wiring

October 20, 2013

Besides working on the visible parts of the layout I have been tidying-up the wiring. Perhaps its a bit unnecessary, but at least I can now see what goes where. Yes, I know that I could (should?) use colour-coding so I know which wire does what. Arguably I do use colour coding: if it’s blue it’s a wire!


So here it is, track power along one side and point operating the other.

Onwards and upwards

October 19, 2013

Progress on London Road Locomotive Sidings has been rather (OK, very) slow of late, but work will pick up now as an exhibition looms!

So, with the façade of the station overall roof constructed it was time to “block-in” more of the structure. This end of the layout will be obscured by a front board – rather like the wings in a theatre, so anything at this end of the layout will be hidden. This might seem a strange set-up, but I feel it’s necessary to disguise the fact that most of the station isn’t modelled, but also to create a dark and dingy feeling to the loco head-shunt which is rather evident from photos of Liverpool Street.


Using the plans drawn up using the well known unit of measurement known as “class 37”(!) the sizes of the various aspects of the end draught screen were drawn up, and the similar structure in line with the head-shunt was then calculated off the sizes of the end screen. The later dimensions are simply to fit the space, and not an attempt to replicate the reality. This aspect of the layout isn’t really “to scale”, more adapted to the needs of the model. Firstly it was very hard to work out how long the head shunt was at Liverpool Street, but secondly I decided that for operational interest on the model the head shunt should be long enough to hold my longest locomotive, albeit parked hard against the layout end board and with the trailing wheels only just clear of the point blades!

The screens themselves are made of Wills Scenic sheets, with a large cut out for the “window”. The window is clear Plasticard with individually cut micro-strip glazing bars – a long and tedious task, but one which gives good results. The windows are opaque, although whether that is by design or through years of dirt isn’t obvious from the photos I have collected.  It is good that the windows aren’t clear though as the use of the enclosed area is a mystery. The end screen makes sense, to stop drafts into the station, but the side screen seems to make a room of that area. Photos of locomotives sitting under this area are dark and gloomy and it suggests that this area is enclosed from above, but I can’t work out what this space was used for. It was fed by the lift, and from the footbridge, but beyond that this area is a mystery.

Tickets please!

June 22, 2013

A Hymek has just come to a stand at the stop blocks on platform 9 at Westonmouth Central and the ticket collector stands ready next to his hut. In seconds there will be a stream of passengers down the platform, jostling for his attention, having alighted from the rake of Mk1 coaches.

Tickets please!

These days the equivalent local train would still be a diesel hydraulic, but somehow a Sprinter unit doesn’t have the same appeal as a Hymek and Mk1s. The friendly ticket collector (more…)

Blue Brush

June 19, 2013

Still at Westonmouth Central, Brush Type 4 1723 runs under the new colour light signal gantry just outside the platforms. The new panel signal box is just out of shot to the left.


Leading a nomadic life around many Western, London Midland and Eastern depots, 1723 went on to become 47540 when fitted it electric train heat equipment and would been no stranger to express passenger work. Here the locomotive eases into the parcels depot and a rake of empty vans which it will take out to the carriage sidings.

Type fours

June 16, 2013

Having concentrated on Mortimore’s Yard for a while, now is a good time to return to “town” and the mainline station at Westonmouth Central. It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon, and basking in one of bay platforms are a pair of Type 4 locomotives, engines running.

Type 4s

The class 50 will be working back to Paddington, while the Peak will be awaiting the arrival of an inter-regional working from the far south-west which it will head to Birmingham, before it hands the train over to an electric loco for the run through to it’s destination.

Welsh Workhorse

March 16, 2013

The distinctive growl of the English Electric type 3 has long been part of my life. I can remember a visit to Chippenham station with my grandfather, and while he spoke to the booking clerk I stood by the ticket barrier and watched two class 37s head west with empty stone hoppers. Two matching blue locos are impressive to a child, the silver handbrake wheels shining on the Secondman’s side nose bulkheads stick in the memory. About the same time, whilst staying at my grand-parents I awoke early and on the warm summer air came a distinctive sound, “a 37!” I thought. The noise that bright morning would have come from driver opening-up at Thingley East as he gained the mainline. Eventually the train came into sight across the rooftops, not one but two 37s, now slowing again to return the token for the single line from Bradford North Junction.

In OO the class 37 has had a variable history (more…)