Saturday, 20 January 2018

RAF Masirah Railway.

This is the slim tome that started my small 009 layout.
The contents are fascinating as to how this system evolved and indeed survived.
It traces the history and personnel that were involved and the innovative way that replacements and the upkeep that kept it running up until the base was taken over by the Sultan of Oman's air force assumed control.
Worth finding- I wonder how many more books in this series were published?

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Southern Nouveau.

There has been a book of this name published some time ago. It was eventually remaindered by various dealers and the now defunct Book Club which provided flyers in most model railway magazines.
It has now been re-introduced in a much larger tome.
It is excellent with so much information on the concrete products produced at Exmouth Junction by the Southern Railway and its successors.
Highly recommended.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

4mm Scale Narrow Boat.



I picked this up at the 009 Ilton members day last Saturday.
I haven't heard of The Mountford Model Railway Accessories before and so I must do some searching to see if this was their only product as it is a rather good moulding in grey resin.
Let me know if you can add to this.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Blue Model Trains 009.

I realised that I didn't show the rest of the mouldings, or prints, for Rheanus.
Here they are although it is difficult to get a good photo of something translucent.
When Rheanus is re-painted these parts will be added.

Friday, 12 January 2018

SWOONS 2018.




Whilst preparing for the SWOONS get together at Ilton this weekend I thought I would show the stock boxes I use for transportation.
Occasionally I see JBModel World at shows, the last being Fareham last year. He produces various formats which fit most scales. I use the N Gauge ones for 009 and find them ideal although the larger PECO coaches are a very snug fit.
The contact details are shown on the left- I have no connection other than a satsified customer.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

The changing face of Rheanus-009.

 The changes for Rheanus appeared almost as soon as the model arrived.
Blue Model Trains via Shapeways was quick off the mark with a smokebox door, backhead and pump. A replacement chimney was also ordered but due to production difficulties could not be printed so this wasn't added to my order. Subsequently this has been redrawn and is now available.
I will see what Narrow Planet have at SWOONS this weekend.
Anyway, the smokebox door makes quite a difference as does the painting of the footplate-badly- a quick job as eventually both Rheanus and Skargoey will bothbe receiving new paint jobs.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Woodlands Level Crossing Box-4MM.

 The advantage of modelling in more than one scale or gauge is that there is always an alternative should you become bored or just stuck for ideas.
Woodlands has been slowly evolving over a couple of years, probably more.
One of the reasons to get the layout erected is the nameplate  received from Mike of Jurassic just before Christmas.
So, the crossing box is complete-less rodding etc and is shown placed roughly in position next to the level crossing. One of Bachmanns' crossing keepers cottages is in the background- not yet decided whether it will be used as intended.
However, Woodlands can't be up for long as Hillbrow has to be prepared for Ilton 009 Members day.