Monday, 30 April 2012
Shopping included Russell's GWR Locomotives Vol 1 for an unresistable price, some wheels and the above to fix to the new 009. I got this for nothing, pulling in a favour owed from the middle of last year straining my bollocks helping lift a motorcycle. Basically it's a wrapped piece of 1/4" plastic with laptop generated lettering. The gentleman in question was rushed off his feet producing replica station totem signs about two feet long for a bit over twenty quid. Judging by the queues at the last couple of shows that he's been at, this is a bargain price. No web site, but ,
Thursday, 26 April 2012
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Monday, 23 April 2012
The Luton show is of the old school both in spirit and in body, set in a fairly unloved state comprehensive, and scattered across three rooms not unlike the vibe of the old Croydon show. The audience was mainly families and consisted of rather large ladies who (and I have this on good authority) shop in Matalan. The morning was busy but the afternoon died due apparently to Luton playing at home. One thing that was remarked upon by several people was the amount of trade. This doesn't work. The guy next to me sold nothing all day and packed up at 4.00. Too much trade,especially if it's mainly box merchants, dilutes the cash flow so no-one has a good day.
After a little bit of unnecessary last minute wrangling I waved Garn off for the final time. It'll soon reappear at Midlands shows with several things added by the sound of it. I can see the road full of Oxford Die-casts now. The layout has served me well both in an exhibition sense, and at the outset an emotional one so it's good to see it go in many ways. Onward and upward; I have things I want to build and I need to clear the decks so I can do this. Not having an expanse of loft space to store chronologically labeled layouts for decades, I have work on a conveyor belt process. And with the speed with which they're being turned out at the moment I have to shift.
Friday, 20 April 2012
Thursday, 19 April 2012
Did anyone pick up the Phil Cornwell thing on Radio 4 last night about a train driver/modeller? I had to turn it off. It may as well of been titled 'Why railway modellers suffer with autism and ADHD' I know there are the odd unwashed example about, but fishing and motor enthusiasts don't get this bad press so why do we?
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
What I do opposite to most is the ballasting, preferring to do it almost last after the scenic stuff is down. Though here I was cursing that decision as getting under the bridges took on almost gynecological techniques to complete. Then the bloody PVA wouldn't bond so I had to go over it again. So much screaming at the layout in the last couple of days. When it came to the testing and chipping off the odd bit of stray ballast I remembered that I was going to sectionalise the track so that I could kill a train in the 'station' while running around things at the back. A bit like DCC only at a cost of 50p (actually less than that as the switches are Nigel's cast offs being non standard 'centre offs'). Note there are no fixings - they're held in by tension in the MDF only.
I have two weeks left to get this finished.
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
Phil Parker's post today is worth a peek and trips over that (depending on my mood) bete noir or layout I'd love to build - Roy Link's Art of Compromise. That being a four point terminus in six feet of length (click the AotC tag at the bottom for lots more on this). For some reason I'm drawn to these designs as PP is - quick to build and scratch multiple itches.
The above short clip as promised/warned. CF in very grumpy mood. This was the third bass player in a week and it really wasn't happening. Work consumes me at the moment and not all of it is good.
Monday, 16 April 2012
There has been little here of late whilst Mr Grumpy is trying to put a couple of quid in the bank. And if the RM article wasn't enough, some video arrived yesterday which proves it. Even though it's not relevant I may stick a short clip up here just to show what I look like when I'm not liking the bass player. When it's not happening it's like the marital 'conversations with the flying plates'.
Thursday, 12 April 2012
This is rather nice particularly as I'm rolling over the level crossing everyday though the only sign that remains is the cream clapboarded house.
I know the film edges it up a little, but it's worth noting the speed of travel - not the creepy branchline feel that most models present.
Anyone identify the coaches?
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Work and study time has eaten into the modelling this week - why is it always that that loses? This is not good as I have a timetable to stick to. Unfortunately there is a timetable for everything else as well.
Just to show that this page is more that just me rambling: I had an email from a chap asking for conformation of the identity of someone in a photo on here, and if I had contact details. I could and I didn't. This now means Wood End and Beyond is now officially a social networking site...
I'm always on the look out for a bit of railway history in the wild. The above photo taken in Merthyr last year
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Monday, 9 April 2012
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
And the video... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ec4mk9-13nc&feature=youtu.be
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
There will be more about this trip in the following days, but I'll start with the Soller Railway which can be summed up in one word - elegant. It is a preserved line in a way, but no Mk1's here, just beautiful matchboard balcony coaches and Bo-Bo electrics. I defy anyone not to like these. here No 4 runs round empty stock at Palma 31/03/12
Photo: Karen Ford