Friday 30 August 2013

The Volks 1

Volks railway

A mooch along Brighton seafront earlier, so the first of what may be a short series on the Volks Railway.
I hung around waiting for this shot and then dropped the colour out with the bundled MS photo suite. The pain is the modern sign bottom left.

Monday 26 August 2013

Buildings worth modelling 43

 Spotted this at the back of Denmark St over the weekend. I thought at first that it was a theatre scene-dock door, but closer inspection of the script indicates that large paintings are the reason for the double height.
Google is/are as can be seen, again refusing to accept any 'portrait' angled photos - boo to them. Just tip your head to the right and all is well.
More here. But note that the photo dated 1904 appears to show a shorter door and yet the double stonework exists as in my shot. An example of the more you find out the less you actually know.

Sunday 25 August 2013

Hastings on a murky day

 Last week I wandered via train over to see Stig in Hastings. Interesting place is Hastings full of seaside tat and a run-down vibe, but one that I find very appealing. There is plenty on the rail front as well. Above, a photo of the town end of the 10.25" miniature railway
 Stig's very own 14mm gauge sewage works layout which deserves to see the light of day far more often.
 Not one, but two funiculars. This at the East Cliff
Regulars will know that I can't resist a signal box. A vast amount of detail for the modeller.

Sunday 18 August 2013

7mm NGA Surrey Group day

 Yesterday saw a trip into the wild North and a visit to the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association's Surrey Group operating day, dragging Tal-coed along behind me.
A very relaxed day of chat and banter and the viewing of some cracking modelling - Mike Tucker's buildings especially catching my eye.
Not only inside, but outside in leafy Merstham was another village fire station that was one of those 'worth modelling' moments.
Thanks to Brian, Alan and all the Surrey mob for a great day out.

Thursday 15 August 2013


A while back now I put up a few picture of Tite's station buildings at Gosport and noted that it was overgrown but there seemed to be some work going on. I went past today and spotted that this had developed into apartment conversions. Not perfect, but a good way to make the best of the buildings without knocking the whole lot down.
The track area is now a garden and the front where the bufferstops/goods entrance/line to Clarence Yard is car parking.

Wednesday 7 August 2013


After popping into the Pevensey exhibition last week, it was on to New Romney to look at the 15" stuff.
Right on cue my favourite piece of RHDR motive power appeared. The very enclosed Simplex is the widest item they have and of course contrary to first glance this is the side view.

Sunday 4 August 2013


In order to use the picnic bench in the garden while I still can, I've got ahead of myself and built the baseboard for the final 009 project.
Nothing remarkable here just the usual mix of MDF, Resin W and a few screws. I still get people telling me that MDF is too heavy... I can lift with my index finger only, so I think we can safely say that that is a bit of a myth.