For the first time, because of the current situation, we held a sort of virtual meeting this month. Members were invited to send in photo’s of their current projects, so at least we could see “what’s going on”, but maintain social distancing. It gave the opportunity to reach a slightly wider audience and here are some of the photos sent in:
Geoff’s radio controlled 0-16.5 loco’s normally haul a box van with the battery and electronics inside, but to give more flexibility he is building a wagon to contain the receiver and battery.
Loco and coach in new Oxford Blue livery for a new 009 layout by Richard.
Richard’ 009 layout has had scenery work started including back scene, the track painted, ballasting, and building work under away.
Alan has been busy planking his 16mm Aldeburgh beach boat. It needs 32 planks in total, and each plank takes about an hour to measure cut out and fix. He has also been making a few lobster pots in 4mm scale for Stewart Green and are photographed here with a 16mm version to show the size difference.
Five more O9 wagons by Chris, one general goods wagon, two coal wagons and two coal hoppers. Scratch built from Evergreen plasticard, awaiting paint, couplings and coal loads.
Stewart is working on the final module for Wonder Wall – Alpentor, N scale, with a mountain stream running through a wooded valley. N scale was chosen due to the logistics of motive power on such tight curves, but can still pass for a large narrow gauge railway. The wall has been papered and just awaits the arrival of the last section.
This is a photo of the SM32 locos and stock recently donated to the Halesworth to Southwold Narrow Gauge Railway Society.
Now to some big stuff: Stuart has started building a 3 1/2″ quarry Hunslet. Frames, wheels, bearings and buffers complete so far.
Hong Kong Trams by Dave Carson. They run on 3ft 6ins gauge, but the Bachmann HK trams he has used are produced to 1:76 (00) on 16.5mm track. This new micro-layout replaced another layout of the same name which suffered damage last year.
Two garden railway buildings from Andy’s “Crowfoot Light Railway”. The stone mason’s building is a 16mm/ft resin kit constructed in a freelance manner. The pub is called The Hungry Dragon and is a 16mm/ft resin kit. The small building in the foreground is a crossing keeper’s cottage so it can be seen that the pub is tucked away a bit. The railways buildings are normally stowed away with others when not in use.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Left: A recently acquired 3D print of the miniature loco ‘Effie’ and her associated donor chassis for Ian’s “Hubbard’s Hills” layout. And Right: Budget Model Railways Railbus by Jeremy, mounted on a Kato chassis and well weighted, it is classed as 009, but intended to run on an HOe layout.
An 09 scale Minimum Gauge Models Industrial Diesel (CL001) by Graham prior to fitting couplings and weathering.
Graham has also been building another 09 scale short bogie coach using Wills sheets, and a home-made chassis with Peco GR-106 bogies. Also under construction is the village/station board for his proposed exhibition layout.