As a “new normal” for the time-being here are a few photos from our January meet photo collection. One member, Bertie, also supplied two short videos of his Darjeeling & Himalayan Rly Class “B” and Class “C” locos just to prove they actually run….and they do, nicely.
The new English lockdown has just started as I write this, so it’s “keep-our-fingers-crossed time” in the hope that it will have a good effect on the Covid situation by a couple of months time.
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This wonderful contraption in 009 scale by Richard is a representation of Farmer Pykes Model T loco that ran on a sugar beet railway at Claxton, near Norwich. It uses a modified Kato 11-109, part of a 1:72 Ambulance body by Skala, and a Peco Tipper Wagon plus various bits of plasticard, brass, lead foil and added chain drive detail.
Malcolm provided images of the very beginnings of a SM32 garden railway with photos of a Simplex kit by Phil Sharples. He has added a 4wd mechanism and will add further details to complete. He is also planning to add a LocoRemote control system.
Malcolm also sent in this nice photo of three 009 locos he made in the 1980’s. A Gem Vari-kit, Meridian “Tallylyn”, and a Simplex.
Over Christmas Stuart has been making a 009 Micro Module. Running from a sector plate fiddle yard, through a gap in a row of shops and passing a coal merchants siding. It uses several kit-bashed Metcalf models. Photo 3 shows a gearbox to allow a crossing gate to be operated from a lever on the module fascia using 2mm mdf, and shafts running in nylon bearings.
Graham sent in this black and white image of “The Beacon Inn” on his Raven Hill 09 scale layout, as he has now started to add smaller details.
Graham has also added couplings and nameplates to his recently made tram locos (Avalon Line Kits) and has constructed a passenger brake van from scratch using Wills sheets, plasticard and an Avalon Line wagon chassis.
Stewart has built some nice 3mm scale road vehicle kits that he bought off Ebay.
Geoff has built these two O-16.5 mineral wagons using plasticard on old Tri-Ang die-cast wagon chassis and filled with ballast.
Lastly, Dave’s photo of the shore end of “New Walmington Pier” with a Southend Pier Toastrack Car by Shapeways.