Model Rail September 2021

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13 Números

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I seem to recall that all of my early layouts had a locomotive shed of one sort or another. From my first 6ft by 4ft oval with sidings, to my various round-the-bedroom affairs, the addition of a shed scene was deemed of equal importance as a station. After all, as someone who began detailing and repainting locomotives while still at primary school, I wanted somewhere to show them off! In adulthood, I’ve built a number of depot dioramas and a couple of shed-based micro layouts. I’ve never been alone in my love of a good engine shed scene, as countless other modellers have followed similar paths over the years. Just like the real thing, locomotive depots could be large or small, depending on location, era and operating requirements. The splendid layouts featured…

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17 min.

ALL-NEW ‘47’ FROM BACHMANN The highlight of Bachmann’s autumn update was undoubtedly the news of an all-new Brush Type 4 Class 47 diesel in ‘OO’ gauge. This project is reported to have begun several years ago, with the Barwell team consulting original works drawings and undertaking surveys of real locomotives, with an aim to produce an ultimate ‘Duff’. Uniquely, the new ‘47’ will include a working roof fan system, powered by its own dedicated motor that will operate on either DC or DCC systems. A wealth of detail options is to be catered for, encompassing train heating boilers, water/fuel tank arrangements, bufferbeam cowlings (or lack thereof), plus headcode and headlight variations, allowing a full range of BR and post-privatisation subjects to be faithfully reproduced. Initially, five livery options are to be released: BR…

4 min.
staff show & tell keep on trucking

Having worked at Model Rail for nearly 20 years, there have been times when I’ve really needed a break from trains. I do have plenty of other hobbies, but building kits remains high on my list, especially when it’s cold and dark outdoors. The depth of winter is often when I indulge in kit-building, but my hobby time increased exponentially in early 2020 when Covid first appeared. What to do while trapped at home? It was the perfect opportunity to finish a host of part-made trucks that have been sitting around for years. I began dabbling in 1:24 scale model trucks in earnest about five years ago, after a few dalliances in my younger days. I’d come to realise what good value many of these kits were, especially in comparison to…

3 min.
show & tell

Heritage railway’s coming along nicely This is my latest ‘N’ gauge British-outline layout ‘Scotton’ built on a 4ft by 2ft board. The layout is currently about 95% finished but it needs more detailing: trees, fences, vehicles, people, some artistic touching up, but it already represents a transport and heritage railway with steam, diesel and motor vehicles. My idea was for a heritage railway but based on eras 3-5. Primarily, diesel and steam was to be seen, with tank engines and small shunters being the main attraction. The buildings are primarily Metcalfe card kits, some modified, some standard. In addition, the engine sheds are US ‘Pikestuff’ plastic buildings. The track is Peco Code 80 Setrack, ballasted with Woodland Scenics fine ballast. LED street lighting will be added to the station and the transport museum…

4 min.
according to chris…

“That Belah and Crumlin were destroyed seems almost like demolishing the Eiffel Tower or bulldozing Stonehenge” It’s one of those irrational things. I don’t like heights but I do love a nice big bridge. I’ve always put my fear of heights down to the fact that, as a very small child, I rode my tricycle down the stairs of the block of flats where we lived. At around the same time, my fearless father took me up the ladder to the very top of Hartland Point lighthouse. I don’t recall enjoying it! I grew up in a town whose bridge was infamous. Staines bridge carried the A30 road over the Thames, and on summer weekends its traffic jams were legendary. It also had a wooden Bailey bridge put up during the war…