July 16, 2014
It’s my once-yearly opportunity to indulge in a little chasing of orange and black trains – Grand Central Sunderland – Kings Cross services all call at Hartlepool. I usually escape from the model railway exhibition once or twice during the day to capture a few images of workings and stock I never see in the North of Scotland.
I also managed to catch a few of the local services operated by Northern Rail too…
Although the line up the Durham coast is double track, the station at Hartlepool has just the one operational through platform – on the north bound side; the result of cutbacks in the past. Trains bound for London Kings Cross and Middlesbrough cross over from the southbound line to access the platform. There is talk of the south bound platform being reinstated but for now, this interesting operational arrangement survives, despite the increase in the number of trains using the station. The booked coal trains to and from Tyne Dock did not run over the weekend, leaving it to me to catch the London and local services. Southbound freight and engineers trains will use the track through the disused platform.
July 8, 2014
Well, a model is not really ever finished. A little weathering remains to be done and I see that the cars needs some further adjustment so they correctly line up with each other. When test running on Dudley Heath is completed, Micro-Trains couplers will be fitted. The model is my acknowledgement of the 30th anniversary of the Class 150. Prototype ‘Sprinter’ unit No. 150001 emerged from York Works for evaluation trials in June 1984 – 30 years’ ago!
In the mean time, the model is posed on my small china clay project, Wheal Annah. To date this cut and shut conversion is the most complex N gauge project I have undertaken, even more that the New Measurement Train HST, which at least was based around a conversion kit. The Class 150/0 centre car is composed of the parts of both bodies and one underframe taken from another Graham Farish Class 150/1 model. Both cars of the second model were cut into sections; one composed of a third of one car and the other two thirds with the cab ends discarded. The join where the inner ends of both body shells is located down one of the door lines and I am delighted with the result.
The join, where it runs across the roof together with removal of the water tank hatch, is well hidden under the new paint. The livery is the now defunct Centro scheme which adorned Class 150s operating in the West Midlands for many years until they were displaced by brand new Class 172 units. A Class 150 is now a rare beast indeed in the area, the majority of them going to Northern Rail. Incidentally, the three-car Class 150/0 units ended up with First Great Western.
July 2, 2014
Two popular OO gauge layouts currently making the rounds on the Scottish exhibition circuit are Kinlochewe built by Bill Wood and Tullygarth which is operated by the Stirling and Clachmannan Model Railway Club. Both have been photographed for BRM recently and both are very fine layouts but built in very different styles. Here’s a taster of the pictures I have taken for BRM starting with two of Kinlochewe.
Both layouts look great and are sufficiently colourful without being too bright. As always, the time spent with the layout owners during the photo shoot was enjoyable and taking a good length of time to study the layouts when taking pictures increases my appreciation of the work that has gone into them. They are fine examples of the modelling that can be found in Scotland. If Tullygarth looks familiar, it made an appearance at the recent DEMU Showcase in Burton on Trent (June 2014) where it was well received. Kinlochewe will be making a trip south of the border later in the year to make an appearance at Warley National Model Railway Exhibition ate the NEC.