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Chronicling the development of my 5-gauge 4mm scale model railway with a few off-topic insights thrown in for free

Destination “K”

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Recently I have done some travelling. With places which begin with K. Korea was one trip – for once being in the South was preferable to being in the North. The other was to Kingston upon Hull. Or ‘Ull as we prefer to call it. 

The Korea trip was a business trip to Seoul and included a look round the depot for Metro Line 9 and a trip on the high speed line. The trains for Metro Line 9 look like a fat Class 141. See:- 

Metro Line 9 EMUs

Metro Line 9 EMUs

The high speed trip was a there and back from Seoul to Daejeon in the middle of the country. 1 hour each way. Both legs were in a KTX-1. These are the Alstom Atlantique TGVs with a nose job. Incredibly, they even used the same paint for the colour stripe class demarcations on the body sides. We did see a KTX-2 while we were at Daejeon which is Korean built with Alstom equipment. KTX series 3 and 4 are pure home grown products but we didn’t see them. 

KTX-1

KTX-1

KTX-2

KTX-2

There was also an interesting flower bed with clock outside the station at Daejeon.

 

No trains today...

No trains today…

The trip to Hull was as previously mentioned to pick up my tamper and have a gander at Bron Hebog. It really is as impressive as the pictures always suggest. Well worth seeing when it’s next out.

My tamper has a quick test. Here it is approaching Cutting Mawr above Beddgelert

My tamper has a quick test. Here it is approaching Cutting Mawr above Beddgelert

 

One thing I did like at Hull was the opportunity to hire a stool for a £5 returnable deposit for small people. Mini-me is still a bit short but he still found it useful at the Hull Model Engineers’ stand.

Mini-me in "choo-choo" heaven

Mini-me in “choo-choo” heaven

The other layout which was on my top 2 list was Crumley and Little Wickhill. The corner layout enabling the perspective of looking down the valley rather than across it produces stunning views. Very well done and makes me wonder if I can do that anywhere on mine.

I also had preliminary discussions with Boston Largs Works about another commission. Watch this space!!

A view showing the wild expanse of the layout. Note the "wind up" Russell in the foreground (not clockwork - it's what cut down Russell does to WHR fans)

A view showing the wild expanse of the layout. Note the “wind up” Russell in the foreground (not clockwork – it’s what cut down Russell does to WHR fans)

Wife, Mini-me, Tamper. A good day out. (and wind-up no.2, the Parry people Mover on the extreme left, which you will only ever see going downhill...)

Wife, Mini-me, Tamper. A good day out.
(and wind-up no.2, the Parry people Mover on the extreme left, which you will only ever see going downhill…)

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Author: Chris H

Now in my fourth decade, I am a rolling stock engineer and have worked in many different locations including a 7 year spell in Sydney, Australia, where I arrived with a suitcase and left with a wife and a son. I am now based back in my home county of Yorkshire where I juggle full time work, being a Dad, and trying to fit in railway modelling and visits to volunteer on the Ffestiniog Railway. In addition to my heavily railway themed life, I am interested in rugby, cricket, reading crime novels, falconry, and medieval re-enactments.

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