Chronicling the development of my Cambrian and Narrow Gauge 4mm scale model railway

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Wheely good idea

In the 009 world, it is fairly well known that if you want a decent outside framed 0-6-0 chassis, you buy the Graham Farish 08 chassis and then buy some valve gear for it, and Robert is your mother’s brother. 

The problem with transferring that logic to standard gauge though is that the 08 chassis has a really short wheelbase which means that although it gives you an outside frame working chassis, there isn’t really much else apart from some dock shunters that you can model with it. 

However, Hornby, wonderful people that they are, sell the wheel sets only for the 08 (Ultrascale do the EM and P4 versions too I am reliably informed). This means that within reason you can “drop in”* the 08 wheel sets into something else to give you an outside cranked chassis that you can fit dummy outside frames to. 

I have a feeling that in future, this could be very useful. 

The pictures show the wheel sets sitting on the double slip built by the Patriarch. 

*Loosly describing the several hours long swearing session getting them into a chassis they were never designed for. 

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Plates not for dinner

I’ve been working in the big bad city down south for a few weeks now but I thought I’d update you on some nameplates I have hanging about ready for fitting. 

First up the plates for my Saint with the Lenz valve gear. 

Second some plates to turn my County into my favourite County (bar Yorkshire of course…!) 

Third, the plates for my Modified Hall. I could go on about this. I just don’t think the Modified Halls should have been called Halls given how different they were. However, as they were I’ll have the one that was closest to my birthplace. This loco is famous for having been delivered in steam to the GWS in GW livery although it wasn’t built until after nationalisation so mine is in early BR livery. 

Finally Cornubia to allow me to represent a curvy framed Dukedog although it actually is a pure Duke and remained so until scrapped. Cornubia is also the Latin name for Cornwall, my family home. 

So in essence, to run on Penlowry, a loco has to have meaning to me. Another loco I have planned was based at Gloucester Horton Road (where the Patriarch did his illegal trainspotting) until scrapped, but that story is for another time. 

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Patriarchal modelling

Yesterday was the day. There was a level of excitement. Not that you’d know it. I kept it under wraps. Yesterday, the Patriarch dropped off his old railway modelling stuff at its new home – Penlowry.

I think there something extra special for me here because I grew up from the ages of about 4 to 11 with the model railway in my bedroom so a lot of the bits and pieces are very familiar to me.

I thought I’d spend a few minutes just sharing some of the Patriarch’s modelling because he was very good at it until the lure of model engineering took him away from it into the larger gauges. A lot of it is covered in about 20 years’ worth of dust but with a quick clean will be once again looking its best. Much of these are widely available kits but taking tme to add personal touches and detail makes all the difference.

In another post I may dig out some of his kits, including his Duke class, The Lizard, which is a stunner although it can’t pull the skin off a rice pudding from what I remember!

Sand and gravel co. steam lorry plastic kitimg_2951


GWR parcel van plastic kitimg_2950

Traditional GWR pagoda white metal kit complete with mossy and bird dropping’d roofimg_2934

Platform weighing machine – Dart Castings (there’s one of these under the footbridge on platform 3 at York station)img_2933

Outside lav with oil lamp on shelfimg_2939

I think the thing I love about this the most is the Patriarch managed to paint the wheel and handle and yet they still turn round.img_2936

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Patriarch built a model of the church he was Rector of in Linka. However, as a trial to learn how to use the system he built this cottage. In my mind it is always Grandma’s cottage but I think that may come from the old BBC computer witch game rather than being much of a representation of where my Grandmother actually lived!img_2944

And here it is, Lockington church in 1:76 scale built using Linka. The North side has suffered some bleaching from spending 3 decades exposed to sunlight and so the whole thing may get a repaint but it is still looking good for its age.