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

Patriarchal modelling

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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.





Author: Chris H

Having now officially reached middle age, 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 to two rascally mini-mes, and trying to fit in railway modelling, assisting the GWR 1014 County of Glamorgan project, and visits to the top left hand corner of Wales. 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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