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

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What if?

Well it’s been a quiet month. Not much on the modelling front although the plans for the big move continue slowly.

A visit to the pub to discuss 3D printing and being the guinea pig for a kit was most convivial earlier in the month and resulted in some test prints being knocked out by my partner in crime (and the commercial end of all this), Paul of EDM models. As he said to me, “I see you’re doing the Square in 009. Well I want to do a 3D print based kit of it in 7mm so if you push me along we’ll do the 009 one as well.” With any luck a prototype will be running at Warley if he and I can get our collective fingers out amongst all the other things we do.

News front the frontline of 1014 County of Glamorgan continues so I’m hoping we can get the news feed on the website a bit more regular than in the past. Visit here if you’ve not seen the website.

The “what if” comes from some idle internet surfing. This week I went back to Beverley where I grew up to put some ghosts to bed. When I got back to the station on the way home I had about 20 minutes to sit and just enjoy the fantastic architecture of an extant G T Andrews overall roof and a box still very much in use – note the “enjoy” confirms that the wind was not a Siberian Nor’easter which provides the proverbial brass monkeys on such days.

Beverley is one of the stations still with an original NER tiled map. On it is the planned but never implemented North Holderness Light Railway which ran from a junction just north of Beverley through the fantastically named villages of Tickton, Routh, Long Riston, Leven, Brandesburton, and so to North Frodingham. (If The York and North Midland Railway’s planned line to Hornsea had been built as well, starting from a junction at Arram, there would have been some form of junction or crossing at or just to the north of Leven!)

The font of Wikipedia notes that one of the proposals put forward was using narrow gauge to reduce costs. This got me thinking – what if a 3′ line was built and by the mid 30s it had been rented out for a peppercorn to Colonel Stephens on the grounds that the LNER really couldn’t be bothered to run such a minuscule and irregular line? And if so, could a diorama be built to display such a concept?

Whether I build this or not remains to be seen but the idea of a small side affair does attract me and some sketches suggest a board 430×300 would suit my purposes. In looking through Branchline to Wisbech for inspiration I came across a picture of Well Creek at Outwell village with the line crossing over a canal.

I thought something similar could be done for Leven canal with a siding, the general air of decay, with not a lot happening to disturb the murky waters of the underused canal, a typical Col. Stephens railcar pausing to load a crate or two and hopefully a passenger, if lucky, the guard pausing to survey the scene and seeing the heyday of the line in his mind’s eye…

Anyway, enough of the poetry. I can see an idea. I may do it. I may not, but I do like a good “What if”.

(Yes I know the signal is the wrong way round – limitation of the software)

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New year interlude

Yes I’m having a breather from the practical while I do planning for the Square and reading a weighty tome about the Ffestiniog pre-preservation locomotives (along with most people interested in the FR!)

I have also been working on what the new office will look like as, unlike the current abode, I want to have it planned and then executed rather than having it formed over time with trial and error.

A discussion on the 009 modellers group on Facebook about Geoghegan’s locomotives at the Guinness Brewery and the practicality of building one in 009 attracted my attention. I’ve always loved that railway and those locos are an ingenious piece of design work.

A working model I imagine will be possible but a tad tricky (the new Bachmann Quarry Hunslet when it appears may provide a suitable chassis).

However I do have a static model in my collection. This was built by a prolific modeller who, in his will, donated all his models to the Ffestiniog Railway Society. In time the FR and WHR models will appear on display but the others were sold to generate funds. To say this gentleman was an artist is to underestimate his considerable talent.

I dug this model out to get these photos to add to the discussion which reminded me to put it in my display case (which already has a position on the wall in the new office!)