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Managed some ground work in the loft, so while it dries I tried a Wills yard crane...







A nice little kit.  I might be able to concoct my own version from bits I have around.....



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Looks amazing as always!



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Thank you Chris.  For once something I made which I didn't have to do again because I bodged it the first time!!

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Well, I have to accept that a post in the middle of a scene is.... a post.  And a cross beam is..... a large bit of wood!  I had thought about lowering the height of the layout, as this is the lowest end of the loft.  I'm glad I didn't as it is a lovely height to stand and work on.  So there had to be a compromise.  But now I have covered the wood and painted it blue, it looks less like a loft, if not exactly invisible!!




This warehouse is now fixed and I have "ballasted".  It is supposed to be ash and cinders rather than ballast as it is a small local siding.  It looks quite like the photos I was working from, but I am not sure I have it quite right.




The blue above the post-hiding warehouse needs touching up.... but the unit is fixed and the road behind it is completed.  I need to ballast this. The idea was to do an ash and cinder mix again....





And I always check things with a black and white photo.....



None of the detailing is done yet - the freight  has just been scattered on one platform...…

I have one more building to make - I have found a lovely small goods shed to model in the town and then I can concentrate on finishing the ground areas, filling in missing bits of foam board.  This is mainly because I changed my mind about building layout and track position.  It isn't a problem - I had to do the same with the road area which has now taken a different direction.  Once I get a covering on top, any joins disappear.

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I need to fix some buffer stops. Has anyone successfully made them, or do people just buy the ready made/kit versions.  I have a Hornby one from years ago, but it looks very toy like and doesn't seem to have changed.  I'm not particularly bothered about working lights on them, just a reasonable representation.

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That is a great idea encapsulating the post with the warehouse, really hides the post and the loft ceiling well.



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Thank you Chris - it came about from a variety of suggestions members gave at YMRC.  

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You nearly always have to make compromises on a layout Michael and your post solution is great i will certainly be following your example with my 2 posts.

RE the buffer stops Peco do 2 types 1 which models the rail type bufferstop often seen and the vertical sleeper box with gravel inside both with a bit of painting look fine .

Im sure if you looked around there are specialist region Era ones by smaller manufacturers.


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Peco do a few versions
https://peco-uk.com/pages/search-results-page?q=buffer+stop



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Lanarkshire models do various kits, don't know what they're like but his track cleaning wagon is good.

http://www.lanarkshiremodels.com/lanarkshiremodelsandsupplieswebsite_027.htm


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Thanks all - helpful as always

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Check the prototype, get some code 75 rail, make your own.
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Hi Nigel,


Is Code 75 easy to bend or are there special tricks required?


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Easier than code 100, and buffers have tight curves. Peco rail buffers are designed for code 100, they can be difficult with code 75 as the flanges that go in the web are too big.

You can always go over the rail with a blow torch to soften it up.


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On holiday for a couple of weeks...... updates therefore on hold, although I have some plans evolving which will change the track plan and might give some interesting modelling opportunities.....



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Well, it is a long tome since I posted here, and unfortunately I don't have much  to add now!  We extended our summer holiday and then I had an operation and the recovery time was longer than I anticipated.  And then the wife and I decided that even in our late afternoon years, we would try to add to the family.  And it was a success!
Meet Mabel....



Molly, our previous Spaniel passed on last year and we have been wondering whether to get another but we finally bit the bullet.  God only knows why I went for another spaniel, they are mad!  

Anyway, with the op, Mabel and some work on the house - along with all the summer jobs that need doing and wife's demands, the railway has taken a bit of a back seat.  But then the loft was really quite warm, so I'm not sure how much I would have got done.  Hopefully normal service will return soon.  I've a plan to change the track plan a little so it will mean a bit more alteration to what I have done so far..... nothing major but I think it will add some operational interest.

I hope all have had a good summer in the northern hemisphere and a pleasant "winter" in the southern.

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Yes, I was wondering why you have been absent. Has Mabel trained you yet?

And  by doing changes to the layout, it means Him Upstairs can't take you until the layout is finished , well that is my reasoning why the D&S gets regular changes !!!



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Hi Michael.  Nice to know that you are still about, I know all about Hospital. I had so much hope for the future of my Railway Empire, but at the time of writing. I cannot get enthusiastic about climbing fourteen steps. Re The name of your new spaniel took me back to the 50’s, Wilfred Pickles on the radio, and his wife Mabel. Best wishes Kevin.



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Hi Michael
Good to hear from you...........you have been missed.

I hope you are now fully recovered from the op even though it took longer than planned.

Mabel looks adorable...I wish you and your wife many years of joy with her

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Thank you John.  I hope you had a great European adventure.
Back to the loft on Monday, so hopefully some updates will follow

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