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 Posted: Sun May 20th, 2018 12:42 am
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Last night I found some sheet brass and cut a rectangle approximately 31mm x 35mm, then proceeded to curve it using finger and thumb to the flatter profile, followed by carefully turning the edges over further using long-nosed pliers. 


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Hi Jeff.  Very good as usual. “ where there’s muck there brass” but you turn your brass to good use.  Best wishes. Kevin



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I have two Wickham trolleys from Bachmann, and both are a little light-footed, particularly noticeable on gradients such as they encountered on my friend, Doug's figure-8 layout. I decided to experiment a bit with some thin sheet lead. The first test uses slightly thicker lead than I had intended, but I may panel-beat it out a bit further to do the job properly.

Anyway, what I have done is to glue a couple of rectangles of the lead into the roof of the trolley, to add weight over the unpowered wheels to improve electrical pickup a little. Then, I used a larger rectangle bent to represent a tarpaulin over the rather unconvincing fake ballast load. First impressions are good, although it does need some refinement, and I definitely need to use thinner lead for the future. The photos show the unpainted result, as it is now. Painting it once I am happy with the final shape will improve the look even more. The main thing is that it has vastly improved the traction of the powered wheels.


Wickham Trolley with Lead Load Cover - 2 by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


Wickham Trolley with Lead Load Cover - 1 by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr



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Hi Jeff   Very good job with the lead, but , I used that “ liquid lead” when I replaced my wagon couplers with Kadee .But I could never work out how they placed the Wickham Trolleys  on the track without brute force and ignorance ?
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Liquid lead would be OK for the weight in the roof hollow, but no good for the trailer's load - the ballast is actually moulded as a heap above the motor, and has the job of actually retaining the motor in place.

Brute force was just about right: the burly workmen would simply lift the trolley onto the track as a team effort..



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Hi Jeff.  Thank you for your reply. It was just an idea, I haven’t had a close look at one yet. Best wishes. Kevin



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I have just received some new etched plates from Narrow Planet. I named and numbered two more industrials into my private series: red Andrew Barclay 16" 0-4-0ST is now No. 15, Abigail, and blue Janus 0-6-0 diesel electric is No. 16, Amadine.


P_20180713_183515_vHDR_Auto by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


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Hi Jeff.   Very good, have you got/ had relations with girls , with those names??? I have various Locos, but, the only one which is named is my 1980’s Hornby Repton schools class, another one that requires the DCC treatment .Best wishes. Kevin



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Passed Driver wrote: Hi Jeff.   Very good, have you got/ had relations with girls , with those names??? I have various Locos, but, the only one which is named is my 1980’s Hornby Repton schools class, another one that requires the DCC treatment .Best wishes. Kevin


ha ha, no; no relations with any of them except Agnes (my other half)!! I named the red Hornby J94 Agnes because she insisted I buy it when one of the BRMA members had it on sale at a meeting.

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The rest of my industrials are receiving girls names all starting with 'A'. One other, an ex-GWR pannier tank gained the name Ashleigh, after my very good friend's daughter, as we are essentially adopted aunt and uncle to she and her brother.


PO Pannier with Etched Ashleigh Nameplates - 3 by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr



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I did two more name/number/works plate fittings today with the Narrow Planet etched plates. Featured this time are Hatton's Andrew Barclay 14" 0-4-0ST No. 14, 'Avril' (ex-Caledonian Railway livery), with large works plates added, and Hornby Sentinel 0-4-0 diesel No 12, 'Alberta'. I have added a little weathering to both, and managed to dislodge a little of the lining on the other side of the Sentinel, which I'll have to fix again before varnishing it.

The 16" Andrew Barclay No. 15, and Janus No. 16 from yesterday are also in the pics.



P_20180714_190705_vHDR_Auto by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


P_20180714_190613_vHDR_Auto by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


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P_20180714_190644_vHDR_Auto by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


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P_20180714_190726_vHDR_Auto by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr



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Hi Jeff. Thank you for the update. You certainly have a large And varied  “MPD “ or several. Buses too, handy for the Engineering day’s when a relief bus service is required .  Best wishes. Kevin



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For the recent exhibition at Caulfield, I had a couple of Parkside Palvan kits in reserve, but didn't get the chance to build them there, so they have been a quick diversion over the last few days at home.

They aren't finished yet, with a coat of varnish required to protect the transfers needed. The paint is patchy but that really doesn't matter once they are varnished and subsequently weathered. The photos show them at various stages to date.

Note, I only had one 'proper' set of transfers for Palvans, so made up the second one but it is still missing the actual 'PALVAN' lettering. That can always be added at a later time.


P_20180829_111226_vHDR_On cropped by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


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Hi Jeff.  Very good.  I will have to follow this thread closely, along with Ricks ( Gwiwer ) when I get the time.  Best wishes. Kevin



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Thanks Kevin. :)

I did a little powder weathering on the two Palvans this morning. On one I used grey and dark earth coloured powders, while on the other, I used dirty black and dark rust. As you can see, the effects are quite different.


P_20180904_105407_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


P_20180904_105419_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


The loco is a Heljan class 07 diesel shunter, D2990. While it has a very slight tight spot at extremely slow speeds, it runs very smoothly at all other speeds. It too needs a little weathering, but I haven't figured out what will be the best effects or methods yet.



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After a long wait, the Electra Railway Graphics (ERG) vinyls have arrived for the Bratchell class 455/9 kit I was building in South West Trains livery.

While there is still work to do and some adjustments to make with paint, I am happy with the effect on the first Driving Trailer Standard (DTS). Putting these on and trimming slightly to compensate for the odd discrepancy is time consuming, with the use of a hair dryer set on hot to help settle the vinyls over raised detail and form it around corners, so the other three coaches are going to be done over the next couple of months (because of other commitments I have in the next few weeks).

Anyway, here are photos of the work so far, with, as I said, more blending in and touching up to do. The first couple are a little blurred because they were taken rather hastily.


P_20180913_121926_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


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P_20180913_191324_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


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Hi Jeff.   Yes very flashy, but where do these trains run??? BR blue is out of place in my collection? At the time all sitting in “Really Useful Boxes” .   Best wishes. Kevin



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Passed Driver wrote: Hi Jeff.   Yes very flashy, but where do these trains run??? BR blue is out of place in my collection? At the time all sitting in “Really Useful Boxes” .   Best wishes. Kevin

They run mostly out of Waterloo to the old LSWR lines. South West Trains (SWT) is now defunct, but their liveries live on with new branding for South Western Railway, which has a new, rather dull black and silver-grey scheme that hasn't been applied to many of their trains yet.

This livery superseded the modified Network South East (NSE) livery that SWT used for a while after taking over from BR's NSE on those lines.



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Hi Jeff. Thank you. That would explain it, most of my trips  are from Peckham Rye, so the trains begin their journey s from London Bridge or Victoria.   Best wishes. Kevin



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Hi Jeff.  I travelled on one of  your “ real life SW trains today” , funny thing though, I never saw many with the new Livery .   Kevin



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Nice, Kevin. :)

As I said, SWR seem to be very slow in applying their new livery. In fact, they seem to be very slow in deciding exactly how their new livery should look, as just about every application they have done so far has differed from train to train. In the meantime, the Stagecoach/SWT liveries live on with new branding for 'South Western Railway' applied to the existing colour schemes.

I have to say that I rather like the SWT liveries, although the inner suburban red is a little gaudy, while the blue outer suburban and white intercity ones are more tasteful while still being colourful. there was a picture of Waterloo station in a recent magazine, with the station area itself being all shades of grey, with the SWT train liveries livening up the scene considerably. The new SWR livery will just add to the drabness of the scene instead, especially on cold, grey Wintery days.

This is the outer suburban livery as used on the SWT class 450 units. Both of these were done using the Electra Rail Graphics vinyls as well.


Class 450 x 2 Panorama cropped by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr



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