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 Posted: Thu Aug 23rd, 2018 11:04 am
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Playing around further with the engine shed area, I have trimmed and pinned the tracks to the turntable and the coal and store siding beside it.


P_20180823_191722_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


I restored the layout to the previous arrangement, but then tried another alternative, whereby the 3-way point into the DEMU/EMU shed and the RH point into the loco shed were swapped. Here's the first arrangement:


P_20180823_191737_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


... and here's the alternative one. This one allows longer leads into both the loco shed and the DEMU/EMU shed, but at the expense of a slightly more 'contrived' track arrangement:


P_20180823_193642_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


P_20180823_193658_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


P_20180823_193723_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


As before, much of the track is only resting on the boards and is being held in place by the weight of the locos I have placed on them. Ignore the surplus length of bullhead track over to the right of the sheds - that's my reserve for when I cut track to the final lengths, although I should really cut all of the bullhead track into 60' lengths.



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I have just added a new level crossing to allow more realistic access to the stores and shed area. I envisage this as more of an occupation crossing rather than a full-blown regulated crossing, although, truth be told, I didn't really want to add any more level crossings at all, but I cannot see any alternatives at this location.

I will have to build up the track centre fillers a little more, but overall it looks the part already, I think.


P_20180824_151404_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


P_20180824_151414_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr



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I know I don't really need any new stock, but I have just bought another item. I was at the Caulfield exhibition all day on Saturday, and was actually commenting to the other guys on the BRMA stand that I hadn't spent any money, then went to visit my good friend, Mary de la Lande of Brunel Hobbies to say hello. She had a second-hand Hornby class 153 in Regional Railways livery going for $120 (roughly around £68 at current exchange rates), so I bought it on the spot. Mary assured me it ran sweetly, and it did indeed. A DCC Concepts direct plug-in decoder was fitted and it was again tested successfully.

It had a few paint chips along the lower body edges, so I touched those in with some Humbrol #129 grey, a shade darker than Regional Railways' grey; I intend to eventually use the correct shade, when I can find where I have put it, but in the meantime, it looks like a little weathering along the lower sides.

153 377 has now joined sister units 153 329, 153 355 and 153 382, posed here for the camera. The lower level tracks are being used as temporary storage for locomotives displaced while I work on the high level engine shed area.


P_20180827_165025_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


P_20180827_165009_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


P_20180827_165000_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr




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Hi Jeff,
How many locos do you now own and how do you keep track of them all?



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Hi Dave. I have a good many locos and multiple units! I keep track of the DCC-fitted ones with an Excel spreadsheet, which also lists what type of decoder each is fitted with. I haven't, as yet, listed all of the older, non-DCC locos, although there are not that many of those, now.

According to my spreadsheet, I have 281 chipped locos or MUs, of which 55 have sound.



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:thumbs  That's a serious shed load of locos :thumbs



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One of the things about multiple units is I can run two or more of them at the same time (in consist), whereas double-heading of locomotives is rare. At present i am running 2 x 4 VEP units together, 2 x 2 EPBs, and a class 455 and 456 (although that's cheating a little, seeing as the 456 is unpowered!).

Previously I was running 1960s trains, so had 2 x 5 BELs, 2 x 4 CEP + MLV, 3 x 2 BIL/HALs and 3 x 2 EPBs, all in appropriate liveries. 
That means that only half or less of the storage roads are storing and displaying six to 11 of my trains in those two examples. I have several compatible DEMUs and DMMUs as well as further EMUs in various liveries that can be accurately mixed, such as 1960s/'70s green, blue and blue/grey 4 CEPs and MLVs, green and blue EPBs, green and blue BILs and HALs, with various combinations of small or full or no yellow panels, and older or more modern liveries that can be run together. At present there are no refurbished 4 CEP units available, so the MLVs in more modern liveries Jaffa Cake, NSE and Post Office red) are a little bit orphaned, although occasionally the real ones ran with mixes of CEPs and VEPs.

As you can see, there is a little method to my madness!

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I fiddled a little with the carriage shed lines, loosely laying some Bachmann underlay strips, tacked down in places with double-sided tape.

The Ratio carriage shed always sat a little low for clearances, so on the previous layout I had two layers of ice lolly sticks raising it a little; this time I am trying two layers of the Bachmann trackbed, cut into half strips (i.e. as per the N gauge mark), with the bottom layer stuck upside down, and the square edge of the upper layer acting as a guide for the outer edges of the tracks. The idea seems to be good, notwithstanding the fact I haven't glued anything down yet, so it can all move around a bit at present.


P_20180831_135136_vHDR_On cropped by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


P_20180831_135243_vHDR_On cropped by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


The EMUs and DEMU are also helping keep the tracks in place for now. The blue 2 HAP unit in the middle is not yet finished, hence the lack of glazing and jumper cables. The other units are a 'tin' 2 HAL (left) and a 2H Hampshire DEMU.



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Now for some new arrivals at Newton Broadway (yes, they still keep a-coming!). First up, the Hornby Maunsell Restaurant Car, which is posed here with an open second coach.


P_20180916_135841_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


P_20180916_135850_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


I wanted an ex-LMS Ivatt 10000 diesel to go with 10001, but couldn't justify the cost of a new one. I recently scored a second-hand one in green with orange lining, which will get a repaint in due course into black and silver. Doing it this way means I don't have to add the extra marker lights and lamp irons, seeing as they were already fitted by the time they went into the green livery. Of course, they never ran on the Southern in green, but it will remain in this livery until I am ready.


P_20180916_135857_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


P_20180916_135909_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr​



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A rather unexpected new arrival at Newton Broadway is 10203 in BR green with orange lining, transferred back to the Southern temporarily from the London Midland Region. This one is a Silver Fox body on a shortened Bachmann class 40 chassis. The finish is very professional, with a few minor blemishes from transporting it and the prior removal of two headcode discs at one end, all easily fixed.

I was very fortunate in that it is DCC-ready, with an 8-pin decoder socket on the circuit board, so it now sports a DCC Concepts S4SA decoder.

While in England recently, I managed to arrange a meeting with two of the Wish List Poll Team, Brian Macdermott and Robert Carroll. Brian organised to meet us at Milton Keynes railway station, and transported us to his home for a very pleasant afternoon tea. He showed us his model railway layout, and while looking at this, I saw the Bulleid diesel and admired it. Brian said he was planning to get a Kernow Model Railways example and to sell the Silver Fox one on eBay, so I asked him to tell me when he was putting it up for sale. He then very generously just gave it to me and said I could have it; I protested and said I should pay him something for it, but he dismissed that and said he would like me to have it as I would be giving it a good home.

It is seen here posed with Kernow's 10201 in the earlier livery.


P_20181016_174724_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


P_20181016_174711_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


P_20181016_174838_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


P_20181016_174824_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


Many thanks to Brian and his wife, Anne, for their hospitality.



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Another new arrival, but this time a planned one. Bachmann's new H2 Atlantic, 32424, Beachy Head, has run successfully on DC then had a Zimo MX634D decoder fitted, although it has not been properly run-in yet - DC running was smooth enough to say there were no problems with this locomotive. The second photo is a little fuzzy, but I didn't feel like re-posing it.


P_20181026_132004_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


P_20181026_132026_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


P_20181026_132026_vHDR_On BW by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


I also intend to buy an LBSC H1 Atlantic when they become available.



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Great to see all those lovely SR locos!!  I love looking through your thread, there is always something to catch the eye.

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Thanks Michael. I still keep acquiring stuff, even though I have well and truly run out of space to store it all. 

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If you look back a few posts, you will see the Bulleid 10203 I acquired from Brian Macdermott required a few minor paint touch-ups and some new headcode discs on one end. It took me a while to match the BR green properly, but I have now succeeded in this, and added some discs (actually from a Bachmann class 24 pack, so not quite right), and restored the lining at the end where I accidentally painted over bits of it, using some HMRS early GWR loco lining. The headcode is for the LMR from the SR via the West London Line.


Bulleid 10203 - Silver Fox restored - cropped by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


A slightly different addition to my bus fleet arrived from London Bus Replica Transfers as a resin kit with EFE bits to complete it. It represents an ex-London Transport RLH as converted to a uniform store in London Country Bus Services livery (LCBS was the successor to LT's Country Department). It was a simple kit to put together, but I still have a few details to add, like trafficators and the rear platform. The chassis as seen here is loose, and sitting slightly high at the back.


LBRT RLH Uniform Store nearly finished - 2 by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr


LBRT RLH Uniform Store nearly finished - 3 by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr



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I have added the detailing bits to the Brighton H2 Atlantic, 32424 Beachy Head. It is still too clean at present, but I'll deal with that another time. The model comes with etched brass nameplates, but I haven't fitted those yet - the printed ones are so good, I defy anyone to tell the difference at normal viewing distances.


The headcode I have chosen is for the Oxted line, where some of the last duties for this class were performed.



P_20181105_171029_vHDR_On by Jeffrey Lynn, on Flickr



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