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O Gauge Compressor Van   Leave a comment

This project came about via a photo of a scratch built GWR compressor van in OO built for Alices Wonderful Railway which is on Facebook. I contacted her for permission to copy and use her photo as a reference piece, which she duly granted.

The chassis is of the self Peco RO-8 Br 9ft chassis – steel type as it is basically the same as in the photo.

The body is made from plasticard cut to the length and width of the chassis and all other parts are made from bits from the spares box.

To get the height right I measured a Peco 8ton banana van, It is painted in GWR freight grey with HMRS transfers.

Posted 15/01/2023 by keithspenceuk in Model Railway Club

Photographic and Modelling Competition 2022   Leave a comment

Chairman congratulating Dave with winning picture of Bradley Manor taken at Bridgenorth on the Servern Valley.

Chairman congratulating Bob on his winning locomotive pictured below.

Alan Worthington being congratulated by Robin club chairman for his winning rake of coaches.

Chairman congratulating Colin for winning the scenic section with his diorama of models shown below

Posted 29/11/2022 by keithspenceuk in Model Railway Club

Alan’s Inspection Saloon   Leave a comment

Most of us that like trains and railways have heard of Caroline, the inspection saloon, pushed/pulled by a class 37

Here is my version and tribute to this vehicle named Linda pushed/pulled by my class 33.

It started life as a Lima O Gauge MK1 in blood and custard and had all the steps, handrails removed and took a junior hack saw to the corridor connectors. Next was a lot of sanding and filing to produce a relatively flat and smooth surface, then it was a case of studying photos of Caroline and measuring 3 windows equally spaced across the carriage end. I marked out the windows and drilled out the between the pencil marks and with a rough file squared and smoothed out the window frames. The window glass is old curtain pole packaging cut to size and glued in place and held with clothes pegs. The light boxes on each end of the saloon are made from scraps of plasticard with round white discs of white plasticard (supplied by Bob Joy) acting as lights and painted accordingly to represent lights.

The horns on the roof at each end are spares from my 2H project. The jump lead boxes are made from square sprue left over from Easy Build bogie kits and the jump leads are lengths of black wire glued into very small holes drilled into the afore mentioned boxes. The ends were painted yellow (took 5 days to dry) and the coach was painted in Pheonix Colours BR(SR) Green, Jump Lead boxes are orange.

The coach numbers are made up from spare Fox Transfers and the name plates are made by Diane Carney, painted by me.

All in all, a successful build and can be seen when there is a track night, or I exhibit my O gauge layout, Never Doit.

Posted 15/11/2022 by keithspenceuk in Model Railway Club

O Gauge Wagons 2   Leave a comment

Dusted off an old Lima tank wagon and spruced it up a bit.

Re-modelled the tank cradles and removed the signage.

The wagon had embossed writing in the recess on both sides and was filled in with a strip of plasticard

and painted.

The tank was re-painted in Humbrol RAF Barley Grey as this was a light grey, the red lettering on the tank

and the white signage on the wagon were taken from a HMRS GWR sheet of transfers.

Posted 14/10/2022 by keithspenceuk in Model Railway Club

“O” Gauge wagons   Leave a comment

A tlc opportunity when covid strikes.

Just a bit of graphics required on the second wagon.

Posted 29/09/2022 by keithspenceuk in Model Railway Club

September 22 train rides   Leave a comment

Posted 19/09/2022 by keithspenceuk in Model Railway Club

August 22 train Rides   Leave a comment

Posted 22/08/2022 by keithspenceuk in Model Railway Club

Problem on our O gauge layout   Leave a comment

Whilst testing my Q1 & my 4 wheel coaches on the O gauge layout and Bob tried one

of his many locos, it was noticed that there was a problem with one of the points not operating

as it should. Investigations were instigated by Bob and it turned out that one of the point motors

was not changing the polarity via the attached micro switch. It was decided to try and get a new

motor. I got home straight on to Face book and launched an appeal for the type of motor required

on one of the model railway groups I am involved with and a chap named Robin McHugh offered

the club 3 of the desired point motors. The afore mentioned motors turned up on Thursday, and

Bob was duly informed.

Friday evening and work started on the replacing of the point motor. Bob sat under the layout while

I assisted by passing him what ever was needed to get the new motor fitted and working and when

fitted pulling the correct lever whilst Bob observed the motor operating. After a short while Bob

declared the motor fit for purpose, so a quick test with a loco was in order.

The loco crossed one point and stopped, Bob found the frog was not changing polarity so back under

the layout he went and glued a piece of plastic to the micro switch and re tested the crossover and

it worked. So the layout is now ready to run come next track night.


Posted 26/06/2022 by keithspenceuk in Model Railway Club

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Northolt at Kew Exhibition   Leave a comment

A great time at the show displaying Never Do It in O gauge. As you can see it included my new 2 coach Hampshire unit having its first outing. The layout worked better than the operators running it and I think well received by all who saw it.

Many questions were asked by those viewing and hopefully answered to their satisfaction.

The bus and cop cars on the bridge are perhaps a bit of overkill for a fare dodger.


Posted 30/05/2022 by keithspenceuk in Model Railway Club

May Sunday 15th   Leave a comment

We should have managed a few more pictures.

Posted 16/05/2022 by keithspenceuk in Model Railway Club