Category Archives: Jon’s layout ramblings

Monday miscellany

Was this really published 30 years ago? I still think this is the most influential book on railway modelling ever published.  It introduced a string of new concepts into modelling – for example the ‘cameo’ layout, and ‘staged’ layouts with … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #29 – Planning failures!

Progress on the railway continues to be limited to say the least.  I continue to try and plan my next railway with little success.  So many ideas, and so few that really excite!  But the last few weeks have been … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #28

I’ve got back to the Lowfits, but nothing to report at the moment.  Really, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about what to model next, and then trying to understand the government conditions for us actually to hold an … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #27

A little progress with the wagons.  I’ve 10 Peco Lowfits well on the way to completion.  The bodies have had their bolster bases scraped off with a knife blade and fine sandpaper.  They’ve been primed and a first coat of … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #26

Back to the loft! A few days ago, I posted this picture of some Messerschmitt bubble cars on flat wagons parked near Brighton.  I suggested that if one could find a suitable bubble car (not easy), these would make an … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #25

Has it really been a month since I did a Covid diary entry?  I’m really not sure where the time has gone.  I think that I’ve spent too much time reading and doing odd jobs here and there.  The hot … Continue reading

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Brian’s been busy again!

Much more than me, who has a loss of mojo at the moment.  Even with the cooler weather, I haven’t made it back to the railway room. So here are three contributions from Brian, hi-jacked from Facebook and his YouTube … Continue reading

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It Ain’t Half Hot Mum – 2

Still too hot to do anything useful!  I was about to have a go at another project, and we hit 35C.  Not a lot one can do till the weather breaks.  Maybe tomorrow? So I’ve just got a few modelling … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #24

Well, not a good week on the railways. Having been delayed till Monday due to lack of plywood, I spent the week carefully building a new baseboard.  I always have difficulty keeping things square, but this time built it up … Continue reading

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Covid-19 diary #23

Well, project complete!  I’m sure that there will need to be a little fettling and further track cleaning to get things moving, but it is almost there.  A simple 2-road 2′ or so fiddle yard bolts onto the main layout. … Continue reading

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