Category Archives: Jon’s layout ramblings

An interesting railway factoid…..

After the hectic Sunday, just the four ESNG members turned out for last night meeting.  So no trains ran.  We had a good chat and went home.  However…… Having watched Queen Elizabeth fine Christian funeral, and enjoyed the impressive pomp … Continue reading

Posted in Jon's layout ramblings, Layout design | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

A tribute and a little modelling

After a momentous week in the UK, I wondered how to respond to the passing of Queen Elizabeth.  I came across this little cameo by John Whitehouse on a Tramway Modelling Facebook group.  No doubt Philip is saying, “I’m not … Continue reading

Posted in Jon's layout ramblings, Layout design | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Odds and ****

Moving onto my next project, I decided to spend a little time maintaining and building a new N-club module.  I wanted to make a conversion board from 2-track N-club to 4-track N-mod.  I had a module in stock, that was … Continue reading

Posted in Jon's layout ramblings, Layout design | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

St Chant II

Many moons ago, in the early days of ESNG, Martin Micklewright built a little layout on a 4′ x 2′ module called St Chant, and later extended it by another 4′ with a largely scenic section.  It appeared at a … Continue reading

Posted in Jon's layout ramblings, Layout design | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Saggers Sidings completed

Some real modelling today, rather than ESNG members holiday snaps (that will, of course, soon return.) I wanted to complete my modules, now named ‘Saggers Sidings’ in memory of Miles, before the Bredgar and Wormshill Railway model show.  First step … Continue reading

Posted in Jon's layout ramblings, Layout design | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

More retail therapy (and some trains)

Oh dear – another impulse buy of three rather expensive books.  But they’re a brilliant read…. Three volumes of Peter Tatlow’s magnum opus on railway cranes, new and old, little and large.  I’m never going to use this for modelling … Continue reading

Posted in ESNG, Jon's layout ramblings, On my workbench | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Retail therapy time

I managed to escape the 2mm show without buying anything (unlike Simon), but I came close to buying a set of baseboards.  And I would have if they’d been at the show, and not needing a long journey to collect.  … Continue reading

Posted in ESNG, Jon's layout ramblings, On my workbench | Tagged , | Leave a comment

(Almost a) Minories of my own – 19 – arches

For I’ve been mulling over how to make the arches for my station. I looked at the DM-toys laser cut models, but they didn’t look British enough. The Scalescenes cardboard kits are very nice, but the brickwork looks a little … Continue reading

Posted in Jon's layout ramblings, Layout design | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

(Almost a) Minories of my own – 18 – points

I risked having a go at the first FineTrax point last night, and as with all these things, there was two steps forward and one back. It didn’t take long to get to this stage, as shown below, and my … Continue reading

Posted in Jon's layout ramblings, Layout design | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

(Almost a) Minories of my own – 17

The problem with leaving a layout for a period of time is what accumulates on it whilst you are away. My baseboard looked like this! It seemed to have accumulated some stray American stock, several Terriers, a Japanese brake van, … Continue reading

Posted in Jon's layout ramblings, Layout design | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment