Tag Archives: Southern Electric

Good enough for the show….

A little more progress on the new modules.  I’ve completed the ground cover and trees and bushes. I’m pleased with the final scenic addition.  I wanted to model a pair of, albeit short, carriage sidings, and model the cleaning platforms.  … Continue reading

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And some ground cover….

Suddenly there’s less than three weeks to the show, and I was intending to get these modules finished, or at least nearly finished.  So I’ve been at work with the ModRoc and brown paint and multicolour flock. The factory buildings … Continue reading

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I could have gone to Ally Pally….

But I didn’t.  I often visit this excellent show with an old work colleague, but he decided not to go this year.  I didn’t want to fight the Saturday crowds, and Sunday not only were there loads of railway engineering … Continue reading

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Ballast and an exhibition

Next job, ballast the main line.  The secret of ballasting, I think, is to do a bit at a time.  Try and do metres at a go, and one gets careless and starts to make mistakes.  I’m pretty happy with … Continue reading

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Wiring under way

Next job was to fit end plates to transport the modules and protect the track ends.  Nothing clever here, just thumbscrew bolts and retaining nuts.  All very carefully marked out, but of course they weren’t as square as they might … Continue reading

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Another excellent book

I’m afraid that I have another book to add to the already overloaded shelves. I saw this was coming out and pre-ordered it, thinking that it would have some good photos of Earlswood and Redhill – and I was right.  … Continue reading

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And complete….

And all the track is down, and the joints soldered.  I have to admit, that laying PECO code 80 is really rather easy, compared to code 55 and even easier than hand laid track.  Next job, wiring, then a coat … Continue reading

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Tracklaying started….

A major step forward as track laying starts on the modules.  I’ve got the main track lengths in place on one board.  I am very happy with the way that the two sets of lines sweep across the board. I … Continue reading

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Slightly unhinged

A little more progress on the modules.  Hinges have been fitted between the two boards.  Despite great care in setting them out parallel and square, the boards didn’t quite shut square.  A little basic geometry and similar triangles allowed me … Continue reading

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Standing on my own 4 feet

Just a quick update.  The new boards are complete, painted (apart from the sides to be a darker colour) and standing on its own legs.  I should be laying track next week. And just a few more legs to keep … Continue reading

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