I have just completed the excellent Metcalfe card kit of Bradford on Avon station building, it's not the main building but the one on the west side to Bath. It is pretty large and fills my small platform very well, it gives the passengers protection from the rain as they get into the carriages as well. The GWR pagoda has been moved to the end of the platform, neither building is glued down but merely resting temporarily. I'm in the throes of touching up the raw card edges of the kit.
A couple of views showing the GWR 0-4-2 tank no 4869 with an auto-coach. It is the early 1950's but the locomotive is still wearing its original livery.
The Collet 0-4-2 is now seen bringing in a short freight. The shunting over we see a close up of the loco working back to the main line.
A 57xx 0-6-0 pannier tank arrives with a mixed goods train. A cattle wagon is marshalled next to the engine which indicates it is loaded with cattle. If the wagon is empty it can be put anywhere in the train.
I think these are a most attractive locomotive and can remember seeing them working empty carriage stock into Paddington Station on a spotting trip when I was a lad.
A class 3 Standard shunting a couple of wagons of animal feed in the mid 1950's.
Coming up to the years just before the closure of the line we see a class 108 DMU.
The model is a Bachmann and runs very well indeed. I have bodged a few details onto the buffer beams as they looked a little bare. The pagoda needs glueing in place and more scenic dressing added.
This shot shows the excellent laser cut detail of the iron work in the kit. The locomotive is a Bachmann class 8 0-6-0 shunter again seen shortly before the line's closure.
I have just treated myself to a model I have long admired and rather fancied for working on the plank.
It was at the Hemel Hempstead show I did last Saturday with Two Sister's Farm and it was on a second hand stall at a bargain price. The stall holder ran it for me, it didn't run very well, but as it was a low price I bought it.
On Sunday morning I cleaned the wheels and found that under the grime the wheel treads look as if the model has not had a lot of use. I cleaned out the perished traction tyres, they are not needed as it will only be pulling a single box van or horse box. I also removed the body and did a thorough lube job on the motor and bogies and re tested it again.
It now runs superbly, slowly and smoothly, far better than I expected it would. The next job is to add crew members and some seated passengers.
I have not posted anything on this thread for ages so this is an update.
I have been asked to do this on another forum, here are a few photos taken looking down to give an idea of the track plan.
When it was first built it was fixed to the back of my American layout joining section and was only six feet long, the right hand end. Over time it has just grown a bit and now I have relocated it.
It's just a bit of fun and somewhere I can run my selection of British locos and stock. The whole thing is about twelve feet long now.
I hope the rather poor pictures are self explanatory starting with the passing loop and long siding, this serves as a sort of fiddle yard. We then progress to the right and the station and yard area.
I have had a rethink about the Metcalfe station building, nice as it is, I think it is too big for my small station. I have now gone back to my assorted Wills kits, although I haven't fixed them down yet.
I have taken a few pictures of my 25/3, a favourite of mine and a bubble car that my old friend Andy Knott gave me that he had converted some years ago.
My old friend Andy Knott had a clear out in his loft some time ago and he gave a couple of steam outline locos that he no longer wanted. The first, a Collet 0-6-0 is very useful to me as they were a popular branch line loco. The model was made by Mainline the precursor of Bachmann. I think the model had been dropped at some time because there was a little damage to the cab that I have now repaired. I have also added a couple of crew figures, being a Great western engine there are no doors between the loco and the tender.