Railway Modeller August 2017

August 2017 – vol 68 No.802
 
RAILWAY OF THE MONTH
Axe Valley Railway
Ian Gurr distils his experience of working with large scale live steam models to inspire those wishing to go down the garden railway route.
 
PLAN OF THE MONTH
Ella Street sidings
Editor Steve Flint proffers up this former Hull & Barnsley goods depot as an alternative layout suggestion. With additional input from Mick Nicholson and James Wells.
 
SCALE DRAWINGS
LSWR K10 4-4-0
More updated W Hardin Osborne drawings (by Brian Meredith); Tim Rayner looks at the Drummond ‘Small Hoppers’ of the London & South Western Railway.
 
FEATURES
 
East Derbyshire Mineral Railway
This might-have-been industrial system linking several firms to the LMS was built in 4mm scale by Mick Payne and set in the 1940s period.
 
Steaming along the Severn
The wayside Severn Valley Railway station at Hampton Loade has a secret gem: the Paddock Railway, a G scale multi-circuit model railway, as Craig Tiley discovers.
 
Protocab wireless control
The recently-released control system from Acc+Ess requires no track voltage of any kind: editor Steve Flint presents this evaluation of the product.
 
Clumber Central station
Having been inspired by childhood memories of Nottingham Victoria, Jim Smith built a Gauge 1 homage for his outdoor railway.
 
Emsworth
Ben Adlington gave his fictitious Yorkshire-based town, with links to Leeds and York, a P G Wodehouse character’s name: this OO layout is set in modern times.
 
CBUS from MERG
Martin Perry and Pete Brownlow, both Model Electronic Railway Group members, explain the concept and possibilities of this layout accessory control system.
 
Alwinton 1
Tony Lambert introduces this OO gauge layout, set in the north-east and integrated with a computer to provide control and produce realistic day-night lighting effects.
 
Woodvale Junction
Memories of long trains on N/2FS classics such as Chiltern Green spurred Mark Anderson on to complete his own 1:148 layout project.
 
Mechanical Locking
Last month, Jeff Geary described the electro-mechanical lever frame used to control the O gauge layout Whitchurch Town; its locking methods, designed to prevent conflicting moves being set up, as per the prototype, are explained in this instalment.
 
Invercalley buildings
David Harrison shows how he used basic scaling techniques to produce N gauge versions of real structures for his layout (seen last month).
 
Horsley Wood Goods
When Colin Chisem changed his OO gauge Great Western layout to a Southern scene, he retained the track plan to avoid too much destruction.
 
RAILWAY MODELLING EXPLORED
Crumford
Lifelong Dorset resident Roger Marsh used aspects of the county’s railway history as a basis for this archetypal branch terminus in OO gauge.
 
Cleaning the track
Carrying this out before running trains might seem a chore, but it’s vital to ensure smooth and reliable running. Craig Tiley explains how it’s done.
 
Weathering road vehicles
There’s a wide variety of period road vehicles available in 1:76 (ie 4mm scale) to suit the popular 1950s to 1980s era layout. Craig Tiley adds extra touches of realism.
 
REGULARS
 
Talking Points
Topical issues from the world of railway modelling. This month, Dave Holman discusses the prevalence of exhibitions, and their cost – not just in financial terms.
 
Comment
Opinions and observations across the field of railway modelling. This month, Peter Osborne discusses scale sound as applied to models’ listening distances.
 
Readers’ Letters
 
Latest Reviews
Reviewed this month are the Dapol Gloucester Class 122 single unit DMU in OO; the DJ Models Mermaid ballast wagon in N; the Clay Tiger bogie hopper in OO from the Kernow Model Rail Centre; ballast hoppers from Irish Rail Models; the Slater’s Lynton & Barnstaple brake third kit in 7mm; retooled Southern rail-built signal kits in 4mm from Ratio; and more.
 
Book Reviews
 
News
Including news of the acquisition by Peco of the Parkside range of standard gauge wagon kits in 2mm, 4mm and 7mm scales; developments in OO and O from Dapol; an EP sample of the Revolution Trains Class 92 in N; progress with the Minerva Model Railways 57xx/’8750’ 0-6-0PT; Oxford Rail’s new ready-to-plant structures; a 3D print of the Hatton’s O gauge A3 and decorated sample of the O gauge Warwell; and much more.
 
Societies & Clubs
The hobby's best guide to What's On around the UK and beyond. 
 
 

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