Railway Modeller July 2017

July 2017 – vol 68 No.801 
 
RAILWAY OF THE MONTH
Mereton Junction and Allchurch
An extensive ex-GWR/LMS scene set in BR steam/diesel days, featuring a busy main line station modelled in OO gauge by Ian Graham.
 
PLAN OF THE MONTH
Seaside special
Ian Futers suggests that Great Yarmouth would be a fine way of recreating the once-busy holiday traffic to resorts such as this in N gauge.
 
SCALE DRAWINGS
LNER A3 Pacifics
Following his profile of the Gresley A1s in the February issue, W G Ascough now turns his spotlight on the machines built as A3s, to which the others were rebuilt.
 
FEATURES
 
Llangunllo
Geoff Forster proves that ‘less is more’ with this 4mm scale wayside station, set in the Welsh Borders region on an imagined ex-GWR branch backwater.
 
LNER N1 in 4mm
This handsome 0-6-2T was built by Derek Shore from the 4mm scale London Road Models kit to run on the new layout project by the Shipley Model Railway Society.
 
Ambleside
As an aside to his long-term project to model his local prototype in HO scale, Les Fordham built this G scale layout to run in the garden of his Adelaide home.
 
Baseboards using polystyrene beams
In the third of our occasional series looking at alternative baseboard methods, Gordon Gravett explains the pros and cons of extruded polystyrene.
 
The Whitchurch Town lever frame system
In this first example of a series looking at alternative methods of layout control, Jeff Geary shows off this award-winning mechanically-interlocked lever frame, which controls an O gauge layout.
 
Mileposts – half a century for the Model Electronic Railway Group
This band of enthusiasts interested in electronics has clocked up 50 years; this short feature explains the products and services provided by MERG.
 
Invercalley
David Harrison was inspired by a book of Scottish layout projects to create this never-built harbourside terminus in N gauge, based on Inveraray.
 
Ryders Green Wharf
Peter Cullen was encouraged by the excellent performance of today’s short-wheelbase OO9 locomotives to acquire this small layout.
 
Tiebar conversion
With care, it is possible to incorporate a more discreet tiebar into Peco code 75 pointwork; Simon Cullen shows you how the procedure is carried out.
 
PROJECT OF THE MONTH
Garden shed to signal box
Always on the lookout for ways to adapt commercially available kits, Michael Farr modified some Wills garden sheds into 4mm scale Lynton & Barnstaple structures.
 
Operating Yappington
Paul Doran introduced his OO gauge BR(S) branch terminus in the April issue: here he explains how he maximises its operating potential.
 
Norris Bank
Robert Murdey opens his railway room door to reveal this OO gauge layout, set in the north-west of England in modern times, and featuring a wagon works.
 
RAILWAY MODELLING EXPLORED
Earnwater
John Gilchrist imagined a might-have-been Caledonian route and modelled a station along it, set in the
pre-Beeching BR period, in OO gauge.
 
Working with styrene sheet
Craig Tiley demonstrates how this widely-available modellers’ material can be used to create apertures, laminations and assemblies.
 
Checking back-to-backs
Accurately adjusted wheels are a sine qua non in railway modelling, but how do you achieve them? Craig Tiley presents an overview on this topic.
 
REGULARS
 
Talking Points
Topical issues from the world of railway modelling. This month, our railway modelling holidaymaker has been on his travels again, on safari in Norfolk.
 
Comment
Opinions and observations across the field of railway modelling. This month, Bob Alderman addresses the issue of the mobility-impaired at model railway shows.
 
Readers’ Letters
 
Latest Reviews
Including the new Heljan Class 45 in O gauge; weathered DJ Models Class 71s from the Kernow Model Rail Centre; the Bachmann RailController software for its Dynamis Ultima DCC system; Platform 3 Models baseboard kits; a Clogher Valley-style train pack in OO9 from Fourdees; Train-Tech sensor signals; and more.
 
Book Reviews
 
News
Including progress with Heljan projects in O gauge; a decorated sample of the Hornby SECR H Class 0-4-4T in OO; developments at Exbury Gardens; and more.
 
Societies & Clubs
The hobby's best guide to What's On around the UK and beyond. 
 
 

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