Railway Modeller October 2017

October 2017 – vol 68 No.804
 
RAILWAY OF THE MONTH
Harlyn Pier
Inspired by the seaward end of the Lymington branch, but set further west in Cornwall, Peter Beckley’s O gauge layout is set in the early 1960s.
 
PLAN OF THE MONTH
Summer springs on the New Cut
A Norfolk-based OO scene by Andrew Knights with a very versatile interchangeable fiddle yard, which can also be used (albeit with some restrictions) with O-16.5 stock.
 
SCALE DRAWINGS
M&GN goods shed
This edifice served the town of Spalding in Lincolnshire, for many years but its site is now occupied by housing. With scale drawings by Christopher Palmer.
 
PROJECT OF THE MONTH
The Gate
David Nicholson describes his hinged, castor-fitted and precision-engineered movable section of his Scale 7 layout, which allows access out of his railway room.
 
FEATURES
 
Point control on Bridgebury Gate
Russell Hobbs explains how the PL-10 solenoid motors on this N gauge layout are worked. (See RM October 2016 for the full layout feature.)
 
Clifton Bridge station
Tony Musgrave and Roly Hamblin embarked on an N gauge recreation of this stopping point in the Avon Gorge, complete with Brunel’s suspension bridge.
 
Alwinton – 3
Tony Lambert concludes his trilogy of features on this OO gauge layout by exploring the lighting setup, which enables him to simulate daytime and after dark.
 
Shell Haven
Roy Emery took a sizeable Essex-based refinery complex as a starting point for this OO gauge layout, which depicts a typical installation in the 1980s/1990s.
 
Hollow Hills
A small-space transition-era shed scene in OO gauge, built by Ian Arkley and featuring digitally-controlled sound and effective lighting.
 
Mileposts – 70 years of the Leeds Model Railway Society
Alan Smith, the society’s Vice President – and a member since 1958 – looks back over seven decades of the organisation’s history along with Society President Don Townsley and Barry Oliver.
 
Whatever happened to… The Sherwood Section of the LMS
‘Sherwood Gang’ member Philip J Kelley brings this landmark 7mm scale clockwork layout, built under the direction of Norman Eagles, to a new audience.
 
Nibley Knoll
Graham Watling presents this new OO9 layout, with tracks on two levels; an upper shuttle and lower circuit, both serving the eponymous hamlet.
 
Mirror mirror on the wall
Les Fordham, Tony Ditchfield and members of Yeovil Model Railway Group pool their advice on seeing hidden trackwork on a layout, eg behind a backscene.
 
A stabling point for Whiteacres
The Stafford Railway Circle’s contemporary-period OO gauge layout has been extended; see the layout at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition in November.
 
Aston Cote
John Rose opens his railway room door to reveal this OO gauge Great Western branch line terminus, inspired by (and with scratchbuilt structures from) Fairford.
 
RAILWAY MODELLING EXPLORED
Poppy Lane
Terry Kempton created a simple roadside tramway scene in OO gauge as a test-bed for learning new techniques and materials.
 
Making trees – the easy way!
Craig Tiley shows you how to get the best out of commercially available plastic tree kits, using the Woodland Scenics example as a guide.
 
An uncoupling aid for tension-locks
Craig Tiley used his ingenuity to make a simple paddle, with an old ballpoint pen tube as its handle.
 
REGULARS

Talking Points
Topical issues from the world of railway modelling. This month, the Railway Modeller holidaymaker explores North Wales on the latest model shop safari.
 
Comment
Opinions and observations across the field of railway modelling. This month, John Treays makes the case for railway modelling being an aid to an active retirement.
 
Readers’ Letters
 
Latest Reviews
Reviewed this month are Realtrack Models Metro-Cammell Class 156 DMU in OO; the Southern 4-TC coach set from the Kernow Model Rail Centre; the Oxford Rail Dean Goods in OO; all-steel K-Type Pullman cars from Hornby; the LNER Toad brake van kit in O from Parkside; the Oxford Rail car carrier in OO; commissioned locos, coaches and wagons in N and OO; a Satlink GUV and LU-livery Class 20 in N from Graham Farish; and useful modellers' tools from Gaugemaster.
 
Book Reviews
 
News
Including two new locomotive projects from Hatton's – an SECR P Class 0-6-0T and Andrew Barclay 14" and 16" 0-4-0ST; progress with the Peco bullhead points in OO; Iron Minks to come from Minerva Model Railways; the Rapido Trains UK tour, including a bus scanning session and a visit to Peco; Arun Quay (the new O gauge layout by Gordon Gravett) to make its finished debut at Uckfield; a rail safety layout for school children; progress with Dapol O gauge LMS 3F and 57xx/8750 0-6-0PT; a Turbot ballast wagon from Kernow Model RAil Centre in OO; and much more.
 
Societies & Clubs
The hobby's best guide to What's On around the UK and beyond. 
 
 

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