Brighton Show


Just a quick note to say Tarring Neville is back out at Brighton MRC’s show this weekend at Patcham Community Centre, Ladies Mile Road, Patcham, BN1 8TA. More info here


Post Uckfield



So Uckfield show has been and gone and Tarring Neville’s first outing went pretty well. Firstly I must say a big thank you to Adrian and the Uckfield club for such a good weekend and putting on yet another top notch show. The layout behaved itself and picked up lots of nice comments from exhibitors and the public. It was interesting to fool a few locals like with Herstmonceux, into thinking the railway was really there.
As you can see from the picture above and my previous post, another loco has joined the cement works fleet. Its a Hornby Peckett but just like Chris and Oly over at otcm I couldn’t just leave it as it was out the box and it was in bits the same day Chris dropped it off! Mine is loosely based on Stanley as I wanted to do one with dumb buffers. I didn’t get time to fit its new whistle and works plates before the show but at Uckfield I had all three running on Tarring Neville (Cheers guys)..


As usual though I didn’t manage to take many pictures but Adrian has put up a retrospective here with pictures of all the layouts and Redkiterail has some pictures on his Flickr site. It was good to see Oly’s excellent “Six Quarters” in the flesh and I really liked “Surrey Arms”, definitely two layouts to look out for!
Hopefully I will get a few more bits done before Tarring Neville’s next outing in a few weeks at Brighton MRC’s show.

Testing Testing…

So in a little over 4 weeks Tarring Neville will be making its exhibition debut at Uckfield show. This weekend the Herstmonceux team are coming to give the layout a pre-show shake down ( Drink beer, talk trains and play with the layout), which means I have been busy trying to get as much finished as I can. Most of the buildings have been bedded in and some foliage has been added in a few places. All that remains is to add the smaller details.


Some items of stock have been worked on too. One of which is a RT Models 100Hp Sentinel. I have wanted one of these kits for a while because I was lucky enough to help with a preserved one when I was younger. Wheels, motor, flywheel and gearbox are included with the Nickle silver etches and white metal castings in the kit. The kits gives you all the parts to make the different cab styles and is a really well thought out. A thorough read of the instructions and plenty of reference photos to hand is a good idea.20170717_121757

It goes together really well and I am tempted to get another. I was originally going to make the kit up like the one I helped with which would of been a later style and the bunker on the rear but I decided on the earlier style with the flat back and internal bunkers. The Sentinel is going to be part of the cement works fleet and was going to be painted green like the other locos but I came across a picture of one in a nice orangey yellow colour and settled on that. The excuse being that the cement works had recently bought it and not got round to repainting it.

As you can see its rather a small loco… But not as small as another loco I have been working on.20170922_140959
This is a Judith Edge Ruston & Hornsby 48DS and when compared to the Sentinel or the Manning Wardle its really small!

More on that one when its finished along with a few pictures from the weekend..

Building blocks


A milestone has been reached with Tarring Neville as all the buildings are just about finished and I can start thinking about fixing them to the layout. The flint barn has been painted and is just waiting on some details to put inside. I am really pleased how the internal flint wall leading up to the stairs has come out.


I am thinking of making a couple of the buildings removable. 1. To help with cleaning etc and 2. to stop them getting damaged in transport. The other large flint building has already been made removable so that if any of the point switches need attention I can still get to them. This was glued to a thin ply base and some bolts used to hold it in place. With the other buildings I’m going to look at adding some dowels to act as pins that slot into the baseboard.