Take one Pug..

Some time ago I came across some pictures of someone converting a Dapol/Hornby Pug into a (near enough) Manning Wardle H class which turned out to be from a article by Phil Parker. At the time I had a layout in my shed based on somewhere in North Cornwall and it had a quarry. I was going to have a go at the Manning Wardle for use in the quarry but apart from hacking up the donor Pug I didn’t get very far..
Now I have Tarring Neville on the go I thought it might be a good time to finish the Manning Wardle. The idea is the Manning Wardle and a few other small locos will be seen on Tarring Neville from the near by Denton cement works fleet. The fleet was started a while ago with a Howard Planet 0-4-0 Diesel built from a Roxey Mouldings kit.img-20161017-wa0005

The article is a step by step and gives you some of the rough measurements. I added a few extra bits of pipework, some lamp irons and found a smokebox door in the useful bits box instead of making my own. This is what it looked like before painting.

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Seeing as I’d already painted the Planet green I thought I should do the same with the Manning Wardle. I was going to go for some red lining on the cabside but after having a look through some books I decided to paint the footplate edge, cylinders and coupling rods instead. This is how it looks at the minute. 20170117_17121820170117_171206

It still needs another coat of paint then I can add its fleet number and add the last few details. I enjoyed building this one so much I’ve already lined up a second one to do that is slightly different.
Something else that got finished over Christmas was the building from the last post. I fitted its guttering and gave it a bit of a weathering so its now ready for bedding into the layout. 20170110_185000

Cover up

With Herstmonceux’s last show of the year done my attention has turned to Tarring Neville again. The main focus at the minute is the building that will cover the point switches. Its being based on a building not far from where I live and is again mainly flint.

The main shell was made up from foam board and the basic flint work done before doing the demo at Uckfield back in October.

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The next step was to get the roof on. This meant adding some more foam board for the base and cutting a lot of tile strips from thin card. Each strip was then individually glued on and some ridge tiles made from the same card to finish it off. It takes a while but is well worth the effort.

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Before adding all the guttering and other smaller details I decided it would be a good time to get most of the painting done. It looks rather good along side the smaller flint building and I could resist taking a couple of pictures of it on the layout.

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Next i’m going to tone down the brick work and roof then start adding the rest of the details. I will then get and finish the stores building that will be opposite it and get them both bedded in.

Fin de semaine

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Last show of the year done and Herstmonceux is packed away. The nice thing about taking the layout to shows is the different people I meet and get talking to. One gentleman I was chatting with used to help design kits and was telling me about this and the layout he has built. He also modelled the SR and was building a model of Rudgwick station. He asked for my contact details and on Wednesday morning I received a letter from him with pictures of his superb layout. He also included some information on a suitable replacement for my coal lorry in Hersmonceux’s yard.

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(picture by Keith Harcourt)

Behind us at the show was Gouttieres, this is a French layout built by Keith, Mark and John of the Uckfield club based on the real station. Gouttieres is a tiny village in the Puy-De-Dome, a part of the region of Auvergne. The layout may be simple but it is really nicely modelled and its presentation it excellent. The Drasine (light auxiliary rail vehicle) pictured above is actually mine. I picked it up a few years ago in Paris and is normally used as a test loco when setting up at shows. On the Sunday it got to have a proper trip out on Gouttieres. Maybe one day I will get around to replacing the chassis on it and bring it a little more up to date. I may even build it a layout to run on!
There are some more pictures of Gouttieres here.

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Out half dressed

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Tarring Neville is back home after a very enjoyable weekend at the Uckfield show. Thank you to Adrian and the team at Uckfield MRC for putting on a excellent show and looking after me all weekend and thanks to all the people that read the blog and came to say hello. There were some lovely layouts like “High Stamley” and “Sub Wealden Gypsum Co.” but the simplicity of Maurice Hoppers superb S gauge “Tresparrett Wharf” really did it for me.
People were interested in Tarring Neville’s slightly quirky design, the lighting rig and the height it is set at. They were also intrigued that you will be able to view the layout all the way round.img-20161017-wa0001

Being there gave me a chance to test out how it will be to operate at shows and if there are any bits that need changing. Happily there is plenty of interest shunting the layout but final placement of buildings and other objects will have to be thought about carefully so that coupling and uncoupling is still able to be done. Like I discussed with a few people, it might make operating easier if I changed the 3 links for an automatic coupler but they never look as good and it would also mean changing all the stock for Herstmonceux too which is something I don’t want to do.

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You might notice in the pictures (thanks Chris), apart from a few more building shells that another Terrier has appeared. This one was the Brighton works pet but it did get down to Newhaven from time to time so that’s the excuse for it turning up at Tarring Neville. I have managed to get a little work done to it already by cutting the sandboxes off the footplate, adding lamp irons and some extra pipework. It still needs a crew and I need to change the number to 337S or DS 337 for the era I model but finding transfers is a problem at the minute.

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A finished Tarring Neville will be back out at the Uckfield show next year. Herstmonceux is off to Tolworth in a couple of weeks.