It has been a stressful year and why I haven’t been updating the blog as much as I would of liked to. Hopefully that will change now and I’ll get back into posting regular updates.
This weekend I’m out with Tarring Neville at the Tolworth Showtrain. I have been working on a few new items of stock. A Hornby B2 Peckett has joined the fleet for the cement works. I removed the printed name plates, fitted dumb buffers, added tarps to the cab sides and weathered it. I have also finished a couple more of the RT Models wooden tipper wagons for internal use by the cement works.
Lastly one item that has been sat waiting for me to finish it is a Roxey Mouldings LBSCR Stroudley Brake 3rd finished as a engineers tool/mess van. The idea came after reading that there used to be a grounded body of a Stoudley coach used as a mess van at Newhaven shed for a while. I have numbered mine as one of the examples that is preserved at the Bluebell railway and as part of my fictional history decided it ended up at Tarring Neville for use in the cement works as an internal user van after being used locally by the SR engineering department. I have removed a couple of compartment partitions as seemed to happen when being taken in to engineers use.
A reminder that Herstmonceux is at the Epsom & Ewell MRC show this weekend for what could be its last outing due to proposed station closures.
I started Herstmonceux back in 2012 wanting to recreate a sleepy Sussex station and two years later took it to Tonbridge show for its debut.. Since then it has done 10 shows and picked up a few awards but its outing to Epsom & Ewell MRC exhibition in April will be its last for the foreseeable future. I have been lucky to have a good team of friends to help me take it out on the road the last six years and we’ve had some great times at the shows we have done. It has also been good to meet readers of my blog that have followed its progress and make new friends along the way.
Well its been a while since I have done an update and thats mainly due to my Mum passing away at the begin of the year. As you can imagine life has been pretty hectic as a result. Unfortunately it also mean’t I had to pull out of the Alton show with Herstmonceux but I did take Tarring Neville along to the Canterbury show. It was a welcome distraction for me and was good to be around friends. We ended up in a small layouts/industrial corner with Oly’s Six Quarters,
Kirkmellington which was great to finally see in the flesh,
and Saint Amis Sure Mer from Belgium. This I was really looking forward to seeing as its design/presentation was similar to Tarring Neville’s.
A start has also been made of the next part of the cement works trio. Originally I was going to build South Heighton next as this will join to Tarring Neville but another loco kit and the urge to build something for it to run on has swayed me to build the 009 chalk pits feeder line next. The idea is to end up with 3 small(ish) layouts ( Tarring Neville, South Heighton and the unnamed 009) these can be joined together to make two medium sized layouts (Tarring Neville and South Heighton or South Heighton and the 009) or one bigger layout using all three.
This is the plan for the Chalk pits feeder line so far. It’s roughly 5ft x 2ft and will be viewable on three sides like Tarring Neville and will also have a cantilever lighting rig. The right hand end is going to be a fiddle yard and the spur off at the bottom left will be to South Heighton when they are joined together. The idea is that a loaded train will exit the fiddle yard and enter bottom right and either go to South Heighton or go round and back to the fiddle yard via the hidden loop. This will then return the opposite way as a empty train. The scene itself will be set in a older chalk pit with a works building/ loco shed. This was based loosely on a building that was a Rodmell cement works.
As can been seen in the plan, I have almost got all the point work made which will be operated by wire in tube. I have also made a start on a water tower/coal stage to go next to the shed so the next step will be to cut some wood and get the board made. The loco roster is now up to three with a Nigel Lawton O&K added to the Ruston and Kerr Stuart. The O&K was interesting to build and I modified the way the motor sits to hopefully make it perform better. I plan to add another couple of loco for variety plus need to build a load more skip wagons!