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 Posted: 17 Jul 2017 00:28
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Some of the Ratio and older Parkside vans have the option of opening doors, as does the venerable Airfix meat van. I tend to use these rather than hack through moulded sides but I'll take a look at some of them and come back on this - I've been doing this a long while and don't keep notes, and once I move on to the next project it tends to go out of my mind. If I was starting again in this digital world I would have done things differently and recorded as I went, but we are where we are, so a trip up to the layout and a search of the memory cell is called for ...:?

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Congrats on a nice POTW very atmospheric :thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:



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Thanks Richard I'll look forward to whatever you can come up with. :thumbs:



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I have taken a look at my open door vans, and they are Ratio SR plywood sided, Airfix Meat van, and Parkside LNER early wooden type. Most of the latter are from their now discontinued mould but I think the newer tooling has the same option. Their fish vans also offer this. I generally have just stuck to these for ease, although I have done one of the new Parkside BR standard vans with opening doors but because my stock is only ever seen on one side I tend to make the opening version on the unseen side so it can run as normal in pulled trains, and it is somewhere in my stock cupboard hiding. I have far too many wagons, but enjoy building them so they steadily increase. I have made several open wagons with dropped side doors and there are usually one or two around the yard to be seen. Here are a couple of shots from a recent shunting session at Thurso.








And a close up of a newly finished conversion of a Cambrian LMS van - an early build with braced wooden ends which I scratchbuilt.


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Hi Richard, thanks for that, a nice variety. The car covered with the tarp looks good as well.:thumbs:



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Hi BenI am new to the group and have just been looking at your layout photos. Wow - very impressive. Already looking forward to more.regards
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The tip of the iceberg Dave.:avatar:



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 Posted: 31 Jul 2017 21:01
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Thanks - the covered car is from Ten Commandments, who do a useful range of loads and accessories.

I had an operating session at the weekend , with a bit of indulgence, and I'll look at one sequence here. Until the arrival of the Black Fives in the late thirties most trains changed engines at Helmsdale, and this is an aspect I have imagined continued in my model world - makes for more operational interest/ play value.....

As I have said before, I have a rather broad take on timelines with my model, pregrouping locos lasting a good bit longer than happened in reality, but I also have an occasional look in the other direction, mainly because I have a reserve fleet of newer engines that were used on earlier set ups, when I was less exact with what ran, mainly because the bulk of todays roster were still lying unmade in their boxes, since the seventies in some cases. I'll feature these sometime , but for the mo. the engine to be seen is a rebuilt Battle of Britain class. There is a slight justification for this as one ran on the Highland main line in the 1948 loco exchange trials, and impressed greatly with its performance, so fast forward some fifteen years  where steam is blessed with a managed decline and the mass electrification of the S region has displaced  surplus Pacifics to places where they can be of use.

So, a train approaches Helmsdale, where the engine is detached and runs back towards the shed for attention and the replacement locos, a pair of 4-4-0's take its place.







Meanwhile, the station pilot detaches the restaurant car from the rear of the train and moves it to the box sidings where it will be refuelled with gas and made ready for its return working to Inverness.







Sir Archibald is given a whirl on the turntable and then sits on the approach siding to get any necessary  oiling etc and then goes to the shed and the crew retire to the mess shed until their next working - Helmsdale enginemen are not passed for such mighty beasts, so this is an Inverness rostered working.







Finally, its shunting done, the little tank runs onto shed, nothing else needing done and peace descends on the station again...


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Superb pictures

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Scrolling through these pics is like watching an episode of 'Thomas The Tank Engine' minus the faces...

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Some recent photo activity on the layout- all taken in daylight only.














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Nice scenes and well taken as always Richard.

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Thanks Richard,

Beautiful photographs and you`ve given me an idea for scenery around my turntable....:thumbs:

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Another operating session this afternoon - modelling has ground to a haltover the summer, mainly due to my battles with an enforced change from XP to W10, and playing with trains is a relaxing break - can't gather any oomph for anything more creative - so here is a record of the local distillery trip working back to the station and shunting the wagons in to the holding siding to await the next passing freight. The brake van is tucked away in the opposite stock sidings.



Arrival. The wagons are detached...





Then the loco runs round and takes the brake van to the sidings...





and then banks away .



A look over the stock sidings with the RC and TPO waiting for the next working - The TPO lies overnight; the RC goes south in the late afternoon.


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:thumbs::thumbs::thumbs:

Looking good as always
Great lighting combined with you background gives it the feeling of a crisp northern day that about to turn :tophat:
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