Showing posts from April, 2018

So what next?

My first Gn15 loco "Proteus" leaves Fox Gill with a goods train.
So, I have built my planned layout, what to do next?  
I have several wagon kits in the drawer waiting to be built, but at the moment I have an idea to build a small rail car, if that is possible.  I would like to do another small operating diorama to attach to the Maintenance Shed board which would then give it more operating potential, and I have a plan for this.  Then, in the future I would love to build a series of Gn15 "modules", these are partly planned but need many trials an measurements to find the ideal size for such a system.  It was easy in the small scale 009 days, but in 1:24 it is a different matter.
Here are one or two photos I took recently of "Longstone".  The next exhibition for the layout will be at the Beds & Bucks Narrow Gauge Modellers Open Day on Sunday May 13th 2018 at Barton Le Clay Village Hall, Hexton Road, Barton, MK45 4JY. 
"Delta" seen near the cha…

Locomotives for Longstone

Locomotives Loco's 1, 2 & 3 at the maintenance shed.
As I may have mentioned, it was a picture of a Smallbrook "Harlequin" kit in the Railway Modeller magazine that started me off in 1:24 (Gn15) scale modelling, and then constructing a layout.  I very unusually strayed away from my beloved 009 models to try something different.  As I was beginning in a new scale, I didn't know what the kits for Gn15 were like to build.  All I knew was, that there were locomotives by Smallbrook Studio, they were resin cast, with brass details and needed a cheap Hornby chassis.  It was probably this fact...that they were reasonably to why I swayed towards having a go, because 009 scale locos had become quite expensive.

All the Gn15 loco kits were in the region of £50, with the chassis costing between £15 and £25 extra depending if you bought a second hand example or a new one.  With a few pounds spent on nameplates and Kadee couplings they are still cheap models, and fa…