My Workbench Archive, August - September 2005
29th September 2005
the last week or so, I have been starting to detail up a rake of
36 open wagons for a spoil train to run on Worthing MRC's embryonic
'Loftus Road' layout. My train is formed of thirteen Hornby 'MHA'
wagons, six Bachmann 'MTA' wagons, and seventeen Bachmann 'MFA'
wagons.These wagons will be hauled by a single class 66 (or perhaps
even a '60') and the challenge is to keep the weight down on the
wagons whilst adding a load of ballast inside.
photograph below shows two MHAs and an MTA being lined with lightweight
foamboard to provide a higher level for the ballast to sit on. This
also enables me to economise on ballast material as well as weight
in the wagons!
part of the project that will take the longest will be locating
prototype pictures of 36 individual wagons and modelling them, complete
with all their detail differences. This will also be the most rewarding
aspect, because I will end up with an awesome rake of varied, prototypical
wagons completely different to anything that can be bought off the
shelf. That is the plan at least!
have also been some additions to the stocklist recently, with three
new class 66s being worked on (66006, 66010 and 66076), as well
as two of Michael Owen's RT Rail class 08 shunters, 08648 in yellow/black
livery and 08762 in all over black.
also hope to fulfil a long held aspiration of modelling more of
the decimated ILRA pool of Virgin XC '47's, with 47807 "The
Lion of Vienna" and 47817 "The Institution of Mechanical
Engineers" joining the fleet soon.
I couldn't resist taking a picture of ex-Virgin ILRA 47829 in Police
livery, 'attending' the murder scene on Wells Green TMD!
21st September 2005
Wells Green TMD's second exhibition appearance, it is now time to
tackle all the problems that arose during the weekend away - thankfully
there were very few!
relatively minor problem was the lack of tension in the overhead
wires in the depot building, and this will entail removing the affected
wires and replacing them, together with devising a stronger method
of attaching them to the backscene. Nothing too major there then.
a really nasty issue rose its ugly head once more, one so daunting,
that over the Summer I tried to 'bury my head in the sand' and forget
about - the issue of the appalling running of my AC electric locomotive
electric fleet consists of many Hornby 'Ringfield' motored locos
- not so bad surely? Well these locos run perfectly over straight,
normal track, but Wells Green TMD mainly consists of several points
in a small area, making low speed depot movements very difficult
to achieve without constant stalling. At exhibitions, one naturally
wants to put on a good show and run only reliable, slow running
stock, meaning that the AC electrics often got put to one side in
favour of other power, often in the form of Bachmann '66's or Heljan
is especially ironic, due to the amount of time and money spent
erecting the overhead electrification so I could run locos such
as class 86s and 90s, yet instead I simply go for the easy running
mirror-fitted 66042 Lafarge Buddon Wood spent much of the
weekend in action deputising for AC electrics.
so to work
remotored locomotives before, my last example was a Lima class 60
and that went reasonably well, so I thought I'd have a go at my
class 86/9 loadbanks, using a chassis from a Lima '67' (only one
loco is powered out of the two enabling easy multiple working on
my layout). This is a close match to the wheelbase of an '86', although
it is a tiny fraction smaller.
work has begun on fitting the Hornby wheels to a '67', which appears
successful. Soon I hope to incorporate the motor and all the other
gubbins into the class 86 chassis, when time permits. I am currently
unsure about what to do with the class 90, for I cannot find any
suitable locomotive which shares a similar wheelbase to a Hornby
anyone has successfully repowered their class 90, please email me,
I would be very interested to hear from you!
two class 86/9 loadbanks seem to hog all the attention on Wells
Green TMD, being popular with both operators and the paying audience
at exhibitions, so seemed like excellent candidates for remotoring.
If successful, my other class 86s will also be remotored.
17th September 2005
apologies for the lack of updates to this site recently, due to
a problem with BT Broadband, I have not had internet access for
the past two weeks, but fortunately all has returned to normal now.
Green TMD has now made its second exhibition appearance, this time
at Worthing MRC's annual show in Lancing, West Sussex. The picture
above shows my good friend John Holmes getting to grips with operating
the last few weeks, all the outstanding work on the layout has been
completed, with the new scenic area at the front attracting much
attention with a Police Forensics team investigating a dumped body
in undergrowth towards the right hand side of the layout. This even
features repainted Police vehicles complete with blue flashing lights!
A murder scene, thats a bit grisly for a model railway, you may
ask? Yes, but its real life. Get over it!
new five inch scenic section is all complete!
new items of rolling stock made their exhibition debut, including
a brace of Bachmann '66's, and some class 90s completed back during
the Summer. There were no major problems during the day with all
stock performing relatively well, and to round off a pleasant day,
an exhibition invite for the Bognor Regis show in January '06 was
to bed now, I've still got Sunday to keep entertaining the public
with my trains!
66555, making a debut appearance on Wells Green.
30th August 2005
latest repaint, 67029 in EWS 'Executive train' colours, is shown
here posed on the layout, awaiting light weathering around the exhaust
area. The loco is just a plain old Lima model with no fancy bits
added yet, but a lighting kit will be added when the layout is converted
to DCC, and hopefully by then South West Digital might have released
a sound decoder for the '67'.
Intercity Models release the long awaited superdetailing parts for
the Lima '67', then my 67029 will re-enter the workshop for a thorough
rebuild, but for now the loco will remain as nature intended.
some photos taken yesterday showing EWS 90035 and RfD 90022 Freightconnnection parked up on Wells Green TMD. In case you are wondering, the third
pantograph in the picture belongs to a hidden 90018!
sneaky look at whats still to come - the scenic section at the front
is taking shape and the graffiti-covered building is one of the
latest additions. There seems to be much interest at exhibitions
about my graffiti - it's not just Wells Green TMD thats been covered,
Worthing MRC's Northlands Wood has been degenerated, and
our club's latest project Loftus Road (loosely based on Kensington
Olympia) is set to get splattered in the distant future.
the graffiti on the layout was painted by hand using photographs
for inspiration. It's easy to find such photographs - just type
in 'graffiti' to any Internet search engine and you will find entire
websites dedicated to it, with many thousands of images available
to view. Simply select whichever image you would like to recreate,
then print it out.
you need is a lot of patience and a set of fine paint brushes, and
away you go!
people don't like graffiti, understandably, but I actually find
it intriguing more than anything else, when you trawl through these
websites you discover the reasons as to why people do it, and each
design relates to the person creating the image. The only problem
I have with graffiti is where it is applied, for example on a brand
new class 377 'Electrostar' it is disgusting, but on an abandoned
building it is less of a problem. However, on a model, graffiti
can help portray a run down area, and adds a splash of colour to
an otherwise dull scenic area.
some of my graffiti, this time from the administration building
over the right hand end of the layout. The single coloured graffiti
- known as 'tagging' was achived by scrawling over the building
with thin gel pens of various colours, and the building then given
a coat of matt varnish to protect the images from running should
they ever come in contact with water.
22nd August 2005
as I am to model ordinary 'bog standard' locos in EWS's fleet, I
couldn't resist modelling the EWS Executive train loco 67029 in
its lovely silver livery. This is most probably the umpteenth time you have seen a model of
67029, but never mind, here's another model.
lump of plastic holds the dubious distinction of being the only
Lima "model" to run on Wells Green TMD, fortunately.
loco is so popular, Fox Transfers has even released an entire set
of transfers for this loco and its train! As I'm just modelling
a depot I have an excuse to just do the '67' luckily so I don't
have to model the entire train, which means I can spend time getting
on with some other projects including some class 90s. The class
90s are in fact the same RES ones that I started back in June!
RES '90's have taken so long because, like many other projects I've
done, I get bored half way through finishing the models , and move
onto another project. Hopefully I'll get round to finally completing
the models by the end of the year! I'll most probably be applying
the 'Penny Black' nameplates to 90019 on Christmas Eve or
going on recently has been the extension at the front of the layout
, and track laying on the new fiddle yard, with the layout on target
to be finished by the time of the Worthing MRC exhibition on September
17/18. I've also been preparing a review of the new Bachmann 'MTA'
ballast wagon for DEMU's club magazine, UPDate which should appear
in issue 43 if all goes well!
close up of the unfinished '67' in silver awaiting extra details
to be added prior to transfer application.
12th August 2005
90021 with a Euston-bound service pausing at Watford Junction, last
taken a little break from modelling recently, and with no new models
to show off, I decided to share a few of my snaps taken on Thursday
4th August, on a trip to Watford Junction. The journey was made
primarily to add a few more numbers to my collection - particularly
the newer '390' class members and the new class 350s.
: 86610, 86627 and 57007 "Freightliner Bond" (dead in
train) at the head of a rake of empty container flats.
for the slightly blurred image above - my excuse is that I was paying
so much attention to taking detail pictures of 90021 (just out of
shot on the right), that I failed to notice the three Freightliner
locomotives hurtling towards me until it was too late to position
the camera accurately!
I didn't just go to Watford on August 4th - as well as AC electrics,
I also have a strong passion for electrics of the 750 DC 'third
rail' type (and being a Southerner, thats all we get, so 'like it
or lump it'!) - therefore I couldn't resist a long stop over at
as your most probably reading this website because you are an AC
electric fan, I won't bore you with the pictures, but just show
a couple of things which caught my eye!
a welcome change from the '450's and '455's, was Network Rail liveried
- Legoland Windsor 455856 would make a lovely model!
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