Sunday, June 18, 2017

Summer Update - Trackwork

Hello everyone,
Where have I been ?   It's  been a little while since the last update on the BBR.  Well nicer weather,  busy with work, garden etc... have left limited time for the railway.   However I've managed to get a couple things done lately,  including painting the rails / track.   This was done with a spray can,  I know I took the easy way out !   But I will go back and brush paint in some effects in certain areas like the loco shed to add a bit of variety in rail colours,  and I'll weather the sleepers in due course.    What a difference it makes once you paint the rails,  night and day !

I've also managed to install my first buffer stop,  not exactly as exciting as a new loco,  but in O scale even a buffer stop looks impressive,  at least to me !   This one is built and modified from the Peco rail type,  I used a wood beam instead of the supplied rail one,  and installed a lantern taken from the original Peco beam.    

The next step will be continuing with weathering the track,  and then comes the fantastic,  joyful task of ballasting.   The Colonel is busy recruiting inmates at the local prison,  and looking for volunteers to get this stage of development moving forward  😊

Saturday, April 8, 2017

First Structure - A Fun side project

  I was looking for any excuse to delay painting the rails and ballasting the track, and I found it !  A very inexpensive and fun side project,  a weight bridge structure kit from Lcut.  Kit # B 70-14,  cost is only £10,  or $12 USD.  The kit is laser cut and is very high quality,  everything fit together perfectly and the whole thing was built, painted and weathered in about 2 hours.  I chose to prime it with Humbrol acrylic,  then brush paint it with Tamiya acrylics and used chalk powders for weathering.  The model takes up about 114 x 132mm,  including the base.  Photos show a little gap between building and base,  that will disappear when building is glued to the base.  I hope to improve my painting skills in this area but I think it turned out pretty good.  Now sadly onto the ballasting  :(

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Running a few Trains ~ Finally !

  Finally,  had a little spare time to run some trains !  Needed to test out all the wiring to make sure they're no problems with the control panels or anything else.    It all checks out,  so now onto ballasting & weathering the trackside.  I hope to start a major structure very soon as well !  

Thursday, March 23, 2017

A Recent Acquisition

 The Col. was able to acquire a "new" piece of equipment for the B.B.R.,  an Ex Midland Railway 1F 1377 class 0-6-0T.  Our locomotive Superintendent had a quick look over and gave the thumbs up,  despite some history of the loco wanting to only run in reverse !  Here She is being lined up for the official photograph,  awaiting re-lettering & numbering.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A special flat wagon

Evening All,

And Now for something completely different !  This model was built from a very nice laser cut wood kit by B.T.S. (Better Than Scratch).  I can highly recommend their kits,  always a joy to build !

It's a USMRR flatcar, built in 1860's. Kit #19517. My Dad built and weathered this model, added buffers and used Wiseman white metal archbar trucks. It fits in surprisingly well with the 7mm equipment,  so will be used on the BBR from time to time for special duties.

Seen here delivering Bertie Wooster's Aston Martin  :)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Link vs Tension Lock Couplings

 Busy Busy times, leaves little time for the railway,  but one important decision was made !  

Prototype authentic link couplings,  or a choice of auto couplers.  There looks to be hundreds of choices,  but after some thought and testing,  I picked the Bachmann OO tension lock type.  I was tempted to stick it out with the 3 link chains,  but I know my eyesight will only get worse,  and there will be a couple spots on my railway which will be hard to reach.  With the convenience of auto coupling,  and with a tool,  easy uncoupling,  the decision was easy.  I don't think they look too bad,  and when the wagons are coupled,  I can barely notice them.  Buffer locking is no longer an issue !  I tested them on 3 wagons and they worked great on curves down to 42" radius.  Kadee knuckle couplers were tempting,  but they're just too noticeable and looked odd on English equipment,  at least to me.  Installation is easy with little work,  and I can leave the original hooks,  which allows the wagons to be coupled to another wagon which is not yet equipped with TLs,  another bonus !