Monday, 12 September 2016

First showing

Chipping Compton had it's first public outing over the weekend at Swindon's STEAM museum as part of the steam festival.  A great exhibition as always with plenty to see.  As it's the 175th anniversary of the works there were several layouts in attendance portraying Brunel's broad gauge.
The weather on the Friday night and Saturday was terrible and the humidity levels caused a few problems for my layout and several others but whilst frustrating this is of course unavoidable.  I didn't help matters by making the silly mistake of covering the layout with a plastic dust sheet on the Friday night which no doubt created it's own micro-climate!  It certainly didn't spoil the weekend for me though and on Sunday (a nice dry sunny day) it ran really well.
Here is a short video of the AEC railcar entering the station after first seeing the home signal being lowered.  Sorry about the background noise. 


Not the best of photographs by any stretch of the imagination but here is the layout immediately after setting up.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

It's finished............well nearly!

The layout is finally complete scenically and is running satisfactorily.  All that remains to be done now is to have a curtain made to hide the layout's legs and those of the operators and to work my way through all the stock to ensure the B&B couplings are set up accurately.  It's been a fair while since some of the stock saw use and the couplings can easily get out of adjustment.
Here are a few photos to give you an idea how things currently stand.

Pannier 8717 with a single coach train waiting to depart
The goods shed is based on that at Culkerton on the Tetbury branch. 
The entire scenic section of the layout with it's lighting unit installed.
Pannier 8717 is a Brynkits resin and etched-brass kit with much added detail.  The Hawksworth coach uses a Worsley Works etched-brass body ad chassis kit but again with much added detail.  The Worsley "Scratch aid" kits are an excellent way to add variety to your stock and are actually fairly easy to build.  Like all my coaches, this one sits on compensated bogies made from MJT etches and really do make a huge difference to running quality.     

The layout's exhibition debut is at the Swindon Festival of steam on the weekend of September 10th and 11th.  It then appears at the Warley NEC show on 26th and 27th November.  It is also due to appear in Railway Modeller in the December issue......a boyhood ambition realised!