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  1. I'd never thought about adding photos of this before but with the announcement by Rails of Sheffield of their planned model of the LNER Dynamometer Car under their recently introduced RAILS EXCLUSIVE brand, I thought it would be interesting to offer these as a comparison. The following models are of the Golden Age Models LNER Dynamometer Car No.902502 in the unlined 1946 or 'preserved' livery. This is a brass built coach. Upon closer inspection, and to be honest until you take actual photographs and view them on a PC you don't realise just how much you overlook, one of the stand out features of the Golden Age models is the large central ducket as seen in the first photo. I hadn't noticed the way the end of the top curve had been formed as a brass infill rather than a smooth curve as it appears on the actual vehicle. Enlargement of your photos also brings prominence to gaps between the raised clerestory and the roof below, and between the roof and coach ends. I offer my apologies for not ensuring the buffer heads were straight at the time of the photo - entirely my fault there and nothing to do with Golden Age Models. Here's the opposite side view, again showing that curved infill - something that I'm sure will not be evident on the recently announced Rails Exclusive version. Some delicate patterning to the clerestory glass. The Dynamometer Car was built by the NER in 1906 and was used to record Mallard's World Record breaking 126mph run on 3rd July 1938.
  2. Not to be confused with the very similar 'Rail Exclusives', as you may have heard by now, Rails of Sheffield have recently launched their own product range under the name 'RAILS EXCLUSIVE' and their first exclusive model is of the LNER Dynamometer Car which currently forms part of the National Collection. The following details the planned models and is copied from the Rails of Sheffield website "Rails of Sheffield is delighted to reveal that it is working with Rapido Trains Inc. to produce an outstandingly detailed OO gauge model of the LNER’s record-breaking dynamometer car No. 23591. Best known as the vehicle that recorded the 126mph run of LNER ‘A4’ No. 4468 Mallard on July 3rd 1938, the iconic 1906-built North Eastern Railway test car is now part of the National Collection, reunited with Mallard at the National Railway Museum in York." "The all-new OO gauge model of No. 23591 will be the first of a series of products released under the ‘Rails Exclusive’ brand of high-quality, collectable ready-to-run models, produced exclusively for one of the UK’s largest model railway retailers, Rails of Sheffield. Two versions will be offered initially, depicting No. 23591 in July 1938 LNER teak condition, as it was during Mallard’s world speed record run; and post-1946 LNER teak with its later number - No. 905202 - as seen during the famous 1948 Locomotive Interchange trials." "Rapido Trains is famous for producing models that capture famous or unusual vehicles right down to the tiniest detail, and the LNER dynamometer car will be no exception. Based on detailed research of the prototype, archive photographs and official drawings, the ‘Rails Exclusive’ model will feature exceptional interior and underframe detail, including depictions of the recording equipment and the additional speed recording wheel between the bogies." Further details of 'Rails Exclusive' models can be found on the Rails of Sheffield website here Further information about the NER Dynamometer Car can be found on the National Railway Museum website
  3. Shame about the station canopy Rossi, especially as it provided some much needed under-cover stabling. Perhaps some of our members can suggest suitable materials for constructing a replacement?
  4. I'm sure Bittern just needs a good running-in period Griff but although that might cure running qualities it certainly won't make her sound any better. Perhaps it's just the outdoor environment that isn't suitable for the sound and smoke to be particularly effective - I'm sure it was never designed with outdoor operations in mind. I also have 'MALLARD' in the same LNER blue livery so I'll see if I can give that one an outing next time to compare performances. Anyway, it's good to hear from you again. I know how easy it is to become consumed with other projects and how that often leaves minimal time for railway modelling but everyone needs more than a single interest in life. I keep reaching a point where I can't think of any new interest that could possibly attract me but then before I know it I'm hooked on something else. I've just regained an interest in photography, something I've done on and off for the past 30-odd years so it's not entirely new but it's doubtless going to impact on my progress with Worsley Dale.
  5. Great photos again Andrew and a good question from Griff - any plans for expansion?
  6. I'm not sure when I last ran anything on Worsley Dale but it must be several months ago. Anyway the warmer weather took me outside today and, having cleared away some overgrown lineside vegetation the day before, I decided to clean the rails and see what's left of the layout. Getting a nice shine on the rail tops took longer than usual and I was just glad that my layout isn't too expansive and, for the most part, is only single tracked. I used an old paintbrush to clear away debris and crusted on bird droppings from between the sleepers. Then it was out with the track cleaner and IPA solution. My trusty class 26 made it half way round before coming to an abrupt halt at a spot where I have still to add bonding wires to 3 metres of track. I nipped up the metal fishplates with some pliers and we were moving again. I'll add bonding wires later. Inside the shed the points were a little stubborn but eventually, after some toing and froing, it seemed they were working okay. I really wish I'd made notes of all the accessory decoder settings as I'd forgotten what numbers I'd allocated to which points. Some time later I had it all sorted and finally written down. My set up is certainly not of the sophisticated kind. One of my outdoor points had seized up. This uses a car central locking motor and while it looked perfectly okay it just wouldn't budge, not even with some additional force. In the end I had to persuade it with a hammer (seriously!) and with a bit of a tap it was free and as smooth as before. I need to do something about the housing to try keep it better protected from the moisture below ground and to keep out the many woodlice, centipedes, and slugs that find a home within it. So, finally up and running it was my intention to run one of my Dapol Black Label A4 class locomotives and take some video of it in action crossing the viaducts but I never managed to take any video. I was hoping to see a good display from the smoke generator but it wasn't overly impressive although I only used one of the two types of smoke oil that's included. Perhaps the other will be better. Sound wise I was very disappointed but this was straight from the box without reading the instructions so perhaps there's more experimenting to do. I took a dozen or so photographs with my phone and this is perhaps the best of them all. I'm coming to the conclusion that there's only certain loco's that are suitable for use outdoors and Bittern isn't one of them, at least not on this showing. I think she's in need of a good running in as she's a little stiff and jerky, even on clean rails, and slow speed performance was very poor - it was a stall rather than a crawl. Maybe she'll be better indoors where the track is usually smoother and where there's no wind to disperse the smoke.
  7. From the album Worsley Dale Locomotives

    4464 BITTERN crossing Stack Gill viaduct on 25th March 2017. This was Bittern's first outing on Worsley Dale
  8. Looks different with the felt laid and the boards hidden, in fact when I first saw the photos I couldn't work out which layout it was. Great progress. You'll soon have something running.
  9. We've had the suspension of the Prototype HST from Rapido due to the devaluation of Sterling and now once again Brexit is being blamed in part for the suspension of a host of other models, this time from Dapol. Dapol have issued a short statement, a section of which reads: "The effects of the decision to leave the EU last June continue, particularly on the devaluation of Sterling and the increase in the general feeling of uncertainty as the actual leave date looms...." I'm getting a bit tired of hearing that the blame for everything recently can be laid at the Brexit door. As for "...as the actual leave date looms", I'm really not sure when that is. As far as I am aware the decision for the UK to leave the EU has to begin by the triggering of Article 50 which has yet to happen, though it's believed to be imminent. It could then be two years or more before the UK and the EU go their own ways. There has been an enormous number of new models coming onto the market lately; it's becoming saturated with them, and prices have been steadily rising for a few years, certainly from a time before the word 'Brexit' had any meaning. I think we've reached the tipping point and the inflated prices are affecting the number of sales that manufacturer's can expect. I wrote to Bachmann 9 months or so ago explaining the reasons why I would not be renewing my Club membership and added that I considered the recent price rises of certain models to be excessive. My point was that I could afford to pay those prices but was not happy to do so. Suddenly, £60 or more for a coach seemed somewhat alarming and it had nothing to do with Brexit.
  10. I'm not sure if I should feel proud or whether I should apologise for having you endure 54 pages of my labours! I'm sure you'll find that if you document construction of your own layout, either on this forum or elsewhere, it will give you something to look back on in the future - and you'll enjoy the journey. I'm well aware that among those 54 pages there's a lot of talk with little value but as a whole even I enjoy looking back over it from time to time. It's easy to forget how things have changed and just how much you've done even when you think you've made little progress. I'd certainly recommend keeping a record of what you've done.