Things are slowly getting back to normal in CS2 with attendance steadily increasing on Wednesdays. Although Covid restrictions remain, some will be pleased to hear that from September, for a trial period, masks may be removed once one is safely ensconced in the centre of a layout whilst alone or in the presence of agreeable individuals.

In a faraway place Dominic has spent several nights painting 3 sets of 4mm scale crew to go in locomotives for Coombe Town. The first image is a Modelu set. The second is a set for the Model Rail 16xx printed by Hardys Hobbies. The 3rd and 4th also from Hardys are for the B2 Peckett.

In 7mm the Claude Hamilton is making huge progress.

The steps have been attached, as have the sandboxes. Those steps on the coupling rod ‘splashers’ were the very devil to attach. It would have been easy if John had three hands! The photos show some flux corrosion even though he rinsed it after each modelling session. A horrible glass fibre pen will need to be used which John has learned to use under water to minimise bits of fibreglass getting in his fingers.

The components for the loco brake gear fettled and ready for fitting and fitted. The blocks have been riveted to the hangers to stop them becoming unsoldered while the hangers are being soldered to the frames, a dab of Cyano will secure them when everything is lined up. The blocks on the pickup side will have a coating of Cyano in case they touch a wheel rim.

The Claude Hamilton Cabriolet ready for its test run

The brake gear was fixed before its successful test run at CS2. Keith raced it down the long straight in the fiddle yard and lost! This concerned John a little because fast engines are often weak engines, but when it was coupled to a lengthy goods train it had no trouble pulling it, making two circuits before the final gear drive became loose on the driving axle – apparently greatly disappointing our member for Ferndown when the grub screw failed to fall out.

The front sand pipes were attached next and that should finish the chassis. The sanding arrangements on these Locos were strange. The front ones were operated with compressed air from the Westinghouse braking system, and the rear sanding was by gravity from the sand boxes in the cab. The Westinghouse Company disapproved of the front arrangement, but no doubt the G.E.R. /L.N.E.R / B.R. who were good customers took no notice of their objections. There must have been an air reservoir somewhere on the loco, but the drawings that John has, do not show this. On many other Westinghouse fitted engines it was on the back of the tender. The castings on the model are from the now defunct Hobby Horse range.

From Simon K some Dapol O gauge wagons in a slightly distressed state for his non-S&D project.

Spurred on by a series of articles in the current editions of “Railway Modeller”, Allan has decided to build what he claims to be his first loco – a Fowler 4F in 7mm scale. Sensibly, Allan has built the tender first, before attacking the locomotive. Pictured above is the superb result – awaiting a visit to the Paint Shop.

This is one of the new entrances to the N gauge fiddle yard for The Bank. Layout Coordinator Alan has sourced double cross-overs giving much greater flexibility in the use of the fiddle yard. The track had to be taken up anyway as it had buckled with the excess heat in CS2. As can be seen, it’s all wired ready for connection to the point motors – MP1s for the single points and MP5s for the cross-overs. This is the work of Dave S, but Alan will be doing the other end!

And back to 7mm where Dave S has been assisting David S with the valve gear on his S15. The picture shows one side assembled on the loco:

Finally one of our Associate Members Peter B has been helping a friend build a model of Market Bosworth station on the Ashby and Nuneaton joint railway. The model is built to P4 standards and set in 1908. There is still quite a bit to do, although this is not at all obvious when looking at the photos. The line was constructed by the LNWR and MR. Track and lineside fencing was Midland Railway pattern. Signals and signal box LNWR. Other buildings and bridges etc were designed specifically for the line. This location was chosen as in addition to being a through station it had a good sized goods facility, and allows both LNWR and MR stock to be run.

As disruptive as the pandemic has been it has allowed good progress to be made on the layout and stock. The layout was due to appear at Scaleforum and Railex last year, but unfortunately the shows were cancelled. Pete B and friend are hoping for a new invite.

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