UK Model Railway Clubs

If any club wishes to be listed here please provide your club name, website address and/or contact details to narrowgaugenews@retiarius.com and you will be added as soon as possible.   International 009 Society, dedicated to promoting the modelling of narrow gauge railways in many scales. www.009society.com   England   Derbyshire New Mills and District Railway […]

UK Model Shops

This is a list of UK models shops that have a physical shop rather than just an on-line sales service. Please visit their websites or telephone the company for details of their opening times. If any model shop wishes to be listed here please provide your shop name, address, website address and telephone number  to […]

Improving my Resistance Soldering Unit (RSU)

The Resistance Soldering Unit (RSU) that I bought was a second-hand unit and appears to be a home-made unit. It was nicely finished but I wanted to check it out for safety as potential mains voltages and hand held probes do not go together! I therefore opened the box and checked that all the wiring […]

Resistance Soldering – my first attempt

I recently bought a resistance soldering unit (RSU) to help me construct etched nickel silver and brass models. My first project is to build the RT Models 4mm scale 009 gauge Shotton Steel Works/SBR Hudswell Badger Loco body kit. To make the ground connection for the RSU I use a piece of 2mm galvanised steel to […]

Narrow Gauge Railway Modelling now on Apple News

You can now follow this blog on Apple News if you have an iOS or MacOS device such as an iPhone,  iPad or Apple computer. The Apple News articles will automatically synchronise with posts on this blog. The Apple News channel is called “Narrow Gauge Railway Modelling”. To see this channel, open this link on […]

Making a small loading dock for Valdieu-Lutran

I was going to be using the European Station models by Bachman for Valdieu-Lutran but, when I tried them in real life rather than as appearing on the track plan, they appeared far too big for such a narrow baseboard, especially against a train. The goods shed especially was too wide and needed to be […]

Die Keinnamebahn published in 009 News

My copy of the 009 Society News (Volume 45 Number 10, July 2018) dropped through my letterbox this morning and my article on Die Keinnamebahn has been published as the lead article. It is over 20 years since I last had an article published, and that was in my capacity as a Member of the […]

Cheap DC from DCC lighting boards

I came across these boards on eBay. They are listed as “1Pcs Bridge Rectifier IN4007 Ac To Dc Converter Wave Rectifier Circuit Board” at 99p each but the seller was accepting offers so I have managed to order 12 for £9 inclusive of postage. The boards will easily power a few LEDs on each baseboard. […]

More rocking horse droppings – Atlas Editions L’Automotrice du Train Jaune Z-105 + 2 Remorques (ZR-20001 and ZR-20033) – 1909

It never rains but it pours rocking horse droppings, or rather rare Atlas Editions autorail (automotrice) models. In this case a 3 piece set of L’Automotrice du Train Jaune Z-105 + 2 Remorques (ZR-20001 and ZR-20033) – 1909. The set will join my collection of these lovely models.   The Little Yellow Train of the Pyrenees […]

Another attempt at tree making

A second tree is now under construction utilising the experience of making the first one. I used 6 instead of 4, 150mm x 0.6mm, stainless steel wires to give me more branches and a thicker trunk. DAS modelling clay was again used to thicken the trunk up to the lowermost branches and to form ‘roots’. […]

My first home-made model tree

Die Keinnamebahn has, so far, used plastic trees obtained via eBay, from Hong Kong. Though cheap they are no very realistic and are only about 4 inches tall, a scale height of approximately 28 feet in 1:87 H0 scale and all looking the same with not a very good representation of leaves. I wanted to […]

Developing Die Keinnamebahn for home use

At 12ft in length Die Keinnamebahn is too big for assembly in my home and so is only an end-to-end exhibition layout. For that reason I am trying to develop another layout that can be operated at home as well as being an exhibition layout. Using 400mm x 250mm boards developed in conjunction with Tim […]

Bravelady – the carte blanche loco

Well Annie and I took Die Keinnamebahn to the New Mills & District Railway Modellers exhibition at Chapel-en-le-Frith this weekend and I was most pleased that it worked well all weekend with only track cleaning required between days and the odd spot clean towards the end of the days. I thought I would share this […]

Exhibition readiness

I am now getting Die Keinnamebahn ready for its third outing. It will be being displayed this coming weekend (24/25 February) at the New Mills and District Railway Modellers exhibition at the Leasure Centre, Long Lane, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Derbyshire. The revised servo powered uncoupler system is, so far, working well. The ESU SwitchPilot Servo Version 2 […]

New level crossing on Die Keinnamebahn

I was never really happy with the level crossing on Die Keinnamebahn. The plastic roadway was designed to fit HO/00 gauge track and did not fit the Peco mainline narrow gauge track. The original crossing did not have infill in the tracks. The original MKD gates and approach ramps were retained. Today I replaced the […]

An attic/loft hoist for Die Keinnamebahn

  Having built Die Keinnamebahn, my H0e scale narrow gauge layout, and its two storage crates, I had now to find a home for it in my house. My well-engineered attic, which was floored on 8″x4″ beams on 15″ centres, seemed ideal. A single attempt at getting one of the storage crates up into the […]

A cheap DIY model paint shaker

I bought an 12V vibration motor from China off of eBay, originally to see if it could help tamp down the loose ballast on my layout modules before fixing with glue. The motor, even on a 9V battery, vibrated the board so much that all the ballast soon was one stone thick in a layer […]

My modelling workshop

I have finally completed the construction and fitting of my new, and in fact first, dedicated modelling workshop. 7ft x 5ft was the maximum size allowed by SWMBO in our small back garden. I have to admit though that I nearly became a widower when, having spent about £1800 buying it, insulating it, cladding it, […]

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