Author: Retiarius

A 60 something web designer returning to railway modelling after a 40+ year absence.

New decals for Ffestiniog Welsh Pony in 7mm

The new UK producers of waterslide decals, Custom Model Decals, have designed and produced 7mm/ft scale decals to fit the Mercian Models kit for Welsh Pony. These new decals are for the recently displayed new livery for the Ffestiniog Railway’s latest restoration project. More details on these decals can be found here: https://custom-model-decals.com/decal-news/welsh-pony-decals-to-fit-7mm-ft-scale-mercian-models-kit/

A New Custom Decal Service

Custom Model Decals

A new decal production service has come online. Custom Model Decals are offering a customised decal production service for waterslide transfers. Using a state of the art white+colour printer they can produce linings down to 0.3mm in width and will Initially provide lining and also the lettering for all the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway in L&BR […]

New website for the 009 Society

009 Society Website

I am pleased to announce that the 009 Society now have a new website at https://009society.com produced by Andrew Jeffcock of Retiarius Internet Design. Some of the new features they have on this website are: New public pages to advertise the work of the Society, its aims and to provide information on exhibitions where you […]

Appointed as the new Webmaster to the 009 Society

The official announcement has been made in the December issue of 009 News, the official journal of the 009 Society, an international society dedicated to the small scale modelling of narrow gauge railways that I have been appointed as theIr new Webmaster. I will be responsible for all the Internet-facing activities for the Society and […]

Die Keinnamebahn at Conwy 6/7 July 2019

Die Keinnamebahn at Conwy 6/7 July 2019

Well, we are now back home after the North Wales N Gauge Society show at Conwy. We were made most welcome by all the society members there and we had a lovely friendly show with hardly a gremlin in sight. Die Keinnamebahn ran perfectly and only needed occasion track and wheel cleaning to be able […]

Excellent service at a time of need!

SPROG 3 DCC command programmer

My layout “Die Keinnamebahn” uses a Raspberry Pi interfaced to a SPROG 3 DCC controller. Whilst doing my pre-exhibition tests prior to taking the layout to Bakewell, Derbyshire for the Chesterfield Model Railway Society Exhibition this coming weekend (7-8 June 2019) my SPROG 3 suddenly developed an intermittent faults and kept dropping power to the […]

We use laser cut MDF baseboards by Tim Horn

Continuous circuit baseboards for Die Keinnamebahn

I made my H0e exhibition layout “Die Keinnamebahn” using the laser cut MDF scenic baseboards manufactured by Tim Horn (https://timhorn.co.uk). Tim’s original 400x250x50 mm scenic baseboards were made using 3mm MDF but his new style boards now use 6mm thick moisture resistant MDF with 3mm ordinary MDF sides and ends. The ends are accurately cut […]

Hide your SSID when using WiFi control at exhibitions

JMRI running on a Raspberry Pi

I have been developing a JMRI (Java Model Railway Interface) DCC (Digital Command Control) system for my exhibition layout “Die Keinnamebahn” that uses mobile smart phones as WiFi connected hand throttles connected to the JMRI software running on a Raspberry Pi Model 3B+ microcomputer set up as a WiFi access point.   I got the […]

New signalling on Die Keinnamebahn

With Narrow Gauge North at Pudsey fast approaching on Saturday 9th March I decided to add some signalling to Die Keinnamebahn. To this end the first light I fitted is to protect the coaling station crossover. I fitted a Viessmann 4011 stop signal and used a Train-Tech SC1 DCC signal light controller to automatically change […]

An inexpensive adjustable strip cutter

it never ceases to amaze me what you can buy via a certain internet auction site. For £4.42 inclusive of postage you get a brass handled precision cutter with easily replaceable snap-off blades for less than you would expect to pay for a flimsy plastic component. Sold as a “Leather Craft Tools DIY Incision Cutter […]

Die Keinnamebahn mugs for exhibitions

As a little whimsy I designed, and had made, some mugs for myself and my wife for use at exhibitions. They are aluminium heat retaining travel mugs with sealed lids. Labelled “Zugfürer” (Driver) and “Zugwache” (Guard) they, along with our banner and custom Die Keinnamebahn sweatshirts will, hopefully, add a little extra professionalism to our […]

A banner for our exhibitions

amebahn Exhibition Banner

As part of getting ready for our 2019 exhibition outings at (Chapel-en-le-Frith on 23rd & 24th February, Narrow Gauge North at Pudsey (9th March) , Chesterfield Model Railway Society show at Bakewell (8th & 9th June) and the North Wales N Gauge Society show at Conwy 6th & 7th July) I have designed and had […]

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   Bedfordshire & Buckinghampshire Beds and Bucks Narrow […]

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 […]

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 […]

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