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, […]

Regauging Bemo 12mm HOm locos to 9mm H0e

After advice from members on several forums I managed to re-gauge theBemo 1260/1 Loco No. 81 ‘Wallis’ electric tunnel loco from 12mmH0m to 9mmH0e gauge. I thought therefore, as this information appears to be a well-hidden ‘secret’ that I would post how I did it. 1: To remove the bogie cover plates to expose the […]

Laser cut scenic baseboards by Tim Horn

I recently bought two laser cut MDF scenic baseboard kits from Tim Horn (http://www.timhorn.co.uk/scenic-boards). They are each 400x250mm in size with 50mm sides and made of 3mm MDF and cost me £8.00 each + £4.00 postage. Delivery was quick and the boards were well packed with comprehensive instructions. The finish of the parts was excellent. […]

Making a start in Narrow Gauge Railway Modelling

Welcome to this Narrow Gauge Railway Modelling newsfeed which will, aperiodically, post news on my modelling efforts to create a  9mm narrow gauge model railway.  The articles will cover many aspects of implementing DCC controlled model railway layouts, general modelling articles and news about narrow gauge railway mode;lling.

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