New Book on Tivetshall -Beccles Line

As a famous TV program once said – ‘and now for something completely different’.

Yesterday I purchased this book from Bob Pearman Books as it was local to me and I worked for 30 years near the original route of this line ‘ The Waveney Valley Railway’.

This is truly a magnificent Book by Peter Paye a truly excellent researcher. On arriving home I had a quick glance through the book and in the section on ‘bridges’ I remembered something! About 20 years ago I purchased a bridge plate for £5 that was supposedly from the Waveney Valley line. Having no way of researching at the time it has just been moved around various Sheds, getting dirtier and covered in cobwebs.

In fact I never knew whether the number was 1191 or 1611. It turns out to be 1191 and was on a bridge between Bungay and Ditchingham. Mystery solved at last thanks to this very informative book. By the way the plate is still in very weathered GE Livery.

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O Gauge BR (S) E1R 0-6-2T

This is another Loco I purchased some time ago, however I made a big mistake and did not test run it for several months after purchase. When I did get around to it, it was not as stated at the time of sale – it was not an excellent runner, in fact it was a disaster! When I put it on the track and started it running –  some screws holding the connecting rods to the wheels fell out on both sides of the loco – the threads were virtually gone! The moral of the story – don’t believe all you read, even from supposedly reputable companies. The Loco went in the try again later box!

Again – fast forward over a year!  I have completely stripped down the chassis, purchased replacement parts as needed and after cleaning put it back together. I now had a very passable running loco – by the way the body was very good (reason I purchased it) and only needed minor touch ups here and there.

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The Move from OO to O Gauge

To show my commitment to move from OO to O Gauge here is a photo of the same Class 26 Loco in both gauges.

I spent most of yesterday adding the full yellow front on the O gauge Model, hand brushed two undercoats and four topcoats. The model was then detailed and numbered as D5335, the only Loco I can find in this Class  with a warning panel like this.

After finishing I put the OO Class 26 on Ebay. Here are some photo’s of the Loco’s for the one and only time!!!!

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Heljan Class 31 in Green SYP.

This is  a light to medium weathering of a standard Heljan Class 31. I have to say that this is the third Loco I have done in this livery and they weather very well and certainly look the part, I love the subtle blending over the lower stripes, and its easy to achieve. Must get around to weathering my Green Class 31 (30) and looking forward to working on the new D5578 and D5579 coming out before Xmas (Hopefully).

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Making Tree armatures

At the Bressingham Narrow Gauge Exhibition I noticed that a trader was selling a jig to make tree armatures. The trader Norfolk Heath Works was selling a kit that included the jig, reel of wire and a jar of latex. I duly purchased a kit and the next day out came the jig to ‘have a go’. The jig is graduated in feet for the height of the tree from ground level, this covers N Gauge, OO Gauge and O Gauge. The kit costs £15.

You simply wind the wire around the steel pegs until you have done enough for your chosen height, remove from the jig and the cut the tops of the loops. It is then a case of twisting the wire into the trunk and branches. when satisfied keep coating with latex until you are happy with the thickness and shape. Even after coating with latex the armature is fully bendable.

Below are some photo’s of my first attempts of various types and sizes of armatures. I will post further when foliage is added.

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