GOG Get together Bury St Eds

Yesterday we attended the O Gauge ‘get together’ at Bury St Edmunds. We took our DCC London Underground Layout ‘Dark Lane’. It was its debut Show and performed very well considering none of the operators had any training.

I have also included a few photo’s of a couple of other layouts that I had done some weathering of stock for the owners.

The photos are not up to my wifes normal standard due to the hall being dull.

Dark Lane

Margarets Mill

Botterill Street Yard

Dark Lane Ready

Although I made this layout about two years ago, it had been dormant during this time due to Covid and lock downs. Well today I have cleaned it down and my son John helped me add the DCC controller. We are now ready for its first Exhibition on Sunday 18th October at the GOG ‘get together’ at the Bury St Eds Sugar Beet Factories Social Club. The Layout represents a small London Transport Depot in the mid 60’s, just before steam ended. All the Ex GW Locos are sound fitted by Coastal DCC of Ipswich.

Below are some photos I took during the day:-

Progress on Cement Loading Pad

This is an O Gauge project of Graham’s, it started about three years ago when a partially started layout was purchased. Since then both myself and Graham have been working on the rollingstock with little progress on the layout itself.

I think all the wagons have now been purchased and weathered and up until now one Loco has been completed, a Class 05 shunter. This is the second Loco purchased, a Class 03 shunter, it has been numbered and lettered and the transfers varnished, when it is dry it will be weathered.

We intend for the Pad to handle both Bulk in Presflo’s and Bagged in Cargo Wagons.

I think it is Graham’s intention to eventually have the layout DCC sound. I will update with the progress over the next few months.

Gare De Brindille Fiddle Yard Finished

I have just finished the new fiddle yard and blended the new with the old. We still have some extra bricks to add and this will be done before its next Exhibition.

The new fiddle yard gives us far more flexibility and lets us run longer and more realistic trains.

The dilapidated Shed was made using MDF, Cork and various strip wood.

Gare De Brindille Blending

Today I started to blend the front of the new fiddle yard with the original baseboard. There is a lot to do with the broken down Barn a priority. Graham has ordered a load of 16mm bricks and is actively seeking some appropriate roof tiles. It will be quite a tight schedule as this needs to be complete by September 10th when we are at the Cambridge Model Exhibition with the layout in its new form.

I also took the chance to touch in the flaked paint and replace missing ballast. Humbrol Enamel paints both diluted and neat were used.

Gare De Brindille -New Fiddle Yard

Yesterday we added the new fiddle yard to Gare De Brindille. We now have an off scene fiddle yard, all shunting previously done on the scenic section. We also took this opportunity to clean the whole layout and patch up some ballast that had come adrift. All that remains now is to blend the colours for continuity, Graham will also be making a building, probably an old Barn to ensure exit from the layout is not through a ‘hole in the sky’.

A Fiddle Yard for Gare de Brindille

Over the last two days I have made a fiddle yard for Grahams latest SM32 WW1 Layout. Before this fiddle yard all shunting was carried out on the visible layout, but now it can be carried out off scene. Simple construction as there is only one line, but it had to be matched up with the old ‘end board’ which is still part of the layout.

This Layout is Appearing at the Hornby Model Mag – Great Electric Show at Milton Keynes (2022)

Met three old friends today.

Had a nice morning at the Thetford Model Railway Club Exhibition today, as a visitor. Met Terry and Bernard from the Cambridge Model Railway Club (31A) – great to see them – had a good natter. They were with a layout I sold them 12 years ago. I had it on the circuit 10 years before selling it to the lads – so the old girl must be over 22 years old and still going. It was called Hobbs Lane when I had it but Terry changed it to Hobbs Warren. Long may it continue.