Post by kevsmithnkp on Aug 13, 2017 10:27:39 GMT -5
Now obviously progress was not going to be very rapid, you did not want to get stuck behind this on the A590 but to help things along an ancient Scamell road tractor was on the rear pushing with a traction bar as backup
Videos ? Of course
And using some of the same footage a Class 88 video showing the locos on their introduction out onto the main line
I'll d o a separate thread on the Ravenglass and Eskdale shortly
Post by kevsmithnkp on Aug 13, 2017 10:22:42 GMT -5
Now.. The name.
By early afternoon the weather was rotten and I had to keep going back to the modular building to dry the cameras out but we stuck to the timetable anyway
66 301 was named 'Kingmoor TMD'. this name was previously carried by one of our 37/6s which has now been sold
Following this was the auction of some nameplates and headboards with some serious money being bid. Diesel plates are now as collectable as steam. For example the 37 fifty plates were fetching £2,300 each and the 47 number and Pullman Crest £1,500
In total we raised nearly £30,000 for charity which made all the effort worthwile.
Now I know some of you will be thinking not like Kev not to sneak some steam in! Ah but
We did have a steam loco just not full size. 'Whillan Beck' a Krauss built 15" gauge 4-6-2 has recently been brought over to the famous Ravenglass and Eskdale railway in Cumbria having had a very chequered career over the last few decades.
To make it even more interesting they decided to have it delivered in the same fashion some of the original locomotives were delivered to the line in the 1920s, By Steam road haulage
Fowler road engine was going to haul it from Kingmoor to the companies headquarters at Ravenglass following the show
Post by kevsmithnkp on Aug 13, 2017 9:46:31 GMT -5
In contrast to the ultra modern 88s we had brought a couple of the Class 20s along. We only have three left in active service, ready for this years leaf fall season where they will be used on the RHTT (Rail head treatment train). they have no restriction on loading gauge or axle load so can get down branch lines other locos can't access
30 302 and 20 312 have just arrived behind 37 059
You can spot the bodyshell is roughly the same on the 88s and Diesel only 68s. This 68 is in a plain blue colour scheme for now as it is going to be on the TPE (Trans Pennine Express) loco hauled trains and will be wrapped in their colour scheme nearer the time
To add a bit of drama we had positioned 88 010 on the 'Ski Ramp' a facility we use to load rolling stock straight onto a semi trailer
88 008 was picked up on the jacks to let people see underneath
Post by kevsmithnkp on Aug 12, 2017 15:21:18 GMT -5
Another year on and this time it was our Carlisle Kingmoor depot's turn to host our charity open day. This was going to be the first time the public were going to get close to our new Class 88 25kv/Diesel hybrid locos so were expecting a lot of interest.
I headed up on the Friday to do the prep stopping at the rural station of Kents Bank to catch one of our Class 37s on the Carlisle to Lancaster train. This is not how it appears, in the U.K the trains run on the left and 37 401 'Mary Queen of Scots' is working push-pull propelling from the rear
The loco is painted in the classic 1980s 'Big Arrow' livery
As the weather deteriorated I nipped off the M6 motorway to catch the 88 hauled 'Tesco' ascending the notorious climb up to Shap Summit on the West Coast main line. If anything was going to catch these 5,800 Hp Bo-Bos out it was bad rail conditions on a heavy intermodal train
You can see how bad the weather was by the rain on the lens but it flew past me with no difficulties
Once at the depot first order of the day was the first shunt. 88 001, working on its CAT disel engine, was used to dig out the snowploughs and some freight stock to make room.
We positioned EMD built 66 301 by the car park ready for its naming ceremony the following day. This was to be the first 66 to be named and I was pestered constantly by people wanting to know in advance what it was to be called
Post by kevsmithnkp on Feb 12, 2017 13:35:35 GMT -5
Our Brooklyn, the youngest member of the tribe, has wanted to play with Shasta for a while now but to be honest the risk was probably a bit too much. His birthday was approaching and I was musing on building him a 00 scale layout when a listing on ebay caught my eye. A complete z layout with two locos, controller, numerous Kibri buildings and also a full box of new Peco flexitrack which at the time was standing with a very low opening bid. It was buyer collect from a town called Cleator Moor about six miles from work so I put in a maximum bid and to be honest sort of forgot about it.
A few days later and I had got it for the equivalent of about $75!
Collecting it the following day the scenery was faded and it was a bit mucky but other than that it was fine, also as a bonus was a Relco track cleaner built in to it. I threw myself in to tarting it up as the boys birthday approached and a couple of days before had it sussed and running well
The controller supplied was one of the old blue ones with the direction switch so I subbed one of the later ones with a separate power supply mounted on one end
Post by kevsmithnkp on Sept 15, 2016 15:41:36 GMT -5
The vehicles Patrice refers to are done by a guy called Laszlo in Hungary and come ready finished and painted. He trades as Csikape on EBAY but only during the winter months I believe. His list of Autos is very impressive both European and American and I always have slightly mixed emotions about publicising him because I'm going to end up bidding against the people I've told about him!
Got to love classic American 'lead sleds'
I'm also going to try some of 'ex libris' designs on shapeways who has some very interesting French cars and vans
Still love Randy Browns trucks and vans and miss Tom Phalen's stuff which seems to have disappeared off the scene
I've just ordered three USRA 0-6-0T 3D printed bodies and another Class 86 electric from Shapeways. More interestingly Stonysmith is looking at doing 3D printed 16 ton mineral wagons, 21 ton iron ore tipplers and HAA MGR Coal wagons for me
Post by kevsmithnkp on Sept 15, 2016 13:41:26 GMT -5
Only a few weeks to the show of the season 'Zedex 2016' at Didcot Civic hall in Oxfordshire. October 16th and opening to the public at 10.30
Latest updates on Z, Nm and TTe layouts include
Switzerland on the Move (Chris Atkinson)
Klein Bergdorf (Peter Clucas)
Lincoln (Dave Dawes)
South Bohemia (Blair Hobson)
Franklin Mint (Eric and Sandra Jones)
Somewhere in Switzerland (Paul Kent)
Knownaim City (Graham Jones)
Kendorf (Ken Jones)
Inselbahn Langeoog (Piers Milne)
Kidmore KZ (David Mitchell)
Cheyne Central (Roddy Mullin)
Mini Missoula (Gareth Rees)
Anzdorf (Ann Silby)
Republic Steel (Kevin Smith)
House with Garden Railway (Derrick Webb)
No Man’s Land (Richard and Hazel Woodbridge)
Sankei Kansen 2 (Peter McConnell and Andrew Burchett)
Sankei Valley (Andrew Burchett)
List of Traders
Northants Model Rail Supplies
JB’s Model World
Mount Tabor Models (Sponsor)
List of Demonstrations
Terry Hadler – Weathering and Airbrushing
Ted Carter – Trees and Scenes
Both Dave's 'Lincoln' (Milwaukee Road in the 60's) and my 'Republic Steel' feature in this month's Continental Modeller magazine over here so may attract some non Z modellers to come along and have a look.