Tuesday, June 19, 2018

New loco

After a slight delay we have a new loco! Originally we were going to get a Roco electric but that purchase fell through, so instead we have got a Minitrains Ns2f. We wanted a non-Liliput loco to widen the "gene pool" a bit. "Tango" (temporary name unless we can't think of anything better) runs great. Despite being tiny it is relatively quite heavy and thus can handle a decent sized freight train easily.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Black Beauty close-up

Close-up of Black Beauty working a train near the station. Liliput have done a very fine job on the model.

The bridge

The sides of the bridge have now been clad in the same stone texture as the back scene wall. More work will also be done on the two pillars once the sides are in place. Once the bridge is looking fine then we can begin building the tram stop which will be it!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

New wagon

Its been quiet on the railway over the last week though yesterday a new wagon (a Roco double bogie open wagon) arrived, purchased in a shop too which is very novel. The first HOe stock i've ever not purchased online infact. Anyway i now have three Roco double-bogie wagons so must put them into a train.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Into reserve

Percy performed it's final duty bringing two wagons into the backscene and then went into reserve, joining Jam and Maria in the reserve fleet (in reality a big box). Spare rolling stock has also been put away as the backscene was becoming a bit crowded. Percy will return in about six months and will likely alternate with Ruby as the layout shunter. In other news one of the goods sidings has been relaid with the remaining HOe track and the spare catchpoint.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Old and new

Black Beauty has continued it's proving testing and will be handed over to the Operations Dept. by the Integration & Testing Dept this weekend. It is running well, of course the technology is pretty well proven. After all it is the same loco type as Falcon and Growler - the former being the oldest loco on the layout with over five years service now!

The Infrastructure Dept. meanwhile has completed the underlay for the tramline, something more permanent can be laid now.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Black Beauty

A new loco arrived today, and the first new mainline loco since Jam, presenting D15 Black Beauty. What a splendid looking locomotive! D15 is a sister loco to Falcon and Growler. Once running in is complete it is likely Percy will go into reserve.