35006 P&O back in business!

Yesterday, on Monday 16th May 2016 35006 P&O made her triumphant return to steam after over 30 years of painstaking restoration by volunteers at Toddington on the GWSR. Thanks to the generosity (and slight disorganisation 😉 ) of my co-bloggers (thanks again chaps!), I went along to the shareholders’ and supporters’ launch ceremony. When I…

The Cunarder

As well as its own Named Trains such as the Atlantic Coast Express, the Southern Railway ran many Ocean Liner Specials to carry the passengers from the liners that docked at the railway’s Southampton Docks to London. Arguably the most famous of these Ocean Liner Special’s was the Cunarder. The Cunard Line had some of…

A New Edition to the Fleet!

Apologies for the lack of posts this week, unfortunately work commitments have made it impossible to get a chance to breath!  It’s not all been bad though and I’m pleased to announce that there is now a third M7 tank (this one being a long-frame version) to add to the yard!  All in Southern olive…

News: RTR USA Dock Tank 00 scale!

Model Rail magazine announced today that they have commissioned Dapol to produce a RTR USA dock tank.  This is a fantastic development for Southern modellers like myself to have a RTR version of something very unique in 00 scale. The locomotives were constructed in Pennsylvania for use during the second world war and were used throughout Europe.…

Panning for… good photographs

I’ve spent a frustrating 30 minutes trying to get a decent panned shot of a model train going around the yard.  My aim was to get an “action” shot for a change from my usual (attempt) of getting a pin-sharp result.  The locomotive, M7 tank 42 (shown more clearly below) was my subject, pulling a…

Beattie Well Tank takes to layout

Yesterday Bachmann 6 pin DCC Decoder  (36-558) was fitted to Beattie Well Tank 30587.  Kernow’s limited run model is a fantastic model with plenty of detail.  Fitting the chip was simple enough, though care had to be taken as space in the smokebox is tight.  It is now running nicely, although its short wheel-base means…