Having completed the ballasting of Midway and painted both the grass areas and the track it starts to look more like a model railway.
Archive for July, 2009
The Mamod is now reassembled with help and components from Alan Dunster at Dream Steam in Plymouth. She is only awaiting a new meths burner and can be refired. Modifications include uprated pistons, new wheels, new buffer beams, couplings, uprated safety valve and a dead-leg lubricator. The Cast Nameplate made to order came from Back to Bay 6. I am thinking it would have been less costly to have bought a new loco!
The balasting is now complete although not a train has run on it yet!
The trellis is really a crash barrier for anything derailing off the 32mm Track.
However the new trellis is in place and Trains may safely run again!
The previous entry shows Midway Station with a creeper growing on trellis as a backdrop to the station. This is to prevent locomotives that come off the track from plunging down a 3m drop. Overnight heavy rain and a rotten trellis caused all of the creeper to fall off. But it means the view behind the station may be seen. Tommorow I replace the trellis on Steel holders.
With all of the 32mm track fixed the formation for Midway is complete and now just has to be made scenic. The two outside tracks are 32mm PECO SM32 whilst the two inner tracks are 45mm LGB/Playmobil Track. You can see two track gangers are still clearing up!
Anyone reading the previous post about this Mamod would realise my dislike of Hunter Green which was the first offering for this rebuild. A Google search for GWR Loco paint in an aerosol came up with the delightfully named The Gas Cupboard-Models and Hobbies in Westbury, Wiltshire. http://www.gascupboard.co.uk. A quick order and in this mornings post a can of RailMatch GWR Loco Green 1928 which was when Swindon decided to do a colour change to a slightly darker green. The enthusiam for the rebuild is back on track.