Monday, 24 July 2017

Back up HORNBY J83.

Hi. Overnight I have ordered from the UK another Hornby J83 0-6-0T.
My reason behind obtaining a second J83 is that since I only intend to run one engine on my layout initially - then I shall need a spare working chassis should anything go wrong with the first J83.

Last night I ordered some PECO sheep, cows, pigs and coal sacks...Also, from Langley I ordered some seated passengers, a bakers set, ducks and geese, cats and luggage - all from the UK.

Things are progressing well at this stage. I need now to concentrate my efforts on Scratch Building - cottages and such....also will need to make railway buildings. This will take time.

Bye for now.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Triang & HORNBY.

Hi. I have found a good photo of the Triang 3F 'Jinty Tank.
 The Tri-ang 3F O-6-0T 'Jinty' was indeed the only engine that I yearned for in my youth- from 1962 onwards- I just liked the look of it. Now - several decades have passed since the 3F was manufactured and I can now can see that Hornby has indeed come a long way upon improving the model designs of this style of engine. The Triang 3F has various features which are not appealing - such as a very large magnet protruding into the Cab space of the engine- this feature to me is the most unrealistic part of the model- also, the rather large brass slot-screw forward of the left tank certainly is a distraction.

Above is shown the HORNBY J83 0-6-0T which to-day (July 2017) is a far superior model than the older 3F by Tri-ang. The best feature to my eyes is that the Cab of the J83 is totally vacant of any protrusions - and this looks most realistic. The J83 features the British Rail logo, lining of tanks, boiler and bunker and the numbers are also resplendant and crisply done.

Altogether I am very pleased with the HORNBY J83 - it is just superb for a ready-to-run model.
I have waited years to own such a HORNBY model - it has certainly been worth the wait.

Until next time...

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

NOSTALGIA - J83 Tank Locomotive.

Hi. Thought to do a little experiment and turn one of my color photos into black & white.

The Hornby J83 British Rail engine with Goods Train.
I also wanted to see how my Langley OO figures look.

All of my early viewing of model railways was indeed mostly in black & white captions as per the pages of RAILWAY MODELLER. 

Above is shown the Cover of the May 1972 RAILWAY MODELLER - I distinctly remember having this particular issue showing on the cover a Tank engine ( possibly an M7) -running bunker first with a passenger carriage over a trestle bridge into a tunnel. Fond memories with this magazine - and I hope to soon obtain a copy of the May 1972 Issue.

Well that is about it for to-night.
Until later.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Langley OO Figures -Arrive.

Hi. This afternoon my order for Langley OO Figures arrived from the UK. This evening I painted up three figures as a 'Train Crew' consisting of a Driver, Fireman and a Guard.

The Hornby J83 Tank Locomotive with it's Langley figures of the Driver in the cab and the Fireman.
( Keen observers will note the splashes of green on the Driver figure- I will need to fix this up).

Goods train with 'Train Crew'.

The Langley Guard with his Hornby 'Thomas' Guards Van'.

The Langley OO Train Crew and the Hornby Goods Train.


The Langley OO figures are superb - full of detail and character.
The cast pewter Langley figures are supplied with a cast on additional 'pin' on one of the figures shoes- presumably one drills a hole in the baseboard and then glue the figure into position. My preference is the make the figures able to be moved from place to I removed the pin and filed the feet of the figure and attached the figure to a little rectangle of 0.5mm styrene - to serve as a base. I used Supa Glue.

Most pleased with the Langley OO figures - they are certainly something I have yearned for all these years -if not decades- very pleased to have them to populate my proposed Layout.

Well that is about it for now.
Until latter.

Sunday, 16 July 2017


Hi. This evening I was looking at e-bay in the UK and low and behold I found advertised a specific book which I remember being my first ever Train Book. It did not take long for me to decide to purchase the book.
The DEAN book as I remember was presented to me as a gift from my older Cousin David when Mum and I visited our Aunt Thelma at Miranda NSW. David is very generous and over the early years of the 1960s I received several 'Annuals' form David. I cherished these books greatly - though alas in my Teens my older Brother swiped most of my books and things to sell the items in Sydney to support his gambling- which I did not realize at the time....I just thought my things had a habbit of going missing.

I have over these past few years managed to replace these cherished books from  my childhood- with the help of e-Bay. I have managed to obtain copies of most of the books which my Cousin David gave to me all those decades ago. To-night finding the DEAN book is just something extra special.
 If my memory serves me well - on the inside of the cover of the book is a color picture of the 'GOLDEN ARROW' leaving a rather large station.

The DEAN book is something special. I count myself as being very-very fortunate.

Well that is about it for to-night.
Until next time.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

HORNBY J83 Tank LOCOMOTIVE Arrives - a bit of Tinkering.

Hi. My Hornby J83 0-6-0T Locomotive arrived to-day. On opening the package from the UK there was a bit I wanted to do on the model - First, to repair the rear chassis 'lug' which locks into the coal bunker which had been broken off- a simple job with some Super Glue. Secondly, I needed to purchase a Hornby Coupling to attach to the front buffer beam of the model- fortunately our Local Hobby Co had a set of Couplings which I picked up this afternoon for $3.50 - pretty close to exactly what I wanted. Thirdly, I decided that the J83 needed a 'Floor' in the cab - I made one out of a piece of card and painted the floor  black and fixed it to the chassis with Super Glue.

Above: The J83 showing the smaller Hornby Coupling at the front of the chassis and my simple card Cab 'Floor' ( before painting).

The J83 assembled - I just had to put a Floor in the cab as I couldn't bare to look into the cab and see day-light....much better with a Floor - and it will provide a sturdy base for the Locomotive Crew.

I would have to say that Hornby have come a long way since the 1970s in terms of the finish applied to their products ....the printed Lining, Numbers, Lettering and Logo -are just simply perfect!

Whilst at the bench this afternoon I made up a simple 'Un-Coupling Tool' from scrap styrene ...the idea is to place the 25mm x 25mm 'Spade Bit' under the Hornby Tension Hooks and lift upwards - to unlock the Hooks. (This Device Works Perfectly- every time!).

Very pleased with the Hornby J83 0-6-0T is altogether a splendid little Locomotive.
( I may need to obtain a back up J83 for parts -as things do eventually wear - a second new chassis would be advisable and a good idea).

Through the week I purchased some Hornby Rolling Stock in the form of those offered by the Thomas The Tank range.
One of the grey Covered Wagons will be painted up in  an all-white scheme for 'Milk' service.
I now have two Cattle Wagons, Four Closed Vans, five Open wagons and one Guards Van.

Above: The essential Guards Van -most suitable for British Rail service.
Yes, 'SODOR' printed on the open wagon does not worry me as I am thinking of building my Layout with a Thomas type 'feel' about it. Very fond of TtT.

For my Hornby J83 Locomotive I purchased the 'Old Slow Coach' for service. Thinking of a Branch Line....will probably need to de-Thomas the end of the Coach and restore the end to a regular appearance.

Well that is about it for this installment.
Until next time.

Saturday, 8 July 2017


Hello. This evening I have ordered several books from the UK -all in excellent condition.

The PSL MODEL RAILWAY GUIDES - by Michael Andress (UK).
Book 1 - Vol 1 & 2: 'Baseboards, Track & Electrification'. 'Layout Planning'.
Book 2 - Vol 3 & 4: 'Structure Modelling'. 'Scenery'.
Book 3 - Vol 5 & 6: 'Operating Your Layout'. 'Branch Line Railways'.
Book 4 - Vol 7 & 8: 'Modern Railways'. 'Narrow-Gauge Railways'.

I am thoroughly looking forward to receiving these Model Railway Guides (1988) - particularly Book #3 on 'Operating Your Layout' and 'Branch Line Railways'....I have a very good feeling that I will be learning a great deal from the PSL Series and Mr Andress.

To-night I re-read my copy of RAILWAY MODELLER March 1975.

I have long cherished the march 1975 issue of RM it contains one of my all time favorite model railways. 
P.D. Hancock's- 'CRAIGSHIRE'.
Craigshire is an OO9 and OO Layout - which features both Narrow-Gauge and Standard Gauge in a scenic setting which is altogether inspiring modelling by Mr Hancock.
One of the features which drew me to admire the Craigshire layout was indeed Mr Hancock's use and placement of the miniature OO people that he used to populate his creation. Mr Hancock's narrative is also inspiring which he wrote for his article and write up for 'The Railway of The Month'. I just love the harbourside setting of 'Craig' and indeed the climb up to 'Dundreich' Village.

Well- that is about it to-night.
Until next time.