We had a busy weekend with Morlock Heath which attended two shows over the last weekend.
On Saturday 5th October, we took Morlock to Sudbury and had a great time with my older stock.
On Sunday we took the layout to the Bury St. Edmunds O gauge get together which really can’t be described as an exhibition as it really is a lovely gathering of people interested in O gauge. There was a large test track, some layouts and a number of traders. It has a lovely atmosphere and everyone has a great time.
Our modelling group had a presence at the Bury St. Edmund’s show on September 28th with Copsey, a OO gauge modern image layout that can be run with various time periods. Due to the availability of different people in our group, I took my blue era stock and had lots of fun giving it a run.
A lot of people made favourable comments about the layout which was built by Kelvin Barnes and my rolling stock which was all weathered by myself.
During the silly hour at the end of the day, my little collection of DRS motive power also made an appearance!
This forthcoming weekend – the 7th & 8th September 2019, winkle’s Yard will be appearing at the Bure Valley Railway’s STEAM IN MINIATURE weekend.
Alongside their home fleet of 15” locomotives they will have a selection of smaller scale models in action and on display. A special intensive timetable will be in operation throughout the weekend to allow visitors the opportunity to see as many different locomotives as possible hard at work over the nine miles between Aylsham and Wroxham.
The weekend will also feature:
Wroxham Signal Box Trust Great Yarmouth Model Railway Club A range of live miniature steam engines 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers
and more…. I guess I’m in the more section!
While Winkle’s Yard generally features the BR Blue era of the 70s and 80s, I shall try to take Winkle’s Yard back in time with some green diesels and steamies…..assuming they run OK!
There are lots of uncertainties at the moment, but one things is secure and that is the Modelling Group of which I am a part.
Consisting of Kelvin Barnes, John Barnes, Graham Minshull, me (Shaun Harvey) and our ever faithful supporter Audrey Barnes, we make up the newly named Norfolk Railway Modelling Syndicate.
We are not interested in becoming a club but we do operate by consensus and support. We all have different means and backgrounds but we come together with a common desire to produce and exhibit high quality model railway layouts and items of rolling stock. We also aim to encourage and support other people who are already modelling or new to the hobby.
Kelvin Barnes retains responsibility for the booking of our layouts and we should have something to appeal to all tastes as we have a large number of exciting layouts available as well as other major layouts in the works for the months ahead.
If you want us to attend your exhibition please contact Kelvin on his blog:
Winkle’s Yard, my OO gauge layout, appeared at this years Model Railway exhibition at Bressingham Steam Museum. It was great to have Winkle’s Yard out at this show and there was some great feedback from those who came to see the layout.
The light wasn’t great but my fish tank lights helped people to see all the detail.
If there was a train doctor, this is what I would tell him! I’ve tried taking the tablets, using certain colours even doing a bit more work but many parts of the layout are at the scenic but messy stage and it’s not getting much better yet. This is a stage we all have to go through but not many people share this. SO, I’m going to be brave. Please be gentle, it won’t always be like this.
Last time we left our long sidings looking pale and not really oily and at the end of their days. So below is how we left them…
The above picture shows that we now have a little more colour, but not nearly enough yet and the track shows no signs of being weathered. I shall do this when all the ballasting is done.
I will use lots of browns, black, oil spots, puddles and static grass, however, in my eagerness I started to focus on an an area down the other end, the coal yard.
I chose to stick some cork down to raise the height and save a bit of ballast and/or clay, however, in hindsight, I should have put foam board around the lot and skipped the ballast stage.
Despite the warmth in recent days the glue took ages to dry and I hate waiting for things to dry. Once the ballast was dry, I started to put chunks of DAS clay into the ballast, pushing it in with my fingers.
This is the scene after the forground is covered in DAS clay and a start made at the back. When, I’m done, I stipple the clay with a stiff one inch brush which gives the clay a nice rough surface and hides all the joins from all the pieces.
The whole are is now covered and I’ve run a vehicle over the clay so some tyre marks will be present in the muddy ground. I also pushed my finger in hard in one spot so I can create a nice large puddle. The area will have piles of coal, coal sacks and a coal merchant’s hut. I’m really looking forward to this little bit of gritty history.
I was tempted to make one of these crossings with coffee sticks but when someone has made such a lovely job of these, why would you bother. Cutting the angle sections was fun though.
I’ll keep on ballasting, then I hope we’ll have something that starts to look like a proper railway!