Maldwyn has had a new front guard rail fitted (from brass tube). The wear around the "corners" was inspired by Steph`s recent article in Garden Rail on the 7/8ths manrider she built ........................ oh gawd, I`ve mentioned 7/8ths again there. :- :-
3 of the Binnie granite wagons have been lettered for the Clee Hill Granite Co. courtesy of rub down transfers from Powsides. These are actually for 7mm scale standard gauge wagons, but I`ve since found out that the Clee Hill site (on a branch from Ludlow) actually had a narrow gauge system too. It was 3` gauge ..... there`s ironic!!
I`m really happy with the distressing around the wagon tops, simulating years of loading granite from above. The idea is that Clee Hill sub-contracted granite extracation from the Gooey quarries and provided wagons for the job.
I`m quite pleased with the subtle weathering on the guards van. It`s very easy to go OTT on a light coloured vehicle, but this came out pretty well with VERY thin washes of dark grey and a few passes with the airbrush (Tamiya acrylic paints). It`s so subtle, it actually doesn`t show up much in the photo.
I`ve eventually plumped for the Gooey Quarry Tramway. Maybe not as imaginative as some of the alternatives discussed, but it does what it says on the tin .............. a Fray Bentos tin in this case. It reminds me of a tin of corned beef.
Well primarily Mike this 16mm stuff is being accumulated for taking to friend`s 32mm railways so that I`ve got something to run when I visit. As far as the WGLR is concerned, I simply don`t have room anywhere to fit in so much as a loop of track to allow running, so the plan is to lay a short section of track that will be little more than a small diorama on which the stock can be displayed. There are a couple of possibilities as to where this will be, the most likely being on one of the tow paths alongside the canal which passes under the standard gauge line.
As you`ll see in this photo, the left hand tow path is wider, so I`m thinking of building a couple of 32mm gauge sidings on this making a facility for off loading granite into canal barges, the lines disappearing towards the quarries under the bridge.
In a word Neil, no. That direction is a footpath and swing seat. If clearances turn out to be too tight, I'll have to resort to plan B. I just don't know what plan B is yet, but it will give me something to think about in the Spring.