Up cycling for Harkness

4 Nov

Harkness has been based on the North Sunderland railway in Northumberland and so needs a rake of 4 & 6 wheel Compartment coaches. We have a few Connoisseur Models kits in our stash and eBay has given us a couple of D&S kits to build plus a couple of second hand models. In addition we have a P C models brake on loan from Fellow RMRG member, Mr Worthington.
Today has been about up cycling the two eBay purchases which have had their running gear tweaked and wheels swapped. Upcycling starts with a full grit blast with my badger cleaning kit, a wipe down with isopropyl alcohol before pruning with Alclad microfiller primer.
A light railway bespoke colour scheme will be applied next (but not lined Highland Railway red which the NSR used).

 1) second hand white metal coach


After grit blasting

After primer

2) brass kit built coaches


During & after


Another great show

15 Oct

We are back home and packed away after another great show. Lots of comments and conversations, lots of great layouts to watch and a great host club in Farnham. Hopefully a few more invites too.

We had a few gremlins saturday morning, one of which, an intermittent electrical failure on a point, couldn’t be traced or fixed. A revised operating sequence was invented so no impact for the viewing public and it made us operators think deep to not get boxed in.
Here are a few short clips of our new steeds  showing themselves:

Farnham exhibition this weekend

12 Oct

Kirkmellington is appearing at the Farnham and District MRC Exhibition this weekend. As ever, we have a few new toys to take with us and debut. Joining Barclay No24 will be an Oxford Rail (Golden Valley) Janus 0-6-0 Diesel. This has had its wheel stretched out a bit, front valances filled and chevrons added. Completing the fun is a Paul Chetter Zimo sound chip. Take a bow, our Nellie:


Farnham and District MRC Exhibition
Saturday 14 October 10-5 and Sunday 15 October 10-4.30

Alderwood Leisure Centre,

Tongham Road,


GU12 4AS

All on one level for easy disabled access. Adult £5.00, Child £2.00, Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) £13.00 Show guide included in price. Free car parking


Branching out with Barclays

3 Oct

As another show approaches, Farnham and District MRC Exhibition 2017, we have taken delivery of another Barclay 0-6-0. Expertly built for us by Karl Crowther, this is a blend of parts. The body is a resin kit by the now defunct ARC models fitted with an RT Models Giesl chimney and many other detail parts. All of which is mounted on a High Level Kits Big Barclay chassis with some custom made parts. A Digitrains Zimo sound chip and sugar cube speaker complete the build.
I need to add Railtec NCB transfers, ModelU crew and some weathering to finish the loco.

The future West Ayr Area No24 on test on Hebble Vale

Of course we already have our High Level Big Barclay, No8, as stablemate and in 2018, maybe even a 16″ Barclay 0-4-0!

Beaconsfield show

30 Jun

We are attending the one day show at Beaconsfield tomorrow. 


 The Beaconsfield School, Wattleton Road, Beaconsfield, Bucks, HP9 1SJ. 

Railex this weekend

26 May

We are all set up and tested and a few minor faults rectified so looking forward to this weekend. Hopefully we are doing the club justice as we represent it at our home show.
With the weather forecast for the weekend being “scorchio” and “super scorchio” to paraphrase a popular tv comedy of days gone by, I think we will be making great use of the resident ice cream van this weekend.


Round up for Railex

19 May

It’s now just 1 week to Railex, Aylesbury by Risborough & district MRC at which Kirkmellington will be on show.

Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Stadium Approach, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP21 9PP

Saturday 27th May 10.30-5.30; 

Sunday 28th May 10.00-5.00;

Adults £9.00, Child £5.00, Family(2+3) £20.00

Sunday only – up to 2 children admitted free with an accompanying paying adult.

Website for the show
Show Poster

I’ve set up the track tonight to test my latest coal train. It seems to run well 😉

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