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 😉

Harkness at Liverpool 22/23 April

19 Apr

Harkness is attending the Liverpool Exhibition this weekend

Merchant Taylors’ School

The Ian Robinson Sports Centre.
Merchant Taylors’ School,
Liverpool Road,
L23 0QP

Opening Times

Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 10am – 4:30pm

Admission Cost

Adults £5.00, Retired £4.00, Children over five £2.00, under fives go free

Rochdale MRG – annual exhibition

7 Apr

It’s time for the annual exhibition by the Rochdale Model Railway Group.
The 53rd Rochdale MRG Model Railway Exhibition Sat 8th April 2017 – Sun 9th April 2017 The Coach House, Lodge Street, Littleborough, Lancashire OL15 9AE

OPENING TIMES: SAT 10am-4.30pm, SUN 10am-4.30pm
ADMISSION: Adults £3.00; Accompanied Under 16s FREE

A tasty selection of layouts again from our friends and members.

North Ballachulish (working demo)

Amalgamated Wagon

Bonnington Goods

Tinsley South

29th Street Wharf

Port William

The Mill

List of Traders Attending :

Class 40 Preservation Society
Todmorden Model Supplies

The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Society


Welcome Arkwright

26 Mar

I was lucky enough to buy a Hornby Peckett  and have followed the conversion method first (well to me) explained on the emgauge70s website. This involved cutting the cylinders off, adding packing and then reattaching them. After adjusting the slide bars, the loco has settled down and runs well.
To improve electrical reliability, I have added pickups and jumper wires to a 5 plank tender wagon, common for colliery locos in Ayrshire. Finally some crew (selfportrait  courtesy of ModelU) and a Digitrains Zimo sound chip and sugar cube speaker. Name plates are custom etches from Narrow Planet.
Say hello to Arkwright….



DRD transfers

22 Mar

A major gap in the model transfer market has up until this year been dry run down numerals for locos and stock. The previous supplier of choice, Replica Railways have had to stop manufacture and their stocks ran out a while back. Whilst I have some for BR blue diesels left, I had none for DMUs or coaches. I have been lucky to have some custom rub down transfers made by a new entrant to the hobby, Alex @ DRD Transfers These are for my DMU fleet which I applied to the 108 tonight.
They are very high quality and went onto the model very nicely. I have given a coat of varnish so can now sit back and admire them. They will also mean the 108 will be running at Ally Pally this weekend with numbers (it’s a Kingmoor based set, M50956 and M56238). Next up will be the 101 but I have other more serious plans for that model before I need numbers!!

I’m a very satisfied customer and will be buying more of these for locos.

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