Tag Archives: RMRG

A fitting curtain call for Eskmuir…. what next?

25 Nov

So a long but excellent weekend with Eskmuir at Warley MRC show at the NEC is now over and with it the final exhibition for the layout. As the headline back in 2014, we have lived the dream, working turntable and all.

So what’s next for Eskmuir? Well it is still for sale so does a second life still beckon? Will it continue to Live the Dream and entertain and delight?

eBay Listing

Hattons Barclay

23 Jun

Day 1 of the Perth show has been the perfect opportunity to fine tune and test run the new Hattons Barclay.

I had completed the conversion to EM and fitted extra pick ups but when bench testing, the gears had gone out of mesh. The motor isn’t fixed in place other than a push fit into the chassis block so it has plenty of scope to rock and demesh.

To cure this, I have inserted a blob of blue tack on top of the motor which then presses against the inside top of the boiler.

Once this was proved to work, a trip to the Digitrains stand secured a 6 pin Zimo 622 (as sound files not yet available). I shortened the pins to ensure a tight fit in the 6 pin socket and clearance to slot back into the body.

Once reassembled and given some running in, it was introduced to the layout. It drew quite a few comments and admiring glances from the crowd (and other exhibitors).

Next and final step is a 5 plank coal tender with pickups and a sound chip.

Railex Aylesbury 2018

25 May

It’s May Bank holiday so it’s time for Railex Aylesbury presented by Risborough and District MRC.

Railex Poster

This year the show has been invaded by northerners with three EM layouts from Rochdale MRG (other northerners are also exhibiting rather nice layouts too).


North Ballachulish

Hebble Vale

The 54th Rochdale Model Railway Exhibition

4 Apr

HARKNESS will be on show at:

The 54th Rochdale Model Railway Exhibition

Sat 7th April 2018 – Sun 8th April 2018

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

RMRG website

Ally Pally and Hebble Vale

24 Mar

My turn as a punter today and it’s Ally Pally. A good show with some fine and interesting layouts collected by Nick and the MRC this year. Fellow Rochdale modeller, Karl Crowther is showing Hebble Vale, an EM masterpiece of Blue diesel West Yorkshire.

I made a day of it and sampled some new track and old stock, now in their final days, the class 313 from Moorgate to Ally Pally. Good to see NSE branding survives over 30 years since launch.

Southampton MRS exhibition 30/31st Jan 2016

26 Jan

This weekend is the Southampton MRS exhibition. Kirkmellington will be on show along with Eskmuir and a contingent of Rochdale MRGs finest.


Southampton Model Railway Society



Rochdale MRG show 2015 – 11th & 12th April

28 Mar

It is now only 2 weeks until the 51st Rochdale MRG exhibition, being held again this year at The Coach House, Lodge Street, Littleborough, Lancashire OL15 9AE

Sat 11th April 2015 – Sun 12th April 2015
OPENING TIMES: SAT 10am-4.30pm, SUN 10am-4.30pm
ADMISSION: Adults £3.00

The free to download show guide is now available:

Rochdale MRG 2015 show guide


RMRG website

DRD Transfers

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My Finescale Workbench

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Padgate Works

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