It was with some guilt and embarrassment that I had, at the last minute, to pull out from exhibiting at the Basingstoke and North Hants MRS exhibition last March due to illness. I am now pleased to advise confirmation of Fisherton Sarum attending next years show on 8th /9th March 2014 instead.
I am very much looking forward to making amends with attendance at their show next year, Basingstoke is of course on the same ex LSWR / Southern South West mainline as Salisbury. The Steam shed at Basingstoke was also of the same turn of the century LSWR design style as Salisbury along with Eastleigh and Plymouth Friary. Therefore Fisherton Sarum should feel quite at home at this show and my exhibition diary page on here has also been updated to reflect this addition to the list of shows that Fisherton Sarum will be attending.
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My recent Controlling Interests #5 recent modifications completed…and working post included an update on the Model Railway Electronic Group (MERG) turntable control unit that with the grateful help of fellow HWDMRS member Mark Riddoch I am now using to drive the turntable on Fisherton Sarum.
The purpose of this #5-xtra post is to demonstrate how the operation now looks via the short video I have put together below, enjoy:
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In my previous Controlling Interest posts I have discussed changes being made to a number of layout control items on Fisherton Sarum. For the last number of weeks the layout has been set up in its entirety at my local Model Railway Society , the High Wycombe and District MRS (whom have a nice new website also worth taking a look at..) initially to enable a photoshoot for a future magazine article to take place along with preparation for its planned appearance at the Basingstoke show. Unfortunately, due to ill health I was unable to attend this show (but is now booked to attend next years show instead) and the layout has stayed at the Society Rooms enabling it to be running at this Saturday’s HWDMRS open day and also means it can fully prepared before its visit to the Hornby magazine exhibition at Hartlepool in July.
This prolonged period of having the layout set up has enable a number of items of work to be carried including:
There are two working LSWR lattice post signals on Fisherton Sarum, built from Model Signal Engineering components, based on two actual signals at Salisbury. These will be the subject of a View from the line post in the future, but I have recently repaired the east end bracket signal that was damaged at the last show and both have had their paintwork touched up.
Remote Signal Operation
Before the last show I attended I added a third controller to the set up so that each fiddle yard operator can now drive trains towards them, whilst the third controller allows shunting the shed area to be carried out. This balances the workload between each yard operator, and to enhance this further I have now added a remote signal switch to each of the fiddle yard indicator panels to allow them to operate the approach signal at their end without having to move across to the main control panel. This is controlled by a ‘Local/Remote’ switch on the main panel, this provides an interlock to ensure that only the panel or fiddle yard switches can operate the signals at any one time. After a bit of head scratching and the addition of a couple of diodes in the circuit this is now fully functional.
As per my Controlling Interest#2 Turning Tables post with the grateful help of fellow HWDMRS member Mark Riddoch the Turntable is now controlled by a Model Railway Electronic Group (MERG) turntable control unit. After initial installation there appeared to have been an issue with the counter clockwise alignment (to take up any slack when turning counter clockwise the MERG unit is designed to rotate past the selected track and then move clockwise back for final alignment) this has now been identified as being due to a small amount of slip in the connector joining the turntable drive shaft and the output shaft from the gearbox and this has now revised and I am pleased to say the turntable rotation and alignment is now quiet smooth and accurate in both directions.
In addition to the above I have also carried out a general touch up of the scenery in some places and paid attention to some of the track joins to improve running.
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The third and final series of Bulleid’s Merchant Navy Pacifics were not introduced until after the formation of British Railways in the Autumn of 1948. As a result they were numbered immediately into the new BR numbering series 35021 to 35030 but still initially appeared in malachite green whilst British Railways developed their own new livery schemes.
35021 once paired to her 6000 gallon tender in lined malachite green with lettering in British Railways Gills Sans.
The locomotives were built at Eastleigh and five of the first seven were finished before the completion at Brighton of their 6000 gallon tenders and were introduced into service paired with Bullied Light Pacfiic tenders, either 5500 gallon (35021/22/24) or 4500 gallon (35026/27) versions for a few months.
35022 looks a little strange in unlined malachite green, paired to a 5500 Gallon Light Pacific tender with names plates covered. Note also the mismatch of letting styles between loco and tender.
During this period of time they were finished in unlined malachite and had there nameplates fitted but covered up with wooden protective boards. Once coupled to their proper tenders they there finished in fully lined malachite although the lettering style varied between BR Gills Sans or ex Southern Sunshine style depending on when the 6000 gallon tenders were available.
35023 entered service from new with its correct 6000 gallon tender and was lettered in Southern Sunshine style.
My models illustrated here have been built from Millholme models white metal kits although the tender paired to 35022 is a repainted Hornby 5500 gallon tender. Numbers 35021 and 35022 are nearing completion and left the workbench for the first time during the recent bank Holiday weekend and join the ever growing fleet some more of which can be found on my very first Talking Stock post here. 35023 completed a while ago (although still requires a couple more details added) is shown here also as a further livery variation example.
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The results of the 2013 MREmag and RMweb annual wish list poll has today been announced.
The poll provides a simple way for modellers and collectors alike to inform the major manufacturers and commissioners of ready-to-run railway models what they would like to see made from new tooling in N and 00 gauges.
Southern models featured well in both scales particularly in 00 with 5 out of the top ten steam locos and 7 of the the top 12 being: the Adams Radial (3rd), S15 (4th), 700 Class (5th), U class (7th) and H2 Atlantic (10th) . The often requested original air smoothed Merchant Navy was 12 after the H Class tank in 11th. Southern Region’s class 71 and 74 were 2nd and third respectfully in the diesel and electric category. Whilst Southern coaching stock did not feature so highly the SR 6 Wheel milk tank was top of the non-passenger carrying coaching stock with the Gangwayed bogie luggage van 3rd. In the freight category the ex SECR 25t brake van came top with SR cattle wagon to dia 1529/1530 3rd and the Dia 1478 banana van in 6th. All of the above items also finished in the overall top 50.
In N gauge a Lord Nelson polled 3rd with surprisingly, considering Dapol have already announced their planned release, an original air smoothed Bulleid light pacific was in 6th. An S15 was 9th and rebuilt Merchant Navy in 10th. As in 00 the gangwayed bogie luggage van and the ex SECR 25T brake van also polled highly in 4th and 3rd respectively.
Over the last number of years that the poll has being run a number of the top voted items have subsequently been manufactured or announced. So although there is not a guarantee that winning models will be produced it does potentially increase the likelihood. It is known that manufacturers / commissioning retailers do take account of these results in when considering their future plans and some I know are already under consideration.
The full results can be found via the MREmag site here:
2013 Poll Results – OO Summaries (including the Top 50)
2013 Poll Results – OO by category
2013 Poll Results – N Summaries (including the Top 50)
2013 Poll Results – N by category
2013 Poll Results – N & OO Age Groups, Eras and Thank yous
So many thanks to you all whom voted Southern this year and lets look forward to a few more Southern / Southern Region models appearing in the coming years.
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The past week has seen a little flurry of correspondence regarding Fisherton Sarum’s travels. It was due to make an appearance at the British Railway Modelling Magazine’s Festival of Model Railways at Peterborough East of England Showground this coming October but to assist with the balance of layouts attending I have agreed to now attend the 2014 show instead. This will be held in the same location but on the 18th /19th October 2014.
I have also provisionally booked to exhibit at next years Watford Finescale Exhibition on the 15th / 16th February 2014 at the Parmiters School, High Elms Lane, Garston, Watford. WD25 0UU. Once this is fully confirmed I will advise further.
This does mean that the last chance this year to see Fisherton Sarum is at the Hornby Magazine Live Exhibition on 13th / 14th July 2013 being held at Hartlepool College of Further Education
Details of all my show appearances either with Fisherton Sarum or assisting others can be found here on my updated Exhibition Diary page.
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The Southern Railway following on from its constituents made use of Pull Push sets across the network and this practice carried on well into British Railways Southern Region days. Other railways companies also made of such although they were often also known as autocoach, motor coach or push pull sets on these other railways. Originally many of the units were converted from either ex steam railmotors, following early pre grouping experiments that found them to be inflexible and often under powered, and a mix of converted pre-grouping coaches.
Set 734 heads west past the shed at Fisherton Sarum
The main topic of this post are the nine Pull Push sets converted from ex LSWR 46′ 6″ Emigrant corridor stock in 1942/3 that created sets 731 to 739. The sets comprised of a Driving Brake Third and a Composite and they retained their corridor connection between the two coaches. Although converted at the same time there were differences between the sets: sets 731 to 4 were identical, sets 735/7 had a slightly different Brake Third, sets 738/9 shared the same style Brake Third as sets 735/7 but with a different style of composite; confusing I know! The sets were widely travelled over all three sections of the Southern network and survived until 1959/1961.
Set 734 arrives at Ashland
My model of Set 734 that appears on Fisherton Sarum from time to time, and occasionally Hornby Magazine’s Ashland is a Northstar Models built set. Unfortunately Northstar Models that manufactured a number of limited ready to run ex LSWR coaches are no longer available. They were a Christmas present to myself a few years ago now.
Kernow Model Centre has commissioned the ex LSWR ‘Gate Stock’ Pull Sets numbers 363, 373/4 to be produced and hopefully these will make an appearance in early 2014, further details can be found here.
The Southern Region also created 20 Pull Push sets from late 1959 to mid 1960 as replacements for earlier Push Pull sets of SR and pre-grouping design. They consisted of two Maunsell vehicles, an ex-diagram 2403 BCK and an ex diagram 2005 SO. These sets have now been produced by Hornby and my review can read here, they do not run on Fisherton Sarum as they outside my usual 1946 to 1949 modelling period.
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