Chris Leigh, Consultant Editor
My layout has been busy! It has been an unusually hectic few weeks since school restarted for the autumn term. With three grandchildren at school now, ‘Granddad Trains’ has been called upon for various child-minding and school pick-up duties. As a result, Charlotte (5) has learned to use a DCC controller, and a lengthy Canadian freight train has had a lot of use. On the inner circuit, which is British outline, I’ve done lots of test-running. I had Kernow’s ‘O2’ 0-4-4T propelling the same company’s LSWR ‘gate stock’ coaches for a prolonged test. The same vehicles were then entrusted to Oxford Rail’s ‘Dean Goods’ 0-6-0 for half an hour’s running-in, which turned out to be two and a half hours because I forgot about it! I had two Dapol Class 122s that I had ‘chipped’ running on ‘Polwyddelan’, and then the Dapol streamlined railcar arrived. The highlight, however, was when Richard Foster handed me the Model Rail/rapido Trains ‘J70’ engineering prototype, with the words, “Would you like to give it a run?” Well, I started with half a dozen vans, as the ‘J70s’ on the Upwell line hauled mainly fruit vans. Gradually the load was increased until I had to start opening boxes of banana vans, as these were the only vans which I possess in quantity. I’m happy to report that the ‘J70’ was just about on its limit with 30 vans in tow on 3ft 6in radius curves. Test passed with flying colours!
Modelling hours: Dozens! Note to self: Make time to plan for Christmas.
A ‘banana train from the Fens’ passes through Bolventor station. How do you like my repainted Hornby Skaledale footbridge?