It’s a week today that Shelfie2 will go to its first exhibition in completed state. Larkrail is a really nice one day show at the eastern end of Bath. It’s a show I look forward to, quite the trip for me, but always worth it. If you’re in the area do put it in the diary, you won’t be disappointed, particularly of you like light and branch line railways.
See you there!
This came up on a Facebook memory thing, and being eight years old it intrigued me to re-read it. I did, and it brought a wry grin, (or it may have been wind), to my face.
In the above post, I mused about the introduction of OO finescale track, there was much foaming going on about what and who should produce it, without any co-ordinated approach on the way forward. Step forward eight (OMG!) years and today we have the Peco Bullhead range, with the recent introduction of their crossings and slips. I’m pretty certain that the range was already in development at the time of the original posting, allowing for normal lead times too.
I thought in the above post that before we saw ‘finescale’ OO track I’d have built a model of Dursley. Well…. Shelfie 2 sits upon the baseboard that was earmarked for Dursley, but it does have some of the Peco Bullhead track on it! However Shelfie 3 in the header picture uses the new ‘finescale’ track entirely.
By bizarre coincidence while talking about the footprint on Shelfie1 in that post, I mentioned TT, and this month in the man cave, there’s TT track! On the interweb there was and is plenty of comments about how this TT should, or shouldn’t be done at all, parallels with the 2014 comments about finescale OO track.
The world moves in mysterious ways!
This probably looks like a boring old bit of flexitrack on first glance for Peco’s new TT track range, and yup, it’s 12mm gauge flexible track. End of story surely! However it does deserve a closer look.
There are two things immediately of note, the shape of the rail ends, (above), and the rigidity of the track. The rail is Peco’s Code 55 section. This in 1:120 (TT scale), is equivalent to a typical British Rail 113lb flat bottom rail.
The track represents wooden sleeper track with BR1 rail fixings, for both the flexible track and points. The same rail section is used in the points.
The rail has a web at its base that allows it to be threaded through the sleepers giving a firm foundation for the tracks.
The key reason for the track rigidity is apparent once it’s turned over. Not only is the rail itself quite rigid, but the webbing underneath the sleepers is rigid on one side. The opposite side has breaks every four sleepers. I do like this idea, it’ll make laying straight track easier, with no degradation of the practicality of cutting webs to make a curved section. One thing I did find interesting was that there are no blind holes in the flexi track base for drilling track pins, but there are in the points.
Rail joiners for this track are Peco SL-310, already in the Peco range, and to assist joining sections, spare sleepers are also available.
For the ends of sidings Peco provide a simple four part plastic kit for buffer stops in a bullhead rail section.
This kit took a couple of minutes to put together, fixed with polystyrene cement. The sleeper depth automatically allows alignment with the flexible track and points.
In the next TT post I’ll take a more detailed look at the Unifrog medium left and right hand points, these few weeks a bit of a track overdose, not only do I have the TT range to look at there’s more for the OO bullhead range, and O gauge set track to try out!
Not so much ’high moral standards’ (though Peco have always been decent coves in my experience), but virtuous, as in very much in the way of a good thing. That’s the immediate impression on opening the TT laser cut wooden kits from Peco
These, Signal Box LK-12100, are kits that grab your attention on opening, the Country station building kit LK-12101 does exactly the same! The signal box above has me wanting to build it right now, (work prevents me from doing so).
Clean cut and easy to follow instructions give the impression this will be a pleasure to build. If it’s anything like the Highland 4mm scale signal box kit, the initial appearance bodes well.
The detail particularly on the stonework of the station building is intriguing , and it’ll be fascinating to see how that translates once it’s painted.
The physical size of them already has me thinking about forced perspective modelling in 4mm scale, an entrancing prospect!
This is literally my first look at the new Peco TT scale products. The first thing that strikes me, as a former (environment officer), in a very good way is the packaging, 100% recyclable!
As we can see it’s not a ‘bling’ shiney look, and I think that’s a bold and commendable decision on Peco’s part. It does make sense, as modellers once we’ve laid track, made a building kit, the packaging is superfluous, so in todays world being able to recycle it easily is very much on trend, and on message.
I’ve one of each of the medium points, they use the Unifrog system, so work as either ‘dead’ or ‘live’ frog straight from the pack. The construction of them will be familiar to anyone who’s used the streamline range in other scales, and over the next day or so I’ll take a proper look at the first launch items, and I’m genuinely excited by the prospect!
In a, ‘Does what it says on the tin’ kind of way, this book pretty much does that. This is a new Transport Treasury album that covers diesels that are withdrawn, and closed lines, so this book is very much a throwback to the era of the images it contains.
Compiled and written by Evan Green-Hughes the book is 112 pages with entirely monochrome illustrations. The print and paper quality are excellent, with good layout and well written captions.
The eras covered encompass early green 1950’s up to the very early blue period with a handful of ‘double arrow’ images. The images have been selected from the extensive Transport Treasury archives, and very few have been previously published. This alone makes the book worth buying, the reproduction values are excellent with good contrast, detail and clarity. There are a few images which aren’t as sharp as the others but their interest value overrides the offset in quality.
All regions are covered, and there is to my mind a slight bias towards the eastern regions. Perhaps not a big surprise as with closed lines and varieties of withdrawn motive power there’s rich pickings there. Content of the images is good, a variety of styles with plenty of background and ancillary details to pick up on. The layout of the book is tidy and some images are printed in landscape format which I particularly like, and those that are, are well chosen.
It’s certainly a book worth taking for modellers as well as the enthusiast perspective. Most images cover the steam infrastructure and D&E power, which for me offers plenty of interest. In summary it’s a book that for me will be a regular read, primarily for the variety and quality of the images. My only question is may we have a volume 2 please?, perhaps with a more varied geographical coverage and into the 70’s and 80’s.
If the answers yes, the cheques in the post!
This book was purchased from Bill Hudson Transport Books
Yup it’s a product plug!
I’ve been fortunate enough to have a content preview and if you follow James’ work, this blog, Geoff Forster’s or Chris Mears’ and many of the other on the blog roll here, you won’t be disappointed with it. No ISBN number or price yet, so keep your eyes open, but a hard copy will definitely be on my bookshelf !
Please don’t forget as you join your local interweb cake and arse party, that to participate you need to ignore the following;
UK mainstream 7mm RTR doesn’t exist, there’s no market for it.
UK mainstream 009 RTR doesn’t exist, there’s no market for it.
Please ignore there’s a big enough European market for Mainstream manufacturers to make TT 1:120 RTR locomotives and stock.
Please ignore there’s a bigger market in 1:120 scale outside of the Uk, and potentially in it, than there is in the defunct RTR 3mm TT scale.
Please ignore this is unlikely to affect the 3mm society or the cottage industry that supplies it. They’ve been going since the 1960’s without mainstream RTR support .
Please ignore customer’s like choice. Not everyone is nailed to one scale/gauge for their entire life.
Please ignore rational thought processes, especially the one about this demonstrating the overall health of the hobby. I don’t think there was a ‘Friends’ episode where Ross tried to explain to Joey why corporations make stuff, perhaps they missed out with that.
Finally please moan like **** about this taking manufacturing slots for all that 4mm stuff that’s late, that you weren’t going to buy anyway. Also don’t forget to mention that you have no interest in buying these products.
Suitably primed, please enter the interweb responsibly…
Twelve hours To foamathon 22. Sounds exciting!