First set of photos of Darstaed 44cm scale length British Railways Mk1 coaching stock. BR Western Region, BR Midland Region and BR Blue and Grey will be be ideal running mates for the new Warship diesel. These coaches will have fine scale type wheels so they’ll be ideal for running with Golden Age Models’ Merchant Navy class locomotives. … Read More
Rather splendid ACE Trains BR versions of the Prairie tank locomotive. Look absolutely stunning running with the C/13 Western Region blood and custard coach stock.
And here’s the early crest version in BR black.
In the 90 odd years since Southern Railway’s Atlantic Coast Express (known simply as the ACE) first debuted at Waterloo station at 11.00am on 19 July 1926, the West Country express became one of the nation’s most instantly recognised named trains. It’s a bygone era where magical memories of relaxed holidays in the countryside and by the sea are instantly recounted. … Read More
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I have used Peco flat bottomed code 143 rail for my Ace Trains and using individual components have added a third rail. The conversion of Peco points is a little more complicated as the connections to the frog and wing rails have to be disconnected and fed out to independent relays so that two or three rail may be used.
We’re running ACE Trains on Peco’s superb O gauge two rail track. ACE wheels have a back to back of 27.5 mm with slightly reduced flange depths than other coarse model railway manufacturers. This makes them suitable for most proprietary two and three rail track types. This includes angular and tubular tinplate style three rail track together with Peco fine scale codes 124 bullhead, 143 flatbottom and coarse scale SM 32 two rail track. … Read More
We’re attending lots of events and meetings this year. Purbeck Model Railway Group meets the first Friday of the month. See you next Friday, 5th February 2016, at the layout at Washingpool Manor Farm, Swanage.
Morning Departure at Paddington for Cornwall
The ‘Cornish Riviera’ was a long-established premier West Country service dating from early years of 20th century that ran from London Paddington to Penzance. In 2015 a form of the Cornish Riviera is still provided by First Great Western’s HSTs and despite the bland homogenised era of train travel onboard train dining still exists. … Read More
The North Sea Crossings
The southern part of the North Sea was always an extremely important trade crossing between Britain and the Continent. Harwich since the early 18th century had always maintained a role as a packet station for mail and passenger transport to and from the Netherlands. A new port, railway station and hotel was built in 1883 by the Great Eastern Railway (GER) on reclaimed marshland at Ray Farm a mile to the west of Harwich. … Read More
Today we launched our brand new website where you’re able to access the best of vintage-style O gauge ready-to-run model railways. One of the unique features we’ve achieved is to divide everything according to railway era so you’ll be able to link different manufacturers and products together by the period they actually appeared and with a clear understanding of the history. … Read More
Channel ports had been linked by rail on both sides of the water since the 1840s but a journey between London and Paris would have taken the best part of a half a day in the mid-19th century. Better propelled and faster steamers together with speedier trains operated by the South Eastern Railway (SER) and London, Chatham & Dover Railway (LCDR) – ultimately leading to the formation of the SECR management committee in 1899 – had cut this almost in half in the years before WWI. … Read More
All Aboard the Night Ferry
Few luxury trains evoke such passions as the Night Ferry – a train service that linked London and Paris and in time several other European destinations – making it Britain’s only truly international train. Night Ferry conjured many different images but encapsulated it was extremely comfortable, elegant and simply the most convenient and civilised way of travelling between Europe’s pre-eminent cities without the need to travel by day. … Read More
Pullman Travel on the London to Brighton Line
The Brighton Belle became one of the world’s best known and loved trains. Yet when it commenced service in 1934, the 53 mile (82 kilometer) line between London and Brighton had had a Pullman service for the best part of fifty years. Somehow, Brighton seemed to be an odd location to select a route for the country’s first frequent and truly luxury train. … Read More