Wordless Wednesday: On the track…


Looking through Heath Hill tunnel towards Little Lawley. Who is that sartorially challenged gentlemen clasping a book?




Today I’ve done a bit of work on the landscape at Little Lawley. I’ve decided to experiment and have used floral foam. It’s lightweight, easy to shape and easy to cut. The next step is to paper mache over the top and paint it before applying static grass and other green scenic items.

Brown Toad…


Today, in an effort to do some actual modelling, has seen me paint my Toad. Formerly an Acton, GWR grey, it is now bauxite, in keeping with the TSR’s version.

I’ve used Humbrol acrylic (no 70) and brush painted. It’s taken well and the few areas where the coverage isn’t perfect don’t overly matter as some weathering will take care of them.

I do want to add the Wellington R. U. letters and any other relevant signs as well – they’ll have to be a custom job I think.


Finally, here’s a quick shot just to check how things look overall on Little Lawley. Quite happy if I’m honest, but as Mr Portillo will have quite a climb to get on any carriage currently, I’m thinking the platform should be my next job.



The humble Peco buffer stop. I’d been toying with some fancier versions but decided I could do some proper modelling using these as the starting point. A few cuts here and there, followed by a whisp of primer and I had the above.


Next up, using the photo in an old Heritage Railway magazine for reference, came the painting. Burnt umber, red, black and an off white did the trick. I want to weather lightly, then varnish them using matt varnish, just to stop the paint flaking.


Finally, a test fit. Excuse the poor light (iPhone camera in hazy artificial light) but overall I’m pretty pleased with how they’ve turned out.

Next, track laying and ballast!

Hitting the buffers…


Whilst researching the Telford Steam Railway and the Lawley Village extension I found the news archive part of the site. There are lots of articles about the building of the extension which have already been very useful.

My current project is the two buffer stops. I’ve started work on them (cutting them where required and priming them – a blog post will appear when they are done) and was looking to confirm the details of them. This post, (click to follow the link) has shown plenty of details I’ll want to include, not least the landscaping, which will need to be slightly risen on both sides. Even the photo I’ve featured above shows a detail – the kick board at the bottom of the fencing, in case you’re wondering – I’d not noticed previously.

Plenty to do, then.

Now you see me…



A quick modelling project saw me tackle the Foden’s lorry and the GWR Toad with nail varnish remover. I wanted to lose the markings (Pickfords and Acton, respectively). Two minutes per item and all was done.

The Toad will be in use on Little Lawley. The Foden lorry was intended for it but I don’t see space for it. I have a hankering to try something new and I’m considering a (very) small 009 layout which the lorry would work well on.

We’ll see.

Hopping mad…


The left hand insulfrog (apologies for the tenuous link to this posts photo but Superfrog was a little trip down memory lane for me) point I ordered arrived on Thursday (amazing service by Track Shack, incidentally, as it was ordered on Wednesday afternoon). I wasted no time cutting the track and clipping everything together.

I plugged the controller in, placed Wilbert in the ‘tunnel’ and out he came, cab-first, chuffing gallantly and proudly towards the point, which was set to go on the siding. He tackled the point blade with ease and then…

Stutter. Stall.

A quick prod got him going again. This time, going forwards, the point was no problem at all. So I tried him in reverse again.

Frog. Stutter. Stall. Curse.

Having looked around it seems the issue is Wilbert’s 6 wheel arrangement with short wheel base locks being an issue over insulfrog points.

Can I solve this in any way?

On a micro I think track laying and running needs to be perfect. I’ve relaid the point and track to make it as flat as possible. That seemed to cure the issue going into the siding but left the main line a bit stuttery.

Wiring is not my bag, the thoughts of soldering extra picks ups or extra feeds under the point bring me out in a cold sweat!

Any help would be gratefully received.