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The Pentewan Railway in Cornwall was possibly unique in having three* gauges in its lifetime. Christopher Hawkins built the original rai...

Friday, 2 October 2015

PLR featured in Narrow Gauge and Industrial REVIEW issue 103

My article on the trials and tribulations of getting the PLR to ExpoNG was featured in Narrow Gauge and Industrial REVIEW issue 103

This article was commissioned by Bob Barlow at ExpoNG and it was largely completed and edited just before he fell ill. It is with great sadness that I know it appears in the first issue since his sudden and untimely passing, and I offer it as my personal tribute to him.

NG&I has now reverted back by Roy Link (who was still production editor in the Greystar era) and I have been helping Roy set up a new website and shared admin facilities to help ensure it's continuity in the future.

The website has now gone live at: narrowgaugeandindustrial.co.uk where you can subscribe - and of course buy a back issue of Issue 103

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Standard gauge progress

Since the reassembly back in the loft after ExpoNG I felt I needed a bit of a change so I started work on my ex GWR 2-6-2 prairie no. 5519 from a JLRT kit. This is ScaleSeven of course and I am attempting to use continuous spring beam suspension and split axle pickup. After overcoming several challenges I have got as far as a running chassis but I want to be confident it will work before completing the footplate and body. For this I need some track for it to run on. I then found that the 3 way point I built many years ago is not fit for purpose so I am making another. I fear this may develop into a major focus on the SG before 5519 gets it's body or any further progress on the adjoining NG. However, at least I am back on the interchange yard.

More photos here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/13437403@N03/sets/72157649101140788/