Category Archives: Retro modelling

Restricted route availablility

Anyone turning up for the early evening service from Grande to Centrales might be surprised to find what looks like a freight train standing at the platform. However, at the rear of the train is a large caboose fitted with … Continue reading

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Shrinking violets

There are several locos on the FCPyF which are seldom photographed, either because their duties keep them away from the public’s gaze or because they’re just not photogenic! Plymouth diesel #6 is a prime instance of this. Function over form, … Continue reading

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Arrivals

A recent foray onto a well known auction site resulted in a job lot of vintage O scale models. Of the three only one was originally intended for use on the FCPyF, the other two being slated for disposal elsewhere. … Continue reading

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An old flame rekindled

A long, long, long time ago I saw a Tri-ang model (OK, toy) Budd RDC in a shop window. At the time I thought it was an odd looking train, but I’ve always liked the unusual. That was my first flirtation with … Continue reading

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Cuarto platforms

I fell asleep, as usual, in front of the telly last night and woke up at 3.30am to find that the dog had been ill. Nice! After cleaning up the mess I was wide awake so I gave Cuarto de … Continue reading

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Electrickery

A friend has been debating the advantages/otherwise of DCC over analogue control. He’s uncertain about how to wire his layout for analogue but having difficulties getting his locos to run reliably with witchcraft. There’s really nothing complicated about low voltage wiring for … Continue reading

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Waiting for the dust to settle

Many modellers these days think the only way to achieve anything is by throwing money at it. This may suit them but I cannot afford to buy expensive materials, especially not for scenery on a layout the size of the … Continue reading

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