Category Archives: Toy train chit chat

Pheonix Yard – revisited

After having a play on the FCPyF this morning I set about digging Phoenix Yard out from under the junk it has accumulated over the past year or so. The layout has not suffered much damage during its period of … Continue reading

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Cause and effect.

When something goes wrong on the railway it is seldom in isolation. There was a new driver on the overnight freight and passenger from San Fernandez last night. This railcar working runs freight only to Resurreccion then waits there to … Continue reading

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One more?

Phoenix Yard has been sat on the garage floor acting as a dumping ground for bits and pieces that “might come in useful one day” (AKA “why didn’t I just throw that junk away years ago”) stuff. The 1/12th scale … Continue reading

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Out of gauge

  The FCPyF’s carriage and wagon department have been in communication with a British 2ft gauge railway regarding the purchase of two four wheeler coaches, to be converted to 2’6″ gauge before entering service in Sierra Oculta. One of them … Continue reading

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Not to scale

I’m not, by any stretch of the imagination, a “finescale” modeller. The FCPyF has rolling stock ranging from the 1:50 railbuses, through 1:48 for the Bachmann stuff to 1:43 for the German coaches. I don’t have a problem with this … Continue reading

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More TLC

I wrote in Green and black about restoring a couple of old Tri-ang locos, their owner has asked me if I could do a similar job with a Blue Pullman motor bogie. Electrically this is as simple a restoration as the … Continue reading

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Short train Sunday

Sunday, even in the Marxist republic of Sierra Oculta, is respected as the sabbath day. This means fewer staff are at work on the railway and railcars rule the roost. The first train of the day is actually classed as … Continue reading

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