STROLEY INTERNATIONAL

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My latest updates may be read from the top of this page ....

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This is an Ongoing Project - More Updates Soon.

LINKS are in YELLOW

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10 - 08 - 11.

 Having been asked a few times recently to video my stock of Class 50s

.... probably because they didn't think I have 36 of them!! ....

I have succumbed but compromised by photographing them all on the stock shelf.

They are in numerical order too from left to right ... D400 thru to 50050.

 The  top shelf comprises my Era "D" stock and includes Classes 20, 31, 35, 37, 42, 44, 47 and 52.

 That evidence can be seen in the following four photos.

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26 - 07 - 11.

It has been a month or so since my last layout update.  In the interim I have not been resting on my laurels.

I have now completed my working / operational timetable for Era "E".  I have composed 434 individual train movements for this era which is similar to the other completed timetables.

As my Eras "D" & "E" are set between the 70s and early 90s, I am going to compose the working / operational timetable for Erac "D" next, as much of the stock that is already on the layout for Era "E" is duplicated in Era "D".

I have altered my stock box system for my locos.  The original system didn't work satisfactorily, so I now keep Eras "D" & "E" together in numerical class order.  For these two eras mentioned, I have twelve loco only stock boxes which house nine locos in each.  The locos I use in these two eras won't be used in the other four eras and vice versa. That will make things a lot easier when trying to find locos to use in the appropriate era.

The twelve boxes for Eras "D" & "E," (and if you look closely enough you can see the loco numbers in my collection) are stacked in the photo below.

The photo looks blurred, but it is just the PC colours I have used.

As a reminder, these stock boxes came from

GREENWOODS STOCK BOXES

(a. k. a:- BOXES DIRECT of NOTTINGHAM)
Fifty flat packed boxes in which to store my stock in their fixed rakes (locos separate).
The ones I have bought will store ten items upright and nine items that are Mk.3 carriages or vehicles similar in length like Pendolino / Voyager coaches.
These boxes have the Ref. No:- SDC4000015 and measure L: 400 x W: 315 x H: 65mm.
The price, including VAT (at 20%) and delivery (which at £13.78 is a scandalous daylight robbery!) makes each box £1.25 when purchasing between 50 & 99 boxes.
There is a sliding scale of charges.
The cardboard quality is OK but ithe boxes are not as strong as others on offer that are endorsed by Bachmann which I understand are £6 each.

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I have also built and fitted another shelf to further aid the storage of the loco stock that is being used in the current operating session.  It is the same size as the previous shelf and has been appropriately positioned below the first and above the main fiddle yard as seen in the photo below.

 I have also finished off the three or four "cosmetic" items that I hadn't completed when I announced that I had finished the layout.  The most visible item being the back to the cutting in the country scene.  That stood out like a sore thumb from the shed door but now blends in as it has been painted black.

I have also made up another set of loads for my Bachmann Bolster wagons.

I have cut to length various offcuts of flexi track that I had lying around and made them up into new wagon loads.  I’ve managed to make up five loads of track stacked three high and I’ve secured the sections together with cut down coloured sticky tape strips to be the “anchors.”

Three stacks of wooden sleeper and two stacks of concrete track have been used.

LATEST ACQUISITIONS

No locos / units / wagons have arrived for a while but ...

Thanks to my chum Matt ...

( his website ILKESTON ROAD can be found by clicking this link )

 ... he knew of my fondness for 00-gauge EDDIE STOBART lorries and that I had been after one (or more) of these for years in this scale.

Matt had found these on the Stobart website and passed me the link to their shop where I found their limited edition lorries in 00-gauge.  Two days later, two lorries had arrived; one in their green house colours and one, the refrigeration units, in their white house colours.

They both are now stuck in traffic on the arched bridge, heading in opposite directions for separate warehouses at which to deliver their loads in the Stroley area..

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22 - 06 - 11.

MY

LATEST ACQUISITION

37003, Currently masquerading in Dutch livery as 37360

on the Mid Norfolk Railway, is owned by the

CLASS 37 LOCO GROUP.

This group has commissioned Bachmann to produce a 00-gauge model of their loco.

After a wait of over eighteen months for this to come to fruition,

the model has finally arrived.

Unfortunately for me, my model must have been produced last thing on a Friday afternoon

as it has to go back for replacement.  The slow-running qualities are below par and,

coming from "under the bonnet," are sounds like somebody winding a clock.

I eagerly await the replacement.

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13 - 06 - 11

One of the Main Events each year on the Model Railway Exhibition calendar is the

DEMU SHOWCASE at Burton-upon-Trent.  This year was no exception.

On Saturday 11th June, I arrived at the Burton Town Hall just in time to be ushered to the other side of the road whilst the whole of the Town Hall disgorged due to the fire alarm going off.  After twenty minutes or so, the local Fire Brigade gave the "all clear" and we were ushered back into the building.

Just between you and me ... I think somebody had burned the toast!!

Another entertaining all modern image exhibition that had four stand out layouts for me.

ABERDEEN KIRKHILL T&RSD

NORTHOLT INTERNATIONAL

BATTERSBY NORTH END

GLENROTHES NORTH JUNCTION

 These and other highlights can be seen in the montage that follows.

 ABERDEEN KIRKHILL T&RSD (both)

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ARNOLD LANE (left) .... GLENROTHES NORTH JUNCTION (right)

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 BATTERSBY NORTH END (both)

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 PETERS STREET STATION (left) .... THE WAGON WORKS (right)

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 NORTHOLT INTERNATIONAL (both)

The four layouts singled out above have their own photo pages

available by clicking their links above.

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LATEST ACQUISITIONS

Purchased at the DEMU SHOWCASE are the following:-

HORNBY (R3045) CLASS 73, 73202 DAVE BERRY

in the very colourful livery of Gatwick Express.


Also released very recently from C=RAIL are the refrigerated containers for the intermodal workings.

4mm Ready-to-Run of MAERSK & MOL "Reefer" Containers are now available.

I have purchased just one of the white refrigerated MAERSK containers.

The photos show the amount of detailing these units have now.

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