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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1200 on: February 20, 2017, 05:13:49 PM »
Thanks Chris, once the missing films show up, I will post pictures of the train arriving in Perthshire (or Strathearn as I should more accurately say for this part of Perthshire)  :)

As the dust start to settle, some more pertinent details of the events on the night of the gathering are emerging (from very reliable sources), at the heart of which may be a simple mis-understanding by a concerned onlooker and a reputation that preceeded its owner.  Once these can be verified, I shall update the thread with what is known

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1201 on: February 21, 2017, 07:05:09 AM »
I started to close the gaps on the approaches with some additional strips of walling that were in the kit.  need a little bit more work to blend them in & I will fit a bit on the hidden side so that the handrail is not sticking out.  The deer are still grazing :)



The 4F 3848 pulls the landship train past the golf course



The circuit breaker for power district 3 added. I will in time fit a cover to these



And the tie in to the DCC bus bars



D9000 "Royal Scots Grey" picks up a bit of a mixed goods train of "nags & nips" you might say - the nips being at the front, 3 fully loaded shoc vans from the distillery to be delivered to North Cornwall & beyond



Some brewery freight being returned south partially stocked with products from Scotlands oldest distillery, Glenturret in Crieff, which had been a great favourite with the guests at the A4 gathering and along with the Tullibardine malts, they fuelled some very successful meetings with the BRB & the other assembled parties



Some empty stock being returned south for R&R (Refill & Return)



And now the nags at the rear - the various racehourse trainers of Strahearn have combined their needs and have a train running south to take their horses to a variety of spring meetings in England - it just so happens that there was some "foreign" horsebox stock in Crieff that needed returned to the west country.



As well as a gaurds van that was well behind enemy lines :)



 

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1202 on: February 21, 2017, 01:22:56 PM »
And the tie in to the DCC bus bars




Quick question: where did you get these from? I've been looking for something like that with little success.
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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1203 on: February 21, 2017, 01:41:52 PM »
As was mentioned earlier in the week before it, Jim Finch was gutted that he would miss a large part of the A4 gathering celebrations on account of his prize flock of rare breed North Ronaldsay sheep being due to lamb, he was extremely nervous about this as his (already) small flock had been decimated the previous year due to copper poisoning in the lower field (Ted had neglected the drains).  This flock has its ancestry in the small flock that was removed from the Scottish island of the same name in 1974 and has been a labour of love for the farmer since he acquired them as offspring from the original flock that came to the mainland.  On the night in question, his 2 ewes both delivered sets of healthy twins and he was absolutely beside himself with joy, almost kissing the local vet, Euan Tupp.  The vet assured him that all was well and he should get himself off to celebrate, the vet offering to stay and keep an eye on things.

After a quick wash and scrub up, Jim Finch arrived at the gathering beaming from ear to ear, his arrival was noted suspiciously by Giles who was aware of Mr Finch’s fondness for the Chelsea Girls and his desperation to be accepted by them, so he kept an eye on his movements. Some time later and after a fair quantity of drink had been consumend,  He observed him talking excitedly to the local minister and Sofia.  He turned away and resumed his conversation with the barmaid, who moments later, suddenly looked wide eyed across the room, Giles turned to follow her gaze and saw Jim Finch grab Sofia by the wrist and pull her out of the hall towards the exit… That was all Giles needed to see and set off in hot pursuit.. he passed the head butler and thrust his Leica into his hands and shouted, get a picture of that, pointing to the reputation laden farmer fast disappearing with Sofia in tow… when he managed to catch up with them in the car park, he challenged the famer and said “where do you think you are going!”  to which the farmer replied, I have to show Sofia something in my barn …..  he didn’t wait to hear any more, laying Mr Finch out with a swift left, right that Henry Cooper would be proud of.

The minister has since explained that Jim had been talking excitedly about the new lambs, and Sofia had expressed an interest in them, having a soft spot for all baby animals and had not heard of this breed, in the heat of the moment and excitement of his news, he declared excitedly “let me show you, the vet is still up there, you’ll be perfectly safe!” and grabbed her arm before she could answer! 

Jim remembers a brief interaction with a tall gentleman before it all went black!  Waking up the next morning, he was feeling very groggy and after a "sheepish" breakfast, during which he received a lot of glowering looks…. He decided a sharp exit was required, stopping at the chemists in Crieff to drop off the film of his new lambs.  He unexpectedly came across his niece who was behind the counter and she comforted him when she saw his wounds.  As his niece didn’t normally work in that shop (she normally worked for the same pharmacy in Oban), her face was unknown to the other women in the shop, who gleefully soaked up the scene unfolding in front of them of a pretty young woman fawning over the roguish farmer and taking mental notes so that they could pass on all the salient details to Effie McGuire.
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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1204 on: February 21, 2017, 01:59:53 PM »
Hi Tony, I got them from a caravan parts supplier - here is the current link to ebay

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/8-Way-Connector-Neutral-Terminal-F-230v-400v-Busbar-RCD-MCB-Boat-Caravan-Car-Amp-/332132113406?

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1205 on: February 21, 2017, 02:27:35 PM »
Hi Tony, I got them from a caravan parts supplier - here is the current link to ebay

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/8-Way-Connector-Neutral-Terminal-F-230v-400v-Busbar-RCD-MCB-Boat-Caravan-Car-Amp-/332132113406?


Ahh, thanks for that! I might have known - seems caravan parts of various descriptions are useful in layout building. I've already stocked up on blue caravan insulation foam for my scenery.
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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1206 on: February 21, 2017, 09:00:19 PM »
What a lovely twist to the story. The scenery is coming along too. I like it.
You know you're getting older when your mind makes commitments your body can't meet.
https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=40567.0 125x60 and a bit.
https://www.ngaugeforum.co.uk/SMFN/index.php?topic=24101.0 Off on a journey

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1207 on: February 21, 2017, 09:07:30 PM »
Are we going to see some of those North Ronaldsay sheep on your layout?
Hopefully, they will steer clear of the golf course.
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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1208 on: February 21, 2017, 09:10:45 PM »
Sylvia was able to fill in a few of the missing details from the three members of her group. All three were a little 'sheepish' the morning after! The missing details will be supplied in due course.

Unfortunately, Mr. Finch's reputation (and previous behaviour) was too well known for his own good and everyone involved had consumed rather more alcohol than was good for them, even Sofia who, complaining of being cold, was plied with Whisky Macs (on the advice of the solicitous barmaid). There remains the mystery of the missing film(s) but there may well be an explanation for that, too, coming, via Sylvia.

I agree, the scenery is coming along very well indeed, Andrew.

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1209 on: February 21, 2017, 10:20:31 PM »
The missing details

On the long train journey back to North Cornwall, as well as the evening spent in the excellent Birmingham hotel where they all broke their journey South, by talking alone with each of her friends, Sylvia, was able to fill in a few of the missing details.

Mr. Finch had arrived uncharacteristically (in the “Chelsea Girls” experience) late that evening. Thinking that he would not be arriving the “Girls” had rather ‘let down their guard’ and seeing that the worthy local minister from the ‘Wee Kirk' was regaling their Spanish friend with tales from local folklore, they had decided to go up early to wash their hair, handwash some clothes, and enjoy a good sleep in a comfortable bed after the long journey.

Meanwhile Trevelver Castle’s Head Butler and Giles were engaged in earnest conversation with some of the regulars over the respective merits of various malt whiskies and whether or not any water should be added to bring out the aroma and, if so, how much. Naturally, this involved much animated discussion and much recourse to sampling. Giles, in the interest of knowing what to buy for distribution, was trying to keep tasting notes but was finding his ability to write legibly was decreasing worryingly fast.

Lord and Lady Trevelver and their close friends had been invited to dinner with a very good friend from Lord Trevelver's Army days, the local laird, whose excellent grouse moors were justly renowned for their fine shooting.

Suddenly, the two friends heard the bar door bang open and saw none other than Jim Finch burst in looking rather excited. As the Head Butler had his back to Mr. Finch, Giles agreed to keep an eye out for him after checking that Sofia was still enjoying the local minister’s increasingly tall tales for which he was delighted to have found a new audience and a most attentive and attractive one at that! Jim Finch then sat next to the minister, opposite Sofia and tried to join in the conversation but without much success as the clergyman was in full flow and had a deep and powerful voice. Deciding that discretion was the better part of valour, Giles, made his excuses and, carefully, sat on a bar stool and asked for a large glass of water from the amused barmaid who he, rather ineffectively, tried to engage in conversation whilst keeping Jim in view from the corner of his right eye.

There only remains a few minor details to add. Sofia’s skin naturally bruises easily. There was rather less gravel and rather more mud in the car park than might have been expected and, suddenly feeling the rather the worse for wear, the Spanish girl had begun to slip and fall, resulting in Jim grabbing even more tightly her wrist in an effort to steady her. The car park lighting also left much to be desired. Unfortunately, in trying to steady, Sofia, they both slipped and fell with the unfortunate result that, as his eyes adjusted to the dark, Giles saw Jim lying on top of Sofia as they both struggled to their unsteady feet. As Giles ran towards them, he heard his friend who had been running up behind them, suddenly stop and there was a bright flash from the camera as several most incriminating pictures were swiftly taken.

Both men then heard what sounded like a very improper suggestion being made by Jim to Sofia whose left arm was still grabbed in his strong right hand. Being closer, Giles was the one who landed the knockout punch before slipping and almost falling himself. Jim was flat out on the ground and Sofia was swaying next to him. Having pocketed Giles’s Leica, the Head Butler and Giles tried to raise Jim and lean him against one of the granite gate posts. As both were still wearing their smart leather shoes and not their walking boots, they kept slipping on the wet ground and the Head Butler badly grazed one of his hands on the pillar before they, finally, got Jim up right.

Whilst, expertly, the Head Butler checked for signs of any serious injury, Giles helped Sofia back inside the inn and asked the barmaid to call for a taxi before immediately escorting the Spanish girl to her bedroom. After ensuring that there was a large jug of water and a glass on her bedside table, and calling in Sylvia to help her friend get undressed and cleaned up after a brief explanation, Giles quickly left for his room, changed into his pyjamas and bathrobe and went for a quick, hot bath.

After finally placing the still semi-conscious Jim, carefully, into the back seat of the taxi (a not uncommon occurrence for the local taxi man) and telling the driver to be sure that his passenger gave a generous tip, the Head Butler returned to the inn and, avoiding the very curious crowd in the bar by means of the backstairs, also retired to his room to change before walking down the dimly lit corridor to the second of the floor’s two bathrooms to clean up and dress his injured hand.
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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1210 on: February 22, 2017, 06:26:01 AM »
One of the Class 37's (37887) in Petroleum sector livery (I also have 37707 & 37428 in the same livery) that is normally on refinery duties takes charge of a rake of 10 x 7 plank wagons



I just need a few more of these ones to make some movie titles!



I decided this year I need to complete the projects I start!  So I pushed on with the gas tanks



I have added some retaining straps & lettering and weathering, next challenge is some piping on the ends & some couplings/underframe touch up





And finally (as I start my 2 day journey home this evening) a shot of Austin Spindlers balloon, complete with basket, I have not thought about how I will use it (suspended or just as a scene on the ground)... but it was fun to do



OK... one last one that was in the album, D2264 moves a short chemical train through Tullibardine (please forgive the mish mash of liveries and era's - I will plead rule 1 and Preservation) :)





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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1211 on: February 22, 2017, 03:36:38 PM »
One of the Class 37's (37887) in Petroleum sector livery (I also have 37707 & 37428 in the same livery) that is normally on refinery duties takes charge of a rake of 10 x 7 plank wagons



I just need a few more of these ones to make some movie titles!



At least it makes an Ocean colour scene ;D

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1212 on: February 22, 2017, 05:14:31 PM »
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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1213 on: February 22, 2017, 08:00:43 PM »
 :hellosign: Many thanks for the latest   :greatpicturessign: Andrew, the scenery is coming along nicely.
    A very interesting conclusion (thanks Chris), to the missing films story, so Jim Finch is not all bad- just excitable & unfortunate in his choice of words
       regards Derek.

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Re: Perthshire Railway Preservation Society - Construction
« Reply #1214 on: February 22, 2017, 08:23:09 PM »
Baron and Lady Tiverton are very glad that they managed to keep a low profile during all the celebrations.  They greatly enjoyed seeing all the A4s, but otherwise kept their own council with an early to bed and early to rise policy.  However, they did enjoy the journey and the stop-over in Birmingham, although they were greatly relieved to arrive at back Stratford-upon-Avon where they were met by their trusty chauffeur.
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