Sunday, April 15, 2018

Into reserve

Percy performed it's final duty bringing two wagons into the backscene and then went into reserve, joining Jam and Maria in the reserve fleet (in reality a big box). Spare rolling stock has also been put away as the backscene was becoming a bit crowded. Percy will return in about six months and will likely alternate with Ruby as the layout shunter. In other news one of the goods sidings has been relaid with the remaining HOe track and the spare catchpoint.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Old and new

Black Beauty has continued it's proving testing and will be handed over to the Operations Dept. by the Integration & Testing Dept this weekend. It is running well, of course the technology is pretty well proven. After all it is the same loco type as Falcon and Growler - the former being the oldest loco on the layout with over five years service now!

The Infrastructure Dept. meanwhile has completed the underlay for the tramline, something more permanent can be laid now.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Black Beauty

A new loco arrived today, and the first new mainline loco since Jam, presenting D15 Black Beauty. What a splendid looking locomotive! D15 is a sister loco to Falcon and Growler. Once running in is complete it is likely Percy will go into reserve.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

A running session

All of the active fleet got a run out today before the engineering department took charge of the line, well its a Bank Holiday after all!
Ruby with a light freight

Percy hauls the new van 
Falcon is still on push-pull duties

Growler with the express

Playtime over!

OO test

Now the tram line is in place I did wonder of my OO stock (which has been in storage since the early 1990s) still worked. So why not try it? The Class 25 worked fine after a little coaxing! OO will not be returning to the layout anytime soon but its good to know there is a reserve fleet just in case...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

New bogie van

It has been awhile since any new rolling stock arrived on the BGLR, well here is a bogie van and very nice it is too! We plan at least two new locomotives this year so watch this space...

Sunday, March 18, 2018

An anniversary and the tram line extension completed

It is a year to the day since i finished the original board for the BGLR and ran the first test train (behind the Falcon of course). I still hadn't finalised the eventual track layout as can be seen from the photo below. There was a month or so of experimentation before i started sticking any track down.

And today the board has been extended a little. A short board (in reality a shelf) has been appended to the main board to allow for the tramline to be completed. Next step will be to lay some kind of underlay over the track boards so the joins are hidden!