Sunday 18 January 2009

On the Road!

Well, Cement Quay's 5th outing on the road, this time to the Astolat Model Railway Club's excellent yearly show on Saturday 17 Jan 2009 went very well in indeed. This was mainly due to a posse of railways modellers on RM Web who kindly offered their services to help play trains on the day. This meant that time could be given over to chatting to exhibition goers in addition to playing bouncer to deter the occasional person that decided that the layout would make a good prop to swing off!

Looking at the shot above, I wonder what drug the person who selected the curtain material was on? One to be avoided methinks!

Wednesday 14 January 2009

Any old iron! Any old iron!

Today's little project; what to do with all those bits left over from a Walthers Cornerstone kits (and others)? Scrap of course!

The barge is from an Artitec resin kit. The load is removeable - you can see the card base around the edges - to the eye it isn't too obvious.

Monday 12 January 2009

Cement Quay - some mooring ropes & a few more reeds

I had some spare dyed plumber's hemp left over from Catcott, so before the cat decided to play with it, the remainder got stuck into place with PVA to replicate more rushes and reeds. Some spare embroidery thread was pinched from my wife's sewing box to create the missing mooring ropes. The mast on the barge looks a tad clumsy, time to dig out out the magician's invisible thread when I have time.

It's unlikely in this day and age than such a worn out and overgrown place would exist in real life - 'rule number one' of course!

Saturday 10 January 2009

See Cement Quay in Guildford

Cement Quay will be at the Astolat Model Railway Circle's Annual Exhibition on Saturday 17 Jan. This will be the layout's first outing in a year.


Methodist Church Hall, Woodbridge Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4RB


09.30 - 17.00


Adults £3
Concession £2
Kids £1.50


Several layouts including a 'G' scale layout that can be operated by visitors, societies, trade support and refreshment.

Tuesday 6 January 2009

Video test using a Canon G9

090106cement-quay_clip, originally uploaded by nevardmedia.

08630 departs from a rather run down Cement Quay with a short rake of PCA cement wagons.

Monday 5 January 2009

Fotopic - back from the brink!

Just when we though the game was over, Fotopic has risen from the grave! The 3 day outage supposedly was caused by their link to the outside work going down - tut, you should always allow for redundancy with something so important!

This element of my website is now back in action - click on the link below if you wonder what all the fuss is a about:

I will however keep the new Flickr accound running in parallel as much as possible - just in case it all goes belly up again. And anyway, I rather like the interactivity of Flickr:

Saturday 3 January 2009

Fotopic - game over?

At around 09.30 on Friday 2 January, the much loved Fotopic transport enthusiast online gallery disappeared from our computer screens. There's much speculation, mostly unsubstantiated ranging from liquidation through to server problems. Whatever the issue, 24 hours on, and our screens are still blank.

I,like many thousands of transport nutters, are starting to look at other options. So, for the time being at least, you can enjoy some of my Model Railway imagery here instead:

Thursday 1 January 2009

Carter's Siding - a bit MORE armchair pontification!

Before I totally write this one off, a 3D sketch of Carter's Siding (yup, using pencil and paper!). This is not at all to scale or in proportion (the loading dock is too high - in model form I'd like it to be around 2"), but does help me in trying to visualise things. The bridge would have to have quite a hump too so as to clear the trains - hence the narrow gauge line darting off towards the backscene. It will probably never happen......