JULY 2018

The Station Master`s Report


Welcome to the seventh Footbridge Editorial of 2018.

Time stands still for nobody ……. and the month of July was no different. It has flown past. A little bit unusual though as over here in the UK we have been sweltering in the very unseasonal ( for us anyway ) true summer heat. It has finally subsided as we go to pixels ….. phew …..
From a personal point of view its been a mixed month. Still job hunting but with a couple of opportunities on the cards as of today. One in particular is very promising with an interview staged for next Wednesday 8th August.

Luib Bridge has seen some reasonable progress with the near completion of its rock faces and tunnel portals. Some great advice received there from Paul_l. The scenic and ground cover are the next areas to be tackled so ….. upwards and onwards.

I have also as we type, just disposed of my OO gauge collection of rolling stock in favour of some new O gauge kits and RTR stock as supplied by Ellis Clark Trains. These as you will probably be aware have been detailed on the main forum pages. Speaking of Ellis Clark, for those modelling in O gauge, his Darstaed O gauge coaching stock is now available in all liveries as of the 31st July. If you have a particular livery in mind …, get in there quick as pre-orders are starting to munch into certain items.

There has been loads of layout progress this month and in particular “the garden layouts extension“ seems to be making the headlines. Ralph’s garden layout  has seen huge leaps in terms of the completion of the infrastructure. Even the environmentalists have given it the thumbs up.

Clive is also motoring ahead with much of the permanent way having been cleared for the route and some impressive foundation work has and continues to progress.

Katwigan continues to impress with his OO gauge “Wigan Wallgate“ layout. Extensive free running track and amazing scratch built buildings are ensuring that this is a must watch thread.

On the rolling stock front, York Paul forges ahead with his Steve Beattie Class 24 build, impressing folks with the bogie build, (certainly has my attention). As an aside his Elton Crossing has also given us an insight into his layout building activities with some first class ballasting and ground cover being highlighted and his structures and details making me green with envy.

Richard of “The Far North Line“ fame has come in at the last minute in July showing how to make a silk purse out of a pigs ear. He has with his reknowned skills and some artistic modelers licence converted some tired OO gauge stock into models fit for anyone's layout. Check him out.

Our photographic competition has drawn to an end as of the end of July and I have great pleasure in announcing that one of our early entrants has taken the prize of the mini camcorder with his photo of “The Fonz“. Elimatta will be receiving a pm from me shortly for his contact details / address to enable me to get his prize over to him. Thanks to all who contributed. There were some great entries and some real characters.
Further competitions will be announced shortly. I need to extract my digit as there is still an abundance of prizes to be won from our various sponsors offerings. More on that soon.

Speaking of sponsors …… I know that Connoisseur Models, Ellis Clark Trains and Steve Beattie Developments are all attending the O Gauge Telford show in September so if you plan on going..., here is a chance not to be missed to say hello and possibly treat yourself to a shinnie or two. Gary is busy with exhibitions 'down under', with two weekends in a row ! No rest for the wicked...

A couple of exhibitions with a difference ……….. Christine Pulham's fantastic art work will be on show for all to see at the Kiddieminster Railway Museum Rail Art Exhibition, from August 25th to September 30th and also the Locomotion Railways on Canvass Exhibition from 10th August to 30th September. Both these Exhibitions are detailed down the right hand side of the main forum front page so..., fill yer boots.

We continue to encounter the challenge of spammers..., most being headed off at the pass but I ask you to bear with us if the odd one or two manage to sneak in under the cover of darkness. …… pests.

Our feature contributors continue to supply us with their insights in various elements of our hobby. Gormo has returned and has shared some great footage of his latest travels. Rob beavers away on his various builds and Gary has jumped in showing us some of his scenery snippets including making your own scenic materials etc. Great savings to be made there and I fear that we are about to corner the market on coffee grinders and food blenders as a result.

As usual ….. I’m banging on here and there ain’t enough room on this edition to mention all that I would like to. Therefore, I would like to apologise to all those who have not necessarily had a personal mention but ensure you all that your efforts and continuing contributions are appreciated and ask that you continue to share your work with us all. It is what makes the forum what it is.

So , for now, I’ll say toodle pip and hand you over to Gary for this months pick of the posts.

Keep well and keep posting...




The Winner of Competition 10 is...

Congratulations goes out to Elimatta for taking out the prize in our recent photographic competition. A great prize will be winging its way to you shortly. Check out the other pics that were entered...


Haven't got space for a layout ??

Matt is partly through his layout build, taking it slow and when time permits, but throughout his thread, Matt is showing us his hidden talents with kit building, painting and weathering. Read on...


Triang Coach Restoration

Restoring old rolling stock is an affordable way of building up a fleet. Whether you own old models or are purchasing somebody's pre-loved models, they can all be restored to perfect working condition, and Dom is doing this. Read on...


Exhibiting for a good cause

Platform 1 MRC attended another exhibition last weekend, at a Malkara Special School, in Australia's Capital, Canberra. Some excellent layouts were exhibited over the busy weekend. Check out the pics from a great weekend...


Removing Factory Paint with IPA

There are many ways of removing factory paint from a plastic model. This method uses Isopropyl Alcohol and the results ain't that bad...


Inter-active Puzzle No. 13....

Here is a small portion of a photo from one of the great layouts that graced the pages of Platform 1 MRC. Can you name the layout thread the picture belongs to...??     

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