New Year Roundup - Three that nearly slipped through the net in 2014
Jan 9, 2015Public
Photo: 001 Unless my eyes have deceived me, here are no less than 31 Ruston LA’s forming a cavalcade of “Dirty Doris” diesel locos through Rod Allcock’s award winning Corris 1930 layout .
Photo: 002 Rod invited me to visit his home in Devon to take photos of his tiny new ready to run Ruston LA diesel loco to help him to publicise the launch under his trading name of “Dirty Doris Productions” – (I didn’t ask, it would have been rude to……..) Here are 27 of them in Corris station yard, all designed and built by Rod Allcock – who had a very full swearbox by the time he had completed this first batch – which had 100% orders at the time of my visit in September and already a second batch was in the process of being assembled .
Photo: 003 A close-up of two versions of the Ruston LA. The one on the left is an early example with a short coreless motor that leaves the cab completely clear, whilst the later one on the right has a longer one, but with the advantage of increased torque over the short motor .
Photo: 004 A good view of the Ruston LA, which in full size form is powered by a 2 cylinder diesel engine. The slightly more powerful 3 cylinder Ruston LB is externally identical, except for having larger buffer beams. Brian Madge makes a kit of the LB so a comparison between Brian’s LB and Rod’s LA will be interesting, when I can manage to get one of each posed together! .
Photo: 005 Rear threequarter view of the Dirty Doris Ruston LA .
Photo: 006 Ruston LA posed with a Parkside Dundas Hudson skip wagon as an illustration of how small this little locomotive is. The approximate dimensions are: wheelbase 10.5mm, length of body: 25.5mm (not incl bufferbeams), width 13mm, height to top of cab 26.5mm
Photo: 007 A glimpse of Rod Allcock’s test track and some “work in progress” models – Rod is a busy (and highly skilled) modeller! .
Photo: 008 Rod Allcock has used one of his Ruston LA chassis to provide power for this very early Ruston Proctor locomotive. The body of this model is a 3D print by Tom Bell, who trades as Tebee Models through Shapeways
Photo: 009 A very early Ruston model by Rod Allcock. This one started as a Meridian Ruston Hornsby kit which Rod originally built over 30 years ago. Over the years it has been modified and rebuilt several times including being shortened and fitted onto a Brian Clarke chassis by around 1986. Over time the Sagami motor gave up the ghost and was replaced by a Minitrix motor which in turn has been replaced by a Mashima 10-15, with Tenshodo spud gears transmitting the drive to Nigel Lawton wheels .
Photo: 010 The new Ruston LA posing with the many times rebuilt Ruston 27-32
Photo: 011 One for the heritage model fans! PD Hancock’s famous pioneering Craig & Mertonford Railway of the 1950’s featured a Thomas Flyer converted to a rail workcar built from an American Kemtron HO scale kit. The original kit is now scarce and difficult to find, but Rod managed to track one down through “a well known online auction site” and has built his model as the kitmakers intended, as a 16.5mm gauge HO scale model – will it remain thus, or will we see it one day in 9mm gauge form? .
Photo: 012 Moving on now to the Fareham Model Railway Club exhibition on the 5th of October, I went primarily to see the newly extended 09 modular layout Watt Estate, jointly built by Fareham MRC members Ian Griffiths and Graham Ive. It has been steadily expanding during its approx 10 year life so far and as can be seen in this photo, is now a very large and impressive layout, possibly the largest 09 layout around? .
Photo: 013 There were two new modules built into the layout on this occasion, the first one shown here is Murlow, which acts as a through road frontage with small halt serving the vineyard. This scenic frontage masks a second fiddle yard behind the scenes which enables the layout to be split into 2 sections to increase the number of trains running through the scenes .
Photo: 014 The second new module is Sooridge Farm – which is a pig farm as the name possibly suggests .
Photo: 015 The pig accommodation with a siding to allow for the removal of the “sooridge” – with suitably coloured skips in attendance! .
Photo: 016 The other end of the Sooridge Farm module with an open barn providing stabling for a tractor and a quite attractive Model T Ford, belonging to the pig farm manager .
Photo: 017 The article on Watt Estate published in Railway Modeller October 2014 mentioned that there were “about a dozen” locomotives on the railway. I think I managed to track down 11 of them in this report, but I am sure that I have covered them all by now if my previous sightings of the layout in earlier reports are consulted .
Photo: 018 The estate railway’s work car is a very useful piece of equipment, suited to light transport and utility use around the estate. Photographed here at the small station serving Wheal Clamp, the charcoal production area of the estate woods. For the benefit of those that cannot connect the pun of the module title with the purpose of the area, a “clamp” is the name given to a charcoal burning kiln .
Photo: 019 The large diesel loco passes through with a new train of passenger stock, put into service when His Lordship decided to open the railway in the summer to tourist visitors – a welcome injection of revenue to the family coffers .
Photo: 020 The corner module connecting the two parts of the L shaped layout .
Photo: 021 Upson Downs is the end module of one of the legs of the “L” layout plan .
Photo: 022 The petrol engined locomotive on this works train is clearly inspired by the early Ravenglass & Eskdale loco IC1 in its original wooden bodied form .
Photo: 023 A glimpse behind the backscenes at one of the two fiddle yards revealed a little saddle tank locomotive that at least some parts started out as a Hornby Desmond loco and a rather attractive 15” gauge version of the 2ft gauge Ransomes and Rapier locomotive preserved at Amberley Museum – expanded slightly to accommodate the popular and ubiquitous Kato tram chassis .
Photo: 024 The other end of the loops of the fiddle yard revealed 3 more locomotives awaiting their turns of duty “around the public viewing front modules” .