Monday, 9 April 2018

The Basingstoke Festival of Transport 2018 Show

As guests of The Thornycroft Society our Thornycroft Sidings N gauge model railway, is once again scheduled to appear at:

The Basingstoke Festival of Transport 

War Memorial Park,
Crossborough Hill,
RG21 4AG

Sunday 13th May 2018 11a.m - 4 p.m.

It will probably be the only model railway on show amongst lots of vintage vehicles. Please come by and say "hi", we will be in the Thornycroft Society main marquee.

2016 Basingstoke Festival of Transport


Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Astolat Model Railway Circle Exhibition 21/01/2018 - Thank you

On the 21st of January we showed Cliddesden at the Astolat Model Railway Circle Exhibition, a small one day well run show, held at the Surrey Sports Park.

We would like to say thanks to the club and the exhibition organisers for inviting us back again, this time with Cliddesden. The weather was very soggy which made unloading and loading the cars a little bit of a challenge, and due to the conditions it was reported that visitor numbers were a little lower than last year.

Thanks to the visitors who managed to make it, and were completely captivated by this layout. One lady who must of stayed on our stand for over 20 minutes, and read the power point presentation at least 4 times, while admiring the cameo scenes and model workmanship. Also to a gentleman who mentioned we inspired him to get back into n gauge model railway building, that he went and retrieved his old childhood track from his parents place, after reading our article in the March 2016 Railway Modeller magazine, and spending two or three visits admiring Cliddesden. Also to a little boy, who again had read our article in the magazine, and was really excited to see the layout.

There were many, many comments through out the day, with these being some of the ones I can remember:
  • "Cliddesden is my best in show"
  • "Absolutely fascinating"
  • "Great landscaping"
  • "Completely different to other layouts on show"
  • "You must have great patience"
  • "If I end up making a layout half as good as yours I would be proud"
  • "How did you make the wheat field?"
  • "I love the way the back-scene mergers with the model"
  • "Very nice"
Thanks again,

Ed & David

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Come and see Cliddesden today!

Come and see Cliddesden at the

Sunday January 21st 2018
from 10.00 a.m. 'til 5.00 p.m
The Surrey Sports Park, University of Surrey,
Richard Meyjes Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7A

We are all setup and ready to go. The doors have just opened.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Cliddesden Refresher Video

To refresh your minds of our N gauge Cliddesden layout. Here is a video of the local goods train and passenger train arriving and departing from Cliddesden station.

You can see it in person at: 
Sunday January 21st 2018
from 10.00 a.m. 'til 5.00 p.m

The Surrey Sports Park, University of Surrey,
Richard Meyjes Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7AD


Friday, 29 December 2017

Exhibition Time...

As guests of The Astolat Model Railway Circle, we will be exhibiting our Cliddesden Station N gauge model railway, at their annual show:

Sunday January 21st 2018
from 10.00 a.m. 'til 5.00 p.m

The Surrey Sports Park, University of Surrey,
Richard Meyjes Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7AD

Cliddesden at BNHMRS (2015)

Come and see this rarely seen, award winning layout...

We look forward to seeing you!


Sunday, 17 December 2017

Expo. Prep. of Cliddesden Pt. 3

Scenic repairs were undertaken. New rows of turnips are growing well, Cabbages growing in Station Master's garden and fallen wheat stooks up righted.


Power controller and turnout motor control survived storage without fault and the layout is operational.

Running Lines

The weak link is the connections between the scenic section and the two outer boards that hold the return track curves. The power between boards is conveyed by copper strips soldered to the rails. These strips touch each other when the boards are locked together. At the join broken solder joints and track out of alignment are recurring problems. These were corrected but may well manifest again. Our method of track connection across board is not ideal and a more reliable method might be devised in future.

Our LSWR M7 tank engine runs satisfactorily. All we need to do now is run train sequences and resolve any other operational problems that might arise before the show.

We'll announce the show venue after Christmas.


Thursday, 14 December 2017

Expo. Prep. of Cliddesden Pt. 2

Damage Assessment - non electrics

The first obvious sign of damage was our famous Lunchbox Controller. The plastic box seems to have gone brittle; has been dropped at some point causing the plastic to fracture and break away in a few places. Don't know yet if the electrics still work. We will probably live with the box damage as it is not too severe and its a big job to change the base unit as the style has changed at Sainsbury, where it was bought, so the entire box would need changing and control panel in the lid rebuilt.

The best way to check for scenic damage is to vacuum the layout to remove dust as this forces the eye to look at every square millimetre. I used the home vacuum cleaner on a low vacuum setting and brushed the scenery with a soft artist brush. It was not too dusty as the layout was covered in storage

There seems to have had an infestation of rabbits as the turnip field has been decimated of its crop and the Station Master's cauliflower patch also gone. We will need to grow new crops.

Some of the wheat field stooks have blown over and need replacing.

The buildings are in very good shape with only a couple of minor repairs required.

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