My 00 Gauge layout - Oldmoor Junction Model Railway

Cowley

Veteran Member
Associate Staff
General Discussion
Railtours & Preservation
Modelling & Games
Joined
15 Apr 2016
Messages
11,081
Location
Devon
Thanks very much! :D
The static grass was actually a lot easier than I remembered it being from when I've done it in the past. I used a very simple Gaugemaster plastic bottle I bought maybe two or three years ago (amazingly, I've not had to refill it in that time!): the grass gets its static-ness (there must be a proper word for that) just by shaking the bottle.
I might try that soil dust technique - could be quite useful to fill in some of the gaps around the edges too. I haven't bothered hoovering up the excess as it looks good enough as it is really!

=====

I finally got around to starting work on the final building for the top left-hand corner of the layout yesterday. It's a pair of terraced houses, and the kit's been sitting around for ages. Here's the finished result:
View attachment 101834
I've tried to vary the look a bit by adding a porch for one house and the bay windows for the other, as well as adding different amounts of greenery for either half. The left house here has less greenery than the right.
The greenery up by the chimney serves a useful purpose - that being to hide the gap between the roof and chimney itself:
View attachment 101835

The gates are quite nice - they're laser-cut and finish the look of the front off nicely:
View attachment 101836

Now you might be able to see in that photo that the bay window doesn't actually look straight into the inside of the building. In fact, the bay window is simply a façade (triple word score) - it's simply been attached to the front of the building:
View attachment 101837
The upper bay window is a bit better as it's got some curtains to hide the reality of what's going on:
View attachment 101838

And finally, here's the building on the layout:
View attachment 101839
It's not a perfect fit, but it's close enough. The kit comes with three different ways of 'paving' the front - a set of self-adhesive slabs (also available in a separate pack, from which I have three further sheets), the sheet I've used, and another sheet to mimic cobblestone paving. I used this paving because I'm trying to save the self-adhesive slabs for the rest of the layout (although I expect I'll have to buy more anyway).

In other news, I bought some new stuff for the layout today. The main thing is actually five sheets of grey card for the roads on the layout (thanks @Cowley for that suggestion!). I also picked up a corrugated sheet of card in brown, with the intention of maybe making some small allotments out of it, as well as three new craft-knives to help with kit-building (the one I'd been using was bought on holiday about three years ago and it's good, but not amazing). Finally got some of that Tamiya masking tape too, so that should be helpful when I finally get around to painting some more engines.

Thanks for reading :D

-Peter

I’m a bit short of reception this weekend but it’s coming along well now. I like the houses.
 
Sponsor Post - registered members do not see these adverts; click here to register, or click here to log in
R

RailUK Forums

Peter C

Established Member
Joined
13 Oct 2018
Messages
4,028
Location
GWR land
I’m a bit short of reception this weekend but it’s coming along well now. I like the houses.
Thanks very much! The houses were a bit tedious to build at times - I did them over the course of two days (well, an evening then the following afternoon), starting with the windows. They come with different styles of windows and the kit builds another one of those buildings, so there was quite a bit to sort out!
I was a bit apprehensive when it came to the greenery but I think it makes the buildings blend into the scene a lot more really.

-Peter
 

Cowley

Veteran Member
Associate Staff
General Discussion
Railtours & Preservation
Modelling & Games
Joined
15 Apr 2016
Messages
11,081
Location
Devon
Thanks very much! The houses were a bit tedious to build at times - I did them over the course of two days (well, an evening then the following afternoon), starting with the windows. They come with different styles of windows and the kit builds another one of those buildings, so there was quite a bit to sort out!
I was a bit apprehensive when it came to the greenery but I think it makes the buildings blend into the scene a lot more really.

-Peter

It’s amazing what a difference a bit of greenery makes (I know I keep saying that ;)), the thing is, you can just concentrate on one area at a time and get into detailing those little bits.
What you’ll find is that you start to notice little details all around you once you start doing it.
 

Peter C

Established Member
Joined
13 Oct 2018
Messages
4,028
Location
GWR land
It’s amazing what a difference a bit of greenery makes (I know I keep saying that ;)), the thing is, you can just concentrate on one area at a time and get into detailing those little bits.
What you’ll find is that you start to notice little details all around you once you start doing it.
That's what I'm trying to do - get each little area up to at least an alright standard and then I can go back and make them look better. I've noticed quite a few things when out and about which could be replicated on the layout - particularly road markings and signs!

-Peter

=========
(New post made 6.9.2021)

The next train to arrive at platform one will be the 11:06 Oldmoor Junction Model Railway thread update...

(Watch out - plenty of meaningless waffle approaching (and mention of a certain holiday in December). Make a cup of tea and get comfortable!)

Real life is returning properly now, and so the layout is going to take more of a back-seat than it has in the last few months when other things have come up. However, I've got plenty of ideas for things I want to get done on the model railway between now and the end of the year.
Last year, I set myself the target (really it was pretty vague and it wasn't going to be the end of the world if I missed it) of getting the layout into a presentable state by Christmas. It wasn't as finished as I would have hoped, but it was somewhat presentable. The main reason for setting that goal was to try and make sure that, in the colder and darker months, I had the model railway to just sit and play around with and not have to worry about fixing all sorts of bits and bobs before it worked.

I'm going to try and hit a similar goal this year - yes, Christmas is over one-hundred days away as I write this, but I think you might be able to tell from previous posts on here that it's one of my most favourite times of the year - hence wanting the layout to work and look nice when it comes around. Even though my layout isn't in a loft or somewhere else where temperature and weather really affect it, I've found over the past year that it's much harder for me to get work done on the layout when it's hot and humid (as it has been this Summer). Therefore it's much easier to get work done during the colder months (and much more fun as a result).

There are several things which need finishing on the layout, with the biggest one being the town scene in the middle of the board. This requires leaning over the edge of the board and moving back-and-forth between the layout and my desk to measure and cut-out the road sections respectively. In the humid weather this gets very difficult and boring very quickly, hence the lack of progress in recent days.
The other big thing for the town scene is to get the two remaining buildings bought and then built. These are the church and the coaching inn, both of which are going to be Metcalfe kits. One of the most enjoyable bits about building the layout has been building the various kits used - it's quite relaxing in a way and that's made even better when it's cold outside and lovely and warm inside. Once the current wave of warm weather's gone, I think those kits are going to be finished pretty soon :lol:


It might be of interest to people on here if I share a list of the things which need finishing on the layout, so here it is (in no particular order):
  • Finish the roads in the town scene (including the road up to Oldmoor Junction station and the associated car park, as well as the level crossing and scene in the top-left-hand corner of the layout)
  • Build the church and coaching inn kits, and set them into the scene as necessary
  • Work out what the spare space next to the church is going to be used for (either a small station or allotments, probably the latter)
  • Finish the T&RSMD shed building, including the area behind it
  • Build the remaining platforms for Oldmoor Junction station
  • Build the station building for Oldmoor Junction
  • Ballast the track around Oldmoor Junction
  • Ballast the railway centre trackwork
  • Detail the railway centre and set the buildings into the scene
  • Detail the platforms of Oldmoor Junction
  • Add clutter to the layout (i.e. road signs, people, vehicles)
Blimey - I've just written that all out by looking over at the layout and seeing what needs doing and it's quite a bit. Totalling the amount of time it might take, it looks do-able by Christmas. A lot of the things can be done quite quickly really, such as the platforms for Oldmoor Junction (although that's a bit fiddly) and the ballasting work. Adding clutter is also fairly straightforward.


A slightly more imminent topic is that of new additions to the layout - I've bought a couple of new engines and a few other bits of rolling stock and they should arrive at some point during this week. I'll show them on here when they arrive.

Thanks for reading - and sorry for such a long post! Here's a photo of a Class 91 to cancel out some of the boring words:
20210902_085231[1].jpg

-Peter :)
 
Last edited:

reddragon

Established Member
Joined
24 Mar 2016
Messages
2,176
Location
Churn (closed)
Good Peter but you didn't specify which Christmas did you?

You probably notice my posts are short and full of pictures. Long essays were never my thing! STEM yes!

PS I only scan long lots of words and look for interesting bits!
 

Peter C

Established Member
Joined
13 Oct 2018
Messages
4,028
Location
GWR land
Good Peter but you didn't specify which Christmas did you?
Ah yes - this could go on for ages and as long as the layout was finished before a Christmas, it'd be alright... ;)

You probably notice my posts are short and full of pictures. Long essays were never my thing! STEM yes!
Whereas I'm quite prone to waffling on and there's not a lot to take photos of most of the time!

PS I only scan long lots of words and look for interesting bits!
I'll try and break it up into sections next time (and make it shorter).

-Peter
 

Cowley

Veteran Member
Associate Staff
General Discussion
Railtours & Preservation
Modelling & Games
Joined
15 Apr 2016
Messages
11,081
Location
Devon
That's what I'm trying to do - get each little area up to at least an alright standard and then I can go back and make them look better. I've noticed quite a few things when out and about which could be replicated on the layout - particularly road markings and signs!

-Peter

=========
(New post made 6.9.2021)

The next train to arrive at platform one will be the 11:06 Oldmoor Junction Model Railway thread update...

(Watch out - plenty of meaningless waffle approaching (and mention of a certain holiday in December). Make a cup of tea and get comfortable!)

Real life is returning properly now, and so the layout is going to take more of a back-seat than it has in the last few months when other things have come up. However, I've got plenty of ideas for things I want to get done on the model railway between now and the end of the year.
Last year, I set myself the target (really it was pretty vague and it wasn't going to be the end of the world if I missed it) of getting the layout into a presentable state by Christmas. It wasn't as finished as I would have hoped, but it was somewhat presentable. The main reason for setting that goal was to try and make sure that, in the colder and darker months, I had the model railway to just sit and play around with and not have to worry about fixing all sorts of bits and bobs before it worked.

I'm going to try and hit a similar goal this year - yes, Christmas is over one-hundred days away as I write this, but I think you might be able to tell from previous posts on here that it's one of my most favourite times of the year - hence wanting the layout to work and look nice when it comes around. Even though my layout isn't in a loft or somewhere else where temperature and weather really affect it, I've found over the past year that it's much harder for me to get work done on the layout when it's hot and humid (as it has been this Summer). Therefore it's much easier to get work done during the colder months (and much more fun as a result).

There are several things which need finishing on the layout, with the biggest one being the town scene in the middle of the board. This requires leaning over the edge of the board and moving back-and-forth between the layout and my desk to measure and cut-out the road sections respectively. In the humid weather this gets very difficult and boring very quickly, hence the lack of progress in recent days.
The other big thing for the town scene is to get the two remaining buildings bought and then built. These are the church and the coaching inn, both of which are going to be Metcalfe kits. One of the most enjoyable bits about building the layout has been building the various kits used - it's quite relaxing in a way and that's made even better when it's cold outside and lovely and warm inside. Once the current wave of warm weather's gone, I think those kits are going to be finished pretty soon :lol:


It might be of interest to people on here if I share a list of the things which need finishing on the layout, so here it is (in no particular order):
  • Finish the roads in the town scene (including the road up to Oldmoor Junction station and the associated car park, as well as the level crossing and scene in the top-left-hand corner of the layout)
  • Build the church and coaching inn kits, and set them into the scene as necessary
  • Work out what the spare space next to the church is going to be used for (either a small station or allotments, probably the latter)
  • Finish the T&RSMD shed building, including the area behind it
  • Build the remaining platforms for Oldmoor Junction station
  • Build the station building for Oldmoor Junction
  • Ballast the track around Oldmoor Junction
  • Ballast the railway centre trackwork
  • Detail the railway centre and set the buildings into the scene
  • Detail the platforms of Oldmoor Junction
  • Add clutter to the layout (i.e. road signs, people, vehicles)
Blimey - I've just written that all out by looking over at the layout and seeing what needs doing and it's quite a bit. Totalling the amount of time it might take, it looks do-able by Christmas. A lot of the things can be done quite quickly really, such as the platforms for Oldmoor Junction (although that's a bit fiddly) and the ballasting work. Adding clutter is also fairly straightforward.


A slightly more imminent topic is that of new additions to the layout - I've bought a couple of new engines and a few other bits of rolling stock and they should arrive at some point during this week. I'll show them on here when they arrive.

Thanks for reading - and sorry for such a long post! Here's a photo of a Class 91 to cancel out some of the boring words:
View attachment 102238

-Peter :)

Well it’s definitely good drawing up a list like that as it gives you a decent idea of what to tackle first and some of the things on there are fairly easy wins. Like the 91 by the way. :)
 

Peter C

Established Member
Joined
13 Oct 2018
Messages
4,028
Location
GWR land
Well it’s definitely good drawing up a list like that as it gives you a decent idea of what to tackle first and some of the things on there are fairly easy wins. Like the 91 by the way. :)
That was the plan behind the list. I need to go through and order them from most-achievable to not-so-achievable in the short term really - that way I can see what could be done now and what needs some more time.
Thanks :)

-Peter
 

Cowley

Veteran Member
Associate Staff
General Discussion
Railtours & Preservation
Modelling & Games
Joined
15 Apr 2016
Messages
11,081
Location
Devon
That was the plan behind the list. I need to go through and order them from most-achievable to not-so-achievable in the short term really - that way I can see what could be done now and what needs some more time.
Thanks :)

-Peter

Reading through your list again I’m almost a bit jealous that I haven’t got some of those things to do. ;)
 

Peter C

Established Member
Joined
13 Oct 2018
Messages
4,028
Location
GWR land
Reading through your list again I’m almost a bit jealous that I haven’t got some of those things to do. ;)
Haha - and I'm a bit jealous that my layout isn't (yet) up to the standard of yours... ;)

=====

I've managed to buy yet more engines! As I mentioned in the "What's your latest acquisition?" thread, I bought five items the other day, and now they've arrived. Let's have a look at them, shall we?

20210909_203422.jpg
BR (ex-GWR) 14xx 1421 - Hornby
I've already got an Airfix 14xx, but it's not a brilliant runner and I've been looking to get a more up-to-date version. This is from 1999 according to www.hornbyguide.co.uk and although I've not tested it yet (well I've not tested any of these new models yet), it does look very nice.

20210909_203443.jpg
GWR 69xx 6976 Graythwaite Hall - Replica Railways
This is yet another duplicate (in a way) of a model I've already got. One of the models from @reddragon was a Hornby 49xx (Albert Hall) - a nice model (in need of some attention!) but not one of the Modified Halls running at places such as the GWSR. This is one of those Modified Halls, and it looks very nice. The front coupling has been removed and replaced with a more realistic chain coupling, but it looks to be purely cosmetic. I certainly wouldn't want to test its strength on a full train! Only cost £25 as well - brilliant.

20210909_203458.jpg
GWR Express Parcels DMU 34 - Lima
This looks really nice I think. Didcot Railway Centre have got one (albeit a passenger-carrying version), and this seems to be quite an accurate model of the units. The seller only wanted £15 for this as they didn't think it was good quality (printing being the main problem), and so it's a super bargain considering people normally want ~£30 for one! Not tested but the box has a sticker saying "Running" on the front, so that's got to be good, yes? ;)


20210909_203523.jpg
Hornby Autocoach 191 - Hornby
I think this will be the last autocoach I add to the railway for a while - the layout has three now; a British Railways maroon one, a BR "blood and custard" one, and then this GWR "chocolate and cream" one. It came with the 14xx for a total of £60. Not bad!

20210909_203545.jpg
Siphon G 1478 - Mainline
The final item from this lot - a lovely example of a Siphon G in GWR brown (blimey, that sounds like an auction!). It's heavier than I thought it would be, but not so heavy so as to make it difficult for engines to move. The seller threw this one in for free as a surprise at the last minute - I was going to for it, but couldn't really afford it. Very kind!

And that's that - another set of models to try and maintain :lol:
These all came from @NSE_Latchmere on Twitter - he's got lots of things on sale at the moment from a family member's collection I believe.

Thanks for reading!

-Peter
 

Cowley

Veteran Member
Associate Staff
General Discussion
Railtours & Preservation
Modelling & Games
Joined
15 Apr 2016
Messages
11,081
Location
Devon
Haha - and I'm a bit jealous that my layout isn't (yet) up to the standard of yours... ;)

=====

I've managed to buy yet more engines! As I mentioned in the "What's your latest acquisition?" thread, I bought five items the other day, and now they've arrived. Let's have a look at them, shall we?

View attachment 102406
BR (ex-GWR) 14xx 1421 - Hornby
I've already got an Airfix 14xx, but it's not a brilliant runner and I've been looking to get a more up-to-date version. This is from 1999 according to www.hornbyguide.co.uk and although I've not tested it yet (well I've not tested any of these new models yet), it does look very nice.

View attachment 102407
GWR 69xx 6976 Graythwaite Hall - Replica Railways
This is yet another duplicate (in a way) of a model I've already got. One of the models from @reddragon was a Hornby 49xx (Albert Hall) - a nice model (in need of some attention!) but not one of the Modified Halls running at places such as the GWSR. This is one of those Modified Halls, and it looks very nice. The front coupling has been removed and replaced with a more realistic chain coupling, but it looks to be purely cosmetic. I certainly wouldn't want to test its strength on a full train! Only cost £25 as well - brilliant.

View attachment 102408
GWR Express Parcels DMU 34 - Lima
This looks really nice I think. Didcot Railway Centre have got one (albeit a passenger-carrying version), and this seems to be quite an accurate model of the units. The seller only wanted £15 for this as they didn't think it was good quality (printing being the main problem), and so it's a super bargain considering people normally want ~£30 for one! Not tested but the box has a sticker saying "Running" on the front, so that's got to be good, yes? ;)


View attachment 102409
Hornby Autocoach 191 - Hornby
I think this will be the last autocoach I add to the railway for a while - the layout has three now; a British Railways maroon one, a BR "blood and custard" one, and then this GWR "chocolate and cream" one. It came with the 14xx for a total of £60. Not bad!

View attachment 102410
Siphon G 1478 - Mainline
The final item from this lot - a lovely example of a Siphon G in GWR brown (blimey, that sounds like an auction!). It's heavier than I thought it would be, but not so heavy so as to make it difficult for engines to move. The seller threw this one in for free as a surprise at the last minute - I was going to for it, but couldn't really afford it. Very kind!

And that's that - another set of models to try and maintain :lol:
These all came from @NSE_Latchmere on Twitter - he's got lots of things on sale at the moment from a family member's collection I believe.

Thanks for reading!

-Peter

That’s a really nice collection of stuff you’ve got there. Really good prices too. I’m sure that I used to have an autocoach like that but it was made by Mainline. Is it the same model bought out by Hornby do you know? My one didn’t like tight curves from what I remember.
The locos look good too, I’m curious to know how they run.
 

Peter C

Established Member
Joined
13 Oct 2018
Messages
4,028
Location
GWR land
That’s a really nice collection of stuff you’ve got there. Really good prices too. I’m sure that I used to have an autocoach like that but it was made by Mainline. Is it the same model bought out by Hornby do you know? My one didn’t like tight curves from what I remember.
The locos look good too, I’m curious to know how they run.
Thanks :)
I think the autocoach is a fairly modern tooling - it looks similar in detail the blood-and-custard one I've got from a few years ago. I'll see how it runs - and how the engines run for that matter - tomorrow.

-Peter
 

reddragon

Established Member
Joined
24 Mar 2016
Messages
2,176
Location
Churn (closed)
Haha - and I'm a bit jealous that my layout isn't (yet) up to the standard of yours... ;)

=====

I've managed to buy yet more engines! As I mentioned in the "What's your latest acquisition?" thread, I bought five items the other day, and now they've arrived. Let's have a look at them, shall we?

View attachment 102406
BR (ex-GWR) 14xx 1421 - Hornby
I've already got an Airfix 14xx, but it's not a brilliant runner and I've been looking to get a more up-to-date version. This is from 1999 according to www.hornbyguide.co.uk and although I've not tested it yet (well I've not tested any of these new models yet), it does look very nice.

View attachment 102407
GWR 69xx 6976 Graythwaite Hall - Replica Railways
This is yet another duplicate (in a way) of a model I've already got. One of the models from @reddragon was a Hornby 49xx (Albert Hall) - a nice model (in need of some attention!) but not one of the Modified Halls running at places such as the GWSR. This is one of those Modified Halls, and it looks very nice. The front coupling has been removed and replaced with a more realistic chain coupling, but it looks to be purely cosmetic. I certainly wouldn't want to test its strength on a full train! Only cost £25 as well - brilliant.

View attachment 102408
GWR Express Parcels DMU 34 - Lima
This looks really nice I think. Didcot Railway Centre have got one (albeit a passenger-carrying version), and this seems to be quite an accurate model of the units. The seller only wanted £15 for this as they didn't think it was good quality (printing being the main problem), and so it's a super bargain considering people normally want ~£30 for one! Not tested but the box has a sticker saying "Running" on the front, so that's got to be good, yes? ;)


View attachment 102409
Hornby Autocoach 191 - Hornby
I think this will be the last autocoach I add to the railway for a while - the layout has three now; a British Railways maroon one, a BR "blood and custard" one, and then this GWR "chocolate and cream" one. It came with the 14xx for a total of £60. Not bad!

View attachment 102410
Siphon G 1478 - Mainline
The final item from this lot - a lovely example of a Siphon G in GWR brown (blimey, that sounds like an auction!). It's heavier than I thought it would be, but not so heavy so as to make it difficult for engines to move. The seller threw this one in for free as a surprise at the last minute - I was going to for it, but couldn't really afford it. Very kind!

And that's that - another set of models to try and maintain :lol:
These all came from @NSE_Latchmere on Twitter - he's got lots of things on sale at the moment from a family member's collection I believe.

Thanks for reading!

-Peter
Early Christmas to beat the 'supply chain crisis'?
 

Peter C

Established Member
Joined
13 Oct 2018
Messages
4,028
Location
GWR land
Early Christmas to beat the 'supply chain crisis'?
Haha :lol:
It may turn out to be like that. I'm not going to make any further comments on the situation other than I'm interested (and potentially a bit concerned) to see where it goes.

-Peter
 

fourtytwo

Member
Joined
2 Jun 2021
Messages
39
Location
Norfolk UK
The static grass was actually a lot easier than I remembered it being from when I've done it in the past. I used a very simple Gaugemaster plastic bottle I bought maybe two or three years ago (amazingly, I've not had to refill it in that time!): the grass gets its static-ness (there must be a proper word for that) just by shaking the bottle.
Great looking greenery Peter and thanks for the tip about non-electronic static grass, I did not know the stuff existed.
 

Peter C

Established Member
Joined
13 Oct 2018
Messages
4,028
Location
GWR land
Great looking greenery Peter and thanks for the tip about non-electronic static grass, I did not know the stuff existed.
Thanks very much! :D
You're very welcome. It's the only way I've ever done static grass - and if you're not going to be covering square miles of a layout in it, one Gaugemaster set should last you some time. Mine's a few years old and still has the original grass in (albeit a fair bit less than it originally had, but there's still enough to do the layout as it is now).

-Peter
 

RichJF

Member
Joined
2 Nov 2012
Messages
689
Location
East Grinstead
Thanks very much! :D
You're very welcome. It's the only way I've ever done static grass - and if you're not going to be covering square miles of a layout in it, one Gaugemaster set should last you some time. Mine's a few years old and still has the original grass in (albeit a fair bit less than it originally had, but there's still enough to do the layout as it is now).

-Peter
Did you build your own scatter applicator or buy off the shelf?

I mainly rely on multicoloured scatter grass on my layouts. As they're micros I don't justify buying a piece of kit like that.
 

Peter C

Established Member
Joined
13 Oct 2018
Messages
4,028
Location
GWR land
Did you build your own scatter applicator or buy off the shelf?

I mainly rely on multicoloured scatter grass on my layouts. As they're micros I don't justify buying a piece of kit like that.
It's an old-ish one I bought off-the-shelf a few years ago (link) I didn't get it from that link, but from my local model shop. :)
It comes with just the one colour (but the individual blades are all sorts of colours - blue and pink spring to mind!).

-Peter
 

Peter C

Established Member
Joined
13 Oct 2018
Messages
4,028
Location
GWR land
This update has started well - almost ended up posting it in @reddragon's layout thread by mistake :lol:
Anyway. Let's see if I can put something together.

Work on the layout has pretty much stopped for the time being whilst real life returns and I work out how much free time I will and won't have at certain times. What this means is that the layout is far more realistic as Network Rail aren't exactly a common sight in my area!
Because there's nothing to share really, let's see what the people of Oldmoor are getting up to. Yes, we're paying another visit to Oldmoor in Oldmoor-ation Street...


Mr and Mrs Miggins have been sat at home for the past five days. Mr Miggins coughed once on Tuesday morning after finishing the crossword and Mrs Miggins is keeping him at home until she can make sure he won't infect her fellow bingo-goers should they bump into them in the street. "Well Maureen," says Mr Miggins, "I'm not sure I'd want to go outside anyway. The world's so scary these days."

"Really Barry?" replies Mrs Miggins. She's busy trying to work out The Times' crossword - four down - three letters. Something - u - m.

"Yes Maureen. I don't remember life being so terrifying since that night in Stourbridge in 1992 when you realised you'd forgotten your knickers - right in the High Street." Mr Miggins responds, looking out of the window onto the small unsquare-square and railway. "It's amazing how hard it is to find a clothes shop when it's a matter of public decency."

Mrs Miggins hasn't heard this last bit. She's just read an article in the paper saying there's soon to be a shortage of alcoholic drinks in Oldmoor. The article says the supplies currently left are likely to only last days.
Having read this news, Mrs Miggins is straight out of the house and round to the Crown & Anchor. She puts in an order for thirty pints of Dave's finest beer - if there's going to be a shortage, she's going to make sure to have bought up plenty to keep her going. The only problem is that she can't resist drinking it all - before the last pint is pulled, she's drunk beyond belief and is singing "New York, New York" from on top one of Dave's finest wobbly tables.

Mr Miggins walks in just as Mrs Miggins is about to start singing "My Way". Not being very confrontational, though, he doesn't do a lot and leaves again. A few hours later, a very tired Mrs Miggins stumbles her way back home.

The next day, over breakfast, the pair are reading their favourite papers. The main headline reads "BEER SHORTAGE IMINENT - STOCKPILERS IN OLDMOOR HASTEN DECLINE IN SUPPLIES". Mrs Miggins turns to her husband and says, "What idiots. I'd never dream of doing something like that."

Fin.


I hope you liked that. Short but sweet (and that's enough about Mrs Miggins ;)).

-Peter
 

reddragon

Established Member
Joined
24 Mar 2016
Messages
2,176
Location
Churn (closed)
This update has started well - almost ended up posting it in @reddragon's layout thread by mistake :lol:
Anyway. Let's see if I can put something together.

Work on the layout has pretty much stopped for the time being whilst real life returns and I work out how much free time I will and won't have at certain times. What this means is that the layout is far more realistic as Network Rail aren't exactly a common sight in my area!
Because there's nothing to share really, let's see what the people of Oldmoor are getting up to. Yes, we're paying another visit to Oldmoor in Oldmoor-ation Street...


Mr and Mrs Miggins have been sat at home for the past five days. Mr Miggins coughed once on Tuesday morning after finishing the crossword and Mrs Miggins is keeping him at home until she can make sure he won't infect her fellow bingo-goers should they bump into them in the street. "Well Maureen," says Mr Miggins, "I'm not sure I'd want to go outside anyway. The world's so scary these days."

"Really Barry?" replies Mrs Miggins. She's busy trying to work out The Times' crossword - four down - three letters. Something - u - m.

"Yes Maureen. I don't remember life being so terrifying since that night in Stourbridge in 1992 when you realised you'd forgotten your knickers - right in the High Street." Mr Miggins responds, looking out of the window onto the small unsquare-square and railway. "It's amazing how hard it is to find a clothes shop when it's a matter of public decency."

Mrs Miggins hasn't heard this last bit. She's just read an article in the paper saying there's soon to be a shortage of alcoholic drinks in Oldmoor. The article says the supplies currently left are likely to only last days.
Having read this news, Mrs Miggins is straight out of the house and round to the Crown & Anchor. She puts in an order for thirty pints of Dave's finest beer - if there's going to be a shortage, she's going to make sure to have bought up plenty to keep her going. The only problem is that she can't resist drinking it all - before the last pint is pulled, she's drunk beyond belief and is singing "New York, New York" from on top one of Dave's finest wobbly tables.

Mr Miggins walks in just as Mrs Miggins is about to start singing "My Way". Not being very confrontational, though, he doesn't do a lot and leaves again. A few hours later, a very tired Mrs Miggins stumbles her way back home.

The next day, over breakfast, the pair are reading their favourite papers. The main headline reads "BEER SHORTAGE IMINENT - STOCKPILERS IN OLDMOOR HASTEN DECLINE IN SUPPLIES". Mrs Miggins turns to her husband and says, "What idiots. I'd never dream of doing something like that."

Fin.


I hope you liked that. Short but sweet (and that's enough about Mrs Miggins ;)).

-Peter
Having no habitable buildings on my railway everyone lives on a train.
 

Cowley

Veteran Member
Associate Staff
General Discussion
Railtours & Preservation
Modelling & Games
Joined
15 Apr 2016
Messages
11,081
Location
Devon
This update has started well - almost ended up posting it in @reddragon's layout thread by mistake :lol:
Anyway. Let's see if I can put something together.

Work on the layout has pretty much stopped for the time being whilst real life returns and I work out how much free time I will and won't have at certain times. What this means is that the layout is far more realistic as Network Rail aren't exactly a common sight in my area!
Because there's nothing to share really, let's see what the people of Oldmoor are getting up to. Yes, we're paying another visit to Oldmoor in Oldmoor-ation Street...


Mr and Mrs Miggins have been sat at home for the past five days. Mr Miggins coughed once on Tuesday morning after finishing the crossword and Mrs Miggins is keeping him at home until she can make sure he won't infect her fellow bingo-goers should they bump into them in the street. "Well Maureen," says Mr Miggins, "I'm not sure I'd want to go outside anyway. The world's so scary these days."

"Really Barry?" replies Mrs Miggins. She's busy trying to work out The Times' crossword - four down - three letters. Something - u - m.

"Yes Maureen. I don't remember life being so terrifying since that night in Stourbridge in 1992 when you realised you'd forgotten your knickers - right in the High Street." Mr Miggins responds, looking out of the window onto the small unsquare-square and railway. "It's amazing how hard it is to find a clothes shop when it's a matter of public decency."

Mrs Miggins hasn't heard this last bit. She's just read an article in the paper saying there's soon to be a shortage of alcoholic drinks in Oldmoor. The article says the supplies currently left are likely to only last days.
Having read this news, Mrs Miggins is straight out of the house and round to the Crown & Anchor. She puts in an order for thirty pints of Dave's finest beer - if there's going to be a shortage, she's going to make sure to have bought up plenty to keep her going. The only problem is that she can't resist drinking it all - before the last pint is pulled, she's drunk beyond belief and is singing "New York, New York" from on top one of Dave's finest wobbly tables.

Mr Miggins walks in just as Mrs Miggins is about to start singing "My Way". Not being very confrontational, though, he doesn't do a lot and leaves again. A few hours later, a very tired Mrs Miggins stumbles her way back home.

The next day, over breakfast, the pair are reading their favourite papers. The main headline reads "BEER SHORTAGE IMINENT - STOCKPILERS IN OLDMOOR HASTEN DECLINE IN SUPPLIES". Mrs Miggins turns to her husband and says, "What idiots. I'd never dream of doing something like that."

Fin.


I hope you liked that. Short but sweet (and that's enough about Mrs Miggins ;)).

-Peter

Yep. These are exactly the types that panic buy stuff.
That Maureen is an absolute deviant as well (I recognise similar people to myself).
 

reddragon

Established Member
Joined
24 Mar 2016
Messages
2,176
Location
Churn (closed)
Yep. These are exactly the types that panic buy stuff.
That Maureen is an absolute deviant as well (I recognise similar people to myself).
Yeah, over the weekend I panic charged my EV just in case there was a shortage of sunshine . . . .
 

Peter C

Established Member
Joined
13 Oct 2018
Messages
4,028
Location
GWR land
Yep. These are exactly the types that panic buy stuff.
That Maureen is an absolute deviant as well (I recognise similar people to myself).
Haha :lol:
I've heard Maureen's been panic-buying wool too, should her shop run out of the stuff...

Yeah, over the weekend I panic charged my EV just in case there was a shortage of sunshine . . . .
I thought there was a shortage of sunshine every twelve hours or so? ;)

-Peter
 

Cowley

Veteran Member
Associate Staff
General Discussion
Railtours & Preservation
Modelling & Games
Joined
15 Apr 2016
Messages
11,081
Location
Devon
:lol: :lol: :lol: Very good!
 

Peter C

Established Member
Joined
13 Oct 2018
Messages
4,028
Location
GWR land
Clearly Oldmoor has not had any fuel delivered but has power!
It's all magic. That's what Mr Miggins thinks anyway.
He keeps muttering about the steam engines not actually being powered by steam for some reason. Can't think why... ;)

-Peter
 

Top