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Edited by Barry Norman

MRJ Issue 199
  • Small Suppliers Forum


    PARKSIDE DUNDAS - 4mm scale diagram 011 (unfitted) and 015 (fitted) GWR 10 ton open wagon kit. NAIRNSHIRE MODEL SUPPLIES - New range of 4mm whitemetal cast wagon buffers. NBR DEVELOPMENTS - taken over former Eastfield Models range of 4mm scale etchings and kits. LONDON ROAD MODELS - 4mm scale etched nickel silver kit for square-tank version of LNER C12 (GNR C2).

    Tags: Small Suppliers Forum

  • Nunstanton

    Trevor Nunn



    The pages of MRJ have already told the story of East Lynn and its quay. This is the work of one talented man, who has been an inspiration to those modelling in S Scale, and in this celebratory issue I'm very pleased to invite Trevor Nunn to write about Nunstanton, his latest station down the line from East Lynn.

    North Norfolk pre-grouping GER branch line extension to existing layout, East Lynn, originally featured in MRJ 86.

    Tags: GER / Great Eastern Railway, layouts, pre-grouping

  • An LSWR 4-coach close-coupled block

    Norman Pattenden



    When Norman Pattenden passed away, the society lost a skilled and respected model maker. He was a professional railwayman with a distinguished career, latterly managing the Royal Train. Although he wrote much in the Society's Gazette, hi writing did not reach a wider audience. Fortunately, his models are still with us, so I have taken this opportunity to add his words to the photographs.

    Tags: coaches, LSWR / London & South Western Railway, scratchbuilding

  • MRJ Portfolio


    Landscape scene from Barry Fitzgerald's layout.

    Tags: landscape, MRJ Portfolio, scenery, trees

  • The Joy of S

    Simon Dunkley



    Believing that there are many good reasons for modelling in S Scale, Simon Dunkley argues the case for this imperial scale.

    Tags: scales / gauges

  • The S Scale Model Railway Society

    Andy May



    Founded as the 'Half-One Model Railway Society' in 1946, Andy May takes us back to the beginnings of the 3/16in scale modelling in the 19th Century.

    Tags: scales / gauges, societies

  • The Attractions of Resin Casting

    Maurice Hopper



    There are a surprising number of castings, etchings and parts available to the S Scale modeller. Some, like the new plastic chairs and Alan Gibson driving wheels, have been sponsored by the society, others have been mastered by individual members. A good example of this self-help approach is the work being undertaken by Maurice Hopper. As a modeller of the London and South Western Railway, he needed a range of outside-framed box vans to run on his layout, so he decided to find out how to master one out of resin. This interested me, so I asked him how this was done. Maurice's enthusiasm for this way of model-making has grown into the Exeter Wagon Works, ( and here he explains how to go about it.

    Tags: LSWR / London & South Western Railway, scratchbuilding, techniques, wagons

  • A Claud for tight curves

    Jas Millham



    After leaving the mainline at Bishop's Yaxford, and passing through Rookfield and Coldbridge, the parcels train caused much excitement when it arrived at Yaxbury. This was the first time a Claud Hamilton had been seen on the branch. With the arrival of a new locomotive on the Yaxbury Branch I was interested to find out how Jas Millham had managed to build an engine that would negotiate his tight curves and haul its train faultlessly. Here he explains how he blended an articulated chassis with compensation and split frames to create something a little unusual.

    GER Claud Hamilton (LNER D14/D15/D16) 4-4-0

    Tags: GER / Great Eastern Railway, LNER / London & North Eastern Railway, scratchbuilding, steam locomotives

  • [Photo: Grove Ferry Junction]



    Photo of Robin Fielding's 'Grove Ferry Junction' layout, based on the East Kent Railway.

    Tags: layouts, light railways

  • The fiddle yard for Grove Ferry Junction

    Robin Fielding



    It has become something of a tradition for fiddle yards on S Scale layouts to be hidden. This does, however, restrict the kind of system that can be used, as often the buildings screening the front can get in the way of the moving tracks. However, the approach that Robin Fielding is describing here allows the tracks to slide back and forth, and then at the end of an operating session the whole cassette can be pulled forward and turned around, ready to start again. A rather clever idea, me thinks!

    Tags: minimum space, storage

  • The Belfast Caboose

    Desmond Browne



    Isn't S Scale quite big in America? This was a question I was frequently asked on my exhibition tours with Lydham Heath. I suppose I should have known the answer, but didn't; however, I had heard of the 'American Flyer' which I understood to be an early 'ready to run' model. I wondered who had started S Scale, hoping of course, that it was on this side of the ocean, so I asked Desmond Browne to put the whole story into context.

    Tags: scales / gauges, societies

  • A tale of two Y7s

    John Holden



    This simple engine with plenty of character, is an ideal first step into kit building, and a great place to build the confidence needed to tackle something more adventurous. Here John Holden (who describes himself as a raw amateur) introduces us to the bits and pieces that can be collected together to enable us to build our first S Scale locomotive.

    LNER Class Y7 (NER Class H) 0-4-0

    Tags: LNER / London & North Eastern Railway, scratchbuilding, steam locomotives

  • Optical Wheel Quartering

    Peter Ross


    When I travelled to New Zealand, I was met at Christchurch airport by Peter Ross, who introduced me to the finescale approach of the NZR modellers, who have adopted S Scale to model their 3ft 6in gauged railways. It soon became clear how familiar they are with the finescale movement in Britain, and how influenced they have been by the writings in this journal. Peter quotes Iain Rice as the inspiration behind his fascination with faultlessly running locomotives. He uses hornblocks, beams and silent motor drives to make his NZR class WF tank or KA 4-8-4 glide effortlessly along. So here Peter tells us about a simple idea that has helped him precisely check the quartering of his wheels, an essential first step to perfect running.

    Tags: chassis, techniques

  • [Photos: The Hornby Coach]



    Two photos of a 1950s Meccano S Scale coach.

    Tags: coaches

  • [Photo: NBR Class D / LNER J83]



    S Scale NBR Class D (LNER J83) 0-6-0 built by Scott Willis.

    Tags: LNER / London & North Eastern Railway, NBR / North British Railway, steam locomotives

  • [Photo: Yard in Bethnal Green]


    Prototype view of a small, cluttered yard between houses in Bethnal Green in 1954.

    Tags: houses, prototype, Real Atmosphere

  • [Photo: Lydham Heath]



    View of Barry Norman's 'Lydham Heath'.

    Tags: layouts, light railways

  • [Photos: Grove Ferry Junction]



    Three photos of Robin Fielding's 'Grove Ferry Junction' layout, based on the East Kent Railway.

    Tags: layouts, light railways