Steve has been in touch with his Hornby Thompson coaches:
I have read a lot of discussion of the Hornby Silver Jubilee coach sets and how unrealistic they are.
I did think of buying a set to go along with the ‘Silver King’ that I purchased last year but they usually sold at very inflated prices.
A couple of weeks ago I purchased 3 Hornby Thompson coaches for 99p each (+postage!) on Ebay.
They are quite easy to dismantle and probably would have made one complete coach from the unbroken parts.
I decided to repair a coach side, a roof and the delicate parts of the bogies. I also needed some new buffers and coach wheels to replace those that were missing.
All 3 coaches are near completion. I am just waiting on the delivery of a set of coach wheels and some more buffers.
I am please with the result even though they are not that realistic compared to the actual Silver Jubilee coaches.
One day I might venture into building some of those articulated coach sets!
I read your posts every day and have to tell you, there are some very clever model railroaders out there. I really enjoy the tips from all who contribute.
I have a little something that may be worth something to someone. I make my own N scale coal loads, here’s how I do it.
First I take a piece of sandpaper, cut it to fit inside the hopper, paint it black and sprinkle some real n scale coal on top. I think it makes a pretty convincing load, It’s quick, easy, and inexpensive.
Chuck M. USA”
Now on to Paul who has thought of a fun way to annouce his ripping up part of his fab layout, which you can see here.
It seems that an asteroid is coming and my Jurassic Adventure Park is right on the path to destruction. The demise of the dinosaurs is imminent. I guess I will have to put the land to better use so over the next few months I will expand my layout to make use of the new found area.
That’s all for today folks.
A big thanks to Steve for sharing his Hornby Thompson coaches. And to Chuck and Paul.
Please do keep ’em coming – I’m running out of stuff so if you have anything to share, now’s a great time.
And don’t forget the Beginner’s Guide is here if you want to stop dreaming and start doing.