I've been out with the camera this month, to visit a very important, and very old, model railway.
Ffarquar Junction was built by the Rev W Awdry well over 60 years ago. As well as being the earliest form of Thomas the Tank, it's also a fascinating time capsule showing how model railways used to be built.
With the limited materials of the time, a pleasant scene has still be created that would still please many modellers today.
Many of the locomotives are built from kits that disappeared from the market long before I was born. Now in the care of the Talyllyn Railway, the stock lives in this home made case which has also survived many years use.
On the workbench, I've built a trio of small hut from the Intentio range of laser cut kits. One has been turned into a weighbridge on the industrial scene featured in the last two issues. It's nice to be able to set a model into some scenery, but not always possible because of deadlines. Here, there are a few extra tweaks showing how to alter an existing model railway.
Finally, on BRM TV, I'm looking at couplings.
Since the Rev Awdry's layout uses Sprat & Winkle couplings, I took the opportunity to explain them more fully. I show how they work, and how I have fitted them to rolling stock.
There's also an interview with the guys looking after the layout giving a bit of history to the great man's model railways.