Nick Baines • Model Engineering
May 2021 - Cab and backhead of the T3 are done. The loco is complete now, except for a few fittings (handrails, spectables, oil pots) that will be fitted after painting. Onwards with the tender.
I shall collect the Bloomers from Ian Rathbone next week. He has done his usual high-quality job of painting and lining - the lining was particularly tricky but the result is superb. I'll post some photos next time.
February 2021 - Boiler fittings for T3 added.
December 2020 - Back on the T3, I've spent a lot of time on bodywork wherre the prototype shape gets quite complicated.
September 2020 - Lady of the Lake is under way, but now waiting for the motor/gearbox unit from ABC Gears. Until that arrives, I can do only a limited amount of assembly. The Bloomers have been delivered to Ian Rathbone for painting. And some progress on the drag beam assembly for the T3 in Gauge 3, including injectors that were 3D printed in brass, recorded in the T3 pages.
July 2020 - As a diversion from the T3 project, I built another set of bending rolls of a size large enough for G3 locos. See the Bending Rolls page. I've also drawn the T3 boiler, firebox, cab ans splashers to work out the intersections between them, but it will be a while before that turns into metal. Also started even yet another (and hopefully the last) Lady of the Lake in O gauge.
May 2020 - T3 class assembly page added.
April 2020 - The Bloomers are complete up to the point of painting. That might be delayed for some time until the current Covid-19 restrictions are eased and I can get them to the painter. Once the painting is complete, the last remaining bright fittings will be added (they are made ready to fit), together with the plates and numbers. I will post pictures of the finished product when I can.
Now it is back to the T3 class in Gauge 3 for a while.
January 2020 - More on Special Large Bloomer
December 2019 - Added a couple of pages on the Special Large Bloomer project
September 2019 - Progress has slowed up somewhat. I've been running the 4MT with limited success at solving the problem of starting. Then came the GOG show at Telford where I was demonstrating, and since then I've been busy with "real" (non-railway) work. I've added a page on chassis details on the Bloomer.
July 2019 - More on Special Large Bloomer
May 2019 - New pages for Special Large Bloomer (O Gauge)
I've reviewed the question of making this site easier to read on small screens. It came up because Google started sending me messages to tell me the site was not "responsive" and would be downgraded in their listings until I fixed it. Well, that turns out to be quite a big job and one that will test my IT skills. Since much of this site is about the photos, viewing it on a phone won't give you the best experience anyway. And because I'm not selling anything, does it really matter? The long and the short of it is, I'm not going to bend the knee towards Google and the like. It will stay as it is. And if you happen to be reading this on a phone, please go to your computer. You will enjoy it far more that way.
Mar 2019 - New pages for Gauge 3 T3 class. There probably won't be much more on this for a while because I've had the go-ahead for two O Gauge locos and I need to get them started. Also the G3 garden railways are starting up and I will be running the 4MT.
I think the site now displays correctly in all common web browsers. Please let me know if you think differently.
Feb 2019 - I have done a complete revamp of this site because my interests have extended from O Gauge to Gauge 3, which is what I am now concentrating on. I have not abandoned O Gauge completely and I will still be building a few locos, but at a rather slower rate than before.
The home page is functioning, but is not displaying correctly in some browsers. I'm working on it.
This web site was started in 2013 and technology has moved on. I am working to make it more responsive, which means easier to read on phones and other mobile devices. That will take a while, but it is coming.