Saturday, 31 December 2011

Fir tree

Tomorrow the Christmas tree comes down, and while looking at it I was wondering how I can better the FF fir tree in RWs.
I was never that happy with it but it is hard to get the shape/body and depth in the tree without the polys mounting up. I can certainly make a nice looing 2D version but some 3D versions for close to the track would be cool. Here I have just being playing around with some textures and these are not the final ones, but I think I might be able to make something out of it for fir trees up past Witton le wear.


Sunday, 25 December 2011

Saturday, 24 December 2011

Merry Christmas

Just a note to wish everyone who stumbles through this blog a very merry Christmas.

best regards


Friday, 23 December 2011

King James Middle school dining hall

My school was just down from the tracks and like the rest of the town will all be modelled.
Lower polygon models but they still look great from a short distance away.


Sunday, 18 December 2011

Dec Update

Well I'm back!

Woodhead is by no means out the woods just yet but it is looking pretty special for most of it, in the new year the guys involved will give it a blitz.

SO where does that leave my route, will it ever get done!

The good news is I have found someone willing to aid me in the track laying. This is a major step forward.
I will not put a date against this route but I think 2012 will be pretty special.

More updates to follow over the festive period (as long as the missus allows me some time at the pc!)



Saturday, 19 November 2011

Where has the time gone!

Gosh time has flown by.
So many projects hard to keep track of what I have been doing!

Project Woodhead and the other loco projects I have been involved in has taken up much of my free time. However I do hope to get back to this route over Christmas and into the new year with a 2012 launch. (fingers crossed)

TS2012 is huge and the number of users just keeps on growing! We certainly have come along way since RS days.

You will have noticed that my time on forums has been reduced, much of this is down to work and family (my little boy growing up!)
I plan on cutting back even further from forums too for my own sanity, anyone who wishes to communicate with me can do so in the comments section here(stay on topic please) or if TS2012 issues/questions or just want to contact me then do so by emailing

I loved being involved with some of the community on the forums and I have made many friends, certainly was fun banter most of the time but I just don't have the time or energy to do work/life and keep my hobbies and other interests going as well as keep track and post in all the various threads in random forums.

Its been a long 6 years and if I am to last a further 6 years I need to stop burning the mid night oil candle from both ends so to speak. :)

So, more posts on WVR very soon which I am very excited about, and less posts on forums.

I wish everyone luck in their projects.



Tuesday, 6 September 2011

bridge TS2012

BA in TS2012

I now need to look at updating a few materials, but it does have a nice solid feel.


Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Wearhead Engine shed ref

Hi, here is a section of map I am using as ref from 1950 of wearhead:

Go here and click on the launch GIS, from ther eyou can go back through old maps of the durham area. been a great help plotting the route.

Here is a picture of the engine shed, I have a few others that show slightly different views but none give me a full idea of what it looks like on all sides, I will make my best guess.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Wearhead goods shed

2 hours to make a simple goods shed. From what I can gather in the few images I have is that this shed design looks like it was used at Wearhead/St John's Chapel and Westgate. Well it will be for sure on my route. :)

Up in the Dales there are few houses so I don't have to do grouped assets. A number of Generic stone houses/barns/farmhouses/bridges and stores should cover the bulk of the scenery above Stanhope.


Saturday, 13 August 2011

Wearhead Station

With a few hours to fill I managed to texture and place Wearhead Station.

Shame the building was not brick, probably would look more interesting. They Pebble dashed the walls to protect them from the harsh weather up in the dales.

This building/platform will be used as the basis for a few other stations. St Johns, Westgate and Eastgate all use the same basic block and layout.



Monday, 8 August 2011

Andrew Barclay?

A year or so ago I came across this this image with a Tank engine by the West Signal box.
This will be the small shunting loco that will join the other locos in the route. Just need to find out some dimensions and maybe some drawings. If not I can go for the Hawthorn instead.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

a few B1 details

All work in progress and just really throwing shapes at it while James sleeps and Emily is playing in the garden.

Probably all for today.


18 spoke Wheels


Saturday, 6 August 2011

To B or not to B

Just something i started tinkering with, a B1. Maybe a Q7 next.


Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Lord of the Flies

Many things around the internet make me chuckle.
Amazed at how folks on discussion pages (BBC 606 for example, or comments left on youtube videos) behave and conduct themselves, it's jaw dropping.

I read Lord of the Flies ages ago as most of us did at school, I picked it back up and re read it recently, and while still an uncomfortable read (even more so being a parent) I could not help but smile when I came across something that I see mimicked on the internet or in forums.

I look forward to seeing how the internet evolves over the years, but I'm sure there will always be a virtual soap box to get up on. (Even if no one is listening)


Thursday, 28 July 2011

Looking West

Starting the houses around the Grand Hotel and what was Stephenson's works? Not really sure what was there. I remember some big iron gates and some large buildings and a couple of diggers I think but beyond that it is hazy. Much easier to build the Grand and Sun street!

Sunday, 24 July 2011

SouthView - Black Path

On modeling South View, the black path and Wilson Forge.
Above is the image looking towards the station, none of my track is final, I still need to make the changes for the line heading to Spennymoor.

Not many images of wilsons forge about but Google earth shows the buildings still in place. I walked past the place every day from School and have a good idea what the side facing SouthChurch road looks like. The 3 vents (2 pointing up and 1 down for some reason) and the big wall that ran along side it. If anyone does have a photograph of the place I'd be interested in seeing it, here is the area blocked out.


Sunday, 17 July 2011

Tackle Africa football marathon 2011

And so I managed to get through the the day..
Team Underdogs made up of 8 guys who never met before the event.

The weather was shocking, rain coming in horizontal across the common for many hours in the morning, it did however get a little brighter in the afternoon/evening with only a few downpours.

So how did we do? well like last year we won some, lost some and drew some. After 2 rounds we won as many as we lost so not too bad. However we lost in the first round of the knock out phase, but managed to win the others bar one. Not sure where we ended up but I think mid thirties from 52.

best names of the day were 'Me and your Mum united' and 'AC A Little Silhouetto Of Milan'.

So thank you all who gave on charity page, on the day we raised over a £100000 again so well done to you all.

Next year? who knows, maybe I need to do more training, i am hobbling around like an old man today!


Thursday, 14 July 2011

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Monday, 4 July 2011

Town Hall

lets have a meeting!
Not finished yet, will add more detail when I add St Annes church and the houses behind the Town hall. Currently only using half of my (1024/1024) texture but I am sure I will need another 512/512 texture to complete the group. Also may need a few small textures to use as alpha's railing on roof.
May as well keep them all together as I unit, easier to place down.

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Monday, 27 June 2011

Ok, United and lockey buses

I really want to make some vintage buses. Ok, United and Lockeys would be perfect.
I'm no expert on buses, but if anyone knows where I can get dimensions or maybe a profile drawing to get me started that would be great.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Monday, 20 June 2011

That time of year again..Tackle africa2011

help if you can, if not then no problem, I understand times are hard.

best regards


Sunday, 19 June 2011

textured building

Large building at the top of Grey St.

Here is my work in progress image of the large building at the top of Grey St which over looked the track side water tower.
This is the first of a selection of buildings that were on the far side of platform 4.
I will play about with a few elements before I texture it so they are the correct proportions. Once done I will put together to put in my route.



Sunday, 8 May 2011

Darlington at Wembley

Well after the hilarious tears from Catboy and the 'it's over when I say it's over' saga, it was time to turn my attention to more important matters... Darlo!

My brother and his son came to stop the night before and drinks and food were had out on the astro turf till late.

Saturday could not have gone any better.
Railway pub at 12 in West Hampstead for a number (best not say how many) of lovely Tribute beers before heading to the ground.

Mansfield had more supporters than Darlo something like 13000 to Darlo's 9000, however the overall attendance was 28000 so not a bad turn out overall.

Darlo were far the better team throughout and created a number of good chances, but Mansfield had a good spell in the second half and had some noisey fans.

Darlington should have wrapped it up towards the end of normal time when the hit the bar from a freekick and a low diving header that should have been on target.

Extra time came and went until the last minute (I was expecting pennas) a cross, a header, the bar, keeper did a gomez and flapped mid air before Senior poped up at the far post to head in. The fans went wild, after the crazyness there were lots of songs and for once the darlo fans had something to cheer about.

Mansfield had a free kick at the death but it came to nothing.

More beers at the railway before pizza/wine and rounded off the day with a little BlackAdder series 3.

Days just do not get better than that!


Sunday, 20 March 2011

Bishop Auckland Odeon

Had a few hours spare and made the odeon, this area needs some landscaping!


Tuesday, 25 January 2011



The stretched twig of peace is at melting point.

I know who my moneys on.


Saturday, 22 January 2011

The Siddler

Back in 94 I worked at PGL, Marchants Hill, Surrey. One of the best times of my life.
I have a number of photos from the time but only this Video that my wife made into a DVD for me.
I think she just liked to see me in green tights!

Oh well, enjoy the bodge it and scarper production!

Batman vs the Siddler



Thursday, 20 January 2011


I had a little rest from work.


Wednesday, 19 January 2011

39 steps

Jeez... where did they time go?

No real update today, but as it is my birthday I am going to spend the day oil painting, got a few ready to start, can I really paint the Deerhouse one more time from the same spot? Of course I can, just paint it bigger each time!



Monday, 17 January 2011

Real vs RWs

I have had a number of folks ask about what I am doing so I thought I would put up 2 shots to show the real and my version in RWs.

While making assets I often try and get the feel of an area rather that worry about getting it exactly right. I try and get the right number of houses in the street and match the window layout and brick colour etc, but I do not worry about every house looking as it does now. I don't live there anymore, I don't have the time to go to that detail, and i think it would not be that much fun. Also, I am modelling the route in the 50's so much would have changed anyway.
:) and I'm sticking to that.



Sunday, 16 January 2011

Escomb road

Just building a number of terrace houses and old hospital, and I remembered I had not updated what I did with Escomb road. This is one asset with 2 lods, all detail drops off at 200 M.
The texture for this is 512/1024, however I could enlarge this to a square to fit in some of the surrounding terrace houses and sheds.
Away from the track I give myself a rule of thumb which is a 2 story building is 256 pixels high and I work from that to get the rest.
It is really easy to throw too many textures at objects. While I don't mind doing this for my stations, the filler objects need to be kept low otherwise the route will run slow and take ages to load.. sound familiar?