Before I set any hares running, this blog post is about the City of York, not any person real or imaginary. Well maybe.
I like York. A lot. I’ve had so many good times there over many years, and the city always has something new to offer. Why do I like it so much? Well for a starter its home to my all time favourite model railway exhibition every Easter, http://www.yorkshow.org.uk/ and that’s both as a visitor and exhibitor- I first exhibited there in 1987 so that goes back a few years now. Its also home to my favourite museum, the NRM, as well as some of the best station architecture in the country. And whilst on that subject there’s the awe inspiring minster and a lot of other lovely old buildings worthy of looking at. And that’s all before we get to the pubs, the place is truly the home to some of my all time top boozers and there’s loads of them, in fact with the York Tap I struggle to get out of the station these days, but then again The Maltings is nobbut a cockstride away :-). And York Brewery!
One of the lesser known attractions though is York Modelmaking. https://www.yorkmodelrail.com/ I first came across this company when Tony Bucknell commissioned some laser cut platform canopy valances from them for Eskmuir, https://rochdalemrg.wordpress.com/our-layouts/ I was very impressed, so when it came to building North Ballachulish, I beat a path to their door for various components for the buildings. Some of these were very intentional purchases – the platform canopy valance and the church windows and stained glass inserts were on a written shopping list, but browsing their website – and visiting their stand and chatting to them at York show, the hand was inserted into pocket to purchase some other products which are quite frankly, bloody good.
First up is their laser cut slates and ridge tiles. On buildings in the past Ive tended to use the old tried and tested 10 thou plasticard, suitably scribed and cut into strips. Its good and effective, but not as neat as the York product, and being self adhesive it is much easier to lay on the roof.
I went for the plain church windows, as that’s what is in the actual St Brides at North Ballachulish, but there is a really comprehensive selection of ecclesiastical light emitting devices on offer from them. The next church model might well get a tad more ambitious.
I’ve also been procrastinating about the need for a footbridge for some time. The station on which the building is based on, Kentallen on the Ballachulish branch, originally had a footbridge, but somewhere in the mists of time it was demolished or taken away, and folk had to use the barrow crossing to get on to the down platform. Then I discovered that the York Modelmaking footbridge is right for the one that was there, so after that, a no brainer, especially when Viv asked me what I wanted for Christmas.
I do like kit bashing and this was a dream, another classic case of shake the box and it falls together, no fettling was required other than filing back the sprue connections. Like all their models it’s laser cut out of Rowmark which is a lot sturdier than other styrene sheet, although it does take a very strong solvent to ensure a good solid joint (I used plastic weld as they suggest). I finished painting and weathering it today, so that’s the last major structure done and dusted.
The platform seats are also by York Modelmaking.
So there you go – I’ve no connection with the company other than being a very, very satisfied customer. The products are good, the service and dispatch of orders are really top notch. And best of all they are from York !