No not the return of “Slack Alice” (Witherslack Hall to the uninitiated) to the East Lancs, but North Ballachulish Village Hall. The more intensive service on mid summer weekdays makes it difficult to do any major modelling work when I’m on Townsend Fold which is far more intensive to work than Rawtenstall West.

I’ve tried to find some of the smaller jobs which I can pick up and come back to between trains without having to leave things at a critical stage. The village hall window frames fitted nicely into that, each of the main window frames is built out of .20 x.20 microstrip with 9 separate pieces on each frame. Each piece of microstrip was cut to size and fixed onto the glazing material using Di Limonene The glazing had already been put on the back of the window apertures. I was able to build around 4  frames between trains and a loco failure meant I could get the full building glazed by the end of the shift. Not much remains to be done on this building now, other than paint the eaves and soffits, and fixing the doors and drainpipes in place before fixing to the baseboard. The building is based very closely on the one a hundred yards or so down the A82 from North Ballachulish at Onich.


On the other hand the sight of a Black 5 double heading with City of Wells was a bonus as well 😉  (the pics show the return up working where I’d more time to wield the camera and shows the Black 5 as train engine with the poorly West Country on the back!