Model shop visit!!

Last week I made my first visit to a model shop since all this lock down started. Rhuddlan Models (
.. I needed some ‘N Gauge’ ballast and decided it was time to support the local shop rather than go online now they are open again.
While I was there I also took advantage of this amazing bargain of a used Hornby Lyddle End barn to add to Stowey Green

Welcome to the New Burton Crumpnold Website

Welcome to the seriously overdue ‘New Look’ Burton Crumpnold Website.
.. All the existing content has been included in the new website, together with new pages describing the building of Burton Phoenix have been added.

Further features and news will follow soon.

Best Wishes
Kevin Fisher

Stowey Green is actually getting built !!

Due to the current ‘Interesting times’ (Coronavirus!!), along with its associated lockdown.
…. Since I have so much time on my hands I have been quite busy..
Since I had the time and bits, perhaps I should actually get round to working on ‘Stowey Green’ my ‘N gauge’ layout. Especially as Burton Phoenix is effectively complete..

Stowey Greens board had been stored for years.. so was a bit beaten up..
.. So after plenty of TLC I started work..

I have got as far as laying and wiring the lower loop.
… The upper loop, along with it’s inclines, is being tided up.


I am currently ‘tuning the inclines before gluing them down.

There is a lot more information in ‘Work In Progress

.. Even MORE light relief..

I had a play with my Hornby Junior train set,
it was a charity shop bargain buy from last year…

….I had forgotten the simple pleasures of playing with a train set on the carpet….

Junior3 Junior1

A Bit of light relief…

… with a new engine at Burton Phoenix.. If a bit ‘out of scale’.

Taking a break on the layout I put this rather cute wood engine kit together I got as a Christmas present…
.. I don’t think I could call it fine scale…


Burton Phoenix Complete

Here are photos of the Curve section fitted for the first time with the complete layout.

I had a few wiring issues to resolve and wanted to run some proper testing as I am intending to informally display the layout during the year. ..For More details see ‘Work In Progress

Burton Phoenix – Back Out of the Ashes 2018-2019

The new house has needed a LOT of work .. so after 4 long years I have been able to properly unpack some Model Railway(s) that have been living in boxes for the past 4 years. I even have a room ‘Just’ for the model railways. In our last house I had to ‘Borrow’ a lot of the dining room.

I had been spending some time keeping the old website at least a bit up to date… But that is not the same as having a Real layout.

During my ‘setting’ up I realised that I had made a further purchase during the ‘fallow years’ – I took advantage of a special offer to pick up a AC Cars Rail bus to join the Park Royal one.
It was not a random choice – The Park Royal Rail-bus ran on Midland Rails and the AC Cars one ran on Western Region. Midland and Western traffic being a common theme of the Burton layouts.
.AC Railcar

I fear though that everything will need to be packed up Again for phase ‘2’ of the House redevelopment…

Burton Crumpnold All Packed away again…
As predicted everything is all packed away and buried behind furniture as we work on other rooms in the house… SO I’m, having to contact myself Playing Train Sim and Train Sim World…. With a bit of luck things will improve in the next few months..

… After a few delays the house redevelopment is now complete.
A major upside is that I been able to ‘negotiate’ a bigger home for the existing and new Burton Crumpnold layouts.

And Burton Phoenix is now out again and ‘Almost’ Up and Running….
.. I am also in the process of extending the layout by adding a corner section to turn the end-to-end into an ‘L’ shaped layout which is easier to demonstrate.

For more details see ‘Work In Progress‘.

Work Continues on Burton Phoenix.. The new corner board has been wired up and a ‘Test Train’ has been run to ensure all is well before more scenery work is done.

The Curve section at Burton Phoenix is coming on well.
.. And I have actually have new acquisitions after a visit to a local Model Railway Show.

.. Including the long awaited Hornby Super Sprinter in the rather fetching RAF 100 livery.

Plus a true bargain from the model railway show – a Scaledale windmill – This is going to be a great scenic feature on the new ‘Corner’ board.
Skaledale Highfields Windmill - R8548 - 1
As Shown here.. I now need to make the river more realistic…New Corner Board-Scenery

Burton Phoenix – 2015

We have just recently moved to North Wales, hence no updates for the last few months…

The room where the layout will be located is currently being used as a ‘storeroom’ whilst the kitchen is being redone – so it will be a while before ‘Proper’ model railway work can resume..

Great moment in our new home.. Finally dusted off and assembled Burton Phoenix in a room that now has space to run it. I also indulged in my first railway purchase for quite a while – A Heljan ‘Park Royal’ Railbus. I particularly wanted one of these as we used to live near the site in North London.
.. After testing the layout electrics with good ol ‘Smokey Joe’ here is the new Railbus in action.


For the last few weeks I have had Burton Phoenix up in our Dining Room so I can finish off the ‘Front of the layout’. It has also given me the first opportunity to take an ‘End to End’ photograph.