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Chelford 2018

Posted by D869 , in Hayle North Quay, out and about 20 May 2018 - - - - - - · 720 views

Yesterday I took all of my various Hayle related bits and pieces to the Supermeet/Skills day at Chelford. It was a great day but it's fair to say that I was ready for some sleep by the time I got home again. 
I got a bunch of my research photos printed by one of the online companies. I hadn't actually realised just how many I'd managed to hoo...


Some Photographic Mucking About

Posted by D869 , in class 22, out and about, locos 12 September 2016 - - - - - - · 985 views

A little 'photo op' that I'd been planning since I found out that St Ruth and St Blazey would both be appearing at last weekend's Swindon show. 
The inspiration was a John Chalcraft photo that I bought when I was building D6309. It shows the real D6309 at St Blazey in 1969 in front of what appears to be a duff Duff. The same photo is also the inspira...


Tutbury Supermeet

Posted by D869 , in out and about, south yard 25 June 2016 - - - - - - · 825 views

The Tutbury Supermeet has come and gone. I'd like to thank John Aldrick and his helpers for organising a very enjoyable day. 
I spent most of it operating South Yard but had plenty of interest all day and by mid-afternoon I started to lose my voice because I'm not used to nattering quite so much. An unsuspecting Anthony Yeates asked if I'd mind him t...


Guest Op at DEMU

Posted by D869 , in out and about 30 May 2015 - - - - - - · 1,388 views

Spent a pleasant day today at the DEMU Showcase in Burton helping out on Jim Allwood's Welton Down along with fellow Midland Group member John Russell and lapsed member Richard Lake. Thanks to Jim for inviting us and the show organisers for putting on a good do.

I thought I'd take a few trains to play with but having precisely zero appropriate items to f...


Let it... oh it has!

Posted by D869 , in out and about 27 December 2014 - - - - - - · 828 views

Unusually we managed to find some real snow on our post Christmas steamy day trip to the GCR at Loughborough today. It's surprising how different conditions can be just 40 miles from home.

The GCR also provides a welcoming refreshment room with a real fire. The all day breakfast went down very well too.

We go to the GCR quite regularly. Somehow we...


Logging On In Somerset

Posted by D869 , in out and about 22 September 2014 - - - - - - · 811 views

Having a little early autumn interlude in Somerset now that number 3 child has departed the nest. Usual recipe... cottage, log burner, kits, books, local ales, walking, cycling, the odd visit to the local steam railway... 'oh, I didn't realise it was that close, fancy that eh?'.

Also trying to see if I can do a blog post from the tablet, so anything migh...


Excuses Excuses

Posted by D869 , in out and about 20 April 2014 - * * * * * · 879 views

Modelling chez moi has been on temporary hold for the past week or so due to a trip to see MinerChris in his new abode in Sudbury (not Suffolk!).

We did manage to get out and about on several occasions and caught a few of the local activities. I'm no expert on these matters so I'm sure that others will know more than me.

This is the view from Chris's...


Nottingham 2014

Posted by D869 , in south yard, out and about 15 March 2014 - * * * * * · 1,387 views

A few photos from South Yard's day out at Nottingham. A good day out was had by all and it was nice to catch up with some 2mm friends for the day.

The layout worked well all day and I got lots of nice comments.

The new backscene being cut out from its surrounding card. In the end I went back to watercolour because I'm too new to Acrylic and things jus...


Made in Italy

Posted by D869 , in wagons, out and about 22 July 2013 - * * * * * · 957 views

Just back from my summer hols during which we spent a couple of weeks in Italy.

As relaxation was definitely on the agenda I thought it reasonable to take along a few modelling bits just in case the opportunity presented itself. Most days were spent playing with the traffic on the Italian autostradas to tick off the usual Tuscan destinations but I manage...


Taking a Proper Engine to London

Posted by D869 , in out and about 11 May 2013 - * * * * * · 1,631 views

Taking a Proper Engine to London In a scandalous misuse of the limited time remaining before Railex, Jackie and I took the Cheltenham Flyer from Tyseley to Paddington and Back with 'Castle' class 'Earl of Mount Edgcumbe'.

The run was superb - a storming ascent of Sapperton and some fast running in both directions on the main line. 40 minutes early into Paddington and then an hour early...


Progress and Holidays

Posted by D869 , in coaches, out and about 28 October 2012 - * * * * - · 976 views

A few words on recent progress hereabouts...

The second bogie for D604 is now complete and looks much like the first one, so no need for any photos there. There are a couple of small jobs remaining before the new underframe bits get painted and then it should be 'job done'.

We've been away in Wales for the past week sampling the Garretts on...


Umm... Research Trip?

Posted by D869 , in out and about 01 July 2012 - - - - - - · 822 views

Umm... Research Trip? Thought it was time for some first hand research regarding what's so great about the railways of the south west...

We're in coach A :)

Films are by other peeps...

Wrong sea wall for St Ruth but just to show that other sea walls are available...

Signal checks on the return journey at...


Tracklaying Masterclass

Posted by D869 , in out and about 01 April 2012 - * * * * * · 900 views

I tried to convince these folks of the merits of Easitrac or even soldered PCB construction, but they seemed happy with their own way of doing things

Still, they managed to lay about 12 feet of track in under 5 minutes, so maybe it's not a bad approach.

Their next move was to rip it all up again, which...


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