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  1. The biggest layout there was our O finescale layout Helmthwaite and Chapel Lane. It took almost 10 years to build. It was one of the layouts trashed along with all of our stock. We are told that two persons were apprehended. I am personally devastated. Among the things in that wrecked hall is my beautiful Black 5 and 20 years worth of kitbuilt stock John K
  2. We have cleared up the remains of our layout and of the stock. I have personally lost most of 20 years of wagon building, several O gauge engines and some coaches that were hand built by me - All completely irreplaceable. We have lost a club layout that featured in books and magazines, and that took us 10 years to build. They can have the money, but we will never get the 1000s of hours back. John
  3. Hi Last night, every exhibition manager’s worst nightmare came true. vandals broke into the hall for the Market Deeping MRC show in Stamford. The show has had to be cancelled. The hall is a crime scene and is out of bounds the layouts and stands have been totally destroyed. the perpetrators have been apprehended, but that is little comfort to the exhibitors whose layouts and displays have been ruined. I was due to set up this morning, so am unaffected, but seeing pictures of the destruction has left me feeling absolutely heartbroken for the club and the exhibitors. Please share the news that the show is cancelled. thanks
  4. As someone who has had all his rolling stock stolen from the back of a van years ago - I can imagine a little of how those affected are feeling right now. However, can we restrict postings to sympathy and avoid bringing the "hang 'em and flog 'em" brigade" along. This is not the place for rants about the sort of punishments that should be dealt out. Trust me, remembering how I felt as I called the police from a Little Chef phone box, there is nothing you can think of that is worse than I can, tempting as it is to dream about it. A letter to your MP would be more productive than a post on here anyway. Sympathy and even practical offers of help as the situation becomes clearer would be much better. We are a community, let's show it.
  5. I spent the evening at the MDMRC clubroom, talking with the club members and listening to whats going on. (Thanks for the Tea!) I think its fair to say that they are all completely astonished by the response to the events of the weekend. The members seemed to be in good spirits, and the messages, support and pledges have left everyone feeling very emotional, but the St. Neots club, the owner of the other damaged layout and Paul from P&D Marsh were certainly at the forefront of their minds and of the conversation, the concern for them being palpable. Peter addressed the members describing the events of the Saturday and of the subsequent response. He and the club as a whole expressed a great deal of gratitude to the staff and students of the Welland Academy, who have been extremely helpful and supportive as well as being absolutely distraught and disgusted that something like this could have occurred in their school, and to the Police, who have been incredibly understanding, and who are treating the incident very seriously. It is far too early for plans to emerge with respect to the donations. There are several ideas, but the club first need to take stock and arrange their working group. The plans will be communicated by the club in good time. What is apparent is the considerable weight of responsibility that these donations has placed upon the club, and it is clear that the sums involved are almost reaching a point of embarrassment, with the genuine concerns regarding how to distribute the funds and donated items without negative repercussion. My view remains unchanged, the donations have been made to the club for the club and for those affected. In a week (or less), the media circus will have moved on, and the club will be left with a legacy that perhaps wont be subject to quite as much scrutiny as feared. My experience of the MDMRC are that they are a tremendously generous organisation, but there should be no shame attached to spending a good sum of this money on the club and its activities, and I hope that they don't forget themselves when helping everyone else. I think a lot of good will come of this in the end - the story has touched a lot of people and the response shows that innocent hobbies like ours are deeply ingrained in the national psyche. Peter and some of the others still have interviews over the course of the week, and I believe that "The One Show" will be filming a feature on Friday, so the circus will keep rolling for a few days yet. Though frankly I'm surprised Peter is still able to talk! I hope he gets a well deserved break soon.
  6. I have just had a chat with the Chairman of Market Deeping MRC, Peter Davies, to pass on our sympathies and desire to support them in some way. The tales of damage are so disheartening, small details that portray wilful destruction of layouts, exhibits, trade models and school property. Many pieces of work will never be replaced because of the time invested in creation and the potential impact will go far beyond the immediate issues into consequent costs at future points and is a measurable setback to the club, modellers and traders and insurance cannot always cover all of those losses. The costs of damage are very substantial but involvement with the insurers will start tomorrow and the club have a lot to get through. I relayed our collective support and Peter is in the throes of arranging a JustGiving page, which he will let us have details of, and I would ask that all support is channeled through that source for maximum benefit. As a hobby we are a community, this could have happened to any club, anywhere at some time and we all feel a small part of their anger and frustration but hope that we can give some small message of support that we do care about them. The official JustGiving page to raise their funds can be found here https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/market-deeping-mrc
  7. jjb1970

    DJM, the end.

    I may be the nasty one here but I don't see this as a loss to the hobby in any way. Other better managed companies capable of delivering product will continue to serve the market, most of what DJM did was to abstract money in the form of deposits that could have been spent in other more useful and productive ways. The word hindsight has been mentioned, the impending demise of the company has been pretty obvious for a long time, for at least the last year any rational review of company behaviour and performance would have led people to conclude that it was not a case of if but when it would all collapse. I would have more sympathy perhaps if Dave Jones hadn't made a habit of smearing Chinese factories with some really rather distasteful comments which appealed to those with a liking for cheap stereotyping, accused Revolution of trying to entice him into joining them in illegal collusion, just blamed his accountant and Web designer for the complete shambles of his accounts and website, made a habit of trying to pee on other manufacturers by pre-emption news and announcements, made allegations about former commissioning clients and broken handshakes etc. Do I take pleasure in seeing a company go bust? No, but neither do I see a reason to eulogize a company whose influence on the hobby I would describe as baleful.
  8. I note in the Obituaries section that the name of that great modeller, Roy Jackson, is now present. Roy died peacefully on Saturday evening, with his family and closest friends present. I'm putting this little piece on my thread because I think it's more personal. What can one say by way of a tribute? He was a dear friend of mine for decades, and I consider him to be one of the greatest modellers of his generation. Though I knew of him from his Gainsborough Central days, I first got to chat to him at one Manchester Show where he, Geoff Kent and John Philips were showing High Dyke. I was transfixed, and saw nothing else of the show. I watched it for over a couple of hours and Roy engaged me in conversation. I complimented him and the others for such a great layout, but then had the temerity to point out that an A3 he'd made had the wrong dome. A moment passed, then I was effectively asked if I liked sex and liked travel? If so then f**k off! I immediately thought, here's a man after my own heart. We became instant mates. It was my privilege down the years to photograph his final EM Gauge masterpiece, Retford. I'd taken a few shots of Dunwich, again built by the fabulous trio, and also some of Geoff Kent's Blakeney and most recent Black Lion Crossing, for which Roy had built the pointwork, attended to some of the wiring and built some stock, but it's Retford for which he'll be remembered the most. What an heroic project. It took a man of great vision to conceive it, and even greater vision to embark on building it, some 25 years ago. That it's not completed is of no matter. It stands as a testament to a great modeller - a leader as well, because many others have contributed to Retford down the years, including (in a tiny, tiny way) me. He was an inspiration. I saw him for the last time just over three weeks ago, and his conversation was typical. 'It's King's Cross, Tony; the end of the line!' His wicked sense of humour was still there, in spades! Potentially the greatest model railway ever made? I think so! This shot of Roy's Retford in EM was taken a few years ago, before both fiddle yards expanded. This is a shot of the GN fiddle yard before it was expanded and filled with more trains. The HST was a visitor! North Junction at Retford, with the completed buildings made by Geoff Kent. Typically, Roy made the loco. And the south end, with still much to do - and still to do. What made Retford so personal to me was that it was my favourite trainspotting place, some 60 years ago. I could be one of the figures! And Roy's last loco. Still as good as any other, despite his failing faculties. All his Pacifics ran as 4-6-0s. It's my immense privilege to own a Roy Jackson-built loco. He made this DJH 9F in OO of all things, and I was presented with it by way of thanks for my having made a chassis (in EM) for one of Roy's locos. It was also a huge privilege to have him here from time to time, running Little Bytham. RIP Roy.
  9. I am aware that four layouts have been affected. there are also some trade stands (P&D Marsh being the most prominent) and exhibitors affected. there was a second hall that has not been affected. I am currently discussing ways in which we may be able to help. Being local, we have close ties with many affected, and we will do what we can.
  10. Pete 75C

    DJM, the end.

    The way it was... Model is announced. We wait patiently. Model is released. We perhaps wait for a review in our magazine of choice. We buy. The way it is... A model is announced for possible production. We froth. We are asked to make an expression of interest. We froth some more. We wait. Expressions of interest prove that there is demand. We're asked to get our wallets out. We wait for the CAD. The CAD is wrong. We wait. We wait some more. The revised CAD is wrong. Some give up but the rest wait. Hurrah! The CAD seems ok to most mere mortals. We wait. We continue to froth while waiting. Painted samples arrive. They're wrong. We take to the keyboards in disgust. We wait. Forum user A falls out with forum user B. Forum user C is banned. We wait. Revised painted samples arrive. They're fine to most mere mortals. We wait. And froth. We're still waiting. Container is loaded. We follow the ship halfway around the world using GPS tracking. Still waiting. We pay the balance. Our model arrives. Bits fall off when you open the box and that shade of grey is FAR too dark. World ends. My rose tinted spectacles and I really really really miss the way it was!
  11. I have made no secret of my distrust for the man. Some of you may recall the customer who came into my shop and asked me to refund his £250 for his deposit on an APT. I had told him that it was nothing to do with us. He insisted as he had picked up the information in our shop. Unbeknown to us you again may recall, a raft of flyers had been left amongst our show etc flyers. DJ denied all knowledge and I took a fair beating on here and via personal email, even a berating phone call from Mr Jones himself. I gave the guy the money back from my own personal money after DJ stated he could find no trace of him on his order book. Well he wouldn't would he? I would love to conduct an in depth interview with DJM. As a retired Detective in Merseyside Police, strangely enough my last office was in the station covering the registered office of DJM in Liverpool. I would love to carry it out as a still working Detective. This is not I told you so post, but simply that there were quite a few of us who were shot down and named as "naysayers and trolls". From the moment he first entered our shop seeking an order for J94's, which we were happy to place at that time. Only to discover he had been shall I say.... less than truthful? Dave, when you read this, remember I was willing to help you, only because you were based in "Liverpool for your sins". There are lots of honest Scousers. We would rather have a shoplifter in our shop. Need I say more. Anybody thinking of taking up from DJM will need to fill these shoes. Yes I am still angry.
  12. Duncan.

    DJM, the end.

    I came across Dave Jones when I was Trade Liaison Officer for the N Gauge Society back in the 1990's. I received a large number of letters and telephone calls concerning money sent for models but no goods received, items returned and no refund and unable to contact (what at the time was) N'thusiast Resprays. (In fact the only business that I received more than one complaint) I made some enquiries and found suppliers who also had not been paid and had difficulty contacting Dave Jones. One supplier told me that he had given up any hope of being paid. (I believe that remains the case to this day). I also discovered that a list of excuses for non delivery then bear a remarkable similarity to those proffered over the last few years, basically blaming anyone else but himself. Frankly I did not believe any of these claims, and considered many to be complete fabrications. I was part of a team organising the 30th Anniversary exhibition for the NGS, and combined with my other role as trade liaison my brief was to arrange the trade attendance for the show. As the NGS was not in a position to persue the claims of members against Dave Jones , I could do no more than advise members to seek claims personally. However, what I could do and did was to bar Dave Jones from attending our 30th Anniversary show . There does appear from some of the replies in this thread that there is a deep trust in this man, I cannot share that view from my experience some 25 years ago. I believe trust has to be earned and is closely coupled to honesty, I found this lacking at that time and the recent developments do not surprise me at all. I am saddened for those that did trust the hype and have lost monies, I hope (but fear you won't) get some sort of refund. More widely I have been saddened for many years at the money given to this company (as I feared it would end this way) when (I model in N) the market for N is so small and I felt that other concerns had so much more to offer and were effectively losing possible funding to one which I could never support ( from my previous experience). So yes I guess that I could be open to critisism myself for not alerting others to my previous experiences, but would you have listened and would I have been trolled? The title of this thread is DJM, the end, I have to say I hope so, I can't feel sorry for Dave Jones but I do feel sorry for those that have been so badly let down and I hope that there is not another incidence of this type in the future. I will not be making further comment about this subject. Duncan
  13. 51 points
    Greetings everyone – Pickle S. Finkerbury here, railway historian and time traveller. As previously explained, I have a knack for being in the right place at the right time, which has provided me with unique insights into certain unknown aspects of GWR matters. Here is another extract from my files: Farthing, early 1900s. It is well known that the GWR treated the workers at Swindon to an annual excursion by rail. What is less known is that the top management at Swindon Works also undertook an annual excursion, although that was of a much more exclusive nature. This year, the distinguished group are visiting the ever expanding Farthing station. Their special train has been propelled into the sidings of the Old Yard, and the members of the prominent party are investigating the facilities. The First class coaches show early experiments with the garter crest livery, soon to become standard. The roofs won't stay white for long. The official purpose of the excursion is to obtain a first hand experience of practical engineering matters. But - as the local staff are quick to note - the participants seem more interested in socialising. This includes L.R. Thomas, manager of the Carriage & Wagon Department at Swindon Works. He has brought along the young and rather lovely Miss Estella Havisham, whom he has been courting since they met at a ball in Swindon a few weeks ago. Being of a somewhat awkward and old fashioned disposition, Mr Thomas is struggling to keep the conversation going - until he spots a couple of wagons in the sidings. Sensing an opportunity to impress the young lady, Thomas decides to discuss the evolution of the GWR wagon brake. Since he is talking to a woman, Thomas keeps it very simple: 'You see, Miss Havisham, this wagon uses our old brake design. You will note the large lever.' Thomas continues: 'We have been using this brake design for a long time, but it can only be operated from one side, and is really a rather primitive arrangement.' Moving on to the next wagon, Thomas becomes visibly excited: 'Now this wagon, by contrast, uses a much more modern and ingenious brake design!' 'In fact this brake is my own design, which I patented a few years ago. It is known, I might add, as the Thomas Brake'. 'As you can see, Miss Havisham, my design has handles on both sides, rather than a single lever. By winding the handle the brakes are applied. Do you understand?' Miss Havisham does seem to understand. 'Oh Mr Thomas, what an ingenious mechanism!', she exclaims, 'And such an interesting topic. I must confess that all this talk of handles and levers excites me somewhat!'. Now rapidly warming to the topic, Mr Thomas is about to go into further detail – but then Miss Havisham interrupts him: 'But I wonder, Mr Thomas, if a more convenient single-action arrangement could be developed? One might perhaps exchange the handle for a side lever with the end set downwards and connected via an adjustable link to a toothed quadrant which could be loosely mounted on a transverse shaft. Short hand levers could be fitted at either end of the shaft, with which the rack could be actuated via a projecting arm, thus engaging with a lug on the quadrant. A pawl could be used to retain the toothed rack when the hand lever is pressed down. When on, the side lever would lift and reverse the brakeblock shafts on the rocking shaft at the V-hanger. Would that work, do you think, Mr Thomas?' Speechless and bewildered, Thomas just stands there. What Miss Havisham has just described is not only highly ingenious, it is also a design very similar to one currently being developed by William Dean himself, with much input from Churchward. How on earth would a layman - and a woman at that! – be able to come up with something so advanced? Just as Thomas is about to regain composure, an elegantly dressed man approaches them. Thomas’ heart sinks further. He knows exactly what is going to happen. What had seemed such a promising day is rapidly becoming a nightmare. * To be continued * Who is the elegant man in the grey suit? Why does Miss Havisham know so much about wagon brakes? And what will it all mean for Thomas’ efforts to court her? Find out in the next instalment of “Secrets of the Drawing Office”.
  14. I am posting this as a notice from St Neots MRC We have now had time to absorb the destruction that occurred at Stamford, Lincs on Friday night / Saturday morning when the Market Deeping Exhibition, at Welland Academy in Stamford, was broken into. There was a huge amount of malicious damage as publicised widely in national media. St Neots Model Railway Club has suffered damage to two layouts and a lot of hand-built stock. Our large O gauge layout and a lot of personally owned stock is beyond repair - it was all scratch-built and is irreplaceable. Another layout suffered serious damage but we will rebuild it. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people who have been sending messages of support and offers of help. We also send our condolences to all the other exhibitors who suffered damage. Thank you to the organisers who responded as quickly and professionally as possible. They also suffered damage to layouts and have losses of their own to contend with. No one can replace the years of work for any of us. We have no connection with or information about any 'Just Giving' website pages. The St Neots Club organises the East Anglian Model Railway Exhibition which is at Kettering on June 8th and 9th this year. We will be doing everything possible to make sure that exhibitors at our show do not have to experience what we have been through in the last two days. John K Edited for typos
  15. But what is the point? In joining a forum you tacitly accept the rule of the mods. If you don't accept it you risk sanctions. So by all means think they are wrong, but what benefit is there to you - or the rest of us - in telling them? Some of us who have been here a few years see the patient moderating effort that goes into making RMweb what it is, and we are grateful. I am told other forums are available.
  16. For most of the time I take pictures of Little Bytham, I concentrate on the fast-moving, prestige trains, or the long goods trains. In most cases, these are hauled by heavy motive power. However, there are bits of the layout which hardly get a look in, so, this evening I decided to take a few 'candid' shots, the results of which are shown below. A view looking across towards Marsh Bridge at the south end, with Tom Couling's little barn sagging nicely. John Houlden built the farm gadget in the foreground, though what it is I have no idea. It came from his Gamston Bank layout. Looking south with the stationmaster's floral garden prominent. This was 'planted' by Richard Wilson. Ian Wilson built the stationmaster's house. Looking across from the goods yard towards the south end of the station. All the buildings/structures in this view (apart from the cottages to the left, which I built) are Ian Wilson's work. Bob Dawson's lovely little station cottages are featured here. Coal was unloaded from the wagons in this way at LB. John Houlden provided the wagon and the figure. A view of the same scene from lower down. David Ray made the wagon on the right. A general view of the goods yard area, with both Geoff West's and Paul Marshall Potter's little figures busy at work. Tom Wright's little track gangers are busy as well, attending to this buffer stop. I'm so fortunate to have so many marvellous modellers contribute to LB. Ellen Sparkes' beautiful little gardens for Bob Dawson's cottages are well-maintained indeed. It must be Monday! Bob Dawson's Willoughby Arms welcomes customers. You can tell there's a railway presence in all these scenes (with the exception of the last one), but they do show how much of LB is actually not just railway. That was very important in attempting to achieve the 'feel' of the real place, as it was 60 years ago.
  17. I've only just seen this on my return after a day on the road so my belated sympathies to all concerned; what an utterly awful day to go through. Market Deeping MRC is very close to us as a business and we are annually indebted to them for their support at Peterborough show and hope that we may do something to support them in stepping back up from such a downer. We'll be having discussions on Monday. At very least I'd like to organise an RMweb whip round in some form.
  18. It's been a difficult weekend since getting home from Manchester on Saturday, Mum took a turn for the worst late on Saturday, and having sat beside her for most of Saturday night and all day Sunday / Monday morning, she eventually lost the fight at 2am Monday morning, going peacefully in her sleep. Yesterday after a little sleep myself, I managed to get almost everything sorted with the relevant people etc. I have a meeting tomorrow with the Funeral Directors, but Mum being Mum, it's all sorted and paid for, with just some final arrangements to put in place. You will understand that I am less bubbly than normal at the moment, but PLEASE, no actual post regarding this on here, as all I wanted to do was to explain why I will no longer be saying; after visiting Mum this morning, etc. Today I'm being taken out for the day, on the wife's instructions to have a break from paperwork and phone calls etc. David / Jintyman is bring down my now completed 47, and then we are off to Paul Chetter's / Pualiebanger, for a Royal Visit. Thank you in advance for all your support.
  19. Hi guys, I posted this over in my boxfile topic but thought I'd post it here for anyone interested who may otherwise have missed it. This is the first loco I've bought for yonks, I've been fancying one for a while and when I spotted one second hand at Rails fairly cheap I snapped it up. It was originally Balfour Beatty livery but I intended to respray from the beginning so wasn't really bothered. It was plagued by the usual Sentinel issues, mainly over greasing which meant it didn't run particularly well. A strip down and white spirit bath sorted this no problem. I decided to make a few improvements to the loco while I was respraying, so I filled in the valance gap, drilled out the lifting eyes and replaced the side boards with hand rails. The parts were primed with Mr Color black before an overall spray with RLM yellow to represent a fairly generic semi-fictional British Steel-esque livery on the body, followed by a post shade with a lighter mix to simulate sun fading. The chassis was painted in the same way but I masked off the wasp stripes beforehand with Tamiya flexible tape. This ended up needing a bit of touching up as the diecast chassis really didn't like being masked. I'd probably hit it with an etch primer next time to give it something to grip to. The decals are Railtec and they went on beautifully. Weathering started by dabbing on Humbrol 173 with a torn sponge to get a random selection of chips and scuffs, and then I further refined the effect with a very fine brush. Finally, I really went to town with various oil paints to simulate rainstreaking, general dust, grime and rust streaks. The windows were largely untouched except for a slathering of Flory Models Dark Dirt wash, a clay based formula which makes really nice grimy windows once wiped off with a cotton bud. The few final touches were a Springside BR headlamp with a blob of Mr Color clear red to turn it into a tail lamp (which actually gives a better effect than their actual tail lamps!) plus some 3 link chain. At some point I may add a tool box or something too but for now, I think she's done!
  20. In light of recent events I think it is important we clarify the way we do business as Cavalex Models. Whilst yes we do adopt the Crowdfunding approach in reality that is the very last stage of the process. We do all our design work in house, therefore we never ask for any money until 1) we have the design finalised and 2) the required number of orders/expressions of interest have been received, unlike other manufacturers who have to rake money up front to pay for CAD work. For Project 225 we ourselves have funded the scan for the 91/MK4s and the DVT, showing how serious we are in producing the model, again something a traditional crowdfunded model wouldn’t do. We never ask money up front for this reason, and only when it’s ready to push the button to start tooling will we do so. We would suggest we work on a preorder basis as opposed to a traditional crowdfunded approach. It’s also important to say that we are not funding projects with other projects. If you order a BBA wagon for £45 - that £45 is spent on tooling and production costs; not funding a TEA for example. Another hot topic is that of communication; we’re as transparent as we possibly can be. We have a social media presence on Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/YouTube as well as email/website and RMWeb. We post monthly updates on projects on the first Sunday of the month and weekly updates and photos when applicable, to ensure you as the consumer knows what’s going on. Those who bought the PGA saw the project being updated regularly on. Hopefully that helps to clarify any uncertainty people may have.
  21. This morning I was privileged to be invited to participate in a private event organised by former colleagues in the local Network Rail team, to mark the 50th anniversary of our longest-serving signalman starting work for British Rail. He had wanted to walk over the Royal Albert Bridge again, so this was arranged with senior management, to take place under controlled conditions between the end of an overnight possession and the start of services. It was only a small group, but it was great fun to do this walk again and at least the rain held off: Note, however, the disgraceful number of weeds in the track on the main line into Cornwall: The 'Man Himself' dressed up as Mr Brunel for the occasion! We got clear in good time for the first train over the bridge, the 0900 Plymouth to Newquay, formed with a 2+4 HST set:
  22. Seeing as I'm being talked about I thought I might offer some context to the extreme length of time some of my my locos have taken to emerge. I seriously got into building rather than buying models about 15 years ago. Back then I started several loco kits, getting stuck at various places with each of them, and moving onto something else until I found the confidence to go back and tackle the job. It is only in the last 5 years or so that I have discovered it is possible to finish things off, and I have been able to return to the likes of the 9F and Princess and complete them. In the Princess, for example, you see my first attempt to turn a chimney. There were several other turned parts required for that model, and I had to learn how to use a watchmakers' lathe in order to make them. While that stretched out the time to make the Princess, I was able to use that skill for subsequent projects - for example the dome for the Radial Tank which I happened to video. (The video is sped up to take 11 minutes, but in reality it took about an hour to make.) There were other aspects to that kit, such as forming the taper boiler and firebox from flat etchings which added considerably to the challenge (and time) that a kit with a cast boiler such as the 9F neatly side-steps... although the 9F made up for it in many other ways! There are lots of skills to be acquired over a modelling life time, and for me, that is part of the enjoyment. I would fully expect a similar loco now to take significantly less time overall - though how much actual modelling time I have spent on just these two models, I could not begin to quantify. I'm happy for it to take as long as it takes, so long as I end up with something I'm really happy with. Jerry has kindly plugged my Jubilee videos. They constitute "slow television", and I deliberately set out to show the whole construction in as near real time as I could - warts and all. The entire series is a mind-numbing 30 hours long. Some of the repetitive tasks are missing from the video, but that is compensated for by the fact that filming slowed some other aspects down quite a bit. I reckon 35 hours is fair measure of the fastest I could currently build that kind of replacement chassis with valve gear. Those 30 hours were spread over 6 months, however. Editing the video and recording narration accounted for very many more hours. Though the PECO body still stands up well, there is still some detailing work I would like to do to it. Then there's the painting - another skill to be mastered, and something I still find stressful as the previous decade's work has the potential to be hideously ruined! I found out just how quickly I could paint and simply weather a model when I was getting the 9F ready to appear on the magnificent Fence Houses at York this Easter... the paint wasn't quite dry, and I can see from Ian Smeeton's photo that a fair bit of it is now rubbing off round the extremities. I've attached below a few cruel close-ups of the Princess to prove that it does own a smokebox door (it got left at home when I took the loco to the meeting yesterday!). It will be finished as 46210 Lady Patricia, as running circa 1950 in blue. Just a couple more details to add (including the injectors and associated pipework under the cab) before painting. This one is set permanently in forward gear. Finally, here is a "train in the landscape" shot of the 9F crossing Victoria Viaduct just before closing time on Easter Monday, pulling a rake of coal hoppers built by Chris Mills. Believe it or not, York was the first time one of my locos has run on a layout and pulled a train successfully... Seeing it still going strong at the end of 3 days was worth every minute of the extended gestation period.
  23. Steve has been in touch with me with an update. Firstly, he'd like to thank those who have been concerned for his health. The good news is that a house move has put him much closer to his treatment centre and the prognosis is good for the future. At the moment, the treatment is arduous and makes him extremely lethargic and non-communicative. Little Loco Company has several interested parties interested in the business and Steve is hopeful that the negotiations will bring about a result that will assume all the obligations to customers. Due to his heath, these negotiations are moving slowly and there will be an update as soon as there is progress to report. Long term, his efforts are on recovering his health and then some railway-related ideas for Kitpart, but ones that are a good deal less stressful!
  24. Ben A

    DJM, the end.

    Hello Roy, We've seen no evidence of any appreciable impact so far, but admittedly it's early days. Certainly following the bizarre DJM IP statement on May 1st we saw a surge of orders for our 92 in N after reopening the order book. My view is that crowd-funding is just another way of raising funds - like re-mortgaging your house, applying for a bank loan, offering a share issue, taking venture capital or even borrowing from your aged aunt. What you do with those funds is business management. I am absolutely certain that without crowd-funding there would be no N gauge Pendolino now. The Pendolino production run was barely 1500 units. For us that was a success - for a major manufacturer looking for minimum runs of around 3000 units it would have been a disaster. I am very sorry for those who *may* have lost money (as far as I am aware we don't know for certain that anyone has yet) but it's my view that if there are problems they are not down to the funding of crowds, but the capabilities of individuals. Cheers Ben A.
  25. This afternoon we've travelled by train to Edinburgh and taken a short walk to look at trains passing Princes Street Gardens. Edinburgh Princes Street Gardens 47633 up ballast 18th Aug 87 Aug 87 C9010.jpg Edinburgh Princes Street Gardens 107436 and 101430 down 18th Aug 87 Aug 87 C9014.jpg Edinburgh Princes Street Gardens 101360 Edinburgh to Kirkcaldy 18th Aug 87 Aug 87 C9018.jpg Edinburgh Princes Street Gardens 101362 Edinburgh to Kirkcaldy 18th Aug 87 Aug 87 C9020.jpg Edinburgh Princes Street Gardens 47702 Glasgow to Edinburgh 18th Aug 87 Aug 87 C9022.jpg David
  26. Another set of everyday trains at Radcliffe on Trent and Rectory Junction for this afternoon. Radcliffe on Trent 2 Class 20s down freight May 80 J6948.jpg Radcliffe on Trent Class 114 Nottingham to Skegness Jan 78 J5912.jpg Radcliffe on Trent Class 114 Boston to Nottingham working wrong line March 80 J6817.jpg Radcliffe on Trent Class 25 down parcels April 80 J6824.jpg Rectory Junction 47380 oil April 80 J6832.jpg David
  27. Heading north from near Peterborough, mainly on the ECML again today. The first photo is on the Midland line north of Peterborough. Lolham Road Crossing Class 120 Cambridge to Birmingham July 72 J2969.jpg Maxey Road Crossing Helpston Class 55 9006 down Feb 72 J2818.jpg Maxey Road Crossing Helpston Class 47 1105 down Feb 72 J2819.jpg Marston north of Grantham Class 55 up Tees Tyne Pullman Oct 75 C2487.jpg Muskham 55007 Hull to Kings X July 80 J7003.jpg David
  28. AY Mod

    DJM, the end.

    Go away. I leave you with the keys for a week or two and it's a bomb site.
  29. 96701

    DJM, the end.

    Sod the money, as any gambler the money that I have paid I could afford to lose, I feel for Dave. He must be exceptionally depressed as to how things have turned out. And please don't start playing the competence card, most of us don't know the limits of our competence until we discover that we aren't which leads to further depression.
  30. I am not sure if this has been posted above already, bu it is a quote (from the Rutland & Stamford Mercury) on a facebook thread about this, that does not appear in the on-line Stamford Mercury article: I really hope that these yobs are made to realise just what they have done.
  31. Back to Southern Railway territory today, this time featuring Eastbourne in October 1981. I think that as they are an isolated batch of photos Mum and Dad must have gone there for a day out on an excursion train - in those days there were quite often excursion trains to the south coast from Nottingham. Eastbourne Oct 81 J7596 Eastbourne Class 421 7308 Eastbourne to Brighton Oct 81 J7597.jpg Eastbourne Class 420 Oct 81 J7599.jpg Eastbourne Class 414 6026 Eastbourne to Brighton Oct 81 J7600.jpg Eastbourne Class 414 6052 Brighton to Hastings Oct 81 J7601.jpg David
  32. KNP

    Little Muddle

    There is much consternation happening at Little Muddle station at this exact moment in time. Mr Porter, the Station Master, is very concerned about keeping to his timetable with little else troubling him. However, Stan Masters, the porter, is trying to bring to his attention that there is more important things like safety to be concerned about than keep looking at his watch.... To add to this 'discussion' Mr A Bennett, who turns out to be a retired safety officer for the Council, had originally arrived at the station to catch a train but has ended up getting involved in the conversation about safety at work. Meanwhile oblivious to all of this, Arfur Rolla, is merrily getting on with his job.....painting the end of the horsebox black as suggested in a previous post whilst in the station His thinking is quite simple - if I fall of this plank then I get straight back up and carry on. Anyway, he thinks, by the time those three have stopped arguing I will have finished this end....! What on earth can be causing all these problems... Well this I know it doesn't look safe but surely if he just packs something between the plank and the pigeon basket everyone will be happy...….yes? Plus he has ensured the plank won't move by holding it in place with some very modern blue tac! See what happens when something gets posted that sparks an idea....
  33. It seems likely that I may be posting the photos rather later than usual for the time being as I am going to be a bit busy for a while. Mum's health is giving cause for concern at the moment. Today's photos show some very ordinary trains going about their business at York in 1986 and 1987. York Class 114 53044 and 54032 route learning 28th July 86 C7662.jpg York Class 141 55520 and 55540 3rd Aug 86 C7849.jpg York Class 141 York to Harrogate 3rd Aug 86 C7851.jpg York Class 144 York to Manchester 13th July 87 C8683.jpg York Class 108 York to Hull 13th July 87 C8692 David
  34. Birmingham International and New Street this afternoon. The photos were taken on a trip Dad and I made to the Motor Show in 1980. You have seen my photos of some of the trains before, these are Dad's versions. Birmingham New Street 46033 l e Oct 80 J7254 Birmingham International 86234 Birmingham to Euston Oct 80 J7260.jpg Birmingham International Class 310 New Street to International Oct 80 J7264.jpg Birmingham International Class 86s up Oct 80 J7266.jpg Birmingham New Street 87002 down and 86252 le Oct 80 J7272.jpg David
  35. A somewhat random mix of photos today on the Mildland between Skipton and Carlisle (not just the Settle and Carlisle). We've had the train in the first photo before, coming towards us, now it is seen going away. Bell Busk Britannia 70023 down vans Oct 67 J1168 Selside LMS Class 5 down freight Aug 65 J249 Ribblehead LNER V2 4771 Green Arrow The Norfolkman 25th March 78 J5940.jpg Ribblehead V2 4771 London to Carlisle The Norfolkman Sat 25 March 78 C3738.jpg Garsdale view to Dandry Mire viaduct 24th Aug 98 C24007.jpg Culgaith Class 40 Nottingham to Carlisle Aug 77 J5778.jpg David
  36. Evening all So after radio silence for a month I thought it was maybe time to break cover with what I've been up to. Since the exhibition debut of Tidworth back in April 2015 my local RMweb 'friends' and operators have been telling me to extend it and I have resisted until recently. Tidworth has made 26 exhibition appearances now but these have dried up for next year, so I thought maybe an extension might generate some more interest? So back in February I made another visit to the board cutting department of B&Q and a few days later I had another baseboard assembled to match the exisiting ones at 1400x600mm. Again this baseboard has its own set of folding legs with all the construction as before, and this one will bolt face to face with the traverser for transport. By March 11th the board had been primerd all over and a grey top coat on top. So what am I doing with this new space? The new board will have two MoD exchange sidings coming off the goods loop that then exit on to the traverser. Trains will run into Tidworth yard to run round as before, and then enter the sidings by setting back from the traverser. Hopefully this will give another point of interest on the layout and more operational possibilities for both viewer and operators. The additional benefits of this extension are the passenger trains get more of a run from traverser to platform (a whole 1400mm!). Also Tidworth yard can be shunted without the need for using the traverser as a headshunt and restricting passenger movements. New baseboard in position between Tidworth and the traverser. By 14th April the track had been laid with the view above looking back from Tidworth with the MoD sidings on Left. Looking the other way you can see close up the new exit for the MoD trains. I am a bit further on with this mini project now but I will add more as it progresses over the coming months. Tidworth's last appearance in its present form will be at New Milton in July before the bridge end is modified to join seamlessly with the new bit (hopefully), with the first appearance extended at Fareham the first week in October. Unfortunately work has stopped over the last 10 days or so as I lost my Dad on the 4th and the funeral is this coming week after a no doubt difficult day on Sunday! Hopefully I'll be able to get things back on track next weekend all being well.
  37. Inverness-based 47517 shuffles around Edinburgh Waverley station as the shadows lengthen one sunny evening... 47
  38. The WCML in Scotland today, with a few photos taken at Crawford, to the north of Beattock summit. The location is close to the M74 and is a useful place to break a journey to or from home on days out in Scotland. Crawford 86254 up 14th Aug 87 C8994.jpg Crawford 86223 down 14th Aug 87 C8995.jpg Crawford 81011 up freight 14th Aug 87 C8997.jpg Crawford 85013 down 14th Aug 87 C8998.jpg Crawford 87011 down 14th Aug 87 C8999.jpg David
  39. Around Cambois on the Blyth and Tyne in Northumberland this afternoon. The photos are from the 1980s and are in order from south to north. The first photo is taken looking across the the west staithes from the road leading to North Blyth. The power stations, long since demolished, are on the right. Cambois west staithes etc Nov 85 J8457 Cambois Class 101 Alcan Lynemouth to North Blyth Sun 21st Sept 86 C8137.jpg Taken on an Alcan open day. Cambois 56116 11th April 88 C9396 Cambois 08872 on crane April 85 J8269 Cambois April 82 J7643 David
  40. I'm told there will be an announcement from Dave on his website at 7pm today. Until that point, I'm locking this thread as I don't see any benefit in an afternoon of speculation or guesswork. Once we have some hard information, I'll unlock it. Thanks
  41. Good morning. I shall now tell a quite long and rambling story about yesterday's events, so if you don't wish to know all this stuff, please skip straight to the pictures. Right. Golf yesterday was at the Hallamshire club, high up just west of Sheffield. The forecast was diabolical, but we had been invited by their club captain, who is a very old friend, to play in a charity do, so we went. First problem was a sign telling us the M1 was closed just North of Sheffield. Quick change of plan, and we turned off early to avoid congestion. That nearly worked, but Sheffield was pretty chaotic with all the traffic diverted off the M1. Anyway, we got there. The fourth member of our team though, was stuck on the A1, which was also closed because of an "incident". He eventually arrived an hour late, but off we went and played. All this time, the rain was pouring down, and as we progressed, it got heavier, the clouds got lower, and visibility shrank to about 150 yards. The last four holes were straight into the wind, which then picked up speed, and the rain, which had obviously only been practicing up to then, came at us horizontally and even harder. For the first time in many years it started to get through my very expensive but excellent waterproofs. We staggered to the 17th hole, a short par 3, to be greeted by the club professional, who challenged us to better his shot to the green, the wager being a fiver to the charity. By this time, in the words of a friend of mine, I couldn't have hit a cow's ar#e with a banjo, so I declined. Unknown to me though, my mate payed for both of us to enter. The hole is 145 yards long, but by now the cloud/ fog was such that you couldn't see the green from the tee. I guessed at the right club, and hit the ball properly for once. Where it went, we could not see. When we got to the green though, there was only one ball on it, and it was mine, so I'd beaten the pro. Sitting having a meal later, having had the forethought to take a complete change of clothing and now being warm and dry, we heard the announcement from the next room that all beating the pro achieved was to be put in a draw with all the other people who had done so, and that one number would be drawn to see who got the prize. The odds were 32 to 1. The winner's name was called, but no taker emerged. Apparently you had to be there at the time, or the next number would be drawn. Repeat nine times, still no takers. Tenth time produced my name! Went and got an envelope from the Captain, back to my seat, opened it, and found........ a voucher for £500!!!!! It has to be spent in their professional's shop, to preserve amateur status, but hey, a pretty dire day was suddenly transformed. All that was left to do was to drive back down the M1 in thick fog, and get home after midnight. It's June, for god's sake. Photos. On Thursday I went and took some much earlier than usual, and before the sun had got to where it shines directly in. I thought I'd just try some contre jour shots to see if they worked better than usual. Here are the results. And if you have had the staying power to read all this, you will be entered into a draw for a prize, which you would richly deserve. You have to be in the room when I draw the numbers out though.
  42. Some more photos now from the ECML in Northumberland in the 1980s. Once again they are in order from north to south. Lucker Class 254 HST up Aug 82 C5807 Alnmouth Class 101 51214 and 51217 Newcastle to Alnmouth 30th Oct 87 C9249.jpg Buston Barns 37178 Alcan Fort William to North Blyth alumina empties 22nd Dec 87 C9303.jpg Longhirst 47599 special Lancaster to Berwick 7th May 88 C9449.jpg Morpeth Class 47 47156 down parcels diverted via Blyth and Tyne 25th June 84 C6574.jpg The train is just about to rejoin the ECML at Morpeth North Junction. David
  43. Legend

    DJM, the end.

    Why do people want DJ Models to live on another day? From what I can figure out he delivered the Austerity , 71 and 14XX but people aren’t impressed with chassis. The rest of it is promised updates that never happened broken promises etc . Let’s just move on . There are plenty other manufacturers out there that will take up the slack. Hornby, Accurascale, Revolution, Hattons, Kernow, to name a few . They have all delivered. The reality is you don’t need DJM, and in fact with his business track record, you really are better giving the business to those that are properly capitalised, have a business plan, communicate on time and regularly. I do do feel sorry for those that have lost money , and hope they can pursue it and get some back, but let’s not keep flogging a dead horse. It really would be best for him if he found something to do outside the field of model railways. He’s got too much baggage now . Really would anyone invest in a new venture of his?
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