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  1. Been a while I know but here’s an update.. Rolling stock has been landing left right and centre including 60 MK1 coaches from Heljan (which also include 20 GUV’s & 10 BG’s for the Heaton/Red Bank parcels. Dapol delivered 80 16T mineral wagons and Ellis Clarke trains 15 of their Motorail Flats. (I’ve got my weathering work cut out) Can’t have an empty motorail train so just shelled out for 45 x 1:43 cars (everything from Ford Sierra XR4i’s, to Volvo 262’s & Opel Kadetts). Had a break from helping out with the automation today to mount the first car -
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  2. Just a quick few words from me and mine. Haha, me and a quick few words are not really synonymous. Thank you to everyone who has given us support over the past 24 hours. The PM’s, emails, telephone calls but especially the support on this Forum has been fantastic. Might be a good time to mention our ‘noisy neighbours’ in Widnes. A lot of comments on here, for and against Hattons. Yes, as others have pointed out their physical shop is still closed. I believe the owner made a commitment to keep his staff as safe as possible. No one can dare criticise that ethos.
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  3. Update from Gordon’s family. He continues to fight but is very, very weak and confused - he has been in ICU for five weeks now. Positives - he is stable, some of his ‘numbers’ are not normal but are not deteriorating. Gordon’s system has started absorbing some (liquid) food. Negatives - Gordon is now having dialysis as his kidneys have not yet recovered from the operation. Doctors are hoping that this will kickstart some improvement clinically as this has been very much static. I’m sure our thoughts continue to be with him and his family.
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  4. Some do; some don't. It's a bit like telly; there ain't half some rubbish interspersed with occasional gems. Whoever came up with the term 'influencer' should be incarcerated and anyone who calls themselves such needs to go and have a word with themselves.
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  5. Update: Gordon is now out of the intensive care unit. This is good in that it means he no longer needs life support but his progress remains static. As has been said all along, recovery is going to take weeks and weeks. A quote from the message from Gordon’s wife; “If you could also pass on my thanks and Gordon’s thanks for all the wonderful messages of encouragement and support that you have all sent to Gordon. They mean a lot to him and to me. Take care all.”
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  6. The 15 wagon Motorail flat train is now complete with 50 x 1:43 weathered and detailed cars. Most are from IXO models and the Corgi Vanguard range. As previously mentioned I file the tyres at the bottom so they sit better and given its winter the windscreen wiper marks are modelled too. I also added a working tail lamp using a CR2032 battery holder, resistor and a Dapol lamp. Looks a bit messy underneath but it works well. Couldn’t resist doing an ‘Italian Job’ flat with 4 minis and a Lamborghini Miura I’m hoping two Heljan 31’s will haul this lot, if not two tractors
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  7. We heard the interview with Lyndon Davies on Radio 4 this morning whilst having breakfast. My wife, without even looking up said 'No surprise the amount of parcels you've been sneaking in!'
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  8. Wullie is a taciturn chap but he's always working hard.
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  9. I remember a couple of times on Stoke Summit, or it might have been Charwelton. By the Sunday afternoon at a show the layout had settled down and was running perfectly. Sir would have disappeared off somewhere, so perfect running would be guaranteed. Three of us would be running the layout - two operators and a fat controller. No words were exchanged, just a nod on the next move in the sequence and off we went. Happy days. At last my J6 staggers towards completion - nearly there. I know we were discussing J6's who knows how many pages ago! I can't remember how ma
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  11. More show and tell, seeing as how you (Tony) like to see folks making things - even if, in this case, it's a commission. More pics on the layout thread concerned:
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  12. Rapido Trains is pleased to announce the introduction of two completely new wagon models. The most numerous wagon built by the South Eastern & Chatham Railway was a rugged design of 7 plank open wagons built on a standardised steel underframe. Over 2000 wagons of this design were built between 1915 and 1927 with large numbers surviving into British Railways service. During this time, the only design change was the addition of a sheet rail to the Southern Railway built wagons at the time of construction. This all-new model will feature a separately fitted sheet rail to allow both SECR and S
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  13. It's called The Micro Model Railway Dispatch. I have been working on it for the past few months. The preview issue is out now. I hope you like it. You can down load this preview issue through the Dropbox link below. Hopefully it will be a new way for micro layout fans to share their passion for this branch of the hobby. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ophuj2uvq82uj3y/AAAxyOu9VECNQk71Ll3j2zGka?dl=0 Ian
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  14. I’m sorry you feel like that Tony. This was only a light-hearted post about a trivial incident where a locomotive ran into a fallen signal. No damage was done to any of the locos or rolling stock or even the signal. Of course I’m aware of the thousands of hour of work which many people contributed to Retford and I would suggest that the continuing existence of the layout and indeed my wish to finish is in itself a tribute to those many people, including yourself. It’s inevitable that I will do things differently to Roy but my aim is to respect Roy and everyone who contrib
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  15. Press release from Hornby: Without doubt these last 15 months or more have proved incredibly challenging for us all due to Covid -19. As with many other manufacturers we have been faced since March 2020 with ensuring that our supply chain remained open and was able to meet the increased demand created by the abundance of leisure time that many of us faced when we were confined to our homes due to the lockdown restrictions. Our overseas partners also faced some unprecedented challenges both in maintaining a demanding schedule of development but also the increased manufactur
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  16. May I offer ones humble modelling work? I built this DS GER low Mac a few months ago and decided on finishing her off, with weathered/altered Oxford Diecast plough machine. It took me most of today to do and if I may say so myself, I’m very proud of how it’s turned out.
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  17. I've spent another day on the layout today. Frustratingly the two sections I delivered don't fit properly, something that can happen when you're building them away from the layout however carefully you think you've measured everything. I've left them to sort out next week. This gives an idea of how it will look, but I've got to reduce the width of the signal box by 8mm as I didn't allow for the thickness of the yellow brick wall when I drew the template. The idea of modelling the whole thing on a sheet of Aluminium works very well though. As I
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  18. If we are talking long lived models, I think I may be able to contribute to the discussion with the first Buckingham loco. In December, she will celebrate her 75th birthday. In all that time, she has run week in, week out covering an average of 2 scale miles a week. I believe she is on her second motor but the gears, wheels, rods, frames and everything else, including the paint job, are original from 1946.
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  19. Standby folks ... the cavalry's arrived! Visited father for the first time in nine months and, somewhat unexpectedly, returned home with these two. Nowadays superseded by more modern offerings, Dad doesn't really do sentiment but has hung on to these two machines from an earlier era and they are now on indefinite loan to 'Hills of the North'. They're both original Hornby Dublo items. The green one (46227) I repainted some 25 odd years ago but the real star is the red 'un ... This is Dad's original Duchess purchase from when HD two-rail was first avail
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  20. BATH GREEN PAEK in 7mm scale Somerset & Dorset Railway Just finished building the train shed
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  21. Before and after, a Class 122 approaches Llangunllo for Presteign, Titley Junction, Kington and Leominster on a hazy summer afternoon. The scene six months later on a dismal Welsh morning, passenger services have now been withdrawn and the end of another country byway is fast approaching. Geoff
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  22. I've just got back from another day working on the layout, so here are some more pictures. This is the newly modelled area with the roof removed. Looking across the station, a view that won't be possible when the walls are in place on this side. The gap on the left has now been filled. There is more fencing to add in the foreground. This is the view looking through the entrance rom the booking hall onto the platform area. A view across the station s
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  23. Whilst awaiting the drying of paint, I began the first course of action in rescuing my sad RTR A2/3. Hornby have made quite a job of paying tribute to the problematic front end arrangement of the original locomotives. Five points required my attention at the front end, as shown in the image below. 1. The right hand superheater cover was badly positioned on the smokebox. Fortunately, it was also badly glued in place, it was easily removed without damage, by pressure applied from a finger nail, carefully inserted under the edge of the cover. 2. The middl
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  24. Well after all that excitement of the Rule of Thirds lets get back to something more practical. The Unicorn. Whilst all that business was going on with the pictures I all but finished the pictorial post so now you know where to go..... Post made of ramin, head is balsawood, brackets cut from plasticard and sign is two photo prints stuck back to back - picture is of an actual sign, hinges now look to big in these pictures but I think a paint treatment will alter the impression. Lost door found and fitted, was a bit windy earlier so I had to hold it open with a brick!
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  25. First train to stop at Queensbury since Sept. 1964. Quite skeptical about posting that because it's a long way from finished. Regards Shaun
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  26. Rail drop in beaconsfield last night my loco in bescot before moving it over to the train, 66728 Then it was away to the drop site, 10 rails dropped and changed ends to head back waiting in Wycombe for the possession to be lifted, 66777 on the rear, now the lead loco This sign was discovered under an advertising hoarding back in about 2012 and has been restored and left on display with the words ‘formally’ added to it as the line to Marlow is no longer there And this is the lesser photographed o
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  27. Road laid using Treemendous earth powder and coated with grey washes. Slow process as I have to let the previous coat throughly dry before next application.
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  28. This will do for today - the lawn needs mowing! It's not an architectural masterpiece, is it. This is the side facing into the train shed. Peter
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  29. Time for no trains. Now the pub is nearing completion apart from the ridge securing spars (once I can work out out what looks best) I thought a raft of pictures of the area was in order to see how it sits and looks in its new home. Apart from the grating backscene it fits in well, much better than the building it replaced. And from track level the driver has an ideal view of the pictorial sign, so he will be able to stop, walk down the ramp and into the pub. he could even sit outside with his pint until the
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  30. A relatively busy afternoon at Romford Station. A West Ham fan buys his paper before he sets off for the match. A number 87 bus approaches the traffic lights on its way to Harold Hill. Above, a class 307 EMU is about to depart for a service to Southend.
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  31. Bye, off you go into the distance....
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  32. Looks like the local bike club has turned up! Oh dear, it looks like I’ve lost another door!
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  33. Some trains on the Newcastle to Carlisle line for today. There is a note with the caption for the fourth photo about the footpath over the viaduct. Wylam Class 101 Newcastle to Hexham Aug 84 J8166.jpg Stocksfield 156451 Hexham to Newcastle Jan 93 J13671.jpg Stocksfield 37507 up freight March 91 J11791.jpg Wetheral Corby Bridge 156444 Carlisle to Newcastle Oct 91 J12893.jpg Taken from the fotpath on the viaduct over the River Eden. The path links Wetheral on the west side of the riv
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  34. And all of a sudden it's finished. Thanks are due to @LNWR18901910 and @Gibbo675 for their advice and encouragement. It looks alright-ish, I think, with my "normal" tender design. Small streamliners are ideal for small, fast, short-distance trains. This one connects the city centre with the airship towers, out in the surrounding countryside. It does not stop at small suburban stations.
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  35. From AJM Railways An Announcement from www.AJMRailways.com Gentlemen and Customers I will begin with 2 apologies, the first and most important being to my Customers (many of whom are members of this Group) in respect of the way recent events have and will affect my future ability to supply in the manner you have become used to and the second apology is for the time it has taken to convey this to you. As some of you already know, Hornby decided to "Band" retailers back in January. Now 4 months later they have finally given explanation to why and how each account is banded. In this
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  36. 'Flushed with success' at today's panning shots of Hornby's locos, I thought I'd try a few more with some of my latest locos..................... An interesting comparison with 60008 (both painted by Ian Rathbone). I built both these A4s from SEF kits. This one was painted by Geoff Haynes. Another of my SEF builds, this one painted by Geoff Haynes. Another interesting comparison with Hornby's A3s. And the latest (Jesse-donated) V2. Repainted by me, on top of a new set of Comet frame
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  37. A single unit departs from Melcombe Magna bound for Weymouth.
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  38. Well dear followers I thought, what the heck you lazy s*d, let’s put those ‘funnels’ on. So using 0.7mm wire with a piece of electric cable insulation as the air filter hey presto with 20 mins job done. Drilled into engine block so the wire had something to firmly glue to. Painted and areas touched up where damaged and all left to dry ready for heavy weathering hopefully tomorrow. Down on the farm….. And does it stand out…
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  39. I've had a long day on the layout today although I don't seem to have achieved much. I had hoped to finish it this week but that isn't going to happen. I have put the footbridge in place, which can simply be lifted off as it covers a baseboard joint. The canopy on the right that had to be removed is being put back. The roof around the footbridge is fixed to it rather than the platform. The canopy at the far end has been extended to the correct length. The walls and canopy on the ri
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  40. Some old photos at Harrogate along with some less old ones of infrastructure. Scan-121001-0023 Harrogate B1 61337 11 40am ex pass Harrogate to Kings Cross Nov 65 Scan-121001-0040 Harrogate tracklayer June 66.jpg Scan-121001-0045 Harrogate scarifying ballast June 66.jpg Harrogate April 84 J8121.jpg Bridge over the railway by Tewit Well, southern edge of the Stray. Harrogate May 87 J8922.jpg Harrogate June 89 J10032 Davi
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  41. Morning everyone, Thanks for all the positive responses- it is great to know people are as excited for these as we are. Picking up on a few comments: The interior vertical lines are there for both the main door and the top door. The lighting in the photos don't help and the plain plastic colour again makes it difficult to see. We have not made them huge great seams as frankly that is not prototypical. The wagons had no internal ironwork, the only details that are missing are the very flat-domed coach bolt heads that were sunk nearly flush into the woodwork.
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  42. I visited a friend yesterday. It was the first time that I've been to someone's house in over a year. The purpose, apart from a chance for a catch-up chat and socialising, was to take some photos of the latest developments of his model railway to accompany a magazine article. I've posted pics of the layout on this thread before but they were taken many years ago. Here's a few of the poorer ones that won't be used in the article should anyone be interested. It's N gauge and ATM the stock (and vehicles) are mostly RTR although he says he will get around to tweaking and weathering it:
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  43. I'm pleased that Hornby have released this. It takes a degree of pressure off in terms of having to explain things (or not) to customers. But I would like to head off any "The retailers should have known" responses... Hornby did issue a statement about Tier systems back in late January (After the previews) - However, this was very much geared towards the level of support that Hornby will provide (such as frequency of rep visits, access to point of sale materials, inclusion in advertising etc). There was no mention at all of ordering restrictions, and whilst it seemed it would have
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  44. Some photos at Beamish Museum in the 1980s for this morning. There is a lot more to see now than when there photos were taken - and it was good then. Link to the museum website: http://www.beamish.org.uk/ If you have neverbeen it is really worth visiting. Beamish Gateshead tram 10 3rd Sept 87 C9124.jpg Taken in "The Town" Beamish Pit Village colliery tub Aug 80 J7149.jpg One of Dad's photos with Mum at the desk. She hadn't retired then. Beamish Pit Village Replica Locomotion No 1 Aug 80 J71
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  45. I don't understand this current obsession with lighting on models; I can only assume that those demanding this feature on steam / early diesel era models never saw the prototype. Mk. 1 coach lighting was very dim - hence the provision of individual reading lights; even with all of the latter switched on; (a very rare event); the illumination level never came anywhere near to the glare shown in the photo of the model. As for headlamp illumination - it was invisible in daylight and only showed as a weak glimmer at night - most models nowadays have headlights as bright as
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  46. The Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway on 26th July 2003. Haverthwaite 26th July 2003 hols1 008.jpg Haverthwaite 42073 26th July 2003 hols1 007.jpg Haverthwaite 42073 26th July 2003 hols1 011.jpg Haverthwaite 42085 26th July 2003 hols1 009.jpg Haverthwaite Hunslet Cumbria 26th July 2003 hols1 012.jpg Haverthwaite Hunslet Cumbria 26th July 2003 hols1 014.jpg Haverthwaite Hunslet Cumbria 26th July 2003 hols1 015.jpg
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  47. I've pretty much completed the area around the Leeman Road bridge now apart from some fencing and odds and ends. It's all very compressed but I think it looks convincing. There's that car again! I am assured more vehicles are on their way.............. Two of my favourite things....rock 'n' roll and Diana Dors! Looking the other way. I'll be back on Wednesday so more pictures then. Peter
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