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  1. It is with great regret I must report the passing of Adrian Swain earlier today. He had battled long and hard with cancer in recent years. I first met him in 1971, and a little later in my father's model shop, as he used to stock Adrian's 4mm kits, right from when he first started out as a manufacturer. His name was known to me before this however, as I enthused over an article in the October 1965 Model Railway Constructor on detailing the first two vehicles for his parcels train. I was 13 at the time and read the article on a bus, travelling home from a hard day's trainspotting at Bournemouth Central! In recent years, after he had placed his business in suspended animation due to his health, and we would have periodic two hour phone calls. The first hour would be about models and the second about politics and reptiles [in which we both shared an iterest]. Although banned from this forum for a period in recent years, he takes with him an almost unrivalled knowledge of some areas of our hobby, particularly perhaps, that of freight stock from a certain era. No doubt details about the procurement of his ranges of kits will appear on the model forums in the coming weeks and months, and in this regard I will have an announcement of my own to make reasonably soon. Meanwhile, a very sad day for many of us. David Parkins Modern Motive Power
  2. Once again I'm posting a little bit early this afternoon with some photos taken at Newcastle. One is from 1987, the others are from July 1988. Newcastle 03078 and Class 45 Feb 87 J8770.jpg Newcastle 43066 Kings X to Aberdeen July 88 J9602.jpg Newcastle 37376 down p w July 88 J9605.jpg Newcastle 43041 Kings X to Edinburgh July 88 J9624.jpg Newcastle 31281 parcels July 88 J9632.jpg David
  3. We move around 100 miles north of yesterday's photos, today's are on the ECML, once again at Swayfield on Stoke Bank. All of them date from the 1970s. I had intended to check the id of the train in the first image and the numbers of the Deltics but didn't have time. I have been standing on the pavement outside my house for some time as a mark of respect to someone nearby who died and whose funeral was this afternoon. Almost the whole street came out as the hearse and family cars went by with the traditional gentleman in top hat and tails leading the cortege on foot. Swayfield Cass 47 down May 74 J3689.jpg most likely 47421 Swayfield Class 55 55004 Kings X to Edinburgh June 77 J5718.jpg Swayfield Class 55 55003 Edinburgh to Kings X June 77 J5719.jpg Swayfield 254008 down May 78 J6129.jpg probably a test train or crew training as it has no catering cars. Swayfield Class 254 up Oct 79 J6649.jpg David
  4. Trains at Hexham on the line from Newcastle to Carlisle for this afternoon. Photos taken in the late 80s and early 90s. Hexham 4771 Green Arrow Darlington to Hexham Darlington Bank Top 100 anniversary 5th July 87 C8614.jpg Hexham 156434 Stranraer to Newcastle Nov 88 J9718.jpg Hexham 2 Class 108s 26th Nov 88 C11610.jpg Hexham 143615 Hexham to Newcastle and Sunderland 28th July 90 C14615.jpg Hexham 156463 Carlisle to Newcastle 30th Jan 93 C18271.jpg David
  5. Some sixteen years ago, I decided that I had to have a model of the Midland Pullman; it was introduced in the same year that I entered secondary education, and the Pullman passed the end of the school playing field in sight of most classrooms. Attention was lacking each morning, around the time that it was due to pass! Almost concurrent with the introduction of the Midland Pullman, Kitmaster produced kits, at 4mm. scale, for each of the three different cars that, two of each, made up the six car rake. I recall staring at these kits in the window of my regular model shop but, at 10/6 each, they were way out of pocket money range. I did, however, manage to save up for a Kodak Instamatic camera, and my first colour railway photo was - yes, the Midland Pullman. So - forty-four years later, by which time disposable income was easier to come by, I set out to acquire via Ebay six Kitmaster Midland Pullman kits; the total cost was significant! I then further 'splurged' on a pair of 'Black Beetle' power bogies for the power cars. I wanted the completed train to have some super-detailing compared to the basic Kitmaster mouldings, but to retain the feel of a 1960s kit-built model. I have fitted close-coupling in the mounting of the buffing plates, which have miniature rare-earth magnets embedded within them for inter-car coupling. The cars are assembled in the style of the original Tri-ang Hornby Mk. 1 coaches, with three long screws, up through the floor, attaching the roof via threaded inserts in a false ceiling. The interiors are removable, being attached by screws to the sub-floor. Upholstery, carpets and partition murals were scanned from colour photos of the prototype, and printed and applied as waterslide transfers. The interior decor follows the results of considerable research, having alternating red / blue and blue / red themes. Adrian Swain of ABS - sadly recently deceased - cast the table lampshades to scale, and they were threaded onto nickel silver wire for mounting. Raised moulded exterior detail, such as door handles and handrails, was removed and replaced; again with nickel silver wire. During the build, Bachmann announced their RTR model, and I was able to share my research material with them. Pete Waterman had acquired the original Metro-Cammell large format works photos that Kitmaster had used to design their model, and Pete had been kind enough to let me have copies. During my discussions with Bachmann, I was offered a pair of test etches for the power car scavenger fan grilles, and these were used in place of the Class 47 grilles that I'd intended to fit. When it came to painting, I decided to follow 1960s practice and brush paint the model - perhaps not the best decision when I own a good quality airbrush. The first attempt was a disaster, and the entire rake was stripped back to bare plastic using Mr. Muscle oven cleaner! At this point, there was an hiatus of several years, until lockdown provided the stimulus to have another attempt. The paint finish is by no means up to 21st century airbrush standards, but is certainly better than I could have achieved in 1960. The rake is what it is - sixty year old kits, built at a time when my modelling skills had matured with experience, and painted using 1960s techniques. As such, I'm very pleased with it as a 'layout' train, and it certainly deserves the Vintage Midland Pullman name, both from the age of the kits and the time that it took to build them! John Isherwood.
  6. Evening. I can be less vague now that a few folk have been spoken to. John, the actual owner/MD of Trackshack, who is my best friend, unexpectedly lost his wife, peacefully in her sleep last night. Rough day. Trackshack will continue of course, but the current difficulties of staffing levels and social distancing fade into insignificance while we come to terms with the loss. We hope to make inroads into the 4 working day backlog of orders we currently are maintaining this next week, but please bear with us if waiting.
  7. Back to Glasgow Central today with photos taken on the way to (or from) Glasgow Exhibition in 1990 - 1994. Glasgow Central 17th Feb 90 C13984 Glasgow Central 303037 2nd March 91 C15631.jpg Glasgow Central 303046 to Wemyss Bay 29th Feb 92 C16709.jpg Glasgow Central 156512 29th Feb 92 C16710.jpg Glasgow Central 303046 26th Feb 94 C19317.jpg David
  8. A visit to the Newcastle to Carlisle line at Riding Mill for today. The photos are from the late80s/early 90s. Riding Mill 47575 Carlisle to Newcastle July 88 J9574.jpg Riding Mill 101322 Hexham to Newcastle July 88 J9576.jpg Riding Mill 43054 diverted up 5th May 90 C14436.jpg Riding Mill 142519 Newcastle to Hexham 26th Aug 92 C17955.jpg Riding Mill 47537 special Cumbrian Mountain Express London Newcastle Carlisle London 30th Jan 93 C18268.jpg David
  9. Hello. I believe it was asked 'what have you made during lockdown?' Well, not as much as I would have liked, ideally. Now this is a little O/T but I know Tony, that you like model ships too... so I think a pic or 2 is permissable? This is my interpretation of HMS KGV in 1/700 scale and mounted on a sea base. And here, to qualify my post, is some progress on my C1. Sloshed a bit of paint on, now just some lining to do. The tender is treated in a similar manner. The green might look a bit 'off' but thats my camera phone.
  10. If I may toot my own horn? I won a bid for a DS LNER Perishables van on eBay last week and it arrived on Monday. I decided on doing a live video on one of the Facebook groups I frequently post on. The reason being was I always hear the “it’s too hard for me”, “I lack the skills to solder a kit together”, so I decided to do this live video and build the kit over stages. To help and prove that it’s fairly easily and simple to do. An hours work on Monday, another hours work yesterday and half an hour today, overall about 2.5 hours long, with me jabbering on, the kits finished, apart from painting and putting the transfers on. I really am proud of myself, as I was always scared of starting white metal or brass kits and now to be able to show and help others in building one really makes me see how far I’ve come. It also runs very sweetly!!!!!
  11. KNP

    Little Muddle

    Camera resting on backscene gives a whole new perspective of the area.
  12. Sorry for the AWOL here, things in general overtaken time to get online... I'd like to say everything is "fine", but Minneapolis (I'm in a suburb 7 miles from downtown) has obviously made international headlines and it's one of the most disappointing and depressing situations and an ongoing flustercuck! Frankly it's one of the saddest times we've seen, even WITH COVID-19! We're hoping to get together with neighbors for a distancing happy-hour tonight, and with our travelling companions Sunday. They (travelling companions) have two grown kids living within blocks of the current disaster, and will likely end up camping out with them tonight given the desperate situation here! Weather has been off-and-on, right now 15 and cloudy. Congratulations and commiserations as necessary/needed, and I'll do my best to not be AWOL
  13. KNP

    Little Muddle

    I make no apologies about this as I first showed this picture on the recent virtual model railway exhibition but, for me, it encapsulates all that I was visually aiming to achieve with Little Muddle. Cathcott Field development has worked really well and made the railway station feel part of the town. To get this picture I removed the pub and stood the camera on a mini tripod. One of my favourites I then tried monochrome and it worked. Currently my computer background picture
  14. First results are promising......... I hope the scuffs on the camera can be seen. Granted, the camera has been cantilevered out a little, but the little bracket works perfectly. To get this result, hitherto impossible.
  15. Not saying much just at the moment, but we had a shock bereavement at work last night (not CV related) so things may be a little difficult for a while. Bad day. Mountains - well the definition is 2,000 feet so ours is in.....by 36 feet! It has no trees anywhere near the top so must be ok then? We can also get a train to the top, and it's 17 years older than the Jungfraujoch one. Not quite as high though.....
  16. Evening Tony. I've been enjoying your photographic jaunts around Little Bytham. The eye level (scale eye) shots really bring out the realism of the railway and paint your Locos and stock in a most convincing way. I particularly like the M&GN shots from the road. One of the regrets of my layout is that it is a 'flat earth' layout as you call it. However, one angle I've found quite interesting is using the i-phone camera. It allows the shot to be taken about a scale foot above the ground and gives quite and interesting perspective. The big drawback is the lack of depth of field and anything other than a side-on loses focus half way down the loco. But my i-phone is very old and the cameras have improved much since mine. I believe the latest ones allow you to adjust the aperture and presumably allows a much greater depth of field. Anyway, here are one or two shots of the new austerity which is virtually constructionally complete now.
  17. A liking was expressed recently about the latest MR/M&GNR shots on LB. With only 12' x 4' 6" to 'play' with (most of which is offstage), picture-taking variety is limited. However, by sticking the camera on bits of wood and track rubbers, some 'new' views have been obtained. All of these are dreadfully-contrived, with trains visible on the main line as well, but I think they make 'reasonable' shots, though that's not for me to decide. If nothing else they show the imperative of having the main line going on/offstage on the straight, with no wholly-unrealistic visible 90 degree curve. More tomorrow............................
  18. Last few of the M-set for now (though not necessarily of the C16!). The 'evening sunlight' effect in the second photo is unintentional - it's from a workbench-side lamp I didn't realise I'd left on. And if you think there's a bit of glazing in the first one falling inside the coach, so did I. Close examination and a prod with a cocktail stick revealed it to be just a shadow. Next stage with this M-set will be to replace the Collett bow-end compo with a Slater's E88 toplight, then this train's done. John C.
  19. For me personally, as an NHS worker, my opinion on the whole thing is this. Firstly, I do appreciate the support. While yes, I agree that PPE, better pay etc would be nice, that's not exactly in the wheelhouse of your average person, at least until election time. But my issues with it are this. 1. Before the pandemic, I suffered more than my fair share of abuse at the hands of the public while trying to juggle the lack of resources we had to work with. There have been times when I've been on the verge of quitting after trying to go above and beyond to help a person and receiving only abuse in return. Even now, I get abuse from patients. Presumably some of these horrible people are now clapping. I wonder, will they remain so appreciative when the pandemic's over and they aren't being watched by the rest of the street? 2. There are aspects of it that I find deeply sinister. I strongly object to the way we scatter the term "heroes" around like confetti. To be honest, it feels like love-bombing. A lot of the media coverage and political speechifying carries the strong implication that if you're not willing to be a hero (i.e. do exactly what we the establishment tell you), then you must be a villain trying to thwart the heroes. Which I frankly find pretty sick. From a purely personal and slightly petulant perspective, I've lost colleagues, I haven't seen my family or friends in months and I exist in a constant state of stress. I'm kind of on edge and have been for several weeks. For me, it just serves as a reminder that this terrible situation is still going on.
  20. A few photos from visits to the Nene Valley Railway for this morning. Wansford DSB Class F 656 Aug 77 C3532 Wansford 73050 May 81 J7373.jpg Wansford 70000 May 81 J7364 Orton Mere 70000 May 81 J7368.jpg Wansford SJ Class S 1178 June 81 J7515.jpg Wansford BR Class 5 73050 June 83 C6280 David
  21. A pair of wartime brown coaches have appeared, another clerestory and thanks to two followers of this thread, @St Enodoc for supplying it from Oz, Jedi Knight Commander @toboldlygo for giving it a new life 40 years after first built, an old Kays K16 PBV , we have a welcome addition to my milk train. It really looks at home on it. More tomorrow.
  22. Plawsworth today, just south of Chester le Street on the ECML. Plawsworth 47591 Newcastle to Liverpool Oct 87 J9340.jpg Plawsworth 37209 down rail Oct 87 J9333.jpg Plawsworth 31456 up parcels 26th Oct 87 C9185.jpg Plawsworth Class 158 Liverpool to Newcastle 28th Oct 92 C18117.jpg Plawsworth HST down12th March 94 C19328.jpg David
  23. Tea break, and one of our top views to go with it. A Claud at Platform 6, soon to be on its way to Leicester. Came out nice and crisp, this one.
  24. Some from yesterday, landor st to mountsorrel and back, thankfully with a loco with good air conditioning! 66759 ’’chippy” arriving with a 350 heading to new st above and after loading in mountsorrel 2 hours to wait until departure time took some pics out of the side window, the iPhone allows you to take a burst of pics and choose the best from them, these pics are pretty good considering the trains on the fast lines are passing at 110mph! note the midland mainline logo on the coupler door! local service on the slow line Ews 66 arriving in for loading same again tomorrow
  25. Seeing as I’ve finally worn my RTS Greenkeeper static grass tool out, I decided to concentrate on the river the last few days till a new one comes from the fatherland. The River Calder at this location on the prototype is anything but clear running past a sewerage works. So I’m going to be using about 8kg of casting epoxy resin for the water coloured using Woodland Scenics ‘murky’ tint. (Yes the resin & hardener alone was about £160) ouch. Given we are in winter I’ve robbed an idea off the military modellers to replicate ice which will cover a small part of the river here. Made by Krycell the ice sheets look pretty good but being large 30cm squares I’ve gone to town on them with a pair of pliers. With the casting resin surrounding the broken sheet ‘ice’ this will look either superb or pretty cr*p. I’m going to give it a bash anyway. The base of this river was originally cork over polystyrene covered in a sealer but I ended up ripping the cork up as it warped after the sealer was painted on. The base is now foam board cut to shape, the edges plugged with clay and sealed with a thick layer of PVA. After this some brown green acrylics are painted on. At each end of the river is foam board sealed again to stop the resin escaping. I’ll cut this foam board away once the resin is dry. I’ve yet to add some river ‘furniture’ inc an old leaky rowing boat, a log or two (nothing to do with the nearby sewerage plant :) and some small rocks at the edges. As I mentioned I don’t want too much of the river bed showing since it’s not some creek flowing through the rockies. It’s a filthy river flowing past a sewerage farm. Lot of work to do here the next day or so and I’ll be pouring the resin later this week..
  26. Some from today, bescot to toton tripper 66708 ‘Jayne’ in Bescot with a train of points carriers and side tippers and into toton TPE 68 on a train of lobsters bound for crewe iirc And back in Bescot, uncoupled and run back along an empty road mountsorrel tomorrow
  27. 'Official' pictures of C16 clerestory corridor third in late 1930s condition. with footboard and bogie steps removed, electric lighting installed, and painted in 1934 > livery with shirtbutton totem and no third markings on doors. Original donor vehicle Hornby, brass sides from Worsley Works (thanks to Mike @Coach bogie for heads up about this addition to their catalogue), replacement ends by Keen Systems with scissors gangway and floating endplates, replacement bogies (no footboards) from Shapeways (thanks to @gwrrob for info on these), transfers by Fox (thanks to Phil @Harlequin for number series). John C.
  28. Bleat Wharf. May 31st. 1960. Fireman Eric Sykes wipes his brow as driver Tommy Cooper reverses trusty 3F 43474. Rob.
  29. Gosh - this thread moves on at a rate, and it is thoroughly enjoyable. I've been away from the computer for a couple of days. I do like the below rail level photos, we all must have been on occasion looking up at a train on a higher level and be impressed by it. I was experimenting a whole back on Heyside, and I do like the natural viewpoint photos. The Brian Monaghan style has it's place as an overall description of a model, but in the quest for realism an eye level view is the one for me. These pictures are raw and not photoshopped so I hope you will excuse the socket in the background! I was just playing around to see what could be achieved. This was some time before this end of the layout was 'finished'... Best Regards Tony
  30. Not at all unexpected - but so, so sad all the same. I first encountered Adrian at the time that I started detailing models and building the early plastic rolling stock kits; his 'bits' were essential to modellers who wanted to replicate actual vehicles rather than 'generic' models. I can't start to estimate how many of his 'bits' packs I've used over the years, together with a fair number of his complete kits; (not to mention his casting content in so many other kit producers products). Adrian was a mine of information about any rolling stock subject you mentioned - sometimes the information forthcoming was more than you really wanted, in that he would point out that your proposed plan of action was fraught with inaccuracies! No visit to ExpoEM at Bletchley was complete without 'chewing the cud' with Adrian, and I always came away weighed down with little bags of cast whitemetal. It was certainly a jolt when his usual prompt service started to falter, and it was not entirely suprising to learn of his illness. Nevertheless, Adrian was ever-present here on RMweb - until he wasn't. He was outspoken, agreed; and he liked to make his point, at length; but all his bombast was based on sound, even microscopic knowledge of so many subjects. He was clearly too strong a brew for this group, but this in no way dampened his ardour! I would receive regular outpourings of his outrage about selected postings here, and I would try to sympathise with his position as far as I could. Very occasionally, I would act as his virtual mouthpiece when I was in full agreement with his views. No longer, though. Adrian is gone, and hopefully at peace. He will be able to see now, I'm sure, that the minutae of railway modelling that so exercised him is merely a passing preoccupation - as should we all. Sleep well, Adrian; we'll miss you. John Isherwood.
  31. Evening All, thanks for those who have expressed support and I can confirm that I’m now in a better frame of mind. To acknowledge what has been said I would like to add the following. I’m certain the lady involved was ‘Karen’ she seemed to know all about my job/profession/business and knew exactly what her rights were. Don’t you just love it when some one tells you your job? Im not sure how many peoples lives I’ve saved but I like to think I’ve helped many patients get the most out of their treatments. My manager probably saved someones life earlier in the year when a patient collapsed in the pharmacy. Her heart had stopped so he gave cardiac massage whilst the ambulance arrived. She was in hospital for a month or so but has now been released into the community. Unfortunately (for us) we are not able to ‘ban’ patients we have a contract with the local CCG. We must provide service without due delay regardless. Many years ago I told a patient not to come to my pharmacy again when she questioned my integrity but she complained to the CCG and I was reprimanded and reminded of my duties and responsibilities. Very degrading. Im sure if Karen decides to go down the same route I’m going to be ‘in trouble’. I can see it now. Karen was very unwell and not in contol of her emotions and the medication wasn’t helping. She was in a very fragile state. I should have been more sympathetic and understanding. All b0ll0cks!! Like with crime and justice it all gets turned on it’s head. In the UK we have several services to help patients will their meds. Two that come to mind are ‘medicine use review’ and ‘new meds service’. Which obviously being NHS services are free. (at the point of delivery) Regarding savings someone’s life I vividly recall an incident a few years ago when my Sil was very seriously ill hospital needing an urgent liver transplant. She would be leaving the hospital with a new liver or in a wooden box. Anyway, her consultant came round and said to a nurse in his entourage that her salt intake was to be reduced to an absolute minimum in order to reduce her bloating. He then said it want her to have 2 soluble paracetamolS four times a day. I just had to but in. Eight soluble paracetamol tablets contain the maximum daily recommended amount of sodium. He said if there was a problem the hospital pharmacy would notify him. I said I am a pharmacist and I’m notifying you. Next time I saw him he said I was quite correct. Well surprise, surprise. It does make you wonder how long he’d been prescribing soluble paracetamol but then again you don’t want to know. Anyway Sil got a transplant and is doing well. Sorry about the ramble, keep well, Robert Robert
  32. I have designated today as a day of outstanding natural stupidity. Hopefully tomorrow will be an improvement. Our express in view is the 8.00 down Leeds, and Sandwich is the locomotive. These images are the same size as the one which was rejected earlier. What is going on? For once I don't think I'm responsible.
  33. Morning pictures show more angles on 60149's progress towards Spital Bridge. I hope you like them, as the contortions my body had to put up with to get them were considerable. Should I abandon attempts to get that last angle? I think this is better than previous attempts, but I'm still not convinced.
  34. That was a lovely day, made better by a change of scenery, and tomorrow I get to play golf again. Still thinking of a subject for the next poll though. Our train tonight is a relief to the 8.00am KX-Leeds, and A1 Amadis brings it through. That bloke has been up on Spital Bridge again, and trying different angles. Just this one for now, though.
  35. I popped over to Ladmanlow today, it was such a nice day. I managed to catch the Postie taking a shortcut: The scenery is quite impressive (if you get the angle right) Oh look, the Postie's got to the yard: The traffic in the lane is incessant this morning: Oh no! He's forgotten to close the gate! You know what that means, don't you... We're in trouble now! Thanks for looking, Al.
  36. Dapol have just taken delivery of the 2nd EP (engineering prototype) of the Wainwright D Class! Read more and Pre-order HERE This is currently under review by Dapol's R&D team. The decorated samples are due early August (a little delayed unfortunately due to CV-19)
  37. A few more closer views. (Brave of me I know!) Good to know one's not alone when addressing the challenges of coach building. I've also discovered that posting pics on RMweb on completion is part of the snagging process. For instance, the first pic below showed me that the nearest door T-handle had turned and needed securing. The second showed that the clerestory had sprung up at one end. The culprit was the springy clear inverted u-shape Hornby used for glazing, exerting downward pressure on the roof. The clerestory has been removed, and is now on the workbench while I cut two separate 4mm wide strips of clear plastic to re-glaze it with. (Hate glazing - can't see what I'm cutting! And my steel rule slides around all over it. Many a cut finger that way.) The third cruel close-up pic shows the very nice Shapeways Dean 10 ft bogies in their later guise without footboards. I bought the type that's a direct replacement for the Hornby item, with the same type of split spigot. However, on first fitting them not only did they ride a bit high but they careered off the track at every curve or bit of pointwork while the coach wobbled from side to side. They're made of a much more brittle material than Hornby's plastic so the inevitable happened. I had to use main force to pull them back out, breaking the spigots in the process. So at the moment the coach just rests on the cut down stumps of the spigots. This has solved the riding high issue as well, so the coach buffer level is right again, while a couple of bits of microstrip as stabilisers at the sides of the bogie stretchers has stopped the lateral wobble. This photo also shows the door hinges which had slightly intimidated me. In the end I used little pieces of microstrip, dipped in cyano and pushed through the hinge slots from the back. When set hard they were sliced off flush at the back, and not quite flush at the front (all before priming & painting of course!). The middle ones got in the way of waist lining a bit so I wouldn't bother with those in future, but the others do add something now I know they're there. But to be honest it's only since doing them that it's occurred to me that the Bettabitz/247 Developments D29 I made recently had no representation of door hinges at all and I hadn't even noticed. John C.
  38. This afternoon we visit Damdykes on the ECML in Northumberland, just to the south of Cramlington, to look at trains in the early 1990s. Damdykes 43152 up 9th Feb 91 C15568.jpg Damdykes 43045 down 29th May 91 C15848.jpg Damdykes 60087 down empties 18th Aug 92 C17902.jpg Damdykes 37501 up le 3rd Oct 92 C18065.jpg Damdykes 56077 down coal 3rd Oct 92 C18066.jpg David
  39. Phone went 11 o clock this morning, GBRF control.... “just checking your on duty” “yeah I’m spare today” ”erm no your relieving 7G62 in rugby at 12:20” ”oh ****, I’m on my way!” thankfully it was running 20 minutes late then wa edit her delayed by another 30 by the time it got to rugby so I managed to get there 20 minutes before it arrived (even had time to stop for petrol!) 66740, Sarah, with 2 self propelled cranes (hence the class 7 45mph running), a train of falcons and another dead 66 on the rear Was booked to sit in Whitaker loop for 4 hours due to a possession but it was lifted early so I got it into bescot 4 hours early, dashed for the train back to rugby for my car hence no more pics!
  40. Another update: At this point in time we are sitting on quite a few unfulfilled orders. This is due to the massive demand for products over the lockdown period (which also coincided with the spring show season). If this affects your order then we apologise for the delay. Certain key items, like axle final drive gears for example, are completely out of stock and, in this instance, there are problems with the gear moulders tied up making things for the NHS - other suppliers are either furloughed or playing catch-up themselves and some, who were pretty slow under normal circumstance are even worse! The sheer volume of orders has tested our own working methods and, inevitably, there have been some cock-ups. Although we do try to answer all mails, a few enquiries may slip through the net and would like to stress that we don’t take out customers for granted, but just may not have the time to deal with everything as quickly as we would like. We’re still nagging our suppliers and hope to have things back up and running at full capacity soon...
  41. Everyone - well, most of us - like a Castle, so here's Tiverton Castle on an eastbound express. I did hint that the C16 clerestory might make a re-appearance. It's been pressed into service as a 'swinger' on this express, providing extra 3rd class accommodation for returning holiday-makers at a busy period. (Holidays? Busy periods? What were they?) John C.
  42. Has it worked, after delving into the labyrinthine recesses of YouTube? Perhaps! John C.
  43. Afternoon from the war zone This stuff has been boiling for a while, and the death of George Floyd seems to have taken us over the boiling point now. I could write volumes but would tire too easily of expounding on the conditions and circumstances that are all too familiar to so many in the US. Suffice to say, the fact that we are under a curfew in the two main cities (Minneapolis & St. Paul) and the first ring suburbs, including ours, Edina, which is an absolute FIRST since I've lived here. This is supposedly a "quiet, proper law-abiding" midwestern part of the country and having major store chains and many other business boarded up and expecting the worst again tonight is frankly unheard-of! It's all so front-and-center that frankly COVID-19 seems to suddenly cease to exist. We're headed to the local grocery store soon to get a few items so we can make sure we've got dinners for the next day or two as the curfew now for the entire metro-area and is from 8PM to 6AM. No-one, and the expressly stated "NO-ONE" should be on the streets/roads during that time and it's currently tonight and Sunday but may be extended as necessary. Last evening we had a nice social-distancing happy hour with the neighbors, and learnt there via social-media that our suburb had instituted a curfew, so we cut short the visit. Jemma had joined us and hurried off home before the witching hour. Her suburb, adjacent to ours had also announced the same curfew times. Weather-wise, fairly pleasant here today at 17, sunny with a light breeze. Hope everyone is safe and well, so sorry to hear about NHNs friend/store owners sad news Carry on... carpe diem.
  44. Tonight we have a look at the J6 standing in the bay while parcels traffic is dealt with. And shortly afterwards the V2 rumbles by, though nothing seems to have neen done about the lamps.
  45. I do wish people wouldn’t pose selfies on here. Height of vanity.
  46. Trip to Melton done, and full marks to Sainsburys. Click and collect is in a remote corner, a long way from the store, so no-one down there apart from us click and collectors, and there were only three of us when I arrived. All done very safely too. So, an almost perfect experience, save for watching the woman in front of me loading 28 bags into her car! Of course she did this very slowly too, so I had to remind myself that I was in no hurry..... more than once. Anyway, the drive back through the Vale on such a glorious day more than made up for that. Afternoon image is a close up of B17 Tottenham Hotspur.
  47. In response to an earlier request............................. These two shots show my positioning of the camera to try and replicate the photographer being on the signal box's veranda. The base is a little plastic toolbox. I set the camera on a ten-second shutter delay and lifted the mirror up to obviate any camera shake. Of course, one needs two cameras to show this (or a camera phone, which I don't possess - nor want to). The camera's position gave the shot shown yesterday. However, by removing the little box....... And placing the camera at ground level..... This is the result. Not 'better' and not 'worse' in my view, just different. Whatever the case, to achieve either shot, a very small aperture was required.
  48. It does appear that there are quite a few followers of this thread who rather like Deltics, whether prototype or production. But why isn't anyone voting for the one with the really practical white paint job? I have done housework, and arranged for clearance of 25 years worth of accumulated rubbish from my garage. I am now in a state of shock, and having a cup of tea and a banana. Your afternoon image is a rear three quarter view of an A4. Why is it that I invariably type iamge instead of image, amd waht instead of what? I have just had to concentrate hard to make sure that I typed them incorrectly.
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