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    Railwy modelling! Also, all things LT, BR Western Region - including hydraulics, photography, beer, old Austins - I have owned a 1948 Devon since 1995 - and an almost obsessional need to collect East Kent Railway memorabilia.

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  1. Thanks for posting Roger. Fascinating read. I find these early tramways / railways captivating; I really must visit. I never knew so much of the course of the line survives. Les
  2. Hello Dave The S&KLR photos took me back to the time when I volunteered there in the early '70s. as a member of the LCGB . Summer Sundays would normally be taken up with sanding 'something'down. One day whilst helping out in the shed at Kemsley I was asked to fetch a bucket to drain some oil from 'Triumph', I duly came back, only to be told that what I had brought was a pail, so it was no good! Funny old game eh? Regards Les
  3. I think I'm getting the hang of things now. I may have panicked a bit earlier! I assume that the 'indexing' is still on going, as, if I go to my Profile and click on 'all activity, it says there is nothing there - yet. Likewise there is nothing in my activity streams yet. So I assume my content will appear at some time as the site updates. Les
  4. With the new buildings in Station Road completed I decided that the old Ratio goods shed at the 'Combe could be replaced with something a bit more GWR in character. The new shed is based on Watlington goods shed, although I have made the doors solid instead of slatted - it was easier! The structure is made from plasticard and cardboard for the loading platform and the roof. Here are the basic parts, The loading platform The crane is just made from some plastic square rod, with a hole drilled centrally for the chain to pass through, the large wheel is a sanded down shirt button - there is a winding handle of the other side. The first test placement for clearance. The old shed had some lighting - which ceased to work years ago - so this one has too, and hopefully more reliable! It will be used when visitors wish to view the interior. The new shed in situ - I still have to make the office chimney and the office steps. Overall I'm pleased with the way it looks, and being narrower than the old shed it frees up more space in the yard. Next job a new weigh bridge hut and a tidy of the yard entrance. Les
  5. Indeed, Stephens book 'Behind The Crumbling Edge' gives some very interesting insights into the management of BR. Another much older book is 'Man of The Rail' by (?) Pearson. Les
  6. Hi Jules Nice to see the new additions, I think I may 'borrow' your idea of using Railtec to do me some B set names... All the best for Christmas and the New Year, Les
  7. Well the new buildings have been placed in position, and the new back scene (complete with fewer creases than the old one!) has gone up. A sneak preview of the new scene as 9015 arrives with a short goods. A wider view. The less cluttered background seems to give the illusion of more space. Some new trees will help disguise the joins between the backscene and the low relief buildings. Hope to post more soon......... Les
  8. Well, back in May (!) I posted that the layout would be getting some new buildings to replace the original card kits, and so over the summer I'e been busy cutting plastic and card. Here are some of buildings, some still being worked on, and as usual the harsh lighting and close-up camera shots has shown them 'warts n' all'. The cottages last seen under construction in my last post. A Georgian house, built from textured art card. Another row of cottages, including the saddlers shop at one end - handy for Bishopscombe's busy horse traffic - and dodgy guttering! Another 'art' card construction, a small cottage. Another shop - using the Langley details rescued from a previous version of the ironmongers. And a shed to go alongside. Finally a building under construction, a village school. I'm not sure if I want to continue with this one, if I do it will go at the 'dark' end of Station Road.... These are all meant to go at the back of the baseboard, so by the time they've been bedded in, with pavements etc, and a few repairs made, they should work together - I hope! Cheers Les edited to get last picture in
  9. Another vote for knifing putty - I use it for filling gaps in white metal kits - but it also worked fine for filling in the 'extra' windows on my B Set. Les
  10. Baz, my father served in the Pioneer Corps for the duration of WW2, and he too never attended remembrance day occasions for much the same reason. There must have been many veterans who felt the same. Dad died in 2004 at the age of 95, and, perhaps rather strangely, I miss him most on Remembrance Sunday. Les
  11. I have had some success with Busch 05900 conductive paint on point blades - on code 75 points. It comes in two tiny bottles and needs mixing to the required 'thinness'. I've used it to get out of trouble on a couple of occasions. My layout is DCC - so I have no idea how it will behave on DC (if that's what your using). I bought mine from The Hobby Shop, Faversham, I've just looked and it's on sale at the moment. (By on sale I mean the price is reduced..) Hope this helps Regards Les
  12. Very sad news. I met Frank a few times, through my friend Bob Fridd. Frank came with me to a few rallies on my preserved RF, and I was always impressed by his wealth of knowledge. My condolences to Franks family and close friends. Les
  13. We have just returned from a week in Mallorca, with the obligatory trip to experience the trams, and the train from Soller to (nowhere near) Palma So by way of thread revival - here are some Soller tram crews enjoying an ice cream break. Les
  14. You remember correctly Chris. There were three 'test rigs'. The mechanical units from these went (on paper at least) to make up RM's 5, 6 and 7. That's how RM8 ended up as the first 'production' Routemaster. Les
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