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  1. I usually phone them up - check the transfers are in stock, order and pay - all in one call. Yes the discount offers can be a bit vague, and the transfers don't arrive instantly, but I've never had any not arrive. I had an email yesterday informing me that they were changing the service provider for the website, and it would be unavailable for a couple of days. I appreciate that's not much help if you're not on their mailing list. Just my own personal experience. Les
  2. Hi Tony Have you tried The Hobby Shop, Faversham. My local model shop, and has a good website. https://hobb-e-mail.com/index.asp They have one of the best ranges of continental stuff I know of. (I model boring old BR WR - but I often have a browse in the shop at the other stuff). No connection etc, just a regular and happy customer. Regards Les
  3. Survey done, thanks. At least one long lived possibility in there! Les
  4. Through MarGATE, BroadSTAIRS, and RamsGATE, then stop for a SANDWICH. Les
  5. The Autocoach has now been paired with a 64xx, and is now a fixture on Bishopscombe. The pair leave bound for Bishopscombe Quarry with a workmans train - I doubt there were sufficient customers in reality! Crossing Canal Lane And the cliche arrives at the Quarry. I've lightly weathered the pannier, and renumbered her 6400 - a West Country loco during the layouts time frame - she now carries a Laira shed plate. The plates are from 247 Developments, great quality - and excellent service. (No connection etc...) I have some lamps and crew on order from Modelu to complete. Les
  6. It's early morning and the branch pannier emerges from the shed at Bishopscombe to start the days work. The signalman's cauliflowers are looking good this year, the beans are also sprouting - at least on one set of canes.
  7. Thanks for the comments. The beige is a little light, but I think the real thing would have faded by 1957-59 - I believe the crimson and cream livery for autotrailers was discontinued in 1952. The lining is actually Modelmaster's black and gold - the gold doesn't show up well in the photos. You're probably right about a 4575 being too much for one trailer - although there was an auto fitted one in the west country in the late fifties, (5511?). I think I will go for a 64xx, Les
  8. I've had an old Airfix autocoach for years, and I've finally got round to detailing it. I wanted to alter the coach, and decided a donor vehicle would be useful - mainly for the drivers doors. A repainted example was obtained from a well known auction site for a fiver, this turned out to have detailing fitted to the under frame and cab fittings! I have a spare pair of 7' bogies, but decided to keep the 9' ones to avoid damaging the detaining - so I've already compromised a lot! So the old body was stripped ready for repainting, and adding the flush doors. The interior details were fitted. The glazing is SE Finecast. And here she is - complete with very dodgy lining! And so, after sitting in a box of odds and ends for the best part of ten years, she has new life. To quote Jules of this parish - 'the cliche arrives' I'm quite pleased with it, the colours are Frod Rosso red and Ford Sierra beige. All I need now is something appropriate to haul it - a 64xx, or maybe an auto fitted 4575? Les
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. They are indeed listed - all three of them. they are on an island within the RSPB reserve. They can only be accessed on 'open days' organised by the RSPB. Here they are - (this photo was processed for posting on another site!) From left to right - 200' curved mirror, 20' disc and 30' disc. Les Edited to say you don't need to be an RSPB member - the general public can pay at the 'gate'.
  24. Here's a couple of abandoned lines crossing - on the Kent coast. When the Southern re-aligned its line from Lydd Town to New Romney in 1937 it had to cross the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch's branch line to the Sound Mirrors, on Denge Marsh, at Lade. So a small bridge was built into the embankment. This rather un-assuming concrete structure (complete with modern railings) is that bridge. Built in 1929 to assist with building of the War Department Sound Mirrors the RHDR line ran from a junction close to the current Romney Sands station. The site, being entirely loose shingle, could not be accessed by lorries - or even mules - so a railway was built. The line continued in use throughout the war, taking men and supplies to the site. Trains were hauled by a single WD petrol locomotive. The RHDR branch line continued in use until 1951 - mainly to carry large amounts of un-crushed shingle to Hythe. Looking through the bridge we can see one of the Sound Mirrors the branch was built to serve. There has since been extensive aggregate extraction in the area - there would have no lake there - just another half mile or so of shingle! It wasn't until I looked at the photos I realised I didn't take a picture over the top of the bridge, so I will return to the site - also to take some photos of the SR track bed between here and Lydd-on-Sea which is remarkably intact, including it's fences. Les
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