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    I'm really into the LMS scene, especially ex LNWR, LYR and MR lines in the 1930s-40s. It's an era too I am drawn to for the LNER and SR, and perhaps ought to settle one way or another on one of the three! I also have D&E interests, having grown up with BR blue traction. I do a lot of reading on narrow gauge, industrial and light railways, and have long visited lost lines as part of the hobby. All round railway nut really.

    My modelling is mainly OO, but I dabble with 009, 5.5mm, and Gn15, and have just begun a small 0 gauge project too. A few years ago, after a long lull in railway modelling, I started experimenting by creating a small 'plank' layout called Spencer Park, which began life as a 1970s BR stabling point, and has since morphed into something NCB based set 'somewhere in the Midlands' (http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/49742-spencer-park-from-1970s-br-to-1970s-ncb-somewhere-in-the-midlands/). At the same time, I was occupied, on and off, with a long-term loft layout project called Westburnham (http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/50227-westburnham-1970s-80s-1930s-40s-combo-loft-layout/), but a house move has given me the opportunity to rethink things.

    I have a much better loft space now than before, 21 feet by 8, floored and walled with a velux window and proper stairs access, so planning is under way. The current plan is for a 4-track mainline on one (long) side, 1930s-1940s, possibly based on the WCML at Cathiron or Brinklow in Warwickshire, north of Rugby, where I used to go trainspotting in my younger days. On the opposite (long) side I have yet to decide, but I'm considering a steam mpd that spans the 1940s-1960s, a time-span flexible enough to accommodate Big Four steam right through to green diesels. What to do then with my industrials, my early-crest ex-GW steam locos and my BR Blue diesels?! We'll see.

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  1. Rails have a offer on Heljan OO9 locomotives. £139.50 each. cheers, Keith
  2. Some good 'exhibition specials' offers, til Aug 31--http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/c/1690/Exhibition-Special cheers, Keith
  3. just idly looking around retailers' web-sites for the J27s and I see Cheltenham Model Centre have 'Release Date: 30 September 2020' for Oxford Rail OR76J27004 LNER J27 0-6-0 1214 LNER Black With Red Lining-- https://cheltenhammodelcentre.com/oxford-rail~1385-c/oxford-rail-or76j27004-lner-j27-0-6-0-1214-lner-black-with-red-lining~or76j27004-p.html looking forward to it :-) cheers, Keith
  4. Thanks Rob, good to know--I have emailed the retailer, I'd prefer to send it back for a replacement rather than start fiddling about with it, so all being well it'll be sorted, such a lovely-looking model. all the best, Keith
  5. My B4 "Guernsey" unfortunately just sits on the track motionless as the motor whirrs away when I apply the power, anyone else had this issue? cheers, Keith
  6. This looks superb! Really inspirational modelling. Great stuff. all the best, Keith
  7. I'm impressed you can make such progress on the layout with a young 'un in close proximity! Looking forward to seeing developments, good luck with the build. all the best, Keith
  8. I like that alot @DavidCBroad -- the TT still seems to loom too large in my eyes, and some other use for that same area I think would help, perhaps a mini KX-type stabling point for locos, with water and coal facilities run off a couple of kick-back sidings, perhaps with a separate entry/exit from/to the off-stage traverser, coming in from the opposite direction to the kick-back? all the best, Keith
  9. tractionman

    The Engine Shed

    yep, still there: https://www.Hornby.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2020/l-mr-open-third-class-carriage-era-1.html cheers, Keith
  10. Some top-hatted types here: https://www.acstadden.co.uk/shop-3 cheers, Keith
  11. I like the look of that--I had a go at a 10 x 2 plan for a terminus but without the TT: The entry / exit lines are bottom left and the station platforms located below the 3 upper sidings. The building top left is a loco servicing point and the adjacent lines go off-scene as a freight branch. cheers, Keith
  12. This is my splendid Father's Day present, the very lovely Hornby Terrier bought from Bure Valley Models, and very well packaged for the journey to NI as requested A superb model from an excellent retailer. Cheers, Keith span widget
  13. The plan has a South Wales feel to it, ex-GW in the Valleys perhaps, a mine above the hidden sidings, river below the railway, I like it! All the best, Keith
  14. There's also Anyrail (https://www.anyrail.com/en) that has libraries for 0 gauge and their trial version of the software has plenty of scope for designing track-plans for smaller layouts. Do share your doodlings! cheers, Keith
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