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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 along one (long) side is 1930s-1940s, set somewhere where LNER and LMS co-existed. On the opposite (long) side will be 1960s-80s D&E, with a time-span flexible enough to accommodate transition liveries through to the end of BR Blue, the era of my youth. What to do then with my industrials? Well, a spur will lead off to a colliery setting at one end of the room, for a 1940s-60s era layout, which can also accommodate my early-crest ex-GW steam locos as well as my industrial steam locos and diesels. That's the plan, a work in progress. We'll see!

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  1. Would be worth a look at the Narrow Gauge part of RMWeb, eg But yes, 00 buildings and figures are compatible with 009 (which means 00 'scale', ie 4mm, for 9mm gauge track). Peco 009 track is widely available and used. Good luck with the build. all the best, Keith
  2. I'm fortunate to have access to historic OS mapping via EDINA Digimap, I rarely used old-maps but I saw it used on rmweb a fair bit. It's a bit clunky to use compared to NLS. NLS are working their way through their collection digitising and georeferencing, and are doing amazing work for the benefit of all of us in providing free access online to historic OS mapping. All the best, Keith
  3. I just saw there's a splash on the https://www.old-maps.co.uk/ web-page saying the service is to close permanently as of the end of October. While I much prefer the interface of NLS for accessing historic OS maps online, the Old-Maps website has its uses especially for viewing more recent larger-scale OS mapping (1:2500 and 1:1250 scale of the 1960s-1980s) for working out dimensions and details of track plans--hence my posting this topic here, as I know many of us use historic OS maps as a key source in layout planning and design. all the best, Keith
  4. Just had this from Oxford: https://www.oxforddiecast.co.uk/products/lner-locomotive-r3521-and-assortment-of-models "Get your hands on this incredibly generous LNER Bundle. It includes one LNER locomotive (R3521) D16/3 Class, 4-4-0, 8802 - Era 3 and comes teamed with a random selection of LNER wagons. We will also throw in some model cars that you would have seen on the roads in the same period to compliment your layout! All items are 1:76 scale. You can catch this at a bargain price of £149.99 and the contents retail for over £225." cheers, Keith
  5. Indeed, very nice, I'm not decided yet which one to go for, the livery samples will swing it for me when they appear too. Cheers, Keith
  6. I prefer to work from Ordnance Survey large scale plans available online from National Library of Scotland, some thoughts here on creating track plans from NLS historic OS plans might be of interest:
  7. Ah yes, Merlin, in action All the best, Keith
  8. Thanks, I should have added my source too, the 1925 list of LMS shed codes is in Hawkins and Reeve, 'LMS Engine Sheds, vol 2, The Midland Railway', they have the 1911 list too with Wellingborough also then 13. Fantastic series of books, I never tire of them and the all too many layout ideas they constantly inspire! All the best, Keith
  9. 13 appears to be Wellingborough in 1925. All the best, Keith
  10. ok thanks Andy, at the mo it looks like this on my laptop: cheers, Keith
  11. Yep, on my laptop there's a tiny 'window' of RMWeb content now viewable between the top and bottom banners, like peering into a letterbox! I have given up accessing RMWeb on my smartphone, though, it's too frustrating :-( cheers, Keith
  12. Chimney detached and broken / bent / cracked front buffer on my L&NER model :-(
  13. I like the way Kernow photograph models in a layout setting, helps get a sense of the livery etc, here's the crimson compound: https://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/p/71381/31-934-Bachmann-LMS-4P-Compound-1119-LMS-Crimson-Lake-(LMS) cheers, Keith
  14. Well, now in stock at Rails https://railsofsheffield.com/collections/new-Bachmann-received/products/Bachmann-31-934-lms-4p-compound-1119-lms-crimson-lake-lms [now sold out at Rails already I see!] Perhaps elsewhere too. Looks good. Cheers, Keith
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