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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. ooh that really looks excellent! nice open feel to the station area, very BR 'run down' branch line atmos, spot on :-) all the best, Keith
  2. part of a 'Festive Sale' at Hattons, 0 and 00 stuff: https://www.hattons.co.uk/newsdetail.aspx?id=940
  3. There's a lovely picture in one of my favourite books, the "LMS in the West Midlands" by P B Whitehouse, of Precedent no. 2194 'Cambrian' at Tamworth in 1924, 'smart and clean in its old LNWR livery... complete with class A headlamps but with non-corridor stock', plate 217. Worth seeking out this book for some great images of the LMS and informative captions. All the best, Keith
  4. same here, how about the ROD as an addition? https://www.Bachmann.co.uk/product/rod-2-8-0-2406-lnwr-black/35-176 cheers, Keith
  5. Not arf matey, it's Bachman(n)–Turner Overdrive...
  6. Looks fantastic and smooth running at a sensible speed, really looking forward to the arrival of the 1P. Thanks for posting. Cheers, Keith
  7. More Rails bargains... Not sure I have seen the 0 gauge Heljan Class 05 at this price before, £159.50: https://railsofsheffield.com/products/31007/Heljan-2590-o-gauge-hunslet-class-05-br-green-no-wasp-stripes-shunter-locomotive and the Bachmann LMS 5XP ‘Jubilee’ with Riveted Tender 45575 ‘Madras’ BR (Ex-LMS) Black (British Railways) for under £100: https://railsofsheffield.com/products/30581/Bachmann-31-190-oo-gauge-madras-british-railways-br-lined-black-jubilee-class-4-6-0-steam-locomotive-no-45575 cheers, Keith
  8. indeed--still available at Rails for a shade under £160-- https://railsofsheffield.com/products/34984/Bachmann-31-910-oo-gauge-h1-class-atlantic-no-39-la-france-lbsc-lined-umber-4-4-2-steam-locomotive cheers, Keith
  9. https://youtu.be/UeNo9eo3ogE New video by Hatton's. Cheers, Keith
  10. I find the GWSR site is good, clear and easy to navigate with plenty of information accessible via the drop-down menu. https://www.gwsr.com/ Similar with the Welshpool and Llanfair railway website https://www.wllr.org.uk/ Cheers, Keith
  11. It's £220 at Bure Valley Models http://www.burevalleymodels.com/p/10604/R3607---The-15-Guinea-Special-Train-Pack Cheers, Keith
  12. a similar report in The Guardian/Observer a few days ago, some discussion here:
  13. Great to see positive media coverage, a silver lining to a grim year, for the retailers and manufacturers as well as us modellers, helps to put things in perspective, no time to wait, do it now. cheers, Keith
  14. Kernow have some exhibition offers, the web-site states "More items will be added each day so keep checking back! These offers are for the Bodmin exhibition and will be removed after 26th October." Some very competitive prices, http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/c/1690/Exhibition-Special eg 30-165 Bachmann The Thanet Flyer Train Set, £109.99: http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/p/54498/30-165-Bachmann-The-Thanet-Flyer-Train-Set I should have waited for the Dapol GWR railcars ... £99.99 each--http://www.kernowmodelrailce
  15. Ramsey on the Isle of Man is pretty close http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/r/ramsey/index.shtml but a bit of a gap. There must be cases of electric tramways in old industrial areas of South Wales or Northern England that came in close proximity with industrial narrow gauge railways which carried workers eg for a mine or reservoir railway, but not public service for passengers? It's got me intrigued and looking through my books to see if I can come up with an example. All the best, Keith span wi
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