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    Bangor NI
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    At the moment I'm really into the LMS scene, especially pre WW2, ex LNWR and MR. 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. 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 LMS mainline on one (long) side, 1930s-1940s, possibly based on the southern approach to Oxenholme between the two bridges and including the loco shed (see http://oxenholme.oneplacestudy.org/?page_id=477), or possibly 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 LMS steam right through to green diesels. What to do then with my BR Blue diesels?! We'll see.

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  1. email from Hatton's this week saying March/April 2020 for new B4s. cheers, Keith
  2. and I don't see Ashover "Bridget" (391-028A) on this list? Cheers, Keith
  3. tractionman

    The Engine Shed

    This happened a few years ago too with a Hornby late-crest Black Five, someone on here described how they popped it out of the body and then put the dome back the right way round! Not great though. cheers, Keith
  4. tractionman

    The Engine Shed

    https://www.Hornby.com/uk-en/news/the-engine-shed/princess-royal-deco-class-66-terriers for inf
  5. or £109.95-- http://www.kernowmodelrailcentre.com/p/51205/31-379-Bachmann-2EPB-2-Car-EMU-Set-number-5771-in-BR-Green cheers, Keith
  6. some bargains from Rails, Heljan OO Gauge GWR 1361 & 1366 Tank Locomotives... https://railsofsheffield.com/news/articles/3230-bargain cheers, Keith
  7. just got my copy of this book as a birthday present from my kids, it's an excellent album, first class reproduction (mainly in colour but some b/w) of great '70s and '80s scenes covering the LMR, incuding two of Coventry station that really took me back to my good old days when I was a local spod. my only suggestion (to the publisher) would be to have gone for a larger page format to do justice to the images. cheers, Keith
  8. thanks for the pic--that looks just superb, even before it's got its Pre-TOPs BR Blue livery -- time to start saving those sponds. cheers, Keith
  9. Looking fantastic https://www.world-of-railways.co.uk/news/new-livery-samples-and-eps-from-Bachmann/ Thanks for the photos. Cheers, Keith
  10. many thanks for the pics, was no 1214 also there on display, with the L&NER lined livery? all the best, Keith
  11. hi Robert, I find the Model Rail Database a really useful resource for checking the vintage of rolling stock -- https://www.modelraildatabase.com/coaches/ all the best, Keith
  12. idly looking at TMC web-site this afternoon I see a date of Nov 16 2020 is mentioned, fwiw. https://www.themodelcentre.com/35-252z-11 cheers, Keith
  13. A while ago I had a go at a 10 x 2 terminus: This gives an idea I think of what fits (for 00). Four platform edges could be accommodated, along the tracks with the cross-over, with storage sidings at the top of the diagram and a small loco stabling point (or parcels point) at top left. The track is all Peco Code 100. cheers, Keith
  14. There is the York Model Rail GNR Footbridge Kit in 4mm: https://www.yorkmodelrail.com/00-scale/detailing-steps-bridges-signs?product_id=1172 Not exactly as per the prototype in the OP but has a 10" span. cheers, Keith
  15. Is there any trade support at the exhibition? cheers, Keith
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