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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. 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
  2. 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
  3. Some top-hatted types here: https://www.acstadden.co.uk/shop-3 cheers, Keith
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. it's all relative really I guess, I remember the BR railscene in the '70s and '80s and I am sure those then who remembered the 1930s or 1950s bemoaned how boring the 'modern scene' was compared with 'their day'! a decade later, 1990s BR passed me by a bit, but now looking at scenes such as this at Man Vic in 1992 I should have been more conscious that the world was changing, and even though the liveries had changed from BR Blue (in most cases) the locos I loved back in the '70s and '80s still roamed the rails: so I understand how an EWS 66 (now 20 years old) is 'variety', today--plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose... cheers, Keith PS--watch the vid, it's amazing...
  9. Very much looks at home there, lovely little loco. Cheers, Keith
  10. these might appeal to those of our fraternity: https://pixelshack.co.uk/products/locomotive-facemasks-several-designs?variant=32402110251092 I have ordered two. What I do find a bit perplexing is people driving cars--**on their own**--wearing face masks? cheers, Keith
  11. If it's allocations you're interested in, there is an excellent online listing here http://shedbashuk.blogspot.com/p/index-of-shed-visits.html eg for Mirfield: https://shedbashuk.blogspot.com/2013/01/mirfield-1956-1963.html all the best, Keith
  12. So far just NI and England--not that we have many model shops in NI unfortunately :-( all the best, Keith
  13. Thanks to those posting on the bargain thread I picked up a Bachmann 03 in green for a very good price, and today my order was delivered in excellent time and well packaged for transit by HMC, as requested (to minimise damage on its journey across the Irish Sea). So another thumbs up from me for the folks at HMC. Cheers, Keith
  14. Rails "Bank Holiday" bargains announced here, https://railsofsheffield.com/news/articles/3421-bank-holiday-sale cheers, Keith
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