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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. Some useful inf here too https://www.stationcolours.com/lner which suggests "PAINTS FOR MODELLERS: Tangerine - Tamiya flat orange. Ivory - Tamiya 'Ivory' acrylic. Oriental Blue - Tamiya sky blue added to a new jar of flat white." All the best, Keith
  2. Here we go, hope this works https://www.derails.co.uk/index.php?route=product/category&path=578 Cheers, Keith
  3. Gaugemaster--https://www.gaugemasterretail.com/magento/Bachmann-b38-800.html Bachmann 38-800 Scale(s): 1:76 Scale, OO Scale RANSOMES & RAPIER 45T BREAKDOWN CRANE SR GREY £169.95 (RRP: £249.95) cheers, Keith -
  4. I thought I'd seen somewhere that the original SECR livery version had sold out at Rails but I see it's listed on Dapol's website in stock https://www.Dapol.co.uk/4S-027-001-available Cheers, Keith
  5. I think the most recent reports is here Cheers, Keith
  6. There's a 65892 in Sept 1965 spotted at North Blythe https://shedbashuk.blogspot.com/2014/02/north-blyth-1938-1958-rothbury.html?m=1 Cheers, Keith
  7. Just the other day I passed by the "City of Coventry" nameplate and crest, still on the wall at Coventry station after all these years, hope it stays there or is placed somewhere safe and sound in the new station being built next to the 'old' new station: cheers, Keith
  8. be quick folks, only one left at £95 (including postage)! https://www.themodelcentre.com/r3639-Hornby-oo-gauge-lms-princess-coronation-class-4-6-2-6244-king-george-vi-era-3 cheers, Keith
  9. good call! yes, the SE&CR liveried C is now down in price--£172.46: https://www.themodelcentre.com/31-460a-Bachmann-oo-gauge-se-cr-c-class-583-se-cr-lined-green-original for anyone seeking a sister loco to their Rails D class! all the best, Keith
  10. The early crest version is still available and at a 'bargain' price of £84, https://www.hattons.co.uk/375593/hattons_originals_h4_p_016_secr_p_class_0_6_0t_31556_in_br_black_with_early_emblem/stockdetail.aspx and ripe for conversion with a replacement crest? all the best, Keith
  11. Pictures of the actual 1010 now on Hatton's site: https://www.hattons.co.uk/stockdetail.aspx?SID=433586&utm_source=ItemNowInStock&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=OR76J27001 cheers, Keith
  12. Latest email from Hatton's says arrival within the next week for the first of the J27s (OR76J27001), inf at https://www.hattons.co.uk/stockdetail.aspx?sid=433586 cheers, Keith
  13. Excellent thanks, this looks very good to me, a mix of the old and new, I think that fills a bit of a gap in the market for us D&E types. Cheers, Keith
  14. Bit of an update here on the Hattons' website https://www.hattons.co.uk/newsdetail.aspx?id=565 Cheers, Keith
  15. That 1964 picture of Seaham Harbour looks like a scene from a layout by @Ruston :-) all the best, Keith
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