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  1. A good many years ago when we took Deepcar to Colchester show we wandered around the town in the evening looking for a drink. On entering one pub there were lots of young 'ladies'. Approaching the bar we got a few funny looks and when one of our team asked if they had any type of ale rather than just the lager in display, it soon became obvious that it wasn't the place for a group of various aged railway modellers
  2. To add another dimension to this, the current 'waiting room' at Havenhouse near Skegness used to be the signal box toilet. The station is very little used, might just get two people in the waiting room with no social distancing!
  3. Best one was a few years ago, charter train to Lincoln, I think, booked for steam haulage. The steam loco was failed and the diesel (class 33?) which had brought it so far was left to carry on. Unfortunately this hadn't been allowed for with the fuel in the tanks and it expired in the middle of Lincolnshire. Fortunately a farmer nearby had a tank of fuel handy and sold it to the operator there and then.
  4. Crikey tree to layout in the same day. Hope it doesn't warp too much.
  5. That's pretty extreme 'weathering'. Can't help but wonder if the instructions to the driver included 'don't go over any rail joints'
  6. We used well braced chipboard on Deepcar 35 years ago, despite much muttering from the club 'sage'. It's been stored in varying conditions and found itself in some odd situations for an exhibition layout at times. The only problem was in it's early life when having scenery added, we hadn't sealed the ends properly and water from ballasting got into it at a baseboard joint. Suitably repaired it's given no trouble since.
  7. Post deleted, talking rubbish as usual
  8. ^^^ I have so say that despite the gargantuan leaves that just looks so right, even got the telegraph pole sticking out of the chimney
  9. From memory and lots of photos, most of the Colwick allocation of 2-8-0s worked chimney first when heading uphill through New Basford towards the pits north of Nottingham. As there were unlikely to be turning facilities they would return downhill with loaded, unfitted coal trains. This would leave the front buffer beam holding back several hundred tons of loaded wagons, which could also be subject to rough stopping and starting. I well remember seeing locos stopped in Victoria setting back slightly onto the train to compress the buffers, no doubt helped by a knowledgeable guard holding his brakes on, before getting a spring assisted take off with lots of banging as the slack was taken up in the couplings. The guard then hanging on tight as his van shot forward! Dare I suggest something else missing from the various models? It seemed to be the practice at Colwick to top the coal up in the tender at every opportunity, even when only doing a relatively short trip, such that the heap was usually well above the height of the cab roof.
  10. There's not really much in the way of colour lights even now, from Ancaster to Skegness is almost all semaphores, apart from the Sleaford area which was originally planned to be included with the Lincoln area resignalling. When I took my son to Skegness on the train a couple of times there was a somersault down distant at Hubberts Bridge and an up distant approaching Firsby south junction from Skegness. I'd guess that one lasted until the south junction box was abolished? My son was born in 1980 so reckon it would be probably after 1985 or so.
  11. Looks remarkably like the current layout at Skegness, no bad thing by the way.
  12. 2-8-0s and 2-10-0s rule for many of us around the Nottingham area in our childhood. 63770 and others were discussed some time ago on this very thread, I put in a photo of my version of said loco at the time. Just looked up the photo on my phone, taken in November last year. Without wishing to be critical of such superb models from experts, they're all far too clean!
  13. There's a story on the Annesley Fireman website, told by the author, who on his first day as a cleaner there was given that very task. Apparently they'd not had a cleaner in some time and that was the best thing the foreman could get him to do. Certainly helped us trainspotters along the line!
  14. Without wishing to divert the thread too much, you should look up the bridge over Valley Road on the GC main line where Bagthorpe junction was. It was here that the line through the locally known 'Rat Hole' joined the GN from Basford North to the GC into Nottingham Victoria. The junction was on a high embankment, almost immediately going into a cutting and bridge under Perry Road. There's the odd trace if you know what you're looking for or at but otherwise it's all been completely erased from the landscape.
  15. I'm interested in watching this develop as well. Used to have school swimming lessons at Northern Baths beside the Vernon Road bridge, then make our own way back to school via the path alongside the station and over the GC main line. Can't understand why it took so long to get back to school though?
  16. Distraction tactics and unobtrusive judging? We get a certain amount of unobtrusive as well as properly monitored assessments over the course of the year as part of our continued competence compliance.
  17. A 9F on a GC line 'windcutter'? I still have a vivid memory of travelling to my aunt's with my mother. We lived in Nottingham, aunt in Loughborough, always used the GC from Victoria. During the station stop at either Ruddington or East Leake a 9F hauled empty windcutter thundered through northbound, no doubt the crew heading for Annesley and home. I was used to seeing these at New Basford where they were slowed a little by the gradient but to see one in full flight was something else
  18. Ah yes, the famous paper plates, still in intermittent use until we had to stop the big shows.
  19. I did something similar when once, and the only occasion I was asked, judging a few locos. As guests of the club I and my fellow judge were seen, and expected to be, impartial. There were several definite 'winners' among the entries including one from a very well known and skilled modeller. After a prolonged discussion I impressed on my friend that, despite the well known modeller's entry being superbly built and finished along with subtle weathering, the unweathered wheels and motion put me off. My friend knew the modeller and his reputation, maybe I was a little naive? The eventual winner had been scratch built and painted to a consistent degree all over. I think it's possible Jamie may be aware of the particular episode but won't mention names, although both the modeller and my fellow judge have since passed away.
  20. I think the part I've highlighted says something about how models are seen nowadays. We, well a heck of a lot of us, now have the readily available facilities to take a photo of something quite small and blow it up to gargantuan proportions, something only available to a small, often highly skilled group using expensive equipment not so long ago. This brings to the fore small errors and inaccuracies which would have, at one time, probably gone unseen. Not perhaps the valve gear set up shown (my particular bugbear is the set up of eccentric cranks) but most likely the slightly imperfect fit of the balance weight, also the wheels, dare I say it, look rather clunky compared with the real ones shown in the other photo. Neither of these bother me in the slightest because I accept that we are talking about a model of reasonably small proportions and from normal viewing distance, particularly when in motion, these things are all but invisible. Whilst I'm not advocating accepting glaring errors I think it can be quite off-putting for some people to have things almost invisible to the naked eye pointed out as a major faux Pas. This first occurred to me some years ago when a magazine was doing a review of an N gauge RTR model, I forget which but the picture shown took up over half the height of a page so umpteen times the size of the model! So I would suggest that unless anyone has infinite time and resources such things aren't worth changing. I know many of my models are far from perfect but as I seem to have lost pretty much all motivation to do anything now that's how they'll stay because if I can find myself sitting down again for a session I don't really want to revisit stuff I did maybe thirty or more years ago.
  21. You could convert the other car to a camper, save on hotel bills
  22. I have only two words for that. Want one!
  23. As far as I know, the refund or change tickets is in accordance with the RDG rules which are presumably set by the DaFT. The current concession is that they can be changed without charging the normal admin fee. Any further changes will come from the RDG which in turn means from one government department advising another about what is required. Most government departments are probably in lock down or working from home, so.........
  24. I'm working what can be quite a busy train from Norwich, I have 7 passengers on board, with around 150 seats so not exactly 'packing them in. From Monday this will become a two hourly service as far as Sheffield, and after tomorrow I'm off for 9 days, who knows what will be running by then!
  25. Normal means a LOT of wasted fuel, at the very least, our Liverpool services are still running as 4 cars with passengers at most in the low 20s. The 07.11 Nottingham -London (HST) left with 6 passengers on this morning. Northern have already stopped the Nottingham-Leeds service due to train crew shortages. There's no point whatsoever running services where there is very little demand. Let alone when the effects of either ill staff or self isolation really starts to bite.
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