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Andrew Young

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    7mm scale, narrow & standard gauge, the more esoteric and decrepid the better!

    Like most, my interests have been formed through child hood memories. Whilst the BR sectorisation and sprinters of the 1980s left me cold, the fortnight's holiday in mid Wales each year where we camped alongside the Talyllyn Railway left a lasting impression. The sight of a small tank engine trundling along with a train between two hedgerows will forever be with me.

    Up til now I have mostly built locos and rolling stock to run on our group layout of the 'Henmore Dale Light Railway' http://www.ngtrains.com/Pages/TVG/henmore.htm but now is the time to build a layout of my own. The trick will be deciding which silly idea to actually build!

    I live in Tutbury, Staffordshire. My day job is driving tin rockets and HSTs for CrossCountry. In my free time I enjoy homebrewing and spend large amounts of my spare time driving the antique kettles on the Talyllyn Railway. I also rarely go anywhere without a camera. http://www.flickr.com/photos/pandaonetwofive/

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  1. The fundamental weakness to the safety of the Mk3 carriage is its large windows. In serious accidents such as Ufton, deaths were the result of windows popping out resulting in people being thrown out through the window void or being struck by debris coming in. From 1999-2001, I worked in Virgin Trains head office in Birmingham for the Safety Standards team, our office was next to the new trains team when the Pendolinos and Voyagers were being built and enjoyed a trip round the Washwood Heath plant when the Pendolinos were being built. The Pendolino generation of stock attempted to reduce this risk by keeping the passengers within the body of the vehicle and protected from debris, hence the small windows and high backed seats. The remarkable features of Grayrigg to me are that the Pendolino rolled down the bank at 95mph with the leading vehicle turning through 180 degrees is that not one window smashed as a result of the accident, all the windows shown on the footage were broken by firefighters going in. The only fatality was an old lady who died from a heart attack, not through impact injuries and the driver survived, albeit very badly injured. What is little known is that a southbound Voyager was fast approaching on the Up running slightly late and was stopped by signals just north of the site. So close that some of the emergency services saw their train and went to it as the locations were so similar. Another case where the gods were looking over us. As someone eco drives trains past Neville Hill, I’ll be watching for the report into this collision with interest for the causes and also the behaviour of the IET vehicles. Andrew
  2. Those L&C Locos are delightful, as are the models. Kilmar is the one that would tempt me so it’s a good job these etches aren’t available in 7mm scale! Cheers, Andrew
  3. In best Blue Peter style, here’s one I made earlier... to wet the appetite. It’s a lovely carriage. Phil provided me with sides, ends, some brake gear and spring castings. I built a floor and chassis out of styrene to which I added W irons, wheels and buffers from a Slater’s wagon chassis kit. The roof is one of the 7mmNGA roof sections and seats were knocked up out of styrene. A thoroughly enjoyable build, must finish off the rest of the train now. Cheers, Andrew
  4. That looks very tidy. Iirc the drawings of ‘Hilda’ appeared in the Modeller when I was youthful and read Dad’s copy and I thought the Loco looked rather attractive even then. Andrew
  5. There are several photos of various Tanat Valley tank locos with passenger trains formed of a pair of very presentable looking 4w GWR carriages in chocolate and cream from the mid 30’s. The latest dated one one I can see is an Ifor Higgon photo of 1196 complete with monogram at Oswestry with the end compartment of a clean looking four wheeler attached dated October 1938 in Green’s Cambrian Album. There are photos of four wheelers, in plain brown and with the GWR monogram taken as late as 1951 in the Oakwood Press book on the Burry Port & Gwendreath Valley Railway. Andrew
  6. Can see Worcestershire Parkway becoming a useful park and ride station for London commuters living that side of Worcester. As for the Midland Side, as recent years have seen line speed increases further west and pathing tweaks to speed up the service between New St and Bristol (they also have padding in them for coping with the Cross City services), stopping at the new station will do nothing to continue these improvements. Especially as currently, the Cardiff’s have the Bristol on their tale by Cheltenham as it is and the Nottingham’s have the HST/Voyager following them into Derby. Andrew
  7. Looking at Connoisseur Models’ stand on Saturday, Jim has a Drewry four wheeled diesel loco kit in preparation that looked rather nice, including a side skirted version. Don’t know when it’s due out and there’s nothing on his website yet. Andrew
  8. The problem is more likely that you’re trying to run a Loco with too long a wheelbase (57xx Panniers and Jinties) through point work that is just too sharp for them, unless it is laid like a billiard table. Whilst the Minerva Victory is a large Loco, it’s industrial origins are such that it has a relatively short wheelbase for the size of Loco to help it negotiate sharp curves such as the PECO set track. if you’re running the larger panniers and jinties, you really need to use the larger radius points that PECO produces. Andrew
  9. Agree with you about questioning Rice’s FJ saddle tank shape, just doesn’t look right in his drawing. Both of the above photos of FJ locos look to me like they have the same shape saddle tanks as Talyllyn. Must lend you my FJ books...
  10. Some yes. My in-laws met whilst volunteering on the Talyllyn in the 70’s. Volunteering is up to personal choice. I find I get pleasure from seeing steam railways continue on into the future. As well as carrying out my roles, it’s also rewarding to train others up to perform the same role like others did to me. After 28 years, I’ve not grown bored of the TR and doubt I ever will, plus I’ve made some very good friends along the way. These railways closed down because they were unprofitable, without me and others giving our time, they would die out. But you’ve got to gain a sense of enjoyment from volunteering to do so. Andrew
  11. Shoukd clarify that these aren’t enforced marriages... The Talyllyn has been a very effective dating service now over several generations. Aided by having plenty of younger volunteers.
  12. Through my Dad, we got involved with the East Midlands Group of the Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society when I was a kid. This involved taking trade stands to shows and also area group working party visits to Tywyn. When old enough, I joined the Loco department working my way up to driver. I have been a guard at one time also, but no longer. However I’m also a Blockman (our term for Signalman) and take part in engineering working parties in the winter when I can, mainly on carriage maintenance. I spent five years editing our volunteers newsletter, had stints on the Society Council and have put together the Railway’s Guide Book. Though a 7 1/2 month old daughter has reduced the time that can be spent currently on some of these extra duties. Through my Talyllyn connections, I got an interview and then a clerical job with Virgin Trains shortly after I left University. Two years after that, I got a driver’s job with the CrossCountry arm of the business and been driving Voyagers and HSTs out of Derby since. The TR has many volunteers who are also modellers, and several who hold down jobs on the big railway too. Plus, like several others, I found my wife through volunteering on the Talyllyn. We spent the first two weeks of July in Tywyn swapping 125mph tin rockets for 15mph antique kettles. Here’s a nice shot of me bringing No 3 across Dolgoch viaduct. Hope that answers your questions. Andrew
  13. Thanks Dave, was great to see Charmouth finally, certainly lived up to my expectations. I like the impression of space in the size you’ve got. Andrew
  14. Some photos from Saturday’s excellent selection of layouts. Cheers, Andrew
  15. Our local group of the 7mmNGA run the show for the Convention so will be one of the first to arrive and one of the last to leave so keeping me there all day. if I were just visiting, what you suggest would be great, one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Cheers, Andrew
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