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Ian Simpson

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    1840s railways; British H0 / HO; the railways of SE England 1801-present; microlayouts; industrial, dockside and light railways; social and economic impact of the railways; admiring other people's work and nicking their ideas!

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  1. It's nothing that a bit of sensitive Australian diplomacy can't sort out.
  2. Their The Atlas Editions (thanks, Simon!) Nord Crampton is around 3.2 mm scale. A shame from a British H0 perspective, as the South Eastern and the LNWR were quite fond of these locos in the 1840s. I'm no purist, but a Crampton locomotive should definitely be larger than a Norris (on the right of the photo).
  3. What I remember was the odd chemical taste of the orange drink at Fratton in the 1960s. It came in a clear plastic container and I always wondered whether the squash was actually dissolving the plastic, and if so what it must be doing to my stomach. That didn't deter me, though.
  4. I hate to mention it, but you also seem to be trespassing on the track. Wonderful photo, and marvelous models!
  5. I think Tom Walker's main point (he's the once-struggling actor who plays Jonathan Pie) is that the Left needs to make an effort to understand and engage with opposing points of views. He's not arguing that socialists should accept these ideas, but should at least be able to explain clearly why they are wrong rather than simply resorting to abuse or no-platforming them. If that sounds a bit po-faced, there's a CNN interview with him here:
  6. Sorry that none of us seem to be able to help. I wonder if the British 1:87 Scale Society forum could help? It's an Io group ([email protected]) which contains most of the long-term H0 modellers who will remember the kit. I'm not sure if you need to join the Society to take part, but membership is free (see www.british-ho.com).
  7. I think the best political obituary for him (I can't remember who said it, but they were probably a Conservative MP) is that you need different skills for campaigning and for governing. Which seems to link Dom and Don quite nicely, IMO.
  8. I'd second Mike's post. I'm not a great modeler myself, but I hope my blog gives some reassurance and encouragement by showing that most of us are just struggling to make things work. I hope people may be able to learn from my mistakes and failures as well as things that have gone okay (and a number of readers have been kind enough to give me suggestions when I'm stuck).
  9. That looks very promising! I'll be interested in your experience of Unitrack.
  10. What we really need is a Parish Pump where we can keep in touch. Preferably in post-cholera times.
  11. Just a gentle reminder to our parish representatives. The http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/63050
  12. Perhaps because Craven had already got the LBSCR through the worst of its loco crisis, and the directors had finally learned their lesson?
  13. I recently realised that all of the basic technology needed to operate a micro-layout (direct current circuits, voltaic batteries, primitive motors) had been developed before the 1840s started. Reading a bit further, I discovered the US inventor Thomas Davenport - not the very first person to build an electric motor, but almost certainly the first one to use it to power a model tramcar in the mid-1830s. His design was elegant, but not ideally suited for today's smaller scales: I also stumbled across Alfred P. Morgan's 1913 The Boy Electrician on Project Gutenberg, with its cl
  14. Good point, some other manufacturers should copy the approach. I dread unpacking and packing some of my models. Best of luck with the move, hope it goes smoothly.
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