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  1. Errr...taken at Rhyd Ddu, WHR on 4 May 2019...….TWO Fairlies.
  2. Since all 00 model locos sold by Hattons are more or less 4' gauge, I guess we might as well close our eyes to generic 4 wheel coaches behind them! Anyway, might encourage a bit of model bashing as in days of yore. (NB if any newbies read this direct from watching the Great Model Railway Challenge, don't worry. All will become clear )
  3. It's my understanding that Ian Allan doesn't now exist as a publisher. Crecy Publishing has taken over their titles. Since the 3 volumes of "Great Central" were published between 1959 and 1965, I would have thought that it'd be a big task to reprint them. And would it be financially viable? Better to have a look on Abebooks or similar!
  4. Mine turned up on the button today. Brilliant, well worth the delay (the printers were told it wasn't quite good enough). Nice to see that sort of attention to detail - when one compares these with certain well known I*n *ll*n photo books, it's quite a contrast
  5. Just ordered it (the book, not a Bedford OB) - thank you Simon. Time for Evensong...….
  6. Sorry to start another thread about railway crime novels, but I must recommend Andrew Martin's Jim Stringer books. Mr. Martin's dad was a career railway manager based at York which I would think was distinctly helpful - and not just the free travel..... The books in order are as follows: 1. The Necropolis Railway 2. The Blackpool Highflyer 3. The Lost Luggage Porter 4. Murder at Deviation Junction 5. Death on a Branch Line 6. The Last Train to Scarborough 7. The Somme Stations 8. The Baghdad Railway Club 9. Night Train to Jamalpur I was first turned on to Mr. Martin by the Necropo
  7. I don't want to get into contract law, charities, Citizens' Advice bureaux, personal details etc., but I can assure you that the whole thing is a team effort; that Mr. Wilkinson is an extremely real person; that he's working very hard on these books with people like Mr. Hale and others well known in "the fraternity" who I don't really want to detail; and that for what it's worth, I've known him for 40 odd years, and another team worker for nearly 60 years. I've put my money down with no hesitation, as have several of my immediate circle. I believe that this is a publishing event on a par
  8. A friend has been working on at least one of Paul Riley's photographs for this set - I think the books are going to be a "must have". Well, I've put my money where my mouth is! The website has some samples of the shots, which are superb.
  9. "Never Again" is now up to 4 volumes plus slipcase and in theory will surface in June 2018. Apropos of the MNA, a belated "congratulations" to LNER4479 for the little scene involving RDU 290, Mr. Riley, and other ne'er do wells. Which one's Ian Krause by the way? An MNA video exists, some of it from the 11th August 1968, which is one of the funniest pieces of tape I have ever seen - unfortunately I returned it without copying it and the old friend who lent it has, I hope temporarily, lost the flipping thing.
  10. Ah, A3s on two cylinders. Back to three cylinder locomotive failures thank the Lord! I have a personal interest in all this. The missus, self, and another couple were supposed to be on the Ynys Mon Express last Saturday, with rides on the Festiniog, WHR and two buses plus some cakes. And I'm a Tornado covenantor! I have every confidence in Messrs Allatt, Bunker-James, and the rest of the A1SLT. The trip has been rescheduled for 29th September so things are looking a bit brighter. I can only echo somebody earlier in the thread - "Give us some money!" I mean, the P2 isn't ready yet so we're a
  11. Bernard, thanks a million for posting those wonderful photos, both Mr Cruickshank's, and Mr. Granick's. Thanks also for the exhibition report - your shots are great - I must try to get down there before it closes. I've always been a fan of Dan (!) - right back to the days recorded in those shots. I don't know whether I misremember this, but I'm sure I first heard about him because of the 144 Piccadilly business - 1968/9? Anyway, ages ago. Been reading his Spitalfields book recently and about a fortnight later discovered Mr. Granick's wonderful Kodachromes. I'm still kicking myself ov
  12. My missus bought me the "Pride of Sussex" P for my birthday. I did specify that one because a friend and I came upon it at Robertsbridge in 1967, when we were doing a massive trip round Wales and the south country in a hired Mini. I now have to think what to do with it! It's such a beautiful little thing that it needs a context - I may try a mini diorama with a background of Hodson's Mill. Maybe a couple of dirtied down vans too, but I really haven't got the guts to weather the loco into the state it was in at the mill. I also don't think I'll add the large lump of timber which was held on
  13. Thanks for posting that - I'm really grateful. I did see a couple of the photos on TV and of course completely forgot about the book. I've now ordered it! Around 1974 I worked at Spillers in Croydon with the computer mob. We sometimes borrowed Burroughs' own systems at their offices at Bell Lane, round the back of Liverpool Street, and I spent a few nights working there. There was a coffee stall which did fantastic bacon rolls - the place was frequented by taxi drivers, and anybody else having to work nights, including us. The stall was run by a big guy who had a speech impediment - I thin
  14. Sorry, resurrecting this after nearly a year...... The strike and associated delays at Hemel Hempstead were summer/autumn 1973. At the time I was sharing a house in Wembley with a number of gricers, one of whom was once on the periphery of the notorious Master Neverers Association. He put a lot of film through his cameras and along with the rest of us, was in confusion about what to do about our exposed Kodachromes. Somehow, we found out that the German plant was best for processing our slides - and conveniently the address was on the insert which came in the yellow box. We also foun
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