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  1. Hi Mike, sorry it's taken so long to reply, I've not had a lot of chance for any railway related activity for quite a while. I do have a copy of that book and you're correct about it being full of useful and interesting information on both the lines and the stock. It's very much my key resource for my roster over the years. I look forward to looking at a thread on your Gwili layout. Neil
  2. I have it on good authority that the Undying Lands are just west of Barmouth and south of Pwllheli and that if the conditions are right you can still see the forests and hear the singing of the inhabitants... So Traeth Mawr isn't too much of a trek... But of course by then he'd have been Barf wen, so it can't be him, can it? I think this flu is getting to my brain!
  3. The idea of a compartment of wives and daughters separate from that of the farmer's amuses me somewhat, but I'm sure it would have been the case. And the scope for beards is significant from great long Dickensian ones to the wispy ones of would be farmers' sons. If the Traeth Mawr Thursday market was big enough to warrant a whole group of farmers and their families booking a saloon couldn't it also have justified a ThO service, maybe even as a mixed train, in addition to the standard weekday timetable to get other people there early enough as well? Or does that take TM too far towards the realm of fiction?
  4. I like the recent work you've been doing a lot Chris. I have to admit that I don't remember suggesting the beard, though it is the sort of silly suggestion I make! I'm not about to flick back through 150 pages to find it though. Having said that I think you've nailed it, hopefully not literally for the farmer's sake. Also for his sake you need to find out his real name as I can hear the small boys shouting out "Barf llwyd" as he's driving his sheep past them. A bit rude, but boys will be... well, rude! As for loco colour I'm all ears, or rather eyes. Not that I'm any closer to having a layout for my 1896 era than I was a year ago, but I can still watch others and dream on! It's always good to see the progress and hear the comments of the inhabitants on Traeth Mawr. Especially at the moment as I'm laid up in bed with a bad dose of 'flu awaiting the result of a C19 test! Kind regards, Neil
  5. Thank you very much for the interest Pete. Hmmm, progress? Well I've bought more kits... and started a few in spare moments but they have been few and far between. The garage progressed in becoming a little clearer... Then came lock down. So a lot more time yes? Indeed, time to build 5 raised beds in the new vegetable garden behind the garage, then to plant them, then to tend them, then to harvest them... And have I found time to do the garage? I'm sure you can guess the answer. Now I need the autumn so that everything stops growing and maybe I can get some time again! If I make some progress then I'll report it... So I really hope that you won't be asking the same question again in 12 months!
  6. It's only when you put it like that that I realised how forward thinking IKEA has been all this time.
  7. That's very much my point. Mark Drakeford and Nicola Sturgeon had been very explicit that they were talking only about Wales and Scotland respectively and were only broadcast in the relevant countries (and also that the message wasn't changing much at all). Boris should have made it clear that he was talking about England only or only been broadcast in England. The plan you've linked to is only marginally better. Trumpeting on the front page that it's the plan of the UK government, then paying the odd nod to devolution every few pages, but outlining a plan that is almost all just England as most of it deals with things that the "UK" government has no say over in Scotland, Wales and NI and those devolved governments have not agreed to. But I'll get off my hobby horse now as, as far as I am aware, there is currently no devolution in Edwardian Norfolk leaving the Mad Man of Upper East Side NYC to be the right person to be speaking for Castle Aching.
  8. That should read 56M people. Which was just one of the problems of his "UK" speech. Almost everything he said applied to England only. In the previous couple of days Scotland, Wales and NI had all continued the original "four nations" lockstep approach. Now it's three nations as England has decided to change the approach. This was done while looking like he was talking to the UK as a whole. So we now have the possibility of someone in Herefordshire deciding that they can drive a short distance to exercise and being fined just over the border in Wales where you must not drive to exercise. When he's speaking for England only he should say that because the BBC seems incapable of only showing it in the correct countries or putting up a big banner along the bottom saying it's only England people. I suppose it's only been two decades, so why should a prime minister know about devolution...
  9. Strange goings on in RMWeb world... my Content I Follow feed now has this for some reason... I have a hard enough time keeping up with one Castle Aching! Best thread on the web though Kind regards, Neil
  10. I think it's a very clever bit of bespoke kit bashing, though it may make it hard to fit the roof.
  11. Jonathan, Your 2 plank and 3 plank models make me want to buy more kits to add to my unfinished (indeed mostly unstarted) pile of kits! The trouble is I want to resist but then start worrying about the longevity of these small suppliers. Your brake van is fantastic. As you know, I've drawn up plans for a scratch built early GWR outside frame brake. But it's got no further than that. Your build is very inspiring and may just be the kick I need. I hope you can salvage the finish. I'm with Chris in suggesting a varnish respray before anything more drastic. However the finish ends up though, I really like the build. Kind regards, Neil
  12. Opened it up full size on my large monitor to admire the detail and through focusing in suddenly spotted the man sat in the tree. It took a moment or two to readjust my thought process to take in the locomotive again and for it to filter through that it was the driver, who I'd seen inside that loco so many times before and categorically not sat in the tree! Brilliant picture. I too think the ladder is exquisite, to use LS' term. But one if the details that really got me was the sack that's been left draped over the fence by the chap who's presumably popped into the hut for a cup of tea. Whether that's the story or not, the fact that it's there screams out that there is a story being told! Kind regards, Neil
  13. Oh dear. Just listened to it and I struggled to believe a word you said.
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