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andyram last won the day on August 6 2018

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    I have varied interests. I enjoy playing sports and regularly play five a side football at weekends. This helps to lessen the effect of the real ale I also enjoy drinking. Hobgoblin is my beer of choice although I quite like Castle Rock ales and some from the Black Isle Brewery in Inverness after tasting them whilst on honeymoon.
    I enjoy computer games, regularly playing the latest Call of Duty or PES games.
    As far as railways are concerned I have a interest in preserved steam, regularly visiting lines in the local area. I am an occasional volunteer on the Great Central Railway where I previously worked at Quorn and Woodhouse station. I now volunteer as a TTI.
    I am currently in the early stages of planning and building my new layout, Skaleby Quay and have started a small shunting layout as a Christmas project.

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  1. Having recently returned to RMWeb after a brief absence, I have only just caught up on this thread and the sad news. I offer my condolences to Wendy and all of Peter's family and friends. I was a great admirer of his work in particular "Glen Gillie" and the layout featuring the large over bridge (Bridge of Mur?) and enjoyed seeing them at several exhibitions. A few years ago Peter put an appeal out asking for operating help on Glen Gillie at the Great Central show. I offered and spent an enjoyable day in his company operating the layout. Peter invited me back the following year to operate the bridge layout. He was a talented modeller and I found him a friendly and unassuming gentleman. A sad loss and my thoughts and good wishes go out to you.
  2. It has been quite some time since I posted an update on Gairloch. The problems with the point succeeded in eroding the modelling mojo, and then family issues got in the way. We began the process of applying to become foster carers last year, completing the process in August 2019. By October we had the first child placed with us which meant a massive reshuffle of the spare room. Gairloch was evicted to the garage for store and there it remains with no further work having taken place. We have since had two different children placed with us, with the second placement ending in July. After difficulties with the social workers, we have opted to put our fostering career on the backburner until next year at least. The spare room has been redecorated and I have permission to bring Gairloch back inside once more so hopefully I can start to report progress again soon. With a bit of luck the model will be back in-situ within a couple of weeks and the first job will be to try and fix or replace the troublesome point. The problem will be that, to remove it, I would also have to remove the Y point too. I do wonder if I can run an electrical feed from one end of the point through into the loop to allow for the power to be continuous. It may be easier than ripping up the points and relaying them. Plenty to think about. Hopefully more to report soon.
  3. Perhaps if you had remembered to include the website address (www.a2bmodelrailways.co.uk in case you had forgotten)
  4. Been less active on these pages and have just trawled through many pages of this thread. It has certainly progressed very well Andy. Great work as always, I look forward to reading about the latest plans.
  5. A2B Model Railways is still taking orders for the Hornby 2020 range - if anyone is looking to replace any lost pre-orders. www.a2bmodelrailways.co.uk
  6. I have been away from RMWeb due to a variety of family pressures during lockdown however I would like to reassure everyone that A2B Model Railways is open as normal. Our shop in Matlock Bath has now returned to normal opening hours and we are open every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 10.30am and 5.00pm. We are also open Sunday’s 10.00am - 4.00pm. if you want to come to the shop outside of regular opening times we offer appointment based shopping slots between 9.00am and 10.30am on every day we are open except Sunday. We also offer late slots between 4.00pm and 7.00pm on Thursdays. Our website is also available and we are now taking pre-orders on lol Bachmann Autumn 2020 announcements www.a2bmodelrailways.co.uk
  7. A2B Model Railways reopened on Tuesday and will be opening with following restricted opening hours Monday & Wednesday (appointments only - these can be booked online with thirty minute slots available between 9am - 1pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am - 2pm (appointments also available between 9am - 10am Saturday 10am - 4pm I am limiting capacity to two people or one family group at a time. Hand sanitizer to be used if handling products. Cash accepted but card payments are preferred. Our opening hours will be extended in July.
  8. A2B Model Railways reopened on Tuesday and will be opening with following restricted opening hours Monday & Wednesday (appointments only - these can be booked online with thirty minute slots available between 9am - 1pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am - 2pm (appointments also available between 9am - 10am Saturday 10am - 4pm I am limiting capacity to two people or one family group at a time. Hand sanitizer to be used if handling products. Cash accepted but card payments are preferred. The opening hours will be extended in July.
  9. Just to confirm that A2B Model Railways are still trading online. www.a2bmodelrailways.co.uk New Bachmann and Farish buildings recently arrived.
  10. Two more days of lockdown and more progress made. Yesterday the children joined in to paint the landscape in a green undercoat. It looks a little too vibrant at present but will soon be covered over with scatter and static grass. Tonight I have added a wash of acrylic paints to tone things down a little and create some rock effects. It is clear that the green will need covering.
  11. So lock down means working from home with A2B Model Railways operating online and over the phone at present. This has given more time for modelling. Another project has just been started (maybe a new thread coming soon), but there has been some more progress with this 009 layout. It has been brought home in order to allow work to continue. The track was tested and some dead spots were found. It seems that the glue had not been sufficient and some of the track had moved resulting in a poor connection. The track was amended and tested until full and continuous running was achieved. Then further glue was added, the track pinned and the layout tested when dry. All seems to be fine now. Today I took it out into the garden and added the remaining covering of plaster bandage to the corners of the layout to create the small cuttings. It may be small progress, but it is progress. Who knows whether Matlock Bath will see a summer season this year anyway!
  12. Looking good Phil. I am sure I have seen that Baldwin somewhere before.
  13. it is mad isn’t? I was closed yesterday as I normally am at this time of year but saw the photos everybody from the town was sharing. Many retailers in the area took the decision to close after yesterday’s madness.
  14. CORONA VIRUS UPDATE Following this weekend's madness in Matlock Bath I have made the difficult decision to close the doors of the shop for the time being. The level of people coming into Matlock Bath this weekend has been ridiculous considering the latest government advice. I feel that remaining open as a physical shop would be irresponsible at this present moment. A2B Model Railways remains OPEN FOR BUSINESS via the website, telephone and SKYPE orders Contact me via SKYPE on [email protected]
  15. Just to update those RMWeb members who are customers of A2B Model Railways. I will be reducing the weekday opening hours for the next two weeks (week commencing 16th and 23rd March). There are two reasons for this: 1) Due to the recent government advice I feel that reduced opening hours will suit the levels of visitors to Matlock Bath. 2) The new hours will allow me to undertake the school run for our foster child and remove the need for my wife to travel on public transport. These hours should still cover our peak weekday hours of trading. We will be open: Tuesday 10.00am - 3.00pm Thursday 10.00am - 2.00pm Friday. 10.00am - 2.00pm Saturday. 10.30am - 5.00pm. Vigilant cleaning of all doors, shelves and card machines will be regularly undertaken to make the shop as safe to visit as possible. For those who do not want to venture out - a reminder that I offer free postage on most online orders. I am also offering a SKYPE service allowing face to face interaction without visiting the shop. (contact details on the website) www.a2bmodelrailways.co.uk
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