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    Polish railways
    BR early - mid 90s.

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  1. After a few months of relative inactivity, myself and Mrs SM42 went for a walk yesterday. 8k in total. Now have sore legs. We cut the corner off our planned route as the light was fading and rather than walk across Wilden viaduct we got an early evening side on view of it instead Part of the original Severn Valley route between Hartlebury and Stourport on Severn. There were two other viaducts on our walk but it was too dark to photograph them Andy
  2. Thank you. That would fit with driving home from a half term break in Great Yarmouth. For some reason the camera thought it was 2065 Andy
  3. The cotton buds can be used for weathering or removing factory fitted numbers first. Soak the cottton off afterwards to avoid throwing away a bit of plastic with the wool. Brace the sides of kit built vans with a piece of sprue glued across the width. Old nails, nuts, bolts, hinge halves can be used inside a van / tank wagon to add weight. When out on your lockdown walk, look out for lost wheel weights or ask for your old ones back next time you change your tyres. Got some old granite ballast that's too coarse and turns blue with glue? Glue that inside your vans with
  4. Spooner Row 27/05/ 2015 The box was photographed on the day I believe I bumped into beast66606 waiting to photograph 37059 towing a class 90 (I forget at which station though) and on the same day Wymondham South Jn Andy
  5. Looking a Grovenor's picture of Birmingham New St on page 28 again , it reminds me of another snippet of information about the building's recent past. In the background can be seen The Axis, formerly known as Stanier House. To the left of that building is The Mailbox, a shopping and dining centre converted in the late 90s from the former Post Office sorting office (which was incidentally connected to New St station by a tunnel) As part of The Mailbox development, the developers wanted to improve the street scene approach to their new super dooper shopping arcade and pa
  6. Another Welsh one Caersws Nov 2016 Not so Welsh, nor as pretty Barnsley, November 2018 Nicer Clipstone West Jn, November 2018 Andy
  7. Back to Blighty with some Rs and Ss Rauceby 12 June 2014 Reedham Jn, 21st September 2014 Staythorpe Crossing, 12th June 2014 Stowmarket, 21st September 2014 Andy
  8. No one expects the Midland Railway Missionary Society Andy
  9. A grade 2 listed building. It was reasonably amusing when the Guide Friday open top tour bus came round and the guide announced "Would you believe ladies and gentlemen that this fine building is grade 2 listed?" Apparently the zig zag exterior is supposed to represent the electricity of the newly electrified WCML. Andy
  10. The use of shore based facilities in anything other than an emergency is a must. That's not the right way to wear a mask. Andy
  11. Hartlebury Station was a Mckenzie and Holland type 2 I believe and was possibly the last surviving such box on the network till it was demolished around 2012. Andy
  12. You can get a partial view of that (the Proof House one) on Google maps https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@52.4792706,-1.8907336,3a,75y,272.93h,87.33t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sSGZ-rYdo-2SVg8MWEvQmrQ!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo0.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DSGZ-rYdo-2SVg8MWEvQmrQ%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D58.583664%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i13312!8i6656 Andy
  13. I totally agree. Other hobbies have similar problems One of Mrs SM42's relatives owned a shotgun and when he passed the question of what to do with a suddenly unlicensed firearm arose. Unfortunatley it was left to the police to dipsose of instead of being trasferred to a registered dealer for a commission sale. There is also a lot more to think about than just the trains. When mum was struck down with Alzheimers, I spent a couple of months methodically going through her house to track down paperwork for all her banks, investments, pensions, utilities and such lik
  14. Probably like a bear eating cake Andy
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