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  1. Room for a nap - or a cup of tea... Scroll down here: https://thesussexmotivepowerdepots.yolasite.com/horsham-Hornby-link.php
  2. Ah... lockdown. I remember it well. Had dozens of containers to do. Roxey shackles and some random chain - I blackened it all then threaded the chain and pinned it to the chassis and container - then fixed in place with superglue. Looks okay from normal distance.
  3. What a splendid contribution to this hobby he made. The Crownline range was my introduction to improving my RTR locos as a teenager and his full loco kits, although out of my league until I was much older, are now treasured in my roster. I have a couple of TW built ones bought from ebay many years ago. I have a few models from later RTR efforts which duplicate his Schools and Bulleid Pacifics but I much prefer the weight and finesse and character of the kit builds. I thank him for them all. Thinking of his family and friends.
  4. You make some interesting points [always do] but I can't let this one slip by: I think the jury is well and truly out at the moment as to if competition results in a cheaper deal for consumers!
  5. Indeed and having this lying around nearby doesn't help with finding a neat solution!
  6. Enjoying seeing your 4BUF come together. I have a 4COR on the desk where I keep looking at the roof ends over the cabs where it is quite a complex shape and how to make it work. Those plastic roofs are great for profile but I'm less keen on the texture on them. Best of luck! Very impressed with the cutting and construction. Much more my cup of tea than BSL aluminium shells or Marc Models etched brass - kits of which I have for versions of these units in unmade form. I even have some body shells for a later 4BUF which I think is MTK and absolutely awful! Nice to think back to and be reminded of Colin Park's amazing builds but also back to Jenkinson in the Railway Modeller where he had articles on coaching building in the 80s[?]. Somehow he made it seem something complex seem simple back then.
  7. This is particularly nice...
  8. Nice photo. They were often stabled in the middle road at Brighton. Here is the third one on two different occasions. With one or other of the others behind. I have seen a colour photo of the same pair here with an ED where the adverts in the background are different. Was the stabling point at Brighton built about this time? Not sure it was electrified though...
  9. Mind boggles what the patriotic sounds might be as included in one of those fantasy liveries...
  10. Also says: Up to 3 cars available You can see a second in the background of one of the pix.
  11. Has that earlier GWR manager WNXX quote ended up at The Guardian or any other mainstream news outlet yet? It entirely fits the current exposure of lots of snouts in troughs. Is there a direct link to the original article somewhere? @Mike_Walker
  12. You hear this in the tales of the old ways of utilising rolling stock. What were the costs of leaving stock sitting around? How much maintenance did they require? Bit of an oil round, odd vacuum cylinder replacement, some cleaning? With excess or surplus vehicles available using them a few times a year may seem ridiculous but they got people to the football, off on holiday, back from war... If it was freight stock even less maintenance I'd imagine. Of course there is infrastructure like signalling and sidings required which were also in surplus back in the 50s. You are always going to be chasing your tail in terms of fluctuations in flow, industry or season. Beeching was all about applying a different [some would say flawed] accounting method so 'useful' physical assets had to be got rid of. Many people have camper vans, open top cars and motorbikes sat in the drive not doing much all year and its cost is swallowed up as part of the advantage it offers when wanted. The modern railway works on a model of minimum excess and very high utilisation, partly a result of the of the fragmentation of privatisation but also exacerbated by it. I of course love the idea of lashing up stuff from the sidings and setting off on a mission. I pity the people who were tasked with those jobs when things went wrong back in the day. One of my favourite reads is Summer Saturdays in the West by David St.John Thomas and Simon Rocksburgh-Smith - which details the running of summer Saturday trains. Spoiler: Mostly chaos but got there in the end.
  13. Like driving over a big matchbox apparently. Stop to remove large piece of white painted wood from the bufferbeam at Lewes and carry on.
  14. Hastings Diesels outing to Lowestoft delayed by ugly ducklings...
  15. Cows at Hever. Better if it had been Cowden. My uncle hit one between Southease and and Lewes. He said it was messier and not as as fun as taking out the gates at Hamsey with the boat train.
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