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    16mm and 1/16th scale narrow gauge. 7mm coarse scale 'O' gauge. Live steam. Steam monorails. 1920s cyclecars. Vintage bicycles. Definitely not diesels (dismals).

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  1. Being at a bit of a loose end today I cloned 'Lynborough' and converted it to the Broad Gauge. There's a considerable amount of earlier era models available for the Broad Gauge and while they are quite old now and fairly simple, they are reasonably accurate so I used those. The worst part was adjusting all the platform clearances and at Lynborough I had to slightly shift some of the platforms to get clearance which was a bit tedious. I couldn't change the glass over roof at Lynborough for a Brunel roof since the very nice one I have wasn't wide enough. A slight disappointment, but with everything else having converted over just fine I can't really complain.
  2. Not quite a book corner topic, but I've ordered all the BGS data sheets to do with Broad Gauge goods wagons neatly written onto a USB key. Ordering something akin to a small telephone book to be sent to me in paper format would have made my wallet scream so I'm very pleased that there was an alternative option.
  3. Lovely, - absolutely lovely Mr Northroader.
  4. Thanks James. Don't worry I'm still a bit stunned by what I've built myself. Having started off with a very basic idea and beginning with building the town at Lynborough it all sort of took off from there. The trouble is after creating 'Lynborough' I'm at a loss what to do next. Perhaps I'll just play trains for a while until another good idea pops into my head.
  5. I have just heard from the vendor and everything is sorted out now. Apparently Hermes was only taking the drawing to the depot, - in Fradley Park, - that would be handling the overseas part of it's journey to New Zealand and the drawing has now arrived there and is being sent on its way. It's supposed to arrive sometime on the 18th and hopefully it will arrive safe and sound. The confusion, - or rather my confusion arose, - when I was sent tracking information that seemed to make no sense at all. Now I know what's going on my blood pressure can return to normal and I can wind back my urge to panic. Perhaps I need a more peaceful hobby like watching grass grow.
  6. I'm fairly certain that the picture is from the cover of one of those old American Sci-Fi magazines so the artist most probably only had the sketchiest idea (pun probably intended) of what London looked like. The person who put together the Triang catalogue cover wouldn't have had that excuse though.
  7. Just like all the second hand remains of tropical storms that we get all the time here that we never used to get a decade ago. My daughter and I were talking earlier about how the world's got 16 years left to stop global warming from going over the 2 degrees tipping point after which we'll all be well and truly screwed. I seriously think that we haven't got a prayer of doing that given the poor performance of most governments so far.
  8. Those are crazy temperatures. Here in NZ we might see those kinds of temperatures in the middle of our Summer once in a while, - or at least where I live in the Waikato we do, - but those are utterly un-British like temperatures. Your humidity is lower than what we get which is something that you might be grateful for.
  9. Unfortunately my railway library is still only a fairly modest one, but I do have all kinds of boring sociology and psychology texts left over from when i was studying for various cleverness certificates that you could read. 'Lynborough' now has been properly set into a '0' gauge sized room and it's suddenly become enormous. Either a model railway club with plenty of funds would have built something like this or else an '0' gauge enthusiast with very very deep pockets. Anyway I'm pleased with it and it's a nice layout to play trains on with interesting operational possibilities. I'm considering doing a Broad Gauge version as well.
  10. I am beginning to think there's been an alien invasion since nobody has been posting lately.
  11. Disaster! I have just had notification from Hermes that the goods shed drawing will be delivered on the 14th of August to an address in Fradley Park. I do not live in Fradley Park I live in a rural town in New Zealand thousands of miles away from Fradley Park. I have just sent an angry email to the vendor telling them to sort it out. I knew this would go wrong the moment that I found out Hermes was involved in the drawing's delivery.
  12. Book Corner: Railway Archive No.32. Lightmoor Press. My interest in this issue of the Railway Archive is that it contains a very good article on Gooch's Broad gauge 'Standard Goods' 0-6-0s by the Rev Canon Brian Arman. His article in Railway Archive No.46 led to me commissioning a B&ER Vulcan Foundry 4-4-0ST and I hope to be able to do the same with a Gooch 0-6-0 once I've saved up my pocket money a bit. An excellent article with a good many nice clear period photos most of which I've never seen before. I don't know about you, but I find it really annoying to purchase a book and find it contains the same tired old dozen or so photos as every other book on the subject. Great Western Railway - Broad Gauge Story. Edited by DC Robinson. This is a Kindle book. 'A History of the Great Western Railway- The Story of the Broad Gauge' by GA Skelon 1895, edited and arranged by DC Robinson. Not particularly great on pictures which are all small and grainy, but the most valuable thing about this very interesting book is that it was written by someone who was actually there at the time. I'm still working my way through it and it's certainly not a dry read since the original writer was very much an enthusiast for the Broad Gauge. Saltney Carriage and Wagon Works by Tony Wood. I'm in several minds over this book. Primarily it's a comprehensive history of the Saltney Works which is fine and good. However when it comes to covering what the Saltney Works actually built there are very few photos and only ONE drawing which is of a brake van. The rest is all description of the various lots built at the works with a list of assigned GWR numbers in an index at the end of the book. To my mind without a better range of photos (which I admit might be scarce) and no drawings (save one) to give context the author might as well have copied out the telephone book. No doubt to those who may have laboriously searched the available GWR archives and possess the necessary drawings this book would be very useful, but to a newcomer to modelling the 19th century GWR such as myself it's not a great deal of use.
  13. It's certainly an interesting country station especially with the canal nearby, but I would imagine including that would make a 4mm scale model fairly large. I'm in deep with my Broad Gauge Cornwall project so I don't want to get distracted, but it's something I would like to come back to later. Predictably I would be wanting to model Aldermaston in the 1870s so possibly the area wouldn't have felt the effects of population decline yet. Having purchased a lot of books just lately I'm resisting buying anything on the Berks & Hants at the moment though I might have a look at that next month.
  14. More than likely a farmer's cart Mr Horth. There are couple of large farms not far away so that would be the usual traffic on this road. In many ways working on a digital model railway is the same as working on a real world one it's just that the tools are different. With the plus that there's no mess to clean up to clean up afterwards. Those tunnel portals are very close to being the same as the ones on the Cornwall Railway and most importantly they are perfectly sized for Broad Gauge railways. They really were a lucky find.
  15. Some snaps from testing. Much of my Cornwall layout is still a mess, but if I'm patient and take it a small area at a time I should be able to get it sorted out. The short tunnel at the end of Truro station yard. For such a short tunnel it was right pain to get done. The tunnel I did today. To my great surprise all was fine with everything nicely aligned with just a couple of small adjustments needing to be done. On the Penwithers viaduct. I took some other snaps, but I didn't like them much. A new wooden engine shed at Truro. If I take my glasses off it looks like the one that was at Truro in the 1880s. And yes I know I've got an implausible collection of engines on shed, but sometimes I like to be implausible.
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