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  1. And I am very much with you on this. Having been harangued myself by people clutching not very good translations of the Bible that they clearly have not read I have little time for anyone who thinks they are doing their God a service by taking this approach. St Francis said, 'Always preach the Gospel, but only if necessary use your mouth'. This is very much the path I follow and subscribe to.
  2. I caused some consternation in my family when I decided to return to our southern Irish Catholic roots and then to top it off became a lay Franciscan. So some of these old prejudices still run deep despite our so called 'more enlightened' modern times.
  3. Not available for viewing outside the Uk unfortunately.
  4. Oh yes, perfectly stated. I must remember that quote. Unfortunately when I sing people plead with me to stop since I'm totally tone deaf , but I agree, - sing your heart out Alex.
  5. https://archive.org/search.php?query=the british steam railway locomotive 1825 - 1925 The Internet Archive has a bewildering amount of material on railways, but fortunately their search engine works very well if the right keywords can be fed into it.
  6. In general I have found that those christian sects who claim 'sola scriptura' mostly spend time 'searching the scriptures' for reasons that they can be mean to people. Not what Christ intended at all.
  7. I found a useful old postcard of Truro that I haven't seen before. The photo was taken from the viaduct above St Georges Road and it gives me a good view of the houses along St Georges Road that I haven't seen before. Since the cathedral is still a WIP the photo would have been taken before 1910, but I doubt that it's earlier than 1902 since the new Victoria Gardens is plainly in view and while the church in the centre foreground appears in pictures I've seen of the Brunel timber viaduct Victoria Gardens isn't in evidence. The trees in the waterfall gardens in the immediate foreground are taller than in another picture I have which includes the timber viaduct so that makes me think that this is a post 1902 picture taken not long after the masonry viaduct was completed. Not that it really matters anyway since neither the church or Victoria Gardens are a part of my time period, but St Georges Road and its houses are just the same in this picture as they were in 1880 and that definitely makes this postcard a great find for me.
  8. Thanks Mike. The base layout I started with was made by Bob Cooper who has actually gone on to create the line all the way to Penzance., but this version is his early one that just recreates the Falmouth branch All I'm really using though is the sculpted landscape which Bob created using Google earth so it's reasonably accurate. Nearly everything is different between 1880 and the 1930's, - which was the nominal period Bob Cooper chose to represent, - so the towns are having to be reduced in size and extensively rebuilt. As you might have guessed the cathedral was one of the things that had to be removed. Even if I'd moved a little further forward in time to allow the the cathedral to stay it would have had to have been represented without its spire and much smaller in size and that would have been a problem since no model of the cathedral exists of it at that stage of its building That part of the line in the last picture is pretty much scenically complete, but after Perranwell it all becomes very much a work in progress to a greater or lesser degree. I really do need to concentrate on completing Truro now before I advance things any further. Even though the 1880 town is much smaller it's going to be a big job representing it. Fortunately most of it will be very much in the background so I won't need to put in a lot of detail in the parts that are the furthest away from the station and the viaducts.
  9. Not so long ago I posted about the short tunnel at the western end of Truro station yard and how it's been an absolute nuisance to get sorted out. Truro station yard on the original base layout I started with was far from level with lots of dips and hollows so it took a while to get that sorted. With double track tunnel wall meshes suitable for the Broad Gauge being hard to find I did an illusionary tunnel trick using a photo of a tunnel to hide the problem and that sort of worked for a while so long as I shut my eyes while going through the tunnel. Eventually I did find a suitably sized tunnel wall mesh so I installed it and lined everything up properly and I thought well 'that's that then', but it wasn't. Installing a tunnel in Trainz is a bit like keyhole surgery and it's not easy to tell if things are level or not. Anyway some of you will remember these snaps of my miniature Cowlairs tunnel....... Fed up with tunnels I left it how it was and went and did something else. Yesterday I was chatting with Steve Flanders and it seems that if the winds of fate blow the right way he might have properly working dual gauge track available sometime in January next year. He also said he's going to be making some more Brunel viaducts and in particular ones that would be exactly the right type for the Falmouth branch. Steve teaches at a university so he's tied up with end of year academic things at the moment, but once all that is done with he'll be returning to making 3D models for Trainz. So bearing that in mind I decided to confine myself to working on Truro and leave everything else alone on the Falmouth branch until the new viaducts become available and not attempt to do anything more on the WCR line to Chasewater until I know if the dual gauge track is going to work out or not. So I started with the tunnel. This time being aware of the difference in levels between one side of the tunnel to the other I started first by adjusting the trackwork so that there was a gradient up to the tunnel on the Truro side and a very slight gradient through the tunnel. Trainz has tools for micro adjusting the height of trackwork and a mini map window that shows the gradient on trackwork so between the two I was able to come up with a gradient that is slightly steep, but nothing like the 'Cowlairs' gradient I had before. And testing. I'm going to see if I can retexture the tunnel wall mesh to be a more appropriate match for the tunnel mouths. The tunnel wall mesh is based on a tunnel on the B&O in the US and it was the only one I could find that was the right size. All the Uk double track tunnel models available were made for tiny little standard gauge trains and weren't any use to me. So apart from some tiny level adjustments to the tunnel lining I can tick this job off the list. I might finish off St Georges Road next so I can make a start on plotting out the town.
  10. The first time I ever seamlessly dropped into full REM sleep without being aware of it was the last time I ever drove a car Mike. It was an awful experience because I was dreaming that I was driving on exactly the same road and there was nothing to tell me I was sleep. Fortunately an alert truck driver realised what was going on and hit his air horns just before I ended up in the deep ditch at the side of the road. I had just enough time to swerve away right on the very edge of the ditch. That did it for me and I never drove again.
  11. Yes the Internet Archive is excellent. I also have the "The British Steam Railway Locomotive from 1825 to 1924" on my hard drive and a very useful resource it is too. Ages ago I had this book as a collection of photocopied pages in a folder that a friend had given to me and it was a nightmare to search through and try to keep in any sort of order. If I can I buy my reference books as e.books, but of course a lot of now out of print reference books have never been digitised so buying them on the second hand market is the only option. I do miss not being able to do any 'real' modelling, but for someone like me who can suddenly fall asleep without any warning 'real' modelling is just too dangerous. I got very despondent about it and wasn't very happy at all, but my daughter who is a keen flight sim player suggested railway sims to me and while I was reluctant at first it didn't take me long before I fully embraced the digital medium and my awful state of depression slipped away.
  12. Ooooooo no I don't have that one Mr Northroader. One for the book list definitely. My bedside table is getting close to collapsing under the weight of all my book purchases over the past two months.
  13. I've been working my way through your build blog for No.184 Mike and I'm finding it really interesting. I built my first scratchbuilt brass loco at age 17. It was a LNWR 4ft 6in 2-4-2T and I made the mistake of using brass that was too thick so it was more of a struggle than it should have been to shape all the parts properly and solder it together. I hacksawed a Triang 'jinty' 0-6-0 chassis about and converted it to a 2-4-2 and it actually ran very well. It always had a slight 'after the train smash' look to it, but I was dead proud of it. I hung onto it for years, but eventually it got sold off along with all my other railway stuff when I got the daft notion in my head to move to Australia. Fortunately I decided not to go at the last minute, but of course everything was sold by then. I kept building engines in brass with the last being a tiny jewel of a Manning Wardle 0-4-0 saddle tank in P4. A trick I used to get a motor into such a tiny engine was to arrange things so that the casing of the miniature instrument motor I used took the place of the boiler. I was never one to own a camera so unfortunately I don't have any pictures of it. After that I got into coarse scale 'O' gauge because I was tired of 'watchmaking' and finescale standards in general.
  14. Book Corner. I don't know if I've mentioned this book before, but the postman delivered the copy of 'The Struggle for the Cornwall Railway - fated decisions' by Hugh Howes (published by Twelveheads Press in 2012) I'd ordered at the beginning of the month to me this morning. It was a second hand copy and it looks like it was never opened or handled much. It's solid dense sort of book about ¾ inch thick printed on good quality paper and surprisingly heavy for its size. It's definitely not a coffee table picture book, - this is a history book. Not many pictures at all really, but what it examines is the surviving documentation and historical background of the Cornwall Railway and the processes by which it came into being. I'm looking forward to reading it, but I wish the print wasn't so small and the pages so glossy. Narcolepsy has messed up my eyesight in an odd way so that reading books can be a challenge for me depending on the print and paper used. I have a pair of tinted bifocal glasses intended for map readers and these seem to do the trick, but it really is annoying since I used to be such a keen reader and it's a real struggle now. Edit: I forgot to mention that Russell's 'GWR Freight Wagons and Loads in Service on the Great Western Railway and British Railway's Western Region' also arrived and what a marvellous book it is. For a goods wagon enthusiast like me this is book is an utter delight. Soooooo many large clear good quality photos of goods wagons it's enough to set my pulse racing. Yet another second hand purchase on my part that's in excellent condition. Whoever they are who are buying new books and never touching them again after they go on the bookshelf I hope they keep on doing it because over the past couple of months I've picked up some really good reference books at very affordable prices.
  15. I have narcolepsy Mike so my sleep pattern is not remotely normal. Having slept for 9 hours straight through the late morning, afternoon and evening yesterday I'm awake at the moment, but that could change in the next hour or so. My E.B. Wilson well tanks are a complete 'what-if' Broad Gauge version of E.B.Wilson's standard gauge 0-6-0 well tanks. I had owned the standard gauge version for a while, but I started to wonder what would have happened if some small Broad Gauge railway company had gone along to E.B.Wilson and placed an order for a 7 foot gauge version of their standard well tank design. I'm sure E.B.Wilson's people would have said, 'Certainly sir, how many do you need?' So on that basis I approached the maker of my standard gauge well tank and asked him if he would make a 7ft gauge version for me. Apparently it was quite a simple conversion of the model's meshes to do that and he sent me my 'what-if' well tank the next day. With there being a very real lack of Broad Gauge engines suitable for the mid period of the Broad Gauge I'm sure I can be forgiven for my little freelance, - but possibly plausible Broad Gauge engines. After quite a bit of fettling they run very nicely and while they are really only a light duties engine they are very useful for shunting and short trip working. Edit: I have a digital model of an E.B. Wilson tender engine that's very similar to that photo you posted of the OW&WR engine. It's a nice model and I like it a lot, but I will promise I won't have a 7ft gauge version made though.
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