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  1. it's-er

    The Engine Shed

    Another vintage edition. For those who have waited years for Thompson A2/2 and A2/3 locomotives rtr, this edition is a delight and a feast for the eyes - here we have first photos of tooling for these. And there's lots more beside - GWR 51xx/61xx, Bluetooth analogue control system, an Electrotren railcar, and more images of forthcoming Terriers and GBRf Class 47 locomotives. Excellent! John Storey
  2. it's-er

    The Engine Shed

    There's a new Engine Shed up today https://www.Hornby.com/uk-en/news/the-engine-shed/dining-mk1rb-testing-advanced-passenger-train It covers the Captain Tom Moore Class 66 locomotive, the BR Mk.1 RB coach and the APT-P. These get more and more interesting! The photos of the original APT especially so - both Hornby's photos of it from 2019 at Crewe, and the original BR publicity prints. Looking out of the cab of this ultra modern train, and there's an original Mini! And the photo below - there's a Rover 2000. These road vehicles are reminders that the APT didn't happen yesterday - it was all a long time ago. When Hornby launch the Mk 1 RB, I hope they don't adopt the colour scheme of the coach on the Epping and Ongar Railway - I think most of us would complain about the washed out paintwork! Finally, in the last photo of the model APT on test, what are those two coaches at the back, with end windows? Hornby's recent Collett coaches have windows like that, but is that what these are? John Storey
  3. Following the link to Pop Up Designs 'definate (definite?) maybe' provided on Monday, I looked at their website. I was astonished to see a range of buildings of the railway companies in the north of Scotland, including what looks like an exquisite model of Grantown on Spey East railway station. This certainly warrants wider spreading around in the model railway community! I'd be interested to see photos of completed models, but not on this particular (Peco) thread! Meantime here is the direct link to their railways and transport catalogue page https://www.popupdesigns.co.uk/product-category/transport/ John Storey
  4. ..... which, for ease of access, is here! https://www.springsidemodels.com/ John S
  5. Oh Bernard - you are so cute in that photo! Wonderful! John Storey
  6. I didn't expect to see such a wide range of road vehicles suitable for the 1930s, and it great to see all these brought together in one place on this thread. So thanks to Jon for raising the question, and to Bernard particularly for providing such a comprehensive list. Jon mentions John Day models, and here is the link to their website - http://www.johndaymodels.co.uk/ John Storey
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    The Engine Shed

    I was impressed with yesterday's Engine Shed. I feared it might say that we can't bring you much information because of Coronavirus. Instead it was if anything longer than usual, very full, and bursting with information. Well done, Hornby and the Engine Shed team! John Storey
  8. A direct web-link would be useful, as I suspect I'm not the only one who has no idea what an LSWR '0330' Class Saddletank looks like - here it is: https://ooworks.co.uk/ Can anyone point us to photographs of the full size locomotive? I've tried a quick Google which, unusually, hasn't come with anything. John Storey
  9. Hornby is displaying an EP of the 2MT on their stand at Model Rail Scotland this weekend, rather than the 3D printed model we have seen before. Even at this stage, the detail is fine, especially the handrails which are incredibly fine. I suspect someone managed to get photographs, which hopefully will appear here soon. John Storey
  10. Just a couple of comments from Model Rail Scotland yesterday. One is that when placed alongside other tank wagons available to us rtr modellers, Oxford Rail's tank wagons are considerably smaller: that really stands out, so gives us a welcome new option on the tank wagon front. The other is that a BP liveried version may well be coming along ... great! John Storey
  11. Agree all the comments about this being a great show. As far as I was concerned yesterday, Friday, was wonderful - absolutely wonderful! i spent the day there, and thought I saw everything. But looking at the photos on here, I suspect I missed some - did I really not see Camel Quay, despite it being on my 'must see' list! It was a good idea to have 'Hills of the North - Shap' and 'Alloa' far up the hall, as that ensured people spread around the hall. I enjoyed those two: other layouts that stood out for me were Whithorn (wonderfully modelled, of a forgotten bit of Scotland many Scots have never been to!), Kettlewell (seen before, but now with an exquisite new station building), Towcester, and Scarlington (interesting amalgam of buildings from across the North of England - I thought I recognised York Station Hotel; columns and arch, and river and bridges from Newcastle; but was stumped by the station itself). it is invidious to pick these out, when there was such high quiality across the board, and so many interesting ideas and such a high standard of execution. It was a delight to see regulars such as Tony and Mrs Wright, various societies, and lots of traders. I'll stop now now before I get carried away reliving an excellent day! Many thanks to AMRSS and everyone, John Storey
  12. The first samples of the G5 have not yet arrived with TMC. I asked informally yesterday at Model Rail Scotland, and they are still hoping for end of this year, but of course subject to whatever transpires over Coronavirus/Covid19. John Storey
  13. I've just bought 'An Illustrated History of NER Locomotives' by Ken Hoole, a purchase I can thoroughly recommend. It has (page 131) a wonderful photo of the Gateshead steam crane - a Cowans Sheldon 15t crane as being modelled by Oxford Rail - lifting an NER H2 (LNER J79) 0-6-0T. The H2 is suspended from the crane hook by 2 chains and several pieces of timber to protect the loco, and the crane has 2 larger baulks of timber as side stays. There isn't a person in sight nor, apparently, any steam! How?!! No date is given, but the H2 looks very smart in a lined NER livery, so pre-grouping. The Gateshead steam crane has a cab roof, and it would be lovely if Oxford Rail is to model their crane with and without cab roof. I hope to pass a copy of the photo (copyright North Eastern Railway) to Oxford Rail at Model Rail Scotland next week. John Storey
  14. it's-er

    The Engine Shed

    Agree about the January edition being classic. There is a real sense of confidence there, partly from the strong line up of new models coming in Hornby's centenary year, but also by their announcing publication dates every 4 weeks through 2020 - ".... we are very much looking forward to running through all of our new developments over the coming weeks and months. The next edition will be with you on the 28th February, with further editions appearing at four weekly intervals on March 27, April 24, May 22, June 19, July 17, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 6 and December 4." I've put those dates in my diary, and look forward to reading Engine Shed each month! John Storey
  15. This looks like a run of the mill type crane, so should fit with many more of our railway layouts than Bachmann's crane, which is large. And at considerably less outlay, I suspect! Can anyone enlighten us as to what the difference is between the mk 1 and mk 2 jibs, please? John Storey
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