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  1. I managed to sell a copy of Seventies Spotting Days Around the Western Region for £47 on Ebay, and another damaged copy for £31. So obviously when they get sold out they become very collectible. Good luck with the sales.

  2. On 22/03/2020 at 09:52, 2mmMark said:

    The interesting thing about the GE section of the Eastern Region is that it was extensively dieselised well before the Beeching cuts. This meant it had a great selection of the various 1st gen mainline locos and also a healthy variety of various shunters.

    For a brief but happy period for modellers, it was a traditional "common-carrier" railway.  We're fortunate that Dr. Ian Allen was around to capture it.

    A good DVD on traditional freight operation in the region is this:


    Funnily enough Mark that's one of my favourite DVDs.



  3. I can thoroughly recommend this book. All B&W photos but a fine work depicting the area in the early days of diesels. A few blue ones make an appearance but mainly shown are green diesels , a lot without even warning panels. I think (haven't checked) all the photos are credited to Dr Ian C Allen, a quite a few have been seen previously in his 1980s book Diesels in East Anglia. This is a bit of a treasure trove for a much neglected area in railway photography. There are great shot of a loco hauling just a couple of wagons, an this is brilliant inspiration for the railway modeller.



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  4. Excellent show again. Well done to Paul and Brian , and Peter from Lord & Butler for putting on such an event.


    Quality of layouts was excellent. And good to see Dave Tailby travel down once again, even though his layout today was O gauge, he tells me EM gauge is the future!!



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  5. I don't buy any of the modelling mags anymore, unless there is a specific article I want. I don't subscribe online to any either. I haven't missed them but would rather have a paper copy of something than have access online. I also used to buy 2 US mags too and Rail Express, Rail and Traction but no longer.


    As for books I have started selling off my surplus ones recently and only bought one book in the last year I think. I only buy ones with colour photos in now and my most recent purchase was a new Strathwood issue. I will continue to buy books but only ones of specific interest. My recent purchase was £34.05 + postage. Having said that I sold one which was a 1984 OPS publication which was originally priced at £7.95 which seems a bit extravagant for the 80s. The money I don't now spend goes on modelling matters.



  6. There are a few South Wales photgraphers who have loads of South Wales  shots. Mostly mid 1960s onwards, good quality. Most centred around Cardiff and Newport and the Valleys. West Wales has less availability. PM me if you need any contact details.



  7. It's usually just a small show with local layouts. It's in my home town but is not the one organised by Pontypridd Model Railway Club, which I organise.  It's more of an event put on for the community. It's a bit hit and miss with layout quality, but it depends what you're looking for. Some second hand trade and MIB Models from Bridgend are usually there, but not sure if Alan will be there following his recent illness.  It's probably best to give it a go and decide afterwards whether it was worthwhile, everyone has differing tastes. I know our club will have a layout in attendance, but as I write I am not sure which one! It's the same weekend as the Warley show, it won't be as good but considerably cheaper! There are carparks nearby but little street parking , except in Pontypridd's main street, the venue is next to Pontypridd's famous 'Old Bridge'/ There is limited catering at the venue. The town is very busy on a Saturday but quiet on a Sunday.



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