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  1. I worked at the Newcastle branch of Beatties through most of the 1980s so I handled thousands of the bags of all sizes and never thought anything of it at the time. I do still have one though, I keep my Peco point templates in it. I think I may also have one similar to the above photo with a few bits and bobs in it, somewhere in the shed. Steve.
  2. If people need A4 clear plastic pockets for filing pages saved from magazines, now I'm retired I have thousands of them, all empty and ready to go to another good home. Within reason I'll happily pay the postage if there's not too many folk clamoring after them! Alternatively, and off topic a bit, does anyone know how to recycle so many if there is no demand for them? Steve.
  3. Bless you Richard. A Very Merry Christmas to you too. And thanks for your layouts, past and present, as they continue to bring us so much inspiration. Steve.
  4. I was thinking that; mid 60s Trix locos and coaches were approx 3.8mm scale. Admittedly, Flying Scotsman c 1968 was 4mm. I've just thought; their wagons didn't look under scale at the time, at least not to me. Were they actually 3.8mm or 4mm in the mid 60s - anyone know? Steve.
  5. The Freightliner wagon and the Brush Type 4 were the first thing that came into my mind. I still think about them even now, wondering what the models if produced would have looked like. A bit off-topic - when I worked in a model shop I was fooled by a customer who brought in something he had created - a Lima 09 with a slave unit (Class 13?) But he craftily put it in a Mainline loco box and for a brief moment I was totally convinced of some sort of completely unannounced collaboration between Lima and Palitoy.
  6. I've just been given a couple of vouchers for Model Railways Direct as a retirement gift so I naturally came to this thread to 'gen up' on the establishment. I'm obviously glad that they have earned great respect among Forum members and I look forward to viewing their website and making my purchase. Sorry, somewhat off-topic, but as the issue has been commented on, and I fully accept that posties do come in for some 'stick' (I also worked for the Post Office many years ago) please allow me to describe my situation when I worked in retail. Admittedly, I'm going back many years, and maybe it only happened to me, but in my experience of working in a shop, sometimes trying to cover a model railway section (and occasionally a radio control section simultaneously) whilst trying to get a parcel to the Post Office wasn't exactly akin to just putting something in a box. I'd get out of the shop to post the parcel any brief moment I had and, although I'd do my best, that moment wasn't always the same day I wrapped it up. Steve.
  7. Rich, if you do get over, please give Dave best wishes from many of us here who have made purchases in his shop. When I had meetings in Exeter I always caught the earlier train so I could call in at the shop. I only met him in his shop several times but he always had time for a chat and he always seemed a very friendly and instantly likeable guy. Steve.
  8. Mark, I hope it gives you comfort that we are now all aware of this lovely couple who were so good to you. Thanks also for 'sharing through the tears'; very brave and noble of you. Steve.
  9. I'd go along with that suggestion. I've used something similar myself to prevent coaches clipping. I now use setrack spacing on the straights as well, regardless of which points I use, but that's just me and, of course, it's wider than the more prototypical six foot spacing that you're aiming for. Steve.
  10. I agree with Signaller69's comments. Your work on the water tower is stunning and it will certainly make me look more closely at laser cut models now I know how well they can look when a craftsman like yourself gives them some attention. Steve.
  11. Not a shim remedy (and therefore easily discarded), but something I read a great many years ago, possibly in the MRC hints and tips page, was to fill the gap with papier-mâché. When almost 'set', very gently push through your loco, wagon or whatever with the deepest flange. This would create a groove below which nothing could fall. In the intervening half century or so I don't recall ever reading of this idea again but, as Norman Clegg might say, I offer it up for what it's worth. Steve. (I suppose if it doesn't work you just dig it out!)
  12. I'd like to add my name to the many that found Penhayle Bay such an inspiring layout. Thanks for creating it Rick. Steve.
  13. You should see the Gloucester & Sharpness canal when even a moderate wind blows over it. Yesterday's winds made it look like a fast flowing river. Waves? You bet! Steve.
  14. I've just come across this thread. Absolutely amazing dedication and craftsmanship. Thanks so much for letting us see your skills in action. Steve.
  15. A friend of mine back when those wagons were in the shops, in the 1960s, told me that people were buying two of them and coupling them so they still had tension locks at either end. In other words, they didn't really need converter wagons but it was a great way of getting two for the price of one. Admittedly we were just kids back then so quite how my friend knew I can't say, but I'm sure that some folk did it. My vote would go for the Hornby Maunsell coaches when they were released. Twenty-two pounds for something with incredible detail and lining. If I recall, they were released around the same time as the Gresley Teaks and those, if memory serves me well, cost something like fifty percent or maybe even seventy five percent more. I bought three of the Maunsells at a shop my friend owned. He said he would knock a bit off but when he rang them up in the till he charged me full price. My other friend whispered, "He said he'd give you a discount." I showed him one of the coaches telling him that I thought twenty-two pounds for a coach of this calibre was excellent value for money anyway. I also have a Railroad Falcon A4. Fifty-seven pounds that at the time was forty pounds or so cheaper than the 'standard' one, yet exactly the same in every single way (same chassis, motor, etc) apart from lacking a bit of cosmetic prettiness. Steve.
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