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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.
  16. A very enjoyable read, Mr. Grouse, and what a wonderful girlfriend; "Would you like a trainset for Christmas?" What a lady!! And no, don't let it stop there - keep going, it's an excellent indoor hobby. And she will always know what you might like for your birthday now. Treat your lady with the greatest of respect - she deserves it! Steve. PS I do hope the membrane has worked for you. We moved into a large vicarage with equally large front garden which my wife was keen to cultivate. Instead, the church authorities covered the soil with a membrane with loads of chippings on top. 'It's for low maintenance,' we were told. It very soon proved anything but - brambles burst through, ultimately becoming one unsightly and unmanageable sprawl. It looked awful. We left there after ten years, unable to do anything with it in all that time except try to keep it in check every so often.
  17. Rob, may I echo Gilbert's comments and wish you well in your work in the NHS. Gilbert - Stan Roberts is the name I always associate with Bakewell, having read his articles in RM back in the 1970s when I was in my late teens. Funny how some names come immediately to mind, especially when a railway location or layout is mentioned. Steve.
  18. Hello there and welcome among us.  I do hope you find it all (and even us all) very worthwhile.

    Kind regards, 

    Steve.

     

  19. We'll be good and not pressure you! Maybe simply smile, contented in the knowledge that your plans just may happen. Steve.
  20. Gwiwer, it is an old friend to many of us. Lovely to see it beyond RWweb. Steve.
  21. Hi pippindoo, I worked in Beatties Newcastle Upon Tyne branch, 1979 - 1988. The company had about seventeen shops then, so we'll have met. I'm guessing who you might be, but I'm open to surprises! Yes, many memories from those days; quite a few happy ones but retail life was never an ideal existence, at least not for me with young kids growing up and them doing things which were almost always on Saturdays when we would be working in the shop. ianmacc, I have just one of those Beattie bags still - I keep my Peco point templates in it! There were various sizes, all very useful, although no thought of recycling back then. I remember one time, somehow we practically run out entirely. Then Mike, our Area Manager, arrived, saying he'd got some bags for us. Whoops - they were only the very large ones, which we used to put the Tamiya radio control car kits in. The look on people's faces when they bought something like Model Railroader and you'd put it in one of those! Another thing about Beatties was the shop hours which were the 'old' hours as I termed them: 9am - 6pm, Monday to Saturday. When the computerised tills were installed in the mid-eighties you couldn't cash up the last till, until the doors closed at 6pm. Then the cashing up, initializing the tills for the next day and banking the takings in the night safe could sometimes add anything from 20 - 45 minutes beyond closing time each day, even longer at Christmas. No extra pay for that; it was what you were there to do. Many more memories, but that'll do for now. Steve.
  22. Very good, Sir. We model so many other things so why not this? It reminds me of a thread on this site some years back where a guy had made a lovely row of buildings and peering into the attic of one you could see a model railway. I believe his model also featured in the Railway Modeller one month. Does anyone remember the gentleman's name, please, and is that thread still on RMweb? As an aside, many, many years ago I worked for Beatties and one night I actually dreamt that the shop was outside, situated in a local park. The counters were on the grass and customers walked along the path to get to each counter. The dream only lasted about five seconds - perhaps just as well; working too close to model railways can obviously do funny things to you... Steve.
  23. Hello there! 

     

    Loads of stuff here to explore and enjoy.

    I hope you always feel that you're among friends here at RMweb. 

     

    Kind regards and welcome aboard, 

     

    Steve.

     

     

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    2. DaveFromSheffield1957

      DaveFromSheffield1957

      hello....

       

      it was a post about repainting a carriage into the film carriage....

       

       

       

      Regards dave

    3. steve22

      steve22

      Hi Dave,

      gosh, I don't remember that at all and it doesn't seem like my sphere of modelling.  Have you got the right Steve? 

      Apologies for a memory slip if it was me.

       

      Steve.

        

    4. DaveFromSheffield1957

      DaveFromSheffield1957

      hello....

       

       

      I am not sure about that....

       

       

       

      Regards dave

  24. Hi Ray, it was on a radio programme of hers and if I remember the quote correctly, Pam Ayres said it was New Year's Eve or sometime around then. The family went out to celebrate but she decided to stay at home and do the ironing (I think). She decided to switch on the tele at the same time and there was a Bruce Springsteen concert. Relating on the radio programme how smitten she was she then made that comment! Regards, Steve.
  25. I remember Pam Ayres saying, "When I saw Bruce Springsteen for the first time I couldn't wait to throw my husband out with the rest of the rubbish!" Here in Gloucester I have two friends who write in the same vein as her - and I have to admit they are both brilliant at it. Re: the Westerns; yes, 'Enterprise' plates were larger; I'd forgotten that until reading about it again only very recently. I always enjoy looking at your photos, especially when they feature Westerns. Steve.
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