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    Hereford
  • Interests
    Modelling Hereford (Barr’s Court) station 1920s-60s; the Hereford & Ross / Wye Valley Railway; and a Garden Railway circuit in development (my previous layout of 15 years being “the Blackbury Line”, viewable on YouTube.

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  1. Has anyone heard of any update on Jim and the ongoing backlog saga? ive been waiting on an order I placed back 28th November last year, over £300 worth. I had 2 quite amiable follow up phone calls with Jim, in January and March, promising they were on their way. Couple of gentle emails further, then In April I tried following up by phone but unable to get through or leave a message, for reasons I fully understand from his eye operation. I tried a handwritten card in May, just asking whether it might be possible just to refund the order if it couldn’t be sent. Did receive an answerpho
  2. Just to join the chorus ‘for the record’ (and to (very rarely) voice my frustration publicly, in the hope it registers with both Hattons and Hornby a little more than an a poor work experience student having to front pointless apologies)... in last 2 days I’ve received order cancellations for (deep breath...) Thane of Fife, Lord President, 2 Blue Pullman power cars, 4 of the Blue Pullman coaches and the Pride Pendolino set of 4 . Most of which I ordered literally on the day they were announced, so they’re clearly not honouring pre-orders on a ‘first come first served’ basis - and it’s this tha
  3. Hi there Roger, it's been really interesting to look and read through your posts and pics from your Hereford layout project! I stumbled across them as I'm just in process of moving back to Herefordshire, and for the new house am planning a 00 gauge model of the 'south end' of Hereford station (along with a garden railway outside*). I'm particularly impressed with how well you've captured Barr's Court building, and the footbridge (with some fantastic help, by the sounds of it). It would be really great at some point to compare notes, and share your experience of having built Hereford in N scale
  4. Cheers Mick, yes 'Stepney' has been nicely weathered (though the credit for that goes to TMC in this particular case!). But after your fantastic weathering course in Pendon (big plug, to anybody who's happens to be listening in...), I had a good go on several of my BR Western Region models - this running session features several post-Pendon weatherings, 'Oakley Hall', 42xx, 43xx, 45xx. I'm not quite brave enough just yet to let my paintbrush loose on an elaborate pre-grouping livery... but nearly. A big thankyou for your tutoring! ;-) For others just popping heads out into the 'ga
  5. Excuse the very late entry... we've been avidly not setting up outside the exhibition hall, in the hope of being able to offer the exclusive first of a garden railway in action (not) live and (not) onsite. Now let's see if it stays working as the folks come in... Despite a 'hand of God' in the 1st few seconds, and some juddery running from kitbuilds, glad to report alot less derailments than usual... (tho saying that should a jinxed it). Open to requests for running sessions featuring other eras / rolling stock...! Tho gonna have a quick look around and
  6. Quick Q - does anyone know of a supplier who offers ready made (or bespoke?) decals for renaming (and renumbering) the Hornby J36 - in any of its livery guises? I’m hoping to resurrect “Arras” and potentially “Allenby” - but drawn a blank so far from a quick search of the usual suspects (Modelmaster Jackson Evans, Fox, google!). There are sheets for a selection of the Scottish D11 Directors, etc and the J36 would seem a prime candidate for similar, with some v distinctive names topical following WW100. Any suggestions much appreciated :-)
  7. The LBSC Umber Atlantic is an absolute stunner, and a logical move - will definitely be queueing for that one! Also Quarry Hunslets are quite a coup, bet they will be mightily popular - I've always thought they are one of the prettiest / most handsome engines in any gauge, and with industrial use they lend themselves well to an explosion in 009 modelling (even moreso than Baldwins / L&B). I can see many layouts ending up with an industry corner / exchange sidings! Useful reference page at https://www.quarryhunslet.mste.co.uk/public/intro.php. Good to see the Bulleid coaches retooling.
  8. Returning to the new year speculation and froth originally intended... here’s my sweepstake and bonus balls, counting down to outright “wish on a stars”...! Hornby SR Lord Nelson - seems pretty much a given on the circumstantial evidence. NBR J36 0-6-0 - Good tie in with end of WW1, names, wide range / longevity, dip a toe into Scotland, lovely pregroup livery option Aventra EMU (Elizabeth Line) - keeping up with the latest and all that Hudswell Clark 0-6-0T industrial - side tank ‘gap’ in the surging industrial market. Some ‘end of steam 1968’ packs involving black 5s, Britannia’s an
  9. Returning to the new year speculation and froth originally intended... here’s my sweepstake and bonus balls, counting down to outright “wish on a stars”...! Hornby SR Lord Nelson - seems pretty much a given on the circumstantial evidence. NBR J36 0-6-0 - Good tie in with end of WW1, names, wide range / longevity, dip a toe into Scotland, lovely pregroup livery option Aventra EMU (Elizabeth Line) - keeping up with the latest and all that Hudswell Clark 0-6-0T industrial - side tank ‘gap’ in the surging industrial market. Some ‘end of steam 1968’ packs involving black 5s, Britannia’s an
  10. Very impressed with the Garratt, looking forward to trying it out on the garden railway if the sun holds... I couldn't get beyond 65 wagons as it's strength pulled them off the curved track sections! Anyway, thought viewers might enjoy this short video of Garratts first freight on indoor section of Blackbury Line...
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