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  1. Almost £440 Tony. https://www.google.com/search?q=20+1960+GBP+today&oq=20+1960+GBP+today&aqs=chrome..69i64.27370j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8
  2. EM Gauge Society & Scalefour Society Skills Day 2020 Didcot Civic Hall, Britwell Road, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 7JN Saturday March 14th 2020 - 11.00am to 4.00pm We are pleased to announce that the EM Gauge Society and the Scalefour Society are holding in March 2020, another ‘Skills Day’ event. This is the first one to take place in this region and builds on the successful formula of an informal, informative gathering of modellers. As in previous years, the EMGS involvement is again being funded by the bequest of Chris Kedgley, former Chairman of the EM Gauge Society and active member of the Scalefour Society who passed away in June 2013. Didcot is a famous railway town with Didcot Parkway Railway Station being within walking distance of the Civic Hall. Even in March, for a weekend break the area has much to offer railway enthusiasts, Didcot Railway Centre is within walking distance while Pendon Museum at Long Wittenham is only a couple of miles distant. As ever, the emphasis will be on ‘showing and telling’ and so will feature around eighteen experienced modellers demonstrating a wide range of skills and a variety of innovative techniques. All this will be supported by an expected total of six quality layouts to inspire you and illustrate some of these methods in practice. Date: Saturday March 14th 2020 Location: Didcot Civic Hall, Britwell Road, Didcot OX11 7JN Web: https://www.didcotcivichall.co.uk Opening Times: 11.00am to 4.00pm Admission: Entry is FREE, but donations are encouraged. Catering: Teas and coffees will be available. For lunch, a wide variety of hostelries and cafes are close at hand. Layouts Brighton East(EM) - Dave Smith Cheddar (P4) - Chris Challis Edge Hill (EM) - Paul Segar Great Bardfield(P4) - David Hawkins Lower Exbury (P4) - Alison and David Barker Westcliff (EM) - Richard Butler Demonstrations Ready to Run Locomotive Conversion - Mike Ainsworth Signals - Mark Tatlow Scenics - Paul Ash Weathering Techniques - Mick Bonwick (Great Missenden) Resistive Soldering Techniques - David Brandreth Alex Jackson & Dingham Auto couplings - David Bridges Laser Cutting Techniques - Jonathan Buckie Templot - Phil Chudley Coaches - Philip Hall Painting & Lining - Geoff Haynes Trees – Ray Hodson Weathering Diesel period stock - Peter Johnson Not all wagons are the same - Duncan Redford Soldering - Roger Sawyer Trackwork - Phil Tattershall Wagon Suspension & Springing Systems - Andrew Ullyott Loco Clinic - Tim Venton Architectural Modelling - Grahame Vickery Electronics - MERG The EMGS Test Track will be in attendance and will be situated adjacent to Tim Venton’s stand. Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible This event is being organised by the various area groups in the South and South West of England of the EM Gauge Society www.emgs.org and the Scalefour Society http://scalefour.org/ Contact: Tony Sullivan, Email: mnw1919(at)gmail.com
  3. It's coming up this weekend and it's not just for S4 and EM modellers either. We hope that we'll see lots of people who model in other gauges and scales - see you there tomorrow.
  4. Thanks for the plug Andrew. There's more information about next Saturday's EMGS Modelling Workshop (including EMGS AGM 2019) here:
  5. Large tender emblem on this photo, descibed as having been taken in the !960s: https://www.rail-online.co.uk/p794870091/hb6112fc9#hb6112fc9. It's fitted with AWS gear. Very nice job by the way!
  6. The Guide for next weekend's Modelling Workshop is now available. Workshop Guide.pdf
  7. There's well over a week to go the Modellers' Day/AGM but we'll be busy next weekend attending the Warley National show at the NEC. See us on Stand D03.
  8. A short message from TheLaird, "The much anticipated control box and concentrater now fitted in place and connected up, just one more connection to make. A bit of tidying up to do. All I need now is a couple of boffins to commission and test it!!" A shortened trial running session was held last week with no apparent problems reported. We look forward to resuming full sessions shortly.
  9. Another port that imported bananas was Preston in the ships Windward Islands and Leeward Islands, from about 1950 but the traffic was lost to Barry Docks in the 1960s. Preston Dock lost its banana trade when its main supplier (Geest) began to use larger ships that couldn’t access Preston. Silting of the channel of the River Ribble was an inherent problem throughout the dock's existence up to closure in 1981. (https://ribblesteam.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/why-did-preston-port-close/) More information on Bananas by Rail may be found at https://ribblesteam.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/bananas-by-rail/
  10. John Wragg, EMGS Trade Officer, reports that he will have both the left and right hand turnouts on display at the Modellers' Day.
  11. But if you have an 'Activedrive' Zimo chip fitted which has a braking capability, easy peasy!
  12. Andrew will not be attending expoEM Autumn 2020 at Kettlethorpe High School on 12/13 September.
  13. Progress at Leeds City Wellington box. All lit up with lights! The Laird has completed the illuminated Diagram for LCW about a fortnight ago and reported that, after testing it works, with the correct colour LEDs this time.
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