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  1. Those are all superb pics, James. You've been really successful in capturing the atmosphere, which is partly down to your excellent rolling stock building and weathering skills, but also to your eye for the nearby backdrop - and the more distant one. The way you somehow bridge the scale differences between the models and the real scenery is magical.
  2. That looks a very promising layout. I like your improvised use of three rail track with the centre rail removed - hope the metal parts manage to resist the weather. Looking forward to seeing more photos of your rolling stock... Keep up the good work!
  3. Ultimate Cornish To finish this photographic account of that foray into Cornwall, 68xx Grange class 4-6-0, No.6869 ‘Resolven Grange’, of Penzance shed (83G) brings an empty stock working down from Newquay into St Blazey. The first vehicle is a Siphon G. Meanwhile, a 45xx (again probably No.4570), is still busy in the yard marshalling china clay empties.
  4. Furthermore... After working an express down to Plymouth, Castle Class No. 5043 ‘Earl of Mount Edgcumbe’ of Old Oak Common (81A) retired to Laira shed (83D) for servicing and repairs to a damaged smoke-box dart. A smart turn-round on these tasks provided the Laira shed master with the opportunity to allocate this locomotive to a special duty, taking a large party from various local Sunday Schools back to Newquay after an outing. The first photograph shows No. 5043 easing down towards Laira Junction, where it will turn on the triangle. The next image shows No.5043 passing through the north end of the yards at St Blazey, before making an assault on the long climb up to Luxulyan, some of it at 1 in 37. In the yard an unknown 45xx (but possibly visiting No.4570) is shunting china clay empties. The last photograph shows No.5043 and its train approaching Luxulyan.
  5. A third helping Having eventually arrived back at its home shed, Penzance (83G), No. 4570 was returned to its more usual haunts on the St Erth to St Ives branch for the rest of 1961. The first photograph shows No. 4570, with the usual ubiquitous B set, crossing the viaduct after leaving Carbis Bay, the penultimate stop before reaching St Ives. The train is starting to head due north on its way to round Porthminster Point below the erstwhile GWR Tregenna Castle Hotel. The other image shows No. 4570 and its two-coach train down by the waterside, shortly after leaving Lelant, the first station after St. Erth.
  6. Cornish Pastures (2) Following an overhaul at Swindon works c. 1961, 45xx ‘Small Prairie’ tank class No. 4570 stopped off at St Blazey shed (83E) for servicing whilst working its way back to it home depôt, Penzance (83G). Not wishing to look a gift horse in the mouth, St Blazey used the locomotive for several runs up the former Cornwall Minerals Railway route towards Newquay on a succession of china clay workings. It is seen on a short train of empties en route for the Wheal Rose branch, firstly, climbing up the Luxulyan Valley towards the Treffry Viaduct and also on the approach to Bugle, where the train will be left.
  7. Cornish Pastures (Thanks to Julian for bringing lots of superb GW assets to visit recently, including signals and now captions) Large Prairie 51xx 2-6-2 tank No.5158 of St Blazey shed stands in the yard before working a short train of china clay empties up to Bugle. The year is 1947 and the cleanliness of ex-GW locomotives has yet to return to pre-War standards.
  8. A touch of Jubilation Jubilee "Hong Kong" tackling Foxdale Bank with a mixed rake of pre- and post-nationalisation coaches: And at the end of the day, heading home along Bamboo Curtain Straight:
  9. Black 5 on a stopping train The new platelayers' hut needs a bit more weathering. And the platelayers need to deal with all that vegetation in the four-foot -- this isn't Network Rail! It won't be long before Sycamore Curve is knee-deep in leaves...
  10. Yesterday I had an enjoyable morning at the annual American flavoured exhibition of the Seaboard Southern group who are based in Crawley. Ian Lampkin's excellent Fort Myres layout is a very effective depiction of railroads in Florida, as in this photo with two local residents thinking about lunch.
  11. It would be churlish not to share even one photo here, so here's the Little Barford at the exchange sidings (with a bigger b****rd waiting nearby):
  12. Size isn't everything But it's a nuisance if we have to shrink photos first in order to stay within the daily 10MB quota, whereas some websites reduce uploaded files automatically. So for anything more than a couple of pictures (including in this case a real Little Barford, a GW Pannier and Stephenson's Rocket), it's much easier to put them somewhere more convenient and then just provide a link: https://www.oogardenrailway.co.uk/index.php?/topic/354-the-dorking-garden-railway/&do=findComment&comment=19556
  13. In Chile you might try the occasional diesel hauled weekend excursion trains Tren del Recuerdo which run from Santiago (Estacion Central) to the port of San Antonio and back. A great day out (you'll be the only foreigners on the train) and you get to see some of the countryside and the Pacific. I seem to recall paying about GBP25 per head, and with four people you can book a table. Modest refreshments are provided. Some of the coaches are clerestory, and my train in Nov 2017 was triple headed in both directions. Easy online booking at http://www.efe.cl/empresa/servicios/trenes-turisticos/recuerdo.html
  14. Thanks for that update, David. Those "Castles" were certainly an elegant class of engine, though.
  15. Belle Époque Layout I'm surprised there isn't more activity, nor anything very recent, around French railway modelling in general, not just on this thread. I've just visited my friend Philip who has an O gauge layout featuring French rolling stock of the 1880s, '90s and early twentieth century. Here are a couple of pictures, and the link to more is below: More here: https://www.oogardenrailway.co.uk/index.php?/topic/354-the-dorking-garden-railway/&do=findComment&comment=19537
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