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Clearwater last won the day on August 22 2017

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  1. by that logic, of Mainline city station, and assuming money for maintenance costs wouldn’t be an issue, Snow Hill to Wolverhampton Low Level would have been quite the preserved railway!
  2. When we were in California just over a decade ago, I persuaded my wife we ought to go and visit the QM. We had an excellent tour of the ship by a person who was clearly trying to become an actor, she was entertaining. Ship is still magnificent but, per pictures below, is showing her age in certain places.
  3. Is it possible to register a general vote in every mini poll? I’ll be honest, I’d almost certainly buy, in a not too discriminating fashion, any well produced OO model of a GWR prototype in 20s/30s livery…. if there are specifics, loco wise I’d like an Aberdare, various Saints and Bulldogs. David
  4. The attitude of large, commercial venues will be interesting. Are they being more innovative in how they price lettings? They must recognise that with the uncertainty out there that a large hire rate might put off organisations wanting to hire a venue. A risk share model to encourage exhibitions, not just railway modelling, might be justified to bridge the gap between COVID closures and the new normal. That might mean lower deposits or a tiered price/attendee type structure. Surely better to get some people through than none? (assuming you cover variable cost of opening a venue). There may also be more scope for potential exhibitors to negotiate with venues at present as to what they'd need to make a show viable from their perspective. Buyer power has increased!
  5. I think we’re at an interesting phase of this new wave. Without doubt, infections are currently rising exponentially. As that’s a leading indicator, we can’t be completely certain yet how that feeds into hospitalisations and, ultimately and sadly, deaths. However, there does seem to be growing evidence of the effectiveness of the vaccines. As this wave plays out, if the health services can cope with the numbers coming through AND it allows them to continue with their other services, covid starts to look “manageable.’” Yes, people are always going to get infected with it, but if it moves to being an inconvenience for most and treatable for the rest, we’ll either have to get on with things be it football matches, theatre, model train shows or whatever with the increasingly known risk of the consequences or face long-term curtailments of what we’ve previously enjoyed. There will be a tipping point where the risk of the former position is acceptable to both health service managers and the general population. Are we at it? Possibly. A hell of a responsibility for those both giving the advice on what to do and elected to take those decisions on our behalf.
  6. Thanks Andy and appreciated it's a difficult topic with arguments in both directions which I can understand. It wouldn't be tenable for me, domestically, to go to a show that wouldn't allow my kids to visit (though I appreciate that some may not wish to attend a show with U18 at present). Consequently, I'd probably take a pretty dim view of an entity organising such an event and probably prejudice me from being willing to attend or support their events in the future, even post a fuller easing of restrictions. David
  7. Thanks Andy. One thing that I don't think your survey covers is children. I have two sons who enjoy going to shows. Given the vaccine isn't licenced for under 18s, they've not (and will not be) been vaccinated. As such, I'd be very annoyed if shows were to return but only to those with fully vaccinated status. David
  8. Hi My interests are probably more 1930s orientated. If anything was produced, I'd almost certainly buy it as I'm a discerning customer(!). I'm not knoweldgeable enough to differentiate on different Monsters. As such: My choices are: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 My focused choices of PBV are: 2,4 David
  9. Seems impressively fast. Did they have speed cameras in the 1930s?
  10. Hi That rust effect on the wagon is brilliant. How did you do it? Thanks David
  11. A group of my friends live there. One of whom was a parliamentary candidate in the seat a few years ago. Their view is that the people in the seat are against HS2 as they get the noise and disruption, the construction sites and the loss of land but none of the long-term benefits. The other big issues were housing, and the NIMBY desire to stop new housing in the seat and a sense that the levelling up agenda meant that resources are not being spent in A&C. I think there's also an element of this being a safe protest vote.
  12. Or from a professional services firm persceptive, if they charge £1000 per hour (as they do for senior staff), £250/hr for junior staff, creating an hour's extra billing time makes immediate sense.
  13. I’m not too fussed which ones tbh but would probably (ie almost certainly without fail) purchase any new decent siphon RTR model in OO. if pushed for a choice, I’d go for 6- siphon J. It shows up on several of the train formations on the northern route and the only, out of production, kit I’m aware of comes up with hens teeth frequency on a popular auction site that none of us look at never mind compete with each other on! David
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