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  1. If you could just convince the membership of RMWeb of this, you'd have made a lasting contribution to World peace.
  2. This might have been taken in 1964. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow was released in 1964 and won the Academy Award for "Best Foreign Language Film" in 1965. Marcelo Mastroianni won the "Best Foreign Actor" Bafta in 1965 for his performance. Jim
  3. It's not just me then! I think my wife gets alarmed at the sight of me wielding a scalpel a couple of inches from my eye, but I've worked this way for as long as I can remember. Jim
  4. If you didn't subscribe, why do you seem so cross now? This is how it is with special offers. There's never been a single one anywhere, ever that someone hadn't paid full price just before the offer started. If you actually had paid for a subscription, I could understand you being a bit miffed (although I'd still assume that you'd thought the subscription was worth what you'd paid, even if the magazine subsequently became available at a lower price: after all, why else did you buy it?) but maybe you should ask someone who actually does subscribe to the electronic edition if they feel conned? I've had several disagreements with Andy York over the years, most recently about access to electronic magazines, as it happens; but I think he's totally in the right on this one. Jim
  5. Surely this is the best use of a model train in film or TV? Jim
  6. As well as various railroads turning A units into B units by removing/rebuilding/isolating the cab, the Chicago & North-Western bought some surplus E8 and E9 B units from Amtrak in the early 70s and converted them into A units for operation on their Chicago suburban service by adding a home-brewed cab. Google "Crandall cab" for links, pics and some modelling articles. Jim
  7. I didn't scroll that far down (I'm on my phone at the moment, and the museum website needs a ton of scrolling just to get to the image that's "the content"), but I think you might have led us to the answer, although I don't think it's the Boat Race. If you click on the link to "other objects with this sub-theme" for "rowing", you get a load of posters for the Boat Race; but they suggest different stations. It seems to vary from year to year, but they're not the same ones as on the Taylor poster. In 1921 (the Taylor poster is from 1922) it was Hammersmith, Chiswick Park and Putney Bridge. In 1923 and 1924 it was the same three, and in 1933 it was the same again plus Ravenscourt Park and Turnham Green. The same gallery, though, includes posters for something called "the Molesey Regatta" from 1925 and 1928; and both of them use exactly the same "By tram from Hammersmith, Shepherds Bush or Wimbledon" wording (interestingly, not the same order as the Taylor poster). Also, both of them depict something more leisurely than a race. The 1925 poster, in particular, shows a lot of punting, which matches with the Taylor poster (see the chap just beneath the balloons who seems to be standing up with a pole): https://www.ltmuseumshop.co.uk/posters/collections/molesey-regatta-small-10394. Jim
  8. For my birthday, my daughter bought me a copy of "Vile Bodies" by Evelyn Waugh. For those who don't know, this is a classic of the 1920s (it was actually published in 1930) set among the so-called "bright young things" - the feckless offspring of the well-off. The cover of the current paperback edition is based on a poster by Fred Taylor and is credited on the back as being from the London Transport Museum. It's on their website at https://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/collections/collections-online/posters/item/1983-4-1382. What's bugging me is that even the museum's own image doesn't carry any indication of what the poster is supposed to be advertising. The panel where I'd have expected the"London Underground" to be is blank and the only text is "by tram from Hammersmith, Wimbledon or Shepherds Bush". These locations bestride the Thames near Putney, which makes me think it might have been the Boat Race; but the general ambience looks a bit more laid back than that: perhaps just "boating on the river"? Does anyone know what this poster was used for? Thanks Jim
  9. There are definitely places where competition has created choices between different levels of service at different price, to the benefit of customers. I don't know how Chiltern and LNWR compare to Avanti on London-Birmingham, but LNWR's (previously London Midland) London-Liverpool tickets were much cheaper than Avanti's and were very popular among travellers for whom cost was more important than time (and who didn't mind 3+ hours on a Class 350 and a change at Stafford) Jim
  10. I chose five, since the survey let me, and they each have particular significance in my view of n-scale: Class 47 (original 1981 version): much-derided now, but the first non-Lima locomotive I owned and thus the first one that looked much like the thing it was supposed to represent Class 60: a good, solid representation of my favourite diesel locomotive class Class 108: with Dapol's Class 122, the start of a (all too brief) flurry of quality first-generation DMUs Class 350: an EMU!!! A lot of people criticised this as a poor choice of prototype, but it was exactly the type I was looking for. That said, the decision to do one of only two "namers" in the entire fleet as the only release in the early grey and blue livery is a pain. Class 57 (2014 version): just a really nice model. One day I may buy one. Jim
  11. My daughter travelled from Liverpool to Glasgow two weeks ago and the gate line at Lime Street was operating and staffed. Jim
  12. Hi Like most former users, I haven't visited the Yahoo Groups website for years and years. I was dimly aware that the service had been killed fairly recently, but that was about it. I've now realised that I've missed out by not requesting copies of the archived posts, and I'm hoping that some RMWebber who had their act together more than I did might be able to help. Although I was a member of about a dozen groups altogether, the ones that I'm interested in are the "Liverpool-Rails" group and another one that covered North-West England, which was called "NorthWest-Rails" or something like that. If anyone has the archived posts from either of those two groups that they could copy to me, that would be great. I gather from what I've read that when people requested the archived posts, they were sent to them as a zip file. I'm not certain what the best way of transmitting them would be now, but I'd be happy to make all the arrangements (probably setting up a Dropbox account, if they do free ones, or seeing if my wife still has her account from when she was freelancing). Thanks Jim
  13. Thanks to everyone for their replies. Modelling a lightly-loaded container train might be quite an interesting project. There's a lot of exposed underframe gubbins on container wagons. Jim
  14. Hi I've been going through a 2006 issue of the"Freightmaster" freight timetable book, looking at services on the WCML between Warrington and Carlisle. There's a pair of EWS-operated trains, the 4M41 05:35 Mossend-Daventry and the 4S46 19:15 Daventry-Mossend, which are described as "fresh air express"; and I'm wondering why. Presumably, being class 4 trains means that they're intermodal (Enterprise freights ran as class 6) and I wondered if they might be trains that ran as empty flatcars because of unbalanced flows from north to south. If that was the case, though, why is there a train in each direction? Can anyone tell me what was special about these trains and where the name came from? Thanks Jim
  15. My modelling goals have changed a bit at a very inopportune time: a bit earlier and I'd have saved a lot of money by pre-ordering several class 92s, among other things, but there you go. Is the unnumbered version going ahead? Will it include names, depot logos and beastie vinyls for all of the locomotives? Thanks Jim
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