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Everything posted by Persephone

  1. The J94s mechanism and chassis takes the biscuit for worst kettle design ever. Didn't the N Gauge Mark 3s arrive in the wrong livery, which I understand he authorised, shortly after which he left Dapol.
  2. A few images from York show taken on the phone. Now with added backscene! Next out at Expo EM Spring in Bracknell
  3. Now at York, as the Rochdale MRG has 3 layouts there, a lot of the same people you talked to at our show will be there, so that's some time saved then! Thank you to all our exhibitors and visitors, another successful show, we will be back 18 and 19 April next year (We have had to move as Easter has nicked our normal weekend)
  4. I'm looking forward to this coming weekend - we hadn't realised the significance until discussing it at our own show last weekend, but the Rochdale Model Railway Group actually have three of our group layouts in the show, and all in EM gauge: My "North Ballachulish", Tony Bucknell's "Harkness" Harkness and Karl Crowther's "Hebble Vale Goods" https://rochdalemrg.wordpress.com/
  5. Unfortunately due to personal circumstances, Chris Nevard is unable to attend the show this year with Brew Street and has had to withdraw it from the show. He will be back next year though! He is replaced at the last moment by Amalgamated Wagon (7mm O Gauge) by Ben Lord. Our thanks to Ben.
  6. Due to unforeseen circumstances both Redwood Lumber and Junction City have had to drop out of this years show. They are replaced by Nigel Hopwood's "Three Score Vale" Our thanks to Nigel for stepping in at short notice.
  7. North Ballachulish set up and ready to go complete with the new backscenes
  8. And a shed load of 14xx/48xx returns which were faulty. You can talk the hind legs off a donkey but it only works to the point where you let someone down. Dapol, Hattons, and Kernow all learned a hard lesson.
  9. Component parts of North Ballachulish now in the garage ready for loading onto the van tomorrow. The large silver bags are the new backscene. The temporary sky blue backscene used for the first shows has now gone - after a lot of procrastination about them and whether to go for a photo backscene (which had problems) or paint one (not confident) I had an offer from Mike Raithby to paint them for me. Superb they are but I'll wait for the grand unveiling at Preston!
  10. Probably closer than you think lol. If you need accompaniment I'll bring the Les Paul and the big Marshall
  11. I read that with some dismay Andrew, but on looking at the floor plan we are at the other end of the pen from you and probably out of earshot, so feel free to carry on
  12. The 55th Rochdale Model Railway Exhibition Sat 13th April 2019 – Sun 14th April 2019 The Coach House, Lodge Street, Littleborough, Lancashire OL15 9AE OPENING TIMES: SAT 10am-4.30pm, SUN 10am-4.30pm ADMISSION: Adults £4.00; Accompanied Under 16s FREE List of Layouts Attending : We have 8 layouts lined up covering the popular scales and gauges: Culm - Dai Davies: GWR, EM Amalgamated Wagon - Ben Lord, 7mm O gauge Crows Nest Wharf - Trevor Hughes: Snailbeach District Railways 7mm Three Score Vale - Nigel Hopwood, EM Grange Lane - Steve Saxby
  13. Another episode in the comedy of errors that is DJM. It's quite clear from the replies here that people are bailing out of the crowdfunding, so even if he commissioned the project on break even, he is now well into loss. A recipe for insolvency.
  14. I really think it's a good move, and I live North of Manchester. It might be further travelling by about 15 miles but the drive is less hassle and will take me not much longer. I suspect also the attendance will be better, as it always was at Holmesfield House and at Slewitt! The venue as I remember it is OK and far better than the - erm - house of ordure that Partington is. Well done to all concerned, I'd heard about the other contender in the Manchester area and thought if it went there that would really be the death of the show.
  15. It wont be, that was the first EP which was still on show. I was told the tumblehome was on the work to do list - and as above painted sample in the next month, on sale mid year. Although at Ally Pally where I first saw the EP and was told it would be early 2019, so slippage is occuring.
  16. After a busy weekend at Warley operating on Eskmuir its nose to the grindstone to prep North Ballachulish for the Manchester show. Luckily not much to do other than wheel cleaning, a bit of stock fettling. Photo by Chris Nevard / Model Rail
  17. It's cracking news especially for those who have been toying with EM but put off by point building. It probably won't impact me much as I do enjoy building bespoke pointwork but would seriously consider it for fiddle yards or even if I needed a straight B6 on a scenic section. It may even encourage more to join whic is an added bonus
  18. North Ballachulish is ready to be loaded into the van for its short trip to t'other side of the hill and setting up at the show. Our passports are ready for the Yorkshire Border Control.
  19. Partington. If the world had piles, this is where they would be. On a serious note though whether people who visited think it's easy to get to or not (definitely not by public transport) the common perception is clearly that it isn't, as the general exhibition going modellers are not attending. That needs to be addressed. If another venue in the Manchester area is considered then it needs to be in a centre with a good transport hub very nearby, not stuck in hall or school on a housing estate in some suburb.
  20. The Phantom is one of a few aircraft which graced the skies on low flying exercises in the Glencoe area in the period the layout is set in, 1970 - 1972. Other examples will appear! (23 Squadron Raf may be in attendance at Halifax if I get it airbrushed in time
  21. North Ballachulish is out at the Halifax show, 22 and 23 September at the North Bridge Leisure Centre, Halifax. www.halifaxmrc.co.uk www.newheymodelrailway.wordpress.com
  22. I think the price of the Barnes Wallis building is a tad more than the EMGS is prepared to pay!
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