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  1. As I always try and do, I got my copy from my local model shop, Alton Model Centre. Splendid edition, so many congrats to all those involved in producing this one under such difficult circumstances. My first MRJ (No.1 - had to get the reprint of No. 0) came from W H Smiths in Preston when I lived up in the North West, and I have managed to get every one since then.. I can never begin to match the skills of the many contributors over the years, and have given up ever managing to model in "finescale", but I still enjoy the hobby in my own way. I seem to remember David Jenkinson, i
  2. Sorry - link to website here https://www.altonmodelcentre.co.uk/index.php Just to point out, the shop is open Monday 15th June, but thereafter returns to the normal closed on Mondays. Martyn
  3. Alton Model Centre opening Monday 15th June!! Three cheers!!
  4. Excellent news on Alton Model Centre - it's my "local" as well!!
  5. Many thanks for all of the responses!! Martyn
  6. Can anyone help me to find articles on these two layouts in the model press?? Many thanks Martyn
  7. Martync

    Don Leeper

    As part of my day job I have links with an organisation called BSRIA (Building Services Research and Information Association) and a couple of weeks ago I received a newsletter which featured a tribute to a stalwart member of the organisation - this was Don Leeper. My ears pricked up at this, as the name rang a bell, particularly with reference as a contributor with Iain Rice to Hepton Wharf, but there was no mention of an interest in railway modelling. I have today received another communication which has a more detailed tribute, which does mention the modelling aspect, and thus c
  8. Can we assume Larkrail will be cancelled now? Shame if it is......was looking forward to it.....but fully understandable Martyn
  9. This is my local show, so had a very agreeable couple of hours there on Saturday afternoon. Good selection of layouts and traders. My personal favourite was Aldbourne in OO9 - very smooth running and lovely scenic work. Well done to Alton MRG!
  10. Having just got my copy of MRJ 276, it occurred to me how much it has changed (and I don't just mean the price). So off up into the loft to look at my back copies. I have to confess I did miss the original preview copy (but got a reprint) but I have every copy since then. No.1 was bought in W H Smiths Preston when I lived in the north west for some years. Having a look at it to see the difference 275 issues has made, I came across Stanmore by Dave Pennington, and what a stunning layout it was 35 years ago and today as well in my opinion. I wonder what happened to it??. I think it must be
  11. Paul I have just come across this epic thread!! What a splendid layout. Is there any chance The Depots might venture further south at any time?? The arrival of the Bachman J72 has re awakened an interest in North East railways which originates from a family link with Durham - my great uncle was estate manager at Brancepeth Castle in the 30's. Maybe a small mineral line might be the thing - I wouldn't have space for anything large, so it would have to be a la Croft Depot I think! Regards Martyn
  12. First class edition. Enjoying Dave Taylors' retrospectives, and also liked the Creech Bottom article. Martyn
  13. Excellent! That show is just down the road from me, so I’ll certainly be there..... Rgds Martyn
  14. Dave Looks splendid - I wish I could draw like that!! Hope to see it in the flesh on Bridport Town at some point in the future Rgds Martyn
  15. Just caught up with this thread. For me it was the accidental discovery of "The Great Western in Dean" by H W Parr, and a photo of a 2021 pannier shunting at Blakeney on the FOD Central. After that I caught up with the Wild Swan series on the S&W (eventually picked up the first three volumes for a song!) and the rest is history. For me its the presence of industrial railways in such a rural scene. I suppose one day I might even get round to building a model...….
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