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  1. Just a few thoughts. Must admit, other life priorities have seen me scrap my n gauge layout of Tintern, intended to be a stop gap till I could assemble something based south west circa 68- 78. I do miss it - nice compact layout and supporting range of rolling stock - 64xx, autocoach, AEC Railcar, 57XX, B set, (and some Hawksworths for imaginary excursions) from the normal suspects. D9500, D6300, D7000, 121, 108(!) for the imaginary line life extension till circa 70 - and not just for the quarry. The lack of availability, and cost, of n gauge rolling stock from Farish (and others) for my main preferred era - 68 -78, has turned me right off the hobby. Advantage of n - scale length trains - but no advantage if scarcity of availability and daft prices on Ebay means it costs an arm and a leg to assemble a typical train. I greatly admire the skill demonstrated by many of you talented people on here, but limited time means other things have to take precedence for me. Lack of ready availability of a full range of Mk2a's/b's/c's, (how long since Farish did a decent run of them), and the lack of a decent 63' DMU (I,ve a BH Enterprises 120 which was running round on a much cannibalised 108 chassis), means that it's all been boxed away pending more time, and more careful choices about discretionary expenditure. Be interesting to see how much suffers from dreaded split gear syndrome at some point in the future. (This includes a Peak- yup, with a split gear). It's a hobby and is there to be enjoyed. I'll probably ponder thoughts of which scale I will return to in my fallow period.(Sold an extensive 00 collection built up over 25 years when I forayed into n). Happy modelling. Matt W
  2. Nah, that Queensferry clip is not pretty. 1000s lifted heavy stone trains out of Merehead, no slipping. My Dad would have described the driver in the Queensferry clip as abusing the loco and the track. In fact he'd have described him as something rhyming with 'rock'. Best regards Matt W
  3. Bow Locks. Poor DTG. I hope it's not a catastrophic engine failure after all the work they've put in to get Champion running again. How gutting. Matt W
  4. From the really rather wonderful Cyber heritage website and its images on the North Devon Line. A 25 on the Milks from Torrington prior to demolition of the island platform buildings at Barnstaple circa 78/79. There's loads of superb images of 25s on there. Well worth idling away a couple of hours with an ale or two. Good shots of the ball clays from Meeth, and the variety of wagon load freight handled at Barnstaple till about 86. Hear that Sulzer chatter ? Best regards Matt W
  5. Oh no chaps, there she goes off to the dump. Poor old Jupiter, that Laira repaint could've lasted another 2 or 3 years. I love all this nostalgia- shame we're not round a table in a quiet pub - a virtual cheers to you all. Sounds daft, but the other elements of railway rolling stock that are indelibly etched in my memory and promote happy memories are images of Siphon Gs, 6 wheel milk tanks, motorrail trains with the flats and coaches together, and clayhoods/flat tarp clays with roller bearings on the clay liner. Lower quadrants at Exeter down west too. I can still hear the signal wires twang and hear the lower quadrant outside Kennaway tunnel bouncing a millisecond later in my minds ear. I loved that bloody signal and its sighting board - no idea why, but with the pegs you could see what was happening for a long way whether you were in front or behind them. I spent so much time on that footbridge outside Kennaway. Hearing the muffled approach of an up train and then it bursting out on the line next to Marine Parade - we were spoilt for variety. There goes another pint. I'll naff off as I'm getting very "jumpers for goalposts" - My round - cheers. Matt W
  6. The variation was in the motive power and rolling stock. More than compensated for lack of variety in colour.
  7. Spot on, thank you kindly 860, and what a list of locos there. I wonder if 826s paint was on the way to being the tatty battered, but gorgeous machine it was prior to its Laira repaint.
  8. I like the Hymek paint job, but my fave 50 - 044, Exeter lurking in the background is even better. Soft spot for locos sharing names with HM ships lost in the Far East, Repulse, Exeter and yes, the d826 Jupiter I use on here. Exeter and Jupiter were both lost around the time my Grandads' ship, HMS Encounter went down. Great photo that. Matt W
  9. I used to like watching the 08 from St David's shuffling the wagons around in the Blue Circle cement depot. All gone now. Bit like the mail sidings at the east end of St David's. Lots of happy memories of 50s barrelling through Dawlish with down papers and parcels and up empties. Also seemed to be the loco of choice on the Milks after the Westerns had gone. Brief period of domino headcode pre refurb named 50s on 6 w tanks. I really miss the milk trains, they sounded heavy, loco invariably working hard, had a unique staccato wheel beat over any rail joints and always seemed so fast by comparison with other freight back in the 70s. Oh for any more freight west of Exeter now. The 50s sounded great opening up on the climb up from St David's to Central. Cracking pictures Jonny. Triggered happy memories of when I was listening to them up in Howell Road. Matt W
  10. Cracking pictures, and note the platforms at Teignmouth still clear of vegetation under the skew bridge in1985. Lovely pictures Jonny, thanks for posting. Matt W
  11. Beeching provided an excuse for much of the pruning that happened. Some of it was needed, but much was short sighted. Road congestion will get worse in this country and building more road capacity generally is like treating obesity by buying a bigger belt. I suspect that transport patterns in the UK will change more when the pain of road travel means people look to, or are forced to consider alternatives. I've been wondering if the appalling congestion on the M5 to the South west might resuscitate the dearth of railfreight west of Exeter, well west of Bristol... That the routes closed, and land sold/lost as a consequence of Beeching, could have played some part in that I have no doubt. Witness the resurgence of Okehampton to Crediton - if the route had gone or been lifted I doubt it would have happened. I have been idly wondering how many people stuck on the M4/M5 would have happily paid to stick their motor on a flat wagon outside Reading or such place for a modern iteration of Motorrail. (I'd happily pay a few hundred quid , and sit in a Mark 1 too, preferably hauled by D1015). Sadly I suspect the loss of railway land and space will do more to limit innovation and railfreight resurgence as part of Britain's 21st century transport policy. (I won't use the word integrated when describing transport policy as it is anything but). The post covid railway needs to offer comfort, convenience and flexibility, it also needs to integrate with other public transport modes and active travel. (Cycle storage on the 800s* is pathetic). Matt W *IET things, not the products of Swindon and Glasgow.
  12. Trip from Umberleigh to Exeter today- even with covid nervousness, loadings heavy on 9.43 to Exeter and 3.15 back to Barney. Great to see shiny railheads on route to Okehampton. Exeter Riverside depressingly devoid of freight of any description. A lot has changed in 45 years, but the Tarka line is certainly on the up. Most convenient way of visiting Exeter from up here near Umberleigh. Cheers. Matt W
  13. Like is not good enough, and now you've reminded me why I loved Westerns. Isn't that a peach.
  14. Brilliant Neil. Thanks for posting. Ps your comment on the Laira repaint of D826 Jupiter above resonated. 826 was in a terrible state before that repaint. Always had a soft spot for 826 though. Matt W
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