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    Coleraine, Northern Ireland
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    Trains(obs),Heavy Metal and Hard Rock, Formula One, BTCC, Bike racing, Drinking Beer and bourbon, Saunas.

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  1. Tampere station, Finland, on the evening of Friday 7th July 2017, waiting for the train back to Helsinki after a day trip on our holiday to Särkänniemi amusement park. I was happy just sitting in the station watching the trains come through and took a wander down the platform to take photos of these SR-2 class locos stabled there.
  2. I was a postie from 2001 to 2016, when I was medically retired due to my increasingly dodgy knees. When I joined it was a service and when Ieft it was a business. I'm glad I'm out of it and when I meet former colleagues they tell me I was lucky to get out when I did.
  3. I still have the original Mainline catalogue, along with several Hornby ones from the late '70's / early' 80's. They aren't in great condition now because of the amount of times they were pored over.
  4. I have nothing train related, but my daughter was playing these gals (and guy) in the car on Saturday (she saw them supporting 21 Pilots), and I thought they might be right up your street with their Californian pop-punk.
  5. Went out to do some work on the layout, couldn't decide what I wanted to work on, so played trains for a while instead. Not particularly productive, but very therapeutic.

  6. Here is Northern Ireland, model shops are few and far between. I'm lucky then that I have Bills Hobbies to visit here in Coleraine. It's a general model shop and Hornby stockist with a few Dapol and Javis kits and scenic bits and pieces, but has a good selection of paints, glues etc. Anything non Hornby has come from various internet sources. I also get to Sheffield once a year when attending the Hard Rock Hell Sleaze festival so I make a point of visiting Rails,
  7. I've nothing railway related to add tonight, but thought you might fancy some Die So Fluid.
  8. I'm using 15mm x 6mm pine stripwood covered with brick paper for platform wall and topping it with 3mm balsa for the surface, which seem to work well. I've used some thicker balsa for the ramps. The bonus for me is that balsa can be scribes and cut with a knife, which is handy because I'm another who cannot cut a straight line in wood. I just have to work out how to finish the platforms now. Sandpaper sprayed dark grey is my current front runner.
  9. Boats sailing from Stranraer would either be going to Larne or Belfast (depending on the era/company). They now sail to Cairnryan as it makes the crossing time shorter. I cam recall a car loading /unloading dock at the end of the station quay from trips to the mainland as a child. I presume it was either for the new vehicles going to Northern Ireland or motorail services.
  10. Don't even go there! I visited Aushwitz-Birkenau during the summer and put some photos of the cattle truck and sidings of the Judenramp on the British railway modelling Facebook page. I asked if anyone would ever consider making a model of that line which resulted in a short, but intense debate. It culminated in the thread being deleted before my bus was even half way back to Krakow, so it is obviously a very touchy subject. I did find it quite emotional to stand on that spot by the gate of death, knowing what had happened there. No television programme (and I thought this one was quite well done) can prepare you for the sheer scale of the Birkenau death camp. Aushwitz 1 is by comparison quite small and neat, having been a Polish Army camp prior to occupation. Walking into the gas chamber there was extremely unsettling.
  11. I'm glad the team who did my knee last week had someone who could sew...
  12. This time 4 weeks from now I should have a new knee, and will probably be out of it on pain meds.

    1. Hroth


      Good luck!


      The meds should result in some "interesting" posts....

  13. Working in retail I too know the pain of customers asking for discount. Whether they get it or not depends on how pleasant they have been during the transaction. I know the margins I have to work with and appreciate that knocking even a couple of quid off something expensive (mobile phones and laptops in my case) can feel like a win for the buyer and can be very good for fostering good will and making someone into a repeat customer. I don't ask for discount in the local model shop, but as I have been in on a regular basis since taking up the hobby again and am now on first name terms with the guy who runs the shop, I usually find my bill is rounded down by a small amount each time I buy something. It may still be cheaper for the same items online, but I enjoy going into the shop, having a nose around and a bit of a chat. The personal touch counts for a lot.
  14. I watched it again earlier in the week on YouTube.
  15. Finally have a pre-op date for my knee replacement.

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