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    Byfleet, an old village of England.
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    Ermm,.. N gauge,... errr, um,.. BR(S) NSE,..er. urmm,.. Millwall FC, decent beer, real ale, traditional pubs, fine wine, food, cooking, travel, trains, planes, photography, architecture, sci-fi, humour, England, and happiness.

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  1. I hope the cladding is approved fire retardant stuff. We don't want a potential miniature disaster just for the sake of looking good. Which it is.
  2. Apparently the shops open on Wednesday 2nd and with the model shop less than 2 miles away I'll pop up there in the morning - I can probably wait until then. If there are any issues I'll place a postal order (that Ian posted details of) - it'll save have to drive for miles to collect.
  3. A football - that's a good idea! I've added the concrete boundary plinths that the fencing sits on and some pads (for the transformer and portacabin feet) and painted them along with a bit of colour on the electric substation hut. I've also done a test laying of gravel - some fine granite ballast that I sprinkled on Roket card glue, and when dry gave it a coat of matt varnish to help further seal it. Unfortunately I'm now out of Humbrol matt varnish aerosols and will have to wait until the end of lockdown when I can pop up the local model shop and get some new supplies.
  4. As I mentioned in the last post there's a small on-street electrical substation on the boundary of the gas holder station. And now the electrical (switching/control/whatever?) building I ordered from ebay has turned up in the post this morning. At just £4.99 including post and packing it was cheap enough to risk a look and seems to be just the ticket. It's 3D printed and already painted grey (it's the light grey structure in the pic below) and came with two light blue bars with what look like insulators on them (in foreground) but I'm not sure what they are far - they'll probably go in my scen
  5. How many new boilers have you had? And what'll you do when they stop making and selling gas boilers? ;-)
  6. Looks like a partially above ground water tank, spiral guided type with two lifts, but I'm no expert - just an observer. My specialised product was domestic gas central heating.
  7. Yes, I used to hear the stories in the changing rooms as many of the Metrogas football team I played for were gasholder maintenance engineers. Oddly, any of the staff on the OKR site could arrange for a guided trip up the large holder although I never went. But here's a recent account with pics of climbing it: https://www.28dayslater.co.uk/threads/gas-holder-13-old-kent-rd-south-london-june-2014.90418/ However, I did visit just about all the holder stations in the South East including Rochester, Ramsgate, Brighton and Southampton as well many around the country such as Swindon, Le
  8. Here's a bit more gas about the industry, that might help with modelling. The late 60s/early 70s was a busy and hugely changing time for the gas industry with 'conversion' - the need to visit all homes with a gas supply to check and convert the appliances to burn natural gas - and the closure of towns gas works. The huge works at East Greenwich continued to produce a gas known as SNG (synthetic natural gas) which was stored in huge cylinders lying on their sides and one of the workers managed to build himself a concrete ocean going yacht there which had to be craned out of the work
  9. Thanks. It's no longer a gas works as the modelled period is after the retort houses and other production buildings were knocked down with a large school (the regional training centre), van and lorry petrol/diesel station and staff car park built on it, so is termed a gasholder station. My model is only based on it but as can be seen from the plan above is just the front main road entrance. The modelled section is very small part of it and the site went back behind the backscene long way with three more holders (one has already gone on the plan above) and a
  10. You can see the portacabin in this overall pic (so far) below: I'm getting to the stage for adding details and ground cover scenics (mainly asphalt roads, paving, gravelled areas, fences and just a smidge of grass). In front of the booster pump house was a small on-street electrical substation (I've placed a 3D printed transformer and have the rest on order) which will need separately fencing off.
  11. I'm still chipping away at making my N/2mm gasholder station with some slow progress. I'm getting to the stage for adding details and ground cover scenics (mainly asphalt roads, paving, gravelled areas, fences and just a smidge of grass):
  12. Brixton coal depot was at Popes Road (by Brixton Station) with elevated sidings: http://www.urban75.org/blog/lost-scenes-of-brixton-the-coal-depot-at-popes-road/ Peckham was similar although I believe the wagons were hoisted down from the elevated lines. I understand they are proposing a 'coal line' to be built on the disused coal sidings alongside the railway line, through the heart of Peckham. https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/regeneration/funding-opportunities/crowdfunding-pilot-programme/peckham-coal-line-urban
  13. A nice lot of window and door apertures to cut out. And many with arched headers. It should keep you busy for a little while. ;-)
  14. I had a couple of sherbets in that pub about 18 months ago.
  15. The kit is simple with few parts and goes together nicely and quickly. I've made the body and roof separately so that they can be painted before adding the glazing. Apologies for the poor quality pic - handheld at just 1/10th.
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