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  1. Robert Thanks for the link. The one I am after has discs, green ends and was numbered D8046. There seem to be a few D8000 available. Cheers Paul
  2. Class 20 diesel D8046 in BR green with indicator discs Bachmann Branchline 32-027A-LN Preferably not DCC fitted. Cheers
  3. John Dutfield Model Shop Chelmsford managed to get a limited number of May Railway Modellers from Peco for its regular subscribers. Thanks to Ken and Heather for working with Peco to get even a small number of RM magazines - others magazines are available through JDs. Happy modelling, stay safe and support your local model shop.
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    Copper Wort

    Just picked this posting after reading about the layout in April's Railway Modeller. Copper, Wort and Co Ltd is a great idea which should be fun to operate, lots of detail, a mix of reality and intrigue which will keep the audience captivated. The circular design is well thought out and surprised there aren't more circular layouts on the exhibition circuit. The size, scale, finish and detail on the buildings is immense. I look forward to following the progress of the Copper, Wort and Co Ltd and hope to see at an exhibition in the future. Wilks
  5. John I have packs of : E4CH 501A - A,B and C switches E4CH 502A - common crossing chairs I also have slide, bridge and check chairs but these are not numbered and are not as bemusing!! Thankyou Paul
  6. John I am just about to embark on building EM turnouts using ply sleepers and glued plastic chairs. I have purchased (I think) the necessary chair mouldings - C&L mouldings supplied by the EM gauge society. The mouldings have small numbers by each chair moulding. What do these numbers relate to? Thank you Paul
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    Oxford N7

    Any thoughts of producing an etched smokebox door ring in stainless steel? I have a SE Finecast kit to make up and would like to replicate the polished ring typical on many N7s. I am not sure I will be able to achieve the concentricity of the ring by painting.
  8. John It is only this week that I picked up your posting. Your layout and modelling skills are excellent and you achieved all this in 4 years. Your standard of modelling is very consistent across the whole piece, making good decisions on when and where to make investment e.g. more complex track work, waiting to up grade rolling stock. Some of the station views are Pendonesque and I was surprised that it is a 00 layout albeit 00-SF. The only down side is that you chose Great Western over Gresley, but your layout is inspirational; BRM will be pleased as I bought April's magazine on the basis of your layout. Did the A1 Victor Wild (?) reach Devon in the LNER/GWR Castle exchange trials - a bit early but allows for the Gresley influence... Happy modelling and keep up the high consistent standard.
  9. Graham Thankyou - Spalding might be possible. Paul
  10. I went to the CMRA show last weekend, particularly to see Grantham. I managed to time my two visits to be at the same point in sequence!! However the second time I did get to see the 1938 recreation of the 1888 Flying Scotsman. I took some pictures of Sir Nigel Gresley and the Stirling Single on its restored GN coaches - both trains looked fantastic. I showed them to my Dad today and he remembers seeing the Stirling Single and its train passing through Hadley Wood, where his family used to go and watch the trains at Greenwood Box at the end of the 4 track section. My father was 13 in 1938 and from that period remembers seeing the inaugural run of the Silver Jubilee, Mons Meg as a 2-8-2 at Kings Cross, and also the two P1s on coal trains. Large Atlantics were still common and I think they were his favourite engines. Unfortunately his mobility is not a great as it used to be - he is now 93. I think it is about time I persuaded him to come to an exhibition to see Grantham. When is expected to exhibited in the south east again? In the mean time how can you purchase a CD? Paul
  11. Coronach I have just started your posts on your layout. Can't fail to like the Waverley route as it offers so many modelling opportunities. Would you be able to post a track plan of the layout as I not sure on the relationship between the stations and the fiddleyards? Happy modelling in 2019.
  12. wilks

    Master Neverers

    Brilliant set of books. Only 2/3rds through volume 1. Love the photos of the Waverley Route - the lighting was just different from elsewhere to produce dramatic shots. The short story on cab ride on City of Coventry at speed adds that human element to the books. Roll on vol2,3 and 4.
  13. Congratulations to the Railway Modeller on reaching 800 editions. That is a long slog with continued commitment from the editorial team and owners. None of the other magazines can match its longevity and having seen off Model Railways and Model Railway Constructor (which arguably were technically superior) seems to suggest that RM has managed to get it about right. I bought my first copy back in May 1976 and have bought every month since. There were times when I thought why but I think at the moment it is going through a "purple patch" but perhaps this actually reflects the state of the railway modelling. So tomorrow I am off to John Dutfields in Chelmsford to buy RM800.
  14. Well done to the organisers of Railex2016. First time I have managed to get to the show - really enjoyed it. This may seem strange thing to say but I was came away satisfied that I spent money on lots of bits and pieces that I needed - bar a book my shopping list of a dozen detail items and tools was complete. The layouts were excellent and is great to see many that have appeared in MRJ etc in the flesh. Wibendshaw and Clutton were very watchable for different reasons. 2mmfs track work and modelling is awesome.
  15. I picked up a BR early crest O2 a couple of weeks ago and finally ran it on Haddon Bank (Chelmsford MRC) layout last week. It ran very sweetly and attracted much attention. It does have some very fine details - handrails and valve gear are finer than most other rtr models. I have raised a few issues directly with Heljan so hopefully they can improve what is a very good model into an even better one. Good customer feedback is important if we want our manufacturers to improve and continue making fine models.
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