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  1. Couple of interesting ones within a couple of days, both of vintage train sets in traditional toy shops. The first one was 'The Avengers' episode "Something Nasty in the Nursery" on ITV4 last week, with an exclusive toy shop for children of the Upper Classes, run by Clive Dunn of 'Dads Army' fame. Steed drops in to the shop investigating some suspect shenanigans involving dodgy Nannies, hypnotism, yellow and blue beach balls that may be weaponised, and victims among the gentry (yep, typical 60's Avengers madness!) The set is a typical trains-whizzing-round-a-board, it appears to
  2. Here's something- I dug this out of a box in the loft after seeing a pic of one of the locomotives in the Dec issue of the Train Collectors Society mag. Only ever saw these sets in one local Poundshop in Bradford about a decade ago. Seem to be based on the Eurotunnel electric locomotives... maybe useful for a line through a pipe under a garden pond?
  3. Thanks for the details! I really like the old Welsotoys clockwork loco models, I have acquired half a dozen of the steam locomotives (my first, that I had as a kid, being one of the later-produced by the sound of it, with a mostly plastic mechanism that couldn't pull the skin off a rice pudding, and white plastic brake lever). It sounds like the basic chassis that was retooled into the HST. I have two carriages which are vaguely Mk.1 in profile but with tampo-print Arrows of Indecision on them, one a vaguely suburban/compartment one, the other with longer windows and end-doors that sounds l
  4. Hi- yeah that's the spot. About 8 years ago I can remember driving that way a few times whilst I was doing some work with a gallery in Sheffield, and there was definitely still the triangular sign warning of a level crossing either on or immediately before those lights. It stuck in my memory as I meant to go back and photograph any remains of the lines, but subsequent trips to Meadowhall all involved coming in off the Motorway and I haven't been back past Forgemasters for a while. Looks like the signs have gone anyway.
  5. If I'm right in thinking, the railway there is long gone but the warning signeage is still beside the road.
  6. Looks to be one of these, looking pretty wonderful in LMS crimson on eBay at the moment. If I had the time, budget, or somewhere to run it, I'd be tempted. I actually rather like the loco, even if there is something a little odd about the splashers.
  7. I don't suppose you've got any pictures of the clockwork High Speed Train have you? The latest issue of the Train Collectors Society mag mentions it, the last generation of the Welsotoys clockwork loco (the more commonly known BR/LMS-ish tank loco). I've never seen one of these clockwork HST's. I started collecting clockwork 00 gauge starter locomotives during the first lockdown, just because they tend to be cheap as chips, really nice, and I don't have the budget for 0 gauge tinplate
  8. Thanks for the heads up, I spotted it in the mag- a decent plan, but I much prefer the one he did for a shelf-layout some years ago. I've adapted it for a micro layout in 009 as, as the trackplan gives you a nicely logical reason to have two locomotives in service on short branch trains
  9. I have a couple, on one side for this project, I assume Hornby no longer have the moulds.
  10. Dug this image out whilst looking for some of my shots of the 88DS locomotives for another project. Derwent Valley Light Railway in 2017- this is exactly the sort of thing I want to model! And could indeed be a future train set from Hornby, if they can nick a veranda-ended 4-wheel coach from one of their foreign brands perhaps...
  11. I think a big problem was filming at the real Dunkirk, which looks too modern... I think the single-take, epic tracking shot in Attonement (shot in the UK in the North-East) did a better job of capturing the atmosphere of the old photographs I've seen of the real place. Thing is, Nolan was so dedicated to capturing the film with practical effects and real locations that he shot at the actual Dunkirk, and had aircraft and warships rebuilt and modified to better represent the real thing, so why didn't he do the same with the prominently featured train? Could he not find the budget to
  12. I think that's nice- the yellow locomotives really stand out nicely in amongst the greys and greens of the yard. Maybe one of those Judith Edge YEC D2 shunters would be suitable? Yellow/black all-over wasp stripe livery, you could say the yard got one off Round Oak or Bilston Steelworks when they closed?
  13. Similar to Hornby in the 80's getting models of things like Class 58's into the shops before the real things entered service, with consequent livery errors
  14. In the excellent history books (3 doorstep volumes!) on Longmoor that came out a few years ago, it does mention a re-railing excercise... when they were rehearsing one of the lunatic chase scenes, the modified Austerity the crooks are using ended up in the ballast when someone mis-judged a point throw. Can't remember if they used the crane or re-railing jacks. They certainly used the crane in a crash scene for an earlier film made at Longmoor though, both to arrange a derailed train, and as set-dressing in the scenes set during the aftermath. Also counts as 1:1 scale model making a
  15. A few weeks ago on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, the unexpected return of the W&U Railbus. It hasn't seen use since March 2020 because it is too small to be Covid compliant, but it was out on a staff/training run. Caught me by surprise, I was out for a walk and heard that distinctive air-horn echoing down the valley, so rushed to get a spot where I could get a snap of it.
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