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Middlesea John

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    Southern Region Steam - nostalgia for the real thing and modelling it in 00.
    Music - I play in a 2 bands - rock covers band, and an original rock/folk crossover band songs. I am a director of Beverley Folk Festival and I present 2 programmes on Beverley FM.
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  1. Hull MRS have an L1 on our new SR layout Ladycross. Most of the work on it was done by Richard bird . I painted and weathered it. It looks like the brake is on the left. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Richard Bird (formerly I believe of Norwich MRS) please let us know as we've lost touch and we miss both him and his modelling ability.
  2. I've always thought that the modellers and the collectors amongst us represent two entirely different markets. It seems to me that the bulk of the 2020 Hornby stuff is aimed specifically at collectors whcih is not the market that they've been aiming at recently with their efforts to return to profitability. I'm concerned that the effort that has gone into creating replicas of items from the past that won't ever see light of day on a layout could be the start of a downhill slope which none of us want to see. I can't ever remember being so underwhelmed with a new Hornby catalogue since way before the one with Terence Cuneo's Clapham Junction on the cover. I'm usually an optimist but this lot has stretched that to the limit.
  3. Some New Forest ponies grazing at the bottom of the embankment west of the station on Hull MRS's new BR(S) layout "Ladycross".
  4. My memory of the VEPs are more to do with noise than comfort. The windows would rattle after about a quarter of an hour in service. Plus they were plain ugly compared with CIGs and CEPs.
  5. Well the CIGs were OK on the Brighton Line but the VEPs - I think I'd rather ride on a Northern Pacer ! And that was when they wee about a week old. I did go on the Brighton Belle just a few days before the end. Loved it even though it was in that vile grey and blue. Inside hadn't changed and neither had the service.
  6. 30837 also had a Schools tender from Spring 1962. There are hundreds of photos of it because it worked the "Farewell S15s" railtours. I thought the tenders that went from Schools to S15s came from 30912 and 30921 because they got tenders from withdrawn Lord Nelsons. All part of the Hornets nest mentioned above.
  7. The Hull Model Railway Show - a welcome break from the weather as well as a darn good show. This weekend - Saturday and Sunday 9 & 10 November. Be there or be somewhere else not as good !
  8. I agree with pretty much everything that's been said on this thread. Braunton had the rebuilt 5250 gallon tender throughout its rebuilt life. There were 4 of these tenders and 2 of them swapped locos when their original partner was withdrawn. It didn't have a shield until preservation some 40 odd years after withdrawal. As a matter of interest it was usually dirty throughout the 60s ! All of this is of course irrelevant if you're modelling it in preservation. Enjoy Braunton.
  9. Please may I add LADYCROSS - the Southern Region layout built by members of Hull MRS. 1962 in the New Forest.
  10. Are you going to model the legendary sign "Mersey Docks and Harbour Board" to which someone had added "And little lamsy tivey" ?
  11. Sad news. I think I learned more about Southern coaches from Terry Gough's books and magazine articles than every other source put together.
  12. I'm coming with Steve Farrow's Pen-y-Madoc.
  13. My wife is an arty-farty type and one of the people whose work she has introduced me to over the years is the artist Bridget Riley - she of the multi coloured stripes etc. What her paintings demonstrate is that the same colour can look very different depending upon what colour or colours it is next to. Maybe this explains why two things that are actually the same colour look different in different circumstances. Gosh that was difficult to write concisely !
  14. I can now report that the "El Cheapo" superglue from Poundland does in fact work. Hard work on Ladycross at the York show has had no casualties - yet.
  15. FYI I Emailed Hornby about this and within about two hours I had a guy called John on the phone. To cut a long conversation short he told me that Hornby avoid all the supposedly top name superglues like Loctite, Bostik and Gorilla Glue - they use the stuff that you get 3 tubes for £1 at Poundland. I went and bought 6 tubes like you do and they appear to have worked. 3 days at York will probably be the proof of the pudding but they seem OK. Thanks fr the replies though - one from a million miles away and one from where I was born - near to 75A.
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