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  1. Sundridge Park to Bromley North while probably not the shortest trip, £2.50 book in advance, does have the distinction of have the Bromley North home signal on the end of Sundridge Park's down platform. In the old days you could stand on the up end of Blackfriars through platform and see Holborn Viaduct station with Ludgate hill in between and had you been able to see through the smoke Snow Hill as well. The area seems to have a thing about close stations. CAT
  2. Possibly easy to explain, I for one didn't know about your videos until I saw this thread. Now I do know about them I'll be passing the word among my friends and others. Please continue your work which I thought excellent, I'm already thinking T9 into L12 and S11 now I know it can be done. Although it is possible to buy some important Southern classes RTR the variety seen from the platform end is not possible without kits or conversions. So your videos are valuable for those of us who model the Southern. CAT
  3. OK only 25 minutes to go and all will be revealed. I was at the preview and noticed that one Hornby major brand is almost never mentioned. See what you think when you have seen both programmes. CAT
  4. As various accusations about my operating team and my layout have been aired on this thread I thought I'd tell you all how we happened to arrive on this program. The story starts two weeks before the Great Electric Train Show (GETS). I was at a show with my other layout and my son and my friend Paul were at a factory sale at Hornby's Margate site. While Phil, my son, was on the phone to me and surrounded by boxes he was approached by the film crew and asked if he was a collector, followed by, was he on the phone to a collector. It rapidly became apparent that the production company thought all Hornby products were bought by collectors and squirreled away. It took rather a long time for Paul and Phil to explain that they were buying equipment to use on a model railway, the film crew seemed to have no concept of this. As a result Paul and Phil were interviewed and filmed checking out. It also came out that my layout was due to go GETS and so were the film crew. They wanted to film the layout before and at GETS and asked if they could do this. Up until this point the production company had planned for no model railway content at all other than as a back drop to the Hornby stand at GETS. So the choice was Say yes and let them film warts and all, or say No and they would have gone back into the sale and kept on asking until they found a collector. If I said no the model railway community would have been represented to the public by a person opening cupboards to show stacks of unopened boxes. If I said yes at least some vestige of what the modelling community could do would get through. I said yes and I stand by that decision, although if I knew what it would unleash I might have thought again. In due course the crew turned up at my home where the layout was part set up while we did some work. Five hours later they left after grilling us each for 20 minutes about what we would do when Hornby went under. We kept telling them that that wasn't going to happen and my comment on it being like the Queen dying was in answer to the modified question, "What would it be like if Hornby ceased to make model railways for any reason?" At the show they filmed us arriving (I had to drive in and out of the car park three times). They filmed us setting up. Yes I had forgotten the buildings but a quick there and back sorted that. No Gerard didn't save the day it was a team effort and Paul worked out that we didn't need those sections, but it was edited to seem that way. Editing can turn anything which ever way the Editor wants. The Ale Bar in New Cross has a monthly Railway Modeller's night. The film crew filmed that as well, so that was another four hours or so along with interviews. They wanted Paul and me to go to Warley (at our own expense) and walk them round the show to give the Railway Modeller's perspective on new developments. We did this and drew attention to various new items. All this ended on the cutting room floor. All in all they must have had over 30 hours of footage of us let alone Gerard. I feel I should point out that the film crew didn't know Gerard until GETS But they contacted him and spent well over five hours at his home. I know he appeared first, remember what I said about editing! So there you go it was go for it, or let the collectors speak for the community what would you do in that split second? Oh! and one thing if you start and offensive sentence " I don't mean to be offensive" you are about to be offensive and that phrase doesn't make it right. The end result is I have to spend hours calming an offended person who wants to smash years of modelling work up.
  5. ALL children are either cut out or redacted unless parental permission is obtained to use their image. Although the reason the program gives is different. CAT
  6. I've seen this program at preview and reading back through this thread has given much amusement. In view of Andy's plan I will make no comment until after the new thread opens. CAT
  7. I've just checked and it's not in RM1 or RM2. I don't have anymore of the Ian Allen issues sorry. CAT
  8. Just got back from this show, it is a lot bigger than you think when you enter. It must be the largest show between Ally Pally and Folkestone. Is it good? Well I think the layouts at the show are top quality and the bulk of the traders are top notch. If you go tomorrow remember the bus service is not so good but the station is really close. CAT
  9. Just spent a great day at the show! Great Layouts including the last outing for T Wells West Yard. Good balance of traders and I was particularly impressed with the range on Rail Books stand and the depth of products on Kent Garden Railways stand. If you haven't been go tomorrow and they have a good deal for families on Sunday. CAT
  10. The second motor is a Romford flywheel drive unit. The motor shaft has ball bearing thrust races each end, take my word for it, don't remove them to check or you will improve your Anglo Saxon bad language no end during reassembly. The fly wheel is balanced and the unit is very powerful, I've used a couple before. However you may find its current consumption will bring sweat to the brow of a Gaugemaster unit! The worm fitted is for a 30-1 gear. CAT
  11. I remember that the green shop you have modelled in Guildable Manor Street was once home to ABC (Alan, Brett, Canon) models. They moved there when their shop in Station Approach was turned into the walk way to Hays Wharf. They later moved back to Station Approach where eventually they closed down. My Father was a great user of there Chairway track. in the 1950s. A model of a model shop? A bit early though. CAT
  12. Just back from setting up. What I saw was very good, I'm looking forward to seeing Medway Quay who set up in the morning. CAT
  13. Hamblings were in Cecil court did you mean they produced the couplings? K's were over in Willsden I think. CAT
  14. In my mind this program is not for Railway Modellers about Railway Modellers. It is however about Railway Modellers presented in a format the general public know and understand well, a competition. It show cases the skills and ingenuity involved in solving the problems set by the organisers and has very little to do with curve radii, historical accuracy or even the number of rivets. I'm actually surprised that there is not a "People's vote" for best layout outed by the judges so that the final has an extra layout to introduce some audience involvement. The end product is a show which is understandable for the public but causes certain of the cognoscenti to have heart burn. Shame about that and I have every sympathy for the Heart burn but the public have had a glimpse of how a Railway Modeller works and an incite into how a model takes shape. I can appreciate the reluctance of the bulk of Modellers to take part in the show, we have frequently been "manhandled" by the media and portrayed as virtually un-convicted Pedophiles living in a toy dream world. With this in mind I raise my hat to the pioneer teams who stepped up and were counted. Will this program mean that thousands will take up Railway Modelling? I think that is unlikely but it will swing those who were considering the hobby but were reluctant to commit to join the RM community. However in my mind the best end product of this series is that Railway Modellers can be seen as human beings who have a huge range of skills and problem solving abilities which are useful in everyday life as well as modelling, rather than weirdos. I'm sure that attendance at shows will increase in the short term and it is there that, if we play our cards right, significant numbers of fresh faces may be persuaded to at least try the hobby. This will mean that we need to look closely at the way we, as a group, present the hobby at shows and although the number of rivets may be vitally important to you it may be worthwhile not droning on about it but take an upbeat attitude like this series. CAT
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