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  1. Mal will be missed. But he will always be spoken of with affection and respect.


    1. The Stationmaster

      The Stationmaster

      Sorry to hear of Mal's passing but glad that it was so peaceful for him at the end

  2. Hello, Mal's wife Gabe here.


    Really very sorry for being the bearer of the worst news, but Mal died on Monday 18 March at 9.40pm. His children Cat, Fin and I and his best friend (my brother Vic) were all with him, here at our new home in Ancrum Bank. It was so very tranquil. So tranquil in fact that it took me and Fin ten minutes to be absolutely sure Mal really wasn't breathing, he looked so serene and calm. But he was definitely ready to go.  All medical and caring staff said how content he looked, wrapped comfortably in all the warm wishes of all those who loved him, from both near and far.


    A celebration of his life will be held at Mortonhall Crematorium, Edinburgh on

    Thursday 28 March at 12 noon to which all are warmly invited.


    I've been working hard all week getting his funeral arrangements sorted and his celebrant, Onie Tibbitt, is keen to get close friends to share the funny things he said or did that exemplified the kind of man he was. You guys were a massive part of his life. He was very close to you. Many is the time he would leave your forum with a moist eye telling me some sad news, or, much more often, with a chuckle. Sadly, you are the guys with whom I have least connection as I have never met or spoken, or indeed communicated in any meaningful way with any of you apart from the briefest of updates while Mal was in Basingstoke after his major op in February last year.


    You guys may have been a facet of his life which was an entire mystery to me but now it is time to unveil the mystery. It is clear, as Onie and I have pored over Mal's lifetime, that the theme of Railways surfaces time and time again as a major focus in his life. Apart from your friendships, I would love to receive sentence or two from you guys explaining the significance of trains in general and RM in particular to Mal.

    It is one of my biggest regrets that Mal never achieved his long-held ambition to set up his own model railway here in our new home. Who knows, in the fullness of time, I may even pick up that challenge, but don't hold your breath or you may turn blue and keel over and I've had more than enough of that thank you. 


    If any of you would like to contribute your thoughts, Onie is happy to get in touch with you for a chat, or you could email her anecdotes of funny things he said, or things he did which seemed to exemplify his character, before 5pm Monday 25th March so she can start compiling a tribute in good time. Onie's email address is [email protected], so feel free to email her direct, or if you would rather chat, let her know and she can arrange a convenient time.


    And in case you don't know it already, our new address is 1 Ancrum Bank, Dalkeith, Midlothian, EH22 3AY, tel 0131 660 1609. My mobile is 07563557310. I’ll be shutting Malcolm’s email and phone contracts down at some point, so remember to delete him from your contacts list, but feel free to please add me if you wish ;-) 


    I know you will understand that I have my hands full. So please don't be overly concerned if I don't acknowledge any replies on the forum for a couple of days. Once I can stop juggling balls while unicycling, and once things start to feel a bit more settled, if it is not too presumptuous, I look forward to logging in and maybe getting to know you guys a wee bit.




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    2. Purley Oaks

      Purley Oaks

      Hello lovely ERs, 


      The outpouring of your good wishes is really overwhelming. Thanks so much. It means a lot to me and my family. Yeah. He was a great guy wasn't he?


      I thought you might like to know that a live webcast of Malcolm’s service can be viewed online at www.obitus.com on Thursday 28 March 2019 at 12 noon.


      You will need to enter the username: mortonhall6265 and password 051456


      The same log in details can be used to access the webcast after the service from Tuesday 2 April for a further 28 days.


      It seems clear from the amount of glasses being raised that, no matter how distant you are, many of you will be at tomorrow's service in spirit, but this way, you can get more of a flavour of the event. Be sure and raise a glass afterwards, it's what Malcolm would have wanted ;-)





    3. Barry O

      Barry O


      Can you check that You have my email address please?


      I am away but will "tune in"



    4. Purley Oaks

      Purley Oaks

      Hi Baz


      So sorry for not having been in touch. I have been having some technology glitches and I think my days on this forum may be numbered :-(


      No, I'm afraid I don't have your email address, but I would be keen to have it please, especially as I am struggling with communicating on the forum. I'm happy for you to forward my email ([email protected]) on to trusted, decent people who won't give me any grief, and who you know would like to keep in touch.


      I look forward to communicating in a medium I know I can trust (i.e. I'm never too sure if my messages are getting through on the forum and I find it hard to access any replies)





  3. Walk? We 'ad to crawl on our bleeding hands and scabby knees...
  4. :offtopic: Rails currently sell the Birdcages in threes, the maroon for £119, olive green for another £20. Course this suggests that they were over-produced. Apologies for going all bluebox in a redbox thread... Mal
  5. Thanks for spending your Saturday dealing with this, Andy, caught the updates. Expected site to be down until tmrw tbh. Reckon those pesky Russians have discovered some model railway secrets near Salisbury?
  6. Indeed, the Clan springs to mind; I was expecting/hoping that Hornby would make other examples but looks like that won't happen unless they find those factory sets... It's an excellent r-t-r model imo, but probably isn't worth them making any from new.
  7. Always enjoy reading these froth lists. Like others, I reckon the SR Q 0-6-0 could be this year. Like to see a totally retooled Maunsell L1 4-4-0 to replace the Tri-ang one. Am surprised that the Jones Goods hasn't been modelled in r-t-r yet. The Devon Belle obeservation car sold well, so I'd go for a BR-rebuilt Beavertail in maroon. Much as I'd like to see a 4-COR, think a 2-car electric set is more likely. For modern design, am surprised none of the 375/variants Electrostars are available in r-t-r. Mal
  8. Haha! I can picture the railway room, thick with diesel exhaust as the enthusiasts clagg-it-up Mal
  9. Really interesting thread. Regarding the new Hornby Maunsell coaches and Set 399 in particular, can anyone tell me whether R4842 BR Maunsell Corridor Composite is low or high window on the corridor side? The two 4 Compartment Brakes, R4840/1 are low window. All of my books are in storage prior to a house move. Typical! Mal
  10. Re my previous post: now on the Book Depository website for publication on 1 April 2019, not an April Fool, I hope!
  11. Mention of Morden milk depot made me look up; our first house/flat was in an art-deco block, Grosvenor Court, right by the Express depot, close to Morden South station. By the time we moved there in 1979 the rail deliveries had finished, everything was by road. The tube depot is still right next door, of course. Anyway, I wanted to ask where your purpose built cross-over came from? Looking forward to seeing more of Waddlemarsh in due course. Mal
  12. Book Depository (owned by Amazon) has it slated for publication on 1 September 2018 here: https://www.bookdepository.com/British-Railways-GWR-LNER-Pre-Nationalisation-Coaching-Stock-Hugh-Longworth/9780860936756?ref=grid-view&qid=1532381818734&sr=1-3 Mal Edit to add that Crecy Publishing give publication as 28 September 2018
  13. Points taken, Mike, Rangers, Paul & Zomboid. So Horton is a good, experienced manager, either badly served by his managers, promoted above his level of competence, or used as a fall-guy for GTR shareholders &/or Grayling, or any of these in combination. It will be interesting to see what, if any, his pay-off &/or pension will be. On a personal level, Paul, my opinion is that everyone's tax returns should be available for all to see, transparency and all that, but I appreciate that I may be in a minority of one here(!) Mal
  14. The point of my comment is entitlement for CEO jobs. Over-payment, certainly, but way back in 1995 the Chairman of M&S wrote a report for the government of the day about executive pay which basically said that everything was tickety-boo; move along, everyone, nothing to see here. The point is that there is something to see here pay-wise. And when they are seen not to be doing a good job, why should their pay be anything so substantial?
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