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    Having been interested in transport all my life it was inevitable that I got into railway modelling. My first exhibition layout was Hillside Depot which appeared in Railway Modeller a couple of times and was set in the west country city of Westonmouth (Weston-super-Mare/Avonmouth = holiday traffic & industry) in 1986.

    My next layout saw me stay in Westonmouth, but take a step back to the 1970s with Morimore's Yard where freight train trips were split into short rakes for delivery to local businesses in the city's historic docklands. But just like Bristol, by the 1970s the city docks were run down and almost closed following the development of newer facilities to the north of the city.

    Then came part of the main city station itself with Westonmouth Central (known as General in GWR days), which was entered in the DEMU/Minories layout competition and again represents the 1970s. However the layout only represents a small part of the whole station, the bit modelled is "over the back, by the dustbins".

    Both Mortimore's Yard and Westonmouth Central are active and gradually being developed/refined and gaining more rolling stock. Even so, a new project has just begun, representing another small part of Westonmouth Central, this time the small stabling point at the station's western end. The layout is based on the former stabling point next to the platforms at London Liverpool Street, but will be suitably "Westernised" and adapted for the new location.

    Besides model railways, church activities, Explorer Scout & Scout Network leadership, kayaking, cycling and photography fill the time that work doesn't claim.

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  1. I knew I'd seen that pose somewhere before... Bad luck with work demanding more of your time, Rob, and with the varnish mishap. Watching and waiting to see what wonders you work on Westminster.
  2. I started reading this thread thinking "interesting development, but not sure its for me". Then I watched the video and saw the level of thought that has gone into these, and the possibilities and hints at future developments, and am now firmly thinking "one to watch". Clearly they are proving popular overseas, but I appreciate the various hurdles to delivering. Just as a thought, could the designs be licensed to local specialist producers, who use the CAD and get bulk supplies of the hardware? It probably couldn't cover everywhere, but might be possible for the countries with gr
  3. I'd say that is Melksham facing towards Thingley Junction / Chippenham. A similar angle, by Roger Winnen, on the excellent Cornish Railway Society site : http://www.cornwallrailwaysociety.org.uk/bradford-jct-to-chippenham.html
  4. That was done in preparation for the introduction of the HSTs, on 01/02/1976 according to RA Cooke. Looking more closely at Cooke, the Down Sidings GF is recorded as into use 04/12/66, as noted above by The Stationmaster, but it adds "moved to Downside 16/11/73" which I take to mean the Downside of the Down line. rather than the location in the photo. The sign on my model should be fixed this evening, even if the period normally portrayed by the layout's rolling stock is 73/74 by when continued existence of the real sign is questionable, it makes a nice addition to the building.
  5. Not just Chippenham, but a shot which answers a long standing question about my home station! I've modelled some of the buildings on the right behind the vans, but have only more recently found out about the sign running along the ridge of one of the buildings. However, I've not found a photo of the whole length of the roof with the sign in place so was unsure how long the sign was, albeit I suspected the whole length - as indeed this photo proves. Whilst a record of the location had been lost in the mists of time, I don't suppose you have a rough date, @jonny777?
  6. Indeed, plenty of backwater interest around Plymouth! The book Plymouth's Hidden Railways, by Paul Burkhalter (Twelveheads Press 2017) is now out of print, but well worth hunting down. I'll just leave this here, so you know what to look for (but mainly cos the top photo is the aforementioned Victoria Wharf...)
  7. Great to see some more photos of Newcastle from my student years, David. I keep checking each batch from Newcastle closely, in case I appear in any. Nothing yet, although I did spend as much time at Central as I did in lectures! But, I was studying transport, and the course tutors had told us that we should "get out and study our subject" so had the perfect excuse. Happy memories, and great to re-visit them on a Sunday afternoon; thank you.
  8. I've had a look for any other photos of my doors, but couldn't find anything. But i did find a photo of a real door which shows the sort of arrangement I had inside the building I remember that the top section of door was slightly taller, (but the extra height was above the door opening so it didn't show) and the horizontal track was designed so the top section came off the end and hung vertically when the door was open. Being taller it was just a little bit heavier than the bottom section which stayed vertical at the top of the door opening to keep the whole thing in the vertical tracks
  9. I'm trying to remember the detail of a raising doors I made many years ago. It was strips of plasticard, stuck to Sellotape and running in brass U shaped channels at the sides. I'm struggling to recall how the door stayed in the open position, but I think it simply rested on two horizontal rails. As the inside of the warehouse was accessible from the fiddle yard, operation was purely manual from behind the scenes. This harsh, flash-lit, photo is all I can find at the moment, and probably not quite what you want, but it might start a few ideas flowing.
  10. I've recently had some correspondence with the Editor of Railway Modeller recently and his email ends @peco.co so the above would appear to be correct.
  11. I remember the Radio Rentals Ford Escort estates with the green panels over the windows. Was there perhaps a tax advantage in using estate cars rather than vans? Did the big companies have a regional bias? I only really recall Radio Rentals here in southern England, is that just my memory, or did, say DER, have more of a presence in other regions? As mentioned above there were also local TV repair businesses, often selling and installing them (and aerials) as well as repairing. My local example, Mr Mainstone, had his shop a few doors along from my grandparents' house,
  12. Well done Rob, I remembered a Flickr photo too, but couldn't find it when I searched last night. I suspect the photo in the current magazine article is the one in the Bristol VR book as both are authored by Martin S Curtis, and that shows a different pair of chassis, further along the yard and not showing as much of modelling interest as Stephen Dowle's photo linked above. Looking again at the linked photo, what a wonderful private yard leading off the BR yard! A lean-to built up against the road retaining wall, advertising hording and neighbouring buildings. A sloping, rutted, gro
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