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    Ely, Cambridgeshire
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    Cromford & High Peak Railway (P4)
    Danish railways (P87)

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  1. Apologies - these are quick shots from my phone! G
  2. Jonathan, Another source, which you may have, is this book from Alistair Lofthouse, with steam era photos from E R Morten, largely 1950s and early 60s. Geraint
  3. Jonathan, The Welch photo comes from Mike Bentley's "Scenes from the Past 2, The Railways Around Buxton" (Foxline). I can scan from that and the other relevant Foxline books if you haven't got them. Let me know what you're looking for in particular. Geraint
  4. Jonathan, Buxton did have one, beyond the signal box, just before the goods yard lead joined the up road. Just visible above the rail bus on this photo taken by M S Welch in 1967. Regards, Geraint
  5. Jay, The Simplex body is scratch built in plasticard. Likewise the McConnell tender, using drawings in Harry Jack's HMRS article. The six-wheel version is now available as an etched kit from London Road Models and on my 'to be built' shelf! G
  6. Jay, Here's a photo of the beast (Derbyshire Stone No.3) at Killers in 1962 - Original from Jim Peden. Compare it with No.2, which looked all the more 'home made' - photo from John Windle. Finally a pic of my model of No.2 on Middlepeak. Tenshodo motor bogie with P4 wheels and quite a reliable little loco, provided that you keep the wheels clean! G
  7. Jay, This is a Simplex or Motor Rail shunter employed at one of the quarries (probably Killers) for internal movement of wagons. I think this one survived at Bowne & Shaw's in Wirksworth until the late 70s, although probably not in working order. I remember seeing it peeping out of the undergrowth on one of my visits there. Killers had a second machine with what looked like home made bodywork, which was more frequently photographed. Regards, Geraint
  8. Al, In general the later Midland tenders were left as 6-wheelers, I think because they were introduced in the 60s, after Middleton Incline was closed and water traffic came in from Buxton. The former LNWR tenders always did have the centre axle removed, and could therefore be used for the remaining water traffic up Sheep Pasture Incline. Regards, Geraint
  9. Hi Jay, Coming along great and the variations in colour in the grass really show up well. One comment though - shouldn't there be a bit more scree showing on the surface of the tip in the background? As you say, "now for the walls"! Cheers, Geraint
  10. Jonathan, When you say 'flexible' does that apply in the vertical direction too? Mine need to accommodate slight variations in ground level. Looks good though! Geraint
  11. Jay, Those look great. Are you planning to "string" them? I've always shied away from that, on the grounds that it's very difficult to get the lines thin enough and with the appropriate amount of sag. Some people use EZLine, but being elastic that ends up taught and not very convincing. I did read somewhere of an idea that you somehow lay the line flat with the correct sag and then apply superglue over all but the last 10mm or so next to each pole, where you need some elasticity to maintain the right shape. Sounds a bit fiddly, but it might work. Regards,
  12. OK Al, just to spur you on, here's my model of 47000 at work on my previous Middlepeak layout. Built from a Jidenco kit with many modifications, it has a 1219 Portescap motor and Sharman wheels, all of which date it considerably. That said, it survives in full working order after at least 25 years and will appear on the current Friden layout as a light engine returning from Crewe Works after repair in 1956 following the Steeplehouse derailment. I've looked at Mike's kit on his stand at shows, and it looks an excellent model. What's more, Mike's reputation as a kit designer
  13. P87 layout of a small country station on an imaginary private railway in south western Denmark in the early 1960s. Size 5.0m x 2.0m, including operating space. Through station with fiddle yard at each end. Layout is self-supporting with its own lighting. Crew of three operators (possibly two for a one-day show). Layout and operators transported in one or two cars. Based in Ely, Cambridgeshire. The layout has featured in Continental Modeller (June 2016) and in the model press in Holland, Denmark and Norway. It has appeared at various UK exhibition
  14. Jonathan, Looking excellent. I've found that in such locations the final touch is to apply selective patches of winter or dead static grass to simulate the longer growth found at the line side. Best wishes, Geraint
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