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  1. I've been waiting for this book for over a year but finally got a copy after it was published at the end of October. It's a very thorough review if freight activity in the area, largely focussed on post modernisation era. The book is good, migrated from the usual Silver Link paperback to a large hardback, which I think is what delayed production. It has a couple of chapters briefly covering history up to modernisation, then the major part of the book has separate chapters for different traffic types - Speedlink, Enterprise, China clay, ball clay, agricultural, aggregate, coal, cement, MoD etc. So slightly difficult to follow history of particular lines but definitely lots of info to pick through. One review comments about picture quality, some do look like they are over enhanced so colours look false and details blurred, possibly due to being scanned from slides? One steam loco image is elongated horizontally so the smoke box is oval! However, largely good quality and mostly colour. There's a lot of information to digest and I've picked up some useful details new to me. It is £40 full price though so a lot more than 'standard' Silver Link paperbacks. It's been a long time coming but I'm glad I've got a copy at last. No connection with the publisher except a satisfied customer http://www.nostalgiacollection.com/book.php?isbn=9781857944730
  2. Looks like a good scheme, but I would consider making the headshunt into a loop with a set of points at the end of the platform. You would need to run round the trains and the platform line can act as the loco headshunt when the passenger trains are out of the station. I agree the real Porthleven is outside the china clay area and unlikely to have a works there, but it's your railway! There were a couple of articles in Railway Modeller several years ago of a layout supposedly located in Helford (further down the Lizard) which also featured china clay traffic, so you're not alone...
  3. Those are really evocative, that 'stepped in' design is just like the ones that were built over the road from my gran's place in the early 70s.
  4. I'm with Grandpa Simpson with this: “I used to be with it, but then they changed what 'it' was, and now what I'm with, isn't it. And what's 'it' seems weird and scary to me. It'll happen to you....."
  5. ...so all the other cows get a go up the hoover?
  6. Does that mean the back scene material can be removed if you have to split the layout? I think it's a great idea to have an unbroken length with no joins. I think Paul Marshall-Potter used the same idea on Albion Yard, but with a photographic image.
  7. What you should have said to Mrs BR at 0630 : "can I use an old pair of your old tights to stop me sucking cows up the hoover..."
  8. Thanks Claire, many apologies for getting your name wrong! It does show that it's quite easy to get young folk interested, especially if they see something out of the ordinary happening (as with End Of The Line's unloading action and remote control truck) or they are talked through operations with patient and level guidance (as yourself did). Again, much appreciated, but some jealously on my part for Nate getting all the fun...!
  9. HUJESGF.... nope, don't think that's a word. More like a bad Scrabble round.
  10. Sounds good. My scenario is a mash-up of Eggesford and Lapford, having a passing loop and a few sidings. Basedlate 70s to mid 80s with DMUs, short loco hauled sets, postal, news and freight including grain, fertilizer and timber in the station and cement, resin, military stores to Barnstaple. Clay and milk from the Torrington line as well. The traffic and locos vary through time but the infrastructure doesn't; I could easily stretch to the 50s on DMU subs. too Need to save up for new 142 'Skippers' too... This whole thread has been marvellous for the info given, I am grateful again and hope to bring it to fruition on the layout soon.
  11. It's strange but on a model, bent or misplaced items seem wrong even when based on reality. Same thing with telegraph poles, plenty of 'off vertical' examples around but would get negative comments on a model
  12. The next outings booked for the layout are the SWAG 2020 meet in April ... Fantastic to hear, a great reason to fix that date in the calendar!
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