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ChrisB

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    Anything interesting really.....That means NOT soaps, gossip or celebrity culture generally!!!

    Quite like model railways actually !! Favourite location time being 80s to early 90s and the South and West of the country.In fact, it has to be said that I have a bit of a thing for Meldon ballast trains !

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  1. It's basically a 15ft shelf down one side of a triangular garage (corner plot) with a big breeze block pillar making an uninterrupted view from one end to the other impossible. It;s about 14 inches wide at it's narrowest and just over 2ft at its widest. I know you are a fan of the cyber heritage site so you'll reckognise the view I am trying to recreate here.
  2. Class 73s in North Devon? Heaven forbid! Yes Ian it got a fair bit of use before everything came to an unexpected and abrupt halt. The layout has been untouched for over two years and is now home to many spiders! I've always known I would get back to it and it's likely to be a while yet. Perhaps I'll start a thread with some of the pics I took during it's construction. I don't want to hijack Rich's thread but here's one showing, hopefully, how I wanted to capture the scenery around the Eggesford area.
  3. Great to see you finally make a start for your sake more than anything. I know you've been full of enthusiasm for this for a (very) long time now. Your track plan is almost like a mirror image of Lapford! I don't quite fit in with your "serial procrastinators" title. I actually made got quite far with my Barnstaple ish layout before things came to a halt about 2 years ago. I never got around to starting a thread on it but it's still there under a layer of dust and I know I will return to it at some point. Looking forward to seeing your progress however slow it may be.
  4. That would be too old to go and get it. It's tough trying to occupy the moral, grammatical or any other high ground!
  5. Looks great in every respect except for the NEM pockets being very close to the outer end of the wagon forcing a huge gap between vehicles. With the pockets so far out, it doesn't even leave the option of swapping for shorter couplings. It may seem like a minor thing but I've always questioned the logic in pursuing accuracy to the nth degree but having a scale 2ft gap between buffers when running on a layout. I know that Bachmann have some of theirs pushed outwards due to interference between axles and the huge mounting assembly they use for their couplings. I would have thought that, with a
  6. Is anybody aware of any of these ever making an appearance at Westbury? It seems just about every other hopper livery (including Tilbury) got there at some point but a quick search shows no evidence of these. Edit. Just found this from 1986. https://www.flickr.com/photos/hoover29/10907899505/in/photolist-hBTQuR-c44t35-bzngLV-J9DqkW-5XU7ER-5XYnaN-7b74yA-8D7CjM-EeEPEz-7hyvt3-5XYfD7-5XYne9-agsuY3-BSXK2-oeSWG1-ow6JAr-6z9oXX-6yzboT-5XTZL4-6zdtx1-3UsUYx-6yzbnK-D1NqUT-wYbmrj-tMfQar-pZGo6h-pqTzy3-n2ck1d-6z9pjr-6yzbmr-5XYfB7-c44uaJ-c44qAq-c44vj7-6yzbjV-c441b3-c44wBm-c44rs3-EQKma5-c442z3-c443Z7-
  7. I agree with The Q. Landrovers with headlights in the grill panel were Series 2 and would almost certainly have all been gone by 1990. After that came the Series 3 (you don't say) which had headlights in the wings and a plastic grill. These gave way in 83/84 to the 90 and 110 (which refers to the wheelbase) which were externally pretty much identical except for the wheel arch extensions to cover the longer (now coil sprung) axles. They also had a grill with all horizontal slats. Most of these would have had spare wheels on the bonnet.
  8. Nice choice. I would be up for a rake in 80s/90s livery but the LaFarge livery is too recent for me. Hope this goes really well for you.
  9. Looks great Rob. You should be very pleased. Are you actually going to just enjoy it for a while before starting the next one?
  10. Oh well. Mother will just have to wait until you go and see her then ! Nice work Rob. Can we have a photo of the whole thing please?
  11. Nice work. It's amazing what skill and inventiveness there is hidden away. Don't be shy. Show us some more.
  12. Thanks for that. There have been numerous occasions when I've been sat looking at my thumper wondering how I could get the two halves to sit closer together whilst keeping the lights. This will do the trick nicely.
  13. Pengwynn Crossing has always been one of my favourite layouts. The last time I saw it was about a year ago at one of the Bentley club's shows but unfortunately it was being operated with very little stock. A couple of DMUs, 2 rakes of clay hoods and a couple of class 25s and very little else if I remember correctly. I thought this was a terrible shame as, despite its age, a lot of that old stock was superb.
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