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  1. As several others have mentioned, Max Williams in Bristol was a true Alladin's cave. It was still open (but only just) in 1990 as I was frequently in the area for work and I recall finding several sought-after books which were out of print. What prompted me to comment was a discovery in my electronics box today searching for something for the new layout!
  2. Some more from Camrail over the years. John Greenwood's beautiful Wenford Bridge. 2008 included Simon's Pompoules Siding Weston on the WC&P Iain Rice's North Cornwall stock Gerry Beale's Maiden Newton appeared at Larkrail As did a Bristol Lodekka! The late John Spencer's signal box Above are my layout "Chipping Compton" and the late Bob Barlow's incredible Welsh Quayside.
  3. It's a great shame it's not happening this year but of course it's the right decision. To me it's by far the most enjoyable exhibition/gathering/social on the modelling calendar and I've enjoyed each one right back from the first held in the station building at Limpley Stoke in (I think) 1996. So here are a few photos from my collection in no particular order...... Camrail in 2009 and whilst I can't include all the layouts present I make no apology for including 3 shots of John Birkett-Smith's wonderful Ashburton. I've no notes but I believe this is Horselunges. Steve Cook's atmospheric diorama (is that Simon's Ruston?). And the man himself... More to follow.....
  4. Combined my daily exercise and getting MRJ with a walk of 2 miles each way to the newsagent. Well worth it! Beautifully illustrated article with the pics on pages 86 and 87 being particularly atmospheric. Superb layout. Bob.
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    Yelverton

    Thanks for the info Alex.
  6. ..and biscuits, don't forget the biscuits!
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    Yelverton

    Somehow I've not stumbled across your thread before but I'm seriously impressed, especially with your structures. The unusually shaped station building has always intrigued me and you've got it just right. By the way; I'm intrigued by one picture you included back in January. It showed your buildings with an open book behind. It had a couple of views of the branch. Which book is it please? Bob
  8. Thanks very much 4069, much appreciated. Thanks also for the link to the present-day view too. Bob
  9. I bought this photo on a whim off ebay a couple of days ago. Does anybody have any ideas as to location please? Quite an interesting little scene really. Most likely BR(WR) as per the seller's description. I've not received the actual photo yet hence posting the ebay image. Bob
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    Minsterley

    After much searching I have found some earlier photos of Minsterley. These show the layout in it's original form as a terminus. Excuse the quality as they were taken by me way back in 1979 as a mere lad of 16. Some of them were taken at the Dean Forest Railway when the layout was set up for the weekend in the original platform building which came from Drybrook Road. We were rewarded with a short cab ride on Uskmouth No.1. The running line was rather short as the railway had not escaped beyond the Norchard site then but it was certainly enjoyed and appreciated.
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    Minsterley

    Mullion was featured in Model Railway Constructor. I think it was the penultinate edition of that fine magazine. Although I operated Mullion with Peter on many occasions I have no photos of my own.
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    Minsterley

    The layout was extended late in it's exhibition life by adding a short section portraying a disused extension used to house a camping coach. Bob.
  13. Thanks Robert but I'd rather not see one of these kits again....didn't do much for my sanity
  14. Hello Rod, Go straight to the manufacturer on https://shop.ferro-train.com/hallingShop/ Their mail order is great and you can do a transfer from your bank. You'll also get it cheaper going straight to them rather than through the other shop. Bob
  15. Also on the workbench (although not at the same time as the baseboards ) is this GW Diag A31 autotrailer. The 3mm Society kit dates from way back in 1974 when the late Stewart Hine came up with the etches. This was back in the early days of etched-kit technology and things have come on a long way since then. This is not criticism of Stewart's excellent work but merely pointing out that things evolve and the kit was very much state-of-the-art in it's day. Whoever did the etches though didn't clean off the acid sufficiently and these kits are often found with tiny holes in the roof. Thankfully this one wasn't too bad and I didn't use the roof anyway, opting to use an extruded aluminium one from Worsley Works. The roof profile is therefore slightly out but is far better than my efforts had I tried to form the very flimsy etched one supplied. As other's have reported, parts of the kit are a bit of a pig, I'm used to the logic of building coaches the Comet/Worsley way with the roof being firmly attached to the body and this folds up from the floor. Here's a shot of the etch partly cleaned. The whole etch consumed 3 scratch brush refills! It now looks like this. Quite some way to go with a couple of gaps to be filled and other delicate bits like stirrup steps to be added after painting.
  16. I'm tempted to start a new layout thread but feel it's not worthwhile yet as I'm only just building the baseboards. I've bought 2 laser-cut boards from Grainge and Hodder. They came to my attention at the recent Stafford show and having been put off by other makes which were way too heavy and somewhat over-engineered for this small scale I was immediately taken by this range. I've had mine made to custom dimensions purely because I have an existing layout cradle in my workshop and also that although Grainge and Hodder do traversers etc I wanted to do one to fit my requirements. Besides, the exact alignment of tracks entering it will only be determined once construction of the layout commences. As a consequence of this one boards is 5mm lower than the rest.
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    Minsterley

    Ah well, this is annoying. I've just composed a nice piece on Minsterley and Peter, uploaded some nice photos and somewhere the forum chucked me out after a short break involving much swearing, here we go again.... The following photos were all taken at the last showing of Minsterley (so far) at Peter's house back in 2013 when Peter's son Martin and his family hosted a final gathering of his friends who came from far and wide to honour Peter's memory with Minsterley and his incredible shed layout. Incidentally, BRM back in September 1995 had a nice article on Minsterley with far better photographs taken by Tony Wright, well worth getting hold of! Peter was a great modeller, a true gentleman and a modelling mentor to myself and many others. Forget books, Peter taught me how to make buildings and I still use his methods but can never come near to his standard of work. He had also modelled for Pendon. More to follow if you want them
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    Minsterley

    Hello Robert, Glad it's in safe hands. I have quite a few of it taken over a few decades. Here are a couple to be going on with. They were taken at a special gathering following Peter's passing.
  19. Tonight at my local Morrisons....FFS people get a grip!
  20. Brilliant! Thanks for finding that. It's certainly appreciated It's such a delightful view of a lovely stretch of line and local to me. I was a little out with the issue date though wasn't I! Thanks again.
  21. Thanks for looking folks, That's odd. I was sure it was either 1960/61. I used to have a complete run from issue 1 to 1977 but moving house 18 months ago I decided to give them to the local railway to sell.....I should have kept some .
  22. Hi folks, I'm trying to track down which edition of Railway Modeller in 1960/1961 contained a splendid photo of an ex-SR Mogul at Chedworth on the old MSWJR line. I'm sure the caption referred to the line's imminent closure (which was of course, in 1961). I've not seen the photo reproduced elsewhere and when you see it you'll agree it's a cracking photo. I'm not after a scan or spare copy as one will sure to be on ebay but any help in ascertaining which edition it's in would be much appreciated. Thanks, Bob.
  23. I thought about including it on my last layout (Chipping Compton) but didn't in the end. Some rodding stools in whitemetal might be nice for the new project. But then again perhaps it's one of those things that is best left off if it doesn't look perfect ?
  24. The signal box is now complete and nameplate attached. The full name of the station is Totleigh in the Wold which is straight out of the Jeeves and Wooster stories by P G Wodehouse. It might be nice to include Totleigh Towers, the residence of Sir Watkyn Bassett on the layout backscene. The nameplate was etched for me (along with the station running-in board by my good friend Brian Golding.
  25. OMG watched those videos and choked on my beer....unbelievably funny
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