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    Mostly Atherton. Sometimes Old Colwyn.
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    Steam, diesel, electric, heavy rail, light rail. If it has run on rails between 1825 and 2021 I'm interested. As my late friend Steve Sykes so aptly put it, "show me a side track and I'm off down it"!
    Model in 2mm Finescale but appreciate good modelling in any scale.

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  1. Perhaps I should have been clearer. As far as I am aware the only freight business west of Plymouth is the china clay which is operated by DB. 59003 is a GB Railfreight loco which led me to wonder if there may be new freight business on the horizon. However GBRf do specialize in route learning so they could be training drivers from another company who need to learn the road which may or may not be for freight business. David
  2. Anyone know what these training runs are for? David
  3. Good to see it coming together, Angus. Braver man than me. The wobbly loco footplate to come! I think that you are right about the buffers. Generally steam age loco buffers are notoriously weedy. Do you have a copy of 'Steaming in Three Centuries'? It tells you everything that you need to know about the 101/J15 class and very well illustrated. If you haven't i could lend you my copy. David
  4. Those 16 tonners are starting to show signs of wear and tear. I seem to recall (it may have been in the MBT articles about them) that the maintenance interval was extended in the early '60s and that's when the rot, literally, started to set in. Photos of the 1/108 diagram in the 1950s show them to be still in a reasonable state although some of the early company and MOWT vehicles were already starting to show signs of a hard life. David
  5. Rob, Your layouts are an absolute delight. Your eye for subtle details and the ability to reproduce them in such a satisfying way is truly remarkable. Despite my seventy years on the planet I have never managed to acquire the observational skills which you seem to have but I live in hope! Looking forward to the 'bubble car' making an appearance! David
  6. Quite, quite brilliant, Alan. You did lose me around "The inspiration for the scheme . . . " Do you have it on a spreadsheet for me? Been reading 'Horselunges' again. You made us wait a couple of decades for Tweedale but it was worth the wait. Now don't go away again! David
  7. I do like 0395s but very rare in modelling circles. Well done, Jack. David
  8. Go on, Jack, you know you want to and we'll all be here cheering you on! David
  9. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56716708 Could it happen here? I don't think I'll be holding my breath! David
  10. Some good work in 2FS here, Simon. I expect you're glad that we now supply 3D printed axleboxes and springs! David
  11. They use overhead wiring otherwise it is an electric bus! VLR doesn't use wiring which is part of the lower cost. Steel wheel on steel rail will always be more efficient than rubber tyre on tarmac without mentioning rubber residue. David
  12. Specifically to Coventry the details are here: https://www.coventry.gov.uk/verylightrail There was a presentation by the Coventry City Council project manager on a recent webinar from the West Midlands branch of CILT. Coventry was half the webinar, the other half was about the reopening of Darlaston and Willenhall stations and associated passenger services. The Coventry project is really interesting as due to the lightweight nature of the vehicles the idea is that that the rails only have to lie within in the tarmac without the need for the expensive part of utility diversions. It's all in the above link. Apparently there is quite a lot of interest from other smaller cities and larger towns who would like a light rail system but on a much cheaper basis than the conventional tram systems. David
  13. Very nice too! John Smith still coming up with interesting ways to paint a loco. 66793 (and 794) are two of the Beacon Rail locos from Germany. According to the current issue of TRUK they have modified gear ratios and a 65 mph maximum speed, like the Freightliner 66/6s and are expected to work out of Tonbridge. Could anyone tell me why the ex-European owned 66s have a larger than usual horn housing such as can be seen on 66793? David
  14. Excellent work, as ever, Mike. That wire must be the best investment that you ever made and it's still going! David
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