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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. 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
  2. I do like 0395s but very rare in modelling circles. Well done, Jack. David
  3. Go on, Jack, you know you want to and we'll all be here cheering you on! David
  4. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56716708 Could it happen here? I don't think I'll be holding my breath! David
  5. Some good work in 2FS here, Simon. I expect you're glad that we now supply 3D printed axleboxes and springs! David
  6. 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
  7. 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 diversi
  8. 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
  9. Excellent work, as ever, Mike. That wire must be the best investment that you ever made and it's still going! David
  10. I know, tedious, isn't it? I think they've lost interest in N. They are onto 24/1s in 4mm. Grrr. . . David
  11. That's brilliant, Bryn. You may just have given me the push to try the same thing. I have JS-W's article about his 4mm conversions and they certainly change the look of the locomotive. Interested in your choice of 25043 which was a bit of a celebrity before it got a makeover at Derby works. Here it is at Carlisle in March 1976: The last green Class 25. Two months later Derby got their hands on it! David
  12. Yes, that's the one. I was trying to work out the time line for it as it doesn't seem to be present on the pre-large logo 37 photos. I think that @Nearholmer may have the right idea about what it is there for. Having checked Google Earth it isn't there now, just a large expanse of nothingness like the rest of the area around the station. Thanks for putting the extra photos up. David
  13. What is the structure behind the platform in the photos with the two Class 37s? It doesn't appear in any of the other photographs. David Edit: Just noticed that it seems to be present in some of Ernie's b/w photos
  14. These aren't coming from the EU. I've bought a number of motors from Chinese suppliers with no problem. They just drop through the letter box! There may be some consideration of the total value of the order but so far this doesn't seem to have applied. Having read about some of the new rules concerning VAT with the EU I suspect it may be easier to buy from China than from Germany! It seems that suppliers have to register for VAT with HMRC, charge VAT to the customer and then claim it back from HMRC. There are already some tales of European suppliers declining orders from the UK as they do
  15. Oh dear, more sweat shop working on the coaching stock front for John Aldrick "Drop the Great Western, John, we need teak, more teak!" David
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