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26 minutes ago, great northern said:

The original intention of Friday's meeting at Newark was that Steve 31A would hop off a train from York, hand something over to me, and quite soon hop on to a train back home. Happily, this turned into a meeting of four reprobates, and lasted a little longer, though the icy wind meant that we all headed for home sooner than we might have wished.

 

However, the original purpose was fulfilled, and I came home with this.

 

 

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I really do love Gresley coaches, and catering cars in particular. I already have a few, but all of the earlier diagrams. Allen Doherty of Worsley Works does  Dia 144 car sides in his 3mm range, and kindly upped it to 4mm for me. Off it went to Steve, who, as you see, has done a lovely job. This will get a lot of work on the many trains made up from cassettes and loose stock, as I don't want it sitting in a rake in the fiddle yard that only runs twice in the whole sequence.

Lovely coach. I have fond memories of working in a Gresley Buffet car on SRPS railtours in the late seventies

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3 hours ago, Metropolitan H said:

Today my vote goes to Chat Hill, despite not knowing it well, but because in the past it was the junction for the North Sunderland Railway - a very early user of Diesel traction with the "Lady Armstong" an Armstrong Whitworth jack-shaft drive rod coupled 0-4-0. They also had a very beautiful Manning & Wardle 0-6-0ST "Bamburgh".

 

Regarding the "Holes" in the map I would support Trevor P's suggestions and also a look round the West Midlands and Central Wales.

 

Regards

Chris H

 

P.S. This was nearly finished when Sandhole's offering came in!

I am proud to run an early High Level Armstrong Whitworth diesel as part of my industrial bit on my low level.
She was built for me by Coachbogie and runs better and better the older she gets.
She'll roll through doctored Peco Settrack points.
This is with a bendy chassis and Gibson wheels.
Moral is, play with it first before saying something won't work.!!

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Drem 

 

Handy for close up viewing of the trains on the North Berwick Branch with a variety of ex N.B.R, classes working them to and from the Waverley. 

 

Oh yes - plenty of main line workings of course, featuring the bigger LNER classes on both passenger and freight work.

 

 

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1 hour ago, 60027Merlin said:

Drem 

 

Handy for close up viewing of the trains on the North Berwick Branch with a variety of ex N.B.R, classes working them to and from the Waverley. 

 

Oh yes - plenty of main line workings of course, featuring the bigger LNER classes on both passenger and freight work.

 

 

I photographed Drem as a possible layout location getting on thirty years ago Eric. We were on a golfing holiday staying at the Royal hotel in North Berwick at the time. It looked as though it was on its last legs, so I presume has closed long before now. As with most of my proposed schemes, this one got no further.

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5 minutes ago, great northern said:

I photographed Drem as a possible layout location getting on thirty years ago Eric. We were on a golfing holiday staying at the Royal hotel in North Berwick at the time. It looked as though it was on its last legs, so I presume has closed long before now. As with most of my proposed schemes, this one got no further.

 

Not closed at all!  Looks quite smart actually, as do most Scotrail stations:

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/28859107071/

 

 

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5 hours ago, great northern said:

The original intention of Friday's meeting at Newark was that Steve 31A would hop off a train from York, hand something over to me, and quite soon hop on to a train back home. Happily, this turned into a meeting of four reprobates, and lasted a little longer, though the icy wind meant that we all headed for home sooner than we might have wished.

 

However, the original purpose was fulfilled, and I came home with this.

 

 

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I really do love Gresley coaches, and catering cars in particular. I already have a few, but all of the earlier diagrams. Allen Doherty of Worsley Works does  Dia 144 car sides in his 3mm range, and kindly upped it to 4mm for me. Off it went to Steve, who, as you see, has done a lovely job. This will get a lot of work on the many trains made up from cassettes and loose stock, as I don't want it sitting in a rake in the fiddle yard that only runs twice in the whole sequence.


Gilbert,

 

A very nice vehicle and a far more interesting reason to be meeting up on a railway station than what some members of the travelling public get up to???????

If you partake in these clandestine meetings again at Newark, keep an eye out for a relative youngest wearing his MOM’s suit.

 

Paul

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33 minutes ago, great northern said:

Sorry Steve, I was referring to the hotel, not the station, but I didn't compose the reply very well.

Oh sorry Gilbert, I think it was my reading of it that was deficient!

 

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2 hours ago, great northern said:

I photographed Drem as a possible layout location getting on thirty years ago Eric. We were on a golfing holiday staying at the Royal hotel in North Berwick at the time. It looked as though it was on its last legs, so I presume has closed long before now. As with most of my proposed schemes, this one got no further.

 

Gilbert 

 

I understand that the hotel building is now a Dental Centre.

 

Eric

 

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5 minutes ago, davidw said:

Pity Hornby don't revise their gresleys and include an RF. Still happy with hunt couplings?

I don't think they are going to do anything about their Gresleys David, let alone add to the range, but then I didn't expect Thompson Pacifics and the W1 either. I wonder if stock for one of the streamliners is more likely.

 

As to the Hunt couplings, yes I'm very happy with them, and they are increasing the Elite range, so quite a lot of stock with the old type Hornby couplings can get done as well. The guy took the trouble to phone me during the week, and was very helpful indeed. Now I'm not so happy with stock with kadees any more, but Bachmann don't do MK1 bogies with NEM pockets as spares, so my first thought has gone out of the window.

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A close poll, Morpeth 4 Chathill 3. As you may have gathered, my intention has been to start with the largest, and work down, so single track branch lines were next on the list. However, from the very helpful suggestions it is clear that I have missed out whole swathes of interesting lines, so we'll continue as we are at present. So today, Chester to Holyhead please, wayside stations, but no large junctions.

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Now that's a tough choice...

 

Llanfair PG, just because?

Rhyl, with the miniature railway next to the main line?

Conway, with the bridge and castle enhancing the scene?

 

On balance, it has to be Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

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Conway.

 

When I was about 13 we had a family holiday in a caravan park just outside Conway. Typical North Wales summer weather, Mum, Dad and my brother were not to happy.  I thought it was great, we over looked the railway line and I spent most the holiday looking out the window at class 40s passing by.

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15 hours ago, Flying Fox 34F said:


Gilbert,

 

A very nice vehicle and a far more interesting reason to be meeting up on a railway station than what some members of the travelling public get up to???????

If you partake in these clandestine meetings again at Newark, keep an eye out for a relative youngest wearing his MOM’s suit.

 

Paul

 

 Would that be one of your work colleagues then Paul.  :lol:

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9 minutes ago, St Enodoc said:

Now that's a tough choice...

 

Llanfair PG, just because?

Rhyl, with the miniature railway next to the main line?

Conway, with the bridge and castle enhancing the scene?

 

On balance, it has to be Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.

That's easy for you to say ...

 

I'll go for RHYL. My great aunt used to live there and we once used the BR NWCE to travel there and back from Chester to see her, motive power being 45596 - very nice. An amusing incident at Chester was the late running of the service train (HST), meaning 45596 went first. Being a BR run train, ordinary passengers with tickets were advised to board in order to get to Holyhead quickest - there was plenty of room on board (being a BR-advertised special!) and with the blanket 60mph speed limit on the route in those days, the journey time was much the same. The priceless moment on the journey was when the 45596 sales rep came through the train asking these 'ordinary' passengers  whether they wanted to buy a badge of the locomotive pulling the train!

 

Rhyl station is quite a grand affair but not the location it was following removal of the semaphores. 

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