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It was a Laing (I think) Show House to encourage commuters out into the new estates being built in the suburbs.

 

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In response to the suburban villa picture, my family lived in the Stanley Buildings just off Pancras Road, between StP and KX, from about 1920 to 1953, so very familiar with the local territory.  I was told about this house but don't recall seeing it first hand.  I was told it was built as a Show House by one of the major housing development/building firms.  Dates are a bit hazy, and it might have dated from Empire Exhibition times up to the 1930s when housing development surged.

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According to the series of photographs inVol 1 of Peter Coster's "GN Main Line Engineering Commentary" (I've abbreviated the title) it was certainly in place in 1936 and yes, it was Laing's.    I think Mr Coster's two volumes are excellent although, if I recall, they came in for a bit of criticism when published.  They are by far the best books on GN architecture that I've come across (come to think of it they are the only ones I've come across!) and extremely nostalgic reading for me especially Vol 1.    I can still remember the smell of cresote on the floor boards of the Oakleigh Park footbridge at the north end of the platforms as we lay on the floor to see what was emerging from Southgate tunnel.

 

Do you recognise your former colleague Brian PolyBear?

 

Alan B

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6 hours ago, PupCam said:

I think Mr Coster's two volumes are excellent although, if I recall, they came in for a bit of criticism when published.

 

Whilst they are very good books they do contain many silly mistakes.  The GNR society has a list of corrections.

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8 hours ago, Dr Gerbil-Fritters said:

Was there really a 30s detached suburban villa on the forecourt at Kings Cross?  What was it doing there?  I'd heard of the 'African Village' before but this is really unexpected. 

 

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Handy for the trains I suppose...

I think it's built from Bayko.

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13 hours ago, PupCam said:

 

Blimey Alan, you've finally found time to be posting on RMWeb ;)  What's the matter - too cold to be out on the AJ?:D  Next you'll be telling me that the Pup is finished.....

And is that you peeing thru' the footbridge railings I see.....

(For the uninitiated, I had the pleasure of working  being employed at the same firm as P.C. [hardly!] for more years than I care to count, until Alan decided to bang out earlier this year - a move that could be decidedly career limiting....)

So I've decided to do the same. Bang out early, that is, not pee thru' the railings.  Though it does look kinda fun....

 

Brian 

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6 minutes ago, polybear said:

 

Bang out early, that is, not pee thru' the railings.  Though it does look kinda fun....

 

Brian 

Pee through the railings. The enginemen must not of liked that. 

Richard

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7 hours ago, St Enodoc said:

I think it's built from Bayko.

 

Yep, here it is under construction:

 

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9 hours ago, chris p bacon said:

 

Whilst they are very good books they do contain many silly mistakes.  The GNR society has a list of corrections.

 

Yes, as an ex GNRS member I was aware of the corrections.   Despite the errors I still think that they are excellent books and seem to remember that some of the comments made at the time seemed rather churlish but there we are (no I don't know or have any connections to Mr Coster I just like his two books .....)

 

2 hours ago, polybear said:

And is that you peeing thru' the footbridge railings I see.....

 

But of course not, that's the sort of behaviour one would only expect from a bear (Poly or otherwise :D) - I was too engrossed in the approaching Deltic, Brush 2 or Brush 4 (Class 31 /47? What's that all about ...) or whatever else was coming.

 

No time for railway modelling yet, it's all go being retired you know, but inline with Tony's general ethos of making things for yourself I set to on the EMCO Unimat with some chunks of aluminium and started making a 1/8 scale model of an AJS350 engine just for fun.   So that's delayed the BSA build, the 1/3 scale Sopwith Triplane, the 1/4 scale Pup and as for "Clayton East", well I probably haven't seen that for 15 years.   I did come across its fully interlocked lever frame the loft recently though so all is not lost.

 

1 hour ago, grahame said:

 

Crikey I haven't seen Bako for years.  Last reference I saw to it was, I think, in a '60s Gamage's catalogue!

 

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There were some interesting construction sets back in the 60's etc. Bayco, Tri-ang Arkitex, etc (not forgetting Meccano !!). Then we had the card stuff, Bilteezi, Superquick etc.

 

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And what about this !!   ---  See what I've built Daddy !!!!!!

 

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I remember one building kit advertised in the 1950's model railway mags which used some sort of cement based mix & brick moulds etc - can't remember the name. All interesting stuff back then when us snotty nosed young un's made things (after a fashion) and didn't press buttons and swiped screens !!

 

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10 minutes ago, APOLLO said:

 

I remember one building kit advertised in the 1950's model railway mags which used some sort of cement based mix & brick moulds etc - can't remember the name.

Spear's Brickplayer?

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brickplayer

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I did have some Beyko but insufficient to complete even a simple house - we were from a very poor family.

 

I also had some of the cheaper plastic building blocks; a kind of cheaper British Lego (but better in my opinion) called Betta Bilda by Airfix (introduced 1960/61). Details here: https://www.brightontoymuseum.co.uk/index/Category:Betta_Bilda

 

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28 minutes ago, Barry Ten said:

On my workbench this week has been a set of Ratio Midland clerestory coach sides which I'm in the process of painting and lining:

 

I decided to keep them on the sprue for handling, although this did make it a bit tricky to get the ruler flat in places. The top two sets have had most of the yellow lining done, using a bow-pen, while the lower set has also had the middle lines drawn in black using a Rotring pen. as well as a bow-pen and brush for the larger areas of black. There is still a little tidying up to be done but I think they'll be acceptable as layout coaches.

 

Al

 

Oh oh. That reminds me. I still have a set of 6 Alan Gibson etched Midland sides I need to get around to. . . .

Tim

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1 hour ago, Hitchin Junction said:

 

Oh oh. That reminds me. I still have a set of 6 Alan Gibson etched Midland sides I need to get around to. . . .

Tim

 

I bought these about 10 years ago with the intention of painting them in S&D livery, but I thought better of it since.

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Having spent a splendid weekend at the Spalding Show, Mo and I made nearly £70.00 for CRUK, by way of loco-doctoring and donations.

 

I had both successes and failures. Success in getting a 65 year old Zenith motor to go again in a scratch-built N2, only to have it then conk out with a coil gone. The owner is going to pop around and I'll install a modern motor/gearbox in it, so nice is the loco; bought originally from W&H for £12.00! Another success was getting a scratch-built L1 from the same source going again. 

 

I also fixed a non-going SE Finecast W1 (a loose wire) and some Roco German thingy! I had to (sadly) explain that there was nothing I could do about the mangled motion on (yet another) split chassis abomination where the drivers had turned on their axles. 'It's hardly ever been used in the last 25 years' said the despondent owner. 'It makes no difference' I replied. A DCC N Gauge diesel-outline loco also was presented. 'It doesn't go' I was told. I agreed! 

 

All good fun, and thanks to all with whom I spoke and to those who donated so generously. 

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22 minutes ago, Tony Wright said:

Having spent a splendid weekend at the Spalding Show, Mo and I made nearly £70.00 for CRUK, by way of loco-doctoring and donations.

 

I had both successes and failures. Success in getting a 65 year old Zenith motor to go again in a scratch-built N2, only to have it then conk out with a coil gone. The owner is going to pop around and I'll install a modern motor/gearbox in it, so nice is the loco; bought originally from W&H for £12.00! Another success was getting a scratch-built L1 from the same source going again. 

 

I also fixed a non-going SE Finecast W1 (a loose wire) and some Roco German thingy! I had to (sadly) explain that there was nothing I could do about the mangled motion on (yet another) split chassis abomination where the drivers had turned on their axles. 'It's hardly ever been used in the last 25 years' said the despondent owner. 'It makes no difference' I replied. A DCC N Gauge diesel-outline loco also was presented. 'It doesn't go' I was told. I agreed! 

 

All good fun, and thanks to all with whom I spoke and to those who donated so generously. 

£12.00 in 1954 is now £319.20 ouch !!

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11 hours ago, micklner said:

£12.00 in 1954 is now £319.20 ouch !!

Thanks Mick,

 

Is it really that much?

 

It definitely is worth fixing!

 

Regards,

 

Tony. 

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45 minutes ago, micklner said:

Info from here

 

 

http://inflation.iamkate.com/

 

Scary how little the £ is actually worth nowdays.

If you plot that table on a graph you will find that about 95% of all inflation has taken place in the about the last 40 years......... such is the power of compound percentages.

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Not far off but I reckon it's more like the last 50 years, since the economic crises of the mid 60s.

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2 hours ago, The Johnster said:

Not far off but I reckon it's more like the last 50 years, since the economic crises of the mid 60s.

It only really got going in the mid 1970s with annual rates of more than 25% at some stages.

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3 hours ago, St Enodoc said:

It only really got going in the mid 1970s with annual rates of more than 25% at some stages.

 

In the historic record list on that link, inflation appears to take off from the end of WW2 with a peak of 24.2% in 1975. However that was topped by 25.2% in 1917 and 36.5% in 1800. Thank goodness we don't appear to have suffered from hyper-inflation.

 

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