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  1. Given its such a glorious day I thought I'd get my immaculate Ford Granada out and take it for a spin............
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  2. On the subject of weight, may I please share my progress on my N gauge O2 build? The current state of the locomotive with its test weights fitted. These are made out of tungsten rods and took three diamond cutting discs and a hammer to cut/break to the required length! The chassis is milled brass and the wheels are 3D printed and pressed onto steel tires. Slightly earlier photographs showing the 7mm motor and gear train. The chassis was placed on some old Farish wheels at this stage for testing. The gears are also Farish spares (from a 4F) and freely rotate on brass pins soldered to on side of the chassis. The gear reduction is a smidge under 70:1.
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  3. The Story of Middle Farm Part 1 Scaledale buildings originally brought as a present and where the very first part of Little Muddle, as they say from little seeds mighty oaks to grow!!! 16/04/2008 MDF base with the top surface remove with a coarse file to give the road surface. 29/04/2008 Only picture I have of the original building finish but the doors and gutters have been painted black/grey from the blue - you see it around some of the edges then the large module built, to large as if was heavy....! 06/08/2008 Repainted Triang viaduct in place, stream a sheet of perspex with the underside painted fitted, farmhouse with painted walls, the first of the many trees starting to appear.. On to 04/05/2009 Part of the garden planted (note only one side at this point), arch made and plants in greenhouse 26/11/2009 Longer view showing the extent of LM to backscene to LH side. Behind this was a train turntable, enough for loco and two coaches, two tracks and all based on a 'lazy Susan' but it never work very well so didn't last long... Original ivy which at the time I thought looked great!!! 26/11/2009 Lane to nowhere, very sparse....
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  4. Didn’t realise until late this evening that it’s 5 years today that I started with GBRf, done a fair bit in that time really, added new traction in the shape of 69s and 196s as well as keeping things like class 37, 47, 56 and 60s on my card from colas on top of the usual 66s last day of my annual leave today, drive back from silloth via Keswick for a change as there were a couple of places I wanted to stop that I knew my family wouldn’t be interested in first up brassenthwate lake station all is not what it seems! So why is there a German engine and orient express coaches deep in the Lake District? they are in fact movie props from the Kenneth Branagh remake of ‘Murder on the Orient Express’! the loco appears time be sat on small wheels that have a chain drive between them and the big driving wheels are sat a couple of inches above the rail and are in face made of fibreglass with the motion being wooden! The main shell appears to be metal with all the add on bit being wooden or fibreglass too It’s certainly very realistic, the coaches look to have BR MK1? bogies under them, not sure if they are reskinned British coaches but they are beautifully finished and now in use as a restaurant and bar next up I stopped at Threlkeld Quarry Museum, what a great little find, didn’t really have a proper look at the museum bit or walk up to have a look at the various excavators they had on site as I just fancied a go on the train inside the museum And outside, 2ft gauge Bagnall ‘Sir Tom’ originally a 3ft something loco regauged in about 2010 according to the guard Nice selection of coaches Station area Hunslet loco And away we went into the quarry I’ll be honest I was expecting a short out and back around the corner or something, I really didn’t expect the climb we had away from the base, 1 in 20 at one point so the driver said video warning: squealing flanges!! And into the quarry Running round And off we went back down the hill Selection of excavators and back to the bottom station Running round And that was that, back home, typically in the sunniest day we’ve had in the 10 days I was in cumbria and back to work tomorrow, crewe to hams hall and back, small Heath Wednesday, class 69 to didcot on Thursday, then a couple of jobs I can’t remember what they were on Friday and Saturday!
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  5. Thanks for your comments on the 9F photos, especially the supportive/ friendly ones; just about managed to edit them in time. Major surgery now over today; recovering here in hospital, connected up with pipes and tubes, looking like a motor fitted M7! Seriously, people, the staff here in Guy’s have been fantastic and it’s comforting to be able to keep in touch with everyone’s efforts in RMWeb. Meanwhile, I’ve attached a photo which I think went astray with the earlier firmware upgrade. “Stand Clear” End of another duty for Standard tank No. 80015 as she is “put and prepped.”
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  6. Kilsby Tunnel this morning. Once again lost ones re added. Kilsby Tunnel 86205 Blackpool to Euston June 75 J4370 Kilsby Tunnel Class 85 down parcels June 75 J4368 Kilsby Tunnel Class 86 E3157 up parcels March 67 J836 Kilsby Tunnel Class 86 Euston to Wolverhampton June 75 J4371 Kilsby Tunnel Class 87 Euston to Glasgow June 75 J4372 David
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  7. Across the vast plains of the goods yard we spy a wild beast roaring into town....
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  8. The Story Of Middle Farm Part 2 20/11/2011 Not much happened for a while, a few grotty sheds added, some more tweaks to the scenery but that was about it 06/04/2014 Then the extension started to Encombe Town station and the main line. Creamery added but no crate at this time, extra flower bed added to farm garden, piggery in place.......grass very bare between the two sets of buildings.... 26/12/2014 Rough grass land added and now starting to blend in... Purpose built Piggery now being added into scenery.. Note original plain tiled roof, did not look right so that was destined to change.. 01/07/2022 Again not much happened until the recent shed works and further scenery tweaks, PW area and signal added So as you can much of this layout evolves and changes over the years, It is evolving again with the proposed windmill and cottage works....still at design stage though but all the electrics had been altered and rationalised so this work can proceed. In the mean time though I have some wagons to finish..
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  9. I've just been told that our friend died at 9pm this evening. Dave
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  10. Another random selection this afternoon, all places beginning with "S". I don't think these have been in this thread before. Skipton LMS Class 5 45221 light engine Jan 67 J743 South Shields Westoe Colliery EE/Baguley No11 21st Feb 86 C7337 Sowerby Bridge Class 110 Leeds to Manchester Victoria Oct 69 C158 St Mary Cray Class 73 down empty car transporters May 80 J6891 Stafford Class 304 Rugby to Stafford Aug 66 J594 David
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  11. I have just finished my latest O gauge project which is this GE six wheeler. it’s a D&S kit for a D.407 3rd Lav. This nicely fits into the the theme of budget modelling as I found the kit largely built in a rummage box at the Guildford Gauge O Group open day for £40. All I’ve done is fit some missing roof details and then paint, line and weather it. It was my first attempt at carriage lining with a bow pen and at white roof weathering using an airbrush so I’m quite pleased/ relieved at how its come out. It still needs an interior which I’m hoping my club friend, Rob, will 3D print for me. Regards Andy
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  12. It never rains but...... We got back on Wednesday from our couple of days away celebrating our anniversary only to get a phone call that evening to say that a great friend and ex-RAF buddy had suffered a cardiac arrest and after lengthy CPR was in hospital in Bristol. The last time we saw him and his wife was at Dad's funeral four weeks ago. Tonight he has still not regained consciousness and is on a ventilator so things aren't looking good. On top of Dad going and the hassle involved I'm not feeling too great at the moment. Dave
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  13. I forgot to mention something about replacing the missing photos. Although I have them all they will not be posted in the same batches as before as that takes too long to sort out. Today's are from visits to Chesterfield. When I was at Manchester I often changed trains at Chesterfield as trains to and from Manchester generally went via Derby wheras I was going to/from Nottingham. Chesterfield Class 31 5690 down coal November 70 C408 Chesterfield Class 08 D4032 up goods wrong line December 70 C426 Chesterfield Class 47 1634 up oil, on fast line December 70 C428 Chesterfield Class 47 1789 up oil May 71 C600 Chesterfield Class 45 Newcastle to Bristol March 72 C857 David
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  14. This morning we visit Hougham on the ECML between Grantham and Newark, just north of Barkston. There used to be a station here. Hougham Class 40 40145 down ex pass Aug 74 C1742 Kings X to Scarborough Hougham Class 47 up ex pass Aug 74 C1743 Hougham Class 55 down ex pass Aug 74 C1744 probably 55020 Hougham Class 40 Grimsby to Kings X Aug 74 C1739 Hougham Class 47 up cement Aug 74 C1740 David
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  15. Time now for this afternoon's "new" photos. Today we have a look at three Swiss metre gauge railways, probably not amongst the better known to those who live in the UK. The first photo shows a train on the preserved line from Blonay to Chamby. Prior to preservation the loco had been owned by SBB used on the Brünig line and later by the BAM (Biere Apples Morges). The second photo shows a train on the Chemins der fer Electriques Veveysans (CEV), now a part of the MOB group. The tremaining photos show La Givrine, a small station on the Nyon St. Cergue Morez line which lies to the north of Geneva. It now runs from Nyon (on Lake Geneva/ Lac Leman) to La Cure on the border with France but it used to run to Morez in France. It has been modernised since these photos were taken. While hurrying to take these photos before the trains moved I put my sunglasses on the car roof. Sadly they were still there when I drove off, never to be seen again. Blonay Blonay Chamby ex Brunig & ex BAM Ed3/3 6 5th Aug 78 J6252 Blonay CEV BDeh2/4 71 Vevey to Les Pleiades 5th Aug 78 J6249 La Givrine NStCM ABDe4/4 1on inspection train & ABDe4/4 11 La Cure to Nyon 15th Aug 78 J6304 No 1 was built in 1916, Number 11 in 1918 so they were only around 60 years old when photographed. Both these railcars still exist, they were sold to the Chemin de Fer de la Mure, in France in 1982 and 1992 respectively. La Givrine NStCM ABDe4/4 11 La Cure to Nyon 15th Aug 78 J6305 La Givrine NStCM ABDe4/4 1on inspection train & ABDe4/4 11 La Cure to Nyon 15th Aug 78 C4067 La Givrine NStCM ABDe4/4 11 La Cure to Nyon 15th Aug 78 C4068
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  16. A couple of photos I took on the Blyth and Tyne this afternoon of an inspection saloon being propelled by a Class 37. BSC_6974 Newsham Plessey Road 37418 down inspection saloon BSC_6975 Newsham Plessey Road 37418 down inspection saloon David
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  17. A first batch from the missing photos. To start with they will be ones originally posted between 1st May 2014 and 11th July 2015 - some 3060 images in all. They will not be in the original order, that would be far too complicated to do. I cannot guarantee to post two sets of photos every day, there may be days with only "new" or only "old photos". Today's were taken at Lanceaster in 1972. At that time I was living in Manchester, just coming to the end of my student days after completing a degree in Biology in 1971, I did my PGCE which took a further year to qualify me to teach. I left Manchester in June 1972. Lancaster Class 08 3200 shunting 17th May 72 C0962 Lancaster Class 40 301 in green up carflats 17th May 72 C957 a Lancaster Class 50 409 up ex pass, Class 108 on right 17th May 72 C960 Lancaster Class 108 up pass 17th May 72 C959 Lancaster Platform finger indicator 17th May 72 C954 Class 108 and Class 101 David
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  18. A final look today from the Squadron Leaders archives before he flies off to pastures new.....
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  19. Time for some shots from the Squadron Leader...
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  20. From on high, B1 in the bay waiting to go to Grimsby. and from the other side, Champion Lodge moving down the engine road to wait by the coaling stage. The 5.13 to March will be its duty.
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  21. A batch on here for the first time this afternoon at Ulgham Lane crossing on the ECML in Northumberland. The colour balance is a bit "off" on a couple of them. Ulgham Lane crossing 43115 up 17th September 88 C11519 Ulgham Lane crossing 43041 up 27th May 89 C11895 Ulgham Lane crossing 43099 Edinburgh to Kings X May 91 J11924 Ulgham Lane crossing 37358 up l eJuly 91 J12056 Ulgham Lane crossing 37071 empty alumina Fort William to North Blyth Aug 94 J14801 David
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  22. This hot weather has meant I can’t get in the loft to do things on my OO and have put the garden railway away because the track was starting to buckle! So I have been finishing things off. Today it’s the D&S GCR milk van which I started on holiday in July and showed earlier here. I’ve just finished painting it. I had a debate about whether to paint the ends black or coach brown. mickLNER suggested black (thanks Mick) but in the end I went for coach brown because the other vehicle it will run with has brown ends. If anyone is sure this is wrong, please let me know. Painting it black is easy!
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  23. Here comes yet another named express on the Up, this time the Norseman, unusually with headboard. Falcon is just out of the paint shop. Tomorrow we shall have a look at the formation.
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  24. Four and a half mile walk completed before it got too hot, so I have already hit my five mile/10000 steps target for the day, thus putting me in a benevolent state of mind. That is enough to give you a couple of bonus plonks.
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  25. Wagons left paint shop, now onto to signwriter( or transfer applier shop). Final weathering once transfers on, then load and do I put the tarpaulins on, if so, why did I paint the interior then!!! Answers on a postcard to - TBC Edit and S&W couplings might be an idea!!!! forgot them….!
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  26. A front on view reveals that we have yet another named train on the Up, this time the Northumbrian. Another look through the arch. Unfortunately the nice lady in the spotted dress is hidden from view, but one can't have everything.
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  27. ‘‘Twas a long day! Actually shorter than most turns I normally do but some of it is just so slow such as between hellifield and Blackburn, 30mph all the way! rode to kingmoor from the middle of Carlisle passing under the old Waverley route bridge it’s not actually a cycle path but a public footpath with lots of steps but it was a nice ) mile ride to try out a new bike my train Got cautioned at ais gil and asked to inspect the line after a train in opposite direction had hit some sheep and they weren’t sure if there were still some in the line, I found 5 dead sheep in moorcock tunnel so had to stop at Garsdale to let the signaller know, I could have done it on the phone but I saw it as a photo op! ruswarp statue Before passing mick I got stopped at whalley as soon as my feet touched the platform the signal pulled off! As I was covering 2 job today there was no break showing in the schedule so I asked to be stopped in crewe for a PNB as i was reaching my driving time limit and the next bit of trip would have taken me over it so I got off for a leg stretch, toilet break and a drink I was booked to take it to landor st but a buckled rail meant it couldn’t go over Sutton park so I went via bescot to Birmingham international where I got off a really enjoyable day, the s+c in glorious sunshine is lovely, got a trip back to Carlisle via the WCML one day next week too, possession in Birmingham tomorrow though
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  28. He's still buzzing around.....
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  29. A Devon scene from 1991: And a moment of worry as the track starts to creak…
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  30. While we are up here, might as well circle round a bit more, and have another look at the D16. and the B1 wants another look in too, though this one needed a lot of croppping.
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  31. Something a little different, took the decision to have a pristine out the box DP1 weathered professionally. I am very pleased with the outcome ....
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  32. Now we have the arrival from Harwich, and the usual Saturday shortage of motive power means that we get a Claud rather than a B17. Could there be a nicer sight than a Claud at Platform 6 on a bright summer's day? And what would we give to see it now? From that upstairs window, 60523 is seen starting away.
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  33. A picture from the archives...
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  34. Photos taken on two visits to Shenfield on the Great Eastern Main Line for this afternoon's replacements. The station is just to the north of the bridge where I was standing. Shenfield lass 37 Norwich to Liverpool St Nov 75 C2531 Shenfield Class 47 down ex pass Jan 79 C4268 Shenfield 31226 up parcels Jan 79 C4269 Shenfield 307107 down pass Jan 79 C4272 Shenfield 302214 down pass Jan 79 C4274 Shenfield 47130 up ex pass Jan 79 C4275 David
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  35. Replacement copies of three locations along the Great Eastern Railway branch from Wickford to Southminster in Essex for today. In the 1970s it was quite run down, very different from photos I've seen of it since electrification. I don't think I'll ever go back to see it though. Battlesbridge Class 105 Wickford to Southminster Nov 79 C4898 Battlesbridge Class 105 Wickford to Southminster Nov 79 C4899 Fambridge Class 104 Wickford to Southminster Sept 74 C1790 Fambridge Class 104 Wickford to Southminster Sept 74 C1791 Althorne Class 104 Southminster to Wickford Sept 74 C1793 Althorne Class 104 Southminster to Wickford Sept 74 C1792 David
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  36. Scotch Goods rolls on along the slow, passing the B12, which is waiting to reverse its stock down to the carriage sidings. The 1010 Edinburgh-KX has another local A2/3, which after a three minute stop here, will carry on to London. 60003 has to wait. I did all those lattices properly for once. It took rather a long time.
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  37. Still retaining Railfreight Coal livery well into EWS days, 56134 heads a steel working past 37216 heading north on an engineers working.
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  38. Now the replacement photos. Today they are from Brocklesby on the line to Grimsby, east of Barnetby. At the east end of the station is the junction for Immingham. Brocklesby Class 114 Cleethorpes to Sheffield June 64 J133 Brocklesby 47219 westbound oil and Class 31 eastbound empty steel March 78 J5978 Brocklesby Class 47 239 westbound oil 28th March 78 C3757 Brocklesby Class 150/1 Cleethorpes to Sheffield 30th May 91 C15862 Brocklesby Class 150 track recording unit westbound 30th May 91 C15865 David
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  39. The Bowes Railway near Gateshead for your Sunday morning preserved railway images. Blackhams Hill Barclay 22 Aug 80 J7080 Bowes Railway Springwell Barclay WST 7th April 85 C6781 Springwell April 85 J8254 Barclay W.S.T. inn background Springwell 27th March 89 C11734 Brake vans used to carry passengers. Springwell Hunslet and parts of saddle tank 27th March 89 C11753 Springwell 27th March 89 C11754 David
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  40. Something a bit different from the usual. Taken a few months ago. Some visiting stock for todays pictures. These pictures are posted to show what's possible with a little bit of effort. Taken on a camera phone. That's it. Nothing special. .
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  41. Not many pics today as I was rushing about a bit to get back north! 69006 from longport to banbury, I was booked to take it to didcot but the other driver said he’d come to banbury which worked out great for me as I needed to get back to Carlisle at rhe end of the job! Longport castle Bromwich jn banbury a quick scooch over the bridge, for the train north southbound voyager and my train back to Stafford I could have changed at coventry but there was a person hit by a train in stetchford so my voyager went direct to new st via dorridge missing coventry and international, due to the incident the Edinburgh train I was going to get avoided those stops too so I stayed in the voyager to Stafford and quickly went over the bridge onto a train to crewe, there was also a lineside fire north of Stafford which meant everything was running on the fast lines as the Edinburgh train had missed the West Midlands it apparently went to Stafford, arriving 50 mins early, then turned back to Wolverhampton to drop passengers and picked up it’s booked path back north from there, a quick look at the signalling maps showed it was in fact 2 trains behind the one I was on to crewe so when I got to crewe it was another quick leap across the platform and straight onto it, delayed a bit more but made it into Carlisle some 2 hours earlier than I was expecting to! nice job tomorrow, MOD Carlisle to Landor st via the settle and Carlisle and Blackburn, but not before a look in C+M models in town!
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  42. The 3.00 Newcastle, a prestigious job for a local A2/3. Sun Castle is not that long out of Plant after overhaul though.
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  43. Good morning David, You're too kind, though Ian Rathbone's painting certainly is stunning. Trying to illustrate the ripples in MORTEHOE's construction is quite difficult, but I think the following shots display the 'happy accident' caused by expansion during soldering-on the thin brass overlays for the cladding. I've tried different lighting attempting to emphasise this. I think a model of an original Bulleid light Pacific made this way looks far more-'natural' than any RTR 'plastic perfection' (though Hornby's renditions are very good). I built 34094 near 30 years ago, and she ran on Leighford originally. Latterly, she operated on Charwelton (on railtour duty), but now lives in her box; only being 'let-out' on LB when SR-loving friends visit......... I think she might have picked up a few more dents and dings in her life, anyway. Regards, Tony.
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  44. Swinging into town, to the Manor born....
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  45. Another last minute change, drive to bescot to leave my car for the end of my booked possession job only to find out it had been cancelled! There was another driver there who was booked to work a train to crewe then taxi back from there so I said I’d take it for him, meant my car is in the right place for the end of my job on Monday night! Ready to depart very strange to get greens all the way from bescot as there were no avanti or West Midlands trains running today into crewe before I left bescot I was asked if I could do another bit of a job, so in a taxi I went and ended up in…… hindlow! Waiting to get the token Once I had it, onto the branch and away to Buxton (once the shunter had closed the ground frame and given me the token back) That train needed to get to Wellingborough, I don’t sign there so it was suggested I take it via hazel grove and crewe to nuneaton or South wigston for the forward driver to take off me, control didn’t realise I sign the hope valley and midland mainline so we got it routed that way and I got off at toton A few shots while waiting for a taxi home back out of toton tomorrow afternoon. Back to crewe, they did organise me a hotel for tonight but I only have the clothes on my back and no bike otherwise I’d have stayed over there and gone for a ride around the area tomorrow had I known An enjoyable day considering my original job was sat in a tunnel in the middle of Birmingham, it’s actually been quite an enjoyable week this week with lots of variety and unusual routes covered
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  46. I don't often check in on RMweb these days but this is one of my rare look-ins with a report should anyone be interested. As usual it's N/2mm and non-steamy. The first is a recently completed NGS kit of a BPV Boplate bogie flat: The second is bashing a NGS Loriot wagon kit and Tomytec Poclain TY45 in to a ZYR Lowmac EK mounted with with Poclain grab excavator as used for digging foundation for electrification gantries. There is still quite a bit to do, and, of course, there are compromises, but it progresses well. Here's the progress.
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  47. 4.45pm, assuming things are running to time, so 61207 can get on its way to Grimsby. Two minutes later Diamond Jubilee arrives with the 3.18 KX-Leeds. No connection for the E.Lincs there, but the preceding 3.08 Newcastle would have allowed a comfortable transfer, if things were running to time. 60046 has 13 on, and has pulled up well clear of the end of the platform.
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  48. The coach arrived from the south-eastern suburbs of Perth on Wednesday and here it is. One of the couplings had fallen off but that doesn't matter as I'll be changing them anyway. It's very nicely put together and finished, including the flexible scissors gangways. The builder has used whitemetal bogies (possibly K's - I haven't compared them with my stock of spares yet), not the original Slater's ones, which is my preference too. Total price excluding postage was about 50% more than the most recent price for the unmade kits, so I think I've got a very good deal indeed. In the same post was a lovely surprise. Last Saturday, at Peter the Cornishman's, I was gently pulling his leg and suggesting that his Kernow special edition Bachmann "Truro" Toad was way out of period for his layout and would look much better on mine. Well, guess what? That's right... Last night I used the tip of a craft knife blade to convert the number from W68474 to W68471 and printed new allocation names. The close-up is a bit cruel regarding the white edge to the name but "at normal viewing distances" and angles it looks fine. Thanks Peter and I'll find a suitable way to repay you before too long.
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  49. Around Northumberland on the ECML this afternoon. The photos run from north to south. Stamford Northumberland DVT and Class 91 up 6th May 95 C20122 Southside HST 43198 and 43085 down 12th Aug 86 C7891 Ulgham Grange crossing Class 254 HST down April 82 C5632 Ulgham Lane crossing Class 254 43045 up 11th Aug 84 C6637 Stannington Class 142 Alnmouth to Newcastle May 94 J14714 David
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  50. D5149 slowly making its way through Rural Goods. Regard’s Paul.
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