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Wanted to say to a wider group than before how tremendously supportive I have found the  RMweb community. Tucked away in the 'Railways of Scotland' section of the Forum you will find my first entry where I asked for information about Hurlford MPD and access to Barleith station; I mentioned my terminal illness and need to work to a short time scale. I was amazed at the response which genuinely made me feel part of a larger family! I simply wanted to publicly thank all concerned with this facility.

My current design for a layout based on Hurlford is at the early drawing board stage and I now have enough information (a lot of it thanks to this site) to begin the detailed plan of the coaling stage-turntable section of the complex. When this is done, I shall start on the shed but this is so large that I may have to adjust lengths etc. Does anyone have any idea about how access to Barleith Station was achieved - I am totally embarrassed to admit that I often arrived there on the footplate (usually a 2P driven by one of my Dad's friends) after Saturday morning cinema in Kilmarnock but I simply cannot remember how one got from there to the 'block of maisonettes' where I lived as the son of a driver based at the shed in the fifties!! old age creeping? I would like to include the station at the front of the baseboard if space, time and funds allow. Happy modelling to all and once again a big thank you to all who have posted best wishes and shown support - it appears that RMWeb is set to become the most used site on both iPad Air and PC!

Kind regards,

Jock67B (aka Jack Kerr).


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