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I have just taken delivery of two 1980s era Hornby Clerestories. In good condition they have already received scale couplers but will need decent wheels and bearings, and some form of improved corridor connectors. These coaches were made in Margate and the quality of the printing, etc. is excellent.


The length of the coaches may be considered a bit over the top for the branch line but my excuse/reason for including them is that the Stratford based Dukedog, 3207, will run a twice daily service between Shipston, Stratford and Birmingham, via the North Warwickshire Line. As a semi fast, the service would stop at Stratford (both stations), Henley, Earlswood and Shirley. A morning and evening commuter service, stabled overnight at Stratford. This has set me off thinking about designing a timetable for services to and from Shipston. Life has never been so busy.


As an aside, my father, who never learned to drive, commuted from Earlswood to Birmingham from 1936 to 1956, so it would be fitting for me to inaugurate this service, albeit somewhat late in the day.


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