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Bob Barlow, au revoir

sed30:

What a shock – an inspiration to all. RIP

Originally posted on Albion Yard:

RBOB

greystarpublications.com

It’s with great sadness that this weekend I learnt of the passing of Bob Barlow, editor of Finescale Railway Modelling Review, Narrow Gauge and Industrial Review, and previously editor of Model Railway Journal.

It came as a bit of a shock to realise that Bob and I have crossed paths over the past 25 years or more. I first Met Bob at an Expo EM or Scaleforum just as Wild Swan were dipping their toe into model railway magazine publishing. Bob had written an article in a British Railway Journal on making trees from twisted wire. That belief of wanting to make high quality scenery and modelling achievable to people who wanted to try to better themselves and their talents, immediately grabbed my attention. Here was a magazine edited by someone who could walk the talk of pushing the boundaries and was prepared to have a go himself, and…

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Metropolitan Tank-finale

sed30:

High commended in the Tony Birch award at the 3mm AGM

Originally posted on Nicks workshop mutterings:

Below are two pictures of the finished model. It is painted in the late Beattie livery, used between1874 and 1878, of Purple Brown. The boiler bands are homemade transfers with black and white lining. The lining on the tank sides was scribed through the top layer of paint to expose the undercoat which gives a reasonable representation of the fine lines involved.

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AGM success

sed30:

Well deserved on both counts

Originally posted on Nicks workshop mutterings:

The 50th anniversary AGM of the 3mm Society was held at Swindon last weekend. I was extremely pleased at the reception that my entry for the ’50’ challenge – 50 x 50 shades of grey- received. I was especially pleased by the comments of Maggie and Gordon Gravett who were the guest judges and also all the smiles that the diorama put on people’s faces. The effect of LED lighting gave the whole scene a feeling of a typical dull, grey day in a misty industrial setting where there is little if any colour. The reactions were totally not what I expected.

I was also pleased to be runner up in the Tony Birch Award competition for locomotives with my model of the LSWR Metropolitan Tank, or Plymouth Tank as it was known. Construction of it was recorded earlier in this blog.

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Sounds very familiar lol

The real W1A….

http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/99495-the-real-w1a/

Especially for Mr P

7mm Narrow Gauge Burton 13th June

http://www.rmweb.co.uk/community/index.php?/topic/99476-7mm-narrow-gauge-burton-13th-june/

Where will my children live? The question housing needs to address instead of moaning!

sed30:

Yes where will my children live???

Originally posted on SPeye Joe (Welfarewrites):

I am sick and tired of people in housing moaning;  all they do is moan and bemoan the state they are in.

That has to change and instead of a rigid focus on the admittedly many problems the move to a resolute focus on the solutions to them is needed.

We bombard government with evidence on housing yet they just don’t listen was just one of the moans today.  A typical one and one said many times before and we all see them and have heard them much more in the aftermath of the general election.

Such moans are so commonplace it is almost a case of not another bloody moan as we know that governments of the last 35 years do not listen to social housing and all we do is moan about it.

How do we get government(s) to listen has been asked many times before.  Shall we…

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ExpoEM 2015

sed30:

Clashes with the 3mm AGM unfortunatly

Originally posted on Simon's Model Railway Blog:

Leighton Buzzard by Peter DennyThere are some very important milestones in the model railway world. Some of them are exhibition layouts, and some never leave home.

One of them is Buckingham by Rev Peter Denny. To get a feel of how significant this model is, you have to read the Railway Modeller magazines of the time, and see the quality of The Railway of the Month to realise just how good Buckingham was. Peter Denny began building Buckingham in the early fifties, and to him OO gauge wasn’t good enough so it was built to 18mm gauge or EM. It was a fictional depiction of the Great Central and was usually run by himself and his son Crispin. When Crispin became less available to help in operating, Peter built an electro-mechanical computer to help with operation-this was christened Automatic Crispin.Crispin Denny operating Leighton Buzzard

Peter also added a branch line to a terminus called Leighton Buzzard.

When Peter…

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More from the 2015 3mm AGM

More images from 2015 3mm Society AGM

http://dorset3mm.blogspot.com/2015/05/more-images-from-2015-3mm-society-agm.html

Is it jobs for the boys as Shawcross stands down at City Hall?

sed30:

Great shame – a sensible politician

Originally posted on Inside Croydon:

Amid all the fuss this time last week about the withdrawal from the Labour leadership contest of the only south London candidate, Chuka Umunna, the news of another leading figure from the same party standing down from the political fray got almost overlooked.

Val Shawcross: the best Labour leader Croydon never (really) had? Val Shawcross: the best Labour leader Croydon never (really) had?

Valerie Shawcross is probably the best Labour council leader that Croydon never (really) had.

The Norwood resident was Croydon Council leader, but only for a couple of years – not enough time to make a lasting impact – before she was elected in 2000 in the inaugural City Hall elections as the Assembly Member for Lambeth and Southwark. Last week, she announced that she would not be seeking a further term at the 2016 London elections.

Her decision drew compliments from politicians from across London and all political parties. “Val Shawcross has been a byword for…

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3mm AGM

Yesterday saw the culmination of a busy couple of weeks in preparing for the 3mm AGM at the Stratton Leisure Centre in Swindon. An early start from Weymouth meant arrival at the centre for about 8am. Setting out the hall took a bit of doing but much to my relief we managed to fit everything in. As it was our 50th year the theme was 50:1
Basically anything with 50 in it so we had a combination of layouts plus models and diorama. One of my favourites was Nick Salzman’s 50 Shades of Grey

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A very imaginative piece.

Close by was Heybridge wharf by Mike Corp

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Another Mike this time Mr Davey brought along a layout depicting a halt on the Culm Valley line

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At this juncture I would like to express my thanks for me being able to borrow the cables from Croydon MRS to power the layouts.

There were also non powered items on display one being Phil Hutchings diaroma

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Another fine piece was Suttons Bridge by Stephen Moor

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Nigel Cullimore brought along North Ealing

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Geoff Gay also brought along a fine example of a small shunting yard

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Martin Gentle brought along Chesterton Lane halt a fine example of his late dad, Peters model which use to be part of a shed layout

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The above were all worthy examples of what can be achieved in 3mm scale – more examples later on.

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