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Weymouth Bay walks

Saturday saw myself and the good Mrs. Driscoll take a circular 2 and half hour walk from Weymouth Bay and back via Littlemoor, Bincombe and Preston ending up with a pub lunch at the Bridge Inn – very enjoyable walk, great scenery only downside was the wind but all in all we both felt that we had achieved something. Here are the pics

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Newport on the Freight

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A proper freight train

Originally posted on Loco Yard:

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When I visited the Isle of Wight railway in May 2014 the biggest disappointment for me was my camera died before I could get any photographs of the lines brilliant freight train. What made this freight train extra special was that the train was operated with a historically-representative single brake van during the morning. However the time taken in shunting the van to the rear of the train at each terminus station was beginning to affect the passenger train timetable. Thus a second brake van was added, but one full round trip was lost. I got to admit after seeing the Mid Hants freight train at the galas I was surprised to see the train up with just one brake van however it did mean I got loads of shots of her shunting the various wagons at Wootton.

The Isle of Wights freight train is very different to the Mid…

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Polbrook Gurney colliery

Rochdale Model Railway Exhibition 11 & 12 April 2015

http://nevardmedia.blogspot.com/2015/04/rochdale-model-railway-exhibition-11-12.html

UK Heritage Hub Issue 52 ready to download!

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Always a good read

Originally posted on Loco Yard:

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The brand new UKHH E-zine (Issue 52) has finally been able to be released today, 10th April, and is ready to download and read at your leisure. Apologies for the delay in the release of this issue due to a computer failure at our head office which is currently being resolved.

To find the magazine follow the link in the text or type it into your browser. Issue 52 – http://bit.ly/ukhhissue52 It works on smart phones and tablets too, so you’ll be able to read on the go!

Our thanks to everyone, whom continues to contribute to this fast expanding enterprise. It is really gratifying to see new names being included with articles and images, a lot of new names in this issue! You can visit our homepage at www.themodelcentre.com/ukheritagehub for any recent previous issues you may have missed.

We are now open to submissions for our next issue…

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Scottish Holiday Photos!

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Porthcullian goes green

Originally posted on The model railways of Oly Turner and Chris Matthews:

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Well they sort of behaved, after Mark had taken my bodge and did it properly!

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Scrap Tank Test Build 5 – Getting on with the Chassis

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Good construction tips

Originally posted on highland miscellany:

With the basic chassis made, it is essential to fit the nuts to secure the body to the chassis as both of these will be concealed with later work.  So a quick test fit looks like this and we can get onto the next bit, the coupling rods. _DSC0361compress

As is not uncommon, these are made from a pair of layers of brass laminated together.  You can see that the outer layer is half etched for much of its length, with the full depth only being present at the bosses.  I have also sought to make it easier to build these by including them in a folding jig – the folding is underway in the bottom portion of the view. The logic of the jig, indeed the whole kit, is to make a really smoothly running chassis much easier to make.  Modern CAD and computer operated phototool creation techniques by the etchers…

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Pictures at an (ESNG) exhibition #1

Originally posted on esngblog:

Another year, another exhibition negotiated.  And another moderate success, though I say so myself.  We cleared over 200 through the doors, and received plenty of positive comments from the visitors.  Perhaps the best complement was the length of time people stayed, talking to the exhibitors, shopping, and enjoying our superior coffee (confession – all the real ground coffee came from the Redhill pound-shop).

The day hadn’t started well, with a phone call at 6:10am from Dave Dawes, saying he was sick and couldn’t bring Dawes Creek along to the show (hope you’re better, Dave).  So I arrived at the hall at 7 to shuffle a few exhibits around to fill the space left by Dawes Creek.

This year was definitely a modular layout show.  We had three N-mod displays, our own layout, plus visits from the Berkshire and West Sussex groups of the N-gauge society.

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We’ll start with our…

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14xx To Run Services To Lost Station To Raise Funds For New 3MT

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Worthy cause

Originally posted on Loco Yard:

2014 Autumn Steam Gala Watercress Line - Ropley - Ex-GWR 14xx Class 1450Ex-GWR 14xx Class 1450 is set to run to Eardington Halt on the Severn Valley Railway, 17th April 2015.  The station is located south of Bridgnorth, but due to its’ remote location, short platform and being on a 1 in 100 gradient, the station was removed from the preserved railway’s timetable in 1982.

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3mm Exhibition celebrating 50 years of the scale

3mm Exhibition In Kidderminster.

Use this link to see a list of 3mm layouts and dates for a celebration of 3mm scale modelling in Kidderminster on the 17th October 2015.

A cultural interlude

Originally posted on esngblog:

Whilst we are slaving away at the ESNG show today, I present a cultural interlude (be grateful – you get precious little culture on this blog).

Phil sent me this poem.  He didn’t know to whom the verse is attributable, so apologies for not adding the author.

The End of The Line

The line has gone,
They’ve closed it down,
The gleaming rails have turned to brown,
The station’s closed, deserted, bare,
Decay and rubble everywhere.
Boarded windows, broken glass,
Platform garden choked with grass
And weeds (no prizes now).  An air
Of desolation and despair,
No busy, bustling, friendly life
( A single please, But how’s the wife?)
No chocolate in the slot machine
( One doubts if there has ever been )
No 4 – 6 – 2 ‘s, no steam, no smoke.
No slamming doors.  No busy folk
To spill from 1st’s and 3rd’s.  No greetings,
No…

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