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ESNG meeting – 08 June 2018


A good turn out tonight, and plenty of trains running – and the usual suspects!

Trains included some period German railcars….

Allan’s milk train….

Paul’s usual long Japanese goods…

And Simon’s USA superpower….

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Centrale’s House of Fraser saved – for now – from closure

Great shame that such household have to face not having an outlet on the high street

Inside Croydon

M.T. WALLETTE, our retailing correspondent, on the latest piece of almost good news for Croydon town centre, as the chairman of one department store talks of the ‘existential threat’ to business on the High Street

Croydon’s House of Fraser has been given a reprieve, as the company named its 31 stores to close

Croydon’s House of Fraser, the town centre’s last remaining West End-style department store, was given a reprieve this morning when it was not listed for closure as part of its parent company’s attempts to stay in business.

But the Croydon store’s future is by no means secure, and much will depend on what deals can be cut over rents with its landlords at Centrale, and the outcome of a crucial vote by creditors on June 22.

House of Fraser announced this morning that it is to close 31 stores, including its flagship Oxford Street store, as part…

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Trooping The Colour

Stephen Liddell

This saturday sees the annual national event known as Trooping The Colour and is the centrepiece for the official birthday celebrations of The Queen and will see The Mall, royal parks and Horseguards Parade backed with Union Jack waving crowds hoping to catch a glimpse of the Queen and members of the Royal Family,

The Queen actually has two birthdays, her actual birthday is April 21 1926; this year she turned 92. She usually celebrates her real birthday in private with her family. While the fanfare is mostly saved for her official birthday in the summer, every year on April 21 there are several gun salutes in London at midday.

However her birthday is officially celebrated in June every year. This celebration, referred to as the Trooping the Colour, is a moveable feast – in 2018 it is celebrated on the 9th June.

Crowds assemble outside Buckingham PalaceCrowds assemble outside Buckingham Palace

What is…

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MP Jones’s letter on rail chaos increases pressure on Grayling

Bout time Grayling went

Inside Croydon

MPs from commuter constituencies across southern England are demanding action from the Transport Secretary. But Croydon South’s Chris Philp is not among them, as JEREMY CLACKSON reports

Failing: Chris Grayling has questions to answer in the House this afternoon

Calls for the resignation of the Transport Secretary and for Govia Thameslink to be stripped of their contract with DafT, the Department for Transport, are likely to grow stronger this afternoon, as Tory minister Chris Grayling is expected to make a statement in the House of Commons over the on-going shambles that is the rail network.

Over the weekend, Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones pulled together a letter which went to Grayling last night, accusing Govia of “abject failure”.

The letter lays out a set of demands ahead of a meeting with Grayling later today to discuss the GTR/Northern railway timetable chaos.

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Norwich Cathedral (1): The History

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The origins of Norwich Cathedral date back to 1096 with the relocation of the bishop’s seat from Thetford. The site had been an Anglo-Saxon settlement including 2 earlier churches, which were demolished to make room for the new building. It took almost 50 years for it to be completed. The Cathedral was part of a monastery of Benedictine monks. The East End and Spire were rebuilt and remodelled on a number of occasions up until 1480. Cathedral, as we see it today, is pretty much as it was in that year. The exception is the Lady Chapel added in 1930, the original 13th-century chapel having been demolished in the 16th century.

Norwich Cathedral By Simon Leatherdale, CC BY-SA 2.0, (

Entrance into the Cathedral Precincts is by one of two gates

Ethelbert Gate

The Ethelbert Gate commemorates one of the Saxon Churches demolished in the building of the Cathedral. The original was destroyed in the riots of 1272…

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TfL confirms tram network will go ticketless from July 16

Cashless Society marches on

Inside Croydon

Transport for London today confirmed the foregone conclusion which was apparent last September when it conducted a “consultation” over its decision to remove ticket machines from the tram network.

Make the most of those £2.60 tickets while you can

In an announcement at lunchtime today, TfL said that the ticket machines, which have been a feature of tram stops since the network opened 18 years ago, are to be removed on July 16.

TfL justified its decision by claiming that just 66 paper single tickets are sold per day across entire tram network.

A paper ticket bought from a ticket machine costs £2.60 whereas the equivalent pay-as-you-go single fare with Oyster or a contactless bank card is £1.50. Passengers using pay-as-you-go also have access to the Mayor’s Hopper fare, which gives a second tram or bus journey for free within one hour of touching in on the first tram…

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Model Rail Magazine announce ex LBSC E1 0-6-0 in 00

GrahamMuz: Fisherton Sarum & Canute Road Quay

Model Rail Magazine in cooperation once again with Canadian manufacture Rapido Trains, (their previous collaboration the ex GER J70 is close to delivery) is to be producing the LBSCR Class E1 0-6-0T. Officially being announced with the publication date of the July issue No. 249 of their magazine on June 7th, however with  subscriber copies now having been delivered the information is in the public domain.

E1 Class as currently on the Isle of Wight steam railway, masquerading as W2. Originally B110 and sold to industrial use in 1927

With the exception of the final six built in 1891 under the auspices of RJ Billington with different boiler, dome and chimney known as E1s from new, the rest of the 80 strong class were originally introduced by William Stroudley from 1874 as the E Class. Essentially a larger goods version of the A1 Terrier 0-6-0t, using the same cylinders, motion and…

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Couple of links


Couple of quick links on a busy Monday afternoon….

Some good thoughts on better track standards for ‘N’ gauge (without going 2mm FineScale) come from N Gauge Forum.  NMRA standards are not far off from the wheels on recent UK models, and the check rail gaps are significantly smaller, offering better appearance and running.  But are you prepared to tweak your loco driving wheels?

I’m rather taken with this idea though.  It allows me to run my stock on the standard club layouts, but gives better appearance, and doesn’t need new chassis for locos.

The Cambridge to Mildenhall branchline, last haunt of the lovely ex-GER E4 2-4-0’s.

Easy to build cassettes using Kato Unitrack.  Real potential for small fiddle yards….

Read here and here (N Gauge Forum again.)

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Simple Control Panel

Great idea

Steve's 009 and 09 Adventure

Sometimes ideas come from the most unexpected places. I was browsing around The Works, a shop that sells art marterials, when I saw this wooden box.

I thought the base of the box might make a good control panel. At only two pounds it was hard to resist. I brought it, took it home and disassembled it.

I painted it white, added some black lines to represent the track, drilled some holes and fitted the ‘push to make’ switches. I wired the switches to a ‘Plug and Socket Terminal Strip’ connector and, ta da, here’s my control panel.

Some modellers have raised making control panels to an art form. Mine isn’t in that league, but it’s was quick to make, it will do the job and it will allow me to start running some trains!

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Accurascale, Transformation Tuesday!

Albion Yard

When your 21 year old daughter says ‘that looks nice, what is it?’ it’s an indication that the box, at the very least is ‘on message’. Not only that but SWMBO, or ‘the wife’ as I know her, mentions it looks elegant, you do wonder if the contents will live up to the packaging.

Today I received two boxes of Accurascale’s HUO 24.5T hopper wagons. It’s not often you go ‘ooh that’s nice’ before even opening the box. Packed in threes, neither set showed any damage or loose components and the packaging is neat tidy and functional. Also included is a one page fact sheet and parts breakdown list.

Immediately the models just leap out as being ‘quality’, OMG, there’s no rulers on this quick look over! Paint finish is excellent, and these are just crying out for weathering, the patches around the stencils are prototypically uneven, so look odd…

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