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What a lovely memorial


Well it’s only taken nearly a year but I’ve found time and a solution to finish off the first of my custom liveried milk tankers.

For the newer readers of the blog, Bluebell was our much loved and totally daft cat who used to sit on my shoulders while I worked. Unfortunately her time with us was short lived as she had no road sense. I therefore decided to immortalise her on Penlowry by making the local dairy be named after her.

The milk tankers are Dapol unpainted ones, sprayed white and then the livery applied using printed labels. I tried decal sheets but the ink and sheet combination didn’t work well and when I twigged the background could be white not clear, the use of a label made so much sense.

Once printed, a slot was cut in the top for the walkway fixings to be clear and then…

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J-Rock releases charity single to raise awareness of autism

Inside Croydon

Croydon-based R&B musician J-Rock has released a charity single, in which he performs alongside seven other artists all of whom have autism.

J-Rock with Anna Kennedy during the recording of the charity single

Father of five J-Rock – also known as John Paul Horsley – was put in touch with Anna Kennedy, the founder of an autism charity, when one of his sons was diagnosed with autism. Horsley is now a patron of the Anna Kennedy Online charity.

J-Rock was a member of the MOBO-award-winning hip-hop group Big Brovaz. The charity single sees him producing and singing a version of his 2003 hit “Baby Boy”.

Kennedy is a campaigner for autism and has set up schools and colleges for autistic children and adults when there were once no provision. The charity, Anna Kennedy Online, stages an annual show “Autism’s Got Talent”.

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Railway Modeller and Bullhead Rail

Simon's Model Railway Blog


As my regular readers will know, I am a little obsessed with the new Bullhead Rail from Peco. The next issue of Railway Modeller starts a series of articles on how to use the rail.

My other articles are Peco on the right track and Peco Code 75 Bullhead Expands

img_6053The May 2018 edition can be purchased from your usual newsagent or here

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Has anyone got a spare £200k?



Well after yesterday’s amusement now it’s time for something completely different.

I spent the day on Saturday playing on the narrow gauge at Beamish as part of the Great North Steam Fair. It was an excellent day apart from it being the only day of the four where it persisted it down all day!

I spent most of the afternoon driving Statfold, the 2005 built quarry Hunslet. It and Jack Lane were batch built by Statfold Barn Railway. At the time I am told they cost £140k.

Add some cash for inflation and material costs rocketing (particularly in 2008) and I reckon you’re looking at £200k for one now.

And I want one. They’re bloody good fun.

I’ve pre-ordered a 009 Dorothea but it’s not quite the same.

The problem is I’m £200k short. Can anyone help?!

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On my workbench #8

Albion Yard one of my favs too


Not much to report on the workbench….  Too much thinking and not enough modelling over the past month.  And too much exhibition organisation.  But I have thought again about my N-club modules.  I decided that I really did want to be able to operate the layout from both sides, and be able to look from the ‘outside’ when the layout is at home, allowing the buildings to form a backdrop.

Rather than duplicate the point switches on the other side of the layout, I have gone for the expensive option, DCC operation of the points.  A package of Cobalt gubbins arrived last week, and I need to build a control panel and rewire.  Disadvantage – cost.  Advantage – layout with control panel is reversible, just two wires control all the pointson the layout, and the control panel is connected to the layout by a single Ethernet cable rather than a…

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The legendary Sopwith Camel – Icon of WW1 fliers

True hero’s lest we forget

Stephen Liddell

The first really star plane of the Royal AirForce was the Sopwith Camel which was already in service for the Royal Flying Corps.

The Camel grew out of the Sopwith Pup, a little fighter introduced in 1916, but which was soon outclassed by the German Albatroses and Halberstadts.

Its name derived from the slight hump forward of the cockpit. Its twin 30 caliber Vickers machine guns enabled it to destroy its (by WW2 or modern standards) flimsy opponents. In all, 5,490 were manufactured.

The plane wicked torque and killed a lot of novice British pilots, but the Sopwith Camel shot down 1,2494 German aircraft making it the most successful plane.

108 Sopwith F1 CamelSopwith Camel at RAF Hendon … come tour with me and see it for yourself

Though one of the better planes of WW1 and they did become much more advanced by the end of the war than at the beginning…

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‘First’ at Narrow Gauge South 2018

Just sorry I could not get there

Steve's 009 and 09 Adventure

Congratulations to the Wessex Narrow Gauge Modellers for organising Narrow Gauge South, it was excellent. The organisers took two big decisions. Firstly, to move to a new venue and secondly to create a bigger exhibition with 34 layouts and 26 traders and societies. For me, both decisions paid off handsomely. The exhibition was top quality and the venue was super.

I was exhibiting ‘First’ and I had a very enjoyable day playing trains and talking to everyone. Many people introduced themselves: visitors who liked the layout, people who read this blog and members of the NGRM forum. Thanks, for saying ‘Hello’. It was a pleasure to meet you and talk with you all.

I tried a new way of presenting the layout. I put it on top of the transport box to raise the viewing height. I think this made the layout easier to see and people could view the…

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‘Tis utter madness (in my humble opinion)

A crying shame surely not the option!


Yesterday was a melancholy day for many of us. Certainly one of the saddest in my life. The Festiniog Railway Company decided to retire the double Fairlie Earl of Merioneth from service forever. Yesterday was its last day in service. It’s like losing a relative. For me, I did a lot of trainee firing turns on the Square, and when I was a qualified fireman, a day on the Square was always something to look forward to. It really did fit the bill of doing what it says on the tin. An amazing loco.

What beggar’s belief in all of this is the reasoning for this retirement. Here is what the Company said when they announced the decision.

Earl of Merioneth, affectionately known as The Square due to its angular appearance, is approaching the end of its ten-year boiler certificate and needs a new boiler, boiler cradle, smokeboxes, chimneys and…

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Quick visit

Popped into the Midhants for a quick visit on the way back to Croydon.

Caught the Ivatt on run round

Then still shots whilst waiting to depart

The lady in the boiler suit is having a footplate ride, lucky lady.

And finally departure

And a nice lunch too, even turned down the offer of a beer from my dear wife!

MRJ 262

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