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Business, police and council unite for knife crime events

Inside Croydon

The schools’ half-term break will see the start of a three-week programme to raise awareness of knife crime and the impact it has on the community.

The council, BID and police are working on a three-week programme of events dealing with knife crime

The council’s youth engagement team joins forces with Croydon Business Improvement District (BID), Croydon College, Croydon police, faith groups, London Ambulance Service, school pastors, Victim Support, and Croydon’s young people’s outreach and counselling service, CDI, to host a range of town centre events.

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Harkness – images

Piccadilly Circus

Pete's Favourite Things

I came across this wonderful video about Piccadilly Circus and its history

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February it must be Croydon MRS modelling competition

An event I always enjoy in the winter months is judging the entries for Croydon Model Railway Society. My fellow judge was Greg, Chairman of Beckenham & W Wickham MRC.

We were impressed by the selection of entries especially in the buildings catergory. Congratulations to those that entered and of course the winners, here are the photos

Well done all.

Pannier Progress

Kyle of Sutherland

The first proper trials of 1649 (still with masking tape around the panniers and plastic sleeving “crankpin nuts”) took place at the end of last month on “Little Stoke”, Allan Smith’s fine, freelance layout set appropriately somewhere on the ex-GWR main line in the West Country.

1649 180130 4715       West Country panniers

Using phosphor bronze wire pick-ups on the backs of the wheel rims, as Allan had shown me on 54458, 1649 was still a hesitant runner. That is until he showed me how to fine tune the pick-ups with a pair of very finely-pointed tweezers. With power to the motor, 1649’s twin beam and rocking axle compensation was able to do its job. 1649 has rather more side-play on the middle drivers than I would normally have, allowing it to successfully negotiate Little Stoke’s much tighter curves and points than on Kyle of Sutherland.

The next step with…

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Twee Trees

Albion Yard

Here’s some of today’s work. Whilst I’ve still got the exit end to work out in terms of view blocks and structures, the head shunt end is pretty much finalised.

These are Woodland Scenics tree armatures, with their new dark brown Poly Fiber. A clump of this new colour was given to me to try by Peter Marriott at Warley, the normal colour being a light to medium green. This new colour works really well, the tree foliage is a mix of only three colours, textures come from one being ground foam, and the other two differing sizes of scatter material.

As the trees stand there’s some shadow fall onto the back scene. However the lighting rig is yet to be designed and fitted, now I have a good idea of the volume and height of the rearmost trees. The woodland will extend the full length of the layout, so…

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A New Year, A New Layout

Steve's 009 and 09 Adventure

Shelford (Cambridgeshire) around 1924.

Things have been rather quiet on this blog in January. Yet, behind the scenes there’s been a whole lot of thinking going on.

I have an idea for a new layout. Here’s the inspiration behind the idea.

A Little Bit of Railway History.

Shelford is a small village about 3 miles south of Cambridge and has had a station since 1845. On the 1st of June 1865 a branch line from Shelford to Haverhill was opened. This branched off the London to Cambridge main line just south of the Shelford station, near the small village of Stapleford. It ran through Pampisford, Linton, Bartlow and into Haverhill. Initially, the line ran close to the River Granta along what’s sometimes called the Granta Valley.

Sketch map of part of the Stour Valley Branch Line (Shelford to Bartlow).

On the 9th August 1865 the section of track…

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Watling Street – A Roman Road through the heart of Britain


Stephen Liddell

Though the Romans are famed for their roads along with many other things, they didn’t invent the idea of roads but rather vastly improved upon what had gone before with better engineering, money and manpower to it easier for their vast armies to police the empire and to a lesser extent to enable trade and commerce.

When the Romans arrived in Britain there was already a road system of sorts that dated back thousands of years.  What was to be come Roman Watling Street was a broad, grassy trackway that had been used by ancient used by the Britons for centuries.

Watling Street in NorthamptonshireThis stretch of Watling Street in Northamptonshire is no longer used for vehicular traffic but is still a right of way and it’s appearance is likely similar to how it was before the Roman invasion.

It stretched from Richborough on the English Channel to a natural ford in the…

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Lananta-January progress

Nicks workshop mutterings

It’s been a while since I reported on the progress of Lananta. I have been concentrating on the scene at the right hand side which includes the bridge over the creek and the now disused lime kilns. The backscene has been painted and installed together with trees and ground works.

Materials are a mix of static grass, dyed hemp and woodlands scenic fine scatters. The seaweed is a course scatter from green scenes. The sand is a mixture of filler mixed with stone dust supplied by Attwood Aggregates and then painted with washes of watercolour. The water is painted with acrylics and then varnished with a quick drying satin varnish.

The sailing boat is an old model built over 20 years ago for another layout. The rowing boat is a resin casting from Quaycraft as described in a previous posting.

A ‘narrow gauge’ Beyer Peacock 0-6-0 goods with a fish…

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