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Bullied Merchant Navy update, including 35028, 35006 and 35018 #bulleidbrillance good, not so good and possibly ugly…

GrahamMuz: Fisherton Sarum & Canute Road Quay

Further to my update of 8th May here regarding Bulleid Merchant Navy pacific 35006 Peninsular & Oriental S. N. Co and her steaming plans for this month, things change quickly, 35006 was additionally steamed and running services on 16/17/18th May, but now a problem with a repair carried out to P&O in the early days has caused 35006 to be stopped until a new repair can be carried out. The 35006 Locomotive Society will be starting the repair tomorrow, which will most likely require a new machined part and specialist welding, 35006 will not now be running on the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway’s (GWRS) this weekend nor during next week. As always for the very latest information on loco rostering check the GWSR website here

Better news on the Bulleid Merchant Navy front is that yesterday, 18/05/17 saw the light load test runs of both 35028 Clan line, returning to the main…

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The quay to presentation… Canute Road Quay goes on the road


GrahamMuz: Fisherton Sarum & Canute Road Quay

As I reported in my last update post here about Canute Road Quay it made is first semi public outing and a days running in anger so to speak at the RMweb annual South West Area Group members day in Taunton at the end of April. This is not really an exhibition as such but a gathering of like minded friends and modellers for a day of informal chat with some trains running at the same time.

Caunte Road Quay makes its debut at the RMWeb SWAG meet in April. Picture copyright and courtesy Ava Hay

The day proved to be a success from my perspective with Canute Road Quay operating as intended (I am as ‘happy as Larry’ shunting wagons around) during the day and the layout  being  well received with plenty of positive comments from those that stopped by for a look.
From a transportation and setting up…

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More Buildings…

More lovely buildings

Ouse Valley Modeller

More progress has been made with Tarring Neville. I was going to finish the loading dock area but I decided to crack on with the last of the large buildings. This will sit at the front between the loading dock and the quayside. The building is loosely based on the old Star Brewery in Lewes.

Like other buildings for Tarring Neville I made a basic shell out of foamboard and fixed plasticard over the top. Some etched industrial window frames were fitted and the covered roof walkway added .

Roof tiles are cut from paper in strips and stuck on with PVA. Once this was complete the guttering was added from half round plastic rod. Metal rod was used for the down pipes and are held in place with split pins. For the lead flashing I cut some strips of tissue paper and glued it in place around the small window…

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Shock as Labour manifesto backs BML2 rail scheme


Inside Croydon

WALTER CRONXITE, our political editor, reports on an election commitment which could scare off voters in London’s most marginal seat

Jeremy Corbyn this morning at the launch of  the timetable for the new Brighton mainline

When it was officially launched this morning the Labour Party election manifesto, much trailed through leaks last week, when formally published this morning, contained a nasty shock for Croydon voters.

Labour has promised that they “will build a new Brighton Main Line for the south-east”.

It is a half-sentence in a 128-page document, but it is open to multiple interpretations, not least that it is intended to revive the Brighton Main Line 2 scheme which would need to bulldoze through homes and businesses, parkland and even the much-admired tram network.

Like most other large infrastructure projects, BML2 has the potential to divide opinion. Previously backed by Gideon Osborne when he was Chancellor, Croydon voters…

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Ten things learned from Palace’s Premier League survival act

Eagles 🦅

Inside Croydon

GOLDIE, our tame Eagle, has paused for breath after the weekend and had time to reflect on what to draw from the safe roost of mid-table at the end of the nail-biting 2016-2017 season

In the end, it all looks quite comfortable. With one game to come at Old Trafford, we’re on 41 points and well clear of the drop zone in a lofty – ha! – 13th place in the Premier League. Why, if other results go our way, and with a win over Manchester United, Palace could even end the season in 11th.

The fans are not the only ones who don’t fancy going through that again: Wilf Zaha shows his relief after Sunday’s win over Hull

Oh, how good we looked as we brushed aside the demoralised and doomed Hull City in Sunday’s £100million relegation decider.

Oh, how we celebrated with Sam Allardyce as his proud record…

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Naturelog: 14th May

Pete's Favourite Things

Weeting Heath

A day on the Suffolk / Norfolk border with one of my local RSPB groups saw a bright and early start at the Weeting Heath reserve just over the Norfolk border. The highlight of this reserve is breeding Stone Curlews, a rare bird in the UK limited to just 2 areas (here in Breckland and on Salisbury Plain).

Stone Curlew. Photo by Sergey Yelissev (

Our arrival is greeted by some bad news. There are no nests in the area in front of the observation hides – in fact, there are very few nests on the reserve at all! A later talk with the warden revealed that this is true for many of the usual Breckland breeding sites and that some have no breeding birds at all. This is possibly due to a decrease in the number of adult birds who have made it to the UK this…

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ExpoEM Spring – 13th-14th May 2017 – Bracknell

D827 Model Railways

The weekend of 13th and 14th May saw the EM Gauge Society hold their annual show once again. Again it was held in Bracknell.

Natalie and myself attended once again, this time helping staff the DEMU stand over the course of the weekend.

The show usually has some of the best fine scale layouts on offer, and didn’t dissapoint. With Swaynton impressing as well as London Road.

With most of the weekend spent on the DEMU stand I got on with more work on my 4EPB and 2HAP projects using Replica and Dart Castings/MJT parts. I also took the opportunity to make alterations to one of my sets of EMU translator coaches (available from Invicta Model shop for £29.99).

The EMU translator coaches, as supplied by Invicta (made by Bachmann) have Commonwealth bogies and end gangways, which is incorrect. I fitted (with some widening of the opening) some EMU bogies…

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Howard Primary School Summer Fair, South Croydon, Jun 17

In Search Of Network SouthEast: Downham Market Preview

Remember it well

Calling All Stations

As you may know we visited Downham Market this week to take a look at the fantastic NSE style refurbishment. This will form the basis for a follow up video to In Search Of Network SouthEast,” which I intend to get edited in the next 2-3 weeks. In the meantime check out the Periscope we did from Downham Market below…

Don’t forget to keep sending in your pictures of NSE signage and infrastructure to @CASRailwayBlog and I’ll feature them in the video!

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’00’ Works to produce a R-T-R ex LSWR Drummond D15 4-4-0 locomotive

GrahamMuz: Fisherton Sarum & Canute Road Quay

The ’00’ Works have produced a number of small batches of hand built Ready to Run locomotives including a variety of Southern classes, including most recently an ex London Brighton and South Coast Railway Marsh I3 4-4-2 Tanks. They also produced, before Hornby, a brass Devon Belle Observation car which graces Fisherton Sarum. The ’00’works have announced that they are to produce three  versions of the ex London and South Western Drummond D14 4-4-0 express passenger locomotives.

The Image of the CAD drawing released by the 00 Works for their ex LSWR D15 4-4-0

Initially three versions are being produced, due for production this year, with pre-orders available to be taken via their website:

  • BR Black Lined No 30465 (Small early crest with stove-pipe chimney)
  • SR Black Bulleid Black Sunshine lettering No 466 (Original chimney, no Snifting valves)
  • SR Olive Lined No 463 (Original chimney with Snifting valves) 

The 00 Works…

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