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Further consolidation


I did feel this post should be called “further mogulisation” but that doesn’t really fit…

I wrote some time ago that I needed to stop messing about doing a half arsed job that would cost the same in the end as doing the job properly. At the time I was talking about building a 15xx out of a 94xx body and I sorted my error by finding a 15xx body kit on eBay.

One of the dangers of modelling the GWR is it can all get a bit samey. That’s one of the reasons I like the Cambrian – being an Absorbed Railway, and a big one at that, it’s got its own feeling. The danger is particularly apparent of course with the locomotive stock – standardisation is wonderful for a business but terrible for modelling interest.

With that in mind I reviewed my stock, also with a view of…

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Wordless Wednesday, Not! (Shelfie2 The State of the Nation Pt2)

Albion Yard

So with the track down, wired, and working, point motors fitted, the track sub road bed was finally fixed to the chassis. The sharper of you will have noted that he’s not mentioned the fiddle yard or staging yet….

And that’s quite right, partly as I’ve not yet worked out how my fiddle yard will work. One thing I (probably) don’t want, is another baseboard with wasted space on it. I follow a few blogs and recently Rick de Candido has been writing about staging and storage yards on his fillmore avenue roundhouseblog. Iain Rice has also covered many types of fiddle yard variations in his writings and as you can see from the attached images, I’ve knocked together a ‘flying fiddle yard’ (or ‘stick’ more accurately), to give it a try. Firstly and simply it works. I do need a better support system for it and if you’re…

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It’s Always Sunny on The Bure Valley Railway

A lovely little railway

Steve's 009 and 09 Adventure

On Saturday I joined the Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Railway Modellers on an outing to the Bure Valley Railway. I left Cambridge on a grey, drizzly day and arrived in Aylsham to sunshine, blue sky and warm air, very uncharacteristic of November.

We were due to get the 11am train. As it was the 11th November the BVR held a two minute silence at 11 am, which I though was very respectful. Afterwards, everyone got onto the train and it left a few minutes late, but nobody minded. The N&SNGRM are a very friendly bunch and myself and several other guests had a very socialable ride down to Wroxham and back. The photo at the beginning of the blog shows Mark Timothy receiving some oil at Wroxham.

Back at Aylsham, after a very tasty sausage and chips in the railway’s cafe, we were given a tour of the…

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Loftus-Cheek needs to show his class in Palace’s dog-fight

Inside Croydon

A Crystal Palace rising star has been told he’s got to make sure he produces stand-out performances, for club and country, week-in and week-out. Starting at Wembley tomorrow night against Brazil, but also to help Palace win their relegation dog-fight.

England’s new hero: Palace midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus-Cheek was widely acclaimed as the man of the match on his senior international debut on Friday night for England, playing against world champions Germany.

Jamie Redknapp, the former Liverpool and England midfielder turned television and newspaper pundit, was among those impressed by Loftus-Cheek’s classy performance. Redknapp’s “revelation” about the talents of Loftus-Cheek will be nothing new to Palace fans who have admired the midfielder’s performances since his debut for the club against Huddersfield in August.

After a couple of seasons on the fringes of Chelsea’s first team, Loftus-Cheek, 21, is on loan at Selhurst Park this term. He was called up…

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When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today; 2333 #Remembrance at Tolworth Showtrain #lestweforget

GrahamMuz: Fisherton Sarum & Canute Road Quay

If you so wish, wear your poppy with pride today, pause respectfully for two minutes at 11 am this Armistice Day morning and again tomorrow on Remembrance Sunday, remembering all those, both service personnel  and civilian whom have given their lives for the freedom that we all enjoy today, and should you feel so inclined, support the sterling work of the Royal British Legion.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

Locomotive 333 was built originally by the London Brighton and South Coast Railway, designed by Billinton, as an L class 4-6-4 ‘Baltic’ tank. She was given the name Remembrance and became the companies War Memorial engine and carried a plaque with the inscription:

“In grateful remembrance of the 532 men…

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Q+A: 6880 Betton Grange

New Build Steam

Chris Moore, Chief Engineer of the Betton Grange project, took the time to answer questions from New Build Steam.

When did the project start and how?
In August 1998, a few people who have been involved with the restoration of 5199 came up with the idea of ‘building a Grange’, however the company formation was not completed until May 2003, when the project became a reality. The first working weekend at Llangollen was in August 2003, with the frames being cut in 2004. So we expect 15 years in the making!

What’s the total cost likely to be?
We like to keep costs to a minimum and being a volunteer led build, along with utilising the Great Western idea of ‘standardisation’ of parts and thrifty recycling, the build should come in (including the tender) at around £1.5 Million.

What still needs doing, and what are the current/short-term priorities?
There is…

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Shelfie2 The State of the Nation Pt1

Albion Yard

A while back I had an idea, make a new layout! I wanted it to be a bit different from what I’ve built before, not really having made anything for passenger services. I’ve always been captured by some of Iain Futers three turnout layouts. I find them fascinating to watch and I really like Iains modelling style, so part of the idea was to capture that engagement. I’d got a board that was kicking around and had track fixed to it with a footprint of 6ft x 18inches which was a good starter for me. You can see the board below track painted, wired and working ready for fixing to a baseboard chassis.

You can read and see the back story behind the development of that urban idea here southern-nouveau-2/, it got to quite an advanced stage, including the fitting of the third rail. It ran well, it has…

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Exhibition success 

Nicks workshop mutterings

Recently got back from the Thorncombe show having shown 50 x 50 Shades of Grey. Thorncombe is a village in the middle of nowhere near Axminster in Devon but has a well attended, guirky show run for charity by the local rail enthusiasts group.

I was very pleased to get the Chairman’s Award for excellence in modelling and expertise for Shades of Grey!

Makes all the effort of modelling and exhibiting worthwhile.

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Council plans week-long closures for Croydon Underpass

Inside Croydon

Less than 18 months since there was traffic gridlock in the town centre because of the closure of the Croydon Underpass, and the council has announced another set of works which will see the road linking Wellesley Road and Park Lane closed for a week.

By scheduling overnight roadworks, the council hopes to avoid town centre gridlock

The emergency closure in July 2016 occurred after a 16-metre-long “void” opened up in the fabric of the road surface, requiring immediate repairs.

This time around, the council is planning “routine maintenance work”, which will necessitate carriageway closures overnight, starting from Monday.

This includes the cleaning of the tiled walls and inspection work to deal with a rainwater leak. Previous scheduled works have rarely been completed within the originally planned timetable.

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£100m black hole in SEND funding is creating ‘perfect storm’

Inside Croydon

Croydon headteachers fear that they face a “perfect storm” as funding cuts will leave their schools unable to fulfil their responsibilities towards some of the borough’s most vulnerable children, those with special educational needs or disabilities.

Croydon schools are cutting staff and axing services for children with special needs

Sarah Jones, Labour’s new MP for Croydon Central, surveyed headteachers across the borough and confirmed widespread anecdotal reports that support for children with special needs has been cut back significantly, mainly because of Tory Government funding cuts.

Jones’s survey of more than 50 Croydon headteachers show that 85 per cent of schools have been forced to cut special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) support since 2015.

One headteacher told Jones that the funding cuts coming at a time of growing demand for SEND provision would adversely affect all pupils and staff at their school.

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