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Saturday Film Club: Boats, trains and firefighting in the Morris Gazette Hat tip to Tim Dunn for highlighting this amazing film from the internalMorris engines film unit. We kick off with a couple of beautiful speedboats destined for export. Then an engineer who has converted an old Morris bullnose car into a locomotive. Then on to fire fighting with loads of industrial building shot.

Taking Pre-orders 2nd Run HD-21 Dozers & Crawlers Help us get the word out. Wheels of Time is taking Pre-orders for our HD-21 Dozer and Crawler kits…

What's happening Family Day weekend: Events in Bradford West Gwillimbury If you have ever wanted to see win at euchre, cheer on the Bradford Bulldogs, meet the Little Mermaid, visit a pig, and eat ribs all in one weekend, you can in Bradford West Gwillimbury and area. Here is a look at many of the offerings on the Family Day weekend.

The biggest model railway in the world But if you did decide to build the largest model railway in the world, one that incorporated both countries and continents, what sort of world would that be?

Around £25,000 worth of model trains stolen from containers in Thong Lane, Gravesend Four model trains worth around £25,000 have been stolen. The locomotives were taken from The Gravesend Model Marine and Engineering Society, who have a container at Cascades Leisure Centre, in Thong Lane. An electric engine, tools and equipment, including a lawnmower were also taken after suspects broke through a nearby fence.

Coming Up With The Goods 4 Newsham goods yard is a hive of activity as the local pick-up freight has just arrived to remove the loaded wagons. Model Rail issue 258 went on sale yesterday, so here's a few more images of Newsham Goods, a diorama created especially for this month's magazine.

Hanging on to old rolling stock Last week, Chris Ford suggested that I'd never find a use for my O gauge rolling stock that had once worked Clayhanger Yard - and that I ought to follow him and de-clutter by disposing of some of it. He's wrong.

Alan Keef K40 in 7/8ths As a test bed for my large scale projects I've acquired an Essel Engineering chassis with the purpose of building an Alan Keef K40 in 7/8th…

Fun ideas to keep you entertained this half-term Wednesday, February 20: 10.30am-noon. Magical Sand Art. Booking needed. Thursday, February 21: Magical Blow Art making animal or monster pictures 10.30am-noon. Plus Toddler Time 10.30am. Storytelling and craft. £3 parent and toddler, £1 additional child.

Just 17 I've obtained a selectio… After my efforts to construct a Worsley carriage body Himself has continued with another of the batch I have bought, which is an… Himself has cracked and done what he said he'd never do - try mixing his own shade of green for 143.

The Spingfield Line in the March Garden Rail It's a real joy for any editor to receive an article with so many superb photos that it's a case of grudgingly having to leave some out rather than losing the out of focus or badly exposed ones. David Mercer's Springfield Line ticked all the right boxes.

Michael's Model Railways Building model railway layouts in 009 scale This Saturday the Sussex Downs 009 Group are hosting a Members' Day exhibition, at Lancing Parish Hall. The show will be open from 10am to 4:30pm, entry is just £5 - and accompanied kids are free. The hall is easily accessed from the A27, and close to the station and local bus routes.

Union Oil gas station, Part 4 This series of posts is about modifying a City Classics kit for a service station to fit my layout and to serve as a Union 76 gas station of the 1950s. The preceding post, Part 3, was about assembling the station building and preparing a pad for it with appropriate driveways from street level.

Ruston in 7/8ths… This 7/8ths scale Ruston LAT has been assembled from a PDF Models kit. It's actually quite a small cute locomotive and has been fi…

What are the Top 3 Benefits of N Gauge? N scale is extremely popular amongst model railway enthusiasts. Although it is still somewhat in the shadow of its older brother, 00 scale. N gauge still is a great alternative to these larger models. Here are 3 reasons why you should consider N gauge….

Rock and grass roll Having got the bit between my teeth for a bit of scenery building I've cracked on quite a bit. The nightclub is also walled in and in place now. In my next session I glue gunned in place some expanded polystyrene foam to form the rest of the quarry hill and then set about it with plaster bandage.

Veteran railwayman sits on drunk burglar An 85-year-old veteran from South Holland sat on a drunk, knife wielding burglar and told him he'd shot "better men in Korea". Korean War veteran John Headington and his 57-year-old wife Susan were praised by a judge who jailed drunk burglar Robert Barnes this week.

All aboard for massive model railway exhibition in Milton Keynes this weekend Milton Keynes Model Railway Society will be celebrating its Golden Jubilee with a special two-day exhibition this weekend featuring many of its own layouts. MKMRS was founded in 1969, just two years after Milton Keynes itself was established, so the Society was a very early adopter of the name 'Milton Keynes'.

Warehouse Wednesday: Bandstand restoration Work progresses on the bandstand in the middle of the Pump Room Gardens in Leamington Spa. This fine, cast-iron structure has looked very much the worse for wear over the last few years but is now recieving the care and attention is needs.

Cheating I've obtained a selectio… After my efforts to construct a Worsley carriage body Himself has continued with another of the batch I have bought, which is an… This is one of the most useful items of modelling equipment I ever bought - a compass cutter.

Chunky key switches I've got a shoebox full of chunky electronics. Mainly, proper industrial multi-pin plugs and sockets as big as your hand, but I'm not averse to switchgear too. My thinking is this lot is easier to wire up than the modern, and not so modern, computer versions with terminals within millimetres of each other.

Coming Up With The Goods 3 With the latest issue of Model Rail hitting the shelves later this week, here's a few images of my completed goods yard diorama that features in the magazine.

BK Enterprises point parts One of the "bargainz" picked up from Stafford was a pair of points from BK Enterprises in the USA. Now to me, these are pre-built points designed for spiking to wooden sleepers. The rails are held in place with metal strips tack soldered on the top surface - one of mine has come adrift but it's not a problem.

Wicked Wanda's by Bar Mills - Chandler's Assay & Claims build #001 I'm glad to finally get a temporary workshop back together while I save up for finishing off the basement. Click on the photos to enlarge…

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