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New use for a free-fall lifeboat Lodging on the quayside at Ramsgate last weekend was fascinating for anyone who is interested in boats - so despite the rubbish weather, I spent quite a lot of time spotting. One surprise was this Free-Fall Lifeboat. Normally seen hung on the back of ships at a crazy angle, you don't generally find them close to the shore.

Bends and Turns There's been lots happening on the Morpeth Line recently and I'm on first name terms with the postie. I have a feeling he thinks I'm importing drugs in all the packages I've been receiving recently Work has proceeded on the NG road bed and I decided to start by laying sleepers round the only bend in the line.

Saturday Film Club: Hornby Open Weekend with Phil Sit back and enjoy the official video from last weekend'sHornby Open Weekend. Around 45 minutes in, I'm hogging the camera talking about Cake Boxes and large model railways. I'd also suggest you give Callum Willcox's video a watch. There is sadly no me, except in the background, but it's a really good take on the exhibitor's version of the show.

Bolton Food Festival 2019: A 'fringe' event is happening at the train station FOOD lovers can "chew chew" all the way to Bolton Train Station where the festival has been given another platform. And visitors to the festival will get a warm welcome when they arrive at Bolton station on Saturday.

August update I know it has been awhile since I have posted an update on the blog, but progress is continuing on the layout. The farm scene is coming closer to completion. I have added more garden to the house and it is now fenced. I still need to add the gates to keep the livestock from wandering in.

I'm really upset because I'm 37 and I've never met anyone who was attracted to me DEAR DEIDRE: WHEN I texted the woman I dated last night to ask why she had said, "Thanks, but no thanks" to a second date, she replied that I'm not as attractive in person as in my dating profile photos. I'm 37 and have been single my whole life.

Inverse Snobbery We have a bit of a problem in the hobby at the moment. Well, online we do, and its ridiculous. Look at this. So what's the need for this? It simply annoys and alienates many people who might be in a position to help you.

Derbyshire young people get insight into railway construction Young people in Chesterfield have been given a hands-on insight into engineering and construction on Britain’s new railway, HS2.

Railway nursery's open day and sale THE Poppleton Community Railway Nursery is hosting a heritage open day and sale next month.

Friday update… Well, would you believe, more holidays this week and a second trip down to north Pembrokesh…

Why Hamburg should be on your must visit list This is Esquire Updates, a brand new section of the website dedicated to bringing you the latest news, press releases, deals, offers and a whole lot more - basically, everything that's relevant to you will now be online here quicker than ever before.

Bull Bars Not only do you have to get them sitting level and equally spaced, but over do it with the soldering iron and you could have bits falling off, or in the worst case scenario, the plastic gears on the front axle could deform. Fortunately this has never happened on any of the nine bogies he's made.

Mallett's Models signal box Inside the box, which I bought for a fiver out of curiosity, is a pile of wood and some instructions. When assembled, the result should be a 16mm scale model of a Lynton and Barnstaple 1935 signal box. My L&B photo collection is minimal and looking on-line I can't find anything that looks like this.

Birchwood the destination for Bishop's Stortford Railway Society's model exhibition Model railway dioramas - ranging from a scene in the steam-to-diesel transition era in Midwestern USA to an imaginary station in Belgium - were packed into Birchwood High School's sports hall on Saturday. Around 400 visitors rolled into the model railway exhibition hosted by Bishop's Stortford Railway Society.

California Railroad Museum A nice little visit to the California Railroad Museum with the girls today! 13 minutes away now!

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews last night's TV Any chap would do the same. When David Scheel's wife moved out of their home in Anchorage, Alaska, and took most of the living room furniture in the divorce deal, he used the extra space for his hobby.

Moving More Containers Through Congested Ports The introduction and operation of ever larger container ships challenges ports to rapidly quickly move increasing volumes of containers through their terminals. One option could involve possible modifications to trucks and trains that move containers.

A historic railway in miniature ONE of the regular model railway exhibitions was held at Ludlow racecourse. It was put on by the Craven Arms and District Model Railway Circle, whose members have been playing with trains for nearly half a century. The group works to retain in miniature the railway as it was many years ago.

BAR reefers in PFE service, Part 2 In a previous post, I discussed the presence in Pacific Fruit Express territory of "foreign" refrigerator cars, that is, reefers not owned by PFE. I emphasized ordinary ice-bunker cars used for produce loading, as opposed to, say, meat cars.

This Enchanting Model Village Is A Short Train Ride From London You may unwittingly know Bekonscot Model Village from its many appearances on TV and banking ads, although perhaps you're one of the 1,400 people who've come to marvel at this inconceivably detailed toy town, every sunny bank holiday. As it reached its 90th birthday in August 2019, over 15 million people had visited Bekonscot.

Photograph Tips From John Olsen Here's a few tips from famed model railroader John Olsen on how he created his beautiful shots. John was an inspirational model railroader with exceptional scenery modelling skills and an ability to visualise landscapes. This is no doubt part of the reason he worked at Disney too.

Building a Binnie skip wagon Looking for projects to build at the Hornby Open Weekend, I found a Binnie skip wagon kit in the stash. These are classic models, and I don't think I've ever actually built one - so a chance to give it a go and entertain the public. The body parts are moulded in very hard plastic.

All-terrain Ice Cream A couple of years ago whilst wandering around Whitby I discovered this Land Rover ice cream van, and thinking it quite unusual, took a couple of pictures for reference. I hadn't appreciated at the time that this was a common Land Rover use.

A glimmer of hope after the cuts that derailed the Welsh economy Letters: The Heart of Wales line offers rare hope amid the decline of the railways, argue Keith Maton and Margaret Dickinson. Nigel Stapley says Wales has suffered as part of the United Kingdom.

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