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A family visit turns into railway reconnaissance It wasn't planned but a family visit turned up an expected surprise and a massive aid to my layout construction. Last weekend I was in Exeter, Devon. If you've never been, I highly recommend a visit. It's a wonderful, historic, city with a great shopping centre, bags of atmosphere and great eateries.

Luxury home previously owned by inventor can be yours A LUXURY home formerly owned by an inventor, who built a model railway in the gardens, can be yours if you have £1.1 million hidden away.

Railcar idea? So, there I am at the Accucraft UK open day with may Garden Rail jacket on. The stand of bargain factory seconds includes a Dora and IOM Pairs coach. Now, I've always wondered if Dora could be turned into the power unit for a steam railcar. A quick re-arrangement of the shelves helped my thinking.

Good Night and Thanks For Your Service.j Well a few times I've mentioned on here that it's game over. Today, it is. Developments here mean that Albion Yard has 'left the building'. All the neat stuff has been saved, and wiring, motors and some track too. But the core layout? Nup, gone.

Modeling SP Class G-50-20, Part 2 In the first part of this topic, I showed the challenge of modeling this class of Southern Pacific GS gondolas, namely the reverse Dreadnaught end, with its major ribs facing inward. I also showed how I approached the problem, by modifying a commercial gondola end to turn it into a passable reverse Dreadnaught pattern.

The Borderline Operators It's been quite a big week for Morpeth. The operating session went off pretty much without a hitch and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. I'd put in so much time getting the track in QW yard laid and wired up that I really didn't have time to prepare other elements that I was pretty sure would give first time, guest operators trouble.

Saturday Film Club: Gyro X car Gyroscopically balanced transport fascinates me. Railways have the Brennan Gyro-Monorail, an amazing train that really deserves re-creating. Not so hard as there are plenty of photos and the NRM has the builders original model.

Looking back: Celebrating the model makers with big ideas OUR recent news story on how Martin Barton built an 8ft model of the Titanic in his front room reminded us of the wealth of model-making talent in…

Great Central Grand Day Out This weekend it's the Great Central Model Railway show centred around operating real trains, and the Model Railway Exhibition at Quorn station. It's the first time I've been as a punter and for £23.00 including all day parking very good value for money I thought.

Market Deeping Model Railway Club on BBC's The One Show A piece about Market Deeping Model Railway Club on BBC's The One Show last night made for moving viewing. Chairman of the club Peter Davies was interviewed by Kevin Duala about the vandalism of their main annual exhibition at Stamford Welland Academy on May 18 and people's amazing response to it.

The "new project" urge can strike at any time In the corner of Hereford Model Centre, there is a little table full of Playmobil for kids to play with. Mostly it seems to be full of dragons but there was also a boat-shaped thing and I couldn't resist picking this up for a closer look - don't worry, I didn't have to prise it from any tiny hands.

Hungarian C50 in 009… I began drawing up CAD to produce a Hungarian C50 narrow gauge diesel about 4 years ago, however progress was hampered by lack of a suitable…

Market Deeping Model Railway Club to appear on The One Show tonight A model railway club which had its exhibits wrecked by vandals will appear on BBC's The One Show at 7pm tonight. Members of the club were filmed during the Deeping Literary Festival where they were displaying a layout to illustrate a talk about the rail-enthusiast poet John Betjeman.

Hundreds turn out for much-loved community event Leatherhead's famous duck race went swimmingly last Sunday with hundreds gathering for the event. Mole Valley District Council said that hundreds of people descended on the Surrey town for the much-loved community event last weekend. Helped on by some spectacularly sunny weather, they together raised thousands for charitable causes in the area.

Random rust spraying The oil bowser needs to be a sort of rusty black colour and so for speed, I took it out in the garden to point aerosol primers at it. If that numpty Nevard can make a good job of painting like this, I'm sure a quality modeller with a nice tweed jacket and a full set of Model Railway Journals like myself can produce a masterpiece.

Poster: GWR 74xx Pannier Tank… Sometime's it's difficult to show all the work that goes into a model, and even though I've put this together, I'm still not sure it capture…

Your guide to the ultimate 50 days out in Suffolk this summer PUBLISHED: 18:00 12 June 2019. Judy Rimmer. Of course, there are also hundreds of other great choices - enough to keep you busy for many summers to come! Aqua Park Suffolk, Alton Water. This eagerly-awaited attraction near Ipswich will be open seven days a week from Saturday, June 23.

Father's Day model railway fun at Suffolk museum The Long Shop Museum in Leiston will be opening its doors on Father's Day for a one-off model railway exhibition.

Lance Mindheim’s fine new book I have just received my copy of a fine new book from Lance Mindheim, which contains marvelous illustrations of his approaches to modeling. These are often at variance with "conventional" scenery and structure technique, so it is interesting and challenging to read and consider his ideas.

Warehouse Wednesday: Essendine Hotel I pass this place every time I take a trip in to the BRM office - but not for much longer apparently. The Essendine hotel, which hosted celebrations for the 1938 record speed attempt for the Mallard Steam train which did 126mph on the adjacent East Coast Mainline, is to be demolished and replaced with light industrial units.

Shifting Sands on Show The 7mm Narrow Gauge Association 40th anniversary show at Burton went very well with 'Shifting Sands' getting a good reaction and causing many conversations. There was a wide range of layouts on show including several that are set to become well known on the exhibition circuit.

Hudson Hunslet in 7/8ths: green all over… Over the past few days and at the weekend I managed to get some paint onto the prototype Hudson Hunslet, which, as usual, has brought i…

47079 Glazed And Complete This repainted and detailed Vi-Trains Class 47 has been sat on my workbench for about 6 months, awaiting fitting of a set of laser-cut glazing from the Extreme Etchings range. One of those small jobs that I'd been meaning to fit around other, more pressing tasks, I can't believe it's taken so long to actually get it done.

Get your glue out Out with the Super-phatic for the MDF parts, which works really well. So well that when I realise that there are two options for the cross-pieces, it's hard to separate them to put the one I wanted in. I used the skip chassis as a jig while the glue dried, the slots are a bit sloppy but this way it's easy enough to get everything square.

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