Railway

East Lynn & Nunstanton’, by Trevor Nunn

One of the best S scale layouts around, sadly no longer on the exhibition circuit.

Prince Street

I’ve heard about this layout before but had only ever seen a photo or two. Then, this week, I found a video of it on the British Railway Modelling Magazine YouTube channel.

The layout is built in S scale (1/64). References to it often remark on the high standard of workmanship and the smooth running of the models. Watching this video both of these are obvious. This must be one of the smoothest running layouts I’ve ever seen.

Here’s the video:

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Reverend Wilbert Awdry and Me; A Tribute

Thomas the Tank legend!

Loco Yard

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Today, 17 years ago, the Reverend Awdry passed away and people who have read his books, the Railway Series, will know how he inspired children to get into railways, and my story is no exception. As I mentioned in a previous post, I still have all of the books in my attic and my passion for railways as a whole is because of him.

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The stories of Thomas the Tank Engine were first conceived in 1943 when his son, Christopher, was ill with measles and he wanted stories about trains. However; when Awdry was a young boy he lived very close to the Great Western Railway, with him hearing Box tunnel from his bedroom window at night. As a banking engine was required for freight trains, he later explained “There was no doubt in my mind that steam engines all had definite personalities. I would hear them snorting up the…

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Development – The Buckjumper Mk.III, Part 2: The R24R ‘Rebuilt’ class.

More on my fav loco

Basilica Fields

In the previous entry we left the London Suburban traffic growing at an exponential rate prompting the building of the final two batches of R24s with new boilers pressed to 160lbs per square inch, and the handing over to the running Department of the last of the class, no.169 on 6th December 1901.

However, even by the time no.169 had entered service, both the Chingford and Enfield lines had reached saturation point, and severe overcrowding was rife on the fifteen-carriage close-coupled 4-wheel sets during peak hours.

R24R no.372, rebuilt in January 1905, prepares to leave platform 10 at Liverpool Street with an ECS working to Temple Mills. No.372 was from the N33 batch of 1894 with integral condensing chambers, and the new widened chambers extending to the tank sides can be seen. Photograph © Public Domain. R24R no.372, rebuilt in late 1904 but not released back to traffic until early 1905, prepares to leave platform 10 at Liverpool Street with an ECS working to Temple Mills. No.372 was from the N33 batch of 1894 with high side sheets covering the integral condensing chambers on the tank tops. The new widened chambers extending to the tank sides can be seen here…

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Consolidating the Design – The Buckjumper Mk.III, Part 1: The R24 Class.

No.3 on the Bucks

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In 1890 James Holden introduced a new development of his T18 class which had originally been designed for shunting and trip goods turns, but fortuitously turned out to be very good on the burgeoning suburban passenger services too.

When the need arose for further suburban tanks, Holden improved the design to suit intensive passenger work by providing a more steady-riding engine. This was achieved by increasing the trailing coupled wheelbase by six inches and reducing the length of the frames at the rear by one foot. In addition the tanks were repositioned further forward and the length of the cab shortened.  Peripheral changes included moving the front steps from just ahead of the side tanks to in front of  the sandboxes, and, as on the E22 class, positioning the spectacles higher on the weatherboards just under the eaves.

The ten locos were fitted for passenger work with Westinghouse brakes, screw…

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Pics from E. Grinstead

As promised some pics from the exhibition held on a fine Spring day in Sackville school.

First various photos of Hemlock

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Then onto Batcombe, an LSWR branchline In 4mm scale

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Then onto N scale with Bramleigh

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In 4mm was Cross Ness – Andrew Knights SR electric branch line

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Further along the same row was the Pevensey Bay MRC layout

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Also spotted were 2 – 3mm members operating the layout – the eyesight must be going!

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Last but not least a couple of photos of the Croydon MRS Tramlink layout

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Overall a good show and day had by all.