Reblogged- Branch Line Steam with an International Flavour

Last weekend I had the pleasure of a brief visit to the Kent and East Sussex Railway, one of my old haunts.  The railway has come a long way since preservation and is used far more than it ever did as a public serving line.  I vaguely remember the days when it ran between Tenterden to […]



Reblogged–New Life ..

You could say that the hobby at the moment is better than its ever been, new companies and new products and techniques than we have seen before. We can pick and choose what we want, because there is so much out there. This is good but, and there’s always a but isn’t there?, there is […]



Reblogged-Recreation of Long Lost Cattle Wagon

It is important not to lose sight of the fact that railways were developed first and foremost for moving freight. On the modern day heritage railway, except when charters are run, a goods train rarely directly generates revenue, for the days of pick-up goods are long gone. It is therefore especially pleasing to see the lengths that preserved […]



Eagles fans angry as club moves to ban banners at Selhurst


Inside Croydon

Crystal Palace Football Club risked the anger of their most loyal fans when they issued a statement late last night effectively banning banners from Selhurst Park unless they had been passed for approval in advance by the club.

Banned: wit, freedom of expression and social conscience. A thing of the past at Selhurst Park Banned: wit, freedom of expression and social conscience. A thing of the past at Selhurst Park

With Palace due to host Aston Villa at Selhurst Park tomorrow, the club statement, issued at 10pm last night, applies strict new rules on all fans’ banners “with immediate effect” and threatens a stadium ban for “any supporters putting up any unauthorised banners”.

Eagles fans have a well-earned reputation for creating a vibrant atmosphere within Selhurst Park, often off-putting to opposing sides. Much of that comes from the devoted Ultra followers in the Holmesdale end, who have earned the admiration of rival supporters for producing a series of elaborate banners, many of which display social conscience…

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Long and winding road – “The Last Great Project” – addendum reblogged 

Writing the last post must have got my modelling mojo back in order.  I spent an afternoon preparing a new ‘train box’ for club nights, using some US stock and a Kato Rock Island RS2 not appropriate for my layout, and repairing Microtrains couplers on a couple of coaches.  Replacing coupler springs improved my use of […]



Long and winding road – “The Last Great Project”- reblogged 

As one approaches a certain age, in my case retirement, one begins to become all to aware of one’ own mortality.  Sorry, that’s a really cheerful way to start a blog, but stay with me.  Over the years, we’ve seen a number of layouts in the UK modelling press called something like, “The Last Great […]