Southampton show

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Eskmuir Station Booking OfficeToday I had the pleasure of visiting the Southampton Model Railway Exhibition 2016 with Simon.  There were many layouts on display at this large and generally well attended fixture in the model railway exhibition calendar.  Held at Barton Peveril College, Eastleigh it is one of the best on Hampshire’s coast in my opinion and the visit proved to be well worth the trip.

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Buildings I like

Ashford (Kent)

We visited Ashford for the first time yesterday.

I had the chance to wander round the town which had a proud railway heritage been home to the South Eastern & Chatham railway works a and now a major hub for the Channel Tunnel as Ashford International.

The market square

Ashford Parish church and square

One surprise find was a World War 1 tank – I believe that Ashford railway works was used to build some.

Ashford presents a mix of new and old together and I would be happy to visit again.


And the winners are… British Model Railway Awards

GrahamMuz: Fisherton Sarum & Canute Road Quay

What was previously known as the ‘Model of the Year’ awards have this year been promoted on RMweb, through British Railways Modelling Magazine and on the online MREmag.com as the British Model Railway Awards. As part of the evolution the categories were broadened to celebrate excellence and innovation in the wider British model railway scene. New awards now also cover retailers, websites, exhibitions and layouts, acknowledging the huge contributions they make to our hobby.

The winners of the first British Model Railway Awards for 2015 have been announced today and can be read here.

Kernow Models K2105 number 225 as mainland pull push fitted sits awaiting coaling on Fisherton Sarum Kernow Models K2105 number 225 as mainland pull push fitted sits awaiting coaling on Fisherton Sarum

Congratulations to all the winners; and in particular the Kernow Model Rail Centre  for winning the best 00 gauge steam locomotive for their  ex London and South Western Railway Adams O2 class 0-4-4T , Graham Farish for winning the N gauge steam locomotive…

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Council’s £170,000 per year education chief is set to retire

Inside Croydon

Paul Greenhalgh, one of Croydon Council’s most senior executives, is to retire from his job in Fisher’s Folly this summer.

Paul Greenhalgh: Croydon executive director has promised to apologise to all those affected by the unlawful charging for reading lessons Paul Greenhalgh: council exec on his way out

Aged 61, Greenhalgh will step down from his £170,000 per year position as “Executive Director, People” at the end of July, undoubtedly taking advantage of the redundancy terms currently on offer at the council.

Greenhalgh joined Croydon five years ago, having previously worked in a similar post at Southend in Essex. “I’m looking to my personal future and the other things that I would like to do with my life before I become too old to do so,” he said in an official council statement issued this morning.

But the announcement of his retirement comes within a fortnight of the latest report critical of Croydon schools’ performances on Greenhalgh’s watch.

Greenhalgh’s department, previously known as “children, families and learning”, was subject to…

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Peco on the right track

The Model Railways of Oly Turner and Chris Matthews

God I should work for papers with headlines like that, but that aside Peco’s new announcement contains what a lot of us have been waiting to see for a while.

Track to the standard of the models.


I need Bullhead so depending on the release date I will use this and review it on top shed.


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PC87 Parkside LMS Dia 1661 Cattle Wagon Review (4mm Scale)

Albion Yard

PC87 Parkside LMS Cattle wagon PC87 Parkside LMS Cattle wagon

Parkside PC87 4mm scale Cattle Wagon kit
LMS Dia 1661 £9.00

The Parkside kit represents Diagram 1661, an unfitted cattle wagon. The LMS built 2,050 of these wagons between 1923 and 1926. They lasted in use until the early 1960’s. The kit is supplied with Romford OO 3 hole disc wheels and brass hat bearings. Parkside on request will supply kits with Alan Gibson wheels in OO, EM or P4 at a small extra cost. Also included in the kit are coupling mounts compatible with contemporary Hornby and Bachmann tension lock couplings. Straight brass wire is included for railings and plastic microstrip for wagon side battens.

The kit is a straightforward build and can be completed within an evening. The main body is a simple box construction, all components fitting accurately and no filling or modifications required. All mouldings are clean and flash free. There…

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Oxford Rail Dean Goods

Oxford goes for GWR

Loco Yard

Good evening,

Tonight we are looking at the latest news from Oxford Rail where they announced they will be releasing a Deans Goods in OO gauge.  The 0-6-0 GWR 2301 ‘Deans Goods’ Class of locomotives were designed by William Dean and built at the Great Western Swindon railway works between 1883 – 1899. In all 260 were constructed and although originally intended as freight locomotives several were later to be used for passenger service most notably in Wales. Several of the Class were used in France and other countries during both World Wars, many returning to the UK after hostilities had ceased. Oxford Rails will be releasing 3 versions with 2309 being in the GWR (Lined) livery, 2409 in the BR (Early) Black livery and 2475 in the GWR Unlined Green livery. The locos will feature smooth Running 5 Pole motor, pick ups on all drive wheels and rear wheels…

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