A brand new invaluable modelling resource book: “SOUTHERN NOUVEAU – And the Lineside” by the Irwell Press

GrahamMuz: Fisherton Sarum & Canute Road Quay

Although not strictly model news this latest book from the excellent Irwell Press stable will provide an invaluable resource for LSWR, Southern or Southern region modellers alike. ‘Southern Nouveau: An essay in concrete’ was originally published as a small paperback comprising of only 56 pages, 30 years ago in 1987 by Chris Hawkins and George Reeve via Wild Swan Publications,  and has long since been out of print, with some copies fetching silly amounts of money on well known auction sites.

The latest, hot off the press (last weekend in fact) publication from my good friends at the Irwell Press,  is “SOUTHERN NOUVEAU – And the Lineside.” a very much expanded tome at 400 pages and in hardback format  It covers much more of the story of the Exmouth Junction Concrete Works, from its early beginnings, the development of its products and is somewhat expanded, from the original publication, to…

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Welcome Arkwright

Kirkmellington - a journey into EM

I was lucky enough to buy a Hornby Peckett and have followed the conversion method first (well to me) explained on the emgauge70s website. This involved cutting the cylinders off, adding packing and then reattaching them. After adjusting the slide bars, the loco has settled down and runs well.
To improve electrical reliability, I have added pickups and jumper wires to a 5 plank tender wagon, common for colliery locos in Ayrshire. Finally some crew (selfportrait courtesy of ModelU) and a Digitrains Zimo sound chip and sugar cube speaker. Name plates are custom etches from Narrow Planet.
Say hello to Arkwright….



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Wander the Wandle and make sure you don’t miss the mills

Inside Croydon

The WANDLE WANDERER steps out from the source of the eponymous river for a stroll through south London heritage and nature

Following the River Wandle can take you on a 12-mile journey through the history and nature of south London Following the River Wandle can take you on a 12-mile journey through the history and nature of south London

The Wandle Trail has been in existence for nearly 20 years now, since a group of rambling, conservation and environment enthusiasts pieced together the walking and cycling route from Croydon through to Wandsworth, following the course of the River Wandle. The route is now complete, from source to the Thames.

Three of the London boroughs through which the River Wandle flows – Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth – make much of this resource for the enjoyment of local wildlife and promotion of health and well-being, providing online guides, maps and information. Croydon Council doesn’t seem to bother much, which is unfortunate. And a mistake.

The full trail is just over…

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Narrow Gauge South West 2017 – The Last Hurrah

Steve's 009 and 09 Adventure


The Small and Delightful group held the 25th, and final, Narrow Gauge South West in February this year. With over 75 layouts, many traders and an excellent selection of cakes it was a heaven for narrow gauge modelers.

Here are a few layouts that caught my eye.

The Buttermere Mining Company by Bill Flude is a charming, dual sided O9 layout. I was very struck by the colour and tones of the model. They are much lighter that I would have expected, yet they work very well and evoked a hot summers day on a dusty mining line.

buttermere-mining-company-bill-flude-1The image below is, one side of the layout and the image at the start of the blog shows the other. Two very different scenes on one layout and very nice modelling.


Let’s continue the mining theme with Afon Adit Gold Mine in O9 by Martin Rich. The layout captures the different layers…

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Lananta- a new planned compact layout

Nicks workshop mutterings

Not another one you may say! Since I dismantled my first Broad Gauge layout- Bagborough West- I have no where to run my Broad Gauge stock. My permanent layout – Eggesford- is only standard gauge as is my small shunting layout- Shades of Grey.

I decided to make a small, compact layout which could easily be run at home and be available for exhibiting. I have decided that this will be my last exhibition standard layout after over 30 years of showing.

The plan is based on Lelant sidings on the St Ives branch from St Erth to St Ives. This was the last Broad Gauge branch to be built by the he GWR and the first part as far as Lelant was built with mixed gauge to serve sidings to a wharf on the river. Lananta is the old Cornish name for Lelant. The inspiration comes from a layout…

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Chinese developers buy Nestlé Tower in £60m property deal

Inside Croydon

Nestlé Tower, SEGAS House and St George’s Walk in Croydon town centre have been sold to a Chinese development company in a £60million deal.

Nestle Tower: once Croydon’s tallest building, now under new ownership

Property Week is reporting that R&F Properties has made the move, its first venture into European real estate.

Minerva, who bought the tower for £10million in 2015 from L&G, stand to make a handsome profit on the transfer of the 200,000 sq ft tower, the 250,000 sq ft St George’s Walk and nearby SEGAS House, which has listed building status.

St George’s House, the formal name for the Nestlé Tower, was built in 1964 and was the UK head office for the Swiss food corporation until they quit Croydon five years ago. It has been vacant since, though it does have planning permission for conversion from office use to residential.

And it is in the planning…

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