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Player, or Builder?

Albion Yard

There’s a question….

I took Shelfie to the Warminster show last weekend, a round trip of 430 miles just to show the layout for one day. I don’t often do one day events, but occasionally there’s a show where I will do a one day trip. So that must make me a ‘player’. The one day shows I do attend however are pretty focussed on people whom are known as ‘builders’, i.e. they make stuff and layouts. The one day shows like that that I’ve attended are Larkrail, Warminster, and earlier this year the first Define day, the reason to attend those shows is twofold, to show the layout, be it Shelfie/Albion Yard or Bawdsey and to see what other ‘builders’ are up to.
On the blogroll there’s two recent additions:
Chris Mears’ https://princestreet.wordpress.com/
Rick DeCandido https://fillmoreavenueroundhouse.wordpress.com/

Today was one of those days where I was at a crossroads of builder/player…

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#SouthernFail: New MP Jones questions on the Gibb Report

Inside Croydon

Sarah Jones has gone in to bat for Croydon commuters within a day of the Queen’s Speech

Sarah Jones, the new MP for Croydon Central, has wasted no time in trying to hold the Government to account over its mismanagement of the Southern Rail crisis, as yesterday she tabled five written questions on the subject to Chris Grayling, the somnambulist Tory transport minster.

The best that Tory Chris Philp, an MP since 2015, could offer was some puerile virtue-signalling by tweeting that he was “back on the case of Southern Rail” – suggesting that he had not been “on the case” for his constituent commuters for the past six months.

Because that’s how long it has been since rail expert Chris Gibb submitted his report to the Department for Transport. And that’s how long Grayling and his Whitehall mandarins who effectively control the Southern network have sat on the report…

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Commuters to get their day in court over #SouthernFail

Inside Croydon

Transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON on the latest twist in the legal battle between the public and the Government

The commuter campaign group ABC – the Association of British Commuters – is to get its day in court at the Royal Courts of Justice against DaFT, the Department for Transport, next week over the shambles that has been the mismanagement of the Southern rail network.

ABC has been seeking a Judicial Review, but their application was dismissed without a hearing, in a letter from a single judge. ABC insisted upon a public permission hearing with a panel of judges, and this has been granted by the court and set for June 29. The hearing will determine whether ABC is allowed to bring its case against DfT over its handling of commuter services through Coulsdon, Purley and East Croydon to Victoria and London Bridge to a Judicial Review.

Summer Dean, one of…

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Tower residents have three-month wait for sprinkler action

Inside Croydon

Croydon Council last night announced that it is to fit sprinklers in all of its residential tower blocks which are 10 or more storeys tall, in a scheme expected to cost £10million.

One of the council-owned residential towers

It makes Croydon the first local authority in the country to respond to the dreadful fire last week at Grenfell Tower in north Kensington.

The move, announced by the Labour-run council’s deputy leader Alison Butler, was immediately praised by John Healy MP, Labour’s shadow spokesman on housing at Westminster, and was publicly supported by the opposition Conservative group at Croydon Town Hall, in a rare outbreak of commonsense in the interests of the borough’s residents.

But the hundreds of residents living in 25 tall blocks in Croydon will have to wait for three months before the slowly grinding wheels of formal council process will give a green-light for the essential safety work…

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North Norfolk Railway Spring Steam Gala 2017

Loco Yard

On the 22nd April, I visited the North Norfolk Railway for the Spring Steam Gala. An intensive service was in operation, and saw six steam locomotives operating. Visiting locomotives were LMS Stanier 8F, No. 48624, 2-8-0 from the Great Central Railway, and 56xx GWR 0-6-2T, 5643, visiting from the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway, and owned by the Furness Railway Trust.

DSC01947Also in attendance was the home fleet, consisting of LNER B12 Class, 8572, 4-6-0, GER Y14 Class, 564, 0-6-0, BR Standard 4MT, 76084, 2-6-0 ‘Standard 4’ and Ring Haw, 1982, 0-6-0ST.DSC01946It was also the first event since the completion of the Suburban four, a project to restore four suburban coaches to as built condition, to compliment the Quad-Arts coaches owned by the M&GN Society. Unfortunately, the Quad Arts Set was not in operation, but the restored Surburban coaches were a star of the event. The 6 year project finally came…

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Scalefour Society AGM, Watford 18th June 2017

Model Railway Musings by D827 Kelly

The Scalefour Society AGM moves around the country each year, with the North London Group hosting it this year with a small show.

DEMU were invited to the show and so Natalie and myself set off to set up the stand on what proved to be a very hot day.

The show was fairly quiet as these sorts of things invariably are. But the layouts on show were good and worth seeign (especially Bodmin).

I mainly spent the morning until the AGM itself in the afternoon converting a couple of diesels (Heljen 33/2 and 47/7) to P4 using Branchlines wheels (one axle Gibson on the 47 as I’d run out of Branchlines wheels). The conversions proved successful, though the centre axle on the 47 proved to be somewhat too loose for my liking (the same afflicts the Falcon Natalie owns) so I think a Penbits sprung chassis conversion kit for…

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Cream Tea anyone?

Good luck Andy

Ouse Valley Modeller

In just under 2 weeks Herstmonceux will be heading down to Devon for the Exe Model Railway Society show. Although I have been focused on getting Tarring Neville finished I have also been working on a few new things for Herstmonceux which will hopefully ready for the show.IMG_4064

For a while now my Birdcage set has been 2/3s finished and when run at a couple of shows its pinched the composite coach from the SECR Pull-Push set. I finally got the sets composite built and its currently waiting on some transfers and then the whole set needs weathering.
Something else that has been on the “to do” list is another Pull-Push set. Last year I received a new Cuckoo line book and I mentioned that one picture was very interesting. This picture showed a ex-LBSCR Pull-Push set and a D3 tank at Hailsham. The D3 turned out to be the…

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