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Not quite a Minories

One of my fav layouts at the show

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Last layout to describe from the Uckfield show is ‘Surrey Arms’ in EM.  I found this an interesting design concept, a sort of mini-Minories.  Here’s the description from the show guide:

And here are some photographs of the layout.

The inspiration from this model came from:

  • The design – it’s a sort of Minories without the station throat pointwork.  Although the complex yet simple entrance to the station is the hallmark of a Minories, and a feature of the design, this little layout showed what could be done in even less space.
  • The backscene – I love the idea of modelling just the suburban platforms and having the main train shed as a background to the layout.  And the building is very well done, reminding one of Cannon Street with the towers on the station corners.
  • The goods service – cross London goods are perhaps a little unlikely at this…

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Uckfield MRC show 2017

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On to my third model railway exhibition in three weeks.  Uckfield was another excellent show.  It was a contrast to Farnham.  Farnham was larger with more larger layouts.  Uckfield seemed to have more small layouts.  There were a few old favourites, but some layouts that I hadn’t seen before.  I haven’t taken pictures of all the layouts on show, but just those that impressed.

Arun Quay is Gordon & Maggie Gravett’s latest masterpiece in ‘O’.  It’s small enough to travel by car, and when I was there featured a ‘Terrier’ shuffling a few wagons around.  But the Gravett’s forte is the scenery, and this model captured the River Arun and the Sussex coast perfectly.  The buildings are small, but all scratch built and the whole scene conjures up a bleak day on the Sussex Coast.

I’d read Olly Turner’s blog so it was good to see ‘Six Quarters’ (not to…

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Uckfield 2017: A Postscript 

Good to meet you both. A lovely layout.

The Model Railways of Oly Turner and Chris Matthews

Well that’s the 2017 Uckfield show done and dusted, and Six Quarters is now established on the exhibition circuit, having made its debut over the weekend.

Overall, things went miles better than we had expected them too, the layout not only worked, which according to Oly was a minor miracle, but actually worked bloody well, and was generally very well received by the visiting public and other exhibitors! Even the mayor seemed to like it…


Aside from a few minor things for us to sort out, the only real improvements we have taken away from the show as being required are some more locos for a bit of extra variety. So it can’t be all bad. Oly is even going to sleep tonight for the first time in 4 months now he’s not worrying constantly.

We just wanted to say a massive thanks to Adrian for organising another excellent show…

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3mm Society, 7mm, Railway, Railway days, Wimblehurst Road

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Had an enjoyable weekend at Uckfield show. Got to meet Olly and Chris (thanks for the help Saturday) and went to the social Saturday night with a lovely dinner and food pint of Harvey’s.

The downside – the layout behaved like a pig, total points failure all weekend plus ripped the track up from the 3 road fiddle Yard and then to top it all the long siding point blade dropped. Then there were the niggles, uncoupling Stock lack of engines, still all down to experience and hopefully Beckenham this weekend will be better.

Thanks must go to Tony P for his help on Sunday but my overwhelming thanks must go to Mr P not only for transporting the layout and operating help but for his company.

Here are the photos

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Wimblehurst Road – Uckfield tomorrow!

24 hours to go – so will it be a case of burning the midnight oil?

Really pleased with the way the scenery has turned out although have not been able to do a backscene but have the lighting beam finished with one layout name on. Should of been a totem but had to be cut down to fit – ho hum.

As for the running – given the track a good clean and made adjustments to the 3 road fiddle yard exit with wire n tube, hopefully cured the gauging issue.

As for locos – have not managed to finish the Terrier (longest loco build in history) for a variety of reasons mainly not happy about the pickups and having a job with a lot of evening work the past couple of weeks has not helped. Still thanks to the good offices of the Mid Kent light railway the Colonel has been able to borrow some locos plus the Lee branch and the Amersham and district have contributed stock plus the Cobham light (my sincere thanks gentleman).

Today it is case of fitting end protectors and packing all that’s required for tomorrow’s early start.

Here are the pictures-


Wish me luck!

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Council left without operator for Ashburton Park venue

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Political editor WALTER CRONXITE reports on the strange silence from the council about the faltering fate of one of its flagship projects

The latest embarrassing set-back for Tony Newman and his Labour colleagues’ hopes of retaining control of the council at the local elections next May has come in Ashburton Park.

The refurbished old convent building in Ashburton Park. Croydon Council can’t find anyone to manage it

There, a private education operator who was to take on the running of the Old Ashburton Library building has walked away from its deal with the council just weeks before the venue was due to re-open after a £1million council-funded makeover.

The fate of the park and the refurbishment of the run-down building, recently re-titled Ashburton Hall, was a key local election issue in 2014, when Labour won the then Ashburton ward from the Tories, one of the key gains which handed control…

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Brighton Greenway

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High above the Brighton streets
on the old railway bed
Through the locomotive works
the Brighton Greenway led

The engines left here long ago
but their memory remains
Homage paid by sculptor’s hand
to Brighton’s long lost trains

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The Brighton Greenway follows the trackbed of a branch line that once led through the steam locomotive works based in Brighton. The ‘Ghost Train’ was sculpted by John Mills and is a homage to the ‘Jenny Lind’, a 2-2-2 locomotive designed in 1847. Photo – Jempics

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