Round Pound Appeal

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From 15th October this year, the round £1coin will no longer be legal tender in the UK. I am sure we will all continue to find them long after that date. I know we found two in the car the other day.

Even if we cant spend them in the shops after the 15th we can still put them to good use by sending them to ‘The Round Pound Appeal’. This is an appeal run by Butterfly Conservation to help in its protection work for the Duke of Burgundy Fritillary, one of our most endangered Butterflies.

Duke of Burgundy. Photo by John Plumber (https://www.flickr.com/photos/plumberjohn/)

Duke of Burgundy. Photo by John Plumber (https://www.flickr.com/photos/plumberjohn/)

Simply send in your old £1 coins and nominate one of a number of charities available

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Even Westfield now agree there’s no need for £28m tram loop

Inside Croydon

CROYDON COMMENTARY: As first revealed by Inside Croydon last week, Transport for London is to make some wide-ranging schedule changes to the tram network from November 5. In particular, there will no longer be a direct service from New Addington to Wimbledon.

JOHN JEFKINS, pictured, outlines here the reasons for those changes, how they will affect passengers, and also what he believes is a better alternative

To cope with new speed restrictions at four corners on the tram network, which were introduced after the Sandilands derailment tragedy last year in which seven people died, Transport for London is proposing to cut two trams per hour on the busy Elmers End route – resulting in 25 per cent fewer trams connecting with trains from Elmers End and 14 per cent less capacity from East Croydon through Addiscombe to Arena.

Other changes being introduced from November 5 mean that more people…

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New SR related R-t-R updates, H Class, P Class, 10201/2 and Gate Stock @hornby @HattonsModels @kernowmodelrail

GrahamMuz: Fisherton Sarum & Canute Road Quay

There has recently been a flurry of activity in the Ready to Run world from various manufacturers / model commissioners and this post is a quick update on a number of models that I  had the chance to take a look at, run and photograph at the Hornby Magazine Great Electric Train Show (GETS) on their Twelve Trees Junction layout, that I was helping to operate last weekend. Further posts giving a more detailed photographic review of some of the production models about to be delivered will follow in due course.

Hornby H Class

Hornby H class No 1518 on Twelve Trees Junction

First announced  in September 2016 as being part of their 2017 range the ex ex SECR / SR Wainwright H class 0-4-4 tank is progressing well and the first of the production samples can be seen pictured left. No 31518 in lined black with late crest is

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Announcements of destinations for the ERM stock

Model Railway Musings by D827 Kelly

With Sunday the 8th October being the final Open Day for the Electric Railway Museum, Baginton, Coventry. It has been announced that the locations for the stock are as follows:

  • One 309 is to go to The Lavender Line, the other to another site that will be announced after its arrival.
  • The 308,307, 312 cars and the Heysham Battery Loco will go to The Colne Valley Railway.
  • The 457 car and Kearsley Loco is to go to the East Kent Railway.
  • The Tyneside EPB, R&H 165DE, Ironclad stores van, LAB 4 and the freight vehicles will go to the Battlefield Railway.
  • The 4-SUB & 503 along with the spare EPB trailer will go to secure storage in The south of England pending long term restoration project.

You can help get them there at

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Croydon MRS show 2017 #2


Another old favourite worth seeing again was The Glyn Valley Tramway, an 009 model of Glynceiriog, the passenger terminus of the line that then continued to the slate quarries.  Lots of excellent detail, but it can’t be the slate area of Wales – it’s not grey and raining!

Ian Milroy has obviously been busy!  El Ferrocarril San Maria Gandia is a freelance layout set (can you guess from the name) in Spain, but is closely based on a number of real locations.  It includes HO, HOe narrow gauge, and working road vehicles.  The model includes a single carriageway 1km tunnel where road and rail share the same bore.  Yes, it existed, and the accident rate must have been high!  Excellent modelling and I shall look forward to seeing this one again.

Oak Lane TMD in ‘OO’ could best be described as a noisy layout.  All those sound equipped diesels ticking…

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Tory government still refusing to pay for fitting sprinklers

Inside Croydon

Work has begun to install sprinklers in 1,250 council-managed flats in tower blocks in Croydon, but the Tory government continues to refuse to provide any financial assistance towards the £10million costs, despite the horrific tragedy at Grenfell Tower earlier this year.

Work has been completed on the retro-fitting of sprinklers in the first council flat. Only another 1,249 to go…

It is widely thought that the Grenfell Tower fire might have been avoided, or the terrible death toll of 70 people might have been reduced if recommendations of a coroner’s inquiry into a previous tower block fire had been implemented by various housing ministers, including the former Croydon MP, Gavin Barwell.

Six people died in a fire in Lakanal House in Camberwell in 2009.

The coroner’s report into that tragedy recommended tighter controls on fire safety, and the installlation of sprinkler systems in tower blocks. That report was published…

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