Category Archives: history

Essential Witness and Transition

Essential Witness and Transition are two books that do that rare thing of capturing the railway in an engaging and artistic way. Each book contains the work of one photographer, Jim Shaughnessy for Essential Witness, and Colin Gifford for Transition. … Continue reading

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NMRA Motivation Monday

Bob Phelps receives the NMRA’s distinguished service award Saturday 13th July 2019 from NMRA President Pete Magoun, at the NMRA National Train Show in Utah. So why’s this of interest? Bob, principal product design engineer worked for Peco for 54, … Continue reading

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Motivation Monday, Back to the future!

These three are some of the key motivators for me, and looking for some data for a friends potential product the other day, I rediscovered them in the man cave. Centre stage is the first Wild Swan magazine, British Railway … Continue reading

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We Will Remember Them

Posted in 3d, 3d printing, blog, Eleventh Day, Eleventh Hour, finescale, flanders, Great Western, gwr, history, HO, hobbies, life, LMS, LNER, menin gate, model, model photography, modeling, Modelling, Modelu, O Gauge, o scale, OO, OO Gauge, Photography, remember, remembrance, Southern, the great war, world war one, world war two, ypres | 2 Comments

The numbers all go to eleven…

If like me going into the mancave has the potential for a bit of cheeky petrol sniffing, this’ll work for you… 919 record Porsche’s record breaking Nurburgring lap with an hybrid 919, unleashed, with everything turned up to eleven, and … Continue reading

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Oxford Rail London Toy Fair 2018

GER/LNER/BR N7 The N7 announced last year is very close to release and Oxford had an advanced EP on the stand to have a look at. As such it has some issues eg the coupling rods have been put on … Continue reading

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Hornby London Toy Fair 2018

NBR/LNER/BR J36 On the Hornby stand one of the EP’s for the new J36 was available to have a good look at. The Prototype is definitely a Scottish model, so those of you who have been after a widely spread … Continue reading

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