Category Archives: Inspiration

Throwback Thursday, The 74

74xx Bachmann 64xx 31-636 It was around five years back that Bachmann brought their 64xx to market. Adding to the high and low cab variations of the 57xx family already in the range. I bought a couple for the Forest … Continue reading

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VE Day

Written in 1944 by John Edmonds, the following epitaph seems particularly appropriate in these times. When you go home, tell them of us and say, For your tomorrow, we gave our today.

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Wordless Wednesday (08 in the woods)

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Wordless Wednesday Shelfie3 ?

Posted in accurascale, Bachmann, blog, Branch Line, British Rail, Cameo, Cameo layout, DCC, dcc sound, Eastern Region, finescale, Great Western, gwr, Hattons, heljan, HO, hobbies, Hobby, Hornby, iain rice, Ian Futers, Inspiration, Layout, life, LMS, LNER, man cave, mancave, Midland Region, model photography, Model Railroad, Model Railway, modeling, Modelling, n gauge, O Gauge, o scale, OO, OO Gauge, Oxford rail, peco, railway, Rapido Trains, scale, scale modelling, Scottish Region, shelfie1, shelfie2, shelfie3, Southern Region, toy train, Toy trains, toytrainset, train set, trainset, Western Region, wordless wednesday | 1 Comment

Throwback Thursday, ‘that’ copy..

This magazine, this issue, is possibly ‘that’ copy for me. Many of us will have a favourite newsstand magazine and can recall a few issues that for them, made the difference, the one that got them hooked! I remember this … Continue reading

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Shelfie1, Thanks For Your Service.

My last train out of Shelfie1 this morning. The layout has gone to a new home to primarily be a home layout and photo set. It’s been a nice layout to build and operate, for such a small layout it … Continue reading

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Twenty Twenty, Motivation Monday, first one in.

It’s been a bit quiet of late on the blog, due to external influences both to do with the hobby and ‘life’, including a bit of man cave reconstruction! This year I’ve a couple of layout projects I want to … Continue reading

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Transformation Tuesday, Kings Cross & The Heljan 25 and 86

One of the nice things about this hobby is the social element to it. Last night in ye olde London towne a group, nine, later ten, of us met up. In two different pubs we were asked what’s the occasion? … Continue reading

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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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