Category Archives: life

Throwback Thursday

Here’s a blast from the past, seven years ago roughly. The link to today? well both locomotive and wagons are in use on test on the new layout, and Albion Yard?, well that’s in storage, not sure what to do … Continue reading

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Throwback Thursday , ballasting…

Remember the good times? Spending hours brushing ballast into the sleepers, getting the point work clean, repainting, filling the gaps afterwards? No, me neither! However it is one of those chores that for me is included in the ‘Meh!’ files … Continue reading

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Player, or Builder?

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 … Continue reading

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When you’re digging a hole…

Often said, when you’re digging a hole, know when to stop! I’d been pushing on with my Southern Electric project, and it wasn’t lighting my fire as it should. It’s at this point it’s a good idea to take stock, … Continue reading

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Southern Nouveau

With Shelfie out on loan, the space it occupied has been filled with another project. This one has been on the back burner for a while, and is very firmly influenced by Ian Futers. Ian’s layouts have consistently provided inspiration, … Continue reading

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Biggest Little Railway, Toy Trains on Telly?

My mate Mr Parker  (philsworkbench) gets the low down on a telly project to be filmed this summer, sounds bonkers, and fascinating in the same sentence!

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14xx Frustration..

There’s a bit of an Irish answer kicking round with this one, in that if you want to finish up with a good chassis, I wouldn’t be starting from here. When buying a model for use, my primary concern is … Continue reading

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